Never again…

So in August I had the bright idea to try my hand at a furniture project. Sounds like a good idea. Why I decided to start with a 6-piece set, I still don’t know. Took me 4 months to complete, but I finally did it! Wooohoooo.

So here are the before pictures:


As you can see, someone taped one of the dressers shut, and it ripped the laminate off the face of the drawers, so I got a pretty good deal on the furniture. (Also, don’t ever try to paint furniture that is laminate. Ever. Ever. Ever.)

So there was a headboard, 2 nightstands, a tall dresser, and a long dresser with a mirror.

Here is the after:




I am very happy with how it turned out, and I love how it looks in our room. I just need to get new lamps and curtains for our room, and then it will be complete. (Finally one room in the house complete… yes we’ve lived in the house for a year now.)


21 Months

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  • likes to say “no, me.” and do things himself.
  • loves the color blue.
  • has been doing so well playing by himself recently. (best update of this post. seriously. i was starting to get a bit worried about how he would do when I couldn’t play with him as much when the new baby comes. he is able to play by himself for long stretches of time. granted, we just got him “new to us” toys, so maybe that has helped, but it gives me hope!)
  • the other day we were in a hurry, so we ran out the door and Ken didn’t have shoes on. he was going to get his shoes that were in the car. we made it down the stairs, and then Kenny saw that Ken didn’t have shoes on so he said, “opps. dada. shoes.” and turned around to walk back inside to get shoes.
  • he loves to help out when he can. almost always when I tell him we are going to go outside, he will run and get my shoes for me (unprompted).
  • this last Tuesday he slept in his “big boy bed” for the first time for a nap, and then the next day he slept in his big bed for both of his naps and for bedtime. it was great. it’s basically the same as him sleeping in a crib. we told him that he needs to stay in his bed, and he listens! it’s amazing. hopefully this continues. (also, we found his bed at a garage sale for $15. steal of a deal! it’s a trundle bed and it had one mattress, a mattress pillow top, and a foam insert as well. love it.)
  • loves Elmo or as Kenny calls him “melmo”
  • has acted “bashful” at times when he gets a lot of attention from someone he isn’t too familiar with.
  • loves to try to make Ken and I laugh. the other day Kenny and I were eating lunch, and Kenny had something in his mouth. I was trying to give him something else to eat, but Kenny had stuff in his mouth, so he lifted his one finger up (to tell me to wait) and gave me a face to accompany it. I started cracking up because it was so funny. he now loves to lift up his finger at random times throughout the day to try to get me to laugh.
  • has entered into the “toddler sharing struggles”. we are currently working on that.
  • has started to transition down to one nap during the day
  • is starting to say words clearer and loves when we understand him


^^^wearing a hat like daddy

Can’t believe in just a few months this kid will be two! ahhh! :)

Boom! (Ken’s requested post title)

You know, I think that if I had a million dollars I would still love to bargain shop. It’s one of my favorite things. I love walking away from the store and thinking “oh yeah. nailed it.” while pounding Ken’s hand and saying over and over “that was criminal” and “I can’t believe we got all of that for only x dollars!” for the rest of the day.

Well that happened yesterday. It was so good that I had to blog about it.

Ken’s favorite store (by far) is Kohl’s. In fact, he is often the one that suggests we stop by when we happen to drive by Kohl’s. And, of course, I am never one to turn down an opportunity to shop, so I usually oblige. Yesterday we “stopped by” because we had a $10 off coupon if we spent $25. We hit the clearance racks and did our thing.

This is what we came away with-


Five shirts for me (I wanted some more loose fitting shirts I could wear while pregnant) and two dress pants for Ken (which he needed as well). And guess what the total was?

$16.11– not a typo.

The shirts were about $2.40 each and the pants were about $6 each and then with the coupon we were able to get $10 off. We made out like bandits.

And we really did walk away giving each other fists bumps and high fives.

And then we went to Sam’s and only bought produce, milk, and cheese and spent more than twice as much. I guess it all evens out, right?

Two Years in the Making


When Ken and I were engaged, we were trying to find furniture that was cheap but fairly decent to put in our soon-to-be unfurnished apartment. Ken’s sister, Suzanne, helped us by looking on KSL’s used furniture listings (thanks again!). She found a nice couch for $35. After getting lost for 45 minutes, we finally got to the house to pay and pick up the couch. The guy who was selling it to us found out that we were soon-to-be newlyweds, and so he gave us the couch for free. Yes, free. 

With the couch came some pretty worn (and filthy) pillows that clashed terribly with our loveseat pillows. But it was free, right? So we had no room to complain.

For the past two years, I’ve had recovering the pillows on my to-do list. And guess what? I finally got around to doing them!


I got the red fabric from the remnants section at the craft store for $6 a yard. The patterned pillows I got at a thrift store for $2 each. Love it! Makes it all the better.

Man, This Kid

This kid just cracks me up! The faces he makes are hilarious. We bought this toy for Kenny at the thrift store ($2.99!) and we had him try it out for the first time tonight.


I don’t think he really knew what to think about it. He was trying to bounce, but he ended up leaving one leg stationary and bouncing with the other leg which of course spun him in circles. I think he thought he was going to fall out and that’s why he was making such funny faces. Love this kid. So entertaining.


So we decided that we wanted to take newborn pictures of Kenny, but we didn’t want to pay for them (always the dilemma . . . you want something, but you don’t want to pay for it). So my Mom and I got brave, and we tried to take them ourselves. Here are some of the better ones:




Doesn’t this one look like he is doing a fist pump? He is just practicing for when he goes to concerts with his dad.


And in this picture he was just trying to straighten his bow tie.

And then my above all favorite picture-


I just love this one so much! The way his hand is up it looks like he is saying, “Yo, my name is Kenny.” So cute.

Free Clothing

What’s better than free, right?

With my internship, they bought me some new outfits at the beginning of the internship. (It has only taken me 5 months to post this.) So here it is:

I got three t’s and a cami.

And then I got three blouses.

And three slacks. I also got some BYU logo apparel as well, but I’ll spare you. Very unflattering.

So yeah, pretty exciting! Thanks, BYU!