Slowly over time we figure we'll make it our own. Our first step was to empty the yard of the truck fulls of trash that was laying around everywhere. That took us WEEKS, I couldn't believe the amount of work it took just to empty our backyard! Then we did some deep cleaning and touch-up painting, bought a couple of appliances, built a railing for the front porch and pretty much disassembled the entire back porch. We bought a few new pieces of furniture, including two couches and a king sized bed. Now we're moving on to some new (and bigger) projects.
I am still working on Henry's room. I keep buying odds and ends here and there for it, but I honestly haven't even finished painting. It's just plain hard to get up there and keep him out of the paint long enough to get anything done. Plus, he is lacking furniture. He has a crib and a toy box and that is it. It may take me awhile to acquire a few things that will fill his room the way it needs to be.
Tonight we went and looked at siding and countertops. We are planning on tackling the siding ourselves. It's kind of stressful to think about, but we've been assured by many people that as long as that first piece goes on straight, it won't be very hard at all and that they are more than confident that the two of us (and maybe a few friends) can do it. We ordered enough to do the back porch and we're going to give it a try. If that's a success, we'll move on to the rest of the house. If not - we'll just bite the bullet and hire someone.
The countertops are my birthday present from Jeremy. I picked them out tonight and I am sooo excited to see how they're going to look in my kitchen. They should be installed before the week is over. Yay!!
I'm still trying to figure out what I'd like to ask my grandmother for for my birthday. Curtains? New bed set? The storage bench that I want for the kitchen? I just can't decide - too many improvement ideas floating around in my head!