Wednesday, September 10, 2014


On our actual anniversary, we spent the evening being disappointed with a Green Bay loss to the Seattle Seahawks... but I think we made up for it this weekend.

On Friday, Andrew and I celebrated three years of marriage with a quick trip out of town to a local vineyard. Not only does Slattery Vintage Estates have a great selection of wine in their tasting room, but they also offer a limited appetizer and dinner menu and on-site bungalows to rent for the night.

This trip was a complete surprise for Andrew. He had no idea where we were going or what we were up to, and I think in the end he was pleasantly surprised.

We spent the evening sampling wines, talking, and playing cards.

The weather wasn't the best... it was rainy and cold, but we made the best of it. Luckily, all of the bungalows have space heaters and we brought an extra blanket. Phew!

Just like camping, we were up with the sun and back to our nice warm car.

It was a great quick getaway, and I'm really glad we took some time for ourselves.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Last weekend, I got a new car! Once we decided that this was something we could afford, it didn't take much searching to find exactly what I was looking for. Andrew spotted a 2013 white Subaru Outback online, and I knew I had to have it!

The one downfall was that my new car was in South Dakota. Luckily, the dealership was willing to meet in the middle and last Saturday Andrew and our friend Elliott went to pick it up. Everything checked out, and it's all mine!

All was fine and dandy, but within 24 hours of ownership someone hit my car. I was sitting at a stop light when I felt a bump from behind. I quickly put on my flashers and jumped out to check out the damage. I knew this guy was no good when he immediately said, "You hit me!" Oh really? I told him that we would need to pull over to double check the damage, and when walking back to my car I noticed he didn't have any plates. Sure enough, he just drove away. Go figure! Luckily, it was only a scratch.

Now that I have been driving it for a week it's starting to feel real. I feel very fortunate, and I'm glad to finally have a safe, reliable vehicle for many years to come.

Anyone looking to buy a 2001 Chrysler Sebring? :)

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!