Wednesday, November 30, 2011

December Daily!

I have given in...I'm doing December Daily! Ali Edwards does this every year. I tried last year and made it about 10 days in...but with no pre-made album. It didn't work for me. I've been debating this for a month and REALLY wanting to for the past week. I've talked myself out of it every day b/c I'm too busy...until today. Ali totally gave me some awesome encouragement, and I was avoiding work. So, I took about 2 hours to make my album!
I used 7gypsies 6x6 book board and cosmo crickets' christmas paper...I had a 6x6 pad of paper! I also used some page protectors cut up for the photos. Here is what I have so far!


Inside Cover

Day 1

Bathroom Remodel!

I'm slow on blogging in general, but the bathroom remodel is finished!!! YAY!!!

Here are a couple of awful photos before the remodel! I have some others from when we moved in, but I think they were lost when my EHD crashed last year.

And the before of the walls in my bedroom!

How much do you just love that black and pink swirled granite tiles! I didn't realize how DARK this made the bathroom...oh and how lovely is the carpet in the bathroom!

So, we kept the exact same layout as before to save money and because the layout was good and worked for us. (We did have a budget b/c of the insurance pay out.)

Here is what we did do.....hope you like!

The new vanity area...we replaced the vanity, sinks, etc. Everything but the mirror is new! 

And the new cabinet in the wc...

New tub area...we replaced the tub, all the faucets and tile.

And the shower...we replaced tile and put in a niche for our shampoo, etc. Also replaced the faucents...Heath loves his new sprayers. I went a bit more simple!

Look how cool our tile is! So much better than that carpet!

And finally, my favorite thing we did...the DOOR!!! Remember when I talked about it here. Well, I STILL love it, probably always will. I will say, Emma (our black lab) has learned how to open the door with her nose so she can drink out of the toilet...yes, she totally does that! Doesn't your dog?

See that outlet that isn't finished on the wall? We had a niche there, but had it filled in and am currently looking for a cool sconce to go in the space over my picture.  You can't tell here, but we had our bedroom painted too. This boring color is one shade darker than the's not nearly as pink as the original color. (Plus our back wall was this sponge painted burgundy color...not my style at all!)

Well, that's it! I'm so excited that it's finally finished and I LOVE it!

Monday, November 14, 2011

European Escapades: San Gimignano and the winery!

Seriously, San Gimignano is my favorite Tuscan was when I went with Heath and it still is. It's beautiful! The views...OMG!!! Here is what it looked like when we got there...a bit foggy! Still so cool tho!

Wait a few pictures to see how it looked at the end of our visit!

Here is Holly, Molly, and Ali as we got off the bus.

And the COOL wall that surrounds the city.

And a picture that Poalo (Ali's travel buddy) took of us at the wall.

Once inside...we were the last of the group. (this is no surprise today, as we were in Lucca also. One man stopped us and asked if we were part of a photography tour...b/c there are too many big lenses us there!)  We stopped almost as soon as we entered the city walls b/c I spotted a cool little alcove with stairs...I wanted to stop and play with the self-timer on my camera. Here is the fun result!

Now, my favorite thing (or one of them) in SG is the World Champion Gelato place. I LOVE this one...starts with a Z and is some sort of wine gelato...(it's not Zinfandel), but way more Italian in name! LOL

My first 2 scoops...

And my last 3...YES, it was a FIVE scoop day!!! Seriously, it's SO GOOD!!!! (with 2 Z scoops and 1 pistaccio aka pistachio)

And, just a few of my other favorite pictures of the day...

a sidewalk cafe

my change and receipt for gelato

a cool little side street

my lunch (artichoke and tomato pizza)

an amazing view...with laundry!

another cool side street

 a fun set of doors

a cool archway near that door
me eating my lunch (don't ask me why this is out of order, but I can't get it back in order!)

me taking a picture of a side street...holding my painting under my arm! 

Oh, i just L.O.V.E. this little Tuscan city!! I want to go back and stay near here or HERE with my family...maybe one day...

And, here is the beautiful view ...from almost the same spot as when we got there. Now, the fog has lifted.

After SG, we traveled just a few miles to a winery--San Donato.

walking up to the winery

the group learning about the winery!

 wine...this way....I'm just sure that's what is says!

The bird next to the W.C. I used.

How cool are these wine bottles! 

the table

the food

Jim West, Molly, and I (this is his normal picture face, seriously.)

After 4 attempts, he finally smiled!

cheers with Birute, Heather, and Jamie

Statue posing...I'm the dog if you can't tell

Molly posing

Holly...the sleeping Lion

Molly...the roaring Lion!

Holly taking pictures

the big oak barrels of wine

The Canadians in the bathtub!  Love you ladies! You are so much fun!

Us, in the bathtub! (can you tell who'd had more to drink?!?!?!)
Looking out the bathroom window!

It was a good day! (that ended with a nap!)