Rooms: Theme Thursday

This post is not going to be pretty.  I did no editing, the lighting was atrocious, and I was hurrying.  But if you kinda like me, or are interested in our move, or you are somewhat of a masochist when it comes to finishing what you start, Welcome!  Grab a beer, some peach wine, or a half drunk juice box and enjoy.

Yesterday, after a drive back to Southern California from the Central Valley (that should have taken 4 hours but instead took 6, thanyouverymuch Enterprise Rent-A-Car), we arrived to our new home.  Here are some unimaginative photos.

Front yard:



Side/back yard:






Living room:





Not our car, but GUESS WHAT? Kevin is driving to pick up our very own Toyota Sienna from the port right now. Yippeeeeee!




Do you see that oven? I am in love with that oven. Someday it will get a post of its own, probably in the form of an ode or a sonnet or something else poetical. “Oh, American oven, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”


Dining Room:



Future play room:



Kids’ room:



Parents’ room/unofficial kids’ room (because let’s be honest: that’s how we roll.):


Desperately in need of some inspiration to make this rental look not-rental-ish. Come visit and give me your advice! Pretty please?!?!?


A few highlights:

*Realizing last night that Cari had yet again snuck into my brain and planned a perfect Theme Thursday topic for my current life.  You simply must stop doing that, Donaldson.

*My inlaws stocked the house with temporary beds, bedding, kitchen ware. food, a temporary dining room table, a coffee maker (!), a freaking temporary refrigerator, toys, and lots of other goodies.  Lucky lucky me, for so many reasons.  They are really great.

*Figuring out my phone can be used as a wireless hotspot until real Internet is installed.  (Edit: this connection is not reliable and is responsible for some (but not all) of the uninspired nature/lateness of this post.)

*Sunset views of the San Gabriel Mountains from my yard.

*A cold beer in the yard with my hubby after kids were asleep.

*Having a yard.



Come back tomorrow for the July edition of 3 Reasons I Love Catholicism!  Bloggers can link up all month, and everyone else can enjoy reading their inspiring thoughts.


  1. I love that entrance shot…it’s so interesting how different houses look in different parts of the country.
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  2. I love the side yard with the picnic bench. it’s like your own little park! My second favorite is the front porch shot. It reminds me of the Mission. 🙂
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  3. Welcome Home!
    Thanks for the impromptu tour.
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  4. Welcome home!! Your yard looks fantastic for play and socializing with that peach wine (or juice box). Your house looks comfortable and ready to be turned into a home. And we have the same carseat in one of our cars. (LOL – the little things you notice!)

  5. I am so excited for you and that place looks fab! The entrance is just beautiful, the yard is… I’m speechless because we have never had a yard like that, and true rooms are a beautiful blank slate. And I’m assuming someone as hip as you knows the sienna is the original swagger wagon, but if that was before your time Please look it up!

    And what is up with this continuing parallel? We too are stuck looking around this rental and tryi g to figure out how to leave it as is and also make it our own, ANC my husband is an architect for crying out loud, and we are still stuck. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
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  6. And peach wine for the win!
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  7. I like it. Seems like a good functional space. Rugs maybe? To make it feel less renterish. Or bright colors to offset the white. That’s what we did for 3 years. 🙂

  8. Pretty sure the owner is legally required to repaint walls after two years, so if you plan to stay that long, paint the walls however you like (probably not red, though–that’s hard to cover up).

  9. Love the entrance! And I’m really good at reading your mind, aren’t I? I know what you’re thinking RIGHT NOW! And you’re right. It IS disgusting.

  10. Your yard is positively spa like. Hmmm. Maybe window treatments would help with the home like atmosphere? Easy valances or the $20 faux blinds from WalMart?

    • Window treatments are high on our list of must-dos. Our landlord is cool with us putting up curtains, so I’m leaning that way.