Friday, April 27, 2012

Moving along quickly!

Things are now moving forward at a rapidly noticeable pace. Mike came over last weekend to help Phil prep the master bathroom for tile. Phil did a lot of concrete work for the shower and put special boards up on the shower walls. Mike put some kind of special boards on the bathroom floor so that we can get heated floors.

Last weekend was gorgeous and I tried to combat the weeds while the weather was nice. I thought I would get to the whole front yard in a few hours, but after getting to only the rest of the easement and one eighth of the main yard, I gave up.
Phil put our numbers back on the house and got our porch light turned on again. It's amazing what a difference lights make!

When I gave up on weeding, I ventured inside to transfer our food from the old fridge to the new one. It's funny that this was super exciting! Our old fridge seemed full and then I transferred everything to the new one and it felt nearly empty!

Finally, on my birthday...our cabinets arrived! Now we really have our work cut out for us! Phil is installing them himself and I figure that I may actually be able to lend a helping hand for this phase of the project. It is a bit overwhelming to look at, but it's so super exciting that we will have a functioning kitchen in the near future!
It's also amazing what a change it is to have the lights turned on! (Phil added can lights and pathway lighting!)

I can't believe it's already almost May! It's been fun staring at lots of beautiful faces on our calendar this April!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I've been hiding a secret about the remodel...

We are are planning to decorate our office a bit differently after the whole front area gets taped and mudded.
With all of the talk about planning ahead for our kids, we got a little carried away and now have a deadline of September 8th for the remodel and the arrival of Baby Vrbas!

We found out right away in early January and it just happened that my dad was going to be in town on business. I didn't want to waste a face to face opportunity to tell our parents the good news, so I convinced my mom to fly up at the last minute to help me with a sewing project. We spent almost two whole days together sewing a big bag to be used as Krista's diaper bag and I kept the news to myself! Then that Saturday night on Martin Luther King weekend, we went to The Loft in Edmonds for dinner with Susan and both my parents. I made little thank you cards for each of them. We said that we wanted to thank them all for helping us with our remodel and since I had ordered a glass of wine with dinner as a decoy, they didn't see the real reason for the card! The inside of the card said, "Thanks for being my gramma (gramma and papa)! See you in September! Love, Baby Vrbas" Susan was tearing up, my mom was grinning ear to ear, and my dad says, "Is this a joke?!" haha. He was happy too and now they are all ready and excited to become grandparents.
Sharing the good news with the Grandparents to be!

 We had to call our siblings to tell them, but they were all very excited (and some of them a bit surprised!) to hear they are becoming Aunties and Uncles. We waited to share the news with everyone else because we had a trip to see most of my dad's side of the family at my cousin Emily's Bat Mitzvah. It was so fun to surprise everyone!
The extended family photo at the Bat Mitzvah. Say cheese! Say Emily's Bat Mitzvah! Say Baby Vrbas!

I love the look of wonder at people's reactions on my face and I love how Katelyn and Phil are laughing because they get it. Only Brian looks like he heard something interesting! It took a while for the message to click with everyone!

I have been so lucky since I have not gotten sick at all! The first trimester was interesting even without getting sick. I certainly felt dizzy easily in the mornings and felt a bit nauseous here and there. I was extremely tired...that doesn't do it justice. Fatigued, exhausted, and even more. Teaching Kindergarten while being that tired is a different experience. The most interesting part is how strong everything smelled to me...the bad and the good. Now, the second trimester is wonderful and baby is growing slowly, but surely. I am starting to show a bit and am feeling more normal. We shall see what the third trimester holds. Probably more aching feet and back and then some.

Here are some not so flattering photos, but we are trying to track baby's growth!

 Last week was my spring break. I started off at Disneyland and L.A. with just my parents and brother, then headed to San Diego for some father daughter time with my Aunt and cousin, and finally Phil and my mom joined us for a stay at the Catamaran in Mission Beach/PB and one night at the Lodge at Torrey Pines before a longer than normal drive back to the Bay Area. After seeing my high school best friend marry a great guy in SF and after celebrating my mom's birthday, we headed back home. 

Lodge at Torrey Pines, where mommy & daddy met

had to stop by my alma mater for a gift for baby!

Today we had a big day! We got to see our third ultrasound, but this was the big one! The technician measured baby's brain, heart beat, kidneys, individual bone length, and more. Then after maybe twenty minutes, there it was! A little weenie! I was shell shocked! I had had four dreams about my baby girl and not one about it being a boy. So many people also thought it was a girl, so I was mentally ready for a girl. Of course I don't care either way and we are so excited, but it's taken a lot of quiet think time and digesting that we are having a boy!!! We are close to settling on a name, so stay tuned!

On another note, Phil finished the hardwood floor install, the cabinets for the island arrived, and we have started looking for tile for the master bath!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

How Much Wood Could a Phil Chuck Chuck?

Thanks to Mike & Jon for a full days work, with no April Fools-ing going on, Phil was able to get started installing the hardwood floors in the kitchen to match what is already in the rest of the house. Earlier this week Phil bought the hardwoods from Home Depot (had to chase down enough of the materials from three different locations) and then he had to rip out part of the old original flooring because it was tricky in the spot where our front closet used to be. Phil is still hard at work and I will probably have to drag him away to eat something and to get to bed tonight. The kitchen is already starting to look like a kitchen with paint and floors! Phil finalized the cabinet and counter top order from Home Depot last week and so we expect to get them in just about three or four weeks! There is an end of remodel life in sight, but until then, we continue to eat microwavable food. :-/ Enough talk, here are the photos!
Jon just getting started and planning

Thankfully what I thought was a blood curdling scream when I was in the shower, was just the high pitch of a saw!

they made it all the way to the laundry and pantry!

Mikey pretending like he knows how to use the special nail gun

Phil overseeing the project

amazing craftsmanship!

pretty good match to the original floors

actually hard working as opposed to their usual hardly working mode

inch by inch row by row...gonna make this flooring grow...all it takes is a saw and a nail gun... oh those aren't the words?

we invested in this awesome tailgate tent for a workstation and hopefully some day we will share beers under it too!

Our Master Bedroom is painted!

The gray turned out nice

The master bathroom has a lighter gray...I finally got to do something to try to help (Even though Phil probably went back and spent more time touching up what I started than it was worth having me help!)