Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On the Move

This post could go one of two ways. I could tell you all about my sweet little Lainey gal and how much she is growing and moving. Or, I could tell you all about the big move back to Louisville and the updates that are to come! Since my sweet little Lainey will be one next week - I have a feeling this little bloggy is gonna be on Lainey overload soon, so I'll focus on the later subject and share what's to come.

Shane and I were married in 2011 ... and we've moved three times since that day.  This home will be our fourth move and it's probably the one I am most excited about from a house perspective. It's no secret around here that I LOVE a good renovation and keeping things fresh. Change is something I am addicted to, so this is right up my alley. For the most part, we've usually updated or renovated a few rooms in the houses we've owned and then simply done mostly cosmetic changes to the rest of the house. However, in our new home we are doing a FULL renovation and changing close to every single room. I'm talking putting our laundry room in a current dining room, making an office into a master closet, etc. so it has my creative brain on overdrive and I love it!

We spent a good portion of last week back in Louisville, and I had back to back to back meetings with architects, contractors, cabinet designers, flooring galleries, etc. and it was so fun! Shane had some management meetings about an hour and a half north of Louisville, coupled with a red carpet event we attended Friday night so the kids and I thought it would be a good time to head back as well and get some balls rolling. Of course GoGo joined us because what on earth would I do without her?Plus, she's been through this process probably more times than she cares to admit, so I always appreciated her opinion and guidance. And I'm happy to say the ball is rolling, and rolling fast!
With that ... I want to share a few "before" photos of the house so that I can keep you (and myself) updated during the renovation; and then look back at this once we are 100% complete and hopefully give myself a big ole pat on the back. The pictures below are the realtor photos from when we purchased the home. Before we start demolition I want to go in and get pictures of the vacant rooms, because I think you can get a better feel for the space without all of the bulky furniture in the way. The furniture has a way of making the space feel "as it should" where with an empty room I think you can do a much better job playing/designing and starting with a literal blank slate.

All of my homes have for the most part been decorated in a traditional meets rustic fashion and I am forcing myself this time to go a little outside my comfort zone. I want to stay true to what I love ... warm cozy, weathered etc. but I want to introduce a lot of farm house as well. Really focusing on lots of exposed reclaimed wood, barn doors on sliding tracks, all the goodies like that and I'm having so much fun!

So, without further adieu welcome to the new house (when it's finished I'll welcome you to our new HOME)! ~ Future plans are to paint the exterior a white/cream or something light with perhaps stonewashed bricks.
Entry/Foyer ... This space will obviously be de-wallpapered and expanded well into the the next room along with exposing the basement staircase. The right encasement to the current formal living room will be the new office and have large barn doors on sliders so your initial entry into the home will really set the tone. 
 Formal living that will soon by our home office! We're planning to include lots of built ins and making the fireplace a nice focal point with richer colors.
Formal Dining room that will soon become our laundry/hobby room.  This room will have tons of extra storage space, a craft table for all of my projects I get myself in to and tons of fun stuff for the kiddos to let the creative juices flow! Three cheers for large utility rooms!
Kitchen ... that will remain our kitchen ... but it will expand into the current great room. We will also be blowing out the eat in kitchen wall and adding on a great room addition to the back of the house. This was the appointment I was most excited about when I met with the cabinet designer. We played with some AWESOME ideas I can't wait to share with you! Mixing and matching will be the name of the game in the kitchen with some painted cabinets, some stained, reclaimed wood and funky fun farmhouse hardware. Whoop!

I am so sad to see this go, because I love it so. But with the new layout we'll be adding the grill space back in and re-purposing every ounce of material we can to save costs. But the current grill unit will become our great room and off the great room we will be adding a covered porch, so unfortunately the current doesn't get to stay.

Here's the view of the entire back yard and the photo that made me fall head over heels in love with the house. I stood in this very spot the first time we looked at the house and teared up. I couldn't help but get emotional thinking about so many things. Imagining my children and their friends growing up in that back yard sealed the deal for me.
The current landscaping you see will become grass and great room.
Current great room ... that will become our eat-in kitchen/dining room and a walk out to a new covered porch. To the right (not pictured) will be our coffee nook hostess cabinet and small wet bar - to which my husband is requesting a keg-orator. We do own a beer company after all, so I had to get craft when talking to the cabinet company about that one!
Current home office ... will be our master closet! Wahooo! We're scaling down the window and hopefully adding in a small island!
Master Bedroom ... to be updated! Aside from the entry way (not pictured) this part of the space isn't changing from a design stand point.
 Master bath ... this room will be blown out and reconfigured.
Bennett's bedroom! The downstairs great room addition may effect his window ... so we may be adding another window and a pocket door to his bathroom - which will also be updated.

Lainey's bedroom! Will have a window seat and adding a bathroom.
My favorite bedroom upstairs that will become Lainey's closet and bathroom.
Guest bedroom upstairs ... to be updated - along with the guest bath.

Bedroom upstairs that will become loft playroom.  And this hallway will be blasted and widened to accommodate the play area.

Basement ... it will get new furniture and new paint job ... but it's not really being touched.
Basement office -- will become Shane's room to do whatever he wants with. Office, workout, Louisville athletic decor (BOOOOOO), etc. I'm giving him free reign in this space ... I can't wait to see how he chooses to play with it!
Basement bath and guest bath along with guest bedroom ... will be updated. We may also add an egress window pending budget.

And so far, that's where we are! I should have final drawings, budgets and plans this week and I'll do another post to let you see the new layout, designs, etc. Looking forward to this process and can't wait to start knocking down walls!
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Lollipop Ghosts

Mister Bennett and I spent Monday evening crafting a fun Halloween treat for his classmates. As a kid we always made these in school with tissue paper and rubber bands. But as an adult, you utilize your leftover white fleece from Halloween costumes and get to work! (Apologies in advance for the terrible dark iPhone photos, it was Monday night, forgive me?)
You'll need the following items:
- Lollipops (any variety, but large types like blowpops or tootsie pops often work best)
- String, yarn or something to secure fabric 
- White fabric or tissue - cut in roughly 6x6 squares
My fabric was fleece, and I measured it by making it about the size of my hand. 
Next, you place a sucker directly in the center...
Then you simply wrap the fabric all the way around the top of the sucker.
And secure with string (or whatever you're using) around the base of the lollipop and on the stick. 
Last but not least, you get to make them all cutesy! We drew faces on with a Sharpie 
And added fun embellishments and name tags on the sticks for a festive addition! 
This little three year old was super impressed suckers could be turned into ghosts and was so excited to share them with his friends at school. 
Give us a holiday and we'll find a craft, having kids is so much fun! Otherwise I'd be eating a lot of ghost suckers all by myself! 






Houses, Prom, Football and Sunday

Prom, Football and Sunday. I realize that isn't anywhere close to acceptable for the title of a post nor the opening sentence to said post, but it's Monday. It's Monday ... I'm exhausted and I'm in the Costco parking lot waiting for Lainey to finish her little car snoozle and it's the best I could come up with. Bennett is content in the backseat with the iPad (because we brought it to our morning appointment), so I thought I'd recap our long weekend while I have a few moments of quiet.

I picked up the Beebster from school on Tuesday, loaded him into the car and headed north to spend the weekend in Kentucky. Shane had a management retreat and was going to be about 1.5 hours north of Louisville, so the kids and I thought it'd be a good weekend to tag along. Wednesday and Thursday we were jam packed with appointments for the new house. This move is happening and every day we get closer and closer. And this weekend made it feel really really REAL.

I can't wait to share more details on all of this with you all! I'm currently working on a post I hope to share this week with a lot of the before photos so we can start at square one and work our way through. 
This little guy tagged along and while I saw tons of vacant house and exciting storage ... he saw endless possibilities for games of hide and seek.

Since we were home on a Wednesday, I was able to make it to the Gals Night! We had a yummy dinner at Mesh and my parents took the kids. But, we were having dinner so close to Hillcrest I snuck out of dinner early and met my parents and the kids to walk the creepy streets. We were tricked by ghouls and goblins and I actually screamed very loud on multiple occasions. Hillcrest is known as "Halloween Street" in Louisville and nearly everyone who lives there participates. Think Christmas lights, but only during Halloween. These people go all out and it is such a fun tradition. Some go super scary, others keep it more tame. But it's totally free and so fun if you're ever in town and looking for something to do during October. It's active every night of the month, but on the weekends they kick it up a notch. Halloween is so fun!

Friday we had a great day of play once PaPaw arrived home from the management retreat and went on fabulous fall walks, drove the power wheel and biked until our hearts were content. And once the kiddos had just enough fun, we buckled them in the car for a cousin sleepover at Sissy and Poppy's house! Emmie and Brody were of course their too and Mr. B was all smiles.

Shane and I got cleaned up for our evening, attending the Pink Prom. One of our good friends started a fundraiser about five years back called the Pink Prom. All of the proceeds go to Breast Cancer research and you get to relive your prom night all over again! We had dinner at Vincenzo's before heading to the Gillespie.  Falls City sponsored a table, so our whole crew attended and my parents came too! We had so so much fun and it was nice to get all gussied up for a change! A far cry from my normal ponytail and yoga pants uniform, ha.

Saturday morning we were up and at em to pick up the kiddos and head to the University of Louisville football game. We had an extra ticket so we invited Brody along, and I'm sure you can imagine that made our little man the happiest of all. And, added bonus even more of our friends and Grandpa came with us too, so the kiddos really scored on family time this weekend! It was all things football and food at the Homecoming game and we had the best time.

The sweetest. New framer for the house!
Let's be honest though ... we all just want the giant Kizito cookies.

Once the the game was over, we packed up the car and hit the road to get back on the highway towards good ole rocky top. And guys, I realize for a lot of you momma's this doesn't mean that much ... but my kids slept THE ENTIRE WAY HOME. Nearly three whole hours! I am one of those mothers that was blessed (side eye) with children who hate the car and literally never sleep longer than 30 minutes. Truthfully, from infancy to toddlerhood - NEVER ever sleep or are content in a car. So I was doing a happy happy dance when they were still asleep and mama got some peaceful time in the car! (I won't share that thanks to the long nap they did not sleep Saturday night or the story would be way less cool.)

Sunday morning we hit the ground running with yummy food in a our belly, Jesus in our hearts, and a fabulous family hike at Radnor Lake.

We stopped for lunch in Brentwood at BurgerFi  and they were having an anniversary party with a clown offering blow up animals and free face painting! Bennett requested he be a pirate dog! :) It was a great day followed by breezy errands and a yummy home cooked meal. 
It was such a great weekend, and aside from the fact that we're all exhausted we're ready to take on the week. Halloween and a first birthday are on the horizon and we are PUUUUUMPED! Happy Monday gang!

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