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Images by © Wild Soul Weddings © 2020 Style from the Sticks

While we purchased the Starting from Scratch property last winter, most of the real work began this past summer. All last spring we cleaned out what was inside and that took a significant portion of our time. The house was nearly full. Most of it we burned, some things that were still useful went to our local thrift store and during our town garage sales, a bunch of it went as it was marked free. And we still have things inside that we are unsure what to do with but hope to continue to filter it out.

After the majority of the stuff came out, we could see a little better what we were dealing with. While there wasn't anything worth salvaging from the interior, the foundation was good and so we decided to take it down to the studs.

Here's a little bit of that process.

The wall between the kitchen and the living room coming down.

My 80 year old dad who refuses to listen to anyone up on the ladder swinging the sledgehammer half the time. #goals

This is only about 1/10 of the stuff that was left behind.

Basement wall between living room and kitchen taken out.

A room in the basement without the carpet and the ODOR.

The outside of the house in the spring of last year with all of the shrubs and trees removed. We have lots of dirt work and stumps to pull at some point.

And that's all for today! What seems like a small amount of work was a TON of work. More to come soon.

We are living in some crazy times, are we not? And living through some serious history. We will all remember this virus and the temporary life changes it made for Americans.

I am not one to spend much time on doom and gloom. All we can do is be ready, as best we can and make the most of this time spent at home.

While this whole lifestyle is new to a lot of folks, it reminds me much of my life in the summer. Typically we are rushing from one ball game to the next, or at least one activity to the next, so that's not happening now. But I am home in the summer, with all the kids, typically trying to work from home amongst the chaos. And while the Mr. isn't usually home, as he is now, this is all to familiar for me. Another difference, we don't have a steady influx of kids of all ages coming in and out of the home while I'm trying to work. So it's been just us and that's kind of nice. I'm sure we'll all be extremely tired of each other shortly...

While we are at home for an unprecedented amount of time, I thought I'd share a hodgepodge of life here in my house. We planned on working on our project- Starting from Scratch over spring break and we've honored that plan. But now all those things on my list for work have slowed and my projects for the house and things I just simply couldn't ever get to can become a priority.

I think I will share some of my favorite recipes, as most of us are cooking at home much more often. I will share some of the activities and ideas on how to keep the kids entertained- including exercise, learning and just plain fun things to do. And I will also share our progress on the house.

Let's do this people. And make the most of our time together.

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