{home & garden} I’m still here!

Oh my goodness! It has truly been so long that I think I’ve forgotten how to upload photos and write a blog post. It’s funny, for so long people would look at us wondering how we made it through a day with 3 kids, 2 years old and younger. Heck, I look back at that year in particular and wonder myself how we survived!

But I have got to tell ya, this year…

This. Year.

I’m pretty sure it’s trying to kick my booty to the highest mountain, and it’s doing a darn good job.

That’s not to say that life is horrible or that something terrible has happened to our family. I mean really, what’s so bad about the back of Daddy’s truck being our current Dining Room? No better place for pizza I say! ¬†And everyone is healthy and all reports on dad have been with flying colors. So life is good.

What has been tough though, is our current life and home project. Meaning we sold our house, bought another total fixer upper, knocked it all to pieces, and moved in with my husband’s unbelievably sweet parents “a few miles” away.

Oh and went back to interior design work.

In a nutshell, that all seems like good times. But it’s the little things that you don’t really think about when you’re planning for it all..

That something you think will take 6 months, is more like 8 months…

That what is normally a 20 minute drive to your in-laws, in rush hour is more like an hour…each way.

That you need to pack (and unpack) 3 different (big) bags for the kids and their activities each day…

That you need to have 3 toddlers (and mom), out of bed, fed, dressed, hair done, sunscreen on, teeth brushed, lunches packed, the house picked up, and everyone in the car before 8:00am each day, and dropped off at 3 different places…

That because you are now driving an extra 150 miles a day, and are in a car around 3 more hours a day more than you ever have been, that you’ve suddenly lost about 15 hours a week (you didn’t really have to give) to do everything else you need to do in a day….

That the 3 current design clients you have are on the furthest, opposite ends of a triangle.

I could keep going…


The plus to everything is that we have a wonderful place to live while we complete this remodel….

And that we have amazing friends and family helping in so many ways…

SOOOOOO. There you have it. I’m so very, very, very far behind in getting things updated on this here blog that I really need to spend some time cleaning out all the “closets” around here, but for now, I’m just going to be happy with posting as much as I can. I miss you all!! The posts might be short and sweet, but they will be posts about exactly what we are going through. I really want to post our way through the project.

For now, here are a few quick shots from the new house. Need to get our sleeves rolled up!!

Welcome to our new front door! Come on in…

Fab bathroom.

Little demo going on in the current Family Room, soon to be new Master Bedroom.

I do love opening everything up and getting to “see” what will be. Soon there will be a kitchen here. Makes me happy!

Addie & Hay have been great about chipping in. Addie even drew a plan for her Daddy to hang on the wall with her specific plans for the house. She expects it to be red and white, and look like a barn with lots of animals in the backyard. But she’s not sure the hippo will want a pool. Then again, maybe he will to keep cool. Gonna get right on that, Sweet Girl!

Piper on the other hand isn’t so sure about all this. Really mom?!?! This is what you want to get us all into???

Stay tuned….

19 thoughts on “{home & garden} I’m still here!”

  1. yay!!! glad to see you’re back!!! what wonderful and exciting things happening with you!!! can’t wait to see the renovations!!! :)

  2. best of luck! it will all be worth it in the end! just a matter of getting there! we renovated our kitchen this past year – pictures look similar. All the while with 2 little kids, pregnant with #3, working full time, etc. I’m a firm believer in that when all things happening at once seems crazy that’s the way it’s supposed to be! and when it works out the best! cant wait to see more pics!

  3. I am so excited to see your personal project come to life! You are SO SO SO talented and have the most amazing eye for design. As one of your design clients, I have been so blessed by your talent. You are amazing Shanna!!!!!!

  4. Totally agree with you Monique! Your life sounds quite similar to ours :-) Would love to see your kitchen. Kitchen remodels are the messiest, but they are oh so amazing when they are complete! Congrats!

  5. Wonderful to read about your courageous undertakings!
    You are truly blessed with amazing health of body , mind and spirit, and a phenomenal family and adorable girls.
    Shall be looking forward to seeing the hippo with or without pool!
    Oh, and the rest!

  6. Oh! I can’t wait to see how your house comes together. You were so talented with creating your other house into a beautiful home, I hope to glean some inspiration from you.
    And welcome back!

  7. I’ve missed your stories! Love seeing some of the updates via Instagram.

  8. Good to see you back Shanna!
    Can’t wait see the transfomation of the new house. You always do such an excellent job.

  9. I’ve really missed your posts and am so glad you’re back. Can’t wait to see the transformation of your new home… that is a SERIOUS fixer, but obviously you and your husband are up to the task!

  10. Thanks Heather! SO nice of you!! I’m excited to see where it all goes too :-) Always fun to work on a clean slate again.

  11. Thanks Kelly! And yes, it’s a serious fixer. No roof, tons of mold, trees like a jungle….loads of craziness going on in there….cross your fingers!

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