Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wedding Anniversary: 4 Years

Paul and I celebrated a wonderful 4 years of marriage on 10.2. We went out to dinner at our favorite Zachary's Pizza and spent Friday in the city. It was SO hot we were hoping for a cool breeze on the waterfront but it was still about 80- very unusual for SF! We meandered around Fisherman's Wharf and then kept our youth by visiting Ripley's Believe It or Not museum. Ended the day with an ice cream overlooking the bay!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Front Yard Demolition

I've been getting a lot of questions about how the house is coming along. Frankly, it's not. And that just fine with me- happy to be living in our new spot and know that cuteness will come with time and money!

So- I haven't had much to write about. Until this weekend where we ripped out the front yard in preparation for new landscaping. 

We had a guy chainsaw the Juniper bushes down and we were left with the task of pulling the roots, shoveling dirt, and ripping down the brick retaining wall. 
Easy stuff right? Paul took care of the roots this afternoon while I was horse showing but we did a solid amount of work on Saturday as well!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Housewarming Gift

We got an awesomely thoughtful gift from my Aunt Linda, Uncle Steve, and Grandma! The second package at our new house (more about the first tomorrow)!
- A beautiful card
- Beer Bread- So this house will never know hunger
- Maple Syrup (Liquid Gold from the Farm)- So your lives will always have sweetness
- Salt- So that life may always have flavor
- Beautiful Glass- to remind you of the beauty of your life in this house
- Wine (Ohio Made)- so you will always be of good cheer

And a magnet (we all know I LOVE fridge magnets) with an apache blessing- 
May the sun bring you new energy by day
May the moon softly restore you by night
May the rain wash away your worries
May the breeze blow new strength into your being
May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life

Love you more than the Moon Aunt Linda!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Home Goods

We are now legit. Why- is that a fruit bowl I spy?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The First House Guest

Dee came to spend some time with us and was tasked with being our guinea pig first house guest. Poor Paul had once again hurt his toe- so while I was at work and he was immobilized on the couch- Dee made us some amazing dinners! Chicken Spaghetti and Ribs with homemade potato salad and green beans. 

On Saturday we went shopping for a few odds and ends to make the place a little more like home- I am now the proud owner of a gorgeous salad bowl- the perfect gift with all the fun home salad "recipes" I've been making lately. 

For our last dinner we went to Zachary's Pizza in the old neighborhood. Yum!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sunday April 27th: Dubrovnik Croatia

Still more from our awesome Sunday!
Taking a selfie of Nicole taking a selfie

We also toured the large fort at the top of the hill

Out of order- shots of homemade liquor to end the night

Monday, May 26, 2014

West Elm Has Got My Number

Hundreds of them actually. 
Rewind back to last Thursday. With the installation of our king sized bed and the imminent arrival of a stream of parents I needed to get some linens and things to outfit the old bed. We had left our bag o' jersey sheets behind as they'd seen better days and now have literally one set of king sized sheets. 
Anyway- Thursday, Target, Lunch Hour. 
I managed to paint that second bedroom a shade of mauve that's actually a pretty dark purple in off light. What color is a neutral that goes with purple? Only my favorite color! Alas Target had no textured (or plain) grey comforters. I'd loaded the cart with a sad patterned alternative, pillows, sheets, bedskirt. 
Then I panicked. I'd say that I'm a fairly decisive person- although not, apparently, when it comes to outfitting my house in a cool, done but undone kind of way. 
I left. I abandoned cart and walked right out of the store. Seriously!

The pending crisis of ugly sheets averted, my parents were still out of luck when it came to sleeping on something other than a bare mattress. 

After a quick consult with the fancy girls at work it was decided that West Elm was the next stop. Bed Bath & Beyond was too big boxy and Bloomingdales was too spendy. 

I spent my Saturday picking out fabulous new bedding from my NEW FAVORITE store! And I was quite please by how the new bed looked with its pristine sheets, blanket, and quilt. Welcome guests!  
Despite being tres happy I was also very, very sad. Because the guest bedroom was all fancy while our new bed looked so sloppy- the duvet didn't fit, the box springs showed. Ugh- a mess. 
So I plotted, planned, and pulled together every William Sonoma (also good at West Elm) and birthday giftcard and went back today to outfit our bed. 
Now we have a lovely blue blanket, white quilt, and textured duvet- with pop of color sham to boot!
And after scrubbing the fireplace with a wire brush for most of Sunday I was damn well going to fill it with cute things!
Still on the hunt for the perfect guest nightstands and lamps to help round out the look!  Plus new nightstands and lamps for our room. Oh- and a headboard(s). And perfect dresser/ armoire thingy. I am going to stop typing now before Paul has a conniption. But I am very pleased to outfit our bed with new things- the room looks brighter and i think it sets the tone as we continue to shop around!