Thursday, December 23, 2010

Party, Decor, Train... and everything else Christmas!

Whew!! I am taking a little breather from this busy time of year to sit down and blog all about it! Every night for about a week and a half we have had some function. Fun but exhausting! I think we are finally done shopping.. well I would hope so since tomorrow is Christmas eve!! Woohoo! Did I mention I love the holidays, there is so much to be Thankful for and I love time with good friends, good food, fun gifts, and Family! I can't wait for Saturday!! I hope everyone is as cheerful and happy as they can be and has a wonderful Holiday.
Ready for 2011?!..... eekk it came so fast! I am ready for 2011 but this year has been one of the best yet!!
Well Monday of this week Brandon and I attended my friends annual tacky sweater party. It was so much fun, we had tons of food, games, and some ahhh-mazing sweaters! Here are a few pictures....
         Me making Brandons tacky sweater
          Tis the season to be Tacky.....

You guys should be very proud of us.... we made both of our sweaters! hahaha!! We looked on ebay for months and just couldn't find the perfect one of one that was under $50.00!!! Those ugly sweaters are not cheap! So we got all the crafts to sew and glue on and got cheap sweaters and voila... about $15.00 later we have awesome sweaters. I think we are gonna go into the sweater makin business... anyone need one?! lol!                            

                                            On our way to the party....

And finally me and my girls in our sweaters...

Soo... Tuesday evening we went to the Christmas Train with Brandons Dad side of the family.
It is really neat; yummy food, cute little shops, a train ride, hot cocoa, and much more.

A Great Family Tradition
At the Christmas Train in Dry Gulch, USA

Next is one of my favorite things... CHRISTMAS DECOR!! And I can't believe I haven't posted it before today. I have had my tree up since mid November... yes I love it! Here are a few pictures of my home. I think I might leave it up through January.. maybe February... okay maybe March. haha totally kidding!
                                                    Brandon did so good on our lights

Our Christmas tree and dining room table... just a little peak of what we have out
Entrance into our home, love this area

Christmas Card wreath hanging in our kitchen! I can't wait to check the mail everyday to see if we can add to this wreath. It's one my favorite things.

Glitter trees on the kitchen bar

Well I hope you enjoyed my everything Christmas post. We have done so many things Christmas but I just can't post them all. I am sure I will be back on after Christmas, before 2011 but until then I leave you all with a very Merry Christmas. May each of you have the most wonderful Holiday yet. Pray, let loose, laugh, don't let the stresses of life get you on that day. Smile, have fun, eat too much, hug your family, look around you and think about what you have already and not what you need,
LOVE Christmas day and everything about it.

Merry Christmas Blogger world!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Signed, Sealed, Delivered! Christmas Cards!!

"Tis the Season to be Jarry, Fa ra ra ra ra ra ra ra!

hahahahah!!! Everyone knows that movie right? "Christmas Story".. ya know "you'll shoot your eye out". Oh I love it. I have no idea but that just came to me so I typed it.

Well our Christmas cards are out!! Actually they have been out for a while. We were really early this year and got them out at Thanksgiving but I am just now posting them. I love shutterfly, it was super easy and I loved all the designs. I probably won't do such a detailed one every year but since this year has been extra good to Brandon and I (we got married in June) I wanted to send out a nice wedding Christmas card.
Here they are: The Ullrichs 2010 Christmas Card
(the front)
(the inside)

I love our little saying "May your days be married and bright"
"Married".. get it? We just had to throw in something about being married other then the pictures.
Anyway, I love Christmas cards and getting them from all our friends. I love seeing their families and their babies. I am going to try and post a few of them on here. 
Have a great week. I'm on my way to go dive into a plate of Christmas goodies we made over the weekend...ymmm!!  

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Flat to Fab Bathroom Makeover!!

Hello fellow Bloggers! Well recently Brandon and I decided to makeover our guest bathroom. It was just so BLAH! The color, the floor, the decor.... and ya know I never knew how much I disliked it until we got done with the makeover. And then I just couldn't imagine how I ever lived with it before. It is our guest bathroom and with no kids and hardly any guests we really don't see it that often
{I'm thinking not seeing it a lot is how I lived with it}.

We didn't do a total makeover, even though eventually we have thought about getting a new vanity. 
I really like this vanity, its simple but nice! I can just imagine baskets underneath with towels and soap for guests. But don't get my wrong I like the one we have now. It will work for our guest bathroom. We replaced the floor, color on the walls, and fixtures, and the decor. I love it now! I catch myself finding a reason to go over to the other side of the house just to peak in on our new and improved bathroom!!!

Well here are our BEFORE and AFTER pictures. Gotta love those before and afters. Its like instant gratification! Love it!

can you believe someone put carpet in this bathroom and it's a faily new home!! ew!

Love the new wall color (oh and how there is story behind that)

Okay so let you tell you a little bit about the wall color.. lets just say Brandon is so patient with me (( :
We went to lowes knowing that I wanted brownish/goldish, well the golds were all way too yellow for me. So then I decided to do a faux technique with browns and lights tans. So a little bit later, more like an hour later, at lowes I decide not to do faux painting in the bathroom. I finally found a color I liked! Tender Twig! We buy it and head home. Brandon tapes everything off and we start painting. About half way through I am regretting the color big time. Its look like a poopy color and in a bathroom who wants to sit on the toilet starring at poop color on the wall?! Well when we were almost done, I tell Brandon that I don't like the color. Him being so patient he just looks at me and kinda laughs. So the next evening I had a hair appt. but when I got home he had it all primed and white ready for color #2. We go to lowes and instead of getting a dang gallon this time I picked out several sample colors, confident that one of them will for sure be the winner!! We paint a strip of each color on the wall. I starred at them until I couldn't even tell what color they were anymore. Okay so the next day, I decide I don't like any of those colors either. I know Brandon was starting to think out of the billion colors out there the "perfect one" for me just didn't exist. We decided just to paint the bathroom again with the original color, tender twig. I thought maybe once I get the new tile and fixtures in here then the color will magically look better.... and YA KNOW WHAT... IT DID!
So if anyone needs primer, or wants to sample a ton of browns, tans, golds, and greens I am the girl to call. Pretty sure we have a paint store in our garage now.
Now the tile, Brandon did that all himself! I swear he has got to the most handy man I know. Usually when they are super duper handy, they're not real book smart (sorry guys) and when they are book smart they aren't super duper handy. Well Brandon is too freakin smart, like smart to where I am jealous!! And he can lay tile, wood floors, paint, plumbing, landscaping, build things, put on a roof, and he totally rocked our Christmas lights this year. Okay well let me get back to the tile (I know you guys just love hearing about how awesome Brandon is.. haha). Well we had to tear up the carpet in one area and then grind up the tile on the other side. I think the worst part of the whole makeover was cleaning up after grinding tile adhesive up. Holy.Cow. There was about 2 inches of dust on everything in the bathoom, even the walls!!! I have never cleaned one area for so long. He got the tiled laid with help from his Mom (she can do anything too).  We finished the fixtures and decor. Viola, all done!

Okay so I didn't mean to write a novel about the bathroom but I just had to share the whole story.
Oh and one of my favorite things ever is soap, yes you read right, soap!! And one thing I love love about the bathroom is my apothecary jar full of homemade and unique bar soaps; they make the bathroom smell so good!

Happy Hump Day! and like always Thank you for reading!!! I really appreciate you taking the time to read about whats going on in my life.