Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Cards from  |  Photo by Carissa Christine Photography

Thursday, December 5, 2013

We have windows!

The new windows are in! And they are amazing. We had a cold couple days, but they are already worth it. All of the windows are the same size as the old ones, but the new ones have so much more glass space. It's fantastic. While we're missing trim and everything still and we are rocking make-shift curtains, the difference in sound and warmth is huge already.

The biggest effort on our part at this point was taking down all blinds & curtains and moving furniture out of the way. It was nice because all the curtains got a wash, but then they all needed to be ironed. In all honesty, I'm not done with that part yet…

That photo helps to show exactly how horrible our windows can be. That is what we used to wake up to in the morning. Fun stuff.

Besides exciting things like no cold breezes in the winter, actually being able to keep the windows open in the summer, and not having them get so frosted up…. we will actually have unified trim! HORAY! I can't tell you how exciting that is for me. While I thought we only had 3 different styles of trim on the main floor, I'm pretty sure we actually had four. Two were just the same style with one different pieces. We've opted to go with what the original style was in the house. So, similar to below. I'm not 100% sure how that bottom piece will look yet. I'm sure the "design" won't be dead on. But we've also had to look at weird cutouts like on this window since we've moved in too… I'm not sure now someone even did that.

Sorry for the gainy-ness of that one. That was my one chance to take a quick shot with the iPhone before it was ripped out.

Installation day was very cold…

… as there large gaping holes in our house.  But totally worth it. Also, please excuse the messing kitchen. Keeping it real here. Things got crazy that day. And MESSY.

I do still need to take some photos of them installed.

Next up: siding removal!

Monday, December 2, 2013

November Wrap Up

Hello December and all things Christmas!

This year is the year of busy! We've been spending a lot of time at home working on things.... yard work, cleaning out the basement, and planning & prepping. Lots of planning. As of right now we have a window well, new windows, and a naked house - more on that later. We also celebrated Thanksgiving with a marathon of meals and family gatherings. And apparently, I took a lot of photos of the dog sleeping on the couch.

November To Do:
  • Do better at getting blog posts done, I've seriously been slacking. Oops
  • Make a trip to Plato's Closet to try and sell some winter clothes and coats we no longer wear
  • Make a trip to Goodwill to get rid of STUFFDefinitely need to make a 2nd trip!
  • Work on the basement and the crazy that is happening down there. Hopefully the two points above will help greatly. It will basically need to be completely cleared out in order for the contractor finish it. -- We've been working a lot on this! We have a huge dumpster right now, so some stuff has gone in there. The trips to Goodwill, Plato's Closet, and New Uses have really helped. And you would be surprised at how many boxes from electronics and other home goods accumulate... they have all been recycled.
December To Do:
  • Empty the basement.
  • Christmas shopping and decorating!
  • New blinds for the windows.
 At this point, we're waiting on the window trim to get finished, so we can proceed to pack the upstairs with downstairs stuffs. Same goes for Christmas decorations... I don't think we'll have outside lights this year and while our Christmas tree would already be up in front of the living room window right now, it would just be in the way for the window trim (which should hopefully be installed this week!). All of our old blinds were either falling apart or they will now be too small, so we can't wait to finally have better privacy again.