Tuesday, March 7, 2017
I didn't take a ton of photos this month because I just haven't been in the mood but I do a few to share. We spent lots of time at NLA and outside with friends.
We also took a quick weekend getaway to Savannah which was great! It's always nice to visit my old college stomping grounds and it was fun to have a mini adventure with the kids.
Unfortunately it was really cold at the beach so we didn't get to stay long.
Not much to report on the house front. We are caught in an endless loop of inspections and insurance hoops to jump through but I will update everyone as soon as there is anything to tell.
Monday, February 20, 2017
It's high time we had an update on the house on the blog so here we are. Currently, a lot of the progress from the professional builders is being blocked by waiting for inspections and jumping through insurance hoops but we are in a good place and have been able to start doing some work ourselves. The first order of business was to remove the popcorn ceiling. The cleaning company told us it couldn't be cleaned and planned to just paint over it so we decided removing it was a better plan.
The first bedroom we are working on is Clovers old room, soon to be the play room. Since the girls want to share a bedroom when we move back in we are fixing this room up for storage and craft space.
The girls picked the turquoise color for this room and it looks so bright and fresh! Here are some in progress shots.
We bought a whole row of IKEA bookshelves for this room so there will be lots of storage space. As far as what has been going on with the professional crew at the house, the basement has been cleaned and painted (below)
The plumbing is fixed (hooray for working toilets!), And the electrical work is well underway.
Last but not least Eric finished the treehouse so the girls have a fun place to play while we work on the house. Probably not much will happen this week but we have ordered the glass for the windows and are hoping to be able to have them installed next week.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
We kicked off the New Year with our friend's annual New Years Day brunch where they added a balloon drop for the kids this year.
It's been a really warm winter so we got to spend lots of time outside at the Nature Center and Red Top Mountain with friends.
We got one little cold spell where did get some snow and ice.
We visited Fernbank Museum.
And lastly, we visited Eric's family in Knoxville.
We hanging in through our home rebuilding for another month here but will have exciting updates to share soon!
Friday, February 10, 2017
It doesn't feel much like winter now but last month we had a brief spell of ice and snow and the kids and I took advantage of the cold weather to make some ice art. It's such an easy, pretty project and the girls really enjoyed it. To make your own you will need:
*A small plastic container (we used the plastic containers that Chinese take out soup comes in)
*Natural materials such as berries, leaves and pine needles
*A freezer or freezing temps outside
Have your kids collect natural items from outside and make a pile, then pour about half an inch of water in to your container. Arrange your natural materials in the water and add glitter. Loop your string so the end are submerged in water and freeze overnight. The next morning, hang your ice art in the sun. The girls also really enjoyed watching these melt and seeing the glittery puddles they left behind!
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
It's been really hard being out of our house the past month (a month already?!) and progress has been slow lately so I am keeping my eye on the prize and planning for the future. I have really kept myself busy thinking about new furniture, paint colors and design elements to keep myself distracted from the fact that nothing is happening.
We are doing some redesigning of the space and getting rid of the fireplace altogether. Instead we will have a door and lots of windows on that wall and it will open up to a patio space that will connect with our new deck. Of course our front wall we will keep all windows, it's what made us fall in love with the house to begin with!
The loft stairs are being replaced with a spiral staircase and since we get the chance to repaint I am obsessing over picking the new color for the living room, dining room and loft space. It's such a big continuous area that I still want to go neutral, right now I'm leaning towards this Mocha Ice color. We will have cedar trim and are talking about going with a slightly darker color for the floors as well.
We have been looking around at a ton of furniture and are seeing a lot we like at World Market. We are leaning towards this blue velvet sofa with some leather and graphic accent chairs and end tables that double as laptop desks. Throw in some graphic pillows for punch and we have a good idea of where we want to go with this room.
While it's depressing how slowly things are moving with the rebuild it's fun to think ahead and plan for when we get to do the exciting parts like rebuild, pick paint colors and go furniture shopping. I'll do some more posts on plans for the other rooms in the near future :-)
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Aside from the fire it was a nice December with lots of fun holiday activities. We went away to the mountains for Christmas to Unicoi State parks and it was a really nice little escape. Here's some photos of what we were up to last month.