Archive for August, 2013

It Takes Two To Tango

As Sarah is fast asleep on the couch, twisted in such a way that would make pretzels jealous, and our pup Clemmy fiercely gnawing away at a bone, it’s hard not to just sit back and ponder about our first two years together as a married couple.

It almost seems like yesterday (I know cliche, but deal with it) that Sarah and I tied the knot. Our wedding was a huge highlight in our young adult lives and we were so glad that we got to share it with our close friends and family.  The decorations, the “Sweet Love” candy table, and the overall ambiance of the night just kind of resounded and felt like us.

We know that being young and in love (let alone being married) is tough for most people.  It’s a constant speed dating game where you float from partner to partner, hoping to land that “girl of your dreams” or your “knight in shining armor”.  For us, we didn’t really expect to be wed at twenty two and twenty three, respectively.  Some may call it luck, but I just think that we knew we worked together.

Work. That’s what it takes.  When one of us is angry with the other, we don’t stay silent. We talk it out. When the other is needing just to rant and vent about their day, we tune in, all eyes on one another.  We have grown to understand each others wants and needs over the past 8 years of dating, to know what each others cues for emotional and physical reciprocation.

Most of our friends think that we know what’s going on, that we are a perfect couple.  Just because we have our acts together, that we don’t let one another get the best of them, doesn’t mean we never have our off days.  I’ve come learned quickly that marriage isn’t all bubblegum and cotton candy on a rainbow road.  It’s a hilly, speed-bum-filled experience.  

Fast forwarding to the present, I would have never imagined my life to be what it is today.  We both have took a giant leap and purchased a house together. We picked out and adopted our first pet. We are having first-time-home-buyer-blues.  In my eyes, I couldn’t imagine sharing my life, or these special moments with anyone else.

If there is anything that I’ve learned over these quick two years of being married is having complete patience. I’m sure it’d be easy to act childish and want  your way 100% of the time, but it doesn’t sail like that on this boat.  Put yourself first and you’ll and up in the dog house.  Being patient means knowing when to bite your tongue and knowing how to respond accordingly.  We are not in elementary school, so name calling is out of the question.

Granted people around us have many, many more years of marriage under their belts but these were some of the things I learned within just two years of marriage.  Some people say we are just old people in young kids’ clothing. Kind of funny if you ask me.

Hopefully this quick rant gave some insight on what only two years does for someone. If there was any advice to give to young  or other married couples, what would it be?

Our New Baby: Adopting A Dog, Part Three

If you haven’t read them yet, check out the first and second parts of this series.

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It’s probably seems like forever ago since we brought Clementine Louise into our lives, but it’s only been short three months. Time sure does fly when you have such an interesting little creature to get to know and train too.

Before we left that morning on the search for an addition to our family, we never would have imagined that we would come home with a pet as crazy and as sweet as she has turned out to be.

The card the rescue agency had that described her personality stated that she was energetic, but the volunteer who was her foster claimed that she would come down eventually once she got some of her energy off.  For the most part that was exactly spot on. Except for that her energy is easily triggered by the occasional house visitor or even squirrel running along our yard in the morning. That makes up for a dog with a sporadic and crazy energy level.  Clemmie Lou loves sitting in our large picture window as if it were her post given to her by her Sargent.  She could honestly spend all day up there and keep herself entertained and in turn, be constantly fired-up to chase the creatures she can’t even reach from her window sill.

Another thing that we quickly learned about this little lady is that she’s quite stubborn and gets distracted easily. Although she is incredibly smart and easy to train, she will almost always just do it for food and nothing else.  This also makes it hard for us to walk her too because she absolutely  must sniff and try to venture off the path that we are walking along.  Even when she heads out to go do her business in the yard, it will take her a moment to snap out of what ever has her distracted, to come back inside. 

Although she can get a little out of control, she is such a sweetheart and does have mellow moments (which don’t last long).  She may bark at new people when they come around, but once she gets acclimated, she gets to lickin’ faces in no time.  She once may have run into the bathroom when we had a guest over and jumped on the person sitting on the toilet . . .  However, once she has had her time to really burn off all of that energy from yelling at squirrels all day, she will eventually tire herself, and prematurely pass out before Sarah or I do.

Overall, adopting a dog for us was a huge step for our family.  We didn’t really expect to bring home such a sweet, clumsy, and crazy canine.  She brings joy to us and the people she has met. We definitely agree that she was the perfect addition to our family. She took some getting used to, but we wouldn’t trade her for anything.

How I Organize Our Organizing

Okay, that sounds a little obsessive, right?  Well, with a first house, a huge renovation, and my Type A personality, I think it is perfectly sane to organize our organizing!

What exactly do I mean by organizing our organizing?  Well, last week, I wrote about how I use Pinterest to keep track of specific ideas for our home and break it down by each room.  As promised, I’m back today with a video about how we keep track of the projects in a more tangible way by using notebooks.  Watch the video to learn more and then scroll down for links to things I mentioned in the video.

Links to things mentioned in the video:

At Times, We Can Be Random

Although our blog is less than a few months old, we’ve been pretty consistent with having posts on a schedule and keeping people very up to date on the happenings in our lives.  As much as I hate to say it, we didn’t think that we’d come to this road, but it looks like it’s about that time.

We don’t have to explain it, but everyone does understand that life does get in the way of things. Our blog is not an exception either. With the stacks of mail that need to be sorted through, the constant cleaning, and the little bickering wars we get in over organization is bearing down on us.  I guess  you could say we have the “new-home-buyers-blues”.

As much as we love to write and share the progress of our renovations and share our marital glue wisdom, it’s hard for both Sarah and I to find time just for ourselves.  So we’ve decided, as a team, that we will be posting when time allows us.  This may not be too big of a deal for most people reading this but to us it means a lot.  We want to keep posting three times a week, but with my sporadic schedule at both of my jobs and Sarah trying to run a business, it’s not easy to find a sliver of time to lay down some digital feelings. Some weeks might be kind of quiet while we might post five times other weeks – it really just depends on the time we have.  With most of our renovation work happening on the weekends, we are just barely keeping up with bill-paying, taking care of our dog, and other life necessities during the week.  We just want to let you know that we love this blog, but until this renovation is done, we probably won’t be posting consistently.

So as of right now, please bear with us as we enter the “Random Zone” and bring you content when we can.

How We Make Pinterest Work For Us

Two years after I first joined Pinterest, I am surprised by how much I still use it.  However, the way I use it today is much different the way I use today.  I’m just a tad bit obsessed with organization, which is hard to tell by our house which is currently mid-renovation, so I’ve been searching for other ways to organize my life before I am able to organize our house.  I don’t know why I didn’t see this coming, but practically the day we moved into our house, I started looking around and realized that there is a tremendously long list of things we want to do to our house.

I’m the kind of person who feels completely overwhelmed to the point of not being to do anything when I have a list of things in my head that I need to do.  Even if that list covers things that I need to do in the next decade, if it’s only in my head, I feel like I’m about to explode.  I’ve learned that getting those lists on to paper or some other form of getting them out of my head but somewhere where I can reference them easily calms me and eliminates the overwhelming feelings.

Now that we are getting closer to finishing the renovation (we will update you with pictures and descriptions soon – it’s a little chaotic around here right now), I’ve been seriously thinking about decorating, furniture-buying, and organizing.  Thinking about all the rooms to decorate, although it is fun for me to do, had me feeling overwhelmed.  So, I came up with a couple methods for organizing all of our ideas.  Next week, I will be posting a video of our tangible way of tracking projects and ideas.  Today, I’ll be sharing how I use Pinterest for this purpose.

The method we use that I will be showing you next week is more specific and detailed, which makes it useful in a different way than what I use Pinterest for.  I use Pinterest to house our ideas that I need help visualizing, to keep links to certain products we want to buy or websites that will help us with our projects, or for inspiration purposes.

For the past two years, I have kept my home-related Pinterest categories separated by room.  Anything related to bedrooms, I would oddly enough put in the “Bedroom” category.  Makes sense, right?  I thought so, too, until we had rooms in our own house that I had specific ideas for.  For example, in my “Bedroom” category, I would have all kinds of photos of different rooms with different color schemes, and ideas that if all put into one room would look ridiculous.  That folder just housed all of the things I liked, but not necessarily ideas I would want combined into one room.

Pinterest Organization

So, what I have done is added separate boards for each room or area of our house (even the future rooms like the basement family room, basement bedroom, and basement bathroom that aren’t existing yet).  I named these boards “Our Home’s _________” (with the __________ indicating whichever room in our house that board is associated with).  I renamed the old categories things like “Bathroom Inspiration,” “Bedroom Inspiration,” and so on.

Now, when I’m browsing Pinterest or looking at a store’s website and I see, say, an awesome board and batten tutorial, I can yell, “HUZZAH!  I’ll add it to my ‘Our Home’s Dining Room’ Pinterest board!” And, off I will go.  If I see a dining room that is awesome, but doesn’t really fit what I want in our current dining room, I will yell, “That’s amazing!  I’ll add it to my ‘Dining Room Inspiration’ Pinterest board!” And, a happy camper I will be.  I just love the structure this gives me to let my thoughts wander, but to leave a spot for me to always come back to when I am ready to work on a certain room.

Such a little thing makes a huge impact on my stress level and my creativity. I am so excited to watch these boards grow and eventually morph into actual projects we will take on.  If you are interested in seeing all of my Pinterest boards, you can check them out here.

Stop back next week for a detailed look into our detailed decorating, renovating, and organization project management.  It may involve a video!

Now, I’m dying to know if there are any awesome ways you make Pinterest work for you.