The end of August/ beginning of September marks one year since we moved into our house and began our renovation project. In honor of our anniversary, here are some before and after photos of our progress so far. Front entry, before: Front entry, after: Things we changed: front door, interior door, electrical (moved light switches … Continue reading House Update: One Year
In the living room and office, we stained/ sealed more doors and finished patching the walls so we could finally (re)paint. In the kitchen, we hung more backsplash, patched/ painted, finished the window casing and hung blinds, finished the sink (patching holes, sealing, waxing, etc.), finished the trim, repainted the cabinets, and made a drawer … Continue reading August and September Projects
August involved taking trips to the beach, swimming in the neighbor's pool, going to dance class, revisiting Universal (we bought season passes), picking tomatoes, snuggling puppies, meeting a possum, and sweating it out in 100 degree weather.
In August, Miss K's Cousin E (and her parents) came to stay with us. First, we took the girls to Knotts Berry Farm to see their favorite: Snoopy. Next, we went to Universal for some movie magic. Finally, we played at Manhattan Beach, ate dinner at the Americana, and had a lovely breakfast in Pasadena. … Continue reading Cousin E’s Visit
In July we finally trimmed in the opening that separates the kitchen and dining room. We also poured cement in front of the fireplace (to match the countertops). And we worked on the interior doors.
July was a great month. Our garden continued to grow. We managed to fit both cars into the garage. (For about a day.) We had a great time with friends, neighbors, and family on the Fourth of July and watched fireworks from our back porch. Mika turned 11! We hiked Eaton Canyon and biked along … Continue reading July Recap
Another huge project that's taken up our spare time over the past couple of months is refinishing the exposed beams in our living room ceiling. We had to sand off all the paint, which took FOREVER. Then we had to sand again with a finer grade, fill in the holes, condition the wood, stain them … Continue reading Exposed Beams
The other month we had some family photos done by my good friend Claire at Claire Marika Photography. Thanks, Claire!
Over the last couple of months we've been working on our landscaping/ exterior. First we cleared out the weed-ridden garden beds and planted some new flowers, including a plumeria cutting from our neighbor. Then we pained the front door and finished the trim around the garage and added some light fixtures. Next we got to … Continue reading Front Yard
June began with Miss R's preschool "graduation." (I was not prepared for how involved it was.) We also went down to San Diego. And did a bird hike with the Audubon Center. Most of the month was spent playing with friends and the dogs and experimenting with my hair. (Selfie alert!) We also went down … Continue reading June Recap