Thursday, December 31, 2009

Obligatory New Year Old Year Post

Last year Noah and I visited Chicago three times.  This last visit we looked like we were going to rob something, but we didn't.  We did however see someone I knew since Elementary school in the middle of Chicago in a Deli.  Noah complains, but one day all the people I know will help us make it big.

This year I plan to do the following:

1. Losing all of the weight I gained since matrimony in May.
2. Cook as many recipes as possible from our new cook books.  I'm not sure how that's going to work with number one, but all will be for the best.
3. Beat Noah less--at Scrabble, Monopoly, Air Hockey, etc. :P

And this is how we plan to bring in the new year...

Sigh, 2009 wasn't so bad after all.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Where has Martha Stewart gone?

Making homemade crafts for Christmas presents of course and running her own Craigslist store practically. Once all presents have been delivered I will post some sweet pictures of all the gifts. Hopefully I'll start getting some sleep in the next few days.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Ah the Old Days

I was just looking through old pictures and came across these little treasures from the honeymoon. Well and before when my mom had us painting the bathroom.

I'll just let you enjoy how cute we are. I'm grateful to have such a handsome, helpful, and absolutely fantastic spouse.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Today we...

Now that I'm posting daily I thought I'd let you in on today's craftiness. We went to the dollar store in search of stocking stuffers. Noah went one way, I went the other and now we have our stockings hung. Please note the baby's stocking.

I'm not pregnant; just preparing for the future. Below is our "Christmas tree."
And our nativity complete with a Noah's Ark advent calendar.

Finally I couldn't let a day go by without doing something domestic so I made fudge. Everyone should start calling me Martha, because Martha Stewart and I have so much in common.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Finally, Art

So remember how I majored in art and have been trying several creative outlets with my house lately? Maybe you don't, but I have. So yesterday I pulled out some old watercolors. I hated them both. So I cut up one and added it to the other.

This is a collage piece based on the family history work I've been doing. It's been an incredible experience doing temple work for my family (If you're curious why, please visit this website or feel free to comment). And thus, has inspired this piece.

After the collage I took some etch and am etching leaves and family names into the glass. Noah says he'll frame it so the glass is a few inches away from the painting. That way you'll get the full effect. This picture does not do it justice.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Chicken Noodle-Good for the Cold

Down in New Mexico I was trained in the art of noodle making. Yesterday I did a chicken pot roast with sweet potatoes, celery, potatoes(fresh grown from the Baum's garden), and carrots(again from the same garden). Then seasoned with rosemary, thyme, basil, and 2 bay leaves. It was delicious!

Anyway, I kept the bones from the roast and made some chicken broth today. Then made my very own whole wheat egg noodles. It was delicious and wonderful on the sinuses(seeing as some sort of runny nose plague has infected us both).

Thanksgiving Love

Instead of taking pictures of my family and the Native American ruins we went to go see we took landscapes on the ride home...

That's it. If you want to see pictures of my family you can visit my aunt's blog.

Beside the landscape we really enjoyed New Mexico. Noah and I stayed at my aunt and uncle's house. They sent us home with a mini fridge, a full tank of gas, and a packed lunch. She packed us an excellent lunch. We had ham sandwiches, root beers, clementines, apples, and animal crackers. Yay for family!

Noah was also nicknamed "Nova" whilst there because little Kourtney couldn't pronounce his real name. There were so many children running around and we loved it! A big thanks to my cousins for having such cute kids. You did good.

More Household Cuteness from Me

Noah felt he wanted a chore chart.I made one using an old frame, some cheap Ikea cloth, a pair of scissors, and a staple gun.
And now everyone knows what needs to be done at the Coal Man hotel.

My Craftiness Continues

Aunt Liz found this shelf at DI for $10. It was really ugly...

It got better once I put the creamy color on. We thought about leaving it this way, but wanted to give it a "Boston Finish."
And finally, here is the finished product.
I want everyone to know that I did this all by myself. Noah didn't even carry it in to the house after painting(this is by no means a slam on my husband, he was working at the time).
We spent about $16 on spray paint and $2 on steel wool to scrub off the black on the corners. The cream paint we had lying around from when we painted the dressers. All together we spent about $28 on the shelf and I am immensely proud of the finished product.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Injustice

This year for Halloween I had dreams about picking my own pumpkin from a pumpkin patch. After researching the nearest one I had to give up the search. There simply weren't any pumpkin patches to pick pumpkins from in Utah. Instead we bought 3 pumpkins for $3 from a cart the day of Halloween. They never did get carved.

NOW it's Christmas trees! The nearest Christmas tree farm in Utah is Ogden and to get a tree cutting permit that only costs $10 I have to drive to Vernal or Richfield Utah. Are all of my family holiday traditions to be dashed to pieces while living in Utah?

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Now that I'm puking out blog posts I thought I should announce that we're...



I've had the sudden urge to create things for my home. Either I'm nesting (not likely) or I'm really enjoying being a little housewife. This guy is my latest creation. Inspired by Laura, I've been wanting to make my very own garbage bag holder for some time.

I got my fabric from one of my all time favorite places in the entire world...Ikea.

The next project comes from my love of Russian nesting dolls. They might be kitschy, but I like 'em.

You're jealous of my craftiness, I know.

A Good Use of China

Whitney and Stetson threw a fabulous dinner party where Noah and I got to use our china! Yay for early Christmas presents.

It was quite the dinner party.

With fabulous guests.

Afterwards we played Wackee Six on teams. It got really intense. This is after Noah and I won. That was the only time we won.

Our competitors.

A Homecooked Meal

Welcome to a typical evening at the Coal Man Hotel.

Every evening we have homemade hot applesauce.

And home cooked wheat rolls.

And this homemade man is always in attendance.

A Long Time Ago...

The Greek gods all together. Demeter, Apollo, Cupid, and Apollo's Muse(A Lesser god).
Fat babies make the best cupids.

Cupid and his victims. Crystal and Adam have arrows coming out of their clothes and the hearts say "Love Struck."

Krista inspired us all. She made the best Demeter.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


1. Arnold Friberg exhibit was excellent. We saw Elder Hales. Noah now refers to him as "Bobbie."
2. There are NO pictures of Noah and I dressed up at our ward party. :( Perhaps I can re-do my costume just for you Laura.
3. We're selling our necklaces at Bon Bons Boutique in Provo now on University Ave in Provo Town Square. Check it out!
4. More pictures and updates to come. No internet=no pictures. Bah!


You'd like to see some pictures of the great events Noah and I have been up to? I have some bad news. We haven't been taking any! I'm sorry Laura that there is no proof of our Halloween adventure at the ward party. There are however, pictures of our little house party and I haven't even posted the little ghost rolls we made. No internet at home equals no pictures on my blog.

On another note Arnold Friberg showing was a success! We had a great time and apparently Al at Home Depot was in charge of the event. We haven't figured out why Al is still working at Home Depot. Unless he owns the store. That's a different story. We got to see Elder Hales at the reception. Noah has affectionately nicknamed him "Bobbie." Thank goodness he never actually called him that to his face.

In other good news, Noah and I are selling our necklaces at a little boutique called Bon Bons Boutique in Provo. Go in and check it out!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Life of N&R Coleman

Some things of note in our life:

We went to a Ward Halloween Party on Friday. Noah went as "Bad Taste" and I went as his knocked up girlfriend. People in the ward asked if it was trying to tell them something. That is a definite negative.

For Halloween we had a few friends over and dressed up as Greek gods, ate Jack-o-Lantern pizza, and also made dirt cups. We were sad to miss the Jorgensen party, but we'll hopefully be there next time. :)

Last night Noah had a really bad evening. To cheer him up I agreed to buy him a box of nails. We arrive at Home Depot and with some help from a Home Depot employee end up with 8 boxes of nails for $30 less than what we would have spent. Afterward, he took us out to his car and handed us an invitation to a private unveiling of Arnold Friberg's latest work in West Valley City. Needless to say, Noah is skipping class and I'm taking off work.

On another note, if anyone knows of some good deals on plane tickets to Florida please inform us immediately.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Spider House

Last night Noah and I were going to get ready to go swimming. Excuse me for the detail, but I've got my swim suit around my ankles and I see a very large "something" on our baseboard. I immediately confirm with Noah that the "something" was one of the worst things imaginable, a spider. The biggest spider of note in our house yet.

I freak out and run to grab a container to put it in, (swimsuit still around my ankles.) Noah is ordered to watch it and I come running in with the little container. It now sits in our living room. I have a heart attack every time I see it.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Noah and I decided to start Halloween off right and pulled out our cookie cutters.

Noah was an excellent cookie cutter-er.

Afterwards we decorated!!!!!!!
And feasted...

Krista joined for the decorating and eating part.

And Noah did dishes. Yay!


Once upon a time Noah and Becky went on a weekend trip to Cedar City and hiked in a place that looked a lot like Bryce Canyon but was not Bryce Canyon.

While they were there Noah conquered the world.

And they built a tree fort.

And at the end of the day they hiked home with their faithful relatives Brooks and Miranda.

Overall, It was a great Labor Day weekend and we owe the "Shirt Lift's" a stay at the "Coal Man Inn."