Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The kitchen

So the kitchen is pretty much finished. At least all the really hard and big stuff. So, finally, here are before and after pictures of whats completed.

Here is the before and after of the kitchen/living room wall. We opened up the doorway and made the fridge cave.


Before... but room cleared out.

The before picture of the outside of the fridge area...
The before doorway...

Finished product...

Before picture of where the fridge and microwave had to go. Took up a lot of room.

The fridge/microwave stand moved out...

Looks and feels much more open.

The before fridge cave... no cave there
After picture... Look at that sexy fridge cave. Oh... and notice the cabinet paint change. We also put wood molding in instead of that hideous rubber stuff.
The floor before... It was lenoleum. It wasn't the worst thing in the kitchen but looks so much nicer with the tile

After... the new floor. We slaved over this dumb floor and it was the hardest and longest part of the kitchen. This picture isn't the best. But o-well... deal.
Our old oven... it was apartment size and very tiny and the oven temp was wrong so I always burned EVERYTHING.

Our new oven! We got it off craigslist for a great deal. Ignore the silver patch behind the oven. That is a work in progress. We eventually will put stainless steal sheets behind the oven and the backsplash. I spray painted a spot to see what it would look like.

For whatever reason I can't find a before picture of this shot. But I painted the cabinets and Rillz and Ren cut out that dishwasher space. The green cabinets are much calmer than the red. The red was just to in your face.

Old dishwasher... again, apartment size. I sold this little one for more than I paid for our new one.

The dishwasher... we got it off craigslist too.

The dishwasher was white with black trim and paneling. All our other appliances were completely black. So I spray painted the white parts with black appliance paint. Turned out great!

We bought this tool bench from Costco before we even started any renovation. We new it would be a perfect fit against this wall. The tool bench has a big butcher block on top too... perfect for prepping dinners on. It gives us more counter space and storage. All our utensils, pots, pans, bowls, knives, measuring spoons/cups, spices, foil and plastic wraps are stored in this tool bench.
People always ask if its a tool bench or if it really was made to go in a kitchen! Either way, we LOVE it in our kitchen. It's perfect.

This is the "backsplash" behind the countertops. We have not bought and put up the stainless steal yet. That is pretty much all we have left to do though. Oh, we bought kitchen things from Ikea that I can't wait to put up too!

Finally my kitchen is pretty much complete and my house isn't one big dust ball. Since our kitchen has been put back together we have NOT wanted to eat out. We were so sick of fast food and take out and restaurants. Rillz and I just get so excited to cook now. It doesn't feel as stressful as it used to in the old cramped kitchen. I know my kitchen is small but now it feels more efficiant and easier to move around in.

Friday, September 17, 2010

A new addition

We have a new baby in our family! Rillz's sister had a sweet little girl on Wednesday September 15. Her name is Gracey Milan Kealani Noone. Girlie and David didn't want to find out what it was. I immediately guessed a girl. I guess the majority of people said boy. Well, it's a girl and she is so adorable! Her hair is black, thick, and curly. We just love her already. She had a fever coming out but baby and mom are doing really well! Rillz's sister and brother-in-law live in Florida and Rillz and I were lucky to see her when she was less then a day old. Girlie came home tonight (Friday) and Gracey gets to come home tomorrow morning. I was told that Girlie was laughing and texting on her phone during labor. Crazy girl!

Gracey is 7 lbs. 10 oz. and 20 in. long.

We are all so happy for David and Girlie. It is the first baby on Rillz's side of the family. I will have to take pictures this week of David and Girlie with their baby. We just adore her and love her so much!

Welcome to the family sweet Gracey!

I made stuff for the baby. Not knowing what the gender was made it diffuct too. Here is a blanket I sewed. Let me tell you... such a pain! I had to learn a lot about my sewing machine and how to use different foots for it just to do this quilt. Took hours and lots of frustration to do! But, it's pretty cute.

Kristi also helped me make an awesome Baby ABC scrapbook. We both worked on it 7 hours straight. Kristi is SO creative and talented when it comes to crafty stuff. We couldn't make it boyish or girlish. Oops, pictures are sideways. Sorry.

Alright, got a lot of eating to do now. Peace out!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hot air balloons

Growing up Boise always had an event called Boise River Festival. It was awesome! Always the highlight of summer in my youth. In 2003 the city ended it due to funding. Part of the festival was always hot air balloons. My dad would always wake up at 6 a.m. and wake up whoever wanted to go to. The balloons typically take off every morning for 3 days. And on the last day they did a night light balloon show. Well, like I said that all ended 7 years ago. This year Boise decided to do the hot air balloon part again. I was SO excited! I asked Rillz if we could invite my siblings over for a bbq then all go down together since my house is only 5 minutes away from the park. Rillz of course was on board. I called Kristi, Heidi, and Brent and come to find out they were all planning to go too. My mom and dad were both out of town so they missed the get together. I was excited to show off my kitchen (which I will post about soon). Last week Rillz and I worked our butts off to get the house ready for everyone. Lots of dusting! Anyways, we had a great meal and great company. We even skyped my dad (who is in Germany right now) so every one could say hi to him.

What is Brent doing? A little meditation doesn't hurt I guess.

After eating we headed to Ann Morrison Park for the Night Light hot air balloons. We all enjoyed it but everyone was saying it wasn't as magnificant as we remembered. Not as much balloon participation. But we hope if they continue to do this every year more balloons will get involved and the event will only get bigger. The balloons that were there were pretty when lit up.

I was able to take a picture of every couple/family:
Heidi, Ren and Camden (the lump of course)

Kristi, Jeff, Gunnar, and Brecken. Gunnar was trying to make a funny face but I took the picture sooner than he thought. That is why he looks SUPER happy in this picture
Brent, Noelle, and Hazel
Me and Rillz. Man, I look so white next to him. (ok I know I am white but you know, this is REALLY white looking)
There were so many people!
After the balloons we went back to my house and had rootbeer floats and celebrated Brents 26th birthday.

Thanks family for making this get together great!