Saturday, April 30, 2011

the bright side.

i am probably the worst blogger you'll ever read from. i didn't even sit in front of my computer for almost two weeks!

so... good news and bad news!!!

the good news:

1. the weather is a lot warmer
2. i started planting flowers and herbs
3. i have been baking like nobody's business
4. christopher's sister and brother-in-law are moving from new york to south bend, indiana so they're closer to us :)
4. ...drumroll please... christopher got a job at roush industries!!!! yay!!!

the bad news:

1. we have to move. again.

call me a crazy roller coaster of emotions and a silly little girl, but i am so attached to this apartment right now, it's ridiculous! it's our first home after being married and we worked so hard to make it feel like home since michigan is so far from kansas and everyone we know. since we were out of jobs, we put our sweat into making this apartment our own. it's really nice and spacious with room for guests should they come visit, an awesome view off the balcony, and it's just down right peaceful.

ok, enough of the crying.

christopher found out thursday, april 14th about the new job, signed with them the following tuesday, and was supposed to have started this past monday, but his laptop hadn't come in, so they delayed the start date until this monday. originally, that gave us one week and three days to find an apartment before he started working. o the joys. his work is really close to metro detroit. for over a week, we drove to all parts of the detroit metro area. east, west, into the city... but definitely not down river. everything was so much more run down, i pretty much feared our lives before we even chose a place to live!

but just at the very last minute, and after 4 tanks of gas, we found a really nice town by accident and chanced upon just the most awesome apartment complex. the downside? we move from a 1300 sf 2 bed/2 bath apartment into an 820 sf 1 bed/1 bath apartment downsize!

i've gone through almost all we have and sorted through donateable items. umm no, that's not a word, but work with me here. i believe we've made 3 trips to goodwill with about 4-5 large plastic tubs full of clothes and miscellaneous items and a tube tv. yay for donating! :)

we're especially exciting about the move because that means we'll only be 3.5 hours away from our good friends alan and emily, who are expecting! i fully plan to visit them on the weekends. also, christopher's sister and brother-in-law will also be just 3.5 hours away. they'll be moving right after we move, so that means once we're done moving, we get to do it all over again! yay for moving all the time... and lastly, christopher's aunt, uncle and cousin live within 3.5 hours as well! yay for options!

so, the moral of the story... always look on the bright side of life.

now, without further ado... our apartment for the next two weeks... until we move. again.

so not to confuse you, here's our current layout:

Floor Plan

the living room was just fabulous! so bright and open with lots of space to play with macy!

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

and the kitchen was excellent! it was a walkthrough with lots of cabinets. :) smiles. lots and lots of time in here!



and it looked into the dining room, which we used as a craft/tool room and a baking room! who wants to eat in an enclosed space when you can eat in front of an 8' sliding door?!

Kitchen/Dining Room

Dining Room/Kitchen

Dining Room/Kitchen

umm my other favorite part? the laundry room! yay for laziness and being able to do wash whenever!

Dining Room (from kitchen)

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

the dreaded office... really, it almost never looked like this. imagine stacks of boxes, paper, random items thrown everywhere! with our desks fully of receipts, bills, homework, etc.

2nd Bedroom/Office

and check out my old bulletin board! isn't it adorable?! when we move, i'll make it into some sort of inspiration board. i can't wait.

2nd Bedroom/Office

here's the guest bathroom. this is where macy gets here bath, and both christopher and macy get their haircut.

Guest Bathroom

Guest Bathroom

and last but not least, the master bedroom. see that quilt? christopher's aunt ann was so kind enough to quilt that for us for our wedding. the amazing talents that christopher's mom's family has never ceases to amaze me.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

o and just for fun, here's a close up of our closet. i know you probably won't believe me, but christopher has much more clothing out than i do. just sayin'!

Master Closet

thanks for touring our apartment! we'll be sure to get pictures up of our new place!

p.s. these pictures were originally meant to post our apartment on craigslist. actually in just a few moments, we'll be turning our lease (starting june 1) over to someone else! the family lives here on site and just wants to upgrade their apartment.

Friday, April 8, 2011

first date.

i have failed myself. my goal for this year was to blog at least once a week. and i have failed. it's been over three weeks since my last blog!

since then, much has happened. christopher has been through several interviews, i have crafted many projects, and we drove all the way to wichita to witness our friends become one under God. and let me tell you, it was beautiful.

jeff and christine were so in love! nothing else mattered. that, my friends, is the sole beauty of a wedding. it's not the flowers. or the food. or even the gorgeous dress. it's the love that shines in the couples' eyes! and of course, it always helps when the couple is blessed with so many friends and family that love them both as well. :) sadly, i don't have any pictures from their wedding, but i will have more pictures of what christopher and i have been up to later!

i cherish every financially failing day christopher and i have together before one of us finds a job. we have it pretty easy even though we haven't found a job yet. we have each other. who else gets to spend every morning, day and night with his/her new spouse for three months? if we had jobs right after moving up here, we wouldn't get to spend this quality time together. how's that for blessed? thank you, Lord.

for now, i'll share our trip to the chicago auto show way back in february. ... i know. slacking. but happy!


and into the city!


we had reserved for two twins for the cheaper rate, but when we got there, they said they had some "queen lakeview" rooms available. upgrade! i was so famished, i made a peanut butter, nutella and double decker banana sandwich. yes. we ate it all.


after a 10 second guilt trip for downing that whole sandwich, we decided to go for a walk and save the auto show for the next day. that meant hitting some shops downtown! it was so nice being able to appreciate the city without freezing too much.


and yes ladies, this sexy is mine. look all you want, but he's most definitely taken. ;)


my wonderful hubby knew that we were saving pennies, but he took me out to eat sushi!!! and he doesn't even like seafood. how amazing?!?! yes. he is.


if there is something you must know about me, is that i hate tofu. but my good friend, brian, took me out for sushi once. and he ordered miso soup. and i ate it. and i LOVED it. then he told me it had tofu in it. what?! apparently christopher thought it was ok...


christopher opted for the chicken teriyaki and a cooked chicken sushi roll. i of course had my usual spider roll. surprisingly, christopher's food tasted better! but i still LOVED my sushi. mmm.


christopher had never seen the bean, so even though it was dark out, we had to go! i know these aren't the best pictures, but at least we have something!


it was a little chill, so we ducked into a caribou coffee to warm up. i had such a fun date with the hubs. isn't he just dreamy?! drool.


i, on the other hand, am unrefined. i must slurp up the whipped cream, chocolate shavings and tiny marshmallows before drinking my campfire mocha. mmm...


we did make it to the auto show the next day. i didn't really take many pictures... but here are two for him!


and yes, we did get a couple of pictures together. after all, it was our first date as husband and wife. :)