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

just what I needed

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I feel so refreshed. I had the most wonderful lunch with my friends Jill and Jacqlin over at Jill’s house. Jill cooked for us with veggies from her impressive garden. We ate on the patio and we played with her cute little girls. It just felt so good to laugh and gossip and laugh some more.

I left feeling inspired to do more with our garden and experiment more with the meals I cook. I also left feeling happy, smiley, and energized. And I also left feeling thankful because the invitation of lunch with the girls was exactly what I needed and right when I needed it.

So thanks ladies. I feel grateful that I met you both and that we became friends so quickly.

xoxo-Kimberly

making it

I have nothing creative to share with you today. Although I will show you pictures of my new glasses.

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Anyway, I have ten minutes before I need to clock in to work and I’m just sitting here trying to make a mental list of all the things I need to do today. But all I can really do is just reflect on the last couple of weeks. Sometimes life is just hard to deal with, you know? Sometimes it all seems to pile up at once. One thing I’m grateful for is the nice things that have been mixed in with the shitty stuff. They help to remind me that it’s all good- sometimes it’s just hard and you’ve just got to learn to deal with it.

One of those nice times came the other night as Andy and I sat across from each other at Wingers. We really didn’t have time to go out to dinner. There was homework to be done and housework to be done. But we both just said “F– it. We’re going out.” I think we were both just spent. It had been such a long, stressful couple of weeks and all we could hope for was to get over the hump soon. So we didn’t talk about any of that crap. We just ate our popcorn and sticky fingers and talked about nothing that mattered at all. And it felt good.

Sometimes just saying “F– it” and letting yourself enjoy an hour at Winger’s is all you need to be able to get up the next morning and keep clawing your way through all that other crap.

Goings on

My thoughts have been with my BFF, Heather, this week. I wish I could be there with her. Worrying about her and lots of other things have made this a rather sad week. So, I’ve really been looking forward to a chill weekend and some more good news from her and Joe about baby Russell.

Andy is up to his eyeballs in homework which all has to be in by Monday. And me? For once I have absolutely nothing that I have to do. This is the problem with Andy and I having semester schedules that overlap each other. Mine ended two weeks ago and just as I’m starting fall classes, he’ll be finishing up summer classes and taking a much needed break. We never get to break at the same time. So today while Andy is doing homework, I’ll be bored. Oh sure, there are a lot of things I could do- clean the house, mow the lawn, do the laundry- but who wants to do those things? Oh well, someday there will be summers without homework.

We at least got to enjoy breakfast together on the deck this morning.

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And last night I made lasagna and Andy took a break from homework to watch a movie with me which was super awesome.

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Henry has been quite the show off lately.

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And Mauney helped me organize my shoes the other day.

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Yeah, I know. It’s insane.

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Anyone need some shoes? Because I have plenty to spare. I’m serious. Have some.

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That’s about it for now. Next weekend I’m going to my mom’s for a cooking extravaganza. I asked her to help me do some freezer meals for the month of September. I’m anticipating not even having time to breath- let alone cook dinner, so hopefully this will help. I’m actually excited though. I’ll be taking History of Russia, Children’s Literature, Public History, History of Modern Art, History of the Middle Ages, and History of Art & Architecture of China. It’s going to be sweet and sucky all at the same time.

I think it’s time I go enjoy the last bit of summer vacation I have.

xoxo-Kimberly

Raspberries and dutch ovens

Starting the day off right with a cinnamon crumb donut. A fun filled Friday at Bear Lake for Raspberry Days with mom, Jen and Nellie. Lunch at Cafe Sabor.

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An evening spent in beautiful Liberty at Uncle Dave’s. Family, 5th annual dutch oven cookoff, feasting. 3rd place- Dave’s cheesy potatoes, 2nd place-Mom’s shepherds pie, 1st place- Cierra’s raspberry cobbler.

Lots of Nellie giggling, snuggling and smooching for everyone. Fishy faces, clapping Yay! and blowing kisses.

Coming home to slip into pajamas and lounge.

Perfect.

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

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

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

Weekend Images

Sunday was the best day of the weekend. Andy and I drove down to IKEA and picked up a new dresser. Then we stopped off for brunch at the Dodo Restaurant in Sugar House. Seriously…yum. That was place was amazingly good.  Afterward, we drove around the avenues looking at all the cool houses and then stopped off at Barnes and Noble on the way home.

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xoxo-Kimberly

The game of life

Last night Andy and I sat on the couch together playing Angry Birds. As we sat there, we got into a rhythm of passing the controller back and forth- each taking a turn to play.While we played, we would give each other guidance and help each other.  And we would discuss…. “Do you think I should aim right there?” etc.

If I wasted all my birds before killing all the pigs, then Andy would take the controller next and give that level another try. It was always a celebration, with cheers for each other, no matter who completed the level. There was no competition between us- only partnership.

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That hour of time meant so much to me, because it was more than just playing Angry Birds. It was working together for a common goal and having fun while we did it. It was being each others cheerleader and saying, “Don’t worry about it,” when someone messed up a shot. It was being silly together and enjoying each others company.

Andy never criticized me when I screwed the level up. He always cheered when I hit something dead on. He got up to take care of the ‘kids’ and let Henry out when I was playing so I didn’t have to be interrupted.

It made me realize that I’ve picked the perfect partner to have by my side in this crazy game of life.