7.8.14

kitchen cabinets makover.

Before we moved into our house, we decided we wanted to paint our kitchen cabinets white. We had a couple weeks before we were moving in so we took on the challenge to DIY it! And by we I mean Todd. I helped where I could but he did most all of it. It was a hard project and definitely took a lot of work, but it was SOOOO worth it. The white completely transformed our whole kitchen! It brightened up the room and also makes it seem a lot bigger! I just love it. 


I feel like if you have the time, the tools, and just a couple hundred dollars, anyone can do this project. Todd read loooooots of tutorials and we got most of our tips from the This Old House website. 

Shout out to the BEST husband in the world, Todd J Utterback!!!! Love you sweets. 

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I am just so happy with it! Yay!


24.7.14

kimbo's visit.

One of my all time besties came to stay with us last month. Kim has been my friend since middle school and we've been through quite a lot together! We even traveled to China together for a semester and we were roommates through that craziness! She is seriously one of the most wonderful, hilarious, kind, and beautiful people I know and I am so grateful that she is my friend. 

With that said, we had such a great time with her here! She had never been to AZ before so we made sure to show her all the good spots. We took a drive through the desert to show her just how awesome and beautiful all those cacti are! 




We obviously took her to some yummy places to eat. And I faced a baking fear of mine finally- angel food cake! It was pretty intimidating but I did it and it turned out super delish! 



While Todd was at work, Kim and I went swimming at The Phoenician resort pool up in Scottsdale. It was so heavenly. We ate chips and salsa, sipped virgin piƱa coladas, and layed in the sun. So perfect. 


Love you Kimbo!! (the dogs love you too)



23.7.14

homeowners.

So we bought a house. We are officially homeowners and it's kind of insane. We are so so so happy about it and love our little house and the location/neighborhood. But owning a house is HARD. The list of things to do (besides moving our whole life in there) is endless. Once we fix one thing, another thing breaks. Once we buy something, we have to buy something else. But you know what? That's life. We knew what we signed ourselves up for and we are excited for the adventure. We just have to tell ourselves that there will be 10000000 more things that break or that we have to buy. But that's ok, because the house is OURS! Owning a home is such a blessing and I couldn't be more grateful for this experience and opportunity.

{thank goodness for self timer apps…haha}


We've been slowly moving in over the last couple of weeks! On Monday, We (really just Todd) started the project of painting our cabinets! It's scary and exciting but I totally trust my handy husband! Did I mention he's the best ever? We are painting them white to lighten up our kitchen a bit. Can't wait for the finished product!


We went to Ikea last weekend and bought three simple pieces of furniture. Not so simple. They came in like a gazillion packages and we barely fit them all in both of our cars!! But we made it out of there alive and still married, which is a wonderful thing. Does anyone else get serious anxiety in that place?! Geez louiz.



Exciting times!!

17.7.14

breckenridge, co

Todd is so lucky to have such a great group of guy friends from his first years of college. And I feel lucky enough to have married into such a fun group of friends! We had our first (of many hopefully!) friends reunion in Breckenridge, CO! We stayed in Traci's grandparent's beautiful cabin that was right on the golf course! 


Breckenridge is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been! I loved the mountains, the cute downtown, all the yummy restaurants, and those gorgeous clouds! 

Catching up with these wonderful friends was the best. We stayed up way too late each night talking and laughing and playing games. This group is quite the competitive type…especially when it comes to girls vs. boys Catch Phrase. 





We ate SO much great food. Breckenridge has the best places to eat. We may or may not have had the same pizza place (Downstairs at Eric's) twice that week…YUM. And we went to the same cookie place (Mary's Mountain Cookies) a few too many times. 




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The boys had the genius idea to buy matching shirts and wear them around all day. It was amazing.






Have I mentioned how much I love these girls? Wish we lived closer. The wives:)


What a fun successful trip!! Can't wait to do it again soon!!
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2.6.14

the haps.

Welp, it's officially in the triple digits over here in the desert! I feel like these past couple months have been on fast forward! It's June 2nd?? Mind blowing. 

We only have a couple more months in this house that we are housesitting! It's so bitter sweet you guys. I don't even want to think about saying goodbye to the dogs that we've been dogsitting while living here. I tear up just thinking about it… So we will pretend it's not happening. Ok, moving on to happier news.

Since we will be moving out of this house, we are looking to buy a house around this area! It's been a fun/stressful/exciting process so far! I feel like it's all we really talk about right now! 

I went to Seattle a couple weeks ago to babysit my cute cousins for the week! I'd never been there and I fell in love with it! Seattle is so green and lush and beautiful! I loved Pike Place Market, and the views of the city, and the gorgeous old homes in the neighborhood my Aunt and Uncle live in. I also got to see one of my high school besties that lives there with her husband! So much fun.







March, April, and May were by far the most beautiful months in AZ. The cacti were turning different colors and everything was in bloom! I loved it. 



Todd's brother's family is moving to Colorado and we will miss them way too much! We will miss our chinese food/game nights and just talking and laughing all night with Jenny and Garett! I will miss those kids sooo much. 



Todd bought this crazy hawaiian tourist looking shirt at Target and I kinda love it. We matched one day driving to the pool! Love that silly husband of mine.


Talk about a picture dump! HAGS.