Sunday, October 9, 2016

the beginning of forever // an announcement


 Scott Weston and I are officially engaged to be married!

On September 16th, he put the most beautiful sparkly ring on my finger, and asked me to marry him, and I said yes, of course! :)

We have been engaged for 24 days, and I am still amazed every-time I glance down and see my ring and realize again that I get to marry the most wonderful man in the world and spend absolutely forever with him!

And to answer some questions we've been getting over and over:
How We Met
Scott and I met through a mutual friends 4th of July picnic in 2015, although he was too shy to introduce himself at the time. Instead, he and a friend found me online and he messaged me two days later. A week later, after praying about it, talking to my parents, checking on him with our friends, and thinking about it a lot, our families met for a picnic so that the two of us could officially meet. And that started a slow friendship that blossomed into love!

How long have you been together?
We began courting at the end of March. We realized that we were more than just friends at that point, and together with my parents decided to move forward with our relationship. 


When Is the Wedding?
We are planning our wedding for the third weekend of February. :) That's 131 days, and it feels like forever, but everyone says that it will go by so fast! :)

How did he propose?
Scott and I had planned a date night, and he told me he wanted to take me to dinner, and then to a beach down at the Columbia that we found last month and loved, to watch the sunset, and then to see a movie he was excited about. I was excited for a relaxed evening, just spending time together. He came up to my house to pick me up, and we ended up spending over an hour sitting in our backyard with my mom and siblings, just visiting and hanging out together. Then we left to go to dinner,  and on the way he started stressing a little bit that we were going to miss the sunset. So we decided to go to the river first, and we both took our shoes off and waded out into the water. He was acting a little bit nervous, and we just stood there and talked about nothing in particular. and then he started telling me how much he loved me and a lot of other things I honestly can't remember, and then he pulled the most beautiful ring out of his pocket and held it out to me and asked me to marry him! and I said " Of course!!" and he slipped it on my finger and we were officially engaged! We hugged and smiled like crazy and were both pretty excited. And then we hurried to dinner because we were both incredibly hungry! :)


Our engagement photos were taken by Emily Coder. She did a fabulous job and they turned out sooo cute!

We are in the middle of wedding planning, and all the details that entails, plus getting our little house ready. I'm so excited  and cannot wait to start our lives together! :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

its a girl thing // polka dots

Outfit details:
Skirt: Handmade Circle Skirt
Shirt: Fred Myers
Boots: Famous Footwear

Today was a most perfect first day of fall. Sunny, but cool and crisp. I was nannying this morning, working on scoring math pages for mom this afternoon, and am headed out the door in a little while for a girls night out with my sister-in-law. All things considered, its been a good day! :) My whole family has been sick for a couple weeks, but everyone is finally on the mend, which is wonderful, and its been nice to be busy again this week. I just bought these boots, and I have to say I am very happy with them. They're adorable and surprisingly comfortable. 

How was your summer?

Friday, July 15, 2016

thoughts on hard days

This quote has been on my mind a lot lately. I have had a pretty hard week; dealing with a bad allergic reaction, running around a lot to different jobs, and then hormones and cramps thrown in there for good measure, all jumbled together to make me frazzled and stressed. I am realizing that  I have been letting little things get under my skin, one annoying conversation or a sibling playing the same three note "song" for the twelfth time in a row, a hurtful comment, or even just a headache, and I am letting them ruin my whole day, and then I excuse my wrong attitudes and behavior, pushing the blame off on anybody else. So I have been thinking about this; Is it really a bad day, out of my control? Or was it just hard for a few minutes and can I brush it off, pray about it and push through the rest of the day with a good attitude?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

the art of being rediculous

John is my trusty photographer. He is sweet and always agrees, and is very gracious by while I change settings, check the lighting and poses and exclaim about how creepy and awkward I look. He just rolls his eyes and snaps another twenty photos. And somehow, with how many pictures we take, its amazing how few "acceptable" ones we get. I think it's a combination of my awkward personality, his laughing at me, and how short my attention span is; because most of the photos we capture end up being entirely ridiculous. Now I'm wondering... do I really appear this ditzy in real life, or just whenever a camera appears. :)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

the many faces of james

James is a bundle of crazy energy. He's incredibly intelligent, has the vocabulary of a much older child, and is rather hilarious. He can be super sweet, and then turn around and be all boy. I don't think I've ever gotten him to pose with anything resembling a normal smile. James has the knack of being able to drive me absolutely insane and also make me melt with his cuteness. This morning he told Mama that she looked cool; because girls say pretty and beautiful, and boys say cool and awesome. He's pretty awesome. :)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

its a girl thing // cranberry

this i need to do this afternoon:
* finish scoring the kiddo's math pages
* fold and put away the mountain of clothing that is currently covering my bed. 
* laundry
* play with my puppy.

places I'd rather be today:
* the beach. always the beach.
* Paris
* Italy
* Goldendale

simple things i love at the moment:
* lemonade
*captain crunch cereal
*morning coffee, afternoon coffee, after dinner coffee
* the sound of the rain outside my window
*listening to Lydia pretend to talk on the phone
* ice cream
* watching my siblings watch a movie

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

How to Get Dressed // Book Review


How to Get Dressed 
by Alison Freer

Costume Designer Alison Freer's styling kit is a magic bag of tricks, built to solve every single wardrobe malfunction on earth. TV and film productions wait for nothing, so her solution have to work fast. In How to Get Dressed Alison distills her secrets into a fun, comprehensive style guide focused on rethinking your wardrobe like a fashion expert and making what's in your closet work for you.
    ...instead of repeating boring style "rules" Alison breaks the rules and gets real about everything from bras to how to deal with inevitable fashion disasters. Including helpful information such as how to skip ironing and the dry cleaners, remove every stain under the sun and help clueless men get their sartorial acts together, How to Get Dressed has hundreds of insider tips from Alison's arsenal of tools and expertise.
- From the back cover
I'd never read a fashion book before, but was interested in a review by one of my favoritest bloggers, so I started reading this with high hopes. The book itself is adorable, with gold and polka dot accents all the way through. I love books that are not only interesting, but are also designed attractively and adorable, and this book was both! And her tips and tricks are insanely practical. It's stuff real people can use, not a book of designer clothing and tips only people with a huge budget can use. Practical advice for using what you have, altering to make things more flattering, and what to buy intentionally instead of just splurging on lots of stuff, 
     I would definitely recommend this book to those interested in dressing intentionally and learning to be practical, frugal, and comfortable with their wardrobe.

Friday, June 3, 2016

These are a few of my favorite things // 07

+ reading books with Lydia
+ being busy
+ late night ice cream
+ funny conversations with James {4}
+ solving problems
+ deep cleaning
+ strawberry acacia refreshers from starbucks
+ warm weather with blue skies!!
+ thousands of daisies on our property
+ sunsets
+ the Psalms
+ dancing
+ old movies (Cary Grant, Gregory Peck and Audry Hepburn.)
+ P.G. Wodehouse
+ playing old piano pieces
+ picking up my flute again (and remembering why I stopped playing. Hyperventilating isn't very fun. :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

ten ways to improve an off day // a list


1. Read some Psalms
Sometimes, it's better to skip reading Leviticus and read some Psalms instead. 

2. Listen to happy music.
Some of my favorite happy music include  The Vitamin String Quartet, Frank Sinatra and Michel Buble, and Jadon Lavik.

He is merciful, yet just.:
3. Drink more coffee. (or whatever you're into.)
I usually try to limit my coffee consumption to just the morning before 11:00, because I don't really need it after that and I will just end up acting like the squirrel from Over The Hedge and then deteriorating into a shaky mess if I drink it all day. But some cold, dark afternoons I just really need to give myself permission to have another cup of coffee!

4. Make a list of things you're grateful for.
 I started keeping a gratitude journal after reading One Thousands Gifts and getting inspired. And it helps a lot on days when I am sad, or just down because of the weather. (Please tell me I am not the only person who struggles with it being dark, depressing and cold outside!)

5. Bake something yummy.
Like these Lemon scones with lemon glaze that I made this afternoon. Because for some reason lemon is such a happy flavor to me.

6. Be productive.
Write a To-do list and try to complete as much as possible. For weirdos like me, the act of crossing something off of a list is such a rewarding feeling that it literally makes me giddy sometimes. 

7. Curl up with a good book
Right now I am reading The Reason: How I discovered a Life Worth Living by Lacey Sturm. Its her autobiography from a abused, suicidal teen to a redeemed, forgiven woman. But for just a feel good book on an off day? Christy by Cathrine Marshall, or Anne of Green Gables is always a good idea.

 "On a bad day, there's always lipstick."  -Audrey Hepburn:

8. Do something that makes you feel pretty.
Curl your hair, apply some happy lipstick (this morning I put on barbie pink. ;), paint your nails, wear heels! Its such a silly thing, but sometimes doing something extra will really help improve your mood.

9. Do something happy for someone else.
It gets your focus off of your hard day, and brightens someone else's. Pay for the person behind you at Starbucks, paint your sisters nails, send a quick text to someone you miss, tell someone "I love you!" put together a random email of ridiculous pins and quotes for your bestie, find something to do for someone you love. :)

10. Eat Ice cream
This one is from three of my little siblings, but basically it's what I would say too. Ice cream is always a good idea. :)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

its a girl thing // silver and blue

Sweater: Kohls
Skirt: handmade
Cami: Forever 21
Sandels: Fred Myer

    This was my outfit for a normal Saturday around the house baking and babysitting this afternoon. For the past year or so, I have been freezing cold all of the time, so even though the sun was shining, I was  perfectly comfortable in my sweater. The little girl I was watching thought I was crazy and should go home to put a tank top on. ;)
    This skirt is making me so happy at the moment. My mama agreed to make circle skirts for the ballet studio my sisters dance with for their recitle. 50+ skirts to be exact. She has perfected the art of figuring them out, and I decided that I needed some summery skirts that were light and fun. So I made a couple one day this week, and this gray and silver pattern was one of them. It is, lovely, lightweight and I am very happy with it. (Today I am wearing a navy and white polka dotted one that also makes me very happy. ;) 

How are you revamping your wardrobe for summer?