Kitchen Renovations Begin!

Hey there! Today I’ve got an MRI scheduled for my calves. Provided it comes back clear I’ll be able to schedule the compartment syndrome test, and hopefully get the surgery done and over with at some point in the near future.

As terrified as I am of surgery, I’m alsoΒ really ready to get back to running. I’ll do anything to move the process forward as quickly as possible!

As a distraction this weekend we got back on the home renovation train. We’ve had several holes in the walls lingering since December when we removed some lighting that was hanging there, so those finally got patched up!

The bigger project that we started on was on the kitchen backsplash. If you watch my vlogs then you know we removed the old backsplash that was on the walls when we moved in, but hadn’t put up the new one yet.

So we’ve basically had these ugly blue, patchy walls hanging around since we moved in.

We knew we would need to put up new drywall before installing the new backsplash and we kept putting that off, but this weekend Adam’s dad helped us get started!

Cecil helped too of course.

Three generations of men in the family working on the house :).

I made it my job to set the actual backsplash which was a silly thing to do. It’s an absolutely awful job for anyone who is even slightly OCD. I’m getting there but it’s taking me a while since I need about 500 hours to lay each square of tile to ensure it’s perfect.

I’m glad I am getting the experience of installing a backsplash but in the future I would probably hire someone to do it — just like in the future I will hire someone to paint the house instead of DIYing it. You live and you learn!

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I’ll share a pic of the backsplash once it’s done. After that it’ll be time to install new cabinets! I want pretty white ones to contrast against the black marble.

Cecil bounced around most of the morning helping us in the kitchen, but in the afternoon he conked out in his stroller.

After working on the house all day Adam and I conked out too.

Sunday for father’s day Cecil and I let Adam sleep in. We then headed over to Adam’s dad’s place for a BBQ and some swimming.

Adam hadn’t eaten anything all morning and then he drank like four beers. Once he was feeling the beer he showed me how to do a Reverse Calf Raise on One Leg From Squat Position. If you want to see him demonstrate this let me know and I’ll try to get it on video :).

I hope you had a great weekend and a productive… or lazy Monday, whichever you prefer! I’m looking forward to finishing my backsplash and getting the MRI over with today!

Did you do anything special for Father’s Day?
Do you like doing DIY projects around the house?
Have you ever had an MRI? What’s it like?



  1. June 19, 2017 / 6:59 am

    Good luck with your MRI!

    I LOVE your backsplash! Something I’ve learned from homeownership is that hiring people is the way to go! πŸ™‚ I spread mulch in the front yard this weekend and it took me 2 trips to Lowe’s and like 4 hours in the heat. I’m only halfway done and already dreading finishing, lol. We are talking about laying a patio in the backyard and even though it seems pretty simple, I feel like it would be easier to just get a patio company to do it.

    • Kristina
      June 19, 2017 / 9:54 am

      Right?! There’s a reason they are professionals and it’s probably best to just pay them to do what they do best if you can. I already know that we’ll need to hire professionals to come and clean up our paint job sometime in the future! πŸ™‚

  2. June 19, 2017 / 9:01 am

    Are you kidding me. I missed a few posts while on vacation and am super sad to see that you might have compartment syndrome. That totally sucks. I’m really sorry Kristina.

    Best of luck with your MRI today and keep us posted on the results. While two months off for recovery sounds like a long time, the pain free running will be worth it in the end. And you should still have enough time to get ready for Wine and Dine.

    • Kristina
      June 19, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      Thanks Heather! I was able to schedule an appointment for Thurs. to go over the results so I am really looking forward to that!

  3. June 19, 2017 / 9:07 am

    Ha! We really ARE living the same life – we’re doing kitchen reno now too! We already painted it before we moved in (OMG I do not miss doing that AT ALL. We painted walls and cabinets and painting cabinets is THE DEVIL), and now we are getting ready to install our new countertops. Our floors desperately need to be redone but that’s a project that’s gonna have to wait a year or two, so once the counters in I will basically consider it “done” for now :-).

    Look at Cecil creepin around the job site! And using your dropcloth as his little kitty bed! Geez Cecil don’t work TOO hard. Take a break already.

    • Kristina
      June 19, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Oh man, that is good to know about the cabinets. I’ve been going back and forth on whether I want to sand and paint them, buy new cabinets that are already primed and just need to be painted or just buy new ready-made cabinets. Our floors need to be re-done too but that’s a future project for us too. Before we get to that we want to get everything else done!

      Cecil is definitely the project manager inspecting to make sure all of us are doing our jobs!

  4. June 19, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Good luck with your MRI! Luckily, the results for those tend to come back really fast so you can get moving on whatever step is next. Omg laying that backsplash would make me so nervous… I am not good at making things straight. When I make signs or bulletin boards at school, I purposefully make lots of things angled so that they are “allowed” to be crooked. I love that Cecil hops up in his stroller. He’s a baby!

    • Kristina
      June 19, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      Hahha I wish I could have made the backsplash crooked on purpose! It definitely takes a while to lay the backsplash because I have to get the ruler and level out every 2 seconds to make sure I’m laying them straight!

      Cecil is my baaaaaaaby!

  5. June 19, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    I hope your MRI goes well!! It can be a little loud and sometimes you are in the tube…,maybe they won’t put you all the way in for your leg.
    Backslash is beautiful!!

    • Kristina
      June 19, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      Thanks KB! Luckily I didn’t have to go in the tube. They had a special MRI machine that could work for just the lower extremities so my whole upper body was out. It was so boring though. I wish they had a countdown clock to watch!

  6. June 19, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    I hope all goes well with your MRI!

    For your kitchen, did you have to do tile by tile? it looks intimidating!!

    • Kristina
      June 19, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Thanks Ana!

      Luckily the tiles come connected in square sheets so it’s “just” a matter of placing the sheets… but it’s still such a headache! I was so stressed out … I was sweating! haha

  7. June 19, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Good luck with the MRI! I hope you get some answers quickly so you can start planning next steps!

  8. Susan
    June 20, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    I want to see the video!! That’s so funny. Wow, nice job on the backsplash. We are doing a kitchen/dining room/living room remodel but I have not really been involved. I have no interest and Rick loves it so I am knock yourself out! LOL. Our final piece is new granite and backsplash. I will not be doing the tile work. In fact, I don’t think Rick will be either. A friend of ours lays tile so the job is his!

  9. July 10, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    Hey Kristina,

    Of course no one looks forward to surgery, I would be incredibly nervous as well!

    As for your kitchen, the new back-splash looks really good! I know the times that I have done it myself, it turns out alright, but it is so much work! I would rather have someone I know, or a contractor do it (someone I know is much less expensive πŸ™‚ )

    It looks like Cecil is loving the action and new look in the house as well!

    All the best Kristina πŸ™‚