About the House

13 November 2014

We are home.

We are home, and it's cold outside. I turned the heat on it's so cold outside.

We bought this house in August, and it felt like the house would never be ready for us to move in and it would be hot Houston summer forever. And then there were all these emotions and my grandmother passed away and we were apart from our Jacob for too long and it was all crazy, and now I'm sitting in our new house with my feet on our old coffee table and I'm just marveling at this whole month.

So the house.

But I'm in love. I love it. The fact that I'm staring at a kitchen that we designed, my old sketches incarnate, and it's getting countertops tomorrow. It's kind of unreal. Remodeling is exhilarating. It's like a big puzzle and you're recutting the pieces. You're presented with riddle after riddle and constantly working toward creative solutions.

Caught in the act:
And now that we've moved in I actually get to help. Yesterday, during naptime, my little brother told me he really needed my help to grout the tile in the bathroom. I felt like the last one picked for the kickball team, but I was determined to do a great job. And we grouted and yucked it up and my hands got all soggy wrinkled, and then I just kept going back to that bathroom all day with tea in my left hand and a baby on my right hip just to look at those tiles, because I grouted those tiles and unlike clean laundry or swept floors they were gonna stay that way.
The backyard is huge and butts up against a train track. This is one of the many reasons we were able to get such a good deal on the place. But I'm finding the train has some real perks. Because of the train, the yard ends in a huge rock wall (so: privacy) and we can only see the top of the train as it passes, it's noisy, but double paned windows put a significant dent in that and I have a three year old son...so...he thinks we died and moved to Chuggington. I'm kinda loving it too. Trains are bustling and going places and smack of both a wild desolate west and a crowded urban metropolis. Now, our train isn't quite that romantic, but this house and I are honeymooning and I've even got me some heart eyes for our freight train.
Most every piece of the house is still in progress - Jacob is painting the last of the cabinetry as I type this - so you'll have to wait for official before and afters and until then soak up the glimpses, like this one of the floor.
Hasta la next time.

19 comments :

  1. Good job on the grout! I think we'll have to redo our shower sooner than we thought (pretty sure there's mold behind it-ugh!) and I'm hoping we go the subway tile route... As long as the husband doesn't insist on dark grout, that is!

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  2. Ahh, I'm so glad you guys are settled and all together again and that you get to be a part of the renovations now. Can't wait to see more!!

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  3. Beautiful! I love the floors and those tiles! You need to come here and help me fix up my place lol I don't ever seem to get it right the first time.

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I feel you! We've got so many cooks in the kitchen over here, it takes like five iterations before we move forward!

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  4. That tile!! What a process you're going through. Wow. Can't wait to see more. Kiss those sweeties for me--and totally all about the train track.

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  5. Oh my gosh, this is soooo fun. I'm living vicariously. Keep doing this.

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  6. Ah, that floor! And, you tiled! Yay! I'm so happy for you and your house-moon! I feel like I'm still on mine and we haven't done any updating. Still so happy for you all. Continued prayers!

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  7. Noooooooooo, I need moaaaaaaaar! More pictures. More waxing poetic. More gems like "died and moved to Chugington."

    Also, maybe you've helped me finally understand why I luv to fix me a house up- a real life puzzle with seven thousand variables and once it's done, nobody undoes it. Wow. It's like an epiphany. You are basically my therapist, okay?

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  8. love it!! Can't wait to see more! And we live right by a train too and I actually love it....the sounds in the middle of the night have come to be pretty comforting :)

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    1. Yay for trains! I seriously can't believe how much I enjoy it!

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  9. So exciting! We live about two blocks from train tracks and it was the highlight of my boys' younger years. Seriously.

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  10. The train runs right behind our house too! My husband thought of it as a perk because his childhood house (which his dad still lives in) is right be the train too. Its the highlight for kids when we host parties and the only time it wakes the boys up is when they are in that half-awake stage early in the morning...I'll take it.

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  11. I'm so insanely jealous and cannot WAIT for before and afters!!!

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