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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Her Weekend

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Friday lunch with my mom and sisters

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We got to hold baby Nixon and play with Nellie all day long!

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Grandma’s Easter tradition- taking us all out for pizza. We had a traditional Easter egg hunt at her home every year for a long time. Now that we’re all grown up- we prefer pizza!

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Easter flowers for my living room- how does a coffee table get so cluttered, so quickly?

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We made crepes for dinner- one with strawberries & cream and the other with bananas & Nutella. 

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Ashland was having a rough night and needed some extra snuggles while we watched Harry Potter movies.
Awesome weekend with lots of family time. I think we need more of those kind of weekends in the future.

How was your weekend? Did you celebrate Easter?  

Her Weekend

This turned out to be a pretty eventful weekend. I had lunch with my mom on Friday and we did a little shopping. Afterward, Andy and I decided to drive down to Salt Lake to check out a bike sale. Several weeks ago Andy bought himself a road bike and we’ve been on the lookout for one for me ever since so we could ride together. We found a bike for me at Highland Cycle.

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We took the bikes out for a ride on Saturday morning. The strong winds kind of put a damper on our ride but we still had a ton of fun and I can’t wait to take the bikes out again this coming week. I think I’m really going to enjoy this new hobby of ours, despite the fact that I still have a lot to learn about road biking. I think it’s going to be a great way for us to get some exercise this summer.

After we bought the bike Friday evening we decided to grab dinner at Desert Edge. We were so hungry that I didn’t snap a picture of our dinner until this happened:

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It didn’t take me long to inhale that plate of pasta. After dinner we decided to brave the crowds and check out the new City Creek Center on our way home.

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I’ll admit, I was kind of wondering what the big deal was. In my mind, it was just another shopping center, but ten feet in and I was surprised to see how beautiful it was.

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We didn’t do any shopping because it was just too crowded, but we walked around and looked at all the water features. It’s really quite pretty. The ‘creek’ running down the center and the evening sky above added to the ambiance of the place.

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I’ll definitely be back to do some real shopping.

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On Friday I also got my Project Life supplies in the mail. I’m really excited about this project and just a little sad that I didn’t decide to start it earlier. I chose the turquoise theme even though the core kit is sold out right now because I liked it the best. They won’t be getting more in until May but I figure I could still plan my pages and set my photos aside and then just assemble it all when I get the kit.

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Lately journaling has been a total bore for me so I’m excited for this new and more creative way to document our life.

Something else exciting happened this weekend: Heather and Joe were in town! Andy and I went down to Riverton to see them at her mom’s house this afternoon. We got to see Russell for a minute while his grandma was feeding him. While Russell was napping we snuck away for a quick brunch (for the ladies) and lunch (for the guys) at Tin Roof Grill in Sandy.

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None of us had ever been there before but we were thoroughly impressed. The food was amazing!

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It was so good to catch up with Heather and Joe. We miss them!

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(blt pizza)

Good times!

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(Captain Crunch french toast with strawberries, blackberries & blueberries)

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After lunch we headed home so Andy could work on our bathroom remodel with his brother, Bret. Bret’s girlfriend, Cami and I, played with Ash while they worked on the wiring. Afterward, we all went to dinner at Slackwater Pizza (our new favorite place in Ogden.) No pizza this time. I had the club sandwich with mulligatawny soup and Andy had a caesar salad. Excellent as always.

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Lately I’ve even managed to clear out one of my flower beds. (One down, four to go. Plus a garden to clear and plant!)

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I could see little bits of green trying to work their way through the mess so I thought I’d better get in there and do some work.

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Pretty soon my white tulips will be blooming!Can’t wait until it all fills in.

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It’s been a fun weekend and next weekend promises to be even more fun! I will get to see some of my favorite people! I’m feeling a bit tired out and under the weather tonight though. I hope I’m not coming down with something. I think I may have to take myself to bed- and hopefully Henry the Bed Hog won’t still all my space again tonight.

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How was your weekend?

Her Weekend

We mostly rested at home this weekend. I did some baking and cleaning and we picked up a new puzzle to work on. We spent the evenings reading and watching movies-never watch Contagion. Freaked me out! I think I washed my hands ten times in the next hour after it was over. On Sunday we drove to Wyoming to meet my new nephew- Nixon Clay. He is the super cutest little stud!!

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How was your weekend?

Valentines at Home

We haven’t established too many holiday traditions since we’ve been together, we always just assumed that traditions would start when we had kids. But Valentine’s Day is different. Every year on Valentine’s Day Andy plans a fancy dinner and buys the ingredients to make it and then we have a fun time cooking it together and sitting down to candlelight to enjoy it. After dinner we usually lounge on the couch and watch a movie. It’s always one of my most favorite nights of the year. Cooking as a couple is always so much fun for us.

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This year Andy’s menu consisted of Chicken Madeira, Butternut Squash Risotto and Asparagus. Chicken Madeira is one of my favorite things and I always order it at restaurants if they have it so I was pretty excited. Everything turned out great and we ended up having a fantastic Valentine’s Day!

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Andy even sent me flowers to work and picked up some White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies- my favorite! He’s quite a catch and I’m sure glad he picked me.

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day too! Sending lots of love your way.

Absent

I apologize for being absent from the blog for awhile. I have been spending time at the hospital to be with my grandfather as he battled pneumonia. Early this morning he passed peacefully with his family around him. I am so grateful that he lived a long and happy life. He was such an example to all of us- never short tempered, always laughing and ready to tell a story. He was literally a ray of sunshine even as he lay in his hospital bed. Love you and miss you grandpa. Thank you for showing us all what it means to be good people.

30 Days Hath November: Day 17

Day 17: My Family

Myself and the Hubs
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The Kids:

Ashland
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Mauney
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Henry
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xoxo-Kimberly
ps- I voluntarily skipped Day 16. I just wasn’t feeling it.

30 Days Hath November via So Fawned

The list:
Day 01: A self-portrait.
Day 02: Three inspirational quotes.
Day 03: Something I never leave the house without.
Day 04: A friend I adore.
Day 05: Three years ago today.
Day 06: A book I’m reading.
Day 07: A song for the day.
Day 08: The last item I purchased.
Day 09: A close-up of my day.
Day 10: What I love about my job.
Day 11: Something I’ve been craving.
Day 12: Three blogs I can’t get enough of.
Day 13: Something I’m proud of.
Day 14: A favorite movie.
Day 15: Some style inspiration for the season.
Day 16: Someone who inspires me.
Day 17: My family.

Day 18: What I wore today.
Day 19: A silly self-portrait.
Day 20: A childhood anecdote.
Day 21: Something I could never tire of.
Day 22: Some place I’ve traveled.
Day 23: Eight things you didn’t know about me.
Day 24: Something that means a lot to me.
Day 25: The contents of my purse.
Day 26: Something I’m looking forward to.
Day 27: Myself, one year ago.
Day 28: A skill I’d like to learn.
Day 29: Some place I’d like to visit.
Day 30: Three wonderful things that happened this month.

we’ve been doing stuff

Well, I thought I should get on here and do a quick update.

Andy sold his truck:

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and then we bought a new/old one. It was a fun adventure going down to Salt Lake to buy it but that’s a story for another day. This truck makes me think of my dad:
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We also bought a new gas oven, which we love! Our old oven had a glass cooktop that was cracked across the length of it and two of the burners only worked on high. So when Andy suggested we use some of the truck money to invest in a decent stove, I quickly agreed and we managed to cash in on a Labor Day sale.
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Andy and Corey have spent the last couple of nights staining the hot tub. It needed some TLC. Now we just have to decide whether to keep it or not. It’s kind of high maintenance, however it has been nice to have. Last year I even had a doctor prescribe that I sit in it for a half hour every night for two hours! Well, she said “hot bath” and I heard “hot tub.” Same diff, right?
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We also managed to get some peas and beans planted for the fall. We may have been a little late in getting it done but hopefully we’ll still get something before the first freeze:
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We’ve been enjoying our freezer meals quite a bit. It’s been very convenient and as you can see, we still have plenty more to last us a while!
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Lastly, see the dog run? Obviously we bought it thinking we would use it all the time. However, we never use it. So the plan is to sell it and put a garden shed in its place. Andy’s been drawing up plans for one that will fit all our garden paraphernalia, bikes, and possibly our camping gear. You know, so the garage can be just for manly car stuff, haha. But of course, plans for a garden shed have been added to a long list of to do’s, so it may be a while before one actually materializes.
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That’s about it for now. We’ve been busy but we’ve managed some fun time too. We went to see The Help last week and really enjoyed it. In the last month we have also fit in a bike ride, listened to our audio book, tried a new restaurant in Salt Lake, bought tickets to the X96 Big A** Show for Andy’s b-day, went on a drive to Bear Lake and ate at La Beau’s, and on Saturday we’ll be heading up to Logan to visit family.

xoxo-Kimberly