drumroll please....

some side notes to this post:

found the charger (my id wasnt with it. see below post) so here are the long-awaited house photos!

please excuse joseph's need to display everything samoan on the windows. we have not gotten around to installing some kind of window covering just yet. so for now we live with lava-lavas tacked over them to keep out the eyes. and yes you can see our glowing windows on the other side of the development.
now for some thoughts:
its just now sinking in that its a new year. i think i have only written 2008 about three times, and its kinda funny. so to celebrate, here are all things NEW about my life:
  • new phone! splitting from the parents and doing it all on our own! freedom is exhilarating! its even got a utah phone number. after liscence plates on the car we will be true utahns.

the new cherry chocolate. yum!

  • new jeans! i have been on the hunt for quite some time! i even watched the re-run of oprah's show on how to pick the jeans for you. after-christmas shopping did not come to fuition, and i came back to utah with no hopes. by chance, my awesome husband saw lucky brand jeans at costco for forty bucks and mentioned it to me. i didnt think too much about, but checked it out. i thought that it was too good to be true! i didnt try them on, which i didnt want to do but there were no changing rooms, and i came home and immediately slid them up, buttoned, zipped, and breathed a sigh of relief. a perfect fit!

  • new semester with new classes! maybe not so exciting, but i am really in love with a couple classes im taking. mostly marriage enhancement, i'm leaning WAY more than i thought i would, and i love my professor! even though its at the end of my thirteen hour days at school, i look forward to it!

  • new hair! yes ladies and gentlemen, the hair has come off! ive been growing it out for nearly six years, and it was time for a change! (a theme around here right now) its being donated to locks of love. i am so excited about it! some lucky little girl who isnt fortunate enough to have beautiful hair will now have that opportunity! AND it was a double good deed because the guy that cut it off said he had always wanted to take off someone's ponytail. i'm not totally sure about the new do, but its been fun to see people's reactions so far.

    thirteen inches from tip to tip.

  • best of all- new house! this is the best part. we have a garage, washer and dryer, HUGE fridge in a HUGE kitchen, three bedrooms and a mini-backyard all to ourselves! and its amazing!

bed is on the floor. we don't have a bed frame yet, but we like it sometimes-

easier to get out of bed.

HUGE master bath!

another angle

office- samoan decorated!

spare room. we will furnish it, one day. for now it holds.... a sign.

guest bath

second floor landing

family room

tv in it
(the tv has on the movie waitress. a new favorite. it makes me want to be good at making pies!)

entrance/front door


mini-backyard! with eight inches of snow in it!

half bath

laundry room


so there it is. a long needed update. and now my homework has been long awaiting me and i must do it. happy mlk jr. day!


Shellie said...

Katie - I love the new do! It looks great. The house looks great too. Oh, and I have more samoan stuff for the office anytime you want it.

Jamison said...

Hello gorgeous girl. You were gorgeous with long hair, and quite gorgeous without it. I love it! I also REALLY love your window coverings...I am sure it gives teh neighbors something to talk about, or wonder about one! Hehe, add some color to that white outside. Miss you guys, thanks for the post!

jill said...

i love your hair! and thanks for the update..i miss you (and i guess my brother too :p) can't wait to see you in april!

Lisa said...

Katie, Katie, one loved your long hair more than I did! No one loves you as much as I do, either (maybe a little more than Joseph does at this point!), and so I suppose I will learn to love the new-do also. You look way more "mature", maybe? There's nothing as fun as change and you sure have had your fair share lately! Love Ya, Mamacita

Porter Family said...

Don't you know you're supposed to be poor starving students for the first at least 6 months of marriage?? :) The house looks great and we are insanely jealous. Oh, love the hair. I had to wait to post that until your mommy posted something.

Jarom said...

Katie... wow you married someone with a lot of dough ;D but seriously your house is huge!!! that's so funny you're married... i mean it's cool... but nice house!!! and hair!! and husband!!! ha ha you've probably been married for a while... but congrats :D


Savanna said...

That undecorated room... is all mine. Remember? I am having a full portrait painted for the wall in there, so don't put anything up. I've never been more serious.