Monday, July 23, 2012

Movin' On Up!

We're officially in packing mode. In about 2 weeks, we're moving to Mesa. I have to admit, it's further east than Brady and I ever wanted to go, but when someone offers you a house on a platter of affordable rent, you take it. We're really very excited about it. To have a backyard, more space, a garage, and anything else that's good with living in a house, we're ready for it. Big thanks to the Goutcher family for the opportunity.

We'll miss a few things about living here in east Phoenix. We'll miss our ward. The first three years of our marriage, we were in a ward that we never felt welcomed in. This new ward has been fantastic and fun. We'll miss it. Another thing is our awesome Costco. It's never busy or crowded, even on a Saturday, it's amazing. Rock star parking every time we go. We'll also miss a few new food joints that we've discovered close by, Tee Pee Mexican, Honey Bears BBQ, and now Rita's.

We will miss our apartment a little. We love the layout of this place, and it has been perfect for us in this stage of life. We learned to be parents here and Oliver has really learned and grown here.

Lots of memories made, but here's to some new ones!

Oh, there is a QT a half mile from our new place! Woo Hoo!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

4 Years!

I've been married to my best friend for 4 years today! Celebrated with a trip to the temple to do some sealings. Wonderful day.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Gettin Artsy

I've been drawing again. Seriously drawing. This was a passion for so long, since I was about 10, and for some reason, about a year before I met Brady, it wasn't fun anymore and I stopped drawing. I didn't draw a thing for almost 4 years. That's a long time. I was happy to start getting the itch to do it again, but it was hard to get into it after not picking up a pencil for so long. At first I wondered if I could even do it anymore, I was pretty bad. But after watching some YouTube videos and iTunes U video classes, I figured out my niche again. It feels great and I hope the feeling lasts. 

Brady and I went to pull some sketch pads I had out of storage and I came across an old notebook from when I was 14. I filled this entire line paper notebook with 100 drawings of gymnasts. I became a fan during the 1996 Olympics, of course. I had only been drawing people/human figures for a few months to a year, and I probably filled this notebook up in about 2 weeks.

I thought it would be fun to redraw some of these pictures to see the difference of how far I've come. I've only done one so far, and I'm working on the 2nd now. It's silly but I'm, having fun doing this.

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 Sorry the quality of the picture isn't great. These are photos of the drawings, not scans. I don't know, but I think I've improved. There's a little more shading going on nowadays. I think this proves that with practice, practice, practice, you can get better at any talent.

I'm going to keep going forward with this. I have other projects to work on as well, including a new grandma square crochet blanket.

*Don't miss the July 4th post below.

4th of July

This month has been busy so far. My mom came into town for a few days. We went out to dinner for her birthday and spent 4th of July together. We ate yummy traditional American hot dogs, potato salad, and homemade ice cream. We had a great spot to watch the fireworks as well. Fun Times.

Ollie watching Up before the fireworks
By the time the fireworks started, Ollie was done for the day. It was an hour and a half past his bedtime. He would just stare blankly at them, but he did like the really sparkly ones. It was a fun night and I'm happy to have spent it with my whole fam.