Sunday, April 25, 2010

Could this be our first home?

Could this be our first home?  What do you think?  I'm not sure, but Josh and I are definitely thinking about buying our first home. So we enlisted the help of my long time friend Nancy Pilgrim, real estate agent by day and maker of beautiful glass beads by night, to help us make this important decision.  Today was our first day of in-person house hunting.  We found a few duds.  We found a few perhaps-maybes.  And we found the above pictured gem.  As with all things in life, even the gem comes with a few inclusions.  Here is what I love.  The yard!  I love the yard.  It is huge in the front and the back.  The upkeep!  This house is charming because it still has a lot of its original parts and pieces but they have all be well maintained.  It has the perfect space for an office and perhaps even an outdoor craft room!  It is also a fantastic price and in what I consider a good and accessible area of town.  Here are the potential downsides.  One car driveway and no parking on the street.  The driveway is nice and long but this will potentially mean a lot of switching of cars and back and forth.  Although this house might just be telling me that Josh and I really only need one main car.  This would be entirely impossible in a roommate situation but seems like it could be feasible seeing that we mostly just use my car anyway.  Although it clearly states that there are washer and dryer hook ups, I did not see them.  I also do not recall seeing a dishwasher.  Can I handle dish-pan hands for the next 5-7 years?  The bathrooms need updating, but this might be a pro as well since Josh and I like projects and they are livable as is so we wouldn't have to rush into it.  All in all, this was the best house that we saw today.  It hit the majority of our criteria.  It felt very home-y.  I think that we have a ways to go before we feel confident enough to settle on just one house.  Wish us luck as we take this adventure into the wonderful world of home buying.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

More from my Mom's visit

Wag N Wash-ing Honey

Dinner out with work friends and family

Isaac and Josh playing Little Big Planet

If I thought I had a lot of cousins before, now my cousins are having babies so I have even MORE cousins!  Virginia with baby Aleena and her niece Ariana.  

Breakfast at the Farm at South Mountain with Erin

I love the farm!

It was a really nice mini vacation.  It is gorgeous outside so we tried to get out everyday and walk or hike.  With everything in bloom, there is a sense of renewal all about town.  I was thankful to have this extra time with my mom who we don't get to see enough.  Now, I'm going to spend the day relaxing and resting.  She kept us busy!  

Friday, April 16, 2010

Desert Botanical Gardens

We had a nice afternoon at the DBG today.  My aunt took the day off and joined Josh and I in entertaining my Mom.  I was thrilled to see the Chihuly Glass at the front entrance.  I missed the exhibit.  So I was happy to see a little piece of it still there.  The DBG is seeking support in keeping these pieces permanently displayed.  I hope that they get to stay.  They are gorgeous!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Morning Hike With Mom

My Mom's visiting again.  We decided to take a hike on the Nature Trail at Piestewa Peak, my favorite.  It is gorgeous right now.  We had a lot of Winter rain this year and it has really made our Spring green here in the desert.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lunch at Arcadia Farms

Bert & Mike

The co-owner of Soft Flex Company is here this week.  He never visits so we all felt as if it was too good to be true. He literally hasn't been in Phoenix since 1999, when he and co-owner Scott Clark interviewed and hired me.  They seem to have the mis-perception that Phoenix is like Tucson.  And Tucson has a bad rap since they are always there during the gem show.  Things are so busy at that time, they haven't really even gotten to see the nicer side of Tucson.  Phoenix is definitely NOT Tucson.  They are vastly different.  At any rate, all of us Arizonan Soft Flex'ers met up for lunch today at a little restaurant in Scottsdale called Arcadia Farms.  I've heard about it for years but never been.  It was GOOD!  The food was really fresh.  Even my cup of coffee was a treat.  

Saturday, April 10, 2010

ATC Production of "The Glass Menagerie"

Brian Ibsen and Barbra Wengerd in Arizona Theatre Company's The Glass Menagerie.
Photo by 
Tim Fuller.

Date night at the Herberger Theater was exactly what this girl needed.  Josh is a gem for going even though I know he'd rather have stayed home and watched Saturday night boxing on HBO.  I'm thankful to have such a wonderful boyfriend that he is willing to do things like this with me, every once in awhile.  The play was wonderful.  It is a beautiful story, written by Tennessee Williams.  In high school, my favorite teacher gave me a copy of this play (amongst a few others).  He suggested that I read it.  I never did, but I still have the book on my shelf.  I always knew that it would show up again someday.  To see it preformed on stage was a real treat.  

Friday, April 9, 2010

To buy or not to buy...that is the question

Josh and I walked down to the Biltmore this evening to drop in on the Apple store to check out the new ipad.  We both love technology, Josh loving it a little more than I, but I like to play along. We were both impressed with this new gadget.  It definitely would not replace a lap top, especially when it comes to work.  But it would be a very nice addition to the household for entertainment.  I think that it would would be fabulous for traveling.  It is just the right size for use on a plane.  You can read a book or newspaper, watch a movie or just browse the internet.  Ideal!  Josh definitely seemed to like the sleek design and size.  From what we saw, we agree that we would give it a solid B+.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Dogs have it rough, don't they?

Honey and Cash doing what they do best - relaxing.  They are such couch potatoes.  Good thing that they are both so darn cute.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spring Blooms

Our roses are just starting bloom. They smell like Heaven.  I wish that you had smell-o-vision so that I could share the fragrance with you.  Josh has taken such great care of our plants this Spring and you can tell.  Everything is big, bushy and full of life.  It makes our little patio look and feel so nice.  I am so appreciative that he takes the time to make this extension to our home such a nice place to be.

Jaime and Mark came over for dinner last night.  They are set to wed in October.  It has been so fun to talk over the wedding details with one of my oldest and dearest friends.  Josh and Mark kept busy with our PS3 while Jaime and I visited.  I slow cooked beef on Sunday which we put onto corn tortillas with fresh pico and guacamole.  It turned out just as I had imagined.  Everyone was stuffed and happy after dinner, but not stuffed enough to miss out on homemade cookies.  I love having people over for dinner.  Josh's palette is a little bit more limited than mine - so it is a great opportunity to try new things that would just be all wrong for just the two of us.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Take me out to the ball game....

Happy Easter weekend!

Erin invited me to breakfast and a ballgame today.  We had such a nice time.  It was gorgeous outside so we decided to treat ourselves to the Morning Glory Cafe on the Farm at South Mountain.  Although there was a bit of a wait, the wait always seems to go by fast since you can drink coffee and chat.  The beautiful setting never hurts either.  If you've never been, I highly suggest this place.  The food is always wonderful.

Erin was given two tickets for today's exhibition game at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, Dbacks vs. Cubs.  We parked a few stops away from the stadium and took the new Phoenix Light Rail.  So convenient! The seats were great.  We were just to the right of home plate.  It was really nice to be so close to the field.

The quartet that sung the "Star Bangled Banner" were adorable.  The Jumbo Tron at Chase Field is the widest screen in Major League Baseball.  More history about Chase Field.

Final score: 6-0.  Cubs won.  All in all, it was a nice day.  Erin and I seem to have fun no matter what we are doing - but it was nice to get outside and do something special.  Although I had a great time, it felt pretty strange to be at a baseball game without Joshua.  He's the baseball fan in our house.

Tomorrow, we plan to have a nice dinner and enjoy our treats that the Easter bunny will drop off tonight.  I hope that you all have a wonderful and blessed Easter holiday.


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