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Mama said there’d be days like this…

Or rather, my dad said it! He warned us that the finishing process – plaster, trim, doors, fixtures and fittings – takes longer than most people think. It doesn’t look like we’ll finish early, but we should still be on time for everything outlined in our initial contract (the laundry room and landscaping are add ons that will take a bit longer).

What’s been done recently: exterior siding finished and painted, front door replaced, shower tiled and custom vanity installed.

We’re waiting on interior doors and trim, paint, tub, toilet, sink, counter, lighting fixtures, closet shelving and our enclosed porch.

We’ve coped pretty well with limited living space and on-going disruption, but after a month of it plus being ill, we are SO DONE!! Done living out if boxes and suitcases, done with a fine layer of dust coating everything no matter how often you clean, done with living in a mud pit instead of a yard, done with sharing our living room/kitchen with a construction crew, done with having to find a bra and decent clothes when workers randomly turn up at the crack of dawn…

But there was a surprise reminder about WHY we’re doing it. My friend who is a photographer offered to take some free maternity/family portraits, but we hadn’t managed to arrange a time and place with good weather and she’s having a baby in a week, so finally she just turned up at our house on the gloomiest day of the month and started bossing us around, construction crew and all. I’m sure the workers thought we were nuts, but the pictures look gorgeous despite the setting (pile of dirt in background, Cal king bed crammed in a tiny room, us standing on stacks of siding in our half-completed porch) and also because of the setting: this is our house, and our family – chaos included. How exciting that we get to bring home our second child to this finished house we remodeled and designed from scratch! Check out the second to last pic for a sample of Natalya Madolora’s amazing photography work magic!

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Texan, teacher, writer, reader: that’s me in a nutshell. Originally from Texas, I now live in London with my husband (he’s a Brit) and our two boys. I spend my time devouring books (especially young adult/middle grade fiction), baking cookies and generally going in ten directions at once. More than a decade ago, I moved to London for a teaching job, met my husband, stayed, and started a family. The last few years have been a whirlwind: in 2013, we moved to Austin, TX and I decided to stay at home with our son; in 2014, we bought and renovated a house in South Austin; in 2015, we welcomed our second son at a local birth center...and in 2016, we packed up and moved back to London! 2017 is set to see more changes as our eldest little starts school and I head back to the classroom. Read on for renovation info, book reviews, creative writing posts, and the general flotsam and jetsam of my life.

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