Wednesday, April 23, 2014

what a dream!

from new!!!
last year i blogged a bit about my kitchen remodel....but, i never really went into full old kitchen was great....very cozy...cute....comfortable....but too small...if there was too many people in it...we were all on top of each other.....
original kitchen......(click on pictures to make larger)
so, i talked to my fantastic contractor, mike contractor ever!!! and we came up with a new design..the kitchen designer, mark, and mike and i all got together and was fun, yet a little scary to plan...
in january 2013 i packed everything away...for the next 6 months...the kitchen was walled up...had plastic everywhere..i had a make shift kitchen in my family microwave and a little cupboard...refrigerator in the was make do...but, it worked...the grandkids loved was like playing house.....
the guys came in and ripped the kitchen to shreds....down to the studs....moved a couple of walls, raised the ceiling to the roofline....moved windows, doors, ripped everything away...and then they were off!  i had come up with the idea to flip flop my kitchen...because my old dining area was larger than my kitchen, by moving the living room wall (18") and the old kitchen wall (22"), it really added space...which you wouldn't ever think!!!
i love it when builders come and start ripping things apart! it's always so exciting...i love the whole process.....
ripping it out!
so, in the next couple of months i chose the appliances, the cabinets, the tile, the granite, the flooring, the finish on the name it...we chose lighting....and it's bright and i love it! i had help from all mike and all his subcontractors, they have a lot of experience and great taste! a lot of choices that make you wonder if it will all come of the hardest things was getting the right finish on my cabinets....i don't like shiny!  on my granite (honed) or on the makes them look too new...we lucked out with our cabinet stainers....they came up with a beautiful finish...they have a shop, but, had to do most of it at my about 4 pm for a couple of weeks, they would show up every night to work on the was a 14 step process....alot of work...they wore masks....had a huge fan so the fumes wouldn't get them!!!!
Finally, at the end of may it was all finished!!! woo hoo!  i was able to move back in and decorate...put my house back together....because of course it turned out to be more than a kitchen project...our house had oak paneling in the living room and down the halls and when we put the new walls up, we took all the oak down...i'm going for a mediterranean look, they plastered the walls a white, like the kitchen, stained all the doors dark ..had to rebuild a few bookcases, bathroom cabinets turned out gorgeous!!!! i love it!!!!
almost done
a bit of the rest
when i walk into my kitchen i just think how much i love's so much fun to have people over now...there is so much more room, it's so's perfect!

                                                                              finished product
..the guys did such a fantastic job!  thanks, mike and crew!!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

happy happy birthday!

                                                            i still have my cheeks from when i was little.....
                                         beautiful flowers from marty and dee

                                  shopping fun
                                                 i was able to blow it out!

it was my birthday on thursday!! a fun day,made fun by all my friends and family....i had many, many calls, cards etc....kristen, baby russ and i went to lunch and did a bit of shopping...that evening big russ, kristen and i went to dinner and the day and the start of a brand new year for me!!! thanks everyone for making it a special day......

it was quick!

last weekend i flew for a really quick trip to slc...kathy fryer's mom passed away so i flew up for the was a super busy, fun weekend...over way too fast....started off with mitt and ann romney on my plane...yeah, i just fly with super stars!! haha...actually it was a small little plane out of there in the later afternoon...danece and allison came to visit about 8 pm...we all went to dinner...sushi which was fantastic!  then we girls visited for a few more hours...i had to kick them out at 3 am....thats a lot of talking!!! and i loved every minute....saturday i was exhausted...we went to the mall....kerry's friend danielle and nate came to stay as they were going to conference...the boys went to priesthood ....i went a bit later to see polly, jim, our cousins, jeri and clayton who were also in town for was a fun visit...sunday we watched conference...lazed around...we went up to the fryer's for a delicious lunch....then, went to visit nathan and tayler and new baby remy...they are cute little parents with a darling baby....later we went to the viewing, it was fun to see a lot of old friends....monday morning i went to breakfast with my cousin mare who was in town for another friends father's funeral.....went to the was very sweet...met the kids for lunch and shopping...had a quick dinner and flew and fast....saw a lot of friends...did a lot in a short time...a great weekend!

                                                                     lots of  babies!    cedar and wren
                                                                          julian, cedar and wren