2013 The Year of the Upgrades!

This year I have decided is going to be the year that I stop talking about making changes and start doing it! There's a number of things that I need to do to my house and now that I will have the time and (hopefully) the means to make those changes I really want to do it. The goal is to always take as much of the "trailer" factor out of my house as possible.

So here's the short list:

1. Reface the cabinets! My Dad and I have the idea to make these less than standard cabinets look like shaker style cabinets by simply trimming them out. 

2. One thing that definitely has to be done is replacing the counter tops. Last year I painted them this dark brown color and so far that has held up really well. However the counters themselves are done for. They are blown out underneath and are no longer supporting the dishwasher = leaks. Bad.

3. As a bonus though I do have a new, taller, faucet for the kitchen! Got it on sale for $30.00. Not fancy but wayyy more functional!

4. This exterior back door craziness still needs to be fixed. I'm going to get a new back door that will actually   open and close with the dryer by it and make a much safer stair set up.

Ewwwww. Dumpy. I also have to replace the gutters on the front of the house.

5. Easiest one on the list is upgrading the paint colors in the living room. Still want to do the white ceiling and update the color. No more peanut butter walls!

6. This is the best picture that I have but I do hope to upgrade all the doors in the house. Luckily there are only 4 doors that need to be replaced so that won't be too bad. These ones are falling apart and well... UGLY.

Hopefully this year will be a great year for my little house! I am going to be getting a new computer so I can blog more also. Yay!

The Craziest, Wildest, Busiest December Ever.

This has been one of the craziest months of my life! That is part of the reason that I have totally fallen off the blogging bandwagon these last few weeks. The first thing that happened is that my family dog, Shotzi, passed away. He was 15 and a really great doggy. He was a schnauzer like Sebastian but a much larger one. My parents adopted him when he was five and has been a part of our family ever since. We definitely all feel his loss very strongly.

On a slightly happier note I FINALLY graduated from college! See ya later Colorado Mesa University! I can't say that I will miss it. I met a lot of great people. The hardest part of graduating was watching all of my friends move away. :(

We did decorate our hats in accordance with our degrees! Any guess what we are all gonna be when we grow up?

Yup! Teachers! What gave it away? heheh. 

The really awesome thing is that my best friend Christie, who I've been friends with since we were 11, came to visit and see my graduation! It was pretty exciting.

I am wearing 5" wedge heels. 
They were awesome.

I finished up my student teaching, I had a great group of kids that I got to work with so that was awesome. One student gave me this on my last day. I also got a lot of cookies. And a Little Mermaid barbie. My students rocked! I do get to start substituting this year now too so that is pretty exciting.

The craziest transition of all was my Dad accepting a new position in New Mexico after being in Colorado for 18 years and at the same job. My parents have lived in their house for fourteen years and I recognize it as being my childhood home. Packing up a four bedroom, three bathroom, large home was a lot of work. Plenty of memory lane trips for sure.

I did inherit a lot of it in my living room as well... everything from a sewing machine to 4 bottles of Windex. My Dad left me some great tools so I can start really building some cool stuff! It'll be hard being the only one in my town since my brother and sister have moved back to their respective colleges but I think it'll be a great opportunity. Besides I won't have my parents to hang out with so I will be blogging way more!

2012 ended with one of my best friends that was visiting from her grad school program in California. Kendall and I rang in the new year with a lot friends, fun, and champagne. Not to worry. We didn't drink the entire bottle.

Here's to 2013 being a great year!