Friday, May 15, 2009

Technical Difficulties

Where have we been you might have wondered? What have we been up to? No....we haven't taken the week off, we've just been sidelined by computer difficulties. Actually, we used up ALL the memory on our laptop! Guess we've stuffed it too full of music and photos :)

So...we'll be making our way to Best Buy this weekend to get more memory. Then it's back to work! And I promise more pictures!

To tide everyone over...I'll just say that we're STILL putting up drywall. Nick keeps putting it up, and I keep tearing more down. Yes, believe it or not he really does love me! I'm almost finished tearing down the old white/blue tile backsplash, which means that we're pretty close to having the demolition d-o-n-e!

We went to Parr Lumber last night to look at cabinets (and I snuck in some countertop browsing!). As I've mentioned before, I'll be refinishing the cabinets myself....but we're adding some cabinets for garbage can/recycling storage. You know...the cabinets that slide out and the garbage/recycle cans sit in there all pretty? Yup, that's what I want....keep the pooches out of the trash! Roo is notorious for getting her nose in the garbage...but I secretly think that Bonk talks her into it since she's too little! Anyway it's just one more way we're trying to utilize every available space.

This weekend we'll be working on more drywall and since the weather should be nice, we'll probably be doing some much needed yard work. It's easy to neglect our yard when the house is in shambles! Plus...it's time to start planting our garden. I've had 8 heirloom tomato plants for two weeks now that are begging to be put in the ground. Also, we're headed to the Mariners vs. Red Sox game on Sunday....ahhh....day of rest!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Hey all!

I'm happy to report that we took the night off of remodeling...well sort of. We did put up some drywall in the kitchen, but still have a loooooong way to go! Instead, we decide to celebrate the 5th of May with some yummy mexican food and cervezas/margaritas!
Also...happy to say that Nick is almost done wiring up the new kitchen lighting. Here is a snippet of a convo we had last night:

N: "Okay hun, it's time for the reveal..."

L: (as I'm baking scones) "Great! So the lights are FINALLY done?"

Then...as I have my back to him....what do I hear?

N: "YES! I AM THE FREAKIN' MASTER!!!" :) Hubby is happy the lights all work on the first try! He then proceeds to walk back and forth between the two light switches, turning them off & on while saying "Camera One," "Camera Two." I think he's deliriously happy the wiring is done. I'll just say the wiring in this house was a mess...so he had a big job to fix.

We just have one more light to put up in the newly framed pantry. I bought this super cute outside light that I'm going to have Nick wire up in the panty...I think it will look awesome when I get my pantry screen door built. Like this one....


Too cute huh?!! Of course, my screen door will be a little different, as I'm planning to build it myself. But the idea is adorable!

Here's the light we bought at Lowe's...for $20...score!


Well, that's what has been happening at our house the past few days. I'm so excited the kitchen is starting to come together. It's time to start thinking about paint colors for the walls and cabinets :) I'm REALLY loving black cabinets...is this crazy? What do you guys think?

To say good night, I'll leave you all with this parting picture of Spring at our lovely LPH. The monster rhodies haven't bloomed yet...but when they do...you bet I'll take TONS of pictures! In the meantime, I'm lovin' my azaleas, tulips, & daffodils. Oh! Those two trellis' you see in the pic below is actually our wedding archway that Papa Bear built for us...and we just planted two clematis in them. Can't wait for them to get their vine on and bloom!

Happy Spring!




Monday, May 4, 2009

Cast of Characters...Part 2




Good Morning! Since I've already introduced our lovely LPH...I would now like to introduce everyone to the man behind all the remodel work. Hubby meet everyone. Everyone...this is my super adorable hubby :)








And here are our kiddos.......Bianca and Bailey. Bianca (aka Bonk) is the pygmy yellow lab. No really....she's tiny for a Lab, and she wasn't even the runt. And Bailey (aka Roo) is an aussie shepard/akita mix. She really is nice...I promise. Not sure why she looks like she wants to pounce on something in this picture. She's sweet, and our little protector.



Ah...I love this picture. Yes, that's me with a knife...but no...I was not going to use it on hubby. Long story short...we had just mosied back into civilization after Jeeping for a week on the Rubicon Trail...and we were STARVING for real food! (notice the empty plates!) And yes...for all of you wondering (if you know us, you know the story)...that was the blissful evening that we were viciously attacked by our friend, Mr. Black Bear. See...I'm only smiling because I don't know what's coming later that nite...
So there you have it. That's my precious cargo, my family, my life. More to come!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Cast of Characters


Well here she is! Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd like to introduce you to Little Pink House. LPH I'd like to introduce you to the world. Let's all be friends...

Welcome to our Blog!

Hi All!

I know I've been promising some pics of our little house remodeling, but honestly I've been feeling that publishing them onto my FaceB page just wouldn't do our hardwork justice. So....In all of my free time (yeah right!) I've decided to let you all follow along...and I REALLY do promise to actually write and post pics :)

First, some background info on our lovely little pink house. And she really is pink...or a salmon/mauve color that I really don't like...but that's another project! She (she's absolutely too adorable to be a He) was built in 1927 and is roughly 1,700 sq. ft of pure coziness. As you can probably guess, I LOVE MY HOUSE. She's nothin' fancy...and definitely not one of these mega-mansions that you see on TV, but she's our first house and she has TONS of character. However, most of her character is hidden under layers and layers of drywall/linoleum/wallpaper. (yuck!) No joke...I've got mallard duck wallpaper in the guest bathroom!

When Hubs and I bought our lil' shack, we knew there'd be a lot of work. But we're young and ambitious...mixed in with a little crazy...and we figured "Hey, why pay someone else to do the work, when WE can DO IT OURSELVES?!" Crazy huh? Yeah, but we're still having fun with it...although some days are definitely better than others. Bad days = any day of drywalling. Good days = any day when a project gets 100% finished!

Now I've got to say my piece about my Hubby. To anyone who doesn't know him...he is absolutely AMAZING. And he is the greatest contractor/framer/electrician/plumber (w/out the dreadful crack!)/landscaper/and general Mr. Fix-It. He really can do everything. And in a good way...not like a bad way where it gives him a huge ego. Plus, we're two of a kind when it comes to doing something the right way, not the half-assed way. So really....I think since we've lived in our lil' pink house, she's been doing some serious smiling.

So...welcome to my blog! I just need to post this disclaimer: I am REALLY not good at taking pictures. You know some people can just capture beautiful pictures? I am not one of those people. Especially when trying to show before/after pics. So I apologize...for now you're going to see a lot of pictures that will probably not make much sense...and you may not even recognize what you're looking at. I'll try and let you know what's going on in each pic. Thanks for stickin' with us and following along. I'd love any comments/questions that anyone has....and suggestions! :)