Goodbye West Drive


Hi friends!!

Wow its been a long time since I've updated here! I guess thats what having a baby does to you -- that baby by the way will be 2 in September, and we have another little one on the way. I'm not prepared for this!

We sold our last house in May and moved into an absolute fixer, think 1980's in a not so good way. I'm really excited to share here the projects we complete in our new home, but in the meantime I want to ensure to document what our last house looked like before we handed off the keys to the new owners.

So much love, sweat, and elbow grease went into that home! So many wonderful memories cherished there. We'll jump into why we moved out of this gorgeous home in a future post too.

For now, some last photos of our home.

Stay tuned for details of some of my favorite projects at this home. Excited to share and really kick off work at our new house too!

xx, Shannon

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Savannah Babymoon


A couple of weeks ago we decided pretty last minute that we wanted to take one last trip together, just the two of us! It's really starting to sink in that life as we know it is about to change so we figured what the heck! We packed a bag, booked a cheap hotel (I'm obsessed with Priceline bidding... anyone else use that? I love to research the possible hotels that I could win right before placing my bid... usually I can guess the exact hotel we'll win and we save a ton of money on our room!!) hopped in the car and drove to one of our absolute favorite vacation spots, Savannah. Savannah's only about a 4.5 hour drive from our house. Just long enough that you're happy to get out of the car once you're there but not so long that you contemplate killing one another mid-way through (the 10 hour drive to my parent's house is another story HAHA!). :)

Aaron and I have been to Savannah together 3 times now (I've been an extra time with my bridesmaids for my Bachelorette party last year) and every time we leave with a deeper love for the city.

The historic district has so much to see and is all accessible by foot. Tons of little boutique shops, restaurants, and bars to explore and all of the gorgeous historic homes and squares to take in.
I love just walking around and looking at all the old homes. The charm in that city is on another level.

We stayed at the Hyatt Regency which is located right on River Street. The hotel was nice and the location was perfect. Super close to all of the shops and restaurants. Great sunsets and views of the bridge and river right from our room.

We mostly just took it easy, walked, browsed, ate, and enjoyed our time together. We had to take lots of walking breaks seeing as I am smuggling a watermelon under my shirt and my feet and ankles have decided that they now want to start swelling to the likes of the marshmallow man from Ghostbusters. I'm not kidding. I have giant, marshmallow man feet. Mmm marshmallows. Now I want a s'more.

S'more what?

You stop that.

Where was I? Food distracts me lately. Okay so we walked and had ate and walked some more. I was always rewarded with ice creams #besthubbyever so I was a happy camper!

The morning of our last day we were able to meet up with Celine and her hubby Justin for brunch! Celine blogs over at Aquahaus where she used to share her amazing mid-century home and decorating skills for all the world to drool over. Now, her and her hubby (plus their two pups!) are on a cross country road trip in their adorable aqua airstream and she's blogging about all of their adventures along the way! Be sure to check her out! She's the best!! Isn't it crazy how the internet works? Internet friends becoming real friends is my favorite. :)

We had such a fun time in Savannah. I can't wait to take Baby Z with us on our next trip! :)

xx, Shannon

P.S. Baby Z is still nestled inside nice and comfy! Only 10 days until due date! Please don't make us wait much longer!!!! :) Okay, time to go eat breakfast.

Kidding!! Maybe...

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Ripping out the old floors


There was a lot of work that had to be done before we would be able to install the new floors.

We had to tear out carpet (easy peasy!!), tile (not as easy peasy but not terrible), and glued-down engineered hardwood (torture... an absolutely miserable task). I say "we" but I have to give major props to Aaron because being pregnant it really wasn't safe for me to use the bigger tools that we rented to tackle the tile and hardwood. He's basically a floor removal pro at this point! Love you sweetie!

As a refresher, here's what the entry, dining room, living room, and kitchen flooring looked like when we moved in.

Ripping out the tile in the kitchen, eat-in area, hallway and laundry room took us probably about 8-10 hours total. We ended up renting a demolition hammer which made things a lot easier but Aaron also used a wonder bar and hammer for the harder to reach areas. We used a floor scraper attachment on the demo hammer to remove the leftover mortar from the concrete subfloor since we needed a nice and smooth surface in order to install the new floor.

We purchased a Bagster for all of our tile debris. It wasn't necessarily cheap but definitely made the job easier!

The carpet was easily removed from the dining room and living room. That was child's play when you compared to the work we had just done in the kitchen. This took less than an hour.

And then came the foyer. Damn that foyer. It's a small probably 9' x 14' area that literally was the bane of our existence. The glued down engineered hardwood was glued directly to the concrete subfloor and absolutely did not want to budge! We tried loosening the glue with a heat gun, didn't help. Then we tried drilling holes and pouring water on the floors to loosen the glue, NOTHING (but a mess LOL)!! What ended up working best for us (and it still was a pain) was setting the circular saw to the height of the floor and cutting perpendicular to the direction the floors were laid in 12" rows. Then we used the demo hammer with the floor scraper to try and loosen each 12" section of floor. Aaron would use the tool and I would help pull/pry the piece up as he was working under it. This was a slow process but it worked -- took 4-6 hours total. I will say though that the glue was SUPER sticky! We had to wear gloves and be really careful about standing on the concrete subfloor where the glue was. We kept getting stuck! Lesson learned: do NOT walk on the glue without shoes on. #pregobrain

Here are some in-progress shots!

Once we finally got that done, the next thing we needed to tackle before the new floors could be installed was removing the built-in in the living room.

This part of the project involves renting a large van, filling said van with many, many pounds of debris, letting it sit overnight on the lawn (because I was confused on what day of the week it actually was... woops!! -- can I blame #pregobrain twice in one post?!) and a call to the tow truck company. This is still a sore subject with Aaron, but it's been long enough that I think we can all laugh about it now... or just I can laugh about it. Either one. Let's talk about that fiasco next post! :)

xx, Shannon

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