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Friday, September 7, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Colby and I moved into our new apartment in Pleasant Grove over labor day weekend. In case you didn't know, when we moved back from Washington in June we left our stuff in our storage unit and moved in with Colby's parents. It was great to save rent for a couple months and spend time with them, but I can't even tell you how happy we are to be reunited with all our stuff and to have our own kitchen/living space again. It has been so fun setting up house and being there just the two of feels like we're newlyweds again! I guess living in someone else's basement for a while has its pros :)

We are now located a minute away from the Mt. Timpanogos Temple, 10 minutes from my work, 5 minutes from Colby's family, 15 minutes from Colby's school, and right in the middle of all our friends. It really is quite perfect. Though this new apartment is slightly smaller than our last, it is much homier and the kitchen/pantry area is SO much more amazing. Not to mention we LOVE our cute new landlords. They have been so hospitable and sweet during our move-in process. We can't wait to get to know them better. 

Though the task of unpacking originally seemed like it would never be completed, I'm pleased to announce that we are very close to done. We still have pictures to hang, boxes to get rid of, and lots of books to unpack, but everything else is good to go. I painted and decorated our bookshelf, hung our EAT letters, found a place to display my painted mason jars and tissue paper flowers, and set up the kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom, and master bedroom. Things are looking good. Guess we'll start inviting friends over soon!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I Left My Heart in NYC

Well, our trip to NY to visit my family was amazing. Though we were there for two weeks, it really did fly by. We arrived on the evening of Aug. 9th and went straight to bed so that we could surprise my sister Lauren for her birthday the next morning. It was fun getting to spend her special day with her.

We spent time in the city shopping...

seeing friends...

eating food...

and recreating old family pictures.

We spent time upstate eating junk food...
baking fancier junk food...

picking veggies from the garden for homemade salsa...
and having a blast.

Needless to say, it was hard to come home and get back into the swing of things. I miss my family so much already! Now I'm counting down until Christmas!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

If You Need a Smile

This video made me smile today. Thought I'd pass it along. If you haven't seen it yet, you're in for a treat!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Impossible Task of Picture Taking

My sweet husband hates taking pictures. I LOVE it. haha. Poor guy. I know he'll find a way to be grateful for my obsession with documenting our lives someday. Yesterday he looked especially cute and it was our 10 month anniversary, so I decided we should take a picture. Easier said than done.

After about 15 tries we still didn't have one with both of us looking/smiling that was in focus. I even tried again later and still had ten shots that sucked and only ONE that was decent. Seriously? How hard it is to hold still and grin for a second? haha. Apparently, very. Oh well, these goofy shots sum up our relationship a little better than a fake smiling picture would anyway!

 On a completely random side note...How stinkin' cute and stylish are my sisters!! They are both in NYC for the summer having the time of their lives...and I am so jealous! Unlike Colby, they LOVE taking pictures as much as I do. I'm thinking we will have to have some fun photo shoots when I'm in the city 2.5 weeks from now :) Can't wait!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Honestly Lauren

My sister Lauren has a super cute blog you need to follow. Check it out! She's a talented, witty, and eloquent writer. Oh, and I promise she has some stories in there that will make you laugh out loud!! Enjoy :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Summer Living

I've decided it is possible to keep up both of my blogs...and I need to update this one because pinned by dani hardly ever highlights the "going ons" of my life.

So. Here's what has been going on :)

I left my job at My Social Practice back at the end of April because Colby and I were headed to Washington for the summer so Colby could sell alarms. Yes. We choose to "sell."

Team lunch at Rubios on my last day at MSP:

So, we packed up our very first home together, put our big stuff in storage, and loaded my car with the things we wanted to bring with us. On April 28 we picked up my brother (who was also coming with us to sell) and drove 13 hours to Washington for a summer of hard work, late nights, and very little fun.

For the first three weeks we were lucky enough to live in an apartment with carpets that reeked like cigarette smoke. I tried leaving the windows open, dousing the floors with febreeze, buying air fresheners, and filling the apartment with scented candles. The smell was SO bad though, that none of those things helped. The smell of smoky carpets will forever haunt my memory...and I will never buy a house or apartment until I've made sure the carpets smell nice and clean!! Luckily, another apartment in the complex opened up after three weeks so we packed up all our stuff once again and moved. That's twice in a month I had to both pack and unpack an apartment. Not fun. Fortunately, we didn't bring very much with us to Washington so the second move wasn't nearly as tiring as the first.

Saturday trip to Seattle with the girls while the boys sold:

The life of selling consisted of the boys leaving for work at noon everyday and finally coming home for dinner at 10:00 p.m. Needless to say, I was very lonely A LOT. And the poor boys were always tired and hating life. After about one week in our second apartment, both Colby and Adam started to rethink things. They were surprised at how dishonest the art of selling alarms is. Though Colby has sold before, this was his first time selling alarm systems and he wasn't a fan. He actually believed in the product, but he didn't agree with the way he was asked to sell it. Therefore, Adam and Colby decided to keep their integrity and come home after being out there a month.

Once we decided to come home we could hardly wait. So, we packed up one day and left the next. That's third time packing up an apartment in one month's time. However, being able to come back to Utah where we have friends, family, lives, and regular schedules made it all worth it.

Colby joined two softball teams within two days of coming home and quickly started his own window washing company.

I was hired as an Editor at an internet marketing agency called OrangeSoda within a week.

Things worked out quite nicely and we couldn't be happier with our decision to change our summer plans on such a whim, though I do miss being able to see my brother everyday (he headed out to NYC for an internship at my Dad's company).

Such is the life of the newlyweds. We are coming up on 10 months next week...that means our one year mark will be here in no time. Hard to believe how fast time flies, yet its even harder to remember my life before I had Colby in it. Things are amazing, and we couldn't be happier!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

pinned by dani

Just in case any of you missed the announcement on my other blog last month, pinned by dani has moved to a new URL, and it is much improved :) Check it out if you haven't yet!! :)