Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas from Idaho!

Sorry it's been so long since I last posted. We have been very busy with all our travelling. We flew to Idaho for Thanksgiving with my family, then spent 10 days in Kansas City, MO visiting our new church there and house hunting. We really enjoyed spending time with all our lovely new friends there. And we found several house choices that we loved.

Ben had to return to Australia until our house and car are sold. We miss him, especially at Christmas time. The boys and I are enjoying spending the Holidays with my family here in Idaho, though.
We are hoping and praying that the house will sell first thing in the New Year so we can all be together again and move to our new home town! It is very exciting, but the waiting and suspense is not too fun...

I will try to put some of our latest pics on here soon, maybe after Christmas. :-)
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Our Bathrooms

I am joining in the "Show Us Your Life" party this week with Kelly of Kelly's Korner. :-) The room of the week this time is bathrooms.

This is our ensuite bathroom, which is much smaller than the typical "master bathroom" in the USA. There is no tub, just a shower that isn't in this picture. This is mostly Ben's bathroom, so it works fine for us.
I didn't care for the border tiles used in this bathroom, so I put a wallpaper border over them. haha

The boys and I mostly use our hall bathroom, and it is also the guest bathroom. I decorated it in my favorite color- pink! ;-)

We have only a week and a half left in this house before we leave for the USA. It has been a special home to us and we will miss it, but I am excited about choosing a new home in Missouri!
And decorating it. ;-)

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Big Move

We have been very busy lately preparing for our big move to the United States! Ben will be pastoring a Baptist church in Kansas City, Missouri.

Although we will miss our friends here, we are so excited about how the Lord has led us, and can't wait to get to our new home in the USA!

We are in the process of trying to sell our house and car at the moment. We will be heading over to the US very soon, and Ben will make a short trip back to Australia in December to tie up loose ends here.

We will get to spend Thanksgiving with my family in Idaho, which will be great. :-) And I'm looking forward to a white Christmas, if the weather cooperates. Haha

I guess I will need to find a new name for this blog, now that we won't be "down under" anymore. Ha

I will keep you posted as I can on the move, our new home and church, etc. We would appreciate your prayers, especially that our house and car will sell soon!
Until next time,

Monday, September 13, 2010

Highlights from our trip to the USA

Be warned that this post is composed of a million pics! haha

We went with my family on a picnic to Lucky Peak. My Mom and I had fun floating on an air mattress, but no one took a photo. ha
As you can see, Nathanael was having a good time.
Some people got worn out, though. hehe

My cousin, Andrew, got married while were in Idaho. It was special to be able to attend the wedding. :-)

Teddy's first ride in a swing!

Nathanael's 4th Birthday!

We gave him an 1/8 size violin. Hopefully he will follow in his Uncle Seth's footsteps. ;-)

Nathanael and his cousins had fun running around in the sprinkler park.

Ben and I celebrated our 7th anniversary a little early, since Mom was there to watch the kids for us. We ate at a romantic fondue restaurant.

For Teddy's 1st birthday, we had a "Teddy Bears' Picnic"! :-)
I can't believe Teddy is one year old already! It seems like he was just born...
He loved his party at the Boise River greenbelt. :-)
Cousins Laban and Nathanael loved playing together.

The partyers. haha
A teddy bear made out of cupcakes. :-)
Teddy loved the birthday song.

He required a little encouragement from Aunty Melody to dig in. haha

A rare shot with me in it. haha

My brother, Seth, with his lovely girlfriend, Rachel. ;-)
I was so excited to meet her. The birthday boy! :-)

We took a day trip to McCall-I love the mountains in Idaho!

Teddy in the woods. :-)
Our last morning in Idaho, Mom, Melody and I went to breakfast and tea with Rachel. It was so nice to have some girl time together. :-) We took a short trip to an antique shop, too.

Uncle Seth gave Nathanael a quick fiddle lesson right before we left, too. Nathanael doesn't last very long just yet. Haha

Well, that's all for now. Hope you enjoyed the pics of our month away. :-)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Pink Handles--done! :-)

Before This is our kitchen when we first moved in. (above)I added a lot of decorative touches since then.
I love pink glass handles, or any glass handles for that matter. Haha So, about a year ago, Ben started replacing the boring stainless steel handles with some pink glass ones I brought back from America last time we visited. He intended to finish them sooner, but we ended up living with them half done since then. Just the other day the job was completed! I'm so happy with the result. :-)

We do have one of the old handles left. Ha I paid for and didn't receive an
extra, in case of breakages, and of course one of the handles broke during the
installation. We are going to the USA this Saturday(excitement), so I
will find a replacement while I am there. :-)
The finished effect!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hope Chest ~before and after~

I was almost 18 when my parents bought this hope chest for me as a graduation gift. At that time, I liked unstained, unpainted wood (not sure why)so I never did anything to the wood except add a very light coat of clear sealer. I've been wanting to paint or stain the hope chest for a while now. I decided to paint it- white, of course. ;-) Actually, I would have preferred a more off white color, but I can always add another coat of paint easily. This is nice for now.
We had some pure white paint left from other projects, so I just did 2 coats of that over 2 days during Teddy's afternoon naps. Each coat only took me about 15 minutes, so it wasn't bad at all.

I plan to add some handles to the front later on, since it is made to look like there are 2 big drawers.

I am linking to a "before and after party" with Sarah, the Thrifty Decor Chick. :-)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Few Christmas/Winter Touches In Our House :-)

As the weather gets colder in June/July, I start to feel "Christmasy". Haha Last year, we had Christmas in June, but when December came around, we ended up going all out again. This year I don't feel having Christmas twice. But I just couldn't help myself. I had to at least put on some Christmas CDs and I put out just a few Christmas decor items that mostly seem more Wintry. Nothing too extreme. ;-) I added last year's Christmas wreath to our TV cabinet. It looks like chunks of ice or snow, all glittery.

A tiny white tree

Snowflake tea light and white berry candle wreath.

This quilt will help keep Teddy and I warm in the evenings. Leather chairs get cold!

Winter gets boring if you don't do something to break up the monotony, I think. This should help. ;-)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Modern Apartment Tour

Earlier this week, we went up to Brisbane, Queensland for a church conference. I thought you might like to see our apartment in the apartment complex/motel we stayed in for 2 nights. It is a very modern style that is popular here in Australia, which I thought might interest my American readers. ;-) It's not at all my style, but it was a nice, new, clean place to stay. Teddy loved the cushy rug. :-)

Open plan kitchen, living and dining.

Closeup of the kitchen.

Outdoor dining on the huge balcony.

Another outdoor living space.

The bathroom.

Master Bedroom- the bed was very comfy. :-)

The boys' bedroom

So, what do you think? Could you live somewhere like this? Although it is far too stark for my liking, I think I could make it livable with the addition of some pretty rugs, pillows, pictures, quilts, etc. And of course a good dose of pink. Haha

I will leave you with some cuteness- our friend Sarah, and the cutest little Teddy bear ever. ;-)