Monday, July 27, 2009

Funny Love Story

James and I have been planning for a number of weeks now our trip to Utah. We are really excited and I have been trying to get things ready like a madly organized wife. A few nights before we were supposed to leave I was getting everything together like our itinerary, printing out all the conformations for the rental car and hotel, printing maps, etc. Not to mention James decided we should visit the Grand Canyon so I had to figure all that out too! Needless to say I was stressed! The day before we left (Friday) I planned on getting all the laundry done and going to the store to get all the snacks for the car trip. Also, James was planning a nice dinner for us

Well Friday morning comes around and James calls me and wakes me up. He was like "babe, are we planning on leaving tomorrow?" I of course said "yes" thinking duh we have been planning this for a number for weeks now. He then told me he just got off the phone with his dad and was asking him if he was leaving Saturday for Utah he said yes August 1st and James said you mean tomorrow and his dad is like no August 1st. James was like oh-my-gosh I have to call Melissa. So he calls me and informs me August 1st is another whole week away!!!!!!!!!!! We couldn't believe it we were laughing so hard. How does that even happen? I can't tell you how many times we looked at a calendar the night before trying to figure out the best deals we could get for the hotel and car rental. How did I not realize there was a week left in July?? Guess my laundry and shopping is put on hold for another week.

Since our two month aniversary is the 30th (only two days before the 1st) he thought it would be nice to make us dinner. However, I didn't know that was his plan I just thought he was making dinner to be nice. Well, he came home with red roses and said "happy anniversary" and it made me laugh so hard. We had our anniversary dinner a week early because it was already planned before we found out we have a calendar deficiency.

Here our some pictures from my husband's great dinner...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I was playing around with photoshop today trying to learn some new tricks and this is what I created...

Monday, July 20, 2009


I am a blog stalker. I can't help it, it is so much fun! There have been two blogs that have inspired me to start redoing projects. The first one is Older and Wisor and the second one is Thrifty Decor Chick they both have fun ideas and tips to help along the way.

I was thrifting with my friend Emily the other day and ran into this coat hanger. I kicked myself for not taking a before picture (that is an important rule in redo projects) but it was a dark stained wood before, nice, but needed a "redo."

I got some great advice from a number of other blogs about using liquid deglosser/sander.

This stuff is way inexpensive and works really well. [Side story: the girls at Lowes said they had never heard of liquid sander so they decided together they didn't have it. I was a little annoyed and was like "Umm I am quite sure you have it!" Well guess what they did! Thanks to the most helpful young man I have ever encountered at a home improvement store. Lesson learned-be aggressive when you know you're right!] Not sure how it works, but it seems to add a layer of whatever it is to the item which creates a paintable surface.

Since this is my first "redo" I was running into some spray painting issues. Some areas were more glossy than others, some had paint splatters from holding the can sideways and I was getting frustrated. Frustration=no fun! So I decided to sand it by hand in the areas I didn't like well this showed scratches and repainting it didn't help (very frustrating). So I tried to put a little deglosser on it again and painted it a little heavier. It was good enough. Here is how it turned out.

I am going to find some things and/or make some things to hang on it and put on the tiny shelf above.

My next project isn't really a redo, but something I think is really cute. I got the idea from Just A Girl.

I am going to try and make the paper behind it saying things I want it to say. We'll see how it turns out.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Summer Update

Hello. It has been a really long time since I have written in my newly started blog. I think I am going to try to be more proactive in writing. Since the engagement pictures (which was my last post), James and I were sealed together in the Mesa Arizona Temple on May 3o, 2009. Here are a few pictures from our big day!

This summer has been good so far. I took a summer school class which was demanding, but now that it is done I have been enjoying sleeping in until 11 and staying up till 2.

For the 4th we went to Pinetop to be with my Mom, Sister and her boyfriend. It was a lot of fun and great weather! Here are a few pictures from the time up there.

My mom was very proud of her cute decorations!

Our jumping attempts. Really we were just trying out the new camera.

Watching the Show Low parade.

James, Cassidy and David were practicing their Sling Shot skills. My mom set up a water bottle for them as their target. It was pretty funny.

The famous big chair that everyone has a picture of who has been to Pinetop. If you don't you're missing out!

4th of July BBQ!

My mom made homemade ice cream and these cute brownie stars!

Fireworks and Show Low High School.

I hope to continue to add more from the summer. We have some fun adventures coming up!