In 1989 we purchased our first house on 405 Yeonas Dr. It was totally trashed. 5 dogs and 3 cats had the run of the place. Areas of the wall to wall carpeting were urine soaked which rotted the hardwood floors beneath. Nothing was updated. But after praying about it, it just felt right so we took the plunge and bought it. The basement bedroom was shared by our three boys. The half bath they used was infamously dubbed the mexican prison bathroom. It was nasty. We made little improvements here and there and made many happy memories in the ten years we lived there. The market had stayed stagnant so that we didn't make anything when we sold it to our friends, the Gardners. They lived there for five years and made some improvements and also went on to build their dream house and move on. Enter the Walkers. They are also friends of ours. We have enjoyed visiting them over the five or six years they've lived there to see all the improvements slowly take place. They just listed it. We are absolutely amazed at the transformation: http://www.dropbox.com/gallery/27173089/1/House?h=487288#/
Monday, January 30, 2012
The kids didn't have school today, so Mikey and Dad decided to go to the Auto Show at the DC Convention Center. But since that would have bored us silly, MK and I got some friends together and hit up Georgetown instead. We had an awesome day with Olivia and Kristin Hartt, and Janessa, Ellen and Nathan James. MK and Janessa at Anthropologie:
Look, Ma, no line! I have probably driven by G-town cupcakes 10 times and have refused to go to the trouble of parking only to wait in the ridiculous line. We couldn't believe our eyes when we showed up to this:
There were more employees behind the counter than there were customers!
I have to admit they were ridiculously good--the salted caramel being my fave.
After cupcakes we checked out some more shops including Second Time Around where we found some cute dresses on the cheap for MK. Then we ate lunch at Johnny Rockets where Dad and Mikey met up with us.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Wow, the big eight-oh. My sister, Lori, threw an awesome party at Clyde's in Alexandria.
The girls were waiting to be served their crab cakes. Mikey got the chicken. He inherited his dislike for seafood from his G-Ma.
The center of attention.
MK was having trouble keeping her contacts in.
An awesome gift from my cousin, Kathy.
Jeff flew in for an interview in Richmond. We had a blast with him home for the 2 short days he was here.
Friday, January 20, 2012
On Christmas Eve we always have G-ma and G-Pa over for a Christmas buffet. The missionaries also came this year along with our friend, Scott.
Bruce loves to spoil the Elders--this year with remote control trucks.
Our yearly puzzle was a 2,000 piecer. Bruce put together at least 1,500 of them. It was a wicked one. Tom spent New Year's helping to open the second J-Dawgs in Orem. Laura and Jordan flew back to "the void" aka Provo, on New Year's day. We were sad to see them go. May 2012 be as good to us as 2011 was!