Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My friend found me THE PERFECT shower curtain for the master bath on Overstock.com.....but it is "out of stock." Hmmm....the irony.
Four more days until we start moving! Yesterday and today the wood floors were being sanded and sealed. Then the carpet is laid and the half-bath plumbing is completed. Then the fridge and stove are delivered. Then we have an inspection. THEN our family room furniture arrives Saturday (Happy Birthday to me...for the next 10 years.....plus anniversaries).

I just can't believe we are this close! I'm making headway at our current home too. Selling small things right and left on Craig'slist, packing boxes...and still managing a load of laundry or two. We donated our washing machine and it will be gone on Wednesday....so I'm trying to get as much laundry done as possible!

Lauren is excited to move to the new house - but man-alive has she been having a had time with the busy schedule/less attention! (or else that's not the reason and sh'es just naughty!). She's been getting into things - dumping shampoo bottles when no one is looking, wetting her pants (no way is this an "accident."), sassing - just being VERY difficult! She's also a little jealous of Grant lately too. He has started walking. Of course we make a big deal out of that....and she is clearly jealous. She wants us to watch HER walk...and then she proceeds to imitate Grant's toddles. We play along...."Great job, Lauren!"

I really think all of this has to do with how chaotic it has been lately - getting ready to move, etc. Plus she's fighting a cold - and that never helps. I'm trying to stop what I'm doing and spend time with her - coloring, dancing - whatever....but it doesn't seem to be helping. Let's pray this is a phase that passes SOON!

Today I'm off to Bed, Bath & Beyond to return a shower curtain....and then to Target to return a shower curtain. (of all of the decisions I've made in the last month - how ridiculous that the one I'm struggling with is a SHOWER CURTAIN?! ha).

Ok - better get crackin'

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Well, our back-up digital camera (Bailey's) is also now BUSTED! AAAAGH! Life without digital photography = hell for the blogging Mommy! AND....Grant just started walking! WALKING! And I have no way to document this on my blog via still photography! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

AND....we now have wood flooring, countertops, bathroom vanity tops, more paint colors to discuss, new appliances.....and I can't show you! I can't document this to put in a scrapbook I will someday (ha) create!

I'm so sad about this!!!!!!

Ok - back to packing....and sulking.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Yesterday I went to Wal-Mart (and you KNOW how I hate that) to pick up new bedding for Lauren. When we move she is switching from her Toddler bed to a twin bed...and Bailey will be switching to a full or queen. Here's what she picked after I talked her out of the Disney princess one (gack). I also picked up a full/queen sized plain white down (or down-like..not sure) comforter to go inside the Ikea duvet cover Bailey picked for her new room.

Later that day I headed over to the new house to check out the hard wood installation...but guess what? They didn't show up! (grrrrr). They ARE there today though...and even though it will still need to be sanded and sealed...it looks GREAT even now! YEAH! Things are finally coming together! Appliances arrive Tuesday (or is it Wednesday?)

This weekend we are installing ceiling fans, painting, installing the over-the-range (no range yet...but...) microwave, running cables, etc. I WAS going to plant the 100 tulip bulbs and 60 hyacinth bulbs I bought...but since it is currently in the 30's and SNOW FLURRIES (so not funny)...I guess I'll wait a week until it gets warmer...you know...in the 40's. (woo - balmy).

Hope to take a pic of hardwood tonight. stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

5 Things Meme
I was "tagged" by my friend and fellow blogger
Amy to participate in "5 Things Meme."

10 Years Ago I:
Was a single-mom of a 3-year-old
Weighed considerably less
Drove a red Chevy Corsica

Was taking a few classes at Drake
Lived in a rental house

5 Things on Today's "To-Do" List:
Call phone company to move service to new house
Call Internet company to move service to new house

Call Direct TV to move service
Call Masterlock to figure out how to get our busted wall-mount lock off of the wall!

5 Snacks I Enjoy:
Chocolate Chip Cookies


5 Things I Would Do If I Were a Millionaire:
Hire a cleaning service!!!
Pay off our mortgage

Pay off student loans (current and future)
Vacation, vacation, vacation
Help young, single mothers

5 Places I Have Lived:
Freeport, Illinois

Sheridan, Illinois
Norway, Illinois
Des Moines, Iowa
Van Meter, Iowa

5 Jobs I Have Had:
OWI education coordinator
Marketing coordinator
PR manager

PR freelancer

The rules say I have to tag 5 people.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I'm getting Excited!

Today the tile guy was back finishing the tile installation. After the grout goes on tomorrow the tile will be done! Then on Thursday the hardwood floors go down (just step one in the hardwood process though). Tomorrow the irrigation is supposed to be installed and then sod follows shortly after (weather permitting).

There's been a slight delay on the countertops/bath vanity tops, which unfortunately throws lots of other things off-course...but it's all good. Although we won't be moving in as quickly as we had hoped, it is still looking like we'll be in before Thanksgiving.

I took some pictures tonight so I could show you! Some of them are kind of yellow-tinted..no idea why. (I miss my camera!!! Wear that dumb little wrist strap people - don't say I didn't warn ya!)

I'm a little worried about the master bath vanity tops I chose now. After seeing the tile down (and I truly LOVE IT!)...i'm wondering if I should have went a little more boring/bland with the sink/counters. Oh well...if I screwed up...the master bath is a good place to do that I suppose.

The kitchen, eat-in-kitchen area and Bailey's bedroom are now painted. The family room is taped off and paint purchased and Grandma mentioned she'd like to paint Lauren's room. I'd like to get Grant's room painted before-hand too. Although he won't know the difference, I can paint the other rooms in the house while the kids nap...I can't paint the kid's rooms while they nap. make sense?

I SHOULD be spending more time getting my current house ready to move...but I'm too excited and can't help working at the new house. I can't wait to get everything finished so I can LIVE THERE!
Here are a few pictures:

Fireplace tile (remember - not grouted yet and spacers are still in-between the tiles) and a close-up... This is a slate tile.

Then for the mud room, kid's bath and laundry room I just went with a low-cost neutral. Mud room: Kid's bath: Laundry room:

Master bath tile (same kind of tile on around tub and on the floor): This is not grouted yet and still has spacers in-between. I LOVED this around the tub!
The painted kitchen: (Sherwin-Williams "Sierra Redwood")

Bailey's bedroom, which she painted herself...to match the duvet cover she chose from Ikea.