Saturday, October 07, 2017

Transformation at the Bennett's

So remember back in spring of 2016 when I posted that were starting the tear out for the remodel of our bathroom (what was our master bathroom) which then turned into we need to remodel the family room at the same time while the floor is accessible which then also turned into updating Savannah's room since I'd promised her we'd paint it since the day we moved in so why not?

Fast forward to today and looking back there is a lot I haven't been covering. Last summer Charlie put in a new fence to replace the broken one on the North side, he finished the new bathroom this spring and it is gorgeous! Savannah loves it. Then this Summer he finished putting up new vinyl fence and gate in the front of the house to match the side he did last year. We also put in a shed so we have our garage back for our cars without the clutter.

Here it is fall 2017 and we are currently working on our bedroom. Rather than try to capture all what we did to highlight the processes with before and after pictures:

Before pictures - Savannah's room. Why yes, she loved pink. You will see shortly how much that phase has passed.

Savannah relaxing back in her room. She's happy to have her own space again. Now to get a few wall art items and her closet system, but for the most part it is done.

Before photo of the family room. Now mind you this is from when we first moved in, a lot of the wood floor still had "some" sheen to it. I can't seem to find a real before picture. I can't believe I didn't think of getting one.

I love my new family room! After Tuesday we will have new furniture though. 

Love the paint color and the bronze fixtures...this picture was when Charlie started the tile, it sure is pretty and I am jealous it is no longer our master bath. 

Look at my husband's handiwork! 
The bathroom is a bit too small to get the kind of picture I need to show it off.

Hubby did a good our new fence! Now to get the skirting and trim on the bottom of the shed. Hopefully in the spring???

Before...doesn't look so bad...but believe me it is! The paint is so old and the carpet is really wearing since we moved in-plus we found out that we have hardwood floors underneath.The beige wall has two layers of wallpaper, and the curtains we took down were literally ancient. Feels good to get rid of the old. 

Isn't this butt ugly? And it was thick, like brown paper bags! Next time we buy a house I am making sure there isn't layers of wallpaper that will need to come off! Either that or hire someone else to do it (if I will part with the money to pay for something we can do ourselves)

Charlie found this behind one of the baseboards and Savannah's reaction was priceless, "7 cents isn't very much!" So he reminded her that back then the box of Pillsbury was probably only 35 cents to begin with. There isn't a date on it so I am really not sure how old it is.

We have new bedroom furniture ordered and have three months to get everything done when they deliver it. Hoping it will be done before we leave for Utah on Thanksgiving. Charlie cut the door to the bathroom that is going to be the new master bath...really feels like it is for real now and I am excited! As long as we've talked and talked about doing it, I couldn't visualize it until now.

Ha! And we said the only thing we were going to work on the rest of this year was replacing our kitchen tile. Which has to be done also but we will probably start on that after Christmas. 

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Welcoming Fall

This year is different for me. I am already looking forward to fall. Usually I wonder what happened to the summer but this year it has been a humid one and I think I got my fill.

Savannah starts 8th grade on Tuesday! Wow. Time is so fast. I still remember her first day at Kindergarten. I hope she enjoys this year better than the last. 7th grade is no fun for anyone.

Charlie has been working on getting our cement pad prepped for our new shed/garage that is being delivered this week. I always forget to take before photos, but just seeing that old wood fence gone makes our house feel new and look so much better. Once the shed is in place he'll be finishing the vinyl fence and gates in the front. Our doggies will be so happy to have their space back again! And so will I!t

Tomorrow we are celebrating Labor Day with Jake and his family. Probably our last BBQ on the grill. Today is beautiful weather but not so sure about tomorrow. We'll hope for the best for that and for my health. Have a wonderful holiday to you all.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Making Summer Memories

Our summer rental in Iron River was absolutely beautiful. Who could ask for more with staying by the lake side flourishing with trees and nature. The first night we ate at a local supper club and they had awesome food. On the way to dinner we spotted a black bear trying to break into someone's cabin. Needless to say it was unsettling but totally awesome at the same time! I can only look back to the picture in my mind of it and am still in disbelief.

There was a beautiful dock and diving platform for the kids to swim  and fish around. My niece, MattieJo, came out to visit with us. She is the same age as Savannah and I loved watching them swim and play with nature and the dogs. They played cards and fished with their hands. Chipmunks were friendly so long as you had food and so were the does and fawn that frequented the area (until Bear attempted to chase them down).

Yes, people thought I was crazy to take my pets but even more so to take our cat. You see our animals are part of the family and I get such enjoyment watching them interact. Our cat often thinks he's one of the dogs. Besides I love animals, they bring so much life and joy in my heart. I spotted a pair of love quarreling woodpeckers in a tree above one morning and wouldn't you know it I didn't have my binoculars? Nonetheless I was able to take it all in.

My mom and Charlie's parents were both able to join us for the whole week and Jacob and Sasha also came out to visit and blow some fire into the sky to celebrate the 4th a little early. We had planned to visit the Apostle Islands off Lake Superior on a three hour boat tour. Yes, a three hour tour...and yes, we all sang the song in fun until we were told the boats were out of operation that day and not just for minor reasons but for extensive repair that was needed. Only good thing out of that day was that we weren't on the boat when they found out this information or we would have been stuck on Gilligan's Island and became the next hit sitcom! It was a bummer but you win some you lose some.

I will miss that little "glamping" spot we went to but will also relive the experience every time I look at my pictures.

MattieJo and Savannah ready to take a dip

Looking out at Delta Lake

Picture of the cabin in front drive


Adventures with Garfield. Here he is curious about fishing and wants to play with the dangling things on the end of the pole.

View of Cabin facing the lake

Two girls, a cat, and a pole

Playing a new game

Meeting in the middle

Learning to like the water

Love having a fire