Sunday, June 26, 2011

Tearing down walls

Zach and I decided to jump right in and tackle two of the biggest projects we have planned: replace all the carpet with wood laminate, and tear down part of the wall connecting the kitchen to the dining room, to make the opening bigger and better accomodate our side-by-side fridge.

I ripped up all of the carpeting and tack strip in the formal living/dining yesterday, while Zach got to work on the kitchen wall. Before, it was a standard sized doorway with a pocket door.

 You can see in the picture below how the freezer door opens up into the wall.

Zach, looking somewhat deranged, and demonstrating his new reciprocating saw, which we bought on Craigslist for 15 bucks!

So far Zach has removed the pocket door and trim and widened the doorway by several inches. Once the doorway is trimmed out, we'll be able to start laying the flooring.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Our New Home

Our new home! It's a colonial style 3 bedroom 2 bath built in the 1960s.

I managed to take a few before photos while we were unloading the truck.

Dining room (view from the formal living, which will be our home office)


 Breakfast nook

Living room

Hall bath

Master bedroom

Master bath

My mom  hard at work cleaning our bathroom. Thanks mom!

Second bedroom

Third bedroom

Now back to cleaning and unpacking...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Moving Day

Our living room last week. (Dressed up for one last date night in Austin).

Enter our wonderful friends...

who helped turn our box-filled home into this:

 Our empty living room and confused kitty. So sad.

We'll be posting pictures of our new house soon...

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Our good friends Matt and Kelli threw us a going away party Friday night.

I created special party favors for the guests, with a nod to Zach's future career as a pharmacist:

Don't worry, those aren't prescription drugs, just over-the-counter candy.

I posted a wanted add on Craigslist for empty Rx bottles and ended up with a box full of free bottles. After soaking them in water to remove the labels, I soaked them in bleach water, followed up by a wash in warm soapy water. After they dried, I  filled them with a variety of candy, including Mike and Ike, Good and Plenty, and Sweet Tarts. Good and Plenty looks the most convincing, especially when you sort out the colors.

I printed out labels with our new address and contact information, including a QR code that links to our blog. Zach created the code using this website. The directions read "Call or visit as needed".

Note of caution: if you post an add for pill bottles on craigslist you just might be contacted by someone looking for drugs.