Monday, August 31, 2009

Nuestra Casa

It's been a challenge to get the photos and internet connection altogether, but here they are! We've now painted 4 of 6 rooms in the house (since most of the photos were taken), and it's all coming together. We had help from the Cassinghams for the painting, or it probably wouldn't be done yet!
Here are a few pictures of our new place, with explanations:

The front room (living room) with a working woodstove.

The kitchen, with a view of the laundry room.

Dominic's room.

The master bedroom.

The McDonald's bathroom that the last tenants painted (the next room we'll paint).

The family room in the back that goes out to the deck/backyard.

Our patio furniture and porch swing.

The backyard, and one of the sheds.

Inside the heated shed.

The outside of the family room and heating oil tank.

Our apple tree.

The king of the house and Grant on the front steps (to be recovered, too). About 3 times bigger than our last place in Raleigh, we're really getting used to the big space. Come and visit us!

Monday, August 3, 2009

First Camping trip

Last weekend we took Dominic up to Key Haven (Kerr Lake) for his first camping trip ever. It was bittersweet, being his first and simultaneously our last trip up there. This place has lots of memories over the past 9 years, including the place where we got engaged in early 2006. The great part is that our good friend Paul was able to come up, even though his wife is traveling and couldn't make it. Paul also brought his canoe, which was a fun distraction, too. Great time to catch up over some beers, sausages, and stars.
Dominic really loved the whole experience, and slept very well. We got out the big "tent hotel" and set up his pack'n'play inside. He learned all about eating dirt, mosquitoes, and that Mom and Dad are pretty relaxed while in the woods!