Sunday, December 11, 2011

The cats

I feel like the cats haven't been mentioned enough lately so here are some pictures of what they've been up to.

Not everyone likes their Halloween costume

We came home one night to Lily laying in the dirty pan that we had made scrambled eggs in. UGH.

Helping me get ready for work

Simon tries to drink the tree water but just ends up with a sappy head.

This is how I keep Lily quiet while I'm getting ready for work.. playing with cat nip

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Wish list

Here are some of the things that I'm wishing for this year :)

1. Pretty shears

2. Instax Mini 25 or 7 instant camera

3. Someone should knit me these mittens

4. Winking owl cookie jar. I have vintage salt and pepper shakers that match this!
5. Celestial coasters in Milk & Honey

I'll be home in 8 days!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The holidays

So we all know that I'm really bad about blogging. I've got some pictures to share from picking out our pumpkins, Halloween, Thanksgiving and picking out our tree.

I forgot to take pictures of us picking out pumpkins in the field..

Found a chicken in the corn maze

Tractor ride on the way to get pumpkins

Pumpkin toss

For work on Halloween we all made costumes of exclusive products that we make/sell.

I don't know if any of you will know what these products are but from left to right we have a Magnum reflector, (me) Phresh Filter, Flo'N'Gro, Ideal Air air conditioner, bottle of nutrient Bloombastic and on the ground we have a bag of soil.

For Thanksgiving we went to Blaine's dad's for dinner and his mom's for dessert. Here are some pictures of my fall decor

Chalkboard in our kitchen. We're so punny.

Yesterday we went and picked out our Christmas tree!

So many trees to choose from!


We haven't decorated our tree yet. I wanted to finish making the tree skirt first. I love it and think it turned out great!

I'll be home in 14 days!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The proposal

I honestly don't even know where to start but here we go. So a couple of weekends ago Blaine went out with his dad for a few hours just to Starbucks and hang out for a bit, totally normal. Then the next weekend he did the same. Then a few days later he randomly started talking about a ring that he gave me years ago and how he wanted to get it fixed re-sized. I thought it was kind of odd that he was bringing that up since it hasn't fit for some time now but we had just looked at it the day before. But then he asked me what my ring size was and found a printable ring sizer online and wanted me to do it. Little suspicious that he wanted me to do it right then but whatever. Blaine then worked late several nights over a weeks time. I hadn't thought TOO much about it since that is normal but previously listed events made me wonder. We then decided to go to the beach this weekend. We had talked about going for several weeks to see the fall leaves and we wanted to go to Devil's Churn on the Oregon coast because it's supposed to be extra churny during winter storms. I hadn't felt very good last weekend so I was definitely ready to do something great so I booked a hotel in Newport for this past weekend. I told my work friends about our weekend plans and I had mentioned before of Blaine's sneaky like ways recently. They were totally convinced that he was going to propose this weekend and I kept telling them that they were crazy, I seriously don't think so. By the end of work on Friday everyone in the office (all 9 of us) had heard of the supposed proposal and I had kind of started to wonder if they were right. That night we packed our bags and by 8am the next morning (after a Starbucks run) we were on the road. We went straight to Devil's Churn to get there as high tide was coming in because that's when the best waves are supposed to be. As we were driving I was thinking about what my friends had said and was totally convinced that they were crazy because Blaine was acting 100% normal. Once we got to Devil's Churn we stood at the over look then hiked down to the rocks to see the waves better. When we got down there I realized that I was still wearing my TOMS and had forgotten to change into my tennis shoes. I thought great, how am I going to walk across wet rocks in these? Blaine kept asking if I wanted to walk a little ways and I was unsure because of my shoes and the waves were a little scary but we drove all this way and I wasn't going to just stand in one place. Once I walked as far as I felt comfortable Blaine started acting kind of weird. This was my first clue... he kept turning around and looking back up the hill where the car/path is and not at the waves. He kept standing in front of me and I kept telling him to turn around watch the waves! They were getting big and the water kept getting closer. Then he started staying all of these sweet things and fumbling with his jacket. All I remember saying is "what are you doing? what are you doing?" then he dropped to one knee and I know he was talking but all I heard was "Will you marry me?" I managed to say "YES!" and he slipped the most gorgeous ring onto my finger. I was the most happy that I've ever been and was SO shaky. I couldn't believe what had just happened. I wanted to tell everyone that we saw on the way to car. We didn't have super great cell phone service but we managed to stop smiling long enough to call our parents. I was (and still am) the happiest girl alive and am so excited to start planning this wedding and our future together.

I asked Blaine to write his side of the story (it sounds/is way better than my version!)-

So Katie and I have known each other for over 8 years, and I knew a long time ago that she was the one I couldn’t live without. I have looked at rings for a very long time, casually, but recently I started looking to actually buy. Luckily, Katie had hinted (read SHOWN) to me some rings that she liked, which probably saved me in the end. My first dilemmawas getting time to actually go and look seriously to buy. So I spent several hours over the past several weeks looking online whenever I got the chance. One night I just finally had to “work late” so I took a trip 30 minutes to the store where I knew I’d end up buying the most important item in my life. Traffic was terrible so that just made things that much more interesting. Luckily when I got there I was prepared, or so I thought. I walked in and realized this was a huge deal and I started to get nervous. I was met by a friendly salesperson who helped me get started in an otherwise nearly impossible situation to jump right into. The first time through I just looked at ring settings and asked a million questions. It came down to deciding on one that I had seen online and really really liked and that the salesman had actually suggested to me as well. I needed to go home and think about it, plus Katie was probably wondering how my stressful overtime at work was going. So I went home and the stress began. I had decisions to make and I hadn’t even started looking at diamonds yet. I made several calls and sent emails back and forth to the salesman. I wanted to get it right; you only do this once! So on Sunday I decided this time to go “a few places with my dad” which I actually had the previous weekend, so it wasn’t THAT farfetched. I drove the 30 minutes once again this time with the intent to finally complete the most important purchase I will ever make. I got there around 1:00pm. I met with the same salesman again and we went to work. I asked to see a few rings but eventually went back to the original decision. Next came the diamonds. Honestly it was pretty fun. We spent a couple hours looking at the selection and learning about diamonds in general. It finally came down to one, and I completed the ring. After I finally was able to pick it up after being sized and assembled I couldn't stop looking at it. Every opportunity I had I'd run and grab it from my hiding spot under my dresser, open it up, look at it, and then quickly put it back, hoping Katie wouldn't find it or that one of the cats wouldn't find it and start batting it around the house. I had told Katie that I wanted to go to the beach again yet this year but secretly it was in preparation for the day when I had an engagement ring ready. So luckily it didn't seem to weird when I told her I wanted to go the following weekend. I planned it all out from the weather to timing all the way down to the tide tables! We were going to get to Devil's Churn in Yachats, OR just before high tide on Saturday so the scene would be set. I hardly slept for several days prior to going to the beach and the ride down there wasn't any easier. I kept looking at the clouds and then the sun breaks then it would go back to clouds and rain. I was pretty excited when we got to the beach we noticed the waves were extra turbulent and the water level was really high, just perfect for a spectacular backdrop to my proposal. So we finally got to the destination, Devil's Churn, and were met with several other tourists who were there to see the crashing waves down the cliff below. We went down to the rocks and I began to get nervous. Up to this point I wasn't really that bad, but coming down to it, I wanted it to be perfect. We moved down around the cliff a bit and enjoyed the view for a few minutes as I scoped out the other people and as soon as the last group left the area I turned to Katie and started my proposal. At that point I'm pretty sure she knew something was up as I began telling her about how I felt and how lucky I really am to have her in my life, then I got down on one knee and presented her with the ring. She said yes. We held each other for a few minutes as I heard and felt the waves a few yards behind us crashing a few stories into the air. Relief, excitement, love, the fear of the wild seas had nothing on how I felt at that very moment. I could finally spill all the stories I had held in secret for the past several weeks and months about my journey to get to this point. I am the luckiest man alive.

No we don't have a date planned yet, just sometime next year. Thank you to all of the congratulations :) We are beyond happy.

I said yes!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I'm making these right now

Got a roast in the crock pot and mini pumpkin pies in the oven. My house smells sooooo good.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

For those of you keeping count

I'll be home in 57 days :)

Autumn favorites

I love fall. L.O.V.E. I love the crispy clean air, the leaves changing colors, pumpkin patches, breaking out all of the jackets, cozy fall decorations and most importantly all of the pumpkin flavored ice cream/drinks/desserts! Here are some of my favorite things right now.

1. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes

2. Tis the season for pies

3. Fall leaves

4. Starbucks Pumpkin Space Latte's. I've been to Starbucks more in the past 2 weeks than I have in the past 2 years. Cold weather and working early/late hours are my excuse.

5. Columbia fleece zip ups. I stole Blaine's and wore it 3 times this week. I finally got my own today (it was on sale, I saved over $20!).

6. Moccasins. I have 4 pairs and I wear one just about every day.

7. Candles. They are so much better in the fall/winter. They feel so cozy and they come in such yummy scents. (Plus how cute are these candle holders? I've also seen corn kernels, acorns, mini pine cones and coffee beans in place of the candy corn for fall)

8. Halloween candy. Something about orange colored Kit Kat's and chocolates in the shape of pumpkins just makes them tastes better.

9. My new 125th Anniversary GALLON size Ball jar. Yes, you read that right. Gallon size. It now holds mini pumpkins on my mantle. Yes, you read that right too. It holds mini pumpkins.

10. All things apple. Caramel apples, apple cider and apple cider doughnuts. I could SO go for a delicious caramel apple from IGA. Who wants to hand deliver one to me?
all images via pinterest

Saturday, October 8, 2011

All alone

Blaine had to fly to California yesterday morning for work and I spent the night alone for the first time since we moved in together a year and a half ago. I found something out about myself while I've been alone for the past 36 hours. I don't like it. I don't get scared per say, I just prefer not to be alone especially over night. I did enjoy however not doing much today. First day in many months that I (mostly) sat, watched tv and was online I got up a little before 10, watched Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part 2, did dishes, laundry and picked up the house and spent the rest of the time on Pinterest. Blaine's flight gets in in a little over an hour and I'm getting ready to do some shopping at DSW (I have a $10 coupon whoop whoop! seriously if anyone shops at/has a DSW near by sign up for their special offers. They send great coupons!) and HomeGoods.

Later gators!

Friday, October 7, 2011

I can't decide what color I want

The 10th Anniversary Cook for the Cure KitchenAid Raspberry Ice Mixer found on this blog. Too bad the giveaway is over!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

End of Summer

We're trying to do "summery" things before summer is over. A couple of weekends ago we went to the Tillamook Cheese Factory then to the beach. While the drive to the beach was nice and sunny, the beach was misty and dreary. This weekend we had a day date and went mini golfing in the morning then to On The Border for lunch. They have THE BEST Margaritas and we had a buy one get on free entree coupon for Labor Day weekend! There has a wedding going on when we were mini golfing (it's at a fancy golf course) so they passed out buy one get one free rounds of mini golf for "our inconvenience" of not screaming when the wedding was going on.

This was from my birthday. Simon LOVES to eat streamers/bows/ribbon/wrapping paper/pretty much anything non-edible.

One of the things I spent my birthday money on:
That's right. I finally got her and I'm super excited :D

I was feeling extra crafty a few weeks ago and wanted to make a chalkboard to hang above the mantle. The only frame I found that I liked and was a good price had a mirror in it. So I took out the mirror, painted the back board as a chalk board and nailed that to the frame. Now I just need to find somewhere to hang the mirror! I need to go through the house and take updated pictures. Even these pictures are old news now! The chalkboard is hung, the mantle is pretty, we got new lamps at IKEA and we moved the kitchen table.

I love chevron print so when I found a set of chevron sheets at Ross for $8 I had to get them. I saw that they were twin size and decided to make them into curtains. When I got home I found out that they are polyester. MMMMM hot and itchy. Who in the world would want polyester sheets?
Notice Simon sitting below the pinata, guarding the ribbon just in case it might fall and he might get a snack.