Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Costume Reveal

Guys, it's halloween and honestly it's my least favorite holiday. I'm not into scary things, or creepy thing. Haunted house? Heck no! Growing up my family just really didn't do halloween, and neither did Kevin's family. We've done some fun parties with friends in the past but the last two years have been much more chill. There was our last minute creepy bride and groom costume (which is literally the "scariest" costume I've ever done) two years ago and then last year didn't even dress up. In college we were Prince Phillip and Sleeping Beauty (our favorite until this year).

This year we embraced our most favorite tv show characters of all time. If you've read this blog for a while, you've probably learned at some point that Kevin and I are rather obsessed with Boy Meets World. I mean, I even wrote once about how I married Cory Matthews. Last weekend, my office had a halloween party with costumes required so we did it, we dressed up as Cory and Topanga! And it's the best thing ever.

So the outfits were pretty easy to put together. I had the dress from one of my college friends' mom's random consignment store shopping. The scrunchies are from Claire's, I mean where else...haha. The vest, my shoes, and Kevin's shirt were picked up at at Goodwill by my office. Kevin is wearing some of his own baggier jeans and his old basketball shoes. And my hair was done with a small curling wand by the loveliest friends (pictured below) who were willing to do my hair while we watched a movie for nearly TWO HOURS! The hard find was Kevin's wig, I google searched like crazy until I found one. I found it first on ebay and then on amazon. It comes in nearly every hair color you can think of and definitely was the priciest item of the costumes, $12 but worth it!

Dear Cory & Topanga, we love you in Girl Meets World too. Love, your biggest fans

Thursday, October 30, 2014

How to Pass the NCIDQ: Part 5

Today I've comprised all the acronyms I collected throughout my studies. 

  • GA: Gypsum Association
  • ASTM: American Society Testing & Materials
  • NFPA: National Fire Protection Association
  • ANSI: American National Standards Institute
  • ASHRAE: American Society Heat, Refridgeration, AC, Engineer
  • IES: Illuminating Engineer Society
  • TCNA: Tile Council of North America
  • NRTL: Nationally Recognized Testing Labratory
  • OSHA: Occupational Safety Health Administration 
  • UL: Underwriters Labratory
  • CPSC: Consume Product Safety Commission
  • LFC: Life Safety Code
  • LEED: Leadership Energy Environmental Design
  • GBI: Green Building Initiative
  • NAHB: National Association Home Builders
  • Energy*: Energy Star by EPA
  • EPA: Energy Protection Association
  • CHPS: Collaborative of High Performance Schools (California)
  • BRE: Building Research Establishment
  • BIFMA: Building Institutional Furniture Manufacturing Association
  • RFCI: Resilient Floor Covering Institute
  • FSC: Forest Stewardship Council
  • GL: Green Label 
  • MTS: Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability
  • ISO 1400: International Organization for Standardization
  • C2C: Cradle to Cradle
  • SCC: Scientific Certification System
  • SFI: Sustainability Forestry Initiative
  • AHJ: Authority Having Jurisdiction
  • NRC: Noise Reduction Coefficient
  • SRA: Speech Range Absorption
  • CAC: Ceiling Attenuation Class
  • AC: Articulation Class
  • AI: Articulation Index
  • ILD: Indention Loud Deflection
  • IFD: Inedntional Force Deflection
  • MSDS: Material Safety Data Sheet
  • AWS: Architectural Woodwork Standards
  • AWI: Architectural Woodwork Institute
  • WI: Woodwork Institute
  • AWMAC: Architectural Woodwork Manufacturing Association of Canada
  • ASAE: American Society of Associations Executives

Those that I saw most frequently come up are bolded. 

God can do anything you know, far more than you can ever imagine, guess, or request in your wildest dreams... Ephesians 3:20

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Five Fall Favorite DIYs

Guys, it's been a while since I've posted a DIY around here. Some of you oldies know that I used to post them all the time. Can I just tell you something? DIY posts are exhausting! I mean it's really quite enough to do the DIY, let alone document it with pictures, consider what worked and didn't work, edit pictures, and write up a post on it. That takes a lot of time and these days I just barely have time to get DIYs done and maybe share a picture of the end product.

BUT once upon a time I shared some DIYs, specifically Fall related. So here are some of my favorites, some notes on them on what they look like now and links to their original post.

These are my top____ favorite fall DIY's.

#5: Candle Kern Vases

DIY post with instructions
This DIY is so easy. Every year I just pour the kernels into a ziploc bag and store them away. I don't usually light the candles I used in these vases for a couple of reasons. 1. I can keep them year to year and 2. they were from our wedding. This is one of those super easy DIYs that it almost should be considered a DIY. My favorite thing about it though is how much it can change year to year. Like this year I'm using completely different vases(or a platter in this case).

#4: Autumn Paper Banner

Pictured in this post
I don't have a post on this one because I made it last year admist studying. We all deserve study breathers (and thank goodness I passed that sucker this spring, no more studying!). This was a simple DIY but it makes such a big impact. I cut the shape out from scrapbook paper I had, used a vellum to write on for the letters, fasted a brad through them all to hold them together and used mini clothespins to attached them to ribbon(last year)/leaf garland(this year). They're easy to store, I just unpin and lay them flatly against each other and pop them into a ziploc baggie to keep them safe.

#3: Wire & Berry Wreath

Picture sin this post
Yep I still totally love this one. I had a hard time putting it away at the end of last Fall...which basically means that I didn't and I decided it worked for Christmas too. I smiled when I pulled it out of the box this year. This wreath was cheap, super easy, and just perfect. I love hot it looks in an empty frame like last year and this year over our fireplace. Sweet and simple. No complaints.

#2: Fake Monogram Pumpkin

DIY post with instructions
So this one totally came from pinterest. It's a bit of a pain to store, so there's that. I used spray paint on mine and it's definitely cracking in some places. It isn't super noticeable yet so I'm not too concerned but I've definitely notice it get a little worse. Perhaps it just needs another coat? Either way, I'm still glad I made this guy, he looks great on my front porch. Especially on my new crate table Kevin made me!

#1: Book Pumpkin

DIY post with instructions
This is most definitely my favorite fall decor that I have and that I've created. It seriously took forever but it was worth it. My only struggle now is storing it. It's been smushed a little so it doesn't sit as perfectly fluffed out as it did once upon a time, but it still has most of it's shape. Since we moved into our duplex, I've found a better place to store it.

Other Fall Favorites:
Last Minute White Chili 
Football Krispies
Football Season Decorations

In candle news, this one is my new favorite and it's from Target yall! (none of this $30 candle from anthro business)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pack an Encouraging Gift

A while back, my office was finishing a huge project. Two of the ladies I work with were pulling some long days and working their tails off.

1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Christ calls us to love on our fellow people. The people we work with, the people we live with, the people we go to church with, the people we see at the gas station...all people.

So today, I encourage  you to show some thoughtfulness to someone near you. Pack them an encouraging gift. Or show them love in another way. It doesn't have to be difficult nor expensive. Allow the Lord to steer your heart towards what to give or how to love someone.

Never forget, the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Don't allow him to take precedence in the life of those around you. Be the light the Lord has called you too! Let Jesus reign!

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Love Story: Summer Lovin' ?

I'm a little late to posting today...but I took today off work and umm hello?! Taylor Swift's new CD came out so that required a morning trip to Target. And yes, we are on our 3rd listen of the CD right now. Yes, we, Kevin loves it as much as I we shall see at the end of the summer of our love story...

If you're new around here you can catch up here.


It wasn't long until relationships became a conversation between the ladies of the group. I sat silently most times just listening to the stories. I was fairly convinced that I could in fact marry Kevin as opposed to another lady in my group who just wasn't sure yet, or as another one who was rather certain she would. Besides, this summer was going to be the biggest challenge for our relationship thus far, though my interior design major presented plenty of its own difficulties. 

I spent most of my days running between the office, the sanctuary, the field and the cafeteria. My days were long and exhausting but I learned to cherish the moments in the cafeteria. Those, ironically, became the calmest parts of the day for me. Most of the time my face was behind the camera snapping shots, or behind the computer documenting it all with uploads and blogging. But the cafeteria was my opportunity to sit with students and talk to them, learnt their stories, hear their favorite parts of the day and learn where they came from.

Kevin's days were much different, and often times kept us from communication over skype often. My team went to bed LATE, his team went to bed early. My team was on one time zone, his was on the other. My team spent our off day together going on adventures, his team spent their off days relaxing and recovering. My quiet days were his load out/load in days. 

Technology continued to play a huge role in our relationship, because though we couldn't always video chat, we could almost always keep up with text messages and emails. Sharing the precious beautiful moments that only those in Student Life will ever understand was among our favorite topics. I loved finally being able to relate and get why he loved this world so much.

Of all moments of my day, my favorite was worship in the evenings. Watching students worship pumped my heart like nothing else ever. I'll forever hold tight to the pictures I took of their hands in the air or crouched up on their seats, head between their knees. This was what this summer was all about. Kevin and I were growing in our relationship. But this summer was really about sharing Jesus with these precious students, and growing in Christ as His child. That is what would have the biggest impact in our relationship anyway.

I'm sitting outside on the porch of my luxurious condo at Orange Beach, beach team was definitely spoiled with their lodging, with my laptop on my lap, and the cool ocean breeze on my face, and Kevin's face on the screen. It was late for me but we had finally managed to squeeze in some time to chat. His team had already traveled all over and still had many places to go. Mine would be hanging out the beach for some time. Beach weeks were different, they gave me more free time during the day, which presented me more opportunities to try and connect with Kevin or other family and friends. Currently, I'd spent my afternoons writing out that first night we admitted we liked each other. It would be shipped out in a package to my sweet boyfriend shortly. I smiled, thinking of that night and the surprise he'd be receiving soon, as he talked about his day at camp and the day that lied ahead. We talked about our sisters and family before hanging up for the night.

Camp was nearing its end. I was back at the location we were for our first few weeks of camp. My team only had three locations this with several camp sessions, Kevin had many more. In our email chains, we had begun discussing what lied ahead for our future, specifically what our upcoming semester looked like as far as time together. The spring has given us fairly consistent Friday date nights and Sunday night reading time. This semester looked different for me as far as school went and I was afraid it would allow that same time of commitment. I explained this carefully to Kevin in an email. I continued to work on the day's pictures and blogging while awaiting his response. His words floored me and while I had planned on scooting out to the cafeteria next, I opted to head straight to my room instead, in case tears started. 

In so many words, Kevin said that he wasn't sure if that was going to work for him and we could try it but he wasn't sure how long it would last. I read, we shall see but this might mean we will break up. 

I slopped some peanut butter on two white slices of wheat bread and sat on my dorm room bed, lodging at this location was rather different from beach weeks, force feeding myself  the simple sandwich. I glanced at the clock, I didn't have much time till I had to go to worship. I forced the tears away, and sucked air into my lungs in an attempt to steady my racing heart. 

I wrote some words in response, threw my wet hair into a messy bun, slipped my green polka dot dress over my head and ran to worship, using everything within me to push all thoughts of the email aside.
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