Thursday, May 31, 2012


i’m linking up my weekly phone pics with jeannett! i had a great week, with a lot accomplished (mainly painting our bathroom, but it was a job that's been hanging over my head for like a year!).

 i've been missing this guy! his name is brinkley, and he is crazy! he'll be visiting this next week and we are excited :)

our new family member! mr sitompul finally got a super swanky bike. i miss the old one, a little too sentimental sometimes, but i'm sure i'll learn to love this one just as much. he is already in love!


we celebrated our dating/engagement anniversary this last week. can't believe it's been 5 years.

 my healthy week didn't go as i planned, but this was one morning that we started out right with a smoothie.

 date night in laguna, it was spontaneous and really fun. the ladies sign on the bathroom is odd, but i thought it was kind of cool in person!

  enjoying our evening at the beach. love this guy!

finally finished the bathroom and LOVE it. we almost killed ourselves and each other in the process, but i love the way it turned out.

i colored my hair for the first time (yikes). i totally enjoyed my visit to the salon this week. i was just happy to sit and not feel like i should be doing something.

Friday, May 25, 2012


  i’m linking up my weekly phone pics with jeannett again! there aren't very many this week. a lot of shopping and time spent with a very good friend!

 my counter next to the sink. i rearranged, which i do pretty much weekly, but i love how it turned out. i feel like the way you decorate your home, should make you happy and i love tweaking ours all the time.

my amazing husband with my favorite kids. we were at a school program. it was so cute and fun to watch lizzy perform!


ayme and i spent the day shopping, we went crazy (see the pic below)! it is always so good to spend some girl time and get to chat all day without interruptions. I am so thankful for a good friend, who has blessed my life incredibly!


ikea! need i say more! we took my car, which was not thought through and had no room whatsoever! i bought a ginormous mirror at our first stop of the day, which ended up sitting in between us in the front seat. then we piled all of our new buys around it. once we were done with ikea, there was barely any room left for us! ayme had to actually go back the next day to pick up the rest of her furniture. we laughed and laughed, too bad no one in ikea ever finds us funny! we closed the store down! hard core shoppers, that's us:)

can't get enough green lately, maybe bc it's getting so brown around me down here with the smog setting in for summer. i certainly don't have a green thumb, but i'm trying.


thing's that make me smile. emily from jones design company (whom i love) put out this free printable this week and i love it. i ordered these sunglasses from a super cute shop called avenue lou and they are so fun. i bought a couple extra for fun gifts.

happy friday! i'm totally enjoying my day today and am very thankful for this quiet day off.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Extremely Proud!

I have been wanting to write about Matt's graduation for a while. It was such a wonderful weekend that I feel like I can't possibly relate how great it actually was. My brother has been working on this since he was in grade school. He has wanted to be a veterinarian his whole life and I couldn't be more proud of him. It is such an accomplishment. Vet school is extremely competitive and he was accepted into two schools, which is unheard of. However different we are, I love him to death, would do anything for him, and feel like I'm going to cry every time I think or talk about how proud I am of him.

He graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. We flew up on Friday morning into Pasco ( a tiny little airport) on Allegiant Air, which was quite the fiasco that day! Unbeknownst to us, we were supposed to check in two hours in advance. We flew out of LAX and stayed thursday night in a hotel right down the street. We left for the airport two hours ahead of time, feeling proud of ourselves for being so on top of it! We usually push the time limit, and are used to flying southwest and getting there about an hour ahead of time. By the time we parked our car and rode the shuttle it was an hour till we were supposed to leave. We checked in, and thought everything was great! Got up to our gate and they were telling everyone that the flight was overbooked and offering free tickets to take the next flight. Still we felt confident we would be on the flight! To make a very long and stressful story short, we didn't know that they board you in the order you check in and apparently we were the very last to check in. The lovely Allegiant Air personnel told us that we weren't getting on this flight. I had been feeling super guilty because this was the first time I was actually visiting Matt at WASU, and was not about to miss any part of this weekend. I kept going back and forth from being extremely angry at the airline for overbooking and then trying to pray and trust that God had our backs! All while my husband was yelling "THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE" and then telling me to calm down! We were definitely a site!!! We did end up getting on the flight, thanks to these wonderful people for taking the next flight. I had to control myself from hugging and kissing them for stepping up! We weren't able to sit together (who knew!) but I ended up sitting next to this beautiful christian woman. We ended up talking the entire flight. She was heading home after a week spent doing mission work and the Dream Center in LA. I felt incredibly stupid for never hearing about this wonderful facility and living so close! She was an amazing person, one that definitely touched my soul. Her story was amazing and I later realized that God always has a plan, and for that day, it was for me to sit next to her. What a blessing (and a whole other blog post).

We arrived in Pasco, feeling very thankful to have made it and picked up our rental car. It was Mr Sitompul's first time in such a small airport and fun to watch his surprise when we walked out the front door of the airport to pick out our car! We drove about 2 1/2 hours to Pullman. It was gorgeous. I was taking pictures the whole time of the yellow fields and beautiful barns along the highway.

As soon as we arrived at Matt's we met up with his friends and then drove up to their property to have a bonfire. It has been raining and was too hard to drive up the hill so we hiked up and carried the food and chairs. It was so fun to watch everyone hike up with arms overflowing! We had such a wonderful evening. Ben and Stacy have an amazing family. They had taken Matt into their home every weekend and made him part of the family for the last 4 years. It was always so reassuring that he had somewhere to go and a church to support him during vet school. Ben and Matt have a lot in common (mostly guns!) and it was so fun to finally meet them and their adorable children! It was an awesome night. After roasting hot dogs and yummy corn we had the cake that mom and I ordered. We laughed the whole weekend, bc when we picked up the cake from Safeway we asked them to write on it, when she brought it back to us it actually looked like a 4 year old did it! It was quite hilarious, but tasted good just the same! When it started getting dark, we had a short worship and sang around the campfire! It was the perfect way to start off the graduation weekend!

On saturday we got up and tried to walk, but it was so windy outside we didn't get very far! We all went to church, which was led by the pathfinders and so adorable! We met all the wonderful Christians who had taken Matt into their church and watched over him. During the service the pastor passed out mics to whoever had a prayer or praise. Mom thanked everyone there for taking Matt in and being such a warm church. We knew he was well taken care of! I immediately started crying, I had no idea we were thinking the exact same thing. Matt and I don't talk a lot and have very little in common, but I love him so much and worry about him all the time. This whole weekend was so exciting and overwhelming to see him and celebrate this huge accomplishment.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Hello Monday

 Hello to a first"hello monday" link up with Lisa (who I absolutely adore)! I'm happy to be back after being discouraged about losing a couple of posts I was writing! It's going to be a good week!

Hello to a couple of days off with Mr Sitompul!

Hello to re-writing a few blog posts that I lost.

Hello to a day of shopping with a dear friend.

Hello sun and very warm weather. Have to start getting up earlier to get some exercising in.

Hello to striving to be healthy this week.

Hello to dinner out with some friends.

Hello to keeping the "thankful/blessed" frame of mind this week and focusing on the positive.

Hello to getting in more yoga classes this week.