Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Little Friend

Last night, after the rain storm, I was letting Reece and Kona out one last time before bed and a cute little tree frog was stuck to the sliding door right about eye level! I think he was a tree frog anyway, he was about 2.5" tall and brown. I said a prayer for the little guy before I opened the door because if he got scared from the door moving and jumped off, I think Kona would have tried to have a bit too much fun with him. Luckily, he hung on tight and stayed there. Well, this morning he wasn't there anymore, and when I closed the door after letting the dogs out the blinds moved. I freak out a little bit because of course I am thinking some huge bug has gotten inside. Well you guessed it, my little tree frog was sitting at the door and jumped inside when I opened it. I did a creative maneuver with a plastic bag to get him back outside to freedom, and I am hoping he finds a safe place to live before Kona finds him.

On another note, I got the deal of the century at Michael's on Sunday. I needed a large canvas for our dining room painting, and had a 40%off coupon that started Sunday so I was waiting patiently all weekend to be able to use it. Well, my mom and I went and the gallery wrap canvases (the 1.5" wrap) were just marked 50% off! I ended up getting my large canvas and some more for our bedroom since I also had a 15%off total purchase coupon. Total, I got $210 worth of canvases 65%off, used a $25 Visa gift card wedding present, and ended up paying $45. It was wonderful :)

I am very much looking forward to the holiday weekend and all of its fun festivities! I still have to work on Saturday, but I'm hoping to maybe get to leave early and get in some pool time!

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Almost the weekend for me, just have to make it through the usual 6hr Saturday work day.  I am looking forward to getting lots of rest & relaxation in this weekend.  Writing wedding Thank-you's, pool time, reading my new book, cleaning, and working on my painting.  It seems like this is the first weekend in about 3 months that I do not really have anything to do (other than work).  It is very nice, and it makes my weekends seem longer I think. 

Jake and I are looking for a new car for me so that he can use my current car for his day to day work, which will save him a lot on gas.  He will still have his truck for times when he needs to haul stuff.  We are looking to get a 30+mpg car for me, so that I will also save a ton of money.  My car has good highway mileage, but in town it is not great at all.  I use the same amount of gas running errands in one afternoon that I use driving to Columbia to see my parents.  I'm excited, hopefully I will have something in the next couple of weeks.  I found several good options last night for Jake to check out.

That's all for now, bye!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I love our house, and when we moved in we got some new furniture and accessories to decorate but did not spend time hanging a bunch of things up on the walls. Unfortunately, the hanging of pictures and photos was put on the back burner due to busy work schedules and wedding planning, so our walls are still pretty darn bare! Well, now that wedding planning craziness is over I have a little bit of free time and I have gotten really inspired for some paintings that I want to do. I am torn between doing this idea in our master bedroom, or for our dining room. I think I am leaning towards the dining room. I need to make a trip to Michael's to get some supplies, which I will hopefully be able to do this weekend so that I can get it done and post some pictures of the finished product!

I am also super excited about what my brother and I are planning for my parent's 30th wedding anniversary next year. When they got married, they were only able to do a day trip for their honeymoon since they were having to pay for everything on their own. We want to send them on a vacation to get the honeymoon they never had. It's our way to show them how much we appreciate all they have done for us over the years, and for the times they went without so that we got everything we wanted. They know that we are sending them somewhere but do not know the location, which is a huge surprise being revealed to them this year on their anniversary in September. They have no idea, so it's fun to hear them(or mostly my Mom) guess :) I am bursting at the seams trying to keep this secret because we are having so much fun planning the trip and the "reveal" for them. I just have to stick it out 3 more months! Stay Tuned! haha

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mr. & Mrs.

We're Married!

And it has been over a week now...crazy how fast things go by. We had an amazing honeymoon, and now it's back to the daily, work, work. We have been having fun getting all of our new things set up in the house and using some of our new small appliances (Jake's favorite is my new Sweet Tea maker). The dogs are definitely glad we are back! Kona, who is usually a pretty energetic guy, has been a sleepy ball of fur lately. I think he is so relieved that we are home and worn out from being upset while we were gone.

It's only Tuesday and I am already worn out. My first day back to work yesterday was an 11hr day, NOT fun to say the least. Things are really busy right now because we are moving from our current showroom location to a new, much larger one. It needs some significant renovating before we move in and start daily operations there on Sept. 1st. I am hoping that the rest of the week I get to leave at least close to on time at 6pm.

That's all for now!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Time has been moving along very quickly and we are only 3 days away!!!! So exciting. Today was my first day off from work and I am so thankful that I took off these 3 days before the wedding. It was such a productive day! I woke up early this morning, did a little bit of housework, went and applied for our marriage license, then came back home to get ready to make our wedding favors. I got to see my family who is in town visiting this week before the wedding :) They were such a help and we even got a lot done for putting together the wedding programs and wrapping the wedding party gifts. I am so excited about how everything is coming together, it makes me want to post pictures but I want to keep it all a surprise!! I also had my first ever manicure and pedicure tonight with Iris and Eden, and it was so nice to sit and relax after such a long, busy day!

Another busy day of running errands tomorrow. Going to pick up a few things, bring my ring to get soldered together with my wedding bands, pick up my dress from being steamed and bring it out to the wedding site, meet with our DJ, pick up the rings, and celebrating my brother's birthday with our family while we are all together!