Saturday, April 13, 2013

Random Five on Friday (April 12th)

Miranda at The Pebble Pond is hosting a Random Five on Friday linky and I will be participating again this week. You can read last week's Random Five on Friday post here.

1.) Alyssa and I shop were supposed to go shopping for Jeff's birthday gift. However, we never made it to the store. We left the house late afternoon. His birthday is next week and we thought we would surprise him with an unexpected gift. I will most likely purchase the Hobbit movie as a gift and he really needs some work t-shirts. I will hopefully make a trip into town at the beginning of the week.

2.) We went straight to the house because it was already getting late. I brought a load of boxes to store in the shed. I also brought rock samples for the fireplace. We are not very fond of it so we'll continue searching for the "right" rock or brick that suits our style and will accent the wall color. My hubby told me the other day that we have a problem with our kitchen countertop order. We were originally told that they would be installed the third week of April. For some odd reason, the date was pushed until May 8th which changes everything including our closing date, moving plans, vacation plans, and my review and blog schedule. They also sent us the wrong pantry door so we installed a regular white door which seems to lighten the corner a bit. I know that everything happens for a reason. This schedule conflict does give us more time to finish up the classroom which was put on the back burner. It looks like we'll be moving items in and setting up the classroom first since we can't move into the house until after the closing date.

3.) I finally stepped into my dream kitchen! Thank you hubby! The stained custom kitchen cabinets are installed and finished. They are beautiful and the workmanship is outstanding! I am so happy with the results and look forward to spending many hours cooking and baking for family and friends. Our kitchen appliances arrived the day before yesterday. My hubby and father-in-law already installed the double ovens and vent hood. I snapped a couple pictures of the house. Wanna see them? I took pictures from several angles yesterday.
Gas Stove Area and Island
You can see the pantry in the corner. 
Recently added the lights.
Ignore the dust covered floor and cabinets - they are still working. 
On left side of fridge is a cabinet I requested as seen on Pinterest.
Kitchen window facing the front yard.
My first double oven! Yah! 
You can see the oversized front double doors on right side.
There's plenty of space for visitors to sit and visit. 
Extra space turned into a mini bar area.
Accidental cut in the wall will eventually be covered with tile.
Place for mini fridge at bottom and glass cabinets doors above.
I would love for you to check out my House Projects Pinterest board. In fact take a look around you may see something on my other Pinterest boards you want to pin. Please let me know which board you find most useful.

4.) I am in the process of organizing for the upcoming move. I will use my DYMO Touch Screen Label Manager 500TS to help organize my life this year. My hubby bought it for me on Groupon awhile ago . . . I can't remember the date. I can't believe I am just now getting around to using it. It is charged and ready to go. I will be labeling as I pack. I have so many plans for using this gadget. One major project will be my four large file cabinets of unlabeled folders. Yep that's what I said - unlabeled. I can still find what I need even though I do not have any written labels on the files. I dreaded the last move back in August and was completely stressed out. This time it needs to be simplified and more organized if possible. Be sure to checkout my post later this week to see pictures of what I am doing to help with the move. I am not looking forward to actually moving boxes and packing, but I am soooo ready to move forward in life.

5.) Alyssa lost her first tooth on Wednesday. This was a very emotional experience. She made the decision to keep her tooth. She almost put it under her pillow last night, but then started getting teary-eyed. I told her to wait and if she decided to keep it - it was her choice. Here is the link to my FREE Dental Apps and Questioning the Tooth Fairy post which tells you a little about my daughter's story of losing her first tooth. It is hard to see, but when looking at this picture, she lost the top left front tooth. Be sure to check out my post because I have provided links to the FREE dental apps. I am not sure how long these apps will be free or if they are always free.

I will link this post up at Random 5 on Friday hosted by Miranda at The Pebble Pond. Please join the fun and link up your random five thoughts, facts, or occurrences. Thank you for visiting A Learning Journey. I would love to hear from my readers, so please feel free to leave a comment so I can visit your blog.

God bless,


  1. The kitchen looks great! Congrats! I guess lots to look forward too ...

  2. So glad you're getting your dream kitchen. Looks great!

  3. That is so nice! I imagine lots of family gatherings there for years to come.

  4. Thank you for stopping by ladies! My husband has been working on the ceramic tile in all the bathrooms. I hope to share photos soon. I can't wait to gather in the kitchen and visit friends or family.

  5. I agree with everyone else who has commented. Your kitchen looks absolutely beautiful! Lots of space, beautiful cabinets, and a double oven sound great!