Thursday, June 12, 2014

New house pics

It's been a very busy week here! We had several furniture deliveries, a sprinkler system installed, and the kitchen backsplash installed.  We also had a handful of people out to work out some issues - I thought my dryer had stopped working in the move, but it turns out that the gas line was blocked.  Our shower was leaking, and there was an issue with the AC.  The frame of my new couch is cracked and, OF COURSE, it's a custom order so it will be a while before it's replaced.  Our old home phone number was supposed to move with us, but we ended up with a new number after Comcast didn't quite do their job correctly :(  All in all, though, things are coming together and we are enjoying the new house.

Some pics of the downstairs...

 Walking in through the front door - study to the left,
dining room to the right, living room straight ahead

dining room

Guest bathroom

Living room with my new/broken couch! Next purchase is
some kind of coffee table or ottoman...

Looking into the kitchen from the living room -

From the other direction -

New table and chairs

Master bath - shower and toilet are across from the vanity

Master closet

No pic of our master bedroom yet because I have a collage of pictures sitting on the floor that I'm determined to get up in the next couple days!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

I spent the day at home today, which was fine by me! Things are about to get crazy with the end of school quickly approaching, as well as the fact that we should be moved into the new house by the end of the month.  As always, I enjoyed reading the things the kids made for me at school.

This was intended to be fun, but it was very stressful for Mallory!
She did not like that she didn't know all the answers and was in tears
when she found out that everything wasn't quite accurate.  

I was impressed by this poem Drew wrote -

and surprised that I got a checkmark for everything! lol

We celebrated Bryan's birthday earlier this week.  The kids were fairly disappointed that he was expected to go to work that day, but at least he left early to do the walk through of our new house :)  Mallory's kindergarten musical was also that night, so it was a busy day!

If you ever need someone to open presents for you, Mallory
is up for the job!

Some new memorabilia for the game room once we move -

Love this pic of the two of them!


Monday, May 5, 2014

I just ordered this on a canvas for our bedroom in the new house, can't wait to see it in person!

I posted a few pics from Easter on facebook - here are some of the ones I shared there plus a few others.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Another busy week...

Sunday was motorcross for the boys... Drew got tickets from Santa.

On Monday, our new roof arrived...  it took all day Tuesday and a good portion of Wednesday for them to finish.

By Wednesday, we had this!

We had two offers over the weekend and signed a contract on Monday... what I hope to be our last one! With the new roof, my realtor is feeling confident.  She went straight to the "sold" sign, in the past we had "sale pending." lol  We set a closing date of May 30 and are hoping to move straight into the new house, fingers crossed!!

Also on Wednesday, I went to U of H Clear Lake to see a play Brady was in.  He played Prince Charming and Hansel.  It was part of his GT class - they were given several choices of classes to be in, and acting is the one he chose.

Drew lost another tooth this week! It's been loose for quite some time.  But, then he somehow managed to get hit in the face with a basketball while at the neighbor's house.  After he calmed down, I asked if I should try to pull it and he decided that I could. One good yank was all it took!

Yesterday was Mallory's egg hunt at school.  Today we colored eggs.  Brady wasn't really interested, guess he wasn't bored enough.  Drew was out playing with a friend and ended up coloring a few when he was home later in the day.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

In full swing...

Brady is playing baseball this season, as usual.  Drew is playing soccer - his season is quite a bit shorter but we're now in full swing with both.  Unfortunately, several of their games are at the same time but not the same place :( This Saturday was my first time taking the camera - I literally only got one shot of Brady before I left for Drew's game.  Next week will be the opposite - I will stay at Brady's while Bryan goes to Drew's.

Drew is enjoying playing but isn't happy they haven't won yet!
We're three games in, so hopefully that will change soon.

Friday, March 21, 2014

a few pics from Mallory's field trip to the rodeo -
we watched a baby chick hatch from it's shell!

Still have stuff from 2013 to finish! Here's a Christmas layout -


credits here

Monday, March 17, 2014

If I were one hundred years old...

by Drew Dinkel

In 2114, I will be 107 years old.  I will keep my toys at my house for memories.  I will not want a pet because I will not be active.  I will want someone to take care of me.  I would want to still have friends.  I would want my mom and dad to still be alive.

I told him he better hope for some miracles in science to occur if he wants Bryan and I to still be alive when he's 107! lol

Back on the market again!

Our latest offer fell through... this time we made it all the way through the inspection and even extended the option period two days before the buyers decided to terminate.  At this point, my realtor is suggesting we put a new roof on the house, but we're not ready to commit to that - not at this point, anyway.  A roofer that came last week said we have 3-5 years of life left in this one, and I have another roofing company coming tomorrow to give me an estimate on replacing the roof (as well as get his opinion on the life of our current one).  Two pieces of good news in my mind - longer time in our current house and we have a copy of the 41 page inspection report in our hand.  Everything on it was fairly minor, so that was good to see.  Bad news is that the lack of a windstorm certificate is clearly still an issue and the longer we're on the market, the less we're likely to get for the house :(

No picture yet, but the bricks are up on the new house.  The inside has been taped and floated, so it's starting to really take shape!

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Our new house is coming along well! Roof is on, and they have started putting up some of the drywall. I expect the brick to go up soon, hopefully this week.  When I asked, I was told we should expect to move in sometime between the end of May and mid June.  I'm still crossing my fingers that it will be done before school is out... but certainly not depending on it!

Our current house is under contract... again.  The first three offers fell through, then we had three at the same time and signed #5.  So far, so good.  The inspection is Monday morning - I feel like that's the last major obstacle.  Assuming this contract is the one, we'll need to be out of the house by April 3.  It looks like we'll be moving into a 2 bedroom apartment in the area and putting the majority of our stuff in storage.  I've got the apartment narrowed down to a few choices, I'm planning to put a deposit down later this week once we haggle over the inspection and the option period is over.


I've been shopping for the house :) I've bought a dresser
and nightstand for Brady's new room, a kitchen table and
chairs, barstools, and a new couch for the living room.

 February Project Life

Our Valentine pics

Showcasing a new kit for one of my designers

Fun with fake snow before Christmas eve mass

Mallory's first sleepover with a friend

Camping activites

Our trip to NYC back in September

August overview

Left side

Right side