Well we've started on the house. We closed last Friday the 29th & immediately went over after the closing and started working. Joe got all the basement drop ceiling pulled down & all of the fans taken down by the end of the first day. We are going to knock this thing out quick so we can move before the end of summer. It has been so fun picking out lighting, paint, fixtures, hardware, flooring, etc, but it is also overwhelming. I spend probably a half hour at Mendard's picking out one fan! We went back the next day and bought two more!
I am super pumped for all of the paint colors! The top two of the first sample, "Mississippi Mud" (2nd one down) for the living room, I love the name, it reminds me of the Goonies. And "Golden Harvest" (top one) for the dining room. The 2nd sample in is called "Toasted Marshmallow" that is for the entry way & hall way. The 3rd, my favorite "Winter's Day" is for the bathroom, it's a blue/grey color I cannot wait to see it on the walls, and the last "Picket Fence" for the bedrooms and ceiling. The 3 single color samples are Martha Stewart Living & the 4 color sample is Behr. Now all free time is going to be spent at the house getting everything done.
We worked diligently on the house all day on the fourth. What a way to spend my day off! Oh, the joys of home ownership. It was so flippin hot here though, I can't imagine doing anything outside when it's 103 degrees with a heat index of 112, we did get alot accomplished & even started painting, it's going to be darling when we are all finished. I did take some more pics, I realized I didn't have one of the outside of the house... so enjoy!
Front of the house... the tree will be trimmed, I promise you!
This was the first project I accomplished, new knobs on the storage unit... piece of cake!
So we did see some fireworks this weekend, which I love, even in the heat, they were enjoyable & fun. Tuesday we went to the Peru fireworks which are always a blast. Everyone goes, everyone who lives out of the area comes home to go to the fireworks, so it's a great place to run into people that you never see, (or you have to be careful to hide from those you don't want to see!) We also went to Hennepin's fireworks last night (the actual 4th) and they were really good. I liked them better actually & there aren't nearly as many people so that aspect is nice too. We took the bike both times which was amazing because we were able to park super close to everything. Never taking a car again!
In baby-making news, no such luck once again. I thought it would've been so amazing to say that we conceived on Father's Day, but it didn't work out that way. Just staying positive & honestly, now with the new house & everything that we have going on this summer, I am not focusing on it, which is good. I know it will happen when it's meant to happen! I got some great tips, & words of wisdom & encouragement after my extensive post about this whole process & I'm very thankful to those of you who are reading this & giving me advice! We are having fun trying, & having fun being newlyweds. How long do you get to be considered "newly" wed's anyway? Joe and I have been married 9 months, celebrating our one year on September 24th... is one year the cut off to be considered "newly" weds???
Speaking of our one year anniversary, I cannot wait! We went to Galena on the bike for our honeymoon & stayed a few nights at Eagle Ridge Resort. So beautiful& so many amazing things to do within the resort & in Galena. We really wanted to take a hot air balloon ride, but the pilots were all at a hot air balloon festival so we weren't able to. Really hoping to do that this year, Galena would be the best place in Illinois to take one, the scenery there is just amazing. I just can't wait to go back.
Hope everyone is staying cool in this ridiculous heat! Take care!