Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Visit from Nana & George

It was so much fun to have Nana (my mom) and George come to visit us for a few days in October! They flew into the small airport near our home in their plane and spent some quiet time just visiting with everyone. We took them the the Fremont Market one Sunday afternoon, which is one of our favorite places we've discovered since we moved out here. It's a small, outdoor flea market, with lots of great handmade jewelry, art, food and other goodies—I love the thrill of finding "a find" like a handful of antique skeleton keys or a vintage rhinestone pendant! The girls discovered a booth with neat little caps and scarves that they fell in love with, so Nana bought them each a hat (because you know that's what Grandmothers do to spoil their grandkids! LOL) and I bought a nifty black and white patterned scarf. I was also so excited to find the little food stand that makes Thai style fried bananas—one of my fave deserts ever and so hard to find places that know how to make it. Afterwards, we headed over to a nearby gelato place that we'd heard had great flavors, and we definitely agreed, as it had the most authentic stracciatella (vanilla and chocolate flakes) gelato we'd tasted since being in Italy. Yum...I'm wanting to go back again right now!

I was sad that Mom could only stay a few days with us, but hopefully, she'll be able to come out and visit for a longer time later next year!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Warning: Construction Zone!

I know, I know...it's been a while since my last post. But I have good reasons, I promise! LOL First of all, we're still trudging away on the kitchen remodel, trying to make up our minds on the backsplash and painting what seems like my 100th cabinet door. We're also trying to finish up the landscaping so we can reseed the backyard before it gets too cold (I am so not ready for winter!) But then we were introduced to new contractor last week and to our amazement, things just worked out and this weekend we turned our home into an even more chaotic mess because we're tearing out the loft area above our entryway!

Are we CRAZY?!? Yesterday, sawdust was flying everywhere and the girls were moaning about losing their favorite part of the house. Never mind that it could only be accessed by the master bedroom and sat smack in the middle of the entry by the stairs like Grand Central Station, collected all sorts of unsightly junk, and made you feel like you were entering a cave when you came through the front door. They just loved it for some reason. They begged us to leave in the door from our bedroom and put in a trampoline at the bottom or a fireman's pole so they could slide down, but sadly, those ideas had to be squashed due to insurance concerns. hah!

So now Kraig and I are on a frantic search for a chandelier today. We always had this project on our to-do list, but weren't planning on doing it so soon. But we're super excited to see it coming along and know that it will really make a dramatic change to our home. I'll post some before and after pics when it's done at the end of the week, k?

Oh yeah...and my mom and George are coming out to visit this weekend! aye, yi, yi!!!
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