March 4, 2013
I love this quote. Who couldn’t? It’s Shakespeare. It sums up so many women, in so many different ways, in so many different places in their life.
I originally was going to give my sister a print for her office with this quote, but I ended up finding one that fit us better. So I made one for my own office, and listed some in my Etsy also. And women liked them. I sold 6 of them pretty quickly. I have re-listed some (both 4×6 and 5×7).
Go get ‘em here.
March 1, 2013
March is going to be a good month. March is going to be exciting and, like I said yesterday, is going to probably fly by.
Looking forward to:
+ Disney, Oklahoma for some UTV riding.
+ Bridal shower.
+ Getting RSVPs back.
+ Getting my dress fitted.
+ Ordering custom Converse.
February 28, 2013
February flew by. I can’t believe that tomorrow will be March, and so quickly after that, April. It seems that as I get older, the time seems to go faster, life gets busier, and I am taking less time to soak things in. March will be no different, I know.
FAVORITES OF FEBRUARY:
+ Watching Greg speak in Atchison
+ Designing bridal shower invites
+ Reading Death Comes to Pemberley
+ Blueberry Tea
+ Ordering pounds of yellow candy
+ Purging scrapbook supplies
+ Selling my old DSLR
+ Selling print quotes in my Etsy shop
+ Watching 4 seasons of Breaking Bad
+ New AirMax Nikes
+ Picking up my wedding dress
+ Finally using the yellow washi I love
+ Sending wedding invitations
+ Registering for the wedding
February 27, 2013
Only two months to go. Two months until I, the girl who was always so good on her own, becomes a wife. So exciting.
While trying to wrap my head around all that, I have been trying to tackle the small wedding projects one at a time, finishing one before starting the next. Otherwise, I would have too many going on at once, and maybe lose my sanity all together. Checking things off the list is such a good feeling, having them complete and ready to go. On my snow days from work last week, I managed to get a lot checked off of the wedding to-do list. First, and easiest, was the card basket.
I have been thinking of this card basket since almost right after we got engaged. I love locker baskets, and I knew that I wanted to use one for our cards. I didn’t want it to be elaborate or too much. Just simple.I used the same sunshine cardstock from Paper Source that I used for our RSVPs, and yellow baker’s twine that I picked up last week at the cupcake shop. Originally, I was going to back each yellow letter with some of the Echo Park grey chevron paper that I used for our envelope liners, but the basket wasn’t wide enough to do that. And in the end, I am happy with the plain yellow.
With this project finished, I can move on to the next. I’ll be posting our program cards soon. And more snow pictures, probably, because we all know its been the biggest news lately.
February 25, 2013
Man, this kid is awesome. Probably one of the easiest babies I’ve ever known…and if you have read this blog for very long, you know I have been thru nieces and nephews left and right for years.
He hardly ever cries (only heard him cry maybe twice) and he laughs at the littlest things.
And he gives kisses! It’s so cute.
February 21, 2013
listening to: The Civil Wars. I cannot get enough.
wishing: 6 weeks would fly by so my sister was back at work with me.
drinking: warm blueberry tea.
eating: gummy fruit snacks.
wearing: pajamas. Snow day = comfy clothes day.
reading: Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James.
enjoying: a lazy day off of work. It’s the good thing about deep snow. the only good thing.
loving: ranunculus (such pretty paper-looking flowers).
wanting: ice cream. Weird since it is so cold.
working on: wedding invites. Almost completely done. Seems like this process has taken a lot more time than I imagined.
admiring: how tough and resilient my sister is. She must take after me.
February 18, 2013
Another Civil Wars video, I know. I can’t help myself.
February 12, 2013
I miss summer and the way the humidity leaves my hair a frizzled mess.
I miss summer and the way watching lighting bugs can calm a soul.
I miss summer and the low lull of night against the strong heat.
I miss summer and the golden skin the sun leaves through my SPF.
I miss summer–
and the way it reminds me of how you looked at me under that big moon the night you asked me to wear your ring.
February 11, 2013
I went back and forth on whether I wanted to keep a Project Life this year. Considering I knew that it would be a crazy, busy, and most likely emotional year, I wasn’t sure if I had the time or motivation to keep up with it again.
But of course, I decided to do it. I don’t want to look back and regret not documenting the year of our marriage and moving and who knows what else. I don’t want to not have those pictures and stories available for our children one day.
I am doing it differently though. Last year, I did the standard one week per spread. It was not particularly hard to find pictures to slip into the pockets, but it was daunting sometimes to make sure that each week was not just a rush of photos and no journaling. I tried not to get behind, and each Sunday, I would print and embellish. And it was all in a hurry.
This year, I am doing 2 weeks per spread. One week on each side of the page protector. More important events will get their own insert, so I am expecting more of those. But that’s okay because inserts happen to be a favorite of mine. I don’t have to choose only 1 or 2 photos to put into the weekly spread, but 6 to 8 so that the event can be documented in its entirety.
It’s working well so far. Less pressure and more time to journal. And I am loving the wood veneer letters still too. They have so much character to them.
Hopefully I can keep up with posting updates here too.
February 8, 2013
Oh, it’s been busy lately. Work has been crazy (thanks to month-end reports and safety orientations and respiratory training) and the wedding planning has gone from busy to overload. But, I think it’s under control too. How that works I don’t know. It’s gonna be great. 78 days.
To add worry to busy, I burned my arm on the stove while trying to cook macaroni and cheese. Sigh. Macaroni and cheese. Not just a little red mark or a blister either, a full-out skin-peeled-off 2nd degree burn. My doctor even said so. I can’t feel it because it’s in that weird zone, where my injury masks any feeling, temperature or pain. I can’t feel it. It looks bad, so I know it hurts. The prescription is working, and it is already looking better.
TODAY: I am looking forward to the weekend. Hanging with the gang and maybe some Wildcat riding to get the adrenaline going. And probably some wedding invitation prepping. It’s gonna be a good one. Loves!
February 4, 2013
A sister is both your mirror – and your opposite. -Elizabeth Fishel
My sister. My friend. And sometimes she’s a brat.
Happy birthday to one of the most beautiful, crazy, and stubborn people I am blessed to have in my life. She’ll be standing with me on my wedding day and probably keeping me sane until then.
Happy birthday Darcy. I love you.
February 4, 2013
This was my first ever attempt at Day in the Life, and I have to admit that it made me realize just how boring my weekday routine has become. Boring and exhausting and lacking of ambition somehow. I am looking forward to changing that in the coming months, when married life brings new things to do on a daily basis.
Here are a few pictures from the day:
February 3, 2013
loving: How happy I am. It’s been an incredible week, and I am just happy.
reading: Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte.
listening to: Gary Allan on Spotify. I love Spotify.
eating: nothing. I need to go to the store and stock up on avocadoes. Looking for more weight gain this week.
drinking: water. Tons of it. I am feeling slightly dehydrated for some reason.
planning: registry lists.
missing: my boy an incredible amount.
enjoying: hearing the little girls in the next room play games on my iPad.
craving: tea. I really want some good flavored tea.
seeing: a mess of pictures and wedding decor stuff.
wishing: next weekend was here. It’s going to be a long week at work.
January 31, 2013
January was busy, much busier than most normal months, and those seem to be busy enough. I managed to get a lot of the loose ends of the wedding squared away, and I also managed to get some time to myself. It was great all around.
Favorites of January:
+ cinnamon roll coffee
+ wedding planning
+ sleeping til 11 on Sundays
+ babysitting for the tiny ones
+ playing Hedbandz with Darcy and Jeremy and Greg
+ new Moleskine
+ spending time with my camera (I needed that)
+ blog planning
+ having a good audit
+ photos with Greg
+ gaining a few pounds
+ new clothes
January 30, 2013
Instagram is still my favorite. I know a lot of people have signed up for Vine, which is similar to Instagram, but in video form. I haven’t jumped on the wagon yet, and I probably won’t in the near future. I don’t have time for any more apps! I already check FB, Instagram, Twitter, and Flickr. I am trying my best to spend as little time off and away from my phone, not add more, even if it’s in short 6-second clips. Life is much simpler without the distraction.
January 29, 2013
The smell of stale air
chilled in this room
strikes my nose with a fierce force.
The way winter appears
at whatever time it chooses
will always leave me baffled,
scratching the dryness that
makes home in my hair.
And almost always
January 28, 2013
Life has been crazy busy. While I’ve been living and breathing wedding planning, I’m trying to get used to driving this new chair, which is easier said than done. It’s a few inches wider than my other one, and it screws me up. I had crashed more than once into door jams. Woops.
I’m getting super serious about gaining weight (again) too. I bought some good protein drinks, plus a lot of stuff to eat throughout the day. Not necessarily bad stuff, avocados and pasta mostly. And ice cream. Mmhmm.
January 25, 2013
I put a few new prints in the Etsy shop.I had originally made one for my sister to frame, and I’ve been asked a few times where I got. Well, here they are!
I hope you like em!
January 24, 2013
Slightly obsessed with The Civil Wars. Still. Months after their album first came out.
I can’t get enough of their voices.
January 23, 2013
I think my wedding could be categorized as a Mashup-Of-Pinterest-And-Crazy-Carrie-Ideas. It started out yellow and gray, and when I picked my dress, lace changed the whole thing again. I found this idea originally on Pinterest, and I decided to use the lace I already had picked for our table runners and centerpieces to finish it up.
I love it. No, really, I love it. It turned out a million times better than I dreamed it would. In fact, I thought I would be buying another book and trying something else because I would mess this one up. But no, this book will be around for many years. On our bookshelf in our new home one day.
I started by painting the front cover and back cover in an ivory paint (they were originally black) and then wrapped them in a piece of the lace that will be laid on our tables. I knew that if it looked messy, it would be okay. I wanted it to look somewhat imperfect right from the beginning.
Then I started wrapping lace and hot-gluing. It didn’t take long. Maybe a half hour. <3 The lace flower was the finishing touch, until I found those little pearls on clearance at Hobby Lobby. I couldn’t pass them up. And as I expected, it was perfect.
January 21, 2013
I love being engaged.
I love people looking at us and thinking “Ah, they are so in love.” (I’m looking at you, Jim.) Because we are. I love people knowing that.
I am going to be a little sad when all the planning becomes real, and it is over. Not sad in a depressed way, just sad like we are closing that part of our relationship. I am so excited to open the MARRIED part though. To start a different kind of planning (the house and babies). To start life together.
Being engaged makes me feel a little like Cinderella. Everyone ask questions and wants to know the details. It seems like a wedding piques interest on a whole different level. It’s fun to gush over some things (invitations that I have still found myself smitten with) and hard to keep others hidden (the dress. I want to show you so bad, but I want even more for it to be a surprise). I am getting into high gear with things and am determined to have every single thing ready on 4-27-13. It’s work, but it’s so fun. I need a few extra hours in my day, but thankfully I have a flexible job that allows for some planning on breaks.
Being engaged is my favorite, but I can’t wait till I’m a wife.
January 19, 2013
I don’t know if it’s my hormones or the fact that we are getting married in the near future (down to double digits now!) or that everyone is having babies. But I am having baby fever bad.
I want a little one (boy or girl–it doesn’t matter at all), and even though I need to be patient (I think we should probably be close to done with our house before we plan for a baby) I wish I could be in the pregnancy stage already. The getting-the-nursery-ready stage. The big-belly stage.
I’m not scared to have a baby. I have been an aunt since I was 5, and I know what it takes to be a good mommy. And Greg is going to be a great daddy. Our kids are already lucky, right!?
Spinal cord injury doesn’t stop me from having children–but, of course, there are more risks. For me, the joy and excitement of being a mommy will far outweigh any risk to myself. As long as we have a healthy, happy baby. I have recently reconnected with a girl (woman, now) whose injury level and function are very similar to my own….and her baby is just a few months old. I basically squealed when I learned she was a new mom. I am going to have a million questions for her later on, and I am comforted that she won’t mind.
So, I give it a year. We’ll check back in on this topic then and see what’s happening. Maybe there will already be a nursery and baby ready to come. Maybe we’ll just be starting the plan. But there is definitely a plan for a plan.