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I’m not sure whether this qualifies as an early Christmas present to ourselves or a late Labor Day/Halloween/Thanksgiving present, but . . . our master bathroom is finally (finally!) finished and usable.
The most recent delay (of about six weeks) was entirely of our own doing. We had agreed early on to do all the painting ourselves to save some money. Well, because it’s a bathroom and because it’s all cabinetry requiring oil based paint, it took a really, reeaaaalllly lllloooonnnnggg time. (Thank you, Mark, for all your after-hours work.)
But I am thrilled with the finished product and, as I was enjoying my first soak in the tub last night, I knew that it was definitely worth the wait:
The boys got a trial run in the deep-soaking tub with jets tonight but their raucous splashing has earned them a three-month ban. Awesome, more for me. Oops, that’s not very Christmas-y of me, is it? Oh well, it was supposed to be a Labor Day present . . . .
So, it’s taken a little longer than we expected (doesn’t it always?), but our renovation projects are finally coming to a close.
We moved into our new bedroom the weekend before last and are loving it. We have this enormous bay window with the most incredible view. This is the scene that greeted me each morning last week:
I have yet to order blinds, which is becoming more and more of a problem every day as the trees continue to shed their leaves. I should probably be doing that right now (there’s always so much I should be doing instead of blogging!), but those few days of glorious color inspired my autumn decorating theme:
The closet is done as well and what a joy it is to no longer have to rummage through the storage boxes under my bed to find clothes. Here are some pre-moving in pictures:
And my, how quickly we’ve filled this thing up:
The glass for the shower was just installed today and now Mark and I have to tackle painting the bathroom. We’ve been doing all the painting ourselves to save a few bucks, which has been a huge job because of all the trim and cabinetry. But every day, we’re a tiny bit closer.
And this evening, when Braedan walked into the bathroom to see the completed shower for the first time, he exclaimed, “Wow! This is like that dream house we saw on TV.”
Indeed. And in so many ways.
For your viewing pleasure, here are the latest pictures of the boys’ treehouse.
From the outside:
And the inside:
OK, that’s all I have for you this evening. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming ….
Back to the house renovations. I’ve gotta be honest about that “before” picture I posted last week of the exterior of our house: it really never looked that bad. It was quite lovely in fact. In that photo, the shutters had already been removed, leaving behind dusty shadows around the windows, all the porch furniture and flowers and door wreath were missing, and, to top it off, it was gray and overcast outside. Sort of like the personal makeover pics that show women with no make-up, greasy hair and a scowl on their faces. If that’s the standard we use, then I’m a makeover candidate every single morning (scowl included — I’m not much for mornings).
But anyway, that photo was definitely for exaggerated effect. Progress is moving along in other areas as well. Here are some photos of the rear of the house (compare to these from a few weeks ago):
And the side:
The porch is almost done (one more week) but the guys have spent most of their time and energy working on the inside lately. The dry wallers came over the weekend so now the rooms are actually taking shape.
And the brand new and super fabulous bay window in our bedroom:
More soon, I hope!
I was ordering photos from Snapfish tonight and finally uploaded some off of Mark’s phone that he took last December. So I was quietly scrolling through picture after picture of Austin in the hospital – sad pathetic faces as he was recovering from surgery in the PICU, goofy silly smiles as he was playing with Braedan on the movable hospital bed, contented sleepy eyes as he gazed up at his glittery wishing stars . . . and I was pretty amazed, yet again, at how far we’ve come. How that seems like a lifetime ago and also seems like just yesterday. How it feels like we were completely different people living in a completely foreign world, but is sadly so familiar.
And then I finished my slideshow, a bit dazed, and Snapfish popped up to announce their great deals, as long as I ordered by midnight, 30% off and free shipping (!), (it is Cyber Monday, after all): I could make a flipbook of my images or have it printed on flowery postcards or even emblazon it across a ceramic coffee mug! Look at all the incredible things I could do with my image! They even had samples, all right there in front of me, with my very own photo already inserted into all these creative little trinkets. What great value! Wouldn’t this be fun?
Only here is the image they were bombarding me with, this is what I could drink my morning coffee out of:
Oh dear. All I could do was laugh. I brought Mark in and he laughed too. It’s okay now, you know. It’s all okay.
Just watch out for your holiday card this year . . .