Monday, December 22, 2008

We're down to the bones...preparations in warp speed!!

The gifts are bought...and mostly wrapped. Obligatory baking has taken Jim no less...who commandeered the kitchen all day yesterday and was a cookie chef extraordinaire!! Our laundry is done and waiting to be packed for our visit west...and we clapped our hands in glee that we were done...for about 1 hour yesterday afternoon...until the contractor showed up with some great ideas for our family room.

As we celebrate a year in our home, we are so excited to be starting a small renovation project. As these things often do, it has grown in scope just a bit from our original intentions...but still a modest project from most standards. Our contractor convinced us of the value of doing a lot of the demolition when we are away for the holiday week...and while that sounds means I have a room to clear out before we leave on the 26th. And there was the small issue of the computer having to be disconnected...we will have to figure out plan B for that...I can't go three weeks offline!!! :-) The Laundromat may become my new best friend as we will also be without a washer and dryer. I am hoping this temporary inconvenience will be worth the end result. You can be sure I will be taking lots of pictures along the way!!

We had our first weather event yesterday...a small ice storm...that melted by noon. We enjoyed being housebound for a few hours playing Christmas music! We won't talk about the very ungraceful fall I took while snapping these photos!



Lia was super snugly before bed...and allowed me to take a few shots. They are a little blurry, I know...still practicing getting clear shots inside...



I hope you all are having a wonderful Monday!!


Jboo said...

Great photos! Best wishes for a wonderful trip and Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Missy said...

Oh, I do love a home renovation project...well, I love the end result. We are doing some of that, too, slowly but surely. It has been tedious and I think being out of town is the BEST idea for not losing your sanity. My best friend has become my boxed wine :)

I love the ice pics. Very cool!

Sweet, sweet photos of Lia!!! Are you shooting in all manual now? Your pics look really great!

If I don't talk to you again, have a Merry Christmas!!!

word verification: little ... now if you know me, I don't do anything LITTLE! : )

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Beautiful Photos are really becoming a manual expert....even indoors...that is most impressive:)

The renovation sounds fun, I cannot wait to see what you have planned.....I am sure it will look have fabulous taste!!

3 Weeks WITHOUT a computer...say it isn't so...

If I don't talk to you between now and Christmas....Have a wonderful holiday and safe travels my friend!!

Best wishes to you all!


day by day said...

Oh, renovations are never fun...but it is always exciting to look forward to the finished results!!!

I hope you figure out a way to keep your computer going...3 weeks is way too long. I think I would go crazy without a computer for that long. lol!

Great pictures! The ice melting yesterday was just beautiful...I thought about getting my camera out, too!!

Have a very Merry Christmas!!!!

Rachel said...

Have a great trip!

I love renovation projects. Make sure you take before and after pictures so you can see how different things look.

Merry Christmas!

Felicia said...

Your home renovation project sounds fun...I love designing and decorating. Your pics are wonderful, both inside and out. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

Kam said...

Oh, can't wait to hear about your renovation! Good luck to you and props for letting them get going while you're away! I'm sure it will all come out great!

The pics were beautiful, as always!
Have a safe trip!

Ivy said...

Hi Kate,
Just wanted to say Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and your family.

Love the new photos! Lia always looks precious in any light, very pretty little girl.

Enjoy the Season!



Shelly and Family said...

As always...I so love the photos! And here's to a safe and wonderful trip! Merry Christmas!

Erin said...

Have a wonderful journey... you need a vacation! And knowing that someone is working magic on your home while you're away will be really exciting!!! I am inspired by your indoor manual skills---maybe this year I will learn to do a little manual photog. Happy Christmas. (How far west are you heading? Anyplace near me?

3 Peanuts said...

Love the Ice photos...sorry you fell:(

Donna said...

What happened to "season of dreams and miracles"? I loved the photo!