Friday, May 23, 2014

Our Journey Home: Brick!

Quick house update!  So excited to share these pictures!  They have started laying the brick to grade and I'm in love with our brick.  We chose an earthy color since our house sits in front of a pond and it's perfect for our lot!

The framing is pretty much complete!

All of the windows are in, now we are just waiting on the doors! They are supposed to start working on the roof this week or next! 

 Our brick is from General Shale and it is named Mallory Creek (I think).
This is the view from our upstairs balcony and you can kinda see the tray ceilings in our bedroom!  Eeek!

Hopefully we will have the roof on by the end of next week!  Until then, Happy Memorial Day Weekend.  Always thankful for the sacrifices made by so many men and women while serving our country.  And we are very excited about a long weekend. :)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Get It Together Kels

I'll be the first to admit that my blog has been lacking substance lately.  Between picking out things for our new house and the emotional turmoil I endured the week I went to Alabama, it has taken all of the strength I can muster just to write generic weekend recaps and new house posts.  Okay, maybe I'm being dramatic.  It's probably just because I've been lazy and what little bit of creative energy I have is channeled toward solving toddler dilemmas and diffusing the meltdowns that go hand in hand with a 3 year old.  Boo boo's trigger breakdowns, and Kollyns just can't seem to catch a break lately. Take yesterday for instance, Kollyns and I were in my mom's home gym working out.  She always walks on the treadmill at .5 speed while I do my workout.  Not the whole time, just when she feels like it.  So I was in the middle of a set of squats when I noticed she had turned around backwards and sat down on the belt.  Before I could rack the bar and get to her, she had reached the end of the belt and was kind of stuck between the end of the treadmill and the wall because there isn't much space there and she was screaming.  I didn't know if her finger was caught or her foot or what so I freaked.  Instead of hitting the stop button or jerking the emergency magnet out, I pulled a superman and launched myself onto the treadmill while it was running to save her as if it would magically stop for me.  I ended up almost on top of her at the end of the moving belt on my back trying my best to grip something to keep the stupid thing from pulling me completely on top of her and hurting her even worse.  Finally I managed to get both of my hands around her waist and throw her to the side and out of the big bad belt's way.  I was so frazzled that it took me a hot minute to get my crap together and figure out how to get myself off of the moving treadmill 2 seconds before it snagged my ponytail and pulled my head under, and I looked like a flailing giraffe in the mirror that was staring at me as I tried to escape.  We both ended up getting 3 inches of belt burn and a nice big blow to our pride.  It could have been way worse and I know that.  And Kollyns will never again get on a treadmill even when she's sixteen because it scared the daylights out of me.  Always thankful to the good Lord for looking out for us because I'm always one step away from destruction as clumsiness is one of my biggest attributes.  So there.  There's your Friday funny (that could've been so not funny if something bad had happened, but I can't stop laughing at myself for my stupidity now that we are both safe and off of the treadmill).  Now go ahead and laugh at me until I can come up with something to write that's actually worth your while!  :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Our Journey Home: Rolling Right Along

When things finally start happening, they happen fast.  Nice change from the seven months we patiently waited to break ground, so you won't catch me complaining.  We are having to make decisions left and right, but I'll take this change of pace over the other any day.  The forms were put in the basement exactly 5 weeks ago, and each week since then has brought major changes. 

Sorry for the photo overload but I think I'll pretty much love seeing the framing process through gradual photos one day when this is all finished!  I have searched the internet deep and wide for a blog that documents building my house plan from the ground up and could not even come up with a single photo of our house plan finished or in the process of being built.  Such a bummer.  So in case anyone else is interested in seeing the Frank Betz Raines plan in motion, here it is y'all!

This view is from the living room looking into the kitchen.  Those wooden posts are going to be columns.  Our entire kitchen, dining room, foyer and living room are all one open space separated by columns only.  Our first house was so chopped up that we were all about the open floor plan with this one.

This is standing in the dining room looking towards the master bedroom side of the house.  You can't tell much by this photo unless you look at the plans.  Here they are if you're interested. 

 2nd floor starting to go up!

This view is looking up at the back of the house.  We have a full walkout basement which is a dream for my husband.  He is pretty much letting me pick out everything as long as he has full rights in his basement so I'm not arguing with that. ;)

This window on the right side is right above my bath tub.  I better be investing in some nice blinds.

This view is looking towards the front door and foyer area.  The room you see sectioned off by columns is our dining room and the ceilings are 18ft vaulted with an overlook balcony up towards the right.

The kitchen is over to the right.  And this is my pretty mama fighting my wild child because she wanted to get down and walk on wood without shoes on and we weren't letting her. :)  Splinters make her crazy, trust she can thank me later.

The view from our bedroom window.

View from our dining room window.  

They were finishing up with framing the roof today and we will have shingles on by next week.
We have already picked out our doors and cabinets, and will be picking out our tile and wood floors next week.  I reallyyy can't wait to show you our cabinets.  So pretty!
And right now, I'm working with siding and stone colors.  And that has been the hardest decision so far.  Eeeek.  Wait no, I take that back.  Choosing land and a plan top this.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Life Lately

To say I've been busy over the past three weeks is an understatement if there ever was one.  I'm guilty of putting my poor little blog on the back burner but I don't feel too bad about it because sometimes you just have to live without blogging about it every day.  Imagine that.  It was refreshing, but I've missed it.  So...
  • The week after Easter was spent preparing for a business trip to the lovely Birmingham, AL.  And by preparing I mean crying every night imagining three whole nights without Kollyns and Devin tucked in tight beside me and playing with Kollyns outside every day because I knew how much I would miss it when I was away. 
  • An eight hour car ride that commenced at 2am Monday-before-last landed me right smack dab in the middle of Birmingham, and apparently right in the middle of a high risk tornado zone during tornado season. 
  • On top of sitting through an 8-4:30 training class every day and missing my family so bad that I was literally queasy every single day I was gone, a screaming alarm pulled my dad and I out of our slumber at 12:30am on the first night.  My dad is the most chill person ever so he was scratching his head sitting in our hotel bath tub half asleep (on the 3rd floor...bad idea daddio) and telling me to calm down even though a tornado had touched down near where we were staying.  I was in sheer panic mode with my husband on the phone screaming and crying because the hotel staff was running through the halls beating on everyone's doors telling us to get to the basement.  I started praying really hard and the tornado disappeared.  Thank the Lord.  That was enough excitement for me to last all year, thank you.
  • I ate a whole pizza from California Pizza Kitchen and a huge piece of blueberry cheesecake from the Cheesecake factory the next night and didn't even feel guilty about it.  Oops.
  • 2 days and a 2 more nights crying on the phone with my little girl and husband, and Face Timing them and my dogs... we were back in the car for another 8 hour ride headed home.  I've never been so happy to be stuck in a car for that long in my life. 
  • I have been home for 2 weeks now and spending countless hours running our current computer system and the new system parallel while entering all of our company information into the new system AND setting up the control files.  I've been a busy girl and will continue to be busy until we go live with this amazing system in June.  Then it will save me time instead of cost me time, I'm counting on it.
  • In the meantime, I've still been working out in my free time and bouncing for hours on end in the bounce house that Santa brought Kollyns.  She recently re-discovered it and I can't tell you how much time we spend on that thing.  Yay for cardio right?  I know...those things have a weight limit.  Don't. Say. A. Word.  And we just play and play and play and that's about all we do because I'm still recovering from missing her so much.  Devin and I even took her to Bounce About the weekend I came home and had the best time just enjoying each other.  Bouncing is the new thing.
  • Major progress with our new house, I will update you on that tomorrow with a full post!  I'm so excited to see roof pitches and rooms completely framed up that I could squeal.
  • New development:  My husband thinks he needs a motorcycle.  To which I'm fully opposed.  Still trying to convince him that risk taking is not brave, it's stupid.  Boys will be boys.
  • Mother's day was amazing. And I couldn't think of a better gift than a healthy child.  I love my little girl so much and I'll post pictures from our Mother's Day soon.  Pinky promise.