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Photo Friday #23 & #24 June 19, 2009

Filed under: family,friendship,plus a little extra...,to celebrate,to see — plusalittleextra @ 8:29 am
First of all, it still feels like the beginning of 2009 but as I type week 23/24 of Photo Friday I realize we’re halfway through!! How did that happen?
So in April I was in two weddings, my cousin’s (a couple posts back) and then my good friend/long time friend Tiffany. I’ve known Tiffany since elementary school, we were in girl scouts together and on the swim and flag teams together in high school. It’s so fun to know someone for so long!
Apparently I’m blogging backward?
And for the 2nd ‘pic’ for Photo Friday I totally forgot to mention on of my mom’s gifts for her bday. The gentleman took some pics of my brothers and I for her and framed them. It was kinda difficult to get all 3 of us motivated at the same time to do this but we got some good ones I think 🙂
here’s my favorite…when we were just randomly laughing at something…sometimes the most random pictures are the best 🙂
 

Lately… June 15, 2009

Filed under: adventure,faith,plus a little extra...,thought,to do — plusalittleextra @ 2:30 pm

Lately –

we’ve been tempted to work on our house
we’ve been too busy with editing to be able to work on our house
we’ve noticed we have a bird that likes to slam into one of the office windows (he really wants to come in i think)
we’ve had a flood in the bathroom
we’ve found a huge beetle (about 2 1/2 inches long!)
we’ve seen lots of bunnies running around our backyard
we’ve bought plane tickets
we’ve been to a funeral
we’ve been to a wedding
we’ve held a newborn
we’ve watched some good movies
we’ve watched some crappy movies
we’ve been to the fair
we’ve felt blessed

needless to say…lately we’ve been busy! i think the saying is true “when it rains it pours” because everything has seemed to hit all at once… but we should be catching up over the summer and by fall our lives will be much calmer (i hope!)

 

a common equation June 11, 2009

Filed under: family,plus a little extra...,randomness,to watch — plusalittleextra @ 2:43 am
I can’t forget about the best part of any party that my brother’s at!
Tyler + Karaoke + booze = The Devil Went Down to Georgia
…every time
And please excuse the horrible video quality!! This is video from my still camera and I’m just holding it and laughing..oh and I had had a couple drinks 🙂
Enjoy!
 

Mom’s 50th Birthday June 10, 2009

Filed under: family,plus a little extra...,to celebrate,to see — plusalittleextra @ 5:09 am
Here are some pictures from my mom’s 50th birthday party, it was a blast!!! To start, here she is with her lovely 50 crown.
Here are some details: the chocapalooza table with the glorious chocolate fountain, the “25 things about me” wall which included many interesting facts about my wonderful mother, and the signature drink – the chocolate martini!!!! sooo yummy 🙂
         
Such a cute picture of my cousin Colton hugging Caleb, Tiff’s baby…the couch full of grandmas (I’m so blessed to have so many)…and my uncle Larry entertaining the party with his band!

          

The cake…all my mom’s friends who have turned 50 recently…and my mom and I taking a  shot together, ahh bonding
          

My cousins pretending they were missing a leg (haha imaginations!!)…some of the guys exclaiming “wow, 50!?!?!?!”…and karaoke (where the martinis come in handy)

          
Naughty pic of my mom and her librarian friends “taking shots” (be sure to notice the sign behind them)…and my mom, her sisters and their mom, such a nice pic.

Happy Birthday mom! 50 down, 50 to go!

 

Photo Friday #21 & #22 June 6, 2009

Filed under: home,plus a little extra...,to do,to see — plusalittleextra @ 3:31 am
Finally!!! More house pictures…I guess I changed something in my camera and that’s why some of them aren’t rotating…I’ve since fixed that problem but am too lazy to edit these pics, sorry!
Ok so first here’s the hall with the freshly painted walls and new trim/baseboards. The last post had the floor all covered up, there is nice cherry wood on the floor. We left that because of course you want to be able to slide down the hall in socks!
Here’s one of the rooms with new paint/trim/baseboards/fan and the beginnings of new carpet. (don’t worry, that’s not the color we picked, just the pad!)

Here’s the office/studio (former garage) with new carpet! New carpet feels so good between your toes. The old carpet smelled like animal urine, haha.

The progress in the laundry room…the grout makes quite a mess

The guest bath tiled but not grouted

and the master bath, with finished tile and a new vanity! we only had to go a week without a bathroom 🙂 (luckily we still had the old place for a week to shower – so our mornings were a bit crazy)

And after we moved in, we had a mini celebration, some champagne and strawberries 🙂
 

Photo Friday #20 May 23, 2009

Filed under: flavor,plus a little extra...,to see — plusalittleextra @ 12:12 am
So having lived in SE Asia for so long, I got really used to the kinds of desserts they eat…pretty much any kind of fruit on sweetened rice. I even got to the point where I couldn’t eat an entire candy bar because it was just too sweet. Anyway, one of my favorites was mango and sticky rice. When I got back, the hunt was on to find places that sell it here. Most Thai places do when mangoes are in season but it’s actually a pretty expensive dessert…the last time I was craving it I spent $6.50 on it, yikes!!
So I decided, while mangoes are still in season, that I would figure out how to make it myself. Seeing as how mangoes are $0.99, coconut milk and rice are cheap, I can make the same amount of dessert you get in the store for about $2.25 or so. That’s much better 🙂 But of course I do have to make it, oh well.
So here it is! It turned out pretty awesome…and boy approved 🙂
 

House progress May 22, 2009

Filed under: home,plus a little extra...,to do,to see — plusalittleextra @ 1:55 am
So we’re already all moved in and a lot of this stuff is already finished, but I figured I’d still post some of the progress pictures since they’re fun.
Here’s the future laundry room. There were some really crappy shelves and awful wood paneling all over the walls so that got ripped out and drywall went up.
The window in the master almost done
We decided to rip out the wood (i know, i know) and put in carpet so we could lounge around in the living room. The wood was really dark and showed every bit of dust. We did leave it in the hallway though.
The painting starts! The color doesn’t really look like this, the blue makes it look weird in the pic.
Dad cutting out trim and baseboards
progress in the laundry room
The hall paint and trim (this picture didn’t rotate for some reason)
Last but not least, The gentleman’s new toy!! Since we have a yard now we needed a lawn mower. He always looks at me like I’m crazy when I say, “let’s stop at that garage sale” but finally I got him to stop at one and check it out! Brand new in the box at a garage sale price!
 

Photo Friday #19 May 16, 2009

Filed under: faith,family,love,plus a little extra...,to see — plusalittleextra @ 6:33 pm
Today’s photo Friday is a bittersweet one. My opa passed away on Thursday. His health has been fading and I’m so grateful that he is out of pain and that I got a chance to say goodbye. He was a wonderful grandfather and we will all miss him. He and I always had an understanding. He never questioned my living abroad for so long and always wanted to hear about my next great adventure. Since I’m the only granddaughter on that side of the family, he had a bit of a sweet spot for me 🙂 Of course he loved all his grandsons as well. He easily accepted the gentleman as a new grandson in the family when we got married. I’m so happy I was able to know my opa for as long as I did. He had a full life of adventures, travel, farming and family. He loved John Deere tractors and loved having four daughters. He was a tall, strong man but there was always tenderness in his eyes.
Goodbye opa, rest in peace
 

Photo Friday #18 May 8, 2009

Filed under: home,plus a little extra...,story,to see — plusalittleextra @ 2:30 pm
Well, we’re moving in tomorrow! Yikes. I just hope everything gets done. These past two weeks have been a little nuts: We shot two weddings two weekends in a row (one of them I was in – my mom was the lovely assistant), have been frantically trying to get the house done, pack and got in two accidents, yeah that’s right two!! We were on our way home from one of the weddings and got rear ended while waiting at a light, then a few days later the gentleman was in the Lowe’s parking lot and a guy born in 1922 (not a joke – he saw his ID) backed into him and knocked out one of his front lights. The guy got out of his truck and said “Did I hit something?” and he was like, “Yeah, ME!”
OF COURSE that would happen this week, but 2 really???!?!?! I suppose we’ll laugh about this later?
Well, in any case, there is always comic relief in times of busyness and stress. My mom has been coming over to help me pack this week and she totally mislabeled one of the boxes. It was supposed to say “bonus ROOM” not “rum” hahaha. I do not have such a plethora of rum that I need a separate box for the bonus rum, hah.

 

Photo Friday #17 May 3, 2009

Filed under: home,plus a little extra...,to do,to see — plusalittleextra @ 5:44 pm
“It’s going to look worse before it looks better.”
That’s definitely our current motto for the house. We’ve done a lot of demo and have started putting things back together. Just about one more week and we should be ready to move in!!!
Here are the “worse” pictures. I’ll update the “better” pictures soon:
Here’s my dad, hard at work:
Here are my brothers doing a fine masking job:
The gentleman and N8…not so hard at work 😉 and our ripped out baseboard and trim pile:
The beginnings of a new window, done by N8 and his dad:
The people who lived here before were kinda nasty…so I’m actually cleaning grease off the walls and ceiling so my dad can paint it, yuck!
Demo-ing [nasty] carpet and realizing there was some awesome fake wood tile stuff underneath. Maybe we should keep that?
Starting to demo the guest bath. The wood paneling on the floor was water damaged (really? water damaged in the bathroom!?!? go figure)

Demo is done in the master bath and ready for tile!
The back side of the house. We replaced that large transparent window with a smaller opaque one. Much more “bathroom friendly”, hah.
got the window in!
My brother and the gentleman had some down time so they started putting our pile of rocks (there was a rather large pile of rocks in the side yard) to use…looking good!
Well, that’s it for now. I’ll post more as we go on!