4 Weeks of Renovation DOWN


13043511_993203090732780_2369850572382557935_nWell yesterday, we wrapped up week four of our Dursteler Abode renovation. We officially have kitchen cabinets, floors and baseboards, new toilets, and all of our trim and our fireplace is painted. I can’t believe the progress we’ve made! I am so excited for what is to come.


I will eventually be posting a tutorial on our kitchen cabinet remodel, as well as our fireplace remodel.


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Shout out to my husband and father in law, who measured, cut, and laid all of our beautiful floor.



13095966_996960043690418_1541755982873286727_nNext up on the agenda: touch up paint, finish installing new light fixtures, switches, and outlets. And if the weather cooperates, finish painting all of our doors. If the weather does not cooperate, we will have to live without doors for a while. We hope to be moving in by this weekend! Which means the next Dursteler Abode blog post will have furniture. 🙂


13041452_996937777025978_7491835232043981680_oDon’t you love that green parrot statue, and our make shift fountain? The backyard is a whole other project, that we will eventually get to.

Thanks for following along!

Onto the next adventure (while still working on this one) Wren


For Derek


11169235_866399873413103_4462203614078857075_nToday is a very special day in my world, it is Derek’s 23rd birthday! I absolutely love celebrating this guy, and his life. (PS it was SO fun to buy a birthday card that said “husband” this year.)


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again,  I could probably sit down and write a series of lengthily novels about how much I love Derek, and it still wouldn’t be enough. He is by far the best person I have ever met. For those of you who know him, know what I mean. And for those of you who don’t know him, just imagine Chandler Bing from friends, Noah Calhoun from the Notebook, and Nick Miller from New Girl and put them all into one person. That’s Derek.



He’s done a lot in this past year, he’s got married, we’ve traveled, bought our home, remodeled it (almost finished!) found a job that he enjoys, and he’s lost 40 pounds. I am so proud of the person he is growing into.


To save me some time, and save you some reading, I won’t write a series of novels, but instead, I have decided to share my top 23 favorite things about this man that I get to spend the rest of my life with, and I also decided to share 23 pictures of him this past year. Enjoy.


1.His sense of humor, I am never not laughing when I am around him, and I am not the only one.

2.He is the hardest working person I know. He doesn’t stop something until it’s finished, or he has accomplished his goal.

3.He is constantly telling me how much he loves me.

4.He is constantly showing it to, to me, and everyone around us.

5.He never EVER complains. 13007115_993203284066094_8976400578687683123_n13012642_993203174066105_1847948074280646881_n

6.He allows everyone around him to be their own person, and never judges them for it.

7.He always gets extra napkins because he knows I would be a mess (literally) without them.

8. He is a jack of all traits, and a master at most of them. (Hard labor, computers, sports) you name it, he’s good at it.

9.He is never envious or jealous of others, because he loves his life, and I admire him for it.

10.He is the best co-pilot. I map the directions, and he drives.

11. We’ve renovated a house, and have traveled the country, and we still haven’t argued while doing so.13043272_993203214066101_3671615154100978005_n13051691_993203150732774_2150699749524277713_n13015349_993203074066115_7159449512710399477_n

12. He lets me put my freezing feet on his back to keep them warm at night.

13. He lets me choose all the songs, and t.v. channels and never complains about it.

14. He cooks, cleans, does yard work, fixes my car, and everything else you can think of.

15. He surprises me with “fancy” date nights, and spoils me with expensive dinners.

16. He enjoys going out with friends, but is also satisfied cuddling on the couch and watching Netflix. He always does “whatever I want to do.”





IMG_070217.He loves dogs almost as much as I do.

18. He is so handsome.

19. We have more inside jokes than anyone else I know, that nobody would ever understand.

20. He cares a lot about other’s peoples’ feelings, even though he doesn’t show it often.


21. He has big dreams, but he also knows I do to, and he allows me to follow them

22. He snores, sleep talks, and constantly makes weird clicking sounds, but for some reason I sleep better next to him.

23.He is the most optimistic person I know.



I am constantly wondering what I did to deserve someone like Derek to have as a husband. I will never take the littlest things he does for granted, and I will never stop celebrating him as a person, or his life. 22 was a great year for him, I am so excited to see what 23 will bring!


Happy birthday babe, I love you.

Onto the (many, many) next adventures (with you), Wren




Dursteler Abode-a go

It’s been exactly two weeks since we officially became home owners to our 1970’s yellow fixer upper. The second I walked into that house that day Joanna Gaines voice went through my head, “Do you have what it takes to take on a fixer upper?”

I knew it would be a lot of work, but it’s always been my dream to buy an old house, and make it feel new. So, with a lot of help from friends and family, and my awesome husband (who I have now learned is the perfect handy man, that I always wanted to marry) we began.

Here are the before pictures and  what we were working with.

Living Room: There was bright pink carpet through out.


Dining Room:12920364_987922534594169_2759939218511352237_n


Hall Bathroom: (Don’t you love that toilet paper holder?)12512234_987922601260829_3183189163899598682_n

Office/First bedroom: (Desk Built ins and chairs included)12919619_987922571260832_3943195714441891149_n

Second bedroom:12936635_987922627927493_490416290883067400_n

Master Bedroom: (make shift flower decor included)12961455_987922617927494_3719241344726506601_n

Master Bedroom:12924468_987922657927490_3008340899380879187_nMaster Bathroom:


I knew that there would be a ton of work going into this, but the second I saw the huge fenced backyard (which is another project by the way) the wood burning fireplace, and all of the light that came through each window, I saw potential, and I fell in love.

I spent Friday afternoon cleaning out all of the old furniture, books, and other things that the old lady left behind. Saturday was DEMO DAY.

The first to go was the carpet! I couldn’t believe how big and open the house felt when it was gone. Ps-we removed all of the carpet and wall paper in one day. Surprisingly, we knew what we were doing. (Thanks to binge watching HGTV for the last 10 years.)


Over the next few days, we took off all of the baseboards, removed the wall paper, removed the built in shelves and desks, smashed the tile, and scraped that popcorn ceiling off.




Once the house was all torn apart, it was time to start putting it back together. Derek and the guys re-textured our ceiling since it was ruined from the popcorn. The girls and I took all of our kitchen cabinets down, cleaned them, sanded them and got them ready for paint!




We are extremely exhausted, sore, and so so excited! As of right now, we are just about finished painting all of our walls, and we finished our kitchen cabinets yesterday. Once everything is painted (fireplace, trim, baseboards, ceilings, doors) we will install our floor!


We have decided to update our bathrooms, and kitchen with new faucets and light fixtures for now. We are going to eventually remodel our bathrooms, and the kitchen back splash and counter tops.  (Which may grow on me with time.)

I am so pleased with how this renovation has turned out. We have had so much help (from the people pictured, and many who are not.) I can’t believe how far we have come in just two weeks. I am so excited to see where we will be in another two! Thanks for following along.

PS. I made a tab for my “Home” I am going to start doing tutorials, DIYs, design and decor tips on the blog as we grow in our Dursteler Abode!

Onto the next adventure,(well finishing this one 😉 ) Wren


New Habit for March

Wow! I realized it was already April in the middle of planning my best friend’s bridal shower, my home renovation, and working every day this week. Since it is already the 3rd, I finally found time to share with you all my new habit that I have been working on in March.

At the beginning of march I started stretching every morning. I have always loved yoga, stretching, and working on my flexibility. I would do it very often, but in March I made it a habit to do it every single day, and I can’t believe how much better I feel.


There were days that I went to a hour yoga class at my gym, and other days that I was rushing out the door, so I only stretched for five minutes, but I did it. Between my birthday week, buying a house, starting our renovation, and being extremely busy with friends and family, I did it.

It is the perfect time for me to focus on my breathing, my body, and think about what I want to accomplish that day. With time, I want to practice yoga each morning for at least 30 minutes, but hey, here’s a start.


PS. Sorry about the crappy picture quality, these were taken in a basement, with self timer. I will eventually make a post of my whole stretching sequence (when I have better lighting, and my husband isn’t too busy to be my photographer)

Also, I will be posting plenty of pictures of our home renovation, so far, very very soon!

Thanks for following along.

Onto the next adventure, Wren