Hey! It’s been a while! We’ve had a busy past few months and I totally slacked on writing here. But, we’ve had some time to enjoy some pretty awesome family time and have been enjoying some days outdoors!
On Easter weekend, I spent a few days with my sister, brother, mom and dad, in Pittsburgh. Every time I visit I remember what a beautiful city it is. Beautiful yellow bridges, new shops popping up here and there, and some amazing parks. But most of all, I really just enjoyed time with the family. It’s weird growing up and realizing that everyone is in different places, with different lives. We kind of just all do our own thing for a good part of the year, but when we all get together, it makes it all worth it.
We flew to Texas to visit my extended family on my mom’s side. We all got together and spent a few days just hanging out! It was so good to see everyone and to see all of the kids growing up and having fun together. There were water slide contests just for fun, kayaking, people playing music together, and even a bouncy house. But most of all, we got to talk to each other and catch up. It was a good time and well worth saving my time off of work to take the trip. Plus… I got In-N-Out Burger… worth it.
Because all of this family time I got some extra time to talk to my sister and brother in law. They are in the process of remodeling a house that they just bought, and it brings me back to our first few years in our house. Constant renovation, looking at this mess and first transforming it into a blank slate, and then deciding what to do with it. It makes me see how far they’ve come and think back on how far we’ve come with our own home. It also makes me think about the parts of my house that we’ve finished and that I love, and the parts that I hope to change in the near future.
Let’s start with the top 5 things I
hate would like to change,😆 about our house.
#1 – The color
When we bought our house, this was the first thing that made me almost not buy it. I couldn’t stand the light green color that it was (and still is). I told everyone that it was going to be the very first thing that we changed. Most of the experienced homeowners laughed and said that once we moved in, it would be the last thing on our minds… and they were right. There were a million other things that over time, became more pressing and more important than the house color. But, I still hate it, and really hope that it stays on our list of things to do this summer!
#2- The downstairs bathroom
They say that if you re-do something in your house it should be the bathroom. It’s the one room in your house where people spend time alone. Well, we obviously didn’t follow that rule. Our main bathroom is on the first level, and well, it’s a mess. We’ve already changed some of it, but not all. We ripped out the awful tile ceiling and replaced it with drywall, I quickly painted the vanity with chalk paint, and I painted the walls, but it’s not enough. The vanity is super old and not the good kind of old, the sink badly needs to be replaced, and the tub/shower…. ugh, it is green, and old, and just not nice. This summer we hope to completely finish it. Fingers crossed!
#3 – The backyard
As we speak, Bryan is working on finishing the fence that we started… 4 years ago. Yup, we completed one side (the neighbor side) on probably the hottest day of the summer, and then since Lily
only ran into the woods every other day was fairly contained, we stopped there and never finished the other side (the woods side). Also, dog people, how on earth do you keep your grass nice??! My dog completely tears up the yard. So from March-May, it is a complete mess until it isn’t as wet and the ground can handle her paws. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve replanted grass.
#4 – The basement
This is more Bryan’s dream than mine, but I have to admit, it would be REALLY nice to have all that extra space in the basement. Right now our basement is VERY unfinished and could use a bit of love. We recently insulated it with this stuff called Insofast, so it is almost ready to have drywall put up, but it’s just not high on the priority list right now.
#5 – The 1/2 season room
I think it is called a 3 season room, but we like to call it a half season room. It is too hot for most of the spring, summer, and fall and too cold in the winter. The only time you can really use it is in the evening in the spring, summer, and fall (some nights), and in the early mornings. Other than that, it is completely useless. I’m hoping to at least paint the floor a nice color this summer because when the temperature is just right, it really is nice to use, but in the ever-changing seasons of Pennsylvania, that room is practically useless.
Ok enough complaining… here are the 5 things I LOVE about our house
#1 – The size
It’s a small 1,200sqft, but boy is it easy to clean. The small size makes it feel cozy to me and I actually really like it! We have 3 small bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and a good sized living room. Our kitchen isn’t big, but it’s big for the size of the house. For us, it’s perfect. After a few kids, maybe we’ll grow out of it, but for now, it’s just right.
#2 – The new kitchen
Our kitchen is just right now that we’ve completed it. It’s just the way I wanted it, and it is going to be hard to leave when we sell this place someday, knowing that we put in all the work ourselves. I love our coffee nook that my dad helped me with. It turned a useless space into something that was perfect for us. I love our sink and touch faucet and how nice they look with the color of the cabinets. I love that I can play music any time I want without touching anything with the Echo. And really, most of all, I love that we built it.
#3 – Our garage – (let’s be honest… it’s Bryan’s garage)
We have 2 garages actually, but I love the big back garage, mostly for Bryan. It is huge and he even put a lift in it so that he could work on cars more easily. I think seeing him in his happy place makes me happy. I also love the sound of him fixing something in the garage with music on in the summer while Lily and I hang out in the yard. The garage brings friends and family to our house more often because he’ll fix their cars, and they’ll hang out for a while, so in a way, it kind of brings people together too, which is always a good thing!
#4 – Our living room
It’s not fabulous, or anything really that special to the average person. But for me, it’s cozy with plenty of pillows and blankets. And it’s where I spend most of my time, and we made it what it is. There is one part of it that we still need to remodel (that’s another project for this summer) but it should be a quick fix. I like the plants, (I’m still learning how to keep them alive) but they make it feel just right. This summer I’m hoping to re-arrange the furniture. We made the mistake of buying a sectional couch (which makes it impossible to change the layout of the living room). But when we buy a new couch soon, I’ll finally be able to change the layout!
#5 – Tiny bedrooms
I don’t need a big bedroom. I kind of find big bedrooms pointless and I have to laugh when people on house hunters complain of the bedroom size. I’m really into small bedrooms, because what else do you really need besides a spot for your dresser, a closet, a bed, maybe a bathroom, and a side table or two? I like small bedrooms because it’s less to keep clean, less space means less stuff, and it feels cozier!
What do you love about your house? What would you change? I’d also love to hear your ideas for keeping your grass nice if you have a dog who rips it up easily!
Be back soon! I promise 😉
Ps. Lily (my dog) snuck her way into more than one photo. How many photos can you find her in? Leave a comment with your answer below! 😆