Life Updates

Life Updates
Man, does it feel good to be blogging again! If you missed my last post, I wrote about how our house flooded on Christmas Eve, and that everything has kind of been up in the air since then. Well, around 7pm last night, I got my replacement laptop, so now I can finally get back to blogging. It’s nice to have at least one aspect of life feel normal again!

Later in the week, I’ll probably write some “end of 2014” type posts that I had planned to write at the end of the year (only half a month late!), but today, I figured it’d just be easiest to write a rapid fire bullet point list of what’s been going on since our house fell in on itself.

1. We probably won’t be back in our house for another 2-3 months
In short, it seems the damage is worse than we originally thought. The floors throughout the house had to be ripped out, along with a good chunk of the ceiling and walls downstairs. They also had to take out some kitchen counters, all three toilets, and the cabinetry in both bathrooms upstairs. When we first walked through the house, we weren’t expecting it to be so… torn apart. I mean, I know it’s what they have to do to get it back to normal, but it was still kind of hard to see.
House Pictures 1 House Pictures 2

2. We’re going to be moving into an apartment
My parents have been AMAZING, letting us stay with them, and making us feel so comfortable over these last three weeks, but insurance has offered to put us up in an apartment closer to our house, so that it will be easier for us to go to the house whenever we’re needed there. TJ and I have never lived anywhere together but our house, so it will be interesting to be in a new place for a while. Plus, since all of our stuff was either damaged or put into storage, the apartment is coming fully furnished, so it will be fun to see what it looks like.

3. We’ve started the process of replacing our stuff
Which is kind of weird, to be honest. I’ve found myself feeling oddly attached to certain things that got destroyed. For example, I never thought too much about our couch, until we were told that it was ruined. Immediately I thought of all the memories we’ve made sitting on that couch: all the friends who’ve sat there, all the Steelers games we’ve watched there, all the quiet afternoon naps we’ve taken there, and all the times our cats have looked adorable on it, and I just got so sad. I know that it’s just stuff, but it’s still been kind of hard to replace stuff that we didn’t want to replace.

4. We go back and forth between feeling really great and really sad
Again, I know that we only lost stuff, and that our situation could be so much worse, but not having our house is still hard. Some days, things feel great – we feel like progress is being made, and we feel like we have it pretty good, all things considered. Other days, everything seems hard, and I start to tear up over random, stupid things. I tell myself that this is normal.

5. I’ve found a new passion in hand lettering
A few days before Christmas, I started playing around with some hand lettered prints (if you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a few of them!) and I absolutely love it. It’s an awesome way to unwind and unlock some creativity, and I have about a million ideas of what I want to draw next.
Hand Lettered

What’s been going on in your life? How is 2015 treating you so far?

15 Comments
  • Kara
    January 13, 2015

    I hope it all comes together soon…glad to see you back blogging 🙂
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  • Mallory
    January 13, 2015

    I am oddly attached to our stuff too. When we get something new, I hate getting rid of the old. For example, the coffee table that Sadie chewed has been replaced but I shoved it in the storage closet rather than throwing it out. Why? I have no idea.

    I am thinking of you and hope someday you all will laugh about this whole experience.

    • ashleynevis
      January 13, 2015

      I’m glad I’m not the only one attached to stuff! It’s so weird, but it’s hard to explain. We’re definitely trying to make as many jokes along the way as we can – it makes everything seem way less serious! We keep saying that next Christmas Eve, we’ll all laugh about that one time our living room turned into a waterfall.
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  • Laura @ Life with Lolo
    January 13, 2015

    Man, that’s such a bummer so much damage was done. I hope your insurance is really taking care of everything for you! Also I have been loving the hand lettering via instagram 🙂
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    • ashleynevis
      January 13, 2015

      Thanks, Lauren! So far, insurance has been really helpful, which definitely makes things a lot easier. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the hand lettering – it’s so fun to do! 🙂
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  • Nadine
    January 13, 2015

    I would be a little attached to certain things too, that has to be hard. At least everything is getting replaced and you guys are ok! Maybe treat the apt like a get away hotel?

    Love all those prints you did!
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    • ashleynevis
      January 13, 2015

      Treating the apartment like a getaway hotel is an awesome idea! I do think it will be kind of fun staying in a new place, which all new furnishings, especially since it’s only temporary. As long as I’ve got TJ and our cats, I know it will be a fun time!
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  • Megan @ Semi-Charmed Kind of Life
    January 13, 2015

    I’m so sorry to hear about this experience! 🙁 Good luck with everything regarding the living situation. And yay, hand-lettering!
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  • Erin Gray
    January 13, 2015

    I had a one bedroom apartment flood, and I thought that sucked. I can’t imagine your house! It sounds like you are handling things well.

    Your “hand lettering” pieces look AMAZING! What a talent!
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    • ashleynevis
      January 14, 2015

      I’m sorry you had to go through flooding too, Erin – it is no fun! I hope most of your stuff wasn’t damaged. And thank you so much! It is a really fun hobby 🙂
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  • Amberly
    January 13, 2015

    Oh man friend, I am so sorry, your life sounds pretty chaotic!!! I hope things continue to improve and you enjoy your short little bout of apartment living.
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    • ashleynevis
      January 14, 2015

      Thanks, Amberly! I do think it will be kind of fun living in the apartment, but we will be more than ready to get back into our house when it’s ready!
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  • Katie
    January 14, 2015

    I can’t even BEGIN to imagine how stressful that whole situation must be….thank goodness insurance seems to be covering a lot?! I’d be so sad about losing things too. I hope it all comes together for you!

    • ashleynevis
      January 19, 2015

      Thanks, Katie! Luckily, our insurance company has been great so far, which definitely helps. Hopefully in a few months, we’ll just look back on all of this and laugh 🙂
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