Now we’re cooking with gas

Hello all. Busyness at work and in our home lives has kept me from posting here the last couple of weeks, but now that the three-day weekend has arrived, I'm excited to catch you up on the progress we've been making around here. Since we last spoke, we've come quite a bit further on the kitchen. If you know me, you know how much I enjoy cooking, and though I have a home office in which I draw pictures for my day job, the kitchen is my real workspace. We moved into this house on March 25th, a little over two months ago, with no kitchen counters, sink, or cooktop, so for eight weeks, we used the oven and barbecue for all our cooking (our gas grill has a single burner in addition to the grill surface, absolutely saving us on this count). I am happy... no, THRILLED to report that as of last weekend, we now have a fully functional kitchen!

Kyle and his dad Wayne worked a full day on the kitchen last weekend and got a ton accomplished. I had sanded, sealed, and cured the very last piece of butcher block (thank god!), so the first piece of business was fastening down the last three pieces of countertop. In building the cabinets, we somehow slightly increased the height as we went around the U, so some shimming was necessary to get all the counters flush.

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Change we can believe in

Change is in the wind around here. It's been a crazy busy past year, with our wedding, honeymoon, both starting new jobs, buying this house, and completing two master's theses. Oh, that's right, I said two, because on Wednesday morning, in the culmination of three years of work, Kyle successfully presented his applied project and his thesis committee loved it! Just a few hours later, we both walked across the stage at Wells Fargo Arena with 700 of our peers, officially capping our college careers. It was a wonderful celebration and a huge weight lifted off our shoulders (mostly Kyle's).

So, naturally, I immediately put him back to work on the house.

Screwing into the bottom of the counters

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I can see clearly now

If you follow me on facebook or instagram, you probably saw that we got a new door and window system over a week ago, but since the door was mis-cut several inches short on the first go-round, I've waited until now to post it. As you might remember, when we bought the house, the doors looked like this:

Old doors

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