We started on the bedroom today! At least this room is smaller, and I was able to do all the taping and papering of the floor molding, windows, and ceiling myself. Unfortunately, Michael had to go in to work this afternoon, so we weren't able to get as much accomplished as we would have liked.
This is such a crazy time - so much happening all at once with work, our new home, family obligations, and more. At least June should be a much calmer month!
Oh boy, I had no idea how much work painting entails! My brother, Greg, and his girlfriend, Maggie, stopped by our condo today to check it out. And despite not being dressed down for the occasion, they were so kind as to help us paint our living room. They even brought cookies!
We still have lots and lots left to do: another coat of paint for the living room, then the wood trim, and then painting the bedroom, plus installing the new bathroom vanity and accessories, etc., etc. But at least it's a start. And Michael has finished putting the handles on all of the kitchen cabinets and drawers.
I can't wait to live in our new home! It will be nest-like, not warehouse-like, the way our current apartment is. I am definitely through with loft living - I can't wait for doors!
So, we spent a long afternoon at two different Home Depots. In the end, we didn't accomplish as much as we would have liked. However, at least we have made a start. Here are some pictures of our new home.
So, two days before we went to Guatemala, Michael and finally closed on our first home: a condo. Now is the first time we're able to go over there together and start working on the place! We slept in this morning, since we're still trying to recover from our packed vacation and Michael's on-call schedule this week. Also, for some reason, our dog has been inclined to barking through the night this week. He's becoming noctural, it seems.
Anyway, I will get some pictures up of the new place later this weekend, and my BIG goal is to finish uploading the pix from Guatemala and finally write a description of our trip. Gotta get it done before it slips away!
Have a great weekend, all, and you will hear from me by Sunday night!
Look what I did today! Over two years ago, I cut my hair and donated 12" to Locks of Love. Now that Tricia clued me in to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths for women undergoing treatment for cancer, I am going to donate this foot of hair to them!
Michael and I had lots of fun at Target today getting our sponsored family some gifts we'll bring down.
We thought we would give the kids tools to unleash their creativity. So this is what we got: regular and heavy weight construction paper, drawing paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, two pairs of scissors, a pencil sharpener, glue sticks, tape, a ruler, some stickers, and a cute tote bag to put them all in.
We also got them toothbrushes and toothpaste, and a little something for each child individually. The individual gifts I found around our neighborhood, for the most part. That was an interesting experience and a chance to practice my Spanish before the trip! I got a NY Yankees cap for Rafael. For the girls I got a little Hello Kitty notebook and pencil each, and I picked out a barrette or necklace from my own things for each of them. We also got a stuffed Tigger ring rattle for the baby, and we are going to give the mother one of the dish towels my mom gave me, as well as a collection of hotel soaps.
The final thing we're giving them is a little photo album. We're going to print out some pictures of us, and I'm going to see if Patti and Tricia each want to send me a photo to put in. We'll also print out some of the pictures of the family, since they most likely do not have any photos of themselves.
I am an events professional in the New York City metro area with a passion for travel. I lived in Germany for approximately five years and have traveled to over 20 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. My dream for 2008 was to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world. Unfortunately, the shaky US economy and weak dollar prevented that. So, instead, I vowed that year to be one of change. Follow my journey in getting involved with humanitarian work in Guatemala, buying my first home with my newlywed husband, and figuring out what I can do to finally start making a difference.