Have you ever watched an episode of House Hunters? Well, I have. More times than not, a couple goes through a property and they start saying things like, “we would need all new floors, the bathrooms need to be gutted and everything in the kitchen needs to go.” Nate and I were just as guilty as these folks when we looked at our house. We actually said those things! These “simple cosmetic swaps” mean major work which also means major money.

So Nate and I have been discussing which projects are realistic for us as we plan on doing most of these ourselves. We also flip flop back and forth as to which improvements would make the most impact for resale value and which ones we have to get done for our own sanity (like our beautiful pink exterior before we painted last weekend). Ideally, we are hoping that most of our updating will fall into both categories. But, I think we have come up with a list. Not a to-do list because I don’t even like to read my own to-do lists but more of a list of goals we want to accomplish during our time here. Here we go!

  • New floors – this is going to be the biggest and most expensive project that we tackle here. Currently, our house has brownish, beige, gray carpet in the bedrooms and living room while the entry, kitchen, dining room and hallway has cream colored tile. Tile seems to be very popular here in Texas and I can understand why. It is a very durable, hard surface that also stays very cool to the foot which is a bonus with the warm climate. For us, tile doesn’t seem to be a very livable surface with little kids and clumsy adults. Everything that is dropped on tile, undoubtedly breaks. Toys, dishes, phones, iPads and dog dishes don’t stand a chance if they are dropped on tile. Also, I have to close my eyes and hold my breath if I see a dripping wet kiddo hop out of the bath and run down the hallway. Yes, we have had quite a few slips and head bumps. But I have big dreams of wood floors and wood floors that span everywhere in the house. Kitchen, dining room, living room, bedrooms…basically everywhere except the two bathrooms. Since Nate and I both have zero experience installing floors of any kind, we will hire this job out and leave it to the pros. So let the saving begin! And while we squirrel away our pennies to get these floors done, I’ll be daydreaming about oak…hickory…engineered wood…bamboo. Wouldn’t something like this just be a game changer? I think so…


  • Painting the Exterior – we are mostly done with this baby! Some touching up and trim work still needs to be done but I think we can call this one done.
  • Landscaping front and back yards – the house is kind of a blank slate as far as landscaping goes. The flower beds around the house need to be filled with…something. I’m just not sure what yet. One of our neighbors has this whole landscaping thing figured out. I am hoping our flower beds can be as beautiful as this house.


  • Adding a patio to the backyard – I would like to put some kind of material down in the screened porch on the floors and extend this flooring out onto some kind of a patio so there is a place to spend time in the backyard outside of the screened porch.
  • Scraping the popcorn ceilings and texturing/painting – the scraping part is done. The texturing and painting of the ceiling still has to be done. This job actually might kill me…the jury is still out. I’ll keep updating as I go.
  • Painting trim and doors inside house – the trim is currently stained an almost black color. I want to lighten this place up and paint everything white.
  • Whitewash the fireplace brick – in my quest to lighten and brighten, the fireplace needs a dose of white paint too. I’m going to try my hand at whitewashing.
  • New appliances for the kitchen – our current appliances are old and white but are functioning fine, for now.
  • New counter tops for the bathrooms – the plan is to keep the current vanities with some updating with paint and hardware. But, counters are a must.
  • Paint the front door – I can’t decide if it needs to be replaced or if paint will be enough. I’m debating between these two colors right now. Thoughts?

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So these are our goals as of right now. I’m sure we will change our minds about some of these but for right now, this is what we are planning. There’s definitely no shortage of things to do but I love a good challenge and these projects are definitely going to challenge us.

Weekend updates and a few little tweaks

Happy Monday! This weekend was another rainy weekend here in Texas with some pretty impressive thunderstorms. Friday night we actually lost our electricity for a little bit late in the evening and I was sorry the kids were already in bed because they would have loved all the lights being out. Nate and I were in the middle of our Bloodline marathon so we were happy when the power came back on.

We are finally done scraping the ceilings! We finished up Saturday afternoon and I was so tired after this project that I convinced Nate to have a couple contractors come and give us quotes to have the ceilings finished up by a pro. After scraping all these ceilings, the thought of patching, texturing and painting the ceilings sounded very daunting. But, after the quotes came in much higher than I thought, we will be finishing this job on our own. Nate tried to warn me but I kept thinking about the long hours we spent scraping the ceilings and how the hard part of this job is already done. Wrong! These contractors were quick to remind us that there is quite a lot of hard work still to go. We can do this! Or at least, that’s what I keep telling myself…

The sun came out for a while yesterday afternoon and I was able to snap some photos of the backyard and the screened porch. The weather here has been so bad since we moved in that we haven’t been able to spend much time outside or on the porch. I think it has rained almost every single day in May. And…with all this rain the mosquitoes have been really bad so I have been hiding out and covering the whole fam in bug spray. Hello Zika!








My plants are all loving the screened porch and I added a lemon tree to the mix so I’m hoping to have some lemons by Thanksgiving. Cross your fingers for me.

We also headed to IKEA this weekend because I had a dresser picked out for the kids room but sadly, it was out of stock. So, I’m either going to wait for it to come back in or I’ll find something else. Haven’t decided yet but I was so disappointed that my dresser wasn’t there. In an effort to cheer myself up, I did find some other goodies for the kids room. I also have a rug and a night stand coming this week. I still need some serious toy storage solutions and a dresser though.

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Nolan and Grey love their new little reading corners. They each went and picked out some of their favorite books to load up their new shelves. Grey refers to his bed as his cave. It does feel pretty cozy under there. Nolan has even been caught reading in Grey’s bed a few times.

So those are our weekend tweaks. This week marks our first full week of summer and we have lots on agenda with orthodontist and dentist appointments, swimming lessons, play dates, and football camp. And those ceilings are still taunting me…