Tuesday, May 31, 2011

the one with a handyman

a brief update on refinishing our kitchen table! :) this has been such a fun and exciting project so far...it's really fun to work on it together and we are excited to be learning so much.

first stop on our project: Lowe's. we took one of the table legs so we could ask someone specifically what to buy and they could see the polyurethane finish we wanted to remove. we bought:: sand paper, chemical stripper, a new stain!, drop cloth, and some rags to remove the old finish

the handyman.

upclose view of the (terrible) polyurethane finish we are removing...those black speckled dots are a part of the finish that is coming off.

here's the chemical stripper we bought. we apply this liberally on every piece of wood before we either scrape or sand to remove the finish. it helps the old finish come off way easier. 

the best part of the project so far: the sander. our friend ryan lent us his sander and it has made this project 100x easier. we have been able to use it on a lot more of the table, table legs, and chairs than we were originally thinking. he also lent us some scrapers to help scrape some of the stain off and that has been so helpful too. the only parts we haven't been able to use the sander on: the ends of the chairs and tables that are rounded, or small surfaces that are easy to sand by hand. this sander has been a life saver!

awesome sander...you can see the new table underneath! (and of course a glass-bottled coke)

working hard... paha

here's an idea of what the newly uncovered wood looks like next to the old finish. we are so excited about this table!

we (rob) have sanded a lot more of the table and chairs since these pictures were taken...can't wait to show you another update soon!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

the one with the headband

my sister, sarah, and i spent 6 weeks in ethiopia in the summer of 2008. it was an incredible experience and we are so grateful that we were able to go. during our time there, we came up with some weird habits in order to adapt to the new climate, culture, language, etc.

one of the ways we adapted: we started wearing headcoverings over our ears at night so that we wouldn't wake up to the sound of flies zooming in and out of our ear canal and scaring the living daylight out of us. it was truly hilarious and we even captured it on video...

this video really is mostly for you, sarah, because i dont think it will be funny to anyone else :)

in that video, there is proof of a sweet little pink headband. we joke in the video that it is from the 80's because i swore to sarah that i had that headband since 4th grade. whether she believed me or not, it certainly looked like it was from the 80's so we accepted it as fact.

last week i was home looking for some old journals of mine underneath my old bed...and i discovered something glorious! 

check me out...classy close-lipped smile, sweet pose, classic pleated shorts...

even better...check out this date on the back of the picture...

i can't tell you how happy it made me to find this picture! i have never kept up with ANYTHING for that long...i mean 17 years is seriously impressive. (and im sure now that i've realized it and will want to keep up with it forever, i will definitely lose it....hence this blog post :))

so in honor of the headband that won't quit...

here's to another 17 years!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

the one with a cute apron

lately, ive been trying to learn how to cook (and/or bake). im not very naturally gifted (and by "not very", i mean "not at all"...can i get an amen, keegan sisters?) but i have so many new kitchen tools and i like to eat good food, so i am trying :)

the most important tool for me in the kitchen is a cute apron. TOTALLY essential and very necessary and totally affects the quality of the food. i used some wedding money to buy this sucker at anthropologie.
in love with anthropologie aprons. (or anthro in general)

two weekends ago, i tried making a lasagna for the first time. it was really fun and it tasted pretty good for the most part... except the noodles in the lasagna weren't quite tender enough.

the before picture (forgot to get one after). 

i also tried to make some chocolate chip cookes from scratch (mostly because i wanted an excuse to use my kitchenaid mixer). it was also really fun but not super successful...
here i am happily baking, in my saturday clothes.

i think rob said "make a game face".

and here are my sad little flat cookies after...i thought they tasted way too vanilla-y and also were clearly very flat. rob loved them though! i sent this picture to becca (who is an amazing baker) and she said to add more flour next time...

rob also helps out in the kitchen a ton since we both work full-time... he will often make breakfast for me in an effort to make me eat in the morning. he's also the grill master (and by grill, i mean griddle, since we don't have a porch for a grill). recently he has mastered the art of the omelet.

and hey, while we are on the subject of cooking, let me know if you have any good crock pot recipes! im dying to try mine out but i haven't found a good recipe yet :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

the one introducing reggie

this is reggie. he is my car.
i love reggie. he is my first real car that i've had all to myself and he's very sleek looking. plus he has a cool dashboard, which is really important to consider when buying a car (FYI).

however, reggie has had many problems since i got him. and this is typically what i see in my aforementioned beautiful dashboard:

it's just stressful. 
lately, reggie has been behaving himself....until friday. i went out to my car on my lunch break to go grab some food...and my car wouldn't start. i knew i was low on gas, so i just figured i had run out of gas and was kicking myself. BUT i instantly felt extremely grateful that i was in a parking lot, rather than stuck on the side of the road. 
ryan & tim (two guys i work with here...ryan officiated our wedding and tim is my awesome boss) came to the rescue! while tim and i were scavenging around for some container we could use for gas...ryan just drove to sheetz, bought a gas can, and filled it up. then he and tim spent probably 1.5 - 2 hours filling it up and trying to get it to start again. 
they sent this picture to rob, saying "your wife should NEVER run out of gas". hilarious. (i made the coloring extra dramatic like they are superheroes)

it still wouldn't start when it was time to leave for the day/weekend...so we left it in the parking lot and tim said his good friend would come check it out this weekend (seriously saving the day). we received the diagnosis saturday night...

the latest thing wrong with reggie...
this is called a camshaft position sensor
...didn't even know these existed :)
while this is slightly frustrating/annoying, i am so thankful for many reasons: i had so many wonderful people that offered to help when they saw my car broken down, i didn't break down in the middle of the road or somewhere where i'd have to get it towed, i have a friend who's a car mechanic is trying to fix it for free!, and rob has enough flexibility in his job where he can pick me up and drop me off. imagine if this had happened just a few months ago before we were married! so while it's inconvenient, there is much to be thankful for.

and, ps, there is much to rejoice in! 
check out this incredible video from our church, recapping easter weekend:
Summit Church Easter Experience from The Summit Church on Vimeo.

Monday, May 2, 2011

the one where caroline gets baptized

our Easter weekend this year was extra special because we got to celebrate our friend caroline's baptism! rob and i were so excited to share in this special day for her!

we know caroline's family, the thompsons, through our church. jen, david, caroline, ellie, james, and cole are so special to us...they always make us feel so special & loved when we see them :)

sweet caroline is 9 years old and has decided to follow Jesus! she made this decision public by being baptized in front of our church family this past weekend. we are so proud of her - following Jesus is the best and biggest decision you can make in your life.

me & caroline right after her baptism :)


it was really special since her dad, david (one of the pastors), was the one to baptize her! i think everyone in the crowd was tearing up as he talked about his daughter and her faith.

before the baptism with her sweet momma


i LOVE this picture...david & caroline

beautiful girl






ellie and james cheering her on with their grandparents :)


we love you, caroline! we couldn't be more excited for you :)