Friday, February 1, 2013

7 QUICK TAKES #5: Re-cap of Winter 2012 - House Edition

#1 We have done a lot of wedding planning.

Most of the major stuff is booked and taken care of, now we just have to take care of all the details. Some major things that still need to be taken care of is booking a place for my bridal shower, arranging an engagement session with our photographer, and ordering invitations. The rest is pretty minor, but there are looots of those "minor things." It's the details that matter, right? Really, all I care about is OUR EXCHANGING of the vows and God handing him over into my care foreverrr. After that, I could just run off for all I care haha. We're doing this big show-off reception because the family wants it that way..because it's Polish tradition. I have always had this wildest dream of flying to some tropical island, finding a local Catholic priest, and having a secret wedding on the beach. Well, I now know better about the significance of having the marriage ceremony inside a church, in the context of the mass. Still, I could just totally skip out on the reception, but gotta do what you gotta do. I'll sacrifice for the family and friends who want to celebrate with us.
Some more checkmarks on our planning checklist that I made! Yay :-) 

#2 I got some cool Christmas gifts! 

More specifically, on December 26, 2012, I joined the 21st century and got a smart phone for the 1st time! So now you can expect lots of pictures since I always have my phone with me and the camera in it is pretty awesome!

Also, I got these awesome socks from my coworker and fellow pharmacy student. Yes, they have pills on them. It's so funny when I wear them to work. 

They are from Urban Outfitters.

#3 We finished fixing up our FIRST HOME!

I wrote a post about this wonderful news of purchasing our first house back in June. Read about that here
The house was a fixer upper and it has been a long 9-month process of constant construction, mess, and shopping for sinks, toilets, counters, floors, lamp fixtures, etc etc....(Ahh! I still can't believe we have been homeowners for 9 months now! ...Well, more like my fiance Greg has been a homeowner - my name is nowhere on the house since I have pharmacy school loans under my belt...but he bought the house for US, for our Marriage, for our future family) It took us 9 months because we did most of the work by ourselves (with a little bit of help from Greg's friend). Here are some preview pics of our kitchen, dining room, and my study room. I will be writing a whole separate post of the whole experience with some  BEFORE and AFTER pics of our house.

The VERY FIRST picture I took of the kitchen
THE VERY FIRST TIME Greg brought me to see the house
It doesn't look as bad on the picture. But the cabinets were like permanently sticky with grease and gunk. And the kitchen had PINK carpet, which at this point was BLACK, and there was all kinds of food in it. The sink had all the colors of the rainbow in, yellow, brown, green....haha

In the midst of the construction mess. Welcome to our kitchen!

When Greg first put in the cabinets...or at least parts of them. Not only did he have to hang the cabinets on the wall, he had to put together each single cabinet, because they came in pieces. We could have gotten them already pre-assembled, but it was much more expensive that way.

And this is when we first got our countertop installed and our appliances delivered. I was so excited that our kitchen was looking better and better.

And this is after a trip to ikea. Greg was working on putting in the hardwood floors in the rest of the house, and so I was on my own in putting this chair together. 

Got all my supplies ready and laid out like a pro

Getting there....

And done!! Ladies have handyman skills too! It's a matter of will.
And a pic of our dining room, which is open to the kitchen. This is after we put in the hardwood floors and painted. And Greg got the fire place going too! I can't even begin to tell you how much trouble we went through with that fireplace! The city inspectors kept finding something wrong with it and wouldn't clear our inspection until it was fixed. It took us 3 separate inspection and corrections to get it right! But it was worth it! At least I know it will be during those cold Chicago winters .

I am so so blessed to have Greg in my life! He has put in so much work into this house, I cannot even begin to tell you. He has been working the nightshift this past year and working on the house during the day. Poor Greggie, barely got sleep. He's sacrificed a lot to "build" this house for us. For this I love him and I thank God for him.

#4. We have been doing lots of shopping for our house!

We bought bedroom furniture, kitchen appliances, bookshelves, couches, a dining table set, our very first christmas tree on clearance for next year + all clearance ornaments (waiting until after the New Year and getting everything for 50-75% rocks! I got a 7ft Christmas tree for $25!). I bought some basic kitchen plates and utensils to get Greg through until the bridal shower. We are hoping to register for more household stuff (maybe at Target and Bed Bath and Beyond) soon. I'm trying not to buy too many things now because I know that we will receive stuff from our family and friends at our housewarming party as well as bridal shower.

#5 I have been doing a lot of cleaning of the mid-construction and post-construction mess. Constantly, repeatedly, non-stop!

I would get so aggravated sometimes because I'd spend half the day cleaning the house to a sparkle, thinking we were all done...and then the next time I came over, everything was covered in white drywall dust or whatever you call it...because Greg drilled a hole here and there or sanded down a spot on a wall. Cleaning has been a lot of fun though. I enjoy cleaning, it really relaxes me and makes me feel satisfied at the end, when I see and smell a nice, clean house. And the ORGANIZING has been awesome! That relaxes me too and I could do it all day long.  I've been trying to set up and organize the house for Greg, since he'll be mostly on his own until the wedding (at least that's my goal. I hope my family and friends don't pressure me into moving in before the wedding. It's very hard to resist and it's very hard to keep defending my beliefs and refusing, because people end up thinking I'm old-school and stubborn. So please Pray for me. Seriously. Please).  

Cleaning and organizing are my 2 favorite things!! I swear! And I hope that cooking and baking joins that list when we finally live together. I can't wait to cook for my hubby!

#6 I got this awesome picture of the Last Supper at Hobby Lobby for $50. 

It's pretty big! I thought it was a good price for such a big, beautiful picture.  It is currently on the wall of our dining room. I love it! It is the first thing you notice when you walk into the dining room, which is also great! And yay for supporting Hobby Lobby for being a brave, Christian company who is refusing the comply with the unjust HHS mandate.

#7 My life story according to my nieces Natalie and Caroline. Go top to bottom, not left to right.

Fell in love --> Will get married --> honeymoon in "tropical paradise" --> Agnes has a baby (but where is daddy in this picture? lol)

Yours in Christ,

P.S. If you stumbled upon my blog, please say hi! I'd love to meet new bloggers, Catholic or not!
P.S.S. Earlier this week, I posted my own tweaked recipe of Kolaczki. They are so good they melt in your mouth! Check it out.
P.S.S.S. And last week, I posted about my mistakes of 2012 and resolutions of 2013. Read more here.


  1. I love the way your new house looks! It is gorgeous - the kitchen and fireplace and all!
    I hear you on big Polish weddings, my dream is a small country style wedding, we will see what happens :)
    What a great find at Hobby Lobby! Truly beautiful!

    God bless!

  2. Agnes, you know what they say about the Last Supper, right? Your not a Catholic unless you have that picture on your dining room! :) It's pretty by the way and Hobby Lobby is a great company to support. Love your nieces book... they could co-author some of those books with my kids.

  3. Thanks Anabelle!! Yes, I definitely fell in love with that Last Supper picture and I'm so glad I found a beautiful one without spending hundreds of dollars!! :-)

  4. Congratulations on the house redo and upcoming marriage!

    The Last Supper is lovely ~ it's a must for the dining room!

    1. I Agree!!!! We just had a housewarming party and everybody fell in love with it!

  5. Hi - I'm a stumbler upon your blog, who loves your socks. As such I feel compelled to suggest that (if you've not come across them before) you seek out the Amateur Transplants' songs 'The Drugs Song' and 'Paracetamoxyfrusebendroneomycin'. God bless

    1. Hello there!! thanks for being a stumbler on my blog!!! I will surely check out those videos :-)

  6. way to go on the kitchen! Wow, inspirational!

    1. Thank you! I will post more before and after pics of how we transformed the house soon!