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You know I love a good milestone post on the blog. This week the Taylors have three to note as we move solidly into the fall season.

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Previously, I talked about our accidental basement makeover that kind of just happened while we were working on the other two bedroom renovations upstairs. Today, after alluding to it for months, I wanted to officially share the final result of those two rooms with you, bringing our update of the three upstairs bedrooms to a close. While there are still other projects we’d like to do upstairs, it’s nice to say we’ve at least wrapped up this segment. Now for the first time since we moved in two years ago, I have all bedrooms clean and functional!
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While we were busy renovating the three bedrooms upstairs during the last year and a half, something unforeseen and somewhat accidental happened to our basement. Without really even trying, it somehow got an update of its own, transforming from a dark, stark hole where Bart had his office to an actually inviting spot for living and working. It’s almost a little cruel when I think about all the effort it took to get the upstairs where we wanted it, but maybe it’s a much needed lesson about home improvement and expectations.
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At 28 weeks, I am officially in my third trimester. We have less than three months left until our little guy is due, and I’m equal parts ready for it to be here and content to have a little time left. The second trimester was crammed full of travel, visitors, projects, and general churn which only just wrapped up over Memorial Day weekend. It was great to be busy when I was feeling well, but now our schedule for the summer is looking more relaxed, and I am looking forward to coasting a bit to the finish line.

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Bart and I began work on Room #2 after Christmas, and progress has been slow but steady. We thought it would move faster, but I was too exhausted in the first trimester to do much, and Bart couldn’t work on much during the evenings when I was going to bed at 7 pm for weeks on end. But finally I felt better and the weather improved, so the update got rolling again. I am relieved to say that this room is finally done as of last weekend!

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The day before I returned home from Denver two weeks ago, Bart texted me to say he had a couple of surprises for me. One was that he was making chocolate chip cookies for when I got back home. The second was that our oven was suddenly only heating to 200 F. He  managed to salvage the batch of cookies thanks to our toaster oven, but we were still left with an aging oven that had a pretty significant issue.

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With the deepest part of winter behind us, February brings at least a glimmer of hope for the eventuality of spring. We aren’t quite out of the cold just yet, but this last weekend was a welcome respite, with temperatures up to 60 degrees and more on Sunday. We usually allow ourselves a bit of hibernation during January, purposefully taking a break, resting, and recharging for the upcoming months. This year was no different, as the relaxed pace of blog posts have probably indicated. The pace has picked up a bit this month, though, so we’re slowly ramping back up and getting back into the mood for tackling some new projects, because we’ve got quite a few on the docket.
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