visual update

we've been hard at work. the tile in the mudroom/half bath is grouted and ready to be sealed. paint is on the walls. and perhaps most exciting of all, our appliances are here and (mostly) installed. here are a few pictures. it is still a construction zone, but i am looking forward to moving into the kitchen later this week (and giving it a thorough cleaning!). tools out, dishes in!

we hope to have the fridge for a long time, so we bought the biggest one we could afford.

klaas stayed over late last wednesday night to help us install our sink, faucet, garbage disposal, range, and fridge. and of course he shed blood.

the dishwasher went in tonight. it was relatively painless, except for a quick trip to menards/home depot. but that is typical.

ben did the honors of the first load. we got a bosch because of good reviews on consumer reports. man that thing is quiet!

yes, that is a toilet in the garage. it will (Lord willing!) be installed tomorrow night in the half bath. we also have to install the microwave. close to having a working bathroom AND a fully-functional kitchen!