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Basement Nursery

Basement Nursery

I am finally getting around to posting a picture of the nursery.  We have the girls in the basement right next to the guest bedroom.  So I’ve been down there sleeping ever since we brought the girls home with either Steve or my mom helping me at night.  It’s been a great setup.  It’s easy to grab the girls and feed them and put them back in their cribs during the night.

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Check out that cute little Olivia in the swing.

They DO exist!!

They DO exist!!

We finally found and had a great contractor experience in Baltimore.  After our first experience (Kitchen remodel nightmare which ended in disaster and a lawsuit), Steve and I were hesitant to contract out any additional work on our home.  But we had some major repairs that needed to be fixed that we couldn’t do ourselves.

We’ve been nervous about sitting out on our front porch swing because it was clear that some of the porch wood was rotting.  Finally we decided to give in and asked for recommendations from neighbors.  Dexter Remodeling LLC came highly recommended so I called him to swing by and give an estimate on a Monday.  We got the quote on Monday evening and he was able to start the job that Thursday.  The problem seemed to come from some leaks in the slate roof that was causing water to seep into the wood.  He worked along-side with his crew and they whole thing was done on Friday in time for us to enjoy our porch swing by the weekend (included carpentry, new beam, and slate replacement).  He was very honest and even suggested we do a few “easy” steps ourselves to save money.

Porch before:

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Porch after:

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We also asked him to take a look at some repairs that we needed to do to the back of our home.  Building a back step, re-installing a storm door, fixing a poorly installed door that didn’t have weather proofing.  He did the entire thing in less than two days and it looks great.  We feel so relieved to finally have the work complete.

We will definitely be going with Dexter again for any future indoor/outdoor home projects in Baltimore.

Backdoor before:

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Backdoor after:

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Twin beds for twin boys

Twin beds for twin boys

Steve and I found a do it yourself plan for twin beds and decided to make the boys some beds. We figured we’d do it sooner rather than later because my sister is coming to visit with her two boys and they could sleep on the beds while they visit.  It was a lot more work then I thought it would be.  Steve is really good with wood working.  The beds turned out beautiful and will probably last a very very long time.

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Babyproofing

Babyproofing

Last weekend Steve finished the final touch for baby-proofing of our living room.  We have the two gates up in the two entry doorways, we’ve replaced all of the outlet covers with baby-proofed versions, and removed all of the cords and sharp edges.  What was the final touch?  Steve put a piece of wood inside the fireplace and painted it black.  That way the boys can’t go inside or hit their heads on the brick edges.  It turned out really good.  Steve is quite the carpenter!  We’ll probably paint it with some metallic paint so we can put some magnets on it once the babies get a little bigger.

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Thank you “Grammie” DeLuca

Thank you “Grammie” DeLuca

Steve and I were so lucky to have his mom here this past week helping us out with the kitchen.  It ended up being perfect timing.  She did so much dusting, vacuuming, Windexing, etc. that she was sore and exhausted each night!  She was so helpful, we tried to beg her to stay longer… here’s a picture of Anthony trying to pin her down.

Thank you “Grammie” for all your help!  We love you!

Grandparent Help

Grandparent Help

Steve’s parents came this weekend to help us out since our kitchen is so close to being usable.  We were actually able to cook our first dinner on the stove… spaghetti!  Yum!  It had been way too long since we had spaghetti.  Grandpa had to drive back to Pittsburgh so his trip was very quick, less than 24 hours but Grandma is sticking around for another week to help us move into the kitchen.

Today was a very busy day with two runs to Lowes and lots of painting.  We are so excited about our new kitchen!!

Kitchen progress

Kitchen progress

The kitchen is coming along, only 6 months in…

Latest updates:

  1. We got the granite in and it’s gorgeous!
  2. The hole for the bathroom sink was cut too small so they have to come back to make it bigger, so the sink isn’t connected in the bathroom.
  3. They have to buy some clips for the kitchen sink so we’re waiting on that to install the sink, garbage disposal, faucet, and dishwasher.
  4. The tile backsplash is ordered and will be here on Monday so we can start installing that.
  5. Steve finished his bookshelf and the molding is done*  (still needs to be painted and won’t officially be done until the range hood is in and it’s cut to fit snug.)

We’re so close… yet so far away.  Lots of little things that still need to be done but hopefully we’ll be able to move into the kitchen here in the next week so Grandma DeLuca can help us settle in.

Kitchen Progress

Kitchen Progress

It’s been a little over 7 weeks since the kitchen remodel has started and the last two weeks there has been a lot of progress.  The beam is up (the wall isn’t out yet), the floor is all pulled up, and the framing is installed.  Luckily Steve doesn’t start work until next week because he’s been really involved with planning.  The kitchen is going to look incredible.  We can’t wait!  Here’s some pictures

I took them with our fisheye to get the whole thing in view (I need to buy a wide angel lense), makes it look like our kitchen is shaped like a wine barrel