The last time I was a dedicated blogger was back in December of 2010.
Those years span the period of time when we were house hunting, then buying, then packing, then moving, then dedicating the next two years to changing as much as we possibly could about our "new to us" house.
Our "new" house (the house you will see on the blog from here on out) was built in 1989. It had no character to speak of, and by way of foil wallpaper and English countryside borders, and maroon (yes, maroon) Formica, this house had its previous owner's name written all over it. Every room we walked into and every time we turned the corner, it screamed "this is not home".
It wasn't "us". Not even a little. So, the transformation was inevitable.
Inevitable, not only because we wanted to make it truly ours,
but because transforming things is what we do!
So little by little, project by project, we are well on our way to making this house completely "us". First up was wallpaper removal, then paint, then decor. The basics. Then a bathroom remodel (goodbye maroon Formica!), and giving our old, hollow core doors a big makeover, and a fireplace makeover much like our previous two from our old house. And the kids' rooms - 1, 2, and 3. And the backyard, moving a pond so that the yard is more useable, and a chicken coop (yes, we finally got our chickens). And adding trim to all of the windows on the front of the house. And tearing up carpet and painting the sub-floor because living with that old carpet was worse than living with the in-between phase until we figure out our flooring choice. And then a huge remodel of our tiny entryway, hallway, and stairwell - the single biggest change to this house that was so badly needed! And...
Every single thing we've done to this house has been followed by Will saying, "Are you taking pictures? You should be blogging this." For him, it's a no brainer. Having a visual record of every change we've made is incredibly satisfying! Don't get me wrong, it is for me too. But I also consider all of the hours that blogging takes. It's a commitment. I just need to find a way to do it differently than I had before. A new way for me to document. I can't deny the value that it holds for us in capturing the memories and the progress. So, until I get back into the swing of things...
And there is always Pinterest:
For those that never left, thanks for sticking around!
And to everyone that has sent comments and messages, thank you. Your words are inspiring! Oh, and Will thanks you too! I think he's more excited than anyone about my return to blogging! ;)