Thursday, November 19, 2015

And so it begins

the tradition of handmade holiday cards....

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Kitchen Remodel

Where to begin? This kitchen remodel felt like it came out of nowhere. Christopher and I (and I use the word I loosely) remodeled the main bathroom earlier this year finishing in June. It took a tremendous toll on our relationship and in my heart I knew he needed a break from any more DIY on the house.

I've been in a relationship with Christopher for six years and he has always been handy in every way. He was a carpenter in another life and I really took advantage of his skills while upgrading the house. My biggest mistake was under appreciating all the hard work and effort he put in for me. It's embarrassing that I failed miserably on such an easy task, but I am confident I won't let it happen again. I love my partner and he has taught me- it's not the intent, but how you make the other person feel.

Fast forward to now, I had an unexpected visitor tell me about this company called KT Building Supply. I googled them and if you do too, you will find a lot of negative reviews. I knew my budget and after I went through the quote process, I decided to take the risk.

And here is what I got......

Here's the before for a refresher. Those black countertops are not granite, but laminate with some of the edges peeling off.

I love design and had a really good idea of what I wanted - Shaker style cabinets with a skinny rod pull, quartz countertop, undermount sink, white subway tile back splash, white appliances and wood flooring.
It doesn't have the bells and whistles of a dream kitchen remodel, but as far as I am concerned it has my stamp of approval.

Now let me take you on a little tour....
I have white subway tile all around the kitchen.
 You can see below that the hanging cabinet was removed. It feels so much bigger now.
 I also got rid of the wall oven and the drop-in stove top and put in a range. It also feels brighter and roomier.

For the countertop, I chose a quartz called Bianco Venato. I knew I wanted something white and this looked similar to marble which I absolutely love, but can't afford. Also marble is high maintenance.

For the flooring, I went with Smartcore Rustic Hickory from Lowes. It looks like wood, but it is a vinyl plank flooring that I chose to float right over the existing checker board vinyl. This has been the biggest transformation because I hated that checker board!

And last but not least, the undermount sink. Huge difference, don't you think?

The kitchen is 99% done. I feel like I have been procrastinating trying to find the right 2 shelves to hang, but it will come soon enough.
A super big thank you to Christopher for taking the time to demo the kitchen and install all the appliances. You rock my world!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Never say Never

After the main bathroom remodel, I had said DIY was off the calendar for the rest of this year. I was so wrong.

Hello Demo to the Kitchen! Pretty nasty, eh!
Here's the BEFORE

and new pics soon to come!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Seth turned 4

Last Friday, little man Seth turned 4. So hard to believe! I love hanging out with him playing legos, reading books and jumping on the trampoline. Right now he loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Linda and Donnie whipped up a TMNT themed party and Seth was perma grin. He was also spoiled rotten thanks to grandma!

I didn't have any TMNT stuff so Grover and frogs had to do!

and here's the birthday boy!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Bring on the Crafty!

So my birthday card stash was completely depleted and for craft day, oh yeah, i replenished my stock. I used ol' faithful - The Big Shot die cutting machine and was super happy with the results.

and here's a card I made for Adora's birthday.

and a card I made for Juni's 1st birthday.(the theme was tea party)

Friday, September 18, 2015

To the Safe with 3 Kids

So last Sunday, I had planned on lounging with Christopher all day watching football until Linda pleaded with me to come with her to the Mariners game. I asked, "With all your children?" and she laughed and said, "All the children." I then proceeded to say do you know what it will be like and she gave me the look like of course I know what it will be like which is why I needed to come. Oy Vay! Donnie you owe me!

Thankfully, we didn't leave until after the disappointing football game and arrived at Safeco in the 5th inning. The game was ok, the seats were great and Autum absolutely loved it when we would clap in rhythm. Seth was bored and I think fell asleep. The best part of the day is when they let all the kids 14 and under run the bases after the game. Skylar and I made the trek and so did several hundred or 1000's of kids (i don't know, but the line was freaking long!) I thought it would take hours, but Thank God they moved the line fast!

After the game, we stopped at Menchies for frozen yogurt. Isn't she adorable?

Monday, September 14, 2015

Date Night with the Seahawks and Mark Knopfler

September has been a busy month so far. Christopher and I started off the Labor Day Weekend early on Thursday night with the last pre-season football game at Century Link. We watched from the south end zone 9 rows up thanks to Christopher's cousin who makes the trip up for every home game from Southern Oregon! Lots of people dress up in this section like Mrs. and Mrs. Seahawk, Painted Seahawk and the guy next to us had a helmet with horns and a super thick chain wrapped around his neck. I even saw Norb Cam who filmed himself during last year's Green Bay game. It is so funny and awesome to watch it on Youtube.

Before the game, Christopher and I tried La Bodega, a Dominican restaurant that I pass every day on the bus to work. Christopher got the Puerco asado con chimichurri, repollo, y cebollitas (Slow-roasted marinated pork shoulder with chimichurri, shredded cabbage, pickled onions, and house aoili) 

and I ordered the plate version.They get an A for food but a D for beer according to Christopher!
After our meal we headed to the game only to be informed that we couldn't take our backpacks into the stadium, ugh! Missed that memo! So we made a nice trek back to the car on a super full stomach to drop off our bags.  Next time bring a clear bag.....well for me there will be no next time because as fun as it was to experience the game live, i love watching on my sofa yelling at the tv!

We continued to have a relaxing weekend hanging out with my family for Autumn's 2nd birthday and made another outing for good food at the Top of Tacoma. Christopher said the Rueben was the best he'd ever had. I chose the Adobo marinated steak wrap which was pretty tasty. Will definitely go back on a Thursday for their half price tacos. We even crossed off Chick fil A from my restaurants "to try" list. I have been wanting to try their chicken sandwich and waffle fries for some time now. Yum!

Drum roll....and for our 2nd date night....we drove up to Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville for an evening with Mark Knopfler. Do you remember him? He was the front man for Dire Straits. I didn't leave work until 5:00 pm so our seating was pretty far back, but the show was pretty enjoyable. Next time I would leave earlier to be closer. Yeah for crazy creek chairs!

Oh Mark..I wish you would have talked more and told more stories. Christopher said he does all his talking thru the guitar which has a fun twang to it since he is a finger picker. I just wanted it to be a little more personal. My favorite song was Sultans of Swing!
September what else do you have in store? I am liking you so far :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Look Who's Two...

Happy Birthday Autumn! I can't believe 2 years ago you made your presence in this world. You are such a bright little girl. You look just like your mom when she was two.