Friday, April 22, 2011

a through z.

Some facts about me, just because it's Friday. Yay! That means I get to sleep in and relax. Here's a pic of Clementine when she was a pup. I don't think I've ever posted it on this blog and since her name is mentioned in this post I thought I'd include her.

A. Age: 24

B. Bed size: queen. (best bed ever- simmons beautyrest)

C. Chore you hate: dishes. i'd rather clean toilets.

D. Dogs: Yes, please! clementine the schnauzer.

F. Favorite color: grey. its sophisticated, right?

G. Gold or silver: silver

H. Height: 5’6"

I. Instruments: absolutely none. i'd like to learn the autoharp, tho.

J. Job title: nah

K. Kids: eventually, see previous posts.

L. Live: provo soon to be socal.

M. Mom’s name: Kelly

N. Nicknames: none, really

O. Overnight hospital stays: never

P. Pet peeve: the word 'pet peeve'. it sounds gross.

Q. Quote from a movie: "In vain I have struggled, it will not do. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."

R. Right or left handed: Right

S. Siblings: tres

T. Time you wake up: weekdays: 6:12 am

U. Underwear: white

V. Vegetables you dislike: can't think of a single one

W. What makes you run late: snooze

X. X-Rays you’ve had: teeth + stomach

Y. Yummy food you make: everything. i think about food all day long

Z. Zoo- favorite animal: i like the giraffes + elephants.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

With The Beatles


I was born in the wrong decade, and grew up in the wrong decade. Have I ever mentioned that before? I like old fashioned things. Music, movies, clothes...I like getting back to the basics. Homemade cleaning products and cloth diapers.

We're going to talk about the music part today.
What's your favorite band? I have a ton. A TON. My favorite? Always the Beatles.

I've been listening to them my entire life. Thanks to my parents (mostly my Dad) they've been in our home forever. The other day some friends were all talking about bands we liked when we were younger, and someone said, "Come on, you can't tell me you listened to Simon and Garfunkel when you were in middle school." Actually yes, yes I did. Along with the Beatles. And all oldies...and all rock from the 60's and 70's and 80's. And ska. and punk.

Don't get me wrong- I like a lot of modern music too. The Shins are in my top ten favorite bands ever for sure, if not THE best band of recent.

But the Beatles will always have a special place in my heart. Especially George. (Remember how I have a Beatles calendar up on my desk at work and some totally awesome new kid asked me "oh, do you like the Beatles?" I say yes. He says "can you name them all?" i didn't respond. worst. question. ever.) I remember when George died. I was in 10th grade and my seminary teacher happened to also be a lover of the Beatles (Brother Child). We mourned together. Anyway, I love anything Beatles related. When we went to London we HAD to go to Abbey Road. It was amazing! I'll never forget it.

Now that I think about it, I wish I had had a Beatles themed wedding. 1960's style. I'll just have to remember that when someone I know gets married who feels the same way I do about the band, and try to convince them to use all of my ideas...

I guess I should be thankful that I live now. I can pick and choose what I like out of all of the past years.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Sabbath

Sunday is a special day- a day of relaxation, learning + listening, spending time with family. It's a quiet time. I am not a fan of 'breaking' the sabbath. I like the term 'breaking' because the day is like a clean slate, and if I do something I'm not supposed to, I really picture the slate breaking. There are certain things that I REALLY care about, and this is one of them.

Growing up, my parents were VERY strict about Sunday rules. They became active again in the church when I was about 4 years old, and I think with that activity came true devoutness. What were we allowed to do on Sunday?
Go to church. We were allowed to watch TV- but we couldn't go outside and play with friends. Sometimes we'd go for drives or visit grandparents. It was basically a quiet, relaxing day. (It makes me think of this scripture, one of my faves. Alma 57:21 "Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them."

Once I was a teenager I usually took a nap in the afternoon after church, depending on the time our church was. But I always spent the day with my family- that was my favorite part.

The reason I'm writing this? Moving to Utah has done something to us. We have become relaxed. And I hate it. Everyone struggles with different things. Some people are really good about keeping the sabbath holy, or reading their scriptures, or doing service. Some people have a hard time being modest or keeping their language clean. I used to be so great at so many things, and I feel like those things have faded. So this is me admitting that I need to be better.

"Try a little harder to be a little better." Gordon B. Hinkley

Saturday, April 16, 2011


We decided to do something new with our old headboard to give our room a little redo. Our old headboard was actually this one here, but it was covered in fabric- two different kinds. It was originally a red toile with red and white gingham on the edges at first, then we recovered it with a very modern ikea zig zag fabric. Our style has changed a lot....haha.

My friend Amber told me about the idea of painting over letters and revealing the wood thru the lettering. Thanks to the Silhouette, we cut out our lettering using premium vinyl and painted three coats of grey paint over it. David hung it on the wall using these hooks that hold 75 pounds each- so it's pretty secure. (We didn't want it falling off on our heads in the middle of the night). It was an easy, simple product and resulted in a nice, simple headboard.

As for the lyrics- it only took me like 4 months to decide what I wanted. The lyrics shown here are from the Mason Jennings song "If You Need a Reason". The whole song is great, and the block of lyrics that include what we chose is my favorite part of the song. It was kind of long so I just picked the end verses. Here's what it says:

Lovely, lovely quiet lake
how could this be a mistake
too dark now to see your face
your hair is blowing all over the place
the moon is caught in a frozen glass
it could not let this moment pass
the sun is waiting far away
until i have a chance to say
all that's missing, all thats lost
every hope at any cost
every dream too good to come true
floods my heart when i'm with you

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Time for the Truth

No, I'm not pregnant. I won't be within the next 6 months.

I've had ideas and ambitions most of my life. You know in school how they ask what you want to be when you grow up? I would say librarian a lot (and I still want to be that) but secretly in my head all I wanted to be was a mom. and wife. It's one of the few things I've ever been sure about.

When we first got married I was baby hungry. I couldn't get my mind on anything else. I was barely 20 and we were so unsettled it was just out of the question. Welp, nearly 5 years down the line here we are- in the same position as before. Still SO unsettled. My three closest friends are pregnant. My other friends are trying to get pregnant.

Don't think this is me whining or being bitter- I'm not. I got past that a LONG time ago. What I'm trying to say is I don't know what happened. People bug us about why we haven't had a baby yet constantly. It doesn't bother me I guess, it's just weird. Out of everyone I know I would have thought that I'd be the one to not put this off.

So let's just say I'm hoping this is in the cards for us soon enough. I spend hours every day discussing pregnancy/baby stuff with these friends. What crib? what stroller? What bedding? Planning showers. Discussing names. Fearing labor. haha.
I spend hours researching my weirdo things like cloth diapers + the benefits of breastfeeding solely for 6 months. (Maybe that's why I have so many breastfeeding dreams?)

At least I'll be prepared when the time comes?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Arcade Fire

Last night we headed over to UVU to see Arcade Fire after months of waiting (we bought our tickets quite a while ago). It was amazing. I love when bands sound just as good live. And when they switch up their instruments. Very talented.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Things I want

Pinterest is spoiling me- I have a billion things I want, or want to make.

Like this succulent wreath- its ALIVE.

I've been saving the link to this vanilla milk with chocolate ice cubes for about 3 years...I should probably make it soon. I have a serious thing for chocolate milk.

I love VW's. I even had a bug in high school. (It's gone now that my brother forgot to put oil in it and it caught on fire). This onesie is WAY too cute.

S'mores are my favorite part of camping.

I have these gap jeans, but they're not as flared as this. I want these so bad! I found Kendi's website this week and her outfits are amazing. Now I need an entire new wardrobe!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I brought you flours

One of our faves. I love that he brings her flours. And I love that he just says "I want you". I like when guys get flabbergasted when they're overcome with love- especially since most are very sensible. :)

Have you seen Stranger Than Fiction? If not, you should. It's David's favorite.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Finds this week

I was up at sunrise this morning hanging out down at Utah Lake taking my sister's senior pictures. I made her do a profile shot (cause I love them) even though she didn't want me to. We Faughts are blessed with interesting noses. I guess it's time to embrace them. :) Luckily she doesn't read my blog so she'll never know! But seriously, I think it's gorgeous. Very Barbra Streisand. Whom I love. Some people don't. And I don't care.

Here are some of my favorite blog posts I happened upon this week:

On Design Sponge they featured a sweet little succulent party. I have been wanting to do terrariums for a while! They also showed how to make yummy compound butters.

Easter ideas are popping up and I love this paint chip easter egg garland.

Do you read Jorge Garcia's blog (you know, Hurley from LOST!) I love his blog. This week he showed us how he makes is OWN almond milk. It's pretty neat.

And a Florida engagement session. Look at those colors!