Sunday, March 17, 2013

New Cookop at Casa~Pena

We finally did it!  We said sionora to the ceramic cooktop.  Having a ceramic cook top seems like a good idea but I am here to tell you it is not.  This stove collected so much dust, dirt, spots, etc.  I spent more time cleaning it than I ever did cooking on it.  Not to mention all of our appliances are stainless so it made more sense to match the rest of the kitchen.

We chose to stick with the same brand (Whirlpool) because the space cut out of the counter was the same exact dimensions. Can you see all the little particles and spots that collect on the surface:

It was a fairly simple process of disconnecting the gas, unplugging the cooktop, and lifting it out.  My husband cleaned the counter around the opening and put down new foam tape to seal the edges.  We placed the new cooktop in the opening.

Doesn't it look so much nicer?  It matches the rest of the kitchen and gives me a flat surface to place pans when I take them out of the oven.  I am one happy cook today!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Organization for School

When my life gets hectic, I organize so in preparation for our new busy schedule I have been busy labeling, making check-lists, and creating daily hangers for Tyler's clothes.

For school, it is required that I label all of Tyler's clothes and lunch box items.  After reading about Name Bubbles on Teal & Lime I knew they were what I wanted. I do love my sharpies but Name Bubbles are (dare I say it) even cooler!  And they are washing machine/dishwasher safe!  I have been busy labeling everything I can find.  :-)

Since my husband will be the one getting Tyler ready and dropped off in the mornings I wanted to make it as easy on him as possible.  I made a checklist for the front door to remind him of all the things Tyler will need to have with him before they leave for school.

Once I had labeled all of Tyler's clothes, I got a little label crazy and decided to make hangers for each day of the week so that I could pick out his outfits on Sunday afternoon and Jeff could just grab off the proper hanger and go in the morning.

Here's hoping these little changes help make the big changes easier!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Big Changes Sweeping Thru Casa Pena

It is with an ambivalent heart that I announce I have accepted a job offer and will be back to work full time.  I have loved my time home with Tyler and it worked out to be a perfect timing with the purchase of Casa Pena 2.0.  I was able to get a lot accomplished here on the home front meeting with contractors,sewing curtains, hanging pictures, etc.  I even got to make my own artwork! I will miss mid day cuddles, being able to meet Jeff for lunch in the middle of the week, and of course all our play dates with Milk Maker friends who have been such an amazing support to me through the ups and downs of the last 2 1/2 years I've been a mommy. 
Having said that, I am excited for the opportunity to begin working for an amazing company and an even more amazing boss.  I am optimistic that this will be a good change for my family in the long run but in the mean time, please send us lots of good vibes that this transition is as easy as it possibly could be for Tyler.  I have a feeling this is going to be a difficult transition for him.
I have no idea what this means for the blog.  I hope I can still find time to sit down and document our lives and our house projects but it will have to be on the back burner for now. 
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