Saturday, January 26, 2013

day 83

Happy Saturday!  I, for one, am beyond glad the weekend is here.  Besides desperately needing to get caught up on laundry (um, we have zero diapers clean and are about out of disposables), I'm really looking forward to some time with my boys, some meal planning/grocery shopping and maybe even a long bath/facial/nail-painting session.  Oh yeah, and handling some house stuff.  Exciting, no?

I mentioned that my dad came up last weekend, so Hubby and I had a chance to get out a few times by ourselves without the little dude tagging alone.  It was amazing.  We don't have family close by and sitters get expensive, so it's usually always the three of us.  We really need to make date nights a priority again, though.  It was so refreshing to get out and actually have an uninterrupted conversation, hold hands and just leisurely run errands.  Anyway, when leisurely browsing the aisles of Target (let me reiterate - uh-mazing), Hubby came across a glass lamp.  He knew I'd been on the look out for a pair and I casually commented "too bad there aren't two".  Well, he made that his personal mission and was able to uncover a second one.  I'm not sure I totally love the shape, but for the $14.98 price tag, I was sold.  These babies were originally $49.99 each and I ended up paying $15.82 total, thanks to $5 and $10 Target gift cards I found in my wallet.

Ignore the lamp shade; it's the only one I had in the condo that had a harp.  The one downfall to IKEA lamps (which we have quite a few of), are the unique shades.  Anyway, I'm holding off on purchasing shades until I decide which room these are going in. Right now, I'm thinking they'll end up in our bedroom, but it's possible I'll use them in the living room.  I tried a linen-colored herringbone shade on it at Target and it looked pretty sharp.  They had grey ones, too.  The possibilities are endless!  I can't help but think the lamps look a little like old barrels, which is a tad more rustic than my taste, but I can't get over the price.  I'll let you know if I end up returning them.

This weekend, we started our festivities at 6 am with a little dude that was beyond ready to get up and play.  I don't understand why he struggles to get up at 6:30 during the week, but is wide awake and perky at 6 am on the weekend.  I was hoping for at least another hour of sleep.  Maybe tomorrow.  After a diaper change and an episode of Dinosaur Train, we decided to make breakfast for Hubby.  E's really into cooking lately, so it's been a lot of fun to have him helping in the kitchen.  I came across a breakfast ring recipe on Pinterest the other day and immediately pinned it, hoping to surprise the Hubby this weekend.  Well, he was stalking my Pinterest boards to look at faucets I'd saved and came across the recipe pin the next day.  I got an e-mail at work that read something like: "MOST DEFINITELY, YES!!!!", along with a link to the recipe.  So much for that surprise!

Despite having to go back to the store this morning because the crescent rolls I bought last night were crusty when I opened them, the recipe was a big hit!  I snagged the recipe from The Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife but the original source seems to be Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo.  I'd highly recommend adding it to your breakfast rotation.  I didn't have cheddar cheese on hand and ended up using a mix of American cheese slices and shredded mozzarella.  Next time, I might do 6 or 7 eggs instead of 5, but, otherwise, I followed the recipe as written and it was delicious.

After our bellies were full, we headed out to the house to check out the latest progress.  Our first discovery was that our garage doors were hung.  Verdict is?  I love them.  Now I'm even more anxious for the siding and stone work to be finished.

This is the first snow we've really had this winter and E loved bundling up in his snowsuit and getting a chance to play on his new sled from Christmas (thanks Papa K and Gram-Gram).  He and Daddy took a couple rides around the house and the giggling was contagious.

Nothing else had changed on the inside, but we discovered our bathtub had been unwrapped.  It's just as pretty as I remember!  I'm guessing the plumber wanted to take a look to see what he was up against?  Hubby and E decided to check it out and make sure they still liked it as well.

[promise they're not dead - just pretending to sleep!]
E had a lot of fun running around the basement and jumping on the leftover wood scraps.  It amazes me what kids find entertaining.

I also had to take a comparison shot of when our foundation was first poured.  It's still fun to be able to hang from the beams!

I also took a few shots of the insulation on my big girl camera and made sure to document that we had indeed passed our inspections - woohoo!

We ordered our cabinets on Thursday and are now just waiting for the drywall work to begin.  So exciting!


  1. Hi there! I love, love your new place! I searched high and low for the name of the exterior color, but there was none to be found! Mind sharing as to what the name is? :-)

    1. Hi there! The siding is Quest Double 5" by Mastic in Harbor Grey and the shake is 7" Weathered Split Shake by The Foundry in Colonial Grey. Hope that helps!

  2. Hi,
    2 questions: What type of pendant lights are over the "island counter" and what tub is that from Menards? One more....where did you get the dining room light? - LOVE your home. We are breaking ground next week! SO many decisions - but exciting! What was your "go to" website for all fixtures? Any regrets, changes, MUSTS, etc. advice would be wonderful! :) Love the blog...think I may blog about our progress too for family and friends to check out!

    1. Hi there! The pendant lights are the Urban Renewal Mini Pendant by Feiss ( and the tub is the Maax® Reverie Freestanding Oval Tub ( We love both!

      We honestly bought lighting fixtures from all over the place. Lowe's, Menards, Home Depot, Lighting Universe, Crate & Barrel, BBC Lighting... I can't count the number of 'dates' we had at home improvement stores during the building process!

      My biggest piece of advice is to do as much research as you can ahead of time. Before we signed our contract with the builder, we had basically made most of the 'big' decisions. I wanted to minimize the surprises once we got started! After being in the house a year, there are really only a few things we'd change. I'm not a huge fan of the arches we have in a couple of our doorways. I would have rather done casing and trim. We also didn't add moulding all the way around our windows (just under the window sill) and I would have preferred we do that. I also would have used bigger baseboards throughout. All of these are cosmetic and can be changed over time! The only non-cosmetic changes would be making the two kid's rooms a little larger and figuring out a way to add a mud room and/or expand the laundry room to include those nice lockers/cubbies. Don't get me wrong - we still LOVE the house. Those tweaks would just make it perfect, in our eyes!

      It's been fun to go back and read over the blog now that we're done. I'd definitely recommend keeping a diary of your build if you can. I'm eventually planning to publish the blog into a book so we'll have a record of it forever. :) Good luck with your build! If you decide to chronicle it online, I'd love to know!

  3. Hi, I'm wondering where your garage door is from, I'm trying to pick ours right now and yours is perfect!