1 Year Later: Part 2

Now, if you will turn to your right, and continue on, we will be entering the walk-thru. When we moved in it was a mess.


Chris decided this would be the best place for our DVD’s and more organized cleaning supplies to live:



Isn’t it great? Now when I want to find the broom, or CSI season 1, I can find them really easily!

Next on the tour, the livingroom.

All of the rooms had dramatic changes to them. The most dramatic change in the Livingroom was the furniture:

See the lovely yellow couch?

Dusty Yellow..

And the chairs…


Chris saved the day on this one with an awesome Craigslist find. He managed to get us a loveseat and couch for a steal!

Looooveeee seat

(Can you tell I took this picture in the summer? The fan is trained on where I sit!)



I’m a much bigger fan of the green furniture!

Next stop: The office, formerly known as the “Red Room”:

Isn't that something?

A little blue paint, some more Ikea accessories, and a few jerseys, and the room was as good as new!


We jazzed it up a bit

My side!

Chris' Side

More of Chris' Side

Whew!  I’d say it’s a positive change!

I’m off to make some dinner in my lovely kitchen, stay tuned for part 3: the upstairs!


Blast from the past

Chris and I have come up with a new game plan : clean one room a little each day. The past couple of days have been devoted to the big spare bedroom on the top floor. It had become home to all the random “stuff” from when we moved in (mostly mine, yes, I’ll take the blame for the mess you’re about to see…) along with all the random “stuff” that was already here. We started out with this:

And this:

And this:

And then I panicked. Chris had to drag me back into the room kicking and screaming by my ponytail…..Just kidding about the ponytail part. The kicking and screaming is completely true.

We decided we would fill one bag of trash a day. It seemed much more manageable that way.

Once we got going though it wasn’t so bad. Chris is really good at motivating me  and keeping me on task (in case you don’t know me, I get sidetracked really……. hey look, there goes Phoebe! What were we taking about??) and in no time flat – also known as 2 days – we had the room separated into trash, keep and not ours. Phoebe (per usual) had to be included, so we gave her the job of little trash compactor.

This job is right up my alley!

So this is where the story comes in. The “not ours” pile had some great finds!

First off we found a bunch of old school stuff from my dad and my aunt that my grandparents had saved like this picture drawn by my aunt:

Or this Thomas Jefferson Project done by my aunt: You can even seen where it says her name in the corner!

Here’s “The story of the FBI” by my dad. The funniest thing is his handwriting hasn’t changed at all since 8th grade!

Chris and I really wanted to know what the story was, but it seems to have gotten lost at some point.

There were tons of other things too, like this report my aunt and her best friend did:

We were amazed at how they both have that perfect “Catholic School Cursive” writing!

After that little detour we moved on to a bag that was filled with records – Crazy!!

Chris was all bent out of shape thinking that this was stolen from a library. That lasted about 2 seconds until he noticed that the overdue fee was a whopping 5 cents a day!

We kept uncovering more and more records (hebraic chants for the holy days didn’t really interest us too much, we wanted the Beatles!!). Clearly my next decision was to get that crazy looking piece of furniture in the corner to work:

I opened the top and found this:

I also started looking for a crank to make it work, but Chris laughed at me a pulled the electrical cord from behind it. Seriously? This thing was run on electricity? I honestly never would have guessed that.

We never did get to try it out since when Chris picked up the cord is started to crackle when he moved it. We deemed it a fire hazard and I changed gears and took artsy pictures of the thing:

And so on.

Phoebe just thought we were crazy.


After a while we decided to move the “Keep” pile into the other room. We walked into that room (Screamed, and ran back out) and started to rearrange. Chris found a few pieces of wood that he claimed will come in handy for building things. Under that we found a couple cinder blocks. Inside one of the cinder blocks we found another surprise:

These Farmer’s Almanacs were dated from 1944-1967. Yes Dad, we’ve saved them for you. I promise!

Pretty cool huh?

We would have continued on our adventure, but the dust had us both sneezing like crazy so we decided to take a break. Hopefully we’ll get back to it soon, there’s a lot of progress being made!

Check back in again soon – I did some decorating in the bathroom today!    🙂