Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fall-ish Living Room

Here are a few things I've done to re-decorate our living room. I think before now I've been afraid of color, I've always leaned toward muted tones, but I'm loving having multiple feels so cheery to me. Also, the only thing I "bought" were the squashes/pumpkins, everything else is stuff I already had, just rearranged. And in fact, most of my pillows, frames, etc come from estate sales (at like $2 a pop). I say to this say, that decorating doesn't always cost lots of moolah. I used some of the fabric my friend Debra gave me to matte the polaroid of me & Stephen. (Thank you MUCH Debra!). This bout of creativity makes me feel so happy & alive.


Sewing is getting easier for me! It's not completely "easy", but I have really noticed progress and it makes me so happy! Last night I threaded a bobbin in less than two minutes (in that it took me 20 mins my first time, this is 10x faster). And I haven't had to rip any seams. I'm just having a lot of fun!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Beth's New Blog

My friend Beth just launched her new professional blog, check it out:

(She was also featured on Scarlett Lillian's website:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Opposites Attract

I was making a mental list tonight (as I put dinner leftovers into a Tupperware container) of the ways in which Stephen and I are different and how I've grown to appreciate those differences (well...most of them that is;). In advance, please have grace on my snobberies. Here they go:

1) Stephen is a saver, I am a spender. (And he manages the budget---smart move huh?). But let me elaborate on this difference for a moment. I hate leftovers, he lives for them. I'd rather toss those last six bites down the drain (I know, I know I've actually been to several of those countries in Africa), but he'll eat it if it's on the verge of growing things. He's the saver, I'm the spender. He utilizes every penny put into each ball point pen, I throw them out when they start to lose color. BUT I've learned so much from him in this area, and he has helped me grow tremendously. I'm actually seeing the benefit in saving (not leftovers, but cash).

2) Stephen buys in bulk, I buy meat, frozen fruit, & nuts in bulk, that's it. (And I do the grocery shopping---smart move huh?). I can't stand having too much, unless I'm cooking for a group. We have so little cupboard space, our pantry is a tiny shelf on the bottom of the free standing island in our kitchen, that there isn't room for 24 cans of green beans or 3lbs of bananas. And I like to keep things aesthetically pleasing and somewhat organized. When you buy in bulk and live in a small space, it becomes about how creatively you can fit this surplus of paper towels in the corners next to the fridge or trash cans. Urgh, no thank you! However, don't get me wrong, I love having a full fridge, just not full of all of the same thing. We've never gone to Sam's Club or Costco together (and I hope to keep it that way;). Maybe when we own a house and can store things in a garage or pantry we'll have our first wholesale date. But then again, maybe not.

3) Stephen loves speaker phone, I think it's the most impersonal form of communication. Okay, but hear how cute I think my hubby is because of this. He often wants me to hear what the person on the other end is saying so that I can be a part of the conversation too. I love this about him :). However, I don't love when he talks to me on speaker phone.

4) Stephen's punctual, I'm fashionably late. A Keilers value is timeliness. Let me paint a vivid picture here....Two Thanksgiving's ago my dear friend Anna and I were going to Stephen's parents house for Turkey dinner. Stephen's mom told us to be there around noon. Being the tardy prone girl that I am, I paid attention to the "around" part of that statement. So, at 12:10pm Stephen calls my cell phone, as Anna and I are checking out at Central Market with a big bouquet of lillies and truffle chocolates, and he asks where we are. I very innocently said, "We're checking out at the grocery store, we should be there in about 15 minutes." He said, "My mom said that the food's ready, on the table." I laughed because I sincerely thought that he was pulling my leg. He wasn't. He was completely serious. They were sweet and embracing when we got there (they didn't make us eat cold mashed potatoes), but that was a lesson well learned. The Keilers value punctuality and when they say be there "around" noon, it means we'll eat at 12:05. (And I actually really like being early to things now, all thanks to my man).

5) Stephen likes loud volumes & he frequently uses the "scan" button, I like quiet or no music & I reserve the scan button for when I'm traveling in a rental car & don't know the local radio stations. This one needs no commentary.

Okay, I'll have to end with the main area where we're alike. We both have very sensitive hearts. For a guy, Stephen is very sensitive, he's able to communicate with other men about emotional issues and he cries almost every time he worships God. I am also very sensitive and thankfully, both of my parents have nurtured the "feeling" side of me (so I like "feel" every thing). I too cry when I talk about God and what he's done in my life and when I worship him (esp songs that talk about God rescuing me). So there you have it. A transparent window into our married world...warts and all :).

Sunday, October 19, 2008


This was the summer of 2005 and we were having a birthday party for my good friend Mandy at her parents house. I was listening to my friend Anna tell a story about something (probably funny because she's hilarious). My hair was so blonde huh? Anyway, this time in my life was so so much fun---probably my favorite season as a single woman. I miss my friends!!! Come back already.

Here are the rules of the tag:
- Go to your Pictures folder
- Go to the 6th folder
- Go to the 6th picture
- Publish it to a new post and tell the story of the picture.

I tag: Eileen, Judy, Anna, & anyone else who wants to play!

Friday, October 17, 2008

LAST weekend

Okay, I'm wwaayy late in posting this blog, I've been to busy to sit down and write (which is still the case...have to run out the door in ten mins). But 'er she goes...Last weekend Stephen went to Phoenix, AZ to see his brother and Eileen came over Saturday for a day of antique shopping & a night at home (my home). We had such a blast! We made a yummy dinner, took a ton of pictures (well, she took a ton of me), and laughed till our tummies hurt. We also planned her centerpieces for her upcoming wedding. Too much fun.

I also made this card Monday for my friend Debra:

I'm loving sewing, but still as slow as molasses. I have a million projects in mind, but I'm trying to work my skills up to my ideas. SO...I plan to sew "something" this weekend...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My Top Ten (+1)

Okay, since my friend Jessica wrote out her top 25, I've been thinking of the top ten things that I really enjoy:

1. Hot shower when my skin's cold
2. Good coffee
3. Just "being" with my kindred spirited friends
4. Connecting with God
5. My husband's touch
6. Just being with my husband
7. Green Tea Ice Cream & sticky rice (delish)
8. Decorating---reading Domino, planning how I'm going to decorate, actually decorating, sewing decor things, etc..........
9. Spending time with internationals (either in their country or ours)
10. A clean house & car
10. Being with family (preferably eating something I've cooked)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

San Fran

In one word: full. My four days with family was full of so much....activity & people....and I loved having everyone all together :). I enjoyed the short four days that I had with everyone, but it wasn't nearly enough. I stayed with my Aunt & cousins in Los Gatos (near San Fransisco). Family from Southern & Northern California came & also family from Germany. The first picture above shows all but four people who came for the reunion. I was sad to leave after only four days, but also SO happy to be back with my hubby (four days felt like four months). However, I cried when I was feeding my nephew dinner the night before they left (you can see my red nose in the pic above), and I miss him today. I think what makes me most sad is that this season in my nephew's life he's changing so rapidly and I'm missing all of those little "moments". But I have to trust God with his life and make an effort to visit as often as I can.

I enjoyed my time with my cousins (in swimming pic above), but again felt like it was way too short. I found it hard to balance my time and affections between all of these kidos that I love so deeply. We had fun swimming and playing cards, and I also took Amari to a ceramic place and she painted a kitty cat (pic above).

We spent my first afternoon touring the Golden Gate & walking around San Fransisco. My cousin Andrea from Germany and her husband want to see all of San Fransisco, so this was just one of four planned trips (the three of us are in a pic above). It was nice to spend time with them and their parents (my great aunt & uncle) and get to know them better. And who knows, Stephen and I may visit them in Germany someday in the future (they insisted!).

It was such a nice time. And now I'm busying cleaning and re-decorating this week (we re-arranged the furniture) and one of these days I'll post pics of the our entire duplex. (One of these days...)