House Help

So we are planning on building in the spring and I’ve dreamed of building our final house for years– I’ve drawn up plans and had even the kitchen cabinets planned down to the exact layout and dimensions for each cabinet– {let’s just say I had a lot of time on my hands when my kids were babies and I had never heard of a blog yet :)}

but now that it is time to actually really seriously get down to business about this I am so undecided and I don’t know what I want— ahhhhhh— well I know what I want but I don’t know all at the same time :) My ideas and likes have changed over the years and this is a home that I am going to be living YEARS in and I’m a little worried about the changes in life, for instance- right now my kids want to be close to me but I’m sure as teens they are going to want to be far from mom and dads room as possible–  and the other thing is is I do not, do not, do not, want a big big house. I don’t like them I don’t like vaulted ceilings and wasted space and don’t like having a dining room that you eat in only once or twice a year- I don’t need a gourmet kitchen cuz’ hey I sure am not a gourmet cook I just want a moderate sized comfortable (warm and inviting) home :)

I know I like the craftsman bungalow outside style of a home– with the big porches and the top stories built into the roof– {my hubby still shakes his head over this but I love the look of older homes I just don’t so much like the oldness of older homes :)}

I also know that I really really would like a white kitchen with wood accents and a bar island– these pictures make me swoon looking at them–  I probably wouldn’t have my kitchen as big as some of these but ya their yummy

I know I want a mudroom/command center area–of course — I think I’d die without one
and I want lots of details and bookcases ect.
and for complete randomness I really really want a blue door like this :)
See I know some things :) but some of the things I have ?’s with is………….
~ would you ever have your kids sleep on a different level than you when they’re young
~ If you have a family room on your main floor and one in your basement doesn’t one of them pretty much become neglected and just more of a formal room kinda wasted space? or do you love having two of them
~ and a desk in the kitchen– Love need Hate?
and my Uncles favorite quotation “Opinions are like butt cracks- everyone has one” So I’m inviting you to share them– not so much your cracks though- you can spare me and you the embarresment- but your opinions– I really want to know–
What would you be putting in your dream house?
{ps. I have no rights to any of these pictures and sadly I don’t know where I got them from they’ve just been randomly collected over the years and put in my house inspiration file– so if they’re yours and you want credit just tell me and I’ll add it}

Where have I been? Why editing pictures and taking pictures and designing Christmas cards and on and on and on and well trying to finish the basement of course– my plate feels a little full– hopefully I can eat it all :)

The latest shoots + a pic just for Great Grandma of her new twin grandchildren!
And I thought taking pics of just one newborn was challenging :) I love my new niece and nephew they are little sweeties!
Fall is definitely a busier time for pics– and man it just seems to be flying by anyone else wonder where in the heck October went to?! I pretty sure someone stole it off the calendar and tricked everyone into thinking that it really was the 30th.
Progress + Organization tips series
Progress + Organization tips series

So things are chugging along in the basement– Today actually I’ll be tiling the bathroom :) I’m excited it’ll be with 18×18 tiles and I looovvvee big tiles :)

Just for a reminder here is the basement when I moved in:

It was well…… umm…….. slightly overrun with stuff– we’ll call it many fast quick moves and not enough time to go through it all or fix it all up.

Here’s after the first day…

The first step {in this pretty much overwhelming project for me} was to start separating stuff out and making piles, I knew my parents didn’t want all this stuff and a lot of it could go to DI but I had to get approval on what could go and what had to stay, so I had to make piles that later my mom could come down and check off and confirm what was okay to be gone.

Here’s the currently…..

and ya a lot of steps are missing in between (and a lot of time :) but it was just too hard to document a project this big cuz’ half the time I was too frustrated to feel like it would actually ever get clean and I just had to force myself to keep going and face those scary spiders hiding in those nasty cardboard boxes {ughhhhhhh}

The storage room still isn’t quite done– but really it’s the best I could do with what they wanted to keep (and they did get rid of a lot so it was a great first step– and I’m still part of the family-yay- they didn’t disown me or want to kill me-most the time- so that’s really Really good :)

And now were on to the next step of finishing the basement– the actual fun stuff! Wish me Luck!

But….. also I’ve decided that it’d be kinda fun to do some organization tips on my blog every so often… I love to organize, and do fall and spring cleaning- (ya I might be slightly crazy but hey at least I can admit it!:)) so…I’m introducing my…….

{ps. I  know I am no professional and I myself am thinking “geez who am I to be all high and mighty and give tips” but I do know some and it couldn’t hurt, could it??? right??? right?? and if you have some great tips to by all means share them in the comments of the posts we’ll just all share and learn it’ll be great :) }
Anxiously awaiting….
The arrival of my new niece and nephew!
 They’re either coming today or being forced to come tomorrow cuz’ momma has gone far enough :)
isn’t she so pretty?!– even  9 mo.pregnant with twins!– I tried to tell my brother he couldn’t marry her cuz’ I did not want to be the ugly duckling in the family but did he listen to me NO– O-well, I guess I can handle it cuz’ she is a pretty great sis in law to have.
Did I mention I’m so excited for them to come! Plus I get to take pictures of them it’s gonna be GREAT! :)