Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day. DH and I certainly did. We made an offer on a house we love and we're really hoping it goes through. Unfortunately, we didn't know about any of the local events going on today until after the fact. Oh well, it was still a wonderful day.

For any of our military members reading this, I want to say thank you for all that you do.

Enjoy the rest of your day off. I hope to be back with some more craftiness soon.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

A New Kind of Book

I just realized that I never posted about the most recent book that I finished.  It's called Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Ultimate Guide.  I'm not pregnant yet, but I got it because DH and I are officially trying and I wanted to be prepared.  It seems great for childbirth, but it quickly skips through pregnancy and doesn't go very in depth in the newborn section either.  So, while it will be helpful eventually, I have a while before that section will be all that useful. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Frog Jump

Have you ever heard of the Calaveras Frog Jump?  It's a big deal in that area and Mark Twain even wrote about it so it gets a lot of publicity around the state.  Yesterday, DH and I decided to go.  It was awesome!  I forgot to take pictures, but you can find videos online.  The frog jump finals (yes, it actually involves frogs) are going to be on the Jay Leno show on Friday.  I don't usually watch the show, but I'm excited to see if I can pick out DH and me.  

Anyway, it was a lot of fun and we ate a ton of food and played a few games.  DH even won a stuffed frog for me.  I did manage to get kicked in the back by this idiot walking behind us on the bleachers (he's also the same guy who spilled food on me), but outside of that, it was a ton of fun.  If you're ever in the area in May I'd definitely recommend it. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ordering From Amazon

Normally, I have great luck when I order things from Amazon.  I have a feeling we're going to have an issue with this latest order though.  I purchased two things and, since I was recently a student, I currently have Amazon Prime for free.  This means free 2-day shipping, which is amazing.  Unfortunately, I don't think it will make it here in that timeline.  Last night, I checked to see where my package was.  Phoenix, Arizona.  That didn't seem that bad and I figured by morning it would be somewhere in California, maybe even local and ready to go out.  I was wrong.  This morning I find that it is somewhere in Kentucky.  Amazon, in case you're unaware, that's the opposite direction of California.  I'm hoping that somehow they pull it off, but the last time this happened, it showed up a week later.  I was really wanting my stuff to arrive tomorrow. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

House Hunting

We've looked at a handful of houses over the past couple days and I have to say this is going to be difficult.  The houses that we like and are in decent shape are just out of our price range.  Some of the others are complete disasters.  We saw two houses that we barely even stayed in because they were so bad.  So it looks like this process is going to take us longer than we thought.  We did see one house that we like and we could afford, but we aren't entirely sold on it.  It's basically a back-up house at this point.  So I guess we're just going to wait and see what happens for now.  Here's hoping that we find something good relatively soon. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sewing for my Mom

I finally finished the bag I've been working on for my mom for Mother's Day.  It has a few issues because it was my first time working with interfacing, but overall I'm fairly happy with it.

The fabric is from a Joel Dewberry line, but I can't remember the name of it.  It was fitting for my mom and I got almost 1.5 yards for under $5.  It was a very exciting deal.

As you can see, it has a tie closure at the top.

I designed it to be like a beach bag or picnic bag so I didn't think it needed a zipper or anything like that.

I hope she likes it.  I'm very excited to finally get to spend a Mother's Day with her.

An Anniversary

Today marks 6 months of blogging for me, which means I reached my goal.  That doesn't mean I'm going to stop though.  Thank you to everyone who has checked this place out.  It means a lot to me. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

House Hunting

We are officially in the market to buy a house!  For the past few weekends DH and I have gone to look at the outside of houses we found online, but we found one last weekend that we wanted to see inside.  We happened to be driving downtown and noticed that the local office of a major real estate company happened to be open so we thought we'd see if they could help us out and answer some questions we had.  The meeting went great.  Our real estate agent even took us to see the house (which was a complete disaster) and he gave us the contact info for a broker who could help us get pre-approved.

We weren't sure what would come of the meeting.  DH and I were both nervous that they'd basically tell us they couldn't do anything for us.  We were wrong.  We qualify for pretty much what we had already figured we could afford.  That got DH really excited so last night we drove past a couple houses that we really want to check out.  Hopefully we'll get to check them out sometime this week. 

I am so excited to get this process moving.  We could have a new home by the end of the summer!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Awesome Day

Today was wonderful.  DH and I spent the day together and had minimal plans.  From my earlier post, you can see that we decluttered a bit.  Then we went to lunch at a great new restaurant that we found.  They also have a little bakery so DH got a lemon bar and I got a lemon cupcake.  It was delicious.  It just might be the best lemon cupcake I've ever had. 

On our way home we noticed that the real estate office we drive by all the time was open (not something we expected on a Sunday) so we went in and talked with a real estate agent and even got to see inside one of the houses we had seen online.  The house sucked, but the experience was great.  We are very excited to get started on the house process.

Then we went for a walk so we could get outside and feed some ducks.  What we found instead were geese.  Tons and tons of geese.  So we fed them for a while and even found a mama goose on her nest.  That alone was exciting, but after feeding her at her nest so she wouldn't have to get up, she stood up to show us her brand new baby.  We could also see that two of the other 3 eggs had little tiny cracks from little chicks trying to make their way into the world.  She let us watch the baby for a little while then decided the show was over.  I wish I'd had my camera because it was amazing to see.  We were able to get surprisingly close.

Before we made it very far we noticed a fish in the pond that was at the top of the water and seemed to be struggling.  First, we thought it was sick, then DH noticed that it had a lure stuck in its mouth and on its side, which was why it looked so strange.  He found a large stick, pulled it to the edge of the pond, and (with a little help from a stranger passing by) saved the fish.  I am so proud of my husband and his desire to help people and animals. I think the mama goose appreciated it too because she showed off her baby one last time. 

After all that we came home and DH cooked a wonderful dinner.  We had our first corn on the cob of the season (one of my favorite foods of summer) and BBQ chicken.  I love having a husband that can cook. 

Overall, it was one of the best days I've had in a while. 

Clearing the Clutter

One of the things I've wanted to do for a while now is get rid of all the old clothes we don't wear.  My dresser was fine, and I only had a few things in my closet to get rid of (I just went through my stuff a couple months ago), but DH's stuff was getting unmanageable.  I could barely fit stuff into his dresser or closet so I convinced him to go through it.  At first, he was doing good, then he started coming across shirts with memories and it became a little more difficult.  After finally convincing him I would use the shirts he just couldn't part with (but really needed to) to make him a quilt he gave in and we now have a ton of space in both sides of our closet (we share a large one) and our dressers.  I love it.  It also gave me a chance to reorganize and I now I have a couple new projects to work on.  It feels so good to declutter the house.