- We visited Mackenzie in Orlando over Spring Break. There will be several posts over that later.
- Kiefer moved to Germany. He left early Friday morning & plans to be there for a year.
- Today marked one year that we've been going to Newpoint. It's been such a great church for us!
- My parents sold their house & are moving into a smaller house this week, since they don't need so much space anymore.
Since I haven't written in a while, here's a quick update:
It's the start of a new year, so I'm supposed to do one of those "Year in Review" posts right?
As I said in my last post, I want this blog to be something I can look back on to remember how I felt about different points in my life, & since I haven't written in almost a year, I should probably catch up on that. So here's a bit of what I've been up to in the last several months, plus a bit of a refresher on the beginning of last year!
We started the new year in Springfield, MO (one of my favorite places) with some of my favorite people. It doesn't get much better.
We got a new puppy! His name is Padfoot, & I may or may not have made Laker take us on a 6 hour round trip to Kansas to get him. But I was browsing puppy adoption websites online (a common occurrence) & found his photo & started crying, so it had to happen. Hashtag no regrets.
January is also when Alex & Halli got engaged! I was lucky enough to be a part of it - Alex asked me to secretly photograph the proposal, so I was able to be there. More crying. Lots of happy tears in January.
Our first pup, Lily, turned one year old in February! They grow up so fast...
Alex & Halli came to visit for Valentine's weekend, & Laker & I cooked a nice meal from my Downton Abbey cookbook. Then Halli & I had a Galentine's celebration with my sisters. We had a sleepover, played Disney Sing-It & Just Dance 2, ate way too many sweets, & went out for Italian food. I need more nights like that in my life.
Alex & Halli also asked Laker & me to be their Best Man & Maid of Honor (technically I'd be a matron, but that makes me feel old, so nope). We were so excited to be asked!
In March, the wedding prep began! I met up in OKC with Halli, my mother-in-law, & Halli's mom to pick out Halli's dress. We also went to the food truck park downtown (which I highly recommend, as long as it's not during H & 8th - way too crowded for my introverted self) for my favorite margherita pizza & an awesome s'mores dessert.
We went to the Medieval Fair in Norman with Alex, Halli, Sarah, & Cary, & it was a lot of fun. We also took Padfoot with us, & everyone loved him - even the costumed workers. We constantly had strangers petting him & asking about him. Padfoot, however, was over it pretty quick.
AND I FLEW A PLANE! It was the coolest thing ever, & I can't wait to do it again!
In April, Taryn went to her junior prom, & was (in my obviously unbiased opinion) the prettiest one there. Her friends looked gorgeous too though, & she & Levi were precious, as always.
I also had the pleasure of helping to hostess a bridal shower for one of my closest friends from high school, Katlyn, & attended Halli's first bridal shower, which was held in Duncan.
Laker & I saw Circa Survive & Brand New in OKC, which is pretty much a dream pairing for Laker.
I helped hostess another bridal shower for Halli (this time in Shawnee), & attended Katlyn's gorgeous wedding. She was such a beautiful bride, & didn't let a little rain get her down!
We had Halli's bachelorette weekend, which was so much fun! Rapunzel is Halli's favorite Disney princess, so we had a Tangled-themed sleepover, complete with pink & purple decorations, paper lanterns, & a skillet cookie! The next morning, we went to The Brush Bar in Shawnee, where our friend Amy had prepared a custom painting for us. It was designed to look like the painting Rapunzel does in the movie! We all had so much fun, & I'd definitely recommend The Brush Bar if you're in the area.
I also got to see Dashboard Confessional & I melted the whole time because Chris Carrabba, & Sarah was with me & it made it even more perfect because I didn't have to melt alone. Laker & Cary were there too, but they weren't melting as much. Also, Augustana opened for them, & we missed part of it, but it was still great! I'm not 100% sure this was in May, but it was somewhere around there.
Alex & Halli got married! The wedding was so beautiful, with so many homemade touches added by family members. I think I made more things for their wedding planning & decorating than I did for ours! But it was worth all of the time & effort, because everything was amazing. I am so so so happy for those two! & the rehearsal dinner was also great - so relaxing, with the perfect lighting for us girls to have a spontaneous photo shoot in the evening!
They were married the week of our third anniversary, so Laker & I took a belated anniversary trip in the days after the wedding. We went to Wichita, KS for a couple of days, where we explored the botanical gardens, saw the Keeper of the Plains, & (as always) ate too much.
We saw Jurassic World. Which is a big deal.
Two of my other best friends from high school, Kate & Myka, married their husbands at the end of June, & I had the pleasure of attending their weddings as well!
Laker & I are also beginner astronomy nerds, & this was a good year for that! At the end of June, we checked out the "Star of Bethlehem," which was cool to see!
We went on a 4th of July camping trip to Duncan. It was a bit of a disaster, with lots of little things going wrong at every turn (Sarah & Cary got a flat on the way there, I stepped on a bee, there was a busted water main at one point, the list goes on), but we still managed to have some good times setting off fireworks, swimming, & exploring on my in-laws' land. Oh, & getting Summer Sno. Some of the best sno cones in the state, hands down.
I also recreated the outfit Bruno Mars wears in the "Uptown Funk" video. Because why not?
Laker & I went to Dallas for a weekend as his birthday/belated anniversary gift. We saw As Cities Burn & Listener. It was ACB's "Son I Loved You At Your Darkest" 10 year anniversary tour, & I also got to meet two members of Listener INCLUDING DAN so it was basically a gift for me too. Dan was so nice, & talked to us for several minutes & even offered to take a photo of me & Laker to commemorate our evening.
Maddie is (or was - she had her baby now!) pregnant! Taryn & I went to her gender reveal party, & both called that he was a boy ;)
I took the first round of senior photos for Taryn. I can't believe my baby sister is graduating this year!
Mackenzie also found out she was accepted to the spring 2016 Disney College Program in Florida! Such exciting news!
The three of us went on a triple date to the county fair with our boys. We ate a lot. That's kind of a common theme in my life, if you haven't figured that out yet.
Taryn turned 18, & Mackenzie & I planned a Faux-chella surprise party for her. It was the coolest thing, & we should probably go into the party planning business, if I'm being honest. We had a tent in the backyard, the best playlist (I might've made it), & even the Coachella astronaut, thanks to an old Harry Styles cutout. Everyone dressed like hipsters, & the girls made flower crowns. So fun!
I also watched the Super Blood Moon Eclipse, which was super cool.
Laker & I saw Hozier in OKC, & every moment was perfection (except for the guy that felt the need to vape next to us the whole time & the drunk girls beside me, but we'll ignore them because everything else was amazing). Seriously, so so so good.
We went to Sarah & Cary's annual Halloween party, which was the coolest. We were Janet Snakehole & Burt Macklin (a Parks & Rec reference - it's basically a costume of two characters' costumes).
The day after Halloween, we went to the Dia de Los Muertos festival with Sarah & Cary. It was really fun to do our sugar skull makeup & see everyone all painted up!
The end of October & beginning of November were tough for me. I haven't really talked about this much on social media, but towards the end of October, I was diagnosed with lupus (for reference, I was diagnosed the same day Selena Gomez announced she had it, coincidentally), & the same day found out I was being scheduled for surgery. In November, I had my surgery, where I was diagnosed with endometriosis. Many of you know I've had my fair share of health issues in the past few years, many of which are ongoing, so I was discouraged for a long time, & frustrated that things kept piling up. But I've just got to take things one day at a time, & trust that God knows what He's doing, even if I can't see what that might be sometimes.
Anyway. Beginning of November, I had my surgery. Hung out in bed & watched Netflix for about a week, took it easy for another week after that.
Taryn went to Fall Ball, which is a semi-formal school dance. She & her friends looked fantastic!
At the end of the month, we went to Duncan for Thanksgiving & spent a few days with my in-laws. It was nice to see everyone & relax for a few days!
Padfoot also turned one around this time, but we don't know when exactly. The shelter didn't have a birthdate for him, We decided for the future, we're going to say his birthday is November 3rd, which is Sirius Black's birthday. I realize most of you won't care about this, but Harry Potter nerds will appreciate it! Also, by this point, since he is about 20 pounds, we are 99% sure he is not going to grow into the 80-100 pound German Shepherd mix we were originally promised. But he's cute, so oh well. Lily's not the 35-pound Boston Terrier mix we thought we were getting either.
STAR WARS! SO GOOD! I just... Ah. We saw it 3 times. The first time was with Sarah & Cary at the Warren, & we (except Laker) dressed up.
A new tradition we seem to be starting is that I go see the Nutcracker with the ladies from Laker's side of the family each year, & I absolutely love it! The Nutcracker also seems to get better every year with the improvements the ballet is making. It's a great Christmas tradition!
We were with my family for Christmas this year, which was one of only a few days we were home during Christmas Break. It was nice to be with everyone!
Then we went to Atlanta for a night & on to Florida, which was magical (more on that later). Ending the year as it started, with some of my favorite people in one of my favorite places. As I said, it doesn't get much better than that!
We joined a new church, Newpoint, in April, & it has been so great for us! We are both involved with serving & have met so many people & made so many friends. We are so thankful that God led us to Newpoint, & for the growth & community we have experienced since joining.
I have spent a lot of time with my family, especially my sisters. Mackenzie has had a flexible work schedule, so she volunteered to drive with me to most of my doctors appointments this year. That meant several hours in the car together, lots of lunch dates, plus some shopping after the appointments! We had a few fun road trips too, like when we went to Norman & went to the opening of Postscript, a new stationary store. We've also had tons of Disney talks in the past few months, prepping for her interviews, planning for her move, & just discussing the company we love!
With Taryn in the middle of her senior year, she has been very busy with extra-curricular activities. I've loved getting to see her do the things she loves. She is currently president of chorale, & first chair of the cellists in orchestra. She is so talented & a wonderful performer! Taryn is also amazing at hair & makeup. She did all of the hair & makeup in Halli's wedding, & my hair & makeup for a lot of the events pictured here (my Leia hair, my Halloween look, etc.). I love how close we've gotten the past few years, & can't wait to see where the next few years lead her.
I (finally) got a new camera in the spring, & I've slowly been learning how to use it & trying to practice more.
It's hard to believe we're already halfway through January! Mackenzie left for Florida yesterday. We'll all be visiting her over Spring Break! She will be back in May, which is when Taryn graduates. Laker & I are doing some trip planning, which is always what makes me happiest. I'm hoping 2016 will be a great year!
Our baby girl is one today!
I can't believe it's almost been a year since we adopted Lily. She was just a tiny little thing when we brought her home! I also can't believe they told us she was a Boston terrier mix. Yeah, right. Here's a little trip down memory lane to celebrate her year.
To celebrate Lily's birthday, we got her a few "Pupcups" from the local pet store (Laker calls them "pupcakes," which I think is a much better name!) & made her take pictures in a dorky party hat because I thought it would be funny (I was right. It was hilarious). She stayed pretty still for a minute, but then she knocked the hat onto her ear & decided she hated it, & it didn't stay on longer. Also, good job to Laker for taking some of the pictures!
A few additional notes, before I share the photos...
1. Don't worry mom, we didn't actually throw her a birthday party. There was no cake involved, we didn't buy her presents, & we did not invite any friends over.
2. Ignore all the boxes & large amounts of cellophane or whatever that is in the background. Laker got a TV to use as a monitor for the computer he just built & we hadn't cleaned up yet.
3. We actually got the date wrong & did this three days ago. I looked in her adoption folder afterwards & realized that although I had thought it was February 5, she was actually born February 8. Oops.
I recently developed a disposable camera that I've had for almost a year. It was so much fun to get the pictures back, because I had very little memory of what was actually on the camera! I had also played around with double exposures, so some of the photos turned out pretty weird & some were really neat. I love playing with disposable cameras because they're so cheap, & they're fun to experiment with. Here are some of my favorites from this roll.
Every year has its ups & downs, but 2014 seemed like it had more than its fair share of the rough stuff. I'm looking forward to a fresh start, going to new places, & accomplishing new goals.
However, there were some good (even some great) things that happened in 2014, so I thought it would be fun to do a look back at some of the highlights of the past year before I start looking ahead!
In January, Laker & I took my sisters & a couple of their friends to Harry Potter night at the Science Museum. We made wands, flew on broomsticks, drank butterbeer, took an astronomy class, & explored the museum's regular exhibits. The next day, my sister Mackenzie & I went to see Chicago, which was fantastic! Another great time in January was seeing our friends Blake & Marisah get married. We didn't manage to get a photo with the bride or groom, but we got a picture with my brother-in-law & his girlfriend, Halli.
Laker & I went to Tulsa to see Aziz Ansari, & also had the best Valentine's Day ever (well, second best - Laker proposed on Valentine's in 2012) when we got to see the Beauty & the Beast musical. We celebrated my grandmother-in-law's 80th birthday with a surprise beach-themed party with the whole family. We also went on a trip to Springfield, MO at the end of the month with friends, & got to see the lovely Kaitlyn & Michael get married while we were there! Sadly, February is also when we unexpectedly lost my grandmother. It was a really tough time, but my friends were amazing & left flowers, macarons, & ice cream at my doorstep, & Halli took me out for a much-needed girls' day.
In March, I got to cross one of the top items off of my Bucket List when we went to the G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, OK - I PET A TIGER! This was such a fun day. Along with the tiger, I pet a baby bear, wolf hybrids, & a mini horse, held snakes, a baby alligator, a baby wolf, & an albino skunk, & kissed a camel. I was the happiest! We also went to a Thunder game that month with Rachel & Ethan.
April brought good times & big changes. We went to the Medieval Fair with Alex & Halli, spent Easter with my in-laws, & made the move to Ponca City. Our friends threw us a going away party, & accidentally forgot to invite us. We found out about the party an hour or two before it started, so thankfully we made it there! April is also when we adopted Lily. Sometimes I can't believe how small she was! Mackenzie went to her senior prom, which was the same night I went to the Beauty & the Beast ballet with Halli & my mother-in-law. It was a busy month!
May was mostly filled with Mackenzie's graduation festivities. She had her last high school orchestra concert, where she was concert mistress for two years (My other sister, Taryn, was in it, too!). She also graduated in the top 10 in her class, so we attended a tea for that, a graduation service at church (which I actually should have been in too for my Bachelors, but we forgot - Oops!), & the actual graduation ceremony. We spent Mother's Day in Duncan with my in-laws, which was a wonderful day with the whole family!
Laker & I celebrated our second wedding anniversary! My best friend Brandon also came down from Seattle for a few days, & I had my last photo shoot with my dear friend Kevin before he left for South Asia for a year. I was a bridesmaid in my friend Britni's wedding, who I've known since 5th grade! & we spent Father's Day mini golfing with my in-laws.
Fourth of July was spent in Duncan with Laker's family. Then we had vacation in Florida with my family. We went to Cocoa Beach, hung out at Downtown Disney, went to Magic Kingdom, & spent a day at Universal Studios. Most importantly, I finally got to meet Belle & cross that off of the Bucket List (& get that super awkward photo where I had no clue what to do with my hands), & I GOT TO GO TO DIAGON ALLEY! It was opening week, so it was insane, but totally worth it. Exploring Gringotts, meeting the shrunken head at the Knight Bus, eating at the Leaky Cauldron, going through Platform 9 & 3/4, sitting on Sirius Black's flying motorcycle, visiting 12 Grimmauld Place... It was all these things I had only dreamed of doing, & Universal made them into reality, & in such amazing detail. I can't wait to go back!
We spent Labor Day weekend in Dallas with my in-laws, exploring the Dallas World Aquarium, shopping at Ikea, & hanging out at Medieval Times. I also started my first semester of graduate studies this month.
September was a bit of a surprise. Long story short, I had to spend a few days in the hospital, have a couple of surgeries, & get rid of my gallbladder. In the process, I lost my job because I didn't have enough sick leave to cover my surgeries & recovery time. So I spent a couple of weeks healing, then got a new job at the schools. It was definitely a blessing in disguise (: Also, Taryn & I went to see One Direction in Tulsa, & it was the greatest!
In October, I was a sponsor at a Girls Retreat at my church. We spent Fall Break exploring in Duncan & Lawton. For Halloween, I was Buttercup from the Powerpuff Girls with Taryn & her friend Katy. We worked the face painting booth at Fall Fest at church. Then Laker & I were Frank from Donnie Darko & Maleficent for a Halloween party at Sarah & Cary's.
November was full of milestones. Laker & I both voted for the first time at the age of 23. November also brought the loss of my uncle Eddie, another tough time for my family. Lily had her first experience with snow, which she surprisingly loved. We could barely get her to come inside! November 18 marked four years since Laker & I first started dating. & we spent Thanksgiving with my family.
December was a hectic month! I saw the Nutcracker ballet with Halli, my mother-in-law, & my grandmother-in-law. I finished my first semester of graduate studies with ALL A'S! I celebrated my 24th birthday with ice skating, Pokemon Monopoly, & good friends. We celebrated Christmas with my family, then with Laker's (my mother-in-law always puts silly string in our stockings). It snowed, & I forced Laker to take pictures with me. & yesterday, we returned from a trip to Springfield with some of our favorite people (more on that later).
Overall, it was a pretty good year. Definitely not the best, but probably not the worst, either. I'm looking forward to starting fresh, though. 2014 made me realize that I need a clean start, so the next few months will be dedicated to prioritizing, finding inspiration, & letting go of anything holding me back.
Here's to 2015. Let's make it a good one!
I've said it before, & I'll probably say it a million more times, but I absolutely love visiting my in-laws. Wandering around on their land is one of my favorite things, & it's awesome to see how things change with the seasons. Plus, sunsets are absolutely amazing there. It's such a great reminder of God's glory.
Staying in Duncan is a great opportunity to recharge. Laker & I get to relax, spend time together, & hang out with family. Lily loves it too because she gets to run around & explore with no fences. Plus, the tall grass is the most fun thing ever.
This past trip was especially great because the weather was absolutely perfect. It's finally starting to feel like fall! We even made a fire pit one night & had s'mores. It doesn't get much better than that.
Most of you already know a lot about me, but I thought it might be fun to do an "About Me" post & share some things you might not know! My friend Halli just did a similar post, & I loved it! You can read her's here.
First off, God is the most important part of my life. I got saved when I was really young, & ever since, I have been striving to live my life for Him.
Second, I started dating the greatest guy in the world on November 18, 2010 (almost 4 years ago!). We got engaged on Valentine's Day 2012, & married June 3, 2012. If you're curious, you can read about our proposal & wedding here & here. (Below - Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Nicole Photography)
I come from a big family. I am the second oldest of 6 children - 4 biological, & 2 are my cousins, who are now my adopted sisters. From oldest to youngest, it's Kiefer, Mackenzie, Taryn, Keiara, & Kamiya. We are all very close, & I am blessed to say that my siblings are some of my best friends. I also have amazing parents. I am so thankful to have come from a Christian family, & to have such a great example of Godly marriage, parenthood, & family in my life.
I'm also blessed with wonderful, Christian in-laws! I am so thankful to have married into such a great family. My parents-in-law have been so accepting & welcoming since Laker & I began seriously dating, & my brother-in-law, Alex, is the greatest. He's dating Halli, who I mentioned earlier, & she has also become one of my close friends.
Laker & I have an 8-month-old puppy named Lily. We were told that she was a short-haired collie/Boston terrier mix when we rescued her, & that she would grow to about 35 pounds. However, at 8 months, she is already 36 pounds, & still has at least 4 months of growing to do! I wanted a Great Dane, so I'm not complaining ;) But we're thinking the Boston terrier part of her might actually be something larger...
I have 7 tattoos, all of which have meaning to me. You can read about the stories behind them here.
Other fun facts:
I've been neglecting this blog lately. I had a bunch of ideas for posts to get things on a regular schedule, but as usual, things didn't go according to plan. As most of you know, I had some unexpected health issues, which led to a few unexpected days in the hospital & a couple of unexpected surgeries. I was forced to resign from my job while I was in the hospital, & I was planning to use my recovery time/time off to get a bunch of things done (including a blog post or two). I had no idea how worn out I would be, though. I haven't done a whole lot other than lay around, watch Netflix, & try to get caught up on homework.
Now, though, I am feeling much better. My doctor has cleared me to start picking up my regular activities again, & I'm allowed to leave the house! I started a new job with the school system this week, & so far, I'm really enjoying it. So here's a post to hopefully get things going again.
We spent Labor Day Weekend in Dallas with my in-laws. It was a celebration for Laker & Alex (my brother-in-law)'s birthdays, & it was nice to get away for the long Labor Day weekend.
Laker & I met everyone in Dallas. We started out our trip at Pollo Campero, a fast food chicken place where all of the workers speak Spanish. The way they cook the chicken is similar to how my in-laws had it while growing up - They grew up in Guatemala & Honduras. I tried horchata & plantains for the first time here! Neither one was my favorite thing, but I didn't hate them, either.
Then we ventured on to Grapevine Mills Mall. I got a cute dress, knee highs, & a hair tie at Forever 21, a new Vera Bradley wallet, & some NYX eye shadows.
Next was Bass Pro Shop. I bought some pepper spray, although the boys tried to convince me I need a gun &/or a knife too (I'll probably get a knife next). I also compared my paw to a taxidermy bear's.
That night, we went to Shenaniganz for dinner, glow mini golf, & bowling. I came in dead last at mini golf, & beat the girls at bowling (& came close to a couple of the boys' scores!). I was super disappointed about one thing here - They had a mechanical bull, which is on my bucket list to ride, but it wasn't running that night. So sad!
The next day, we went to the Flagship Half Price Books, which is absolutely massive. We found some fun things to look at here, & everything was 20% off! I ended up getting 8 movies for $6.40, plus a cute address book & a couple of gifts for my sister (:
We had brunch at the Meddlesome Moth, one of Laker's & my favorite spots we've visited in Dallas. It's a restaurant in the design district that serves English food, & a lot of their ingredients come from local vendors.
Next was the Dallas World Aquarium. Although there were WAY too many sloths here (I hate hate HATE sloths) AND ONE WAS OUT IN THE OPEN LIKE THAT'S JUST AN OKAY THING TO DO, this was one of my favorite places we visited. The entire zoo is made to be like a rain forest, so you start out on the top floor & work your way to the bottom. You see all the animals that live at the top of the rain forest, then work your way down to the animals that live on the ground, & eventually down to the water level. I discovered that I love anteaters, & that aquariums are amazing! This was my first time to visit an aquarium. They also had penguins, which are always fantastic, & giant otters - The otters swam right up to me & started posing!
For dinner, we went to Medieval Times. I was a little disappointed we didn't get the black-&-white knight (Laker & I were with him for our anniversary last year), but we did get the blue knight, which was sentimental for my in-laws - They had the blue knight the last time they all went there as a family. I will say though... The black-&-white knight won ;) Our waiter was a lot of fun. He teased us a lot, shoved bread in our mouths, & made the experience even more enjoyable. Plus, Medieval Times is always great anyway because it makes me feel like I'm in Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones or something.
On Monday, we woke up & went to Ikea. We got some neat things, but us "kids" were Ikea'd out a little faster than my parents-in-law.
Our last stop was lunch at In-N-Out. It was a fun weekend, but we were pretty tired by this point!
Laker & I stopped in Stillwater on the way home to pick up Lily, who was staying with my brother while we were away. Although I'm pretty sure she had a good time, she was glad to be back with us - She cuddled the whole way home. I got the tail end on my lap, & she laid her head on Laker's shoulder & fell asleep, snoring away. I love that dog (:
We spent Mother's Day weekend in my husband's hometown of Duncan, OK. I always love visiting for the weekends. My mother-in-law & father-in-law share a half-plot of land with my aunt-&-uncle-in-law, & in the summer, it's absolutely beautiful. There are lots of wildflowers, places to explore, & a pond in between their houses to go fishing.
Since our recent move to Ponca, we now have a 3 hour drive to Duncan instead of our usual 1 & 1/2 hour drive. Lily had never been in the car that long before, but she did great! She devoured her favorite bone for the first half of the trip, then we stopped for a bathroom break, & she slept the rest of the way. We drove down Friday evening, & the sunset was gorgeous! It reminded me of the Lion King - such vibrant colors.
On Saturday, Laker & I took Lily exploring around the land. She loved it! No fences, plus she got to pick on my in-laws' dog, Gertie - & she had never seen some of the stuff she got to play with, like the pond, wildflowers, the tractor, & SO MANY STICKS. It's adorable watching her follow Laker around. For those of you who aren't familiar with Oklahoma, those pretty red flowers are Indian paintbrushes, our state wildflower. Also, that bubbly thing is a spittle bug. I had never heard of such a thing until this weekend, but Laker explained that there is a bug inside it that makes a little bubble nest. Crazy.
On Sunday, we went to church, & then more of the extended in-laws came over for lunch to celebrate Mother's Day. We had cooler tea, a new delicacy for me. I love all of my in-laws' family get-togethers. They are such genuinely kind people, & it's obvious how much they truly care about each other. I'm so thankful to have married into such a wonderful family! Also, my mother-in-law, Halli (my brother-in-law, Alex's, precious girlfriend), & I all wore our Jamberry nails this weekend! They all looked so cute. Some of the guys went fishing in the pond, we went to go see more wildflowers with Halli, & then Alex, Halli, Laker, Andrew (their cousin), & I went to Summer Sno, Duncan's local snow cone shack, for the best snow cones I've ever had. It was a great weekend!
It's been about a month & a half since I last posted. We've officially been in our new house for about two weeks now, & have most of our things unpacked.
I thought showing photos of the house as it was before we moved in might be fun, so that I could post updates later as the rooms get completely finished. I only have iPhone photos, so the quality isn't great, but they show enough detail to get the point across.
I didn't take photos of the garage or the backyard. We have a one-car garage with a fairly large attic/loft space, which provides lots of storage. The yard is also pretty big, so Laker gets to do some mowing! We've got some flowers growing, which I have no idea what to do with, but they're pretty! They came up by themselves, so I figure I'll let them do what they want & hope for the best. We also get lots of wildlife - there are always birds, bunnies, & squirrels out & about in the yard. I'm basically a Disney princess.
The entire house is tile and hardwood floor, which is so much easier to keep clean than carpet! We have a nice, big living room with lots of windows, so the lighting is great! The living area opens up to the dining area. By the way, did I mention we got a puppy? She's peeking out in this first photo. Her name is Lily, and she's wonderful!
The kitchen is pretty spacious too. I love cooking and baking, but our old apartment had such a cramped kitchen that I stopped making things for fun. I've already cooked half as much in the past two weeks as I did during our entire time at our old apartment!
The kitchen opens up to the laundry, & the back door is in the laundry area. Which is good since Lily has recently learned to dig (or at least swirl her paws around in the mud!).
The bathroom has lots of storage. There's also a window in the shower, which we need to do something about. I don't really like the idea of giving our neighbors a free show...
We have two bedrooms, both of which have a good amount of closet space. One will be used as a joint office/craft room for the two of us, and will display all of our nerdy and Disney items. The other is our bedroom. Both rooms have multiple windows, which I love!
We're excited to finish getting settled in!
Christ. Laker. Lily. Padfoot. Puns. Polar Bears. Travel. Tea. Tattoos. Tigers. Books. Belle. Buffaloes. Wonderland. Creativity.