Monday, January 16, 2012

Exciting news!

Well, it's been a while since I last posted anything. I left off declaring that I was going to start working out and set up a regimen since I was feeling more puffy than usual. It turns out that I was feeling that way because..............................................................................................................................................................


We found out the Wednesday after Thanksgiving. We are over the moon excited and can't wait for our little bundle of joy to get here in August. I've been feeling pretty good. I haven't gotten sick, but I sure felt like I could. We go back to the doctor on February 1st.

Not much else is giong on in our lives. We are trying to get the house ready for our future addition. Of course, you know that that is an undertaking based on how many times I've talked about how much clutter and junk I have in the house. However, this time it will really happen because our baby has to have a room. Plus, I know that it will be hard to deal with the daily tasks of a wife, a mom, a teacher, and I want to do as much as I can to make it 'easier' on us as parents.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Holiday

Not much is going on with the Fullertons. As I write this post, my beloved Hogs were just defeated by the #1 team, LSU. One thing that my family is involved in and passionate about is the Hogs. My husband LOVES the Razorbacks. We had a great season this year, 10-2. Our losses were to the #1 team at the time, first Alabama and then LSU. It was expected by all (not the Hog fans) that we would lose, but there is always a chance for there to be a major upset. It's a bummer to end the season on a loss, but I'm so excited to hear what bowl game we will go to!

This is our first Thanksgiving as a married couple and unfortunately, we had to spend it apart. Hubby had to work nights all this week and he told me to go up with my family, since all my sisters were coming in. Since we were not going to be able to spend Thanksgiving together, we had our Thanksgiving on Sunday. I got up at 8:30 a.m. and started to cook my first turkey. I only called my mom 6 times through the whole cooking process. We had everything: turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, biscuits, and pie. Super delicious! I sent Hubby back with all the leftovers so he could eat them while working hard and he loved them!

We haven't done much this break. I have been trying to work out on a more consistent basis. This week was 'make it or break it' week concerning working out. I have to do things like that for myself otherwise I'll never get the motivation to do it. I'm going to start blogging about my working out endeavors so that I can be held accountable. My biggest thing I need to work on now is just doing cardio. I will definitely have to work on portion control and what I'm eating, but for the most part my biggest thing is just not doing any cardio at all.

This morning I got up and went on a run/walk. It ended up being mostly walking, but at the end of my 3 mile trek, Dirk Nowitzki congratulated me on going more miles this week than last week. That accomplishment wasn't that hard considering that I didn't do ANY miles last week. I worked on Wednesday, so this week I've worked out two times more than last week. :)

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday!!!! When I return home tomorrow, it's clean up time, and then we will finish decorating for Christmas on Monday when Hubby returns home! :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Landscaping pics


Before. Note the odd placement of my forsythia bushes. I had some future plans for them, but I hadn't gotten around to it.


We added some cute metal frogs that are playing instruments since we are such music lovers and we have already switchec out our lights since some of them stopped working. In their defense, I had them for over a year. We ended up with some really pretty copper solar lights from Target for only $3/light!!!!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Oh no, you didn't!!!!!

We painted. That's right, I said it out loud. We decided to tackle the kitchen/living room/hallway. The master bedroom/bathroom, guest bathroom, and laundry room were already painted and we decided that the kitchen/living room/hallway was goign to be our next area to conquer.

Our house was painted a pretty beige color, but it was very beige. We also wanted to make some changes to our house to make it OUR house. I picked all the other colors in the house. Luckily, Micah likes them, but we really wanted to pick this color together. We looked at lots of different places, but ended up with colors from Sherwin Williams that we really liked. We taped them up to the wall in the living room and then tried to narrow the choices down. We ended up with two shades of brown and a gray color with hints of blue. We got some pints of the colors and I proceeded to paint random parts of the house with the colors. I really thought we were going to pick one of the shades of brown, like didn't even think we needed to consider 'steely gray' because we (me) were not going to like it. HOWEVER, Micah really liked it and thought we should try it. I'm am SO happy that I married him because he was RIGHT!!!!!!!

Steely gray is the best color and it looks amazing in our house. We decided to do the entire area the same color because the living room and kitchen are open to each other. We included the little hallway because it can be seen from the living room.

The only thing left to paint are the two guest bedrooms. Right now we are waiting to paint them until we have a need, i.e. guest room, maybe a baby room. Who knows.

Before shot with the color choices

 Kitchen going through the Living Room
 Future spot of our 'family gallery'
 Piano wall (you can see some of the gallery pictures on the piano waiting to be hung up)
Picture without flash

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer to-do list activity---Landscape the front yard

Our house was the one on the block that had no landscaping. Well, that's not completely true. I had planted some forsythia bushes in a unique way, but the problem was, there was nothing else around it and they just looked weird.

So, Micah and I decided that we were going to do some landscaping. We picked a weekend and wouldn't you know it, we woke up to cloudy skies. :( Big bummer. We decided that afternoon to go ahead and visit the Home Depot and work on another summer-do-list activity--organize the garage. We walked around the garden section so that we could pick out things that we do like and Micah could come back on a day-off and get everything. Well, wouldn't you know it that it became beautiful and sunny when we were walking around there?!? So, we decided to get all our landscaping things and get to work.

We rented a tiller, tilled everything, and then began to put all of our purchases out in the front yard. It was a long, tiring process, but we are so pleased with our efforts. We worked so hard, we did it in an afternoon!

It makes the house look so beautiful. Now, we are working on the fantastic (hear the sarcasm!) weeds that are popping up.

**Pics are having trouble uploading, so I will add them later!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Overly Ambitious

I'm officially out of school until August 8th.

Now, does that mean I've been sitting at home, watching movies, and drinking margaritas? How I wish that was all true! I've been at workshops, down in Juncition City, up in Fayetteville, and working on my ever-growing 'summer to-do' list.

Why, oh why am I so ambitious in my abilities? All joking aside, I really do enjoying having a list of goals/things-I'd-like-to-get-done over the summer. I know there will be the time when someone asks me what I did over summer vacation and my answer will be, "Nothing" and I will be perfectly fine with that. However, this summer is NOT that summer.

A lot of things on my summer-to-do list are home-related. I have a feeling that this summer is THE summer to get a lot of things done. If it doesn't happen in summer 2011, then it's just not going to get done. How's that for a 'go-get-um attitude?' I'm already claiming defeat before I've even begun!

Truth is, I'm trying not to be so hard on myself. I sat one night, while Micah was working, texting a friend. I was being whiny and mopey. I was complaining how I did nothing on my list that I wanted to do that day, I was super behind, everything in the house was messy, etc. I couldn't stop being a negative person. My dear friend, Alicia, responded to my whiny mass of texts by saying, "Well, write down everything you DID do today onto a list, then cross it all out." I couldn't help it---I totally laughed out loud and then smiled. That's exactly what I needed to do. I just have this unrealistic idea of what I need to do to be 'good' or 'perfect'. I need to let go of those ideals and realize that I'm perfectly wonderful the way I am and the things I'm doing are all right.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Menu Planning

Ever since Micah and I started dating, I tried to cook great meals that he would like. I am proud to say that Micah really loves my cooking!

Now since we've been married, I really am trying to cook great meals, plan the meals, and get great deals at the store when I do so.

I have been scouring the web for great websites to help with all this and I've found some great ones. I planned out a great shopping trip and two weeks worth of meals. I'm pleased to say that this first week went wonderfully!

I saved about 20% of what I would have spent at the store if I hadn't shopped the sales and used coupons. I'm working on a better savings this next trip. My menu planning really helped me out. I didn't eat out any this week. None of my food has gone to waste and Micah and I tried some new recipes out!

I have been using as a reference for my shopping/budgeting. She has some great tips, lists out the stores, and even provides some videos to help with everything. I really like it!

If anyone has any favorite recipes to share, please do! We love trying new things and I love the recipes that are simple, yet delicious.