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Our kitchen renovation : After!

We said goodbye to our old kitchen a couple months ago. Gutted it completely and kicked it to the curb.  It’s been a long time coming. Be sure to check out the before pics here and the during pics here.  We knew we would do it when bought our house 5.5 years ago.  It just took us that long to get to the point where we could go for it.  There was a lot of things to be done to our house when we bought it.  And we have done several projects over the past few years…living room, dining room, upstairs bathroom, downstairs bathroom, guest bedroom, Annie’s nursery.  But the kitchen was by far big one.  The one that required ripping things out, tearing down walls, raising the ceiling, taking everything out and starting over new.  It was a journey getting to the point of renovation and then actually pulling the trigger to do it.  It took ten weeks total for the job. At week eight we were able to get in and start using it. And the last two weeks were wrapping up the final parts. Eight weeks of renovation. Eight weeks of washing dishes in the bathtub. Eight weeks of eating way too much take-out. Eight weeks of doing my laundry in the evenings by flashlight. Eight weeks of dust everywhere.  Eight weeks of a dumpster in my backyard.  Eight weeks of 1/4 of our house gone and stuff crammed into every extra space available. Eight weeks of crazy. But we did it, we lived in our house through the whole thing, and now we’re done. It was 110% worth it. I love, love, love, love, love this room. It is amazing! Every time I walk into it now I say how much I love it.  The room now feels HUGE.  It’s amazing to me that it’s the exact size as before.  Raising the ceiling, knocking out the wall between the kitchen and dining rooms, and of course redesigning the layout for a much better flow.  Our contractors did a fantastic job.   They were so great and we would use them again in a heartbeat.  Thank you Gregg and Stanton!  And now for the new kitchen. Come over sometime….it will blow you away! 01img_0070 02img_0160 03img_0075 04img_0134 05img_0140 09wimg_0104 10maybe 12img_0085

Our kitchen renovation : During

75 days from demolition to the final hooks getting nailed on the walls.  Pretty darn amazing.remodel collage

Our kitchen renovation : Before

Before I show you the new I must share some of the old. On demolition day the plan was to take pictures right before they took it out. I was going to drop the kids off at school and get some right before they began. The demo team was promt though at their start time. 8:00 a.m. start and I showed up at 8:15. Oh well. It’s pretty incredible to see a room completely ripped apart. It took them almost 10 hours that day. When we bought the house 5.5 years ago we knew we would remodel someday. And we knew it would be big. I really disliked this room. The light was bad, the ceiling was low, the cabinets were wonky, the colors yuck, old appliances, lots of things starting to fall apart, and things just didn’t seem to fit. So here goes….before pics from our old kitchen. For a room that I disliked so much though I have big smiles scrolling through memories… 1IMG_0025crop

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Adios to our old kitchen!

We said goodbye to our kitchen this fall. Gutted it completely and kicked it to the curb. It’s been a long time coming. Renovation pics coming soon. It. Is. Amazing. 1wIMG_1087

Ghostbuster & Butterfly Annie : Halloween 2014

It’s a well known secret that I love Halloween. (Darth Vader & Little Pumpkin 2013, Captain America & Annie bug 2012, Fire Chief Ezra 2011, Little Cowboy 2010, Born to Rock 2009, Our First Little Pumpkin 2008, and teeny tiny Ezra 2 months old Halloween 2007.) I’m sure my kids won’t embrace it forever but for now they do and I love it. Dress up is fun.  Love, love, love. First up, our 7 year old Bill Murray hunting down ghosts in downtown Fort Worth.  Bustin’ makes him feel good.  He ain’t afraid of no ghost.21Aimg_0049L 22L 23Aimg_0093L 24Aimg_0078L 25Aimg_0080L 26L 27Aimg_0134L 28L 29Aimg_0105L 30L 31Aimg_0149bwL 32Aimg_0171L 33L 34Aimg_0188L 35Aimg_0206L 36K 37eIMG_0242bwL 38Aimg_0244LAnd our Annie girl, 2.5 years old. I’m head-over-heals in love with her. 41newL 42Aimg_0046cropL 43newL 44L 45Aimg_0101L 46Aimg_0050and62L 47L 48Aimg_0133L 49L 50Bimg_0021L 52v2 53Bimg_0036L 54L 55Bimg_0033L

While You Were Sleeping

I finished up our 2013 family photo albums today. We’re almost to the end of 2014 so I would say it’s about time to get caught up.  I love a good sleeping shot…so peaceful.  2013 while you were sleeping

First Day 2014 – First Grade, Pre-School, & Middle School

Hello new school year! It’s hard to believe summer is gone and we are in full on school mode. First grade now for Ezra James (6 years old on the first day last week and turned 7 a week later), our favorite little pre-school for Annie girl (2.5 years), and middle school for me. I’m back to work full time this year as a Librarian with FWISD. I’m both excited and nervous about this. It’s been two years since I left my library at a school that I loved. I’m at a new campus this year but working with middle school again. Here’s to a new adventure! Fingers crossed that it’s awesome! 1 wIMG_0164L 2 first day of school 2L 3 collageL 5IMG_0107cropL 6collageL IMG_0167LFirst day 2012 and first day 2013. Such big changes in two short years.

Annie : Two Years

April 4, 2014. I’m six months late in posting these but still wanted to share.   We shot these on the morning of her second birthday. 1IMG_0008v2 soft&earthyL 2IMG_0010soft&earthyL 3IMG_0034soft&earthyL 4IMG_0033soft&earthyL 5IMG_0022soft&earthyL

Hello

Once upon a time. A long, long, lonnnnng time ago. I had a blog and I posted pictures. Good ones. Pictures that I’m proud of and I look back on and smile. Blame it on the iphone. Blame it on instagram. Blame it on my crazy life. I stopped shooting for me. I’ve miss it.  weIMG_0058and59

February 2014

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