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This is NOT the first time we have talked about Weird Al Yankovic on this blog! This time though, I am literally writing a post entirely dedicated to him. This man is a genius. He has been churning out these loveable parodies for decades. From the hits of the past like “Eat It”, “Amish Paradise”, “Pretty Fly for a Rabbi” to the hits of today like “Party in the CIA” and the newly beloved “Word Crimes” and “Tacky”, this guy really knows how to keep a good thing going!

Right now, Weird Al is in the middle of a week-long streak of releasing a new video parody everyday. The context of today’s video really struck a chord with us. Watch and see for yourselves and just envision Andrew and me DIYing around the house to this tune!

For your viewing and listening enjoyment, Weird Al Yankovic’s “Handy”…

Designing a Nervous Breakdown

If you’ve ever moved before, you know how stressful it can be. With our first house, we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into by planning a wedding, buying a house and fixing it up all at once! Now that we’re onto House #2, we are much wiser, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t just as stressed.

Anytime we take on a new project, it’s a lot to swallow. Our heads tend to run a mile a minute while physically, we are only able to take on so much at a time. And time is especially a factor since we seem to have so little of it. Between work, weddings, and being the weekend warriors that we are, we are constantly traveling to visit friends and family in not-so-far, yet far enough away places that nothing seems to get done as quickly or as easily as we would like it to.

With all of this being said, we are taking great care in doing so much more designing in this house than we did in our previous house. In our first house, we spent so much time rehabbing and fixing things that had to be fixed, we didn’t always plan ahead in terms of design. Hence, we ended up with a rainbow in our house (if you’ll recall in this post, here) and some other partially-planned-yet-never-started projects that just never seemed to get back onto the plate, like painting the entire basement (never even started) or following through on our drop ceiling replacement project.

I think what I’m trying to say is, we didn’t plan in House #1 and we ended up flying by the seat of our pants on this “nervous breakdown.” House #2 is no less of a nervous breakdown, but this time we are aiming to at least design each of our project plans with care and the expertise we’ve gained from the test run that was House #1.

The truth is, even with all the work we did, we never felt like we were 100% “at home” in House #1. The good news is, we are already feeling the difference with House #2. We feel like we’re up in the big leagues now – we tackled our starter house and didn’t do too bad of a job (if we don’t say so ourselves). We learned SO MUCH from that experience. We know what we like, what we don’t like, what works, what doesn’t work, what’s worth the investment and what’s not. Our priorities are in order and our “ready for anything” mentality is shining through.

Now if we could just figure out how to properly measure the opening for our new refrigerator, we’d be in business!

This post was way too heavy…enjoy some lovely outdoor photos for your troubles 😉

Pano of the backyard, styled by Andrew…

Backyard panoramic

Is this a Hibiscus? or Rose of Sharon?

Hibiscus flower Hibiscus blooming

Hiatus (Don’t Hate Us)

As we recently announced, we’re selling our house! With that being said, we are going on a hiatus until we get into another house full of fun DIY and home improvement projects to blog about!

So, to wrap things up (for now) here is a look back on all the work we did on our first house! It was a wild ride for sure, but we learned so much; almost too much! We accomplished so many things we never could have imagined to be necessary or possible, but we did it! This experience has been priceless, to say the least, and has equipped us with the know-how to make great decisions when buying our second home.

A Look Back on Our First House

When we purchased the house in September 2011, it was brown and dingy. That’s the best way to describe it. Check out the original listing photos from when we bought the house:

Real estate listing photos of our new houseWe tackled gutting a floor to ceiling pink PINK PINK! bathroom.

Bathroom before and after

We 100% re-finished our entire kitchen all by ourselves and it was mega cost effective!Kitchen Before and After

Final Painted Kitchen and Tile

We replaced every single door in our house and eliminated all things brown and dirty from the home. We went from brown, dingy luan to crisp, white 6-panel doors, giving the whole house a fresh, modern look.DIY home remodeling, painting trim

We removed all carpet and refinished the original hardwood floors.

Refinished hardwood floors

Our remodeled living room

Refinished hardwood floors

We removed some crappy, goofy awnings, painted and replaced all of our shutters, freshened up the front door with a new paint color, and gave the roof a good scrubbing, completely transforming the outside appearance of our house; talk about curb appeal (if we don’t say so ourselves)!

Old shutters and front door

Spray painting shutters

Updated shutters and front door

Roof Shampoo Before After

We had a ton of much-needed plumbing work done. Less glamorous, but oh-so-important.

Correct 2 Inch PVC Washer Drain

Correct PVC Stack in Basement

We raised a barn, Amish-paradise style. Just kidding, but we did build a shed ourselves which we still feel is quite impressive…at least for us!

shed floor level ground

completed Rubbermaid resin shed

We earned our green thumbs :-)

Hosta Sprout Close Up

Front Yard in April

Planting hydrangeas gardening tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we painted

Painting acoustic ceiling tiles

And painted

Yellow Office Sunbeam

Office Painted with Wave's Crest

And painted some more…

Living room paint colors

It took us awhile to warm up to this house and to get it how we wanted it. But in the end, we will truly miss it. It’s hard to leave all of this great work behind, but we are moving on and moving up! Time for bigger and better. And we can’t wait.

Thank you to all of our super-devoted readers, the one-time readers and those who would occasionally stop by. We will always be posting on Instagram and Facebook, so you can keep in touch with us there. We look forward to connecting with everyone here on the blog again just as soon as we get into house #2. Until then!