Saturday, April 21, 2012

We're Moving!

Whelp, we're about to move for the first time in our married life. Now it's not anywhere excited or adventurous but it is practical for what we need.

Currently we reside in a 3 bedroom(we're only able to use 1), 1 bathroom basement apartment with our rent being $600 a month, INCLUDING utilities. All-in-all, we've had it pretty sweet. Derek's uncle owns the house and has been so good to us in regards to when we pay our rent, helping us out when we were short a few months and allowing us to get our most adorable puppy Charlie. We absolutely love living here and the freedom that we get with having our "own" place. We also really enjoy having our own kitchen, bathroom, washer/dryer, and our bedroom. It has been the perfect place for our first year of marriage. Not to mention, my mother-in-law lives upstairs so we get to visit with her any time we want! However due to my inability to fully pay for college and having to get student loans, we've decided that we just aren't able to pay our rent any longer and thus need to move.

My wonderful mom and stepdad have been gracious enough over the past almost 3 years to take excellent care of my mother's brother, Uncle Pat. Unfortunately, Uncle Pat passed away a week ago and is finally in a better place and no longer suffering. My parents, in their never ending quest to always help their children, have agreed to let my husband and I move in with them. We will be downgrading from the freedom of our apartment, to the cozy comfort of the master bedroom of their house.

Don't worry, we're not stealing the master from them. Whoever built their house put the master in the basement and my parents didn't want to sleep down there so it's rotated from my sister, to me, to my brothers, and now back to my husband and I. We've been trying to figure out over the last few days how in the world we are going to fit all of our things into one bedroom. Granted we have a walk-in closet and a bathroom but trust me, it's going to be a very tight fit lol.

We're definitely going to miss living in our "home" but are excited for this opportunity to live with my parents, save money, get my student loans paid down (or paid off), and spend more time with my side of the family. We're also especially grateful to my parents for being so willing to help us out, even if it will be a little inconvenient for them and cause some stress until everything gets settled.

Well, we've got a week to move out/in so I best get off here and get to packing! Once our new "home" is set up, I'll post some pictures!

Saturday, April 14, 2012


I was so happy that I was able to spend this Easter fully enjoying the company of my husband. Last year I had worked a 10 hour graveyard shift so all I had wanted to do was sleep all day. This year was definitely an improvement!

We woke up Sunday morning to the realization that we'd unfortunately overslept our alarms and had missed most of Church. Derek jumped out of bed and ran into the living room to hide my eggs while I slowly got up and found some comfy pajamas to wear. It took me about 3 minutes to find all my eggs. The hardest one to find was in the lights of one of the ceiling fans! I then hid Derek's eggs in our room and he found them all in about a minute. Not many hiding places in there lol. Derek boiled some eggs and we got down to the task of dying them.

It's really fun to dye eggs! I hadn't had the pleasure of doing it the past few years so it was nice to do something fun and spend the time with Derek, acting like little kids lol. We had bought a dye kit that came with stickers of eyes and mouths so we could make little faces on our eggs. We had fun sneakily making the faces to show each other. Once we finished with our eggs and took some pictures, we decided we were hungry and ate our funny-faced eggs.

All the eggs laughing because he cracked his shell

Derek's eggs

My eggs

Last year Derek had given me an Easter basket but unfortunately I didn't return the favor. This year I made sure that didn't happen again. When we finished our lunch of eggs, we gave each other our baskets and it was fun to see how happy he was that I had gotten him something. Definitely something to remember for the future.
Derek's basket

My basket

Charlie soaking up the sun

We spent the rest of our day relaxing until it was time to go to Derek's aunt's house for dinner. It's always fun visiting with her and her family and the meals are always fantastic. We spent more time visiting family, went for a drive, then came home. My brother-in-law Tyler is taking mission prep classes right now as he is getting his mission call any day now so he asked if he could come over and give us the first discussion. He came and Derek helped him out with it. It was so fun to see the kind of things my wonderful hubby had done on his mission and he was so at ease and in his element. It was amazing to see. At least we got our spiritual thoughts in for the day though so that's good. All-in-all, it was a fantastic Easter and we enjoyed every minute of it!

p.s: I tried a new thing on the photos, made them look like they were taken in the 60's. I rather like it :)