2018…what a whirlwind of a year for the Hansen Family! Sorry for not staying up to date on the blog. More blogging to come in 2019; so stay tuned. Here’s your catch up session. You may want to get comfy and grab a drink…this may take a while.
I turned 37! What a surprise considering I thought I was 37 the previous year! And so it begins…memory loss. One thing I will never forget, is my Birthday gift from James this year. The hardwood flooring of my dreams! It of course, it was “Out of Stock” when it was time to order it, and I was devastated. But James contacted the company and worked some magic. And lo and behold, I unwrapped this on my Birthday.
We continued to live in our cozy 2 bedroom, top floor apartment, while our house was tore up from the floor up! Though it presented challenges living in an apartment, I was thankful everyday, for a clean(ish), warm, dry, place to call Home Sweet Temporary Home.
Meanwhile, James and his dad, Greg, continued to work tirelessly on framing the interior walls and putting back together our gutted house. They also worked on lots of plumbing and electrical. Windows and our giant glass sliding doors got delivered and installed…shout out to our awesome neighbor Dave for helping us install windows and lending a hand in countless other ways. We honestly have the BEST neighbors!
The kids and I continued to walk dogs as a side hustle. What a great way to get our dog/puppy fix without having a dog of our own. We had four “regulars” and several other intermittent doggy clients.
I got to go to Palm Springs on my annual Mommy Get Away with my two besties, Kayla and Rachel. These two ladies have a way of refreshing my soul every time we’re lucky enough to be together, and this trip was no exception! What a treat to spend time exploring and catching up with them in the dessert sunshine.
Fancy a$$ garage doors installed…or at least that’s what the installer referred to them as! Two words to that moron… Curb Appeal!
We got insulation! Our house became a pink palace.
The kids (with James’ help) set up a bike track in the living room. See, gutting your house has its perks!
We demo’d the last room in the house. Rees’ old bedroom walls and floors, ceiling, windows all got torn out!
Took Rees to her first concert, Walk Off the Earth!
Demo’d more of the old siding.
Installed more windows.
Sheetrock hung! We got walls!
Tape & Mud!
Paint color selection/drama. Thanks all of you who weighed in and offered encouragement. That was a hard time for this indecisive girl! Thankfully James didn’t make me live with the “pink” walls and we got the color “just right” the second time around.
Texture and Painting walls.
Easter Egg hunt at the construction site!
Rees participated in the 2nd Grade Poetry Slam. Loved her poem “Chickens”.
Got to go on a Field Trip to Seattle Children’s Field Trip with Graham’s class.
Installed afore mentioned dream flooring! What a bugger to install (Thanks again Ian for coming to help James)! And yes, I got to help with this project too. Thanks to Mom and Dad for taking the kids for their Spring Break!
MOVED HOME! Said goodbye to apartment life.
Let the “glamping” begin in our still-under-construction house.
Lots of unpacking. Lots of let’s set this box in the basement, because there are no cabinets or closets to put this crap… I mean stuff… in.
My Uncle Dale & Mom came for a visit!
Graham was a Funky Chicken in the Kindergarten Moosical!
We celebrated James’ cousin Sarah’s 30th Birthday in Seattle!
We moved out of our storage unit. Thank God for our garage/basement.
Started Siding! So Ex-Siding!
Graham’s Kindergarten Graduation
Last day of School. Kindergarten and 2nd Grade. Done. Boom!
Kitchen Cabinets arrived.
Said good bye to our furry friends for the summer.
Kitchen Cabinets installed
Celebrated our 12th Anniversary with a weekend stay-cation and cooking classes!
Appliances installed. I have a DISHWASHER! Best part of the whole renovation!!!
Graham lost his first tooth.
Chose marble slabs for our kitchen! After a long debate, James talked me into Carrara Marble for our countertops. And I’ll admit he was right! No regrets.
Spent two weeks with my sister, Gretel and my nieces, Louisa and Pearl. Loved nearly every moment of it…except for that time Micah threw a tantrum at the Lavender farm.
Horse Camp for Rees and Graham.
Carrara Marble installed! And drawer pulls installed…oh the little things that make such a big difference in a home.
Range cooktop installed. Good bye hot plate!
Light fixtures installed! Well some of them.
Summer Tradition we attended the Jefferson County Fair with my Mom/Mimi, where “we” got inspired to adopt guinea pigs.
Welcomed two pet guinea pigs, Turbo and Diesel, into our family.
Kids got to spend a week in Bend with Grandma Linda and Grandpa Jerry (and Aunt Diane too)!
Our long time pals the Pfaffinger Family came to visit! We adventured to places like Vashon, and ate crazy things in a game of “Will It?”
Back to School. Rees started 3rd Grade, Graham 1st Grade and Mac Pre-K. AND me, one step closer to freedom (sort of kidding).
Rees started ballet after a three year hiatus. And she’s loving it.
I ran my 5th Half Marathon, the Orca Half, right here in beautiful West Seattle along Alki Beach. Who wants to run it with me next year?!
James and I traveled to Austin, TX for his cousin J.D.’s wedding! Yes, like JUST James and I. YES, a kid-free vacation! And boy was it dreamy. We visited the Magnolia Silos, ate lunch at the Magnolia Table, visited an amazing Taxidermy shop, drove to charming town called Wimberly, went on a Segway tour of Austin, ate brunch in the oldest hotel in Austin, rode bikes around Lake Austin aka Town Lake aka the Colorado River, ate lots of finger lickin’ BBQ, hit up happy hour margarita nightly, went on a river boat cruise and of course partied it up at all the wedding festivities.
Micah turned FIVE! (While Mom and Dad were partying it up in Austin :). At 5 years old, he still loves all things trucks and heavy machinery related. He can operate an excavator. By Himself! Yet somehow, he tries to convince us he can’t put his shoes on by himself. He loves chocolate milk and is the pickiest eater in our family. He is so animated and loves to talk in funny voices, tell stories, dance, teach us yoga moves and make people laugh.
My parents came for a weekend to help with SIDING! Thanks Mom & Dad!
We bought a beautiful, huge vintage door to close off the main floor from the basement/garage. Second Use Score! Thanks James for installing this beast!
James installed tile floor in the kids bathroom. One step closer to a second toilet!
Excavated some rockery and widened our future driveway. Micah operated it while sitting on James’ lap (for reals). By next year he’ll be available for hire!
Halloween: Fawn, Chef, Street Sweeper and Cowboy Dad and Cowgirl Mom.
Installed subway tile backsplash walls in kitchen.
Rees turned NINE! She planned a girls day to celebrate. We brought a neighbor girlfriend and went to Red Robin for lunch and to see the movie The House with the Clock in it’s Walls. Rees is as independent as ever and is always up for an adventure. She loves horses (all animals really) and got to do a horse camp and riding lessons this summer. She loves to read and is rocking 3rd grade.
Graham turned SEVEN! He chose to celebrate with a slime party with some of his closest friends. Graham is our sweet, sensitive guy. He loves dogs, cats and is great with our guinea pigs. I help in Graham’s class weekly, and every week his fellow classmates are always singing his praises. Not sure if he bribes them with candy, but they’re always telling me how kind Graham is and how he “never gets in trouble”. He also enjoys helping in the kitchen, baking and has a huge sweet tooth…which he most definitely inherited from his mom!
We adopted two kittens. On Black Friday, we did a little different kind of shopping, and adopted a brother-sister pair of kittens from the shelter. The kids met and fell in love with the kittens while they were being fostered by my parents’ neighbor, “Aunt” Cassie. James met the kittens and was hooked. Before we knew it, we were signing adoption papers and bringing Binx and Sibbie home to West Seattle. The kids couldn’t be more thrilled and James is truely the cat whisperer and Binx and Sibbie’s favorite human!
Got to see my Hawaii Summer Project Gal Pal of 17 years, when she and her daughter came to town for some Christmas festivities. Thanks Debs & Olivia for the Mom-Daughter Date! Rees and I love hanging out with you two!
Graham lost his third tooth…while wrestling with Micah! With any luck he’ll be singing “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!”
Counter tops for the mudroom and two upstairs bathrooms will be installed on the 17th! YAY!!! Our Goal: To have the kids’ bathroom done by the time my sister and her family arrive for Christmas! Merry Christmas to us… a second toilet! So bring on the visitors in 2019!
Caroling Ships, Christmas Light Tour, listening to Christmas music, salt dough ornament decorating, hot cocoa sipping, playing games, baking Christmas cookies, watching a cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie or two cuddling with Binx and Sibbie…that’s where you’ll find us these next couple weeks.
We hope that this season finds you intentionally slowing down and making time to do the things you love, with the people you love. From our home to yours, here’s wishing you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. May you dream big and work hard to achieve those God given dreams in 2019.
P.S. Come visit us in Seattle!