Mega Update and The Project House begins

August 21st, 2013

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted! I have a big huge mega update…time just got the best of me lately, between 3 business trips, a trip to the ER, the usual design deadlines, plus trying to get this house started, I’ve been falling into bed at night instead of my working on blog posts. Here’s my July + August in photos:

We drove out to CA and were able to see some friends while we were there. I also found out that it’s nearly impossible to take pictures of 3 little boys:


We also made a special trip to the Restoration Hardware OUTLET in Vacaville (totally worth the trip) and found tons of gorgeous hardware and mirrors for 40-60% off regular price. Score!


When we got back, Mr. Project started building the kitchen cabinets for our new Project House Kitchen.


And I started potty training Ollie… but he did most of the work. And in this photo you can see the utter CHAOS that our rental is. Way too much stuff (and acquiring all our lighting and plumbing fixtures), and no place to put any of it! I so cannot wait to get into our new house and get organized again. Oh and we love our Froggy Potty!  He’s totally potty trained now (like a boss!) and it’s awesome not to have to worry about diapers for him.


Then I went to CHA for a few days with My Minds Eye. I debuted my new line Cut & Paste (which I still need to pick my winners for)


I came back home and got sick and had to go to the ER… turns out I have gallstones and need my gallbladder removed. 🙁 But I was feeling well enough a few days later, and took some time to stop and smell the roses with my two sweet boys.


Mr. Project continued to work on cabinets.


And a few days later we headed to Costa Rica for a little bit of work and a little more smelling of the roses (with no kiddos!)


I got back home and was too beat to run the 5k I’d been training for. But a few days later, I ran for 20 minutes straight… which is a huge accomplishment after taking up running just a few weeks ago. Here’s my view that keeps me going for my morning runs:


Leo started walking… I still haven’t got this on video. He did take a good 10 steps in a row today, but my phone was out of reach!


Mr. Project continued working on cabinets… He’s working on the farmhouse table island in this pic. Made completely out of rough-sawn reclaimed oak. It’s going to look amazing when it’s all done.


And today, our house construction began with a big hole being dug. After all this time of planning and prepping, we have started. It’s thrilling, and scary all at the same time. I can’t wait to dive in, but I know it’s going to go so fast that I might not have time to blink. And I’m terrified that we won’t make all the right decisions, and we’ll be unhappy with aspects of the design here and there. But mostly I want to enjoy every minute of the journey.


Here we go… 3…2…1… blastoff!! I’ll be posting more now with all the construction and design progress. Also I usually post daily on my Project Girl Facebook page and my Instagram as well. So there are lots of ways to keep up on our project house adventures!

6 responses to “Mega Update and The Project House begins”

  1. libbywilko says:

    Yay for it all starting Jen, can’t wait to see how it all progresses!

  2. Andrea says:

    I was reading your blog when I cam across a picture and thought, that looks like Costa Rica! Then I read the comment, I also just visited there! Fabulous vacation, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

  3. Julie says:

    First, you have some CUTE CUTE kids! Second, your hubby is a fantastic workman! Can he come to our house and redo our cabinets, pretty please with triple jimmies on top? And no matter what happens, I’m sure you’ll love that house! It looks so big!

  4. Jen Allyson says:


  5. Jen Allyson says:

    We had an amazing trip

  6. Jen Allyson says:

    getting to the starting has been so painfully slow. Hopefully now with progress it will go faster – or at least feel that way.

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