Sunday, April 27, 2014

Finals Week

Finals week reminds me of summer drill team practices.  Basically they just suck.  No one wants to get up at 5:30 am to run around a track with 21 other girls when all your other friends are sleeping in. 

Luckily, I can now call myself a stranger to finals week.  Sadly, my husband is still a frequent flyer and won't gain the stranger title for, oh, ten years or so.  While he's been locked up in the office studying for four hours I've been online (window?) shopping (not sure what the term is when you don't buy anything), watching Harry Potter, blogging, and napping.  My poor husband.  

I'm really just so grateful for how dedicated he is.  

Tonight, during our weekly planning session, we went over some goals and one of his really stuck out to me.  He told me he was sorry for making himself so busy with school, volunteering, lab research hours, etc., and that he wanted to focus more on the family.  See, I figured all this "stuff" he's been doing was just that-focusing on our future family.  

He told me he would make time for something I wanted to do this week, because some of that other "stuff" just wan't as important.  Talk about make my heart melt.  

So take that finals week.  


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

An Update

Stefani...

...is working at the Reproductive Care Center and loving it
...is frantically trying to put together our new apartment
...is feeling the "domino effect" after re-doing our bathroom
...has started a new routine of watching Harry Potter after work while studying up on infertility
...is almost finished with her Bachelor's degree
...plans to celebrate graduation by heading to Barnes and Noble and purchasing her very own copies of the Harry Potter books (and then read them all this summer)
...is feeling puppy hungry   

Braedon...

...is always studying
...has completed his volunteer work for U-fit on Friday nights (Stefani is really happy to resume the regular Friday night Date Night schedule)
...has been working in the genetics lab at the U and studying obesity
...is going to continue volunteering for the program "Running Forward" as the site leader
...is running his own Window Washing business, tutoring company, and working for a Marketing company 
...plays his guitar almost every night and serenades Stefani to sleep  
...still keeps up on talk radio and could tell you about almost every (good) video on youtube 
...is not feeling puppy hungry  (plus our apartment doesn't allow it. boo)

Braedon and Stefani...

...are addicted to Prison Break on Netflix
...are feeling sad that we have to be grownups this summer (Stefani is working full time and Braedon is preparing for the MCAT)
...are considering enrolling in some type of couples dance course- salsa, hip-hop, tango- we'll see
...are still having weekly date nights, arguing every once in a while, and are still in love.  


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DIY Headboard

With a LOT of help from my family, Braedon and I completed our first DIY project and it cost us almost exactly $100.  We actually had a lot of fun throughout the process and it definitely won't be our last!

^^ Most headboards I liked cost upwards of $500)



I got all of my inspiration and instruction from the design blogger withHEART. I would suggest heading on over there and watching her video if you're serious about making your own headboard! (Or you can just watch it below).  

Honestly, I watched the video about five times. Rather than me give step by step instructions- watch the video.  I'll just try to give a few tips but forgive me if I don't make any sense :/ 



Stuff you'll need:

3 yards of fabric *I spent about $30

2 bags of batting (we went with a less expensive kind and just folded the batting in half, plus doubled that) *If you check the JoAnn app you can probably find a coupon, with our coupon we spent $8 per bag

Upholstery nails (highly recommend the trim, found at JoAnn's in draper- the Brickyard one didn't carry them) *Also with a coupon, total was $15

Mallet or hammer (we liked the hammer better)

Staple gun

Plywood

2x4's *Total for wood was just over $40

Some sort of saw

Screws

Patience


Here are a few tips that weren't included in the video:

-Measure a headboard size that you like and use those measurements for the plywood.  We went to Down East Home and found a king size headboard we liked.  You'll need the height of the the legs, just the height of the board (without the legs), and the width of the board.  

Ours measured like this: 
Total height: 57 inches
Height of board: 34 inches
Width of board: 82 inches
Length of 2x4 (legs): 57 inches
Length of center 2x4: (I think) somewhere around 76 inches.  Just subtract the width of the 2x4 so that you can drill the middle 2x4 to the legs.  

-Shop around for fabrics.  We went to JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, and Home Fabrics.  I found stuff that I liked at Hobby Lobby and Home Fabrics- JoAnn's had a terrible selection when we went and it was the most expensive (minus the batting and the upholstery nails). Home Fabrics is strictly upholstery fabric, plus it's a discount fabric store so we went with them!  I got my fabric for only 9.99/yard.

-If you want a cleaner look, you can fold your fabric in the back (sort of like a hem).  There is a picture below

-Use a hammer to make sure the staples are in really good, they had a hard time getting through the wood.

-Spend a lot of time on the corners.  We wrapped the legs in batting, and in fabric.  You could also opt to not wrap the legs and leave them bare or paint them!

-The upholstery trim saved the day.  We found it in gold, more of a coppery color (what we used) and silver.  If you're wanting something different I would suggest buying the color closest and then spray painting the trim.

Now for the picture overload cause we have to document these things....


^^ So grateful for these two VERY handy men! ^^

^^ The girls steamed the fabric ^^

^^ While the boys dealt with the wood ^^



All that was left after this point was attaching the plywood to the 2X4's.  Once this was done we brought the whole thing inside and laid down an old sheet to protect the carpet.  


^^ Stapling the first layer ^^

^^ Trimming the first layer (on the front of the board) ^^

^^ The second layer, stapled and trimmed to the back ^^

^^ Watch your fingers! ^^

^^ Here is the hem I was talking about earlier ^^

^^ Careful on the corners! ^^

^^ Makes for a clean finish ^^

The final part of the project was just attaching the upholstery nails.  The trim made it super easy, and it went by fast! 




^^ Is it straight?? ^^
The final product...



^^ He's cute and we're in love ^^



I decided to go with a pretty neutral headboard.  I figure we won't be updating our furniture until well after med-school and I'll need something versatile!  Yikes.  

Huge thanks to my hubby for being to patient with me, and also just willing to go for it!  It was kind of a big project for my very first DIY, but my family was supportive and I had so much help.  My mother in law Elise is pretty much a pro at these things and knew all the different stores to check out for picking our the supplies.  I'd say it was a success!  

Sorry for the novel, if you have any questions just comment below!  





Thursday, April 10, 2014

Protein Waffles + A New Job

I have my sister, Emily, to thank for this great waffle recipe.  We had this for dinner the other night and I didn't even feel bad.  

Let's be honest, I wouldn't have felt bad even if was the "real thing".
But really, these were so yummy and actually pretty healthy.  

^^my mouth is watering^^

Ingredients:
4 eggs
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2-1 cup of flour (I used about 3/4 cup)
I also added...
2 tablespoons of vanilla 
A few pinches of cinnamon

Throw it all in a blender and you've got your batter!  We used our waffle maker which made this easy peasy, but you could also just use the batter for pancakes.  

We made two batches and kept the leftover batter for the next morning....genius!  I was full for hours!  


So, I got a new job.

Let me say that again, I GOT A NEW JOB!!!!

It's been a long time coming guys.  A long time coming.  

Not that I don't love the job I have now, I'm pretty much obsessed with my patients.  It's actually kind of a bittersweet transition.  Especially since the whole first grade was lined up waiting to "race" with my patient during recess today.  You'd be surprised how fast those power chairs can go! They were even chanting his name cheering him on during each race. I wanted to cry it was so precious.  

Plus, he told me he wanted to listen to Taylor Swift during therapy today.  He pretended he didn't like the song, "We Are Never Getting Back Together", and then sang all the lyrics when he thought I wasn't looking.  

^^ All the kiddies lined up.  I told them they had to race two at a time ^^
So ya, it's definitely bittersweet.  

I'll be working full-time at the Reproductive Care Center in Sandy.  Pretty excited to do something totally different, and branch out!  I'll get to be trained in intrauterine insemination, ultra sounds, and assist with in-vitro.  Things we don't even learn to do in nursing school so I'm both excited and nervous.  

Also I'll be talking to adults so that might be weird.  I've gotten really used to turning treatments into a game, or singing/dancing my way through therapy.  I'm afraid I'll be starting an IV on an adult and tell them to put on their Vampire teeth and think bloody thoughts.... (it works guys).   

Feeling pretty blessed about this new adventure! My first 8-5 job....wish me luck!

^^  You're lookin at the newest impregrante-r of Sandy, Utah folks ^^
I'm not really sure if, "come visit me!" is appropriate here?

Thanks for reading!  Have an awesome weekend.  


Monday, April 7, 2014

Our New Apartment + Yellow Curry

We are finally (almost) moved into our new apartment!!  I'm just in the very fun stages of organizing and deciding where to put all of our stuff.  How can two people have so much stuff??  I swear I've donated about three garbage bags full of things we don't need anymore and the stuff just keeps coming!  

On a side note, I feel like I need to re-write all of my thank you letters for my wedding gifts.  All of our kitchen gear was in storage while we lived at my Dad's and it was so fun unpacking!  I kept saying, "Mom who got me this?? It's so cute!"  I've found things I haven't even used yet.  Oh ya, and I have about 37 mixing bowls.  So if you ever need one....

P.S. thanks Mom for helping me put together my kitchen.  Don't know what I'd do with out you

P.S.S. thanks family for helping us move our storage units!  Especially Sara and Brent who let us use their truck.  They bought a truck cause they love helping people move so much- so anyone moving let me know and I'll just give you guys their number!  (don't worry Sar I'm kidding)

When we moved into our first apartment I made us a little Mexican fiesta for our first meal.  I decided to stick with the "international foods" tradition and went with Thai Yellow Curry for the "first meal" celebration.  To say it was a hit would be an understatement.  Braedon told me it was the most legit curry he'd had since his mission and he was having flash backs to the curry dishes he ate in Siem Reap.  I think it was the best compliment of my cooking to date!  

*I modified a few of the ingredients/ directions and took out the peas and the cashews* 


Ingredients:

2 large chicken breasts cut into cubes

4 tablespoons yellow curry paste (I only used 3- the recipe said add to taste. I thought it was spicy but Braedon didn't feel a thing)

2 (13.5 oz) cans coconut milk

1/2 cup bamboo shoot- drained (you can get this at Walmart)

1 cup water

1 cup crushed pineapple-drained

1/2 cup chopped carrot (I just used two large carrots)

5-8 basil leaves

4-6 cups steamed jasmine rice


I honestly think the yellow curry paste made all the difference.  I've made curry recipes before using several store bought spices and it just isn't the same as the "real deal".  I would recommend hitting up your nearest Asian market.  I think I could get lost for a few hours there....

Also, I think I have enough curry paste to last me for three years and it was only like three dollars.  Get ready for some more curry recipes.  





Directions: 

1. Add the coconut milk and the curry paste to a large pan. Start with half of the curry paste if you are unsure.  Heat until boiling

2.  Add the cubed chicken and potatoes and continue to boil

3.  Once the chicken is about 1/2 way done add the carrots and cook until the carrots are tender

4.  Add basil, pineapple, and bamboo shoots and cook 2 more minutes

5.  Add water.  We like our curry a little thicker so I only added about a 1/2 cup.  

6.  Serve over rice




7. Find husband to stir while you continue unpacking (wink wink)


We used our Wok to make the curry and it made it SO easy!  A large pan will do, but we are convinced a Wok is necessary for authentic Asian food ;)

^^ I know I look scary, however, I've been moving all day, K? ^^



Hip hip hooray for a new place!  We toasted with some Martinelli's and finished off our night eating frozen yogurt at Top It and talking about how much we love Holladay. Can't wait to see what this new adventure has in store for us!   






Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Moving Means Decorating... Right??

This weekend we will be moving to an apartment in Holladay.  I am beyond excited!  Our stuff has been in storage since we left for Texas almost a whole year ago.  It'll be just like Christmas opening up all of our boxes! 

Moving to a new place has really kicked in the decorating fever for me.  Poor Braedon.  I've promised him not to get too carried away until we unpack all of our stuff and figure out what we actually have. We had some surprises when we packed it all up to move. (eh hem, wedding presents that hadn't even been opened) So, I'm sure there will be a couple surprises now that it's finally being all unpacked.  Hopefully no rodents hiding in the storage unit though!  I'm sort of scared.  

Speaking of this decorating fever I've created a few "inspiration boards" to help me reign my creative juices.  HA! I wish.  I'm no interior designer, that's for sure.  However, it's a task that's been keeping me busy, even if it's just wishful thinking!  

A few things I've been really eyeing are a new sofa chair, some great lamps for our nightstands, and a great mirror for our entryway/ something to put above our headboard (mirror, antlers, Abe Lincolns face).  Ok it's late, and I'm getting weird.... here are a few of my wishes (p.s. opinions welcomed)

Table Lamps




As of now I think my favorite is number 3, the geometric lookin lamp.  I'm kicking myself though because I didn't write down where I found it, and I think I spent a good 45 minutes trying to track it down again.  No such luck.  

Sofa Chairs


I'm also loving these chairs I found at TJ Maxx Home Goods the other day and I just might have to go back to get one...


^^ Pretty, but so NOT comfy ^^

Doesn't it just look like you can curl up and fall asleep in that chair ^^ (NOT).  Unfortunately you have to sit as stiff as aboard. 

You guys, I have a serious case of what my Father-in-law would call the "domino effect".  Once I decided I wanted a sofa chair, I figured I needed a new couch too.  Then I would also need to get a coffee table to round it out.  The table lamps for our nightstands would also need some prettier stands to stand on because if I have a pretty lamp I need a pretty nightstand too right??  Geeze-O.  Tone it down Stef, tone it down!  

For now, it's fun to look.  I'm perfectly happy searching for that perfect deal, and making/ repurposing things on my own.  There's something so satisfying about it!  


 
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