Monday, March 1, 2010

The reason I've been absent...

Tim and I have given up the idea of finding our dream home. In the last few weeks of having little success and coming THIS close to having a couple sex offenders as new neighbors, we've decided to turn our current home into our dream home.

I mean, why not? It's a free country, right?

So last week, we discussed all the things we wanted to do...a complete makeover of the downstairs bathroom, new counter tops and refacing the cabinets in the kitchen, tile in the foyer, laundry room, as well as the master bathroom and the kids' bathroom upstairs, and crown moulding with rope lighting in the family room. Eventually, we'll add on a bonus room, which will give us some more much-needed space.

I make it all sound so easy, don't I?

It's moments like these that make me wonder why we didn't hire someone to do it all for us. Oh yeah, now I remember...when we were figuring out how much it would cost for us to do all the labor versus hiring someone, we realized we'd save a crapload of money.

And Tim, who is anti-vacation, mentioned, "We could go on a serious vacation with all the money we save doing it ourselves". Sign me up.

So this weekend, we began the process of ripping up the linoleum in the downstairs bathroom, as well as the foyer.

Or should I say, Tim began the process...I was too busy trying to keep the young whipper-snappers out of his way so he didn't end up mortaring their little body parts to the floor and/or sawing off a couple of their legs.

When he took out the toilet and the sink, they were in awe. They kept wanting to look down the big black hole left in the floor by the toilet.

Only MY kids, right? I ended up convincing them that if they pulled out the towel that Tim used to cover up the hole, that snakes would come flying out and land in their hair.

Here's Tim ripping out the linoleum...while cursing every 5 seconds.


This is the aftermath, after the removal of the linoleum. Just plain ole' concrete. The sound of Tim scraping at it with the shovel thingie made my skin crawl. I'm convinced he spent way more time doing that than necessary, just to irritate me.


After that, he called it quits, saying he was "tired and sore". I can't blame him, as I was "tired and sore" from trying to keep the kids out of his hair.

If I had known that all it would take was threatening them with, "Santa is gonna send the Easter Bunny an e-mail telling him to stay far away from here" to get them to stay out of Tim's way, I probably wouldn't have been so drained.

Sunday morning rolled around and we laid the tile out to get an idea of how it would look and where Tim would need to cut some of it in order for it to fit.



That's pretty much where it ended. Man, it's challenging doing home renovations when you got 4 little rugrats to take care of at the same time.

They were getting on Tim's last nerve so I finally gathered them all up so we could ride our bikes to the park. Guess they were so over the whole Santa/Easter Bunny threat.

Anyway, that's why I've been absent from blogging these last couple of days...it may continue that way off and on over the next couple of weeks.

I'm exhausted, which is why this post is lacking any and all forms of humor and sarcasm. I know, imagine that?

Oh and I want to thank each of you who came by the other day to congratulate me on reaching 1000 followers!! If I haven't stopped by your neck of the woods yet, I'll be by soon!

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86 comments:

Jen said...

We are going to start our basement soon. I know that I will be in the same boat as you.

we can hold each other through this. :)

Ginny Marie said...

I'd love a house makeover! What a lot of work...you'll be so happy to get exactly what you want, though. All that work will be worth it!

singedwingangel said...

Ohhh see I now the feeling. I had to have a complete redo of our back porch, laundry room due to a water heater malfunction.. Thankfuly our insurance covered it all AND apid for us to go to a hotel.. Oh yeah now that was sweet lol

BigSis said...

I'm a big fan of DIY and am certain that a bathroom is one of the most challenging rooms. I can't imagine trying it with 4 little ones. Good luck!

High On Craft said...

Good for you for deciding to make a dream of your current home. It's a big undertaking for sure, but so is packing and moving!

Annie said...

It looks like lots of work but at the end you are going to love the "new house".

The color of the tile is beautiful.

Anxious to see more pictures.

Have a great week.

varunner said...

You'll reap the rewards once it's all over and done with. It'll be a long road getting through it, but you'll be thrilled with the end result I'm sure.

WHY IS IT that hubbies are anti-vacation? Like pulling teeth...

Sadia said...

I'm exhausted just reading about it! I need to have some work done on the house but I've found myself too busy to even start researching who to call!

Buckeroomama said...

My husband has been wanting to do a home makeover, but I'm the one who's kinda dragging my heels. I don't think our kids are over the "accidental marks" and stickers on the wall stage yet...

That said, a friend is going to help us with the kitchen, though --and that part I can't wait to get started on. :)

Good luck with yours.

Dee said...

Looks like we're in the same boat! I haven't found ANYTHING that I like so we have started doing things around the house to make ME more happy! :) GOOD LUCK!

Momma Such said...

It is a chore isn't it? We have been remodeling our whole house. Currently my hubby is turning the attic into his offic for work so he can be as far away from all of the noise as possible. But, with 4 kids constantly wanting to go up the 2 flights of stairs it can sometimes be a bit challenging.
Good luck! I can't wait to see after pics of everything! :)

Bethany said...

Oh wow this post makes me tired! LOL...good luck :) And congratulations on reaching 1000 followers! I have 80 something and am absolutely thrilled about that, haha!

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I am so impressed. My husband wants to hire someone to change out the light bulbs, and I was hanging the bike racks in the garage because he didn't even know what a stud was...and he knows he's not one either.

So, how the heck did you get to 1,000 followers? Seriously and how do you keep up with all your kids. In fact, would you do a guest post on your comment habits and how you do it with that many followers?? For CCWA?? I would love your forever...I mean I'll do that anyway, but you know what I mean!!

Screwed Up Texan said...

Only in 2010 can we threaten our kids with thoughts of Santa emailing the Easter Bunny! I need to use that one!

Your kids should see our big black hole...I've got three boys so I know about all that curiosity all too well. Can't wait til they are old enough that I can make them change out our toilets...

HT said...

We finished out our basement as my parents walked in the door just before Thanksgiving 2008 to come visit us for three months. I think hubby was still hiding a screw driver and a paint brush behind his back as they walked in!

S Club Mama said...

What a great idea - turn your house into your dream house. Check out Martha Stewart Living for some great ideas. Some day when we own a house, I can't wait to decorate and make it ours. *sigh* some day :D

Valerie said...

Helene...

How the heck are ya? From the sounds of it, pretty darn busy! Kudos for you two tackling these home renovations...unfortunately, I didn't marry a very handy man, BUT he is a fireman which is code for...always has a 2nd job and so do his co-workers. The whole dang fire dept. built our home...literally. Okay we hired some roofers and dry wallers b/c those jobs just suck, but eveything else from framing, to concrete, to carpet came courtesy of the Lenexa Fire Dept.

The downside is that you really can't "fire" someone if they do a crappy job! Oh well.

Anyway, congrats no your 1000 followers...I've finally turned a corner, no longer puking my guts out and have lots of energy again. WHEEEE!!!

Take care,
Val

Kim said...

That is really exciting! I'm sure it will be a lot of work, but I can't wait to see the end results. Maybe you should start planning that vacation now for some extra motivation! Good luck!

Brooke said...

not sure about you, but after this round of home repairs for me i'm about ready to say "screw it - its just money" and pay to get it done.

ps - congrats on 1,000 followers that's awesome!!

Living It, Loving It said...

Exciting, for sure. I usually end of paying people because my hubby isn't too crafty. Also, it is not worth the headache. :) Can't wait to see the end results.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Y'all are on crack! Didn't you learn your lesson last time! Seriously, the tile looks great & I can't wait to see the finished project. And any project beats the hell out of packing up & moving!

kristi said...

I love it! I can't wait to paint some rooms in my house.

The Mother said...

We've laid tile several times. My one great piece of advice--rent a tile saw. Seriously. You will definitely be happy you did.

Design it Chic said...

boy long time no commenting here and seems like you're having a lot up your sleeves already! I've been busy lately but now I'm trying to catch up! Best of luck with the renovation and can't wait to see how it turns out!
Happy Monday and here's my post today!

This Daddy said...

Tim can do it. I know he can and when it is done it will look great.

Amy said...

Wow look at Tim go.. That is amazing. Congrats on all of your followers that is just amazing.

Amy W said...

Love home improvement projects (as evidenced by my most recent posts)! You will be so glad to have it all done - even though it does take longer than you think it will. :)

Sarah said...

My kids would've been right there looking down that hole with your munchkins, lol..... how exciting to redo things and make them truly yours! Even though while the process is going it might be a pain, the end result will be awesome....

Gisela said...

I don't envy you. We have work that needs to be done and I'm simply dreading it. Mainly because it involved a complete makeover of my little guy's room, which means he has to move in with his older brother.

Anyway...I've just recently started reading your blog (came over from ItsTwinsanity originally) and I'm enjoying it!

Twins Squared said...

Wow! I'm impressed! We wouldn't take all that on even without the 4kids! :) Just make sure he really takes you on that vacation!

Kristina P. said...

It looks great so far! I wouldn't let my husband do anything remotely handy.

Nezzy said...

You are one brave woman facin' this renovation with your four little helpers right there. Hubby and I are real do it yourselfers. When we did a major remodel a couple summers ago we did hire a crew my Hubby's cousin headed. We ended up redoin' way to much stuff. Just tell me how in the heck a jacuzzi tub can leak water before the plumbin's hooked up??? Don't ever hire kinfolk! 'Nuff said....Heeeheehe!

God bless you sweetie and have a fantastic day!

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

All I can say is, God be with you.

Cascia said...

Wow, it looks like you have a major project going on. Good luck with the renovations. I bet your home will be beautiful when it is all done.

Thanks for stopping by Healthy Moms!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Maybe it can be an adventure for the kiddos if you give them each a day where one of them is "helper". Home Depot has some pretty cool "tool kid" aprons and the works.

I admire those do it yourself projects. There's a great feeling of completion after it's finished.

Eva Gallant said...

Oh, I wish I had married a handy-man! My husband knows how to do absolutely nothing in the home-repair/makeover area. You are very lucky!

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The Blonde Duck said...

It sounds exhausting. I hope it gets easier and you get your dream home! Don't give up!

Deb said...

You are very brave to do the renovations yourself, and smart! You will save a lot of money and learn a lot along the way. I wish you smooth sailing in your projects--just think how wonderful it's all going to be when you're done.

Congrats on 1000 follwers! You rock!

cindi said...

Did you get the whole "save a crapload of money andgo on vacation" thingy in writing from Tim? Cause I would before he gets too far into this project.

LucidLilith said...

Whoa! That looks like a lot of hard work! Have you guys thought about getting a contractor?

Ashley said...

I hope to find my dream house, posts like these freak me out, I'm so not handy and neither is my husband. Thanks for visiting DreamUp Studios blog on Friday, it was a pleasure to feature you!!

eight helping hands said...

Congratualtions on your 1000th follower! I thought I was accomplishing something by getting 100. WOW!
Good luck with your renovations. They are tedious and exhausting especially when you have four kids to entertain and keep out of the way!
Sending you good thoughts for some sanity!

Jenny said...

I am not a DIY person for big projects, but it does save a TON of money. That's why we haven't done any big projects...too impatient to do it ourselves and too cheap to pay to have someone else do it :)

Too bad the kids aren't a little older, you could put them to work!

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

That is what we do - just keep remodeling!

It is fun and then it is not fun and I get tired of all of the chaos!!

We have been chaos free for 6 months and now it is on to a new project on the list!!

May the force be with you and your husband!

Seizing My Day said...

gee golly miss molly... I don't know why you don't have time... with 4 kids and all... twin kids and all!! ;) Heck ... I don't think I would be blogging if I had 4 little ones! This post alone has 45 comments! we are exhausting aren't we!! My hubby would never go that deep into renos! Laugh a lot and you shall survive it! Love the Santa/Easter Bunny threat!
Just Jenn ~ SeizingMyDay

Stacey said...

This sounds so exciting! I hope it goes without too many hiccups in the process. ;o) Not to mention, without any of the kids getting themselves glued to floor. LOL.

Low Expectations said...

making your own home into your dream home is such a wonderful experience. If you saw our house today you wouldn't believe what it used to look like. We have everything we love because we have done it our selves! If you need any tips or pointers let me know, my hubs is a construction company working/owner!

blueviolet said...

I would think it might be fun to customize your home just as you'd like! I hope it all goes smoothly!

LMJ said...

this is neat! i want a new home as ours is too small. i laid my own tile in my house on the living and dining as well as my guest bathroom.

can't wait o see your final job pics! ;D

sory about my typing--holding the baby

Alicia said...

Lacking humor? Never!!!!

Ugh, I know what you mean about keeping the kids away from daddy while he's doing stuff like that. It's like they want to be right in his face!!

2wired2tired.com said...

Good luck with the renovations! I hope the rest of it is a bit more fun. It is tought to do any type of housework with little ones around, let alone major home remodeling. I love the tile though, it looks great!

2wired2tired.com said...

Good luck with the renovations! I hope the rest of it is a bit more fun. It is tought to do any type of housework with little ones around, let alone major home remodeling. I love the tile though, it looks great!

Corrie Howe said...

When my husband and I got engaged, I told him that he wasn't getting a maid or cook when he married me. He told me I wasn't getting my parent's DIY either.

So the only thing left is that we pay out the nose for work like this. I so admire you both for tackling this.

Charlene said...

It going to look great when it's done! At least he's moving faster than my hubbym, our downstairs bathroom has been without a sink for about 4 years now. It's a good thing it's not the only bathroom in the house lol!

You're lucky all your kids wanted to do was look down the hole, mine threw stuff down there that had to be cleaned out before the new toilet could be put in. Who said having a bunch of kids was boring! Have fun remodeling!

Elizabeth said...

Your house will be a dream when its done. I agree with you that DIY is very tiring! Well done for taking the first steps.
PS. I always think keeping the kids occupied is harder than some of the reno stuff!

Flory said...

Helene, I know exactly what you're going through, except we only had two rugrats during our kitchen renovation. In the end it's all worth it.

This year I'm hoping to tackle the bathroom. Best of luck to you both. :)

Erin said...

We built a house last year and it was hard enough---and we weren't the ones physically doing it! I don't know how you guys juggle everything that you do. You amaze me!

Lani said...

good luck with all the improvements! I wish we could do the same with our house:) We may be stuck in it for a while too:)

When did I become my Mom said...

Gosh well we understand how much that must take outta you... good luck with the renovations!

Jen said...

Next couple of weeks? You haven't done this before have you? Good luck!

Marianne said...

Way more brave than I would be, to tackle extensive remodeling with 4 nuggets under the age of 5. But it is looking good, so far! Yay for ceramic tile and removing icky linoleum (worst product ever invented). And unless sexual predators creep up through the sewage line and enter via the hole in the floor where the toilet once stood, you won't have to worry about watching your kids every single microsecond they are outside.


Although, that would make a great story for our old buddy Keith hahaha :)

Mrsbear said...

I think it's a great option, especially if you love the neighborhood. We've flopped back and forth for years between moving and renovating, now we don't have the budget for either but DIY is the way to go I think. Good luck keeping the kids out of the plaster. ;) That sounds like a heck of a job.

Creative Junkie said...

Isn't home remodeling such a joy?

I'm lucky that my kids are older so they don't really get in the way and actually, my eldest is a great help when it comes to helping Nate carry the heavy stuff.

Our remodeling list is almost half done. It's been like that for oh, about five years now.

Brittany@twocrazycupcakes said...

Send Tim right on over! Best wishes! I love making changing in our house too! Bathroom makeovers are the best!

Honey Mommy said...

My husband replaced out toilet too... because some little person flushed a square toy down a round hole! My boys thought the hole in the floor was pretty interesting too.

I wasn't creative enough to tell them that snakes might come and get them though! Haha!

The Blue Zoo said...

Wow!! Good luck, im sure it will all be worth it when its done!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

That sounds like all sorts of fun! Except, not really.
I hope it doesn't take too long!!

The Wifey said...

Ugh. I'm house hunting for 3,000 miles away and I kinda want to die inside. :(

Good luck with the renovations!! :)

ShellyInOz said...

You should take a few 'before' pictures so that we can have a gander at before and after once the job is completed.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Shelly at Tropical Mum

Kimberly said...

I took all your advice from the other day. I put all of it to good use. Thank you so much for the post...it taught me a lot!

Bathroom floor looks great.

Good night!

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Oh, have fun! We are doing a few renovations too soon and I am dreading it.
PS - thank you for my shout-out - you sent a few new readers my way. I can not thank you enough!

Jenna said...

Way to go Tim, I wish my hubbs were handy like that. Your so right it will save you guys tons of money. Can't wait to see more pictures of the finished product.

Together We Save said...

Wow - renovations are hard work. Glad you are doing it yourselves!! Saves money and you can do the job just how you want it. Hope it goes well!! Can't wat to see the outcome.

Together We Save said...

Wow - renovations are hard work. Glad you are doing it yourselves!! Saves money and you can do the job just how you want it. Hope it goes well!! Can't wait to see the out come.

Just Playin' said...

Tim rocks! Give him a pat on the back....or whatever he want...I mean, within reason!!!! Tim, watch it now. Great job. You will love your new dream home.

Kristyn said...

Thanks Helene for your sweet comments. Oh, and my girls are only friendly when they want to be. The rest of the time they are pulling hair and pinching!

I agree about hand-writen letters. I had made a decision to publish the letters, but then my 33 year old sister in law passed away in an accident about two weeks ago. She has a 3 and 7 year old. It has given me so much more to think about. Before I was writing sort of on the off chance something happened, but NEVER thought it would. Well, Trisha's passing has given me some perspective. I'm still processing, but writing and not publishing as of now.

Again, I enjoy your humor and sincerity so much!

Mighty M said...

I think your marriage must be very strong to endure.....home renovations! Good luck, although I know you'll keep us updated on your progress. ;)

Joy said...

I'm beginning to think remodeling is what we should do too, rather than moving. But we'll see. When I was a kid, my dad added a 2nd floor and a new living room, kitchen, and dining room. It took a long time for it all to happen since he did most of the work himself, but they now have a beautiful custom home that he is proud he built. You guys will be proud when you see all that you've done to your house.

The Boob Nazi said...

Indeed, how could you not come over?!? haha Also, you live in Northern California? I'm from Sacramento! (Well, Folsom, actually.)

Elizabeth Channel said...

I am about to be right there with you (You are moving fast, though! Very fast!)

Frugal Vicki said...

Okay lady, I have added you to my blogroll for like a bazillion times now, but it doesn't seem to update. why is this? I thought you were in some swampland sucked up by four kiddos. sigh

anyway, we are with you. We aren't moving any time soon, and we have VERY little space (like two bedrooms and the kids room is so small we can barely fit two beds, much less anything else.) but we are in a good school district, it was brand new when we bought it, and closeness brings you....crazier,closer, somthing, right?

sandandstarfish said...

We'll all miss you while you're here and there but we all understand :) And now you've got me daydreaming about what I need to to do my house to make it my dream house! :) thanks for putting happy thoughts into my head and good luck!

The Lane Family said...

Prior to having kids..we bought a home and did a ton of remodeling on it. I must say that we both saw different sides of each other and a few new words were practiced on a regular basis.

We loved the results when they were done but getting there.....

Needless too say I CANNOT imagine doing it with my kids now..you are my hero!!!

Sharlene said...

Oh no! Not the remodel!!!!!! TAKE THE VACATION!!! I mean I write a whoel blog about how you should take the vacation. Have you learned nothing from me? :)

Seriously though- Congrats on having over 1000 followers. I totally get why they follow you. I have a big huge blog crush on you. You are hilarious. My kind of girl. And a FANTASTIC writer. Oh and you posted about my Italy contest which makes you my most favorite blogger of all time. If only one third of your readers would vote, I could win this. And yeah, I'll bring ya! I have room for one more adult. in the suite according to the rules. I only have one set of twins so it would be a major vacation for you. Think about it. We could leave my kids with Paul and get drunk on vino....

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