Wednesday, January 7, 2015

{Our 2014 To Do List: How Did We Do?}

Mmmmm...another list! I love so so much! 

I love the act of making a list, marking things off a list, adding things to said list even if I just did it so I can immediately mark it off.

Yup..I'm a list person. 

The past few years I've done a house to-do list, and pretty much every single year we fail miserably. Like if we were in high school we wouldn't have graduated.  Typically we get a nice failing grade of 50%...but hey...50% is better than 0%!

Right? No? Still sad?


You can check out how we did on our 2012 and 2013 house to-do list and giggle as our outcome was pretty much spot on in the good old year of 2014...oops!

So let's see how we did in 2014! 

1. Update The Staircase Railing {Fail}

So this turned out to be a bigger project that I I'm thinking we're going to hire this out. Every time we go to look at it again, it becomes more daunting and I start to get the sweats. And that's just no bueno people. And you'll be so happy {I'm sure you would have lost sleep tonight} that a contractor actually came by today to check this out. So hopefully the quote is for like $100 and we're in business soon! Hey...a girl can dream! 

2. Spruce Up The Sun Room {Check!}

We did this! Woo hoo! This is probably the biggest change to our house this year, and we LURVE it!  But ya' was SO MUCH WORK! Man...but so worth it! So so so very worth it! Can't wait to hang with the little man in here this summer! I envision reading,  ninja fighting, wrestling, game playing, mess making, and all that jazz. A newborn can do all of those things right out of the womb...right?

3. Install Built Ins Around Fireplace {Check!}

Amazing! Did this too! This turned out to be a bit more of a pain in the toocus that we thought, and we'd like to add some more to the other side. Now that I'm thinking about it...I'd like to add quite a bit to this...dang...maybe this isn't a check. Oh well...I'm calling this a win anyways!

Side note, this picture shows me that I owe you some updated basement photos! And that I need to add some color...pronto. I'm thinking a bright piece of artwork on the fireplace? Who knows...something...because this picture is boring! Especially compared to our "on color crack" sunroom!

4. Add Wood Detail In Basement Bathroom {Nope}

Yeah it didn't happen...but it WILL happen...sooner than later Mr. Wendel! 

5. Organize Upstairs Closets {Nada}

I already have a call in to the closet lady to start this process. We've been saving our extra money to do this, so I'm GIDDY excited to get this done! What can I say...organization gives me butterflies. Big, fat, your high school crush just winked at your in the hallway butterflies. Don't judge! Perfectly organized closets are the way to my heart! That and Auntie Anne's pretzels.

Okay...yet another side note! I ALWAYS thought that Auntie Anne's was Annie always! We walked passed there the other day {yes....I said passed...I did not partake...this time!} and I about had a heart attack when I figured it out!

It reminded me of the time in elementary school when my dad brought me outside, walked me to our street sign, to show me that, in fact, our street name was Hartweg...not "Heartwag" which is how I had been spelling it for YEARS! What can I say...I'm not a speller! My husband, family, and assistants are laughing at how much of an understatement that is! 

6. Add "Popping" Detail To The Bedroom {Thumbs Down}

Oh brother do I have BIG, HUGE, MEGA plans of the master bedroom. Ya'll...I'm so excited! And I think Wendel is even on board! Let's just say, Lelia's not buying clothes for the next year because all of our extra monies are going to home renovations! Oh yeah...and that thing we call a baby.'s a joke to think that I wouldn't buy any clothes for a year...oops!  Anyhoo...details to come!

7. Fix The Upstairs Bathroom Ceiling {Fail}

G...if you're reading better get ready because Wendel is calling soon for some weekend help on this one! I can't wait for this makeover, because it shouldn't be too terribly expensive, but will make SUCH a huge difference! I'll have more details when I share our 2015 To-Do list soon! Another list for us to fail...hehe...I'm a glutton for punishment. 

8. Do Something Fun With The Entry {Thumbs Up!}

Woo hoo! Another thing we did and this is my second favorite update...right after the sunroom! And I loved that it costed $0 and only took a few days! Amazing! 

9. Organize The Garage {Yup!}

We got this one done super early in the year! And we loved it so much, we built one for the other side of the garage! Now everything is in the garage and our attic is empty which makes getting things so much easier! 

10. Build A Pergola {Nope}

Half way through the year I was thinking...maybe we don't need a pergola. But now...I'm thinking I still want and my always changing mind. We'll see how many outside projects we actually get done before the little man arrives. 

And there you have it...our 2014 list! 

So that would be 40%...not bueno ya'll! 

But I'm hoping we get a few of these knocked out now just this year...but in the next few months! 

Baby is a-comin' and mama's got to get stuff done! 

Monday, January 5, 2015

{Christmas /New Years 2014}

Happy 2015 Friends! 

I'm excited to be back and ready for some blogging action! 

I've got quite a few posts ready to go, and we're about to start the process of changing the guest room into the Little Man's about a million other projects on docket! 

So with all of that being said, lots to share! 

But before we go there...I wanted to do some reminiscing and documenting of our Christmas fun this year!  

It's funny because every year I feel like we didn't do a lot of Christmasing, but then I do this Christmas post and realize...dang...we did a LOT! 

Here's what Christmas looked like for us in 2012/2012 and 2013

And here's what New Years looked like is 2012 and 2013

And here's what we accomplished this Christmas! 

We went to see Elf the musical with Wendel's parents, and I'll was dorky. But it was a fun festive evening out with some of my favorite people! 

 Then, of course, we had our Christmasy gender reveal party! Woo hoo! 

We went to an ugly sweater/white elephant party and it was just good, stomach hurts from laughing fun. 

We were able to sneak in time to go and see Awaited with my mom. It's always a favorite of the Christmas season. 

Then fast forward a few weeks when Wendel finally finished his masters {woo hoo Wendel} and we got to do all of our normal Christmasing adventures! We headed to The Union Terminal to check out the amazing train display.

Then we braved the cold and did The Festival of Lights! 

My mother-in-law, mom, and I met a bunch of sweet ladies for a ladies lunch at The Golden Lamb in Indiana. It's always a fun and festive afternoon with some wonderful women!

Christmas Eve, I woke up, turned on the lights, and it was magical! We are so incredibly blessed! 

We had our 20 week doctors appointment {20 weeks...what?} and then we went on a little lunch date to Brio. It was so incredibly awesome! We talked about making it a tradition...we'll see how that goes next year :) 

We passed out treats to our neighbors. Notice the no was like 50 degrees! Insane! 

Christmas Eve with my family...I feel like I look almost dead here. Sleepiness has hit me hard in the second trimester!

Wendel let me open ONE present on Christmas Eve. This was a little bathtub tray for me to put my drink or book or something. I've been having LOTS of "tubby time" especially while Wendel was finishing his masters so Wendel got me all kinds of fun bathtub things! 

We also decorated a gingerbread house on Christmas Eve...we were DETERMINED to have the most magical day ever! 

Christmas morning we headed to Wendel's parents after opening up presents together at our house. We opened presents...ate presents. It was like a four hour afair and I kind of love it that way! 

Christmas evening, we always go to Alex's great-aunt's house for dinner. The view is always a favorite! 

I told you every year! Also...Wendel's hair in that first picture. Hilarious! 

New Years was pretty magical this year! In years past, we've gone to The Opryland, and gone to Florida, but this year we drove to The West Baden Hotel in Indiana and spent a fancy evening dining, dancing, and laughing with Wendel's parents. 

When we got to the hotel, we did a bit of exploring...which involved taking a little train...pretty much the highlight of the whole thing for my father-in-law. 

Then we got all fancified, and ready for the evening! 

I hate that this picture is so blurry...oh well :) 

It was a pretty incredible way to end the year! 

One thing I know for sure: next years will look MUCH different!

And I'm so excited!