Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Big Cheese

Sept. 1st was a fantastic labor day weekend.  Matt and I celebrated in the great state of Wisconsin, witnessing and participating in dear friends exchanging vows!  The food was great and the memories were better :)

 Someone forgot a jacket for the chilly plane ride, 
so someone had to purchase this fashionable SA find.

 tray tables are for eating, not sleeping Mateo

 The Black Sheep!

 The blushing bride!

... True Story

 So glad the Ratcliff's made the trip

Nursing school BFF's

Monday, April 16, 2012

Ba-Buy Brown Thumb

With the help of my lovely friend Gayle, our yard is being transformed. Unfortunately, I am Brown-Thumb-Betty and have no gardening skills whatsoever. At work I help save lives. And now at home I am helping to keep these guys alive...

Our sad little corner
before Gayle worked her magic

Some new friends to compliment our
beautiful ivy growing up the fence :)

Presenting our deck, hanging basket,
lime tree, marigolds and more!

Trist and I enjoying the fruits of our labor.
After all, He did help by trying to eat
the Jasmine ivy I pulled from the garden.

Thanks Gayle for a lovely house warming present! I appreciate your efforts in teaching me to have a green thumb. And I am taking so much pride in our new yard (and watering frequently, don't worry).

How you like them handles?

"Well, I'm gonna paint my front door red and change my name to Elizabeth Arden"... so in spirit of channeling my favorite movie Steel Magnolias, I created some curb appeal. I am not a huge fan of the color red, but I do love our red door. And while the door was already painted red when we moved in, I wanted to make some further changes. I used the advice of these great folks to refinish the front door hardware and ordered vinyl numbers from Etsy to replace the ones on the side of our house.

Here's before (numbers on the side
of the house and ignore the fact that I already
removed the old hardware from the front door)

Another Before shot

My weapons of choice

The old brass hardware
(I pierced the hardware through an old box
and it made the painting way easier. Plus, put
a housekey in the knob to keep it from getting
clogged with paint junk)

Loving the dark hardware against the red door

Our new address
*Disclaimer (Our door was cleaned and the surface
was probably too slick for the vinyl numbers.
I plan on trying to apply another vinyl set or
just painting the address
on the door to make the address last longer.

**Putting the locks back together was a task in itself.
Matt and I felt pretty clueless.
When I was taking the hardware off at the beginning,
it quickly came apart...
so I wasn't sure what pieces went where.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Home sweet Home

It's hard to believe we have already been in our home for 2 months. And thanks to Pinterest our house is really starting to feel like a home. We have really been trying to take our time decorating and allowing ourselves to get a feel for the space. Plus, we are no millionaires and decorating can be an expensive endeavor. Here's what we got so far...

Finished painting the guest bath and...


Entry way.
We are still trying to decide on
window treatments.

I modeled the guest bedroom based off the color
scheme of this...

Thanks Pinterest!

I fell in love with this Nate Berkus lamp

So I made 2 for the master for less than the
price of 1 Nate B design!

The original kitchen

Updated with an above range micro and new
knobs for the cabinets. It's getting there!

Owning a home has been such an incredible experience so far and we feel so blessed for this space! Decorating is fun and all, but we truly want God to use us and this space for his glory.

Monday, January 16, 2012

God is gooooood

It's only the 16th of January and God has already done so much in the new year. We are in the process of finalizing the paper work on our first home, which literally blows my mind. Our offer was accepted, inspection is done, and now we just have to have the sellers accept the amendments from the inspection.

We fell in love with this home from the moment we walked in. It was a little more than we wanted to spend, but after much prayer God opened some BIG doors to make it happen. Thru God's grace and some family member's blessings we are able to put down 20% and have cash to cover closing costs, inspection fees, appraisal fees, and get a few things we need (fridge, washer/dryer, additional couch, etc.). I have truly been blown away by our friends and family being so willing to help by offering furniture, advice, prayers, etc. Thank you, you know who you are :)

We are set to close on Feb. 2nd and I cannot wait to move in and start this new adventure...

And I guess reading those design blogs all these years is going to pay off. Thankfully I come from a long-line of crafty, DIY ladies so vamping up this home with be a piece of gluten-free cake.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year, New Adventures

Happy New Year!

Matt and I rang in the new year watching Friends episodes and going to bed promptly after a midnight kiss :)

2011 was amazing...
-We celebrated 2 years of marriage
-I graduated a BSN program (in 15 months)
-I passed the NCLEX
-I started my job in SICU
-Our pup turned 2

And we are confident 2012 will be equally as amazing. Here's what we have on our hearts for this next year...

-Matt starting a graduate program for his Master's in Education at Our Lady of the Lake University
-Moving into our first house (we have been financially pre-approved and our realtor is in the works of finding a casa perfect for us).
-Matt turning the big 3-0
-Matt's truck being paid off...Holla!

God is good and we know 2012 will be full of blessings!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tatted up


Don't ask me why, but i do. Done the right way i think they are such a beautiful expression of art. I have 2, both on my foot and if i were more wild and had a higher threshold for pain i would totally get a 1/2 sleeve. i don't see myself getting anymore any time soon, but if i had kids i would have to think about something like this...

Here's my swollen willow tree the night I got it.
(My maiden name in Spanish means willow tree)

My hubs also likes tattoos. He has a B-wing ship from Star Wars on the right side of his ribcage, Ezer Kenegdo on his ring finger and this on the left side of his ribs...