Friday, April 2, 2010

It begins

My boss is taking us all to Olive Garden then letting us leave for the day! Woo hoo! I have big plans to buy paint and start painting the laundry room today! I’m excited and I’m going to do it in Smokey Blue by Behr. Hopefully it looks good with my rug and I want to finish the whole laundry room in the next 2 weeks!


It’s a lot bluer than the above swatch-it looks gray on my computer.


This was my inspiration picture. I have the same rug and my laundry room has a similar shape as hers. I’m going to do one set of white cabinets above the washer and then a hanging bar above the dryer. I decided not to color match the blue in the rug, but to go a little darker to blend better with the rest of the colors in my house (the burnt orange bathroom is right across from here).

I’m really excited to get started! I’ll post more pics as things progress. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cali Part Dos

Lots of pictures ahead; It was hard to decide!

After we left twin peaks, we headed over to the Golden Gate bridge. We drove through a beautiful neighborhood with amazing homes overlooking the bay.IMG_5211 IMG_5212                                                 The huge cables that are on the bridge!IMG_5214IMG_5222                        This guy was painting part of the bridge. He was not hooked up to any safety cable either! Crazy.IMG_5220IMG_5226                                              IMG_5218 IMG_5217 IMG_5216   IMG_5235                                               We drove down the famous Lombard StreetIMG_5240                                            After the bridge, we went to Fisherman’s Wharf and had a delicious lunch! Steph is a picky-face and had a corn dog. Are you kidding me? Dan and I enjoyed a crab sandwich, calamari, and clam chowder. We had to battle the sea gulls and we almost lost that fight.IMG_5244IMG_5245 Copy of IMG_5242 IMG_5247                                           Steph took this cute picture. It was about this time that she started to feel a little sick…IMG_5248                         These guys were break dancing on the streets and it was pretty awesome to watch.

After this, we strolled the wharf and checked out the sea lions. My sister got sick and lost her lunch in the bathroom there. We were almost done for the day, so we hit up some shops and had delicious ice cream at Ghiradelli Square.

At this point, Steph was really feeling sick so we headed to the car and battled a 3 hour drive back to Lodi (should have been closer to 1 hour). We made a pit stop and Steph lost her guts again. She was deathly ill the entire way home and threw up numerous times (thank goodness for ziploc bags). Dan was a gem and didn’t say a word while she did her thing and I tried to comfort her. It was a long ride and luckily my aunt and uncle had a nice comfortable room for her to stay in.

She threw up a total of 12 times in the next few hours and asked me many times if she was going to die. :) She talked about wishing she had jumped off the bridge in San Fran and other nonsense that sick people say when they’re sick. She must have gotten what my mom had the day before.

But I took care of her and everyone else in the family stayed far away. Luckily I didn’t get sick and she had recovered by the next morning!IMG_5252                       Yummy family dinner.IMG_5254

IMG_5255                                           Steph and cutie pie Riley.IMG_5262                      Loving spending time with the grandparents.IMG_5259                                                 Riley and big brother Jacob.IMG_5258 IMG_5265 IMG_5269                             Gramps and StephIMG_5267                          This was so stinkin’ precious. My grandpa needs help walking and little Riley (great-grandson) held his hand and “helped” him get to the family room from the kitchen. Love it.                     IMG_5266                            Whew. That was picture overload, but oh well! We had a great time and I’m so grateful that we had the opportunity to go out there and get a break and visit family we don’t get to see a lot. It was a wonderful break.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cali part 1

We went to California two weeks ago and we had a GREAT time! My mom is from Northern California so we were able to fly out there and visit my grandparents and aunts, uncles, cousins, and cousins kids (2nd cousins??).

Dan and I flew out Wednesday night, and my mom and sister were supposed to come Thursday but my mom got deathly ill with the flu so just my sister came (my mom is going this week).

IMG_5164                            We went to San Francisco for the day and it was GORGEOUS! I have never been there in the spring and it was about 80 degrees and sunny! If at all possible, I recommend San Fran in the Spring!IMG_5165                                    The streets of San Francisco.IMG_5167 IMG_5189 

We drove to this place overlooking the city called Twin Peaks and it was amazing. The day was so clear and we could see the whole city and the Golden Gate Bridge.IMG_5192

Steph and I were really excited to be there. Dan may or may not have already been annoyed with us at this point (first stop of the day).

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Dan just enjoying the view…

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Steph is getting a great shot here I’m sure :)

After Twin Peaks, we drove to the beach and oh my goodness we were in heaven! It was gorgeous and we would have stayed all day but we weren’t prepared for such grand weather.IMG_5204 IMG_5206IMG_5202 IMG_5207 IMG_5209

Steph liked this Graffiti wall :)

I’ll post the rest of the trip in a separate post later today or tomorrow!