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Month: February 2018
As many of you know if you read my about me page https://www.motherhenfive.com/natalies-bio/ but we live in a fixer-upper! This past winter we decided to remodel our bedroom because Caleb was pretty annoyed with how it looked and wanted something nice to come home to and relax every evening! And I wasn’t gonna complain about an update! So we really didn’t plan too much out (probably not recommended lol) but we knew there wasn’t a lot we were going to be changing structurally so it was a matter of gutting and remodeling. There isn’t a need for me to over-explain all this 🙂 But Caleb did all the work himself apart from the help his dad for some electrical and my dad for some extra hands to get done a little quicker! And of course my help too! 😉 I’m so lucky to have a guy who can do it all!:)
Here are the pictures before…
And then there’s the gutting……oooooh the messy, messy gutting….where you regret ever even starting a project like this! Anyone else have to deal with horsehair plaster during a remodel!?!?
This was outside our window after a long night of demo!
After we got ALLL the debris out…which is the most frustrating part if you ask me. We were able to start the remodel…and that meant starting behind the walls with the electrical which we totally redid. My husband figured better take the time and replace the 50 year old electrical now (Instead of just adding more outlets) than have to tear apart our room later to do it! Along with adding WAY more outlets (there were only two) We were able to move into the 20th century 😉 with USB plugs!
Drywall and spackling (mudding)…not my husband or I’s area of expertise, so we hated this part and just did the best we could! haha It’s so annoying…and TIME-CONSUMING!
Then the painting….probably every woman’s favorite part! We also kept the chimney exposed, which I thought was a nice rustic touch!
Caleb used to lay carpet too, so we picked out a gray-tone carpet and he was able to lay that! Made a huge difference! (Like I said, he can do it all;) He also had an excuse to finally buy a carpet stretcher he’s always wanted! lol
This is the final product! We love it now! Doesn’t even feel like our house! We bought a TV mount that I didn’t picture. Makes for easier TV watching in bed 😛 and then my husband bought me an early Christmas present and got us a new bed and nightstands!! Beautiful! I love them!:)
This was at like 2 am one day when we finally finished the carpet and we were done! This was my husband’s “I’m awesome” pose lol (It was 2 am okay?!) I just wanted to get to bed lol but he is pretty awesome and did an amazing job! Are you renovating any rooms in your house!?!
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, we are finishing off the last of the candy, and hoping our flowers don’t die too fast.
I found myself wishing I was this creative in showing my family that I love them every week … not just one day a year.
Realistically though, spending $50 on your special someone every week is not probable. Five Dollars? Certainly! And a pretty good investment if you ask me. I thought I would jot down some $5 (some free) date ideas. Hoping that you can keep that little spark alive in the next year! Remember, dates are about time spent together, not how much money you spend. Make the most of your time together by putting the phones away, using eye contact, and having meaningful conversations.
Here we go!
- Library Run – need some quiet time away from the kids? It’s sure to be quiet here!
- Sundae Sunday – McDonald’s has $1 chocolate fudge sundaes … with peanuts!
- Walk-On Wednesday – get your exercise in by taking a walk … together!
- People Watch at the Mall – remember, no shopping, just watching.
- Thrifty Thursday – buy a gift for each other … at the thrift store! This is sure to bring some laughs!
- Have a coloring contest and let Facebook be the judge. The most “likes” in an hour wins!
- Slushy Saturday – Taco Bell has $1 slushies during “happy hours” … check them out for a cheap date, especially in the summer!
- Try Geocaching! Get the app on your phone and check it out!
- Free attractions in your area. We have TONS of free activities in Milwaukee, you’d be surprised what your town/city might have to offer!
- Do a puzzle together – they have puzzles at thrift stores all the time … hopefully, they have all the pieces! ha!
- Go to Sam’s Club or Costco on sample day – yummy!
- Drive to a scenic spot and take pictures on your cell phone. Print your photos at Walmart or a drugstore kiosk!
- Monopoly Monday – nothing beats a good board game. Monopoly can get intense at our house!
Some of these may seem juvenile or silly, but when is the last time you had a good laugh with your spouse? We live in an intense world, and we have to start being intentionally fun in our marriages. Enjoy your time together, no family trouble talk, budget meetings, etc. Just start with a simple date. I know it’s difficult to find a sitter for the kids, so maybe your dates have to be at home when the kids go to bed. If you don’t have family close by, utilize a teen girl in your church! Dates don’t have to be four hours long (although that would be nice) just an hour will suffice.
Make the effort and you won’t regret the results! Have fun!
Hospitality – The act or practice of receiving and entertaining strangers or guests without reward, with kind and generous liberality. 1 Peter 4:8-10 (KJV)“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to…
10 years ago (at the request of our grandparents and friends) we produced a music CD. The songs were simply ones we had sung for church specials. Nothing dramatic, just three sisters singing, hoping to be a blessing!
Aren’t these pictures gems?! Every once in a while someone will inquire where they can purchase one. Unfortunately, there are no more hard copies available, so we ventured to put it in digital form. We would love to do another project in the future! But for now, you can enjoy the old one in these avenues …
Calvary Made All the Difference
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
Our Hearts Embrace the Cross
He Is Mine
Saved By Grace
In Christ Alone
He Gave Himself
I’m Still Amazed
A Wall of Prayer