Monday, July 20, 2009

Handy Manny?

Stephen and Jesse (Lyon, our neighbor and husband of my HS friend Lorie) decided to install our dishwasher. Gasp! Let me give you a little background first...Sears arrived and inspected our non-working dishwasher and found that they would not be able to install the new one due to 1968 plumbing--I would have to call a plumber out to fix it, then Sears would come back out and install it. I called the plumber and was told I was "on the list" for their services and the plumber would be by today. 7pm, no plumber. Should we wait until tomorrow for them to come and take care of it? Nah. Stephen and Jesse could do it!

8pm: We head over to the Lyon's to talk about the installation. Lorie and I checked out and grabbed dinner while the guys walked to our place to get started.

10pm: Lorie gets tired and heads home with Maddie, their dog. She asks Jesse how long he'll be, and he replies 30 min.

11:30pm: I enter the kitched to check on progress, and Stephen is holding a flashlight for Jesse, who is on the floor with tools I've never seen before.

1:15am: Expletives fly out of the kitchen while Jesse runs to the front door, water splashing all over our kitchen in a hurry to flood it. I freak. Grab towels. Dab. Water is shut off, guys are laughing! I'm not.

1:35am: Stephen and Jesse head to the Lyon household for "more supplies."

2:45am: Smell of fire coming from kitchen. I inspect the smell to find Jesse using a blowtorch to our pipes. Feeling like I'd said enough during our previous fiasco, I shut up and headed to the couch.

3:22am: After awaking to find Stephen and Jesse gone, on another supply run.

4:20am: With sounds of an approaching "Done!" I head to the kitchen to find a 2x4 in our wall charred from the blowtorch. Brings closure to the smell and my thinking the house was burning down.

4:30am: Finished product is running, without leaks. Boys high-five...I mutter something indistinguishable and curl into bed.

Moral of the story...we saved $150 bucks and lost 6 hours of sleep, but we have a perfectly working dishwasher and two guys that think they are something!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Our new house!

Stephen and I moved into our new house last week! It's been a crazy week so far, but we absolutely love it!! My mom came in town this week to help me paint and set it took us forever, but we feel so at home now! Enjoy the pics, and come see us soon!!

This is our kitchen...i'm standing in the doorway of the study looking towards the breakfast nook:

Now opposite direction:

Breakfast nook--we antiqued the built-ins:

The living room, from the doorway of our bedroom:

Antiqued built-ins in the living room:

Living room from the dining room:

Living room:

Dining room:

Our bedroom, from the door...looking into his/her sinks! Room is empty, however, because our crate from Europe with all of our furniture isn't here yet :)

Bedroom #2:

Bathroom #2:

Bedroom #3:

Bathroom #3:

Bedroom #4, full of our junk :)

Patio view from our backyard:


Patio, looking into the backyard:

So, there you have it! Now...for real, come visit :)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Fourth of July

Stephen and I went to Austin to visit my family for the fourth! The weekend before we went to see the Dotson's in Houston, but sadly we didn't take any pics. For the holiday weekend, we laid by the pool, ate a LOT, and enjoyed the company of my family...and of course my sweet nieces, Mackenzie and Olivia! We had a great time, but were super annoyed at the 6 hours it took us to get home. Hope all of you enjoyed your 4th!!

Dad bought us a sweet sign to commemorate our return to the states! It's now in our new garage :)