Home Again


We did it. We built a house and successfully moved in about 2 weeks ago. I didn’t document it like I wanted to, because frankly, I was exhausted. I had no idea just how time consuming and mentally exhausting this process would be.

The kitchen isn’t even completely finished. Hopefully, my hood will be installed this week and the remaining drawer fronts that are missing.


But y’all. My bath tub. It’s amazing. I haven’t ever had a stand alone bath tub, and it’s a little life changing.


The girls have their own space and they are loving it… although, they are still taking over the tv in the living room.


My dining room is probably the only semi complete room in the house. I finally got the curtains up this week and it feels good!


In short, I’m in love with the house. It’s everything I wanted or could have dreamed, and I cannot wait to decorate it. That’s going to be a slow process though. I really want to live in the space and figure out how I want it to be. I’m hoping to unveil rooms slowly, and they will most likely be incomplete.

Inside Tracker-Outside my comfort zone


For months, I’ve been wondering about how my nutrition affected my general well being. I was super tired and not sleeping and seemed to be gaining weight. I figured it was all stress related, but I kept wondering how all of those things correlated. I looked into Whole 30, and while that still really interests me, I wasn’t sure how that would effect my running.

In a pure stroke of luck, I stumbled upon Inside Tracker and started doing some research. Basically, they do a comprehensive blood test and using biomarkers, give you advice and nutrition recommendations.


It was all smiles until she actually started.


I think I’m most intrigued by my cortisol level, since it’s based on stress and I’ve had a little bit of that in the past few months.

Hopefully my test results will be back in a few days and I can get to work on my nutrition.

Breaking ground… and other things


I’m going to start from the beginning of the house building and catch up to where we are now. We moved out of our house and in with my in laws before Thanksgiving. It took a couple of weeks to get everything moving. We were so excited to see them mark off the house and put the flags up and start excavating. Basically, they draw off the boarders of your house with spray paint and then dig it out a little bit.


Unfortunately, on Day 1, the excavator hit a gas line. I’ll spare you the dramatics of how my children reacted to that, and the fact that I was the one dealing with everything and trying to make phone calls, since John was out of town. All I could do was laugh. Apparently, no one thought to tell me to call and have all the water, gas, sewer, and electrical lines marked. Either way, the gas company was super accommodating and awesome and fixed it within a few days.


With the excavation finished and the lines all marked, we were ready to go! Unfortunately, it started raining. It rained and rained and then rained some more. I thought we were going to have to build a boat instead of a house.


But then! One glorious day, workers showed up! They started laying the block to build the crawl space. It took them about 2 days to do that. I couldn’t believe that happened so quickly!



It was so exciting to finally see some progress! I feel like now is the time to add the disclaimer, that yes… we are building next to a cemetery. I felt a little weird about it at first, but now I realize how quiet they are, and I don’t mind it one bit!

She’s Baaacckkk….

It’s been a while. A long while, actually. I was ready to let blogging go completely. In fact, I am pretty sure I’ve lost everything that I ever did, blogging wise. But it had become an added stressor. We’ve had a lot of changes happen in the last year, most importantly, we sold our house in November. It was really sad closing that chapter and we were not prepared for quickly everything escalated. We put our house on the market on a Monday in October, but Wednesday afternoon, we had multiple people wanting to look at it. We had a full price offer from the first person to look at it. It was crazy! We thought it might sell by Spring… we weren’t prepared for that kind of turn around! We moved out of that house and in with my in-laws, the week before Thanksgiving. Of course, there is always added drama with me. I came down with the flu the week we closed and moved out. That’s right, I was trying to pack up our home that we had lived in for our entire marriage, while flu ridden.


We have started building our dream home, and as we got into it, I thought about how much I wanted to share about the process. It’s extremely time consuming, stressful, and sometimes fun. I honestly don’t know how people built houses pre-Pinterest. I’ve been taking daily pictures of the progress, so I will try to re-cap that next. I must say, my husband is doing a lot of the heavy lifting, if it were up to me and my laziness/distaste for talking on the phone… we would probably be living in a tent.