Friday, August 22, 2014

Diamond L - Inside Tour

Ahh . . . our little house . . . bliss!

The living room windows face west.  Once the warm summer afternoons are over, the shutters are coming down.  They're pretty, but they block the even prettier view of the front yard/pasture.  I'll probably put up some fairly neutral curtains so as to not deter from the view.

 Yes, every single bookcase fit!  :)

From the front door you look straight into the dining room.  Since Piotr works from home, he loves having that office chair at the head of the table where he not only eats, but works.

That space under the windows is screaming for a big, cushioned window seat with storage underneath.

The kitchen.
It's a little tight, but we're learning how to work it.  I'm not sure what to do with the shelves above the stove.  I don't want stuff collecting dust, grease, and cooking spatters up there, ya know?

The other side of the kitchen is currently the staging area for any current house project.  There you see the new sink/vanity that will go in the second bathroom.
See the six doors that looks like an amazing pantry?  Think again!  The three doors on the left are attached to each other to make one tall door.  Ditto the the doors on the right.

Through those doors, you have the laundry room, and side door access.
Kind of like the wardrobe in Narnia, but not nearly as cool.
(There's a dog door on the other side of the fridge, from where Lily has just come.)

 The secondary bathroom is getting new tile flooring, paint, vanity/sink, shelves, etc., courtesy of some generous grandparents.  But, of course, we hit a snaffu once the linoleum was out which brought it to a screeching halt for two weeks.  We're hoping to get back to work on it soon.

The boys room.  New beds, linens, and desks, all which they love, thanks to another set of generous grandparents.  Once we paint we'll get some cool stuff hung up in there.

The girls room.
Their window faces west and gets super warm.  But a pieces of foam insulation covered up with those heavy curtains will take care of that for now.

The master bedroom.
Well put curtains up once it's painted, and I have plans for a matching duvet so I can cover up that island of brown.

And the view from the master bedroom occasionally offers this . . .

I love it here!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Diamond L - Part 1

I've finally learned how to resize photos so they'll load in less than 3 days!  :)

Ready for a tour?
Starting at the bottom of the drive, I give you - the left gate.
Not that it's super important or anything, I just really like the gate check holding it open.  It's probably been the same branch for years.  :)

Our very own private shooting preserve.  It just doesn't get any cooler than that.

A little loveliness along the edge of the drive.

The view from about half way up.

Almost at the top of the drive.
That's a Crepe Myrtle against the side of the house - the blossoms are so pretty!

The top of the drive.  (It goes around to the back of the house.)

The back of the house.
The boys room window is closest, and the other four look into the kitchen.  The retaining wall was FULL of weeds, some taller than I am.  The boys did a great job gutting it.

The front.
If you look carefully you can see Lily and Doodle looking out the front door.

Give me a bit and I'll get the inside tour ready for you!

Monday, June 9, 2014

E-Ticket Ride, The TN Side

Many of the photos I'm receiving are via camera phone and turn to a blurry mess upon posting, so I'm a bit limited as to what I can really post.

First, and thankfully, the pasture has really bounced back.  It was completely over-grazed when we got the place 3 years ago.  Here you cans see the fence line and how much the pasture (behind it) has thickened up.

The movers came to do some reconnaissance and decided that they'd shuttle in our stuff in smaller U-hauls.  However, the day they were to come this is what the drive looked like.  Our Corolla could get in and out because it's so tiny it only needs half the drive anyway.  Trucks, on the other hand, need a full-width driveway.

Piotr, his parents, Jakub, and another young man from our church (THANK YOU, PAUL!) ripped out all the blue carpet and installed laminate flooring.  So much prettier!

Then,the icing on the cake for Piotr AND Jakub . . .
The acquisition of Red!
Think the smile can get any bigger?

Sunday, June 8, 2014

May, 2014 - E-Ticket Ride, Round 2

Ready to go again?

In the middle of moving we made a last visit to the Canyon.
Not a great photo of the children, but love the colors.

On the way home we stopped in Sedona.

Oh . . . is that a Beaverdam Creek Farm shirt sighting on the Bell Rock trail?

The next day, we all moved to our temporary home, a friend's house in Buckeye.  The day after that, Piotr and Jakub loaded up the Corolla to head to TN.  Can you see how low the body is over the rear right tire?
Yeah, they were carrying just a little weight in that little car.  ;)

Think Jakub is excited?

3 days later, the rest of us moved to the music teacher's house to dog sit for a week.  (Our temporary, temporary home)

Lily enjoyed her new digs.

And Lauren enjoyed playing concert pianist.

Finally, just this past Friday, we were able to return to our temporary home.  Apollo was happy to see us.


The action from the TN side of our household!

May, 2014 - The E-Ticket Photo Tour

I know I've joked about e-ticket rides before, but this has got to be one for the records.


When you live in the desert and get your eyes dilated, you get to come home and lounge with your sunglasses on. 

Right about here it was time to make some serious to-do lists.

There was so much going on (moving prep, graduation, recitals, concerts, rehearsals, you name it) that Lauren made us a master plan for the month.  It was a complete mess by the time the month was over but sure saved our sanity!  

The girls had their last recital with their strings teacher.
They've been with Mrs. Gordon for 10 years!
What an amazing blessing.

Gabrielle led the orchestra for the last time
as Concert Mistress of NVSO Youth.

Then, Lauren participated in a graduation ceremony.
She graduated 2 years ago, but because of some, well, let's say, "politics",
it was safer to not make it official until she was closer to 18.
 (Sebastian, Albert, Gabrielle, Lauren, Frankie, Andreja)
(Jakub, Brendan)

Sometime in here Jakub woke up after an exceptionally fine night of sleep.
(With the hair to show for it.)  And no, there's no stopping the dimples.

Once the movers came and went we were left with minimal furniture.
Things get pretty casual when you work from home and have a conference call under those circumstances. 

Next up?  E-Ticket Photo Tour, Round 2.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Yesterday was quite the eventful day.  Rather than wait for hours at a rather unappealing DMV here in the valley, we drove to Prescott.  It was a longer drive, but the total time required was projected to be about the same.  However, while, via telephone, Lauren was told that no appointments were needed, we learned differently upon arrival and took the next available time slot.

Gabrielle was first up and got her permit,
passing her test with flying colors.

Then we needed to kill some time, so we headed to Gurley Street Grill
for lunch.  The boys ordered the same thing, (enormous BBQ Burgers)
and finished them off at the same time.  (Twins much?)

We then headed back to the DMV for Lauren's 3:00 road test.
Also passed with flying colors.

Later the girls had a rehearsal so they made their maiden,
no-parent-along, voyage.
We made a bit of a to-do about it.

Piotr was going to follow them but decided to watch them
out the window instead.

There they go!

What a long, but fun and productive day!