Friday, September 24, 2010

...If You Can't Tell, Why Should We?

Before we moved, Nate told me there was a place out in Arkansas that was just like my beloved Creamery on 9th, but I refused to believe him. I was sure that no where could compare. Well, I’m here to tell you that I was wrong!

I have substituted The Creamery on 9th with Braum’s on Walton! Braum’s is very similar to the Creamery. There is a restaurant portion with burgers, fries, and of course, a delicious array of ice cream. And then there is a grocery portion. There is even a little produce section that reminds me of my very own produce section back at the Creamery when I was the produce manager. It’s a little smaller, but similar enough to make me feel right at home.

The milk is so thick and creamy. I feel guilty drinking my skim milk because it is so creamy there is no way it is actually skim! Nate loves the thickness of his 2% but that didn’t stop him from trying to sneak a gallon of whole milk into our cart this week. I guess “extra” creamy is just not as good as “way too much fat” creamy. I caught him and made him put it back. The chocolate milk was on sale though so we did get a half gallon. When we got home, Nate poured himself a glass, and next thing I know, I hear him whopping and hollering. I went over to see what all the fuss was about. It looked like he had a melted frosty in his cup; apparently the chocolate milk was made with whole milk! Since he couldn’t get the regular whole milk, Nate accidentally tricked me into getting him whole chocolate milk. It looked disgustingly thick to me, but Nate was grinning ear to ear as he drank it. We will not be purchasing that chocolate milk again.

Other than the chocolate milk (I don’t even feel right calling it milk- the chocolate cream) incident, we have loved all our experiences with Braum’s. The first time I stepped into the store, I felt like I had a piece of home with me.

We conducted a little experiment: which one is the melted frosty and which one is the whole chocolate milk? If you can't tell, why should we?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Do You Know You're Lucky?

Many of you who read this blog live in Utah. Do you know what you have? I didn't fully appreciate the value of living in Utah until we moved to Arkansas. There is no such thing as classifieds or anything like unto it out here! Sure they have craigslist but that does not even begin to compare to KSL. If you have never purchased anything on KSL, I urge you to check it out ASAP. You are in for a real treat! You can buy anything from the KSL classifieds. For example: Brianne bought a dining room table and chairs, Kyle and Shara bought a rocking chair, my mom bought a fancy camera, my dad bought a truck, I bought a cell phone, Nate and I won free engagement pictures, my cousin bought her wedding dress, Shane bought Jazz you can see, my family loves KSL! You get great stuff for a fraction of the price. Since there is no KSL here, Nate and I have had to resort to other methods of acquiring worldly possessions. We've been able to gather new items through scavenging neighborhood garage sales, making new friends who want to give us their stuff, paying full price at the store (only as a last resort!), or inheriting Bryson and Alyssa's old stuff. Our latest attainment is an office desk! We had a room designated as out "office" but no desk, so it wasn't really a legitimate office until today! Nate found the desk through a flyer posted on the board at his work. Nate drove a hard bargain and talked the guy down quite a bit on price. We got a great deal, and I was able to feel ALMOST like I was using KSL again!

Other than KSL, we really miss having the temple just down the road. Or for that matter having five temples just down the road! Our temple is in Oklahoma City. It's about a four hour drive plus we have to pay about $19.00 in tolls! (Luckily, we split it with Bryson and Alyssa.) It is a VERY small temple; smaller than any temple I've ever been in. But size or distance makes no difference. The blessings are the same and we are grateful that we are able to go.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Our first home!

In my very first blog post, I promised pictures of our house would be coming soon. Well, soon is relative. For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting the pictures, the time has finally come! We were able to get an amazing deal on our house. We're renting a three bedroom, two bathroom, two car garage home for the price of an average apartment. We feel very blessed.

I have three times as much counter space in the kitchen as I did in the Villa!

The blue couch is the "homeward bound couch" mentioned in the last post. The recliner came from Nate's cousins Landon and Julie. Nate's roommate gave him the t.v. because he didn't want to move it. The book shelf and table were left by our landlord. We're great at collecting furniture!

Thanks Grandpa Feuz for making us our dining room table! My mom told us growing up that if we learned to play the piano, someday she would give us one. I didn't know she was serious until she gave this piano to me for a wedding gift!

Our bedroom was a little messy, so I tried to avoid getting the floor in the picture. Haha! Nate's mom gave me the bedset for a shower gift. It was the exact colors we wanted.

Here is our lovely guest room. The couch has a hide-a-bed. Doesn't it look inviting? This was also left by our landlord. Or if you would prefer, we have an air mattress. Come visit us!!! My Grandpa made me the cedar chest for my high school graduation.

This room will eventually be our office once we get a computer desk. The chair also came from Landon and Julie. It is so comfy! We bought the book shelf at a garage sale for less than $10.

Here is the master bath. We found a shower curtain that matches our bedspead! As you can see, my shoe habit is a little out of control...

What a cute deck! I wish we had a porch swing. That's pretty much it for our house. (Well, I didn't take a picture of the other bathroom or our washer and dryer. Oh well.) We love living here. I promise it looks even cuter in person, so plan your next vacation to Bentonville, Arkansas!