Posts Tagged ‘Sophia Kraljevich


House Painting

Sophia Testing Paint Coloros

Sophia Testing Paint Colors

We are back from our honeymoon and life has not slowed down for Sophia and I.  Our first major task is preparing our new home before we move in.  Although our house is in great condition we wanted to do two things before we started piling our stuff into the house.  1. Paint and 2. Clean the Carpets.

I first told Sophia when she got the color wheel that I did not car and for her to just pick out 3 colors that she liked and I would decide from there.  I should have known better.  I of course went against what I said and started having an opinion.  I really had no idea I cared about colors.  Choosing paint colors is hard!  Everyone else when they are painting make it look so easy.  I was prepared to just walk in the pain store get a couple buckets of paint and go on my little way.

I would definitely say that deciding between a shade of tan vs a shade of tan with a hint of green in it is very stressful.  Most people just have a few color options when decide to put colors on the wall.  Our house right now looks ridiculous with lines all over the walls.  We have over 10 I believe and Sophia knows each one by name, she is very impressive.

We finally today decided on our colors and our scheme.   Now with that done we will begin to paint shortly.  We will be moving in shortly, fingers crossed.


Finally My Home!

Getting our keys and preparing to move in

Getting our keys and preparing to move in

We finally got our house.  After months and months of wishing and hoping the dream finally came through today!  We officially closed on our house.  I will now live at 270 Bongard Ave E.  At least it is short for me to remember.  The house buying process started about 9 months ago for Sophia and I.  I have to thank my real estate agent Lisa Williams with John L Scott Reality for being persistent and always quick to help me.  You have to understand the story of why this home is so special to me as this is the 3rd house that I have bought in 9 months.  Let me explain: It all started in January with a new subdivision going into town by NW Home Tours.  The subdivision was the remaining lots in Elk Meadows from Cambria Homes.

With great pricing and beautiful home designs building my own home seemed to good to be true.  Well it was to good to be true.  It seemed one thing after another seemed to go wrong with my first experience building my home.  It all started with cancelled builder meetings, building plans that were not approved by the city, re-engineered plans that I had to pay for and a builder who lost his financing.  After 3 months of nothing to show for but a lot of emails, paperwork and meetings I was no where closer to being in my house.  But in that 3 months span my life had drastically changed as I took Sophia one afternoon to the site where I was suppose to build my first home and asked her to marry me.

Sophia when I proposed at our future home

Sophia when I proposed at our future home

After builder #1 had lost financing and I was re-assured that builder #2 from the development would honor my current contract and everything would be fine.  I felt comfortable that things where heading in the right direction.  Not to soon after I was back re-negotiating price as the conrtact that I thought would be honored was no longered honor.  So with a price increase things were all back to the beginning.  Soon to come was the approval from the city of the house, days went by, weeks went by and soon months.  Still no approval of house plans to be built.  6+ months of negotiating, signing contracts and agreements we were still no where close to build.  Everything happens for a reason we have come to say!

A house already built in the neighborhood of Elk Meadows price lowered to where it was in my range.  So after deep thought about what to do and not receiving plans that were supposed to be delivered to us weeks prior it was time to move on and decide that building was not the way I was suppose to head.  Of course with my luck this house would come with its own set of challenges.  It was a short sale.  We had to postpone the auction date of the house 2 times to make this work.

During the loan application process I think I signed the rights away to my first unborn son and also my daughter.  The paperwork was never ending.  So after months of waiting and getting excited is now over.  Moving in day is here (well till after the wedding).  The best part of all this is now when Sophia and I walk in our neighborhood we can point to a neighbors house and say hey we got engaged there, hopefully they will let us have dinner their on our anniversary.


Enumclaw King County Fair

CATS 4-H is Purrfect

CATS 4-H is Purrfect

This past weekend was the Enumclaw King County Fair at the Enumclaw Expo Center.  When I was a kid the fair was the biggest thing to come to Enumclaw.  I used to spend all summer doing yard work for neighbors to earn enough money to spend it at the fair.  The fair had a special day where we called it armband day where you bought an armband for $10 and you got to ride all the rides all day!

King County sold the rights of the fair to the city of Enumclaw.  This was the first year the fair was under city of Enumclaw control.  It was free admission and it was Sophia my fiances first time experiencing the fair.  Although the number of rides were down it did not matter to us as we walked around the barns to look at the animals.  There is nothing better then greasy fair food and people watching.


Sophia Kraljevich Birthday

Sophia turned 23!  She is currently working at the Enumclaw Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  She works 12 hour shifts from 4 to 4.  For Sophia’s birthday she got to wake up at 3:30 AM and go to work.  We went to lunch at Truffles Cafe at the hospital which has some really great food.  After work Sophia went to her girls night or should I say Bachelorette Party.  I was not allowed.

The night before I made the drive up after football camp to Mount Vernon to go to dinner with Sophia, Lana, Sandy and Steve.  We ate at Il Granaio which is a Italian Restaurant.  The food was great.  We did not take pictures, opps!

Happy Birthday Sophia

Happy Birthday Sophia



Coldplay 020

On Saturday July 11, 2009 I made the trek over to the Gorge Amphitheatre in Eastern Washington for the Coldplay concert. I bought tickets months ago for Andrew and myself. Those who made the journey over the mountains were myself, Sophia, Hillary, Andrew, TJ and Jordan. The concert started at 7 as it is always so difficult to pick a time when a band is going to be on stage. With no idea when doors opened or if the opening bands started at 7 we decided to get there early.

We drove over and stopped in Ellensburg for some dinner. Campus U Tote Em is one of the best burger and milkshake spots in town. To say it was warm that afternoon was an understatement. While driving we all watched the thermometer gauge crawling up as it was about 95 when we arrived at the Gorge.

It was the first time to the Gorge for everyone except Sophia and myself. It was a beautiful evening. We arrived just in time to get a nice stretch of lawn on the upper part of the lawn. As the sun was setting everyone waited patiently for Coldplay to come out.

It was a fabulous show! The band set up 2 mini stages on the left and right sections of the reserved seating area. Some of the highlights of the show was when the band sang Yellow and they had giant yellow balls flying throughout the crowd. They also did a cover of Billie Jean in tribute to Michael Jackson.

One of the coolest parts of the show was the stage and the use of these 4 giant balls. They would be spinning above the band and have writing on them, then they would change the effects and have them project pictures and even just change random colors.

Coldplay as on stage for about 2 hours and played a good range of old music and new! We had a great time and I definitely recommend seeing Coldplay live!


4th of July 2009

I do not remember a 4th of July ever where the weather was this warm.  Normally the 4th of July you are anticipating rain and wearing a sweatshirt at night to keep you warm.  Not this year as it was 85 degrees and sunny.  The Gamblin family never had a real 4th of July tradition.   Sophia on the other hand has a 4th of July tradition that I think I will be adopting.

Sophia and I spent our 4th of July at her Besterfar’s house on Lake Meridian in Kent, Washington.  It was a beautiful afternoon where the lake was full of people.  The 4th of July events start with all the boats clearing the lake at 6:00 PM.  Soon to follow is the boat race in the middle of the lake (paddle boat races that is).  After the paddle boat races is the boat parade where all the locals decorate their boats and cruise around the lake.

At 10:00 PM the barge comes out and the firework show begins.  It was a great show this year full of new fireworks and a lot longer.  It was nice to sit on Bestefar’s lawn on a blanket and watch the firework show.

The best part of the night was playing rummy.  Sophia and I play rummy all the time.  It was nice to actually play with 4 people this time.


Visiting the Wards in Salem, Oregon

Sophia and I had the opportunity last weekend to go down to Salem, Oregon and visit Ryan and Megan Ward. It is always fun to visit the land of no sales tax and where you can not pump your own gas.

It was an eventful weekend. We drove down in a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. It was my first time behind the wheel in the new Tahoe Hybrid which was a lot of fun to watch the navigation screen flip from gas mode, hybrid mode, battery charging. We got stuck in traffic on our way south on Interstate 5 in Tacoma. By the time I was in Olympia (55 miles) in stop in go traffic I was averaging 25 MPG! After traffic cleared and I was going about 75 my MPG slowly went down. Overall, I drove to Salem, Oregon and back on a tank of gas and put almost 500 miles where I averaged just under 22 MPG hwy.

When visiting the Ward’s you have to be prepared to eat and eat a lot. Staying with Ryan and Megan in their new beautiful home was a blast. When we arrived into Sale late Friday night we caught the last of Ryan’s softball game. It was the first baseball field I have ever gone to in my life where they did not allow any outside food or drink. I am boycotting any game ever played at the Wallace Park Baseball Complex! I had to eat my Dairy Queen blizzard in the car 😦

I woke up Saturday morning to Ryan outside weeding his yard! The day was filled with lots of fun with visiting and hanging out with Ward Family and visiting local Salem sites.

The best part of our trip was when we visited Ryan’s work. Ryan works for Emery and Sons Construction which I must say does an incredible job of branding its name. Emery and Sons Construction is an industry leader for underground utilities and site-work of all scopes and sizes. From subdivisions to pump stations to major infrastructure projects. Ryan is a Project Manager. Emery and Sons Construction have a really nice website and they even have a blog blog needs updating). I was like a kid in a candy store asking Ryan what he does and having him show me his office. I walked away with a new appreciation for Emery and Sons Construction. Of course I took some pictures of the event, it was like the first day of school!

That afternoon we went to the Salem, Oregon Beat Festival. The Beat Festiva is a 2 day event full of music, food, crafts from all over the world! (To be honest when I was there I did not know what the festival was really about, I just found it on the Beat Festival website).  They do accept donations!

On our way home from Oregon Sophia and I took advantage of the no sales tax at the Woodburn Outlet Malls.  Sophia got a really nice Helley Hansen jacket (bright pink).  It definitely was fun filled weekend visiting the Wards!

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