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.