Tuesday, April 28, 2009


It is finished!!!! But we can't forget where we started......

Remember where it all began? Dark cabinets and floors and a small, closed in space?
Even with the cabinets out it was still small and dark
Wow, much improved with white walls and light colored floorsAhh! The finished product. The lovely archway really opens up the space. The light colored cabinets are exactly what I have always wanted! Even though I couldn't fit the farm sink into the cabinets-I love my new sink and classy faucet!

See how the cabinets are taller? I am so happy that we chose to close them to the top with crown molding.
I think this is my favorite part-We have already used both ovens! The middle cabinet is the largest refrigerator that we could get that matches the cabinets and the bottom part is a 3 drawer freezer. The cabinet to the far right is filled from bottom to top with food-we made good use of space now that we have no walk in pantryThis is to the left of the ovens, when you look directly into the kitchen you can't see this as it is recessed about a foot back which is great since I am not completely fond of the white microwave, but for now it does the job. I like the 3 built in shelves for decorating!

We have 2 lazy susans and tons of corner cabinet space. The 3 sets of drawers below the cook top are all huge drawers that are made to look separate.
This 90 cm cooktop is amazing!! It works all by touch-no dials! It is twice the size of our old cooktop.

The large build-in spice rack is great and the hood pulls out whenever I need it for cooking or for light.
We changed the countertops to the woodgrain and I am so happy that we did! I love it with the stone tiles.Another nook that houses my fav french milk bottles. You can really see the contrast of the stone in this picture.

I purchased this antique light at a flea market when we first arrived in Germany 4 years ago! Who knew that it would go so perfect in my kitchen. We purchased the lamp shades at my favorite french home improvement store. The lights are on a dimmer and add the perfect ambiance to my new french style kitchen!

Monday, April 13, 2009

32 going on 25

A picture from Katjwick Am See in Holland-just thought it was too cute!

Today I turned 32!! First of all, I want to thank all of my friends that took a moment out of their busy lives to call me-if you know me at all, you will know that I cherish a simple phone call!! I have to admit that I don't feel 32 . And most people usually tell me that I don't look a day over 25, so I am thankful for youthful aging. My family made it a good day as usual, Scott even got home from work @ 2pm:) We have been traveling a lot and will be doing more in the next few weeks so I asked them to not get me anything. The kids made cards-which all you moms know-are the BEST gifts ever!! Scott did buy me the new perfume "DREAMING" by Tommy Hilfiger-it is awesome! We had a bday party with my family before they left and when Scott's folks arrive tomorrow, I am sure we will celebrate again. Looking forward to a birthday tea on Thursday and something in the near future with some girlfriends from church. Even though birthdays aren't as exciting as they were when you were younger-it is always nice to be remembered! Vacation pictures to come soon from the past 10 days with the Malichs!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

HE IS RISEN!!! He's Alive!

What an awesome day for believers! Our Lord is Alive and He is Risen from the dead!
While traveling abroad while my parents were in town, we spent one lovely day in the Alsace Region in France (a must see!) It is composed of several villages, all beautifully unique. We went to 2 this past Tuesday; Molsheim and Obernai. While in Obernai (my favorite!) I captured 2 scenes that represent this glorious day. The first was a larger than life scene outside this lovely church in the cemetery. As you can see below,

Jesus is praying in the Garden of Gethsemane

And then as you gazed off to the left on the top of the hill stood this massive cross!! What a beautiful reminder of what our Lord did for us! I pray you all have a blessed Easter morn! Up from the grave He arose!
Picture taken in Obernai, France (Apr 09)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My life in 1 month

My life can be pretty crazy at times, but most of the time-so wonderful! This past month has been no exception. What a whirlwind-but I wouldn't trade it for anything. So the month started off with a shopping trip-what a surprise.
A great group of my lady friends headed to France on a beautiful Saturday afternoon for some second hand shopping. Isn't the little cast iron table and chairs so perfect for a little girl's room? I thought to too!

Jenna, Lilly, Heather, Jill, Angie and myself had a super day buying up the bargains in France! We all came back with treasures.
One of several shops that we went to
Loved those doors, but didn't get them:(
Ate at the Les 3 Brasseur in Metz-yum yum
The food was awesome as well as the fellowship-Happy Belated bday to Angie!
One week later-flew to London to see the Phantom of the Opera-a surprise trip for Micah!
Got home Sunday morning from London, went to church and then later that night, celebrated Heather's bday with an awesome meal at Burg Lichtenberg! Such a beautiful castle just 15 mins from my house!
A nice man took our photo!
Gal time!
Friday night, Scott and I had a great date night-we went to dinner and then off we were to the Glenn Miller Orchestra-so good!A fantastic performance-we were in the 3rd row!
A little prview of our new kitchen-sorry, still waiting for that last bit of tile to be completed before I show it off!
Kitchen "almost" completed on Thursday-off to Metz, France with our awesome friends for a meal at "The Crocodile" on Saturday. We ate in these old train cars-so fun! Then went to Kiabi for some spring shopping.
Kinda pricey-totally worth it!

Parents arrived Monday-headed to Saarburg on Wednesday for a gorgeous afternoon of traveling fun!
Saarburg is a quaint little town with a small little waterfall and a lovely castle-Mom and dad are certainly enjoying time with the grandkids!
Micah, Trentan and Chloe on the castle steps
Micah climbed to the very top-can you spot him all the way up there?
A great end-to a great month-well this is April 1st-so, I guess this is a great start to another busy month!
This is my life-friends, family, church, travel, shopping, home improvement, homeschool, german school, work, child rearing,discipline, patience, LOVE and FUN!!!! (in no particular order:):)