Friday, August 26, 2011

My craft project post wedding by 3 years

Hey there friends and neighbors! I recently decided to make an arts and craft project because let's face it, I'm bored sometimes with the full summer off.
How this began: when David and I sent out our thank you cards from our wedding we put a tiny 2x3 picture of us in each envelope. After I was done I had a lot left over. I felt guilty throwing them away but knew no one really wants 40+ of the same picture. So what to do?

The middle: I decided I wanted to make a canvas-like collage of these little hummers and have wording over them of one of our favorite quotes. So I bought a canvas at $6 from michaels and I forgot my dang school ID for an additional 15% off so it could've been cheaper but whatev'. I also picked up lettering and spray-your-face-to-concrete-and-it-will-never-come-off all purpose glue from there also. I laid it out flat to do a test run and it looked like so:




Kind of nuts if you ask mE so I knew I had some blingin gold spray paint to make the letters "pop" more but after I did the Y as a test run I knew it'd be took much bling and decided to go in another direction.


The final product: The results were okay. It was a messy porch project but I had fun. Will I hang it in my house? Eh probably not for the whole world to view but in a closet? Sure, why not.





FYI the quote says "quit your life and stay with me." mxpx, it's a great song.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hello Xbox Users

Hi, my name is Chelsey Lynn and I like to play xbox with my husband.

More specifically I love to play Halo with my husband. It doesn't matter if it's campaign, firefight, or online.

What I don't like is the fact that I'm a girl gamer and it opens up the flood gates for the boy gamers to be creeps.

No, I don't want you to "teabag" me. (*stupid gamer move)

No, I don't want to play a custom game with only you.

No, I don't want to become your xbox friend.

No, I don't want to "rock your Halo game all night long."

No, I don't want to "take care of your babies."

And No, I especially don't want to be your girl.

My latest Xbox invite:


I may have been a little fed up with stupid gamers and responded kind of snarky....

Thursday, August 4, 2011

you think I love my corgi?













Via Sasha the iPhone

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The great birthday turtle

My good friend Brandon as pictured here turned 25 last weekend. He's pretty awesome so I thought I'd celebrate his awesomeness with a super cool cake.



Now I knew that for my sweet sexybakerman I couldn't just do any ole cake. So I got my creative on an googled turtle cakes(sea turtles happen to be his favorite) and decided I'd have a go at a turtle cupcake design found all over google search. Now they used big/normal cupcakes but I only have a pan for mini's and let's face it- smaller=cuter.




So after baking a butt load of these little bad boys I let them cool for 'bout one hour then got to the arranging as seen below.





Then with a little chocolate frosting, vanilla frosting, and food coloring I got nice and goopy (at least it was tasty) to finish my birthday masterpiece.









I am no kitchen/baking angel but all that mattered was that B-rad enjoyed his cake and from the partying we did that night I'd say he did! My hubby def. Appreciated the mini bundles of goodness too for the next three days. Lucky me, I'm not a cake fan! :)

P.S. This was via Sasha my iPhone. How did it turn out?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Let's get the ball rollin'

Can't you see David and I being awesome homeowners? I sure can.

It's consumed me and until recently I've tried to hide m craziness about it. I keep telling myself "not everyone wants to hear about your future bungalow Chelsey." But, like I said, I've decided to let out my crazy obsession and share it with the world.

So for today's post I want to tell you what we're looking for in a house. At least the abbreviated version.

1. We want a hunk of land. No, not acreage but something to call 'our dirt.' I'm tired of having "shared" areas. It's uncomfortable, crowded, not very private, and not to mention I don't want to raise apartment kids. If you don't understand that term you obviously didn't live across the street from apartments your whole childhood. (*Please don't take that offensive anyone, not all kids fit into that stereotype.)

2. We want a fixer-upper. Not only can we not afford a shiny new house, we don't really want one! I love reading Better Homes and Gardens to see all the fabulous remodels and up-do's people perform on houses! I'd feel guilty replace the brand new carpet in a brand new house to put in my beloved hardwoods but in a fixer-upper? Guilt free because let's face it, it'll need to be done! We also like to work together. It's such a bonding experience to work toward a common goal and get to see the end result of your labor.

3.(Secretly) We(and I really mean I on this one) don't want it to have a washer and dryer. Well that seems dumb doesn't it? I want an excuse to buy my idea of a housewife's naughty dream. That's right, a front loading RED washer and dryer set. David thinks I'm silly but boy do I want them. I'm normally not really a pick it before you have to(get that?) kind of person but these bad boys I've drooled over for years. Once again, I'm tired of apartment(condo right now) bottom of the barrel washer and dryer. I hate that it take 3 times for my towels to dry, and yes we have cleaned out all the ducts, some dryers just naturally suck.

4. We want a dining room. If you've been over to my house you know that our dining room consists of my college table that has been converted into a front door/foyer table. We have no chairs (because they all broke) and we never eat there. We sit on the floor to eat. Unconventional, I know but still pretty awesome, right? I already have my dining room designed. David, who I have learned is quite the craftsman, has agreed to make/build me a booth style, breakfast nook type dining room. No matter what kind of house we live in formal dining just isn't our thing. This cafe style will be the perfect fit to our life.

5. We want a garage. The main reason we want a garage is why? David wants to prove to both our families that garages are for cars, not everything else. It's rather hilarious to listen to him "discuss" his future plans for his/my cars garage.I guess if I can have my red washer and dryer he can have his clean garage. Most people say "yeah, we'll see if you can actually do that when you have a house," my argument: I hate junk. If it has no purpose just get rid of it.

But Chelsey, what about specifics? How many bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, and all the like? Where are you wanting to move? We'll my friends, I want to leave a little bit to a surprise. I'm convincing my mom that we're moving to Montana, and if someone wants to hire me in Spokane, why the heck not?

P.S.  Remember this cutie? He turned one on April 8th. Yeah, he still sleeps like a porn star...dirty dog.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The new purpose of my blog

As you may remember back in January I posted about taxes and how much I hate them.
I had three options, remember what they were?
1. Baby.
2. House.
3. Africian Clicky Language.

I can't have 1 without first having 2 and once again I'm kinda scared of 3, so 2 it is.

David and I had our "come to Jesus" moment about our finances and decided it was time to do a 180. We realized we should be saving over a grand a month...and we are now trying (being the key word) to do that.

What does that have to do with my bloggy-mc-blog? Well, my blog is now going to be the adventure of bringing us home...or to our home for that matter. We are not debt-ridden or credit-slaves but on the other hand we aren't home-buying savvy knee deep in the "know" of what to do with thousands of dollars put away. We are just a young couple trying to get home in the WORST housing market since the depression and boy do we want it bad!

So I invite you along on our really crazy journey to buying our first home. We are trying to do it alone (aka no government second loans or friends co-signing) and the right way. We want to be 100% happy with what we buy and we want it to be long term. We've seen quite a few of our friends buy "what they can" just so they can...and you know what? They want out already. It's scary to see that and I don't want to be that way. I want to love my house, work on my house, and eventually start growing our family in that house. I'm so excited that this process has begun that it is literally consuming me day in and day out (don't worry, David supports it!).

Anyway, the market is scary right now for homeowners but great for David and I. We hope to be starting the "buying process" <-whatever that is, at the end of summer/early fall. The third quarter is when the market is supposed to have fallen extremely low which means more types of houses for us to look at assuming banks are terrified to let go of some money. It's kind of scary if you are at the other end of the spectrum. Just the other day I was looking at our condo complex and we have 9, yes you read that right, 9 condos for sale! That number may not be gigantic but in a complex of under 70(ish) thats over ten percent!

If you ever feel like giving us, or me specifically, advice feel free! I love talking to anyone about this and feel like everyone has some sort of input that may help us on our journey. And just so you know I'll try not to make it too boring and still show the cutest pictures of my ridiculously handsome puppy (who is a year old on April 8th!).

Here are the two articles in which I was reading about 2011 housing forecast.

Housing Market Outlook 2011: Unsettled, Underwater, and Unsold

2011 Housing Market Forecast

Monday, March 14, 2011

My Wild West

The quickest update in the wild west:

  • I have only one class after then one (15 class session all together! WOOOO) and then I will be a employable ASL teacher. If you know anyone who's hiring send it my way.
  • There is less than 3 1/2 months left until glorious glorious summer time for me! AKA NO work and still paid!
  • David is going to be taking a class to get his national welding certification soon! Holla'!
  • Puppy is the most amazing creature to walk Lakeland Hills. We are currently trying to teach him how to "pound it." I'm sure if we tried a little bit harder than we are he'd have it. He's a really quick learner but his momma is being lazy bout the whole thing.
  • We went camping last month with John, Moriah, and thier cute pooches. It was super windy but we still had an awesome time watching b-rated movies in the camper and sitting 'round the fire. We can't wait to do it again, hopefully when it's warmer and less windy!
  • Our new favorite XBOX game is Borderlands. With over a million different gun combo's, how could it not be? I want to move to the planet Pandora just so I can snipe some skags!
  • We finally got around to actually playing the Kinect and it was A LOT of fun.
  • The Jarvis family is on a VERY strict budget system these days. Remember me talking about taxes and if we should have a baby, buy a house, or learn a clicky language? Well no matter which we choose we need a financial backer and since no one is really willing to invest it has to be us.
  • Just kidding, the budget is strictly for a house, not the other two...seriously, no babies, and the clicky language I'm just going to learn off YouTube.
  • David is going to Colorado to help his brother and wifey move back to Warshington. I'm so excited to have them close...even if they will still be 5 hours away! YAY!
  • I'm interpreting TWO that's right TWO Pacific Northwest History classes this semester. Remember at my work the classes are 90 minutes long? Well that pans out to be 3 oh so long hours of all about PNW fun...Yeah, I'm basically a genius when it comes to this area. By June you'll be able to ask me anything onthe topic and I'll not only tell you but probably recite a Native American poem about it. <- this is my my title is the west of the wild!
  • And now for the best part, pictures.
Okay I lied...sorry....the server isn't allowing it. I promise I have some awesome ones. If you'd like to see them be my FB friend and go look at my album.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Miss eb

Well my post was going to be titled Miss February but every time I typed the F it wouldn't happen. So I'll take it as a cue that it wasn't meant to be.

Why Miss eb?

I hate January.

I know, I know it's the month of my hubb's b-day and it's the month that everyone pretends to make goals and then breaks them. New life's, new hopes, BLAH BLAH BLAH! I hate it. Why? It's the month I always seem to be the brokest and the month I am always the sickest!

So here's to February. I love February. Why? Because it officially marks January as being OVER! I was thinking about it today, on the first day of this glorious month and I already am feeling sentimental about missing it. Weird, right? I love February and for no reason. Hub's and I are not Valentine's-esk people at all. It doesn't even have very many awesome days off (even though I do get a four day weekend because of the President's- God Bless America!!). But, alas, it's a rockin' awesome month and I plan on loving every 28 days of it.

What am I most excited for?

CAMPING ON THE COAST!
Feb. 11-13
With hubby and my fav. married couple friends
Ocean Shores
LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Have you ever had one of those days that when you're done getting ready you think to yourself "wow, I'm ready to go back to bed?" I'm having one of those days. Let me explain.

As you may know, I've been sick since hubby's birthday on Thursday. My weekend to say the least was uneventful. It involved a lot of couch time, honey, and a few rolls of toilet paper on the back of my couch.

So last night, even though I still wasn't up to par I convinced myself that I wanted to work today. That I could endure the day with high school teens even though I'm among the living dead just so I would have to use one of my coveted sick days (even though I have plenty).

I crawled into bed at nine and snuggled up to David (because he so wonderfully goes to bed at the same time I do even if he isn't tired just so we can be together). As I stared off at my wall I could hear myself trying to choke down air through my clogged nose, sore throat, and mucus coated tonsils I thought about how proud I was that I got everything ready for the morning before I went to bed. My lunch was made, my clothes (down to my skivvy's) were set out, my saltwater, emergen-c, and drugs were ready for me to take. I knew it was going to be a rough morning so I prepared.

I wasn't prepared for my 1am wake up however. I woke up feeling miserable. More so than the 4 days that I had already endured. I was now hacking up a lung, nasal dripping grossness, and my sore throat was raging on. I rolled over thinking, "I'll fall asleep,no biggy."

2 am "It'll happen"

3 am "Any moment now..."

Finally at 3:30 I decided to call in to our sub system and text my boss (I waited till 4). David woke up so many times to ask if I was ok in mid-cough. I felt the worst for him. His sleep I'm sure was just as bad as mine, but he still went to work today.

At 4 I rolled out of bed to try and give David a little undisturbed sleep. I put in my sub notice, texted my boss, then curled up on the couch.

What did I think about for the next two hours waiting for David to wake?

"What witty thing should I put on facebook about my sickness? "(<---I'm not big into updates, but I wanted one)

"Dear Facebook friends, Chelsey is currently unable to preform any tasks required of her because she is now among the living dead, aka undead, aka, night walkers, aka zombies. If you would like to send your regards she would appreciate it if no zombie hunters came after her as she hopes to one day return to a living state. Sincerely, The Zombie formerly known as Chelsey Lynn"

"I wonder who leaves for work at 430, that must suck?"- as I heard a car drive past

"Hmmm would my best friend be mad if I texted her a joke right now?"

"Dear Facebook friends, why must none of you be awake to listen to me whine at 4am? I thought FB ruled the world, and yet no one is here?"

This kept up until 5:45 when my work alarm goes off (don't worry I don't get up until 6:05 normally). At that point I decided it was an adequate enough time from my last dose of medicine that I could take something else. Benadryl it was, down the hatch. Followed by a reluctant piece of plain ole' bread to make sure nothing got upset. It still did..I'm sure from my IV type drip coming out of my nose...

Finally as David left at 6:45 I crawled back into our bed with puppy in tow. I got 3 hours of decent sleep.

My question is: how do mothers do it?

Off the wall I know. I whined so much in the past 24 hours. I felt, and still feel, like I can barely lift my head. I took a shower only to end up right back here on my couch. As a woman who someday wants kids I want an answer. I know that moms have days exactly like this, and yet they still work as mommy. How do you do it? I can barely take care of myself!

Anyway, I just took a shower (it took me an hour and a half to go through the whole process because i was so slow) and it is now 3:08pm. I'm fully dressed for no reason. I'm sure the hubby won't let me go anywhere. And the only thing I can think about? Going back to bed. Getting dressed was a lot of work today.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Because I'm still sick and David is still taking care of me this love-ditty will be nice, short, and of course SWEET!

Dashboard is a big deal to us. We listened to it ALL the time together in high school. In summer time we'd drive at night in the Jeep with its top of, heater cranks, practically screaming this guys stuff! When we broke up we both listened to this guys work day in and day out thinking about each other. It was the very first concert where we went together. We played some (being the key word) of his love songs at our wedding. And of course every now and again we get sentimental and rock out to his very emo love songs.

Do you and you love have music that brought you together?

And of course David had stolen my heart from day one, even if I didn't know it then.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Thursday

It's pretty simple. Week of Love Thursday was skipped for two reasons, which ironically fits with what we're discussing.

1. It was the hubby's 24th birthday yesterday. So afterwork I rushed to get a cake and a balloon and then came home to spruce up the house and get his presents out from under our bed. Then hub's came home and we celebrated.

2. I was sick. It was/is so gross! My throat feels like it's on fine and my 'noids are all swollen. Other than that I fee pretty great, a little tired I guess?

How in the world does this fit in with love?

...Simple...

I was willing to run errands and clean because hubs birthday is more important than me crawling into bed.
AND even BIGGER and WAAAY more giving/loving than what I did is what David did. He allowed me to lay on the couch with three giant blankets the rest of the evening. He cooked dinner, he waited on me, and he listened to me sob about how much I hated being sick...ON HIS BIRTHDAY! That ladies and gentlemen is true love.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"How to Love"

I put my title today in quotes because I personally believe that no one person can teach you "how to love." Having good healthy examples around you of love, taking classes, and reading books are all okay but the best way it to practice. When you practice loving that is when you will have to best chance at understanding it. Of course that is all my personal opinion. SOOOOO with that in mind I went on a hunt and google-d the word LOVE. Lemme' just say how awesome of things I found! Lucky for me, #4 from my search was WikiHow.com 's own rendition of "how to love."

Here are my most favorites from wikiHow:

"Love is both an action and a feeling. The action of love generates a blissful feeling called by the same name. When the action stops, the blissful feeling is replaced with pain. Every person is capable of great love (and its opposite, fear, which generates all painful emotions such as hate, greed and jealousy)."
            -Umm so the only thing opposite of love is pain?

Steps to loving
1. Say it
2. Empathize
3. Love unconditionally
4. Expect nothing in return
5. Realize it can be lost
        -Okay, not that I disagree with these but true love normally does this naturally, right? Sometimes you need a reminder on one or the other but a step by step classroom lecture?

"As a word, love can be found worldwide and is often used to describe compassion and/or emotional attachment. Sometimes love songs do not accurately describe love, but rather, the absence of love, hence the sad tone of some romantic songs."
                     -Love me some country "I lost my house, my dog, and my wife...."

"WARNING" <----yeah, there is a warning section on how to love!

-You must love yourself first before you can love another.
-There is always a risk of getting hurt
-Recognize that any feeling of jealousy is a clear sign of fear
-The idea of love is fueled by childhood fantasies.
-You just may find your soulmate sooner than you intended(<- how is this a warning?)
-Don't ask for love
-Do not force love


All quotes and picture taken from here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Top 5 most Romantic places in Washington

It's all in the title baby!

I decided  to make sure that I keep with my love theme that todays Week of Love post would be on my most favorite romantic places to travel to in Washington state.

5. Washington State Ferry, WA
Hop on any one of these bad boys at sunset, grab a bottle of sparkling cider, and head to any of the many destinations it'll take you. (Hubby's input for this one)

4.Salish Lodge, Snoqualmie Falls, WA
Although we've never stayed here YET, I've heard nothing but amazing things about this place! Look out to the beautiful falls anytime of year. It'll be sure to get the romantic pumping through your body!

3. Leavenworth, Washington
How could you not love this Bulvarian getaway with all it's cute cabins and "exotic" places to chow?

2. Long Beach, Washington
Grab a bite of some of the best Calimari and stay at one of the many awesome bungalows!

1. Home Sweet Home
Let's face it, nothing compares to the ultimate getaway of sleeping in, snuggling all day, and nookie all night like at the home you made with your sugar.

Monday, January 17, 2011

11-22




We went to a wedding reception this past Saturday that was truly wonderful. I love weddings because they are full of love. Everytime I go to a wedding it always makes me reminence on our wedding day, which was perfect if I do say so myself! So todays post on love is the expanded version of what happened on our wedding day. I think it's important to write down what happened on your special day because lets face it, 50 years from now are you really going to remember the little things that made your day extra special?

My day started with only four hours of sleep...if that. I spent the night in our new apartment sleeping in my bed with my best friend who drove up from college to spend the day with me. I didn't expect to sleep at all that night but someone sleep did come but was short lived by my alarm at 5:30 (p.s. even the day of my wedding I wanted to hit snooze). My brother Tad, who was so awesome to us that day, picked me up 'round 6:15 and took me to th store to get a sprite, turns out I don't have nerves of steel and was nervous. We headed to my parents very crowded house where my dad was cooking my favorite breakfast, my cousin Lea was doin' my do, and my Mac girl, Sarah, was doin' my makeup. I couldn't eat. My stomach was doing flips and it wasn't because I was scared or nervous...I was anxious. Today was going to be the day that the rest of my life (and then some) was going to start.

I don't remember what time I left the house or much of the drive up there. I just remember having so much thanks in my heart that it wasn't raining and that I was going to get to see David in a few short moments. I wish we would have driven to the Temple together. I would have been so much better for my anxiety. I FINALLY got to see David as I got out of the car inn front of the Temple. Right then and there everything was at peace. Nothing mattered anymore except that he and I were there together. Shortly after we were together we were split up again so we could go change. I was now elated. I was so happy and wished that it would have happened faster because I wanted to be back to David! When we were both ready we went into waiting room where just him and I got to stand. He saw me for the first time all done up and on his face was nothing but love. He later confessed to me that they (his escort and father) left him there alone for 5 minutes where he started to worry if I was going to show up!

We were sealed that day together as man and wife for time and eternity. A blessing that is so amazing that there is few words that can be formed to discribe it. I think for each person trying to describe that most gracious blessing it's different too. No two couples feel the same thing.

After it was all done and said we were ready to party. I didn't want our wedding to be remembered for anything normal or stereotypical (especially LDS weddings!!! heehee). I wore rainboots under that big ole' poofy dress as did all my girls. I planned for a November Washington wedding but instead got an early fall wedding, it was chilly but gorgiously blue outside! I don't remember being cold as we endured a LOOOONG photo shoot but everyone else says it was freezing. My heart was on fire with love and nothing was going to stop it!

We had an odd lunch host by my inlaws. We ate at a restaurant in Federal Way where no one had really ate before. Sad to say, they assigned only one waitress to a party of 50. Not smart. David and I again didn't eat anything because we were having too much fun talking and giggling with everyone, and of course, not leaving each others sides.

At this point something happened that is still a big secret to my family because they would have MURDERED us if they found out. My best friend on the whole wide west coast did something for us. She went and got us RED Slurpees which we throughly enjoyed in the backseat of my moms car. I had angels looking out for my poofy white dress that day because not a drop of the blood red Slurpee landed outside my mouth! We guzzled them down and headed to our apartment so I could grab a few last minute items that we were going to be needed for our honeymoon. My friends, my brother, and the two of us had to be quite a scene rolling up to our one bedroom where we laughed inside for an hour. It's not everyday you have a newlywedded couple laying on the floor in the full wedding get up.

Our reception was everything I wanted and more. It wasn't sterotypical. It wasn't in a church cultural hall. We didn't have cream puffs! We danced. We laughed. We hugged. We didn't eat( haha!). We were elated by all the love shown to us. Normally for an LDS wedding reception you expect about half the people you invite to show up. We far surpassed that number. The little Point Defiance Pagoda was bursting at the seams and we will forever be eternally gratiful for every single person who showed up. I remember seeing people I love from every stage of my life in that small former train station. My oldest elementary school friends, my high school teacher, every young womens leader who served me, my team fubar boys, college besties, all my secondary mothers, and so many more! It's a blessing to share the more important day of my life with all of these people who helped shaped me into the person I am. I know David was also gratiful. We were in such a state of shock. It was surreal. The whole evening flew by so fast. Before we knew it my dad told us to go change and we left. Just as quickly as it started, it ended. But it wasn't really the end. Maybe of that night but as we walked out I thought "this is going to be the best adventure ever!" And you know what? Two years, One month and twenty-six days later it still is.

**As a side note: I don't even know how my wedding was put together. I planned every tiny detail out on paper and gave so many assignments to willing people but when it came to the day of I didn't do anything. I said nothing to the people who served us, gave no directions, added no input. It was a miracle. Years of knowing awesome people paid off. I swear the people who helped (family and friends) are all miracle workers. They knew every little detail that I wanted. I was so blessed that I was able to wear my poofy dress all day and just prance around like a princess. To all those people: YOU are my heros!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

L-O-V-E

I've been feelin' pretty down on LOVE lately...

not my own love (with the hubby) but love out there. I've noticed that there are quite a few of my friends getting divorces, speaking ill of their lovers, and just plain negativity toward the world of love. Let us clear something up: I DO NOT LIKE IT WHEN MY LOVE BUBBLE IS BROKEN! Therefore I am kicking off

"Chelsey's Week of LOVE!!!!"

You're invited to join me with a full week of the greatest love stories, moments, and down right amazing-ness that comes along with being in love! I need to feel up on love again, know that there are people out there just like David and I who think that they have the greatest love story (and happily ever after) that has ever been told! Have something to share? Fill me in and I post it here.

To kick our week off Karen O. sings it pretty on spot:

"L.  O.  V.   E., it's a mystery
Where you'll find me, Where you'll find
All is love, is love, is love, is love"

Friday, January 14, 2011

I agree.




'Nuff said...I think deep down we all agree.

"You are more interesting than your profile. You are more beautiful than your profile picture."

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

again

It's snowing and I couldn't be any happier!
Why?
Because I got to do this with my puppy an hour ago:

And now he is currently doing this:


And life is good!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

wrhs

Um....If anyone wants to convince White River to get and ASL program and then hire me I'd greatly appreciate it. I want to work there REAL bad like....

Saturday, January 8, 2011

SEAHAWKS WIN!!!!

There is a reason we took this season off from watching football...

I am too intense...

The LOSING recond Seahawks just beat the SUPERBOWL DEFENDING CHAMPS Saints in the playoff game and we watched all of it...or most of it.

With 10 minutes left in the game as the Seahawks were being walked all over I had to take a break. I was screaming and jumping and squeezing my hubby's hand way too tightly. He switched stations for 3 minutes so I could have a breather. Then we switched back and I'm pretty sure mine and David's blood pressure when through the roof...not because it was a super intense game(which it was) but because I am too intense with football.

All the same, the Seahawks continue next week with what we hope to be another Miracle football game!

If you would like to see just how intense I can be, feel free to join us next week.

Friday, January 7, 2011

For my future house

So I'm working on blogging more. It's hard because I don't know sometimes what to write.
Today I came home sick after an hour and a half of work Lame. I spent the whole day in and out of sleep, talking to my favorite cousin Lea, and designing my future home! I am going to convince David to get my a subscription to Better Homes and Gardens (for only 5 bucks!) just so I can truely be a home makeover nerd! In light of what I did today I decided to share my #1 thing I want for our living room. In fact I love it so much that I'm not going to wait for a new home, I'm ordering it for the condo! It's great because it's not a mass print and it's special ordered just for you!

 You can find this print at Fancy Prints on Etsy. I didn't know about Etsy until recently. If you don't know about Etsy, you probably should go check it out!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Tax Season...

I have been a tax paying citizen for almost 6 years now.

I have always got a tax return.

This year....not so much.

I now know why people hate tax season.

What have I concluded from this years rather shocking tax crisis in the Jarvis family?

A.) We need to become breeders for a child tax break.
B.) One of us quit our job and become poor people for a tax break.
C.) We buy a house for a tax break.
D.) Move to a country where there is no word for tax and just live of zebra and lion meat.

I'd like to pick D just so I could learn some clickly language.....but I'll probably pick C....I couldn't handle A and B wouldn't be condusive to my lush lifestyle(HA!) David's answer is B times two. He says "we could both quit are jobs and live off unemployment[just like all those lazy people!!!]. <---We are true blue working Americans can you tell we're not fans of all the extentions?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Mrs. Moriah

My dear sweet friend Moriah just got married to the love of her life, John. Four days before they were to have their reception the photographer-friend backed out. She called me up because she knew I had a "fancy" camera and asked (and I offered) if I would be willing to take pictures for them. Immediately inside I wanted to scream "YES YES YES" because secretly I've always wanted to but my more calm, cool, collected self knew that photographing someones reception is kind of a big deal and should be left to the photographers. Anyway, I agreed on the ground rules that she couldn't expect anything. That I'd try my best but I am IN NO WAY professional or even amateur. We had a blast, and I say we because David was the best photographers assistant EVER. We also had a blast just laughing with John and Moriah. I also had a lot of fun editing them afterwards. I interpreted in a photoshop class last year so I was able to know basics (which REALLY helped) and I found Corel Paintshop Pro which is photoshop for dummies (still has layers, masks, levels, etc.) and got a FREE 30 day trial. In total I edited 119 pictures out of the 650 I took. I'm pretty proud to say the least. Moriah told me her sister-in-law wants me to photograph her newborn and some friend wants to hire me for their own wedding....EEEKKKK!!!!! Oh and did I mention they want to pay me? What the.....????? I dunno if I'll do it, it feels like a HUGE responsibility (because it is) and I don't know if I want to do it over and over again. Not to mention, my 30 day trial is up..bummer...I'm debating trading one of these two offers for them to buy me the program....OR you could just buy it for me?

For your viewing and/or critiquing pleasure, here are a few of my fav's:











because everyone's 2011 should start out like this....



AND of course, finding out your husband is a NINJA!