Master Bathroom Remodel...

Hello long-lost friends!  I'm checking in after 8 months of not blogging to share with you our latest home-remodel project.  I can't believe we've lived here for 8 years now...  It's time to start re-doing some of the projects we completed and maybe getting around to some of the ones that we have never tackled.  I hope these posts will be more frequent as we work through our long list of home updates.

Everybody loves a good before/after post, right?!?  Here goes...


So, you'll notice we had some leaking going on around the toilet, and the tile-board in the shower was coming off in chunks.  So. Much. Yuck.

Typically with remodeling projects, things look worse before they look better...these next few pictures reveal the guts of our bathroom, so if you have a weak stomach, you might need to skip these...

Why yes, that is a cast iron bathtub...and no, it did not leave this house in-tact.  This was probably the most troublesome part of the whole thing for me because you know it's going to look better, but it just looks really bad at this point.

And then....your new bathroom arrives on the back of a pick-up truck...

And suddenly, it all comes together and looks beautiful...

I put together a collage showing a few of my favorite features...

Rectangle Sink...feels very artsy
New Light Fixture...no more movie-star lighting
Custom-built cabinet with deep drawers that open all the way
Towel Ring...because we've lived here 8 years without one!
High-arching faucet...who knew I'd want this in the bathroom!
Why yes....that IS a ginormous shower-head and yes, it is fab.u.lous.


Summer Highlights {major photo dump}

Blogging takes a good bit of time...and {free} time is not something I have a lot of lately.  I had hoped to make this a nicely laid out post listing all the events of the summer in the order in which they happened, but blogger is grumpy on this rainy Monday morning and is not cooperating with me, so I'm just dumping the photos, even though they are all mixed up and that drives {Type-A} me crazy!  Alas...

A big highlight of the summer was C's 5th birthday!  A Frozen pool-party.
(Not a Frozen-pool party)

Totally Enamored.

We helped to care for a stray puppy this Summer,
and this was our last photo with her before she went to her new home!

We found a baby praying mantis and captured and examined it.

This little scientist loves observing things through the magnifying glass!

VBS this Summer was all about BUGS!

Good friends and ladybugs = smiles all around!

A little trampoline fun...

Or how about swimming in a sea of foam blocks?

These two were good buds.

Baseball is her favorite.

This little butterfly was fascinated by something on her fingers...

G and his Dad had a little fun with the camera one night...

World Cup.

Hummingbird watching...

They are most active when it's raining, it seems.

We have lots of cardinals too.

We didn't end up doing much Summer Gardening,
but we did enjoy a few sunflowers.

This summer we left the world of floaties & training wheels.

She still falls sometimes...

...but she gets back on and tries again.

Umm...when did she get big enough to ride a bike?!?

I feel like I have fallen in love with this man all over again.
He is truly a gift to me and sweeps me off my feet daily.
And, he just gets more handsome with age, if I do say so myself. 

The need for speed?

This is a regular site around here...

She's our little grill-master in training...

We got to meet "Elsa" this summer...C was SO overwhelmed,
I think she forgot how to smile.  This was the best we could get.

Park Days...

Pool Days



Puppy Play in Pajamas...



Field Trips!



We are beginning our second week of kindergarten.  The first week was a lot of adjustments and getting used to everything, but we had a great week.  We are so excited about this new step and new year!
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