Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sweet Naomi's Fall Photoshoot.

Dear, Sweet little girl,

You've grown so so much since this last photoshoot we had when you were just days old.

...and now you're picking your own pumpkins...

...and looking like you should be a model for baby gap.

Deep lovely eyes, and lashes for days.

And perhaps a little bit of mischievousness...

Dear Sweet Girl.

You are loved more than you will ever know.

Our humble abode.

Hiya friends. I've had a few people ask for more pictures of our new apartment, and I'm happy to say that they're finally in! Let me start by saying that we miss our apartment in boise horribly. We had the loveliest place; it was about 650 sq ft (small, but just enough for the two of us), had a stackable washer/dryer, was only $545 a month (not including utilities), and was really just the perfect little home for us to start out in. When we started looking for apartments in Utah, I really really hoped we could find a sweet deal just like our first apartment.

I wanted: 
at least 600 square feet and something close to campus; 
I absolutely needed a washer and a dryer, 
and I wasn't crazy about the idea of paying more than $600 a month. 

Those were my requirements. And they were pretty much non negotiable.

Those of you who know anything about 
living in Salt Lake are probably thinking to yourselves, 
"Alyssa, you're such an idiot." 
And I am. 
Well, I was.  
No, no- I am 
(at least I can admit it). 

You know that commercial about the couple who are looking for a new apartment, turn their nose up to the first one, looks all over town, and end up going back?

 I always laugh when I see it, because its exactly what happened to us. Gid and I started our apartment search by looking at the University housing, and immediately thought we could do better. Sure they were close and cheap, but they were much too small (only 480 square feet...), too old, and frankly, too ugly. (Cinderblock walls and tacky commercial tile from the 70s ugly) 

OH. And one more thing. No washer or dryer in the apartment. That wasn't happening. I was determined to find something better. Something closer, and awesome, and fully loaded with clothes washing appliances. (Oh, Alyssa. You idiot.)

We looked at apartment housing listed on craigslist, ksl, hotpads, and anything else we could find. 
We looked at basement apartments of really nice houses. 
We looked at actual apartment complexes. We even looked at a nursing home. 
(Okay- that was an accident. But we actually walked in. Gid didn't even notice the multitude of old people; I had to drag him out, embarrassed, while he was saying, "...but we didn't even look at a model apartment!" We laugh about it now.)

My point is, there was nothing that was in the price range we were looking at that was close to campus. And it sure seemed like the closer we got to campus the more expensive it was (and the more crappy).  So, with a heavy heart, and our tails between our legs, we returned to the university village to take another look at the tiny tiny place we were sure we'd never consider.

Can I just say something? People can change.
Can I say one more thing? I just friggin love my apartment. All 480 square feet of it.

We pay less than we did in boise (all utilities including internet and cable are included), and there is a free shuttle that goes directly to my dance building every 15 minutes). Its safe, sweet, and after a little home renovation, it's the cutest apartment I've ever lived in. In my life.

May I Present:
Our Humble Abode

Our living room- this is what you see when you very first walk in.

Living room again- this is the view you have when seated on the couch. 
Note the adorable clearance accent chairs that gid surprised me with.

It's just so cheerful; I don't even notice the cinderblock walls anymore.

This table is also new, for the first two years we were married we used an old card table that belonged to gid's family. It was getting to the point that the legs were going farther and farther out. It was time. And I couldn't be happier with our new table.

...Come over for dinner, would you?

oh- and note the pseudo wood floors. If you could only see the tile that used to be there. 
Actually, if you click on this link, you can see it sort of.

Oh hello little tiny oven and stove.

And the shot of my kitchen with the my three favorite kitchen things in it.

(Those matryoshka dolls are measuring cups.)

And seriously,  I love my tea cups. Haven't used 'em, But I'm Crazy for them.

One of the biggest things I was worried about was the bathroom. (I say "one of the biggest", because I was the most worried about our bedroom. More to come.) Take me seriously when I tell you that I can touch the faucet to the sink with one hand and the faucet to the tub with one foot while sitting on the toilet. It's small, but I think it turned out beautifully. If you look carefully you can see our lovely shower curtain in the mirror. We have black and while parisian photographs on the walls, and because the sink (if you can't tell) has zero counter space, we found this little under the sink storage cabinet at ikea.

Bless you, ikea.

As mentioned previously, I was the most concerned about our bedroom. It's tiny. We actually can't fit both of our night stands and the bed (glad we didn't buy a california king when we got married), so gid just has a tv tray sitting longways by his side of the bed.

I wanted to create a relaxing but chic color scheme, and I've noticed gray and yellow being fashionable lately (at least for weddings...).  
What do you think? I like it.

We love you, sweet house. Thanks for letting us live in you.

Have a sweet Sunday, friends.

pss- we're in the market for a washer if anyone is trying to get rid of one...

Friday, October 14, 2011

going just batty.

Happy Friday to you, friends! 

Saw this on pinterest the other day, and I loved it so much 
I decided to make my own outdoor version of it. 

So fun, and easy too!

I found the easiest way to make the bats was to fold black cardstock in half, and then cut an upward curve on top, and wavy curves on the bottom with the points facing down. 

The end result was, in a word:

Aren't they fun little spooky critters?

We have a lot of kids at our complex and they've already started wandering closer and closer trying to figure out what these devilish fliers truly are.

...note the baby bat.

On a side note, I found that many of my bats looked like mustaches. 

Oh well.

Have a spooky friday, friends!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

View from the top.

Did you guys know Gideon is working downtown at church headquarters? He is. He just picked up the sweet gig like the second week we were here. My husband is awesome. Anyway, one benefit I get as his spouse is free tours of all the coolness down in temple square.

(Another benefit is free parking underneath the conference center which led to us 
running into a bunch of apostles in between sessions of conference. I nearly passed 
out I was so excited. Seriously. I got light headed.)  

Anyway, yesterday Gid took me around the underground tunnels, showed me his office in the church history building, annnnddd we got have a little tour that went to the top of the church office building observatory (I think 27 floors up). 

Everything looks different from up top.

Doesn't the conference center look teenie? 

...and how about the temple?

How sweet is that? 
Pretty sweet.

And as I was looking at sweet salt lake from the top, I noticed the 
extreme difference between Gid and my shoes.

We're so different. 

I just love him.

Have a happy thursday, friends.

pioneer popsicle.

Visited the "This is the place monument" on Monday with my guy, friends. 

I know it doesn't look like it, but it was fa-REE-zing. 
(which, yes, was the inspiration for this title)

We spent the most time in the kids play village.

Life is fun, wouldn't you agree?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

food love.

This is my week off, friends. Thats right- apparently, the University of Utah has a "fall break". Never heard of one of those before (aside from thanksgiving break) but I am loving it.  Here's a quick recipe for a romantic breakfast with someone you love:

I forgot to add step five: accept hugs and kisses from the receivers of your lovely meal.
I have a sweet husband. 


And I'm not done. Check out this delectable dessert of sticky buns:

My Pinterest buddies will recognize this one; it's been going around for a few days now.

I think we're going to call it our political pastry, because I made it as we watched a political debate.

I never would've imagined I would associate politics with something so sweet.

The pictures doesn't do it justice, friends. Click the link and make it. 
So easy. 
Soo good.

Have a happy Tuesday, Friends.
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