Thursday, May 20, 2010

Home Improvement!!

We have been busy working on our new house. We flew my step-dad out and put him to work on lots of home improvement projects! Here are some pictures of what we have been doing.

First of all were the kitchen appliances. As you can tell, they were really ugly. I didn't get a picture of the dishwasher before, but it was super ugly too. We brought our stainless steel fridge with us, so now everything is matchy matchy!!

Next was this crazy wasted space we had. I also didn't get a picture of this before, but you can tell about how big it was. We opened up underneath the stairs and were hoping to make a huge pantry, but the way the stairs were framed, it would've taken a very long time to make it usable. So instead, we were able to get a very small section underneath the stairs that we will use as Landon's chill out room. He really likes enclosed spaces. Now he can open our new pantry door and crawl through his secret door and into his little room. There is a light in there and it is about 10 feet tall. We need to get some carpet in there and we will put up a little curtain over the door of his little clubhouse.

Next came Presley's room. At first it was a loft that we really didn't use since we use the formal dining room downstairs as a playroom. Now Presley has a new room. We still have to put on door knobs, paint, and finish above her closet, but she is loving her new room and Kendall is really happy to have her out of her room!!

We also put a door on our master bathroom, which I don't have a picture of. When you were in our shower and the bedroom door was open, you could look straight down the hallway!! HELLO!!!
Our favorite project of all has been our yard!! It was full of weeds and now we LOVE it. Along the fence you can see 5 small fruit trees. We have a plum, granny smith apple, peach, cherry, and mandarin orange!! They are teeny trees, but our peach tree already has little peaches on it. I can't wait until we have lots of fruit!! We can't walk on our yard for 3 weeks, but soon we will set up our new trampoline and buy a play structure!! Next up, we hope, is new carpet. Boy is our carpet a mess!!!!

Here is cute Landon helping grandpa. He loved watching the construction and liked to help whenever he could!!
When you are upstairs and look out the big windows and over the freeway, this is what you see. Cows!! That is an environmentally protected area, so nothing will ever be built over there.


AZAlgers said...

Can we borrow your step dad??? Things are looking great. My favorite thing about the backyard...No cinderblock. I hate the jail-cell feeling in the AZ backyards.

Heather BT said...

Amy, check your fruit trees. Most Apples, and more than half of the Cherry trees are not self pollinating. That means you need another of the same type of tree (apple or whatever) but with a different name. Like, Granny smith and Jonathan might work but two Granny Smith's wouldn't. Just google fruit tree pollination chart for that type of tree.

Heather BT said...

Oh, and so love the cubby hole Idea, Would have so been all over that when I was a kid.

Jodi said...

Love everything! Looks wonderful!
And can I share Landon's little clubhouse? :)

Gwen said...

Wow, you have been busy! The house and yard look great!

Geneve said...

That's awesome, Amy! Things are looking really good!

Rebel said...

You guys are BUSY! When you can spare a few minutes, I will give you my address!!! : )

It all looks so nice!

Cata said... - comment please

Good Job.... your son is so beauty

Presley's Adoption Timeline

  • 8/15/2007 - Received referral for Geneva!
  • 9/13/2007 - Sent LOI (letter of intent) to our agency
  • 9/29/2007 - LOI was sent to China!
  • 10/08/2007 - LOI was delivered to the CCAA in China
  • 10/29/2007 - PA (pre-approval) was issued!!
  • 1/15/2008 - DTC (dossier to China)
  • 1/18/2008 - Dossier delivered to CCAA
  • 1/25/2008 - LID (log-in date)
  • 4/1/2008 - LOA (letter of acceptance)
  • 4/25/2008 - CCAA issues TA (travel approval)
  • 5/22/2008 - Leave for China!!!
  • 5/25/2008 - Met our sweet Lexi!
  • 5/26/2008 - Discovered Lexi had brain damage
  • 5/30/2008 - Met precious Presley!
  • 6/7/2008 - Arrived home

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