Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Crayon Box Exploded Again

I've said it before and now the statement is even more true: Our house looks like a crayon box exploded!  I think I'm even more in love with the colors we chose for our basement than what we chose for our upper level!

The guest room in a chocolaty brown.  My dad really hates this color but I think it's going to be a very cozy room; it will probably become my second bedroom when Mitch is snoring.  ;)  Can't wait to start the decorating process (of which I have no ideas right now)!


The bathroom in bright orange.  I really like this color and while I think it's currently a little "POW! IN YOUR FACE!" strong, I think once everything is installed and the bathroom is decorated, things will get toned down.


My scrapbooking room in pretty aquas!  I think this color scheme may be my most favorite of the entire house!  My only gripe (which I hope my wonderful husband will fix) is that the contrast between the lighter top and darker bottom isn't very distinct.  I'm hoping to convince Mitch to re-paint the upper portion a shade or two lighter so you can see more of a difference.  I can't wait to spend time creating in that cheerful little room!


The family room in gorgeous purples!  I think this color scheme comes in at an extremely close second as my favorite in the house!  This room is going to be so cozy when it's complete; I can't wait to spend time with Mitch and Crickett down there, watching TV and movies by the fireplace.


The other room in our basement is going to become my library and I chose to leave that white; I hope to incorporate a lot of colors with the decorating and books themselves.  It will definitely not be a boring room!  (How could it be with shelves and shelves of books?!)

Hopefully I'll have more pictures soon of the next phases of the basement completion: finish work, flooring, furnishing, and decorating!  It's so exciting to have our house finally coming together!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cutest Member of the Family

Six years ago today, this little girl joined our family.  I'm sure she knew from that very first night that we'd be wrapped around her little paws and she'd run the show.

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And honestly?  I wouldn't have it any other way.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

November Happenings: Purchases

Remember when I was going to write about November in installments before the month ended?  Yeah, I'm laughing about that attempt, too.  Anyhoo, I'm rolling with the cliche "It's better late than never" and doing some major catching up on this little ol' blog of mine.  So here we have another November Happenings.

Mitch bought a 65-inch television on Black Friday to put in our basement when it's finished; it's definitely going to look nice mounted above a fireplace.  I think our family room is going to be a very cozy place to hang out and watch TV or movies  Mitch is already envisioning falling asleep with Crickett while watching football.

More importantly and much more fun, our other big purchase of the month was a new camera!  Behold, the beauty that is the Sony a5000!


I really didn't like the last point-and-shoot we bought (only about a year prior to this camera - oops!) and did some whining about it.  Long story short, Mitch told me to do my research and this is the camera I found.  The Sony a5000 is approximately the size of a point and shoot - a little larger because of the lens (interchangeable!) but will still fit in a larger purse - and has all the functionality of a DSLR.  Plus, it has wi-fi capabilities which I'm pretty excited about!  I've used this camera for several occasions already without knowing anything about it and my photos turned out wonderfully; I can only imagine what I'll be able to do once I've read the manual and played around more!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday 13: Doors


I love doors and Pinterest has made it very easy to collect photos of doors.  Here are thirteen of the beauties you'll find on my Pinterest "Doors" board.


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Girl Can Dream, Part 4

Nearly every Tuesday my parents, sister, and I have lunch together at a local pizza place.  On those Tuesdays, my parents pick me up from work and we drive by some older, charming houses on our route.  A while back, I noticed the below home with a "For Sale" sign out front and figured I would do some online searching to get a tour of the interior.  So, behold another dreamy house I'll gladly take if anyone wants to buy it for me.


Aren't the purple and gold accents absolutely wonderful?!



Adorable entry.



You can't argue with an entire house of beautiful wood floors. *Sigh*



How ridiculously lovely is this dining room?  I'm in love with those corner built-ins!


The kitchen is nothing amazing but I thought it was cute and cozy.


I do love the green trim and door, however, and the tile back splash is fun.


A fireplace and built-ins in one of the bedrooms (great room for an office and reading nook!).




Love the full length windows and the sloped ceilings in the bedrooms.



The backyard is so charming; definitely a place you'd want to spend a lot of time when the weather was pleasant.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

So Long Twenties

Happy 30th Birthday to the oldest young guy I know!  May your 30's be a great decade!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

101 in 1001, Round 2 - Update 2

In addition to completing the "host a crock-pot party" task on my 101 in 1001 list, I've also started several other activities.

Organizing my computer files/Organize digital photos.  I've been working on this since the new year hit and have made quite a bit of progress.  The documents (Word files, Excel spreadsheets) haven't been causing too much trouble but boy oh boy do I have a mess with my photos!  So many photos and so many duplicates (and then more duplicates) of a ridiculous amount of pictures.  I've already deleted THOUSANDS of photos and I still have a long way to go.  It's so much easier to stay on top of things than have to go back and work through it all; why do I never remember this at the present time?

Complete a 1000-piece puzzle by myself.  I started my puzzle this past Sunday.  I've made a lot more progress than I thought I would after seven days of working on it and have actually had more fun than I thought I would.  There's definitely something satisfying about finding two pieces that click together just right!  (Yes, nerd alert!)


Learn how to embroider/Learn how to crochet/Learn how to knit.  I ordered this book last week (totally old school - copyright 1979 with that lovely aged smell!) and all 685 pages arrived this week.  I have not yet dived into this wealth of information but I'm excited that I have this valuable tool at my fingertips when I am ready to get started my stitching endeavors.  Hopefully that will be real soon!


Watch an entire television series from beginning to end.  I've borrowed the Sex and the City series from a friend and since I haven't seen very many episodes it will almost be like starting a brand new show!

101 in 1001, Round 2 - Update 1

I have officially crossed a task off my 101 in 1001 list!

Last Saturday I invited a few friends over and we enjoyed stuffing our faces with soups, dips, little smokies, macaroni and cheese, and even caramel peanut butter hot fudge cake out of crock-pots.  It was a great evening full of delicious food and wonderful company.  I may have to make this an annual event!



I forgot to take a photo of one other crock-pot and that bothers me (probably a little too much)!  Yes, I know, it's ridiculous and I need to get over it but just in case you were wondering it was a pretty red Crock-Pot brand slow-cooker.


The food was so delicious that none of these lovely ladies even seemed to notice me standing on a chair to get this picture.


Happy hostess at the end of the evening.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

101 in 1001 - Round 2

Several years ago I discovered the 101 in 1001 challenge: complete 101 tasks in 1001 days.  I created a list, completed some of the items on the list, and then slowly but surely forgot about the list - the exact thing I said I wasn't going to do!  I'm extremely disappointed that I abandoned my first list so I decided to make it up to myself by creating another list (many items from the first list are now on this list) and I'm determined to stick with the challenge this time.


101 in 1001
Start: 12:00am January 1, 2015
End: 12:00am September 28, 2017


ACTIVITIES (8)
Organize my computer files
Complete the 100 Happy Days challenge
Make five recipes from Pinterest
Complete a 1,000-piece puzzle by myself
Learn five new songs on the piano
Make a pie on pi day
Carve a pumpkin using a carving kit
Make a gingerbread house

ARTS & CRAFTS (11)
Complete five arts/crafts from Pinterest
Learn how to applique
Learn how to embroider
Learn how to crochet
Learn how to knit
Learn how to paper quill
Complete at least one piece of origami
Complete one paper mache project
Complete one project that requires Modge Podge
Try my watercolor pencils
Give my scrapbooking desk a facelift

BOOKS & MOVIES (26)
Read a book of poems
Read a book of short stories
Read a classic novel
Read a memoir
Read an autobiography
Read a biography
Read a nonfiction book
Read a book from the "self-help" section
Read a book series
Reread a book I don't remember
Read a banned book during Banned Book Week
Read all novels written by an author
Read 101 books during this challenge
Keep a list of all the books I read during this challenge
Read one Christmas novel each Christmas season of this challenge
Listen to an audiobook
Read a novel then watch the movie
Watch a classic movie
Watch a documentary
Watch a foreign film
Watch a silent film
Watch a movie series
Rewatch a movie I don't remember
Watch all movies starring a favorite actor or actress
Watch 25 Christmas movies from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Day each season of this challenge
Watch an entire television series from beginning to end

FAMILY & FRIENDS (9)
Go on a strudel ride with dad
Make cheesebuttons with mom
Visit all the thrift stores in town in one day with sissy
*Mitch*
Make dog treats for Crickett
Send a fun piece of mail to someone once a month for a year
Give five handmade gifts
Give ten handmade cards

FIRSTS (6)
Whiten teeth
Try acupuncture
Play Bingo at a bingo hall
Go snowshoeing
Ride a horse
Get a tattoo

HEALTH & WELLNESS (12)
Run a 5K
Run a 10K
Run a half-marathon
Run a relay race
Complete the one-hundred push-ups challenge
Complete the one-fifty dips challenge
Complete the two-hundred sit-ups challenge
Complete the two-hundred lunges challenge
Complete the two-hundred squats challenge
Become flexible enough to touch my toes
Go for a run while on a trip/vacation
Bike to work at least once

NORTH DAKOTA (10)
Volunteer at the local humane society
Volunteer at the library's used book sale
Go through the Garden Walk
Go through the Holiday Home Walk
Attend a local Symphony-Orchestra concert
Visit the new Heritage Center
Visit the former Governor's Mansion
Ride the Lewis and Clark Riverboat
Travel the Enchanted Highway
Visit Dickens Village

PHOTOGRAPHY (15)
Organize digital photos
Organize and scan film photos
Read "point and shoot" manual
Read DSLR manual
Start and complete Project 365
Photograph five North Dakota towns
Work my way through my Photoshop tutorial book
Read Photo Idea Index
Read Photo Idea Index: People
Read Photo Idea Index: Places
Read Photo Idea Index: Things
Create and complete my own photo-of-the-day challenge
Take a fun perspective photo
Recreate an old photograph
Have a professional family picture taken

RANDOMOSITY (4)
Buy new glasses
Buy a piano
Create or be part of a Relay for Life team in honor of my mother-in-law
Thank an employee for great service and notify the manager

Monday, January 5, 2015

Word of the Year, 2015 Edition

I've decided to jump on the "word of the year" bandwagon.  I love the idea of having a single word help guide you through the year, something to focus on when you need inspiration or a simple reminder.  I had the perfect word jump out at me in December while I was pondering the new year ahead.



gray (grā) n. a shade between, or mixture of, black and white

As much as I'd like life to be black and white, it's not.  Very few things in life are that simple and clear-cut and while I understand this fact, I have a hard time accepting it.  My mind is set on "all or nothing" and has been for as long as I can remember.  I've definitely become more flexible over the years but I still stress myself out on a near daily basis by not being able to meet myself somewhere in the middle, somewhere in that "something" range.  Gray is the color of compromise - it sits between the extremes of black and white, after all - and that is exactly what I need to start doing, compromising with myself.  I need to teach myself that it's okay to live in the mixtures of black and white where everyone else is living, where all the best things in life are waiting.  I need to start living in the gray spectrum because if I don't, I'm going to miss out on being the happiest and healthiest version of myself that I know can be.

So, here's to learning to live in the grays in 2015.  It's going to be hard but I suspect it will be a lot prettier of a place.