Friday, December 30, 2011

resolution. one little word.

Each year as we near the new year, I begin to think about what it is I want to change heading into the new year.  Usually, these resolutions turn into lofty goals that soon disappear from my thinking shortly after the new year.  This year will be different.

This year I've chosen a word to guide me throughout the year.  A word to focus on, meditate on, and reflect upon during my daily life.  This year my word is....

I started this blog just over three years with the intention of sharing with those we love the life we live whether we're near or far.  It became a way to communicate with friends and family while living over seas and has continued to keep us in touch with those we've met along the way.  It's been fun!  But over the past year I've found it hard to come up with blog posts as we've begun to settle into our routine life here in Indiana.  Compared to the past few years, this year has been pretty boring.  Don't get me wrong, a lot has happened this past year, and we've grown exponentially...however it I often wondered if what we were going through on a day to day basis was blog-worthy.

So, as we head into the new year my resolution is to be intentional.  A new way of thinking about this blogging thing - doing it more for me and less for those who read it.  I appreciate those who read my words but instead of focusing on the reaction of those reading, I'm going to focus more on the content I share - sharing with intention.  Sharing what's on my heart and mind at that moment - whether a big life event or just a daily musing.  We shall see where intention leads me this year!

the past 365 days

trained a puppy.

did my frist photography shoot. {J}

got a job. {J}

quit a job. {J}

got another job. {J}

ran our first 5K together.

made my first quilt. {J}

made a second quilt for a friend. {J}

got snowed in.

planted a garden from seed.

spent months looking at houses.

bought a house.

packed up again.

moved across town.

lots of cleaning. cleaning. and more cleaning.

started to unpack.

gutted a kitchen.

designed a kitchen.

grew our first garden.

ate lots of homemade tomato sauce from our garden.

went over a month without a stove.

cooked on our grill.  a lot.

mowed our lawn at least 10 times {with a push mower}

rewired 1/2 the house. {D}

still without electricity in part of the house.

moved the plumbing for the sink. {D}

uninstalled and reinstalled back door.

installed 7 new windows.

visited Ikea 5 times.

built kitchen cabinets.

installed kitchen cabinets.

mud & sand. mud & sand. mud & sand.  too many hours.

went through 10 gallons of paint.

bought new stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer.

installed stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer.

got a full time job. {J}

did two more photo shoots. {J}

planted berries.

made saurkraut from scratch.

watched my little brother get married.

took lots of walks in the our woods.

cleaned out our flooded basement.

laughed until I cried.

cried until I was unconscious.

worked too much.

vegged out often.

watched hours and hours of 'Big Love'.

celebrated our 3rd anniversary.

stood by our friends as their marriages fell apart.

changed our eating habits.

cheated on our eating habits.

nearly lost our puppy.

nursed our pup back to health.

had a car accident.

didn't have to pay to get car fixed.

gutted a bathroom.

designed a bathroom.

installed new sink in bathroom.

drove the to PA for Christmas.

left my car keys in PA. 
found my keys a week later in the bottom of a bag yet to be unpacked.

enjoyed my first ever winter break as a teacher. {J}

more cleaning.

more unpacking.

drove miles and miles to visit family and friends.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Time well spent.

Totally put 1276 miles on this gal...
my lovely '97 Civic
209,010 miles and still chuggin' on!
over the past few days, and plan on putting a few hundred more on before heading back to work.

{great perk of being a teacher!}

While in PA we were able to visit friends from Harrisburg, Saxton, and even made a few trips down to Hagerstown to see friends from Maryland and Virginia.  On the drive out we stopped to have lunch with a friend in Ohio and this week will meet up with friends from South Carolina, Washington, and right here in Indiana.  Thanks to all those who made time in their busy schedules to meet up with us!

What a wonderful way to spend the holiday season!  Hope you're enjoying your time off {hope you get at least some!}  and time spent with family and friends!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

back to the house...

It's been a while since I've posted about our progress on the house.  With November being so busy, we spent very little time focused on the house.   However, over the past few weeks we've been able to make some headway.

One of the big projects that we've been working on is the pantry - which is now COMPLETE!  It was pushed back a little when we decided to sand the popcorn off the entire ceiling....figured we'd make a big mess before trying to put up our new doors.  But, at last, it's done, and I'm now able to hide all that clutter!

if you'll remember WAY back...this is the original kitchen and pantry.

And the pantry just two months ago...a big gaping hole...

Amazing how it's changed, in just 6 months!

Once the pantry was finished we headed into the bathroom...because the flooring will continue from the kitchen into the bathroom we figured we should do some of the bigger jobs before installing the floor.  

So last weekend, when Dan had a normal weekend with me, we decided to tackle the bathroom remodel.  We began by pulling off the old floorboards and molding as well as the old vanity (we were planning to refinish it but found a great deal on a new vanity and mirror that it just seemed like a better idea than spending the time to make the old one look good!). 

We ran into a little snag with the old mirror/medicine cabinet that was built into the wall - we hunted for a replacement but could not find one to fit the hole and look good!  So we decided to cover it up and hang our new mirror there without a medicine cabinet (there's a decent sized closet inside the bathroom for storage).  This, unfortunately meant that the job (which they do in a weekend on TV!) was going to take much longer.  Dan carefully covered the hole from the medicine cabinet - matching up the depth of the drywall and old plaster was not an easy task...then we spent the week mudding and sanding (again!).  

This weekend I painted the walls and we installed the new vanity and mirror...even though it's not completely finished, check out this drastic change...

Try to ignore the hideous will soon change! =)

Without knowing we created more space in our little bathroom...the new vanity is significantly more shallow but wider, so though it seems to take up more space, it actually gives us much more room to move about the bathroom.

Can't wait until it's finished, but for now we can once again use our bathroom sink and I can get ready in the bathroom rather than on my bedroom floor in the morning! =)

Until next time...