Thursday, November 22, 2012

{4 years}

What better day to celebrate our anniversary than Thanksgiving!  It's hard to believe that it's been 4 years since we walked down the aisle!!

We started this blog as a way to chronicle our adventures as a couple, and it's so fun to look back at where we have been over the past 4 years...

Looking forward to many more tomorrows spent with the love of my life, and more adventures than we can imagine!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

a new look.

This fall our big focus was getting the house wrapped and siding installed.  This is what the siding looked like when we moved in.

We're not 100% sure, but we think it's lead paint, which as you know is not exactly healthy to be around!

Our goal in getting this big task done was two-fold.  Not only was it hideous looking, but by wrapping the house we could potentially save a good chunk of change in heating costs over the winter.  Last winter we used up 1/2 of our oil heat by the end of January - and that stuff ain't cheap!  By replacing all the windows over the past year, and finally wrapping the house, we hoped to be able to cut this cost drastically this coming winter.

the before.
Before we could begin the house wrap process, Dan spent countless hours building out the frames of the windows in order to make a place for the siding to hid behind.  This process seemed easy enough when he began, but as he worked his way around the house he realized that not all of the windows started with the same thickness of trim!  Seriously, on one side of the house each window had a different style of trim.  Needless to say, it took much longer to complete this step than initially planned. {and I failed to get ANY pictures of the process!}

Next came the wrap.  We enlisted the help of our dear neighbor Dan Sheets.  Together they were able to wrap the house in just a few days.

Once the house wrap was up, the casings around the window were cut and installed.  Again, I didn't manage to get any good pictures of this process, but here you can see a finished window behind neighbor Dan.

The siding seemed to go up super quickly thanks to the help of Raul & Cory (who often help with Dan Sheet's Home Repair business).   Maggie decided she needed to be in on the action too...

At this point, we were headed to NYC for a long weekend to visit Kristin & Andrew.  We weren't expecting to see much change, but we were totally surprised to come home to this....

A few more days and the house looked brand new.

Check out our House Tour for more pictures of the finished product!

Monday, November 5, 2012

NYC {Eagle Street Rooftop Farm}

A must-see in Brooklyn is the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm.  Thankfully, the weekend we were visiting they had open hours to visit the farm AND the weather was gorgeous!  We spent Sunday afternoon walking the streets of Brooklyn and visiting this beauty, check it out...

view of Manhattan from the rooftop farm

group of college students volunteering & harvesting some lovely peppers 

an adjacent rooftop where the bees live 

Wish our garden looked this cool!  Hope to visit again next time we're in the city!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

NYC {knitting class}

While we were in NYC I had the opportunity to go with Kristin the knitting class that she teaches at the Eileen Fisher Lab Store.  This class is a drop in class where students bring a project they're working on to get assistance and support.  Because there were only 2 students this particular Saturday, she was able to set up and share how a recently purchased knitting machine works.  This machine, purchased by Eileen Fisher Lab Store specifically for this group, is similar to the one that Kristin has at home so she showed us how to set it up and all the fantastic things you can do with it.

I didn't have a knitting project with me, so while she was helping the other ladies, I wondered the store swooning over all the wonderful textiles.

Thanks for letting me tag along Kristin!  Wish I could come every weekend!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

NYC {best food on earth}

Seriously.  Anything you could ever want or imagine can be found in the big apple!  

We arrived mid-afternoon and due to poor planning on our part had missed lunch all together, so we were super hungry when we got to Kristin & Andrew's.  Luckily Kristin had picked up some fresh bagels on the way home from work, and we all went downstairs to the Polish meat market for some fresh sausage!  What a wonderful welcome snack!

That evening, we met Andrew on his way home from work at the most delicious Vietnamese restaurant - best we've had since Vietnam!

We also went to a delicious Malaysian restaurant in Chinatown - but I didn't get a picture!

Sunday morning we ventured over to the park near their apartment to check out the farmers market on our way to the rooftop garden {more on that tomorrow}.  Check out this produce - most of which is grown in the heart of the city!

We stopped at Brouwerij Lane on a walk one day for a little beer sampling.

Finally, we spent a few nights in and enjoyed good ol' home cooking!  We all helped to make pasta for  one of Andrew's signature pasta dishes, and made a delicious apple pie!  

mmmm...makes me hungry just typing about it!