Sunday, January 15, 2017

a house tour! (finally...)

It's only been a year since we moved into this house before I finally got a blog post up. 

We renovated it top to bottom and have spent the past year making it into our home. We literally changed every single thing in here…from the floors to the ceiling. And everything in between. We ripped up all the floors and re-laid them with laminate and carpet. We scrubbed, primed, and painted all the walls. We painted all of the trim and moulding. We painted every door and replaced all the hardware. We stripped and painted the cabinets, kitchen and bathrooms. And replaced that hardware. We changed out almost every single light fixture. We stripped all of the popcorn ceilings off and repainted them. We replaced all of the vents. We replaced the kitchen sink and the faucet and installed a reverse osmosis for our well. We scrubbed all of the sinks to the bare bones and refinished the faucets in all the bathrooms. We replaced all of the toilets in the house. We took down shelves and cabinets that didn't belong and put in shelves and cabinets in the laundry room. We took off ugly kitchen cabinet doors and ugly tile backsplash and put up bead board and trim. We replaced the range hood in the kitchen. We redid all the kitchen counter tops with concrete counters. We put in a new septic system and a new driveway. We put up a carport for our cars since this little house didn't have a garage.
We decorated and redecorated. We unpacked all of our belongings that have been in storage for over two years and place them lovingly in little nooks and corners. The boys got to unpack toys they haven't seen or remembered. We set up a new school room (yet again).

We made this house into a home.

And we did all of this for under $20,000.

At times I thought this was a waste of time. Or a waste of money. This is a temporary house while we build our big, forever home. But we are trying to build this big, forever home on a budget. And the best way to do that is to do it slowly. So we will be in this little house for a few years. And our thought was we might as well make it into our home. And it's been a year and I'm proud to say that this little house is our home now. And while it's not ideal maybe, we love it. Besides, it's the people inside and the love shared that really count anyway.

the boys' room

the dining room turned school room


my bathroom


living room

dining room
*not pictured: the boys' bathroom (a yucky boys' bathroom), Mike's bathroom (another yucky boy's bathroom), the laundry room (boring), and our bedroom, which is never usually clean enough to take a picture of :)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

homeschool wrap-up: december!

we had an abridged month this month for homeschool...
but it was fun to do all the Christmas crafts and eat all the Christmas treats!
enjoy our pictures :)

poetry tea time! apple pie and eggnog :)

geography review...

working on advent calendars

nativity felt stories

changing it up by moving to the dining room table

does anyone else have a huge box of stale fruit loops just for the purpose of crafting??? :)

poetry tea time with chocolate black bean muffins and cranberry preserves!

crafting various christmas gifts :)

fun snowmen craft!

helping little brother with his letter of the week

size sorting (mostly for the younger two...)

working on our numbers...

snowmen names!

christmas sensory bin

textile letters

pulled out the ol' felt christmas tree!

baking class! apple crisp...

daddy got in on the craft time and constructed a space station!

fun advent snack!

more letters and numbers...

phonics work!

oh my.


during the actual week of christmas, we skipped school and did poetry tea time all week!

such a fun month!!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

our Christmas season!

we had a wonderful Christmas season!
we always spend "First Christmas" with my in-laws down in san antonio and this year, we got to share it with our niece Daisy! her sweet mama let my mother-in-law fly down to florida to pick her up and bring her back for a few days! she's only a few weeks younger than our mv so the boys were thrilled to have a built in playmate!
after san antonio, we headed home for church activities and festivities and of course, our Christmas. we always go to midnight mass at our church but this year, since Christmas fell on a Sunday, we convinced our priest to let everyone attend mass in pajamas! the boys (and the adults!) were very excited and after the early morning present opening, we slipped on our slippers and headed to church! very fun and i hope this becomes a tradition!
it's been a wonderful Christmas season and we already can't wait for next year!

wrapping presents with my mil's gorgeous wrapping paper and enjoying a seasonal coffee!
sweet Daisy wanted her hair braided for our night out and that's something this boy mama can do!

twins :)

my sweetheart.
sweet cousins.

tower of the americas!!

up, up, up!

our excellent children at fancy dinner!

we only remembered the first food picture...

my date :)

my real date :)
skyline at night

riverwalk boat ride to see the christmas lights!

the next day we headed out for a few san antonio missions!

and then tex-mex!
i love daisy's look of disgust. :)

making difficult cookie selections.
1st christmas morning!!

new cowboy boots for all!

off to sea world in his new killer whale outfit!

memere didn't think she could quite walk all the way to the shamu show so gabriel benefited as well! and memere loved it :)

sweet smiley boy on the ride home.

making last minute stocking stuffers for daddy :)

gingerbread cookies for uncle vince's present!

and extra gingerbread men and houses for us ;)

aaaaaand gingerbread wookiee cookies for the new star wars movie!!

chocolate cinnamon rolls!

green hot white chocolates and the grinch!

the boys wanted to "help" santa move the presents from our tree over to nanny and paw paw's tree :)

Christmas eve paella!

and argentinean hot chocolate

and of course, milk and cookies and carrots by the fireplace :)

the men stayed at home with our sleeping boys and mom and i went to midnight mass to sing in the choir


"the cookies! the carrots! they are gone!!"

uncle vince looks terrible but robert. his face. i can't.

i will kill santa (my mom) for giving this gift.
it makes sound too.

merry, merry from our family!

pajama mass!
and blessing of the favorite gifts!
michael brought a moose, jack, a bow and arrow, and gabe, an antique tractor.

clearing enjoying mass.

home to make christmas dinner!
and naps.
yes, naps all around!
Christmas sparklers!
i love that gabriel is having none of that risky business.

we forgot to light the center candle of our advent wreath before the boys went to sleep that night but i had a very quiet and soothing evening...
it was a wonderful and very very blessed Christmas season for all of us!

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