Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Overdue Update...Counting my Blessings...

Wow - I always forget I even have this blog. Oops. I'm sure everyone else does too. :) Just checked on it...haven't updated since '09. That has been waaay too long. My life is for sure WAY different now.

Since then - I got engaged, married the love of my life & best friend, bought a house, & had the most adorable baby girl ever - Olivia Joy! (that is the last year 1/2 in a very short nutshell.) It has certainly been the greatest adventure of my life so far. :)

When we first got married we rented in a little one bedroom farmhouse...however - as soon as we found out we were expecting - we started the house search. After a loooong journey of looking, making offers, etc...we Finally bought a home (excellent $ - but a "fixer-upper" investment)...

From closing - we had 6wks to pretty much get it fixed up/livable - rebuild the back porch, rip out all downstairs carpet, sand & stain/finish the wood floors, completely re-plumb the entire house, completely renovate the upstairs bathroom, & paint the downstairs. My due date was 6 1/2 wks away... Needless to say - we moved into a partially finished house (just the downstairs of a 2-story home) 3 days before my due date. I went 7days past my due date - so that gave me 10 days to try to settle/unpack a bit into the house - although it was a challenge as the entire upstairs was filled w/ boxes and & all of our furniture was squished into the dining room w/ a small pathway into the kitchen. (there really much I could do)

Its a 4-bedroom, 1.5 bath - when we moved in it was into the following rooms: the kitchen (w/no floor), dining room, and 1bedroom (which will eventually be the office but for now is our bedroom/nursery). At the time we had a 1/2 bath downstairs & a shower only upstairs. Since then we have finished the upstairs bathroom, finished/expanded into the living room, painted the foyer, gotten drapes hung, built railings in front & back porches, replaced 1/2 the roof, etc...

I am slowly working on trying to help w/ what I can around taking care of a new baby....Next big project goals (for me) - finish upstairs bedrooms (border removal, paint, pull up carpet, refinish hardwood floors, etc...). My goal it to be able to move the baby into her nursery by her 6mo birthday. It may not seem that big of a deal, but it all takes time... :)

Aside from all the above mentioned stuff - I have the joy of being a stay at home Mommy for my beautiful baby girl! I am so very blessed! She is such a joy to us and we love watching her grow. She is a full time job right there (plus trying to finish a house) - so I keep WAY busy. :)

Olivia is going to be 5mo next week - I can hardly believe how quickly the time goes. She is certainly our bundle of joy! Always so full of smiles, giggles & loves to "talk". She is rarely fussy - except sometimes at bedtime when she is just sooooo tired. She has been sleeping through the night since about 6wks old. I am SO blessed.

She started rolling over on her 4mo birthday. She is always on the go & when she starts to crawl/walk - my hands will be really full. :) She LOVES her cereal too - thinks she's really big stuff. :)

Well, speaking of her - she is hungry & I need to feed her (she's been a little angel sitting in her swing as I type). But she needs me now - so I must go.

Maybe I will update sooner next time. :) I truly am SO VERY blessed - with the best husband/daddy ever (Justin is so good/helpful with Olivia - she LOVES her Daddy). When I sit & count my blessings - I lose count... :)


Jeshanah said...

Wow! You just commented on my blog so I decided to come check yours out again!! (I checked on it earlier in the summer but there hadn't been updates for so long I guess I figured you'd forgotten about it! haha)

So how's the house going? You know if you need any help ripping down borders/painting etc. you can always get a hold of me and I'd be happy to come help you out!! (Not sure how much we could get done with 3 kids 2 and under, but we could give it a shot!! haha (Or I could probably have Zion or Mom watch mine so I could come help you out!!) =) So since I haven't heard, I'm guessing that Olivia's room hasn't been finished quite yet? I've decided in my life that nurseries are overrated. :P I had such lofty goals when I was pregnant with Lincoln... haha. Alright, just let me know if you need help!! =)

Elisabeth (Bauer) Holsapple said...

Heya - yeah, I'm trying to stay updated on this a little more. :)

Part of the problem - I can never remember how to get to my blog - the only way I know how is going to Becca's blog & clicking on the link to my site there (you dont have it on yours).

Thanks for the offer to help - although since you are getting ready to move soon yourself it might be tricky. :) Hopefully when you guys get back you can see what we've gotten done (and you can get into your own home). :)