October 28, 2010

Friday Favorites

1.  Between our weekend birthing class and breastfeeding class on Tuesday, Josh and I are now officially prepared for Abigail's arrival...or at least we think so.
2.  This is my short work week.  
3.  Lots of progress is being made on the house.  It's so exciting!
4.  The life insurance rep came to our house for qualifying physicals.  Yep, we're healthy enough to buy life insurance.
5.  With Mother living just down the street from work, I was able to have lunch with her twice this week and we took the walk together.
6.  Even though some days I wasn't too sure if I could, I have made it to 36 weeks.

More Changes in the Living Room

There are more changes going on in the main portion of the Klynstra household.
 Now that the tomatoes are gone we are getting ready for flooring.
 But before we lay our new flooring, we wanted to do a little necessary work with scaffolding. We didn't want to lay the flooring and THEN bring in the scaffolding when it could possibly scratch the new floor.
 But wait, there are two guys working in these pictures.
 That is because Josh's brother is up visiting us for the week.  His job in Healy is done for the year and he has a few days before his flight home.  Good timing for us.
 It has been great for Josh to have extra help moving things all around since, due to my ever growing midsection, I am not a ton of help with these types of things these days. But I can still make dinner for the workers for sure!
 So, what is the scaffolding and all of this work for? 
It is so Josh can reach the tops and edges of our big beautiful windows to put up trim.  Matt has helped while we are at work with the painting and then Josh and Matt were able to put it into place last night.  Next step, putty the holes and one last touch up of paint.  Then folks, the scaffolding will come down and our next project will be the flooring.  Can't wait to show you pictures of that!

October 27, 2010

Something New in the Klynstra Kitchen

 Josh and I are part of a small group on Wednesday nights so Tuesdays are usually a baking/cooking night for that event.  Last night Josh and I attended a breastfeeding class so by the time we got home I needed to make something on the faster side.  
So last night I tried this new recipe that I really think might be a new favorite around our parts.  It is homemade Reese's Peanut butter bars.  Looks good doesn't it?  Can't wait to try it tonight.

October 26, 2010

A Yearly Tradition & 7 Years

Josh and I first met through United Campus Ministry at UAF when Josh was finishing up his bachelor's degree in Chemistry and I was starting my master's degree in Geology.  One of the first things that really stands out in our relationship was the first UCM fall fundraiser dinner that we attended together, 8 years ago.  The annual dinner was this past Saturday and we haven't missed going to one together yet.  It is such a fun time and a great way to remember our beginnings.  This year Mother and Heather attended with us.
Today, October 26th, marks 7 years since we started dating.  And look how things have changed.  We are married, building a house and so super close to meeting our daughter, we can't wait.  And it all started at at the UCM fundraiser dinner those 8 years ago.  Can't wait to see how things will look 8 years from now. 

October 25, 2010

Thoughts Regarding A Birthing Class

Josh and I attended a two day birthing class over the weekend.  The following are just a few of our thoughts:

Kathleen:  A girl in our class attended on Sat. and then went into labor that night.  By the time our class was over the next day she had her baby boy.  I was jealous.
Josh:  Class was good but I didn't really need to see other people giving birth to babies.
Kathleen:  Yes, the average time to labor is 16 hours, lets push for less than 10.  Any chances I can pull that off?
Josh:  Our instructor was very animated and the classroom chairs were really uncomfortable.
Kathleen:  There are a lot of positions and ways to labor and the best thing is to do what feels best, not what looks best.  Just don't labor on your back in bed.
Josh:  It was very informative and it was very fun to see the little baby girl in the hospital nursery.
Kathleen:  Wow, this labor is going to bring a lot of pain.

October 22, 2010

Friday Favorites

1.  We have reached 35 weeks and only 35 days left.  Amazing.
2.  I had Monday off for Alaska Day and had time to clean, have girl friends over and took a long nap.  It was wonderful.
3.  I was able to have dinner with mother on Wednesday, it is so fun to have her here and part of our lives.

*On Friday's I'll list things that stood out to me during the week. Things I can look back on and see as high points through out the year. I would also love to hear what stood out as favorites to you in your week.*

October 21, 2010

A Tomato and Carrot Kind of Day

The other day Josh and I used our new kitchen to work on preserving more of our garden produce that we had been enjoying fresh.
Even though the carrots had been keeping well in their bin we wanted to avoid any chance of them spoiling.  So Josh got on the job of washing each and every carrot before we sliced them up to be blanched. 
While Josh worked on the carrot cleaning I worked on preserving the many tomatoes our inside plants were producing. 
Even though we don't have our "official" counter top it is such a joy to work side by side in our new kitchen. 
A place where lots of good things have already been created. 
And foods have been preserved for the cold winter month ahead.

October 20, 2010

Then and Now

Earlier this summer, earlier in my pregnancy, things were a little different than they are today.  I thought you might like to see the difference.
Here I am at 16 1/2 weeks on my birthday showing off the new maternity shirt from my dad. Oh, how I wanted to look pregnant so bad.  At 18 weeks I remember thinking it would never happen and I really would never need maternity clothing.  Hummm.
I guess I was wrong, because here I am today at almost 35 weeks.  Oh yeah, Abigail is a growing and so am I.  Less than 40 days to go, only about 5 more weeks left.  Ready or Not! (please note, my shirt is not dirty.  Mother's camera just leaves random spots on pictures.  I am dropping a lot of stuff on this large stomach of mine these days but I promise this is not one of those situations, ha ha)

October 19, 2010

The Unpacking Process, 4 Years Later

Josh and I were married on a wonderful May day 4 and a half years ago.  Family and friends blessed us a ton on that special day with gifts of dishes, sheets, and other household items that are often received for weddings. 
 And finally, after all these years and the many times they have been moved, these gifts of dishes were unpacked into our new kitchen cabinets.
I can't begin to tell you how much fun it was to take our "temporary" dishes and flatware to value village (our local 2nd hand store) as we moved our Wedding dishes into place for the first time. 
Even Zeke enjoyed the process and we found loves the crinkle effect of tissue paper.  So all in all we are one happy family with all the changes that are going on!

October 18, 2010

Those random Alaskan holidays

Last Monday most federal employees had Columbus Day off work.  But here in Alaska, as a state employee, I get today off as we celebrate Alaska Day!  Most everyone, including Josh and Mother, still have to work.  But I don't mind being special.  So I will stay home, have friends over for lunch, clean the house, and probably make a great meal for Josh to come home to.  Tomorrow things will be back to normal but I am loving today and those random Alaskan state holidays!

October 15, 2010

Friday Favorites

1.  As Josh mentioned in his post earlier, I had a rough start to the week.  I am feeling better now and am super thankful.
2.  Mother returned to Alaska this week.  So fun to have her back.
3.  It snowed, and stayed, and I made cookies.  Love that.
4.  Abigail had an appointment this week.  She is growing strong.  Only 6 weeks or so left.
5.  We are all (Josh, Mother and I) are going to a show tonight.  Should be super fun.
*On Friday's I'll list things that stood out to me during the week. Things I can look back on and see as high points through out the year. I would also love to hear what stood out as favorites to you in your week.*

Something Old is New for Us

I grew up in an old house in upstate New York, a Craftsman style house built in the 1920's.
My parents moved from that house in the fall of 2004 to sunny Texas and a newly built home.  But before they left they took a few of the old storm windows that had previously been replaced as memories.  When mother drove up to Alaska in June she brought my window with her. 
I unwrapped it the other day and cleaned it up and fell in love.  Meanwhile I have also been looking for something to hang in our bathroom that wouldn't be affected by moisture.  The need for something on the wall and this old window from New York were the perfect combination.  Josh and a friend had a great suggestion of putting mirror glass behind the window to spice up the look but for now I just love how this looks in our brown bathroom.  A little bit of New York history for our new Alaskan home.

October 13, 2010

With winter setting in and the first permanent snow accumulation here, projects on the house and the yard have pretty much stopped.  The list of projects that need to be done prior to Abigail's arrival is still long. That means this weekend will be a long one.  Hopefully this coming weekend we will finish eating this years tomatoes and move the buckets to the shed; that means the flooring for the kitchen and living room will be installed shortly. Work is also picking up speed as the 'fall' sampling season has started. That means I get to enjoy all the wonderful snow all day long.  Kathleen just finished battling another migraine. she is back on her feet again which means there will also be pictures with the next post.  Oh, and I 'finally', which will make Kathleen happy, started the driftwood night stands for the guest room.  Not significant progress, but at least there is some sawdust and scraps to show I've at least made an effort.

October 11, 2010

Project for Abigail

The other day Josh and I were in the store so that I could pick out fabric for Abigail's diaper bag.
 As I was looking at cute fabric with flowers I commented to Josh that whatever we picked he needed to be willing to carry it when the times came that I needed help.  Thus we left the flower fabric behind and finally purchased the brown and blue fabrics you see above. 
 I had found a cute pattern online but I have to admit it stretched me a little as I am not used to following patterns and have yet to sew things involving interfacing, a magnetic snap, tucks and lining.
 But step by step I moved through the pattern feeling a little better as things went along.  This picture is of the inside of the bag where I made 6 different sized pockets for things we needed to put in the bag for Abigail.
And at last I finished Abigail's bag and I think it looks great.  Plus now that I have had one go at the pattern I can always make another one out of flower fabric for when Abigail and I our out and about.  But this bag will work perfectly when Josh is with us and we are a family of three!

October 8, 2010

Friday Favorites

1.  The Alaskan PFD was deposited this week.
2.  Josh and worked together in the new kitchen filling it this week, pictures to come next week!
3.  We processed 11 pints and 2 quarts of tomato sauce from our plants this week and 4 bags of blanched carrots from what we aren't eating fresh from our garden produce.
4.  Have you noticed the Baby Abigail counter on the side bar recently?  Time is a ticking away until we get to meet our little girl.

*On Friday's I'll list things that stood out to me during the week. Things I can look back on and see as high points through out the year. I would also love to hear what stood out as favorites to you in your week.*

October 7, 2010

The Klynstra Kitchen

I know I have shown you pictures of the kitchen in pieces, but I thought today you might like an bigger view.
 Here is the view from the bottom of the stairs.  The lazy Susan door has since been fitted into place.
 Here is the view from the basement door, a temporary counter top has also since been added after the installer came out and templated our cabinets for our very own, permanent, counter top.  The area where the trash and dish bucket is is where our dishwasher will soon be.  After we get one of course.
 I mentioned the other day how instead of two corner cabinets we just faced this one out into the living room to be filled with more living room type items for our family.  And with that you can probably guess that this is the view of the kitchen from the living room, or tomato plants, however you want to describe that portion of our house these days.
And the best part of a new kitchen is the pile of empty boxes that are just starting around here.  These pots and rice cooker have been in their boxes ever since we moved out of our apartment three and a half years ago.  How wonderful to now get to throw (recycle) those boxes today.  More unpacking and filling of cabinets will come soon.

October 6, 2010

Putting it Together

In putting the kitchen together Josh and I had to figure out a place to put the big things like the oven, dishwasher, fridge and such.
 One of the choices we needed to make was where exactly to put our future microwave.  We knew from the start that we really did not want one to sit on the counter and take up counter space.  And then looking at the prices of fans and of microwaves we realized it was not any pricier to buy a nice microwave that we could mount over the oven that would act as the fan and microwave in one compared to the price of buying those two items separately.
So the other night Josh pulled out the instructions and installed our brand new microwave.  I am super happy to say it works great, looks great and fits in perfectly to our new kitchen look.

A Little Red

The tomato plants in our living room are doing great.
 They are loving the mild temperatures our indoors brings and we are loving all of the fresh tomatoes in our meals and picking containers of cherry tomatoes to bring in our lunches each and every day.
We are also enjoying seeing how they all turn out.  I mentioned in the garden post that by putting the pots next to each other we have a little bit of cross pollination going on.  Always brings weird, but tasty, results.

October 5, 2010

A Little Get Away

Things have been super busy around the Klynstra home of late and Josh and I realized that if possible we needed to step away, even for a few hours, to bring things back into perspective.
  So a little over a week ago we packed the car up and drove for about a hour to a great area by the Chena River.
 There we set up our tent, built a fire and star gazed for a few hours as we enjoyed complete quiet and peace.  Something that is super hard to do when there are so many house projects around all the time.
In the morning we woke up to frost on the inside of the tent walls and a super chilly breeze outside but we didn't mine.  We just threw everything back into the Jeep to be packed up later and headed home to all that needed to be done.  The little get away by the river did the trick perfectly!

October 4, 2010

The Building of a Kitchen

Josh's dad and brother are working in Denali this summer on a construction job.  They work 6 days a week with only Sundays off.  But last week they were willing to drive up to Fairbanks after work on Saturday to help Josh put our kitchen together on Sunday morning.
 So if you remember the post from last Thursday where our kitchen was in pieces around the living room you can now see how they were all mounted into place.
 After the last "temporary" cabinet was moved out the walls were washed, floor vacuumed and stove removed to make room for the boys to work.
 They started with all of our wall cabinets.
 And soon were moving on to the base cabinets, making sure they were all level with the use of Dad's great laser level.
 The one random white cabinet does have a story but the bottom line is once the drawers are in you can't even tell it is white so this is will the one chance you all get to see our one odd ball.
Josh put all the upper doors on and then Matt worked on putting all the knobs and pulls into place.  Sadly the pulls needed washers since the holes were pre-drilled too deep but Matt did get the knobs on the wall cabinets and they looked great.  Josh and I tackled the drawer pulls another night after a run to our faithful Home Depot.
 Since the kitchen is open to the living room a pony wall had to be build to back the cabinets that faced into the living room.  This is the "we are deep in thought" picture of the project that day.
 But with three smart construction minds they figured out the issues in no time and the wall started to come together.  We opted not to have two corner cabinets (the cabinet in the other corner is a easy reach corner one with a lazy susan) and so for this corner we had purchased a cabinet that instead of facing into the kitchen it faces out into the living room.  Should be great for things like table clothes, candles or living room stuff like games.  We will have to just wait and see what the family needs.
And then last thing before the boys left they moved my "temporary" cabinets out of the house for good.  I put this picture in to show you just how it was done.  Josh's dad and brother upstairs with the rope and my husband outside one story down catching the cabinet.  Oh yeah, I am happy that ordeal is over and he is all intact!  Stay tuned for more kitchen updates soon.

October 1, 2010

Friday Favorites

1.  Our kitchen is coming together and looks great.  More pictures of that on Monday!
2.  We had an appointment for Abigail and she and I are growing right on schedule.  Her head is down and her butt is up in my ribs where she likes to kick and it makes me laugh so hard.
3.  Now that the house is sided we met with the insurance company and the house is now insured.  What a good feeling.
4.  On the topic of legal matters, we also set up our will this week.  Lots of things to do to get ready for our little girl and it is good to check that one off the list too.
5.  This is my short week at work. 

*On Friday's I'll list things that stood out to me during the week. Things I can look back on and see as high points through out the year. I would also love to hear what stood out as favorites to you in your week.*

Projects for Abigail

Among all of the projects going on around the house we have a little bit of this and that that we find ourselves working on.  The fun projects for our little girl that are less "house" oriented and more "fun" oriented.
 One such project is paintings for Abigail's nursery walls.  I had an idea and my artist of a husband has gone with it and has gotten this about 1/2 done so far.  It looks great and I can't wait to show you the final results someday soon.
Another project is this little rocking chair.  Found at the transfer site 2 years ago I stored it away for the someday.  Josh has had to replace a few dowels, reglued most of the joints and sanded it all down.  Next he took the time to prime the entire chair.  This step is now done and as Josh has time it will get a new coat of paint before moving into Abigail's future room.  Just fun little things that fill our time.

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