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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Our Little Apartment.



Max and I live in a small (two bedroom, living room, kitchen, and little bathroom) basement apartment located in southern Provo. Our landlord is an older man, in his sixties or seventies, and he's split his house into three apartments, two upstairs and one downstairs. While it's old and the layout is a little awkward (bathroom is in the corner of the kitchen, our bedroom doesn't have a door, etc.) the price is unbeatable and we have plenty of space. These are the first few pictures I took of our apartment. They were taken in October, hence the scattered fall decor. A couple months after we moved in I finally felt the place was picture worthy, it just took a while to get everything unpacked and put in its proper place.
As you can see, there are still many things that don't have a specific "place". The middle room (the first picture) has become a storage room of sorts for boxes and other things that we don't really know where to put. At least it's being used for something, right?


The second picture is a view of our living room looking into the kitchen and our front door way in the background. Notice the nice wooden chair in the corner, it came with the apartment. We found it sitting in the middle room and have begun using it mainly as a coat rack there in the corner, although in this picture it appears to be holding a towel (I don't really know why...).

The kitchen and bathroom are what you see next, yes I did tape up paper bats on all the cupboard doors for Halloween. I love holiday decorations and there's only so much you can do on low budget.
The kitchen does have a bit of a green tint to it, it's not just my camera doing funny things, and I actually really like it. It gives the room a nice fresh, happy feel.
The bathroom is small but fully functional and a perfect size for only two people. If you look at the picture of the kitchen above you can see the door to the bathroom in the back left corner. As I said, a bit awkward of a place for the bathroom but it works well enough.
The other side of the kitchen is where our generational table sits (it belonged to Max's grandparents-who bought it at D.I.-then his own parents, consequently the first table he ever used, and then his aunt and uncle, who have given it to us for our first table). It's old and creaky, but solid and cute!
This last picture is another view of our living room. We have been given most of our furniture, including the rug, the lamp, and the sofa (and the bed, and the table, and the TV) and are grateful to have a pretty well furnished apartment. The orange chair we bought from D.I., it went so well with the colors in our sofa that we couldn't resist. I think it adds a nice touch to the room. :)
Since I took these pictures we've made some changes to the layout. I'll have to post them, as well as a photo of the outside. Now that it's warm and green outside I'll go out and take some pictures. So "To Be Continued" I guess.

Friday, April 23, 2010

We are married! (nine months ago).








I think I feel like beginning this blog is like beginning a journal entry, and the heavy feeling of needing to catch up is pressing on my mind. So... what better place to catch up from than the beginning of me and Max's life together! We were married in the LDS Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork Utah on July 30, 2009. It was a beautiful , glorious day. We were surrounded by family and friends, well-wishers, advice, and joyful "congratulations". Later in the evening, after the ceremony and some time to relax, there was a reception held in the backyard of my Aunt Norene's beautiful home in Pleasant Grove. The feeling and ambience was perfect, a fresh, green, relaxed garden reception. Lot's of hard work on the Beans's part allowed Max and I to have a lovely day This work included removing a large tree (taller than their two story home) from their backyard, building a brick patio out the back door, lots of gardening and flower planting, and many nights of extra sprinkler minutes. Max and I are grateful to them for their hard work.
The reception really was beautiful--some Micheal Buble was playing in the background, soft sunlight, happy conversation and laughter and, as far as I saw, (I didn't have much time to enjoy it) the food looked amazing.