Sunday, January 6, 2013


Warning: Long post.

I appreciate my life, this life, even on the bad days. This year was a good year, a really good year. We did so much, and I'm going to recap some of it for you. :) We did some things around the house, we actually went places (haha). I'm so looking forward to what next year brings. I hope that this year was just as good for all of you, and that you have a lot to look forward to.

Also, sorry for all the iphone pics. I'm just lazy these days.
  • We did a little craigslisting for the first time. I got this amazing dresser that we painted and stained to use as a tv stand in the living room....$50! I love it so much. That same day we also got an awesome bookshelf for $10 that we painted. I've since painted the back a navy blue. Love! I got a few new pieces of furniture this year, but nothing that makes me happier than these two!

This isn't a good picture, but I painted the back of it blue.

  • We put in new floors! I love them so much. I don't miss the carpet one bit (though I think the animals do). And while I would have loved to refinish the wood floor, they were a MESS so I'm glad we went this route.

  • We took a road trip to Saratoga Springs, NY for Chance's cousin Ashley's wedding. I think this is the longest time we've been in the car together, we survived. It was a cold weekend. The wedding was beautiful and it was good to see some family that we haven't seen in awhile. We had a great weekend together!

  • I met Cyndi Lauper. Yeah, that happened. It was for a work event. She also sang "True Colors", acoustic, and I was in the second row. It was pretty cool. I was also supposed to dress as Elmo for that same event. But that didn't end up happening. No hard feelings Elmo, I at least got to be cute for my picture with Cyndi Lauper. I also met Patrick Kennedy and the Surgeon General this year.

  • We put in a deck! You have no idea how much I love this deck. It makes our backyard so much more complete, and adds extra space for us to spend time in. The dogs love it too, they spent a lot of days sunbathing out there. Can't wait until next spring/summer to plant new flowers and enjoy our deck again. I loved eating crabs out on the deck (instead of inside! Eating crabs inside is no fun), using our smoker, and fire pit... Maybe next year I'll actually get a potting bench like I wanted this year!
What the backyard looked like last year

Getting ready!

Chance and his dad building the deck

The step Chance made at the end.

We finally removed the awful, random basketball pole.

Love it....can't wait until summer again.

  • We spent our 3 year wedding anniversary in Virginia Beach! This trip was actually hilarious. We've never been to VA beach before, and figured it would be a good place to go, it wasn't too far. Well our hotel was terrible (almost checked out the second we got there) but we stuck it out. And it rained basically the entire time. One day it poured so hard, we bought ponchos...and basically spent most of the day in the car waiting for it to stop raining. Though I did have delicious coconut pancakes that day. On our anniversary there were supposed to be fireworks on the beach. So we sat out on the freezing beach until 10:30pm and they ended up cancelling because of the wind. Womp. So even though the trip was kind of a fail, we did have a good time. We went to a comedy club (Chance has never been before) and had SO much fun, went to this awesome buffet seafood place, climbed up a light house (ouch, that was rough. Also a first for us.), and spent some time at the beach when it wasn't raining (I actually got in the water all the way...which I NEVER do). I also bought a blanket (I'm trying to find things when we go on trips that we can actually keep and aren't so souvenir-y)'s like a mexican throw blanket. I love it, but now Chance really loves it, he's kind of claimed it as his own. It was a good find. I hope I can find more house stuff on future trips. 

  • We got to see fireworks from our backyard! Since that freak storm in July delayed fireworks by a week or so...after we got back from VA beach they did fireworks that Friday night. We live pretty close to the fairgrounds so I was hoping we could see them and we could! Excited about spending lots of 4th's on the deck at home! No crowds!
  • I went to Kansas City, Missouri on a work trip. It was the first time I'd been on a plane in FIVE years. Not kidding. And all the planes we took were small planes, the last one even had a PROPELLER! I wish I was kidding....I'm now officially terrified of planes. I seriously felt like I was going to lose my mind. Next time I go on a trip, I need to see a doctor to get some sedatives! lol....but the trip was good...there's wasn't much around our hotel but it was still cool to just be on my own and do whatever. I was there for 6 days. I thought I'd be nervous being in a hotel room all by myself (I never have been before!) but it was fine and the room was great and the bed was super comfortable, I wanted to take it home with me. I did eat out with co-workers a couple of the nights....we went to this one BBQ place and it was amazing! Same with this Italian restaurant in the city, yum. It wasn't a super exciting city, but it's still somewhere I haven't been before!
Propeller plane!!!

View from my hotel

Look at the KC library, it has giant books on the side.
  • I turned 27. Ahh, how did that happen? Makes me sad that my 20's are getting closer and closer to being over! I wasn't feeling super great so we went didn't go far and had dinner at Carrabba's....yum.

  • I "ran" my first 5k! I did not run the whole thing. I started running (jogging actually) in May, and I would only do it around once a week and wouldn't go far. I hurt my hip a little in August so that slowed me down more. I already posted about was the Color Run. It was so fun! It was perfect for my 1st 5k! Can't wait until I can run the whole thing.

  • We spent the weekend in West Virginia with Chance's family. Such a good weekend. It was a lot of fun, so relaxing! It was so pretty up there and I look forward to many more weekends spent up there with family! Got some great pictures too (finally decided to explore a little with the manual settings on my camera).

  • I ran my 2nd 5k! It was a trail run which was hard (in the woods, up hills, over a pumpkin patch). It was cold that day too. Again, can't run all of it but I felt so accomplished afterwards!
Christina and I before our run!
  • I met John and Sherry from Young House Love! Even though I met Cyndi Lauper this year, it kind of feels like meeting John and Sherry was my big celebrity moment, so cool. Pammy and I stood out in line for two hours. We were like 6th in line. It was perfect, and exciting! And we got a free cookie and hot chocolate afterwards.
Omg! John and Sherry! (and me and Pammy!)

  • In addition to celebrating 3 years married this year, we also celebrated 9 years of being together the day after Christmas. 9 years! This is also techincally our 10th Christmas spent together....TENTH! Nine years ago we hung out Christmas Eve and exchanged presents but he didn't ask me out until the day after. :) Where does time go? 
I made this first one a couple years ago, and decided to add another one. 
We don't have any pictures from 2003 or 2004. :(
Anyone else concerned as much as I am for our love of stripes?

  • And lastly, I've lost 31lbs! Wooo. I'm really excited about it. I feel happier & healthier and looking forward to getting even more in shape in the next few months!

To many more years of happiness!


Sunday, November 25, 2012

The plan is...

I haven't done much around the house in awhile but I've WANTED to do a whole lot.

Here are the crazy ideas running through my head at the moment. I wish I knew how to make a mood board, but you'll just have to take it in this hodge podge way.

First up is the basement bathroom. I hate this bathroom. It's the most awkward, tight little bathroom and I would love to tear it out and restart. But it just doesn't seem worth the cost. The bathroom has become a storage, unusable mess. So our two bathroom house has been one bathroom for the longest time. Chance put in a new toilet a while back, that helped a little. But the tile and tub were just ugly and gross. A few weekends ago we (by we I mean I suggested the idea and my amazing husband did all the work, love that guy)...epoxy spray painted the tile/tub white. This won't be our main bathroom and we didn't want to waste the money replacing the tile and tub for a shower that will rarely be used. But the tub, as much as we scrubbed, was a mess. And the tile was this speckly blue with random floral tiles mixed in. Gross. The spray paint worked great and now I'm excited to do this bathroom. But first there are some dry wall patches to do in the ceiling and behind the toilet.

Bathroom awkwardness:

This is after we scrubbed it like crazy! Yuck.

Blue speckles and floral tile. No.

Ahhhh, it looks so pretty and clean now.

Here's the plan for this bathroom after that's done:

Paint the walls - thinking Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore (I've been looking for a good navy color after I pinned this on pinterest months ago).

We have to paint the ceiling, I'm thinking a light gray would work well.

New mirror....the little mirror that's there now might be the only storage in the bathroom, but it's ugly and it has to go. I really want to DIY a mirror with stained wood around it. Like this:

Decor. I'm thinking light green (like the curtain in the navy picture) would be a great accent color. I love the bathroom below, LOVE. I'm thinking a light like that would be awesome. We also need to add all new towel bars, toilet paper holders, shower rod (bathroom has nothing). I also wanted to spray paint some Bath letters like the picture below.

We also want to get this bathroom done because next year we want to tackle re-doing our upstairs main bath. The upstairs bathroom might appear ok but it's not. They didn't fully grout the floor tile, it's a mess. And they did a terrible job tiling the shower. The window has to be replaced in the bathroom, it's rotting and we need to figure out a way to keep it from getting that way again after we replace it. We also need an exhaust fan, the room gets way too much moisture and I worry about the drywall.

We won't change it much, I actually like it but it needs to be cleaned up!


Second up is my craft room. I have to get this room done. I don't even know what I'm doing anymore. I can't ever figure this room out. I've started by mostly painting the ceiling white (it was an off white/tan before). And I was in process of painting the trim before I ran out of paint.

Next thing I need is a new light, the little boob light in this room makes it really dark and that's probably why I've already painted it THREE times. The 2nd and 3rd times were at least oops cans so I didn't have to pay much! lol I know, it's crazy. 4th time will be the charm though.

Take #1 : Nope.

Take #2: Nope.

Take #3: Nopeeeee.

Here's what I was kind of thinking.


Except I want to paint the room light grey.

I want to get a desk from a thrift store and paint it coral.

I want a black and white striped (or chevron) rug.

I want to bring a big armoire that we have upstairs down and paint it to use for storage. Not sure what color yet though.

Lastly (well not lastly, but last of the room I actually know what I want to do with) I want to do the guest room. I painted it and got some things really quickly when my sister came to visit last year. I hate those curtains. Yuck. But I do love grey. :)

Here is the color scheme I want to go with:

I'm going to leave the walls the same color.

I'm going to get a new light. On a mission to replace all boob lights in this house! Except for maybe the hall ones.

I have this great dresser (I got for FREE, woo) that I'm either going to paint the yellow or teal. I'm not sure what yet.

And I need to get an actual bed in here, that or get the world's best mattress pad (because this thing is super uncomfortable). But I really want the bed so I can get a cute nightstand and bedding.

Lots to do, lots. I still want to paint the kitchen and do about 1,000 other things around this house! But hopefully I'll get started on one of these rooms soon! :)