This blog chronicles the miracles and struggles of our daughters, Emily and Olivia. Emily was born 15 weeks early and had many complications, but she continues to amaze us! Olivia, born in China with heart complications, is also beating the odds. She joined her forever family (us!) when she was four years old and has been doing wonderfully! UPDATE: We started homeschooling August 2009 :)

Saturday, February 06, 2010

DIY Kitchen Reno

These last few months here have been a little crazy with homeschool, a kitchen remodeling project, Thanksgiving, Emily's birthday, Christmas, my Dad's five day stay in the hospital, a 3-day drive to Florida, a week in Orlando (in the COLD!), a week on a Disney cruise, a 3-day drive back home, more kitchen remodeling, and Olivia's birthday... BUT, we're all hanging in there and doing fine. I've posted some pix below of our kitchen progress:

BEFORE. November. Our lovely orange oak and a floral border.

DURING. Two days before Christmas granite counters were installed. In the weeks before, Andy replaced the doors and drawer fronts, painted the boxes, and added crown moulding ...

DURING. The day before Christmas...wondering if we were going to have a working sink on Christmas day...

BEFORE of the old pantry and desk before they were torn out.

BEFORE. The only thing staying on this wall is the fridge.

DURING. January (two weeks ago). The soffits and desk were torn out on the fridge wall. Pantry demolition happened one week later.

DURING. Today (Feb 6). The unused desk was replaced with pantry cabinets two weekends ago...the old built in pantry was torn out and today the final cabinets are going in :)

DURING. Today (Feb. 6). The new and improved fridge wall with floor to ceiling pantries on both sides of doorway.

DURING. Still to do: spacers, knobs, crown and base moulding, garbage and recycling pull-outs, paint on wall, etc.

DURING. Today (FEb 6, almost midnight). Andy installed the fridge cabinet and surround today! The last two cabinets (where the old pantry had been) are being installed as I type :)

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Somebody just turned SEVEN!

Olivia turned seven yesterday. Wow, hard to believe!