August 19, 2015

summer lovin'

I can't believe that August is already half over... my favorite time of the year is autumn, but summer has always had a special place in my heart because it's my birthday!!! This summer has been full and I've loved pretty much all of it!! It's been pretty rainy - it even hailed!! Like gigantic big hail! I've only ever seen hail a couple times and it was so cool!

We will be pretty busy for the rest of the year, so this summer has been perfect not going on any big trips, just taking it easy at home. This month's circle link up is a review of our summer, so here's mine.

This summer we:

- Celebrated the birth of my favorite human being. He was pretty excited that the leftover frosting on his plate looked like a seahorse.

- Went to the movies... a few times - we saw Jurrasic World, Spy, Mad Max: Fury Road, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant Man, and Trainwreck (we didn't look at the reviews of this one before we saw it, it had some funny parts, but had we looked up reviews and ratings, we wouldn't have seen it).

- Walked around downtown. Our capitol grounds are beautiful and it's such a lovely place for an afternoon/evening stroll - and we took advantage of this beauty a few times!!

-Helped my mother-in-love pack up and move :(

- Crafted! the wreath was inspired by one that I saw in a store, I wanted to buy it, but Derek suggested that I make it myself, so I did! It was fun and I love it!

- I made goals and worked out.

- Did lots of yard work, pulling weeds, cutting grass, and aerating the lawn.

- Did the recycling. When we lived in Georgia we had separate trashcan for recycling that was picked up with the trash, but it's different here, so we take it to the recycling bins and separate it all out.

- Went to doctor's appointments - they've been a long time coming, things I've put off because I don't like going to the doctor...but then who does really?

- Thrifted this dresser!! Back in Georgia I bought a beautiful dresser for only $25!! I was going to clean it up, paint it and give it new life... Three years later I finally got around to start working on it only to discover it was a mess and falling apart (like wood was disintegrating). I was going to have to basically buy a whole new dresser to rebuild it and I just wasn't up for that kind of a project so I began looking for another dresser that was a bit less work and I found this one! It's perfect and I can't wait to share the finished product!!

- Went on walks to the hardware store! We live pretty close to some shopping so a few times we walked over to get supplies for different projects.

- Cleaned and organized the garage... This was like 2 years late... We organized it when we first moved in, but since then we've had things thrown in there and it was terrible to try to park and move around in there.

- I went to an interview and got new silverware!

- Played in the rain.

- Went grocery shopping and got LITTLE MERMAID PAJAMAS!!!!

- I played me some cello and built a little shoe rack for the entryway.

- Went to the store and got super silly and took silly pictures and laughed too loud.

- Worked.

- Went to the fair! For quite a few years, the fair has come to town and it's always on a weekend that we are busy and can't go, well it happened again this year but thankfully we had just enough time to make it the last night it was in town. We even rode a ride... my favorite ever Gravitron!!

- Did face masks (and Derek tried to look as creepy/scary as he could) and colored in a big Disney Princess coloring book that my mister got me for my birthday!

- Went bowling! We have a tradition of picking ridiculous dumb silly weird names (it's like illegal to use your actual name or something, I heard, it's a law probably). Derek picked this time, I'd tell you, but they were so silly/dumb I can't even remember ...but usually they have a bunch of letters and look like this - ffffffffllllllllluuuuuuuuuuuyyyyyyyyyeeeeeerrrrrtttttttt - they are basically the best ever.

- Went to the farmer's market. We got the cutest basket to carry our finds in! We got a Nevada magnet (made by a local potter), some local honey, local blood orange olive oil (YUM!), pulled pork, and 3 nectarines (we ate 2 and only brought 1 home).

- Celebrated my birthday with a LITTLE MERMAID CAKE!!! (would you expect anything else?)

- Airbrushed with markers! How cool is that!? Derek got me this awesome little pump airbrush! You can even use fabric markers and make shirts!

- Enrolled in a pottery class where we learned how to throw clay on the wheel! I took a pottery class in high school, but it was all hand building. This class was so much fun!!! It's 4 weeks and we can go in during open studio to play around more! I can't wait to show you what we made!!

- I got tattoos (or as Derek loves to call them tuh-tooos)! I have been thinking and dreaming of these for a while and they became a reality this past weekend! I love them so much!! The verse on my foot is my favorite verse as well as the first verse that I ever memorized in 2nd grade. It's been a resting place for my whole life. Also it is in my own handwriting, how cool is that!!?? The anchor is for Derek and a few others in my life who are my anchors, who keep me from floating away when times get tough and when I seem to forget everything else I've ever learned. But it also stands for Hebrews 6:19. (this was taken the night I got them, so they are a bit swollen still, also say hello to my strawberry mole on my arm underneath the anchor).

How has your summer been? What have you been up to? Do you have any tattoos?

August 07, 2015

friday's letters

Dear Apple, Thank you for making my birthday so wonderful! We weren't able to be together for birthdays last year and we won't be able to be together next year, so I love that this year we got to really cherish each other! Dear Rain, You have no clue how happy you make me! I am so thankful for rain! I jumped in puddles of you and danced around as you fell from the sky today and it was glorious! Dear Readers, I'm not sure how many you are, but thank you so much for stopping by and leaving nice comments, you sure know how to make a girl feel happy! Dear Weekend, Let's do this! Dear Dresser, I can't wait until you are done and in your new home! Dear Dishes, Just stop already ok! Dear Favorite Husband, Thank you for encouraging me in this new endeavor of mine. I love you more and more each day!!!

August 01, 2015

august goals

August!? WHAT!???? So I'm sure I've said this every month, but this year is just flying by!

First of all... it's my birthday month yo!! I'm going to be 29 on the 5th... which is basically 30 which means I'm almost 60....

July was busy and came with a semi-unexpected, but good thing... Like you may have read, I got a job. I wasn't the most keen on getting one at first, but as it became a reality I started to get more excited for it. I work at Michael's as a support specialist and I really enjoy it!!! Because I got the job some of my goals didn't quite get accomplished, but that's ok! Here is what I got accomplished:

July Goals
-Finish a few crafts I began this week - to be honest, I can't remember what crafts I was supposed to finish... I don't think I finished them though :/
-Celebrate the 4th of July!! - yes! We didn't do anything big, but we did cook out!
-Begin my 28 day kick start challenge (fit girls guide) (I made an instagram account for this if you want to follow along!) - Yes! I just finished and will be starting round 2!
-Help my mother-in-love move - I'm sad she's gone, but all the moving was a good little workout booster!
-Get my water in daily - I have been doing really good at getting my water in! Thankfully!
-5-6 days of exercise - It wasn't 5-6 days every week  - because of the job and doctor's appointments and other things, but I got at least 4-5 days every every week.
-5 days of cello practice - sadly I haven't gotten to practice much... I miss it! 
-Go on a hike! - no hikes :(
-Finish organizing my computer - It's almost all organized, but not completed yet.

August Goals
-Celebrate my birthday :) yay!
-Start round 2 of the fit girls challenge (you can follow me here if you want!)
-Go to the doctor's (I've needed to make doctor's appointments for a few years and I finally made the appointments in July - but the last one didn't have an opening until the middle of this month)
-Work on the dresser (I'll blog the process when it's done)
-Work on our gallery wall - I have some frames I need to order prints for and get hung up

How are you doing with goals? Did you set any this month? Share them below!
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