Basement Update

| Decor

Just a quick update on the basement progress (which means we’re actually making some).

Construction started on the 1st of November. They framed out all our walls and the ceiling that day. We chose to lower the whole ceiling in the first room to avoid a weird soffit situation.





Electric was wired on the 12th. It’s nice to have light switches in the right places now! We even got some light fixtures installed in our guest bathroom while they were here.


Drywall was delivered the next day.


IMG_0717.JPG And was installed that following weekend. It’s so weird to see it with real walls, but it’s exciting to see it actually come together.




IMG_0719.JPG All this week the drywall finishers have been muddying and sanding the walls.

IMG_0723.JPG IMG_0722.JPG IMG_0721.JPG The cleanup crew is scheduled for tomorrow (good thing too…since that’s a BIG pile of stuff). On the plus side I’ve been able to work down there on a Christmas gift I’m building for the boys without worrying about making a mess (more on that soon…unless it doesn’t turn out and then I’ll pretend like it never happened). I’m excited that progress has been made this quickly. Next up all the fun stuff…paint, trim and carpet!

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| Decor, DIYs

S.O.S. = Sad old sofa. Our living room sofa was actually the one I owned before we got married. And the years have not been so good to her (I assume sofas are female like ships, club chairs are male…obviously). The poor old gal is comfy and is a favorite bed for some visitors but she’s been flopped on, her cushions have been made into cars and horses and mowers and she’s been thrown up on (but no worries house guests she’s been cleaned). Recently she has gained the nickname the “snot couch” (only partially due to the color).


So yeah…it’s a super sad situation. We would totally get something new except we have kids (which basically means we can’t have anything nice) and until our basement is finished our living room is most definitely still a playroom (so any new couch would suffer a similar fate).

Since buying anything isn’t a great option her’s how I gave her a mini makeover and brought her back to life quickly and cheaply.

First I removed all the pillow covers and threw them in the washer (I do this semi-regularly already…and after any puking incident). Since it’s microfiber they wash and dry easily.

I used my steamer to clean the foam in the seat cushions (this also helps plump up the foam – a tip I picked up via this video) and also cut a thin layer of 1″ foam to give them a little more support. Then I purchased a few bags of polyester fiberfill and overstuffed the cushions.


Now she’s all plumped up and presentable again. Basically she got some botox and fillers and is looking like a totally new woman…but not scary and unrecognizable and she’ll totally deny getting any work done if you ask her about it.


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Halloween Recap & The Next Big Thing

| Baby, Decor

We celebrated Halloween this year with my in-laws, my neice and my mother…so six adults took two kids Trick-or-Treating.

Noah got to be the lion by default since he can’t object to it and we already had it. He’ll probably be the lion again next year if it still fits him. I think 4 years of wear out of a costume is probably pretty good.


Further proof my children look NOTHING alike.

Evan was a policeman.

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So glad I waited till the week before Halloween to buy his costume. This child told me for well over a month he was going to be a “Cow” for Halloween, he told anyone who asked him. Then he saw a policeman costume and he decided that was what he was going to dress as.

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We went to a local Trunk-or-Treat event early in the week and E’s preschool had a harvest party (nothing like getting to wear costumes multiple times)…Evan decided we were “pretending” it was Halloween.

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I failed to get a decent photo of them together on Halloween since it was sleeting and Noah was having a meltdown because his PaPaw wasn’t in sight.

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We also started the NEXT BIG THING this weekend!

(No we are NOT expecting…yikes…seriously have you read anything about Noah?)

We decided to finally finish our basement! Woo-hoo! We’ve wanted to finish it since we moved in last year and we finally pulled the trigger this winter. Since the boys are getting bigger (and most of our friends have more than one child now) we started to want more space for running around.

This has been the current state of our basement. My husband “decorated it” – it’s man-cave chic at it’s absolute finest.  I guess anything was better than studs and he did cover all the insulation so the boys wouldn’t get in it (yeah for safety).

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The guest room (or dungeon)

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Random room at the bottom of the stairs (we’re still not sure what this will actually be)

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Living Room/Playroom Area

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The “Gym”


This past weekend they actually got two walls up, studs placed on the ceiling in one room (to avoid a weird soffit situation) and walled off the gym area from the storage area.

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Now we’ll actually be able to keep the kids off all the workout equipment.

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Our ceiling and door to our storage area…sorry guests…that area is still going to be unfinished but if you’re nice maybe we’ll move the bed out for your visit!

Looks like good progress right?

The kicker:

We want it finished by Christmas since we volunteered to host my family for the holiday this year. Taking bets now on the state of it on December 25th. :)

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