Thursday, August 21, 2014


Sister birthday celebration > fair pumpkin > Em & I made a pie > Alicia & Elliott at Simon's birthday party

Reading: I just finished reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. It was really good in the beginning, meh in the middle, and pretty good at the end. 7/10 On to my next read, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I remember when I was younger I would get so excited for her weekly column in the Omaha World Herald. I can't wait to really dive into this YA book!

Watching: There is this show called Backyard Farmer on PBS, and I cannot get enough. I have learned so many thing about gardening, bugs, and lawn care. I will probably never put any of this new found knowledge to use, but I sure do love it!

Listening to: I just discovered The Wind and the Wave. I already think it might be my official album for fall, but I'm open to other suggestions.

Thinking about: Andrew and I have already decided that it would probably be a good idea to host a Halloween party. October 31 will be here before you know it, and that means I need to get to work dreaming about all of the Halloween crafts that I will never finish. Time to get to work!

Loving: Getting stuff done! I recently made a bedskirt, and I have a few other projects on my plate. It feels so good to cross some things off my list.

Looking forward to: Andrew is taking is month-long sabbatical from work in November-December. I'm looking forward to putting him to work and spending some extra time together. I think we might even be planning a trip!

Making me happy: Spending time with my Omaha friends.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


It's August, and that means it's time for another day at the fair! The night before, Emily and I prepared a list of the must-see and eat items.

Pineapple Inside-Out Funnel Cake - Check!
Iowa State Alumni Wall - Check!
Quilt expo - Check!
Iowa Craft Beer Tent - Check!

We didn't go on any rides or visit the animal discovery center... but there is always next year!

Oh, and then there was this one time that Emily almost getting trampled by a Clydesdale. That was fun!

Did you go to the fair this year? What's your favorite fair food?

Friday, August 15, 2014


Wanna see some super cute babies? I found these pictures in at my parent's house when I was visiting last month.

Just in case you can't tell... Mikey / Lindsey / Ashley

Those are some good looking kiddos. Ok, some stages are cuter than others! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Last week, we took Erin to the vet to finish up a set of tests. We learned that she still isn't getting enough insulin, and we will have to increase her dosage again... I'm so glad she is starting to feel better and act more like herself, but it's disheartening to hear about the increase.

We also had them test the pressure behind her eyes to try to determine the cause of the goop we are currently seeing in her left eye. We were told that her pressure is extremely high (Normal range: 12-21, Erin's left eye: 88, Erin's right eye: 44), and she most likely has glaucoma. Now in addition to the insulin, she will need eyedrops everyday. Poor kitty...

It's hard to imagine her not being a part of our family, and hopefully it doesn't come to that anytime soon. She just is really struggling to stay healthy right now, but we will continue to love and care for her.

Please send Erin all of your good thoughts!

Monday, June 30, 2014


While I spent some time away from my blog, I have started (and finished) a few projects around the house. I thought that I would share them!

>> I made a super cool painting!

It's gold, and it's hard to capture in a pic. Use your imagination.

>> We painted the front door!

>> We fixed our door handle!

>> I painted an orange accent wall in the guest bedroom and painted our entryway!

>> I installed a key safe!

I think I actually said, "I'm handy as f---!" after installing this.

Phew. On to the next projects! 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


favorite lil' human >> coby taking it all in >> calypso feeling out some tunes

Reading: After quitting on another book (Little Bee by Chris Cleave), I have finally started on a book I want to read - Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. It's so good, so far! I have picked out another four books that I want to read after this one, and I really want to get through all of them in record time. 

Watching: Homeland. I really cannot get enough. If you haven't started watching this, do it. Now! If I had access to all of the episodes, I would be caught up by now. But alas, I will wait until my regular babysitting fam calls me up so that I can cram at least three episodes in after the kids are asleep. 

Listening to: Echosmith and First Aid Kit. On repeat. 

Loving: Coby and I have both been really enjoying our nightly walks. He get really worn out, and I know it's so good for both of us. 

Looking forward to: I really wish I had an upcoming vacation to write about here. Wouldn't that be nice? Instead, I'm looking forward to the 4th of July. Emily and I are putting together a killer menu, and I need to get started on some craft projects. Oh, and you better believe I just placed an order for some awesome "star spangled hammered" koozies. It's happening!

Making me happy: I'm back to focusing on me. It's been a long time, and I was really in a funk. It took me awhile to realize what was happening, but I think I'm getting back on track. 

Friday, June 13, 2014


Well, I have gotten a lot of flack (ummm....EMILY!) for my extreme list of goals. I agree! It's very ambitious, and I won't be able to complete them all. Sometimes (almost always) I get motivation from seeing it documented somewhere. It's only been a few months, but I'm getting started! 

Host a dinner party >>  Emily was there for this one! Andrew wanted to test out our new smoker, and we had a group of people over for dinner. We started with drinks outside, ate dinner pretty late (isn't that what you do at a dinner party?) , and ended with card games and a bonfire. I think it counts! DONE!

YNPN (not brunch club)

Become involved in a young professionals group >> Well, I guess I did a little more than get involved. I actually started a group. I'm hoping to form a chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network in Omaha. We had our first happy hour last month, and I deem it a success! It will need more work to really get off the ground, but I think I can cross this off. DONE!

Start a brunch club >> I have met up with a group of girls in March and May (and we are planning to meet in June!) for brunch at a couple of different places in town. I can't wait to report on all the new places we try! DONE! 

Three down, soooo many more to go.