We used our boys like cheap labor (well...free really) and re-roofed the back of our house. We had done the front in the fall.
We didn't need to...but thought it might be a nice thing since the people who bought it will be our neighbors.
Plus we think this is a great experience for our boys.
The very first day, a pole on the scaffolding came loose making it collapse and dumping McKean off onto the patio while he was holding an 80 lb bag of shingles - which landed on top of him. Luckily he just got a mild concussion and lots of scraps and bruises. So he didn't go back onto the roof but was put to work securing the ladder by sitting on it.
Another good things about getting your kids do such physically demanding work...no one wants to stay up late. Last night everyone was in bed and asleep by 10:30. Spencer - our resident socialite told his friends that he was way too tired to hang out. The boys have been really good sports about it too. There hasn't been much moaning and groaning going on...well except about how sore their muscles are.
So how was everyone's Easter?
Our boys are off this week for Spring Break and Ski is home from college - yippee!
It's like party central at our house.
Teenagers all over the place, lots of junk food and video games non stop.
We had a fun Easter beginning with a wonderful Sacrament meeting (church service) and followed by a Raclette party with our friends and neighbors.
I didn't take a single picture and I know I'll regret that but it was so nice just to relax and play games and chat with people.
I've been trying to work on the yard at the new house for a couple of hours each day.
It had a huge yard (compared to our existing yard) and it's a bit intimidating.
I've also been doing a lot of designing - both product & digital designing as well as scrapbook design.
The only thing I can share right now is my lastest kits at 2 peas that came out yesterday.
So what is everyone up to? ARe you on Spring Break too or did you have yours the week before Easter?
I did this layout for a recent challenge over at 2 Peas on using the clone tool. If you use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and haven't discovered this amazing little tool, click on the link where I've included some how to steps on using it.
I cloned the glare off my glasses caused from the flash.
So yesterday we got two offers on our house.
We thought this was pretty good since it has only been on the market for 2 weeks.
I swear it was the decorating that Layle did in my dining and living rooms that brought the offers in so fast.
Our realtor said that people would come back multiple times during the "Open House" hours just to look at the decorating.
We're still hammering out some details in counter-offers so it could still go south but I doubt it.
This morning I woke up at my usual insane 4 AM and laid there planning out how I was going to do my studio in the other house. I get the formal dining room which has a set of french doors going out to the patio and several windows...so lots of fabulous southern and western light.
So if there is something that you love about your studio or someone else's please let me know. I can use any and all ideas that you have!!!
I'm also pretty pysched about the new kitchen. I must admit I'm not much of a cook. I can cook but I don't spend a lot of time doing it mainly because there are other things I enjoy more. Mike has subscribed to Gourmet magazine for at least 10 of our 20+ years of marriage. I think it's time to see what he's learned! LOL!
August 6, 1940: "If you lean toward quaintness and simplicity...and things American...there's a little Cape Cod colonial home high up on the east bench that likely will set your aesthetic dreams to pulsing. It belongs to the C. Taylor Burtons, ??? ??????? Road."
When we moved into this house our friends that we bought it from gave us two newspaper articles that were written in 1940 and 1941 about our house.
"Despite its faithfulness to reproducing an early colonial era, it's as up-to-date as a last edition, designed in streamlined beauty to give a great feeling of comfort and spaciousness."
The 2nd article entitled "Colonial Revival makes China Cupboard Popular" highlights the unique (for that time) built in China Cupboards in the dining room.
Besides the articles themselves...I LOVE the ads. One is for LUX (a laundry booster) The ad title is "Popular Girls Avoid Offending - Use New Quick LUX!" .....it shows a picture of a suitcase full of clothing with a thought bubble that reads..." Poor Jean - her vacation was a FLOP and we dresses were to blame! We absorbed perspiration odor...people noticed it. If only Jean had LUXED us!"
This past Saturday was our first Open House. Spencer and Mick were great about helping clean up to get ready. I got a real kick out of Spencer though. He put a lot of effort into making sure that you could hear the music no matter where you were in the house. He had a mix of Jack Johnson on his ipod that he had playing upstairs and downstairs he was playing the newest Jack Johnson CD. He thought that was way better than the Nora Jones I had picked out. He put his "i-ball" in our bathroom so that potential buyers could see how soothing it would be to soak in the tub while listening to some fabulous music.
Here are a few more pictures from our outing on Friday.
After meeting up at Dear Lizzie, Layle, Sara and I ran down to the antiques mall in Springville.
We didn't find much, in fact I'm the only one who bought anything.
It bought this black scale because I thought the numbers were so cool.
Okay - in one of these photos - I photoshopped a head onto a fake body. Can you tell which one?
Sara Tumpane has been here in Utah visiting for the past few days.
We were able to get together today with a few of "the girls," which is ALWAYS a treat!
We met up at Dear Lizzie - a fun place to shop and a dangerous place to eat...because of their delicious treats. Layle, Jessi (don'tcha just love her hat...it's pretty RAD), Loni, Candice.Amanda were all there. We missed Rhonna and Allison. It was fun to just get together and chat.
Here are just a couple of group shots. I definately ate to much sugar because my cheesy grin was about a mile wide. I'm amazed it even fit in the frame! And because I love ya Jessi...I did a little editing on the one where you had your eyes closed.