Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ultimate Teamwork

From painting and installing our garage door, we have moved on to the overwhelming project of a master bath re-do. And I must say, this has been the most challenging of all our projects thus far. Two weeks ago, Grant and I spent a portion of our Sunday afternoon removing our 400lb bathtub in preparation for a walk-in shower. Surprisingly, we accomplished this task without injury or harsh words!

My day job came in handy during this task!

Thanks to Grant's thought-out plan x 4 days, the tub made it through our bedroom, out of the sunroom and onto the patio by way of Grant's tracking system, which allowed us to salvage the carpet and tile.

And here she is, our beloved pink and blue bathroom.
(The first day of ownership)

This is our progress as of today, a few weeks into the remodel. To our surprise, it took longer than we expected to demo everything and we are still working on that part. We are notorious for letting a project linger, but hopefully this one will be different!

(The space is small and requires a wide angle lens)

Bathtub successfully removed.

Our goal is to finish no later than October! Stay tuned...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Near 30

At least that's how I felt when I turned 27 on Friday. Why is it that 27 seems so much closer to 30 than 26?! Not that 30 is old by any means, but there just comes a time in life where you finally feel older and I think that time has arrived!
I had a great weekend celebrating my birthday. My friends at work organized a lunch for me on Friday to celebrate the day and I had a good time listening to my patients guess my age. I heard everything from 18 to 35 (what?!), but most of them were very close.

When I got home, I found these on the kitchen table along with a hidden Starbucks gift card! Thanks Grant! :)

We celebrated Friday night at P.F. Changs with my Mom

And of course she showed out with her beautiful wrapping and cute ideas

I love Martha Stewart and Mom baked 3 different cookies out of the new cookbook she got me. So cute and so yummy!

Grant and I went the Farmer's Market for the first time yesterday and got lots of fresh fruit that I plan to turn into a pie later this week! The weather was perfect last night and we headed to Live at the Garden to hear Joe Cocker and watch old people dance real funny. It was a great night.

And because I love brunch so much, the Burke's took us to Paulette's after church and I so enjoyed their famous popovers with strawberry butter!

All in all it was a great weekend! Next up, Grant's 30th! (Well in a few months).

Near 30

At least that's how I feel after turning 27 on Friday! Why is it that 27 seems so much closer to 30 than 26? (For all of you older than me, don't be too quick to roll your eyes! I know you felt it too)!

I had a great weekend being 27. My friends at work prepared a wonderful meal for lunch on Friday and we enjoyed all kinds of fresh foods that one of the therapists brought from her garden. I didn't even know lime basil existed but I love it! Thanks, ladies!

I got home and found these on the kitchen table with a hidden Starbucks card on the inside!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Global Efforts

I recently finished reading this book and I am contemplating reading it again because of the way Immaculee inspires me. I realize I am behind the times a bit, considering her book was released several years ago. But, better late than never on this one. There were parts of the book I found very difficult to read, but the overall awareness of the Rwandan Holocaust, the reminder of our freedom and Immaculee's trust in God outweighs the gruesome details. Despite the tragic events, there is beauty in her reflection of God's protection and how her relationship with Him deepened during this time in her life. I do wish I could meet her.

Maybe not what you'd consider a normal "summer read" but a good one, I assure you.

And as I made a quick stop at Starbucks this morning, I was happy see to more products available to the public, as a part of the (PRODUCT)RED™. This summer, Starbucks has released small handbags and tumblers with authentic African fabric created by Rwandan artisans. Click here to read more. I couldn't find any pictures and I didn't purchase one today, so you will have to venture to a Starbucks to see for yourself! This is one of many reasons why I love Starbucks.