It’s been a while, no? I had to put this little blog on hold for a while as we had some pretty big things going on in our lives and I couldn’t handle the stress of starting a blog and dealing with LIFE.
First and foremost, we renovated our house! And by renovated, I mean completely gutted.
Rip out the drywall, tear up the floors, throw the plumbing out the second floor window into a dumpster kind of gutted. All the way down to the studs.
We got new plumbing, new electrical, new siding, new stucco, new windows, a new roof and an entirely new interior. It’s a brand new, 40 year old house. The only things that are still original are the foundation, the studs, the fireplace and the brick on the outside. That’s it.
We got rid of a wall and instead had a 38′ long laminated beam manufactured and installed to support the weight of the second story. We moved the half bathroom from in the kitchen area to across the house by the stairwell, we got rid of our dedicated laundry space (yes, I did just say that) and completely changed the layout of the master bathroom.
The project took a year from planning to completion. And no lie, it was stressful.
We started working with architects in September of 2015, right about the time I started playing with this blog. In January 2016 we completely moved out of the house and into a rental home a few miles away. Demo started two weeks later.
Construction was finally complete in August 2016 and we moved back in at the end of that month.
It took about a year for me to finally feel like we’re settled back in. Am I pleased with the final result? Yes. Was it worth it? YES. At the time, I was convinced it was never going to end. It went two months past our original deadline and waaaaay over our intial budget but it worked out for the best. The quality of construction is excellent, the finishes are awesome, and it will be a place I can live for the rest of my life.
It’s my dream home.
In other news, about the time we moved back into our house, I started homeschooling my daughter. Even though it was only kindergarten, adjusting to the homeschooling lifestyle added it’s own element of stress. All of a sudden I wasn’t teaching her the ABCs, I was teaching her to read. Yikes. I didn’t realize how heavy that responsibility is.
At the same time, I qualified for (January 2016) and ran the Boston Marathon (April 2017). It was a great experience and every runner’s dream come true.
Though this blog has always been sitting in the back of my mind, I didn’t feel like I was in a good enough place mentally to get back into it. I had too much going on. I needed to tackle the other stuff first.
The stress isn’t completely gone. Is it ever? I’m currently training for Ironman Texas, which is a huge undertaking and soon I’ll be homeschooling my son, who turns five in May.
BUT, I feel like I’m in a much better place emotionally to tackle this blog as a long term project and give you some great, easy ideas for streamlining and organizing you own life, both mentally and physically.
Look for posts to come. Maybe not immediately but soon!