Monday, June 23, 2008

Remodel blues...

Ever since I bought my first place here I had wanted to get some new flooring and now I have finally bit the bullet and done so. Well I guess I should say that I'm in the middle of it right now. I decided to have laminate wood put down through all of the main living areas (much easier to clean up when you have pets) and then tile in the bathrooms. The thing is, to save some money I decided I'd do some of the tear out work myself. Now that I'm finished I think I would just spend the money and have someone else do the work. Here's some pictures of how it went:

Ok to be fair I didn't demo the bathrooms but the rest of it was exhausting enough! After moving all of the furniture, ripping up the carpet, pulling out the tack strips, and finishing it off by pulling up all the particle board in the kitchen I was exhausted. I guess I should have asked for more help :). When I finally get the house put back together I'll show it off....

Friday, June 6, 2008

Happy birthday Chloe..

Well, as usual, I am posting about two weeks behind what is going on in my life (there is just never enough to time to do everything I have to do and everything I want to do) but Memorial Day weekend marked my friend Nancy's daughters first birthday. It seemed like a good time to head to California and take part in the festivities. It was pretty chaotic that morning, trying to get the flowers planted outside, get everything picked up (only to find out after we got back from the bakery that they had spelled Chloe's name wrong on the cake), and get prepared for the guest but in the end it all worked out great and I think that fun was had by all. There were a lot of people, a lot of food, and a lot of chaos but isn't that what a party is for? Here are just a few pictures of the festivities.

The next day we had to spend in recovery mode, having a nice barbeque and then heading off to the drive in to see Indiana Jones (a sad disappointment after comparing it to my fond memories of the first three movies). For Memorial Day we took a trip up to the top of Mt. Diablo. It's funny how the mountain isn't that tall by Utah standards (only 3,550 ft) you can see really far on a clear day due to the fact that you start out at sea level. We unfortunately had a hazy day (thanks to the fires burning to the south and some good ole San Francisco fog) but you could see some of the bridges and the 360 degree view was still impressive. The road up (and down) wound around so much that I think Jarrod was the only one that wasn't about to throw up by the time we reached the bottom! I don't often get car sick but man that was a tough one. Once again I didn't car so much what I was doing, it was just nice to get away and to visit with old friends.