surprises from Saturday

Last Saturday Andy and I drove to Wyoming to see my sister’s new house and celebrate my niece’s birthday. Earlier in the day, we went for some pre-wedding pampering. We got a couples massage and then went to MacCool’s for brunch. The couples massage was so awesome that we may just make it an anniversary tradition.

Anyway, I thought I’d share some pics of Nellie’s party:

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She’s wearing the birthday onesie that Jen made her

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Nellie’s haul. She cleaned house in the gift department.

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The stuffed monkey that Andy & I gave her. She kept hugging it, smooshing it to her face, and saying “Muah! Muah!” everytime she kissed it. So cute.

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The little chair was a sentimental gift from my mom. It folds down into a step stool and we had one when we were little girls. My grandpa made it for her. She loved it and didn’t want to stop sitting in it.

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This onesie, that Jen made,was the last present that Nellie opened and it sure was a surprise to all of us! Yep- Jen announced that Nellie is going to be a big sister this February!!

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And one last picture of Nellie, just because she’s so cute.

It was such a fun day and I’m glad we were able to make the trip out there. Now we’re getting ready to get married on Saturday!! Seriously…I can’t wait.

xoxo-Kimberly

you ready for this?

Well, we’re in count down mode now. Luckily I haven’t hit freak out mode. I’ve been relatively calm this entire time. It’s under control. Everything will go smoothly, all of my vendors will come through with flying colors, and it will not rain- because if it does, I will personally travel to the afterlife and strangle Tlaloc myself. So all in all, I’m feeling good.

That’s not to say that this engagement has been smooth sailing, because it hasn’t. Not by a long shot. But I managed to take everything in stride, prepared for anything and have come out relatively unscathed. Honestly, this engagement, and the last three years for that matter, have been a true testament to me that Andy and I can handle anything, as long as we do it together and remember why we chose to be together. Our partnering skills have seriously amazed me and continue to get better and better every day. In short, we are damn good together.

I have never felt more sure of anything in my entire life. Andy is my man. He is it. The one. The perfect one for me. I feel so blessed that we found each other.

Our relationship has been awesome in so many ways. During the great moments, I always think, “We’ve really got it. This is good.” But it’s actually been the hard times when I think, “Wow. We’ve really got it. This is incredible.” I think that’s how I know.

On Saturday I will say an enthusiastic ‘I Do’ and jump happily into the next chapter of our life together. I can’t wait.

Birthday time again!

This is my cutie pie niece, Nellie. Today she turns 1 year old!!

Happy Birthday Nellie!

I love you more than I can say. You stole my heart from the first second I held you.

Sending you bunches of hugs and kisses.

xoxo-Kimberly

What’s for dinner?

Last night it was Grilled Hawaiian Burgers for us. Delish!

 

 

Tonight I need to use those leftover hamburger buns. We usually do that by making tuna melts. I’m kind of tired of that though. Any new suggestions for how to use up those buns?

 

xoxo-Kimberly

Happy Birthday!

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This lovely lady is my grandma. She is 80 years old today. Hard to believe, right? She’s absolutely gorgeous and I love her so much. I had dinner at her house once and she taught me a great lesson about love. She probably doesn’t even realize that what she said to me that day was so meaningful…but I will never forget.

I love you Grandma. I hope you have a fantastic day.

xoxo-Kimberly

Fashion for the life I don’t lead…

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and fashion for the life I do lead…

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Sometimes I can be quite lazy when it comes to getting ready for work or school. More often than not I pull my hair into a ponytail and slip on a t shirt and jeans. It’s hard to care much about how I look when I get up so early. But lately I’ve been feeling really inspired with some new pieces that I have in my closet. There’s one thing I know for sure… when I look good, I feel good. So it’s time to up my game a little in the fashion department.

Did I mention that we’re getting married in 12 days!!!??? I can hardly wait!

xoxo-Kimberly

Did you watch the Tony’s?

I loved the show last night. I’m such a sucker for broadway style dancing. I love the energy of it. Here are two of my favorite numbers of the evening:

How to Succeed in Business with Daniel Radcliffe & John Laroquette:

I think Daniel Radcliffe did such a great job. I was very impressed. It’s always such a pleasure to see actors that can sing and dance and handle the stage. The choreography on this number was so great, not to mention the vocals. Best number of the night in my opinion.

Sutton Foster with Anything Goes:

Love the tapping and Sutton just can’t lose. She’s so versatile.

Neil Patrick Harris and Hugh Jackman- dueling hosts:

I thought these guys were great. Loved hearing them sing together…and their dancing!? haha so awesome. Very entertaining, funny and a great compliment to one another.

What was your favorite highlight of the show?

xoxo-Kimberly

Busy and fun weekend

The month of June is shaping up to be seriously busy. It’s been really fun though and I can’t wait for it all to culminate with the wedding. I’m beginning to feel very excited. I feel all jittery (in a good way) when I think about it. Anyway, this weekend was another one filled with family events and fun outings together.

On Friday we went up to Logan so that Andy and his dad could work some more on the arbor that they built for the wedding. It’s turned out so well. We spent the evening finishing up our puzzle and watching a movie.

Saturday morning was the first day of the Farmer’s Market in Salt Lake. We didn’t want to miss a chance to stop at the Volker’s booth. This time we came home with asiago basil bread and tomatillo cilantro dip. So yummy!

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We brought Ashland along for the first time. Despite getting really excited about all the other dogs in attendance, she did pretty well.

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We stopped for breakfast at Bruges Waffles & Frites. If you’ve never been there, you are seriously missing out. Oh my gosh…delicious. You must go there and try the machine gun sandwich. It’s lamb sausage in a baguette topped with andalouse sauce. This time we opted for their Waffle Monster. It’s two cinnamon or vanilla waffles with strawberries, vanilla bean icecream and speculoos spread in the middle. Melt in your mouth amazing.

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Ashland had a great time- as did we! She was so tired that she totally passed out with her face in the arm rest. Doesn’t look comfortable to me but she was snoozing away!

That afternoon we met my family at Maddox for lunch to celebrate my grandma’s 80th birthday! Isn’t she pretty? I hope I look that fantastic when I’m 80.

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Isn’t her cake awesome?

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It was fun to see everyone and we had such a great time.

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Lastly, some pics of the goings on in the flower department around our place.

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Andy brought this hosta home for me today as a surprise!!

So far, I’m lovin this summer.

xoxo-Kimberly

How am I doing 2011?

Remember back in December when I set those infamous New Year’s Resolution goals? Well, since we’re just a little over half way through 2011, I thought I’d revisit them and see how I was doing. Truth be told, I haven’t really thought much about them since I wrote that post so this recap might not look so good for me.

Here’s my goals list for 2011:

1. Complete the rest of the credit’s for my bachelor’s minus my senior seminar which I’ll save for January of 2012. GO ME! I decided not to save senior seminar for 2012. I’m taking it now! If everything goes as planned, I’ll graduate earlier than expected (Dec 2011.)

2. Read five new books of my choice. I know this doesn’t sound like much, but it’s hard to get any pleasure reading in when you’re a full time student. (One of my classes this semester has six required texts-yikes!) GO ME! See my progress on my Book List page. I may be able to double my goal of five books.

3. Finish my spreadsheet and research on my chosen grad schools and narrow it down to the top three choices. GO ME! The list is definitely narrowed down. Andy and I have discussed this quite a bit actually. Right now the front runner is the University of Washington in Seattle. This is still a ways off so we don’t need to make any decisions yet, but it’s nice to know we’re thinking of the future.

4. Finish the new Master bedroom and get everything moved in there. This includes coming up with a functional and organized closet plan that works for Andy and I (and our shoes.) GO ME! We are all moved in there, but there is still some minor decorating to do. We need window treatments, nightstands and the walls are still bare. I even managed to get our closet organized- shoes included!

5. Put together a comfortable guest room so I can finally feel at ease having friends and family stay overnight. NOPE. The room needs a serious cleaning before I can move the guest bed in there. It’s on my list of things to do in the near future though.

6. Maintain the budget plan that I have followed this year but be better at reconciling it weekly. GOOD EFFORT. I have maintained my budget week to week, but I’m not that good at reconciling every week on the ol’ spreadsheet. But as long as I’m staying within my budget, then I’m okay with it. 

7. Clean and organize the basement and all the accumulating random stuff that is just laying around down there. GO ME! Well, kind of. I did actually do this. In fact, I had the basement spotless at one point. But then my mom got rid of her storage unit and brought me all of my stuff that I’d been storing in there. Now the basement is a mecca for scrapbooks, stuffed animals I never threw away, old dance trophies, and a lot of supplies and things left over from when I ran my studio. I’ll have to retackle that project next month.

8. Set up a weekly schedule for homework and study and stick to it. No more procrastinating. NOPE. You better believe I procrastinated right up to the very end. I did make a schedule but then I never stuck to it. I’m even procrastinating this semester. Oh well. It will get done.

9. Walk/take Ash to the park twice per week at a minimum. Boy do I get lazy. NOPE. In my defense, we haven’t had decent weather up until a couple of days ago. We plan to walk, hike, and play frisbee much more now that it’s nice outside.

10. Double emergency fund. I dipped in to this for Christmas so I’d like to get it back to where I had it as well as double it by the end of the year. NOPE. I still have only enough saved for three months of bills/expenses. I’d like to build that up to six months worth of emergency moolah. I honestly haven’t made this a priority though. I kind of forgot about it.

11. Pay off GL student loan. I’m close on this one so hopefully I’ll even be able to get cracking on the other student loan I have. I got a small scholarship for this semester so that should help a bit. NOPE. I’m still chipping away at it. Although, not entirely paid off, I have made a significant dent in it.

12. Remove my makeup and wash my face before bed every night. I don’t know why this is so hard for me to do, especially because I wake up feeling so much better and refreshed when I take the time for it. GOOD EFFORT. I haven’t managed to wash my face every night but I have at least used makeup remover on my eyes. It’s better than nothing, I say.

13. Try one new recipe per month. I wish I could do more, but it’s hard finding the time or energy to really cook during the week. GO ME! I actually didn’t really have to try on this one. I find myself just naturally looking for new recipes every week. 

14. Continue my dance lessons and work out on my own one additional night per week. GO ME! In fact, the dance recital is tonight!

15. Do one thing off my projects list every weekend. GO ME! It’s been a mix of wedding projects with house projects but I’m still going strong.

16. Complete the wedding plans and then enjoy the fruits of my labor!! GO ME! Wedding plans are completed and we’ll be enjoying it all in 18 days!

Okay, I’m pretty surprised to see how well I’ve been doing without even trying that much. Maybe I need to come up with some more goals? There is still half a year to go!

xoxo-Kimberly


concerts, henry’s, and arbors

There just never seem to be enough hours in the day. I really need to get to bed. I’m totally exhausted. But first, I had to share some random things.

We had our monthly family activity on Saturday night. We went to the Eclipse concert at the Sandy Ampitheater.

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It was really a great night and we all enjoyed the show a lot.

We picked up a puzzle to work on the other night. Henry really wanted to help.

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:) What a nerd.

And in wedding news…Andy and his dad built this goooorrrgeous arbor for us to get married in front of.

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We’ll be putting it in our garden when the wedding was over. It will most likely get painted white.

Okay, I believe it’s sleep time. G’night.

xoxo-Kimberly