January 26, 2015

a little thing...

Something has been bugging me for a while...our shadowbox!  Remember when my pal Heather came over to help me with our gallery wall?  Well, we hung it up empty because it was a perfect for the space but I was clueless on what to fill it with.  I started to think about my mom and the vintage pins that she collects.  I decided to look on Etsy and see what I could find, and I was delighted to find many options.  I was most drawn to all the old Russian pins, so I ordered a few sets and decided to mix and match them in the shadowbox.  I didn't think of getting a close-up picture (duh) but this will have to do until I get around to doing that. 

The character and whimsy that it adds to the space brings a smile to my face.  It's the little things in life that can give you joy, am I right?

January 21, 2015

hooked on Instagram...

I finally joined the world of Instagram and I have been impressed with how easy it is to use and edit photos.  I also really love seeing other photos from all around the world (my favorite so far to follow is National Geographic)!  My handle is 'Ladybird1422' so look for me!

January 11, 2015

life with bangs...

Life with bangs...it's a whole new world for me.  Although I don't really have the styling down 100% yet (thick hair, scar to cover, and glasses make it a more challenging for me and my lack of experience) and although I am not 1/2 as beautiful as these women, they give me hope with a life with bangs:

Sorry for the lack of posts lately...our days have been filled with entertaining kiddos, watching football and basketball (go Seahawks and Blazers), and the return of our favorite TV shows so we've been a little distracted :)

January 7, 2015

Hello 2015!...

Hello all!  I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season :)  I can truthfully say, I struggled a bit with mine.  Don't get me wrong...the kids and our families are all happy and healthy and had a wonderful holiday.

My last day of my previous job was on the 24th which was a bittersweet goodbye and then it was time to celebrate the holiday!  If only I wasn't sick, didn't have to visit Urgent Care 3 times in 4 days with awful symptoms and then was told I had a terrible Staph infection.  No fun at all.

It started a few weeks ago when I was feeling super run-down and tired.  Like 'sleeping 14 hours in single day' tired.  I then got a weird cut that became inflamed and swelled.  Awesome.  Luckily it was on the very top of my forehead and I could cover with a hat for holiday pictures and going out.  Then I started on some pretty heavy-duty antibiotics and then my whole face swelled.  Another great moment.  It took 3 days of trading off the antibiotics and Benadryl to get back to normal, hence the sudden need for my bangs.  I needed them ASAP to cover my forehead scar so some triage bang-cutting was necessary.  I was going to do them eventually, just wasn't planning on it right away!  Oh, well, So, I am on my last 3 days of meds and hope to be feeling 100% very soon.  The meds also made me gain 6 pounds in 2 weeks (+ holiday food eating) so that's great too.  :)

Also, it was my birthday so not much celebrating was had.  I did however manage a Netflix binge with all the 'New Girl' and 'How I Met Your Mother' episodes, so at least I was productive :)

In other news, I started a new job and I am super excited!  More details to come but I am really enjoying it so far and it will be a great challenge for me.

Hope all is well with you all!

December 25, 2014

happy holidays!...

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  We had a nice chill Christmas eve eating our favorite stew and playing Pictionary with my parents.  This morning the kiddos slept in until 8 (yay!) and then we opened presents, ate our traditional Christmas morning breakfast, and then waited until Jeremiah's parents got here before we took our Christmas nap and Jeremiah is out right now picking up some dinner.  Perfect day.

My last day at work was yesterday, and although my stomach is full of butterflies I am feeling really grateful and excited about my new adventure.

Also, since I have a birthday on January 1st and lots of goals for the new year, we have decided to actually write out a list of the things we want to get done in 2015.
  • We are re-doing our kitchen!  We are going to paint our existing cabinets and update the countertops, hardware, backsplash, etc.  We have made all the choices and now we just need to take the plunge.
  • I am getting my hair chopped!  Can't wait to show off my new look.
  • I am traveling to Alaska and Europe in the new year (dates TBD).  I love to travel and since J isn't a big traveler, I have found pals to go with and we are pumped!
  • I know it sounds funny, but I don't know anything about makeup.  :(  I have always relied on friends to help me with big parties or family pictures, but I think its about time to learn it myself.  I mean I am 36 years old.  Seriously.  But don't worry, I have a plan :)
  • More Oregon adventures!  We have lots of plans for adventures in the new year:  kayaking, whale watching, and more. We are excited!!! 
So, we are signing off for the rest of the year!  Raise your glass to 2014 and raise it up even higher for 2015!

December 15, 2014

holiday party...


We had our party on Saturday and it was a great excuse to get together with friends!  As I mentioned before, my pal Hannah lent us the tables, chairs, plates, silverware, and glasses from her stock at Commonwealth.  When she came over, we thought a simple garland from Trader Joes (8 feet for $6.99) would be great and simple.  We mixed in a great bead garland my mom gave to us a few years ago along with brass candles and antlers.  I got the gray cardstock from 'Paper Source' and got the cute linen napkins from Acme ($25 for a roll of 25...cute, right?).  Hannah cut off sprigs of the garland to stick through the name cards for a simple and cute table setting.  It looked really nice with all the candles lit up at night to light up the room.

Jeremiah made pulled-pork sliders, lil' smokies, and we had some wine, milk & cookies, sparkling cider, and snacks for everyone.  All the guests brought a dish to share which included a chocolate Bundt cake, strawberry cheesecake, cream cheese shrimp cocktail dip, veggie trays, champagne, spinach dip, a green bean dish, etc.  It was all fantastic.  We have food for days over here!

Saturday morning, we had another party to go to which we were all very excited about:  A Santa breakfast!  It.Was.Awesome. 

All in all, it was a great weekend spent with great friends (and eating lots of great food).  By the way, Jeremiah got a little drunk at the party.  It was hilarious.  :)

December 10, 2014

holiday party prep...


We have our little holiday party on Saturday and we are pretty pumped.  I have found that having a "project" each year is good for my soul.  And although its a small task, especially when you have great friends to help, its still a good distraction from the chaos of the season to re-connect with friends.  We have only about 20 people coming (which is perfect) and all their kiddos.  Here is some inspiration to get anyone through the crazy holiday party season:

If you are interested in any links or info, they can found here.