Sunday, July 13, 2008

Busy Week

This week has been pretty busy for us. We are in search of a new realtor, and this week was spent interviewing and calling new realtors to get their views of how to sell our condo. On Wednesday, my mom and cousin, Stephanie came up from Ohio to visit for the day. It was a beautiful day, and we went to lunch and the Novi Sports Park during the day.

My mom and Stephanie at Noodles N Company

Stephanie helping Keira on the rings at the park

After Keira took a nap and Ryan got home from work, we went out to dinner at Bahama Breeze for a meal together before Mom and Stephanie returned home for the day. It was great to be able to have a relaxing visit with them.

Thursday, Keira and I went to a free Kindermusik class at a local coffee shop. We also attended one on Friday at a different coffee shop. For non coffee drinkers, we certainly spend our fair share of time at coffee shops. You can't beat free, though, for the Kindermusik classes, since they are pretty pricey to actually enroll. They are usually about once/week at different locations, but with the holiday last week, there were two back to back. We usually hit 3 per month.

Keira with the egg shakers prior to the start of the class

Keira hoarding the maracas. 5 was her max.

Friday marked the completion of the realtor interviews, and we had been given many suggestions for minor home improvements. We spent Saturday browsing the home stores in the area, Ikea, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Pier 1. We purchased a sleeper sofa from Ikea, that is essentially a fancy futon for what we had been using as a large kitchen to turn it into a gathering area and open up some more space. We went from having 3 tables in the room to two, and it looks great. We also think this will be a great piece of furniture for visitors and for once we get a house to put in an office/den type room. We had always talked about putting one in our current office, but it is too full of bookshelves to fit, and it coordinates with our current office furniture.

Dining Area, before

New Ikea Couch with Keira, Nana, and Papa. They came over on Sunday to help take the huge table and chairs over to the storage unit. I just didn't think it was a good idea for me to try to load the table into the truck at this point in the pregnancy. We may paint the wall behind the couch, but the wall adjacent to it really needs to be repainted, and it is quite noticeable now that the table is gone, so we are still deciding what to do. We tried a new enchilada recipe off the package of the corn tortillas that were apparently a one time only deal at Meijer. It was a good thing we didn't eat all of them for tacos last week, because when I went back to get more and the ingredients for the recipe, they were gone and there was no longer a space for them on the shelf. We made about 3/4 of a recipe, and it was the perfect amount, since Keira didn't eat them (as usual and only ate rice) and Kris and Linda had eaten recently.

Additionally, we bought a slipcover for our couch. It has received mixed reviews from those who have seen it. Here is a photo of the couch without the slipcover:

Here is the couch with the new slipcover. It is pretty soft, and coordinates with the valance, which is the only original window treatment left in the place from the previous owners.
Finally, I had to include Keira being cute on the new couch. We are already glad that we chose black, over a white couch we also liked (not a sleeper, and only white was a decent price), because Keira ran over to it almost immediately after dinner, and I had barely finished wiping up her face and hands.

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