Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October 18th, 2017

Pretty proud of myself for getting my incredibly thin hair into two mini buns today! It actually looked pretty decent, too. :)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 15th, 2017



We finished our birthday board this afternoon! ❤️πŸŽ‚ I am so in love with how it turned out! It was a lot of hard work, but it definitely paid off in the end. Mike says he smiles every time he walks into the kitchen and sees it. I agree. :) 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

October 14th, 2017

Originally Mike and I had planned to head to our favorite little apple orchard in Woodstock, however the stormy weather didn't seem to want to cooperate with us! Instead, we decided to do something fun at home. We were feeling crafty, so we thought a little DIY project might be fun. I had seen these completely adorable birthday boards on Pinterest the other day, and when I showed Mike he instantly decided that we had to make one ourselves!

We headed to Hobby Lobby to buy supplies...and ended up having a ton of fun browsing around and being silly. :) We found some cute little circle and heart chips to use for the birthdays and anniversaries, hooks to hang the chips together, and letters to use to decorate the sign. For the sign itself, we headed to Home Depot to get a board and some stain.



Back at the house, Mike handled the sign while I prepared our chips. He cut the board to size, sanded it, and then stained it. I painted the letters white for "family", "Gembara", and "Donelson" while Mike wood burned all twelve months into the sign.



One I was finished, I resumed painting the chips while Mike glued on all the words. Next he started drilling holes for the hooks, both in the sign and the finished chips.



It's getting late, so we decided to call it a night for now. Obviously, wenstill have more chips to finish painting. And then comes time for putting on all the names! We're going to use different colors to help identify the different families throughout the board. Our little project is coming along so wonderfully! Mike and I are so happy with how it's looking and we can't wait until it's finished and hanging on our wall!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 12th, 2017



Light breeze... 🌬

Colorful leaves... 🍁

Bare trees... πŸ‚

It must be autumn. πŸ’›

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October 11th, 2017



After work Mike asked if we could head to Dollar Tree. When I asked why, he said he wanted to get more decorations. He said that, while he loved all our fall dΓ©cor, he wanted some Halloween-themed stuff too! So we headed out and found all kinds of adorable things to put around the house. What I love most about Dollar Tree is how you end up picking out a cart-full of things, but when you head to the cashier you hardly break twenty bucks. :) We also stopped at Walmart afterward, where we found a cute Halloween wreath for our door!

Back at home we got right to work adding our new decorations around the house. We had fun putting window stickers all over the place - both of our huge windows, our bathroom mirror, and even on our door! We bought two cute light-up pumpkins to put in the corner and an owl whose eyes glow. After we were all done the house was a perfect blend of autumny-Halloween goodness. We were both really happy with the deals we found and how lovely it looked in our home!

I also ended up getting to spend a lot of time drawing, which I always enjoy. Mike and I both drew in our sketchbooks for a few hours! I put pictures of the pieces I finished below. :)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 10th, 2017

Introducing my new baby cousin: Joseph Robert Shroyer!


This little guy is the son of my cousin Raymond and his lovely wife Alyssa. He was so affectionately named after Raymond's father, my late uncle
Joe.



Joseph was born this evening at 11:11 PM, weighing 8lbs 5oz and measuring 20 inches long.


Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9th, 2017

I finally turned in my dreaded project for my Typography class today! Here's how the cover/poster turned out. Surpisingly, the presentation went well and she actually seemed to like what I ended up with! Fingers crossed that I end up with a good grade. ;P


Here's to hoping the next project isn't as miserably boring as this one was.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

October 8th, 2017 *

Today Mike and I started to watch the old PokΓ©mon show (Indigo League). I used to watch this show religiously as a little kid, so I found myself full of so much nostalgia every time a new episode played! Mike had only ever seen the newer series (X&Y), so he enjoyed getting to see the roots of classic PokΓ©mon. :)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

October 7th, 2017

Last night my dad texted me out of the blue and asked if I wanted four tickets to the hawks game today! Naturally, I said yes. ;) This evening Mike and I took Mitch and Jax downtown to the United Center. My dad's cousin Fron has season tickets in the 200 level, right behind the opponent's goal, row five. So needless to say the seats were fantastic. We were all really excited about that, plus none of us had attended any games since last year. It was the Hawks second game of the season, and after their 10-1 win the other day we had high expectations.

We were certainly not disappointed. The Hawks won 5-1! Kane was player of the game and my boy Corey had so unbelievable saves. We all left smiling and feeling victorious after that win. It was such a great night with all my favorite boys; I'm so glad we were able to go together!

Friday, October 6, 2017

October 6th, 2017


It is with a heavy heart that I announce that, as of today, I am no longer working with Kohl's. Due to an overwhelming school load as I near the end, I can no longer juggle schoolwork alongside both my jobs. It has been such a wonderful five years, and I'm going to miss the people that have truly become my second family. I was privileged with the opportunity to work in so many different departments across the store, and because of that I've met and grown closer to so many different people. While the work wasn't always ideal at times, the people in that building always made it worthwhile. I will remember all the fun conversations and many laughs shared with you all. Thankfully, I only live a few minutes away, so I promise to visit as much as possible! I love all of you so much and I am so thankful to have spent so many wonderful years with you all. ❤️

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October 4th, 2017

Today Mike took me to see Tangled! This makes it the second time I've seen this movie in theaters. :) Seeing this movie on the big screen is an absolute MUST. The already beautiful animation becomes a million times more dynamic and gorgeous when it is blown up on the theater screen! The lantern scene...oh my goodness, it is just stunning. I was so happy to have had the opportunity to go see it again; I'm so thankful to my darling for taking me!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October 3rd, 2017

Today is National Boyfriend Day!!

Unfortunately, Mike and I both had long work days (he also had class in the evening), so there wasn't time to do something fun like dinner or the movies. However, I was still determined to make the day nice for him! I had bought him a new pair of converse that he's been eyeing for just about forever. They're a slick navy blue color (blue is his favorite!) - I wrapped the box in pretty green paper. I also got him a sweet card of course, plus a bunch of his favorite candies. I cleaned the whole house while I waited for him to get home and popped in some dinner for him when he told me he had left school. When he walked in he was so surprised and appreciative! He gave me a bunch of hugs and 'thank you's. He was ecstatic to see the shoes! It made me so happy to see his joy; I love spoiling my wonderful man. :)

Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2nd, 2017


Get yourself a guy who constantly does sweet things for you - like packing cute, Halloween cuties for you to take with to class. :)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October 1st, 2017

White Lake Vacation: Day 3

We left for home this morning. :( We left on the earlier side since we had homework to take care of, so we got home around 11AM. We both napped for awhile and relaxed for a bit before diving into our homework. We both found ourselves reflecting on all the fun we'd had! It was a really lovely weekend spent with friends and loved ones - we always look forward to our annual trips to the lake. :)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

September 30th, 2017 *

White Lake Vacation: Day 2

We ended up sleeping in a lot later than planned. But I mean hey, we're on vacation after all! ;) After a yummy breakfast of eggs, toast, and bacon, we asked around to see who wanted to go with to visit that museum! The place is called The House On The Rock and it was actually a decent drive from the resort - about an hour and forty minutes. Surprisingly, almost everyone wanted to go, despite the drive! Only mom, Zack, and Jake stayed back. The car trip was a lot more fun than I imaged. We blasted music and sang along, while also laughing about the crazy route the GPS had us take through all kinds of cornfields and winding roads.

We finally arrived and it's safe to say I was beyond excited. We got our tickets and got straight to it, first checking out the house itself. It was seriously one of the coolest buildings I had ever been in. It was crammed full of all these rooms and passageways; the architecture was just outstanding. The guy who built it did an outstanding job. In the house we saw the "Infinity Room", which is a room that extends out off the rock over the cliffside. It seemingly goes on forever, though that's just part of the illusion.

After the house, we headed into the many different rooms of the museum. They were all so random but just so unique and interesting! There was a little old school street of yesterday, a boat room with a gigantic whale battling a squid, a music room full of hundreds of instruments that played themselves, and just so much more. The best part came last: the carousel room. This carousel is the world's largest, featuring 269 animals and 20,000 lights. And boy, was it beautiful. I was in absolute heaven. All of my dreams came true as soon as I walked through the tunnel leading into the room and saw that gorgeous thing. It was definitely the highlight of my trip!

After I had gotten my fill of the carousel, we exited the museum. We stopped in the gift shop on the way out, where I bought a mug featuring the world's largest carousel and Mike got a bunch of fudge which he shared with everyone. We piled back into the car and all chattered happily for the drive as we reminisced on all the amazing sights and fun that was had at The House On The Rock.

Friday, September 29, 2017

September 29th, 2017

White Lake Vacation: Day 1

Today we left for our weekend getaway up to Montello, Wisconsin. Why? Well, because it's the free weekend at White Lake resort! Unfortunately, not everyone could come up this time. None of the Fredrickson's or their friends made it up. And in our cabin, Rory, Andrew, and Kevin couldn't come. Instead, Mitch invited his two friends Josh and Dom. Zack brought Jake like usual. And then there was obviously me, Mike, mom, and Jax. It was a small group this time around, but we were all excited and glad to go nonetheless!


We made good time on the drive up. I was happy to see the lake again, even if it was too chilly to swim. The sunset was beautiful to see, as per usual. :) It ended up being such a fun night. We all played an endless amount of games, sang a bunch of songs, and just shared in so many laughs. Josh and Dom really seem to be enjoying themselves, too! I was worried they might think it was lame since we couldn't swim or have fun at the beach. I'm looking forward to another fun, full day tomorrow! We talked about possibly going to go visit a museum nearby, which is home to the world's largest carousel!! I really hope it all works out and we can go. :) Stay tuned!!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

September 28th, 2017

I made some crescent rolls while at my mom's this evening and I stupidly left them in too long so they burned. Charlie was happy about this though, because it meant she got a snack! The little beggar sat beneath the burnt rolls until I fed practically all of them to her, lol.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

September 27th, 2017 *

Richard has been bugging Mike and I to come over and see his new apartment for weeks now. I had work in the afternoon, but after that we were both free for a change. So we told him that this evening would work if he was free. He happily told us he would make dinner if we wanted to come around 7PM. We showed up to The Ponds and made it up to his place...after getting a little lost trying to find his door, lol. The apartment was, well, very Richard. If you've ever been to his previous house in Woodridge you'd know exactly what I'm talking about. He had decorated every inch of the place in his favorite shades of blues and grays. He had all of his Halloween dΓ©cor all set up (which I thought was very cute).

Ron was there as well, so I finally got to meet him. Mary showed up just as dinner was being served; it was nice to see her! Richard made yummy pulled pork along with beans and coleslaw. For dessert we had strawberry shortcake - the strawberries were just to die for! After dinner we sat around chitchatting for a long while. Mary and Richard's neighbor Teresa came over and swapped stories with us as well. Mike and Ron helped fix the wifi and set up their Comcast account. Overall, it was a very lovely evening! It was real nice to see Richard and Mary and catch up on things.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

September 25th, 2017


This evening while I was dying of boredom in my Website Design class (Does anyone see a trend with this? lol), I stumbled across a very old Illustrator file from back in 2015. It was a graphic I had started to create of a sketch from an assignment in my Graphic Design III class. I was pretty excited to see this silly alligator, because I had really loved my sketch and the way the graphic had been turning out. I thought I had lost him!! I tweeked a few things to finish him up and, ta-da!, he was finally complete!

Below I included the original sketch from way back one. I love seeing the before and after pictures for a graphic designer's work! It's so cool to see how the logo or graphic turned out, as compared to the original design. :)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

September 24th, 2017


This is my boring poster for my boring Typography class. I'm doing mine on the Baskerville typeface. It's still in the works, but it's coming along. We don't get much freedom to be fun and creative with this project...hence my lack of enthusiasm. ;P

Friday, September 22, 2017

September 22nd, 2017



I prepared a lovely spread of food for dinner today that hit all the food groups (well, minus fruit I suppose ;P). Mike came home from work super grateful to see such a yummy variety! It makes me so happy to do things like this for him. :)

After we had eaten we decided to make use of the nice weather (95 degrees on the first day of fall?!) and go mini golfing! We've been to several of the places in the area many times...and honestly, we really wanted to try something new. I looked up some places and noticed one name on the list that I actually already knew: PGN Jumping Fun! I hadn't been there since I was in first grade, so the thought of heading back sounded fun! Plus, the place looked cool in general. So we set out!



The course was better than we could've ever imagined. Huge! Two different courses. Very challenging! And so much fun. :) Mike beat me the first game and I beat him the second. It wasn't crowded at all so we got to take our time and never had to wait. We loved the place so much we promised one another we'd come back real soon. I was so glad we decided to venture out and try someplace new!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

September 21st, 2017


If I ever do get a tattoo, there's a 99% chance that it'll be Disney-related.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September 20th, 2017


It's not even October yet but I bought these two cuties some Halloween hoodies! πŸ˜πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸ’€

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18th, 2017



One of the things I love most about Mike and I is how we still always try to do sweet, romantic things for one another on a daily basis. He snuck these cute, little notes into my backpack last night for me to find this morning. :)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

September 17th, 2017

Today was the last day for the Dinos & Dragons exhibit at Brookfield Zoo! Not wanting to miss it, Mike and I planned a fun day at the zoo today! The exhibit wasn't anything fancy, but it was still really cool. You know me - I love anything to do with dinosaurs. :) We had fun taking photos and checking out all the animatronic dinosaurs and dragons.

It turned out to be a perfect day to go to the zoo in general! The weather was gorgeous...though, Mike complained it was too hot. ;) For it being the last day of the exhibit and a weekend, it was not crowded at all. And a ton of animals were out and about, even despite the heat! It turned out to be a really wonderful day.