Breaking in our Backyard


I'm baaaaack! 

It's been almost a month since I last posted, but this little house has been keeping me very occupied. I painted almost every room of our house, including some of the ceilings, until I actually couldn't hold a paint brush anymore because my hands hurt so much. I stopped short of one bathroom. My friend (who also happens to be a physical therapist) told me to lay off the painting. So I'm going to take her medical advice and go easy for a few weeks. I'll post photos of the house later.

I unpacked most of the boxes we had stored at our parents' houses before we left to Singapore. It was weird going through boxes of things we had packed away two years ago. I forgot about a lot of things I owned and had learned to live without. I also found a lot of sentimental things, like photos, art, and other mementos I didn't want to get rid of. 

We also had a housewarming party/Jeff's birthday party this past weekend and got some good use out of our backyard. Part of the reason why I was so busy setting up house is because I wanted it to look somewhat presentable for our guests. I think our party was a success; people stayed until almost midnight. It made me feel good that people didn't want to leave. That's a sign of an inviting house, right? 

Here are some photos of the party (and party people): 
I bought a bunch of toys to keep the kids at our barbecue busy, including a pack of mustaches. Some of the adults ended up using them instead. I think they enjoyed them way more than the kids would have.  
The kids were really digging my pet tortoise, Napoleon. He just walked around the backyard checking out all the action. It's not everyday you visit a house with a pet tortoise.
My cousin Gabby and her husband Tommy brought over this delicious burnt almond cake. It was so good. I ate some for breakfast today (I'm a grown up now, I do what I want. Including eating cake for breakfast)
I love this photo. Stanley really wanted to kiss the baby. 
Stan was loving all the attention at the barbecue. Good dog, Stan. 
Now that the party is over I feel like I can relax a bit and actually start to enjoy the house and backyard. I've got a lot of DIY projects to keep me busy for the rest of the summer. Hopefully these won't keep me so distracted that I forget to blog for another month. 


  1. That is such a good photo of Stan climbing over to give th baby a kiss! Oh and your camera is awesome, such clear shots! Glad you are settling back in home and summer's coming there right? Much better than Singapore hot!

  2. Congrats on the party! I found you through Emmy June Born In May (We both sponsor her.) New follower!


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