Thursday, January 31, 2013
We have cousins visiting us for a few days. The weather has turned a tad bit warmer ( mid 30's ) and the snow has decided it wants to melt a bit. So instead of snow play going on, the prospect of mud play has not enticed me enough to send them all outside.
It is the first day. The first day always seems to be a little easier, so we will see how the next few days go. Mud play might be necessary.
No major plans for the kiddos, while they are here, other than cousin time. However, something might have to be introduced if the need arises. Any suggestions? 8 kiddos between the ages of 12 and 1 1/2. I know your all jealous and dying to be in my place. The excitement begins!!
Friday, January 11, 2013
Well, here we are at the beginning of the new year and hopefully that will give me somewhat of a push to post more often. The last few months have been quite busy for us and now that our days have gotten back to a more scheduled routine, I think I could add in a bit of time for posting.
As shared in a previous post, we were able to realize our dream of purchasing a home out in the country. Not just the home, but with a bit of land to go with it. When we found the property, it seemed that things fell into place for us to live there. The home is about 35 years old and probably hadn't been updated that whole time on the interior, so a lot of work was needed, but it is clean and well cared for. The exterior of the home had been update in the last 15 or so years and the yard is beautiful! I am grateful for that. The home sits on 24 acres of wild, somewhat rolling land.
The land had not been farmed for probably 50 years and for the most part, because of the random, protruding lava rock, is not a good candidate for such. That makes it perfect for us. We have big ideas and dreams for it. Some of those include, but are not limited to: planting lots and lots of trees, maybe a pond, chickens, steers, large gardens, maybe some fruit trees, corrals, barns, sheds, etc. The dream is big, but I think we are off to a good start.
The last few months of free time has been spent doing some remodeling. One of the first things we did when we moved in was to completely rip out the kitchen. The old one was small and outdated. For our family, it needed to be bigger and more open.
The dark cabinets, and the position they were in, made the room feel dark and small. There was a dropped ceiling to accommodate the lighting and as much as I love the color orange, the counter tops had been utilized greatly and were in need of replacing. I had hoped that I could recycle the cabinets, but they were made of a plastic/vinyl material that would have proved difficult to paint. ( I did save them to use either in the laundry room or in the work shed )
So, we took everything out, including the dropped ceiling. We put in a new ceiling with can lights, enough to brighten the space nicely. I was able to find used oak cabinets for sale, with enough to work perfectly for the look and use that I wanted. I was able to paint them and finish them with an antiqued look. For our counter tops, we did a marble tile. This was a task, as we had not tiled before, but after the island was completed, things went quickly and smoothly and they turned out beautiful. We replaced the carpeted flooring (yes, carpet in the kitchen), with wood laminate which we extended into the dining area, entry, and down the hall. There is still much to be done and little things to finish, but already it feels like home; like us.
Well, this post has gotten a bit longer than I would like, so I will end it there. Enjoy!