Monday, June 28, 2010

34 Hours in SLC (with 27 hours of driving)

We took a trip this weekend that was almost equal parts driving and destination. Friday afternoon as soon as Jake got home from an early day at work, we loaded ourselves, some clothes, some junk food, and like all of Sam's belongings and hit the road.

A potty break within Phoenix city limits, another at some dirt road exit (involving new underclothing) and yet a third in Flagstaff got us off to a rocky start. After removing all beverage-like substances from the back seat, we started again. After that, albeit long, the trip was pretty smooth sailing.

We arrived in Salt Lake City around 3am Saturday, completely exhausted, only to find our 10-month-old bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to play. Jake took him because he was still pumped full of caffeine so I could get some sleep.

A couple hours later we were waking up and getting ready for the day. We were in Salt Lake to attend the funeral of Jake's grandpa Mont. It was very nice and we all were glad we could be there, but I really wish we could have spent more time all of Jake's family and cousins. Unfortunately we saw everyone for about 15 minutes afterward before they all had to leave for Idaho for the burial service. Since we were still recovering from our journey, we didn't continue on with them. Instead, we headed back to where we were staying so the kids could nap.

After naps, we headed down to Temple Square to visit the gardens, visitors center, and Tabernacle. It was really nice and the weather made me question why we live in the desert.

The next day we slept in, packed up, and headed for home. This trip was much better, and we would have cut an hour and a half off of our drive time if our battery didn't die 90 minutes out of Phoenix, leaving us stranded for an hour and also if we weren't the first vehicle on the scene of a rolled over semi truck (they were OK, luckily).

But, you know, besides that, everything was just great.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Open For Business

Welcome to GoodieSupplies!

This shop probably isn't very interesting to most people, but I'm starting a supplies etsy shop and I'll be selling these flower cabochons and some hair accessory supplies too. I'm super excited about it, and anxious to see how it goes.

Wish me luck!

Oh, and speaking of luck, congratulations to lucky #11 in my givaway. DRUGGIST! E-mail me. Or I can just get in contact with your wife :) .

Monday, June 14, 2010


3 hours of church with no naps can exhaust a guy.

This is Sam within minutes of coming home from church yesterday. We tried to get some milk into him before he fell asleep, but sleep won.

LAST CHANCE to enter the giveaway (here). Winner will be randomly chosen tonight!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Don't Forget!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway! It's basically for $25 free dollars.


Wednesday, June 09, 2010

OK, Seriously. (with a GIVEAWAY)

So, I went ahead and placed my order through CSN stores on Tuesday afternoon like I mentioned I would. Yesterday evening (WEDNESDAY), the order was on my doorstep. THE NEXT DAY. I feel like I have a personal shopper with them and they hand-delivered my order. (Did you, personal shopper?)

Anyway, I'm 100% satisfied with the envelopes I ordered, and will definitely be using them again in the future.


I'm giving you a chance to use them as your personal shopper too, with my very first GIVEAWAY! This giveaway is for a $25 gift certificate to be used at any of their stores.

Just leave a comment and make sure I can get a hold of you. Get an extra 2 entries if you blog about the contest (leave 2 extra comments please). THREE chances to win! Contest ends Monday June 14th.

(Just a note before you enter: the gift certificate can't be used on shipping fees)


Play Time

This kid. When he gets bored, he just crawls into the playroom
all on his own and finds something to play with.

He's such a good kid. Lucky for him, today his sister was in there too.

We like her too.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

So, I'm Planning a NEW Adventure

Pretty soon, I'll be opening a new etsy shop (details next week hopefully). I'm just getting everything prepared this week. Shipping supplies are being ordered, packing materials are being collected, etc.

I think I'm going to try and order my envelopes from CSN Stores. They're a website with over 200 stores where you can buy anything from a sofa to a suitcase (or shipping supplies). I'll let you know how it goes with their website.

Wish me luck! I'm pretty excited about this new adventure.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Home Tour Part VI: Guest Room



This room isn't nearly as impressive to view until you know what it looked like before. Each wall was divided in half diagonally, with red paint on one half and black on the other. This included the walls, baseboards, closet doors, bedroom door, and all trim.

Several coats of primer later, we were able to paint. And by that point, we didn't care what color it was. Luckily, the house came with two 5 gallon buckets of mystery paint, so that's what we used (we also used the same color on the play room, the office, and 2 of the bathrooms). It's a nice neutral soft brown color.

Throw in a headboard found for free on the side of the road, our old bedding, and a chair ALSO found in the road, and the room was basically free. But I still think my free room is better than what used to be there.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Memorial Day/Housewarming Party

After a YEAR of living in our new house, we finally threw our housewarming party. I was so busy from start to finish though, that I forgot to take pictures until it was already dying out.

Friends & Family having an AWESOME time

Our sparking blue pool, new lounge chairs,
and newly painted/reupholstered (by yours truly) deck chairs

We had a really great turnout, awesome food, and tons of fun! Chairs and lots of tables of foods were set up in the back yard, the pool was constantly full of kids, and I set up "before" pictures in all of the rooms of our house so that people could see the improvements we've made on the house since we moved in.

One of the three food tables

More screaming good times

Thanks to everyone who came. We had a really fun time!