Friday, November 19, 2010

Blogging from the ipad

Yep, blogging from the iPad...well see how this goes.

So a few great things:

Tomorrow I'm getting a piano! It's from the early 1900s and is pretty much awesome! Got it for $335...purty good deal! Clay and I finally agreed on what were gonna paint it...and trust me when I say this was way more of a discussion than I bargained for! Clay and I are both REALLY it makes for some long decision making periods. Were both impatient we usually have to hack it out till it's decided! I won't spoil the surprise...but we are planning on painting it right hopefully you won't have to wait long!

Tomorrow we are seeing Harry potter! yES! I am sooooo excited. I plan on wearing my Harry potter scarf...made by myself!

We decided to sell some random stuff that's been taking up lots a space in the garage. One thing I sold seriously like an hour after I posted it on craigslist. Another will probably be sold this weekend too cause someones already asked to come see it! We are blessed.

Well I know this is kinda random and stuff but I'm tired! Time for a big day tomorrow!

California is in days! Yay!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Good things

So in my Stake Conference last Sunday, the theme was gratitude. It really made me think of how I need to focus more on the blessings in my life than on the struggles. I guess it's hard for me to post lately just cause I don't ever really know what to say. I look back at posts from a couple years ago, and I just feel like I had a thousand times more personality and passion and things to talk about...I don't really know what's happened, but I just don't feel the same anymore...

BUT- with that, I just want to update on some great positives in our life lately:

Clay told me over the weekend that he feels like he is getting better. This is pretty much amazing. He still feels like crap ALL the time...but he said he thinks his joints are getting better. Wonderful.

This morning Clay didn't feel sick! That is good.

This weekend I tried these buttermilk pancakes, and buttermilk syrup recipes that I found online that are gluten free and sugar free- and guess what?!??! Clay loved them! And that is saying a lot cause Clay normally doesn't really like pancakes...but it was great! So I'll be making that on weekends probably. Also tried sugar-free hot chocolate, with agave, and it just never seemed to be sweet enough. Need to experiment on that one some more.

One of our home teachers who I've never spoken to before stopped by our house and gave us a box with a frozen turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce in it. He said he's a trucker and had leftovers to give to people. I don't know how true that is or not, but I was very grateful.

This happened a while ago, but our bishopric stopped by our house to check on Clayton randomly. I was so grateful. Clay and I have kind of felt invisible in most of our wards, which I know is probably our fault, but it was so nice to feel like they noticed us and cared about us. They said that they are always thinking of us and praying for us and they gave Clay a priesthood blessing which was also really nice because Clay is the type of person that will NEVER in his life ask for one. Now that I look back, I think it helped a lot because Clay hasn't had a herx since then...he's felt nauseous and really sick still...but no full on herx- which is a blessing.

Next week is my family reunion and I am SO EXCITED! Oh my gosh, it really can't come soon enough. One, I get to see two beautiful babies I've never seen in real life yet. Two, I love being with my family. Three, it's in SUNNY CALIFORNIA! Four, a WEEK off of work is heaven.

Ummmmmm OH YEAH! How could I forget? Guess what I have? An IPAD! My boss is cool, remember? So like...last year about this time...he randomly bought us all the new ipods. Well, this year he came into the office bearing ipads for each one of us. Let me tell you- it's awesome! I love it! Clay is totally jealous, which is hilarious. But really- I'm diggin it.

Oh- Harry Potter comes out this week and I'm basically so excited I can hardly stand it! We are going Saturday at 1:00. Which is heartbreaking. I had been planning on going at 7:30 on Friday, but no. Danielle failed. I have NEVER failed at getting the tickets I want...NEVER. But I waited too long and they were sold out. Foolish.

Do you guys watch dancing with the stars? Well- I love Bristol and Kyle. They are my favs. I know they are not the best dancers, but they are the most interesting. Jenifer Grey probably deserves to win, but she just kind of acts like a cougar sometimes and it bugs. But she is VERy fun to watch dance. Brandy- love her, but she really needs a chill pill! I want her to have fun...

I love Christmas. I am so excited for a few of the presents I'm making for people. This week I think I'm gonna make a Santa apron for myself cause I have leftover fabric and things from when I made Patty's last year....maybe I'll do a little tutorial for it too.

I basically am 100% addicted to Friday Night Lights. Clay doesn't like to watch it QUITE as much as me...which is frustrating cause I can't watch it without him...but he's been awesome the past couple days. I just love it. I love it all. For those of you who don't know, it's on netflix instant play- so you should check it out! It's good television. Oh also, something funny but real...I totally talk southern after we've watched it. Not like heavy, and not on purpose...I just find myself saying things and then Clay and I laugh cause I totally sounded like a Texan. It's silly. But I think Clay likes it :)

Well, that's all for now- I'll try to take more pictures so my bloggy isn't so boring.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Nov 6

Well, we have officially owned our house for a year! Isn't that nutsoid?!?!

This is the front of our house...and you see that wimpy mailbox that is held up by leaning on it's neighbor's mailbox?
Welp, we have totally fixed 'er up! We totally cemented that bad boy and it stands up tall all on it's own! It's truly such a nice thing to have a strong mailbox...cause before we did that, we'd come home to find it laying on the sidewalk! As in MAIL BOX ON THE GROUND! Yikes.

Here are some before's and've seen most of these before but you know, it's fun.
I know some people are into the whole tan couches...tan carpet...white walls...nothing on the walls kind of thing, but we aren't so much!

Incase you didn't notice, we painted the wall LIME green, took out the icky carpets and put in hard floors, and really just added a lot of colorful furniture! Still in need of curtains :( Someday.

This kitchen....well, it's really nice with it's woody look and all...but why not change it too?

But this is really sad cause right after this picture was taken I got a new double oven, and a new dishwasher! So really, the kitchen is even better now :) We basically just deglossed the cupboards and painted white and replaced hardware! Made SUCH a difference.

Lastly, our bedroom...

Replaced floors, painted orange wall, repainted other walls cause you can't tell but they were nasty weird.

We've done a lot of other stuff that I just haven't taken pictures of. Like...Clay's kind of re-stained our banister...and it could look really nice if he'd just touch it up :) hint...hint... And then there's just random things like ya know...fixing our ceiling fan...hhah. Pretty exciting stuff. But those three things were really the major changes.

We are SO blessed to have this house. We have loved being homeowners...even with the extra stresses it brings. I definitely don't miss having wall to wall neighbors/floor to ceiling neighbors...where I can hear anything from lassoing their chairs and slamming them on the floors (nope, not joking on that one- we definitely had cowboys living above us once) overhearing a couple physically profess their love to eachother, loudly (and then have that same couple come tell us our movie is too loud... PULEASE- i'd so rather over hear THAT). Yeah...having a house is definitely worth the extra stresses!

Well, we've officially become Friday Night Lights fans. Clayster was always saying he never had any interest in it...but THEN for some awesome reason he randomly said, "Tonight is all about you- we can do whatever you want"....HOLLA! So I said we should watch Friday Night Lights! We haven't been able to stop. It really is just so tender. In EVERY episode...I say these words to Clay, "Hun, this just pulls on my heartstrings". I am always sighing and saying "Oh no! Oh my gosh..." and making whining noises whenever someone is hurting or reveals a sad story in their background...and Clay is ALWAYS like, "hun- it's a show...STOP it." haha. I can't help it. Cause I just know things like that happen in real life.

Aight. I'm out. Prolly gonna watch some more FNL here soon! :)

OH! PS- My sis Rebecca told me about this awesome treat/snack thing. You make popcorn (from kernels, not a like buy the kernels bulk from winco, or costco or somewhere...) and add a bit of honey, a bit of melted butter, and salt- and LET ME TELL YOU IT'S DELICIOUS! I've already made it twice! As in...last night and tonight! Wowsers. It is seriously yummy. I will work on getting a specific amount of everything down for those of you nervous to try it. But it's seriously yummo. And healthy! Cause I sugar and it really tastes a lot like caramel corn. K that's it.