Thursday, October 24, 2013

From House to Home

I know. I know I know I know.


I need to update my blog.

I KNOW!!!!!!

Well, now all those "knows" just look weird.
Nothing like writing a simple word over and over to make you question the spelling.
Please tell me I'm not the only one who does that.

So here I am. Updating my blog.

Both kiddos are asleep and the house is nice and quiet.

and dark.

I rarely turn on the lights during the day.  Its not like we get a ton of natural lighting in our house either.  Its just that the small amount we do get is the perfect amount.
Its light enough to read yet dark enough to fall asleep.
I like that.

not that I get to just fall asleep during the day.
hahaha!! can you imagine??!?
being able to fall asleep during the day????


-wipes tears-
oh my.

...that was a good one.


So right now I'm eating a well-deserved lunch of Pibb Xtra and Lays Classic Potato Chips
I'll post a recipe for that later if anyone wants it.

Its well deserved because I've been a good sandwich eating, egg fryin girl for about two weeks now and I cleaned my house and organized my closets AND took care of two kids while I did it.

It. is. WELL  ..deserved.

And you know what else?
I'm going to have a Reese's cup for dessert.

...don't you judge me.

See...whilst I was purging my closets of clutter, I came upon several barely used bottles of shampoo and hair products.

Of course, you all know about how I haven't used shampoo since February.

SO...instead of throwing these expensive products in the trash, I decided to trade them on Instagram for various necessities such as 

Potato Chips
homemade cookies.

..don't you judge me.

You're just jealous you didn't think of it first.


So after I cleaned every room in my house I QUICKLY used that opportunity to take a picture so I could reminisce on the changes we've made since buying our house 3 years ago.

One of the biggest changes is the STUFF.

The people who lived here before us had so. much. stuff.


I actually took pictures of their closets and was ridiculous.
When we pulled out the refrigerator there was a 3 inch thick wall of plastic bags just stuck to the wall....wedged in next to the fridge.


I can't do that. It has to have a purpose and place.  If gets sold, junked, or traded for potato chips.

...don't you judge me.


Old dining room...we knocked out most of that wall and added a breakfast bar.
All the laminate had to be torn out due to those nasty dogs peeing everywhere.

And the new...
I loves it.
I couldn't get these good angles on the old dining room pictures.
This room was so stinkin' packed with stuff.
Second bedroom: Its a small room, so I couldn't really blame them for having it packed full...
New look
The old closet was a little ridiculous though.
New closet.
Noah did the shelving.
He's pretty amazing.
Master Bedroom
And the new...
Bathroom: It had just been redone and was a major selling point for us when we bought the house.
 Not much difference here - just paint and decor
Old Kitchen
New Kitchen...I have yet to decide on a color that I really like.
Noah says I can't paint it again until next year.

Now that I look at this picture, I'm really glad I didn't bother to scrub off the stove spots before I took it.

I hate scrubbing stove spots.

...almost as much as I hate washing dishes.

You can see we closed up the wall behind the stove and opened up the wall into the dining room.  We also added a bar height counter on the dining room side.
The next several pictures are of the garage BEFORE we moved in.

I can't imagine having to pack all this stuff.  Yuck. What a mess.
Since then Noah has actually closed in the garage into two rooms.
One room is an extension of our living room, which you'll see.
The other room is a laundry room that you will not see.

Because I didn't finish putting my laundry away, that's why.
The living room.  Lots of furniture. Big Furniture.  And not a lot of room.

The big change...
See the old garage?

That Noah does good work.

We still have some finishing touches to do.  But we weren't really able to start working on it until July 4th weekend.  Noah finished in two weekends, which is good since Grady arrived July 15th.
I told you he's amazing.


L ~ S said...

I like what I see! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Wow...amazing Jeni and Noah, just amazing....if I buy you lots of chips and reses will you come over and help me organize all my "stuff"? My house looks like your house BEFORE you bought it...sigh, tons of "STUFF" everywhere and I just do NOT have a clue how or where to amaze me and yes I AM jealous that you thought of trading items for food because that is a wonderful idea except umm...well I would have gone for meat and Thanks for the updated since you house is a home, you should have more time to update your blog right? Don't YOU judge me...I'm a blog stalker...that's why! Maybe I should start a it...keeping it reel get it like reel on a fishing pole? Yeah...ok bye bye now! Kristi

Sarah Lerdo said...

Enjoyed this post! Your house looks amazing!! beautiful job. I MUST visit!

-Sarah lerdo

Pause in the Little Things... said...

Looks so great, Jeni! You guys did such an amazing transformations! Encourages me to keep going...haha. Love the closets...You are one organized girl. But I already knew that from BYC..and you even brought wrinkle release spray or something!

Lots of love to you and your kiddos! I know I'm just now commenting on a last year post...oh well, I'm way behind!