January 27, 2013

Grown Up Couch

When Bryce and I first got married our only couch was a cheapie microfiber futon that I bought on amazon.  As newlyweds just starting out it happened to be one that fit in our budget.  It was a good little couch, just emphasis on the little.  It bothered Bryce all the time that we couldn't both sprawl out on it comfortably to watch movies or take naps.  Finally with the new year and a raise at work, meaning bigger paychecks, we decided we could afford an upgrade.  On Saturday we went to Ikea and bought a real grown-up couch (with a 10 year warranty, so the next time we need one I'll be 33! yikes!) and I finally got around to hanging a little gallery wall I've been wanting to do for a while.
DSC_0013 Our couch is the biggest purchase we've made together since we've been married.  I guess this means we're exiting the newlywed stage and moving on to the stage where you buy real furniture and go to bed before eleven.  I'm not sure how I feel about it.


January 21, 2013

How to Guarantee a Date out of your Husband

I clock watched at work all day long on Friday.  Fridays are always like that it seems.  I painfully count down the minutes to the official beginning of the weekend.  Mine began at exactly 3:04.  I packed up my things at work and headed home to meet Bryce.  

We try to go on some sort of date once a week, but you see we are nearing the 1 year mark of being married and although not purposefully, things have been a bit boring as of late.  Most of our dates have consisted of me making dinner and then us eating together and watching something on netflix. 

Friday our night was booked.  We were going to do baptisms for the dead at the temple with the young men and young women in our ward.  Driving with two beehives in our backseat and my husband grasping for conversation starters asking them if they're into cage fighting doesn't really qualify as a date in my book.  But that husband of mine, he has a way with words.

So Friday was out but that still left hope for Saturday.  However, Bryce decided to tell me while we were headed out the door Friday night that he was going ice fishing the next day with his friend.  I pouted and dramatically whined about how rude he was to ditch me on my only day off of work and the only day I could spend the whole day with him.  

He shrugged me off nonchalantly and said, "Oh you'll be fine.  It's just one day.  Do a craft and read some blogs or something."  Drat.  We've only been married ten months and already he no longer bats an eyelash at my over-exaggerated emotional declarations.  I needed a new tactic.

Saturday rolled around. Bryce was gone helping at a track meet for athletic training in the morning and planned to go ice fishing around noon.  I spent my morning doing my usual deep-cleaning Saturday routine which includes items like changing the sheets (every Saturday no exceptions), scrubbing the bathroom, dusting, sweeping & mopping, etc. all while I contemplated whether I really liked Justin Timberlake or not.  (I decided I do.  I don't know if I should be embarrassed about this or not.  But his SNL skits were the deciding factor and you guys, he is funny in those skits.)  

After I finished my chores I took a shower to wash off all the yucky grime from cleaning and had big plans to spend the rest of the day watching Downton Abbey and working on an embroidery project.  As I was just getting out of the shower and towel drying my hair I heard loud banging on my apartment door.  I looked at my phone and saw it was only eleven o clock.  Bryce must've come home early to change.  I paused and decided I had better dry my hair a little more before I answered the door.  I took my time and dried thoroughly, not because I was still bothered at my husband for ditching me, but because it is really cold outside and I know Bryce would agree that he wouldn't want me to get sick or anything.

It had been a few more minutes.  I was cozied up in my fluffy red bath robe and had my hair wrapped up in a towel the way girls do from age ten and up.  I heard more banging on the door and decided I'd better go answer it. 

I jerked open the door with my face prepared to remind Bryce of how hurt I still was and instead I was greeted by my little brother.

"Oh!" I exclaimed.  "What are you doing here?"

"I came to pick up your snowboard so I could wax it and sharpen up the edges for you before we go snowboarding tonight," he replied.

I had forgotten that a week or two prior Bryce and I had talked about maybe going night snowboarding with Rhett the Saturday after I got paid again.  My little brother Rhett never forgets anything he is looking forward to and was exactly on schedule.

"Oh yeah! We completely forgot!  Bryce is going ice fishing, so he probably won't come but I definitely want to still," I looked down at my bathrobe and remembered the lovely ensemble I was wearing.  "Umm... come in.  I'll go get dressed and then get my board for you."

Ha! I cheered in my head.  My Saturday wasn't going to be a bust after all.  I quickly dressed and sent my brother off with my snowboard and planned where to meet up with him.

I triumphantly sent Bryce a text letting him know I would not be spending my day alone and that I was going snowboarding with Rhett.  I decided to be nice and ask if he wanted to go just in case.  Then as an afterthought I sent him another text stating I was going whether he came or not.  You know, just to clarify things. 

Before I could even set my phone down I got a text back stating simply "I'm coming".  

I wrote him back and asked, "Are you sure?  You really don't have to if you don't want to.  I can just go with Rhett and you can go fishing."

He replied, "No I'd much rather go snowboarding.  I'm coming.  I'll see you in a bit."

Ba da bing.  We went snowboarding for our Saturday Night date.  (Maybe my little brother and his friend came too, but I promise it was still a hot date.)

How to Guarantee a Date out of your Husband
Step 1 Dramatically whine and guilt trip husband into taking you on a date (as stated earlier hasn't been as successful for me lately)
Step 2 If step 1 does not work make plans to do one of his most favorite things with your little brother
Step 3 Invite him to come but make sure he knows you are going with or without him
Step 4 Your husband will take you on a date.



January 16, 2013

Happiness on a Wednesday

   Some things that are making me happy today,
A Basil plant from Trader Joe's.
A reorganized bookcase.
New 2013 Calendar that I got for Christmas hanging up.

Baking whole wheat chocolate chip cookies for a friend's birthday. 


January 14, 2013

Gandalf the Snow Storm

DSC_0026-2 Utah got hit last weekend by a huge snow storm.  The storm was named Gandalf, and Gandalf was not kidding around.  It started snowing about 2 pm on Thursday and snowed until Friday night.  It was equal parts beautiful and scary, but mostly scary only if you had to drive in it.  Bryce measured Friday morning and we had already gotten 14 inches and it snowed the rest of the day too, so I'm guessing we got close to 20 inches total.

Saturday, when it finally stopped snowing I told Bryce I wanted to go outside and play in it.  And he being an adult who still watches batman cartoons, was more than willing to appease my request.  We put on all our snow gear, ventured outside, and built ourselves a snow cave.  It was so much fun.  I used to do stuff like this all the time when I was a kid.  It was nice to spend an afternoon with no cares and just play in the snow.

Here's our little cave before we added the entrance tunnel. 
DSC_0028It is large enough inside to fit probably 3 adults comfortably sitting and Bryce is 6'1 and can kneel with barely having to duck his head a bit.  Once we had finished digging it out we decided to add a more narrow tunnel for the entrance.  Bryce said it was to maintain more heat on the inside, but I said it would just make it look cuter and more like a real igloo.


There's our little cave. I guess we should probably name it baby Gandalf after its dad who created this mess of snow.  If you need something to cure your winter blues, I think this would definitely work.


January 7, 2013

2012 Year in Review


2012 was a good year, one of my most favorites I've had.  Although, as good as it was we did receive our fair share of trials.  From of all of the good and bad, I learned.  Learned so much.  I'm still learning.  Aren't we always?  I'm looking forward to what 2013 will bring and I have a lot of goals for myself and my little family, but I'm getting ahead of myself.  Here's a look back at 2012:
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Bryce and I were engaged, we got engaged on Christmas 2011.  We spent nearly every night together, lost a lot of sleep staying up too late, hated saying goodbye, and started making plans for married life.  I started getting ready for our wedding.  I shopped for dresses, caterers, photographers, etc.  We kept our plans for our wedding simple, extremely simple, and it made planning a breeze.
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We were still engaged, and wishing time would go by more quickly so we could just be married already.  We celebrated Valentine's together and Bryce cooked dinner for me, for the first time.  He earned a lot of points that night. I had a couple wedding showers and people were so generous.  We got so many gifts to help us start a new life as a married couple. 
We finally got married, on the 10th at 8 am to be exact.  We went on a short honeymoon to Salt Lake City.  We were right in the middle of the semester for Bryce and we decided just to do something small and go somewhere later in the summer when Bryce didn't have school.  This ended up being the best decision.  I got sick the 2nd day of our honeymoon, so sick.  We watched a lot of movies and cuddled in our hotel room and it was still nice just being together and being married.  We moved into our first apartment, a little basement apartment close to work for me and school for Bryce.  I decorated, organized, and reorganized to my heart's content.
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I learned how to be a wife.  I cooked dinner, did laundry, and made a weekly cleaning schedule.  I'm a serious clean freak and a bit OCD, my husband learned this.  He is still patient with me about it.  I made homemade whole wheat bread for the first time.  I got promoted to team-lead at my job.  Bryce worked part-time and finished up his semester in school.  We started watching Lost on Netflix....bad idea I wasted so much of life on this.

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We enjoyed the warmer weather, went on dates to the temple, went on picnics, flew kites, and celebrated Bryce's birthday week.  I gave him 22 gifts throughout the week.  I think I had more fun planning all of them then Bryce did receiving them.  
We went swimming at pine view reservoir.  I worked. Bryce worked, mostly nights.  I read lots of books and did lots of crafts while Bryce was working.  We went camping with my sister and her husband.  It was really fun, I wish we would've gone camping more.
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We celebrated Independence Day with my family.  We ate snow cones.    Bryce started building an entryway bench for me, at my request.  Bryce went on a week long camping trip with his brothers.  I read a lot and watched gossip girl re-runs since Bryce wasn't there to complain about it.  We got our wedding pictures back!!
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We went to Disneyland for a belated honeymoon.  It was the best.  Seriously. It was just so much fun spending a week in my favorite place with my best friend.  I want to go back every month. At the end of August Bryce started school again and we had a back to school feast.
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Between Bryce's work and school schedule he was gone almost every night except for Saturday nights.  I lived for them.  We went on lots of Costco dates when I would do our weekly grocery shopping every Saturday.  I found lots of cute little messages Bryce would leave to lift my spirits.

I decorated our apartment for Halloween.  We watched Halloween movies, my favorite being Hocus Pocus.  We made caramel apples.  We celebrated my birthday week.  I turned 23!  We dressed up as 'Beauty and the Beast' for Halloween.  
We went on a triple date with some of my old roommates to City Creek in Salt Lake.  We spent Thanksgiving with my family and the boys had the annual clay pigeon shoot.  I took Bryce Black Friday shopping for the first time.  We went to Festival of Trees.  I got really excited for Christmas.  I bought a new lens for my camera and signed up for an online photography class by Nicole's Classes to take in February.  I've been meaning to do this for a long time, since I bought my camera a couple years ago and I'm just finally getting around to it.

We decorated our first Christmas tree together.  Bryce took 8 finals for 6 classes and finished up the school semester.  Bryce finished the bench he started for me in July during his break from school.  We went to the lights at temple square.  We started new traditions.  We celebrated our first Christmas together.  I got in my first accident during a huge snow storm the day after Christmas, only the passenger side bumper and tire were damaged so I got off lucky.  We spent lots and lots of time together and enjoyed being married during the holidays. 

2012 was a good year!