And Then I Touched It.

Sometimes I wish our house was finished, just so we could live in it you know? But it’s not! However, we did get all of the windows in, storm windows taken off, and the new windows caulked–which I even learned to do. I also assisted in taking off some of the storm windows…and successfully broke one of the huge ones. Glass. Everywhere. Yay, me!

Here is what our house looks like without all the nasty storm windows:

Our house from the front of the property!

Our house on a prettier day!

Yay! Every time we drive by it I say hello and smile because it just looks so much better!

Sunday came around last week and My Honeypie was all like, “What do you want to do?” and normally we take turns picking/arguing about whose turn it is to pick. Except for this day I said, “Let’s go take a walk at our house!” So we did. and found this:

Rwaaaar! It's a cow skull. At least that's what he told me...

Yes, I am that gross and I touched it. Then I licked my hands. EW, no, I washed them. Duh.


Victorian Cottage in New York

My mom sent me this link awhile ago. Every so often I like to go back and look at it. This woman named Sandra Foster transformed this hunting cabin on her property into a beautiful little getaway. Here are a couple of pics:




Make sure you go to the link to see all of the pictures in the slideshow! Love it.

I Can’t Help Dreaming Just a Little Bit.

Thinking grossly in advance here…but one day we are going to build ourselves a porch! Yes! I love, love, love big, wide porches–wide is a must. You must have enough space to put out a couple of chairs or benches and be able to stretch out your feet without them falling off the edge. This isn’t a big deal for me. I’m only 5 foot 2. but for those taller than I…well, let’s just say the porch has to be wide. That is not a fat joke.

Here are some I love:

cottage porch

it's just so wide!

Enjoy the romantic wrap-around porch at Suite Elizabeth at the Victorian Mansion.

cute furniture

front porch

see, this porch is a bit small, but I love the corbels!


Indoor front porch. I *adore* this floor.

Now this is a little bit of what I want--a gorgeous porch with a sweet awesome pergola.

So that’s what I want: a wide front porch with a pergola attached. Possibly with a blue floor. Sigh.

Holla Holla

A special shout-out and huge thanks to the young men and their leaders in our ward!! They did a service project at the house last night and got a lot done. Thank you!! Holla holla. That means “thank you”…at least for today.

Cleaned up the kitchen

Knocked out ceiling in the dining room

knocked out ceiling in the 1st living room

cleaned up the 2nd living room

ripped out the closet

knocked out half of the master bedroom to be ceiling. Also, all of those brown splotches? They are "mud-dobber" (wasp) nests. YIKES!

knocked out closet number two!


and of course, THANK YOU to all of our family who sacrifice their time and energy to help out on our house. All the time! We’ve decided to wait to move in until the house is completely finished…which will be awhile. It has its pros and cons, but I’m still excited about this thing nonetheless.

We also need to think of a name to call our little home. The previous owners named the property “Good-Bye Acres.” Like, wut? No. Horror movie name. No. I keep imagining coming across a bunch of tiny little headstones in our woods. No. No. No. Nonono!! So. We have some time to think about it. Any suggestions?



Holla holla.


Yes, we are still talking about the roof. Here is a picture update of what is happening:

we started early

Dad. Don't worry, he tied himself to the peak 🙂

My Honeypie. Also roped off.


Ammon and Ryan

Notice the rope.

Trimming off some excess.

Starting with the roof jacks. Which are apparently awesome.







Later we took a break and went to our ward pool party. Gotta love his hair 🙂




The Roof is on Fire!

Not literally. We got the rest of the plywood on the house last week before My Honeypie went to Youth Conference. We also ran out of nails for the nail gun and had to hammer the boards old school. I only hit my thumb once!! We asked a couple of people we know who do roofing jobs what it would cost for them to finish our roof. One was too busy with his other projects…and the other said, “I’m not suicidal.” Sooo…it’s us!

Yes, I was allowed up on this part of the roof. It’s not like death if you get on it, which means I felt much more useful! and this way it got done slightly quicker than My Honeypie doing it all by himself. Now there isn’t a bunch of water getting into the house!

My dad is back from work and was able to help My Honeypie put on the trim. We are hoping we can start the shingles by Saturday.

*Fingers crossed*

The rest of us started cleaning out construction debris from the top floor. Yay!

My Honeypie



Yes, we shoveled stuff out the window













Paint Speaks to Me

I’ve always wanted to be one of those people that name the paint…you know, you go to the store, get totally bored, walk over to the paint section and start reading the paint chips? Eggplant Sunrise, Unicorn Surprise, Mandarin Glory…Okay, yeah, I haven’t ever come across paint chips named like that, but if I named the paint….Dirty Worm, Leafy Toad, Mist of Darkness…You get the idea.

There are some pretty great paint chip names out there already:

-“Sensuous Pear“-Better Homes and Gardens. I think this might be my favo.
-“Sunwashed Kelp“-also Better Homes and Gardens
-“Exotic Peacock Plume“-Wal-Mart?
-“Icy Peppermint Vinca“-also Wal-Mart? (apparently Vinca means Periwinkle? I think.)
-and lastly, “Amphibian” -Behr. Just as a side note, with a name like “Amphibian” you’d totally think it was in the green color family right? No. It’s gray. Like charcoal. Whatev.

We haven’t done much in the way of construction on our house the past week, but it has given me time to look at paint samples. I love paint samples! My Honeypie has literally pulled me away from all the paint chips because, “We have to go…” Oh responsibility. I was looking through Behr’s exterior paint collection and cutting out the colors I liked when My Honeypie suddenly said, “I like that one.”

Behr Pacific Mist

I didn’t even know he was looking. It’s a very faint blue…like a mist! Hence the name. We decided that it (if paint sample prove to be what we want on the house) will be the main body color.

We decided on white for the trim on the house…honestly, I chose this paint for the name, “Daisy White”. Daisies are my favorite flower! I couldn’t resist. I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between the ‘regular’ white and Daisy White. Who cares?

Behr Daisy White

Lastly we chose a darker blue for the doors and a few of the accents on the house.

Behr Teal Wave

We’ll see how we like the paint samples on the real thing!

Behr paint samples

The Roof

Wow, okay so we lost the ability to connect to the internet for awhile. Basically, the same old stuff so far: demolition! The roof has been the main project this week and we had awesome family that came and helped! Those who weren’t allowed on the roof (me, being prego and all) helped with clean up and making food!

ripping off the shingles

Day Two


Break time for 4th of July Pancake Breakfast!

Logan and Erica

clean up

so cute!

Nathanael and Mark

Treasure found in the yard

Baby praying mantis!

Real baby!!

Okay so what I really don’t understand is this picture:


One of the nieces was destroying the wall and all of a sudden everyone heard glass shatter so they called me in and we discovered a window, complete with glass (this picture is after the glass and window frame have been taken out). The people who lived here before us (which was about ten years ago and no one has lived in it since) added onto the house…but when they did that they ENCLOSED THE OUTSIDE WINDOW INSIDE THEIR WALLS. Wut?