Well…I have a new favorite Etsy artist, and wanted to spread the word! Aren’t these paintings cheery? Click on over to Holly’s shop to see what other goodies she has.
And Happy Friday!
Mom and I found Old El Paso cans of green chiles at Reny’s for 50 cents a piece! We are green chile fanatics, so we cleaned ’em out! The cashier was a bit leery of the load of green chiles…(who, in Maine, buys so many?) Native New Mexicans, that’s who!
Oh, and I take back the scrapin’ paper woes (for now…); I have decided that scraping wall paper is SUPER for toning arms! Yay for productive exercise…it’s a two for one deal. 😀 We spent the majority of the day working on the house. (A good long putty knife and a vinegar/water mix does pretty well). Every day that I get over there, I fall a little bit more in love with the place. I can’t wait to move in. 🙂
Come along for the ride, and pity (please?) the fact that we have to scrape off multiple layers of paint-covered wallpaper from Every Single Wall In The House. Everysinglewall. multiple layers. COVERED WITH PAINT.
The first day was exciting; the second day, not so much (the romance had worn off), except for the fact that we were surrounded by good, incredibly helpful company. Mom, Dad, Debbie, and Ashley the magnificent, who kept an eagle eye on the boys. *THANK YOU FRIENDS*
While not a complete disaster, the kitchen just will not work for us. Knotty Pine cabinets (which are actually lovely, if you are a knotty pine type of person), electric blue paint, and fake brick. Not just any fake brick (as in, comes in a sheet or brick wallpaper or some such), but separate fake bricks actually mortared onto the wall with some type of tar substance.
The only redeeming quality of the kitchen (in my estimation) are the hardwood floors. Unfortunately the hardwood ends in the kitchen, and we have to replace the rest of the carpet throughout the house. It’s gonna take us a long time, folks! As much as I wanted the majority of the house finished before we moved in, I have decided that as soon as the plumbing is fixed and the floors are down, we are there. Marathon weekends just aren’t gonna cut it anytime soon!
First day excitement! (There are still two layers to go…)
In other areas, Debbie got after the garden and weeded like a madwoman. Dad trimmed the hedges…it was quite a job! There is also a picture of the lilac bush (one of many, turns out…Oh, and we have an apple tree, too!) I don’t have any *after* pictures, but will post soon (they really worked hard despite the black flies and skeeters, and it looks fabulous now).
We’ve just begun! That’s an exciting and exhausting thought…
Cleaning frenzy+2 little boys not exactly on their best behavior the entire morning = chocolate & peanut butter & graham crackers & magazines aplenty during nap time in the afternoon for momma. Don’t you think?
I’m convinced that some of the most picturesque views in Maine are seen traveling along I-95. It’s gorgeous! Only awful thing is that even if you have your camera on hand, by the time you stop to take the “picture” you want, you’d have to hike a 1/4 mile back to take said picture, just praying that a weary traveler wouldn’t plow you over. THUS…I’ve never stopped. Too much hassle, but such a shame.
Last night we spent the evening at the Home Depot clearing them out of their 70% sale stock, and were physically exhausted and verging on cranky when we checked out. The drive home made our spirits skyrocket. It was special-effects-movie-worthy. The time was around 7:15, and the sun was beginning to set. It had rained off and on during the day; those wonderful little showers that are here and gone, here and gone. Puffy, blue-grey clouds in between sunshiny blue…add the colorful sunset into that mix? Wow. Then add all of the spring greens to boot…I love spring. About as good as fall for color, with all of the shades of green intermingled with the purple and white and pink flowering trees. The sun’s rays were shooting out from behind clouds, and every once in awhile we’d drive into a pockets of very fine mist. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that drive-it’s seared into my memory. Ryan and Jack were on cloud 9 because they’d had the run of Home Depot (they CRAVE big, open spaces, even if they are inside). Happy kids, happy mom and dad. Great night.
Today mom and I dashed to Portland and spent about 10 minutes in every little shop we could fit in. It was a crazy whirlwind of running around, but it was another beautiful day in Maine. Have I ever mentioned how much I love this state? 😉
Erick’s at “our” house now…so odd to say “our”. So odd that I feel like I just bought a house I’ve probably spent a grand total of 45 minutes in!! Thank you SO much for all of your well-wishes. I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am about decorating, heehee. I’ll be posting pictures of the whole process. We are going to spend the 3 day weekend working like crazy-unfortunately without any plumbing because we have to get pipes fixed first. So that’s probably what we will start with. Good idea, you think?
AND we have a house. Closing actually went great-they even had drinks and cookies for us! Very relaxed, despite the amount of money we forked over. 😉
Skipped over to the Home Depot that is having a moving sale and bought tile for our bathroom floor and a pedestal sink for a verrrrry good price. Ended up at the Olive Garden to celebrate; it was the same restaurant we went to the day Erick proposed to me so long ago! Boy, prices sure have gone up since then. 😀
Here’s a “Before” picture of the outside-snapped it on Mother’s Day. Take the Christmas Lights down (ha!), give it a good coat of paint (I’m thinking a couple shades of light gray with white trim and shutters)…trim the hedges, it’ll look right snappy, I think!
Good night, ya’ll, and thanks for prayin’ us through this thing!
Alright…now time for the good stuff.
Friday night we hooked up with The Romantic Family and had a super time, not leaving until after 10pm. After 10, you say? That’s right late for us! And we didn’t want to leave…coulda stayed all night! So, obviously, that was a great kickoff to the weekend.
Saturday we were up and about a bit late, but decided to head for Bath by way of Augusta (had to stop and dream at Lowe’s). The sun burst forth and warmed us right up-it was a Godsend of a day! I’m so drawn to Bath-it’s just full of fun things to do. And I rediscovered what is now in the top, oh, 2 of my favorite shops. It’s called Ornament, and I could have very well bought them out to decorate my house, had I the funds. The nice thing is that they are very classy, with high end furniture (of which we could never afford) but they also carry things that I can actually purchase on our little ol’ salary. Great mix to appeal to the masses. I took a picture of the front of the building, but it was quite sunny! Didn’t turn out all that well, but I’ll post it anyway. The other pictures are just here and there…
Check out the fabric find, honey! YAY! (It’s gorgeous, by the way. Primed for the overhaul they are going to preform on the house once we are finally in a place of our own).
One happy family! The way life should be. 🙂
“Hey Mom! Guess what I spelled!” I hear from the backseat of the car on the ride home…
Which brings me to ask…anyone out there have good resources to refer when it comes to a 3 year old just itchin’ to read and write? I’m absolutely not on the ball, but obviously have to get in gear, because Ryan is So ready. I’d love recommendations if you have any.
Keep those house prayers a comin’! Just set a tentative time of 3:30 tomorrow to sign the papers, although nothing is official yet (a few missing pieces left to gather).
Hopefully I’ll have good news to report tomorrow!
I have a lovely weekend to blog about this afternoon, but before I get to that, we need some mighty prayer power goin’ on!
New closing date is set for tomorrow, but a couple of things have to fall into place first. Ack! Erick has already taken the day off of work, and I hope it’s not for naught. Paperwork needs to be sent to and fro; an appraiser needs to appraise, and the sellers need to confirm that they will very generously waive ridiculous late fees since this delay is not technically our fault.
So if you wouldn’t mind thinkin’ of and prayin’ for the Murray clan, we’d appreciate it very much! 😀 I’m ready to have this thing over and done with!