Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cabinet Install & Flooring

Our floors went in this week as well as our cabinets. I am thrilled with the floors! They are not as dark or wide-plank like I first envisioned, but they really look nice. In the photos below they are still quite dusty, but the close-ups provide a better idea of what they look like.

The custom cabinetry was a major splurge for us. I loved that we could pick and choose some really cool features, and that the cabinets go all the way to the ceiling (we still need to add crown molding). I cannot wait to cook in my new kitchen : )

Lot's of pull-out shelving and even a pull-out pantry.. 



The decorative posts on either side of the stove actually pull out and become spice-storage. When I first saw this I was kind of in awe, I fancy myself a spice-hoarder... 



One area that Brad was disappointed in was the large size of the island. It almost meets the cased opening (entrance to the living room), and is just a tad bit bigger than we anticipated. To be fair he called it out as a potential problem, and I (and the designer, who is no longer working for the company-- go figure) assured him it would be fine. To downsize at this stage of the game would mean  additional money and we would need to remove the decorative posts on the four corners, which would leave me more than a little brokenhearted. Our cabinets are very simple and the posts are one of my favorite features; I wanted the island to look like a furniture piece. All and all I am really pleased with how it turned out; classic, clean, and functional.


 See what I mean, it's a little bit on the large side, but I can't lose my posts :/


Tomorrow we will template the granite and quartz...stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend

 My thoughts and prayers this Memorial Day weekend were largely with the Men and Women who have served, or are currently serving, in the military and their families.



 I enjoyed the long weekend very much. Here were the highlights...

Saturday night I went out to dinner with my dear friend Laura. She was kind enough to treat me to some delicious gnocchi at  The Summit Room . Afterward we went to Twenty-Two for wine. Her moving date is quickly approaching and I'm not quite sure what to do with myself. She has been such a staple in my life these last few years. She is such a genuine, loyal, and lovely friend, I am so lucky to have met her. Luckily, I know from experience, that you don't need to be in close proximity to be close.

Also this weekend, we celebrated my Cousin Suzy as she and her husband are expecting triplets in September! She was all smiles...


She announced that they are welcoming two boys and a girl to the family. The cake layers inside the gift represented the genders (You can't tell from this angle)...



Here is the Soon-to-be Big Brother Christian, and the Happy Grandma/Mima, Aunt Joanne!


Brad and his Dad worked on the house this weekend. They built out the box bay window and did a great job...

Before:


After: (Still needs a second coat of paint)...


I am not handy like they are, but I helped pick up the job site (a.k.a threw out lots of nails and garbage).

The cedar posts were also built last week. They will be stained to match the front door...


Here is the house so far...



I am also keeping up with my TurboFire/Chalean hybrid workouts. I have noticed a huge difference compared to week one; I am able to finish strong! I am way less sore, especially in my back, thankfully too. This is my last full week of the challenge, but I plan on completing phase Two and Three in the next 60 days. I am feeling so good!



That's all for now. I hope you had a great weekend !

Thursday, May 21, 2015

House Updates

We are nearing the end of the house-build so lots of updates coming in the next few weeks. It's so exciting to see our vision come together, and it makes all of this craziness seem worth it.

I didn't make it to the house until 6:30 at night so my photos are a little shadowy. Without electricity I had to rely on flash and these are only cell phone pictures...so quality is iffy.

Here is the progress on the outside with the copper roof over the box bay window, the boxing complete, and the shake put on. This still does not include shutters, the cedar posts, and Brad still needs to finish the box bay and paint it.





They also poured all the concrete inside both porches and the garage...

Here is the slab poured for the extra garage building...


and the back porch which is still awaiting posts and the screen...



They are also working on the back porch ceiling...



On the inside they are just starting to work on the tile and flooring this week..

Here is our laundry-room floor which is a tile that has a weathered-gray wood look:


The wood floors haven't been installed but they will be this color...


The paint is also finished. We went with Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray and Accessible Beige. The Beige looks a little yellow in these photos since the sun had started to set...



Here is the Master bedroom in Agreeable Gray...


And the coffered ceiling has been fixed...


That's all the progress for now : )

Monday, May 18, 2015

Beach Weekend

I had such a great time at North Swan Beach with my sweet lady-friends this weekend. I won't pretend that I am not completely exhausted, but being beach-tired is an okay kind of tired in my book!

Thursday night Savannah, Erin, and I tackled the seven hour drive with a little aid from an audio version of The Girl on the Train. We ended up not being able to listen to the entire thing (the English voice soothes just a little too much), but I need to get it and finish --it's very good so far.

The beach is situated off public roads so Lindsey, Sara, and Nicole met us girls just after one a.m at a parking lot, and we hit the truck into four wheel drive to make it down the beach to Lindsey's house. I am a bit of a wimp so making this drive in the dark always kind of scares me haha.

The next morning I enjoyed my coffee and breakfast on the porch and watched the wild horses graze; just breathtaking.




The rest of the day was a mixture of napping, sun, cocktails, friends, and reading. In other words, it was glorious.


That night Lindsey made us a delicious seafood dinner and I am pretty sure my head hit the pillow before midnight. This being our sixth year, I am really feeling the sun and libations a bit more than in the golden days of 23.

Saturday was Lindsey's birthday so we celebrated with a beach day. We could not have had better weather; sunny with a nice breeze. The horses came SO close this year and they were everywhere. Sadly, this may be because people are feeding them (which is a big no-no by the way). Still, it was definitely a sight to see...



I also took a big step in my grief journey and managed with the help of my friends, to finally swim in the ocean again. It was freezing and emotional, but I was so happy that I was able to bring myself to do it and move past the fear. I grew up with Summer trips to the beach and I don't want one truly horrendous experience to paralyze me from doing something I enjoy. Anyway, it felt really good and I am thankful for the support of my friends.     

That night I made us our annual pasta dinner with Lindsey as my sous-chef-extraordinaire , and then managed to partake in a single game and put myself to bed...begrudgingly. I just can't hang anymore.

The next day we woke up, cleaned-up, and headed home. I always look forward to this trip and hope we have plenty more years ahead of us!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Baseball Outing, New-do, and Congrats!

This week flew by. I managed to get all of my workouts in so I can now enjoy a three day weekend at the beach with the ladies without feeling guilty. We have gone to my good friend Lindsey's Beach House nearly every year, but I could not join last year. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone. Several of us have had big life changes; out-of-state moves, new jobs, marriages, babies etc., so it's great to get a chance to spend a few days in pjs catching up and relaxing (there also may be mimosas involved)!

No new house photo updates yet. They poured concrete for the garage and are working on the copper box-bay and boxing this week. The painter is nearly done too, he  just has to finish the trim. I won't be able to get in the house until next weekend, so I should have some great progress pictures to share then. 

Yesterday we played hooky from work (just kidding), we had an afternoon group outing at BB&T Ballpark to watch the Charlotte Knights play the Louisville Bats. Luckily we had good seats which granted us access into a separate area with AC because it was toasty outside! The Knights won : )



This week I also had my hair highlighted and cut. Shelly at Varji & Varji in South Park did a great job! I don't go as often as I should, but she was able to turn my mop into something pretty! I am not a big selfie person but in hopes that you go see Shelly here goes...




Lastly, I wanted to congratulate one of my best friends on her recent engagement. Lindsay I can't wait to celebrate with you and Shawn! Over the moon for you both : )


Now I am off to enjoy my nice long weekend, hope you have a great one too!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mother's Day

First, my 30 day challenge progress:

Week 2 has officially started! I took one less rest day so that I could relax and enjoy my little beach getaway this weekend --so technically I am one day ahead.



My Biggest Win: Waking up early and getting that workout knocked out for the day--every day!
My Biggest Loss: Nutrition was a bit of a struggle, especially on busy days where we don't get home until late and end up eating out.

Mother's Day:

While I didn't get to spend the day with my amazing Mom (one of the tough parts about living far away), I did get to celebrate with a few other special women in my life. I made dinner on Sunday for my Mother & Sister (in law), and I took my Grandma Mary out to dinner on Monday. I have some pretty incredible ladies in my life that I am so grateful for. My heart was also with those who struggle with Mother's day. I know how difficult it can be to feel like the entire world is celebrating while you're heart broken. I hope you found some peace and comfort on Sunday as well.

That's all for now!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

House Update

This morning I woke up for my workout and this girl really hoped I intended to play with her instead. Those eyes,  she has mastered the guilty-stare!




Yesterday after work we met the mason and boxing-guy at the new house. I cannot wait for everything to come together! While I was there  I took some photos (on my phone) of the progress...


They finished the brick work on the veneer, but they do have to make some changes to the fireplace in order to make the trim look right. I love the brick color; it was truly worth driving through MANY neighborhoods until we found exactly what we wanted!



They also stained the front door. The stain color is Minwax Provincial. We are going to have three large wooden posts on the front porch (you can see the brick base to the right that will hold two), that will be stained the same color. We are also toying with the idea of doing the same thing on the screened-in porch posts. Somewhere Brad is rolling his eyes as I type this, but I think this will add a nice little rustic-touch to the place!


On the inside of the house the electrician  moved our recessed lights as they were off-centered a couple of inches. You can see the dry-wall squares cut out that will eventually be fixed.


Lastly, the painter sprayed the first coat of primer everywhere ...it's coming along!


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