Tuesday, December 14, 2010

O Christmas Tree

Since Christmas is my favorite holiday, I wanted our house to have a little Christmas spirit. And it really is little:

A real Christmas tree isn't exactly in our budget this year, so we're settling for a mini version. Our little Christmas tree stands at a whopping total of 2 feet and is decorated with a few things I dug out of my craft drawer. It doesn't really give the grand effect I was hoping for, but it's our first Christmas tree together which makes it special. At least it's a step up from Charlie Brown. Maybe even two steps.

Now all we need are a few presents....

A Pink Tutu

Baby Josie is so stinking cute! Especially in a tutu. It definitely suits her.

So I might have stolen this picture off of Katie's blog. I think I'm becoming one of those aunts who brags about their nieces and has to show pictures of them to anyone who even glances in their general direction.

As a baby gift for Josie, I volunteered to make her baby announcements. After all, people should know who she is. I love being crafty, especially when it comes to pretty papers. Here is how they turned out:

The pink tutu is my favorite part!

Monday, December 6, 2010


Yesterday was Josh's birthday. It was a pretty busy day: eating, napping, eating, relaxing. It was great! We also went to the theater and saw Inception, which is one of Josh's new favorite movies. It's really good and if you haven't seen it, you need to. During the entire movie, I kept leaning over to Josh saying "This is crazy!" or "This is so cool!" We had fun. Then ended the day with birthday cake.

Happy Birthday Josh! I LOVE YOU!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Let It Snow

Oh the weather outside is frightful...

It has been snowing every other day for the past 2 weeks. It makes me want to go sledding and Christmas shopping! Or maybe just curl up on the couch with a gallon of hot chocolate- that's more like it.

We decided to do a little playing in the snow:

Josh throwing snow at Lilo

Taking a break

Jumping for joy (or to keep warm)

Lilo likes eating snow

Lilo's snow face

Josh's snow face

The end!

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Search for Boots

I love shoes. I can't always find a pair of jeans that fit just right, but I can always find a pair of shoes that fit perfectly. I came to Fargo with a shoe wardrobe made up of flip flops and peep toes. As I have recently discovered, that's not going to cut it.

With winter approaching, I have been looking everywhere for boots. And I mean everywhere. I'm a little (okay, a lot) picky when it comes to clothes shopping, so that may have something to do with it. We looked everywhere in Fargo and I tried on countless boots, but I couldn't find any that fit right or looked good. The whole process was very frustrating.

We decided to take a day trip to Minneapolis this past weekend and do a little boot shopping while in town. Josh and I were prepared to be trying on boots for hours. Surprisingly, at the first store we went in I found not only one, but two pairs of boots that I liked and both happened to be on sale. Seriously!?! My luck changed and I finally found boots that were both cute and warm.

So now I feel a little more prepared for winter. Next I have to accept the fact that I won't be seeing my flip flops for a very long time...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Little Things

As a newlywed, you realize what things are really important in life. After 10 months of being married, here is my answer: the little things.

Starting a life together is beyond wonderful, but it's also hard. Being in a new city and being a little tight on money has brought its challenges. We've had to cut back and spend a lot of evenings at home. But those evenings have been some of the best. It's just the little things: watching our favorite movies and quoting every line, rearranging furniture, eating nachos at 1 a.m., wearing ridiculous footie pajamas, laughing so hard our stomachs hurt. Life is fun together.

Yesterday was my birthday. Josh and I spent the entire day together, went out to eat sushi, and finished by cuddling to a movie. We hadn't eaten sushi in months, so we were pretty excited. Although we didn't do anything big, it was a nice day. I appreciated just spending time together and enjoying the little things. Everything is better together.

"It's not always easy and sometimes life can be deceiving, I'll tell you one thing it's always better when we're together."
-Jack Johnson

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dress Up Day (aka Halloween)

Halloween is Josh's favorite holiday, as it is the one day of the year where it's acceptable for anyone over the age of 5 to play dress up. He's one of those people who plans his Halloween costume months in advance. So naturally, I'm required to wear one too.

Last year Josh chose our Halloween costumes. There is one word to describe them: Pokemon. Being a good fiancee, I went along with it. Our costumes involved buying and returning 3 different sweatshirts, Josh slaving over a sewing machine, and me shopping in the boys department. They actually turned out pretty well:

This year we decided to dress up as Shaggy and Velma. Lilo, of course, dressed as Scooby Doo. To complete the gang, some friends from the ward, Matt and Haylie, went as Fred and Daphne. We had fun with it.

I have to point out that I made my skirt, which I am very proud of. We couldn't find a red skirt anywhere so I had to get creative. Since I can barely sew a button, sewing an entire skirt was definitely out of the question. Instead, I made the whole thing out of red fabric and safety pins. I'm still impressed with myself.

It was a good Halloween. And we already have next year's costumes in the works.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Our New Niece!

Josie Emma King

Our new niece was born Thursday, October 21. I really wish we could have been there! For now we just have to settle for pictures instead. She's beautiful and just as adorable as her older sister.

I love being an aunt!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


I've been missing on our blog lately for two reasons: 1) I haven't had much to blog about, and 2) I've been working on my portfolio. I'm hoping that my portfolio will help me find a job that I'm at least interested in.

Since I know how to use blogspot and can practically blog in my sleep, I made a second blog dedicated to my portfolio. It pretty much sums up what I've been doing for the past four years. Here is a little preview:

It's still under construction, but if you're interested or just curious, you can see more at emilymassey.blogspot.com.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Despite the fact that I've been freezing for the past month, there are a few things I've been enjoying about fall up north:

- A real excuse to wear sweaters and pea coats
- Drinking hot chocolate
- No humidity, which means non-frizzy hair
- And watching the leaves change


Holly Jean

It's official. We have the CUTEST niece in the entire world!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


This is how I've been feeling lately: blah.

Job hunting is going very slowly and unsuccessfully. Kind of frustrating. Right now I feel like my college degree is pretty useless. Companies want to hire someone with experience, not someone fresh out of college. Okay then, how am I supposed to get experience if no wants to hire me?

We are still waiting on Josh's company car, so I'm temporarily stuck at home during the day. I've been going a little stir-crazy. Between job applications, I spend my days cooking, watching 30 Rock (thank you, Netflix), and making Young Women handouts. And that is my exciting life.

Hopefully things will progress soon. Until then, life is a little blah.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Right Turn Ahead

I have a bad sense of direction. You'd think that having a GPS would solve the problem, but in my case it doesn't. Our GPS (aka Tom Tom, or as we like to call it, Tomas) and I are not very good friends. We have somewhat of a hate-hate relationship. Let me explain:

When Josh and I spent a week in Minneapolis for his work training, I had to rely on Tomas to get around. This proved to be more difficult than it sounds. I wanted to go to the Galleria about 10 miles away from our hotel. I'm not familiar with the city and Tomas started taking me through confusing little side streets. He would say "Right turn ahead." Ok, no problem. Then all of a sudden he would be screaming "Turn right! Turn right!" So I turned right, but it would either be a street too soon or too late. Then I would hear the all too familiar words: "Turn around when possible." With this happening at least five more times and construction on the highway leading me on a detour, I arrived frustrated at the Galleria an hour later.

Earlier this week, I decided to do a little job hunting with the help of none other than Tomas. Besides the fact that Tomas is getting too old to locate some of the streets I was trying to find, things were going fine. Then I had to take the highway. Tomas told me what exit I needed, so I took the exit. Then he suddenly decided to switch the exit from 63A to 63B, but it was too late for me to get in the other lane. So then I found myself going in the opposite direction of where I wanted to go and Tomas telling me to "Turn around" like it was my fault for taking the wrong exit. I hate that thing.

Besides the fact that we have a GPS, I'm somehow constantly getting lost and turned around. I don't know how it happens, but it does. Josh thinks it's a user problem, but I blame Tomas.

Friday, September 10, 2010

This Old House

I often prefer older homes to newer homes. They just have so much more character and charm. And I'm not talking about houses built in the 80s- they're too old to be considered cool, but not old enough to be charming. Although the vintage charm is a huge plus, living in an older home does present its own set of challenges.

We love living in a house. It's so nice to have our own space and room to breathe! But after living here for a month, we have discovered a few quirks about our old home:

1. Small scale- People used to be a lot smaller back in the day, which we have realized firsthand. Our 3 bedrooms are tiny and don't account for any extra room. Once we get our master bedroom completely set up, we figure there will be about a foot of space at the end of the bed for maneuvering around the room.

2. Funky floor plans- You have to sit a little sideways in order to use the toilet in the main bathroom. Whoever came up with the idea to install the toilet so close to the vanity clearly wasn't thinking. It's not the most functional bathroom.

3. Missing amenities- There are some modern amenities that just come standard. Our house was built before garbage disposals were considered necessary. I absolutely hate doing dishes in the first place and not having a garbage disposal makes it that much worse. Luckily, Josh usually volunteers for dish duty- I have the best husband!

4. Outdated finishes- Most of the finishes in our house really aren't bad, but some could definitely use an update. Our kitchen floor is far from attractive and you can tell that it's been there awhile. I'm sure it used to be in style, but I will be the first to point out that it's not anymore.

Cramped bathroom and oh-so-lovely kitchen floor.

Even though I've only mentioned the not-so-nice features of our home, we're really happy here. And there are some great features that we love: wood floors throughout, all of the original windows and moldings, a finished basement. It's not flawless, but with a little paint and elbow grease it will be perfect for us.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Goodbye Summer

It changed from summer to fall overnight. And I don't like it. As soon as September 1 hit, the weather decided it was no longer summer and the temperature should instantly drop twenty degrees. Now it's chilly during the day and COLD at night. No more warm sunny days, which means no more shorts and flip flops. Welcome to Fargo.

The end of summer also means the end of my summer break. It's been nice taking some time off from school and work and just relaxing. Now I need to find a job. I hate job hunting, but at the same time I'm tired of being at home all day with nothing to do. I've applied for a few jobs here and there, but now it's time to get down to business.

Labor Day is another sign that summer is over. For the long weekend we made a trip out to the West's lake house. It was a weekend full of boating, surfing, off-roading, sauna-sitting, eating, talking, and more. We had a blast. There were five families altogether, so there was never a dull moment. Josh got to try out his surfing skills and we discovered that I'm a surprisingly good off-road driver for a city girl. Besides spending time with friends, one of the nicest things about the weekend was waking up to this view in the morning:

So it's time to say goodbye to summer. I already miss you...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tennis, Anyone?

Over the weekend Josh and I decided to play tennis together. And I'm using the phrase "play tennis" very loosely.

There is a park down the street from our house that has free tennis courts and we decided it was time to take advantage of this. I'll start out by saying that I'm not the most athletic person in the world. Josh on the other hand loves any and every sport. So we started hitting the ball back and forth, which wasn't as simple as it sounds. Josh was being a good husband and hitting the ball very nicely straight in my direction. I, however, do not aim with 100% accuracy. It's more like 15%. So basically, Josh was running in every direction chasing the tennis ball everywhere from the fence to the adjacent courts. Side note: this is why my dad stopped playing tennis with me after pulling one too many muscles. So there we are, Josh running like crazy with me on the other side of the net swinging the racket as hard as I can, sometimes missing the ball completely. Our tennis outing didn't exactly go as well as planned. I gave up after about 25 minutes, deciding it was enough for one day and vowing to get a better swing. Josh pointed out that I was much better at wii tennis and suggested we go home and redeem ourselves.

Next exercising adventure: P90X. Josh has been wanting to start it for weeks. He finally suggested that I should do it with him for motivational purposes. When he first mentioned this, I laughed. Like I'm going to last five minutes! In the end, I agreed to try it out and at least be there for support when I get tired after 30 seconds and take a water break for the rest of the workout. We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I've been a little homesick lately. After living in Fargo for only a month and a half, I'm still not really liking it much. With all of the stress of the past few weeks and the fact that I have absolutely nothing to do during the day, I wish I could be home in Texas with familiar faces. This is what I miss most:



Holly Jean. (OK so Holly is part of the family category, but I decided she deserved her own category too. I miss seeing her little face so much!)

Although I wish I could be back home in Texas, I have Josh. It doesn't matter where we are, the important thing is that we're together. We could be living on the North Pole and I would be blissfully happy with Josh by my side!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Heat Wave

The past few days I have actually been glad that we don't live in Texas. We found out our first night in the new house that our air conditioner wasn't working. Perfect! It's the middle of summer with 200% humidity and our house is a furnace. I love warm weather, but not when I have sweat dripping down my back inside my own house.

We've had three lovely days with no AC. To avoid overheating, we've spent a lot of time out of the house. Bookstore, grocery store, mall, you name it. Even driving in the car with the air blasting was a relief. We've also been sleeping in the basement where it's about ten degrees cooler than the rest of the house.

Finally this morning the AC was replaced. As soon as the cold air came rushing through the vents, we could hear the hallelujah chorus in the background. Ok, not really. But it was SO nice.

And we're now sweat-free.

Monday, August 9, 2010


You know how I said I hate packing and unpacking just to pack and unpack again? Well guess what? We're moving. Again.

Our apartment rental company was giving us grief about having a dog in a no pet facility. We had already worked things out where we could have Lilo in the apartment, but then they decided they just wanted her out. So after frantically searching for a few days, we found a house to rent. It's been really stressful this past week!

Our new home:

It's a cute little house. It's older so it has a certain charm. It has 3 tiny bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Since we don't have a lot of furniture and we have a miniature version of a couch (see below), the space works for us. And it has a ton of storage! But the most exciting part for me is that I can paint and decorate as much as I could possibly want.

We're more than ready to say goodbye to apartment life. Now we don't have to hear every movie playing next door or every heavy-footed neighbor upstairs. Josh gets to put in a security system (aka: a new toy) and Lilo gets her very own backyard for both business and pleasure.

The stress is starting to go away, so now we just have to get settled in the new house. And I refuse to move again any time soon!

Our fun-sized ikea couch

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Rain, Rain, Go Away

As far as I know, we moved to Fargo, not Seattle.

It has rained practically every other day since we moved here. Whether the day starts out sunny or not, at some point or another you can always count on threatening clouds to roll in. We've woken up twice to tornado sirens and pounding hail in the middle of the night. And if it's not bad enough, Fargo has a tendency to flood. I knew that we would have to deal with blizzards and negative temperatures, but I didn't realize we would be experiencing monsoon season and tornado valley!

Moral of the story, never leave the house without an umbrella. Oh, and invest in some rain boots.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Lilo's New Look:

1 dog + 1 red bandana

We actually didn't expect the bandana to last long. Lilo is not one for dressing up. But we thought it was cute and she doesn't seem to mind, so it stuck.

And now she's a cowgirl.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Space Issues

659. Square feet.

I've already mentioned that our new apartment is on the smaller side, and we're discovering that more and more every day. We thought that getting rid of all our boxes would solve the problem, but no such luck. Now we just have piles of stuff on the floor instead of in boxes and nowhere to put things. Basically, our home can be compared to a shoe box.

Making more space in the apartment took desperate measures and some creativity. The other night, we (and when I say "we" I mean Josh) removed the doors between the bedroom and closet, and between the closet and bathroom. Then we had to sneak the doors out to the garage at midnight to avoid getting caught. After the operation was complete, we gained an entire wall of space in our closet that we can use for storage. There are now curtains in place of doors and a little less privacy, but it's worth it.

I can't wait until we have a house! Then we'll actually have space to breathe, not to mention doors in all the doorways.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Toto, I Don't Think We're in Texas Anymore

In fact we're miles and miles away from Texas. We're on the other side of the world (okay I'm exaggerating). After a week of Josh training in Minneapolis, we're ready to get settled into our new home in Fargo.

We've moved into yet another apartment. It's nice and new and we're liking it so far. There isn't a ton of space and there is only one bedroom, but we do have a double garage which will especially come in handy during the winter months. Now we just need to empty out our boxes and find a place for everything. I'm hoping we'll be here for awhile because I'm sick and tired of packing and unpacking just to pack and unpack again!

Fargo and the general area seem pretty nice, although I may think differently in a few months when everything is covered in snow. Fargo is a big enough city where you have all of the amenities, but small enough where you don't have to sit in rush hour traffic for hours. Although it's not huge, I don't know my way around at all yet. Josh will confirm that it probably has something to do with my lousy sense of direction.

It may take awhile until we're completely settled in, but we're excited to get to know the area and start meeting people. It's a big change, but in the end it will be a good change.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Two Peas in a Pod

Holly and Lilo, baby and dog. It's funny how much they have in common!

* They both beg for food: I was babysitting Holly one morning and I hadn't eaten breakfast yet. I poured a bowl of cereal and the second I sat down at the table, Holly and Lilo were practically on top of me begging for food. Holly held her arms up and Lilo gave me her puppy dog eyes. I gave in to Holly of course, but Lilo didn't have as much luck.

* They're favorite toys are stuffed animals: As soon as Holly lays her eyes on a stuffed animal, her entire face lights up. She carries them around with her and squeezes them so tight. As for Lilo, we've stopped shopping in the pet section for her toys. She prefers little stuffed animals that she can tug on and carry around until she slowly pulls out all the stuffing and is left with and empty rag.

* They both like chasing the other around, but don't like being chased: It's pretty hilarious watching Holly and Lilo interact with each other. Holly either goes for the tail or the eyes. Either way, she's delighted when she succeeds in catching up to Lilo. Lilo on the other hand has no problem catching Holly. She likes to sniff and lick Holly's face when she's close, which Holly isn't too fond of.

Although one is a lot hairier, they're two peas in a pod. And don't worry Holly, someday we'll even have a cousin you can play with too.

Monday, June 21, 2010


It seems like we just got to Corpus and now we're leaving. We'll be saying goodbye to the southern coast and heading straight north to Fargo, North Dakota of all places. And there's a pretty good chance that I may freeze to death.

Josh found a job in Fargo and has been training for it in Utah this past week. It's really the perfect job for him and it's a great opportunity for our little family. He'll still be working for APX, but as a service technician. We've even found an apartment in Fargo already, so things are really working out so far. Oh and did I mention- we'll be leaving in a little over a week. It's all happening so fast!

So there are some pretty big changes coming up for us. In about a week we'll be on our way, starting a new chapter in our life. And for this chapter, I'll be trading in my flip-flops for winter boots.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Brown Thumb

There are certain things in life that Josh loves to remind me about because he knows it bugs me. Like the time that I promised to take him to see New Moon for his birthday and then never did. According to my story, it's because we were really busy and didn't have time, but Josh will tell you otherwise. And then there was the time that Josh bought me an orchid for Valentine's Day, which is now dead. He likes to claim that I "killed" it.

Some people have a green thumb and I just naturally have a brown thumb. I once bought cute little plants to decorate my bathroom and give it a fresh look. Bad idea- they were brown and dying a month later. Not exactly the look I was going for. And the last time I received flowers, I left them in the car. In 90 degree heat. In Texas. But that was really an accident. Basically anything that's green and has leaves will live a short life if left anywhere near me.

So the orchid Josh gave me was beautiful and I loved it. It had white petals with splashes of purple and was in full bloom at the time. The directions said that all you have to do is put five ice cubes in the dirt every ten days. I thought "Easy enough. I can do this!" Well, I was wrong. It was going well for awhile and I lovingly put ice cubes in the dirt every week and a half until we went out of town. We were gone for about a week and it completely messed up the whole ice cube schedule. Ever since then my orchid has never been the same. It started losing all of its flowers and then slowly started losing its leaves one by one. It now has one sad little brown leaf left.

I think it's finally time to say goodbye to my orchid. I kept denying that it was dead and hoping it was just "asleep", but it's obvious now. So yes Josh, I probably did kill it, but not on purpose. And I'm going to miss my poor neglected orchid. It was just another innocent victim of my brown thumb.

R.I.P. orchid.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Happy Birthday Holly!

Our niece Holly turned 1 on Friday. She is the sweetest little girl and growing up so fast!

We celebrated her birthday over the weekend and Holly definitely knew it was a party for her. She had a great time being the constant center of attention. And with a room full of family, she had an adoring audience. Whether she was launching her dinner on the floor or running around the room, she loved being the entertainment!

And there were presents galore. The wrapping paper alone kept Holly busy for quite awhile. She then discovered her new stash consisting of clothes, toys, and of course her favorite, stuffed animals. There was so much excitement and she played until she was literally falling over.

The best part of the night was watching Holly's attempts at eating a cupcake. She first tried not to use her hands and just dived face first into the frosting. After diving and coming back up for air about twenty times, she finally grabbed it with her hands and devoured it. As you can imagine, there was frosting everywhere!

With family, presents, and most importantly cupcakes, Holly's party was a success. She loved it!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Since I'm getting the hang of the whole blogging thing, I decided to get creative: I gave our blog a makeover.

Because I'm not the most computer savvy or decisive person in the world, it literally took me hours to come up with this new look. Josh got tired really fast of me asking his opinion on no less than fifty different backgrounds. I needed an opinion! And then I had the header to deal with. After about ten tries, I finally got it the right size.

Anyways, it was a battle but in the end turned out cute. Needless to say, I won't try to give our blog another face lift anytime soon.

Hopefully everyone will like it as much as I do!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Another Corpus Christi Summer

It's another summer and we've found ourselves once again in the city by the bay, where Josh is selling for APX the next few months. I'm happy because I get to spend the summer with my family and Josh is happy because we're not in El Paso (where we could have been for the summer). In the end, we're both really glad to be here.

We moved a little over a week ago, so we're still in the unpacking stage. Getting settled into our new apartment has been no problem at all, considering it's at least twice the size of our last one. We actually have room for all of Josh's superman action figures and all of my shoes.

While Josh is off securing the world one house at a time, I am taking up the domestic role of housewife this summer. It's been a really nice break from school and work so far. I may not be the best housewife in the world (as I am currently blogging instead of unpacking), but I try. I'm getting better at cooking and I usually have dinner ready when Josh gets home, so that should count for something.

Now we're back in the city where we met almost a year ago. I don't think anything can top falling in love and getting engaged last summer, but I'm sure this one will be great too!

Monday, May 24, 2010


I finally did it. As of May 15, I'm officially an alumni of Stephen F. Austin State University. And it's a great feeling!

Graduation was long, to say the least. The only thing I was concerned about during the entire ceremony was keeping my cap on. I naturally have a small head, and even with the help of bobby pins, that cap would not stay on. For the whole three hours, I just sat there pulling my cap back down on my head every time it slid off. And that is the memory I will forever have of my college graduation.

My parents, sister, brother-in-law and niece came up to Nacogdoches for the ceremony, so it was really nice to have everyone there. Afterward we took pictures, of course, and went to our favorite sushi restaurant, which we will dearly miss.

It was a good day!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Oldest Town in Texas

Right now I'm sitting in the middle of a dozen boxes trying to decide what to pack next. I hate packing. And for some reason I always leave it until the very last second. I've been saying for weeks that I need to start packing, and I just pulled out the boxes today. We're moving in four days- nice job Emily.

Josh and I will be the first to admit that we're not the biggest fans of Nacogdoches, but it's a little weird to be leaving after spending a long and memorable four years of college here. It seems like I'm just going home for the summer and then coming back for fall semester. Don't get me wrong, I'm ecstatic about graduating and leaving, but there are a few things we'll miss.

3 things we'll miss about Nac:

1. Friends- I've made some really good friends over the years, and now we're all leaving and moving on. It's a little sad. We also finally started making a few good friends in the ward here just in time to leave them behind.

2. Driving- It only takes about ten minutes or less to get anywhere in town. The grocery store is practically across the street and a tank of gas lasts for weeks. It's nice.

3. Hastings- When we have nothing better to do on a Friday night, we usually go to Hastings. You can find movies for 3 or 4 dollars. I think we've at least doubled our movie collection since living here.

3 things we definitely won't miss:

1. Social/night life- With hardly anything to do for fun in Nac, we usually stay in on the weekends. Most shops and restaurants close at 9 pm or earlier, so after that you're pretty much out of luck.

2. Shopping- The mall has five stores and the hottest shopping spot in town is Wal-Mart-- enough said.

3. Allergies- I never got allergies until I moved to Nacogdoches. Every spring, there is pollen everywhere. And I mean everywhere. Your car will literally turn yellow. I've been congested for the last two months and I'm ready to breathe again!

So, we're ready to have all of the amenities of a bigger city again. We're leaving a few things behind, but we'll be happy to settle down and find our place in the world. As for now, I need to get packing!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


I've been counting down the days until graduation for weeks and it's finally almost here (11 days to be exact)! And in case you're wondering, I'm beyond excited. College has been great, but I'm definitely ready to move on.

To share my excitement with the world, I decided to make my own graduation announcements. The typical university provided announcements just aren't that attractive. When I first told Josh that I was planning on making them myself, he doubted my crafting abilities and said "You're not Katie!" Katie, my sister, owns every kind of scrapbooking supplies imaginable and has made everything from invitations for my bridal shower to bows that match every one of our niece's dresses. I do tend to talk about projects that I never actually start, so Josh did have a point.

Then I did what I always do when I take on a new crafting endeavor: go to Hobby Lobby. I stocked up on patterned paper and envelopes and I was good to go. It only took a few hours to print, cut, and put everything together. And in the end, they turned out pretty good!

Josh was even a little impressed.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


When I say there's nothing to do in Nacogdoches, I'm not exaggerating. There's really nothing. We usually end up spending our evenings making dinner, cuddling on the couch, and watching a movie. We don't have cable and I'm getting tired of our movie collection, so lately we've been watching Netflix on wii. And that's how we discovered Heroes.

To say the least, Heroes is now one of our favorite TV shows. I guess you could say we're addicted. As soon as we both get home from school and work, we sit in front of the TV, grab the remote, and turn on the next episode. The storyline is intense and surprising and the end of every episode leaves you with a cliffhanger and a "To be continued..." So obviously, we have to keep watching. Sadly, it consumes hours of our day (so I'm pretty sure I just made us sound like couch potatoes). It only took us about a week to watch the first season and now we're probably going to make record time on the second.

And that is the story of how we became obsessed with Heroes.

What can I say? It's a good show.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The P-A-R-K

Poor Lilo is cooped up in a tiny one bedroom apartment all day. She dreams of having her very own backyard for running around, sniffing fresh air, and of course, doing her "business". Until then, she has to settle for trips to the park (Also known as the p-a-r-k when Lilo is within earshot). We try to take her as often as possible, but when her parents get busy with work and school, they can sometimes neglect her.

When we do make it to the park on a bright sunny day, Lilo is beyond excited. She acts like Christmas has come early. As soon as we let her out of the car, she runs, jumps, and pees on every patch of grass she sees. Her park adventures usually begin with playing frisbee and end with splashing around in the creek. Then she is one happy, wet dog. With green grass under her paws and a red frisbee in her mouth, Lilo's world is complete!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Joy of Cooking

I've never been much of a cook, but luckily for me Josh is. He usually takes over the cooking, but sometimes I like to try to be domestic. Josh is always more than happy to tell the story of when I cooked a pizza with the cardboard still underneath. (In my defense, the directions said to take out the cardboard. So I did- I took it out of the cardboard box.) Besides Cardboard Pizza, my other specialties include Lumpy Chicken Alfredo and Super Salty Beef.

Cooking in our tiny kitchen is always an adventure. We have a refrigerator that thinks it's a freezer, a scorching hot oven, and an overly sensitive smoke detector. So our milk is iced, our food is burnt, and our apartment is filled with loud beeping. If you're in a hurry, our oven is perfect: just bake anything at a lower temperature and for about half the time. Then it should turn out right.

Although I'll admit I can't cook, I love to bake. I'll make anything from brownies to a 3-layered cake. I've found a perfect banana muffin recipe that I've been loving lately:

Banana Crumb Muffins


* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 3 bananas, mashed
* 3/4 cup white sugar
* 1 egg, lightly beaten
* 1/3 cup butter, melted
* 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
* 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 tablespoon butter


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 12 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

So if you're eating with us, make sure Josh is cooking dinner and I'll make dessert!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage

It was almost nine months ago that we first laid eyes on each other and instantly clicked. A week later we were saying "I love you," and a week after that we were planning a wedding. Yes we know it was fast, some even say crazy, but we knew from the beginning that it was meant to be. We sealed the deal in the San Antonio Temple on January 8, 2010. It was an amazing day that we'll always remember. Since then, we've never been happier and we love married life. It's been great so far and we can't wait to see what's next!