Welcome October

October has got to be one of my favorite months. This October is shaping up to be a busy one for us. We have something planned for almost every weekend the entire month. Plus I’ll be gearing up for mid terms which come the fourth week of October and I also have four papers due at the beginning of November so I’ll be working on those all month as well.

We decided to take advantage of the last calm weekend we may see in awhile and get some things done around the house. As you can see I put up the Halloween decorations.

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I wanted to try this pumpkin decoupage I had seen on the cover of Country Living but every time I went to buy the supplies my plans were thwarted by one thing or another. So I just have plain pumpkins sitting out front for now.

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Andy is using the weekend to build our new garden shed. Yay! No more wading through tools and car parts just to get to my gardening gloves at the back of the garage.

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I also baked the first pumpkin pie of the season. Yum. Perfect treat!

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Tomorrow its back to the grind. Wednesday I have a Russian History essay exam so I think I’d better spend the rest of the evening going over my notes. But hey- there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I applied for graduation this week!!

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If all goes as planned and I don’t royally screw up something then come December 9 I should be D.O.N.E!! Well, at least for now. I’m so excited. I keep thinking about all the things I’ll be able to do once my time isn’t taken up with school work. At 30 I’ll finally have my bachelors. Sounds a little depressing doesn’t it? But I’m okay with it. Life got in the way and I can’t do anything about that. But at least I never gave up and it’s finally going to pay off.

xoxo-Kimberly

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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

Some house updates_the marathon edition

Andy and I have been working hard to make our “house” feel more like our “home.” Part of that is remodeling and part of it is adding elements (ie furniture, accessories, art, etc) that reflect our personalities.

Last week we went shopping for new carpet for our master bedroom. Considering how long it’s taken for us to make decisions on other changes to the house, it was surprisingly simple to pick out the new carpet. In fact, the sales lady suggested it, we looked at it, looked at each other, and said, “We’ll take it.” It was perfect.

The new carpet will be put in this Wednesday. I also have some other things that I need to show you. Some old, some new. First off, I think it’s about time I showed you our new kitchen floor.

That’s Tundra IKEA laminate. We put it down ourselves and it was super quick and easy. So far we LOVE it.

Mauney loves it too:

Next up is the new duvet that I purchased for our king size bed. (Buying nice bedding for a king size bed can really hurt your wallet so I saved up for awhile and waited until what we wanted went on sale. I also used a coupon code and managed to rack up just under $100 off the original ticket price. Go me!)

Anyway, we went with the Parachute Duvet from West Elm. I bought it on last chance clearance and I’m so glad I did because they no longer sell it. Here’s a picture I found of it:

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That’s not our bed. I have yet to get sheets and pillow shams for our bed, so I haven’t photographed it yet. Andy wasn’t quite sure what to think of my duvet plan, but he was willing to indulge me. We’ve been sleeping with it for over a month now and it is awesome. We both really like it, as it’s light weight but keeps us just the right temperate.

And while we’re on the subject of our new master bedroom, I’ve picked out some fabric for our curtains. It’s Premier Prints Annie Corn Yellow/Kelp Slub.

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I’ll take another picture after I have them sewn up and hung. Lastly, I finally purchased some art for our kitchen. The black and white prints we had in there are going in the guest room because I’m doing a black and white color scheme in there. We wanted prints with some green in them for the kitchen. So this is what I got:

It’s a watercolor by Elena Romanova. Yes, it really is for our kitchen. I found it on Etsy a few weeks ago and have been crushing on it ever since. I hesitantly showed it to Andy and told him I wanted it for our kitchen. I completely expected him to laugh and say “No way are we hanging an octopus in our kitchen!”  but he loved it!! Yay. I saw that it was 30% off the other day so I decided to go for it.

Also, we did a little organizing project in the bathroom. Andy installed these sliding bins so that it would be easier for me to get things out from under the sink.

I no longer have to get down on my hands and knees and fish around in there for what I want. I just pull the bins out, and everything is there. It’s so convenient! I love it. One bin holds my hairdryer, straightener and curling iron. The other bin holds bottles of hair products and my makeup. These bins came from IKEA and they are actually meant to hold garbage cans but they worked perfectly for this project. We only got a couple to try out but we will probably pick up a couple more for other areas of the house now.

So that’s what’s new around here.

xoxo-Kimberly