Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Let's Catch Up...

I’m going to start off by saying I am so very sorry about being totally MIA for the past week-and-a-half-ish.  The hubby and I took a “staycation” from work the week of the 19th through the 23rd so that we could pack up, move, unpack and complete as many house projects as possible.  We needed to be ready for my sister, her husband, and my nephew to arrive on Christmas day.  The days were long and exhausting.  We started at 7 something each morning and went until after midnight most nights.  {If I could sleep for a week straight, I probably would.}  Between me, the hubby and my beyonddd amazing parents, we got a lot accomplished, and weirdly, had a ton of fun while doing it.

We packed up our stuff from the in-laws on the 17th…and moved everything into the basement of our house that same morning.  We had the help of Pete’s dad {who is a master at packing a moving truck}, my parents and some great friends {thanks Justin, Matt and Maria}.  Without all of them, the day would have been much longer and more difficult.

Packing up our room at the in-laws.
Some of our stuff jammed into the basement...along with the hubby testing out his Christmas lights.
More of our stuff, and our awesome lawn chairs we used to relax on in the basement haha.

Unfortunately, we had to keep all of our stuff in the basement until our floors were completed.  They started sanding them on the 15th and finished the last coat of sealer in the evening on the 19th.  That meant we couldn’t get on the floors until the after dinner on the 20th. 

Floors, before.
And again.
After the stain went down, buffing the floors.
He was clearly weirded out by me taking pictures of the process from the basement stairs haha. 
Buffed and ready to be sealed.
And again.
Fresh coat of sealer.
Couldn't wait for them to be dry!
Finished product.
In love.
While the floors were being done, and with all of our stuff in the basement, and no access to our main living space...we were restricted to what we could accomplish around the house.  Luckily, during that lull we were able to find a phenomenal garage door guy to replace the horrendous doors that were on our house.  We called him on Saturday night to see if we could get an estimate…he met us early the next morning…and put the doors on all day Monday.  He was $500 less than our contractor’s bid, and we couldn’t have asked for more from him.  {I highly recommend him in case anyone needs garage doors in North Jersey!!}

Remember these??

View of the old garage doors from the outside.
View from the inside.
So awful.
Well now our garage looks a little more like this...thank gosh!

View from the inside.
Other door.
View from the key pad too.
Other door.
Much better than the old, green doors!! And our pretty wreath!
Once dinner was over on Tuesday, we rolled out the red carpet rosin paper, and started protecting our floors.  Then it was time to clean the major dust that was covering every square inch of our house.  The next days were filled with putting together our baby 55” LED TV {me and the hubby’s sort-of Christmas present to each other…we purchased it during a killer Black Friday deal, online…no, we didn’t brave the crazy crowds out there}, 3 beds, a TV stand, dining room table, painting trim, caulking everywhere, refinishing dining room chairs, refinishing night stands, painting cabinets, installing cabinet hardware, painting the fireplace, recovering dining room chairs/bar stools, etc.

Around midnight on Christmas Eve I even managed to put up our little tree, stockings and a couple other decorations.  I know it isn’t anything to brag about, but it wasn’t too awful considering I was half asleep, and I couldn’t even find everything I needed {aka - there is no tree skirt, I rigged up a tree topper, etc.}. 

It's the best I could do for this year.
Strung ornaments up on our chandelier.
Merry Christmas!
The hubby was also hard at work during the week trying to put some lights up outside.  It was a major struggle since the electricians still haven't installed our exterior outlet and we have no bushes since we ripped everything out at the end of the summer.  But hey, we worked with what we had…and I think it looks cute!

By Christmas the house was semi-in-order…and I stress semi!  {We were even unpacking boxes as I heard my sister and her husband coming into the house.  And there are still a ton of boxes to go through in the basement.}  So we took a break from slaving away on the house to enjoy a nice holiday with my family.  

And I promise, there are many more pictures and details of the house to come.  Now that we are no longer spending every waking minute working on the house, and we have a functioning computer back, I’ll be able to catch you all up on the changes in our casa.  I can’t wait to share it all.  Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  :)


  1. How exciting to finally be moved in!! It looks great so far!

    Can't wait to see it all put together with furniture.

  2. Thank you Brandi! It is so very exciting! :)

  3. Your floors look awesome! Definitely looking forward to seeing more details!

  4. OMG! I love, love the floors everything looks like it is amazingly falling into place! :) So very happy for you and Pete!

  5. Oh la la! The floors look fantastic! I'm totally jealous!

  6. Ashley...thank you so much! I can't wait to share more deets with you guys in the future!! :)

    Thank youuuu Jackie!! It means a lot! Xo!

    Aw, so sweet...thank you Amanda!

    Thanks so much, Regan! :)

  7. The floors looks SO GOOD!!! I think we chose the exact same stain haha provincial??

  8. Love your dining room chandy....doesn't appear to have many lights on it, but looks so BRIGHT and bling-y! Where did you get it?

  9. Thank you Lindsay! The stain is actually Jacobean!

    Thanks is very bright and blingy...I adore it! I got it from actually! :)


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