Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Life Update

I feel the need to update where we've been lately, where we are, and where we are going in life.

In late news, today's news and future news, Kevin and I still have not completed picking our wedding pictures... What is wrong with us!? We adore our wedding pictures and want them badly, but I guess not bad enough to actually move the ball completely forward. We have not completely failed, because we are headed in the right direction. We picked all the ones we want, but then realized that we can't have them all unless we want to pay thousands of dollars more, yes I did say thousands and that is correct. We already paid for our pictures (which weren't cheap), so we have only a certain amount we can pick, but being that we love most all of them, we picked WAY above our limit, so now we are in the process of deleting the ones we don't really need/want. My sweet husband said that we could possibly add more if we come to the end and are still a little over... He's a nice guy, because I am pretty positive that will happen, knowing me.

Other news:

Brian and Misty came to visit us this past weekend. It was such a pleasure to get to spend some quality time with the 2 of them. They both are such genuine people. Kevin and I are blessed to know them as friends. We ended up doing a lot more than I thought we would have time to do. We ate out together, went and saw The Dark Knight together, laughed together, played a lot of Speed Scrabble together, and shared stories together. It was awesome. I do wish they would have been able to stay longer though. I missed having some quality "girl" time with Misty.. Next time though! :) We miss them and so does Bailey and Leo!

On a different note:

Kevin has been trucking hard through his school work. He is such an inspiration to me.... he never stops, he never quits, he is always trying harder. This week he has a huge paper due (plus other school work), but the catch is that he is also working 3- 12 hour days this week on top of his normal work hours. Plus he continues to work out everyday... I don't have a clue as to how he does it all. I have no room to complain or make excuses for not being able to workout, because I'm not working overtime and I am not in classes at the moment. Which brings me to 2 other topics on the life plan.. School will be starting back up soon for me! Which I am actually really excited about. I can't wait to learn more, and come closer and closer to meeting my goal. Speaking of goals, I am working hard on getting myself in great shape.. not just good shape, GREAT shape! Ha, it's a goal, not a fact, meaning it may or may not happen. I am OK with that (I think).

We've been doing a lot on the house lately (per-previous posts), so that has been consuming my time. I just painted the downstairs bathroom the other day, and I am not too pleased with the color and neither is Kevin. It looks like an Easter color.. it didn't turn out as dark as we expected. I have been rolling all the possible ideas of other colors in my head, but this bathroom is a tough one, I just can't decide. Maybe I should post a picture of the color now, and see what you all think. Maybe it could work out the way it is now... hmm.. any ideas? It's a small bathroom, just a toilet and sink, but I don't want it to be dual, I want color, but I don't want people to feel smothered when they walk in it. I don't want it too dark, but not too light either. Choices choices. I was thinking about doing a really cool wallpaper from Graham and Brown (they have the BEST wallpaper: http://www.grahambrown.com/us/store/wallcoverings.html), but I don't know if the space is too small for that.. Maybe half wallpaper half paint would work. I have some favorites from there site, so we shall see. I think the key is, to not rush it. The inspiration will come when you least expect it.

On that note, updates from the creative Melanie, is that:
I am trying to make more time for my Jewelry making, I love it, but I don't do it enough. I have business cards made (which I think are pretty stinking cool).. now all I need is the business. My preferred goal is to make enough and find a little boutique that will let me sell my stuff. That would just be amazing! You can check some of my stuff out at: http://www.emvieann.blogspot.com/
Another thing I need to work on more is my sewing, I haven't done much since I got my new sewing machine, I've only made pillows. I need to make other things!! My next project with sewing is curtains for our downstairs and possibly our bedroom. We'll see how it goes once I get to it.

I wish I didn't have to work, then I would have all the time in the world to do everything I desire, oh well, that's life and right now I am enjoying/accepting the path God has me on. :)

One step at a time.

One more thing before I end this rambling: Kevin, my dear love is trying so hard to buy a motorcycle! I'm not 100% comfortable with the idea, actually I don't even think I'm 50% comfortable with the idea. But the last thing I want to do is crush his dream all because my fear keeps me from taking risks. Is that right though? Should I step up and say NO! or should I put my feelings aside and let him live a little? I don't know what to do. Any suggestions? I know Kevin will be careful, it's not so much him I am worried about, it's the rest of the world and all the dangers out there. Plus he's human and can be a little clumsy at times, so that makes me nervous. I guess I need to pray about this more, and hope that God puts the right choice in his heart. We'll see. Wish me luck because he is pretty set on getting one.

Well that's all I have for now. I know their is more, but I don't have time to write a book on this thing.

Ta ta,



  1. Here's my opinion, for what it's worth.

    I don't say "no" to Matt when he really wants something, unless it's for a very good reason. I would absolutely say "NO" if Matt wanted a motorcycle. All it takes is your tire hitting a damp yellow line on the road, and you can lose control. It's much, much easier to lose control with them, and the accidents are much more likely to be fatal. You've got nothing to protect yourself with if something happens. I would worry about him every time he left, and that's just too great of a price.

    Also, given Kevin's track record with cars and accidents, I would be even more nervous about him on a motorcycle.

    Since you're not comfortable with it, you owe it to the both of you to talk to him about it. Make it clear to him that you're not trying to take away his dream, but that this really makes you uncomfortable. On something like this, don't step aside just to be the "cool" wife.

    God gave women intuitions for a reason. If you think something might happen to him on a motorcycle, you might just be right.

  2. Hi Melanie!
    Thanks for the comment on our blog. We, too, think Egan is adorable. :) Looks like you guys have done an incredible amount of work on your house and it looks awesome! Tim talks about wanting a motorcycle too (I think all boys/men have a need to go through that phase). Lucky for me we have no money, so no motorcycle... Good luck!

  3. Hey Sarah! Thanks for your honest opinion. :) I appreciate it.
    Kevin and I did come to an agreement with the whole thing. I am really proud of him, because he isn't taking it lightly. Here is what he said about the whole thing -
    "Dunks, I want you to know I take this VERY seriously. I also want you to know that this will be an easy bike to sell. I guarantee that. I will be careful, and I will also be trying to assess how I feel on it – if it feels safe or if I honestly don’t think I can handle it. I take it seriously, I take you seriously, and I take my responsibility to BE THERE as your husband seriously.
    I at least want to try it. If it doesn’t work, I’ll probably want to buy a little car and just get it insured the minimum so I can drive too. I’m looking forward to us both having transportation…"

    I respect his opinion and I trust what he says, so I am taking this chance. :) I think it will be OK.
    So, that's the update on that. We'll see how it goes. :)


  4. Graham Brown is a fave of mine too! I'm getting a stencil instead though and doing a cool baroque pattern on the wall...easier and cheaper than wallpaper! Ralph Lauren has some cool paint that I am going to try as a top coat...i'll let you know how it goes! Good luck with your decorating...