Friday, August 28, 2009

A few Before and Afters

I tried to put these in a little bit of an order, but hopefully you can figure out which ones are the 'befores' and which ones are the 'afters'
This is our bathroom. Too bad the toilet isn't open so you can see the yellow water I whined about previously.

Don't worry, I didn't make much effort to clean up to take pictures. (The mess gets worse in following pix). I cleaned all day yesterday (and for the last couple months ... to me, this looks pretty good). Also, I want everyone to note what an amazing bed we sleep on. My grandma gave it to us, and we are very appreciative. The air mattress that served as a bed just wasn't quite doing it for a fat little pregnant girl anymore.

The tiny baby's room that is bursting with baby stuff. Hopefully, I can make room for a baby to fit in there too.

Heres all the clutter I was referring to. But, I have 2 more sets of shades to make today and then maybe I will but it away. I would like to point out the island with the shelf Tyler made me, my shelf with aprons hanging from it, and my 'electric yellow' kitchen. Picking paint is harder than I thought.

This is the opposite view- the kitchen looking in to the living room. We spent a lot of time on window coverings in their and they are barely in the picture. I was pretty proud of myself for making roman shades though. See the old wall with the fake brick and panel mirrors? It was a project, but I am so glad Tyler was able to tear that down and put in a normal wall. Also, look at the difference in light fixtures. Tyler is so proud.

This is the spare room that looks only half unpacked. Somehow, we have more crap than we can contain in a 3 bedroom trailer and 3 sheds. So ... this will prob sit here for a while.
One last thing I want to point out because it was so much work, is that all the wood paneling you see ... it had to be spackled at least twice, primed and then paineted. Sometimes more than once or twice. But ... there is no more wood paneling visible in this trailer. We still have quite a bit of work ... but we are getting there!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

things i love about living in a trailer park

i was hoping to de-clutter the house enough today to put up some before and after shots, but its looking more like tomorrow. so, without photos, i would still like to share some of my favorite things about my new life as trailer trash (for those of you that thought I made fun of North Carolina too much, you will see I can find the negatives anywhere I live). :)

-free massages. when i run the washer or dryer and sit back on the other end of the house i still end up getting a nice vibrating massage. very relaxing.
-the color orange. we are on a well. apparently, it has issues. its a good thing we are BSU fans because otherwise we might have been very upset when the water turned all our underwears orange.
-speaking of the well, who doesn't love the smell of sulfer in the morning? nothing like a rotten-eggs shower to get you feeling clean. (its actually not too bad, and we are supposed to be turning over to city water in october).
-its a 3 bedroom trailer. but does it really count if one bedroom is 14 square feet? good thing babies are small.
-someone told us that it looks a little silly when the chandelier in the kitchen is worth more than the rest of the trailer.
- i thought it was very convenient when painting that i could easily reach up and touch the ceiling. no ladder needed for me. although, each time i hit my head on the light fixture hanging from the ceiling the enchanment of low ceilings fades.
-bugs. first, we thought our problem was wasps. still is. then it was mosquito eaters. they come inside, drop their legs off around the house, but don't die. i find them struggling for life, legless, each morning. also, I didn't know it was possible to bring my laundry in from off the line and find over 7 lady bugs in the beforementioned orange underwears. earwigs. i will never get used to them. i hate them. and recently they have been enjoying the place. tyler and i have really honed in our hunting skills. i killed 2 flies with one smack yesterday. this morning, when i went outside to water my strawberries, the entire front yard began to buzz louder with each step i took. i realized the ground was alive with flies. disgusting. and i don't think that slugs qualify as bugs, but we have HUGE banana slugs living under the trailer. out of sight, out of mind.
-privacy. living in a trailer often feels like living in a fishbowl. we are still working on window-coverings, but until then i can tell you whether our neighbors ordered pizza or chinese last night. they order delivery for one of the 2 nearly everyday.
-the fishbowl has led to some other amazing neighborhood experiences-
1-watching a domestic dispute. when you are married and live with your parents and look like you are 16 and scream F-bombs at one another up and down the street someone is bound to be entertained. we were.
2-the discovery that my child will never get ot play in the front yard. the neighbors that order delivery each night have a friend who comes over often and he drives a truck. with a beer in his hand. every time we see him.
3-tyler looking like a pervert. the first week we were here we painted the living room. tyler was edging around the windows and the grandaughters of the neighbor behind us were playing outside (which they do every afternoon). they are 2 and 4 and they decided they like playing in the kiddie pool naked. as tyler was kneeling at the window to paint he suddenly discovered how creepy he must look as a new neighbor, kneeling at the window, staring at naked little girls. he found a new project to work on.
-we actually really like most our neighbors. but i do have to mention the trailer on the corner. if you walk within 30 feet of it you know the people that live there are heavy smokers. if you walk within 200 feet of it and the head of house is outside you know that he looks like santa and has a large plumber's crack issue.
-it wouldn't be a trailer park without the token purple house, the lit-up american flag, the neighbors whose porch is overfowing with keystone light boxes, yappy shitzus, and camping trailers scattered about with no apparent owner.

without the sarcasm
-i really do love having my own place that i can do whatever i want to. i didn't even have to call and ask a landlord when i painted or made tyler tear down walls.
-rent. lot rent is about a third of regular rent.
-having a yard. i have strawberry and raspberry plants!
-sheds. i love when we have somethign we don't know what to do with and we can now say, "eh, put it in the shed."
i'm sure there is more, but this will suffice for now. pictures of this amazing place are coming soon.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

i found some pics from our first trip to boise

this is my super-cute wakeboarding husband
this is one of Heaton's modeling shots ... i wonder why he isn't on the cover of a magazine. :) let me mention though, that in the year we were gone he grew 5 inches and became a teenager.
this is my mom's modeling shot
this is my brother, Brayden, showing off
this is me with my skinny little brother
and this is tyler and i doing what i do best because the MDs said no wakeboarding or water skiing this summer. and then tyler enforced it (i may have cried about this a couple times).
this is my fancy-pants uncle Mark showing the wakeboarding generation how things used to be done
this is my grandma and her husband, tim
when we first got back i found it really cute that my brother just wanted to be around me all the time (it must of worn off because the last trip to boise he was more interested in his video games). here he is trying to feel a little kick from his future nephew (cute, right?)
i do have a sister ... but no pictures of her. i think she even got cuter while we were gone. but ... this is brayden once again
so, thats pictures of my side of the family that i took from my parents. i wish i had pictures of tyler's side from family reunions and Idaho City. one of my fav stories is that my cute nephew, Seth, was interested in the fact that there was a baby in me. he kept asking if I had picked out a name yet. one morning he grabs my hand and says, 'lets play a game ... i know, lets go downstairs and you can have your baby now.'

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Wendy's Wedding

So, this last week we took one more little trip before Tyler starts school on Tuesday. We went to Boise for a few days, which was a little less hectic this time and we got to spend more time with Adam & Kimber and Rich & Jennette. We then went on a super quick trip to Utah to see one of my most favorite people get married. The two times Tyler and I have been apart since getting married resulted from two trips I took to see Wendy. Thats how much I like her. So, here are some pictures of how great she looked and pictures with some of my favorite people. There was too much driving, and I really did get to see more friends than these pictures show, so it was a great trip. Oh, and thanks Westy for letting us stay with you.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Good Morning

Last night I must have been super tired because I fell asleep early and I was dead to the world. Tyler stayed up to do such things as 'skunk hunt,' finish putting in our new sink, cleaning, and I'm not sure what else. This was a little clue though: this morning I woke my husband up for church. When I saw this face looking up at me from the pillow next to mine I said, "You look like a pervert."