Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fruit and Flower Anniversary

The 4 year anniversary is the fruit and flower anniversary.  Marty is a man's man and I didn't think he would appreciate the whole flower thing as much as I would, so I decided to be creative.  I made cake pops, and arranged them as though they were flowers.  They turned out great!  I made the cake balls following Paula Deen's cake ball recipe using red velvet cake mix and cream cheese frosting and just added the lollypop stick before the freezing step. 
Here are Marty's flowers:

 Here are my flowers, I will let Marty share his story of getting these beautiful peonies for me another time :)


Friday, May 20, 2011


Four years ago (yesterday), we left our wedding reception and started this thing called marriage. We haven't figured out all the secrets to marriage yet, but we have figured out that marriage is work, it is not always fun, and does not always make you happy. We have figured out that marriage has been a huge blessing to us both, we have learned to repent and forgive, we have learned how to love selflessly and our marriage has made us better. Thanks for all the well wishes! We are so blessed to have so much support and love in our marriage. Here's to many more anniversaries with my best friend!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Basic Apartment Updates-Part 2

Most of the fixtures in our home are straight from the 80s, singing Eye of the Tiger and wearing MC Hammer pants. Although, the 80s produced great rock-out in the car classics, they did not produce fixtures that are pleasing to the eye. Enter our brass and frosted glass chandelier. I just scrolled through my iPhoto and don't even have any pictures (accidental, I think not).

Anyways, Marty decided he wanted to replace it last weekend with a more current shade and assured me that this would be an easy job to accomplish. My Grandma Z gave us a Pottery Barn gift card for Christmas, and this seemed the perfect opportunity to put that to good use. We found a great shade with a blue and green floral print, a perfect match to the rest of the blue and green decor in our living space. And even better it was on sale. Yippe! So we paid nothing and got a great new look above our dining area. Thanks Grandma!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Quick fix to a basic apartment

We are so thankful to be in seminary at this stage of our lives; we are young, childless, and know that we are called here right now...

That being said, sometimes living in a small, plain apartment stifles my creative decorating juices. I have heard from HGTV and many design blogs, that a quick way to change the look of your windows is to higher the curtain rods to give the allusion of big, grand windows. Last week, we tried this and it made a huge different. If you are in the same situation, in an apartment with little freedom to change anything, this is a great and easy project.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cardnials Stadium Tour

On Easter Monday, I went back to work and Marty took his parents to tour Busch Stadium, the home of the Cardinals. Here are some pictures from their trip...
In the dugout!

After learning more about the Cardinals and the history of the stadium, the visited another St. Louis attraction, Ted Drews. This is an amazing custard stand that beats any frozen yogurt or ice-cream joint I've ever been to. Their specialty is the concrete, which is somewhat similar to a Dairy Queen Blizzard, but better ingredients and delicious flavor combinations.

Easter Happenings Part 2

We had a small Easter dinner with the Cates after church on Sunday late afternoon. Instead of fixing a ham, we chose to fix pork tenderloin since it was just the four of us. We also had roasted fingerling potatoes, bread, and a pear, goat cheese salad with a balsamic vinaigrette. We used our china, Lenox Spring Vista, which always makes a dinner feel more special. After we recovered from a delicious dinner, we enjoyed a mixed berry cobbler and ice-cream for dessert.