Many apologies for the later than usual Tuesday Tidbits post today! If you follow along, you know that this past Sunday was the New York City Marathon. I ran for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and had a wonderful time. As I mentioned last week, Trent stayed home to keep things moving on the house while I took my mother, 2 aunts and best running friend with me to NYC for support. As the pics below will prove, both Trent and I had a very productive weekend.

Trent installed so much baseboard on the main level and added in the base for several of the windows (apparently, the more formal rooms had a base for the doors and windows…which is extremely cool that we still have the originals). And yes, as I have said before, we will be caulking and re-painting the final coat on the trim FOREVER.

Trent also installed one of the very last light fixtures (it’s another chandelier). However, being the funny guy he is, he left the 1,000 crystals for me to hang. I think I know what I’ll be doing this evening.

The frameless glass and glass door for the main floor guest bathroom turned out perfectly!

Many of you sent messages throughout the weekend about my marathon and I truly appreciate it. The support was overwhelming and I’m ecstatic about the money raised for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (again, thank YOU)! As you can tell below, we had a wonderful weekend!

My name on the huge board with every single runner’s name.

Relaxing in Macy’s with my mother the day before (aka: trying to keep my mind off the next morning).

Times Square with my best running friend, Amy!

The ferry ride to the start line (Staten Island) was incredible and took us by the Statue of Liberty.

The most amazing first mile of a marathon ever!

And finally meeting back up with my family after a very full race day! We all look like we are about to collapse at any moment…we managed to rally by dinner!

No race is complete without…the medal!

Once again, thank you all for the support! And as always, thank you for following along!



  • November 7, 2017 Reply

    Robyn Karkiewicz

    Congratulations on running the marathon! The house looks amazing! Hopefully you will get to rest a little this weekend.

    Thank you for sharing your house with all of us.

  • November 7, 2017 Reply

    Pat Thompson

    Congratulations to both of you! You are an inspiration to many with your dedication to your cause and your home project. The medal is beautiful and so is all the hard work Trent did while you were working hard in NYC….

  • November 7, 2017 Reply

    Nancy Nicholas

    congratulations. What a tremendous accomplishment

  • November 7, 2017 Reply


    Congrats on completing a marathon…especially the NY one! My husband ran 4 in his much, much younger days! I’m always amazed that anyone wants to run 26.2 miles for no reason at all! The house is looking great, I can hardly wait for pictures of the chandelier with crystals!

  • November 7, 2017 Reply

    Jane Gajewski

    All of the detail in your house is amazing. It was so nice of Trent to save the last crystals for you. Congratulations on finishing the race for such a good cause. Have a wonderful week.

  • November 7, 2017 Reply


    You’re a superstar Leah! Congratulations on your accomplishment! The house is looking fabulous! Nice that Trent held down the fort and literally nailed it down😊. Hope those crystals don’t make you crazy 😃

  • November 7, 2017 Reply


    That hardwood floor looks amazing. Congratulations again on your marathon.

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