a real guest bedroom

We finally had a housewarming party!
It was a blast, and many of our fabulous friends came
Unfortunately, we were having so much fun that we took no pictures
so the only evidence that we had the party is that we actually cleaned out the basement
(you can compare old pictures by clicking here)

we must be getting older
because our washer and dryer was the talk of the party

this kitchen area will come in handy when we do our kitchen remodel

we moved the tv out of the bedroom and into the basement
we missed it at first...but for the sake of our sleep it was time for it to go

We have been up to a few other things, too
we painted the bathroom
(boothbay gray, Benjamin Moore)

bought a refrigerator large enough to live in
(aka the perfect size)
the delivery guy asked why we bought such a big one
Matt said, "because we like to eat."

we also got a dishwasher, but we haven't hooked it up

we treated ourselves to a much-needed new bed
(king size!)

The good news for you is that now we have a real guest bedroom
instead of the air matress in the office

...so you should come to visit us soon


Bienvenidos a Miami

A recent visit to Miami was exactly what a couple sun-starved Seattleites needed after a loooooooooong gray and rainy winter. Jim was honored by the Society of Gynecologic Investigation and we made the trip down, along with Elizabeth, Michael and Dean and Uncle Mike and Aunt Linda. With neither of the two of us having been there before, we didn't really know what to expect of Miami. Long story short - no wonder LeBron plays with DWade this season.

We scored big time and were upgrade to a suite
our room had a private balcony and a gorgeous view of Miami

Miami Beach

I got the "Hipstamatic" camera app for my phone
and went all Hipstamatic on this trip

on the light rail to the aiport

we went to the beach when we arrived at 6am
Matt was hit on by a "lady of the night"
I guess you can't step away from your man's side in Miami...even for a second

view of the pools from Jane and Jim's room

Matt and sister Elizabeth

we went on a walking tour of the art deco buildings along Miami Beach
South Beach was insane...spring break!

the best part about our awesome room is that we were able to have an evening in on Saturday, 
celebrating Jim's birthday, watching basketball, and eating take-out Cuban food
there was a beautiful sunset:

we got a lot of great beach time with the whole family
especially our nephew Dean (and of course our brother in law Michael)

the hotel we stayed at is the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach
it's a rather swanky spot, and has been a popular spot since the 1950's
here I am on the "Staircase to Nowhere"
it was built so guests of the time could make an entrance
men would stop the elevator to drop off their date on the 2nd floor 
they would then continue on to the 1st floor and wait at the base of the stairs 
for their date to make her entrance on the staircase

we loved Miami's beautiful beaches, unique architecture, 
friendly people, and delicious food
a surprising destination that we would visit again!