Saturday, September 4, 2010

Chris and Katie's Wedding

On August 21st we gained a daughter-in-law! The day started off a little cloudy and the forecast was a little sketchy. But, the clouds burned off and out came the sunshine. With the guests mingling the music started and the procession began. Chris' fraternity brother Evan (appropriately nicknamed "Rev Ev") lead the beautiful ceremony. Katie's attendants were dressed in a rainbow of color and the groomsmen were quite handsome in their suits (along with their purple shirts thanks to Mike's suggestion and a nod to the Huskies!).
Speaking of the Huskies.....thanks to my sister Kelly the University of Washington marching band showed up and played! Everyone enjoyed it (even the handful of Coug's in the crowd :) and especially Chris and his TKE brothers.
The night continued under the glow of the candlelit yard and the sound of music from the band. Chris and Katie spent the night in the "Honeymoon Treehouse" which was transformed into a amazing site!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas and Kitchen Remodel Progress

Old fireplace replaced with gas - new travertine
New entry - step removed and double doors replaced
Sliding door replaced in dining room - side lights were added yesterday
One of the 4 new windows in lving room
Well it's been awhile since I updated the remodel progress. We had a few weeks waiting for the new windows to arrive....but at last they have. A few of them were installed yesterday in the living and dining room and now today the two kitchen windows are almost in. I'm hoping that things will be winding down in the next couple of weeks as I have one of my best friends, who I haven't seen in over 12 years, coming to stay with us for a week on December 30th! Can't wait to see her! We don't have a Christmas tree up this year which feels really strange. We still don't have our furniture in yet because they will sand and re-finish the hardwood floors one last time when everything is done. I won't know what to do when Matt (our contractor) is through......he's like part of the family now!
Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Kitchen Progress - Getting Closer

No more hand washing dishes in the bar sink!
Oven that Matt set in Spanish for me
Well tonight marks a huge milestone in the kitchen remodel. I am cooking the first dinner even though the kitchen is not completed yet. We have all the appliances installed except the microwave. Matt, our contractor, succeeded in driving me crazy by setting the wall oven in Spanish! It took my daughter Courtney (3 years French in high school) and myself awhile to interpret and reset the oven to English. The oven didn't have the operating manual shipped in the crate so that was a fun time trying to figure that all out! I've since downloaded the operating manual.....Anyway.....I'm anxious to get back to cooking!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Roving Renton Returns!!!!

After a short hiatus, Roving Renton returns! I am pleased to hear that once again the Melrose, Armondo's, Red House and Blossom have joined forces to continue their weekly Tuesday rove. If you haven't had a chance to join the need to get this down on your social calendar! Each week one of the four above restaurants rotate as to where you start the evening. For $25 per person you receive an appetizer and glass of wine at each stop (the last one of the evening typically is a dessert). The Rove starts at 5:00 (get there early as they only allow 60 participants to keep things moving) and ends at 9:00pm. See you there! Armondo's 310 Wells Ave S 425-228-0759 Red House 410 Burnett Ave S 425-226-2666 Melrose 819 Houser Way S 425-254-0759 Blossom Asian Bistro 305 Burnett Ave S 425-430-1610

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Another Successful Olde Fashioned Halloween

Families enjoyed a day full of good olde fashioned fun!
Wonderful volunteers who made it all happen!
Getting the new popcorn machine ready for business! Today, with help of several local Renton business owners and other volunteers, the 4th Annual Olde Fashioned Halloween Party located in Main Street Square in downtown Renton was a huge success. Several hundred spooky, scrary, Super Heroes and fictional characters alike played games, ate popcorn and sipped on apple cider, all free thanks to donated goods. The Trick or Treaters were also treated to candy at several of the downtown businesses. Thanks to all who volunteered.....another great Halloween had by all!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Halloween

Love all those pumpkins! Some friends and I are getting together
this week to carve a few!

Kitchen Update

New cabinet in dining room that use to be a bookshelf
This will be a built in hutch and desk. Cabinet company forgot to build the right lower we are waiting for that.

Microwave will be in upper cabinet and wall oven in lower cabinet. Refrigerator will be to the right of cutouts.

The sink (which is sitting on top of base cabinet) will be installed in this corner cabinet.

Well we have come to a standstill in the remodel. One reason being a mess up in the crown molding as I ordered and the other reason, and most serious, is that our contractor has come down with the swine flu! He hasn't been on the job since last Wednesday. He was planning on completing a small window job last Thursday and Friday at another site. I learned from my kitchen designer friend that he became sick early Thursday. He apparently contracted the flu at last weeks Seahawks game! Along with a ton of other fans. So beware! Here are a few pictures of the cabinets. All the lower cabinets are installed minus the lower right hutch baser.....the granite will be installed on Thursday. Looking forward to it! On to paint choice, stair rail posts and wrought iron balusters.