Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Outdoor Weekend and New Shoes

Last weekend, Michael and I went camping with a bunch of friends up Green Canyon in Logan. I forgot my camera during the camping part of the trip, but remembered when everyone decided to go repelling. We brought along our friends Brandon and Chasity, who are from North Dakota. Brandon is on an internship with Michael's company in SLC and we have enjoyed spending time with the fun couple. Personally, I'm completely terrified of repelling, and it was nice to have Chasity there with me to share in the cheering on of the others.

The view from below of Steph the fearless.
Brandon was a pro for his first time repelling!

View of Michael's camping "bed head" as he was belaying.
Amanda was seriously a pro.
Gotta love the fierce look on Michael's face. I kinda think he's hot ;)

Brandon and Chasity found this beautiful dandelion. Isn't it gorgeous?!?

I just bought these new running shoes from this amazing store here in Layton called "Striders". They specialize in running shoes and when you go in, they do a complete foot analysis and based on the results, find the perfect type of shoe for the way you walk or how you balance on your feet.

Needless to say, I found an amazing pair of Mizunos that were 25% off!!!

Mostly, I'm glad that Michael and I were able to have such a wonderful weekend camping and being outdoors. It really made Michael so happy to spend time with friends that he hadn't seen in a while. And Michael being outdoors is seriously his favorite thing to do, so it was good for him to do what he loves. He really does so much for me, often times I feel like I wish I could find more ways to do more for him. This weekend was definitely what the doctor ordered as we prepped and cooked over an open fire, slept in a tent, and had a grand ole time enjoying nature!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Exciting Feature!

After all the craziness of wedding plans and Michael's sickness on the day of, there is something seriously happy that resulted from it all besides being married to the man of my dreams. Our wedding is being featured on Utah Bride Blog's Flower Tip Friday! I feel so honored to be chosen and showcased on something that brides and vendors will see all around Utah! It's almost like being famous :) Please go and check it out!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Reupholstering Fun!

Michael and I took it upon ourselves to reupholster our 5 dining room chairs as a project last Friday. The dining set was given to us by Michael's parents and frankly, the cushions were in serious need of some TLC. The old and outdated blue/tan/cream burlap fabric was in need of changing and the "cushion" part basically consisted of about 1/8 inch of foam worn down over the years of good use. So, we decided it was time for an update and that is what we spent our afternoon doing! Michael's mother had some coupons for Joann's, where the foam was 50% off and the outdoor canvas fabric we purchased was on sale too! [We liked the outdoor strength fabric because we figure it will hold up to all sorts of conditions such as spills or normal wear and tear better than anything else.] Here are pictures of the finished product....

They look like 5 brand new chairs, don't they?

We bought 2 inch foam that is so comfy, and now when we sit on the chairs, our bottoms don't hit just plain wood!

We love the cream, black, and gold plaid as it fits perfectly in our kitchen scheme of blue and yellow. What a warm and perfect accent to our home!

I have to comment on the creases, don't they look nice? Michael and I debated and played with the fabric for a while, trying to decide if we wanted to show creases or not. In the end, these were so beautiful and classy, we decided these straight lined creases were the way to go!

It was a fun and fulfilling experience for the both of us as we worked side by side, cutting and stapling, cleaning, and folding. I love that Michael and I enjoy doing all sorts of things together, especially making our apartment feel like a home. Michael told me the other day that he feels more "at home" in this apartment than he ever did in all his college apartments. It makes me happy that he appreciates the little things I do everyday. I am definitely proud of all his hard work and travel that he does 5 days a week to support us and provide our new family with the things we need to have a comfortable life. We learned a lot from this experience and now are so proud to show off our skills. Granted, the cushions are not perfect, but we love them :)

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Puns are my favorite!!!


Well, Girl Potato and Boy Potato had eyes for each other, and finally they got married, and had a little sweet potato, which they called 'Yam.'
Of course, they wanted the best for Yam.
When it was time, they told her about the facts of life.
They warned her about going out and getting half-baked, so she wouldn't get accidentally mashed, and get a bad name for herself like 'Hot Potato,' and end up with a bunch of Tater Tots
Yam said not to worry, no Spud would get her into the sack and make a rotten potato out of her!
But on the other hand she wouldn't stay home and become a Couch Potato either
She would get plenty of exercise so as not to be skinny like her Shoestring cousins.
When she went off to Europe, Mr and Mrs. Potato told Yam to watch out for the hard-boiled guys from Ireland.
And the greasy guys from France called the French Fries. And when she went out west, to watch out for the Indians so she wouldn't get scalloped.
Yam said she would stay on the straight and narrow and wouldn't associate with those high class Yukon Golds, or the ones from the other side of the tracks who advertise their trade on all the trucks that say, 'Frito Lay.'
Mr. and Mrs. Potato sent Yam to Idaho P.U. (that's Potato University ) so that when she graduated she'd really be in the Chips.
But in spite of all they did for her, one-day Yam came home and announced she was going to marry Tom Brokaw.

Tom Brokaw!

Mr. and Mrs. Potato were very upset.
They told Yam she couldn't possibly marry Tom Brokaw because he's just......