September 26, 2014

I'm still alive....barely

Well, its been a week. Pretty much all I've done all day every day is paint. I have a huge blister on my finger where the brush rests and my body is covered in paint. I scrub off in the shower every day and ye,t without fail, I've missed like 5 spots each time. Sigh. Today is probably the most optimistic I've felt in a loooooong time. The dry wall that got ripped out so the washer/dryer plumbing could go in got fixed today! They need to come out 1 more time to finish it up and then I need to re-paint it and the hardwood floors go in on Monday! Whew! We were supposed to move in tomorrow but the plumber couldn't come out until today to finish up so we just couldn't get it together in time. Honestly, I'm a little relieved. The house is so dirty and I'm looking forward to having some time to clean and get it ready for stuff to be moved in. Tomorrow I will finish painting a small section that is left of the kitchen, the baseboards in the master and I'll paint a part of the bathrooms that will need to get done before the electrician can install the new fixtures on Monday. Whew! I'm SO looking forward to the painting being done!! We finally hired a gardner and he starts Monday -and not a moment too soon! The sellers stopped the lawn service the second the house closed and we haven't had time to do anything about it so its an over-grown mess! I'm sure the neighbors aren't too thrilled with the new folks so far! All in all the house is really coming together and I'm so pleased with how its all turned out, its exciting to see the transformation. Unfortunately the plumbing situation was quite a bit more expensive that we had budgeted so no work will get done on the bathrooms -big bummer. I'll need to wait a while to dive into those projects b/c I know when the time comes, its going to be spendy! (why are bathrooms so much money?!!). After the floors in the office are done and all the light fixtures are installed on Monday, the only things left for what we're doing now is replacing the sliding doors with French doors and getting a new front door for the house (the current one is so ugly!). I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I'm SO thankful. We are all ready to move in and get real life started, its been a long time coming. Thanks for checking in, I really hope to get some photos soon! xo

September 18, 2014

winn cali cottage update

Things finally feel like they are moving. After much back and forth it was discovered that certain products I wanted to use on the floors are no longer legal (if that is the correct word) in LA county b/c they are not environmentally safe. So, it was cancelling orders, finding new products, etc. SO, after much to-do 2 coats of primer are officially on the master and B's floors and the paint should get started later today or tomorrow, then it has to sit for 2 days before the sealer can go on. Ay yi yi. The a/c guy FINALLY arrived today! WHO HOO! So, by the end of the day today our house should actually be bearable to be in. Doug is plugging away at the ol' laundry closet and the cabinets got primed today for their paint! Progress! I think we're still another week out of actually moving in but the wheels are in motion. The alarm guy and the cable guy arrive tomorrow..another step in the right direction. Once all of this stuff is done we can move in but the projects continue. I'm still waiting for bids to replace the ugly jenkity sliding doors with french doors -that's the next item on the agenda (well, that and adding 2 light fixtures to the kitchen where they don't currently exist :). After all that, if there is money left in my little budget Brennan's bathroom will get some work done, sadly the master bath will have to wait a while. Too many things! I do feel like we're getting a lot accomplished on a little budget though, its exciting to see a cheap flip turning into something that feels like ours and is reflective of our (my :) style. I can't wait to get in our house!! Here in our apartment new renters are upstairs for the week and sadly, they have a 3 year old that likes to get up at 4am and run around so it sounds like a herd of elephants in our apartment. Sigh. Poor B isn't sleeping through it either so we had to complain -there is just no way we can function getting up in the 4 o' clock hour. Today he didn't start running until 5:30am so...progress? Needless to say, we're all counting the seconds until they move out this weekend. Ahh the joys of temporary housing. :) Well, I've been painting all morning so I gotta hop in the shower and go pick up B from school. More to come! xo

September 16, 2014


I woke up to Adam saying "Crap! I forgot to mail our taxes yesterday, oh, and I got a parking ticket for leaving my car on the street last night." I'm really hopeful that my day can only go up from here. Sigh. I also found out last night that B gets out of school today at 11:30am, what?!! Apparently its back to school night (why that necessitates a half day I don't know, esp considering B got out yesterday at 12:30pm as is the Monday school schedule). I swear, I feel like she's hardly in school and I may as well just leave her home with me versus the 40 minutes round trip 2x a day. Sorry, just had to vent there. Lets see, on tap...we've got the a/c guy coming back out but not until Thursday (and today the high is 104 -no biggie), I need to get the electrician out to do some work that was revealed in the inspection, I need the plumber to come back out to do some hook up stuff for the laundry under the house, my contractor couldn't find this certain product that I was told I needed for my floors, I found it online and it won't get here until Friday, and I have my first CA photo shoot this week! I'm taking lots of deep breaths, and spending lots of time in my car. This is where we're at today....a day at a time. Well, I've got 2 hours before I need to get B, better get going. Thanks for checking in. xo

September 15, 2014

running to stand still

To say its been nuts around here would be an understatement. It has seemed like days upon days of running around but only to feel like we're no further along than when we started. We own the house, yay! But the a/c doesn't work and its been 102 degrees here lately and getting the bids to get it fixed has been a major to-do. So, being at the house isn't so great these days. I officially finished painting B's room, the carpet got ripped up today so...there's progress. Doug officially started working on the laundry situation today so that's great! Its just been a lot of folks coming and going to give bids for this and that but without much actually happening. That's hard. The power got shut off on us the other day which was awful since a guy had just arrived to start working...thankfully they got us connected again rather quickly but it was one of those "nooooooo!!!" moments. Then yesterday, when it was 102 degrees the a/c in our apartment stopped working so we had to pack up all our stuff and move into a different apartment. This was NO fun BUT the new apartment is nicer and bigger with a king size bed!! Probably the best night sleep Adam and I have had in months. I'm just tired and feel worn out by life lately....I know, me and my first world problems but it just feels a tad overwhelming these days. AND on top of all of this, my busiest time of year is right around the corner, which under the best of circumstances about does me in so with all of this on top of it...I feel like I need to check myself in to a mental hospital preemptively. :/

I am officially in month 3 of living out of a suitcase, fingers crossed only for another week? I think that's all the news....we're just taking it a day at a time over here. I'll hopefully have some photos in the next week or so, we'll see. Thanks for checking in. xo

September 9, 2014

The Bridge

This weekend was really good, which was really needed. Friday we hung out with dear friends and made pizzas, Saturday we went to cousin Mike's new place and watched football (and ate pizza) all day and cheered the ducks onto victory! Saturday night 2 of our mi casa darlings spent the night at our (little) place as they were en route to Oregon. It was SO nice seeing Waco faces here in CA, warmed my heart cockles. :) Sunday morning I made a big breakfast and they headed out and we tried a new church! All of us are a little "eh" about this whole church search since we've left the past few weeks feeling discouraged and wondering if we'll find a good fit but this week...we didn't leave discouraged, we left encouraged and cautiously optimistic! Its a brand spanking new church, in fact, Sunday was their first service! There were probably at least 300 people there, it was crazy! Its called "The Bridge" and we are looking forward to going back this weekend to give it another whirl. It was so life giving to walk out and feel like maybe this was finally the place! And its kinda cool to think about being a part of something brand new and watching it grow. Anyhoo -just a good feeling. Then we spent the rest of Sunday afternoon with our friends at their in-laws; swimming and chatting and eating, so fun. I came home, rinsed off and then ran out the door to my friends for a little movie night. We sat outside on the most perfect night watching a movie on her projector against her garage - just lovely. All in all, a great weekend that left me filled up after weeks of feeling sad and missing Texas. I'm getting there.

In other news, we signed on the dotted line yesterday and bought our house!!! WHO HOO! It has been a LONG road of back and forth and I think there were MANY times along the way we all wondered if it was really gonna happen. We are so.thankful. to have a home and place to call ours again. We should get the keys tomorrow and then...its ON. I've already got appointments lined up to get things fixed/changed, etc. My sweet father-in-law is driving down to help us with our laundry situation and we're so thankful! It will be SO nice to have laundry inside the house and to have room for our side by side washer/dryer (most places down here (esp in our price range) only accommodate stackables). I went to the paint store yesterday (full disclosure: where I got the call that my daughter was waiting to be picked up from school b/c I forgot that on Mondays they have early dismissal!!!!) and got some samples so I can get to work! I can't wait to get in there and make it feel likes ours versus a cheap flip done by an investor. I've got big plans. :)

Well, that's the scoop 'round these here parts, this blog will likely be quiet for a bit as I'll be painting for a while. :) Before/afters to come!! Thanks for checking in! xo

September 3, 2014

temporary living, phase 2

Well, we're out of our lovely rental home and into a 2 bedroom furnished apartment...a TINY apartment. We're eating off of paper plates and have piles of clothes laying around b/c no one knows where anything is. Sigh. We're still waiting with bated breath to hear when we will actually close on our house but it should be next week!

We had a nice weekend, we got to spend some time with Doug and Kemi, and our friends had us out to their home for a lovely Labor Day BBQ. Last night some sweet friends invited us to the Hollywood Bowl -they had tickets to the LA Philharmonic, my friend packed a lovely picnic and we had a GREAT time. It still doesn't feel like real life yet, poor B has to get up early for school which is what keeps us somewhat on track around here! Adam doesn't have his office at APU yet so he's been working from home which we both like. :) His first day of class starts tomorrow so real life will settle in quickly, I think. All in all, not too much to report....we're kinda just living a day at a time since everything feels so haphazard and up in the air. Oh, I'm flying to Waco next month to do a project for a client and I'm doing some mini sessions while I'm there so if anyone reading this wants one -shoot me an email! Oct. 25th & 26th!

I think that's all the news for now, sorry nothing too exciting to share! xo