October Photo A Day Roundup

This month I participated in Fat Mum Slim’s Photo A Day project. This project actually paired perfectly with the Project Real Life class I’m taking right now. Both helped me focus on documenting the every day things that make up my life- it’s not all just pretty pictures and perfect settings. It’s life like I see it all the time. I love this. So here’s a roundup of all the photos I took this month.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 1. Where You Stood– I walked out to the garden on this day to survey all the work we had to do in terms of cleaning it out for winter. You’ll rarely find me in shoes if I can help it. Bare feet on the grass are one of my favorite things.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 2. Lunchtime– Butternut squash soup, sliced tomatoes and an asian pear. Lunch is my hardest meal to eat. It’s always such a hassle for me to come up with something good. I often skip lunch.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 3. This Happened Today– On this day I canned pears with my sister and her friend.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 4. What You Read– This is my Google Reader on my laptop. All those are blog posts that I was catching up on reading.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 5. Shadow– Ashland sleeping as we sit nearby.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 6. I’m Thankful For– I knew this was the prompt for today but didn’t know what I would photograph. As I sat on the bed that morning while Andy sat next to me tying his shoes, Ash walked up for some loves. I realized that sweet interaction was the shot I needed and I took it.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 7. Light-I took this photo as we sat at Jeremiah’s waiting for breakfast. I loved the way the light fixture hanging above our table looked and thought a picture from the table looking up might be interesting.

IMG_20121008_105323, Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 8. Angle– I took this picture while waiting for Trax. I leaned out to try and get the train in the shot as it approached. Sometimes I ride Frontrunner down to Salt Lake and spend a couple of hours in the library.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 9. Red– These red apples made the perfect subjects for this prompt.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 10. Emotion– Andy, happy at dinner on his birthday.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 11. Something Close-Up– My coleus were still going strong. I wanted to snap a picture of them before the first freeze killed them off. Coleus is a favorite of mine.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 12. On The Table– Bowls of potato soup for everyone. Andy’s parents came down around Corey and Andy’s birthday and brought dinner.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 13. Landscape– The mountains are truly fantastic here. I love living so close to them. The sun hit them at and illuminated them with this bright orangey color. I had to take a photo.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 14. Makes You Laugh– Nellie was entertaining us with drawings of Andy when she stopped to go hug her brother and pose for a picture.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 15. Dinnertime– Squash has been on the menu a lot this month.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 16. Something You Wrote– I committed to paper journaling on a regular basis again. I never really stopped doing it but I wanted to try and write something every day like I used to. It’s been fun.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 17. Fruit– I was at the SLC library this day when I realized the prompt was fruit. I opened the first cookbook I could find and snapped this photo.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 18. Made You Smile Today– Read this book in one day. I couldn’t put it down. This book made me smile, laugh, and cry. Please read it.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 19. Letters-My BOO letters set up for Halloween!

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 20. 4 O’Clock– At 4 O’clock I found Henry enjoying his view from atop the headboard.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 21. Calm– A pretty peaceful day spent enjoying time with Andy at home.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 22. In Your Town– We have this place called Slackwater. And it’s delicious.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 23. The View From Here– This had been my view most of the day as I worked on editing photos for Project Life. Messy crafting table! At least my calendar is organized. Sticky notes are my friend.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 24. Weather– We’ve already had our first snow here in Utah, but this shot was taken on a day when it was cloudy but still sunny and nice.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 25. People– Nellie with “Grandma Kathy” as she calls my mom. We were asking her to smile but keep her eyes open at the same time- good effort. :)

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 26. Listening To– Nellie sat and played on my mom’s piano for a while. This is the last photo taken of that piano. It was my mother’s grandfather’s. She couldn’t move it to her new apartment so she gifted it to a very sweet little family in her neighborhood that will hopefully get a lot of use out of it.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 27. Morning– Back to mat Pilates every morning. Gearing up to start a 30 day Pilates Challenge.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 28. Looking Back– Ash’s name should be Shadow. She’s never far behind and follows us everywhere.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 29. Moon– I ran out on the deck in my bathrobe to get this shot early in the morning. I was happy to see that the moon was still plainly visible.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 30. Clothes– This is what laundry day looks like at our house. I throw all the clothes on the bed to be folded and Henry promptly parks himself right on top of them. Who can blame him for staking claim on a warm pile of clothes, right?

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 31. Whatever You Please– I love these knobs and their bright blue color. I got them from Anthropology and have been waiting for Andy to put them on our nightstands.

So I didn’t get all the photos taken on the exact day, but I did get to all the prompts and I found it to be a fun project. I have on my life list that I want to do a 365 project. This was good practice. It was hard to remember to pick up the camera every day!


Goodbye October

goodbye october
October Goals Recap

~Try to determine what’s causing my back pain
Yes! I wrote about it here.

~Read more than I did in September
Yes! I had to go take a look at my Goodreads stats to see. I read 1 book in September and 6 books in October.

~Reorganize the pantry and draft up a new menu plan for the month
Yes! And I even sewed this cute new curtain for it.

~Make sure Andy has an awesome birthday
Yes! We celebrated with dinner at the Cheesecake Factory

~Boost my blog readership by networking more
Yes! I’m excited about the new blogger friendships I’ve recently made + the new blogs I’m reading now

~Decorate a pumpkin
No. But we did finally buy a pumpkin for our front porch

Moving Day

Hello friends. This weekend we moved my mom out of my childhood home and into an apartment closer to us. It was very bittersweet. It always is when you’re doing something that you don’t necessarily want to do, but know it’s the right choice to make for now.

moving van
I didn’t think I would get emotional, but as my sister and I sorted through the last box in the basement, we couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgic. It was a box of dress up clothes- my mom’s old cheerleading uniform, my great grandmother’s moo moo, my dad’s bright orange hunting hat, an ugly red vest we used to fight over.

It reminded us of the many times we played together right there in the basement. We dressed up, we put on plays, we danced, we had our friends over for movie nights, we ran from room to room jumping from bed to bed, screaming and giggling.

That house is the green carpeted stairs that we slide down in sleeping bags, tumbling to the bottom in a heap.

That house is a ‘fruit room’ (pantry) that we swore a boogy man lived in at night.

That house is trading bedrooms, clothes, belongings, and furniture for a week with my sisters, just for fun.

That house is backyard dance concerts finished by ‘Hands Up Stands Up’ contests, running back handsprings across the grass, and choreographing to Can’t Touch This & Everybody Dance Now in the driveway, with my mom as the only cheerleader we needed.

That house is a long basement family room that we did cartwheels across and held impromptu fashion shows on a sheet turned runway carpet. A room that was just wide enough to fit the quilting frames my dad built for my mom so we could sit around the edges and tie blankets.

That house is a swing set in the back yard built by my dad when I was just five years old. I helped him roll the telephone poles out to the yard wearing his ten-times-too-big leather workman gloves and then watched him put on his climbing belt and scale the poles to secure them.

swing setnellie swinging
That house is a kitchen in which we spread crafting projects on the table and wore matching aprons that my mom made for us, while making my sisters next culinary invention.

That house is a sewing room in which we all sat on our mom’s lap as little girls and helped her guide fabric underneath the pressure foot as she made frilly dresses, dance costumes, and school clothes for us.

That house is my dad’s presence- always felt and always near, even though he’s been long gone.

It’s hard to make changes and move on. It’s hard to say goodbye. That house is just a house- we are the people who created those memories and those feelings in all those rooms. We are still those people who will go on creating new family memories no matter where we live. We are grateful for the many years we spent under that roof and sad to say goodbye.

Fall TV: Shows we’re hooked on

It wasn’t until last year that I discovered the awesomeness that is Fall TV. I blame Megan, Jacqlin, Rachael, and Jackie for this because they got me hooked. Now, I actually keep up with some shows the same way I keep up with some blogs. From January to September I don’t really watch much TV, so I don’t feel guilty about binging on it for a few months in the fall!

We don’t have cable but we do pay $8 a month for Hulu which we can stream to our TV, so that’s nice- even though some shows (Downton Abbey and Walking Dead) aren’t on Hulu.

I thought I’d share my favorites today- but, I want to know yours. I am not beyond adding more to my list if you say they’re awesome!

Revolution– A world without electricity
Up All Night– Bridging the gap between the cool life you once lived, to a new life of parenting.
Once Upon A Time– All your favorite fairytales are real
Grimm– The story of a Grimm hunting down monsters you and I can’t see
Downton Abbey– Tangled lives of the upper class and the servant class
Ben and Kate– Very funny show of a sister, her daughter, and a brother. Who’s raising who?
Walking Dead– Zombie apocalypse.
Parks and Recreation– Hilariously funny small town politics.

What are your favorites?

Custom office design by Curio Design Studio

A while back I won a custom design package from Curio Design Studio after entering a giveaway hosted by Jessie at My Mod Style. I was super excited about this because I’d been recently wishing I had someone to help me figure out how to set up a functional office/craft room for Andy and I.
Working with designer Allison Harlow was so much fun and easy too! Allison provided me with a questionnaire that I filled in explaining what my needs for the room were and what type of design asthetic I was drawn to. Then I emailed her dimensions of the room as well as a few snapshots of the space I had taken. Allison took it from there.


It was so simple and easy and when I got the design boards back a few weeks later I was amazed at how Allison had been able to put together a perfect room for us. She nailed it! I absolutely love the design.
Here’s what the room looks like- a hodge podge of random crap that I can’t figure out where to put. Ugh!

craft room before

craft room before

We needed this room to have two work spaces- one for Andy to work on the computer and one for myself to work on the computer, sew, and scrapbook/craft. The windows in the room had been so annoying because they took away perfectly good wall space. I just couldn’t get past how much I hated them to actually see a functional space in the room. Allison helped us to see how we could use the space to our fullest advantage.
And here’s what Allison designed for us:




Awesome, right? I am in love with the fact that I have a separate place to do computer work. It’s been annoying to move the computer off the table just so I could pull out the sewing machine and vice versa. I love the extra table space for laying out fabrics and other things I’m working on too. It’s perfect.
She also provided us with pricing options and product information so we can go out and get everything we need to create the room she designed for us within the budget that we set. Easy peasy!!


What do you think? Allison did a great job, didn’t she? Thanks Curio Design Studio!! 
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Monday stuff

Hello! I am loving today so much. As I sit here I can hear the rain starting to pelt down on the windows. I’ve been waiting for it all day and it’s finally here. I’m not usually one who likes poor weather but lately I’ve been longing for something to make it feel more cozy around here. Rain and snow seems to do that.
We played a couple of rounds of Haunted Mini Golf this weekend. We went to two different places to play. I’m kind of a mini golf addict. I really, really love it. I’m no good at it, but I love to play.

andy golfingkim golfing
us mini golfing

I’ve been doing a lot of Project Life lately. I’m currently taking Becky Higgin’s Big Picture Class which focuses on memory keeping the everyday life (not just the big events.) Having such a fab time with it!! I haven’t scrapped seriously since I was in high school and I didn’t realize how much I’d missed this fun way to record my life. I am looking forward to having a finished book that I can flip through and remember these days.
I made chocolate chip bar cookies today after a mad sweet craving hit me. I’m pretty sure they will be gone in a day because they are so good! Ashland and I went walking this afternoon, which I think is what made me so hungry.
I took a ton of stuff to the DI-donations today. It felt so, so good to purge. It was stuff that had just been sitting around, taking up space in the corner of the basement, and most definitely not getting used anymore. I absolutely hate having stuff just laying around that isn’t being used or doesn’t have any sentimental value. I just don’t see the point in keeping stuff, just to keep it, just in case I might use it in the next ten years- unless it has special meaning to me, of course.
I’m considering starting up with Bountiful Baskets again. I’ve been feeling very uninspired when it comes to cooking dinner lately. I might get a basket here and there just to spark the creative cooking juices again.
We watched Nightmare Before Christmas last night at Andy’s request. He’d never seen it when we first started dating and I remedied that real quick. It’s one of our favorites now. I’m hoping to catch the next Walking Dead episode online tonight. We don’t have cable so we have to find it online a few days after it airs. I’d pay for cable just to watch Walking Dead. Seriously.


reading   you can see what I’m reading on Bookmark To Blog, but currently reading a couple of ebooks from authors.

worried about  my back pain returning.

missing   being a student, sitting in classes and absorbing everything the teacher is presenting. Studying on my own, reading, discovering new things. my grandpa and my grandma as the holidays approach.

creating  scrapbook pages to go along with the Becky Higgins Big Picture class I’m taking.

hating the job search process- filling out applications, writing a million cover letters, and then waiting.

wondering   whether or not I should stop blogging for good. is it more work and obligation than it’s worth? should I go back to scrapbooking as a way to record memories and give this whole blogging thing up?

thankful for  so many things. our families, our home, our pets, my husband, our life together.

listening to   a lot of Imagine Dragons, Ellie Goulding, and Foster the People right now.

watching  The Walking Dead- we’ve been hooked since season 1- as well as other totally awesome fall tv.

loving  that Andy is totally supportive of my decision to apply for grad school and attempt to get in for next semester.

discovering  that i’m finally ready to jump into grad school and i’m super excited about it.

excited about  a lunch date with awesome friends tomorrow.

wishing  that i was old enough to just let the gray take over my hair.

searching for  new non-fiction books to read- broadening my horizons.

craving sushi, always craving sushi. yum. oh, and peanut butter anything.

enjoying  cozy evenings, my new baked-goods-on-Sunday habit, time to just ‘be’.

waiting for  the rain to start falling as I watch the sky fill with more and more gray clouds.


A Peek Into Her Week

Mauney taco Mauney Taco andy's family Andy’s family came down and his mom brought dinner and treats to celebrate Andy and Corey’s birthday. Their birthday’s happen to be two days apart. We ate over at Corey’s. teachertechclass.“Tips for Teaching 1st to 4th Grade Jazz/Tap/Ballet Class”Later that night I taught a workshop to other dance teachers. The class was meant to help those teachers who were new to teaching the younger kids. It went well and I even got a request to make my ‘tip class’ a monthly occurrence.
andy birthday We celebrated Andy’s birthday with dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.
cheesecake factory
cheesecake factory
packingOn Friday I went up to Cache Valley to help my mom pack up her kitchen. It took us all day but we’re making headway. She’ll be moving closer to us at the end of the month. 
odyssey dance thriller We went to see Odyssey Dance Theater’s production of Thriller with my family on Saturday.
odyssey dance theater thrillerThis is one show that everyone should see at least once. It’s been a fun Halloween tradition for us each year. 
us at the show


Sunday Snapshot: October Photo A Day {8-14}

As I mentioned, I’m participating in Fat Mum Slim’s October Photo A Day challenge. I’m been doing this instagram style because it’s just easier for me as I always have my phone with me. So here’s the second weeks worth of shots with the prompts and my explanation (if needed) below. You can see week one here.

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Day 8: Angle (waiting for the train)

Day 9: Red (apples from Andy’s parents)
Day 10: Emotion (Andy happy on his birthday at Cheesecake Factory)
Day 11: Something Close-Up (my Coleus are still going strong)
Day 12: On The Table (potato soup made by Andy’s mom- family dinner at Corey’s)
Day 13: Landscape (Provo-outside Brick Oven- family dinner with the Forties)
Day 14: Makes Me Laugh (Nixon always smiling and Nellie being silly)