December 22, 2009

December 18, 2009 there anyone out there??

We've been crazy busy painting, working, being sick (it's been a bad year), and getting ready for a much needed break.  Here are some photos of what else has been keeping us busy.


Deer crossing right in front of our car on our way to Pike National Forest

Mission Accomplished!

Chino & Kitty love to hang out under the tree and drink kitty gin (pine tree water).

The tree is up and notice...


The tree in all its glory.

Even though we're heading back to Wisconsin for some time with our families, we have to go on our annual hike in the forest to find our tree.  Unfortunately, I wore the worst boots and ended up laying in the snow for most of the morning.

Next step: DINING ROOM...

November 29, 2009

Sick, sick, sick... and an awesome headboard!

Since I was sick all weekend, including being in bed all day Thursday and Friday, I have made little progress on the painting.  I'm working on a list to motivate us to get some real progress done before we leave for our Christmas trip to Wisconsin. 

In the meantime, here's a headboard that I'm dying to add to my bedroom!  I need to get some color going so Jon will quit asking why everything is white :)

Oh, and thanks to Haley for the new header!! Still working out some other tweaks to the format.

November 13, 2009

Weekend Schedule- Updated

We have a super busy weekend ahead, so much so that I am considering drinking some pop tonight to get an extra burst of energy.

Friday night:

1) Pizza??  Test Wooglin's? Perhaps Il Vicino? (Seems like a great idea) Luigi's on South Tejon-- after driving by this a million times since we moved, we thought it would be a good idea to check it out. Short wait, great table by the fireplace, yummy pizza and unlimited Dr. Pepper...yes!!
2) Clean up the million of piles around the house (ok, probably just bedroom, bathroom, closet-room) FAIL
3) Wear pajamas DONE

1) Paint, paint, paint (no slacking this weekend!)  Cleaned up tons of crap throughout the house, now it seems like we really live there!
2) Have friends over for grilled meat  Snow ruined these plans.
3) Use Bristol Brewery gift certificate (been keeping since 12/08 for a special occasion) Big check mark...met Benny, A&J there for a quick game of shuffleboard (I don't know if it's called that if it's on a table??) and a beer before the RD festivities.
4) ROLLER DERBY at the City Auditorium with Jon, Benny, Eddie, A&J Fun, but not a crazy as last time!

1) Jon's hitting the slopes at A-Basin Lots of snow, tested A-Basin, but ended up at Keysone for a BIG fall and $1 tacos.
2) Girls over for champagne & pastries brunch at the house?? (no dining table yet!!) change of plans, pj's, and online TV
3) Make Carmel Apples FAIL-  need to accomplish this week before Jon eats all the carmels!!
4) Relax & watch Project Runway online Awww, yeah...


What are your plans for the weekend?

Hopefully, some fun updates Monday :)

November 4, 2009

Waiting to pick up delicious Boriello Brothers pizza to feed the workers (Jon snd Benny) putting in the light above bathroom sink. Now all we need is a mirror!

November 3, 2009

Primed Bathroom and Built-in

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Bedroom Windows

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It's a MUCH warmer color

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Can't you tell?? Jon can't...tones work against him :)

Painted the Bedroom too!

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Bleached Linen on the walls and ceiling and White on the trim... both by Behr. Moving in to bedroom little by little, hard to get used to sleeping upstairs :)

Jon getting the high parts

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Thank Goodness Jon is much taller than me... I didn't have to do the high parts!

Mom Cutting in with Primer

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Cutting in sucks!

Bathroom Primed

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Bathroom Update: Almost there!

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Well, we're about 90% done with the bathroom!

Mucho thanks to my Mom for spending her "Teacher's Convention" weekend in Colorado painting!

We had finished the tile before she got here and installed the shower hardware so it was FINALLY possible to take a real shower... no more "man showers" or "guerrilla shower tactics" needed :)

We used 12x12 ceramic tile for the bathroom floor and 6x6 slate for the shower floor an edging. We know most of the folks at the Southgate Home Depot by name as we have a 100% Depot supplied bathroom!

We painted the walls Cheyenne Rock by Behr. Jon picked it out...yes, he is color blind...but I love it! It is a little darker than I expected, but with the white trim, built-in, sink & toilet it balances nicely. We made a deal that he can go fishing/snowboarding, etc and I get to pick the paint colors for the rest of the upstairs.

Friday was a big day as we now have our internet functioning at the house. Also, City Glass came to measure for an estimate on a glass enclosure for the shower. As for now, we have a great shower curtain (thanks for the housewarming present Mom!)

We need to finish the trim, window, install the light and mirror over the sink and build the vanity/shelves in the old doorway.

Taking it easy this week and back at it hard this weekend!

Our Neighborhood: Ivywild, Colorado Springs, CO

We love our new neighborhood.  When we were searching for our new home, we ONLY looked in a few locations, Downtown Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Patty Jewett/ Bonneville & Ivywild.

To read more about our neighborhood CLICK HERE! 

The overview tab is the funniest to read :)

October 31, 2009

So much progress...

We have been working so hard this week preparing for our help from WI to arrive!!  Now that my Mom is here we are making real progress on the bathroom and anticipate moving into our bedroom by the end of the weekend.  No more Aerobed!! Will update with lots of photos ASAP.

October 22, 2009

Bathroom Updates: Shower Tile

It might seem like we have been working on this for way, way to long (Haley) but we actually are making some progress. H1N1 got us down last week, but we've managed to get back on track this week. In the future, I might reconsider a project like this without fitting in a few days off to get the bulk of the work done.  Just so you remember where we started:


Here's the first wall: Saturday

We had to take a mental break and go scream at the Pikes Peak Derby Dames. It was super fun and exciting even if we didn't understand exactly how it works. I think I could get excited about watching competitive paint drying and asked our friend Benny (who has a personal connection to the team) if he was embarrassed that he brought me because I was the only one yelling (a lot) in our group. We are definitely going back!

Sunday progress-- saving the hard cuts for Monday because our neighbors hate us enough already!

Monday-- still waiting for the hardest part.

Any suggestions on what to do with this window?? We meant to keep it b/c it brings more light into the bathroom even though it has become an inside window after an additon was added to the back of the house (many years ago).  I want to just load it up with outdoor, water resistant paint and then etch the glass a little for privacy.  I am sure that there are other options of what should be done by other residents!  Hopefully, we can reach a mutual decision with out too much debate :)  Yes, drinking the champagne of beers while tiling helps to expidite the process!

The next step will be painting.  Jon picked out the bathroom color-- the second from the top.  I'm hoping it's not too dark, but we will have lots of shiny white trim and white built in.  It's not the color that I probably would have picked, but I like it and I'm saving my battles for the colors I'm determined to have in other rooms. 

We've been lost in a construction site...


October 15, 2009

October 10, 2009

This Weekend

Hoping to get some work done this weekend, BUT it is my 10 year college reunion...

It's freezing, ice covering EVERYTHING  this morning.  Maybe we should turn on the heat??

We missed our annual fall trip this year, due to early colors and construction site/ house.

Jon has THIS on the brain.  Getting his pass today...

October 3, 2009

October 1, 2009


We are offically out of the apartment!!

JFK went to the Brewer game and then finished moving until about 4am.  I cleaned the fridge and stove early this morning and we are OUT...

We were going to spend the night relaxing and digging out from under the piles, but I'm quasi-last minute volunteering at this great event:

Next year, when we're finally settled, I'm going...

September 30, 2009

UHaul and Fall leaves

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The important things...


Moving in

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Right now the house looks almost exactly like this. Jon has been working hard to get things put away (OCD) and I am content to hang out in the basement and hide until this weekend. We are OFFICIALLY out of the apartment tonight!!

Shower Floor

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Here's a shot of the shower floor with grout. Now that slate and I have made friends, I might consider finishing the edge. Big weekend planned with tile on walls going up...

Our house/home...

Our House is a very, very, very fine house

With two cats in the yard

Life used to be so hard

Now everything is easy...

Oh CSN&Y, that's what you think...

We found out quickly how hard it is to work, move, keep up with the blog AND work on the house AND get anything done by Oct 1! 

I'll try to post some good updates when the dust settles a bit...

September 26, 2009

Happy 4th Birthday Spiderman!!


Uncle Gian and Aunt Emily see no reason to stop Spiderman from eating what's left of the cake!

September 25, 2009


After deciding it is much more beneficial to divide and conquer, we're finally seeing some progress.  We've even been to the grocery store... next stop laundry.  The apartment is looking emptier and the bathroom tile has been sealed and grouted (photo is before grout).

I can tell we're going to make big strides this weekened...