20 September 2009

Our New House

We are now homeowners again! Friday morning at 11:00 am we started signing away on the 19th street home. By 11:30 we amassed a new mortgage. The whole process of selling and buying a home took much longer than we ever anticipated, over 8 months. I thought since the Lord wanted us here he'd make the whole process fast and quick. I learned to trust more in His timeline than my own.

After work on Friday we drove to Sterling to buy paint for the main floor living spaces. We went to Home Depot before Phillip was born and learned the store closed at 8 pm. So we went trusting we'd have an hour or more to get what we needed. Five minutes after we arrived (at 6:40) the store announced it was closing at 7. Huge bummer to drag two kids by car 45 minutes for 20 minutes in a store. We barely had time to grab painting supplies and four gallons of paint. The local painter gave us an estimate of $1500 to paint just the ceilings...we are painting all the ceilings now.

Justin grabbed some items from the storage unit and started painting Saturday morning. I went off to can pears with the kids in tow. Around dinner time Amelia, Phillip and I made an appearance at our new house. Alison was kind enough to snap some pictures of us all. Justin wanted to carry me over the threshold! This is our first house we bought as a couple. I really like the main wall color sample Justin put on random walls around the house. The main house color will be a medium beige with cream trim. The kitchen/dining room and living room will have red accent walls. Our bedroom will be butter yellow and light green. Phillip's room will be brown, blue, and yellow with a monkey theme. Amelia's room is still under determination but most likely a pale pink or purple. The main bath will be cream, blue, and yellow. I hope to find a red couch set to anchor the living room area. Flooring should be installed the end of the first week of October. Basically, we have 9 days to paint 1700 square feet worth of walls, ceiling, and trim. The ceiling paint we got at Home Depot was flat paint, it sucked even more light out of the room so I am picking up semi-gloss paint tomorrow to repaint the kitchen and dining room. I also have plans to replace the kitchen back splash (it is gray too) and a horrible florescent light in the kitchen. It turned the lovely beige color a pukey green color. If anyone wants to help paint we have plenty of brushes!

Here is a link to view picture of the rest of our new home: CLICK ME!!!

Canning like Crazy

Phillip in his "Mr Man" Sunday Duds!!

'Sup Fool!!

Prepping Pears for Canning

The Rest of the Gang: Alison, Jeremee, & Laurie

Saturday morning I went back to Laurie's house to can pears. I had a bushel and the other 3 ladies had 3 half bushels to can as well. The work went MUCH faster with many hands. Jeremee, Alison, and I mostly washed, peeled, cored, and stuffed jars with perfectly ripe and juicy Bartlett pears. I had a tummy ache afterwards from sneaking too many pear samples! We started at 10:30 and finished by 2. I left around 1:20 get feed Phillip at home and put Amelia down for a nap. The kids had so much fun finding tiny frogs, bugs, and even a salamander. My hands are cramped from so much peeling! It was AWESOME. So grateful for good friends here in Sidney. I now have about 20 quarts of pears.

Phillip looked so cute in his Sunday clothes I could not resist posting a couple of him. He looks like a little man! After church I made the most delicious Pear Crisp with the leftover pears. It was de-lish

Harvest Pear Crisp from Cooking Light
6 cups Anjou or Bartlett pears, cored and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup regular oats
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375°.
Combine pears and lemon juice in a 2-quart baking dish; toss gently to coat. Combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon; stir with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture to pear mixture; toss well to coat.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor; pulse 2 times or until combined. Add chilled butter; pulse 6 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add oats and walnuts; pulse 2 times. Sprinkle flour mixture evenly over pear mixture.

Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until pears are tender and topping is golden brown. Cool 20 minutes on a wire rack; serve warm or at room temperature.