January 30, 2013

Liebster Award!

Earlier this week Rachel from Butler Diaries nominated me for the Liebster award, which is a way for smaller blogs to connect with other small blogs.

I love Rachel's blog, she is always so real and honest about her life and amazingly sweet. 

The Rules:
Thank the person who nominated you and link your post to their blog.
List 11 facts about yourself then answer the 11 questions given to you.
Create 11 more questions for your 9 nominees, all of whom have 200 or less followers.
Comment on their blogs informing them of the Liebster Award nomination.

1.  I just opened my own Etsy shop!  KnitPurlStitch!
2.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE CrossFit.
3.  I still have a quilt my mom made me when I was 2.  I've had to stitch it up a few times and so its name is now 'Frankie Blankie'.  Its weird. I know.
4.  I used to eat ramen noodles daily.  Now I don't even know the last time I ate them. I miss them :)
5.  I married a boy that went to school with me from 6th-12th grade (and we never talked until age 23).
6.  We've been trying to get pregnant for a while, can't wait until it actually happens.
7.  I love cookies and ice cream.  And donuts. And doritos.
8.  Pink is my favorite color.
9.  Moulin Rouge is my favorite movie, Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, swoon!
10.  I dream of having a gorgeous white and gray kitchen of my own.
11.  Someday I will leave America.  Even if it is only to Canada.  I really should go to Canada, I'm just a few hours away!

11 Questions from Rachel:
1) If you were able to travel anywhere in the world where would it be?  
Greece!  I can't wait to get there someday.
2) What is your description of the perfect day?  Waking up to snuggles from my husband, waffles with fresh strawberries & mimosas, going on an adventure with M and then lots of cuddling at home!

3) Books or Movies?  Books!
4) If you had to survive on one certain food for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Eggs / Avocados / Salsa.
5) Would you rather live in a small cottage in the country or an apartment in the city?  It would depend if I had children!  If it was just M and I, then the city.  If we had kids, definitely the cottage!

6) Who is your favorite actor/actress?  Actor, Ewan McGregor.  Actress, Sydney Bristow.  Oops, I mean Jennifer Garner.
7) Have any pet peeves?  Loud chewing, bad driving, having to ask people 'what?' over and over.
8) What made you want to start a blog?  Just wanted to share the ups and downs of life with friends and family.
9) What is more romantic to you, a surprise picnic on the beach or a swanky dinner and night out on the town?  Surprise picnic on the beach, I LOVE the beach, and I love surprises...kind of.
10) What is your favorite flower?  I love dahlias and any bright bold big flowers.
11) Coffee or hot tea?  Hot tea, now anyway.  I used to love coffee but I stopped drinking caffeine so now I do decaf green teas.  Yum!

My 11 questions for my nominees : 
1.  Tattoos? Have or want?
2.  Boys with blonde hair and blue eyes or dark hair and brown eyes?
3.  Stripes or Florals?
4.  What is your dream vacation?
5.  What is your biggest social networking obsession?  (Oh instagram).
6.  Why do you blog?
7.  Flats or heels?  Or chucks?
8.  Tell me about your family!
9.  If you could live anywhere in the world, where and why?
10.  What is your all time favorite song?  
11.  Sun or Snow?!

My 9 Nominees :
3.  Jenny
4.  Sara Lynn
5.  Carly
7.  Morgan
9.  Jordan

January 22, 2013


This weekend M and I got to go to Portland and spend some time with my sister and her family. She has two little boys and one on the way, so every second has noise/crying/laughter. Joellen and I got to spend some time away (went to the mall) which was a perfect break from chaos. I did get quite a bit of knitting done and was able to post some new stuff up on my Etsy shop! I also got three custom orders (yay!!). If you see anything on my site you like but are interested in a different size, color or color combos just let me know! Here is a peek of my new product!

January 18, 2013

New Path!

I am loving everything CrossFit right now ya'll, I seriously cannot workout enough, or hard enough! I'm always trying to see where in the workout I could have gone harder or faster or pushed 'I can't' out of my head instead of letting it sit there for a while. It feels awesome to be in shape again, to say I'm almost back to the athlete I once was!

I'm not losing any more on the scale, I've capped out at 11.5 pounds gone, but I can see my muscles tightening up a little more each week! I'm definitely gaining muscle weight! Over the next few weeks my trainer Cody is officially starting to get the box he's running up and going, and oh man...he asked me if I would like to coach! There is a lot I have to do to get there, but the fact that he thinks I can do it feels amazing! I couldn't be more excited to start running down this new life path, to actually have a career goal like this-it's one of the best feelings! CrossFit Audacity people!

I forgot to tell you about the results of this day. It turned out awesome, we got there and we're getting all pumped up when he broke the news to us, we were actually going to be doing the workout TWICE! But I killed it with 9:30 the first round and 11:30 my second round (my previous time was 13:27 for just one round!). And its been like this with every workout that we've repeated, always at LEAST a 4 minute PR (personal record). And I can do about 30 unbroken double unders now! Big jump for me!

Here's just a little motivation for you and if you live near by, email me about our crossfit box!

Images all via my Pinterest board!

January 15, 2013


Hey guys!

I know that I have mentioned before my love of knitting, how fun it is to figure new things out and how amazing it is that with two sticks and some yarn you can create some truly awesome things! Well, I decided to put my love out there for other people to see, favorite and purchase on etsy! My shop name is KnitPurlStitch and I have also got my own URL : www.knitpurlstitch.com, it just kicks you automatically over to my shop.

I'm daily just working away, and will be adding more and more each week as I finish up some product! It's so exciting to see how many people are looking at my items, even people I don't know adding them to their favorites! Here is a quick peek at some items already posted, and a few that will be posted later this week :)

I hope to see you around my shop!

January 12, 2013

Simple Saturdays

This is what our lazy Saturday morning looked like today.

Working on a commissioned hat for a friend and drinking some soothing tea for my maybe getting sick throat. This nanny is a sucker for those big sad eyes of a sick baby, which means too many kisses from someone with a cold.

I hope your Saturday morning is as lazy as mine!

PS. M and I got a new camera (Canon Rebel t3i) so please forgive me if I start posting too many pictures :)

January 04, 2013

Hope and Faith

Last month was my last chance of getting pregnant in time to still have a baby at the age of 26. Of course I know it doesn't really matter what age I am when I have my first child, it was just because that was how old my mom was when she had me. It felt like it would be a fun connection between us three. And then my period was 5 full days late! And I was just so so happy. On day three of lateness we were at church and I was just thanking Jesus for the ability to be a mom, and of fulfilling this dream of mine and I prayed for the health of my little tot and that it would always just feel so loved by us. I knew that God loved me and wanted to show me that I shouldn't doubt Him, that He has my back.
Then on Wednesday I started my period.
But I am still reminded of that joyous feeling I had on Sunday, that I should still have complete faith in my Father, that He loves me more than I can imagine and that soon enough M and I will get our child.
And right now I have so much hope for our future. And I am daily praying for strength and for these feelings of hope and faith last me a lifetime.

Meanwhile I am using CrossFit to keep me occupied enough to not make me think more about it than needed. And I'm thinking that if I'm not going to be growing a big baby belly starting this month that I'll just work more on getting a six pack. And in nine months when I still don't quite have a baby to snuggle with, I'll snuggle with my amazing husband.