Saturday, December 27, 2008


It's been a crazy time in the Ohta house this Christmas. The storm hit us pretty hard and we ended up losing power a week ago today. My brothers, Jeremy, and I all decided to come home early because good ol' Matt Zaffino was predicting another storm to hit right before Christmas. None of us wanted to be stuck away from home on Christmas so we took off early. We got home to find Dad melting snow on the antique cook stove. We had no power. For those of you who have lived in the country you understand that no power also means no water.

We ended up going into "Town" where Grandma lives to shower a couple times during the week. We used candles, propane heaters, melted snow, slept on the floor close to the wood stove, etc for the entire week. We ended up eating McDonalds for Christmas dinner cause it was too difficult too cook a Christmas meal without power. We opened our gifts snuggled up in blankets and could see our breath in the room. It was about 28 degrees I think. There were no Christmas tree lights either. The funny thing is it was wonderful just to all be together for Christmas. I couldn't be more thankful and I don't think we'll soon forget it.

Today (7 days later) our power finally came back on. We had a couple false alarms early in the day where the power would come on, we would jump up and down rejoicing, then it would go off again 15 minutes later. But, we're back on now and it looks like it's going to stay that way!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Engagement

The weekend after I got the keys to my new place my little brother decided to get engaged. His fiance was born in Paris and had always joked about wanting to get engaged in front of the Eiffel Tower. Of course Josh can't afford to fly her to Paris and couldn't think of how to fly there without tipping her off, so he rented a 7' Eiffel Tower and set it up in her backyard where he first asked her out. Josh called us and the only thing he could seem to say was, "She said 'Yes!'"

Here's another picture just because they're cute.

Friday, December 19, 2008

move in

Here are the photos I promised. It's taken awhile to get the internet hooked up at the condo. We got all moved in last Saturday just in time for the winter storm to come. It's been in the 20's or below for most of the last week. With the snow and ice it slowed down our service. It's also slowed down the refrigerator being delivered (yes, we've been using the back porch as a freezer) and the bathroom tile from getting finished. Oh well. We're in and it's great!

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Today was like a roller coaster. I was hoping to get the keys to the condo yesterday but things didn't go through in time so the realtor assured me it would be this morning. Well morning passed and they assured me it would be this afternoon. I was holding my breath all day and finally at 3:30pm she called and said, "Congratulations! You are officially a homeowner. Go get your keys!" Well, of course I had to be at work until 5:30pm. So I called Jeremy and asked him to go pick them up for me then I met him at the condo. He waited for me outside in the garage. When I opened my new front door, just inside on the floor was a dozen roses, two crystal glasses, and a bottle of sparkling cider. Oh, and a bottle of water for Jeremy since he doesn't drink sparkling cider. :) It was the sweetest thing. So, we went inside and Jeremy built a fire. We ate Safeway deli food sitting on the floor of my new home! I think I'm still in shock over the fact that I bought a condo and that I have the sweetest guy in the world!

Oh, and we tore the sick wall paper off the bathroom wall. Tomorrow Jeremy's going to tear out the old kitchen floor so he can put bamboo in. Mom is coming to help me paint. And then, well...who knows!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I'm a homeowner!!!

So I decided to start a blog today...I have finally given in to the peer pressure from all of my dearest friends.

Today's been a pretty big day for me. I plan to post pictures later but today I signed the huge packet of documents officially making me a homeowner!! I bought a condo today...crazy! I get to pick up the keys tomorrow afternoon and then comes the fun part...paint, wood floors, tile, etc.

I better get to bed and rest up cause tomorrow's a big day...stay tuned for photos...