Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It's c-c-coooooold outside!

Some recent pics of the family this winter!

Steph & Nick on frozen Sprague Lake in Estes Park.

Ivy and her new friend Seren.

Ivy bundled up for a walk in Estes Park over Thanksgiving holiday.

Ivy getting cozy.
Sweet sleeper.

Rocky Mountain sunset.

Nap time.

Walking around Sprague Lake in Estes Park, brrr.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

New Addition to Sommer House

Last Thursday, October 29th we welcomed the newest addition to Sommer House - Ivy Wren Sommer. Photos below. . . we'll post a few more and tell the whole story later, including our trip through the snowstorm to the hospital. Best addition to the house yet!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Welcoming Ivy

The past weeks have been a whirlwind - early season blizzard, full moon, and tada, our first child arrived! Ivy Wren Sommer came into the world a perfect angel, and has been nothing less since.
Over 20" of snow in Denver at the end of October. This was the scene while we were on the way to the hospital.

Fresh out of the oven! Mom is happy and exhausted after an all natural childbirth. Ivy is only hours old, her cheeks were especially poofy at this time.
At home resting.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Garden Harvest

Some pics of our latest harvest from the garden, and a lovely Friday morning at home.

Zucchini, butternut squash, flying saucer squash, tomatillos, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, sun gold cherry tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, and yams (grown by other)

Basement treasures to be put away.

The largest pumpkin from the garden and a new rocker for baby.

The kitchen nook.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Landscaping and more

Lots has been happening since our last post, so much that it has taken us a while to get around to updating the blog. We have settled in more and worked on the inside and outside of the house. One major accomplishment was building the deck and stairs of the deck - we even had a little BBQ with friends! We also just finished planting over 60 plants to create some curb appeal, and mowed the sod for the first time. The landscaping looks great and will surely fill in over the years. We went with xeric plants in the beds that are in the hot sun for most of the day, and only receive hand watering by yours truly each evening.

Nick at work!

Nick building the stairs of the deck.

Decking of dark brown trex, no splinters!

Nick leveled and installed this flagstone path perfectly.

Baby room is now pink!

Matt, Kelli & Lily hanging on the deck.

Prepping for the big day of planting.
Kelli & Ellie admiring the plants.

Plants back near the deck.

Curb appeal.

The finished product!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A few more...

Here are a few more pictures from later in the evening after we cleaned up.

Nick put all of the handles on the drawers.
Trevor and Steph built the last "temporary" shelf.
Steph sealed the "temporary" island top and sides.
Kelli & Nicks master bedroom.
Front guest bathroom that Steph is touching up with paint probably as you are reading this blog.
Trev working in the garage.
Late night laundry with the space shuttle washer and dryer.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Visitors are Among Us

If out of town guests were musical acts, this week would be the Superbowl Halftime Show! EVERYONE IS HERE, including your guest-blogger. The goal of Tuesday was to make the kitchen functional. Dutiful kinfolk put up temporary shelving and unpacked boxes while a team of professional painters put a fresh coat in the kitchen and living room. The evening culminated with a spaghetti dinner that surpassed our wildest dreams. Jet lag, a corporate workday, and home improvements sent everyone to bed early.

On Wednesday Stephanie perfected her yoga poses while adding a coat of paint to the front bedroom. She, Trevor and Matt prepared the front porch by scraping paint, caulking, and adding a primer coat. The only casualty of the day was a small section of the front window that now looks like the back cover of the Rolling Stones’ Through the Past Darkly album. In the afternoon, Nick and Kelli came home and joined the process of fine-tuning the kitchen. We lined the drawers and installed them with cabinet handles and soft-closes. (What?! You don’t now what soft-closes are???) Even the naysayers from HGTV would have to admit that the kitchen is updated!
Stephanie perfects the Painting Doodle Bug pose.

Trevor casts a backwards glance.
Porch Before...
Porch After...

Future site of a deck.
Still life with lumber samples and lawn furniture

In true superbowl halftime show fashion, Trevor shows off his drawers.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Matt and Trevor survey their handiwork on the porch window.