We bought our 1988 home in 2003. We quickly made a few changes to it - new lights, paint, and door knobs. The house was typical '80's. Dusty pink walls, yellow light fixtures, and floor to ceiling wall paper - up the stairs, in the kitchen, in the bedrooms. It felt so much more new with just a few changes.
Then a couple years ago we took a bigger step, replacing the carpet with new carpet, and renovating our master bedroom and ensuite. All the windows were also replaced and we finally bought window coverings.
Our home has slowly started to feel more and more "ours".
Our home also came with all the appliances, save for the washer and dryer. Over time, we have gradually had to replace them, one by one. First the oven (after a tear filled called to Nate one day after ANOTHER recipe had burnt to a crisp. He came home with a new oven that weekend), then the fridge, another washer and dryer (supposedly we only get half the years out of ours because we use them so much - who knew!), and this past weekend, our last old appliance was ready to be replaced. Our dishwasher.
I have been washing a third of the dishes that go into it, by hand once they come out.
We went and settled on what would be our new one this weekend (my biggest wish item was buttons on the top so little fingers can't reach them and change the cycle).
Nate was a gem and picked it up last night from the warehouse AND installed it. I love my handy man.
So glad to have a new functional dishwasher. It is Aian proof. He can't reach the buttons, nor can he open it. He's tried. The result? He says "stuck". :)
Watching a little guy for a friend of mine. Aidan's napping and the little guy & Grace are watching some cartoons together.
Taking Grace to see Beauty & the Beast in the Theater. She and I are both really excited about this. It's in 3D. We'll see if she'll keep the glasses on!