while THEY were watching ESPN

i have no words..
sunday evening our friends jordan and bridger booras came over for dinner and games. we ate and then jordan helped me make baby shower invitations. the boys made fun of us for doing crafts. but... a few minutes later, who was doing the crafts?
the boys got talking about making a water balloon launcher to take with us to bear lake over the fourth of july. they youtubed 'how to make a water balloon launcher', but decided not take the youtube advice. they thought they could make a better one. typical boys. bridger ran home and came back with workout bands, fabric (that the booras' used to cover their chairs), and a needle and thread. as you can see, nick is trying to thread the needle (which ended up being a needle tied to the thread and bridger telling him he did it wrong). bridger is actually good at sewing. he hand-sewed reinforcements around all the holes and sewed on a handle. unfortunately, we tested the launcher and the balloon got squished in the fabric and exploded over nick before it even took flight. we went back and the boys decided to try something different. bridger ran home again and came back with a drill, and a funnel. i guess that's how boys do crafts. in the end, the water balloon launcher was a success.

zucchini or weed? that is the question.

about a month ago our apartment complex cleared out what used to be a hot tub and made it in to a garden area. our complex offered plots to those who wanted a garden space. i wasn't thrilled about the idea, considering i have killed a bamboo plant - which are quite impossible to kill, but i was bored one day and was only working part-time so i decided to grow me some vegetables. i bought some seeds, planted them, and waited. i watered them every day. and waited. and still nothing. finally after i thought they were not going to grow, some leaves of the zucchini sprouted.

it was an exciting day - i didn't kill them all! a few days later the onions and carrots started to show. skip ahead a few weeks - it was looking good. knowing you grew the zucchini too.. zucchini bread has never sounded so good.
yesterday after work, my husband mentioned he watered our garden as we walked past it. "..and i weeded too." oh no. i immediately noticed our zucchini leaves were gone. there they were, set off to the side, shriveled up. bless his heart. ya can't get mad when he had great intentions.

he did point out that it still might grow because he "may not have pulled the whole thing out." we'll see... ;)

i like my coffee black. coffee table, that is.

disclaimer: i really don't drink coffee.
the coffee table is where my husband puts his food while he watches espn.
our coffee table looks like it's thirty dollars and from wal-mart. suprisingly... that's becasue it was. well, it looked out of place and too small in our living room (which is very rare in an apartment as small as ours). but i came home from work one day and decided i was done with it. after about fifteen minutes online, i found one that would look great in our home. short drive to pg and later that night it was in my living room. thank you ksl. it looked a little like this...
it needed a touch of help so i took some re-doing furniture advice from my friend on all things thrifty (i actually have never met or talked to her - but i feel like we are friends cause i look at her blog almost daily). nick was busy most of the weekend coaching at the byu fathers and sons camp so i decided it was a great time to get it done. here's how it turned out...
and yes, that is my apartment complex in the background. i need a garage for projects.