Friday, July 29, 2011

House Tour

Okay, so here's the new house, since I've had many requests for pictures. Its not nearly all set up yet, but at least there are beds now - woot!

Here is the view when you walk in the front door:

If you walk through the doorway to your right, you come into the living room:

If it happens that an appraiser is coming in 15 minutes to walk through the house, you will be bribing your children to sit still with X-Men.

Go down this hallway....

On your right is the laundry closet:

And onward to our bedroom:

This room had the only unobstructed wall that I could put our bookshelves on. I kind of like them being back here though - books are a bit private, aren't they?

 Those sliding doors walk out onto the patio.

The other door goes into our bathroom:

It also has a tub, where I usually give the kids their baths.

Walk out of our bedroom and there is another doorway back into the kitchen:

You can also turn right and head out to the back yard:

I would love to put a little outdoor loveseat/chair group out here under the cover.

Back inside, if you go across the kitchen into the nursery wing, you'll find the girls' room:

...the boys' room:

 and a vintage original 1950's pink tile bathroom:

There you have it! Home sweet home on the west coast. I just wish you were here to drive the 1.5 hours to the closest Ikea with me.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

I hope the Hoopers had a great Fourth of July! I had a productive weekend, and worked on a special birthday quilt, but no pictures yet. I also did fun things like buy windshield wiper blades and have a Harry Potter movie marathon (I've almost finished Order of the Phoenix - I was going to watch the end last night after I got home from the fireworks on the Mall, but I decided I wasn't in the mood to watch Sirius die, so I watched the encore of the Capitol Fourth broadcast instead). On the Fourth, I went over to Ami and Zeek's for a yummy dinner and brought my flag cake. I have been wanting to make one for a while and I finally did. Ami joked that they hosted the get together as a vehicle for me to make cake. I think I did ask her, "What are you doing for Fourth of July, I want to make flag cake!"

After we ate, we played bocce ball on the side yard, and then walked down toward the Mall. We found a spot on the steps of the Library of Congress Jefferson building where we could see over the trees. It was a great vantage point with a nice breeze, but sadly there was a bit of smoke between us and the Washington Monument so sometimes the fireworks were obscured. Still a great view!

As I said, I watched a bit of the Capitol Fourth once I was home again, and then tried to sleep. But our neighborhood is a big fan of fireworks, and they were setting them off until later into the night in the alley behind my building, so sleep was elusive. What did you do in California?