Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pregnancy Story

The day we found out I was pregnant is one I doubt I will forget any time soon. I think deep down I knew I was pregnant. But I was so set in thinking that I wasn't. 

I had gone off birth control about 6 months before but I have never been regular and I'd been on birth control for so many years that I decided to stop to see if I would be back on track. I'm also a ridiculous planner, and in my mind, if we were going to get pregnant this year, we would in June or July to time my maternity leave with the end of the school year. If it didn't happen then, then maybe next year. 

Well, I was late, which is not unusual for me at all, but we decided to pick up a pregnancy test at the grocery store while we were there any ways. But I had started cramping and feeling like I was about to start, so I just figured any moment now, but we'll get one in case. My favorite part was when we walked by pickles and I said, "Oh that sounds good, we should get pickles." Jake just looks at me in shock and says, "You're pregnant!" I laughed SO hard because we happened to be getting a pregnancy test, but I wasn't pregnant, so he was just in shock for no reason. 

Well we get home, I go take the test and when I looked it was negative. I walked downstairs, Jake was standing there and says, "Well?" I look again and the second line had appeared. My face just fell into complete shock. Jake thought it was an act. So he immediately lightens up and says "Not pregnant." But it was my honest response. I made him come look, which he did, and just nodded and said, "Alright. Cool."

In the meantime, I went into FULL ON PANIC MODE. I was trying not to hyperventilate. This was not my plan. All of the sudden, I was WAY TOO YOUNG to have a child. I was panicking. 

The next day Jake and I took the boat out and talked about what this meant. I think part of me was worried about how Jake secretly felt about this, but he told me that day he was actually really excited. When I heard that, that was the moment I think I finally calmed down, came to terms and started feeling the excitement of what this could mean. So here we are, almost 15 weeks now and going strong. 

About a week after we found out I was pregnant the sickness started. I had a constant nausea that gradually grew worse over the next few weeks, morphing from nausea during the day and throwing up at night and eventually, throwing up all day. I started medication to ease this part of it and it helped. Now I can feel it starting to subside. I missed a couple pills on Saturday and was really sick for a couple of days. But not nearly the same as it had been a few weeks earlier. I finally feel like I'm getting to a place where I can get things done and not just lay around and mope all day. 

Next to the nausea, the other symptoms seems irrelevant. But it could have definitely been worse. And it seems like it will pass. Thank goodness. 

One last thing. We've been taking pictures every two weeks, but my favorite part is to see how much our yard changes in between each. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Purchase Listing VS. Sale Listing

We sold our first home almost 2 years ago. It was a HUD home when we purchased it and in terrible shape. We had to replace all the plumbing before moving in and in the 2 years of owning the home, we flipped the entire thing. Most of the changes we made within the first month of ownership and prior to moving into the home.

This week, I looked up the listing from our purchased and had fun looking through what we had gotten ourselves into. I decided to compare from when we moved in to when we moved out. So for fun, here are all the pictures from the listing when we purchased compared to our listing when we sold.

To see all our projects from our first home to our second home look at our projects page here. I also blogged about why we decided to go with a fixer upper to start with in our Home Buying Tips for Your 20's post here. This fixer upper helped us to purchase the home we are in now.

 Living Room: We scraped off the popcorn ceilings, re-texturized and painted the ceiling, replaced the flooring, painted the walls (twice), repainted the railing, tore out the fireplace, added tile, a new mantel and new baseboards. 
 Kitchen: We tore our the tile (and the 3 layers of flooring beneath it) replaced the subfloor, added wood floors, tore out the backsplash and the cabinets, rewired the electrical to move the dishwasher, added new cabinets and changed the layout from a U shape, to an L with an added peninsula for seating and storage, added a new sink and backsplash, painted, took out the wallpaper around the light, added handles and granite countertops. 
 Dining Room: We took off the wallpaper, added a dog door, replaced the blinds, added flooring through from kitchen, added baseboard and painted. 
 Bathroom: we added a toilet (yes, it was missing), tore out the laminate and tiled, painted the walls, painted the cabinets, changed the faucet, light and other fixtures.
 Bedroom: we painted the walls and ceiling, painted (and added) the closet doors, replaced the carpet.
 2nd Bedroom (office): We painted the floors and ceiling, changed the baseboard and added closet doors.
 3rd Bedroom: we painted to horrible walls, added baseboard and added closet doors.
 Family room/dance studio: we painted the walls and doors, we removed the carpet and added wood floors, we added baseboards.
2nd Bathroom: we painted the walls and cabinets, we repaired the giant hole in the ceiling (not pictured) and the additional added behind the shower when fixing our plumbing, we texturized and painted the ceiling, we tore out the laminate, tiled, and we added baseboard.
 Storage: (which wasn't always this jam packed because we had to store our ping pong table during our sell process) we tore out the laminate and tiled across, we added baseboard and painted all the walls. 
Backyard: You can't tell because of the time of the year but we got rid of an infestation of weeds and regrew the grass from seed. (The after picture was taken right after winter, but it was lush) We painted and repaired the deck, we added a patio with a fire pit, we painted the shed (not picture).

There were more projects not shown through the listings. For more, look at our Complete Before and After's post here

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2016 in Review

I know I say this every year. But how is this year already over. I just wrote the 2015 review here. It's also fun to look back over 2014, 2013, and 2012  though, so I'm going to continue with this year. I had a great year with my love.

Jake started working again after breaking his collar bone and getting surgery at the end of November.

My sister came in from Alaska. Her kids came and taught my class about all the cool animals around their state.

We had a fun superbowl party.

We took on the enormous project of retiling our entire house. The blog post about it is here.

We used our Snowbird Season Passes a lot.

We went to lots of Utah Basketball Games.

My Uncle Kevin passed away suddenly. We were shocked to see him go but he had a beautiful funeral service.
My Dad with his brothers and Kevin's wife.
We tore out our grass to cement for our boat. It sucked.

I had dancers compete in Vegas so I drove down for the weekend. (I won't lie, that was the first time in 
4 years Jake and I have spent a night apart)

I walked at my graduation from the University of Utah for my Masters.
Courtney got married!
We took our new boat out for the first of many times over the year.

My Grandma passed away. She is very missed.

I had dancer compete again in Utah and they did wonderful.

I flew to Alaska and spent a week with my sister and her family.

Jake picked me up from the airport, we went home and left for Lake Powell.

We went to Bear Lake with a group of friends.

Jake graduated with his MBA and walked with his brother John.

This marked the first official day of us both being done with our Masters!

We flew to Europe. Our blog posts about London, Paris and Belgium are here and about Netherland and Ireland are here..

We first flew into London
then to France
and back to Ireland

I started a new year of teaching.

We both turned 26

We went to all the Utah football games.

I competed in Las Vegas at a dance competition.

Jake made me our new dining room table.

We refinanced to a 15 year mortgage. Exciting I know.

We finally bought my new car! We'd been looking for an SUV for a while and finally found the one.

We also sold my car of 4 years. Thank goodness.

We took family pictures with the Deklerk's.
Jake went snowboarding ALL THE TIME. This time with a Brighton Season Pass.

We had our dance school end of year show.

I danced with the Salt Lake Avenue Choir in their Christmas concert with a colleage.

We spent Christmas week with family and friends.

We brought in the New Year again with friends.

We loved our Cooper. All year.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

I didn't realize how big of a difference the cabinets made until I saw the before and after pictures of painting.
We replaced the white tiles in our kitchen (retiling post here), and then added a red brick wall. The tile darkened the room and then the brick crashed with the cabinet color. One thing led to another and we decided to lighted the cabinets with white paint. 

We did a lot of research on paint and how to get the best results on our cabinets. It was a TON of work, but we are both so happy with the result. 

We started with cleaning the cabinets with Mineral Spirits. We cleaned and let them dry, then wiped them again with just water and let them dry some more. We had to do some more touch up cleaning but then they were ready for paint. 

We bought milk paint in antique white from General Finishes. It can be found on Amazon here. We first bought a quart of the paint (here) to test it out. Once we knew liked it we bought one more gallon and that was enough to cover all of our cabinets. 

Make sure to only use foam rollers and brushes (for cracks) as they don't leave streaks. However, if possible, use a spray gun. Rolling them took FOREVER! It took us 3 coats of paint to get the perfect cover on each cabinet. 

When the paint was dry and had all 3 coats, we followed up with the General Finishes Topcoat. We found this on Amazon here. Again, we did another 3 coats of topcoat. We needed 2 quarts of the Topcoat.

To the island, we added bead board before painting. We also added a baseboard and enclosed the toe kick. 

The final result is smooth, clean and gorgeous. We love how they look. 

We finished the look with satin nickle handles for all the drawers and knobs for the doors. We found them all again, on Amazon. The knobs are here, and handles here.

In the end, the total cost of the cabinet remodel was:
1 Quart and 1 Gallon of Milk Paint- $114
2 Quarts TopCoat- $64
10 knobs- $17
10 handles- $24
Bead board- $40
Baseboard- $25

Total Cost- $284