Monthly Archives: November 2013

Windows, windows in the walls…

…it’s just time you had to go!

“The windows aren’t that bad, I mean they’re original, but they have nice charm…” said naive us when we first moved in.  “We’ll get a few more years out of them before taking some time to phase their replacement.” Said us as we planned out the house renovations.  “Call the window guys and let’s just get an estimate so we can do some financial planning.”  Said us as we spent the summer fighting to open the 4 operable windows in the house every time there was nice weather.  “F-it, let’s just do them now… ALL OF THEM and be DONE with it they are so NASTY!”  We said to each other when the quote came in less than we were expecting.  And they can do it in 4 weeks?  Sign the contract!

Yes, we shuffled around some other projects and decided to get the windows done and we’re thrilled we did!  We had 3 windows replaced and french doors put in where a pair of windows were in the dining room, but the rest of the house- ALL ORIGINAL.  We were lucky if 1 window in each room opened and the rest of them were just jammed/painted shut.  The storm windows and screens didn’t do much to dress up the sloppy paint-job they had received in the past and the years of filth on both the inside and outside began to eat away at their ‘charm’ pretty quickly.

We were scheduled for the first week in October and the crew showed up on time and ready to go.  The house was built in 1929 and yes, there was lead paint so to begin, the crew sealed the windows from the inside and then removed the windows from the exterior.  We covered the items on the inside for some extra safety.

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Then the install began:

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You may notice that while the guys installed the new windows, I decided to do some landscaping and removed EVERYTHING that was left on the left side of the house. I think the neighbors were happy to see the last of the overgrowth removed!

All of the original wood was in great shape on the front windows- even had some great, simple bullnosing detail. We thought about leaving it exposed and painting it to match the others, but in the end, wanted to keep it uniform and simple and they wound up covering it back up.

Let that light shine in!

Now some before and afters:

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Don’t mind the white trim around the door and windows on the first floor, our first contractor used white flashing so we have to paint those to match the others.

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And a close up of the front:

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Do you see the difference?  I know, it’s difficult to see in the photos because the ‘befores’ don’t seem that bad far away, but in person, the change is crazy.  We went with Marvin Window’s ‘Integrity’ line with ‘Pebble Grey’ fiberglass finish on the exterior and painted white wood on the interior.  The fiberglass coat bound to the outside will make them super durable and the wood inside, even painted, has a great warmth.  We also changed the style of the windows.  The original windows were 6-over-6 divided light.  We opted for 6-over-1 with the replacement.  We wanted something a little different (seems like everyone does 6-over-6, especially with vinyl replacements) so although they may be a little more ‘craftsman bungalow’ than our little tudor revival, we liked the updated contemporary look they gave us.  We also made sure to spend a little more and have the upper glass be actual divided lights and not just one sheet of glass with mullions (dividers) applied to the inside and outside.  It’s not really noticeable in the photos, but when you’re up close to the windows in the house, the actual division between the glass makes a big difference.

We have long term plans to redo the sunroom/playroom with larger floor to ceiling windows, so we didn’t invest in replacing those (they are also the most ‘new’ windows probably but in around the 80’s).  We also kept the 2 windows in the stairwell because they are in OK shape and the square one at the base, although not operable at the moment, just looks nice!  The original diamond leaded glass next to the front door stayed because we are going to scrape and paint it to match the new, there was no way we were going to remove that one for a faux replacement.  And lastly, we also kept one of the side windows (in the master bedroom) because we ultimately want to put a second floor addition on the sunroom and that window would become the door into the addition from our bedroom, so, just avert your eyes for in the meantime.  It’s in pretty sad shape but we’re going to paint it out to match the new so it blends in until the addition happens.

Anyway, we love them and they were finished just in time for us to enjoy the fall weather.  They’ve also been great with the cold nights that have rolled in (no more drafts!) and the sound reduction is surprisingly noticeable too!

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November 19, 2013 · 2:11 am

How to Eat a Peach.

So, I need to apologize that we’re only getting to post these photos now. Peach season is long gone, I know. However, they were too cute not to share and you never know when you may find yourself traveling to peach country and in need of this knowledge… 😛

It’s really a very simple process.

Disclaimer: pleeeease ignore the clutter in the background of these images! We don’t live that way normally. It had only been a few months of living in the house at this point and I chose to not think about the chaos, rather than miss out on these sweet G moments.

Step 1: Roll it around so you have a sense of the actual size of the fruit. This is best done on a tray with edges that keep any peach mess contained.

Step 2: Show amazement, wonder and disbelief that your mama let you eat an entire whole peach at once…all in one little face.

Step 3: SMOOOOOSH peach against your mouth.

Step 4: Bite into peach and don’t stop until the pit is visible. The more peach juice you get up your nose, the better. 😉

Step 5: Scrunch your nose up…breathe in that sweet, fresh, juiciness…

Step 6: …make your face into the biggest and best smile EVER. 🙂

And then my heart exploded. This girl likes to save moments and faces like these for when I randomly happen to be lucky enough to have my camera close-by…and then I feel like I just won the lottery by capturing them forever. 🙂

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November 10, 2013 · 3:37 am

When ‘onesies’ became a thing of the past…

…yours truly needed to document it. It’s a strange thing, being a parent . You see, it makes you want to bottle up every single solitary milestone and remember it forever. When I realized that by potty training G, it meant not being able to put her in onesie outfits again, I had to capture it. (So, in all fairness…some of you may not be interested in this post at all. And that’s fine, I’m giving you fair warning; it involves ruffle butts and a pink dress.)

Not only were there some 18 mo. outfits I was really going to miss that she barely even got to wear, but it meant a difference in our routine and no more changing table changes. Not to mention the end of an era of our cloth diapering adventures…we had it down to a science! Thoughts like this swarmed my head: Gabby would get dressed by standing up and putting her feet in her pants with minimal help? Really?? What if she pees all over the place…it’s gonna get in/on her carpet and be a huge pain to clean compared to just throwing the changing pad in the wash like we did up until this point. And lots of other random concerns, but I’ll just jump to the photos because let me just tell you, this girl was ready. Ready to wear pants with underwear like it was nobody’s business (well, I guess it’s still not anyone’s business, lol…). Ready to hold onto me while slowly putting one foot into her pants, and balancing like a champ.

Major thanks to A for capturing this moment of the two of us. I love it for many reasons, not to mention the fact that I’m always behind the camera instead of in the photos! 🙂

Oh, and the photo above with the winter coat and summer dress was courtesy of the wardrobe change that needed to happen in her room. Every 4-6 months we go through Gabriella’s clothes, pack away what she’s outgrown and unpack the new goods. Now that she’s old enough to notice the pile of clothes in the middle of her room being sorted through, the process takes a bit longer as dress-up seems to always ensue. 😉


And to this day (we’ve been diaper-free for just over 2 months now), she’s never peed while standing up and changing. Maybe she’s trying to tell her Mom to relax a little. 😉

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November 3, 2013 · 4:28 am