If you follow along with my oh-so-average life on Instagram, you may have noticed that we welcomed a second beautiful baby girl into our lives on May 28th! Yesterday marked three weeks since little Miss Emma's arrival and we're slowly adapting to life as a party of four. There's been a few extra hours of TV and a few less hours of sleep in our days. Aaron will continue to be outnumbered by the Hess ladies and I will continue to use my new favorite/pointless hashtag, #eventhedogisagirl.
Prior to welcoming our newest Nugget, one of my biggest goals was getting the girls' rooms done. I hesitate to even use that phrase because is a bedroom every really "done"? Especially a kids room? I certainly don't think so (I DO expect to be asked for princess bedsheets or boy-band posters or something like that in the future...). So instead I will declare that they are done for now.
The blog updates are few and far between these days but believe me when I say that the work has not stopped. Whether it's cleaning out the nooks and crannies we skipped during the initial renovation or completely overhauling a new piece of our house, the project list remains as long as ever. Not to mention, being 6 months pregnant (with another little girl!) has brought on a serious urge to nest.
So thanks to a burst of second trimester energy, we tackled a piece of our house that is small in square footage but a huge center of activity: our back entryway/landing zone/mud-room-esque space. It was small, as far as overhauls are concerned, but it packed a punch. What was once a useless (and gross) part of the kitchen cabinetry now serves as a fresh and functional landing zone for keys, coats, diaper bags, and shoes.
This past week, the Hess House saw some improvements (though move-in day is still a distant dream). The powder room wall was framed and it now sports a snazzy new pocket door. The walk-in "his and hers" closet was also framed out in the master bedroom. Upstairs on the third floor, the splotchy drywall patch jobs from a previous fix were sanded down and the carpet glue reside is almost gone- though the smell of cat pee still lingers. I see a bleach bath for the stairwell in the near future. Although the stairwell still smells, the mold in the basement has been successfully removed! Lots of steps forward… and a large step back. Curiosity got the best of me and I poked at some crumbly looking drywall. As it turns out, poking the crumbly dry wall was huge mistake. The main window in the Purple Room, I discovered, was sort of floating above what used to be wood studs. I say used to because a poor seal on the window allowed water to get in… and now it’s just a pile of rotted wood dust. Such is the reno life.
About the Author:
Tasha is a freelance artist, stay-at-home mama, and, in her husbands words, a lifestyle manager. She and Aaron are in the midst of renovating their 94 year old home while raising their sassy daughters, Adelaide & Emma.
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