Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Kitchen Update

Back in september, husband and i set out to do a little kitchen "update." We limited ourselves to $500 and a whole lot of creativity. We figured out that with $500, we could do the following:

trim out our cabinets
update the cabinet hardware
paint (walls and cabinets)
replace the backsplash 

Well, i am very happy to say that more than 6 months later, our little kitchen "update" is complete. It's not perfect, but it is vastly better than what it was before. I am so proud of kevin and all of his handiwork that went into this. He pretty much did it entirely by himself (I helped a little) and did it all while going to school full time and being full time daddy to our little man. 

Here are some before pictures: 

 photos were taken from zillow (since i forgot to take "before" photos) 

Appliances were definitely not in the budget this time around, but we had to get a new dishwasher when we first moved in last year. hopefully, we'll be able to update the oven/stove and refrigerator to stainless steal in the near future so all of our appliances match as well.

And here are the photos post-update!

 Photos taken from zillow...because we SOLD our house!! Woop! Woop! 

You can see that a little went a long way here. While we didn't have it in our budget to make drastic changes, I feel like these updates took our little kitchen from 1985 and brought it into the 21st century. Cheers to home improvement!

Two things we would have done had we stayed in the house. Switched out the light fixtures and painted the countertops.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

California Adventures

Earlier in June the whole family headed down to San Jose to watch my baby brother graduate from Santa Clara University. It was most definitely a family affair full of lots of sun, fun and the sicky ickies.

We spent a few days in San Jose celebrating Griffin before heading up to Sonoma to really celebrate the graduate...any by really celebrate, I mean indulge in lots and lots of wine tasting ;0) .

The whole trip was tons of fun, with the one tiny exception of little man coming down with Hand, Foot, Mouth. We didn't let that damper our time to terribly though, and the hubby and I just took turns staying home with the unhappy little camper while the rest of the family headed out to explore Sonoma.

Pictures are below including a few from a quick stopover in San Francisco!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Father's Day 2016

A belated Happy Father's Day to all you dad's out there! We celebrated our favorite dad and pop pop in style...

We greeted Lincoln's dadda with breakfast in bed, Sunday morning (avocado toast topped with a poached egg and bacon!) after letting him sleep in (till 9 ha!). After that we all got up, got dressed and headed out for a little walk around the neighborhood before heading out on our Father's Day adventures.

L and I surprised the hubby with a day of brewery tasting on the bluff! Greenbluff, WA has a few little breweries that have opened in the past couple of years and we wanted to check them out. We went to Big Barn Brewing (my favorite!) and 238 Brewing company.

It was a pretty picture perfect day and the barn looked so quaint with the blue sky and rolling fields in the background. They also had 16 beers on tap to try, which made for a happy husband. 238 Brewing was the cutest tap house I have ever been to and with 8 of their own beers on tap and 4 rotating visiting breweries, they had lots of options to try out as well! I was DD so only had a few sips here and there, but what I tried was definitely delish!

After a fun day on the bluff, we headed back into town to get ready for a big family dinner to celebrate both Lincoln's dadda and mine, pop-pop! We picked up yummy Italian Sausages from Sonnderen's and grilled them with peppers and onions, corn on the cob and homemade potato salad. We topped dinner off with homemade peanut butter cup ice cream sandwiches and let the guys watch Game 7 of the NBA finals. While we were bummed that Golden State lost (not really...go Trailblazers!!) it was a pretty great day.