Mat and I have finished the pantry. We built the shelves for the food. And we built some decorative shelves to fill the walls on the opposite side. It came out beautifully. It was just as I imagined!
- Basel, Switzerland
- Bern, Switzerland
- Lucerne, Switzerland
- Zermatt, Switzerland
- Heidelberg Germany
- Alsace France
- London, England
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Normandy, France
- Paris France
- Scottand, United Kingdom
- Barcelona, Spain
- Copenhagen Denmark
- Christmas Markets
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Monday, August 30, 2021
This weekend Arlington started her second year At UMass Amherst. She is still an Animal Science major and was excited to get back to campus. This year all classes are going to be in person, the campus completely open, and all students invited back. It should be a more college experience this year. They are still requiring masks in all indoor spaces and everyone has to be vaccinated, so fingers crossed things go well.
Mat's parents were here to help her move in which was very special. Arlington is in an on campus apartment this year. She has her own bedroom but three roomates. It has two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room so a lot of space to spread out and relax.
Friday, August 27, 2021
Saturday, August 21, 2021
For Arlington's birthday in 2020 (yes you read that right) we got her tickets for a live Jim Gaffigan show. We love his comedy and were so excited to be able to see him in person. However Covid hit and his show was postponed until August 2021. We were so glad to be able to go this past summer. Cainan didn't come with us - chosing to spend the evening with his grandparents instead. The show was amazing and it was so cool to see him in person
Friday, August 20, 2021
We were able to do a fundraiser for Finley's foundation this year because we are coming out of this pandamic, AND we are more settled back in the United States. Our whole RDH12 Fund for Sight worked to gether to sell golf ball tickets and we made:
Do you see that number? That was our biggest fundraiser for Finley to date. Such amazing support and the golf ball drop was a ton of fun
My kids did an amazing job separating over 3700 golf balls to make sure we had every number accounted for.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Mat and I have been working hard on the mudroom tile and we are nearly complete. However what that job has shown us is......this isn't for us. It is extremely time consuming and hard and frustrating. So we did the wise thing for the other tile projects we had left for our kitchen remodel and hired someone to do it. We got a great price, they were super quick (they installed our backsplash in the same amount of time it took Mat and I to hang our dining room light fixture) and it looks beautiful. We had our kitchen backsplash, and our two front entrance tiles done
Sunday, August 8, 2021
I had to take a picture of Cainan using our new mowing tractor because it is just so darn cute. Mat decided that going electric might be the way to go for us. We did a lot of research and found one that could handle our size yard. Our old tractor died and after battling the oil and gas and belts, etc. - it was time for a change. It reminds us all of a go cart
Friday, August 6, 2021
Time to unload boxes and boxes of Kitchen stuff into our new space. Most of this we left here in storage while we were in Switzerland. So it really is like Christmas opening a lot of these boxes. I have many treasurers from my grandmother and it will be fun to find permanent homes for all of her beautiful dishes
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Well - week 18 and the rennovation is at an end. For now. The major players are in and complete. The house is sparkling clean. (our contractor brings in a cleaning crew when they are done and they were magnificent). We can not place our furniture and start to move into our new space. We are so excited!
We are still waiting for the Range - we understand we still have a few weeks to go for that unfortunately. And the side panels for our island and peninsula are on back order. BUT otherwise we can use the kitchen.
What an experience. After almost 5 months of living through dirt and grime and people being in our house from 7-5 every day, we are going to have some peace and get to enjoy our beautiful new space.
Our dining room. The only thing that changed in here was the flooring and I restained the mantel. Oh and we painted the walls a deeper blue/gray than the rest of the house.