Friday, December 18, 2009

Ready for our first Christmas in our new home

It was fun putting the Christmas touches on the new house - come by and see!
It is a bit crowded with the tree but looks beautiful

The bookcase is the perfect place to display all my nativities. We got two really beautiful ones in Germany and Switzerland this year to add to the collection.

Last week was cold and rainy and the fireplace in the kitchen was so inviting.

This weekend is supposed to be 80 - a more typical SoCal Christmas!

The dining room with beautiful Christmas gifts from wonderful friends and family over the years. They sure bring back fond memories of loved ones each year.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A very quick trip to Utah!

We took a very quick trip to Utah for the blessing of Samuel Max Openshaw. We left Fri. night at 7:00 and arrived at 5:30 am. A few hours of sleep and then got to enjoy the very busy life of the Openshaws. We had a quick dinner after church Sun. and took off at 4:30pm. Home by 2:00am. A few hours of sleep then back to work for all of us on Mon.!!! Busy but so worth it!
The very handsome Openshaw family - Max has really added a sweetness to their family.

Terry was already off changing clothes when it was picture time. Look how big Max looks already!

We got to go see Ellie perform with her dance class at a retirement home on Sat. They did "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" in their PJ's. It was cute but wish we could have seen her Nutcracker in her tutu a few days before.

We took Max shopping Sat. and thought he might like a few Santa hats!

We woke up to about 3-4 inches of fresh snow Sunday morning. It was so beautiful when the sun came out on our way to church. This is a picture I took of Amys house on the way to church - sorry it isn't very good!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Finally got my camera back!

The Stewarts came a few days early for Thanksgiving and got to see the Macbeths before they went to Washington.
Summer helping with my "famous" rolls

Syd and Ty helped make the roll dough

The weather was beautiful - a very warm 80! After the turkey was in the oven we headed up the street to the park for some football and volleyball.

Uncle Randy with Summer and Sydney

We love Thanksgiving!


We are ready to eat We all took a little walk to the park after our big meal

Exactly what was I looking at????? This picture was an accident and I still don't know how to delete it!

The cute Stewart Family

Randy and Cheryl picked the best lighting for their photo

Only a few of us made it all the way around the lake. Cheryl is taking the picture and Willy is showing us his best side!

A soak in the hot tub after our walk around the lake.

Wasn't sure I would put this one in but the water covers Cheryl and my "best" parts~!

Doesn't Ty look like he is excited to go to Legoland? He really did have a good time!

A house update - we still have a lot to do but the inside is quite livable now. We just got the artwork yesterday and Terry is enjoying sitting and watching football again.

Remember the gross tub after the shower door removal? Well, a few hours with a razor blade it it quite presentable!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It's coming together

Remember the old wetbar? Terry and Alan worked hard on this transformation.
The finished bookcase - great job Terry and Alan!

Alan really helped (or should I say "did most of the work) making the mantle. Doesn't it look great? Now all we need to do to the fireplace is clean it out - you would have thought we might have done that first!!!

The diningroom is ready - come on over for dinner!

We'll need to go shopping for some artwork over the sofa

Sim came over and helped me decide where to hang pictures and things

You may have to wait till next post (and 10 more hours of scraping) to see the clean results!

After Brad took the shower door off the upstairs bath we were left with a real mess. A lot of elbow grease and a razor blade seem to be doing the trick.

This room is almost ready for the grandkids to come hang out!

We got the shelf unit from the old house and Terry did some reconfiguring and we got a new TV for the den upstairs. Looks pretty good even with the too yellow walls. Note the blinds are up too.

My moms jewelry box fits quite nicely on the landing

The entry - Zanes picture looks great but we sure need a small table underneath.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

You said you wanted more photos....

Our first family dinner one week after the move - not too bad!
Ready for the floors!

What a difference new windows, fireplace, and carpet make!

The baseboards before the carpet rush!

Alan really worked up a sweat and spent lots of hours showing Terry his expertise in woodworking and sharing his awesome tools!

We have great friends!

A few of our awesome helpers - we would still be moving without them!

Talk about a bunch of junk! I'm pleased to say that with Brads help we can now park one car in the garage. As soon as Terry finishes some more projects we'll get the second one in.

Third time is the charm with the carpet on the stairs. Two wrong colors and a few more hundred dollars and all is well!

I love my new table in the kitchen and still need to do lots of detail painting when I get a chance.

The livingroom still needs work and the coffee table has to go - way too big for the room.

I really like the sitting area in the kitchen and the red walls!

We are quite pleased with the new master bath mirrors after I broke the giant one!

The yellow (turned out a bit bright) room is getting ready for some relaxing - hopefully, some day soon! Thanks Brad for getting the sofa up those stairs!

The upstairs bathroom is almost ready - just have to get the crude off where the yucky shower doors were!

The guestroom is ready - who wants to be first?

The computer and telephone are finally working after 10 days - yeehaw!