#55 – Play 18 holes of golf.

Whew! I am exhausted!! To celebrate Will’s first midterm being complete and enjoy the beautiful weather, we went to the golf course today.

And guess who played from the Women’s tee (not the Junior’s) and actually scored something reasonable?? Me!!

Our score card! Not too shabby :) Will asked that I remove his so that the PGA Tour won't call him with an offer to take him away from school. Haha! But really, his score was so good!

Our score card! Not too shabby 🙂 Will asked that I remove his so that the PGA Tour won’t call him with an offer to take him away from school. Haha! But really, his score was so good!

Will encouraged me by saying that the average golfer on a course will play 18 holes with a 120. So for a first-timer I’m okay with being below average. But only slightly 🙂 Hopefully this was the first of many afternoons spent being competitive on the golf course with hubby!

#7 – Decorate a home to my liking

Home Tour Time!!!!

I’ll be real, “home” is a complicated word right now. Will & I feel at home with each other. We are adjusting to making a new city our home. And we physically have moved into a new space and made it feel like our home (or at least for the most part). But “home” is a place or state or whatever where things are always changing. Ebbing and flowing. And that’s good but also intimidating.

I could just tell you that we magically moved in and *POOF* we had a cute apartment, but that would be lying and undermining the months, I repeat… months! of planning that went into the details that now make our loft apartment feel like home. And even still I’m sure we could “improve” our home… but we will call those improvements “growing into” our home.

So here’s the tour (it won’t take long haha):

The restroom… We’re talking minimalist here. Frames & shelf that I DIYed (fo free) by adding a little paint and patience. A vanity set from Target that I’ve been eyeballing since our wedding… Yes, I envied a soap pump for an entire year before doing anything about it. And our cutesy-yet-(slighty)-gender-neutral shower curtain and ruffled bath mats from Kohls. The Lauren Conrad brand really is a fabulous thing.

Bathroom

The bedroom… I give all credit to Will for our fabulous rug from Urban Outfitters (which you can’t be in my photo but you can see at the link :)). Not only was it a great deal but it matches our accent pillow that we already had perfectly AND adds a pop of color to our neutral bedding without being over the top. And then, since our bedroom is so tiny, all we needed was a few photos/ knick-knacks in collage form on the walls and a partition between the hallway and the room made by an IKEA Kallax shelving unit. We love the way that the Kallax is functional (holds our t-shirts in bottom row), practical (gives our bedroom a little privacy), and stylish (displays our favorite odds-and-ends… like our globe and baby bulldog). Plus, we have a GREAT closet.

Bedroom

The kitchen… Let’s just say that Whirlpool appliances are the bomb. A tiny kitchen with granite and stainless steel is the kind of kitchen I love. We have pennant lights over our bar, plenty of room to prep and serve, and an unhindered view of the living room (because really they’re one in the same). Also, with a modern kitchen we made a simple, cheap, yet classic upgrade to all white dishes from IKEA. Best decision ever. We stinking love our plain-jane dishes.

Kitchen

The living room… Our living room has multiple functions: entertainment room and Will’s office. We utilized a hodge-podge of furniture, which actually worked somehow, and didn’t have to purchase anything except for another Kallax from IKEA to use as our entertainment center and Will’s desk, which we got off of Craigslist for $10. Obviously it’s small. But we prefer the term “cozy”.

Living Room

And that’s it. It was the easiest space to decorate because you didn’t have to add much to make it feel put together. Plus, we just de-cluttered in a big way when we moved, so it’s nice to have a place for everything out in the open and know that drawers and cabinets aren’t holding random junk. It was our attempt at minimalist living and I think we succeeded 🙂

What’s your favorite part of your home? I’d have to say of all the spaces in ours I love the living room most. Bright, comfy, and great for entertaining (even if it is smaller than my freshman-year dorm room). I am truly thankful to have experienced this space!

A Month of “Awesome” – Day 30 (The End!)

After a month of reflecting on so many awesome things in my life, I am truly thankful. And I’d like to end my month of awesome sharing with you an awesome video by an awesome kid (president, that is). Please watch and find out what makes summer so awesome/ how to make someone else’s summer super awesome.

Advocacy for children (and Kid President’s awesome heart for giving). The most awesome!

A Month of “Awesome” – Day 29

My number one favorite thing to do is be silly. Whether it’s at home, with friends, or in public I love a good laugh. Will & I were put in charge of game night with the youth at church tonight and we decided rather than go the typical physical challenge game route we’d take a different approach.

We divided the youth into four groups and gave them songs to make up interpretative dances too… It was possibly one of the funniest things I’ve ever witnessed. We had boys dancing with a teddy bear to Barbara Ann. There was a very good solo rendition of It’s Gonna Be Me by N*Sync. We felt a lot of soul to Waterfalls by TLC. And (very reluctantly) we saw a surprisingly energetic interpretation of Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus. Classics.

And to make it even better we played a game afterwards where some of the kids shared funny/ embarrassing stories about themselves… Pure joy!

Laughing until your sides hurt. My favorite kind of awesome.