Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September is flying by

This month has gone by really fast, but I am sad that it is still warm outside. When is the fall weather coming??? I love living in midtown in the fall, it's absolutely beautiful with all the trees turning colors and leaves everywhere. Plus, I want to be able to decorate my house with fall stuff and I just don't real right doing that when its 85 outside.

I'm enjoying our house and the fact that our side is done. I have been cooking more, last night I made lentil and beef stew, delish! If you want the recipe let me know. Also, stuff like lasagna, pastas, crockpot dishes, etc. I currently have a sourdough starter going and I can't wait to make my first sourdough bread from it! I have to wait 2 more days :)

This last week, we had our pastor and his family over for dinner. There were 9 of us total but we made it work in our long, narrow dining area :) It was a lot of fun and good to have people over. Erin led the Sunday school at our church this last Sunday and did a great job. We are going through "Living in God's Two Kingdoms" by David VanDrunen as a church. It's been a great book so far, challenging me to understand my purpose and involvement in the church and in everyday culture.

We have my good friend Kaitlin living with us and I have enjoyed just spending time with her while she stays with us during her start of grad school at Sac State. Her and I go way back and I have missed her over the last few years.

We have gotten our rental advertised and ready to go! They are doing last minute finishes as far as inspections and what not. It is available October 1!! So if you or anyone you know is looking for a place to live in midtown, let us know. Here is our  ad on craigslist.

Here are a few pictures too

This is bedroom #1, the biggest room in the whole house!

The new bedroom #1, technically bedroom #2. This was the kitchen of the unit we changed.

And new bedroom #2, and bedroom #3 of this unit. There is a closet to the left of the fan, it's sort of a weird angle.
The living room has built in shelves and a little hutch, which I love. That is the door to bedroom #1.

This is the other side of the living room, with the front door/entry to the left and the bathroom #1 on the right.

Here is the kitchen. It has the tiles from the 40's still! It's pretty cute but cozy :) We added a microwave and cabinets above the microwave and fridge, as well as the pantry on the right.

Here is the new bathroom. It's pretty much where the back unit's living room was before the remodel.
And this is the house after they painted the steps and porches. It used to be red, which was cute, but the gray is better :) 
We are hoping to landscape in the spring and since my sister in law is a landscape architect, it should look pretty good!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Finally an update

First off, Erin and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary on August 28!! And we survived while fixing up a house, amazing. hahaha. We ended up staying here in Sacramento and went out to a nice dinner in Old Sac and relaxed mostly.

The rental unit is coming along. We have gotten a lot of work done over the last 2 weeks. I am just putting in a slide show to show you.

The floors are a new cherry wood but they are just dirty in this picture :)


So we rented a paint sprayer from Home Depot last weekend and painted the entire rental unit in 1 day! 3 bedrooms, the living room, the hallway, dining area, kitchen, entry, etc. We did not have a good start. We noticed at first that there was some pink paint coming out, and we were using white so we could tell, but it looked like we got it out and Erin painted the first room. His goggles were a little foggy and speckled from paint. We looked at the room and it was pink. PINK! I was not happy. I looked in the paint and also saw this, and went a little crazy.
Our paint was contaminated by a sealant that they put in the gun and you only need 1 drop. Some guy put the freakin whole bottle in it or something and it was constantly dripping into our paint, making the room look like this :)
We had to stop what we were doing, haul this sprayed back to HD covered in paint and tell them what was up. Luckily we didnt have to get all crazy, haha because I was ready to (now we lost $100 worth of paint, and we had to re-paint that room now and lost a few hours of our already crazy long day). But they gave us a brand new 5-gallon paint and set us up with a new sprayer and gave us another 24hours of rental time. But, at the end of the day and 15gallons of paint later, we were done :)
The bathrooms just need the plumbing hooked up, we have new toilets, vanities and sinks, new floors, new carpet, new doors, new ceiling fans and lights. Should be ready to rent out in October!! Anyone looking for a 3bdrm/2bath in midtown? Spread the word.

And last but not least, our side is ready for visitors:)

 Here is a sweet view of our attic! Erin has been installing fan boxes in the ceilings for the new fans we are putting in, so I snagged a picture. It's nice and big up there!