Front Door

Our old front door might not have been ugly, but it wasn’t our taste, and it definitely wasn’t the look we were going for in this house.  Home Depot was having a little sale, so we decided to pull the trigger and replace the door. The installers told us that it would be a 5-6 hour process and we had to be home 100% of the time, oh, and they don’t do weekends.  This is pretty much impossible for any household I assume.  I had to take the boys to school and pick them up, and even though that wouldn’t take long, I still wasn’t allowed to leave the house.  David had to work from home that day to make the door installation doable.  It ended up taking less than 6 hours to install, and I couldn’t be happier with how it looks.  The door isn’t painted yet because we wanted to wait until we know what color we are painting the house, but the primer (white) actually works with our current house color, so we will leave it for now.

Spring Break 2019

Sorry I have been so MIA lately! We were in LA and AZ for “spring break”. The boys’ spring break isn’t actually until the end of April since theirs always falls on Passover, but we decided to go away at the end of March instead so that we don’t miss Passover. It was so nice to get away from the cold here in Chicago. The boys had a blast seeing my family in LA and swimming throughout the entire day in AZ, and they did amazing on the plane which is all I could ask for.

The week before we left for our trip, we got a new front door, and the week we got back from our trip, David installed a new backdoor.  Once I am settled back into our routines I will show you the new changes.

When a 3 Year Old Needs Privacy

Eli was never the type of kid who demanded privacy. He’s pretty open and free, and he’s definitely extremely confident. With all of the disgusting things going on in the world, we have been spending time explaining how important privacy is, and who and who can’t touch him.

Unfortunately, Eli and Dax’s bathroom door wasn’t installed. Eli will spend a good 5-10 minutes after lunch each day going to the bathroom. He likes to sit on his toilet, look out the window, and talk about the birds and the trees, and our neighbors’ yards, but lately, Eli’s peaceful time on the potty has become disrupted by hurricane Dax.

Since there is no door- Dax does whatever it takes to crawl his way into the bathroom and harass Eli. I can’t even explain how annoying he is to him, so when Eli gets frustrated I totally understand why. Lately, Eli has been begging David to put up the door. He literally asks “Daddy, can you please put the door up so Dax stops bothering me? Pleaseeeeeeee!” I can ask David to do something 2837384874 times, but when Eli asks just once, shit gets done!!!

Things have already become so much easier now that Dax isn’t able to get into the bathroom. However, we came across two snags.

First, since we haven’t renovated the boys’ bathroom yet, the floors are at a different level/ height then the hallway floors. David had to cut the door to work with the current floors, but once we redo that bathroom and its floors, there will be a giant gap from the bottom of the door to the new floors. We decided that we will just have to replace the door yet again once we renovate the bathroom. It might cost more, but it will save so much time and craziness, it’s so worth it.

The next issue we came across was that there’s a giant crack in the door. David didn’t notice until he installed it, so now he can’t return it. He will most likely be able to fill it, and since we decided to replace the door once the bathroom is redone anyway- this really isn’t too big of an issue. Just annoying more than anything.

Even though only 3 out of 5 of the bedrooms are (mostly) complete upstairs, at least we can close the doors to hide the chaos behind them!

Now that the door is up, hopefully we can get it painted this weekend. By we I obviously mean David!

When One Door Opens

Let’s talk doors.  To start, we agreed that we would replace all of the doors in the house except for the front door, door leading to the garage, and door leading to outside.  We temporarily were just going to paint those doors to save some money.  However, we noticed that the previous kitchen and laundry room (current mudroom and pantry) are absolutely freezing.  Because those rooms are so cold, the cold air gets into the new kitchen and honestly it is just uncomfortable to be in.  We love the new kitchen so it is painful to be so cold while we are in there.  We decided that it was time to replace the doors leading to the garage and the backyard.  When David took out the old doors, he discovered that they were installed incorrectly.  There was a giant gap from the moldings/door to the wall which was letting all of the cold air in.  He filled it with some foam and put in the new doors and you can already feel a significant difference in the temperature.  Replacing the doors was definitely worth the money now that we know how much air was getting in, but it also makes me a little afraid of what else in the house wasn’t installed correctly.  Only time will tell, I guess! Have a great weekend!

The Door

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate.  We don’t celebrate Christmas, but I still love it! We had our usual Chinese food on Christmas Eve, Eli left cookies for Santa, and we went to see some amazing Christmas lights.  So nice!

We now have the door that closes off the new kitchen from the old kitchen (which will be becoming our pantry).  It looks great, and I am so excited to have so much space, but David and I made a little booboo with the planning of this door.

We thought we would buy a new table and light once the kitchen was complete. We were redoing everything, so why not get new furniture right? We had the measurements of the table, and knew the shape of the light, so we told the contractor and they did rough ins for where the light would go, which was based off of where the table was going.  What we didn’t do, was take into consideration where the door to get into our pantry would go, and how big the door would be.  The wall has been up for a while, so we knew exactly how wide the doorway was, but because there was no door, I think we kind of forgot that there eventually would be one, and that area would be used as a walkway into the pantry.  Oops.

Now that the door is there, and our light arrived last week, we realized that our vision wasn’t really possible anymore.  We have no idea where the table will go, and the electrical work our contractor did is kind of irrelevant.  Fortunately, we didn’t purchase the table yet, so we possibly could go with a different shape, but we shall see.4C27698A-AFB3-47E0-B41E-97D450251043