Loft beds, what kids dreams are made of…

Back in October, the Space Coast of Florida got the outskirts of Hurricane Matthew (thank GOD we were spared a direct hit) and while most people had minimal damage, we were not one of them. We planned on staying at the house or going to my Aunt’s house down the street to weather the storm but last minute decided to head to Tampa, I just didn’t want the kids to be worried and who knew how long we’d be without power etc. What a blessing that last minute gut decision was.

My Aunt came by the house after the worst of the storm had passed and text me saying it looked like everything was a-ok at home. We were driving home from Tampa so that peace of mind was nice, but didn’t last. Shawn beat me home by a few hours, and from the front everything was seemingly ok. Walk around the back and it was a different story. We have massive oak trees that are old, which was one of our concerns with hurricanes. There was one close to the back corner of the house and one of the huge branches had broke and fell on the roof.  It completely broke off the edge of the roof along the back, damaged the roof in multiple places which caused internal water damage, and part of the tree branch punctured the ceiling in Faith’s room. Can you imagine had we stayed? The loud crack from the tree branch breaking, the sound of it falling on the house and then it coming through her ceiling…. I can only imagine how horrified she would’ve been. Thankful for God’s provisions there, to say the least.

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From October to December, Shawn worked tirelessly to re-floor , tear off part of the roof, and rebuild(something he had never done before), replace all the drywall/insulation that was affected, and re-tile the girl’s bathroom floors. We also went on a 5 day cruise admit all the construction, and while it seemed like a terrible time to be leaving, it was such a welcome break from all the house stuff. *Don’t mind the difference in color of the shingles, they’re the exact same as the existing ones, the old ones just need to be cleaned.


After we replaced the bones of Faith’s room, Shawn started toying with the idea of bunkbeds. Once he mentioned it to the girls, we never heard the end of it so the planning began. After scouring pinterest looking for our favorite “2 kids in 1 room” setups, we decided on loft beds. We wanted to maximize the floor space the most we could, seeing as we’re already short on space having downsized our house. We decided on this design as our inspiration, and Shawn went to the drawing board. Actually he kinda winged the whole thing, but he’s talented like that so it all worked out ;P



He started the beds about 2 weeks before Christmas, and we had the big reveal for the girls on the evening of Christmas Eve.


Overall the project for this room alone was around $3,000, but that includes all new insulation, flooring, electrical, a new window (Yay! I was really excited about this part), texture on walls, light fixtures, material for the bed structure, mattresses, bedding, etc. The lumber to build the just the loft beds, Shawn guesses was only about $300-$400, so not a huge price tag if it’s something you’re considering. Now labor, that’s a different ballgame. But I have a built in Chip Gaines that does it all himself, so he got paid in hugs and kisses 🙂

Oh, and this was our first room we incorporated shiplap in… 1 down, many more to go. Ready to shiplap all the things that don’t move!


I’ve said on numerous accounts, I hope my kids understand how blessed they are to have a daddy who spends his time off from work, building things for them/us to make our lives better.I hope he never feels under appreciated, because I’m well aware of how above and beyond he goes. I just wish it was easier to show him HOW thankful we are… maybe weeks full of his favorite homemade meals of Bourbon Chicken, Shepard’s Pie, Salisbury Steak, and Chicken Casserole will do the trick 😉


THE kitchen remodel

When we bought this house in April of 2015, we bought it for the land. 1.5 acres, huge trees, 15 minutes from the beach… land like this isn’t easy to come by in Melbourne. We had recently moved from a home we built in 07. A 3,000 sqft semi custom home, on the lake, overlooking the golf course in Viera. It was stunning. But the mortgage payment was huge, we literally could see in our neighbors windows, hear their conversations, and I was operating my photography business, doing newborn shoots, out of the 11×11 dining room. Any time I had a newborn session, I had to deep clean the entire 1st floor, usher my husband, 2 dogs, and kids upstairs to the “man cave” and have them keep quiet for 3-4 hours while I shot and my clients hung out in our great room. It was not a good setup.

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Fast forward to April ’15, we found this old, 1950’s bungalow, dated to all hell. But it had land, and a separate “cottage” as a mother-in-law house, and big trees… did I mention land? We were excited to leave the hustle and bustle of the beautiful town of Viera(don’t get me wrong, I miss the convenience of driving the golf cart to dinner and shopping), and have a slice of quiet country down in the Lake Washington area. We kept telling ourselves…. we can’t make land out of nothing, but we CAN make this house into something, and the planning started.


We have big plans for this house… tearing down the 1 car garage and added a 2+ car garage with workshop and 800sqft of living space upstairs(planning on this September), getting rid of Jacoby’s room and making a large master suite so our master bath doesn’t share with the main area anymore, adding a half bath, adding a shed(in progress), refinishing the fireplace(also in progress), adding an outdoor living patio space, and eventually ripping the roof off the house and adding a second story with bedrooms, bathrooms and a man cave. I told ya, big plans. Who knows if we’re here long enough to accomplish it all, or if financially everything falls into place allowing such big renovations, but there’s no harm in dreaming.

After moving in this house, the thing that irked me the most was the kitchen. It was big which was nice, but it was pieced together, the electrical was so shoddy that a fire was a pretty legit concern, it smelled like old musty wood, I could go on. But Shawn started a new job shortly after we moved in and travels a ton for half the year so doing anything monumental wasn’t happening. I took a paint brush and went to work, painting the cabinets. It was still awful, but not as bad as it was, so it was worth the time. Then we replaced the awful tile with new floors, it was more tolerable, but the itch for a new kitchen wasn’t scratched with these minor improvements.


We had major hurricane damage from Hurricane Matthew, which changed gears on our plans, and left us pondering what to do next on Christmas day. December 26th, the kitchen was in shambles, Shawn and his dad enjoying demo day, til the nitty gritty started. We had Shawn’s dad here for another week to help with electrical, framing, plumbing etc and then Shawn was on his own with the exception of a my dad helping here and there when he could.


We moved the sink to the island, which means jackhammering up the slab and rerouting plumbing(holy mess), closed off a doorway, added a pantry, made the island bigger, moved the stove to another wall, and completely redid electrical. And when I say “we”, I mean Shawn. I can’t tell you enough about how often this husband of mine impresses me. From his career in baseball, to seeing him excel in his new role as a pro scout, the amazing dad he is to our 3 little kids, and in any free time he has, busting his tail to make this house our home, doing everything himself. He is self taught, and honestly doesn’t look at any job as impossible. Pretty impressive for someone whose trade has never been in construction. The only thing we subbed out for this job, was the texture on the ceiling. He designed the kitchen, he assembled and installed all the cabinets, did the drywall, framed out a closet and pantry,  did electrical, plumbing, laid flooring, put up backsplash, installed appliances, installed lighting, you name it, he did it. Hell, he even built me a custom vent hood and MADE our island countertops(that will have to be a separate blog post!)! We’re so lucky to have our very own Chip Gaines! 😉


With the exception of a couple pieces of trim(I’m too impatient to wait)… here’s our beautiful new kitchen ❤

Disclaimer: yes, I’m a professional photographer, no the pictures aren’t great. I wasn’t planning on documenting this when we started the remodel ;P







Product list:

Cabinets: Ikea Grmislov

Subway tile: Lowes

Trim backsplash tile: Florida Tile Streamline Arctic chair rail

Farmhouse Sink: Ikea

Faucet: Home Depot

Pot Filler: Home Depot(a similar one as ours is not online anymore)

Globe lights: Amazon

Table chandelier: Houzz

Wreath: Target

Barstools: Target

Wall paint color: Revere Pewter


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Til our next project,





Here we go…

Here I am, doing what I said I’d never do. Who the heck has time to keep up a blog, while parenting 3 kids, running a business, and renovations out the wazoo?? That being said, I find myself forgetting what happened when, and what life used to look like before…. everything.

So here I am to document it. My business, the mentoring, our 3 wild children(really 1 wild and 2 total angels), life after baseball, and now life during baseball again but a completely different side from playing{scouting}, going from a brand new house to a 1950’s house and all the renovations that come along with that. It’s a lot, and hoping that writing it all down will 1. Help me appreciate how much we accomplish 2. Actually see the life we’ve made for ourselves in photos, and 3. remember, because my memory sucks.


Just bear with me, I’m not the writing kind.