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Happy New Year!

1 Jan

How did 2012 get here so quickly? It seemed like it moved so fast. Josh and I are already preparing for a crazy year. Lots of big things are happening.

But as a nod to 2011, I wanted to create a cute, simplified memory of 2011 to share with our families and to have as a keepsake. Of course, Pinterest has continued to serve as inspiration for so many projects I’m doing these days, so it only made sense for me to turn to some of my past pins to accomplish this particular task.

And, instantly I fell in love with these adorable newsletters.

images here and here

What an adorable way to share you year! So I whipped up our own little version using photoshop. I kept the format very similar to both examples but tailored it to our little family. As a poor college couple, we obviously didn’t need a travel map of the world, but we did include some fun achievements from 2011.

I especially love the little married couple. Adorable! And I also wanted to add a “coming soon” section to hint at big events happening in 2012. As you can tell, it’s going to be a big one.

How do you share your news with family? What are you looking forward to the most in 2012?


How You Know He’s a Keeper

10 Nov

Josh and I are discussing Christmas gift ideas for eachother and this is what he said:

“Everything I want to get you is too expensive for right now… like a kitchen remodel.”

I’ll take that!

Our reason to DWIT: A Big Move

18 Aug

When I first introduced dwitting, I didn’t explain the biggest reason why we were “doing what it takes” and since today marks 5 full years of being together, I thought it would be extremely appropriate to elaborate. Josh and I have lived in the state of Texas for our whole lives and when we moved to college and got married, we decided that it would be amazing to get out of Texas and experience a different state. We pinpointed the northwest as our preference and even further narrowed it down to southern Oregon.

PoppyandPinecone on Etsy (Get your state!!!)

The weather is better, the land is prettier, and you don’t have 40+ days of temperatures over 100 degrees. (Yes! That’s what’s happening in Texas right now. Blech!) It sounds a little crazy, especially since Josh and I haven’t ever visited this state, but we’re up for a leap of faith. We’re in the perfect position to do something like this. No kids, no huge obligations. We just need to get there.

So, this is why we’re dwitting. To get to Oregon and start our life. (Hopefully by the end of 2012!)

Have you ever taken a huge leap of faith like this? How did it turn out? Any great advice? Leave it in the comments below! I want to hear about it!

The DWIT Stage: Doing What It Takes

23 May

Today was my first day at a new job. Don’t misunderstand, I’m still working very hard to create and maintain my own company, Très Sweet Designs, but in this current stage of my life, that particular endeavor isn’t covering our expenses. Not only are we trying to cover our current expenses, but we’re also trying to get out of student loan debt (before graduation day) and start saving for that “dream life”. So, today was my first day at a new job…

That’s right, I am currently employed by the world’s largest private employer, Wal-Mart. And you know what? I had a lot of fun today. I won’t go into the specifics, but I think that it could turn out to be a great and (dare I predict) fun experience.

In honor of this new stage, the husband and I have coined a new verb: dwitting. It’s fun to say and it makes sense so, why the heck not? “Doing what it takes” is extremely important to me. I have this wonderful (but not unreachable) idea of our future life and I’m willing to sacrifice my extra time and energy to help get us there. We’ve got big plans for the future and it’s going to be so worth it when that time comes.

*I’ll be adding more “dwitting” posts to the blog to chronicle our progress, so stay tuned.

Husband of the Year: 2011

28 Mar

Yesterday started out as a good day… that turned horrible in about 2.3 seconds. I won’t get into details, but I got some rough news that came out of nowhere and yielded some pretty outlandish accusations about my company. Needless to say, I was pretty upset.

But luckily, I have the best husband ever. This phone call came while dinner was in the oven and I was mixing batter for some awesome red velvet and cream cheese whoopie pies*… so as I paced the living trying to breathe, he finished dinner, and kept an eye on me the whole time. Not only did he jump to my defense after I hung up (therefore, fulfilling his “big-strong-man” duties) but he continued to comfort me and talk out the situation throughout the night

And then, he did the best thing of all; he made me laugh. I have this weird habit of taking strands of my hair and putting them over my top lip to create, what some might call, a fairly handsome ‘stache. Every time I do this, I try to see if he’ll 1) let me put the mustache on him and/or 2) ask him to kiss me with this hairy lip. (I don’t know how he doesn’t find it attractive or at least hilarious!) After sitting on the couch for the better part of an hour and sorting out the details and the truth, I began fiddling with my hair as always. And then he said, “This is a one time offer, but if it’d make you feel better, I will kiss you with a mustache.” Why yes, that would make me feel better! AND THEN, he let me put that handle-bar monstrosity on him! And I just laughed!

I really can’t explain how lucky I feel to have such a great husband. Our first year of marriage has been pretty rough but nothing that has happened has even come close to putting a damper on our relationship and that makes me happy. (Note: we have also decided that when our one year anniversary does come around that we will be buying lottery tickets as a testament to how crazy the first year has been. Here’s hoping we’ll get lucky!!!)

*Just in case you were wondering, the whoopie pies turned out awesome!

Cabin Fever

3 Feb

Maybe you’ve heard, but the entire DFW area is covered with ice. The past three days have yielded highs in the teens! Needless to say, this area is definitely not equipt to handle this sort of weather, so school has been cancelled since Tuesday and we have been hold up in our apartment for the past three days! (Going on four).

After receiving the third message saying that school had been cancelled for Friday, I looked over at Josh and told him at least I was stuck with someone I could stand spending 4 straight days with. (I’m so lucky!) Movies, hot cocoa, and the daily adventure through the snow, just to get out of the apartment keep us sane.

Here’s a short vlog of our first snowy adventure.

The Wedding: When things go wrong…

28 Nov

It’s hard to believe that just over 3 months ago, Josh and I got married. It’s even more difficult to believe that the week leading up to our wedding was one of the most difficult weeks we had to deal with as a couple.

About 8 days prior to the wedding, I had it all planned out for the week of to run smoothly… no, seriously. But, of course, things usually don’t work out as planned. We wanted to get married in our hometown, which is six hours away from where we currently live. The Sunday before the big day, we arrive in our hometown in the evening, I drop Josh off at his parents house, and I’m headed to mine when… I hit a huge chunk of wood with my car that all but destroys parts of the under-carriage (for your sake, I’ll leave out all of the technical mumbo-jumbo). So there I am, one week before “the biggest day of my life” freaking out (and blubbering, I might add) because our only mode of transportation is now a stationary heap of metal. “How do we get to the airport for the honeymoon? How do we get home after that? How do we even begin to afford another car?” It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to deal with at this point in my life.

Long story short, we did end up buying a “new” car after the honeymoon and I feel like the experience of purchasing something that big on our own was a great way to start out our marriage, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t hard as hell.

I know that this is probably the least fun topic to cover in regards to wedding planning, but things happen and it’s important to be aware. So, what do you do when things go wrong close to your wedding? Certainly my case, is not the most serious thing that could happen, but I do feel like there would be similarities between all cases.

1. Go ahead and cry. No, crying won’t really solve anything or make the situation better, but if you need to, let it out. Just periodically blow your nose, or it can get messy.

2. Breathe. This is especially important if you choose to participate in Tip #1. Because, I don’t know about you, but I am an ugly crier and once I get going, it takes a lot of deep breathing to calm me down.

3. Talk with your fiance. If they aren’t with you at the time, get to them or in touch with them as soon as possible. After all, you are marrying this person. Chances are that they are the person you confide in, as well as, the person you will need to discuss the matter with anyways. Plus, it will be a test of their love, once they see your crying face. (KIDDING!)

And 4. Make a game plan. This is somthing that depends entirely on your situation, but if it’s something like car trouble or an injury, really think about what the challenges will be in relation to the wedding and decide (with your soon-to-be-spouse) what the best option is.

The most important thing I’ll stress is just open communication. Be open-minded and ready to listen to solutions. But most of all, know that you and your other half will have to deal with tough situations throughout your lives and the key to getting past it is supporting each other and rationally creating a solution.