November 9, 2009

The Holstein's and a Job Well Done

We spent a wonderful weekend with our good friends, Dennis and Steffi. They are from Germany and came all the way to Texas just to see us! (Okay, not really - but they did come all the way to Abilene just to see us!)

Steve and Dennis going for a MotorBike Ride

Steffi and Gabs at the zoo

BBQ in our backyard.

Note Steven and Gabby's outfits. The Halloween costumes have remained quite popular - Gabby's is joined by a motorcycle helmet :)

We wish Dennis and Steffi live at least a little closer so we could get together more often. We had a great time catching up, learning a little German, eating a lot of food, and just spending time with them. Thanks so much for coming up to see us, guys!


Steve has just finished the biggest project we have planned for our new home. With the generous help of his knowledgeable brother, as well as some much needed assistance from his dad, we went from this:

To this:

I feel like the pictures don't even do it justice. I have SO much more storage and counter space, now. The kitchen is much better lit - they removed the florescent light, hung the 3-light pendant and installed 4 pot-lights. They ran electricity from behind the fridge, dug a trench in the slab under the tiles to lay the wiring to the new island so I can have power for appliances. It was SO MUCH WORK. But well worth every hour. This kitchen went from okay to amazing! Steve's been working on it for about 2 weeks straight now and I am so amazed by the work he has done.

You may notice from the pictures, however, that we are a little afraid of color. Tonight, we talked about possible painting a wall or two (gasp!). We'll see how that goes. For now, we're pretty beige but we're working on it.

And now you're all caught up!


The Kopers said...

Your kitchen is beautiful! I love the before and after pictures. I forgot how big and empty it was before the island. It definitely was a perfect addition.

Kelly Sellers said...

that's awesome! home reno projects are exhausting, but well worth it! good work! :)

Shaunna said...

It looks great!!

And we're a little afraid of color at this house too;]

sue anne marsh said...

Lee the before and after pictures are amazing. The fire place is beautiful, I never noticed how ugly the brick was. The white looks great against the tan walls. As for the kitchen WOW the guys did a great job... the island and lights are gorgeous.I love the detailed molding on the island as well, it looks as if it has always been there. Love you bunches <3