I grew up in a small town in Illinois. We lived on a quiet, dead end street surrounded by a corn field. My childhood was great, full of family, outdoor activities and the general innocence of growing up in a small town.
My older sister Susan on the left, me on the right
Me on the left, my younger sister Amanda on the right
First grade me with my clearly gorgeous beyond words chalk drawing of a rainbow outside of school
I fell in love with art as soon as I picked up a crayon and saw that I could draw! I won art contests all the time, I even won a bike once! My senior year I was voted most likely to be an artist. I
When I met Cory he was literally renovating his house, he was full of dust, tearing down a plaster wall in his living room. I met him the summer after I graduated high school. My whole life was ahead of me and I had no idea what I was going to do with my life, and at that moment I didn't have a care in the world. I just worked and partied and hung out with friends and Cory. I found myself falling for him while I helped or watched him as he did renovations and other DIY projects around his 100+ year old victorian duplex.
Cory's duplex circa 1999
Cory's second duplex circa 2004
Cory's first duplex on the left (with a brown roof now) and Cory's second duplex across the street
Our new house on closing day March 2010.
Then we had a baby.
Jackson born May 19, 2012
And there you have it, my story. Essentially why I do what I do. My first blog post To Blog or Not to Blog tells a little more of my story and why I decided to jump into the blogging world.
Join me as I share our DIY adventures of all the blood, sweat, tears, laughter and everything in between (including some of my favorite recipes and the craziness of living life with a rambunctious toddler) that it takes for us to turn our house and apartments into homes!
I just had to fit in one more pic of me and my little peanut!