Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Less than 3 days

Alright, it's less than three days till we make the big move! We're SO excited too!!! Yet, there's still a lot to get done here before then... God's continuing to prove to us that He knows better than us though, and things keep getting done, despite weird things happening. So that's good.

Now the box count is up to 103 and still going...so maybe I will go back to my original estimation of 150... I also had forgotten about all the books and things in J's office that we needed to pack up. So we went over there tonight and packed them up. Surprisingly it only took 4 and a half boxes to finish it up! :) I was happy, I thought it would be at least 6 if not more.

So, tomorrow we'll be done packing...so whatever time we get finished we get finished...hopefully we will have a chance to sleep before the big loading the truck day though. ;)

Hope everything is well on your end!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

83 and counting....

Thanks to my sweet parents who have been very generous with their time to help me pack up our place, I am up to 83 boxes that are packed and all ready to go! That's a lot right? Yep. I think so too....and there will still be some more. My original estimate was 150, but I am thinking it may just be around 100. Although, they are all shapes and sizes of boxes....ranging from boxes about the size of banker boxes to our 2 wardrobe boxes that are just enormous! So...yeah...lots of boxes. :)

I'm glad we already have this much packed though. I think I can easily get the rest packed up by the end of today or tomorrow with just last minute things to deal with. So crazy to think that we're leaving our sweet home of Colorado in just 4 days. But we are SO excited!

J's still been working on putting finishing touches on his Dissertation, but I'm pretty sure he can't wait to start his Post-Doc! He's been researching what he'll be doing research on for the last couple months on and off, and is very excited. As for me...I'm going to kind of figure out what I want to do with my life. At least for now. Hopefully I'll find a job I enjoy doing and maybe even go back for my Masters or something....the possibilities are quite endless. Until they have an end of course. :)

Anyway, for now, we're excited to be starting this adventure together!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

1 week


So, we leave in a week!  Exciting, and still a little nerve wracking....but definitely exciting.  :)  Things are shaping up in the packing front so that's good.

We had a yard/moving sale today, and although we didn't have the best turn out, we still made a little money and sold a few things.  Then when we were done at 1pm, we just took the rest of our things over to ARC.  So, we still got rid of things, which was what we wanted anyway.  :)  I was joking with J about it being our new way of shedding weight without a diet....lol  :)

Anyway, there are boxes just about everywhere, and tonight I am starting to really get into packing up my kitchen for real.  (I had been putting it off since I have a foodie blog and we needed to eat...)  We sure have a busy week coming up though and I'm sure it will totally just fly by.  Which is fine by me.  I am kind of done packing...not literally, just me...I'm done.  But it will all be worth it!  I can't wait to get to NC and see where we'll be living for the next few years!!!

Best part truly is getting to move across the country with my best friend though.  I never thought I would be leaving the state I love.  The state with almost my whole family in it. But, it turns out, I'm excited to start on this journey with my love.  I couldn't think of a better time in our lives to do it either!  :)

Ok....enough rambling for now...  :)  And soon, there will be much more exciting posts coming from me...and J!  :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Must Haves: Part 2

Ok, so I wrote my post on must haves yesterday, but I didn't put it all on there. I was debating about putting this part on here, but after talking with my Mom today I decided to! :)

When I started my freshman year at CSU I so wanted to get involved in a new Church and campus ministry...but little did I know that I was WAY more shy than I thought... So, after some persuasion from my older sis "D" I visited Navigators for the first time sometime around the middle of September. Although I was still too shy to go by myself, so she drove the 45 minutes over to Fort Collins to go with me. Sweet sis huh? :)

Well, it turns out that was a night that I will never forget! They started as a whole group with worship and welcoming, but then split up the boys and girls into different rooms. At first I thought was a little strange, but then I found out just why they had done it. They wanted to talk about relationships, and what to look for in a future mate. I'm sure they had a much more eloquent way of saying it, but that's what it was. The true "must haves" in a mate.

I suppose I will never know what the male leaders talked about with the guys, but I sure remember what the female leaders share with us. So here it is, and they have to be in this order.

1. Pursuit of God.
2. Pursuit of Wisdom.
3. Pursuit of Contentment.
4. Pursuit of Integrity.
5. Pursuit of Leadership.

Pretty simple right? Well, sadly I never actually dated a guy who possessed all of these, especially in the right order until I met my now hubby. The sweetest thing, is that I could tell from our very, very first conversation too. :) His priorities were right, and that made him SO attractive to me. Even more than looks--although he certainly is easy on the eyes--he's so devoted to knowing God and growing in his knowledge about God and his work.

I'm so thankful God put J in my life. There isn't a more perfect person for me to spend the rest of my life on this journey with! I love you J!!! Thanks for loving God, learning about Him, being who He made you to be and leading me with love!! :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Must Haves

Alright, this is a rather random post, but bare with me because I think it's worth it. :)

I am going through things as I pack so I can see what I want to try to sell at our yard sale this weekend. So as I was going through this binder of mine I found some papers from a trip that I took 6 years ago with my parents up to Montana and Canada. (Summer of 2004, which was the summer after my Sophomore year of college.)

One of the papers had a list of traits I would like my future spouse. I made columns on it saying "Must haves" and "Can't stands". I'll write my lists below.

Must Haves:
1. Love God.
2. Family is important.
3. Go getter.
4. Good sense of humor.
5. Optimistic.
6. Enjoys the outdoors.
7. Conflict resolution skills.
8. Chemistry. (with me)
9. Intelligence.

Can't Stands:
1. Smoker.
2. Pessimistic.
3. Alcoholic.
4. Liar.
5. Anger issues.
6. Laziness.
7. Foul language.
8. Reckless driving.
9. Going to places like Hooters, etc.

I think the best part is that these are still so true today...and I am so grateful to have found my sweet Rocket Scientist who really does have all of my "Must haves" and none of the "Can't stands"! :)


Monday, July 19, 2010

Birthdays and Showers!

Yesterday was a big day too! So we had a big weekend with lots of time spent with friends and especially family! (Our fave!) :) Our party Saturday, then a Bday party and bridal shower Sunday! Fun!
So, my little niece K. turned 3 yesterday!! She was SO adorable and excited for her party and she did so well. She smiled for the cameras, broke the pinata very well spilling candy everywhere, opened presents without any trouble and had a great time! What a sweetie. I so enjoy being an aunt, and getting to spend time with family and my sweet little nieces and nephews. :) (And J does enjoy being an Uncle too, although he wasn't able to make it to the party this time. He was hard at work on his defense that he give this week.)

So then it was off to my sister-in-law's bridal shower! My mom and I went down together and had a good time. Presents were given, hugs exchanged and games played. Here's a pic of the game we played where you make a dress out of toilet paper. This was the winning group--although this was obviously only the start of their dress. Then I quite taking pics because I got to be the model for our group. Fun times, and nice spending time with family down there too.

We've enjoyed getting to spend more time with family in these last few months than ever before. I suppose it's because we know, that shortly we won't get to as much. But good thing we'll come back for J's sister's wedding not too long after we leave CO anyway! :) Plus, there's always Christmas. Plus, I'm sure we'll find a good Church and great friends after not too long once we get out there.

Party Pics

Alright, my sweet mom took great pics at the party this weekend. So thank you so much for capturing the moments! :) Here's a few pics from the event....and apparently I have some trouble uploading them in the correct order...but anyway, here are some. (In reverse order...) :)

Oh, and you may notice that you don't see any faces...that's because I'm keeping this public for now, so it's easier to get to and read. If you'd like to see faces and more pics let me know though, and I could always change it to private later.... Anyway, enjoy for now ..... :) And officially it's 12 days till we leave. Wow.
After the party we ate dinner with some of our family at Pueblo Viejo in Old Town Fort Collins. The restuarant was great and also just so happened to be across from my very, very, very favorite place in Fort Collins. That corner hotel with Starbucks. It's on such an angle it resembles one in NY, NY and just has something about it that I love. J and I have had many dates walking near there and sipping coffee inside too. Love it...
I wore this cute dress to our party. When I first bought it I didn't like the pink belt...but after wearing it to the party and having a great response, I think I decided I not only like it, but rather love it. :)
J was sporting his newest dress shirt--courtesy of Kohl's a couple weeks ago where I got this great shirt for a mere $6--and I think he wore it well. My sweetie-pie. :)
Possibly my favorite part of the whole event was my punch. Simple and great punch that I grew up having at Church. Then I found pi ice cubes to make it complete for my genius hubs. :) I thought it was pretty cute and clever. I hope others did too.....

Here are some of the kids collecting candy after the pinata broke. :) (Although they had to help it break open...it was a lot better built than a pinata should have been....)
Pinata time! We were impressed the kids did so well with hitting the pinata, even though many--if not all--had never done one before!!! SO cute! I think the really did have fun...
Here's something else that I found to go with my theme for my Rocket Scientist's graduation party. Giant plush Neurons in a giant petri dish. Adorable?!?!?! Yep I thought so too.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Party!

Thanks to everyone who came to our party today. We had a great time and feel very loved. :) It was especially great to see our family, extended family including (but not limited to) aunts, uncles, grandma's, grandpa and cousins, and of course also some of our most dear friends. :)

Can't believe we leave two weeks from today, but we're confident with you all praying for us we'll have a good transition to North Carolina. And yes, we'll definitely come back and visit. We just can't guarantee that we will see all of your every time we make it back here.

Anyway, it was so great to see you today, and even for those of your who weren't able to make it there--we appreciate your thoughts and prayers for us as we move on with our journey together.

I'm so proud of J! It's hard to believe that he's almost completely done with his Doctorate. Although he's been working on it the entire time I've known him, it's just so crazy to think all the work he's put into it all is finally coming to an end. But rather, it's a beginning not an ending. Because we are starting whole new chapter of our lives together. How exciting.

We sure will miss this place though. FBC has some of the greatest people we've ever met in it, as well as CO where most of our family is. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful, caring and generous family as well as friends. We love you and will keep you updated on our lives as we make this journey.

Thanks for reading. :)

PS I didn't capture a single moment on film--or rather memory card--today. But fear not! My mom did, so I will be posting pics soon. :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

How to make a homemade banner!

I had a couple of people ask me to make a tutorial for the banner I made and posted on here the other day. So here it is: :)

What you'll need:

Pinking Shears
Colorful fabric of your choice for triangles
Long strip about 1.5" wide for holding banner together.
Sewing Machine (ok, you could do it by hand...but that'd be a lot of work.)

I'm not giving quantities of fabric, because it all depends on how long or big you want to make it. But for mine that I made today I used 22 triangles and it made a banner that was about 7 feet long.
1. Get out your colorful fabric for the triangles and get ready to cut them out!
2. Starting cutting out triangles with your pinking shears*. They don't have to look perfect, or if you'd like you could measure them all and make them perfect. :) It's all up to you and how you want it to look--and how much time you'd like to spend making it!
*Pinking shears don't prevent it from fraying, but it controls how much it will fray. So that's why I used pinking shears so that I didn't have to hem the triangles and it will give it some homemade flavor for years to come! :)
3. I found that cutting the triangles so that the top (flat part that will be the top once it's in the banner) is about half of the length of the sides (parts you cut) makes it the right proportions.
4. Once you have all your tirangles cut out put them in a pile. (Mine's kind of a messy pile...)
5. Get your long strip ready. You can use pinking shears on it if you'd like, but you don't have to since it will be hemmed. :)
6. Lay the strip with the nice side down.
7. Then fold each side into the center like this.
8. Now fold that in half and sew it together for a few inches. (Leave as much as you'd like to be able to tie it to something.)
9. Now stick your first triangle in the fold and sew. I did mine like this, but it doesn't matter which direction the fabric tirangles are facing--as long as they are all facing the same way! :)
10. Keep sewing, like sew. ;)
11. Once you get done sewing the first one, put the second one right next to it, but not overlapping and sew. Then continue with the rest of the triangles until you get to the desired length! :) Then remember to leave some at the end to be able to tie it up for decorating!
Here it is flapping in the warm breeze. Like I said this one has 22 triangles and is about 7 feet long.
Detail view.

I alternated the fabric of triangles on the banner I made the other day, but today I just used one fabric. So be sure to make your banner they way you want it! :) The more colors the better.



Thursday, July 15, 2010

16 days . . .

Well, we leave for NC in just 16 days. Crazy that it's getting here so fast too! Exciting...while very, very nerve racking. I suppose it's because I still have so much of our stuff to pack.

Anyway, I had a great day today though! My very sweet mom came over and helped me pack things. It was so nice to hang with her while getting things done. I'm so lucky to have her. Mom's are great, you know? And I'm so lucky that no only do I have two sisters who are my life long friends, but the greatest Mom in the world who's a friend for life too!! :)

Don't get me wrong though....I wasn't always so thankful to have sisters, and all. But as I have grown up and grown in my faith, I've realized just how special and important family is! In fact, my husband and I are both bless with great families, that keep expanding! (people getting married, having children, etc.) It's great! :)

Anyway, my count of actual boxes packed and ready to move is up to about 17. So that's something.... : ) Thanks Mom for your help!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Homemade Banner

Well, since we have our party coming up on Saturday and our garage sale the Saturday after that, I decided to make a banner. We can use it over and over and over again since's it's fabric, washable and colorful. :)
Detailed view.
Whole banner.

I made it out of scraps of fabric and I think it turned out pretty well. I was going for the quick type, so I didn't hem the triangles and instead cut them with pinking shears.

One car

Well, as you already may know, we sold my Explorer last Wednesday. So, now we've been a one car household for a week. We'd been trying to sell it on and off since early December, so this was a definite answer to many, many prayers! We probably will buy a car once we get settled in to our place in North Carolina. But for now it give us the means to be able to get to NC, one less vehicle to put wear and tear on and one less thing to worry about for now!

Although this is the first day I've been completely without a vehicle...so that'd a different feeling all in itself. :) Just gives me more time to pack, cook and sew though right!?!? ;)

(Our Jeep. Our only vehicle for now. Pretty sweet vehicle at that though!)


Saturday, July 10, 2010

3 Weeks



Today marks that it is just three short weeks until we make the big move. Although super exciting, it's also all becoming so very real to us both. We have so much to do, so many people to see and so many things to pack before three weeks comes. That's ok though, just trying to take it all one day at a time. That's what they say to do right? ;) Truth is, that's really all we can do!

My sweet Rocket Scientist is still working long, hard hours putting the finishing touches on his dissertation that is due this Tuesday. He's always been a hard worker, but these last 6 weeks or so have been monumental. He's spent most every night at the lab until it's dark out, and over the 4th of July--when we had plans to take a little vacay up to my parent's cabin--he worked all weekend down here, while letting me go up with my parents. He even stayed at the lab until 4am one night (well morning...).

So anyway, he's a hard worker, and soon all his hard work will truly pay off! He's sure tired now though....I bet that he'll be feeling much better by this time on Tuesday though. (After he turns in his Dissertation.) Although, he defends it on the 20th, so he's still not going to be done just yet.

Like I said though, soon all his hard work and diligence will pay off and we'll be in NC living the dream....so to speak. (What really does that mean anyway?!?) :)

That's it for now. Thanks for listening, or well, reading my ramblings.

Friday, July 9, 2010

New beginnings

Well, J and I have decided to start up a blog. :) We’ll keep it open publicly so people can get to it easier, which is a plus. But, since it will be public we’re going to limit the amount of personal info we share on it. Still, it will be a good way to keep in touch with friends and family when we move away…(and also when/if we come back!)...which is coming up soon! In fact, it’s just 22 days away! :)

Goodbye Colorado, hello North Carolina!!!!