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We’re Having A….

It’s been a busy summer. I kept meaning to share an update here and there of our adventures, but without the kids in school it really was a bit of a madhouse. B and J are back in school {exhale} and C is home with me and Mary Poppins, natch. M is busy as ever with work and that upcoming election is taking a lot of his “extra” time. As for me, I’m pushing myself to get back into shape with a workout routine, but I’m having to take things slow.

My new business is picking up and my volunteer obligations this fall are in full swing. I really want to work out regularly because it makes me feel better – both body and mind. With all that’s going on I’m feeling sluggish. Plus C is almost 2 years old and with the baby weight still lingering, I keep getting a few sideways stares at my mid-section.

Well, if you didn’t know already (and I’m not sure who wouldn’t because I post a photo daily on FB) — we’re having a renovation!  Yep, no more babies for us. It would take a miracle for that now anyway 🙂 So while our home is literally going to be growing out on three sides, for once in a 5 years, I will not.

I invite you to follow the personal journal of our home renovation project. Although, the house isn’t a real baby, I have done a much better job chronicling the journey of its existence than I have with all three of the boys combined. And since the project is going to take about 9 months, I’m beginning to think we should name the house something. This could be my girl, so something like Tara or even Casa de Chaos would be appropriate. Perhaps I’ll send out move-in announcements? I know a great woman-owned brand marketing company who also happens to be my neighbor and thoughtful renovation project photographer.

Either way, I’m looking forward to welcoming our newest member of the family in early 2013: our renovated home!

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Oh, Build Me A Home

will this be our dream house?

Today M and I met with a second architect. Yes, our second architect. We were originally very enthusiastic about the first architect, but as we’ve taken our time with our home renovation project we’ve learned more about them that makes us nervous. Rumors of project management problems, the sheer amount of projects they appear to have in the works – based on the number of their signs in yards around town, and the formulaic design approach we’ve begun to notice in other homes are some of our biggest concerns. Not to mention the fact they’re really expensive.

Oddly enough we met the current architect through a dear family friend who grew up with him in Orchard Park, a suburb of Buffalo. Maybe it was destiny that we’d work with him and his wife? Like us, they are a young family. Like us, they understand small budgets and big ideas. It’s not that they’re going to cut corners, but I think they can relate to us more in the sense that they’ve been there. They are there.

We really loved what the first architects provided in the original drawing, but since that initial meeting our family has changed quite a bit. What worked for us then is so drastically different from what we need now – and especially what we want for the future.

While it was an expensive learning lesson having those plans drawn up by the first architect, we did learn from it. Perhaps that’s another reason why we feel so comfortable with the new architect. We’re a little more educated, a little more aware of how the process works. We know now what we don’t want and that’s leaps and bounds ahead of where we were before.

I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

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