Thursday, February 28, 2013

don't miss ...TOMORROW

Hey friends! Tomorrow we are continuing our Newlywed Game Link-Up. Don't forget to chit chat with you hubby and answer those questions up! You're bound to have fun and learn something new.

I know there's some really awesome Friday link-ups out there already (like Friday's letters, my personal fav), but you can do both! You can link-up your post anytime between Friday morning till Sunday, so if you miss out on Friday don't worry post it later in the weekend. You really don't want to miss out on this fun link-up/opportunity to get the husband involved on the blog.

Plus, Karla and I intentionally make time to read everyone's post and comment sincerely. We have both just LOVED getting to know you guys and we get to laugh A LOT...and if you're readers of Karla or myself, you know how much we like to laugh. :)

What are you waiting for? Copy & Paste these questions into a brand new post and come back to one of our blogs to link up on Friday (Saturday or Sunday).

This Week's Questions:

What advice would you give a friend who found out that he/she is getting married?
 Do you have a pet name for your spouse?  If so, what is it?
What are 3 things that your spouse cannot live without?
 What is your favorite date idea? (something you have or haven't done)
 Is there a book or movie that reminds you of your marriage with your spouse? 
If so, which one and why?
 Rate the very last kiss you had with your spouse.  How was it on a scale of 1-10?
What was the very first thing you noticed about your spouse when you first met?
What was the very first gift your spouse ever gave you?
 Is there anything you sacrificed when you married your spouse?  If so, what?
 What would your spouse say is the funniest photo of you?  
Try & describe the picture, or post it below!


...and a little #ThursdayThrowback for ya:

I love this song back in the day...which goodness, why does it seem so faraway now?
***Bonus points to those of you who actually know all the lyrics! haha

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Baby Project

A few months ago, one of my co-workers left for maternity leave and soon after had baby number two, sweet Boughton. At 10 pound and 5 ounces, the little man was quite a big boy and soon took on the nickname, Boughton the Mountain. He is now 4 months old! My time flies!

When her first baby was born, I had just started working as an intern with them. When my other co-worker's baby was born, I was wrapping up school and about to get married. So when Boughton was born it was my first time to truly get to enjoy a season of babyness. Caroline and I visited the family in the hospital and Kevin and I made dinner for them upon their arrival home. It was awesome to finally have time to be apart of her life in a way outside of work. So one day, I was home on a Saturday (alone, since  you know, Kevin works on Saturdays), and got the idea to whip up a little something for the new baby.

I had taken furniture design in college, and actually got to build a few things (one of which being the headboard Kevin and I now use...story for another day) so I had some leftover pieces of wood. I'd been hoarding this wood in the back of my Oldsmobile since the day that class ended (it was junior year in the fall) and had to move it to a plastic box when I got rid of the car this past fall (for you mathematicians, that's two years that it sat in the back of my car). Every day as I got home, there was that attractive plastic box with all my wood in it screaming at me to do something with it.

I had seen this sign on Pinterest, and admired the graphic art of the lettering. So I thought I'd take my hand at doing the same, only with my wood pieces, and create something for sweet Boughton the Mountain.

I don't know why there is a fabric paint tube in the picture...just ignore that.

complete with mountains!
I didn't plan on writing a DIY post for this but I came across the picture a bit ago and thought, you know what? I really liked that project. So how could I not share a project I really love?!

Supplies
Wood pieces
Hot glue
Screws (a drill would help)
Paint
Paint brush
Clear Spray Paint

Steps
ONE: Arrange your wood boards together in such a way that they compliment an overall form and give you space to write out the words. (I had funky sizes since I just used what I had leftover, I didn't even try and cut them down or anything.)
TWO: Hot glue your boards together, end to end. Leaving one that is long enough to span across them on the back.
THREE: With your last board, lie it across the back and turn over onto a smooth surface. From the front screw in four screws (you can see where ours is, I thought I'd leave it), make sure to space them apart. The idea here is really just that they will stay together.
FOUR: Paint!
FIVE: After the paint dries, take it outside and spray it down with a good clear coat. This protects the painting and keeps it smooth for any cleaning purposes.
SIX: Deliver to recipient! (oh and maybe take a few pictures)


His sister turned 2 this weekend so I made her, her own:

Pearls:
- It might have helped to trim boards a little bit. Not trimming my boards made it a little difficult to find a good arrangement and it was never perfectly level. I didn't have a saw or anything available to use so that's why I dealt and used a hot glue gun..haha
- You might want to sketch out your words...I didn't because, well similar to the Nativity Pallet Project, I just like to wing it. 
- Make sure you have some space to make a mess!



I guess you could say I saw it, Pinned it and DID IT! Joining in on this link up for the first time!


What do yall think? Would you make something like this?
How would you do it differently?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Life&Love: Texas Roadtrip Plans




This is a post series on Kevin and I'story, find all the links under the Life&Love page.


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Jessica, a new college friend, and I hopped into my 1994 red cutlass supreme oldsmobile for a 357.9 miles or 5hours and 30 minutes trip to College Station for me to visit M at A&M. I sold my football ticket for the weekend, it was my first and only home OU game I would ever miss in my college career, but was so excited for the weekend ahead. It had been a couple months since I last saw M and my heart was overjoyed.


Jessica kindly volunteered to go with me so I didn't drive alone and shortly into our road trip I was SO grateful she did. We laughed in the car through the cow smells and listening to her pronounce Nacogdoches, there was never a dull moment.

The weekend started and ended all too quickly. M and I shared a quick kiss goodbye behind my car before I fell into the driver's seat for a long drive back to Norman, Oklahoma. Phi Lamb fall retreat, homecoming hoolah and the BIG texas game on top of loads of studio work, and exams, awaited me providing a busy schedule... thus making it easier to cope with the distance and time apart with M.

The first time I really MET Kristina (left), Sara whom I lived with Sophomore year (top right) and my big and I (bottom right)
Every tiny bit of time I could afford, I ran over to participate in the ever so time-consuming pomping, ie: too many frat/sonority girls in one room working on one project...a float for the giant homecoming parade. Explaining this phenomena to Kevin and Kayla was not the easiest and I was missing skipping out on Walker Stalker time after Ignite and Paradigm during the week. We talked often via facebook and plenty of text messages but our time together was short, quick and didn't provide for much chill time.

The time apart from my best college friends made our plans to head down to Dallas for the big OU/Texas game even more exciting. With no classes for Friday, we had a strict leave time of 9am in order to get down to Dallas for a full fun day in the Texas State Fair. Kayla and I had discussed what to pack, what to wear, how much money to bring...everything and we were absolutely excited for our first weekend away together as friends. Kevin had organized everything, he was driving with Luke as his co-pilot and Kayla and I in the back. The four of us would then check out the fair all together when we arrived before parting ways for the remainder of the weekend.

A weekend away, with just friends...I couldn't wait!


Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday+Newlyweds=Awesomeness

That's right, today I'm going extra crazy! Friday's Letters and the amazing Newlywed Game Link-Ups! Here we go!

PhotobucketDear Friday, wahooo!!! SO glad you're here!!! Dear bloggy friends, I'm on FACEBOOK! It's true, I gave in...so do me a favor and LIKE my brand new page (let me know you did, and I'll like you back!). ps, Instagram is becoming so much more a part of my life, and since I don't do twitter, I'd love to connect with you there! Find me @mrsveronicaburns and leave me a comment so I can follow you! Dear Saxon, Thanks for sharing one of my all time favorite relationship beginnings stories, if yall missed it, check it out here. (ps, readers: You can read about my hubby and I's relationship beginnings stories on mondays or under the Life&Love page)Dear Tenille and Nikki, I'm SO stoked to have won your giveaway...so excited!!! speaking of giveaways, I must have caught the lucky bug...HUGE thanks to  Katie at Unwritten, and SarahJane at Just the Two of Us and Stephanie. and forever ago I won a lovely photo frame from Quall's Quirks. Dear bloggers, Go check out my bestie! She got a blog and is writing about her adventures of teacherness and what Christ is doing in her life. Radiantly Redeemed...don't miss it! Dear Husband, you attributed this song to Paisley this week and it made my heart melt....I don't even care of it's incredibly cheesy of us to think of our furbaby that way. Dear best girlfriends, that's it. I'm putting my foot down, I haven't seen you all together in too long and I'm just done with the apartness. We need girly time, we need mega stuffed oreos and we need us all in one location ASAP. Got it? Dear book I'm reading, how come I love reading but never feel like picking you up to read? I need an afternoon to just sit and read you...I'm sure I could finish you in an afternoon...need disciplining. Dear bloggy friends, Join up on the Newlywed link up!!! See below. Link up anytime between now and Sunday! We read all your posts and comment...#promise Dear Paisley, you've stolen mom and dad's hearts, we adore you!

And now, it's time for THE NEWLYWED GAME!
If you'd like to link up, simply...

1.  Follow both the HOST & the CO-HOST!
2.  Post the button above to your post.
3.  Post the questions & your answers (hubby's included!).
4.  Add your link to the bottom of the post .
5.  Check out other's posts and comment...make some friends!!!  
6. Save next week's questions, find them at the end of this post.
You can link up anytime from now til Sunday at midnight EST!
I'm excited to see your answers!

The Newlywed Game #5 

ONE:Who does the laundry in your home, you or your spouse? Any good stories?
That would be Kevin. Since he's home Sunday through Tuesday, he volunteers to do that and grocery shopping so that our one weekend day together, Sunday, is spent enjoyable together, not doing chores. Story wise, besides the one he mentioned, not really...
I DO! There was one time five pieces of chocolate went through the dryer in the load of whites...  (and I rescued it with OXI CLEAN MAX POWER, at the suggestion of my coworker... it works miracles!)

TWO:If your spouse had to eat at one restaurant for the rest of their lives, what would he or she pick?
Kevin would probably pick Cheddars...he said it's one of his choices, he can't choose one
Hhhmmm, Olive Garden.... (This was a question we answered at small group, LAST WEEK! My answer was actually Sweet Tomatoes, who's with me?)

THREE:Are you or your spouse better at cooking? Any good stories?
This is EASY. Me, totally, all me. One time, I set up Kevin with a new recipe I found on pinterest involving crescent rolls (like the Pillsburry kind in the can). I thought it was be a simple, easy one for Kevin to try...false. While I'm at work I get a gmail chat pop up, HELP! What do I do? It's all in one roll. He was talking about the crescent rolls...well that comment alone was awesomely hilarious but I go ahead and explain how there are dotted lines and you tear at those lines and they'll be little triangles and how you roll them up from there. It seems like all will go well from that point. I go to the chiropractor after work, tell them the story, and get home to find out that in fact Kevin did not ever understand the crescent rolls, and proceeded to tear off chunks of the dough from the tube form it came in...not even exaggerating yall. I about die laughing, there is no containing it...I probably teased him for the rest of the evening...which got worse when we watched some tv show and no joke, a commercial comes on showing a lady unrolling the dough roll, tearing at the lines and forming the crescents...oh goodness I'm laughing even now. My coworkers and the chiropractor office laugh about it to this day.
Veronica is definitely the better cook, I mess up the simplest things, like crescent rolls. (best story of our newlywed life to date (see my answer))

FOUR:Which one of you is more concerned about their "fashion"?
Oh me, for sure. 
Veronica, she's more concerned about her fashion and my fashion. (haha, well truly spoken...though what he didn't say is he's enjoyed his new fashionable wardrobe I've helped form)

FIVE:Ideally, if you don't have them already, when does you spouse want to have children?
Ten years...if he could have it his way...that would make me 33...I'd like to try before that.
Six to seven years. (sounds good)

SIX:Who planned dates when you were dating? And what was one of your favorites?
Kevin did and one of my favorites would be...hhhmmm... possibly the first monthiversary where we cuddled and looked at the stars, talk, sang, and had our first kiss.
Mostly me but Veronica planned some fun ones too. My favorite was going to the Florida aquarium together and meeting the penguins.  (haha that was fun, we went on spring break, and Kevin looked like a kid on Christmas morning he was so excited to meet penguins and touch them!)

SEVEN:What's been the toughest part of being a newlywed?
I think choosing to serve Kevin when I really don't feel like it...for example cooking a meal when I get home, even when I'm tired.
Raising a puppy.. (he was sick the first few days we had her, he was miserable)

EIGHT:Who is the best with the finances?
Kevin. We use MINT.COM and I love that. 
Probably me but not because Veronica is bad at that but I like to manage and organize that aspect of our life. (and I like to let him manage and organize it...well we budget together, and discuss things together, he just makes sure all our bills and loans are paid on time)

NINE:Who is the strict one??
Oh Kevin. Hands down. I call him the Rule Follower often. He has on more than one occasion been called such by airport security even...he waits at the line when they check my ID instead of standing up there with me...silly man.
Me...Veronica calls me the Rule Follower (see told ya!).

TEN:What will you plan to do for your first anniversary? Or if you've already celebrated your first anniversary, what did you do?
We hope to spend at least one night away and go to a nice dinner.
We're going to spend two nights somewhere within driving range, TBD (most recently we've been discussing OKC, real close to home).


BONUS QUESTION: Assuming you were expecting something a little special for Valentine's Day (as in yall planned on doing something, giving something, etc), how did your spouse do? Share it! Again, PG people, please.
We answered this last week, so check our answers there.




This sweet girl graced us with her presence in the office yesterday since her daycare was close due to our cold wintry mix. I put my safety glasses on her and she was just too cute not to take a picture of...so great! If you're on instagram, you already saw my picture but her mom caught her smiling so I put her version up.



***Don't forget to save these for next week***



What advice would you give a friend who found out that he/she is getting married?
 Do you have a pet name for your spouse?  If so, what is it?
What are 3 things that your spouse cannot live without?
 What is your favorite date idea? (something you have or haven't done)
 Is there a book or movie that reminds you of your marriage with your spouse? 
If so, which one and why?
 Rate the very last kiss you had with your spouse.  How was it on a scale of 1-10?
What was the very first thing you noticed about your spouse when you first met?
What was the very first gift your spouse ever gave you?
 Is there anything you sacrificed when you married your spouse?  If so, what?
 What would your spouse say is the funniest photo of you?  
Try & describe the picture, or post it below!




Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Puppy Lovin

So today we woke up to flurries of snow flying everywhere! Mix it rain and it makes for a very wet, click day. Since I work for OU, when classes are not in session, I don't go to work (but still get paid!)...I checked my phone constantly...and guess what, I'm at work. At least it creates for a pretty view outside my office window...and someone sweetened the deal with doughnuts! So far not a bad Wednesday...I've got to catch up on the Bachelor Sean tells all tonight so don't spoil that nonsense for me yet!
Some pictures for you:





Alrighty, onto the planned post for today:

Our little Paisley Grace is growing so fast! We want to always remember every step as best we can. So how better to do that than through tons of pictures?!?

Our little world has changed a lot with this precious lady. She's taken the free time we once had but we're okay with that. She's the closest thing we'll have to kids for a long time, ideally.
























Sorry for such a picture heavy post...oh wait, no...not sorry, I love pictures!

oh and ps: yeah for those of you who saw I started my Friday post and accidentally posted it...sorry, I'll finish it and yall can come back friday for the rest of it! Ahhh blogging problems...

Monday, February 18, 2013

Life&Love: Walker Stalkers

This is the fourth post of an ongoing series all about our story. See the Life&Love page for the prior posts.
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The next couple of weeks progressed well, I turned in my first project in interior design and continued to grow relationships with my bible study small group with the BSU. Relationships with phi lamb grew slowly as I attended pledge meetings and chapter Sunday evenings, which typically were preceded by dinner with Kayla, Kevin and a couple others at Cate Main.

(September 19)
When Thursday came, I was so excited to have Paradigm that night. It was set to be at the Student Union, as normal, but in the Molly Shi Boren ballroom instead of the typical theatre. Kayla and I arrived early and immediately began conversations with everyone, took pictures and enjoyed the atmosphere. We learned about building vision in our lives by training in godliness, and laboring with strength...working our spiritual muscles. It was one of my favorite Paradigm nights thus far and ended with the usual Office watch party in Kevin and Trey's dorm room.

 After morning classes on Friday, I hurriedly worked on a color wheel project for studio, and some reading for an architecture class outside to enjoy the warm sunny afternoon before having to head up to my room and pack my bags for my first phi lamb retreat. Apparently we possibly would be sleeping on floors so I packed up as much of my bedding as I could fit in my suitcase...sleeping on the floor never went very well for me.


Since it was just girls and forecast to be a cold night, I slid on my favorite American Eagle jeans, a plain long sleeve fitted shirt, and my pearl studs. I touched up my face a bit, brushed my hair and snapped on a head band before pulling my white OU sweatshirt over my head, grabbing my bags and headed out the door for my first night away from my dorm.

Our first activity for the night was to share about ourselves in small groups. I got to know many of the girls in my pledge class on such a personal level. Their stories, their lives, their hearts...it taught me such grace, and gratefulness for my story. I heard stories of girls hurt by boys, hurt from trust, hurt from broken hearts and I couldn't wait to get on the phone with M and thank him for carefully taking care of my heart and not taking advantage of the trust I'd placed in him.

Me and my big! (see all the yarn!)
We left after learning the phi lamb shuffle, only the best organized danced ever to Mary Mary's Shackles, to go prayer walking on campus. I had never been prayer walking and thought it was going to be such a cool opportunity. We were urged to prepare our hearts and be calm as they walked us to the front of one of the buildings...then they announced that  instead we were finding out who our bigs were! Cue excited screams of shock and excitement. We were each given the end of a long piece of yarn and had to follow it along a rather confused path, picking up as we went. I felt like mine went on forever, till I finally reached the end and discovered my big!

After breakfast, a second late night dinner, at the Big's apartment I ended up not having to sleep on a floor and was taken back to my dorm room which turned out to be for the best since I had lots more homework to work on the next day. With only six days till I would see M I had to get ahead on school stuff that weekend.

The next morning, Kevin, Kayla, and a couple other friends met up in the morning to attend a new church together.  Kayla and I hopped in the backseat of Kevin's car and immediately began taking pictures, a habit that became prevalent through our freshmen year. The car ride was super entertaining with our excited conversation and Kevin's running of not one, but two stop signs. We gave his careful driver attitude some much needed tease as he struggled to find the way to the church.


We attended the college Bible study and found we knew several others there through the BSU. In service, we leaned about none other than the book of Revelation, a new series at the church. Afterward, we loaded up again to have our first Walker Stalkers lunch at one of the BSU leader's home. Upon our arrival, we changed into shorts and got comfortable for a casual afternoon. We sang songs, played games,  laughed at jokes and took tons of pictures.






Note: Kevin is right next to me (see upper right corner)



Note: Kevin is right behind me.

 The whole afternoon was so fun that none of us were looking forward to going back to homework in our respective dorm rooms. Eventually, we all made it back into the cars and to Walker, our dorm tower. My heart was full and excited by the events of the week but at the same time was wishing I could share some of it with M in person. I was beginning to miss him more and more with each day and grateful that just a week from now I would be with him. This next week was going to be a busy one.


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