Saturday, June 14, 2008

4 Years!

They say the first seven years of marriage are the hardest, so we now officially have 4 down. :) Our anniversary was June 12 and we did nothing. Ok, so Matt got me a card and 3 roses (he tried for four, but just didn't remember). But we had fajitas at home, played with the kids and were sleeping by 9. I guess that's how it's going to be for awhile. Every time we try to do something on our anniversary it ends up being a bust- this was the first year we gave up.
Our first year, I was about 6 months pregnant with Olivia and we tried to go out to eat. Well, by the time we got to the restaurant, we had 30 minutes to order, eat and pay because they were closing. AND, I got really sick off the food so that ended that. Our second year, Olivia was like 9 months old or so, and my parents came to babysit her so we could go out to dinner & a movie. Well, we got to the theatre parking lot and got into a HUGE fight over something so dumb I can't even remember. SO, that evening ended about 20 minutes after it began and we were home and didn't talk the rest of the night. Last year, we had all the intentions of doing something romantic and fun but were in the middle of a home addition. Not only did Matt not budget or plan like he should have- but we were BROKE and were trying to come up with extra money for things he didn't even think about. Not to mention it wasn't "on time", so I was stressed out about my family coming a few weeks later and not having anywhere for people to sleep or eat. I think all of last June was a never ending fight over his lack of organizational skills. :)
So much has happened in four years that it really does feel like a battle of wills some days, but then other days it's really great and fun. We work hard at our marriage, god knows we've had some serious struggles and things to work through, but we try and it's the best we can do. One day though, I'd REALLY like to go on a real date with my husband, preferrably before the kids move out. :)

My Scrap Space

So a lot of you wanted to see my scrap space and I just finally took pictures of it. Now keep in mind the walls will be painted (eventually) and I think I'm doing something cool like Apple Green or something. My desk is actually a closet in my dining room. Which works out great becuase I can either stand & scrap in there, or I can take stuff out and scrap at my dining room table. Here's a view of it when you open the doors:

Here's the "left" side more detailed:

The gray box with drawers on my desk are all my "doo-da's", and then I have my ink pad caddy. Olivia's artwork is on my walls, too. On the shelf on the far left side are 3 clear vertical storage boxes. One for complete sets of paper (mostly Basic Grey), the middle is just various pattern paper (I'm a paper whore) and the last one is just cardstock, organized by shade of course. :) The 3 clear boxes stacked on top of each other contain rub-ons, adhesive, and ribbon. Did I mention I have a ribbon fetish??

Here's the "right" side:

I have 3 video storage boxes, one is for cards I have done and on hand in case I need them. The pink one is a box of Olivia keepsakes (ultrasound pictures, hospital bracelets, coming home outfit, etc) and I have the green stripe one for Jackson. I have a ton of odds & ends on this side. I have my CTMH stuff on the shelf, too. All of my Stampin! up stamps are in two bathroom storage shelves I got from Target. They're white with 4 canvas boxes- the stamps sets fit perfectly- plus it looks nice on the wall. My drawers are filled with stuff too. The big drawer is all of my stickers separated into folders by theme. :) The other ones are my pens/markers, one for my sizzlet alphabet sets, one for my 3D embellishments, and one for altered projects I'll do one day. :) It's a full drawer so I need to actually do some!

So that's it, gang- it's where I relax and where I create. Thanks for looking!