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Major Milestones


We’ve hit some pretty big milestones this week…with Hank the Tank and with the new house! Our big boy has figured out how to roll over. Now, he won’t stop. Put him on the floor and the kid will roll to the next room…or under the table…or anywhere else to freak us out! The major masonry work on the new house was also finished this week. Even though Mark probably permanently damaged his arm from…

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Baby About Town!


Before Henry was born, Mark and I said we were going to try and live our lives as normally as possible and just bring Hank the Tank along for the ride! Just look at him…doesn’t he look like he’s up for anything?! Because God sent us such a good baby…we take Hank everywhere we go. He goes to the job site to see Daddy and all the renovations he’s doing on the new house. We…

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Does Anybody Need A Tub?


For those of you following along (we love you!)…you are well aware that Mark and I tore down the entire front brick wall of our Victorian home. While we were at it we thought…what the hell…let’s tear down the back too! 🙂 Tony G and his crew demoed this white structure which was a tiny kitchen on the very back end of the house. The upper level of the brick addition on the home came…

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A Cover Preview!


We got our favorite West Elm catalog in the mail and I about FELL OVER! “That’s our house!!” I screamed to Mark. I mean…it’s what our house will eventually be! You can’t tell from the outside right now, but this home we’re renovating is a beautiful Victorian that screams old school grandeur. Mark and I have more of a modern, casual style. So…as soon as I saw this catalogue picture…I knew instantly that’s how we’ll…

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We had to put Baby Hank to work…


Totally kidding, but we thought about it…for just a millisecond. Doesn’t he look ready to join the construction crew as he stretches out on this bearskin rug?! Hahahaha! Mark had no time to sleep on a bearskin rug as he spent this weekend and last weekend cleaning bricks. Like 1,500 of them. No joke. 1,500 bricks. You saw in the last blog post that we had to tear down the front brick wall on our…

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We Just Had A Baby…So Let's Renovate Another House!


Yes…most people think we’re nuts, but life’s too short to slow down and not go for your dreams. And this house is part of our dreams! We took Baby Hank to see the work we’ve done so far. We told him that it doesn’t look like much now…but Daddy’s vision for this old Victorian house is spectacular! Our first order of business was to fix the brick work on the front facade. The brick had…

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It's…DEMO DAY!!!


This. Is. Exciting. After months and months of nothing, we are finally starting demolition on our second house…the gorgeous old Victorian that needs lots and LOTS of love. Since I am “with child” and, hopefully, carrying the next world hockey legend, I’m not actively participating in this demo. Want to spare the little nugget from inhaling too much of the yucky dust and dirt. I did, however, designate myself Project Manager and will be expertly…

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#HereWeGo


Major preparations going on over here… We are getting ready to start the renovations on our second house! Woot woo! Mark got the permits we need from the city to start demolition. [wpvideo BGv2VKlo] The demo phase is our favorite phase…it’s also the dirtiest phase…and when we get rid of any pent-up frustrations we’ve been holding. 🙂 We’re doing this a bit differently this time around…we’re bringing more people into our circle! Because the more…

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The Results Are In!


Everybody who reads the blog either conspired with each other OR the design without the awning is just butt ugly. No one liked the rendering above…all of you agreed that the “after” picture of rooftop deck WITH the awning at the Grand House is the way to go. Mark and I agree, but we do have one concern. Doesn’t it kinda look like a Pizza Hut? You can see it, right? The brick below, the…

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Totally. Blown. Away.


You dedicated blog readers know that sometimes I can veer into “gushing” territory when I talk about my husband. I’m sure some of you hate it and roll your eyes…others might think it’s fake…but, I’m tellin’ ya right now, the gushing is LEGIT. For instance… Mark’s renderings for the new fixer upper, aka the Grand House, are spectacular! He’s able to not only build a 3-D model, but also add the special touches like the…

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