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Kitchen Remodel Reveal… Finally!

You guys, I am so excited to finally share our kitchen remodel with you all! 
We started our kitchen last summer, LAST SUMMER PEOPLE! A year ago the 14th to be exact.
The majority of it was done quickly but there were two items I had to wait awhile on to be complete. One got finished right after Miss S was born and the other item JUST got completed a week ago. 
If you follow me on Instagram, you have gotten glimpses of our kitchen since it was started a year ago.
Are you ready to see our kitchen? 
This is a pretty picture heavy post so warning! 
 I am going to go back to the very beginning and break down everything we did, found, and added to our kitchen. 
This is what our kitchen looked like when we bought the house. 
Box store cabinets in that glorious orange finish, linoleum floors, laminate counters.
The floors were ripped out as soon as we closed and replaced with the dark hardwood floors we put down throughout the first floor which then made our cabinets even oranger looking. 
When we decided to replace our counters and start our kitchen, it was cheaper if we took off the counters and old tile back splash ourselves. 
And in that process we found this little gem. The wall next to our store that comes down from the vent hood area, just hovering above the counters. Which made for an interesting time and I will get into that here in a few. 
So out with the old counters and everything prepped for the new. 
We bought new Quartz counter tops from Home Depot. The name of them is “Stellar Snow” and I love them. 
They have little mirror like flakes in them so they catch the light. 
We searched around and got a few bids on counters before we decided to go with Home Depot. We looked at Lowes, and a few local kitchen places around town and we decided to go with Home Depot because we could get a free under mount sink, and they were also having a sale on the quartz at the time. 
Next came getting our cabinets painted. 
Since I was pretty pregnant, I didn’t want to tackle this ourselves so again, we got a few bids from a few different companies and talked about our options. 
This is what the sides of our cabinets looked like before we got the cabinets painted. 
I wanted to add some detail so when we were talking to companies we were asking if they could apply anything but we found out it was much cheaper if we did it ourselves. 
So we got to work a few days before the painters came to add some detail.
We added molding to the sides to create boxes for a little something extra.
Then added crown molding on top of the cabinets to dress them up a bit and not just plain box store cabinets.
And can’t forget that we then sanded and caulked around all of it. 
Then it was time for the painters to take over! 
They came one day and took all the doors and drawer fronts to take to their shop to spray them.
They also sanded and cleaned the boxes and put something on them so it would accept the paint better.
 The day the painters came to paint the boxes, they taped off everything, covered all the appliances, and even blocked off the area from the rest of the house.
They then gave the boxes a couple coats of primer and let them dry overnight.
They came back the next day and did a couple coats of the final paint color.
A few days later, the doors and drawer fronts were brought back and reinstalled.
We bought the paint at Sherwin Williams. It looks white but it is actually an off white color… can’t think of the name. I will have to look at the can of paint we have left and let you know. 
We didn’t have any handles on the cabinets before so we knew we wanted to add some. 
We also found the drawer pulls and knobs at Home Depot.
Then the rest of the kitchen remodel was up to us.
Ok… now lets go back to those crazy walls that were hovering above our counters for a minute.
When they came out to measure our counter tops, the guy was a little stumped at the walls. For some odd reason, we thought the wall went down through the counters and were sitting on the cabinet bases. No sure why he or we thought that. So he measured to the walls and said that they would either cut the counter on site to fit around the wall or precute them and have them trim on site.
He then told me what day they would come to do the install and it was like 2 1/2- 3 weeks away.
SOOO, like 2 days after the guy came to measure, Travis removed the tile back splash and we found that the walls didn’t go through the counters.
We were so excited because we wanted to just cut off those walls and leave it wide open so he quickly called the install lady he talked to the day before and she was going to contact the installer and let them know NOT to do anything to the counters when they actually cut them. A little bit later, he got a call back from the lady and she told us that they ALREADY cut the counters AND they cut the holes!!! Well CRAP!! Now we had to figure out what the heck we were going to do now. 
I was mad they already cut them since they weren’t being installed for another 2 weeks… we should have had them recut them… all well.
SOOOOO… back to the picture above.
As you can see, we decided to STILL cut the walls off to be even with the bottom of the cabinets.
We had to move two switches in the walls up, one on the left for the vent and one on the right for the lights above the stove.
Travis then built boxes to cover the holes. 
We added molding on the sides to match what we added to the other cabinets.
And then these sat… until last week! 
I will show you the finished product here in a bit.
We framed in the window in front of the sink and the one above the stove.
And painted them bright white like the rest of the molding in our house.
Once the counters were in, the great back splash tile debate was on! 
We looked everywhere! I knew what I wanted but unfortunately, most of it wasn’t in our budget.
We found this tile at a store in town called, Tile 4 Less, and we both liked it so we brought home a sample.
Travis was sold on it, I was not. I wanted to add a TOUCH of color or shine or something since our counters and cabinets were white now so I kept looking. I will blame indecisiveness from being pregnant with Miss S during all this.
Finally after not being satisfied with anything out there, I told Travis to go buy it.
The tiles got applied, and then this sat, ungrouted until right after Miss S was born and my dad help Travis bust it out one day.
Truthfully, I like it but I am still NOT in love with it. And to make matters worse, I am now finding stuff that I love and what I was looking for that I would have loved to do. All well… it isn’t our forever home, right?!
And once the back splash was complete it was back to waiting on those darn cabinets by the stove to be complete. 
And here is the final result of those cabinets.
 We made spice cabinets!! 
And I LOVE them! 
I love having my spices right by the stove because before they were way in an end cabinet, way to the right of our stove.
I had to wait for Travis to build the box and shelves and then the drawer fronts. 
We bought drawer gliders (no clue what they are called) and mounted them on the top and bottom of the boxes and shelve boxes as well. Placed the drawer fronts on, painted them the same color as the cabinets, and then used some extra drawer handles we had left and mounted them vertical.
And finally the kitchen was complete!!! 
I love the way the cabinets look with the crown and the molding on them. 
So happy we did that! 
Bottom cabinets complete.
It is so much brighter and feels so clean now! 
The Quartz counters have been fabulous! 
And I am in LOVE with our under mount sink! 
Being able to wipe things off the counters right into the sink is so wonderful! 
As you can see, we even tiled all around the window behind the stove as well to tie that random window in with the rest of the walls.
And there are those awesome spice cabinets! lol
Some of you may be questioning why we went white, especially with having two little ones, or wondering how they have held up.
I just wanted something bright since our floors were so dark. I know white isn’t for everyone but it has made such a difference in our house to have these bright, white cabinets.
And since it has been a full year that we’ve had these, they have held up great!! No chipped paint, they wipe right clean if something gets on them, and shockingly, I don’t see little dirty finger prints on them. 
All of the last few pics in this post were just taken so you can see that they have held up great! 
I LOVE our new kitchen and am so happy it is finally complete.
Well, there is one last project that needs to be done but it isn’t major… our island will be getting a makeover as well.
If you made it to the end of this post… congrats! That was a lot of information! lol

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Travis’ Homecoming

Hello everyone! 
Thanks for letting me take a little break the last week so I could spend time with Travis and Miss P. We have definitely enjoyed being a family again. 
I wanted to share some pictures of Travis’ homecoming. 
He got home JUST after midnight on the 9th. 
We got to the Special Events Center (SEC) on post at 930 pm for what was suppose to be a ceremony at 1130 but they landed a few minutes late so the ceremony was backed up to midnight. The SEC was completely packed but we still had a very special reunion! 
Here are pics of our night.
I took this picture with my phone so P moved and made it a little blurry but this is the sign I made for P to have at the homecoming. 
I had a friend of mine and fellow Army wife who is a photographer (Maddox and Co. Photography) come and take pictures of our reunion and I am so glad that she did. Here are some of the shots she took.
 Miss P got all dressed up to meet her daddy and she sure look CUTE! 🙂 
 Interested in her sign.
 The SEC was all decked out for Christmas so it made for cute pictures. 
Look at those cheeks!
 Here is a shot of the two of us before the ceremony. 
 Have to get a picture with the giant American flag in the background as well. 
This is my friend Kim. Her husband was on the same SFAT team as Travis and we hung out quite a bit during this deployment. Needless to say, we were VERY eager for our boys to come home! 
 I was worried I would be a hot mess that night and I did good! This was the ONLY time I got teary eyed that night and it was when they played “Proud to be an American” right before the ceremony started and our soldiers marched in. 
If you can’t tell, we are eagerly waiting for them to march in. We had a decent place to stand and then all the last minute people got there and we were completely blocked by tons of people and signs so we were having to stand on our tippy toes and around people to see them march in. 
 It took Travis a few minutes to find us but once he did it was great!! 
This was taken RIGHT as he walked up to P and I. 
First kiss! 
 And can I just say- reunion kisses are the BEST! 🙂
Here is a shot of the Miss P meeting daddy for the first time in real life. Love the look at her face! 
 Seeing daddy without his cover on. 
Such a happy smile! 
 Their faces are priceless! 
 We MAY have snuck a few more kisses in. 
Miss P LOVED daddy’s velcro on his uniform!
 This was our first official family.
Again, taken with my phone so it isn’t so great but that’s ok. 
 A family picture that the photographer took. 

 Daddy and P showing off her sign. 
Oh, how I love these smiles!!!! 
We have had a fabulous time the past week and Miss P took to Travis right away! 
She definitely knew that Travis was daddy and has had no issues with him what so ever.
Travis has jumped right into his role as daddy with feedings, diaper changes, getting her up in the morning and more! It’s GREAT! lol
I LOVE seeing them play together and laugh. It is the best sight in the world!
We’ve made a few fun memories already by visiting the Denver Aquarium and then we went to the zoo here in the Springs the other night to see all the Christmas lights.
I am looking forward to all the other fun memories we make along the way! 

allison

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So is the Life….

…of a military wife. 
As you all know, Travis deployed at the beginning of April.
I haven’t really mentioned much about it since he has left. Just trying to focus on getting things done before Baby M arrives. 
You may recall my post back in January about finding out he was going to be deploying and possibly not be around for Baby M’s birth. It was a bit of a venting session for me and explaining how I felt about everything. 
Well, we found out last week that Travis will NOT be able to come home for Baby M’s birth. 
We knew the chances were slim but I was trying to stay positive and it SUCKED to officially get the word that he was not coming home.
So now I get to join in the ranks of giving birth without her husband by her side. 
I know MANY woman do this alone but I REALLY didn’t want to do this by myself. Well, I guess it is what it is and I am keeping my head held high and moving on like I have done in the past. I shed my tears and now I’m focusing on the last few weeks/days I have left of this pregnancy.

I still absolutely HATE the fact that he will not be meeting his baby girl until she is about 6 mths old. I know people say, “she won’t remember a thing” but babies change SO much in the beginning and he will just have to watch it all through pictures.
I know we will try to Skype more once she is born but I am also so nervous that she is going to scared of him once he gets home not knowing who the random guy is suddenly in our lives.
Hopefully, she will recognize his voice from Skype and the videos Travis recorded of himself reading books to her before he left. We’ll see!

My hospital has the capability to skype in the rooms so we are hoping that we will be able to at least do that so Travis can experience something with me. So now, here’s to hoping that he will be available at the time of labor! 
A friend of mine tagged me on FB to this poem about a Military Wife and I just wanted to share it on here as well.
A Military Wife
The military wife can handle… 
— Lots of moving… Moving… Moving… Moving far from home… Moving two cars, three kids and one dog…all riding with HER of course. Moving sofas to basements because they won’t go in THIS house; Moving curtains that won’t fit; Moving jobs and certifications and professional development hours. Moving away from friends; Moving toward new friends; Moving her most important luggage: her trunk full of memories. 
Often waiting… Waiting… Waiting… Waiting for housing. Waiting for orders. Waiting for deployments. Waiting for phone calls. Waiting for reunions. Waiting for the new curtains to arrive. Waiting for him to come home, For dinner…AGAIN! 

They call her ‘Military Dependent’, but she knows better: She is fiercely In-Dependent. 
 She can balance a check book; Handle the yard work; Fix a noisy toilet; Bury the family pet… 
She is intimately familiar with drywall anchors and toggle bolts. She can file the taxes; Sell a house; Buy a car; Or set up a move… …..all with ONE Power of Attorney. 
She welcomes neighbors that don’t welcome her. She reinvents her career with every PCS; Locates a house in the desert, The Arctic, Or the deep south. And learns to call them all ‘home’. She MAKES them all home. 
Military Wives are somewhat hasty… They leap into: Decorating, Leadership, Volunteering, Career alternatives, Churches, And friendships. They don’t have 15 years to get to know people. Their roots are short but flexible. They plant annuals for themselves and perennials for those who come after them. 
Military Wives quickly learn to value each other: They connect over coffee, Rely on the spouse network, Accept offers of friendship and favors. Record addresses in pencil… 
Military Wives have a common bond: The Military Wife has a husband unlike other husbands; his commitment is unique. He doesn’t have a ‘JOB’ He has a ‘MISSION’ that he can’t just decide to quit… He’s on-call for his country 24/7. But for her, he’s the most unreliable guy in town! His language is foreign TDY, PCS, OPR, SOS, ACC, BDU, ACU, BAR, CIB, TAD, And so, a Military Wife is a translator for her family and his. She is the long- distance link to keep them informed; the glue that holds them together. 
A Military Wife has her moments: She wants to wring his neck; Dye his uniform pink; Refuse to move to Siberia; But she pulls herself together. Give her a few days, A travel brochure, A long hot bath, A pledge to the flag, A wedding picture, And she goes. She packs. She moves. She follows. 
Why? What for? How come? You may think it is because she has lost her mind. But actually it is because she has lost her heart. It was stolen from her by a man, Who puts duty first, Who longs to deploy, Who salutes the flag, And whose boots in the doorway remind her that as long as he is her Military Husband, She will remain his military wife. And would have it no other way. 
–Author Unknown
 So, I would still greatly appreciate any prayers you would like to say for Travis’ safe return in December so he will finally be able to hold his baby girl for the first time. 

allison