Sep 30, 2009

Hello Fall!

Fall is here. I can't say Fall is my favorite season, I don't think I really have a FAVORITE season. I just love the changing of the seasons. I'm usually tired of the old season and ready for the climate change. Fall is fun because I get to decorate the house for all the holidays that come with it. And while the first week and weekend of Fall brought 100 degree weather, between Monday and Tuesday this week, we've seen a drop of about 15-20 degrees and have had some chilly nights. Tonight we even had some rain, lightning and thunder. We had to take the comforter out of the dry cleaning bag. And with October started, Halloween decorations have made their way out of storage and into our decor.

In other news, we still have a ways to go before we're totally settled in the new house (I'll decorate around the mess:)) but we are almost completely done with cleaning the old house - just a quick sweep of the garage tomorrow and our walk-through.

We have completed our backyard renovations. We had cement poured and stained, and sprinklers and lawn put in last week. We even extended the driveway a little so I'll be able to park on it versus the street. Yippee! Above are some pics before the cement was stained. The camera is low on battery power and I haven't found the charger yet to take the final finished picture.

Today, Lynde, Cameron and I headed up to the Auburn Home Show. Cameron and I were on a mission to find a painting for above the fireplace. We originally had purchases a painting on canvas hung by a wrought iron bar, but it's just a little too big and looks better in our bedroom any how. We went straight to the building that had the art at the last show. Sure enough, the art section was still there and still at the low low prices. We found what we wanted in 10 minutes. It's even already above the fireplace and we've even picked out the colors we plan to paint the room. In trying to hang the canvas painting, Cameron made some dents and holes, which has been a blessing because I cannot wait to paint and now I need to to fix his boo boos.

Stay tuned for more pictures as things progress.


Sep 23, 2009

First Bubble Bath

We're in the new house! And I have officially broken in the new master bath tub with bubble! Yesterday was my company's annual marketing offsite in Santa Cruz. With all the unpacking and moving that went on over the weekend, I was too tired to head down Monday night, so I instead went to bed early and work up at 5 AM to head to San Jose. I had to be in San Jose by 9 AM to catch a ride over the hill. Just barely made it thanks to traffic on 680! While the meeting was supposed to finish at 4, we didn't get out of there until 4:45, so we weren't back over the hill until 5:30. Luckily, traffic was moving nicely and I was back in Elk Grove at 7:30 or so. Needed to make a stop at the old house to get some of the last items we have there. By the time I got home at 8:30, all I wanted was a little dinner, a glass of wine and a bubble bath. After a quick sandwich, I was soaking it up upstairs and unwinding. May need a few more before weeks end.

The big move was last Saturday and the movers were done in under 6 hours. Of course, we just had them place boxes in the garage, so we've been busy moving boxes into the house and unpacking. Just a few pictures, cleaning and gardening supplies remain at the old house. Guess what we'll be doing this weekend ;).

I'll get pictures up of the new house unfurnished soon and once we're settled, will get final pictures up.


Sep 10, 2009

Busy Busy Busy

So I'm sitting at my computer and tried to remember the loast time I posted here. I had to check and am shocked its been well over a month. Then again, August was a bit of a blurr for me.

The weekend after our anniversary, Cameron's brother Alan and his son Christian were in town for a visit, so a bunch of the family got together for a BBQ. Our nephew Christian turned 3 in July and is just the happiest little guy I have ever met! It was a ton of fun to see him and Alan again, and we were happy Joe, Vicki, Alan and Christian made the trek down to Rancho to see the house at the time. I think the tile was just going in.

The next weekend kicked off all the festivities around Matt & Lynde's wedding. First was the bridal shower, then the bachelor party and Lynde's pre-bachelorette party. followed by their wedding. The wedding was wonderful, the bride gorgeous and the groom looked dapper in his tux and spiffy shoes. Forget what the style was called, but the shoes were cool for sure. We spent a bit of time up in Chico for their wedding, catching up with friends we don't see often who had come in for the wedding as well as sneaking in a dinner with Gene and Bonnie Moffett.

Then, last Thursday, my parents flew in for Denise Johnson's wedding, which was Sunday. Friday, my dad finally got to see the new house - during our pre-walk through. Did I mention its all done. The prewalk through was just to go through and make sure it was up to our standards. The builder has had this last week to fix all the little things. My biggest concern is just making sure the granite tile on the island is smooth - I'd found a few rough edges during the walkthrough. Denise and Jon's wedding was lovely as well. It was held at the very same location as Matt & Lynde's! A bit of deja vu for Cameron and myself. Cameron got to meet a lot of people from my childhood that I haven't seen in years. My parents and I had a great time catching up with all these people. Denise looked stunning in her dress and I got quite the kick out of Jon walking in to the Mission Impossible theme song!

And to add more to our plate, we've been busy with the final preparations of the new house and moving! We get the keys tomorrow. While I know the process seemed to take forever, I can't believe the day is almost here that its ours! We have the final walkthrough just to confirm all was fixed tomorrow at 1 PM. Then it will be recorded with the city and we should have our keys between 3:30 and 4:30. We'll get a little time in the house before Cameron drives me to the airport for Lynde's bachelorette party. We're headed to San Diego for a weekend of girl fun and teh Dave Matthew's Concert.

The big move will take place next weekend. Until then, Cameron wants to seal the garage floor and fences. We also have someone coming to give us an estimate on sealing the grout and tile counters and floors Saturday, which we then hope can be completed before the big move. Also crossing our fingers that the blinds arrive and that we can get them installed before then as well. Luckily, almost everything here is boxed up, so we'll be ready for the movers and will be able to transport fragile and odd shaped items through out the week before.

I'll get the final photos up as soon as I get back from San Diego Sunday!