03 November 2015

Grati Tuesday: are we old enough for this?

Nobody is ever really ready to have kids, they say. 

But still, we DEFINITELY weren't ready. Mentally, at least. 
We were surprised. We were a little bit excited. But we were, selfishly, not at all excited. We were scared. We were a little worried. 

And then we had some time to get used to the idea. And we are. Sort of. 
Sometimes we still ask if this is real life.
But we can't wait to meet and get to know the little person that is growing right now. 
We are still kinda scared and worried (raising another human is kind of a big deal).
Mostly, we can't wait to show bebe Tramp the world.

Hurry up and get here, April! 

02 November 2015

Music Monday: Never not in the mood

We used to laugh a lot,
But only because we thought
That everything good
Always would

In my wildest dreams, I am close to the stage for a Jack Johnson concert. And I probably fall over from joy and disbelief that I am seeing him LIVE. 
So yeah, if any of y'all want to make that happen, that would be greaaaat. 


Ps, What are you listening to these days? Jack has been a long time fav, and I am always in the mood for his music. 

16 October 2015

some KC adventures

We are really good at short and sweet trips, apparently. Anytime that we are gone for longer than 3-4 days, I feel a little weirded out.
True to form, September saw us in KC for coffee and friends and concerts.  

I want these stairs in my house

Things we learned and did and ate:

We managed to hit up Cafe Main, Second Best and The Roasterie for muy bien coffee (well, I got the hot chocolate at Second Best because it is LITRALLY the best hot chocolate in my life). 
We learned that when your friend tells you that he knows of this great place to get gyros, but it's in a gas station, you should definitely get the gyros. Because they are the best you have ever eaten. Ever.
We stood for hours in a stinking hot venue to listen to Josh Garrels live because HE IS AMAZING live. And worth every bit of potential dehydration that you experience and the lack of personal space and all the sweaty clothes and BO all up in your grill.
(If you can see Josh Garrels live, you should definitely make that life experience happen.) 
We remembered that the friends we made in college are still some of the best people that we know. Thankful for those shaping years. 
We learned that big biscuits and brunch are worth sharing.
We road tripped together, which is one of our favorite things, and something we did a lot back in the day when we were "just friends". (No, but really, we were just friends)

KC, we love you. Keep doing you.

18 August 2015

Grati Tuesday (It's been a pretty great summer)

I'm learning to be intentionally thankful every day, so here's some thanks from this summer:

for 3 days and 2 nights with these hooligans, learning how to apply theology to our relationships and trying not to get eaten by bugs.

for finding this stalker pic that my nephew took on my camera. FTW.

for fresh flowers on the kitchen table, always. 

for sunset chasing, even if it means just climbing on the garage roof.

for reminders that West River will always beat East River any day
also, the views from the top of the world? The best.
(ps, that tiny hiker is my fav)

for reunions in my living room

for silhouettes and unsuspecting fire guys.

for coffee shops that know what's up #starbuckswho

for a whole summer with these two dudes #squad #comebackPhil 

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change." 
James 1:17

14 July 2015

A very Pinteresting turn of events.. (see what I did there?)

I have been itching to paint some furniture! Since we have had such a wet spring/early summer, it's been hard to find a time that I could haul everything outside and leave it to dry and not worry about it getting rained on. So this past week, I finally just decided to bite the bullet and start the ball rolling indoors. 

I have had this bookshelf that my BIL made for me years ago.. I never stained it, or sealed it or painted it... it has just sat there naked in the corner of the room year after year. We have been overhauling our catch-all room, aka guest room, in segments and this bookshelf is about to be put to use, so I decided it was now or never!

wouldn't be the first time that our kitchen served as a work shop! 

I loved this tutorial that I used for crates we had at our wedding. Easy peasy. Fun to watch. And mostly free! So I thought, what the heck. I will give it a go on this bookshelf, and see where I want to go from there! 

I hauled the bookshelf to our tiny kitchen and wiped it down, after brewing a pot of coffee, and then waited for the coffee to cool before applying it. Last time I did this, I used a spray bottle which worked decently, but it was also hard to tell if you had saturated everything well. I went with a foam brush this time.

IMPORTANT: always take a break for espresso and gelato.

The second step is to apply a mixture of vinegar and steel wool that you have let sit for AT LEAST 24 hours. This is where I cheated. I had a good amount of the vinegar concoction left from a year ago, and since I couldn't find any steel wool in my house (and it was somewhere around 10 pm), I decided to just use the old vinegar. Using the same foam brush, I applied the vinegar to the now dry bookshelf...and waited.. and waited.. and nothing happened. When everything goes as planned with this, the wood will change colors right before your eyes (pretty rad). But that never happened. So I let the first coat of vinegar dry and applied a second coat, hoping that would make a difference. Still nothing. Boo. I don't know why it didn't work, but my guess would be the old vinegar concoction.

After all that, the wood looked a touch darker, buttoning impressive. 

So the NEXT day... my adventure pal and advice lady, Caity, came along as we looked at stain colors and paint colors. I didn't want to wait another 24 hours or more for my wood to change colors (instant gratification, by George), so I ended up choosing the same dark walnut stain that I used for my table top and stained away.... indoors. Not the best life decision, but rain was forecast and I didn't want to risk it (yay, fumes!). 

it almost got left in this state, but I pressed on.

really feeling the fumes at this point!

On day 3 of this project, I decided to add paint. THIS time, I went outside. Taking my cues from the same tutorial, I mixed paint and water at an approximate 2/3 paint to 1/3 water ratio and then started slapping it on and wiping it off. Let's just take a minute to thank Jesus for the backs of furniture that allow you to experiment before you commit. Amen.

There it is.. the finished product! I decided to leave the backs and sides of the inside paint free, and I love it! The only bummer is that this is getting stashed in the spare room where I won't be able to stare at it lovingly without having to go out of my way. #firstworldproblems.

PS, the Havianas in this picture broke a couple days later :( :( :( 


10 July 2015

Summer vibes.

Soaking up every last bit of summer that I can! It's already been full and busy. And there's still so many more adventures to be had! 
Here's a few little snippets of the past couple months. 
Cheers, friends.