Mamma Dont Hate the Cold

Today Mr. Gaunt and I ran two miles without stopping…woop. This is only the second time we have done this. I’m not one to reach a goal and then force myself to keep doing it. Sometimes I only run 1 mile without stopping, sometimes only a 1/2 mile.

In Washington right now we are having what some may describe as crappy summer weather. Yes I suppose I can see the downfalls of little sun. Obviously no one is tanning or swimming or running through the sprinkler. HOWEVER nothing is more pleasant than running in 57 degree overcast weather with a slight breeze…PERFECTION! Yesterday I had an interview, and I WASNT all hot a sweaty in my interview clothes. When Mr. Gaunt sits in his car on break he doesn’t have to turn on the air conditioning! I’m sorry, but mild = Awesome!

I’m seeing lawn mowing and gardening in my future! And anytime I feel like I may miss the Colorado weather, I look as this and can FEEL the uncomfortable blazing heat that never ends, and I’m glad I live where I do.

Today I have to go to the DMV before I go to work…lame. The DMV sucks so so so much. I promise this weekend to share some of the wedding goodies that have arrived in the mail this week! Plus I need to get my sister (who is a good sewer) to help me make some table runners this weekend!

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Real Goodbyes

The house is all packed in storage.

Its been 4 years and 6 months since I moved to Colorado.

Tomorrow I move back home.

I am happy and sad.

I will miss my love and my cat. Spending a whole month apart is the longest we have gone in 4.5 years.

I will miss my Liam. I cry every time I think that he will not recognize me in September. I love him so so so much. Who would have thought I could have so much love for someone else’s child.¬† He is perfection. We are spending one last night with him. We are bringing cupcakes.

I will miss the friends I have made. They better all come to my wedding!

I will miss my beautiful Apartment. All shiny and new.

Mr. Gaunt and I will be married in 7 months!

I am so in love with the life we are living and the life we have coming.

XOXO Colorado, Its Been Real. Real Hard. Real Life. Real Sunny.

Snow

Just pics from this mornings trip to Whole Foods (very yummy recipe coming soon) and all the snow we got last night.

Hope you are staying warm today and eating yummy football food! Hula is spending her day on her heating pad, which is her favorite place on earth these days. We are off to a party, might need coffee #2 on the way out.

Woah Nelly, sorry for the lack of posts.

Crappy weather at DIA

I’m not really sure why I havent posted anything. It could be that we are having AWFUL weather here (snow, rain, hail, wind). I am so mad because I thought summer was on the way, and now I have to dig the sweaters out again! LAME! The cold weather has made me grumpy, cold, and tired and pretty much unmotivated to do much of anything.

Mr. Gaunt and I have also been spending a fair amount of time talking about our future plans. We have decided that we are in fact moving to Washington within the next year! This has been a long long debate for us. Mr. Gaunt grew up here in Colorado, and his mom lives here. I however grew up in the PAcific Northwest, and can’t see myself planting my roots anywhere else. We would like to get married and have kids in the next few years, and I just really need to be with my friends and family.

When I moved to Colorado in September of 2006 I never thought I would stay here forever. I was young (had JUST turned 21) and was looking to spread my wings a little and see what else was out there. Meeting Mr. Gaunt had not been on the agenda, and I knew right from the start that if we started dating moving might be an issue. To be honest I probably would have left Colorado 6 months after I got here, had I not met Mr. Gaunt. It just isn’t my cup of tea. I mean its lovely and all, but it’s too different from Washington, I just can’t get past all the things I loved about home.

It has been a huge ongoing struggle/fight between us for the last 3.5 years, but we have been seeing a therapist and learning how to communicate better and I think we finally have made up our minds.

Now the logistics come into play.

When will we move?

Where will we move?

Where will we work?

How can we afford it?

These are all excellent questions, but scary too. I don’t have the answers yet. Part of me feels like we should PLAN PLAN PLAN so we know exactly what we are doing. The other part of me thinks we should just take a leap of faith that things will work out and the pieces will fall into place when we need them to.

I’m a RIGHT BRAIN person with a splash of OBSESSIVE NEUROTIC in me. Fun times!

ha! Thats my Piggy Bank!

Money is the biggest issue. Mr. Gaunt and a friend took an ad out on Craigslist to do some handy man type work on the side. They have gotten lots of hits for jobs. Its exciting and kinda worrisome. I know we need the money, I just hate him being gone 12 hours out of the day…)=

Im still trying to figure out what I can do (on top of my regular 40hour a week job) to also bring in some extra cash. Hmmm.

In August we have to talk to our landlord about our lease signing options. Ideally we would sign a 6 month lease and move in March of this next year. Which gives us 10 months to save aprox. $4,000 to move. Seems kind of possible…maybe.

Then yesterday the shit hit the fan. I was driving to work at 5:45 am on the freeway (225) when my car lost power and I pulled over to the side of the road, shut the car off and called Mr. Gaunt. Luckily I was right by Ms. G’s house, so we called her and she came and picked me up.

Long story short we had AAA tow my car to a car shop, then went to breakfast. At breakfast the car shop called me and told me that something ver bad happened with X Y and Z and that my engine was destroyed. AWESOME! SHIT! UGG!

Then after some amazing acts of fate Ms. G and I hooked up with AAA again and they got me the PREFECT new car! Well it’s used, but it’s still perfect. Also the woman at AAA looked up my credit score (que hyperventilating) and it turns out I have NONE. Yup I have zero credit, nada, nothing. Hmmm. I had a credit car long ago that I cancelled (and still owe a little money on) but apparently none of that made any difference on my credit score. I am starting at ground zero. For some reason all of this makes me feel better than having a shitty credit score. Not sure why. So anyways she was amazing and gave me all these tips for getting my credit score up and building credit over the next 6 months. Anyways because of this Ms. G had to help me with the loan on my car, words can not express how thankful I am for her and how nice she was to me (Im not even being her own child) during this whole situation.

An hour or so later I drove away in my new car! Crazy! It’s a 99 Subaru Outback Legacy. Its pretty pimp, it has all the power stuff, heated seats, heated windshield wipers, 6 cd changer. I’m a big fan! I couldn’t be happier. However I do have a car payment now, which means saving money is going to be THAT much harder. Ugg. However this is the car I would like to have for the next 5-10 years, and its perfect for moving/babies/puppies/everything!!!!

Ok enough of this rant. Now I need to go figure out what to do about my other car, and maybe work on the budget a bit now that I have a car payments…lol! Oh and I do promise there will be more cooking soon too!

The Stock Show: A Comparison in Years

Mr. Gaunt and our friends went to the Stock Show last night! We had planned to go last week but we got sick. In case you dont know, the Stock Show is BIG out here, all very country but lots of fun. I went for the first time last year and loved it so I insisted we make it a tradition. I can’t wait to have babies and buy adorable little lime green cowboy boots for them! Ahhh sooo cute!

Anyway I remembered that we had taken lots of pictures last year, and since it was shortly before we started WW I figured they would make GREAT comparison shots! See how far we have come in a year:

First up this photo is really funny because I don’t remember him doing this last year. This is Mr. Gaunt showing how he thinks cow is yummy. Trust me I really tried to make him stop.

THIS YEAR!

LAST YEAR

Here is me, next to a lovely blond cow (cuz Im a blond yeah yeah yeah) not the exact same shot but close enough!

THIS YEAR

LAST YEAR

And a little shot of the two of us. Both looking waaaay better as far as Im concerned!

THIS YEAR

LAST YEAR

So thats fun isnt it! Ok now on to a whole ton of Stock Show pictures!

Bedazzled Belts Galore!

Our friend bought this and I refused even a bite! Go me!

Nice Hair!

Mr. Gaunt making a rope!

Yes he wore his cowboy shirt.

Broncos Rope!

Cute cows all fluffy with their winter coats.

Nice Horns. They drooled a lot.

All the food there was either beef or pork! I did splurge and have some fries, which Mr. Gaunt so lovingly caught on film.

yum...I love fries.

Im even kind of sporting Horse Girl Hair!

While searching for last years Stock Show photos I had to scroll through a ton of pics from last year…gross. Lots of awful before pics that I will share with you another day! Tonight we are going out for sushi, yay friday!

Babies, Dresses, Cake…Oh My!

Just wanted to share some pics from my weekend. Friday night Mr. Gaunt and paid bills and organized our finances, then we went down to the Castle ROck outlet mall to hunt for some long sleeve shirts. We made a little stop at Banana Republic Outlet where I tried on some of their clearance summer dresses. It was kind of exciting because I kind of wear a smaller size now (please note slight tummy bulge that would prevent me from actually buying any of these dresses) Im really excited for the next 20lbs to come off!

yellow dress

salmon dress

Yesterday Pro and I went to a friends baby shower (yes we are at that age where EVERYONE is getting married and having babies) which was fun, I made a little rain mobile and we got to color and baby onesies and eat yummy Pumpkin spice cake that Pro made! A good time had by all!

Pro and her Onsie

baby shower 2

Me and my Onsie

baby shower 5

baby shower 6

Today Mr. Gaunt and I are gonna do some cleaning and then look through some cook books and then go grocery shopping. Im excited because were gonna hit up Sprouts which is kind of a discount organic food store that suppose to be amazing! Ill let you know how it goes. Oh and I leave you with pics of my baby mobile:

mobil 2

mobil 4

mobil 1

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