Thursday, April 12, 2018

demo day

we signed the papers and ronnie immediately 
started demoing the new house. 
within the first three days all the flooring had been 
ripped out, both bathrooms were down to the studs,
the kitchen wall and basement wall had been knocked down,
all the trim was removed, staples were pulled out of the floor,
tact strips ripped up and we even removed a whole 
section of the kitchen counters.
cale also managed to frame in brette's new closet, our
utility closet and the master closet. 
wahoo! it was definitely a productive weekend. 
it was WAY more than i thought we were doing and
this "little" house remodel has already taken on a 
life of it's own.  
every where i look we have already changed our 
minds and added something different.
it's all good changes that will be for the best, 
but i'm worried that our 6-8 week timeline might
have been blown out of the water. 
i'm just praying by some miracle that we're moved in by JULY.
i wish we didn't work and this house was all we did, but i'm just
waiting to hand it over to our drywall guy and move forward. 
i need to walk through the house and take pictures and a video.
it's on my list for this weekend. 
i hope i can actually show you what's going on. 
it's crazy town.

meanwhile, my kids are loving life living at 
my parent's. a lot. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

moving easter weekend

we are all moved out and the papers have been signed.
last friday ronnie and jason spent the day trying 
to finish up our house.
i met up with them after work and we got a ton done.
it was so nice because that left me both saturday and 
sunday to focus on the girls and really enjoy easter. 
i think ronnie got a little overwhelmed on saturday...
maybe it was all hitting him or something? but he had
to take a mental health day and get some alone time.
it's so funny how we all handle big changes differently. 
but he was in top shape again for easter so i'm glad he
recognizes when he needs to step away. 
easter was a lot of fun.
i dyed eggs with the girls - which ps- reid was too young.
do NOT try dying eggs with a two year old. 
she was a holy mess by the end and i was afraid i permanently
stained my mother's counter tops. (luckily it came out)
but reid was so mad that i made her stop playing in the dye 
that she cracked all her eggs. 
p e r f e c t. 
brian and his girls spent the night so we all went to church together.
all the girls looked so cute in their sunday best and
they did a great job during church of sitting nicely together. 
my whole family came over for easter dinner, both lamb and ham were made. 
my contribution was pie and i made my first lemon meringue.
it was actually more complicated than i thought it was going to be, 
and i'm glad it tried it while at my parent's so they could guide me. 
unfortunately for easter, the weather did not cooperate. 
we had both snow and thunder for easter.  crazy stuff in april. 
no outdoor easter egg hunts or pretty spring dresses.
we were bundled up in tights and sweaters and made do
with an indoor egg hunt. 

i already looked up easter 2019 and it's in late april.
fingers crossed for a sunny day. 
then it was back to work on monday and tuesday night,
we met at the realty office and signed the paperwork 
officially handing over our lee's summit house. 
it was definitely bittersweet and i made ronnie stop there after
to take one last picture (photo taken by brette). 

so here we are, a couple days away from taking ownership 
of our home in warrensburg and gearing up for a big renovation.
please send good vibes, lots of prayers and nice weather our way.
i'd really really really like this to go smoothly.
i'll keep you updated on our progress. 
in the meantime, i'm chilling here, in my parent's basement,
living the dream. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

a farewell to our house

the night we sold our house i made a little
video because i wanted one more look at it 
before it wasn't mine anymore.
plus it was perfectly picked up after the showing and
you have to take advantage of that.

i love it.
the house we brought reid home to and the 
house brette started school in.
plus a million memories in between.
i'm going to miss it.

meanwhile, we have been super busy over here 
packing and moving everything out. 
we got the majority of it done last weekend.
a couple of friends (cale and paco) 
came over on saturday to help with the heaving lifting and
then my parents came up sunday to help with all the things
that were going to warrensburg.
i always feel organized and ready, until its the day of and then
i'm like "seriously, where did all this shit come from?"
it's crazy how much crap accumulates. 
i purged a lot of stuff in january, but i think i need to be a
little more crazy and go through everything again.
we really have TOO MUCH STUFF.
unfortunately, we're not quite done.
we still have some things left in the basement and in the shed.
i'm thankful the house is empty, but i know this saturday will
be another full day of moving. blah.

we are set up in warrensburg though so that helps.
thank god my parent's still have a big enough house
to fit us all in. 
brette is in my old room, reid is in brian's old room,
my old playroom is their playroom and ronnie and i
made ourselves a little apartment down in the basement. 
it works perfectly.
i'm just ready to get started on the new house and
get moved in.
it's going to be a busy spring.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

an introduction to our new home

so i have these horrible cell phone pics
i took the very first time we walked the house we bought.
please be prepared to be underwhelmed.
the house was built in 2004.
it is a ranch with three bedrooms on
the main level and two other bedrooms in the walkout basement. 
it reminds me a lot of ronnie and i's first house
without the formal dining room. (which i do miss the extra space)
i love the eat-in kitchen, the first one we've had with enough room 
for an actual kitchen table.
i also love how big the basement is.
i think eventually the girls will choose to have
their bedrooms downstairs because they are
much larger, plus they'll love the media/rec room. 
the basement bathroom is in desperate need of
a complete remodel but that will have to wait for
future renovations, along with new siding and some curb appeal.

for right now (and before we move in) these are the things we will be doing:
1- build a mudroom.  i legit cannot walk in from the garage and be in the living room.  it just doesn't work for me. the girls have coats and backpacks. ronnie has work boots. i have purses and my work bag. i just need a place to unload these things without it looking crazy and unorganized. i know without a mudroom, these things will end up getting piled on the couch and then i will slowly go crazy. we decided since the shop is technically an extra 3 car garage it wouldn't bother us at all to change the attached 2-car garage into a 1.5 car garage.  we are taking a corner out of the garage to add on a mudroom with a bench and lots of hooks and an extra utility closet. it's a lot like what we have now, but bigger. i will still be able to pull my yukon in and have enough room in the other half space for kid's bikes and toys.
2 - open up the kitchen. i love an open floor plan. plus, i think with kids, it's kind of a necessity. i want to see what they're doing while i make our meals. right now the kitchen and the living room run parallel to each other, but they are completely blocked off from each other with a long wall. we are opening it up SIXTEEN feet. i'm so excited. i will be able to stand in my kitchen and see all the way to my front door. the house is smaller and this will help maximize the space.
3 - new wood floors. the house actually has new wood floors in it, but the kitchen is tiled. since we're opening it up to each other, i want them to both be wood - - but also - - i am being super picky. the floors in it right now aren't my favorite, so instead of just adding wood to the kitchen, we're ripping everything up and starting over. i know. i feel bad about ruining good floors, but i also really don't like the color. thank god, ronnie agrees with me or else i would probably had a big battle on my hands because the floors are one of the most expensive things we're doing.
4 - new deck. the deck is old and rotted and very unsafe. i would never let me kids on it. we were out there the other day and i walked around the house instead of going back up on the deck. it's a mandatory project and i huge chunk of our budget. i literally did not know how much lumber costs, but it is freaking ridiculous.
**i also really want to extend the deck further across the back of the house so we can add a door from the master bedroom. how amazing would that be? BUT with the cost of lumber i'm still trying to figure that one out. cale come up with a suggestion the other day, but i think ronnie is totally against my brilliant plan so i might get shut down. fingers crossed i can finagle this into our plans.
5 - basement stair opening. the stairs to the basement feel small and crowded and a lot like you're going down into a dungeon. i obvioulsy hate them.  there's not much i can do to widen them because the kitchen is on the other side, but once the stairs get lower than the kitchen we are going to blow out the wall so it opens into the basement and hopefully make the stairs feel more inviting.
6 - new master shower and closet. the master has a walk in closet but i still think we need more storage. we have decided to rip the soaker tub out, move the shower there and add a second closet where the shower is now. this was actually ronnie's idea and i'm totally on board. more closets? yes please. besides, i hate baths.
7 - new bedroom carpet. for obvious reasons. sharing someone's old carpet is like using someone else's underwear. it's just gross and we need a fresh start.
8 - new bathroom toilets, countertops and tile floors. the bathrooms look a little grungy and dated. we're going to update the girl's bath and our master bath but we're saving the basement bath for another day.  the layout of the basement bath needs reworked and is a much bigger project. put it on the "one day" list.
9 - tray ceiling update. ronnie hates the tray ceilings, but i actually love them. i think they look a bit dated right now, but i think with a little paneling and new light fixtures, i can convince ronnie that its a cool feature.
10 - new doors. not new doors everywhere, but we ordered a new front door and a new back door. the front door looks 90's which is weird since the house is newer than that, but we both wanted something different. then, the back door. i am IN LOVE with my huge back door in our current house. i suggested we added one to our kitchen to open things up and give the house a little more natural light.  ronnie thought it might be too big, but once we measured the space, it will totally fit and i'm super excited to keep this feature in our new house.
11 - removed popcorn ceiling. i hate popcorn. it has to go. i wish i could say we were also rocking the basement drop-down ceiling, but that will have to wait for another time. for now, i will have to live with the basement ceiling as is.
and last, but not least,
12 - paint. i love white trim, so that's a definite.  we went back and forth between doing gray kitchen cabinets, but in the end, i think i'll like white the most. and then all the walls will get a fresh coat of greige. (the girls are requesting pink and purple rooms - my nightmare - so we'll see what i can come up with as a compromise.)

sounds like a lot, but i think it 
will make all the difference in the world.
ronnie and i are both antsy to get started and
we have our fingers crossed for a 6 week turnaround. 
wish us luck!

**this house does not lady living in it and i can't wait to give it a woman's touch. lol. less deer heads and more shiplap. and aren't those basement bedrooms scary? that wallpaper!**

Sunday, March 11, 2018

we're moving.

so i realize i haven't written in 
the longest i've ever gone without blogging.
BUT it's because we've made some major
life decisions over here and i wanted to get 
everything in place before i shared it with 
the whole world.

we sold our house and are moving back
to our hometown of warrensburg. 


ronnie and i have been talking about this 
for a long time - going back and forth and really
not able to make up our mind.
we literally made a pro's and con's list.
we ran numbers.
we talked to friends and family. 
we said yes.
then no.
then yes... then no.
about 100 more times.
every ronnie was on board, i'd talk him out of it.
and then i'd think it was a good idea and he wouldn't want to.
we could not get on the same page.
at one point ronnie came home and said,
that's it, we're not moving and i don't want to talk about it again.
and then we decided to move.
besides being closer to my parents and friends, the
two main factors that made up our mind was:
1 - getting brette in a smaller school district and wanting
to do it before she starts kindergarten.
2 - financially, it puts us ahead.

back in december we found out about a house
that was coming on the market that was a friend of a friend of ours.
he let us walk it on new years eve.
i wasn't sold on it but i definitely saw potential.
i was worried it was too small.
it's definitely less of a house than we have now. 
but it has 5 acres and a shop - - ronnie's dream. 
we sat on it for awhile, walked another house and then this house again.
in the end, we decided to buy the house because ronnie
liked the location and i liked the price. 
it's not what i would call a fixer-upper, because it's not that
old and it has a lot of nice finishes, the problem is:
it's not my style. 
wah wah. 

after working on our first house and our current house,
we said we WOULD NEVER buy another house that needed work,
but here we are picking out flooring... paint... tile.
the list goes on.
i'll post pictures soon so you can see the "before" and
i'll go more into what are plans are, but i personally love
a good house project, i just hope ronnie can make it through
another renovation. 
(everyone start praying for ronnie)
i put our house on the market, for sale by owner, and we 
sold it almost immediately and got more than asking.
say whaaaa!  love it. 
but can i just say, i am s u p e r  sad to leave this house.
there will be ways our new house will never compare to this one. 
i. love. my. house.
but i need to get over it.

we asked for a longer closing date (60 day) so we could have
more time to pack and to get through more of the school year.
the girls will continue to go to Presentation through may
so they'll have to commute with me to lee's summit 
for two months. i'm not looking forward to an hour drive
with two kids everyday, but i can do anything for only 2 months. 
then they'll go to a summer program in warrensburg and 
brette will start kindergarten in the fall.
exciting times. 
we take possession of our new house the first week in april and
we will move in with my parents for 6 to 8 weeks while the work is being done.
we've hired our #1 guy, cale, to do a lot of the work, plus a sheet rock guy,
a flooring guy and a painter. 
i'm hoping really hoping they surprise me and get it done in 6 weeks.
we shall see.

i promise to write more soon.

Monday, January 22, 2018

brette and reid: an update

i haven't done an update on the girls since reid turned two
and since her little half birthday is today, 
it reminded me to write a little something up on the blog.

i think the biggest change in reid is her speech.
this girl l o v e s  to talk.
all the time.
about nothing and everything.
we hit december and her speech exploded.
i was a little worried because i always felt like 
brette was carrying on conversations so early, 
and i wanted reid to catch up, but
now that her words have found her,
they don't stop. lol.
also, reid is completely potty trained. 
she might still have an accident every once in awhile
at school, but i think it's because she's too busy and 
doesn't want to take a break. 
on the weekends we never have an issue. 

the biggest change in brette is her knowledge 
of her letters and her writing. 
she has been able to spell and pick out letters 
in her own name for awhile, but now she's spelling and
writing a lot more. 
i like reading to her before bed and making her help me or pick out letters. 
i CANNOT wait for the day she's reading on her own. 
she has to "sign  in" to school every morning and 
the improvement in her handwriting from august to now is CRAZY.
i've also noticed that she can color inside the lines and
draw pictures of actual objects instead of just scribbles.
it's like she grew up on me! 

they are both still picky eaters.
i don't think we've sat down for a meal
where BOTH girls eat.
it feels like if one eats well, the other one
maybe took two bites.
it's very conditional and they are very 
vocal about what is "disgusting."
reid is currently on a chocolate milk kick and
brette loves summer sausage and cheese.
they both love candy. (eye roll)

some of their favorite play things?
they both love barbies right now.
reid is a bit young, but she wants to do what
brette does, so they're both into it.
as long as you keep them separated, its 
fine, but if someone has the wrong barbie,
things get heated.
they also love to color and paint.
reid still love stickers and play doh and
brette likes shopkins and my little pony.
oh, brette also loves movies. 
she would watch a movie everyday if i let her.
i can tell she's going to be one of those kids that 
i'll have to limit her screen time.
it's one of the reasons i'm refusing to get
her any sort of tablet.
i know she wants one, but i figure i'd rather "play"
as long as she can and i know she'll have one in school,
so why rush it. 
reid loves the song "little red riding hood" from the 60's. 
we literally listen to this song at least three times a day, 
but sometimes it's definitely more like 10.

the best word for both of them is: funny.
i think my kids are hilarious.
ronnie and i laugh together everyday over something
one of them says.
i wish i could video our lives just to have these
moments forever. 

we're half way to their birthdays and i 
can't believe my girls are on their way to 3 and 5.
i have to say, 2 and 4 has been a great combo. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

here we come, 2018!

christmas was a lot of fun this year.
i'm pretty sure when the kids are this age,
it's just going to get better and better.

brette really, really understood santa, jesus and
everything christmas.
i used tootie, our friendly elf on the shelf, for
all it's worth making sure she behaved herself.
sometimes, i would even have her go over and 
apologize to tootie if she did something mean to 
reid, just so she understood that we only promote good behavior. 
mwah ha ha ha.
i loved it.
reid loved christmas too.
she kind of understands, but she would cry if brette 
told her tootie was going to tell santa she was a bad girl.
poor thing.
those girls are already starting - i can only 
imagine what its going to be like in 10 years.

christmas morning was magic,
hot chocolate, donuts and a tornado of
presents that was completely unwrapped in
about 10 minutes.
they loved their new bikes - i can't wait
for spring when we can take them outside and
start learning to ride.

we got some snow the day before christmas,
which was the best present ever, 
so we all played in the snow and went sledding.
i actually took off work the whole week, so 
i was home with them for 10 days straight.
i made me miss my time at home with them.
i get so much done and i love having them with me,
but i also missed missing them, if that makes sense?
i still think - my goal in life is to make good money
only working part time.
it would be the best of both worlds.

we made our way into the new year down in warrensburg
with turnbow's and glover's and the kiddos.
we did a fake countdown around 7:30pm after dinner, so
we could get the kids in pj's and in bed at my parent's 
house around 8pm.
then i headed back to turnbow's to ring in the new year
with the adults.
we played "what do you meme?" - a hilarious game and
i loved being with my girlfriends.

not much has been going on since then.
its freaking freezing so ronnie and i have been 
using our weekends to get organized and 
FINALLY clean out our basement.
we're literally unpacking boxes from 3 years ago to
see if it's junk or something we should keep.
i've made two trips to Goodwill and ronnie has made
s e v e r a l  trips to the dumpster. 
it feels good to get it out of the house.

i hope your christmas and new year was lots of fun!
here's to 2018!