7QT #51: our marathon life

24 June 2016

24 June 2016
It seems like all I do nowadays is pop back on the blog for a crap-ton of updates all squished into one little post, but as that seems to be all my brain and schedule will allow...the perfect time to do so is quick takes! So I'm here for another week!

1.
We bought a house!




I know, I know...too many GIFs. I couldn't help myself.
But that's how excited we are! To have the whole house-finding-and-buying process all out of the way...it's a big relief. Plus we LOVE the house and are super excited to move in.

2.
I'm not going to post the address on my internet-wide blog (message me if you want it!), but here's a few pictures to give you an idea - the whole whirlwind of touring and then buying the house was so crazy fast that I didn't even take any Snapchats or pictures on my phone when we were touring it.

Legitimately - the house went on the market on a Saturday, we toured the day later on Sunday morning at 10:45 in the morning (Father's Day, nonetheless) and while we were touring, two other families showed up with their realtors. When we figured out how much we loved it (so much square footage! finished basement! great neighborhood!) we literally sped to our realtor's office and filed an offer before noon.

Yeah. The housing markets are just crazy around here.

big trees, shady, 4 (yes FOUR) car garage!
huuuuge living room - and everywhere but the kitchen/dining room has the original hardwood floors. PTL.
3.
If you follow me on Snapchat (@h.gokie), you know that we put a different offer in on another house just about two weeks ago, and even though we were the highest offer, we didn't get it... (????, I know, I know.)

At the time, super frustrating and hard to understand, but after finding this house we are extremely grateful. It's really another great starter house and I'm excited to fill it with our stuff and make it our own.

We have big plans for the house: it needs a lot of landscaping in the front & backyards, and the kitchen is kind of a weird 70s nightmare:


but honestly, it's probably 4 times the square footage of our current kitchen so I am trying hard not to complain. Plus it has a dishwasher! And an ice machine in the fridge!

I'm pinning lots of ideas about redoing it eventually, but for budget reasons it will probably be sometime in 2017 after baby #2 gets here, because we're on probably too tight of a deadline to try and get it done before then. Plus David has ambitious ideas to knock down a big wall and I'm not quite ready for that yet.

4.
Barring all cosmetic things, the house seems very well cared-for and in great shape, and we're ready to get going. Our closing date for both our current house and our new house is July 22, which isn't that far away. Luckily we have most of the packing and such done already, but in a 3 week span in July we will have to:
- Be in a family wedding on the 16th
- Pack up all our stuff & either move it early (if we can get our way and shove all the stuff in the giant garage) or store it somewhere
- Close on our current house
- Close on our future house
- Move in and set everything up
- Be in another family wedding on July 30
- Try not to go crazy
Soooo it's going to be a very busy next month and we'd appreciate all your prayers that I don't pass out from heat exhaustion or mental exhaustion from doing way too much stuff all at once.

5.
Okay, enough house stuff! A picture of Kate, because every morning she's been requesting I do "pi tays" in her hair, aka pigtails, and I can't resist.


We've been avoiding the really hot weather by reading more and more books, dragging toys around the house, and "helping" with laundry. I use the word help verrrrry loosely.

6.
Hard to believe, but this pregnancy has continued along relatively uneventfully so far! I'm 16.5 weeks as of today. We are already scheduled for an ultrasound in 2 weeks, which seems like just really crept up on me, because I have a tendency to forget I'm pregnant being so busy.

I have been having this weird upper back pain, which I *think* is pregnancy related because I've never had it before, and random food cravings/aversions, but other than that my nausea from first trimester is all gone and I'm feeling pretty good. I'm on a progesterone supplement again this pregnancy - not quite as much as last time, but it definitely makes it difficult to wake up in the morning.

Other than that I'm feeling good and very grateful that baby seems to be growing well & not making me too miserable! :)

7.
Whew, that's enough typing for one session. Head to Kelly's to check out more quick takers and have a great weekend!

love,
HJ

All the things!

15 June 2016

15 June 2016
Great news! We sold our house!!!

*insert every happy emoji ever! woot woot!*

After just two weeks on the market, and for full asking price...it ended up selling to the very last person who toured it, a very nice single lady.

Of course, the selling is all dependent on inspection & appraisal going well so we are keeping our fingers crossed, but since it was just inspected 3 years ago when we bought it and we've heard that appraisers in Lincoln are appraising for pretty much anything because the market here is crazy (seriously, now is NOT the time to move to Lincoln from out-of-town unless you're looking for a house over $250k because there are soooo few in the 150-250k range), we're hoping to not hit any snags and have everything go off without a hitch.

David would say I'm probably jinxing it by putting it on the blog but now I have no excuse not to keep blogging at a normal pace again, so I had to talk about something! :)


I'm not sure how it happened, but in the last few weeks our lavender plants in the front have exploded! I was worried about them - they were looking drab & like they weren't going to come back this year, so we put tomato cages around them and then voila! Not sure if it's a combo of all the rain we've had + super hot weather (more later on that), or just good luck, but they make me smile every time I walk out the door and down the steps. I've never seen so many blooms in one plant before!

In similar news, this has been the weather recently, and is the forecast for the rest of the week:


SO MUCH NO. We're usually hot by this time in June, but more maxing out at 95° and lots of breaks with days in the 80's. These weeks solid of 100°+ days aren't supposed to get here til August! WHAT IS AUGUST GOING TO BE LIKE???

I'm a little worried, as you can probably tell.


Like father like daughter - waiting for our waiter to come back with more free beer bread, because someone (ahem, the toddler, ahem) dropped an entire piece on the floor. Luckily it's free! Highly recommend free-bread-restaurants for successfully keeping toddlers entertained at real restaurants.

Honorable mention goes to: silverware to play with, The Runaway Bunny (one of her favorite favorite books!), and big cloth napkins to play hide-and-seek under.


Bedtime routine usually looks like this - crazy hair (on non-bath nights), staring lovingly into each others' eyes, stuffed animals in hand.

That's about all going on around here. I'm on Snapchat at @h.gokie if you're into that type of new technology thing -- exciting things like house tours & Kitty having tantrums recorded on video if you feel like you don't get enough of us already!
love,
HG

Catching up

08 June 2016

08 June 2016


:: We've been spending a lot of time either outside or at my parents' house during all these house showings. (Somewhat good and somewhat bad, they've slowed down a bit - which means I can allow the house to get a little dirty & not have to clean like a crazy person every day.) Bubbles & a freshly mown lawn are a good recipe for a time-waster when you need it.

:: I'm starting to dream & plan for more furniture we'll need to buy once we find a house in Omaha...and put in an offer...and actually buy it... (It's a long process and yikes, there are so many things about moving that now make me realize how terrible it is. But I digress.) I accidentally fell in love with this adorable Land of Nod Jenny Lind bed for Kate and now I am on a hunt to find one for her that doesn't cost $500. ($500! for a twin sized bed frame! YIKES.) Target has a knockoff that's cute but still pretty pricey, so I'm still looking out for a used vintage one that I can paint or a miraculous sale to come my way. If you see one and don't want to grab it for yourself -- hit me up.

:: Kate's watched her first few movies this last week or so, due to the fact that I bought her 4 movies at our local consignment sale for her birthday. So now every morning, she starts the day by asking to "watch mowee? watch mowee?" which is said in her adorable little-kid voice and is *really* hard to say no to, especially when pregnant me would love nothing more than to sleep on the couch while she stares entranced at Brave.

:: I discovered this awesome Chrome extension called Honey, thanks to my favorite nerdy blog Wait But Why, which automatically searches for & then applies discount codes for you at any online store. Dangerous! but very very effective, even for someone who used to spend a lot of time searching them out herself and is now wondering why she ever wasted time doing that because Honey does it so much better.

:: The Bachelorette. Are you watching?? They were not joking at the beginning of the season when they said "the most dramatic season yet..." -- even though they say that every year. I'm in a bracket that I'm totally not going to win but makes me even more invested than I usually am. My favorites are Jordan (obvious frontrunner), Chase, Ali, & James Taylor. Yours are? (Also if you need a great recap blog to add to your feed, hit up my IRL friend Lindsey's! It's hilarious and detailed and she does a great job.)

:: The Head and the Heart have a new single and it's beeeeautiful. I've listened like 100x in the last few days.

:: Any spare prayers you have would be appreciated for us to find a home in Omaha and successfully sell our house here in Lincoln. Luckily we're not in any huge hurry but the commute to & from Lincoln every day is tiring for David and I'm ready to be done cleaning like a crazy person 10x a week.

HG

7QT #50: Kitchen reno! Finally!!!

03 June 2016

03 June 2016
I promised that I would eventually get a kitchen renovation post up here, and after seeing Colleen's great transformation I decided to make it the subject of my quick takes! What better for my 50th edition of quick takes? Linking up with Kelly!

1.
Here's the before, and a post about the before if you were unfamiliar.


Yeah, I kind of purposely took photos when it was full & messy & cluttered so the transformation would be THAT much more dramatic.

2.
Some words of (fair) warning:

Right now we're in the midst of tons of house showings, so keeping the kitchen clean is priority #1 around here, since it's the most improved part of the house. That means the counters are clean of anything (which is a really beautiful way to live but pretty impractical), and we've been eating a lot of dinners at my parents' house instead of making stuff here after showings.

So take the cleanliness with a grain of salt!

3. 
First, the new floor!


We used this slight wood grain tile from Lowe's, deviating from our usual Menards-only routine because they didn't have anything like what we wanted. It matches the bathroom, which I thought was somewhat necessary since this doesn't exactly fit with the old style of the home (our house was built in 1930).

Funny story about the tiling: the evening David decided to do the tiling, we ended up having a bunch of tornado sirens go off and a ton of hail. He started near the end of the hallway and worked toward the door, thinking that the hail would subside by the time he got there...guess what? It only got worse. So the poor guy was crouching on the back steps, being pelted by hail, while finishing the last few pieces of tile.

It was definitely more labor than he had anticipated. Kate and I kept ourselves busy in the basement during the tornado sirens, and I was vigilantly checking to make sure no *actual* tornadoes were coming near us so he could continue working uninterrupted -- tile is one of those things that has to be done all at once, or it can dry funny & lopsided.

4.
Now onto the rest of the kitchen...


Huge difference, right??

Basically the only things we didn't touch were the countertops and the appliances, all of which were in really good shape and were, honestly, out of the budget to replace. It also didn't make much sense to replace all the appliances right before moving if we weren't staying there -- especially since they worked just fine!

But other than that, we:
- removed all the fake brick on the walls
- patched the plaster that wanted to come all down when the fake brick was removed
- painted all the cabinets
- added a backsplash
- painted the walls & ceiling

For being a pretty small blueprint, it was a lot of things to complete in a short amount of time.

5.
Here's a view from the other side:


That little square print of Kitty has been hanging on the back door in the kitchen since her 1st birthday party, and I couldn't bring myself to move it out of the kitchen, so it just got moved a little bit. :)

6.
These shelves were my proudest idea/recommendation for the whole renovation.


David was pretty adamantly against them from the beginning. Before, there was a long skinny cabinet on that tiny wall between the door and the long wall - big enough only for small boxes of food, and really pretty useless storage from top to bottom. I finally convinced him it'd be worth it to rip it out and put in open shelving (all the rage, don't you know?) and I'm SO happy with how it turned out.

It adds a lot of function and style to the kitchen, and gives it a little more dimension to that side of the wall.

I also whipped up those curtains out of some fabric from Hobby Lobby one night, because the whiteness of the room made it SUPER bright in there in the middle of the afternoon -- almost blindingly so.

7.
All in all, I think we spent a solid week working on the kitchen, plus 3 or 4 nights after work after that putting the finishing touches on everything -- and by we, I mean David did 99% of the labor and I did some painting (well-ventilated, don't worry).

Kitty spent a lot of time watching Daniel Tiger and making messes in the living room while we worked, and she was a trooper through the whole thing, even when basically the entire contents of our kitchen were on the floor in the living & dining rooms. She was great!

She had her first taste of Sonic the other day and I'm going to add that picture here even though it has nothing to do with anything we've talked about, just because she looks so cute:


She still had a struggle with the "hold the cup down and suck" with normal straws but we'll get there. It decreased her sugar intake, at least. :)

Head on over to Kelly's for more quick takes about things other than home renovations, probably!
HG


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