Saturday, May 30, 2009

Home At Last...

It's been a long process, but after over a year of searching and 2 months of dealing with closing chaos, we FINALLY moved into our new home this last week. Although the home was built in 2006 and is in near perfect condition, we still have a long list of projects for the house. The project at the top of our list was a weird entertainment niche in the living room. Ever since we first saw the home, we disliked the niche and decided we wanted to take it out. Since we were going to be re-carpeting, we figured it would be best to take it out right away before we moved in our furniture.

After many long hours and the help of A LOT of family, we finally finished our renovation project. Luckily, Ryan was able to do the demolition and drywalling work himself which made the project much more affordable. And now, after a week of chaos and many late nights, we have finally finished the living room!


Mid-Project (2 days ago)


Luckily, we've had plenty of help with all our projects. With the help of our demolition team, furniture movers, cleaners, lighting guy, and drywallers (otherwise known as our families), we've been able to get quite a few of the projects done pretty quickly. This last weekend, Ryan's parents even came down to help us get settled. Although I'm pretty sure our families consider us slave drivers after this last week, we're extremely appreciative of all the hard work and long hours they put in.

In addition to our living room project, we've also been painting and re-vamping the other rooms in the house. Yesterday, we also finished our master bedroom. As we finish more rooms we'll be sure to post more pics of the house. Stay tuned...


Monday, May 11, 2009

Ryan's Little Buddy

Yesterday, Ryan and I found a baby bird that had fallen out of the tree in front of our apartment. After seeing the bird several time throughout the day, we began feeling bad and decided that we needed to do something to help. Luckily, our friends Tiffany and James had found a bird about a month ago and had the address of a couple who takes care of baby birds.

Watching the bird huddled in the corner, we decided that the least we could do was to take the bird to the shelter. So we ventured out with a box and began our adventure of trying to catch the bird and bring it into our apartment for the night. When we got it into the apartment, Ryan did his best to make the bird feel at home. Now I've always thought of myself as a pretty compassionate person, but when it comes to birds, I have to say that Ryan is MUCH more compassionate than I am.

Once we got the bird inside, Ryan crumpled up some toilet paper for a bed and even smushed up some fruit for it to eat. When we closed the door to the room it was in, Ryan thought the room seemed too dark so he put his laptop in the room so the bird wouldn't get scared. It was so cute watching Ryan going back into the room throughout the night to check on the bird.

When we woke up in the morning, Ryan was so excited to see that the bird had actually eaten his fruit concoction. On his way to work, Ryan dropped the bird off at the shelter and said goodbye to his little friend. Although it was a short-lived adventure, it was SO entertaining to watch Ryan with his "little buddy." I can't help but think that if Ryan was that compassionate with a bird, there's no doubt he's gonna be an awesome dad one day.


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Spring In Spokane

This last weekend we were able to go to Spokane to celebrate the wedding of Ryan's friend, Mark. Luckily, all of Ryan's siblings were also able to make it up to Spokane for the weekend. The grass was green and the weather was beautiful making an absolutely perfect weekend. The best part was getting to play with Ryan's nephew and niece!

Over the weekend, Ryan's niece Riley decided she wanted to set-up a lemonade stand. I'm pretty sure she ended up making about $5.00 for a half an hours worth of work. If only I could charm a crowd like her, I might be able to make a fortune!

Riley and Cooper are both super photogenic and love getting their picture taken. As my sister always says, cute kids make anyone look like a decent photographer.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Prom Date

Last night, Ryan and I helped my little brother ask a girl to Prom. While my brother did the shopping for the supplies, Ryan did most of the actual work. I, on the other hand, supervised the project by "testing" all of the M&M's. What can I say, Ryan has better handwriting than me and he's much more of a perfectionist than I am - he was just a better fit for the job. But now that I think about it, I probably should have been a little more concerned about how excited my husband was to ask a girl to prom. Hmmm...


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