Saturday, February 21, 2009

Whassa Goin' Ooooon?!?!?!

I have been really wanting to post lately, but I am SO lost without MY computer! We are also so busy with the house, that we don't know which end is up! The busyness is all in a good way though. We enjoy working with the kids at the house and spending time hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa for sure! But mostly for my sake I wanted to jot down what exactly is going on.....

The House
We are sorta at a stand-still. We have worked on the roof some more to try to fix the leak. We have figured out that it is best to "test" the roof with a natural rain instead of the hose. We are suppose to have thunderstorms coming in on Wednesday, so that should be the day that we figure something out. Hopefully that something will be that the leak is fixed and we can go ahead and continue to hang the drywall and finish the kitchen!

We also have figured out that we have a second leak that is coming from the chimney. This is on the fireplace that we will not is being covered up. So we have torn out the girls' wall upstairs, to expose the chimney. Hopefully on Wednesday, we will know more information about that leak too. We thought we were done with the "demolition chapter" of the house, but apparently not! That is fine though...we want to do things right the first time!

We have our new downstairs bathroom started. Walls are framed, plumbing and electrical is in! We had to wait for a while because our plumber was called out on another job. He came back yesterday and finished up what he needed to. Hopefully drywall will be going up in the bathroom this week! We have picked out our toliet, bathtub, vanity cabinet, and lighting. We plan on picking out our flooring and vanity sink tomorrow. Aaahhhh....decisions, decisions.

We have been blessed with some crazy good deals! Most people know that I am a MAJOR clearance/bargain shopper. It has been a hobby of mine since high school. Back then, I did it more for the thrill of a good bargain. Now, I do it out of necessity! Anyways, we got our vanity cabinet in Arthur, IL. I am totally in love with this cabinet warehouse over there! If anyone who lives nearby is looking for any type of cabinetry, let me know...I will give you the hook up! Anyways....our cabinet was originally almost $500, and it was marked down to $229. It was exactly what I was looking for! We also picked up some odds and ends on clearance, here are just a few....

  • Garbage disposal...regularly $179, on clearance for $59
  • Kitchen Faucets... regularly $169, on clearance for $90
  • Windows (we actually are getting them tomorrow)... regularly $129, on clearance for $65
  • Kenmore Elite Steam front loader washer and dryer!!!...regularly $1800 each, on clearance for $900 each! (They were marked down because Sears will no longer carry them in RED. They are the biggest front loaders that you can buy and I have drooled over them for the past couple months! We could have never afforded them at the regular price! Oh, the things that can thrill a Mama! =)

We generally have NOT bought anything for the house UNLESS it was on sale. There have been a few times that we HAD to and it about killed me! We have been blessed to get so many good sales!

The kids started their new schools this week. They had stayed at Northeast in order for Ashton to finish his Scholastic Bowl meets. Ashton goes down to Ridgefarm, which is just 4th and 5th grade. My mom works there, so she gave Ash the tour and hooked him up with the sweetest teacher ever! He is doing awesome! The teacher said that he fits right in and is very social with everyone! He generally has a tendency to like familiar things, but he seemed really laidback about this change! The girls go to a separate school here in town. They did great also! Mariya teared up the day that I dropped her off, but 2 of the kids in her class reassured her right away that they would help to show her around. The girls are in the same class now, so I really think that will work out better! I ran into their teacher yesterday and she said "They are such good girls! I wish I had a whole class of kids' that do as well as your two." The girls have already brought home little drawings from other girls in the class that say "BFF". They are so funny!

I will try to update more often! Hopefully soon I can post some more "before and after" photos!

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