Showing posts with label things and stuff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label things and stuff. Show all posts

a certain je ne sais quoi


If you hadn't noticed lately, my bio has sort of disappeared on this blog. I'm working on getting another page setup with some more info on who the heck is writing all this stuff, besides the brunette with the bangs (which I no longer have, hah) on the right-hand side of the page.

Until then, and actually in addition too, here are a few more things about me that you might not know already. Pretend we all sat down to drink a glass of wine and just decided to get to know each other better.

1 >  my degree is in Geological Engineering, which <1% of the world's population has ever heard of

2 >  I have never had a cavity (thank you, genetics)

3 >  I have an almost unhealthy interest in lighting and light fixtures and I have no idea when it appeared or why

4 >  I raised baby pigs for 4H while growing up in Idaho

5 >  did I mention I grew up in Idaho (another place that <1% of the world's population has ever heard of)

6 >  my two daughters were very close to being named Cora and Everly

7 >  my husband and I met in college and I'm mildly embarrassed to say he was my first real kiss

8 >  I really enjoy working with women because I so rarely do on a day to day basis and because I get inspiration on things to wear to work besides slacks and a sweater!

9 >  I played basketball in college at a tiny NAIA school and we were mostly terrible

10 >  tiny enclosed spaces give me the willies, my mother passed on her claustrophobia to me

11 >  I've always been mildly embarrassed to tell people in my real life that I blog and I'm not 100% sure why

12 >  I know a lot about fracking and would love to talk to anyone about if they want to understand the science/engineering behind it

13 >  I almost never wear heels because I'm 6'0 already and what would be the point, really?

14 >  I never drank alcohol until I was freshman in college

15 >  I wasn't allowed to chew gum growing up, so consequently, I very rarely chew it as an adult

Alright, was that random enough for everyone? I always like to learn a little bit more about the people behind the blogs, so I thought I would share some different things about myself. Feel free to leave an interesting tidbit about yourself in the comments below!

things and stuff

Happy Monday (as if a thing really existed, but ya know, it's the thought that counts).

This week's a weird one for me. I've put in my two weeks notice at my current company and will be switching jobs in April. We're also having some childcare issues, so life is going through some change right now. At least I can safely say we aren't moving again, so yay for that! One thing can be constant!

My old Denver Homies book club is trying to get started again. I am hosting our first get together so I need to get on this book selection process. My favorite part of being in a book club is getting to read really good books that I wouldn't have normally picked out myself. Oh, and the wine and girl talk, of course. Since I'm the first host, I have a little extra pressure to pick a good book. Any suggestions? I'll be scouring the bestsellers list shortly, but let me know if you know of any worthy reads!

This weekend we finalized our summer travel plans. We currently are deep in the midst of planning our first overseas trip with our whole family. And by whole family, I mean 12 of us, including my parents, two brothers, my sister, and their families. We will definitely be renting those big passenger vans for our trip (or two). I think the plan is to fly into Amsterdam and explore from there. I have only been to France so far so I am really excited to explore more of Europe. I'm mildly terrified of bringing my two small children on long flights and dealing with time changes, but I think it will be wonderful for them too.

I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. Cheers to another week and being a feminist. :)

the best of 2016








Here are some of my favorite memories from 2016:

1) our chickens! We're still missing our feathery friends. 2017 might be the year of a new pet or two.

2) all the hiking trips we went on in Wyoming and Montana, the views were breathtaking and the company was pretty awesome too

3) our visit to Tippet Rise, still the coolest art museum or installation I've ever been too (sorry Louvre)

4) all of our family time with our super spread out relatives

5) exploring NYC with two little kids, the double stroller made ALL the difference

6) camping!

7) watching our two little girls grow up and become the best of buds

8) weekending in Big Sky, even though most of us were sick the entire time...

9)  getting to meet these fabulous ladies and learn more about them

and last but not least

10) getting to write this blog! Thank you so much for following along on my adventures in mothering, designing, working, and figuring it all out. I really do appreciate anyone and everyone who stops by. I thoroughly enjoy creating and sharing new content on this blog, so thanks for reading!

three up, two down

Instead of rambling on about how things are going lately, I thought I would organize it a bit. Much like sharing the good and the bad of your day, I thought I would share two good things and two bad things that have been happening lately, followed up by one more good thing. It's always good to end on a bright note, right?

> Merry freaking Christmas! And Happy Holidays!!! I'm about to take off nine days in a row from work and spend some time with loved ones. We'll also be getting our dog back, who we've missed so much! She's been staying with family in Montana until we were ready to bring her to our new house. We still don't have a fenced yard for her, but we will soon.

> I've been unpacking and getting things organized at the new house. There is still some extra clutter, but every evening I make a little progress. Things are getting fixed and lights are getting installed thanks to my handy-man husband. It's still a bit discouraging though to find even more things we need to fix, and trying to do it all ourselves sometimes means things take longer than they otherwise would. There is something gratifying about doing a good job yourself, however.

> Little corners of the house are getting styled as I go along. The guest bedroom might still have three boxes that need to be unpacked and stuff stacked on the bed, but doesn't that arrow look great right there? :)

> I'd like to lodge a formal complaint against traffic. Like all traffic. Can everyone please go home on a staggered schedule so that everyone isn't rushing home at 5pm? Wouldn't that be ingenious? Maybe just break the city up into quarters and have a rolling time-out clock. Or maybe just have a much more efficient (and easy to navigate) mass transit system. It's possible, I know it is!

> Chloe started preschool today. I'm anxious to hear all about it. It's a new preschool with a slightly different system than what she is used too. Navigating the education system is going to be an interesting journey, I can tell already. It's hard not to think that each little decision won't possibly affect her future growth and achievement. I know that you don't have to go to the very best schools to turn out very successful. My whole family is very well educated and most of us went to tiny little schools in a small town. Work ethic means a lot more than what kind of degree you get (in most cases). So here's to new beginnings!

Elinor is also doing very, very well. She's gotten a huge vocabulary all of the sudden. Talking about all sorts of things that I didn't really know she knew about. It's been really fun to watch her grow up, seemingly overnight.

They both seem to be adjusting well, thank goodness. The scariest part of moving was wondering how my little girls would adjust, but they always surpass my expectations.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Stay warm! Oh, and stop shopping, if you haven't gotten them something already, it's too late. Just give them a warm hug or a phone call.

that clutter life

Good morning.

Hello from our new home! We are officially residents of Colorado (again). As of last weekend, our temporary housing is all cleaned up and the keys are turned back over. Now we are up to our ears in boxes at the new place. Finding places to put things and arranging furniture is my new hobby (sorry blogging).

This photo was taken moments before the moving truck showed up so imagine this same kitchen with 3x the clutter. Got it? Okay now add in a few toys and paper covered in artwork strewn about. Now that is how my kitchen looks right now.

I'll be honest and say we still miss our old house a lot. The new place has some issues, 95% of them are cosmetic, luckily, so it's nothing we can't fix. Somehow my husband has become a handy-man in the past 9 years we've been married. Thank goodness for that. If you follow along on my snapchat, I've been showing our little fixes. New lights (my favorite), new paint (the old owners had a black master bathroom, among some other interesting choices), and lots of unpacking of massive boxes sums up our free time lately.

We did get our Christmas tree up. We have celebrated a birthday already in the house. We are still missing our puppy, though she'll be coming home with us after Christmas. We do have important things like internet and TV, which it's amazing how important those things are to making a house feel more like a home. We still don't have much up on the walls yet, but we're getting there!

So don't mind the clutter lately, my life is one big clutter at the moment.

I hope you all have a good week!!