some pictures


Last night Hiro and I went out to Auditorium Shores around sunset. I decided to take my camera and get some shots of our favorite place.







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getting ready for the weekend

I can't believe tomorrow is already Friday!

I have a had a super slow week. My new client isn't starting until March 9th and my old client ended last Thursday. Then on top of that, my other client has been sick all week. Basically I had a meeting on Monday and a meeting today and nothing else besides school! I put my extra time to good use and got my oil changed and tires rotated. Jon and I even got our taxes done! We were a little worried about having to pay this year since I am being paid privately with no taxes taken out. Luckily Jon has he W2 filled out so they take out more than is needed. As it ends up we are getting a pretty good return. If things work out and Dell gives bonuses this year we are going to get wood floors put in! Yay! We should know about the bonus mid March...I think wood floors would be a perfect anniversary gift. :)

Tomorrow I actually have to go to work, but that's ok...I am starting to feel lazy sleeping in every morning. After work I am going to get my hair cut...ok lets be honest, just a trimmed. I think I am meant to have long hair. I have gone short a time or two and it just isn't me.

Tomorrow evening Jon has to leave for a job so I am going to use that time to go shopping for some new spring shirts...it was 89 degrees here today! Then Saturday morning, when Jon gets home we are going to head to the kite festival at Zilker. I am hoping to get some good pictures.

Ok, time for class...yuck. Hope everyone is having a good week!


the married survey

I got this idea from Jen over at The McCradys. I thought it was so cute and fun.

The Story of Jon Micheal Dechiro
& Lauren Elissa Muelle
r Dechiro

1) Did you have a traditional Proposal? Not really. Jon designed my ring and ordered it in time to propose on my birthday, but when it came in they had messed up and it had to be re-done. It ended up not being ready until the week after my birthday. It was a Saturday and I had gone to run errands that morning. When I got home Jon asked if I wanted to go to lunch...which I would never turn down. So we decided to go to our favorite lunch place and Jon suggested that we take lunch out to Mt. Bonnell and have a picnic. We ate lunch over looking the great scenery and Jon started telling me how I was his best friend and that he loved me. I didn't catch on so I kept responding back with how he was my best friend and I loved him too. Finally he pulled my ring out of his pocket and asked me to me his wife...I obviously said yes! We went back to Mt. Bonnell for our engagement pictures.

2) When was your wedding day? March 25, 2007

3) What day of the week was it? Sunday evening

4) Church/court/other? The wedding was at Kindred Oaks, a beautiful outdoor location in Georgetown. I feel in love with the location the first moment I saw it!


5) What song played while the bride walked down the aisle? Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 8. Not very traditional, but it was perfect for me.

Oh and I went barefoot...you can see my toes in this picture. :)

6) How many in your wedding party? 4 bridesmaids, 4 groomsmen, 2 ushers, and 1 flowergirl



7) How many guests were invited to your wedding? I think we sent out a little less than 200 invitations. Since the wedding was in the Austin area and most of the invites went to people in the Dallas and Tyler area we only had about 100 people at the wedding. It was perfect and just what we wanted, our closest family and friends.

8) How long were you engaged? We got engaged in December and married in March, so 4 months! To be fair we started discussing wedding plans before the engagement. We knew we wanted to get married outside and lets be honest no one wants to go to an outdoor wedding in the middle of the summer in central Texas. Once I feel in love with the venue we had to pick a date that they had open. My friends said I couldn't plan a wedding that fast, but everything worked out perfectly and I wouldn't change a thing.

9) Who did you hire as your photographer/videographer? Our photographers were from Schmitt Photography. They did a perfect job of capturing our wedding from start to finish. I didn't want the traditional "table" shots, I wanted the candid moments and they did exactly that!


10) Did you have a DJ or a band? We had a DJ for the ceremony and the reception. She did a great job.

11) Did your father walk you down the aisle? Of course! We did a knock knock joke at the beginning to relax our nerves. :)



12) What color were the bridesmaid dresses & groomsmen vests? Bridesmaids wore sage green tea length dresses with pearls and the groomsmen wore the traditional black tux with white shirts.



13) Who was your Maid Of Honor/ Best Man? My maid of honor was my sister Kymberly and Jon didn't have a best man, he said all 4 guys were his bestmen. :)


14) Did you have a bridal shower? Yes! I had 3 wonderful showers. 2 in Plano (one regular shower, and one lingerie shower, and 1 in Austin.



15) What type of limo did you get? We didn't need a limo. Kindred Oaks had a beautiful bed and breakfast for us. So when the reception was over we just walked to our room...very convenient!



16) Where did you go for your Bachelorette/Bachelor Party? We went shopping and then back to our new house for a slumber party. That day we all went out to get our nails done which was a blast. Jon and his guys went to Dave and Busters after the rehearsal dinner.



17) The night before your wedding, did you sleep? Actually I think I slept pretty well.

18) What type of wedding gown/tux did you two wear? My dress was a strapless A-line with bead work on the bodice. My favorite part was the slanted waist and the lace-up back. Jon wore a black tux, black vest and white shirt.


19) Did you have a veil? Yes, a very simple one. I only wore it for the ceremony.


20) What was the funniest moment from your wedding? Probably when the girls were getting ready and they all started singing "we're going to the chapel" to me. :)


21) How was the weather? Actually it rained...yes at our outdoor wedding it rained. BUT it didn't ruin a thing. It started raining after the ceremony, everyone had already gotten food and sat down under the covered pavilion. It only rained for about 10 minutes and then the rest of the night was perfect.



22) Did your bridal party deck out the get away car? yes, but we didn't find it until the next morning when we were heading home. The decorated both cars since we drove separately to the venue. We parked them outside when we left for our honeymoon and when we got back our neighbors came out and congratulated us on getting married...apparently they had seen the cars.

23) Where did you go on your Honeymoon? We went to San Fransisco. We spent 3 days in the city and 2 days in Nappa...heavenly! We want to go back!


24) What was your favorite part of your wedding day? Walking down the isle and seeing Jon smiling.

25) How long have you been married? 1 year, and 11 months today. :)

26) Rings? Beautiful. My engagement ring is a 3 stone princess cut, and my wedding band has 5 small princess cut diamond to match. Jon's ring is super light and made of titanium.

27) Did the bride change her name? For sure. I have always wanted to get address labels that say Mr. and Mrs....

28) Any anniversary traditions? We have more of a dating tradition. We go to the kite festival in March every year...which is were we first started to get to know each other (we met the night before at a concert). We are thinking about staying at a bed and breakfast in Fredericksburg this year. We went for the day last year for our anniversary so maybe that will be a tradition.



29) Anything special about the day/time of year you were married? Well we met in March 2 years before we got married so March was a good month. Other than that nothing special.

30) Words of wisdom? Above our bed it says "Always kiss me goodnight". I think those are perfect words to live by.


If your married its your turn. What's your story?


how to keep your dog off the couch

As promised here is my post about how to keep your dog off the couch. Let me start with some background...when we got Hiro he was only this big...cute right? :)


We used to put him up one the couch because he couldn't get down by himself and he would just fall asleep. We knew we could get ready or get stuff done without worrying about him getting into something.

Even after he grew the couch wasn't such a big issue. Sometimes we would let him on but most of the time he would sleep on the floor next to the couch. Slowly he started getting on the couch more often...first when we were not home, and then when we would leave the room and eventually he would climb up with me sitting right there next to him. After one too many muddy couch cushion occurrences I decided enough was enough. He is a dog right?? He can lay on the floor with his own pillow right?? Yes!

So how to keep him off the couch? Well it was easy to keep him off when we were in the room and it only took a couple of times for him to learn we didn't want him up there when we were at home but not in the room. However keeping him off the couch at night and while we were gone was a challenge. We started blocking off the couch with baskets like this

But that was a pain. So my dad suggested I go buy strips of plastic carpet runner. It is smooth on one side and spiky on the other.

So over the weekend I went to Home Depot and gave them the measurements I needed. The sales woman asked me what I was doing with it and I told her my situation. She laughed and said that more people come in to buy this for that purpose than for its actual purpose. Now at night or whenever we leave I just lay these strips across the couch and loveseat.

Its pretty easy and they easily fit under the couch when we don't need them. Yay for clean couch cushions again!

Anyone else have any creative pet tips? I would love to hear your stories. :)




jon's birthday!

Wednesday was Jon's 28th birthday! I had to work in the morning but then I had the afternoon off and he had the whole day off! After I got done with work I met him up at his grandparents house and we went out for lunch. It was nice to see them and we enjoyed a relaxing lunch at a local place up in Round Rock. After lunch I came home and did my cleaning for the day (see the post below) and worked on a report for work...which I finally finished yesterday! Wednesday afternoon I picked up a cookie cake...ours said Happy Birthday Jon obviously, but I forgot to take a picture so this will have to due.

For dinner we went out to a local place called Green Mesquite. The have a huge outdoor eating area and a great atmosphere. We meet up with 3 of Jon's good friends and enjoyed some great food. Everyone came over to our place afterward and we shared cookie cake and some wii fit games. Then Jon brought his Xbox into the living room for some Left for Dead playing...this is the point where I took my laptop to the bedroom and said good night.

Last night Jon and I went to our favorite Mexican food place...Curras to celebrate just the two of us. We enjoyed a great dinner and then came home to relax.

Unfortunately Jon had to head to Dallas for a job tonight, but he should be back tomorrow morning so we are planning on spending the afternoon together.



Stay tuned for "how to keep your dog off the couch" :)

cleaning schedules

When I had my own apartment it seemed to stay clean forever. Sure I would dust every now and then, vacuum and wipe down the bathroom and kitchen every week, but there wasn't a need to do a full out cleaning very often. Well now that I live with a boy (he really is pretty clean) and an 85lb dog (he is primarily the culprit of the messes) I find myself having to clean ALL the time. There are a few things we do or try to to everyday...dishes, making to bed, picking up, sweeping, etc... However usually by Thursday or Friday I am about to go crazy (Jon says I am OCD when it comes to having a clean house) because I feel like our house is just plain dirty. I always want to have that house where people could just show up and the house looked clean and inviting. Don't get me wrong I want our house to looked lived in and I want us to be comfortable, but I feel so much happier when I can study in a clean house vs a dirt one. So I started reading this blog and she suggested cleaning a little bit everyday that way you spend more time in cleaning each room and everything stays pretty clean throughout the week without having an all out cleaning fest every Friday. I decided I would try it out for 2 weeks and see how I like it.

Here is my schedule:
Monday: clean outside (porch and flowerbed)
Tuesday: kitchen
Wednesday: bathrooms
Thursday: bedrooms
Friday: living room and office - which leave it nice and clean for weekend guest.
Saturday: laundry
Sunday: RELAX

I started on Tuesday and I spent 45 minutes on the kitchen. It had just rained the night before so Hiro tracked in a bunch of mud which meant I had to sweep and mop twice just to get it all up. Hopefully in the future it will only take me about 30 minutes.

Today I tackled the bathrooms. Since ours are pretty small it only took me 30 minutes to do a good scrub down of everything in both of the rooms.

I hope this plan works. It definitely helps to know that I don't have to clean the whole house at once (who has time for that during the week anyway!). There are still going to be things we have to do more frequently than once a week (sweep and vacuum). So far so good...we'll see how I feel in 2 weeks.

I'm off to pick up a cookie cake for Jon's birthday!! Tonight we are going out with some friends and then everyone is coming back here for cake!




my monday off


This morning neither Jon or I had to work so we both slept in...which bothered Hiro quite a bit. Apparently he knows when its the weekend and when we should be getting up for a work day. He started winning at the bed around 7 am. We finally rolled out of bed at 9 and made pancakes and bacon for breakfast. Jon downloaded Planet Earth so we have been enjoying those episodes all weekend. This morning we finished up Mountains and watched Deserts. It is some impressive video and photography and very interesting.

After break fast I finished up a report for work and took a break to catch up on my TIVOed shows from last night...Brothers and Sisters...what is going to happen next week??

I decided it would be a good idea to start analysing articles for my big research project this semester...I am going to try to do 2 a week which should allow me to meet my deadlines easily. Jon has been studying for a certification exam and since it is a cloudy, chilly day we decided to take our laptops to bed and work from there. I was able to analysis one article this afternoon and get caught up with some emails for work all from the comfort of my bed. Perfect. :)

Now I think I should finally take a shower and try to talk Jon into taking me to La Madeline's for a soup and sandwich dinner.



P.S. this is my 101 post...exciting :)

more crafts

Today I decided to tackle my curtain project. I got this idea from this amazing craft blog. She is so talented and creative. These are called mistreatments and do not require ANY sewing! Which is good since I do not own a sewing machine. :)

This is our window before...very boring!


I got this amazing fabric 75% off at Calico Corners in Plano. I started by laying it out, clearly my little helper is testing to see how comfortable the fabric is...


The piece I got was a little over 2 yards long so I trimmed it to about 2 yards (I didn't even use a measuring tape). The extra fabric should be enough to make a mistreatment for our bathroom window but that will be another day. After I cut my fabric I folded it twice...I didn't want to cut it anymore in case I change my mind and wanted to use it somewhere else...


Next I used my hot glue gun to glue on this trim (it was also on sale at Hobby Lobby).


Finally I hung it up using upholstery tacts. That's right, no curtain rod to hang or clips to buy! Just a pack of $.99 upholstery tacts. I got decorative ones that have a hammered finish so they look great with the fabric. Here is the finished product!

You can't really tell from this angle but I hung the mistreatments up high so that the bottom is almost at the very top of the window. As soon as you walk in the room the window looks much bigger than before! :) I think it turned out pretty good for my first attempt. I am looking forward to mistreating the other bare windows in our house.

I also decided to recover my messenger board. I feel like this looks a little bit more me. I also got an iron on tree decal for the bottom corner. I think it matches out kitchen perfectly.



Okay I think that was enough crafts for one weekend. Since I have the day off tomorrow I am going to spent a few hours on homework tonight and spend tomorrow relaxing. :)


happy valentine's day!

I had a relaxing day, which is exactly the way I wanted it to be. This morning I met up with Jesse and we did the loop around Town Lake. It was a little cold but I think that just made us walk faster...after 7 miles we weren't feeling so cold anymore. When I got home I started going through the data I took this week on my new client. I am in charge of writing his initial report and I wanted to get started. I worked on it for awhile and then decided I should relax. Sooo...I went shopping :) I didn't find anything at the mall clothes wise, but I did pick up a few of my valentine's favorite cookies from The Great American Cookie Company. From there I headed to Hobby Lobby and got everything I need to finish my curtain project (which I hope to get to tomorrow). I also picked up a few thing for this small project.


Here is what I started with

Just a sheet of scrapbooking paper ($.50), a sheet of card stock ($.30) a pre-cut matting sheet ($1.60) and a 5 by 7 table frame ($5.99). I wrapped the matting sheet in the scrapbook paper. Then I downloaded a pretty font from here and printed out our monogram on the cardstock. After only 10 minutes this is what I ended up with...

I think it turned out really cute. Wouldn't this be a great little house warming gift for some newlyweds or with the right scrapbook paper a new baby room? Hmm...I will have to remember this one around the holidays!

Ohh look what was waiting for me when I got home from work yesterday.

He got me flowers, did the grocery shopping and put up some laundry...don't I have a sweet husband? I love him!!

I hope everyone is having a Happy Valentine's Day!!