Tuesday, January 27, 2015

book chat 2.0

it's been too long months since the last book chat post, where I got fabulous reading recommendations. Unfortunately, moving and earnings seasons at work has taken away a lot of my chance to read in the evenings, but I'm hoping I'll have more time now that things are slowing down. Here are few of my recent favorites:
I've heard from a lot of people that they are nervous to read Elizabeth Smart: My Story. Read it! It is seriously so inspirational, even though her story is so disturbing and tragic. To answer the questions you all have: yes, she goes into detail so you know the horrible things she went through, but nothing is graphic. She works her testimony of the Savior and her love of her family into everything and is a fabulous read. Seriously, go read it.

Some people love Heaven is for Real. I'm on the fence. Yes, it's an easy read and there are some great points in there, but it definitely isn't gospel and it definitely isn't my favorite.

My mom's book club inspired me to read The Happiness Project and it was fantastic. I don't agree with everything she says, nor do I think her lifestyle (Manhattan, rich, has a nanny) relates to many people's, but it definitely is thought provoking (I would love to have a long conversation about your thoughts on this book and the companion, Happier at Home, because I seriously have pages of notes). But I'm using a lot of Gretchen's techniques in my own goal setting this year. Overall, definitely worth a read.

I'm in the middle of Nothing to Envy for sister book club, and it is great so far. Life in North Korea is so fascinating, and this book takes you into the everyday life of average North Koreans through a journalist's point of view. Unless something crazy horrific happens at the end of the book, this is definitely on my list of books to recommend.

I tried to read Wild and Gone Girl, I really did. But the language people, the language! How do you pick a current book that isn't full of horrible language? (This is a serious question, not just a soap box). Also, these are all non-fiction. Any good fictions reads?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

triumphs and tragedies


  • Rhett is the nursery champ! He plays with the toys and folds his arms and eat allll the snacks. Today he was so worn out he fell asleep on the way home for church and slept for three hours.
  • Our quirky little apartment is becoming a home. André spent yesterday putting up with my projects and hanging things on allll the walls.
  • Craigslist, people! We have had the best success including getting a free couch, free bed frame, cheap bookcase and tv stand and selling old stuff to make money on our new apartment furniture. Sure, we've met crazies and been some weird places, but it's all in the name of a good deal!
  • A good but calm week getting back to school and work to help us get into our new boulder groove
  • 60 degree weather means we get to spend the long weekend exploring our new neighborhood, including starting our search for the best burger in boulder!
  • broken heaters had us living in a sauna with fans and open windows in 30 degree weather for a few days. don't worry, heat is fixed
  • cupcake fail: i got assigned a red velvet cupcake recipe to make for my baking magazine client. The cupcakes turned out great, the frosting was pretty terrible. Now we have a dozen cupcakes that need the frosting scraped off.
Rhett's new obsession: sunglasses. No one's sunglasses are safe!
Straight to the tub after a messy yogurt feast!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

the many stages of moving

welp, better get packing.
we can totally do this!
we have so much stuff!
i need to get rid of everything i own (followed by taking 6 bags of stuff to the donation bin)
much better!
we still have too much stuff!
where is this all going to go?
we are drowning in a sea of boxes and packing tape.
whew, we made it. everything is packed!
holy cow, is that everything we own?
this apartment is tiny
the kitchen is literally the size of a small walk-in closet
the couch doesn't fit in the door (followed by removing the door to get the couch in)
pizza for everyone!
where do we start unpacking?
let's put the couch over there
we have our first empty box!
are there seriously no window coverings at all?
no, let's move the couch back over there
we have too much stuff!
where is this all going to go?
let's never move again.
we need to make an emergency trip to target
i found the perfect place for this!
we're making progress!
our stuff will fit!
In the middle of the chaos. Things look better now.
we made it! we're official boulder residents and are loving life in our cozy apartment with the submarine kitchen and sauna heaters. and we have seriously vowed to never move again.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

goals goals goals

I'm fascinated by goal-setting and self-improvement, so I love reading other people's goals around the new year. The past few years I've created massive lists of things I wanted to accomplish throughout the year, but they've become less effective each year so I'm switching it up. This year I'm taking a page out of "The Happiness Project" and focusing on one area each month with specific goals under that topic. I have a general outline of each month, but I'm also leaving it flexible because things can get crazy. So this year I'm focusing on:
home, motherhood, marriage, spirituality, relationships, body, past/future, service, mind, money, gratitude, and creativity.

I figured "home" was a natural way to start because this month will be dominated by moving so I might as well make the most of it. My focus for this month is to simplify and organize everything (seriously--EVERYthing), establish a schedule, create a loving home environment, and get back into a groove of being our own little family. I'm super pumped and may have cheated and donated four bags of junk to the thrift store this week. Cleansing!

Our family goal for the year is one word to focus on--Happy. Individually and together we want to focus on being patient, charitable, and fun, but it really all comes down to being happy.
this is my new desktop background/daily reminder. thanks pinterest!

bring it on, 2015. We've got some killer goals for you!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

little moments: december

whew, we made it to the end of the year! December was overall pretty fantastic. Here are some of our favorite moments:

 starting the month off with a bang in the OR
the library put on a "Top Hogs" of performing pigs. It was slightly ridiculous, but Rhett (and his stuffed pig Percy) were mesmerized
Lauren came to town and the only picture I took was of this fabulous crepe we ate. Seriously, come visit and I'll take you to the best crepes in town.
Weather warm enough to play outside? Rhett just dances to the music at the outdoor mall instead of playing
 Rhett's newest obsession is Hot Wheels cars. Combined with wrapping paper tubes for hours of entertainment
Andre got tired of his long hair experiment and got a haircut! Before and after
Rhett and his fan club--the young women "elves". He's going to miss giving them high-fives when we move next week
Rhett Kaiser, piano prodigy
Nachos for dayssss
Cowboy baby
(unflattering) family selfie at the baby New Year's Eve party. For posterity, right?
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