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Posted in House Building Adventure on June 23, 2017
As much as I wanted to document this process in real time it just didn’t happen. We are getting closer to the end and I need to start documenting now or it will never happen. They tell me that we should be able to move in the first part of July. These last 5 months have flown by.
The first part of February we staked out where the house would go…
It was pretty dreary out that day. Cold, dreary, and wet.
It seemed like I waited for ever for the driveway to go in. It was a little tricky in the beginning because I couldn’t even get onto the property. Where the property fronted on the road there was a ditch and my car would have never made it across. Neighbors were nice enough to let us use their drive until mine went in. But the dirt finally started moving mid March.
Well because I’m having issues loading pictures I will stop here. More to come though.
Posted in Uncategorized on March 9, 2017
Tomorrow is the big day. But they’ve been telling me that for the last 2 weeks now. My driveway is suppose to be put in tomorrow. But rain and snow are in the forcast for tonight. So I really don’t know if the driveway will be happening. I’ve learned that patience is necessary when building a house and I’m ok with that so far.
The decisions have been many. More than I ever thought I would have to make and I still have more to make. I haven’t picked out cabinets, flooring or countertops yet. This has been the hardest for me so far. I’ve been on Pinterest for more hours than I can even count. Once that decision is made I will feel so much better.
I think I have the majority of my light fixtures picked out. Now I just need to start purchasing them. The lights over the island and the light over the dining room table have been giving me some problems. I want a statement piece but I don’t want to have to pay a fortune for them. I think I’ve found what I want. Can’t wait to see them in the house.
I will be sharing photos and more details as the house progresses. It’s getting closer and I am super excited!
Posted in House Building Adventure on October 16, 2016
I am building a house! I am building a house! I AM BUILDING A HOUSE!!!
I have to keep telling myself this because I still can’t believe it. Never did I think I would be doing this by myself, but here I am. I bought 3 acres in July! Now I am in the process of approving floor plans. I chose a builder and sent him floor plans that I drew up myself.
On a side note: I could sit and look at floor plans for a week straight and never find a plan that I love…or even like. Am I weird?
And…Pinterest is my best friend right now!
I found an exterior of a house that I fell in love with. Then I decided to draw up my own plans. A few tweaks had to be made, of course, because I am obviously no professional. Since I first sent in the plans I have decided to do a story and a half instead of a 1-story house. So a few more tweaks had to be made. Mainly the stairs. Right now I am waiting to get the plans back from my builder so I can either make more changes or approve them.
My friends tell me that I am going to hate this whole process. But I don’t believe them. I am super excited to start making decisions on colors, flooring, and fixtures. My whole life I have dreamed of building my own home. Let the fun begin!
So far I have gotten my driveway location approved and I now have an address.
What are your thoughts on front porches? I MUST have a porch with rocking chairs and maybe a swing. It has to be welcoming and comfy.
This will be the view in the front:
I can’t wait to document this whole adventure.
As moms we all have those proud mama moments. Maybe we see our child do something that makes our heart swell or someone tells us about something our child has done while we weren’t around. You always hope that your child is on their best behavior when you aren’t around but when they go beyond that and show love and compassion sometimes it’s almost to much. It makes you realize that you just may be doing something right.
I had one of those moments today. It brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. This boy of mine never ceases to amaze me and I couldn’t be more proud.
I think this is probably my favorite photo from vacation!
I always take many, many pictures on vacation. And I always have just 1 that I absolutely love above all the others.
Posted in Travel on July 28, 2015
A vacation is always exciting. A vacation with friends is one you won’t forget. There were about 40 of us in 4 different houses in the OBX in early July. We all headed south to celebrate my best friend’s 20th wedding anniversary and watch her and her husband renew their vows. It was a great week with lots of memories.
Just a few of the many, many photos I took on the trip.
Is there anything more relaxing than spending time at the beach? I think not!
Posted in Cade on June 22, 2015
That feeling you have when you send your child off to camp for the first time. Does every parent get that feeling? I was so excited for him and so worried about him being gone for an entire week.
Off to church camp with his best friend. I couldn’t really tell whether he was excited or not. I pretty much understood how he felt. He was heading into the unknown. I remember that feeling when I went to camp for the first time. Excited but totally nervous. Oh, he acted like it didn’t bother him. Said that he was looking forward to it. But I could tell by the look on his face that he was apprehensive.
The good news….they will be sleeping in cabins this year. In previous years they have slept in tents. That made me a little nervous. But when I heard that brand new cabins had been built, well, I was pretty happy about that. A full week away from home, enjoying the great outdoors, taking a bath in the creek (yes, we had to send float-able soap), zip lining, repelling and Bible studies in the wilderness that God created. I fully expect him to come home dirty and exhausted. I can’t wait to hear his stories. But for now, I pray for him, his camping buddies and the counselors every chance I get. Only 4 days to go till I pick him up. I sure hope he is having fun.