Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I love Laci

Okay... no pictures but I have to blog about what went on in my household last night... it is too ironical not to!

First of all, I hate my dog, Laci. Really it is my fault for not training her but that doesn't lessen the hatred I have for her. She is the WORST dog ever! I swear she pees anytime I get within a 100 yd radius of her! I know it is because I beat her for peeing... so it is a vicious cycle... what came first the peeing or the beating? We just go round and round. Anyway, last night she jumped up on my bed. So I tell her to get down... what does she do?!?!?! You guessed it! She peed all over the comforter! Talk about wanting to throw her down the stairs!!!!! So we haven't tried out our washing machine because we don't have the correct plug for our dryer... why wash if you cant dry? I'll tell you why... because your dog peed on your comforter - that's why! So I shove my gigantic WHITE comforter into my washing machine and wash it in the hottest water with bleach and lots of detergent added. I happen to walk into the kitchen to get some water... what do i see?!?!?! Water all over the laundry room!!! The drain in the back wasn't hooked up! Who thinks to check silly things like that!?!?! So Allen and I spent a very long time clearing everything out of that room and mopping up the floor. When you don't have a washer or dryer, messes like this are very difficult. We had to find a few towels that could be thrown away because we CANT WASH THEM!!! (Are you sensing my frustration yet?) So we finally get everything cleaned and put back together, the comforter is now being washed and the water is draining out correctly and what to we realize? There was a wet/dry vac that we moved out of the laundry room so that we could clean it!!!! Who is that stupid? We are! But we don't know who's wet/dry vac that is... we don't own one. Well, I guess we do now but we didn't know we did! Anyway, it was quite the event... nothing is easy these days and even when it is we choose the harder route! UGH!

PS... anyone want a cute little loveable Boston Terrier? She is about 6 months old and a real joy. She needs a good home where someone actually has time to like her. In all seriousness I want to get rid of her big time but Allen wont let me... so I am stuck with a peeing little piece of crap. I shall continue to refer to her as little mistake.

Monday, December 17, 2007


house progress

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I actually did a Christmas Card!

I had decided not to because we hadn't taken a family pic and I didn't want it to be any less than spectacular... well, something is better than nothing! I used a pic from the circus and here is what I ended up with... I didn't clear this with Allen and he may not love his picture but oh well! I am sure you will all be receiving one... I don't like to keep things a surprise so I am showing you early! Merry Christmas!

We all have so much to be thankful for during the best time of the year! What could be better than celebrating our SAVIOR'S BIRTH?!?!?! With everything going on I haven't taken the time to get in to the Christmas spirit. Well, no more of that bah humbug stuff! Today I order gifts, Christmas cards and tonight I am setting up my tree!!!!! This is my favorite time of year and I am not letting busyness keep me from celebrating the fact that my Lord came to earth to save me! What an honor! He is way more important than anything else I am doing so everything else will just have to wait!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Kaylen's Fat Lip

We were at Opry Land Hotel eating at the Cascades. The waiter brought some unexpected dessert and at that moment Kaylen fell and split her lip open on the table. We couldn't tell if her teeth had cut through the lip or not (neither could the doctors because she wouldn't let anyone look!) We went to the first hospital and they sent us to Vanderbilt so that a pediatric plastic surgeon could sew her up. Apparently the scarring would be lessened if we did that. The kicker was that they had to put her to sleep to stitch her. So they had to put an IV in her tiny little hand. The first try her vein blew. You can imagine how much she was screaming and we still had to do it again! Thankfully the second one worked. They gave her 3 stitches and found out that the teeth had not come through the lip (Praise God!!) So we are all okay and we are praying for her lip to have as little of a scar as possible. The hardest part is keeping her snotty nose from running on her cut (gross, i know!) and keeping her from picking at her stitches. I wish I could remember what sleep was!

Oh, and our tile guy got the flu so we still don't have a shower! Don't know when we will! Anyone want to trade lives for a few months? I need a break. Well, I don't want to trade with you, Jodi... but anyone else! ;)

This was right after she woke up from anesthesia... obviously!!! :)

This was from this morning. The swelling is getting better.

Friday, December 07, 2007

What I left behind...


Take a deep breath...

my kitchen.... wow.

the ceiling in my kitchen. They are reworking the pipes so that we can raise the ceiling.

Another shot of my kitchen... there is a ladder and the vanity to the upstairs bathroom!

Kaylen was sitting all of her backyardagain creatures on the stairs and posed in front of them for me. She wanted me to take her picture... first time ever!

My garage. notice where the doors should be... there are windows and a sliding glass door. Nevermind all of the junk in the middle... just wait...

check out the walls in the garage! A guy is working on all of this right now.

Another view of the kitchen and you can see all of our junk just piled up! We cant find ANYTHING!!!!

Here is my one lone toilet. Pretty yucky. At least I can potty (can you tell I have a toddler?) and brush my teeth and wash my hands!

This is upstairs in the bonus room. It is soooo messy - we have no closets (i will explain why in a min)! And this picture is out of order and I am too lazy to move it around... so we will go back downstairs for the more pics before coming back upstairs.

This is the living room. The only area in the house that doesnt make you want to cry. I am going to do a mocha glaze on the cabinets and I have all new hardware to add. We are going to get a new mantle for christmas and then we will change out that silly gold insert. BTW... all my plants and flowers wont stay there... just dont have anywhere else to put them right now.

This is the office to be. Right now it is full of stuff (as is everything!) I cant wait to get things somewhat organized!

Another view of the office. This room will be rather cozy when it is done. I think we will spend a good bit of time in here since Allen is always doing work on the computer.

This is the dining room. Other than organizing it and cleaning it out, there isnt a ton to be done in here. A chair railing type thing but that is it!

This is going to be Kaylen's room but right now it has a ton of stuff in it!!! Noticing a theme here? Maybe complete chaos?

This is Kaylen's second closet that they are adding. Going to be great!

The other side of Kaylen's closet in the bonus room. We just moved the door.

This is the bonus room. Oh my!!! Every time I walk in here... I walk out. This room is so packed to the brim. We dont have closets so our clothes are strewn out everywhere!

Okay, closet explaination... 1. the master closet and kaylen's closet are having doors moved and cant be used. So I put my clothes in this closet noticing before that the far left side wasnt really attached... in the middle of the night i heard a loud crash... this is what I found. Allen had the closet in the bonus room but in the process of the move a few large heavy objects blocked off the entrance, like the air hockey table and two matteresses!!! So we literally have NO closets!

This is where we are sleeping in the guest bedroom. We had to move all of our really heavy furniture in here and we will have to eventually move it into our room :(.

This is where we should be bathing by Monday... anyone else concerned?

Another shot of where the vanity is supposed to go... yikes!

And the last image of our scary bathroom that is our only hope of normalcy!!!

This is where our master closet door used to be and the door to storage...

This is where they are now. I hope this is done soon so we can move our stuff into it!

This is the other side of our master... the built-ins will be in the new bathroom when it is done. So that gives you an idea of how we are expanding the bathroom.

Check out the master shower right now. What a scary dungeon!

The current vanity in there... nice!

The front of my house.. dumpster and all! notice the shingle falling off of the roof - classy! We will be doing architectural shingles on the new roof!

The front steps in the beginning stages. We are flagstoning the steps. They will be cool when they are done!

The side of the house... can you say sanford and sons? No wonder we havent met our neighbors - they hate us for making this house look worse than it already did!

There goes all of our pipes to our house!

Yes. that is a truck in my backyard! I told you I was getto-ing this place out! That belongs to the tree guys that are cutting down a few trees for us. We are hoping to clear it out enough to get some grass to grow!

And this is just a shot of my leaf yard! Have you ever seen so many leaves!?!?! yikes! Good thing allen got a backpack leaf blower - he is going to need it!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

This fixture plus the globes below will go in the downstairs bathroom.

This is the vanity for the downstairs bathroom.

This picture below is of the vanity in Kaylen's bathroom but it will be a little longer and have 2 sinks. Also there is a sample of what the top of the sink will look like.

This is an example of the type of knob that will go on the kitchen doors... not exact but you can get the idea.