in the past couple of weeks..

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1. My sister-in-law Laura is leaving on a mission to Malaga, Spain! We bought matching shirts to commemorate. 2. David finished his mid-terms and all he wanted was Kroger instant chocolate pudding as a reward. We love all the same foods, but the Kroger instant pudding left us divided. Nothing to write home about, if you as me. 3. As of yesterday, David and I have been married for 7 months! Love is (still) in the air. 4. I’m converted to dying my hair at home, thanks to eSalon. Cheap and easy — and it’s still professional color.

 

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When we got married last year, we decided to set some of our wedding gift money aside for buying fun stuff. You know, like a bike, some nicer shoes/clothes aaaand…a violin! I’d always wanted to learn to play the violin, but I kind of felt bad using a chunk of our money on something just for me. So in our first few months of marriage I wasn’t too proactive about looking for one.

But one day lil cute David came marching down the hall from work playing the violin that he had just gone out and bought me on his way home. I was in our bedroom and heard someone come in the door playing the violin and I figured out pretty quick what was goin on. Couldn’t believe that guy!

He even set up lessons for me from a girl he knew taught violin. So there I was, on my way, livin the dream.

Within a couple weeks I realized learning the violin is SO HARD. Like, so hard. Like, really really hard. I already play the piano and know music theory, but learning the technique of how to place your hands just right and pull the bow and get a good sound is anything but natural. I honestly don’t know how it could be natural to anyone.

I was determined to persevere, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t cry several times after leaving my lesson. Ha! I felt like such a baby. But since I hardly remember not being able to play the piano, I’d forgotten that it took years and YEARS of daily practice to get to the point I’m at today.

Now I’m at the point where playing the violin doesn’t sound like a dying cat, but I’ve had to learn some other things along the way that I thought I already knew, but I guess I learned them better. A musical journey for the soul!

1. Hard things are hard! (Duh) But make you feel so satisfied.
2. Gaining skills and talents takes dedication and a positive attitude — cool things you learn when something doesn’t just come naturally.
3. Learning new things as a kid is much easier. They don’t have the concept of time that adults do 😦 Buuuut…
4. As an adult, it’s important to never stop learning. Keeps you humble and growing.
5. I think everybody needs to do more reflection on life and see how far they’ve come. Every time I get annoyed at myself for not being able to pull the dang bow the right way, I go back through my book and easily play songs that seemed SO HARD a few months ago. Then I pat myself on the back.

That’s my words of wisdom for the day. Maybe you’ll see me and David playin our bluegrass on the streets of SLC soon enough.

Also, check out my friend Hanalei’s blog for my guest post today!

a newlywed (mini!) home

We may have more cold water than hot, our radiator may sound like a constantly flushing toilet and our closet space may be next to none, but we sure do love our lil one-bedroom apartment in Downtown SLC.

David doesn’t like spending money, and he’s pretty darn good at executing all of my Pinterest dreams. And I pride myself in finding thrify decor treasures, so literally everything in our house is either purchased from KSL, D.I., homemade by David, or a wedding gift.

Here’s our home! All 500 square feet of it.

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LEFT: David built that computer desk, inspired by one I saw at Anthropologie for mucho moolah. RIGHT: the painting and bar cart are from D.I., the hanging lamp is from Ikea, the side table and lamp are from Target (bought them with wedding gift cards).

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David’s study desk has a lovely view of busy city street below. Another piece of furniture the handyman made himself. The chair was a gem I found at D.I. Same with the rolling shelves under the desk.

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We were pretty set on getting this cream couch from Macy’s, but just couldn’t justify buying such a light-colored couch we knew would be trouble when we have kids. So until we decided on another option, we got this “temporary couch” on KSL for $100 — and have decided to stick with it!

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Because our apartment has about 3 square feet of counter space, David saved the day and built this awesome wooden counter top/shelving/storage space. Wish I’d captured it better — we store all of our serving platters and kitchen appliances in the shelves below. David also made that lamp, inspired by one I saw on Pinterest. I showed it to him and within about an hour we made a trip to Lowes, purchased balsa wood and an antique light bulb, and David had completed the lamp. Dream man!

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The sunny two-seater kitchen table corner. And flowers! David always brings me flowers. Presh.

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RIGHT: Again, we have VERY little space in our apartment. Couldn’t even fit your average pot rack in this nook. So I was really proud of myself when I thought of this DIY project: metal chain and shower curtain hooks = pot hanger. LEFT: When we got engaged, I told David one of the most exciting things about getting married would be to finally organize my entire kitchen with glass jars, ha. It’s as good as I imagined it would be. So satisfying.

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David also built our headboard! Isn’t it ah-mazing? I tried to help, but mostly watched and brought him ice cream while on the job.

where: our kids should be excited for bedtime songs

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Our favorite songs to perform are this one, this one and this one, and basically any down-home folky song that makes us feel like we are on “O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Our grand plan was to be playing the streets of SLC by Spring 2013, but the birds are already startin to sing in the trees and I’m not sure if we’ll be emotionally/mentally/physically prepared for our big debut according to the schedule.

At least we have a band name though. I think? Not sure if David approves – but as for now the Kunz family band will be known as Giddy in the City.

where we: camp in our living room

we REI-ed it up after our wedding and got some quality goods to make for some quality camping. but with the exception of a 2-night excursion to moab, we haven’t had the chance to put our new gear to use.

david campout

so what better time to do so than during good ol’ storm gandolf?

on friday night david and i fine dined on chipotle taco salads and then came home for a cozy living room camp-out.

we had plans to do all my favorite camping activities: build a campfire (light every candle we have and collect them outside the tent), play ’round the campfire games (bananagrams) and roast ourselves some ‘mallows (over the candle campfire).

brooke campoutbut instead we somehow ended up watching rango. i cannot honestly recommend it. it seemed like a good idea. david’s chemistry professor  highly recommended it as an inspirational tale. and rotten tomatoes gave it an 88%. high marks. but it really wasn’t a good idea at all. david’s chemistry professor’s media recommendations are no longer esteemed in the kunz household.

despite rango being a lame idea, the cool kunz cozy camp-out was an excellent idea. i mean, camping with a kitchen, bathroom, heater and without worry of dirt, bugs, coldness is primetime. i can wholeheartedly recommend that.