Sunday, November 27, 2011

I might not be able to get out of bed tomorrow...

Thanks to my fight with the 30 year old juniper by our mailbox.  Word of advice: if you are considering purchasing a juniper, don't.  It was half dead and had loads of crab grass growing in it.  It looked depressing.  Mom bought us some pansies the other day, so I decided to tackle the task today.  Most of it just yanked out - that's how rotted it was - but I am sure my neighbor got quite the chuckle when I landed on my rear just as she was driving in front of the house...  Anyway, I took a pic of the mess I made!

And of our front door with our holiday wreath :)

Yesterday, I tackled the cabinets.  Mom came in during my first coat and caught me in the act.  It was a bit of a balancing act, as there's not as much counter space below the corner!

They are ALMOST DONE.  Almost.

Today, I made a pumpkin tart that I made last Thanksgiving.  I just marveled at the fact that I had all my stuff way spread out:

And STILL had SO MUCH counter space.  This is the thing I keep repeating as I finish out these last cabinets!  P.S. See those cabinets in the background?  I can't decide what to do about them.  Black?  Same color as the trim?  Travis wants a deeper color of the walls, but I think that is risky for resale... in case someone thinks it's not easy being green.

So, for a little fun, I'll tell you what Winston has been up to.  Yesterday, he ran 1.5 miles (and sprinted when I asked him if he wanted to go home!) and walked almost 6.  Today, he walked around 4 miles and was EXHAUSTED (he needed a ride, mom and dad tell me).  He also got a bath (horrible) and then a de-matting comb (terrible), and then a brushing (no good), and then a little trimming (very bad day).  He made us laugh.  He was so over the combing that he first tried just sitting straight up against me.  This was unsuccessful, as it meant I had belly access.  So, he resorted to clinging to my arm.

And when that didn't work, he resorted to kissing me.

OK, Winston, I, too, am exhausted.  Back to work (the kind at a computer) for me!

Friday, November 25, 2011

And the stockings were hung by the fire with care.

We started with Christmas preparations even before we had eaten Thanksgiving "linner".  I figured I should recruit the help before bellies were full.  So, we started outside with out courtyard tree.  It got a makeover with lights and oversized ornaments =)

Yup, that's Travis up on the ladder doing some light wrapping!  Here's the final product in the daylight...

And lighting up the night...

Then, we got to enjoy a feast in our new dining room in our new house, with our little family - mom and dad, Sherry, hubby, bro, and of course Winston.  There was a LOT of food.  A LOT.

I didn't get pics of the preparations, but I did get pics of the cleanup.  I have to say that we felt very blessed and happy to have a huge kitchen this year!  It was so great to not have everyone bumping into each other =)

So, then, I got down to Christmas decorating.  Yesterday, it looked like Christmas exploded in the great room.  However, in between working and wrapping, I managed to get things a bit more together ;)  I just worked while I wrapped!

Winston was POOPED from all the activities of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  There was a LOT of begging to be done, you know.


So, we spent an entire evening last weekend searching out a white Christmas tree.  I get Travis a Christopher Radko ornament every year, and I thought they'd look really cool on a white tree with color lights.

 Pretty cute during the day, but it's awesome at night.  What's better is that it's the first thing you notice when you drive into our neighborhood now =)

I also decorated the "adult" tree in the great room.  And put all those gifts I wrapped underneath!

It looks better lit up at night!

Did a little decorating in the entryway...

And did up the mantle in a style that I like to think of as fun and young... hubby dared to reference the "t" word when describing it (I don't think it is ONE BIT tacky, personally).

Happy holidays, everyone!  I'm off to do some work so I can get started on that last chunk of upper cabinets tomorrow =)

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Pictures of today's festivites in our new house are sure to follow tonight or tomorrow...  but I thought I'd just make a list of a few of the things I thought about this morning on my jog.
1. I am thankful to wake up in a warm bed in a wonderful, love-filled house, next to a puppy snuggled up to the man I love.
2. I am thankful for cool, sun-filled mornings that welcome long runs.
3. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to greet my mom and dad each morning since April... and I think we are all grateful their house is close to completion too =)
4. I am thankful for all the wonderful family and friends who are and who have been in my life.
5. I am thankful for all the awesome people I have and do work with.
6. I am thankful that we have been blessed with the ability to own our second house before 30.
7. I am thankful that we both have jobs we enjoy and that have allowed us to be where we need to be when we need to be there.
8. I am thankful for the country we live in and the sacrifices people make every day to make it what it is.
9. I am thankful my brother is in school in Winston Salem =)
10. I am thankful that I live with and am otherwise related to AWESOME cooks =)

Happy Thanksgiving, may you all eat well :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

2 weeks later...

Well, folks, life has gotten a little demanding, so the love at Turnberry turned away from the tasks at hand to the ones we love.  However, in our "down time", we have managed to get a little bit done!  During the week this past week, I managed to get the final top row of the range side of the kitchen painted and hung.  So now, we can admire the whole set of cabinets!

Yesterday and today, I managed to get another small chunk done on the opposite wall in between running errands and cleaning the house and working and whatnot...  Again, please excuse the Sunday dinner cleanup on the counter as well as the lovely ladder.  It's getting late, and I still have a lot to do before I sleep!

Yesterday, we thought we had the wrong drill - Travis has 2 of the same drill - 1 that works and one that needs a different battery.  We couldn't find his drill, so Adam came through for us again and let us borrow his.  Oh, and have a mini-snuggle session with Noah =).  Love that baby-love!  Adam's drill is WAY heavier than Travis's... and I think I am going to have a huge bicep from holding it up to screw in those top cabinet doors!

Travis and I used that drill and our teamwork to finally mount the TV to the wall.  We thought we'd really scored one when we found a wall mount kit at Ikea for $20 some time ago.  Unfortunately, what that kit didn't tell you online was that it was for use with a wall system they have... while running errands on Friday, though, we discovered a wall mount kit at Costco for $80.  Still less than we've ever seen them for - so we scooped it up.  Now, we've got this going on in the great room:

I know, thrilling.  I am pretty psyched, though, because the TV kept making a threatening squeaking noise when I would jump (thanks to TurboFire!).  And, I am pretty sure the boys will be psyched because now the cable box doesn't interfere with turning on the TV power!

Finally, Travis got the pantry taped and a first coat of mud tonight.  I'm hoping he was inspired by mom and dad's new pantry, which is beautiful!  It's looking good!

So, I tried to clean up the dining room (kitchen cabinet painting central) so that we can have a clutter-free Thanksgiving, and I've got quite a bit more cleaning and stuff to do before bed... and the clock is ticking!  Hoping to have lots to show for after next weekend... including some pretty exciting CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS.  Yay holidays!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Things around here have gone a little bit slower, with caregiving and new job stuffs, but we do continue to plug along.  The door that is now a wall remains just that (and hubby put the Christmas tree in front of it in the hall instead of lugging the tree up to the attic until Thanksgiving - I have no comment on how I feel about this one).  However, in between everything this past week and weekend, I did manage to do this:

And, you might notice that there are actual knobs on those drawers and doors! Travis made his own "jig" and installed them all while I made Sunday dinner!

So, there is a chance that I will have all the cabinets done by Christmas :)  Back to the search for the perfect backsplash again!!!