Quirky Candles

Saturday, December 26, 2009

I scored at Anthropologie today. I've had my eye on these quirky candles for awhile, waiting for them to go on sale. They were $9.95 each and I got an extra 30% off! Yay!

Merry Christmas

Friday, December 18, 2009

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Merry Christmas!
Love: Andrew, Katie and Olive

Moose Head- No animals harmed

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I don't even know how to explain how badly I want this white lacquer moose head. The Keep Calm Carry On Poster had a short-lived stint in our office (long story, I'll post about that later), and now my Ikea frame hangs empty. I think a white moose head is just the thing our office is missing :) Now if I could only stumble across a spare $200!

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all have a wonderful time with your family and friends.

[image via design*sponge]

Keep Calm and Carry On

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I have been wanting this poster for a really long time, and finally ordered one for the office. I can't wait for it to arrive!!

Hunter Wellies

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It rained yesterday (by rained, I mean it sprinkled lightly), and it got me justifying my need for a pair of Hunter Wellies!! I would look ridiculous wearing rain boots in Arizona, but they are SO cool! Take a look...

[Images found via the newlywed diaries and pinkwallpaper]

Anthropologie Window Displays

Sunday, November 8, 2009

I met some friends to study this morning and my draw dropped open in jealousy as one of my friends told me she used to do the window designs at an Anthropologie in Washington D.C. I have always wanted that job! If someone offered it to me, I would drop out of grad. school right now. Well, maybe not... but it sure would be tempting! To say that I'm in love with window displays at Anthropologie would be a severe understatement. Just look at them!

Bedroom and Kitchen

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Doilies have never looked so cool. I like this bedroom a lot.

This kitchen is great. I love the chunky legs of the island, and the hardwood floors.
[I can't remember where I found this picture. If anyone knows, let me know!]


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Instead of studying for my neuro test, I was picking blue plumbagos off Olive. She was trying to get the tennis ball, and came out with a billion sticky flowers.

[She looks so ashamed]

Great Deal at Boston Market

Monday, October 26, 2009

Andrew and I just ate out for $2.17!! Boston Market is offering a $1.00 Real Chicken Meal. It's a great deal! Offer expires 11/1/09. Click here for your coupon

[thanks Kiki for the tip]


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

This bedroom is from designer Michael Penney's home. I love the striped walls and all the little details.

[found via House of Turquoise]

Happy Anniversary!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Today is my parent's 25th wedding anniversary!

Love you, mom and dad!

[happy anniversary plate found via design*sponge]
[photograph by Session Nine Photography]

Meltdowns and Musings

Sunday, October 18, 2009

[This picture is unrelated to my post. I just love it. Thanks, Lena]

I had a little meltdown last night. It's weird how silly little things trigger huge meltdowns. I was going to bed, and was thinking about how I needed to go to the grocery store in the morning. I started crying. Why was I crying about the grocery store?! But of course it wasn't at all about the grocery store. It was that I felt overwhelmed about life. I feel overwhelmed that I don't have time for necessary things such as the grocery store. I felt overwhelmed that even going to the grocery store means that I will buy unhealthy food like pizza pockets because that's all the time I have to make dinner for Andrew and I. Then I felt overwhelmed that I'm not being a good wife, a good friend, a good daughter.... talk about a meltdown!

Graduate school is so hard that it makes me question whether or not this is the right path for me. I compare myself to others--others who have made their passion into a career, and have time to do things they enjoy. It's not my reality. I think my passion for speech pathology has just been overshadowed by the tremendous amount of effort required to reach that goal. Anything that's worth it, is worth working hard for though, right?

After my mind stopped racing, I fell asleep. I woke up this morning with a little more peace. Truth: My Savior has overcome the world. He has healed my mom, and offered me eternal life. Why do I let worry, fear, and exhaustion consume me? God promises to give rest to the weary (Mat 11:28). I am so thankful. SO thankful. I want my life to reflect that thankfulness. I was talking with some fellow grad. students about how much we have whined and complained this semester. When I stop and reflect, I cannot believe that those are the words that come out of my mouth the majority of the time. With the miracles I have seen in my mom the past few months, I should not be able to contain my joy and thankfulness. I should be pointing to Christ with my words.

I’m still feeling a little overwhelmed, but am confident. On the way to the grocery store, I had this song on repeat:

Send me a sign
A hint, O whisper
Fill me with life
'Cause I am listening

Come break the quiet
Breathe your awakening
Bring me the light
'Cause I am fading

Surround me with the rush of angels' wings

Shine Your light so I can see You
Pull me up, I need to be near You
Hold me, I need to feel loved
Can You overcome this heart that's overcome?

You sent a sign
The hint, O whisper
Human, divine
Everyone is listening

Death laid low
Quiet in the night is stirring

All around the rush of angels
O the wonder of the greatest love has come

Shine Your light so all can see it
Lifted up, 'cause the whole world needs it
Love has come, what joy to hear it
He has overcome, He has overcome

[David Crowder, SMS]

Today is a new day.

I will NOT get sick

Saturday, October 17, 2009

In the midst of flu season, these are saving my life right now...

"Leaf" a Thumb Print

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I thought our wedding turned out great, but there are so many little things I would change if I had the opportunity to do it over again. The Wedding Tree is such a great alternative to the traditional guest book. It's definitely something I would have hung up in our house.

[photographs by jonas peterson found via mustard & sage]

Hutch Love

Monday, October 12, 2009

I subscribe to Holly's blog, Life in the Fun Lane. I love the refurnished pieces I come across, but this hutch especially caught my eye. I kinda can't stop thinking about it.

Waiting on Fall...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

As I write this post, I am wearing a t-shirt and shorts. It does not feel like the cool fall I am longing for. I would love to be blogging in this house....


Saturday, October 10, 2009

She's getting so big!! Olive is SO big that when she's bad, I forget she's just a puppy. Look at that face!

The Frames are Finally Filled!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My mom gave me these frames 2 years ago for Christmas. I loved them but have just been lazy about finding things to fill them. I ended up using a postcard that my sister sent Andrew from Germany, and prints from IKEA. Simple enough. I found a place for them in our office.

My pallet daybed

Monday, September 28, 2009

I'm impulsive. On Saturday, Andrew and I made the pallet bed I've had my eye on (visit Ashley Ann Photography for some real inspiration).
We got two pallets, put them together using bolts and hinges, and added 5 caster wheels to the base of the bed. I went to IKEA and bought a really inexpensive mattress. It needs a quilt and some throw pillows, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out!


It needs a cute quilt and some throw pillows, but I like the way it turned out

I think what I ended up making was a gigantic dog bed for Olive

**I have been meaning to blog about my mom, it's just hard to put it all into words.

I have no ideas for a title

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I adore this kitchen. On a very exciting note: my mom is now on the floor.... officially out of ICU!! She still has a long road ahead of her, but this is a step in the right direction! On another exciting, scary, overwhelming note: I started orientation for grad. school on Tuesday. Maybe that's just an overwhelming note.

Waiting on the Lord

Thursday, August 13, 2009

This is my sweet mom, who I love so so much. My family is sick of hospitals. A good friend sent this to me this morning, and it was definitely what I needed in that moment:

"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.' The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD."

Lamentations 3:21-26

Thanks for your prayers. My mom has had a rough couple of weeks, but my hope is in Christ. Thank goodness for a solid foundation.

Prayer for my mom

Monday, August 10, 2009

I've debated even blogging about this, just because there is so many details.... I'm just going to keep it short. My mom is in the ICU because when she went in for surgery and they put the breathing tube in, she aspirated. She's still in the ICU-- I found out this morning that on top of all the other problems, she has pneumonia. Her white blood cell count is pretty high still and her oxygen levels aren't very good. Please pray for her--for a quick recovery, for great nurses, for peace for my mom. I'd appreciate it very much.

Sophisticated Bunk Beds

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

How cute are these bunk beds?! I think I love them so much because they are still fun and kid-friendly, but have a more sophisticated feel.

Pallet Daybed

Friday, July 31, 2009

I found this pallet daybed on Ashley Ann's blog, and it has been on my mind ever since. I really want to try to make my own version. We'll see if this project gets started before grad. school officially starts! You should definitely check out the other pictures of her nursery.... it is pretty much amazing. The white hard wood floors are to die for!

It's been a while...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It's been a while since I last blogged. Life can't seem to slow down. It's funny that I have the least amount of time to blog when I have the most to blog about. Here are some highlights...

It was my birthday on the 1st....

It was Andrew's birthday on the 8th! (I forgot my camera)

We moved into a house! I'm kicking myself for not taking "before" pictures... but I will post more about the house later.

Olive had to go to the emergency vet and spend the night there, followed by a day at our regular vet. Let's just say she is one expensive puppy! This is the only picture I could find of her ridiculous looking leg. They had to shave it to put a catheter in.... oh Olive, it's so ugly! When we're in public, I try to cover it with a baby sock.

We went to Mund's Park last weekend with family. They have a petting zoo at Mormon Lake--it seems like no one ever works there. You just walk in... so weird! Andrew and my sister had the time of their lives with the baby goats. Excuse Andrew's dirty face... we went quadding to the lake.

And to end the long post... today is our 2nd anniversary! I love you, Andrew :)