Friday, April 13, 2012

Ellie's dream house

Such sweet comments from my last post!  I know I'm sounding like a broken record...thank you for your comments...you're all the best... but seriously,  thank you for your comments...you're all the best!  Your kind words really do mean so much to me and I am completely convinced that I have the best blog friends out there.  I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to respond to a lot of you today.  We spent the last four days in Palm Springs and drove home today.  I'm exhausted!  It wasn't a vacation, it was a family trip.  And let me tell you - there is a big difference between the two!  A vacation includes some relaxing and with my two year old along for the ride, there wasn't much of that going on.  But we did have a great time.  We somehow always do, despite the fact that a great amount of craziness accompanies traveling with three little ones!  

Sharing a quick picture of Ellie's dream house today...

This is Ellie's dream house.  It is a cookie.  Everyone in her 2nd grade class was supposed to draw a picture of their dream house.  Now you would think with all of the "new house" talk that has been going on around here that her dream house would have included Nantucket elements along with rock, peaked roofs, white moldings, and a porch.  But nope.  That would be her mom's dream house.  Ellie's dream house is a cookie.  Because she likes cookies and she thinks it would be cool to eat her house.

:) 

I love 2nd grade.  And I especially love my 2nd grader.  
What was I thinking spending a fortune on our architect when I could have just hired my daughter!?

Speaking of our "new house" we submitted our plans into the city this week!!  YEA!  I'm excited.  
It will most likely be three months before they are approved.  The fees you have to pay and the hoops you have to jump through to build in California are just plain crazy!  This state definitely plays by its own rules.  But I am SO excited about how my house is turning out!  It's just so very... Erin.  :)  It has been so fun seeing all of the elements and styles I love come together to make my home.  We are meeting with our builder tomorrow to discuss next steps.  He has been getting bids and also wants to give us an estimate of what my "dream home" is going to cost us to build.  I'm thinking tomorrow will either be a very good day or a very bad day for my husband.  So cross your fingers for me that we get good news and Kenny doesn't blow!  ;)  We are also getting ready to meet with our cabinet guy to start designing the kitchen!  BRING. IT. ON.  I have been dreaming about this kitchen for years now.  You know.  The one I'm going to organize and decorate and bask in its glory while I cook in it as little as possible.  Of course, with my Ellie around, we will be baking plenty of cookies.  

:)

Have a great weekend everyone!  

18 comments:

Delicia said...

Hi Erin. I have to say I'm with Ellie on the dream house. Now in the real world I'm sure I would want a Erin dream house but taking reality out of the equation: Ellie dream house all the way. I looovvve cookies so a cookie dream house would be perfect but in my case it probably wouldn't stick around long. haha. I'm so excited for you and the progress of your new home. The kitchen would be favorite room to organize as well. Hopefully everything goes well with Kenny and all of the decisions. Have a great weekend.

ReenieK Designs said...

Great Cookie house! Gotta love kids artwork.
Thats a saver for sure!

Amber@Munchkin Land said...

Enjoy the process! I can't wait until it is my turn. :-)

Jane Carden said...

At first, I thought Ellie's Dream House was a treehouse! But then I read where it was a cookie! LOL! Good luck on the meeting with your builder/architect! I am so anxious to read what your plans are! :-)

Lynnsey said...

What a sweet picture and story! That will be directly in Ellie's book, right?!! My 7 year old would have drawn something including a princess castle and dolphins...maybe a bit much for my taste too!

Have a great weekend! I loved your post yesterday...I needed to read it.

Donna said...

Hey Erin I love hearing about your new house plans, I am in the same process only it is rebuilding after the flood that happened here last summer I have been picking out cabinets flooring fixtures and ugh what a process hoping to be home by July... Love following your blog you are so inspiring.. Donna

Josie said...

Love it! I especially love how she says "it looks like my dreams"! She must be having some sweet dreams indeed!

So excited for you! Remember the kitchen really is the most important room in the house and I really think the cabinets are the most important feature in your home, so you make sure they are EXACTLY what you want!!!

p.s. let me know if you need some good cookies recipes, I have a few! :)

Jen said...

I enjoyed Ellie's 'dream house' piece, partly because I know the book it is inspired by! 'The big orange splot,' (or something like that) by Daniel Pinkwater. It's all about a neighborhood that is transformed when everyone slowly transforms their cookie cutter houses into the house of their dreams.

Love the sound of your house!

Motivated Mommy of two said...

That is such a cute dream house. I love kids imagination. Have a great weekend

Becky said...

Both yours and Ellies sound like yummy houses! Glad you are feeling good about it all - inspite of the crazy hoops. Ha, yes there is the vacation and the trip. Both are enjoyable in their own ways. Have a great weekend!

Gerri said...

Love Ellie's dream house and what she wrote is just adorable.

I'm with you Erin, about the kitchen. I would love nothing more to than to design a beautiful kitchen. Kitchens are amazing, as long as you don't have to do any actuall cooking ;)

Angela said...

Erin, I'm so excited for you! I don't even know you but I love your blog and check it every single day! I can't wait to see what you will do with your new home :)

Kendra said...

Hi Erin, I absolute love your decorating style! I can't wait to see pics of you new house when it's done and to see how you decorate it. I'm sure you can't wait either! :)

Darci said...

HI Erin! Love the cookie house, and can't wait to see your house. I can't believe it, I think the 10th might've been the day we met up at the pool and even though we didn't get to stop and chat, as we were chasing the two year olds, I didn't realize what the day was for you. xoxo hugs to you..So glad you are here and part of my life! We need to stay at the same hotel next time:)

Bindi said...

I can't wait to see your new house as it is built. You have the best style. (I already follow your Pinterest boards closely!)

Emily said...

Excited to see plans for the new house as well!

Emilia said...

I love her dream house! And I can't wait to hear/ read about your house project... so exciting!!!

Romi said...

Ellie's Cookie Dream House beats Barbie's Dream House any day! I'll take a baker's dozen of the cookie dream houses please. :-) Soooo stinkin' Cute! I think she should be in on the design of the new home.