Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The BIG periwinkle surprise!


Our FIRST home! 


Come visit! We've got a guest room! and a backyard! And my very own kitchen! 

Here's a smattering of random pictures:

The yard needs some TLC - our plans include a lovely porch and maybe a lawn and new shutters. But it's definitely periwinkle! 

PS - a HUGE thank you to Aunt Sarah for letting us borrow your trailer, it was a life saver! 

PS again - another HUGE thank you to Weston, Jeremy, and Darren for helping us move in!

This is the view from the back door, looking into the kitchen.

We quickly replaced the ugly track lighting with beautiful barn lights! Soon to come is a cover of some sort to hide the track... any suggestions??

Oh, and the kitchen table won't be staying in the living room - it just doesn't quite fit in the tiny kitchen, we're working on that too.

And the view of the kitchen from the living room - please note the AWESOME vintage tiled counter tops (LOVE THOSE!) and the beautiful rock fire place!

And the fire place! A real one! We'll probably put a wood burning stove in there, it's more efficient. Notice the door on the left - that's our pantry and laundry room! My OWN laundry room! Oh and please notice the gorgeous hard wood floors!! We're hoping there is hard wood under the ugly laminate tile in the kitchen --- otherwise the kitchen is getting new floors soon.

Our second project - a doggy door for Kona! She loves it!Look at that studly man with the saw! He's all mine! Forever!

New lights, new doggy door! Productive first weekend! We also installed a ceiling fan, and polished all the wood floors and caught up on 12,000,000 loads of laundry -- not an exaggeration.

And without further ado, I'd like to pass this blog over to my love, Sam.  

Monday, June 11, 2012

What's going on around here:

Let's catch up! Grab a drink, get some coffee, happy hour margs?? Yes, please. 

Sam and I miss those of you that we don't see on a regular basis, we really truly do. So to catch you up on what's been going on around here, here's a sneak peak into our lives: (feel free to catch us up on your life too! Comments taken at the bottom!)

Our neighbors, Chris and Erin, got this ADORABLE puppy named Remi. What a butter ball - Kona and Remi will be the best of friends when Remi gets bigger!

As most of you know, I, Leah, work at a waste water treatment plant. What's that, you say??? Basically we take sewage..YUCK and turn it into reuse water...COOL! The best part about work is the wonderful flowers we grow in the lawn out front...if that tells you anything about how much I like my job...my favorite part is the flowers... Umm, Yea. 

Last week I got on a sewing kick: item #1, my first apron, #2 a clutch for a friend, #3 a clutch to match Grandma's wedding day outfit, #4 a keychain wallet for me! If you want something made for you, call me! I have a ton of fabric, an excess of zippers, and I really like to sew!

Look at this safety savvy girl! Literally, she rides in the car like this, all. the. time.

On the way home from work last week, a truck in front of my decided it no longer needed the cover to the tool box in the bed of it's truck, and kindly threw it down the highway (75mph, mind you!). And long story short, the cover of the tool box met up with the bumper of my Forester - they didn't get along. 

Do you know what this is??? If you don't, then be prepared to find out on 8/11 when you come boot scootin at the Heffelfinger/Powell wedding! 

Leave us a message, what was your week like? Come on folks, this bloggin thing works two ways, I post, you comment! We miss you and want to know what's going on! 

XOXO - Happy Monday

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Friday and Saturday...

Chad and Bethany blessed us with their presence last weekend. We're so fortunate to have friends like them that share our passion for all things outdoors. 

The pictures don't need much explaining, so here goes:

Friday Night



This was the Flagstaff Extreme Course - a high ropes course here in town. If you get the chance to do this - DO THIS. So much fun! Thank you Bethany for asking us to join!


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Memorial Weekend...Day 4...Finally.

Sorry for taking so long to finish this little mini-series of posts. I meant to have this whole thing done in 4 consecutive days, but that didn't happen. So, here goes day 4 - day 3 ended with dinner on the Cottonwood Canyon Road - and day 4 begins that morning, heading out of the canyon towards highway 89:

Our last view of Cottonwood Canyon Road, from here we hit highway 89 and drove over to Buckskin Gulch.
The beginning of the hike at Buckskin - a hot, dry, sandy river bed.We walked for about 0.25 - 0.75 of a mile in this, and I kept thinking, "This better be good!" because by this point in the trip, we haven't showered for  days, YUCK, and frankly, I'm ready for my own bed. And Sam likes to keep little details from me...like what's going to be around the corner:
BOOM. Buckskin Gulch swallowed us - instant slot canyon...the coolest one ever. The typical red rock slot canyon that Utah is known for. And we walked right in, no dropping in like the one the day before - so Kona had no problem.
I mean seriously, how freaking cool is that!? 4 feet from wall to wall, and 100's of feet above our head. Awesome.
This portion was my favorite because of the lush green trees that were growing above us, and the water that trickled down the sides of the canyon...sorry, no picture of that.

So, we hiked and hiked through these slot canyons, then suddenly, just POPPED out into this HUGE open space with this... hole....in the wall. Not entirely sure what to call it. But it's HUGE!

On red rock wall around the corner from the hole, we found these petroglyphs. How crazy is it to think that the native Indians, 100's of years ago, carved these drawings into STONE and they are still around for us to see today? I think both drawings are meant to be goats.... Sam might correct me on that.

 Kona didn't feel like having her picture taken at this moment.
The water has carved out these perfect tiny holes all through the canyon walls... almost like bubbles.
You can see here just how massive the canyon was by comparing how tiny we are!
This picture is just too cute! I wish I was in focus though! Kona knows how to be super adorable!
This is one of the narrowest spots that we walked through.

And back in Arizona, we stopped at Lee's Ferry (Marble Canyon - Colorado River. If you ever go on a Grand Canyon river trip - this is where you begin.

A California Condor that decided to present itself to us for pictures.

And done. We headed home after this picture. We hope you enjoyed our trip as much as we did!

Happy Tuesday!