Thursday, January 19, 2012

I promise I will upload photos tomorrow but for now, I want to share some lovely inspiration I have found on the world wide web. I really have learned (finally) how to search and find pictures and blogs I like.
Here is a lovely living room. I cannot believe the simplicity and excellent use of bright colors. 
One day I'll have a coffee table. 
Here's some inspiration for my bathroom. love the colors! 
we already happen to have yellow tile in the shower. 
look at my cousin Michelle's baby! So pretty. 
my cousin Angie is an amazing photographer.
So very fitting to my life right now. 
Inspirational indeed.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Jan 13


just had to get that out. I got to go see my amazing sister once again perform her guts out.

and all I got a picture of was this. Yes we are in a high school bathroom. Yes my mom was laughing in this picture. Yes she thinks I'm crazy. Yes I am wearing glasses with no lenses. Yes I did see some of the people I have gotten jobs from in my weird eyewear. (there are no lenses I can see everything). Yes my husband said "Lets get you some ones with lenses at least if you are going to fake it."

Friday, January 13, 2012

Jan 12

January 12 was an awesome day. First of all my parents celebrated their 27th anniversary! How awesome is that?  Matt and I slept in and and then went to get my accutane but had some technical problems with the pharmacy. I was a frustrated lady while Matt kept making jokes and making me smile. After that we were going to go grocery shopping butttt we ended up using our gift card to outback instead! YUM. 
We then decided to use our gift card to see's as well and in the days that followed we destroyed that innocent box. After our Linner we went to My dear friend Sarah's house for some quality television (parks and rec, the office, and up all night) followed by one of my favorite games in the whole entire universe. 

Having a couples date with one of my best friends of middle school and high school was so fun. Finally getting to meet Eric in a setting other than our wedding or a big group was fantastic. Good choice sarah. I approve. I hate it when people say that. Like I was waiting for your approval all along? Get out of here! Anyways, the night was a blast and I hope we can get together during spring break.  (They go to school far far away).

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jan 11

 um, yum. This was one of Matt and I's wonderful self cooked meals. Parmesan tillapia with Brussel sprouts, and sunflower seed pesto pasta. YUM.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

jan 9 and 10

 My dear dear little sister (yes I know she's taller than me) turned 18 this week. What a crazy world. Here we are at Olive Garden (I'm taking the picture). I love that girl with all my heart. I will miss her If she ends up going away for college. I already miss her, she is a busy girl! I'm amazed at what she has accomplished. Love you sissy.
My mom had a hair appointment, and I was asked to watch this little angel. We had so much playing at the park. We also liked playing the game, "try to sneak rocks and grass into my mouth without Jen looking". And when I say we I mean she. 

And then this is me exercising. or not. But I did exercise this week. I went to a spinning class which was not as fun as I had anticipated (note spinning really means cycling) but was rewarding in the hours and day that followed.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Jan 8

Two of my Dad's greatest joys are in this picture. His family and watching football. How adorable is Emmie in this picture? She watches her Grandpa's every move.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Debt is the Devil.

 I really like our tiny home. I never ever ever thought I could live in a studio. But we looked at them anyway and that, my friends, it is one of the best financial decisions we have ever made.
 We are living below our means. About a third of our paycheck is rent, another third is saved, and the last third is what spend (give or take). We love cooking and once we discovered this, restaurant use went down significantly. However it is vacation and we do have the occasional lazy slip up. But we don't go in the hole for it!
 Last January was another story completely.
I was in major debt.
I had taxes, my car and my credit card all to pay off. I was paying for tuition and could not afford the car loan to my dad. I was being irresponsible with my money. I thought because I worked I deserved a car, and school and new clothes, and new things. I didn't realize that the loan from my dad was generous, had a low interest rate, and inturn, I was walking all over him.
In February Matt and I started talking about marriage. But before we even thought about getting married we needed a plan. Matt was not  in debt so at least we had that going for us. We figured out that we would need 2,000 a month to survive. That was including rent, laundry, utilities, car insurance, THE WORKS! With all my debt that was going to be hard to come by. I started working on my debt since marriage was my goal. I saved more than I spent. I only bought gas, and only food when necessary.
On April 16th Matt proposed! We wanted to get married right away but we still had the big gloomy cloud of debt hanging over us.
 One of our main goals was to get my car paid off. That had a lot to do with my parents saying they would not be there at the wedding if that car wasn't paid off. Sounds extreme, but it has been one of the greatest blessings and I am so thankful. Both of our cars are paid off in full! But I'm getting ahead of myself. I think at that time I had already paid off my credit card debt. I felt extremely guilty for spending that money I had not earned, and did not want to start our marriage with unreasonable bills.
To pay off this debt faster, I needed to make more money, and there it was, God answered my prayer. Twice.
 First my old voice teacher was planning on moving and needed to give her voice students homes. (sounds like stray cats or something). So starting in May she gave me her two of her group voice lesson students.
 I was so excited for that first lesson. Matt came over to my parents a bit before the lesson so we could hang out. It was about 30 min before the lesson and I drove matt to the lightrail station. I started heading back home, excited to teach two groups of 4.
And there it was, Gods plan.
As I was waiting at a red light, a big black truck rear-ended me. I pulled over with about 20 min before my lesson. My neck hurt from the impact and I was in pure shock. We called the cops and the guy in the truck just kept apologizing. He saw my engagement ring and asked when I was getting married.  I turned away from him and looked out all dramatically, "We were waiting to pay off this car and then we were going to set a date." He was silent for a while. I remember feeling bad about making everything so awkward so I made some joke about something. He kept saying this was his first accident. poor guy. I came to the lesson and only had about 15 minutes to teach a lesson that should have been an hour. I was devasted. What a great way to introduce myself to these new girls and parents. How embarrassed was I? I actually started crying when I started to explain what happened. Can you believe it? I cried and one of the new parents gave me a hug. Ugg I feel embarassed just thinking about.
 Any who all was not lost. Actually this car accident was one of the reasons we could get married sooner! If only I would have known this when that guy hit me! The insurance paid us off a big amount. My dad found a repair shop that would repair it cheaper. There was 1,000 left over and with that put on my car loan there was only 800 to go on paying it off.

Matt willingly and all prince charming like payed off the rest. And then and there we set a date.

I truely believe if you are trying to do something good, things will turn out. Paying off our debts was difficult but paid off in the end, big time.
As a side note the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Again and again we are reminded to pay off our debts and make it work with what we have. This talk by Ezra Taft Benson specifically talks about debt and I find it inspiring.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Jan 7

By cleaning today we got to do this. (Not actually Matt's B-day)
Because of this. 

I felt a little like I was a big winner on storage wars. 

Jan 6

This is me. At the Dermatologist. Because... what else am I gonna do while I'm waiting?

The new shelves

I cannot tell you how excited I am today to get two big shelves from Matt's old room at his parents. My brother was super generous and offered his truck and help moving stuff. I'm really excited to have a place to show off what we like in our home. Matt's video games, Shel Silverstien, Nirvana collection, etc. Despite our clearly different taste in hobbies and music we actually love a lot of the same books.
We've yet to fill our cd collection shelf (Matt still has more to get from his room). But here's our start.
My brother Taylor was suuuuper nice to help us today. He drove his truck and helped move all are stuff from fremont to San Jose!  What a trooper!

I hope you noticed the cute little lamb on top of the bookshelf. Its probably one of my favorite parts of cleaning out matt's room. Its his oldest toy. ahhh I cannot get enough of it!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Jan 5

This is the cup-cake queen aka Rachel who happens to be my sister. Rachel made delish cupcakes and we decided to eat them cupcake wars style (with forks). How classy are we?

jan 4

Matt and I are the best cooks in the kitchen. Can you see how big that burger patty is?! Matt's a g.

Basically we learned from Gordon Ramsey that salt and pepper are the best seasoning for beef. He is right. Also he taught us that fresh meats and vegetables make the best meals. We love fresh meats.

Thanks chef.

january 3

yeah, rachel got an apple for christmas and hilarity ensued.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Jan 2

This photo was taken at a stop we made on the way home. The sign says calico ghost town. About 3 min after we left the trunk had mysteriously opened. I think it was a ghost...

Jan 1

This year one of my resolutions is to take a photo every day.  Eventually these photos will become a memory book of 2012 with one photo for everyday! Hope I make it!

Vegas baby!

Viva Las Vegas! no really.  When you're in Vegas you never sleep and everything is ca-razy. Not how I expected though. The crazy part was the constant LIGHTS! MUSIC! FOUNTAINS. Oh those wonderful fountains. I was so amazed by that Bellagio fountain show. I saw it three times. Mostly because it is free and twice was because we had good timing. We went with Matt's best buds for new years. They are like Matt's brothers. I think of them like family. One day those two went off and shot guns at this gun shop. When I saw the targets they brought back part of me regretted not going with them! I was, however glad that Matt and I got to spend so much time together. All four of us counted down on the strip with thousands of people and saw a long fireworks show at midnight. It was magic. The crowded streets back home? not so much magic. more like confused livestock.

By the end of the trip I was exhausted. I'm not used to so much fun jam packed into 4 days. I'm so glad I was invited.