Wednesday, June 25, 2008

New Bedroom Set

So, I found this really pretty bedroom set on craigslist here in Iowa and bought it.  I absolutely love it and think I got a pretty good deal.  I've been trying to research antique furniture online but haven't found anything.  I can't find a maker's mark anywhere on the furniture so I have no idea what to do.  If anyone has any ideas let me know.  The guy I bought it from said it had been in his family since the 1920's - so there's a possibility that it's not even 100 years old - making it not really an antique anyway.  But anyone who watches Antiques Roadshow or knows anything, let me know how to find out more about my pretty new bedroom set.  And if you ever come to visit us in Iowa - you'll get to stay in this bedroom.  When it's all done it's going to be so pretty!  :)

I know the color don't look like they match in the pictures, but they actually do all match.  I'd say the color is probably the truest on the bed picture.  Just so you know!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ames, IA - Pictures

Israel got to take a ride in the cab of the semi-truck.

The front of our house with the semi in the cul-de-sac.

Kitchen view #1.

Kitchen view #2.


Front Room view#1.

Front Room view #2 (still lots of unpacking and organizing to do!)

Front Room view #3 and the view out our front window.

Dining Room

Israel and new baby's room view #1.

Israel and new baby's room view #2.

Guest Room.

Upstairs bathroom.

Basement - Family Room.

Master Bedroom view #1.  (Our mattress is on the floor because the walls weren't finished and there was still painting and stuff that needed to be done so the bed needed to be moved out during the day.)

Master Bedroom view #2.

Master Bathroom view #1.  (The vanity with the sinks and mirror and cupboards has yet to be installed.)

Master bath view #2.  (At least we have a toilet, even though the shower still isn't ready yet.)

So, there is our house and yard and boxes.  As you can see, we still have a lot of unpacking and organizing and just stuff to do!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ames, IA

So here we are in Ames, IA. We got here Thursday night just in time for a big rainstorm. Friday was beautiful and even though the road in front of our house was being repaved, the construction workers were nice enough to let our big moving semi through so they could unload. The driver was the same one that loaded us in Chandler and it was actually his dad who was helping him unload here. They were both very nice and we highly recommend them. (Ryan or Kevin through United Van Lines). Ryan even let Israel take a ride in the front of the truck.

So, since we've been here, our neighbors have come and introduced themselves (all of which are grandmas and great-grandmas). Everyone had been very nice and welcoming and they seem excited to have children living in their cul-de-sac. At church on Sunday, the ward was really great. Both in Elder's Quorum and Relief Society everyone was very friendly and so excited to have us in their ward for the next little while. In fact, the first counselor in the Bishopric invited us to have dinner with his family that night. He has a PhD in genetics (which is what Randal will be working on) and so he and Randal a lot in common. The wife and their kids are all really great too. Their youngest is a boy around 5 or 6 and he and Israel played together really well all night long - we ended up staying and just talking until after 10!

Some interesting things about the ward - we learned that there are only about 270 members (so it's a pretty small ward) but their activation is at over 75%! (In a normal ward, activation is at 50% or below!) There seem to be lots of activities to get involved in here in Ames and there are tons of parks (which is good because the city itself is only just barely a city, by a few thousand people or something). Oh, and this was really foreign: In church on Sunday, the man who said the opening prayer, prayed for LESS rain. That's right, he prayed for LESS RAIN! Afterwards, Randal and I just looked at each other and giggled. I guess just before we got here there was a flood, and then it flooded again on Sunday or Monday. So, far there has a been a big thunderstorm almost every night we've been here. Wild. In fact, last night (and during church on Sunday) there was a HUGE boom and crack of thunder and lighting - enough to make you jump and make your heart race.

So, things are a little different here in Ames, IA... but so far, we LOVE it! I'll post some pictures of our house soon. Our internet connection is just through Randal's mobile connection and the bandwidth is pretty limited, and I can't find my card reader anyway.

Love to you all!