Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dreamin' Big

Last night we went to bed at 10:30, which never happens. I wanted to fall asleep early so there was a chance I would wake up at 6 a.m. to work out.

A few hours later, I woke up excitedly and asked a fast-asleep Brad if it was too late for us to go work out. He (half-asleep) looked at his cell phone and told me it was only 2 a.m. Yes! I love when that happens. More sleep.

Flash forward to 5:30 a.m. Brad has just awoken from a crazy dream. In the dream, he is on a motorcycle. Dollar bills are falling from the sky so he catches them. Then a fleet of policemen start chasing him for grabbing the money. So he does what he has to do to get away -- takes off his clothes to become invisible. (Just in the dream.)But he doesn't stop there. He gets to Lake Alatoona (in Georgia), runs with the money in hand and dives into the lake. Unfortunately, the policemen can still see the money so his hiding spot is given away. Brad wakes up from his terrifying dream.

Meanwhile, I'm having a dream about "Indiana Jones" who looks, talks, and acts suspiciously like James Bond. He was in an old house being held captive by a villain. The bad guy gave him a choice. He could a.) stay there, or b.) take a 20 second head start and leave in the bad guy's Mercedes Benz. So "Indiana" chose the second half of the deal, only to find out that the villain ran at lighting speed. I realized this right away, and just as Brad was waking up from his dream, I yelled "But that's not fair!"

Brad started laughing his head off so I woke up. We had a good laugh and shared our crazy dreams with each other. We opted to go back to bed to savor our last 20 minutes before waking up to work out. It didn't end up happening anyway. We slept all the way until 7:40. But at least it was a fun night!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bragging rights

Bradio and I went thrift store shopping on Saturday and got the greatest deals!

*Cute twisty vase-$2
*Brad's brown penny loafers for church-$8
*Cute, businessy heels-$4 (the original price sticker is still on them so I don't even think they've ever been worn.)
*Movies-$3 each. Hitch, LOTR (Brad's FAVORITE), and Hot Rod (not pictured because it ended up being a blank cd). Regardless, for a total of $23 we found lots of treasures!

The rest of the weekend was wonderful as well. We played doubles tennis on Friday and went to a pizza buffet. Saturday was spent thrift shopping, watching March Madness games, decorating our bookshelves and playing some more tennis. And Sunday, we went to ward choir. Very fun weekend with my hubby!

I don't know how long I'll be able to say this for so I want to note that I am tied for first in my family March Madness bracket group. (I won't mention that my brother in law who is also in first has TWO brackets...cough...cheater...cough) JK Aaron ;) I probably won't stay there for long because one of my final four teams is already gone. I have Duke going all the way so we'll see what happens. I'd be happy if Duke won but I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it if BYU came out on top! So really I want someone who put BYU to win the bracket challenge.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I picked up a free bridal guide yesterday for fun and started flipping through it. There was an article about wedding etiquette. It mentioned three "don'ts." They are as follows:

1. Don't create a Facebook group to gather your friends' addresses.
2. Don't put your registration on the announcement.
3. Don't forget to send thank you notes.

Wow. After reading that I started on a guilt trip. I broke every single wedding etiquette rule. Here are my honest thoughts (and a little justification maybe)--

1. I don't think it's necessary to call every single person on your guest list to request their addresses if you can ask over social media. What if you got a new phone and don't have all your friends' numbers? I'd rather not forget anyone!

2. Although I now feel guilty about sharing our gift registry information, I still appreciate when I get a little insert telling me where a friend is registered. That way I know I'm getting them something they want!

3. I absolutely don't have an excuse for number three. I'm scared that my neglect in this area classifies me as a selfish Bridezilla. Brad and I wrote our thank you notes. We just didn't send them out because we moved to Washington, needed more stamps, then moved to Utah. Our invites just sat in a bag and never got sent. After several months, I decided that it would be rude to send them out so late. Now I'm thinking maybe it's a "better late than never" situation.

So, this is my confession and apology for apparently having bad wedding etiquette. I didn't realize this until recently since I work in marketing for Artco and spend a lot of time reading wedding blogs and looking through invitation catalogs. There are other little things I didn't do, such as give my bridesmaids a present. Sorry, ladies! I feel so much more educated now (two years later and with a job in the wedding industry). I mainly wanted to say that I love and appreciate every single person who was a part of our special day. Thank you!

As a final note, I am feeling inspired to create a wedding collage of all our favorite details of our wedding! After viewing tons of inspiration boards at work every day, I want to create my own. Stay tuned!

Love, Mrs. Terry

Monday, March 14, 2011

Love at Home

Here are some of the latest projects at the Terry home:

1. To earn a little extra cash, I've been altering people's clothing. Here are a few pictures:

The shirt had longer, peasant-type sleeves at first (see the right side). I made the sleeves shorter, added gathers, and put a band around the bottom.

I made this headband for a girl out of the scraps of the bottom of her sweater-dress.

And, lastly and so cutely, an infant skirt! The mom had a long, silver dress that she wanted shortened so I made her baby a skirt with the leftovers.

After finishing our couch, it was table time. We picked up a shoddy-looking brown table with unique, off-white legs for $15 at the DI. It's covered in supplies in this picture but here it is...

The process...we were also painting our new TV stand here.

The old striped chair cushions with new fabric covering most of it up.

And now we have a sleek table and cool, covered chair.

Some thoughts

There have been a lot of things on my mind lately. I've been sad for the people of Japan and the families who have lost people they love. I've been thinking about the signs of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how even though it's scary, the scriptures talk about these things happening.

One wonderful piece of news though: Every single LDS missionary in Japan is safe and accounted for! There are six missions (I believe)and probably hundreds of missionaries. By Saturday, they were all reached and have been reported as OK. I am so thankful for that. I can't imagine having a son/daughter or boyfriend out on a mission, so far away from home, and not knowing if he or she is OK.

Let's all continue to pray for everyone who has been affected by the earthquake and try to provide help and relief in whatever ways we can.

Another thing on my mind: places I want to travel. My best friend Ashlea is in San Francisco this week for her spring break. Who would have thought they would charge $400 for an airline ticket traveling only two states away? Not me. Otherwise I would have been there with her. We watched The Pursuit of Happyness yesterday and I saw the Golden Gate Bridge and got really excited about the idea of going there someday. I'm also thinking a lot about our cruise this December! It's not too far away to start daydreaming.

And finally, I'd like to share a simple thing I learned today: I'm getting older. (Obviously.) But today I noticed a sure sign -- that I want to look younger than I am.

Growing up, people always assumed I was younger than I was. Once when I was 17, I took my 12-year-old sister Ashley to the dermatologist. The doctors looked at our paperwork and then asked, "Who's the 17-year-old?" No biggie if my little sister looks 17, but don't tell me I look 12!!

And then today, this is a conversation I had with a woman at work:

"So are you here for school or have you graduated yet?" (She didn't specify but I think she meant from high school...)
"Yea, I graduated from Brigham Young University in Utah last semester. I'm here for my husband to finish school."
"How old are you?"
"Wow! I wouldn't have guessed you for 23. I woulda guessed you for 18."

And instead of feeling sad that I'm a married graduate who looks like a teenager, I actually felt good about her comment! My parents said this day would come, but I didn't think it would be so soon!

Welp, happy Monday :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lookie what we made!

First I'll start off by letting you know I'm living one of my childhood dreams. My husband and I are madly in love, and we are very poor. (Who dreams of that as a child? I know...it's different.) I used to think about how romantic it would be to live off of nothing but love. My mom and sisters always laughed at me and said I'd change my mind someday. I guess they told me so...

I think it came from stories about my mom's parents. Because my grandpa was in the Navy, they lived on a base. Their first home was a tiny studio apartment with a kitchen that doubled as a bedroom when the pullout bed was down. How sweet, right?

Obviously our situation isn't that extreme, but we have had to learn to be thrifty and it's been pretty fun!

Anyway, the point of the story is that we bought a piece-of-crap couch from DI for $20 and cleaned and reupholstered it so now it rocks! We love it so much and I think it looks pretty dang good. Here are some photos:

After several hours of hard work.....our awesome new couch!