yes, thats where you can find us.

i will post more pics once we've:
hung up pictures
painted the table
reupholster the chairs
and paint the cabinets & wall



yes yes. i'm a thief. stealing WiFi!

ok ok. LOVING being in a house. i have pictures of us on christmas morning with our christmas tree {that i put up on christmas eve}. we look drunk...or really tired from moving. [its the latter of the 2}

well...we went this morning & cleaned up the old guest house. took a bunch of stuff to goodwill. {mikes friend spencer thought we were just going to fili b's for breakfast, but we conned him into helping us for 2 1/2 hours packing more & cleaning it all up!}

we gave the keys back & will miss the nice family there.

mike has fixed the washer that leaked everywhere. he replaced the stoves plug because it was the wrong one to connect to the wall. he's pretty handy. really. my family knows this...since he helped my parents move & traci move too.

once i get pics from traci i'll post em. or she will haha.

but SWEET diddy...we have a HOUSE!!! :)


last post...

in this guest house!!!

you said WHAT?! woot woot!!!

finallllllly got the key.

happy lady right here!!!
now if i could snap my fingers & be moved that'd be fab!

soooooo...ladies and gentlemen...thanks for crossing your fingers for us! it worked!

merry christmas to us.


jingle bells. title lady smells.

ok. ok. i'm a little disappointed. {times that by 15}

still haven't gotten the key yet. i know i know right?

we signed on monday. the lame lady at the title company said we weren't supposed to close till today...so she hadn't faxed the stuff over as of wed. well mike. mitch{FHA guy} & martin {our realtor} called over there to tell her we were supposed to close LAST friday.

well she faxed the stuff over around ONE today!!! so when the bank got it...it was too late for us to get the key today.

so its the title lady that smells.

so...you can guess why i'm mad? christmas is next week. i bought my amazing ornaments like a month ago. i bought a super sweet door mat. and if we got the key today...we'd have lots of help moving in tomorrow.

now? not so. monday we will probably get the key...mike works. mon. tues. 1/2 wed.
so we will be moving nights. unless i have volunteers to help take car loads with me...since i'm off work for the next two weeks! haha. and people work all day.

any ladies with trucks and strong arms? ahem....traci??

on a lighter note...school today was fun. busy, but fun. the sweet aids & teacher i work with gave me some sweet gifts. like an ELEPHANT ornament...homemade cookies...a uber cute scarf...morrree homemade cookies....and our little guy ian...brought us each a gift from victoria secret...don't be alarmed...his mom got us each slippers! haha.

ANYWAYS....i have several new posts over at blueyedesign. i realize most people are done christmas shopping...but holiday parties don't end with christmas....how bout a gift for the new years party host? birthdays coming up? baby showers? weddings?{i gave a big J to a friend of ours for their wedding that matched their kitchen, they LOVED it!} head over to the site...more than 4 letters? i'll make you a deal!


bite me.

don't be fooled.

i got bit today at work. {just thought it would catch your attention with the title of the post, so i could get many readers & business for the rest of this post!}

i just have a lump and a small bruise. and of course...it wasn't a bite out of anger towards me...just happened because of anxiety, frustration, and sadness. i almost cried on my way to the nurses office as i thought about how confused that child is. and i was shocked it happened. by no means was he trying to hurt me though. thats not like any of our kids.

anyways... we aren't moving in this weekend. i'm reallly hoping for monday or tuesday.
well at least i can pack all day tomorrow now. ugh.

ok....christmas is coming SOON! please send out the word about Blueyedesign!!!
more pics will be posted this weekend...of the round letters & of the BIG BIG letters!!!

i will be doing a deal for 5 or more letters! pass the word along!

p.s. i love my job. i love the people i work with. i love all the kids in our classroom more than anything!!! {one of our newer children is moving to rhode island on tues. & yes. i am quite bummed}



Tagged by Kelly!

Eight things I am passionate about: christ. mike. friends. crafting. my job. family. music. eating.

Eight words or phrases I use the most: oh blessed day! i love you! are you kidding? k? {after many phrases to check if mike is following...} oh wow. oh my gosh! toodles! holy crap.

Eight things I want to do before I die: have kids, move into my house, learn to be a better person, and a better wife, have more kids, go to another country, not be so nervous in a new environment, eat something new. {we'll save that for when i'm dying}

Eight things I need right now: chocolate, money, paint, pack, clean the kitchen, to clean our room, PACK, finish some letters{wood}.

Eight places I want to visit: CO{amy} MI{jill}, switzerland{world report}, england {the amazing accents} New York, Australia {accents/animals} france, hawaii...i guess.

Eight favorite restaurants: Texas Roadhouse, applebees, Subway, Pei Wei, Chipotle, Sonic, little caesars, red robin

Eight TV shows I watch: ANTM, Stylista, news, what not to wear, hannah montana, thats so raven, king of queens, did i mention we dont have cable? haha.

Eighth folder, Eighth picture:
i tag: jill. amy. traci. lindsay.


its up.

Blueyedesign is UP! :) click on the link on the right.

if you want to post the link on your page... email me & i'll get you the
more examples will be put up soon, including the Large letters!

please notice: pictures taken by kate lines.
where? my families old house. the one i grew up in. lived in for almost 20 years. love those bricks. i hate driving by and knowing i cant go inside. but this was a nice way of bringing it into the blog.


we should be moving in next week.

i have to pack still. everything.

i have a creative mess in the front room from doing lots of these letters.
{i am beyond thrilled to have a scrapbook room when we move}

OH OH. almost forgot. i got a SEWING MACHINE. yes yes. an old one. from my sisters- mother-in-law. i was so excited!!!

one more thing. i got a new phone. after three years. my first phone finally quit on me yesterday. wouldn't even turn on for more than 2 minutes. i got the enV2 :) yesssss.
p.s. like the new header? thank you jill!!!


i'm saving the world. one bag at a time.

haha. here is what i have so far:

F0rever 21 purchase : 1.50

Target: $ .99

Pacsun: free with purchase.

I will soon be grocery shopping with these. and i'm kinda excited. if mike didn't think i was a hippie before...he might now :)
or maybe by my pin on my purse " dont be trashy. recycle"
Hope you all had a wonderful black friday!

House update: here is the place mats & flowers i bought for the table!

I think i have decided to do the bottom half of the kitchen wall that really dark purple & then the damask rubons on the wall. above.

one more thing... we were driving to go take some of mikes family to see our new house & our nephew was blinded by the sun so i handed him mikes sunglasses...then mike couldn't see. so i handed mine over :) captured this handsome pic:


just can't stop.oh oh.

i realize i have been posting a lot.

well. today... i bought a table similar to this! {yes, originally from ashley furniture} the one we got is all the light wood. the design inside the chairs is straight...not round. & there was a child who loved this table very much...i can tell by the amount of time they spent drawing with crayons and markers on top & underneath the table! haha. i will be painting it all black, sanding it to make it look rustic & then re-upholstering the chairs. all different patterns.

from where? GOODWILL. "yes indeed. yes indeed. yes indeed. yes indeed my darling."***

i called mike while i was thrift store shopping with Kelly & Kirsten this morning... and the {oh so happy} husband of mine {grumpily} came to look at my amazing find. and {happily} agreed to buy it.

I also got 6 place mats for .99. white & teal striped.

yes i am excited. i will post a before & after picture once we move in & i paint this amazing table & chairs.

***the song we sing in group time at school. and quinn sings it allllll day long. "hello to ____ yes indeed yes indeed yes in deed. hello to ____ yes indeed my darling." ha.



ok. thats my etsy name.{blueyedesign} i'm contemplating doing letters like these & selling em. {and no i don't have the shop set up yet. i need to decide if they would sell or not}

these three are for our friend John & Savannah's little baby London Mae Harvill!

This one i did for my sister Traci's friend who is having a baby boy soon!

p.s. look at the post below if you haven't. i want ideas!



i decided i'd pause on life for now & pretend i am wealthy.

i want THESE: i saw them on anthropologie.com and they are calling me to buy them!!

I still have no idea what color to paint my one wall in my kitchen. i have been thinking a yellow color with yellow/white damask on the bottom half under the chair rail. i've been searching the internet and cannot find one i like.

so here we go.... give me ideas! draw something... find one online...send me a link! colors, patterns, anything. LOVE to get some ideas guys!!! i knowwww y'all are creative! THESE are my damask plates i got for our wedding:

i also have plain white square ones. so i kinda wanna coordinate...but i can't figure it out.

So. get your creativeness rollin....

p.s. 3 weeks til we move & i also have to find a kitchen table & chairs. yikes.

EDIT: look at the table i found on that mesa auction website...going up on friday for auction! i would just get 2 more chairs or something from good will & paint them black! this is my dream. this table :) haha

I also wanted to post this picture i found {can't remember which blog! agh} what better decor for a bathroom?!? :)


in honor of

mike finally finding the camera cord to the computer. {never seen a set up like this in my life}nonetheless...WOO HOO!

here are some pictures that have been hiding on this little camera for FAR FAR too long :) haha.{be sure NOT to mention this to mike ... not kidding}

This....is our future house. {other half of garage & rv gate missing in pic}

the big backyard.

the kitchen...see what i mean about needing to paint the cabinets?!

the big 29x9 add on room.

from mikes mission. helping people out. while posing :)

i may have mentioned a 90's party before...well this is my attire from that night.

Cutie sage from when i went to michigan!

YES. a picture of JILL! always taking pictures of other people...but never in them herself. finally. i captured her!

This is our sweet clock from the Jenny Thompson & her mom!

Well...i will be sure to start taking pictures now...and posting them. more of mike surely to come!

hope you enjoyed seeing our new place. after its spiced up...i'll be sure to post more!


cold season has arrived.

well. what a joyous time in snowflake this weekend.

ok. before i complain...i'll tell you what fun we DID have!

we arrived around 9pm at the willis home.
watched a movie & went to bed!

w0ke up...everyone else ate breakfast but me, and then we watched a little tv.

then Hunter, Kiersten, Carly, Samantha, & Deek, and us, went bowling...i watched.
it was pretty entertaining.

Then mike and i headed to Pinedale for our niece Lizzy's, baptism. It was so great to see all of mikes family there. including his brother Fred who i haven't seen since last year around this time.

After the baptism, we headed back to the Willis home. Then we sat around visiting for a bit and then Hunter& Kiersten, Mike & I went to the Driving ranger by their house & hit some balls. I realized...i still suck. haha. Mike was amazing. it was fun. but i got REAL cold REAl fast.

We went back and ate some pizza then started watching Get smart....i headed to bed at 7. Then after that movie they watched Kung Fu Panda.

Sunday morning we ate pancakes for breakfast & then mike & i watched Enchanted :) haha.
Then when they got back from church we went to visit their grandma& grandpa. we had a fun time.

We then headed back home...it was SNOWING after heber and got really hard to see out the window. after an hour...we passed the snow and got home. safely.

why didn't i eat breakfast at 9? Why didnt i bowl? Why did i go to bed at 7?

well friday early morning i started getting a cold. and felt crummy all day long. well Saturday around 4 am...i threw up...anyways...i felt crummy the whole trip with a terrible cold. or flu. or something. and took the day off work today to finish getting over this.

but we DID have a great trip.


dec. WHAT?!

well i guess our new closing date is Dec 12. {could possibly be a bit earlier...but i guess the weekend of thanksgiving doesn't give them enough time to "do what they do"...whatever that is}

i bought ORNAMENTS. love em. {thanks sams club...and kate for your membership card.}
they are the brown & cream set. and oh so pretty.

Going to our nieces baptism this weekend in pinedale. & staying in snow flake.
i'm going to Freeze my toosh off. no joke. in the mornings here my hands already feel like icicles...just ask robin {works in the same classroom} i touched her arm to ask her if i was cold...cuz i thought ians head felt warm...and she was like WoAH. yes you're cold.
i laughed. i swear my hands won't be warm again till april or may. ugh.

anyways... just thought i'd update a little bit.

OH OH...mike approved the Plum kitchen wall.

YES. only because he didn't want it yellow. that was his other option. he he

happy fall y'all.

p.s. i realize that i'm complaining of the cold and it doesn't snow here. for those of you in snowy places at this time. good luck shoveling all that snow this year. {laugh laugh}

*i haven't heard back from the nanny situtation. i suppose he wouldn't return the attorneys phone call.
**as for the yellow wall...No, we got a big paint thing with all the colors & i showed him which yellow i wanted...he didn't like it! :)
***halloween pictures...may never come. much to my disappointment as well. sorry friends.


oh what a life.

ok. first off...we went to a pumpkin carving party on monday night with a bunch of friends. we had a potato bar & then it was off to the pumpkin carving fun. we had bought two pumpkins & then mike decides he has never done it before & doesn't really care to do his.

well i decided what better to do than an ELEPHANT! So i marked out my elephant & then instead of doing the outline...or cutting out the whole elephant....i did this:

with a cute star on its bum!
{i apologize for the crappy picture...it was taken with my phone.}
on friday i will be SURE to take a picture of mike & i dressed up. promise.

work is going great & we move in ONE MONTH! woot woot!

have a happy halloween week!

EDIT: sorry mike did end up carving his pumpkin...& did a smiley face & then added a mustache with permanent marker haha. it was a funny one. didn't take a pic of his. sorry.



everything is fine.

house inspection went well.

but as for painting my house. with suggestions & honest opinions...i have decided to start checking the OOPS paint at home depot. until i find a color i like.

at $5 a gallon. {so jill says} how could i go wrong?

i figure i could find a cool, random color for my scraproom.
then a natural, yet different, color for the kitchen.

p.s. i wore my boots to work & didnt realize how much attention i was drawing...no no..not from the look...from the sound of walking on the hard floors there. principal even looked down at me to see what was bringing about that abnoxious noise while we were walking & said....nice boots.

p.p.s. tonight we will be going to a few halloween parties. i am a flower & mike is a bee. i will surely post as soon as i get my hand on the camera cord. i think mike will look funny. are you picturing him right now? headband with little antennas? with those tiny pom poms at the ends? & i made him a stinger. oh boy.

yeah...i'm sure you're laughing if ya pictured that. haha.

enjoy your night.



ok. amy asked for details of the house. so i'll expand...just a house sounds kinda bland.

It is a white house with a dark greenish trim. built in '84.

3 bedroom/2 bath.

vaulted ceiling in front living room.

29x9 family room. {this was an add on}

kitchen has new corion[sp?} countertops & sink. needs cupboards painted. desperately.

LAUNDRY ROOM! i'm so thrilled to have a room for our washing machine & hook up for our dryer. [right now our washing machine is hooked up in the kitchen & our dryer is covered in our front room...ugh]

2 car garage. mikes requirement.

rv gate. mikes requirement.

Pergula in the back yard...i know i spelled that wrong.

fire pit. its old. and kinda ghetto.

so there you are with details.

ok. so i realize i have 1.5 months left before we move in but i need your opinion.

kitchen: dishes are all black & white. we will have a black kitchen table. we have one wall to paint in the kitchen. it has a white chair rail---
& i have a big clock {it says Hermann clock company} i will hang in that area too...above the table.

so should i paint the top half this color or the bottom half?

Next: My scrapbook room :) i am going to do this design myself:

now i will only be painting one wall in that room i think--- should it be this color?Keep in mind the colors will be Sabrina Ward Harrison theme- my art & her book pages framed. & my dandelion on that wall. (i'm not really a green kind of person...color wise...but open to blues) so any suggestions?

i am also wondering if i should paint the big 29x9 room...if so what color? my couch is brown, with funky green & burnt orange pillows with off white designs on them{ikea}. mustard yellow 5. ect.

oh and check Kates Blog for our craft day we had on monday.


decorate. then leave.

so i finally got my pictures up on the wall...my little wall collage of frames- my 5. and my H. got my big sweet clock hung up on the wall. cleaned the kitchen/bathroom floors. figuring since we hadn't heard back on that house that we might be here for a while.

not so.

today. things changed. we have a contract on the house. closing date: nov.30.
{if the nannying people could just email the check to my lawyer.now would be a good time}

who is extremely thrilled and ecstatic? me.
who wants a new table pronto? me.
who wants to buy decorations & paint? me.
who wishes it was tomorrow? me.

mike said when we got married "i wanna be in a house within 6 months"
may. june. july. aug. sept. oct. NOV. pretty dang close.

time flew by a TAD quickly. oh i could just jump for joy.

if anyone knows of a cute kitchen table/chairs someone is getting rid of....or very very cheap. please inform me. && couches. coffee table.
(i have a bachelor pad one - i hate it, i can't even paint it and make it look good & it only fits 2)

i'm helping kate paint their new place on monday. and helping her move some stuff over.
that will be so fun.

anyways. check back soon for pics of my 5. blanket. && wood board i did in MI.



accomplishing what?

.pictures finally on the wall. check.

.clean bathroom/kitchen floors finally. check.

.clean front room. in process.

.clean bedroom. to be done.

.pick up all articles of clothing. including shoes. to be done.

.attempt to take couch to goodwill. wanted to be gone long ago.

.take other random junk to goodwill. tomorrow.

.grocery shopping because we have no food. tomorrow.

.exercise because i'm gaining weight. pronto.

.make l.o.n.d.o.n. wood letters and decorate. this weekend. {for john & savannahs baby}

.print pictures of michigan & all wedding pictures. this month.

.have mike clean his "airplane" space. never gonna happen.

well i take things one at a time. for you multi taskers {as oprah likes to call it} i'm not like you.

.Tagged by Kelli. now.

6 QuIrKs.... 6 FrIeNds....

1. i'm so organized any place but home.
2. i eat ketchup with way too many things.
3.i can't stand when people chomp gum. or slurp cereal.
4. i have to match. but i'm slowly coming out of this phase.
5. sadly i pick out peoples spelling errors. sorry friends. and family.
6. when i get in a cleaning mood; i just HAVE to clean. its a feeling i love. because its a rare occasion.

now i tag: jill. amy. traci. laura. suzanne. micah.


summer turns to fall

The leaves were changing already in Grand Rapids.

The weather was wonderful. {but perfect to mosquito's...erg}

We did crafts. Jill & i each sewed a fleece blanket. which we love.{yes i've only sewn once before so this was a feat for me :)}

I decorated a 5...which i love.

We decorated a wood board. sabrina ward harrison style.

Jill (and sage) did a photoshoot of me. they did good.

We went to Lake Michigan...and played on the "beach" it was SO fun!

We ate pizza on the trampoline. {sage & i}

We went to Goodwill distribution center. got a cute purse & frame & sweater vest for 50 cents each.

We hung out & played the wii. {sage & i}

We found home videos jill & jim had taken at our house. it was quite entertaining. and my choir videos.

Sage chose to stay home rather than go to school monday...that was nice. {jill gave her the choice on sunday night and she said...Stay home with Mimi all day!}

We spent a lot of time hanging out, talking, and having fun like the good ol' days when i would spend most of my time at their place when they lived here.

But when it was time to leave...and we were driving to the airport...sage said...but momma i dont want mimi to leave. i changed my mind, i wanna go to school. "but school is already over sage" but i changed my mind, i wanna go to school and then we can take mimi. "i'm sorry sage we are almost to the airport and she has to go byebye." this was followed by screaming and crying.

and yes...i took part in the crying. all the way into the airport. i miss them.

if you recall i spent the first year of her life with her. babysitting, hanging out. i feel closer to her than any other niece/nephew. not that i have very many haha.

THANK YOU JILL AND JIM for letting me come visit. i LOVED IT!

Here's the pics.

beautiful jill at the beach.

sage & i slept on the pull out couch.

first time sewing a blanket.

sage tried on LOTS of shoes. so i did. i want these boots.

she really wanted this winnie the pooh fabric for a blanket like us...so i gave in.

we ate pretzels and cheese like a picnic 2 times.

sage learning to ride a 2 wheeler.

i wanted to show her its really not that scary :)

playing at the beach with sage. i love her.

and of course playing with emerson.

and jill & sage did a photoshoot of me. here's a few.

Photos by sage : i couldn't keep a straight face with her.
all photos in this blog- courtesy of fireflies photography.


i'm leaving.

MICHIGAN... HERE I COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oh you have no idea how thrilled i am.

so freaken excited!!!!

so i'll hopefully post pics while i'm there!!!


friday sept 21 2007

Our first date was one year ago.

mike had our mutual friend call me and see if i would go on a date with him. i said yes. then he called me and covered the details. he said he didn't know what we were gonna do. {he knew}

He asked me for directions & when i told him to go left and then turn right at that stop sign and just go down the street, he was a little surprised that i lived THAT close. we counted 12 houses away. haha. {he had lived here for almost 2 years}

so he pulls up in his big white truck. he's wearing wranglers and a red plaid shirt. and his justin boots. i was wearing jeans and my brown/cream polka dot shirt. we headed over to Petes house.

and thats when i found out we were going to the middle of the desert to watch Arachnaphobia. with pete and steph, jon bevans & his date, and Doug Adamson and Michelle Pulsipher(she was the mutual friend, whose house we chatted at about 2 weeks prior)

So we each drove out there seperate. He brought a blanket that he layed out in the back of his truck so we could sit and watch the movie. So the movie started {this is not a movie i enjoyed when i was younger...as i am still terrified of spiders, and it was pitch black outside} It then started to rain outside...which i didn't care about but the other couples jumped up and all ran under an umbrella. after it kept on raining...mike decided we would join them. once it stopped raining, the movie resumed.

As we were sitting in the back of his truck....it seemed he wanted to hold my hand. i can't explain it in words, but i could tell by the way he was acting. & accidentally hitting my leg. so we ended up sitting against the side of the truck, and he somehow used his trickery and to hold my hand. on the first date. i couldn't believe it. to this day i tell him it was trickery.

i would have never done that on purpose. haha.

saturday night we went to dinner with patrick & kelli. we had to do SOMETHING special.

we were supposed to go to the desert and watch a movie with a lot of people....but the guys had gone camping/fishing friday-sat. and were too wiped out. wimps :)

anyways...yesterday i asked mike why he asked me on a second date...or wanted to continue seeing me...he said well how bout you? I said... You listened, and for some wierd reason i felt like i could talk to you about anything and everything. you made me feel like i had never felt before.

so here's to first dates that lead to forever. {love you mike.}

p.s. this isn't one of those "we are perfect posts"...don't even think it.


just a few things.

i love this song.
it just makes me feel so much emotion.

anywho. life is good. work is great.

since we put that bid on that house last weekend...still haven't found out.

i'm crossing my fingers.

i was thinking of all the reasons i'd be a better wife in a house:
-we'd have our dryer hooked up...i'd do a lot of laundry...oh yay.
-full kitchen, dishwasher, two sided sink...i'd do DISHES.
- and i'd cook more.
- i'd decorate a lot faster than when i moved in with mike.
-it'd be a FRESH clean slate, not a bachelor pad.
-it will be organized.
- i'll have a scrapbook room.
-i can paint.
- we can have friends over for a MEAL- in our HOUSE, not bachelor pad.

ya know. these may be good reasons. and they certainly are to me.

i was thinking about work just now...oh how they make me smile.

Lauren sings disney songs under her breath.
Sterling asks us if we are happy all day long. and sometimes says goodbye lots of times to make us go away.
Quinn likes to say some things he shouldn't. like swear words.
Ian just giggles and says no thank you jokingly all the time.
Connor is quiet and smart. and likes to say the right answer when its everyones turn.
Manuel is a mystery...he is so cute when he laughs though.
{each color of the name very well fits them.}

i come home with energy after work. (except today, we were missing one aid.) and i don't worry about going to work. and i'm not stressed there. and i love it. so much.

and i think to myself...if i can love these kids this much...i can't imagine a mothers love. its amazing.

i hope you all have a peaceful weekend. enjoy. oh and listen to this song too.

p.s. the bed bugs don't prefer eucalyptus spearamint body wash. haleluia.


joy && stress

oh boy. lots is happening in my life. not used to this.

  • filing claim about my car getting hit while parked. man coming in the morning to work to look at it and give me an estimate. sent me papers explaining the "accident"- its gonna be a pretty blank paper. just my name and address & address of where it happened.
  • still trying to get paid from the nanny family. demanding the money now. again.
  • got my jacket in the mail today {see below}
  • house hunted again all day saturday. few options we are thinking about seriously.
  • last night we got a wedding present that i couldn't wait for. a BIG clock! :) made by Jenny Thompson and her mom. it says Hermann Clock company and established 2008. i love it. can't wait to get a house and have it up!
  • amy and i both quit the no sugar bet yesterday. {she quit first-- congrats to kate for winning haha}
  • work is still going great and the kids keep me smiling all day. and i come home with ENERGY. man i missed that while i was nannying.
  • I am making dinner more frequently. {i hope mike is enjoying that.} i'm happy to be eating spaghetti more often. its my fav.
  • Going to MI in 2.5 weeks. can't wait for nicer weather & spending time with the Scripps fam! oh boy!!!!
  • Bed bugs. hate em. i'm convinced that is what is eating me at night. any natural remedies for these anyone knows about? The bites don't itch too bad. but is there something i can put on before i go to bed at night that will keep em away? They don't eat mike. just me. i knew i was sweet but UGH. :) jk. They started eating me about 2 months ago.
  • our guest house is getting more organized. but still needs some work. but hope we move sooner than later.

this was a long post. sorry for boring you.

p.s. sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite. {who knew?!}


red house.

we found a {red} house. in mesa. and we both love it. it has a shop in the back , with a big rv gate. and a large backyard. its cute. it needs a little bit of work. its one of those "it has a lot of potential" houses. haha.

hopefully we can go look at the inside a little better one day this week. looking through the windows just wasn't enough for me. haha. but i already like it.

i started at houston on friday. {perfect timing...i know, just in time for a 3 day wknd}

i love it. i work in the Autism classroom...6 kids. 4 are 1st grade. 1 is 2nd grd & 1 is 3rd grd.

the teacher is super cute and young. i wanted her outfit actually...she was wearing a purple dress with a big black belt and black leggings. haha. and the other two aids are sweet.

anyways... i go to michigan in like 3 1/2 weeks. and i'm KINDA excited. {kinda is a very large understatement!}

i'm so excited i just bought this: {forever 21}

well friends...enjoy your labor day.

EDIT: the Cute RED house is sold. :(


what makes me happy.

first. listen to this song. i tried embedding it. but it wouldn't work. really...listen to it. it inspired me today.

i decided i needed to tell you all what makes me happy. and grateful. i have posts full of complaints. thats not what i am all about. so here it goes.

  1. Mike; his hugs. he never yells. he is frugal. he loves me just the way i am. i love how he supports me no matter what.
  2. Music; it makes me laugh. cry. happy. sad. music is so important to me. and singing.
  3. Family; yes. they make my life so much better. they listen. they tell me what i need to hear. even if i don't want to hear it.
  4. Friends; yes...you. listening ears. non-judgemental. shopping. lunch dates.
  5. Little children; its true. they make me smile. i was in line tonight buying dinner for myself, and this mom and her little kids were in front of me and the mom said...she dressed herself today- i feel like i need to tell people that. Her kids were adorable! i think its so great that children have this power to make me smile. i don't care where or what we're doing. i love kids. babies, toddlers, whatever. this section includes my cute nieces and nephews too.
  6. Flowers; they calm me. gerberas, dahlias, a beautiful flower just soothes me. i should go buy some tonight.
  7. Seeing a loved one after months of not being able to see them. this makes me cry happy tears. the only time i EVER cry happily. really. so when my sisters come to visit i am ecstatic. i wanna spend all my time hanging out with them. this leads to the next...
  8. Internet; without it, my phone bill would be sky rocketing. this is how i stay connected with my siblings. in and out of state. not sure what i'd do if i didnt have it.
  9. Church and hymns and connections there. makes it so much easier having sweet people there who i know so well. love it.
  10. Short trips. If mike was gone any longer...i'd really go nuts. i miss him already. and no i'm not trying to be cheesy lovey dovey. but this is the longest i've gone without him.

SO. go. think about what makes you grateful. what makes you happy. this isn't everything that makes me happy. the list goes on. enjoy your night.

EDIT: check the NO SWEETS BET blog


crossing my fingers

i got a call from HOUSTON elm today.

they want me. {i knew it}

they offered me a position in the SPICE program. {autism preschool}

and they are trying to get the paperwork done pronto to see if HR calls me and offers me the job fast. {so i can call harris and tell them i got in at houston}

so i am more than thrilled to say that i may be working with
{KATE} and everyone else i love so much there.

so here is to a great day. hoping everything works out and i don't have to go spend $65 to take a test to say how smart {or not} i am.

thanks houston. i knew you loved me. deep deep down.

p.s. sorry for so many posts.


new day. new breath of fresh air.

i had an interview at Harris Elementary today.
{houston elm was full}

i went in and she said it wasn't so much an interview as it was to see if i wanted the position.
i have to go take an academic test on friday in phoenix, if i pass- i get the job.
its a math, reading, and writing test.

i will probably be working in the Autism preschool. i'm excited.
i could potentially start the beginning of next week.

mike is feeling {blue}. fever [103], swollen glands, no bueno. never seen him like this before. he said he has never missed a day of work for being sick until today. soooo...this means he really doesn't feel good. he leaves for utah thurs night though...so he better get well soon!

so things are looking up. hopefully i can get a fast start on this job.

p.s. i finally made my own header.



well. this may come as a little bit of a surprise.

if you are one of the 6+ that already know. sorry.

i quit my nannying job.
and now i
{breathe a sigh of relief}

*i had convinced myself it was good. probably because of the money i was bringing in.
*i had convinced myself that i began to enjoy driving 40 minutes each way.
*i had convinced myself that i enjoyed working 11 hour days.
*i had convinced myself that everything was dandy.
*i had convinced myself that my headaches & nausea had to be something else.

but much to my surprise {or not} it was stress. tension headaches.
*stress from not being able to get things done at home.
*stress from working 55-60 hour weeks.
*stress from eating organic food all day {haha}
*stress from their stress stressing me out while i was home not feeling good.
*stress from not being able to make my house perfect because i was tired after a 12 hour day.

SO. here i am. i wish i could say i feel 100% better. but my shoulders hurt. and i've had a bit of a headache today. i am here hanging out with my paparooni while mi madre is in Michigan. its nice to not have to worry about waking up at 5. or driving far. or not being able to make my hubby dinner.
**thank you jill for pushing me to make that call i was terrified to make & understanding.
{its been a fun adventurous week} or not.

i'm super excited to work at the gilbert schools again. and have benefits & holidays off. and time to DECORATE our lil place.

i'm still trying to find a song to post. give me a few minutes. thanks for listening to me ramble & rant & complain. here are some of the things i've been missing a lot since i started that job...

Random crafts for babyshowers...or scrapbooking just for myself. i love it.

I also love having enough time to make the house looks nice & tidy. its a rare occasion. but yesterday i got to do all the dishes, clean our room, put away all the clothes, come to my parents and do all my laundry, clean up the bathroom. it felt so good.but i want to decorate more and organize more.

BUT most of all...i'm excited to spend more time with my hubby & stay up a little later watching movies. i KNOW he's excited i won't be getting irritated trying to go to sleep early :)
{this pic was taken on our drive home from our 1 day honeymoon...both not feeling so well :)}