MIA

You guys, it’s been about two weeks since I gave an update. It’s not that there hasn’t been any progress.  David installed the hardware and the light fixture in our laundry room and I will post about that soon.  But,  all of a sudden the season has quickly changed from Fall to winter, and with the snow and coldness, I needed him to clear out the garage so that I could park in there.

To be honest, I haven’t been too motivated to write or even read the blogs that I try to keep up on.  Not sure if I have mentioned this here or not, but I am from Los Angeles. I was born and raised there and lived there until I got married in 2011. I grew up in a suburb called Calabasas which is really close to Thousand Oaks.  The horrific shooting that occurred last week just put me in such a funk.  Between that and the shooting at the synagogue, it was just getting a little depressing looking at happy Instagram photos and reading blog posts about recipes and beauty and fashion while so many people were suffering.  I totally get that you have to live your life and unfortuntely these disgisting events are becoming the norm here, but I think that these two specifically hit home to me since my kids go to a Jewish preschool and since T.O is my home.

Then the devastating fires started.  It was heartbreaking to watch the news and read about the “Camp Fire”, but then the “Woolsey Fire” started.  I am so thankful that all of my family is safe, but it was really scary that they all needed to evacuate and to see the damage that has been done to my hometown.  My sister lives in Malibu and she still can’t go back to her house. It all just made me feel so helpless being so far and not being able to do anything. It also made me feel extremely unmotivated to do anything on the computer except for pay bills and check some emails.

Now that things have somewhat settled down, we have a very busy and fun weekend coming up and an even busier week next week! It’s Eli’s 4th birthday party on Saturday, and we are so excited that my dad is coming into town to celebrate.  He turned 60 today, so we will celebrate him too! Next week we have E’s birthday celebration at school, and then his actual birthday Wednesday, Thanksgiving on Thursday, and my family Hanukkah celebration on Saturday! Oy.

So bear with me as I am slow on the updates these days, I promise there will be more soon.  David is taking the week off so I am putting his butt to work!

7 Years

I have some laundry room updates, but today I’m taking a break to write about our anniversary!

David and I have been together for 13 years (this upcoming October) but today is our 7 year wedding anniversary.

In just 7 years we have lived in 4 states (Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, and Illinois), 7 cities, have moved a total of 8 times and have owned 4 homes. We have traveled the world from Hawaii, Tahiti, Mexico, Costa Rica, Greece, Canada and so much more. And most importantly we had two beautiful but wild boys!

Although this is not our forever home, this is the first year out of the 7 that we are actually settled- well settled is a loose term but there are no pending moves on the horizon so that’s settled for us!

I can’t wait to see what the next 7+ years brings!

Clearing out the Mudroom

While there are still so many big things to do in this house, there are also a lot of small things.  To start, there are zero pictures up anywhere.  I know that sounds like such a dumb thing, but to me, pictures make a house a home.  We also have spent thousands in photographers, so you bet your bottom I will have those pictures displayed!!

The next thing that bothers me, and it is so petty, but there is no place to put our shoes.  We have a pretty small foyer and entry way, so when we put 4 pairs of shoes at the door, it becomes messy and cluttered. Not to mention, one of us is always tripping over them.  In normal homes, people would put their shoes in their mud rooms or whatever room is off of their garage.

We can’t use our garage at the moment, so we decided to clear the mud room by going through this hot mess, and re boxing and organizing everything.  This really kills two birds with one stone because it gave us the opportunity to find all of our decor and pictures to put up around the house, and it also gives us a pretty empty mud room to place our shoes in so nobody gets hurt.

Now that the mud room is cleaned out, I think I know what I want our next major project to be…

Not sure how much we will get done with Father’s Day this weekend, but knowing David, he will want to work on something. Have a great Father’s Day weekend!

Closet Doors

We had such a great time with family and celebrating my ONE year old’s birthday! He loves to eat and has never had sugar up until his birthday party, lets just say he wasn’t amused. I was really shocked actually.

Now that things are starting to calm down, I have some progress to share.  Eli’s room is complete, yes you read that correctly.  It has been a long long long time coming, but it looks amazing and we all love it so much. Once I fill all of his picture frames, I will share the adorable room with you.

As you all know by now how much my dog pees everywhere. It is just so beyond annoying, but I don’t really blame him.  He is probably stressed, plus he’s an old man.  Not sure if you have ever seen or listened to an 11 year old pug, but they are literally like grumpy old men! So cute.  What’s not cute, is the fact he likes to pee on anything that isn’t wood floor.  He was so used to peeing all over the carpet, and we ripped that out months ago.  Now, his only option is the carpeted basement (which is closed off so he can’t pee in there anymore), or on piles of clothes, towels, sheets, etc.  No, we don’t keep piles of stuff on the floor, however closets tend to have all of those items in them, and our closets have no doors.  Are you piecing his together yet? The pug goes to all of the doorless closets, and pees on everything he can possibly lift his leg on.  It’s been fun to deal with.

When our photographer came to take Dax’s one year photos, and my family coming in for Dax’s birthday, it was time to get those closets up and running. David managed to put up all of the doors except for in Dax’s room.  With Dax’s nap schedule, it’s hard to get in there to put the finishing touches on his room.

The doors look great, and make the halls and Eli’s room look so much more complete. They still need moldings to cover the track, some readjusting, and hardware, but the fact the dog can’t pee on everything anymore is a win for me!

I am looking forward to a weekend of getting more stuff done! Happy Friday!

Bye Bye Spiders

My family starts to arrive tomorrow to celebrate Dax’s first birthday! I still am in such disbelief that he is going to be one.  This year has been one of the craziest of my life and I really think that I deserve a celebration more than Dax does- sorry Daxy!

Before all of the chaos happens, I thought I would share a basement update.  With the weather changing to 95 degrees and humid- we are seeing a lot more bugs around here. Specifically- spiders. I absolutely hate spiders, and it’s shocking Eli does too since “Itsy Bitsy” is his favorite nursery rhyme.

My friend here has serious arachnophobia, so she told me about this man who apparently is a bug guru. He can smell your house and tell you what bugs you have. He came over last week and he is quite the character. I kind of want more bugs just so I can hang out with him again. He walked through our entire house and sprayed inside and out in all of the places where Dax wouldn’t be able to get to. When he took a look at the basement he commented on our open wall.

We had a flood in our basement around when we first moved in. We got everything fixed properly, but David decided to save money and patch up the dry wall himself. Go figure, right? We obviously have had so much going on, so fixing the wall just didn’t seem important and we have had opened walls ever since. The open walls also mean many spiders according to the bug guy. He informed me that he could spray and spray and spray but until that wall is closed off, there’s no way the spiders will stay away.

David got a ton done this weekend- all of our closets have doors now yay!!!! There’s obviously still major projects and minor details too but we thought it was time to finally close up the basement walls. It didn’t take him long, and I feel so much more comfortable knowing the spiders will stay away for the most part now!

Obviously we still need to mud, sand, paint etc, but the most important part is done so that’s what counts- for now!