Sunday, November 9, 2014

Weekend Recap

Is it just me or does it seem like time speeds up on the weekend? We had lots of fun this weekend but it just ended too soon!

Friday we met up with some friends at Lucky Strike in Bellevue. It's one of my favorite places to go out since it offers a lot of different entertainment options. We had fun playing games, chatting, and dancing a bit.

Saturday Loren and I went to our last Husky game of the season. It was a frustrating game to watch sometimes but had fun anyway. The sunset was gorgeous too! 

Sunday was laundry and chores day. I scored some new Christmas decorations at Michael's for cheap! Spent way too much money at Target (isn't that always the case?!), and Loren hung up our new porch light. The new light looks so pretty. My phone camera isn't capturing it great but it's a big improvement over a old lameo porch light.

We also went to see Interstellar. Wowza, does that movie require a lot of thinking! I wouldn't say that that I didn't like it necessarily, but I'm definitely glad that the next movie on our horizon is Dumb and Dumber too. 

I'll leave you with this cute picture of Ruby playing with her new toy. :) 

Hope you all had a great weekend and have a lovely week! 

Love, K

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from our little bumblebee!

We're having some friends over to celebrate this evening and looking forward to a fun time! I love passing out candy to all the little kiddos in the neighborhood too. I think there's going to be lots of little girls in Frozen costumes this year! Hope you have a fun and safe Halloween! Thanks for stopping by!

Love, K

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Weekend Recap

This weekend was a perfect blend of getting chores done, having fun, and relaxing.

Friday night we went to a friend's house to meet their sweet new baby. She is beautiful! I didn't snap any pictures cause I was too busy ooo-ing and aww-ing over her but maybe next time.

Saturday we slept in until 11am! I can't remember the last time I slept in that late. The rest of the day was spent lounging then cleaning and taking care of those little annoying projects that never seem to get done. Finally, it was time to head down to Seattle for the UW football game.

It was SO windy out! That area in the photo above is usually a beer garden but it was closed due to weather. You can see that the floor was blowing up from the wind! Nutso! We were freezing by time we left, and our team lost so it wasn't the best game experience ever but we always manage to have a fun time. 

Sunday was laundry and football day. My Pats won big! That made for a nice start to the day. Ruby's the best football watching buddy. 

We took Ruby to the pet store; she gets so excited to get out and about. I also made her pose with our pumpkins outside. So cute.

Loren and I headed down to Seattle again to go see the national tour of Beauty and the Beast. We stopped at one of our favorite sushi places on the way, Sushi Maru. Yummy! 

Yeah, we did some damage there. If you're in the Northgate area check it out. We've never been disappointed there. And since it's conveyor belt style service, it's pretty quick. We headed to the show and managed to get there a little early, which pretty much never happens. Haha! 

We settled into our seats and waited for the show to start. The Paramount Theater is a beautiful venue. I snuck a couple pictures before the made the no camera announcement. :)

 It was a nice weekend that went by way too fast. Isn't that always the case? Hope you all had a nice weekend as well! Thanks for reading! :)

Love, K

Friday, October 24, 2014

Making a Tiny Backyard Functional

One of the biggest issues Loren and I have with our house is the tiny backyard. Even calling it a backyard is generous. It's more like a back patio. But, this summer we decided we needed to figure out a way to get more enjoyment out of the space.

We'd been dealing with this set-up:

It was okay, but not super functional. Especially if there were more than four people back there. So our goal was to make it more useful. At first we thought about just getting a different size patio table, but then we realized that maybe an outdoor couch or sectional would be better suited. And if we were having a BBQ or something we could just eat on the couch, that's what we normally do inside, why not outside?

The search for an outdoor sectional began, and I very quickly realized that they are extremely expensive. I was still keeping an eye out for some good deals but told Loren I was going to see about if there were any plans out there for making something ourselves. I found some plans that you built up some nice benches basically but people commented that they spent $600+ on the supplies, and I also saw some plans that involved using pallets but we just weren't sold on the idea. Finally after lots of Googling and Pinterest searches, I came across this tutorial from Be Happy...Be Me:

It was just what we needed! We got measuring to make this couch fit our space and decided to use six foot 4x4 boards with cinder blocks in the middle joining two sides together. We bought six 4x4's and 12 cinder blocks to assemble the couch. We also picked up some brown paint from Ace Hardware to paint the blocks and the front of the 4x4's that would be visible.

Let me tell you, painting cinder blocks is not fun. But we got it done and that was the majority of the work on this project. After the painted blocks were dry, Loren glued them together for extra stability.

After the blocks are glued together we just slid the 4x4s into the openings and adjusted as needed. Then added the cushions and pillows. Done-zo!

Ruby enjoys the couch too, she's a pretty cute model. :) After getting the couch made and set-up we added a couple chairs on the opposite side and strung some globe lights in between the house and the garage.

The lights had a nice vibe to the space I think. We managed to have a couple BBQs with friends before the cooler Fall weather arrived and it was really fun to be able to enjoy our outdoor space.

And that's how we made out backyard a little more cute, and a lot more useful. We'd still like to get a couple lumbar pillows and maybe a few more little accessories for the space but it's been a wonderful update for us.

Love, K

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One Day 2014

Today I participated in a fun social network party hosted by Laura at Hollywood Housewife. She invited people to post pictures of their ordinary day on Instagram using the the hashtag #OneDayHH.

I had so much fun sharing random tidbits from my day that might not be things I'd normally consider Instagram worthy. I also really enjoyed looking through the pictures that other people posted using the hashtag. This was a great way to see that in small ways, we're sort of connected. Doing the best we can to enjoy life and take care of our families (no matter the size). Here's a few of the pics I shared today:

A photo posted by Kristen Ayotte (@kristenayotte) on

A photo posted by Kristen Ayotte (@kristenayotte) on

A photo posted by Kristen Ayotte (@kristenayotte) on

 This is an annual event so if it sounds like fun to you, keep your eyes peeled next year. And go explore the hashtag #OneDayHH on Instagram now to see what other people shared today. Big thanks to Laura for organized this fun day!! Did you participate today? Leave a comment below with your Instagram user name and I'll check out your posts!