8 Years

Today is 8 years since Brad and I have been a couple. A lot has happened in 8 years, much of it happened even before we got married.

Here are 10 things that are better with a partner:

  1. Carrying luggage through an airport
  2. Picking out gifts for family
  3. Going on vacation
  4. Handling loss
  5. Bathing a cat
  6. Shopping for a car
  7. Cooking dinner
  8. Returning items to a store
  9. Getting things out of tall cabinets
  10. Dancing

You can read the story about how we became a couple here.

A Great Grandmother

Today, we are at a memorial service for Brad’s great grandmother. By the time I came along, my great grandparents were already gone, so I had now idea how great it was to have a great grandmother. To be the most accurate though, due to the different family dynamics, Brad’s great grandmother (grandma Raymond) was only 2 years older than my grandmother.

Grandma Raymond was a sweet lady and I’m glad that I was able to know her and I would like to share some of my favorite memories of her with you.

When Brad and I were planning our wedding, she and Brad’s grandmother bought their dresses for our wedding together. The next time she saw us, she asked for me to look at her dress. “It’s very shiny and is that okay? If it’s too shiny to wear to your wedding, I will find another dress,” she said. The dress was beautiful and she looked great in it at our wedding. I appreciated that she wanted my input.
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One Shirt Two Ways {Refashion Part 1}

No-Sew/No-Cut T-Shirt Refashion

There’s just something about getting a free t-shirt… honestly, there’s nothing like it. The problem is that most of the time the free t-shirt is a Large, X-Large or XXX-Large.

Unrelated story…. Mount Union used to send t-shirts to newly enrolled students the summer before they arrive on campus. I was excited to get a t-shirt in the mail, but when the size large shirt arrived, I knew I couldn’t wear it. I emailed my transfer student rep and inquired about trading it in for a smaller size. Since I was a transfer, I assumed they just never bothered to ask for my size. I was told that wouldn’t be possible. They send all girls size Large shirts and all boys size X-Large shirts (because that makes sense…). My dad was happy to take it off my hands… because there’s nothing like a free t-shirt.

Anyway, Brad was similarly gifted with a massive shirt at his on-campus job (the IT help desk). It was a beautiful blue and also an X-Large. It had gotten caught up in other clothes and discovered when we moved into our house.

It had so much potential that I couldn’t decide what to do with it, so I have two no-sew refashions.

This first one involves no cutting and makes great on-the-fly beach cover up or casual sun dress… but it takes a few tries. (I used this photo tutorial.)

1. Put the shirt on, and pull arms through the neck hole.

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12 Halloween Goodies… That Aren’t Candy

With food and dye allergies, medical conditions such as celiac, diabetes and lactose intolerance to name a few, giving out candy to trick or treaters can actually alienate some of the cute little faces that come to your door.

Instead of leaving your porch light off, here are a few ideas for goodies you can hand out that aren’t candy:

  1. Coloring/activity books
  2. Stickers (fuzzy or sparkly ones are bonus points)
  3. Colorful kids sunglasses
  4. Cute erasers
  5. Bouncy balls
  6. Glow-in-the-dark toys, stickers, necklaces…. anything
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Work From Home Helpers

I worked from home the other day. This is what it looked like:


I’m more or less sharing these because I haven’t posted pictures of Watson and Holmes recently… but I don’t know how Watson is comfortable sitting like that.

If you’re planning on adding furry creatures to your home, please check with your local shelter or animal rescue group rather than a pet store or breeder.

Do you ever work from home? If you do, do you pets ignore you or “help” you?