Sunday, July 26, 2009

Leave of Absence

Do you feel overwhelmed?

We sure do. Where have we been? Well, I'll tell you. We closed on a house Friday 17th, and sealed our fate. We are proud new first-time homebuyers with a fabulous new (and expensive) hobby. And boy have we been hitting it hard!

Our main dilemma has been getting rid of the smoke smell. We busied ourselves on the 18th with washing down all the ceilings and walls on the main floor and painting the two kids' rooms. Then we learned about Kilz, and spent the next 4 days putting 2 coats of Kilz on the entire main floor, as well as priming and painting the master bedroom. Oh, and by the way, we chose a Spring Green for the master bedroom that turned out Neon, so we repainted that room twice! Friday and Saturday we put the finishing touches on the upstairs paint and ripped up all the carpet. We also finished painting the main floor in 3 colors we really like. We replaced the air filter and installed some new lights. All we have left to do is finish off the trim and touch-ups and a closet and the upstairs bathroom, let's not even talk about the basement, and something else......Oh Yeah! MOVE IN!

So we're in the thick of it. But we are genuinely excited to get into our new house and enjoy the fruits of our labors.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

July 4th

We went to Annapolis to get into the spirit of the 4th. The Naval Academy was really impressive. Walking into the gift shop, I wanted to start watching Navy football. Touring the grounds, I wished I had studied in Annapolis. I also learned that more graduates of the Naval Academy have become astronauts than anywhere else.
Not only did the Academy impress, but the city was quite charming. I imagined Annapolis would have been a bustling metropolis. It's not. It's more like a sleepy beach-town. We had some delicious lunch at a Creperie.
We also visited William Paca's House. He had some beautiful gardens.

On the 4th, we went to a Mormon gathering at a farm. They had lots of food and had some interesting guests, like the Congressman for the area, Mission President, and some notable war veterans. That night we watched fireworks from the balcony, after putting the kids to bed. It was a fun weekend.