31 December 2014

Oh look, she blogs.

Let's be honest - I've been too busy to write and you've been too busy to read for the past couple of weeks, so I took a little hiatus. This little vacation from blogland has been nice (I was bad and didn't even check my emails!) and my holidays were wonderful, but I am sooo ready to write again.

I have a lot to catch you up on, but first #letmetakeaselfie. Just kidding, first I want to tell you my new years resolutions! Plural! Yes, I am so pumped about 2015 I actually made more than one resolution (I don't usually make any). And as a matter of fact, I have already gotten started on some of them.

My excitement might be partially due to a little craft that serves as a visual reminder for some of the resolutions I made. I call it...THE MARRIAGE BOARD. Behold:

It's pretty epic because...I didn't even get the idea from Pinterest haha! I just thought of three things that would make our marriage stronger if we did them consistently (might as well put this time we have before baby to good use!) and these were the three I came up with.

It started with a trip to the thrift store, where I found the frames and "chalk board". First I tried to use a foam roller and liquid chalk paint on the art piece that would serve as my chalkboard, but I got frustrated that it wasn't going on as smooth as I liked, so I switched to spray paint - they have a chalkboard kind! And of course I had to paint the little frames as well. 

I put purple pieces of paper inside the frames to match our bedroom, and just glued them onto the chalkboard. Yep, the whole thing. I didn't want to put the charts inside the frames because I think it will be easier for me to just switch them out with washi tape because I'm hoping to implement the marriage board next year too.

Then I glued the mason jars on. Chalk, colored pencils, and permanent markers are in the right one, and "adventure sticks" are in the left one. For the wooden 2015 letters, I put them on with glue dots so I will be able to remove and change them as needed.

I wanted to write the quote "Marriage is a gift from God to us. The quality of that marriage is our gift to him" on the chalk board part, but I didn't have enough room so I just did our initials for now.

On the chore chart, red is what I do and blue is what Matthew does, but its flexible so if one of us is busy the other one will pick up. The colors are suggestions, I guess. This is the part of my resolution I have started already and I am ADDICTED. It doesn't feel like I'm putting forth that much effort, but the house already feels so much cleaner.

I didn't want to start coloring in the scripture chart until the actual January first, so it will be easy to remember when we started and know how long it actually takes us to read the Book of Mormon.

Adventures are the part I'm most excited about! Two Saturdays a month, I want to steal Matthew away and go do something we've never done together before. Most of them are touristy things in the Southern California area that we just never think to do even though we are so close. Some of them are super easy and free, and some of them are overnighters. I don't know if we'll manage to do all of them, but we are definitely going to try.

Hope you guys all have a safe and wonderful New Years Eve! As you can probably tell from this post, I'm having a nice relaxing new years in - and loving it!

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