Tuesday, May 24, 2011

30 B4 30

Happy Birthday to ME!

Today marks the beginning of the end. Just kidding! But it is the first day of the last year in my twenties which is a scary thought, but isn't 30 the new 20? Or is that what those say on their 30th birthday to help ease the pain? My 20's were devoted to adventure and self discovery. So what will I devote my 30's to? It's a good thing I have a year to figure it out.

First things first lets reflect on some highlights (The short list) from my 20's as they have been good to me.
  • Graduated from college
  • Traveled to numerous countries (not even going to try & count)
  • Had some pretty awesome jobs
  • Moved to Tahoe
  • Bought a house
  • Met an amazing  guy named Nick 
  • Seen friends marry and have babies
  • Made some amazing friends
  • Found a new love for outdoor sports
  • Learned how to use power tools and started building a table (should be done soon)
  • Learned patience from a 60lb GSP named Roxy (Nick would say I'm still learning)

30-B4-30  (My bucket list for the last year of my 20's)
  1. Complete a 5k race (I've never actually ran in one  - I can run, but I hate running)
  2. Hike Mt Whitney (no permit in hand, but that doesn't mean I still can't try?!)
  3. Visit Manu Pichu
  4. Kayak around Lake Tahoe (72 miles)
  5. Volunteer/Donate More
  6. Bike across Golden Gate Bridge
  7. Make a book of my 20's
  8. Fit, Fabulous, and Sexy (nicer way of saying lose 10 lbs - yes I know it's vain )
  9. Give up coffee for the year (this will be a hardest one of all)
  10. Ski more
  11. Build Something all by myself (Nick is helping with the table)
  12. Bike around Lake Tahoe
  13. Blog more (or more in a timely manner)
  14. Figure out what I want to be when I grow up (not sure if I ever will)
  15. Work on my photography
  16. Take a class for fun at the community college
  17. Work on my Spanish
  18. Freelance more
  19. Sew more
  20. Start a business
  21. Start and veggie/herb garden
  22. Bike through wine country
  23. Travel more within the US
  24. Eat more natural foods - less sweets
  25. Hike Mt Shasta
  26. Go whitewater rafting
  27. Visit Nick's hometown in South Dakota (after 4 years I still haven't been back)
  28. Go apple picking in the Fall
  29. Spend less save more (I do this already, but I really want a new kitchen)
  30. Most of all have FUN!
This is just a sample list of  my life's bucket list. I'll be able to cross off a good amount in the next year. Stay tune, who knows what the next year will hold for me!

Monday, May 16, 2011

House Tour

Welcome to our home take a seat, relax, and enjoy the viewing. Our house is a major work in progress so there isn't too many after pictures but only progress. Remember we only moved in last August. With the crazy winter we didn't accomplish as much as we would have liked too. So here we go the first round of the many house tours to come.  - xoxo

The House is on a double lot making our front and back yard massive! Now that the snow has melted we've started working on the irrigation system. Before we know it we'll have a yard full of grass.

Front Yard:

Back Yard:

Living room:

We divided up the living room into two separate spaces. However, one really doesn't have a purpose yet. Unfortunely we were unable to use the fireplace this winter as it has a crack. Something on the summer project list. Nick stacked the wood just for looks. As you can tell paint goes a long way.

Area #1

Area #2

Kitchen/ Dining Room

 Like the living room we broke the space in the kitchen up into two spaces. Half to be used as a eat-in dining area.  I can't wait until we really tackle the kitchen! Read about removing the random cabinets here.


All the rooms needed a complete overhaul and we did just that. Paint, carpet, and new base boards. Want more? Check out the master bedroom post here.


Guest Room #1

Guest Room #2


Not much to say other than it still has a loooonnnnng way to go.


Before the hallway was dark like the rest of the house, but with a little paint and time we were able to brighten it right up.

Full Bath

The first major project part DIY. Read the full story here and here.

1/2 Bath
The tiny bathroom is located just off the mudroom and was in need of some serious tlc. For more details check out the full post here.