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Friday, February 27, 2009

Night on the Town!

Okay, I have to admit, Jeff and I almost NEVER have the chance to go out without the girls.  Anyway, one of the top people of half.com (that's the department he's in at eBay) came out from San Jose to do a training, and since Jeff went to eBay live last year along with Larry (his old supervisor) and Jodi (one of his team members), Jodi decided to throw together a last minute dinner, and we went!  Aside from Susie, Jodi, Larry, Jeff and myself, Jeff's team lead Brooke was there as well.  I guess as respect for their privacy, we just got pictures of me and Jeff, but the place we went to is called the Bayou and it's downtown.  They serve cajiun food, and it was DELISH.  They also have the largest beer menu I have ever seen in my life; they server 256 different beers, and have 32 different ones on tap!  Anyway, I had something called Crawfish Etouffee over rice and Jeff had a hamburger.  Here's some pictures of our night out!

 Yes, we're drinking alcohol, so we'll get that out of the way.. spare the lectures please.  We're responsible drinkers and we drink so infrequently, maybe 3 or 5 times a year at the most, and it's ALWAYS just one serving of alcohol.  This was actually my first time drinking out in public.  Anyway, this beer I had was... amazing.  One of my issues with beer is that it tastes disgusting.  Being a fruity drink lover, I had the Lindemans Peche: Lambic, which is basically a peach flavored beer, it actually tasted quite a bit like a peach flavored soda, but you could taste that it was alcoholic.  And Jeff, since he has not had good luck with beer, decided to pick his drink based soley off of the name Squatters: Captain Bastard.  I had a sip of it and it can only be described as bitter, and it tasted like they ran it through cofee grinds.  And Jodi had this cherry flavored beer brewed by the same company as the beer I had, and it was just like a cherry flavored soda.. yummies but I like peach more than cherry.

 Here's the beer menu!  Well, it's two but I flipped one over and took a picture of both sides, so you could see how extensive it was.

I love this sign, mostly because they drew the 'greater than or equal to' onto the sign.

And here's me and Jeff standing outside of the bar.  We had a GREAT night out!
The food was great, the atmosphere was awesomely loud which I LOVED for some crazy reason, but our waitress.. well she needs to work on her skills.  Everyone's food came out at once, except for Larry's.  She looked at him and said "Yours will be out in a few minutes, I dropped your sandwich." which resulted in his eyes completely bugging out.  He said "I"m so inspecting my food for dirt." and of course there was teasing involved.  Brooke who was sitting next to Larry looked at his plate and said "Is that a hair?", which of course freaked him out.  The best part is that we didn't have to pay for dinner!  I guess Susie got permission to cover our dinner and have it reimbursed by eBay.  Yay!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

House Pictures!

Today was our inspection and aside from a few minor issues, it went well!  And I managed to ge a few good pictures of the upstairs of the house.  Unfortunately, one of the guys that live there was home, so I wasn't able to get pictures of the downstairs.

These are the bedrooms that we'll be sleeping in, all upstairs.  The green room will be our room, since it's the largest, the white room will be Zoe's room, and then the blue room will be Ruthie's.  The room is REALLY dark as you can see, and I actually had to adjust the levels in photoshop because all you could see was the window and that's it.  I guess the light coming into the bedroom is why the flash didn't go off.  They are decent sized bedrooms, since the bed in the white room is a queen size.

Here is the front room and upstairs bathroom.  I took the picture of the front room from the hallway leading back to the bedroom and bathroom.  It's a decent sized front room, but we currently have no plans on actually using it as a living space, Jeff wants to put down a huge track to race cars... we'll see about that, however that bay window is GREAT, especially for a Christmas tree.  And the bathroom has been updated and painted the same neutral tan as the front room.  The floors match the tile on the wall... I htink it's the same tile but I'm not sure.  And while I'm a HUGE fan of our Spongebob Squarepants shower curtain.. I have to say I'm a really big fan of that dark red shower curtain.

Here's the kitchen from three different angles.  The first picture is from the same spot (but me turned slightly) that I took the picture of the front room from.  You can see the door frame on the left side of the picture, that's the back door that leads out to the carport and the back side of the house.  I took the next two pictures in the corner you see to the right of the window in the first picture.  Again, it's got updated cabinets, counter tops and flooring, with the same tile that's in the bathroom.  Oh and in the second picture, on the right that's the stairwell that leads to the basement.  The walls of the basement are painted in the exact same color as the living room, upstairs bathroom and front room.. very boring but it really does work.  And the countertops aren't granite even though they look like it; they are just regular laminate countertops made to look like granite, which I love.

And these two pictures were taken outside obviously!  This is the backyard, the carport is to the left.. you can sort of see the back corner where the dish is at.  We're planning to fence it in, since we have discussed getting a dog, however I want a fence up first before we get a dog for very obvious reasons.  And the last picture is of me on the roof!  There's some soft spots on the roof, and I went up with the inspector to see where they are at.  There's not a lot of soft spots, and the roof did pass inspection; however based on the information I gave my dad and based on what I saw up there, the subroofing was done with 1/4 inch plywood when they should have used 1/2 inch plywood.  I was nervous about the pitch of the roof and it having leaking issues with the shingles, however my dad also confirmed that its 3-12 pitch, which is the lowest pitch allowable with shingles without having issues with leaking.  The roof has about 5-10 years left on it, so we're gonna have to make plans on replacing the roof in the next few years.

I'm really sad I was unable to get more pictures of the rest of the house, but since the guy was home, I didn't want to be the weirdo with a camera.  Of course, those pictures will eventually come, don't worry!

Monday, February 9, 2009

A Year Ago...

I gave birth to our second child, Ruthie Edith Hayford at 8:36 pm.  It's been an amazing year and filled with fun, sleepless nights and wonder to have watched her grow.  Anyway, we had her party Saturday, mostly for conveinence.  Here are the pictures!

Here is the banner I made using my Cricut machine.  It was supposed to say "Happy Birthday Ruthie" but I left one of the i's at home, so we had to improvise by carefully cutting a hyphen out of one of the Ts and putting "B-day" instead which was fine.  I was just gonna leave it as "Happy Brthday Ruthie" but it was too noticable.  Jeff is the genius behind the hypen.

Here's her cupcake shaped birthday cake and extra cupcakes.  I created her birthday invitations (again with the cricut machine) and put a cupcake on them, so I wanted to crossover the theme into her cake.  Just letting you knwo the pan is created by Wilton and while it's cute and adorable, it's a pain in the butt to work with.  Don't use it if you have less than 20 minutes to pop out of the pan and frost it.

And here's a bunch of pictures of the present opening portion of the party.  The gun was given to us by our friends Cooper and Ngaire.  Cooper explains, "Every kid should have a toy gun.".. I guess that opinion comes with the occupation of being a police officer.  These aren't all of the presents she got, but just a few of them.

Here's the singing portion of the party.  Jeff was not standing at a good angle, but you can still tell she's kind of thinking "WHAT is going on here?!?"

And here's some pictures of her enjoying a cupcake!  The Colonial Sanders goatee was just too cute!

We Got a House!

Well, that is to say we've put in an offer and it was accepted! We're just waiting on the home inspection which is Wednesday, and I'm pretty sure that's going to go well so I'm not worried about that at all!

Anyway, about the house. It's in Sandy, on the EAST side of State street! It's 2,016 square feet, with a completed basement, it has 5 bedrooms (3 upstairs, 2 in the basement), 1 and 3/4 bath and has a one car carport, but has enough space to park 3 more cars in the driveway. BTW, in case you are wondering, a 3/4 bath has a sink, toilet and just a shower instead of a bathtub with a showerhead, the 3/4 bath is the one in the basement. The kitchen, and bathrooms have been updated with new countertops, flooring and cabinetry, and everything has a fresh coat of paint. Also it has hardwood floors in the front room, kitchen and hallway upstairs, and the rest of the house -with the exception of half the laundry room that I suspect was a bedroom at one point- has full carpet which is plushy and soft. We've planned on the bedrooms that are upstairs being the sleeping quarters and the largest bedroom downstairs is going to become a guest room and the smaller bedroom downstairs -also the smallest bedroom in the whole house- will become my CRAFT room! That's right I will have a WHOLE ROOM devoted to my crafting, something I'm very excited about!

Since the laundry room is so large, I think what we're going to eventually do is put another wall up, and then put a door in there and use that as the food storage room. We're waiting to see what happens with that home buyer credit thing that I last blogged about because it MAY double to $15,000 before we start stocking up on food storage and putting walls up. And we're also planning on putting up a fence to completely fence in the back yard.

The best part is that the seller was asking $174,900 and we were able to talk them into accepting $167,000 AND have them pay closing as well, so we're STOKED! I don't have any personal pictures of the house, that'll be done on Wednesday when we go back for the inspection, however here's a picture of the front of the house.

I know it's kind of small, but it's not my picture, it's the one from the real estate listing. And I'm not a fan of those weird window baskets so they're gonna go as soon as I can figure out how they come off. I LOVE the bay window, however since we plan to use the basement as our main gathering and family room, it's going to remain empty, and we'll probably just use it as a gathering spot for parties and stuff.
We had initally wanted another house, however that one didn't work out and I'm glad it didn't. It was a bigger house, however it was also on a massively busy street -we're talking 4 lanes- and it didn't have any appliances other than the dishwasher. This house I know is the RIGHT house for us, and I feel so blessed knowing that on March 12th provided there's no major issues that come up that it's gonna be OURS!