Little by little…

Lya_April2013-1Lya in the April morning light. I’m finally starting to sort some April pictures.

I keep thinking that I’ll start posting something about this house. We have mostly unpacked ourselves and spend a lot of time dreaming and planning about what will happen later this summer. I FINALLY got some of our before pictures together…but not in a way I’d upload to the blog yet.

This morning we woke and switched two of our main 1st floor rooms to see if the set up feels and works better. I think it might. Meanwhile, it is all still wood paneling and doesn’t have the furniture we need and so it all still feels temporary. This summer we’re hoping to renovate the kitchen, laundry/mudroom, dining room, and den/family room. That makes it really hard to settle in a way that feels like home. But deciding what each space is used for will help us in determining which openings are created and which openings are closed when we start the real work.

In an effort to share something, here is an exterior shot. That will all change this summer, too. In addition to structural work on the front and side porch, we’ll be painting the whole thing. Any color ideas for a tudor home? We’re open to suggestions and ideas. Between the old linoleum floors, panelled walls, yellow brick exterior, etc….we’re leaning away from anything brown or yellow these days. šŸ˜‰

Grattan_BeforePics-1And just for fun. Here is a picture of the wallpaper in our downstairs half-bath. It is already gone, but still kind of fun to look at.




This morning Nick took the kids to a reptile show, leaving me with (at least) three glorious hours all to myself. It has been nice to have time to dive into some photography. It has literally been months since this was a fun space for me. On top of not having a regular editing routine these weeks, my camera needs to be sent in for someĀ maintenanceĀ b/c something is really off with the AF system. Photography has often been frustrating at best lately. I’m hoping with the arrival of spring, all of these happy spaces open up again for me.

I’ve been enjoying sorting through some of my February pictures. And while I made some headway in culling my Lya in February project, I stil don’t have anything to post from that. I hope to work on it after finishing up a few other sets for other people. However, I do have some pics of the littles from those that I shared with Lucas’ birthmother this morning.


Mar8th2013-12Mar8th2013-9Mar8th2013-5 Mar8th2013-4Mar8th2013-2Mar8th2013-3Mar8th2013-14In other just-in-time-for-spring news, we are under-contract on a home in VA. We hope to make a move next month and there are moments I feel I might burst in giddy anticipation. Literally. Butteflies in my stomach and all. The house needs a lot (!!!) of work, but there are just a few key things that we found in this home that we were not seeing anywhere else that pushed us both to go the route of home-renovation instead of move-in-ready. We’ll move in, but its going to a be a work of love for at least the next year. We’re both trying to live into the idea that it doesn’t need to be perfect or finished for any reason anytime soon and our personal stress and sanity does not need to be tried in favor of a timeline. We’ll see how that goes….