Julia (Adrian's cousin's daughter) is married! I met Julia many years ago when she came down to visit us from Vancouver....Adrian and I were just married.....Julia must have been 10 years old at the time.
I've always adored her so it was a MUST for us to fly to Montreal for the weekend to attend her wedding. We left the kids at home with a wonderful neighbor.
Cristina (Julia's Mom) rented an apartment/house for all of us to stay together under one roof via "Airbnb" (rental property website). It was an amazing house - so much better than staying at a hotel.
Introducing the gorgeous newlyweds: Julia Aldulea + Benjamin St. Gelais
(click below to listen to music while looking at pictures)
Re-piercing (the hole on the right ear had closed)
December's birthstone was selected because turquoise is her favorite color (she's born in June). I took her to Claire's (shop at the mall) thinking it would be only 20 bucks....uh, maybe it was 20 when I was a kid. It's freaking 60 bucks for a kid to get ear piercing?!?! It might have cost me 3 times more but it made her 100x times happier to be able to wear earrings again. This is one of the joys of being a Mother.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THE WONDERFUL FEMALES IN MY LIFE.
I've been obsessed with getting a trailer/RV for the last 2 months. We started with looking at something small like the teardrops.....then we walked into the fancy ones that rock stars use on tour and were blown away.....in the end we leaned toward the airstream. Living in my neighborhood had a huge influence on our choice. There are a few airstreams in the neighborhood that have gotten a lot of attention. They are used as additional living space. I know it sounds odd if you live in a big house in Texas or any state outside of California. But in my neighborhood where there are cottages, these airstreams are quite desirable. We are the first on our street, but already there are 3 other families who plan to get one.
I feel obligated to explain myself because if Mom and Dad heard that we bought an RV and saw that we bought a 1967 model....they would probably think we are "poor". I know Mom - it is bewildering to her that I would buy anything that "old" when it comes to real estate. She won't get it, but I hope you do!
It is a 1967 model and has 90% of the originals intact. If you know us, we are the remodeling kind. I am not interested in restoring it to keep its value. I want to remodel it and make it modern inside! The only thing we will keep is the original stovetop/oven which is impeccably clean and quaint. Unfortunately, Adrian is ridiculously busy these days so the remodeling job will be slower than I'd like.
So, here are the "ugly" before pictures (currently parked at my neighbor's):
1967 airstream safari
Here are a few in the hood that sparked our interest:
Here is a link to see amazing remodeling ideas:
Here is our inspiration design. We're going for this look. We keep going back to it. I like the clean neutral colors in a small space.....I know...a lot of work ahead of us.
We are going to park in our front yard by the gardens....future house guests can choose to stay in the treehouse or the airstream! Please come visit us!!!
Here is another inspiration photo:
This post is in response to David's post on 4/26/13:
David - I just found out last week that you and Zoé were blogging. As soon as I found out, I jumped on to check it out. I only had time to look at a few, waiting for the weekend to slow down and look through the rest to catchup with you guys.
Adrian subscribes to "dealnews.com" which alerts him on items that are on sale on the internet on a daily basis. On Friday morning he asked me if I was interested in getting an espresso machine....since there is one on sale for $300. You see...in Romania, we bought one of the restaurant-quality espresso machine and the coffee/espresso was out of this world. Every time someone stopped by the house, no matter what time of the day it was, I was offering them coffee. No one was disappointed. Like you, I look forward to it every morning and I was not one that needed coffee to get through my morning. It just tasted like a "European vacation". Since we've been back to the States, we've not had the same coffee experience. We bought the "Keurig" with the K-cups. Super fun and cute idea....great for guests.....but disappointed that the coffee was still not up to par....once you had really good coffee, you don't forget....so I gave up on it and has been trying the "Bodum" french press. This was a great improvement.
So anyway, the espresso machine got my attention. I remember seeing a picture of an espresso machine on David's blog so we went to it to read what David had to say about it. Turns out that it is also a Saeco.....not going to lie - I don't know anything about this brand or any espresso brands.....but after reading David's blog, we were sold and bought it immediately!
I'm looking forward to my double espresso + condense milk for my 2 hour drive to Anaheim tomorrow - Cannot wait!!! Thank you David for blogging about it!
Frankie (bird heaven)