Good bye, 2015, and good riddance

There’s an adage that goes, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I generally subscribe to that for blogging. Besides the fact that I doubt you want to come here and read a Debbie Downer tale, I certainly do not want to look back and vividly remember the low times. I’m a glass half full kind of gal.

So it means something when I say, “This year kind of sucked.”

Mainly, we are frustrated by the lack of progress on the things we wanted to tackle at the firehouse. We’ve also hit a LOT of bumps in the road

On top of that, our wedding photography season kept us running like crazy until we escaped for a short trip to London in November. So the last part of the year was a bit of a whirlwind.

To cap it all off (literally), we had to get a new roof.


After London, I continued to Hamburg for a work conference and Aaron flew home to what I imagine was one of the worst nights of his life. In the midst of extremely heavy rain, the leak in the awesome bathroom re-opened and two leaks in our living room sprung up. So he spent the evening watching his hard work in the living room literally crumble.


The good news is we already have a roof company (MLK Construction/St. Louis Roofing Company) that we know and trust. The bad news is that we have to eat Ramen for the entirety of next year. (I kid! … But send wine.)

Unwilling to let the structure of our house crumble, we opted for a full re-covering.

(Photos below from MLK Construction. I don’t need anyone getting the impression that I would willingly climb a 40 ft ladder.)


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In another good bit of news, they were able to start and finish our project within one week of signing the contract.

We are so happy with everything and highly recommend MLK Construction. They do everything you expect from a service provider and things you rarely receive from contractors (respond promptly, provide a range of options, tell you where you need to spend money and what is overkill).

They went above and beyond in so many ways: reinforcing our ceiling hatch (which we have yet to open from the inside), removing the terra cotta caps and waterproofing underneath, working late into the night on Saturday and blowing the crud (and leaves) off of our driveway.

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So that’s it! Not much else can go wrong this year. (RIGHT? We had a slight scare when Ameren showed up last week asking to look at the power pole in our backyard that is SURROUNDED by concrete poured for our patio. Thankfully the pole is not rotting… and we feel like we dodged a bullet.)

2015 is winding down and we are so ready for (even a symbolic) shift to a new year. 2016 – we are coming for you! We have plans!

Thanks, as always, for coming by our little corner of the interwebs. We truly appreciate all the love and support that comes our way as we tackle this crazy dream of ours. We are absolutely giddy to tackle the projects that got delayed (looking at you, downstairs living and dining rooms) and sharing them with you next year. Cheers, friends!