Friday, July 31, 2015

Five On Friday: 7/31

It has been awhile since I've been able to participate in a Five on Friday, but here are my Five this week...


//One//

We bought some living room furniture last week. Now our guests won't have to squeeze in with us on one sofa! Due to quality concerns, we ultimately decided not to go with this set, and instead found a reclining sofa, loveseat, and recliner from Broyhill that we really liked. If you live in NC I highly suggest venturing out to  Hickory Furniture Mart for the day. It's basically a mall dedicated to furniture; they have a ridiculously huge selection from low-end to high-end, and great prices. 


We went with the Jasmine collection in Autumn leather. Broyhill lets you choose the fabric for the  pillows too (below). It will be 6-8 weeks out while it's being made, but I think we will be very happy with this set...(I could only find a photo of the sofa)
Pillow Fabric...


//Two//

Drapery. Ugh. It can be SO expensive. My husband went a little window-wild while planning our house and it looks great.. however, a bedroom that has a huge picture window in it (along with four others) is not really conducive to sleep. We have a friend whose mother sells custom, but we're not sure if we're ready to bite that bullet in the bedroom. I really want longer drapes/curtains and they must be blackout. I found a few on Overstock.com but wondered if anyone had recommendations on where to buy quality curtains?

//Three//

Has anyone tried Mally cosmetics? I have been using Mary Kay Tinted Moisturizer with SPF since college. I am a loyalist when it comes to makeup. Unfortunately, they recently discontinued it, and I refuse to pay even more for a product that's expired..thanks, but no thanks ebay. I walked into Ulta this week and a makeup artist introduced me to Mally's BB Cream and so far I really love it. It offers a bit more coverage than Mary Kay, but it looks natural, my skin can still breathe, and it feels/looks great.

I picked up a few other Mally products as well, my favorite being the Effortless Airbrush Highlighter and Blush in Peach (which comes with a free brush)!

//Four//

My Chalene Extreme/Turbofire hybrid program is almost done. I only have two workouts left, and I can't wait to share my results with you! I purchased a Shaun T DVD a few months ago, and I am really looking forward to trying that out next. 

//Five//

I won't be blogging much next week. I will be traveling to Orlando for work and then flying directly to New Jersey for my friend's Bachelorette weekend in the Pocono Mountains!
 Have a great weekend : )

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Happy News (and no we're not expecting)...

I was starting to believe this day would never come. Drum roll please.............we passed our final inspection!!!!!! We now have our certificate of occupancy, which essentially means the house is fit to live in. Last Friday we failed inspection (slightly disheartening, but not uncommon), so it's a huge relief to have passed.

We could have power by this weekend, and shortly after that air conditioning :) 
 
Due to upcoming work trips (for both of us), and a Bachelorette trip, we are going to hold off moving until August 15th. Fingers crossed, we will  hopefully get our current place rented by the following month.

Such happy news for us to be nearly done with this build! It has been over a year since we have started this process, and it has been exhausting to say the least. I am really looking forward to seeing more of my hubby, and to slow down and enjoy life a bit more. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 Family Reunion

I had a busy last week, starting with a trip to the mountains for a family reunion at the Twickenham house. Twickenham is an English-manor tucked away on 400 acres in Jefferson, NC. I visited Wednesday evening through Saturday (solo this year), and spent time with my Dad's side of the family.
Via

Wednesday night I played a board game with my cousins. Thursday and Friday we went into town for wine tasting, shopping, lunch, and frozen yogurt. It's a small town, but very charming.

Downtown Jefferson...


My Cousin Mary, Aunt Pam, and Cousin April (striking her pose ;) ...



One of the highlights of the trip was a slide show put together by my cousin Caroline. She went through hundreds of slides and converted them digitally for us to watch. It was incredible to see these photos that spanned five decades in such vivid color..

Waiting for the slide show to start...


I took photos of my favorite slides, they are at an odd angle-- but are really special none the less!

My grandmother as a child (far right in both), with her sisters. 1930s era...






My grandmother (far right) and her siblings ...


My grandmother (second from left) with her sisters, and my great-grandmother (second from right) ...


My grandmother (far left), her siblings, and my great-grandmother (far right)...


Apparently my great-grandmother was an excellent gardener and had beautiful gardens at all of her homes. I believe grandma said this one was in Texas...


My grandparents & my great-grandmother (my grandfather's Mother), in Mexico...


 My grandparents and my Dad as a baby (50s)...


My grandparents with my Uncle Tom (left) and my Dad (right)...




My Uncle Tom (left) and my Dad (right) in the world's cutest snow suits...



My Dad and his siblings (70s?) he was the one with the sweet hair (in the back on the right) ....


and my Dad and me (late 80s)...


An artistic photo that my grandfather took of a bird mid-flight. I thought it was so beautiful I wanted to share...


I really enjoyed seeing these, thanks Caroline : )

Friday morning I had to work remotely, so I was still in my pajamas when the annual cousins with grandma photo was taken ...

Via Aunt Theresa

My Grandma -Mary is a very special woman. Thanks to her, we have had an annual Hausle reunion for as long as I can remember (20+ years). We have quite a large family (7 children) --located all over the country, so I feel particularly blessed to have this time with them. We didn't have the entire group present with us this year, we missed you all !

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The House Building Blues...

I know I have been MIA for awhile, but life has been moving at a pace I can't seem to keep up with.  We wanted desperately to move in by the end of July, but it's looking less and less like a reality these days. I don't think I could have prepared myself for the time, energy, and work it would take to get into this house (and I am not the one doing the majority of the work)! This is certainly not a poor me plea, because I truly understand how lucky we are to be in this position ...it's just a lot of work is all and I am really tired of living in limbo.

That being said, I am going to withhold progress pictures until we are done. We are just so-so close and are looking at getting the Certificate of Occupancy (inspection) this Friday which would mean we could finally make the move...provided we pass. We still have some projects to finish up, but not living an hour away would make things easier.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Weekend Recap: Celebrations All Around

This was another super busy week/weekend, but it was a lot of fun...

We had a picnic at work where they shared the blueprints for our new office renovation. Vanessa, our office administrator aka "office mom," always does the most amazing tablescapes/theme parties and this was no exception...




Our appliances came in this weekend, as well as the glass shower enclosure. Closet installations happened today but I haven't seen them yet. I spent the day playing contractor for my husband Friday, which was an interesting experience but it is beginning to look more like a home and less like a site everyday!


Friday night Brad and I went to our friend Keith's 40th Birthday Party at Unknown Brewery. His wife Caroline surprised him, and it was a very cool venue (with great beer by the way)!

Saturday I was able to sneak away and visit with my friends Laura and Daniel for a bit which was very nice. We sat outside and had a few mimosas at Common Market.

Saturday night Brad and I attended a Couples Shower for our friend's Tom and Erin. The host did a beautiful job, and it was fun to celebrate a great couple! They also had the coolest cookies I think I've ever seen... awesome right?!



Sunday we celebrated Wyatt's 10th Birthday. I thought it was pretty adorable, his little brother bought him a birthday gift  with his own money (waterguns), too cute! They had a cookout and it was good having a day to just relax and be with family..




Happy Monday!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

House Update: Grading, Lights numero dos, and More...

Bare with me, lots of photos ahead.

I stopped by the house yesterday and saw that the lot has been graded. Basically they turn the soil, bring in some extra to flatten and smooth it all out, and then top it with seed and hay. Of course the  hot and dry July weather is not conducive to growing grass or shrubs, so we will hold off until the fall to do most of the landscaping.

Front Yard...



and back yard...



Some other additions to the outside:

The cedar posts have been stained to match the front door (we will also do the back deck in this color)...


and the outdoor carriage lights were installed...



Some changes to the inside too...

The Bedroom ceiling fan was installed...


and the dining room chandelier...


I'll be honest, this chandelier was not my first choice. Unfortunately, the few that I liked were all too tall so this was one that was wider and I felt like it was pretty classic (albeit sort-of spider like), so this was the direction we went. I am happy with it.

Our microwave drawer was installed (in the island), I was strangely excited about this...




We also had the electrician install a power strips underneath the ledges of the upper cabinets (by the way the blue tape indicates spots that need to be touched-up by the cabinet makers)...


 It keeps everything hidden nicely, with plenty of power within reach, and no ugly outlets in your backsplash...


The electricians were still there when we arrived so we got to see some light for the first time...




Friday we have our gas line installation, all of our appliances, the glass shower enclosure, and closet installation. Could we possibly move in before July is over???

Monday, July 6, 2015

July 4th Weekend: House Updates

This weekend included some exciting moments...

Our friends welcomed a healthy and beautiful baby girl! We hope to meet her soon : )

We had dinner with family on the Fourth of July, followed by about five minutes of fireworks viewing from our porch--we were tired and I wasn't feeling well.

A trip to the movies with my friend Laura on Sunday...

and some phone catch-up with loved ones.

A good chunk of the weekend was devoted to getting this house done (and for me that primarily meant cleaning). I have several progress photos to share with you.

Some of the lighting fixtures were installed...


The foyer lantern...


 The Urn-Pendant Lights in the kitchen...


The master bath lighting fixtures...



and the outdoor fans on the porch...


Speaking of the porch/deck, it is really coming along...



Lastly, Master Bath tile is just about complete. The sealant still has not been applied and there is still some trim work that needs to be added. It's tough to get good photos without electricity!




We see the light at the end of the tunnel approaching and that feels amazing!
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