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My house-want a peak?

A couple blog posts are MIA when I switched servers yesterday. Hopefully I can locate them without having to rewrite them!

I was looking at pictures of our last big remodel and realized that I took a lot more pics with that one. And since the house is currently TRASHED I thought it would be funny to take a few.

Everything is getting painted right now. The outside and the inside. We had to unload one of the pods so everything is stacked everywhere. We are shifting things around as they paint each room. It’s a bit chaotic.

The dining room is currently being used as a library- the windows are covered from exterior painting which makes it cave-like inside

My kitchen, it’s pretty when it’s clean and you can see out the windows! I have the coolest backsplash tile picked out. Not sure when that is going in.

Family room- this used to be the patio. Eventually we will get a big tv that will go on the wall most likely in some built-ins. But for now this is ok.

Screened porch- I was hoping they would finish the porch before they painted the exterior, not sure whats going on with that.

There is stuff everywhere. And we have another pod waiting to unload


We are using this room to hold a lot of unpacked boxes at the moment

A worker on the side porch painting.

This barn door will eventually get stained the same color as the wood floors

Most of the floors are covered

Someday I hope to get real stairs!

That’s all I have for the house- can’t wait to do a real look once everything is done. Maybe Thanksgiving?

In the meantime I spent yesterday getting some pictures printed up

Trying to get some Project Life done. It’s so good to pictures off the computer!

Lisa - It’s amazing! :-)

hannah - It looks awesome! The outside is looking amazing and I just LOVE that kitchen. You and I have the same house taste…or very close. I wish I had this type of style when I was building…because now I want to change everything. I’m SO excited for you to have some sort of normalcy again…even if it comes with pods and clutter for now ;)

Kodi - Hey Elisa,
I haven’t checked out your blog for a few months. Things have been crazy hectic. Your new house looks fabulous! I think we used the same exact tile that is one of your pics…lol. You’ll have to stop by sometime and bring Eva to meet Ava :) Hope your reno/build is going better and faster than ours.


We thought Austin was a little bit crazy when he decided to quit lacrosse and run cross country instead. Afterall, all his best buds play lacrosse. And no one in our family likes to run so we weren’t sure where he got his love of it. This picture cracks me up- wake up Austin!!


Besides the short shorts- which he hated at first but has slowly gotten used to, he loves XC.


And he’s really good at it.


These are a few pics from last weeks invitational.


Unfortunately he seems to be fighting some asthma symptoms that come on when he runs hard. So we are headed to the doctor this morning to try to get some answers.


Because he feels like he could run faster if he didn’t have this issue.


I sorta think he runs fast enough… but I know he is worried about not being able to breathe correctly.


It’s Friday my friends- have a great weekend!

Susan - I’m pretty sure his running doesn’t come from anyone on our side of the family. Must be a Kiser talent.

Hannah - He’s a Beast! ;) Seriously, I think runners are awesome and slightly insane. I don’t mean the ones who dread doing it…I mean the ones who LOVE to run. My brother is like that and I’ve always admired it. I obviously don’t run…but I need to…I tend to bake instead and it just doesn’t have the same outcome.

Have a great weekend!

Hello September


It’s supposed to be almost 90 degrees here today which doesn’t quite feel like Fall. We are now getting the summer we didn’t have. That’s ok. I just hope Fall isn’t extra short because of it.

Battered old pickup truck under autumn maple tree

I love Fall. With all it’s yellow and orange and red.


And Golden


Today Andy and I are building the firepit- well the firepit is there, we are making a real one, with stone that matches the stone we have on our fireplaces. I hope to use it many times this Fall.


Snuggled under quilts.

Today Eva starts pre-k (well she only goes for an hour and I have to stay and fill out forms). Fingers crossed she loves her new school.

Gretchen P - Hope Miss E loves her new school! I’m sure she will have a great time!

Hannah - I hope E likes her new school, I know they will just adore her!

I really like fall, I just can’t get into it yet…it feels more like summer now than it has all summer. I’m just dreading winter. I can’t get past it. I think I was traumatized last winter ;)

But looking at these pictures makes me a little bit excited… I just hope I can carve out some time to enjoy it! I don’t have a single free weekend from now to November.

Lisa - Happy first day, Eva! :-)

Chicken and Avocado Enchiladas in Creamy Avocado Sauce

Tried these enchiladas last night after finding the recipe here.

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They were SO GOOD!

I have been trying a few new recipes since I got my new stove last week and but I am only posting the ones that I loved and will for sure be making again and again.

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I used the leftover chicken we had from grilling out the other night which was awesome to start with- I don’t have the marinade used for that as one of my friends brought the chicken but I will try to get that from him soon.

Chicken and Avocado Enchiladas in Creamy Avocado Sauce

Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


1 cup chicken broth
1 cup salsa verde
1/2 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
2 avocados
1 jalapeno, coarsely chopped (remove seeds for less heat)
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
salt and pepper to taste
1 handful cilantro
1/2 lime, juice
4 cups cooked shredded chicken
2 avocados, diced
2 green onions, sliced
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded
8 (7 inch) tortillas


Puree the chicken broth, salsa verde, sour cream, avocados, jalapeno, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper, cilantro and lime juice in a blender or food processor.
Mix the half of the sauce with the chicken, avocado, green onions and half of the cheese.
Coat the bottom of a large baking dish with some of the remaining sauce.
Wrap the chicken and avocado mixture in the tortillas and place them in the dish.
Top the enchiladas with the remaining sauce and cheese and bake in a preheated 350F oven until the cheese has melted and the sides are bubbling, about 15-20 minutes.

Hannah - Sounds Awesome!

I love anything that is built around avocados.

Columbus Zoo

Eva and I went to the zoo last week for a quick trip. We didn’t have a whole lot of time so she checked the map and picked the things she really wanted to do.


It was a hot one- we got a little sweaty


She loves the aquarium where we can look at fish and sharks and manatees


And drive the boat


And the jeep


And love on a dinosaur


And take the dinosaur boat ride that always ends with her hiding from this big dude


Hannah - Your zoo looks fun! I’ve been to the one in Cincy but not Columbus. Maybe I’ll have to visit it soon!