Monday, February 28, 2011

Home Sweet Home: Renovate Part I

This series of posts is long overdue! 2 months overdue, to be exact! I've procrastinated blogging about it, because I didn't know how far back to go, and how in depth to describe! This may bore some of you, and interest others...but either way, it's what consumes most of our time (besides the usual living) around here at casa de frantz!
So, I decided i better start back to the beginning : Circa 2005, Phase I
As newly weds we we're blessed to have the opportunity to start our new life together in the "original" frantz homestead! Meaning, this is where hubby was born and raised for the first 11 years of his life!
Home sweet home? your thinking! ;) I know, she's a beauty...but I have no doubt she's full of sweet memories for a certain family!

So for six months we merely "updated" her essence, and gave her a bit of a face-lift! No exterior walls we're moved, save for the bay window in my kitchen! At the time of being newly weds, the space seemed ample with two bedrooms, two bathrooms! Doing the remodel in two phases, several years apart sounded like a good idea for several reasons!

Well, time has sped by at a much more accelerated rate than we could've ever expected and now 6 years and two children later we found ourselves bursting her seems! ;)

I am withholding photos of the Phase I interior remodel for now because Phase II is real-time! But maybe at the end I'll do an all inclusive posting of the before/afters of both!

So without further delay, here's the start of Phase II! Our needs have changed to include 2 more bedrooms, another bath and a little more "common" living space! The goal being to live here while doing the addition, as well as not disrupting too much of the existing (already remodeled) house! It all sounded fine and dandy, but when the first backhoe appeared to break ground, there was a mixture of excitement and hesitation!

Our little "shoebox" of a house, as we liked to call it, had served us well! I remember vividly the relief of having Phase I done, and if you've ever remodeled even as little as a simple bathroom, you probably know this feeling! The difference is, this time around we we're planning to live amongst the construction...and with two babies! ;)

Sunday, February 20, 2011


It's been raining. After 3 days and 3 inches, the sun has again emerged from behind the gray and exposed these tidbits of spring! If your hurriedly going about your day, they are easily over looked! Only when you find yourself searching a little closer, do you find the promise of a changing season in February!

As I was discovering these beauties today, I began to think how gorgeous God's "garden" must of been before sin entered. How could these buds look more perfect, or the blooms more magnificent? And without a weed, or dead branch to distract from their loveliness?

I couldn't seem to get any closer to this little worker! Every time I would start to extend my zoom, he'd sense the intrusion of business and buzz of to some other pollen-filled haven!
I will be back later for you buddy!

The gardener in me was wringing my hands, anxious to pull on the ole' gloves and give these girls some more room to breath in the fresh air! But, it's only February after all and there's certain to be more rain, and maybe cold, and maybe, the boots will remain where they we're last kick off and the coats will continue to cluster on the chair beside the door...but, only for a little while longer!

(Yup, five months already! Life is getting so exciting for this sweetie! Just ask him, he's sure to give you a squeal!)

Monday, February 14, 2011

a photo re-cap

Well here's a quick photo re-cap of our sun-soaked, coastal adventures! :) Although there wasn't a whole lot of adventure involved we did do some of this.....

which was frequently interrupted by these....

but we brought along friends who we're willing to help entertain.....

SO, we soon found ourselves too weak to resist the beckoning of the beach.....

Some of us even got to do this........

We enjoyed the sweetness of friendships....

the endless sandy fun.....

and the serenity that transpires from this setting....

which is quickly brought back to reality again by them......:)

(she has no idea she's about to get a back end full of sand!)
Now the laundry awaits, the house needs cleaned, and I must prepare my grocery list for the weeks meals! Oh, and just to make you feel better...the sky is gray and cloudy, as the rain is coming!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Rumor has it.

Some of you aren't going to like this...but I can't help hide my excitement! While a better part of the Midwest & eastern states are chattering from the frozen conditions, the sun is shining it's face on us in the west and uncovering promises of spring! We've been taking walks every afternoon, just to soak up the warmth and fill our lungs with the freshness around us! The bee's are found in swarms busily doing their part in bringing forth this glorious season! Haven't seen any blooms yet, but it won't be long!

And it gets worse, (or better, depending where you find yourself geographically)!! The sweeties and I have been doing some buzzing around ourselves, as we pack up to head to the coast for the rest of the week! Rumor has it, it's even warmer over there! I would, if it was in my power, specially package some up and send it to share with each of you who are furrowing your brow at me in disgust! :)
So, we're leaving daddy at home and joining 3 other mommies, 3 other toddlers, and 4 other friends to find out if these rumors are true! The plan was to take our sewing machines, but we'll see how long we can keep ourselves away from the beach!
Stay tuned this weekend for the evidence...and I promise to make it an extra big box if i figure out how to ship sunshine your way!!
(p.s Secretly I'm just homesick, so i have to make it sound undesirable to be there!)

Friday, February 4, 2011

a rare occasion

Un-interuppted sleep is a distant memory! I made some very unrealistic assumptions about children, when it comes to their sleep patterns! The day my firstborn slept through the night for the first, i remember thinking..."phew, glad to have that getting up in the night to feed behind me". Now we can all get back to our much needed 8 hours we we're used to getting! Lets all laugh together!
Here is a run down of last night....
9:30 both boys fast asleep
12:02 baby wakes up coughing, crying...get up to prop him up, put in pacifier.
1:45 toddler wake up, come in our room. Put him back to bed.
2:33 toddler comes back in room, says he wet his bed. Change his jammies, put him in our bed because i'm too tired to change his sheets.
3:48 toddler kicking me in the back. Re-position and try to get comfortable.
4:40 baby wakes and is hungry. Get up to feed.
5:00...put baby back to bed, ask myself..."do i just stay up or try for another hour?"
Decided to try for more sleep...
6:15 toddler scrunched right next to me on the edge of bed. Push him back over, and roll out of bed to start the day!

One writer put it this way..."Motherhood is not for the lovers-of-sleep." That has stuck with me and i try to tell myself, when I'm being awakened for the umpteenth time, I cannot be a lover of sleep any longer! In my previously mentioned assumptions, i apparently forgot to take into account that we would be awakened by teething, irritable babies! Then there would be the un-ending cold/cough viruses that seem to be corresponding with each other, somehow systematically affecting children right about the time they are just getting over the previous one!
I also did not account for the bad dreams, sleep talking, and sleep walking! Somehow these became the interruption some time soon after the toddler bed was put to use! The freedom to get oneself up out of his own bed and come find mommy, brought on a whole new category of interruptions we don't even have time to list! ;) From what i hear, when these phases have past, there are more to face with teenagers!

I used to think I was someone that required a lot more sleep than others. Maybe I was considered a lover-of-sleep!? Motherhood definitely makes a good straight 5-6 hour night seem like 10! The energy you feel the next morning is incomparable! Yet other days we continue work through our day in an exhausted state, because that is just what we have to do. The meals don't fix themselves, the dishes and laundry don't wash themselves, and taking care of the children is after all what being a mother is all about! Here is where I we find rest dear mothers..."Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and i will give you rest!" (Matt 11:28) Jesus knows we're weary and He wants us to tell Him about our fatigue! We are never alone in our sleep deprivation!!!
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