August 2nd, 2014
Pre-school prep has been rolling on over here. I posted the other day about my Ollie starting preschool in the fall and the tote bag that I made for him. And about a week ago I got the best package in the mail… his back to school clothes! Everything is a size 4 and I’m kind of freaking out that I have a child who now wears a size 4.
Tea Collection is my favorite place to buy clothes for my boys. The quality is so amazing and with two rough-and-tumble boys, I need clothes that are going to last. I buy my oldest a handful of Tea Collection t-shirts only once a year and he wears them all year long and then they get passed onto my younger son. Those 4-5 t-shirts still look brand new after a year of being worn week after week and they are his only day-to-day t-shirts. Stains come out easily, the fabric is incredibly soft, and I swear every time I pull them out of the dryer they look brand new still.
I also love how cool the designs are, and Ollie picks favorites pretty quickly. His favorite of his new shirts is one with a tools illustration because they are “daddy’s tools!”.
The Tea Collection pants/shorts are just as awesome as the shirts. They have these great knit pants with elastic waistbands that look like nice school pants (instead of sweat pants), and are perfect for my potty-trained child who still has problems with buttons and zippers. And lets face it, who doesn’t like to wear cozy pants?
And now on to the model! My ollie isn’t big on trying on clothes or posing. But he was so thrilled to try on his new shirt with “daddy’s tools on it” that he endured a whole photoshoot complete with hillarious posing.
I also picked up some Native shoes for him which I am also a big fan of. They will be great until boot weather (snow here!). They are easy for him to take off and put on, they wash well, and look brand new years later.
And how cute is this wildcat hoodie?? Ollie saw it on the Tea Collection website and immediately fell in love. It was a bit of a splurge but we are big on hoodies in this house, and I do love a great statement piece.
Now he’s all ready for pre school! Isn’t he such a handsome boy?
***The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.Tea Collection did not provide the clothing for this post. All writing, photos, and experiences are my own.
November 22nd, 2013
I cannot believe it’s been a whole month since I updated last! So much has happened in the last 4 weeks. It’s been hard to update because a lot has been internal work – electric, HVAC, etc. And so all the pictures (or lack there of) are just more framed walls. But this last week and a half, we’ve made some really great (visible) strides.
Okay let me start where I left off… All the interior walls and ceilings were framed, and the exterior including roof was all sheeted. With the roof now on, the HVAC and plumbing could be finished. The subs got in and out really fast and got everything buttoned up and ready for the 4-way inspection and then drywall.
All of our laundry dryer vents were these recessed boxes that will keep the vent hose from taking up any extra depth in the room.
While all of that was happening, the windows got delivered! Yay!
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September 23rd, 2013
Construction exploded this week. I can’t believe it’s only been a week… and we even had a one day delay because of a late wood delivery. Are you ready for this…
At the end of week 3, this is what we had:
And at the end of Week 4, this is what we have:
That is only 3 days of framing! 1 day of concrete pouring, 1 day of sitting around because of the wood delay, 2 days of weekend, and 3 days of framing. This is happening so fast. it’s amazingly fun to watch the progress. The framing quality is excellent too – Mr. Project is super picky about all workmanship. We love our framers, such a nice crew, and very good at their jobs.
Here’s some progress photos starting with our concrete pour. Seems uneventful right… wrong! We had a huge rain burst (including hail) hit about 20 minutes after I took this picture. I don’t know how they did it, but the cement guys managed to smooth it out and make it work. Then the garage was poured shortly after the rain came, and another storm blew through. We stopped by again after the second storm and the garage slab was all pocked from the rain, but they managed to smooth it, and now it looks perfect. It was a nail-biting kind of day. I’m so glad it worked out in the end!
Two days later (one of which nothing got done), we went to the house at 9 am to meet with our foreman and beheld this beautiful site:
We couldn’t believe how much work they had done in just 2 hours! We also couldn’t pull ourselves away from the build and stayed to watch them put up our big steel beam (we’re going to have it exposed).
And eventually they also got up the sheeting and the trim board that goes around the joists.
And here they are dropping the joists in – these guys are crazy just walking on walls.
The next morning we stopped by around 9:30 and they had the floor all finished, and had started raising walls on the main floor.
By the end of the second day about half of the walls were framed up including my kitchen wall of windows!
And by the end of the third day, all of the exterior walls on the main floor of the house were up. And the best part is that it’s monday, so they’ll have 4 more days this week to get booking on this baby!
Here’s those windows closer up. Love the view of the golf course and mountains in the background so much!
And here is my pantry! Because of some interesting things with the trusses, we get a 12′ ceiling in the pantry (thats a lot of shelving!). So I get to also have a beautiful big window with a transom over it. I’m just going to love being in this room.
And here’s the last thing they are framing… the Garage & Mr. Project’s workshop. I’m most excited to see how this looks at the end of day tomorrow!
Here’s the front all framed and sheeted.
I really couldn’t have imagined it would be this far a week ago. It’s really starting to feel real, although I don’t quite believe it’s our house yet. I’m loving the whole process, and our builder is simply amazing, we couldn’t ask for a better experience. If it keeps moving this fast, I may have to update more often for the next few weeks!