Kitchen Makeover Is Starting NOW!

And just when I thought things couldn’t get any crazier at The Herron Nest, George and I decided to add a kitchen makeover to our long list of to-dos. {WHAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?}

We moved into our new house just about one year ago and it sparked a whirlwind of home improvements courtesy of my whole family + extended family. The house we purchased was one that has “great bones” but the interior was full of blemishes like wall paper, old gross carpet, and smoke smell multiplied by infinity. These were all things that had to be tackled immediately in order for myself and the kids to move in.

Here are some snapshots of rooms in the house during inspection.

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And here are some snapshots of rooms in the house during “construction” of tearing down wallpaper, scraping off said wallpaper goop, tearing up the carpet going upstairs & in every room upstairs and cleaning EVERY surface! Side note, we had all ceilings sanded and resurfaced then painted because of the smoke smell and texture of the ceilings, the smell would never have come out otherwise.

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Fast forward to one year later and we are talking about a totally different interior than when we moved in – new paint in every room except the laundry room, new carpet, remodel of downstairs bathroom, new smells … ahhhhhhh, new lighting, a CHALKBOARD wall/mural courtesy of two very talented friends and a house full of chaos and love.

Pictures of how it all looks now (some in progress photos are in the mix).

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But… we are not done! I was just thinking outloud, what is wrong with us? Why do we want another project right now? The truth of the matter is that we spend the majority of our time in our kitchen, it is the main hub of the house. The painting has begun in the kitchen but the cabinets, hardware and even some cabinets are just old and need either replaced or repaired and refreshed. We are not able to afford all new cabinets and the dream remodel that we want right now so the next best thing is underway. As of last night, the first cabinet came off the hinges and is being sanded and prepped for paint. Can’t wait to see our vision come to life over the next few weeks (it will probably be months) with our latest DIY project!

One last group of the before pics…..(this is even pre new fridge, stove, dishwasher but you get the idea):

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Stay tuned…..

2013 at The Herron Nest, Not Too Shabby

I know that I’m publicly sharing this post but I have to admit that the reason I wrote it would be more self serving. Reminiscing about 2013 and thinking about all the great moments and happy memories that we created makes me well-up a little but also makes me proud of hubs, myself and Ab. There were a fair share of ups and downs (we’ll get to those) but an overall great year. Here are the highlights by month:

{January} NYE Spaghetti

  • Rang in the new year with our little girl at LaRosa’s, there was spaghetti sauce EVERYWHERE! I remember that we actually tried getting into a semi-nice restaurant first, which was a joke.
  • Celebrated George’s birthday
  • George lands a new position at Kroger and is uber happy
  • Ab started swimming lessons

{February}

  • The only thing I can think of was really training for the 1/2 marathon
  • And Valentine’s day
  • Does anything else happen during this month?

{March} 

  • I participated in the Cinciditarod which was one of the biggest mistakes of 2013 – it SUCKED!
  • George and I saw an awesome Beatles tribute band at Belterra Casino
  • I started a weight-loss transformation that changed my body, our family’s health and made me a different person (after the sucky Cinciditarod)
  • We started tearing up our kitchen which turned into THE major project of the year (or so I thought at the time).

{April} BeachBaby

  • Florida vacation
  • Our first trip to Disney
  • Visiting with Aunt Sue and Uncle Jack in Florida
  • Celebrated my parent’s 36th wedding anniversary.

{May} Pig Ladies

  • I ran in the Cincinnati Flying Pig 1/2 Marathon with my best friend and cousin, Kat.
  • I turned 31 (blerg)
  • I became a health coach for Take Shape For Life and started coaching others to optimal health
  • George started another season coaching for Butler County Challenger Baseball

{June}

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  • Many awesome weekends spent at Fox Run
  • Time spent on Papa’s new pontoon boat on Brookville lake
  • Fun at Gower Park and the Sharonville Pool (our favs)

{July} Nashville_July'13

  • George and I took a family of three vacation and trucked ourselves down to Nashville for a long holiday weekend….in the rain. Literally, rain the ENTIRE time.
  • I made my 40 pound goal
  • George and I saw Willie Nelson in concert, 4 rows back!
  • George coached the Butler County Challenger Red Sox during the 2013 Butler County State Tournament – it was hot but he did a fantastic job.
  • and apparently got pregnant!
  • Celebrated my in-laws anniversary and started to share the news of my pregnancy with family
  • THEN found out my brother-in-law and sister-in-law were also pregnant and due 5 weeks before us

{August} 

  • Spent a lot of time together as a family playing at “Abbey’s Park” and “Abbey’s Pool” in Sharonville
  • Put new gutters on the house and put the final touches on the brand-spankin-new-kitchen (thanks to Grandpa and Uncle Tom)
  • George had his tonsils removed (YAY) and miraculously stopped snoring (bonus)
  • Abbey and I did the Super Hero Run for Pro Kids with Grandma Herron, Sarah, CJ and Henry

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  • Started to share pregnancy news with all family and friends!
  • Celebrated a combined loss of 216 lbs in just the women of my family
  • Celebrated my nephew’s, Henry, 2nd birthday
  • Celebrated the wedding of Zeek and Nicole and watched my dad actually marry a couple, good job Rev!
  • Spent the majority of our “extra” time and money at Home Depot, Lowes, and Menards

{October}

  • Put the house on the market
  • Got an offer 2 days later
  • Was under contract 1 day after that
  • Celebrated our 8th Wedding anniversary
  • Then the offer fell threw, whomp whomp whomp
  • Abbey went to Disney On Ice and because of my killer blogging hook-up we got to see Mickey and Minnie backstage!

Abbey and Mason Meeting Mickey & MInnie

{November} revealboy_TheHerronNest

  • 20-week ultrasound to see our healthy baby
  • Gender reveal party with family and friends to find out we are expecting Jack Edward Herron in late March 2014!
  • Updated our electric
  • Celebrated my 5th year anniversary at US Digital Partners
  • Bought a brand new furnace
  • Celebrated Abbey’s 2nd birthday with her little buds Mickey Mouse Clubhouse style, “we’ve got ears, say cheers!”
  • Spent Thanksgiving with all of our family, blessed!

{December}

  • Took said house off the market for the winter (we’ll be back on in the Spring, don’t you worry!)
  • Celebrated Mason’s 3rd birthday, my silly Bubby!
  • Celebrated the Christmas season all December long thanks to WARM 98 and the non-stop Christmas music Ab demanded 🙂
  • Spent time with family in Louisville, KY at the Galt House and Christmas Village (highly recommend)
  • Got through Abbey and George colds
  • Celebrated Christmas about 6 times and loved every crazy-lovin moment!