Monday, September 05, 2011


We've been in our house for over a week now. It still feels pretty strange. There are still a lot of boxes and piles around here. But there are some improvements happening too.

Say good-bye to the palm tree toilet seat.

And hello to this eco-friendly, low-flush (and may I add, nice and white?) toilet.

We could just leave the palm tree one out on the lawn... Maybe plant some flowers in it?

It would go nicely with some of the other motif around here.

Anyway, back to the real bathroom...
A little familiar artwork also makes it feel much more homey.

And the kids bedroom went from looking like this:

To this:

Much, much better.
I feel like I can breathe when I go in there.

And the closet isn't looking quite so nasty either. After the purchase of another set of those plastic drawer storage thingys, there's a place to throw all the random toys that didn''t have a home.
Thank you Walmart.

I think the kids are digging their new bedroom too.

Silas continued to sleep in our room for a couple of nights, but tonight we put him in his "bunk bed" (as he refers to it... and I won't correct him) for the first time. It was a bit of gong show but I believe everyone has fallen asleep.

Now to see what the morning will bring...

Erik also took down a few nasty shelves that were remaining in their bedroom and hung some other things up for me:

As for the outdoors, we found the perfect tree branch to hang the swing. And it even does double-duty -- while the kids are swinging, all ripe - but out-of-reach - plums fall easily to the ground :)

And today Mom & Dad T (mostly Dad) took on a big demolition project. It was time for this old green pig barn to come down.

Erik helped push down the final walls...

Now there's a lot of junk to clean-up, but it gives us a more unobstructed view of Mt. Baker as well as better access to the mother-load of blackberries that were hidden behind.

Seriously, look at the size of these things.

Now I should be off to bed. It's the first day of school tomorrow and I need to be up early to pack our first-ever school lunches.
And so it begins...


Anonymous said...

James, you have a serious knack for making your home look fresh and inviting. It looks great. So much potential, and that yard! Can you come back and update/organize my house?
-erin g.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and Erik's socks and sandals . . . Love it.

Wenona said...

It's looking great so far! And wow - my son would be in absolute heaven at your place with those blackberries!! I am very jealous about your fruit trees!!

kelly ens said...

very impressed - those seemingly small projects make a huge difference :)

Tara V said...

It all looks fantastic! Great job! Love the kids room. And as for the toilet....we have one in our yard with plants in it ;)

the Dees fam said...

Definitely improvement there. It feels good to be productive doesn't it? The kids' bedroom looks really great and I'm sure you'll get into the groove with three kids sleeping in there really soon! Hope these first few days of school go well....this is Tyler's second week and so far so good on our end too!

katherine said...

Your place looks beautiful Jamie! Nice work!

Trev and Rebekah said...

How did the first day of school go? Love the kids' room.

And did you ever find your baby bottles you said that Carmen could maybe try?

GSFALK said...

So good! Thanks for the pictures. What a beautiful place. Have fun continuing to make it your home.