Monday, April 30, 2012

Moving and Ugly Blue Paint

So about a week ago Brett and I moved apartments. We knew we were going to move in April way back in September when we got married. Where we had been living wasn't what we wanted, but the contract time worked with our wedding date, so we moved there temporarily. Well April came and away we moved. When we were looking for new apartment there were a few things that we wanted different from where we were.

  1. Less Expensive Rent
  2. Closer Walking Distance to Campus
  3. Washer/Dryer
  4. Dishwasher
  5. Air Conditioning 
We realized that we were looking for a cheaper place, but a nicer place and that it would never work, but I think we did pretty well by getting a majority of our list. 

  1. Less Expensive Rent-CHECK!
  2. Closer Walking Distance to Campus-CHECK!
  3. Washer/Dryer
  4. Dishwasher
  5. Air Conditioning-CHECK!
Luckily the Washer/Dryer and Dishwasher situations aren't too bad. Just have to walk across the street for our laundry and we haven't had a dishwasher since before we lived at the Riv anyway, so we are used to it. And I know we said we had been planning on moving, but that still doesn't make it any more fun. We knew it was coming and were prepared for it. With some extremely fast packing and moving, thanks to all the friends and family that helped, we were able to be out of our old place (with it cleaned an all) within about a day. Compared to when we got married and all our stuff was scattered all over the state, this was amazing. Now all we had left was to get settled. Oh wait, except for one little detail.........

It doesn't look too bad right? Just a blue color that is in a rental anyway so its not worth painting. We do have the option to paint if we want, the owner even pays for the paint. But who wants to paint?
 Oh wait, you walk in and you can see where they just painted around the box they had screwed into the wall. And now you can see that they didn't tape and there is nasty blue paint on the counters and the sides of the mirror. I can hang a picture or put up my own shelf, so I still might not worry about it.
And this is the last view, where you can see they broke holes in the wall taking down the towel rack that needed to be patched. Awesome. So needless to say, at this point we painted. No pictures of the finished product yet (I am waiting until we have everything up and I can just do the whole apartment) but for now, just trust me that it looks tons better. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Even though its just the two of us, and by ourselves we are too old to do childish things...we do anyway. We have some friends, Gary and Anneli, who are in the same situation we are, so we collaborate our holiday activities. So far with them we have carved pumpkins, done Christmas cookies, had our Famous Ron Swanson night, and now dyed Easter eggs. I did take pictures, or so I thought, but apparently they didn't save so I don't have any. Just know that it was awesome.
The funny thing is that Brett really hid the eggs the next morning for me to find. I like to pretend I thought it was childish, but secretly I think it was awesome. And yes, I am so good that I found all of them.

After church we went to Laurel's (Brett's sister) house for Easter dinner. It was great being down there for the second Easter in a row. We even took the little nieces across the street to the park to burn off some sugar. Luckily I do actually have pictures of that. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

How Did We Ski in April?

Free ski passes. That's how. Since I'm the receptionist at work now, when Sundance brought a huge stack of free passes only good for a week, I ended up with a couple of the extras. We had a blast up on the mountain. It was super warm, and we got a little sunburned, but at least we weren't frozen!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Create: Accent Pillow

Anyone who has ever been on Pinterest understands what I mean when I say that it makes you think you are Martha Stewart. Since Pinterest was created, there have been many blogs dedicated simply to "Pinterest Fails" where we all try to laugh off the fact that we are not, in fact, Martha Stewart. Today I am excited to show off a Pinterest Success!

Mom and Dad got me a sewing machine for my birthday in December, and other than fixing headbands, shirts, pants, and backpacks, both for us and for our favorite friends, this is my first real crafty project. I have had this about half done for at least a month, but just never finished. Now that we are getting ready to move apartments, I realized that I should finish so I could pack up all the supplies. General Conference weekend was the perfect time, and now I have the satisfaction of seeing how crafty I am AND knowing that all that stuff is packed and ready to go.

This is the original that I found. You can find the tutorial here!

My version looks pretty much the same, but my photography skills are not quite up to that. Is it okay if I just blame it on the weird lights in our apartment and that I still not really know how to do more with a camera than just point and click? Awesome, that's why then. 

Here it is on our bed. I also made the regular red pillow cases behind it. The best part of this whole project? The fact that you can go to IKEA and buy filler pillows for $1. For the flower pillow I just cut the pillow open, pulled some of the stuffing out, and sewed the side back up to the size I wanted. And I didn't even feel bad, 'cause it was a dollar. 

Apparently I Have Taken Pictures!

This weekend I was taking pictures of my actual Pinterest Success and suddenly my camera was telling me that the memory card was full. I was amazed to see that I actually have taken more pictures the last few months. Most of them were just getting used to the new camera Brett got me, but some of them turned out okay. So here we go, with our *really old* adventures!

Starting with the oldest.....
Just before Christmas we headed up to Temple Square in Salt Lake to check out the lights. The whole time I have lived in Utah I had never made the yearly journey it seems like the whole state does during this time. It was good to do something different one night and I always love going places with Brett. Sadly, it was frigid, so there aren't many pictures. Way to cold to hold the camera long. 

Over Christmas some of our friends got married in the Portland Temple. We were lucky enough to be there to support them, while spending a couple days with Brett's parents across the river. The only sad thing while we were there was that I gave up my lifelong residency in Idaho. I now have a Washington license. Really I am not too sad, and I know Brett was more than excited. 
Brett, Jesse (groom), and Tyler...they all might as well be brothers.
Even though I may not have grown up with Emily, like the boys did, at least I can say we were friends before we dated best friends. 
Outside the Portland Temple. It is a beautiful building, definitely one of my favorites.