Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday Travels


For Tuesday Travels part 2 I thought I would stick with the whole Cabo theme and post about our second trip down to Cabo San Lucas. Less than a year after our first trip down to Cabo we went back in June of 2010. And we went for a very special reason..... our wedding! But, this is not a wedding post. I'm going to focus just on the vacation aspect since I plan on doing a post about our wedding very soon in honor of our anniversary on June 3rd :) What made this trip so great (besides, ya know, the whole getting married thing!!) was that we got to go on an awesome trip with 40 of our closest friends and family. Who gets to do that?! We again stayed at the same resort, The Dreams Los Cabos.
Our friends Megan and Nigel, Kim and Harper, and my Uncle Tim and Aunt Christi came down a few days early to have some fun before everyone else arrived.
Kim and I on the balcony of our room

My best friend Megan (who is getting married in November!)

Out to Dinner

Probably ordering way too many cocktails!

Pile on! 

Kim and I before a night out

My Uncle and Aunt who came down early to help us celebrate!

My two best girls!

Sure we go down the slide after a long night out!
And this is why Megan was black and blue the next day! I guess the slide was a little slick!

My sisters (except Liz...where are you at Liz??) 

The littlest sis!

Gotta love a swim up bar and good friends!

Jason, his Dad, and brother

Oh Nigel...

A little taxi boat ride...

Me and my sisters taking in the scene at Lovers Beach

Brian, my new (at the time) brother-in-law!

Hey Erica how many cups did you break trying to do sake bombs that night?

Chasing the huge waves at the beach

What a great trip! Thank you everyone who shared that wonderful week with us!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Poor Jason....

Before I explain the whole bonus room debacle, here is a pic of the windows installed to the front main section of the house. Getting most of the windows put in has been exciting! Not really sure why....but it just has been! Ha! But anyway see that open area to the right of this pic.....well thats where Jason's mancave should be WILL be. He says mancave. I call it more of a man loft since its not in a basement, however I've been informed that loft is not very manly sounding. So lets just call it the bonus room.

Windows! Yeahhh! The columns I ordered for the front porch and two back porches came in this week as well and should be delivered very soon!
Ok so I met with some of the builder guys yesterday to discuss the whole bonus room fiasco. Evidently from what I've learned is architects draw pretty house plans and don't really think about how truss companies and framers are going to actually build the darn thing and have it actually work. So the whole bonus room has been put on a bit of a stand still. It has something to do with the roof lines and gables and hips?!!! I really have no idea what they are talking about. Basically they tell me it won't work with the roof line or something. So after my stepfather and I met with them yesterday I think they have it all figured out. But.....Jason loses a few square feet off the mancave. Poor guy has been seriously worried lately that this room was going to get scrapped all together. Every day we go by the house he says, "ummmm why haven't they done anything to the mancave" or "why does it look like the whole rest of the house is getting finished except the ONE room I care about!" He wants just one room to, you know, drink beer with his buddies, watch football, and well...drink more beer with his buddies! 
So after they figured it out and changed just a few things we realized another problem. The room has its own stairway off of the back hallway to the laundry room and small pantry. The stairway, however, is going to make it very difficult/impossible to get large furniture up to the bonus room. The stairs are plenty wide, but there is a sharp turn at the top to enter the room. So sharp that they are telling me there is no way we will be getting a couch up there. I'm thinking Jason and his buddies are going to need more than just lawn chairs up there! And we also have to get a treadmill up there! So I'm thinking when the time comes we are going to have to take the window that will be to the right of the room out and use a pulley or crane to get the couch in OR buy some of those home movie theater seating couches that look kind of like recliners all connected to each other like a sectional. Hmmmm, might have to look into those. That might be a bit easier than taking a 2nd story window out and getting a large couch in that way. I bet the guys might like the whole recliner/sectional idea. 
The bonus room above the garage
Jason and I are still having the urinal debate about this room. The room has a small bathroom, just enough room for a pedestal sink and toliet. We added this so when he has friends up there watching the game they don't have to go tracking through the house to pee every five minutes (Justin this means YOU! Never seen someone who has to do THAT so MUCH!) Anyway, Jason's argument is that it is a mancave so we should put a urinal instead of a toilet in. Um.......EWWWW! Can you imagine having to clean that thing. GROSS! At first I was like NO WAY! But after some thought I have been considering it. I mean I have been making the decisions and getting my way on everything else in the house with no arguements from the poor guy. He has been such a good sport going with me to look at other houses for ideas and smiling and agreeing with every pin i post on pinterest and say "oohhhh look at this. What do you think? Isn't this a perfect look for this or that...blah blah blah." So do I let him have the darn urinal in the bathroom up there? I'm thinking there really does need to be a toilet also. I mean I will be allowed up there sometimes, right??? That's where my treadmill will be. I plan on doing my yoga and running up there. So can a girl get a toilet up there, too?! I think I may say ok to the urinal if and only if we can also have a toilet as well. What do you guys think? I just can't help being completely grossed out everytime I think about have a urinal in my home!!! Well maybe I'll be able to find a cute one somewhere. Do they make "cute" urinals? I'm also thinking Jason is going to have to learn to clean a toilet because I am NOT cleaning that thing. I repeat...I am NOT cleaning it! So what do you think? Am I crazy for considering this thing???

 P.S. Sorry for all the potty talk so early on a Saturday morning!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

House Pic Update

     We went by the house tonight to see the progress. We got there about 7:00 and the construction guys were just leaving. Thats what I like to see! Work that overtime and get this done!!! 

    Here is a pic of the breakfast nook windows. The French doors to the back porch will be on the left, but they are not installed yet. They have the same look with the transom windows above the windows. I am SO glad we went with the transom above the windows. I think it really makes the windows look nice. The great room windows have that also. The back of this house has a lot of windows which I love!

    They lumbar yard delivered the siding today as well. The color in the picture is a little off from how it looks in real life. The color is graphite gray.

Thats all for now!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday Travels

     A lot of blogs I follow do weekly blog posts on something fun. For example, Recipe Fridays or What I Wore Wednesdays. Well I'm still getting the hang of the whole cooking thing and lately my weekly uniform is usually my work scrubs or gym clothes. So I thought it would be fun to feature some of our favorite vacations and travels in weekly posts.
     So first up is our first trip to Cabo San Lucas in 2009. We loved this trip so much we returned the following year with family and friends to get married there! We stayed at the Dreams Los Cabos Resort. We chose this resort for the excellent reviews it received on its restaurants. My husband and I love nothing more than going to a great dinner with friends!

Lover's Point and the arch in Cabo where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez

Up early for deep sea fishing

He looks like he is reeling something cool in...but really my friend Kim and I were the only ones that caught something that day!

Dolphins swimming alongside the boat

Sea Lions sunbathing on the rocks
Our gang at dinner

Sake bombs at dinner at the Japanese resaurant

The backdrop almost looks fake.....so pretty!

The thing that made this trip great was the people we shared it with. Such a fun group! We need to plan a trip again very soon!
The Guys
The Girls