All About Me…Hi, I’m April!

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profile Welcome to Uncookie Cutter!  I’m so glad you came by.  I started this blog in late February, 2015, after my family and I moved to Stillwater, OK from a suburb of Richmond, VA.   We told our realtor we wanted a NEW house in a NEW neighborhood.  Then we saw what was to become our house  – a big, old, crazy looking artist designed house that needed a ton of work.  I don’t know what possessed us to buy it, but we did.  Now we love it and we are embracing the challenge head on.  I decided to start writing about my projects here at Uncookie Cutter as a way to embrace the insanity ;).

A little more about me…
My aunt, me and my momma in front of the National Championship Banner. War Eagle!

I grew up in Auburn, AL and I come from a very fun, loud, boisterous family.  I attended Auburn High School and went on to attend Auburn University where I majored in Health Promotion and Excerise Science (note I now write a blog on interior design).  I love my alma mater and I am a die hard Tiger lovin’ Auburn fan through and through.  My favorite season is college football season.  There is something about living in a college town that gets in your blood and never quite leaves.   I also met my husband while he was working on a PhD at Auburn.  He is, without a doubt, the funniest person I’ve met in real life.  We moved to Spokane, WA for his first job as a professor at Gonzaga University and loved every second of the inland northwest.
My favorite wedding pic.

We were happily married in a wonderful outdoor garden wedding surrounded by our favorite friends and family.  We moved to Richhmond, VA after that where Matt worked at VCU and we had our two adorable children (I know, I’m biased, but come on!  Look at those faces…).
My kiddos on the first day of 1st grade and Pre-k.

My kids truly do amaze me everyday.  My daughter is living with autism and has to be the coolest little girl I know.  My son is the most amazing boy with the biggest, most loving heart ever.  I am so glad they have each other, almost exactly two years apart and the best of friends.

Also, we have these guys…that’s a whole other story on how we ended up with three, but we love them all.  Jade turned 15 in 2015 and the puppies will both be turning two in the fall of 2015.  They are all “mutts”, my favorite kind of pup.
George, Stella and Jade

Just a little more background…

While we were living in Richmond, and before the kiddos, I started taking some classes and applied for art school at VCU on a whim.  I couldn’t believe it when I got in.  I was older than most of the other freshmen in my class, and my background – as I mentioned above – was nothing remotely related to art.  I was always a math girl and thought I wasn’t good at anything creative or artistic.  As it turns out, I loved it.  I took my first woodworking class that year and was hooked.  I started making little pieces, which have now turned into full blown furniture projects.  I truly believe you shouldn’t let your strengths or weaknesses define you.  I use my mad math skills to create beautiful things and couldn’t be happier.  Don’t get me wrong, I still have a little of my Health Promotion/Exercise Science roots.  Last year I finished my YogaWorks 200 hour teacher training.  I am now certified to teach yoga, which I love, but I am having trouble with the whole “get up in front of everybody” part.  I’m going to do it.  Maybe.  One day.
All the students in my class took photos for a book for our instructor. I don’t know why I thought it would be hilarious to take a photo in the snow, doing yoga in snow boots, but there you go.

Why I started blogging…

When we were discussing whether to buy this house, or the move in ready house we loved, my husband mentioned to me that if we got this house, fixing it up would be my full time job.  Well, that actually sounded great to me!  I wanted to chronical all of our projects and share them with all of our friends and family across the globe.  My friend, Kim over at Knock it Off Crafts was my encouragement to get going and she encouraged me to join a group of bloggers and since then I have just run with it.  This little project has already gone so much further than I thought it would and I am having so much fun with it. I can not WAIT to see where I go next.  I’m so glad you’ve stopped by and please follow me and my journey, I’d be tickled to have you!
Our first ever pic of the new house – “The Compound” as my husband so lovingly calls it. It has so many great parts, none of which you can tell from this photo. We are working on it. Follow along and you’ll see!   You can see more “before” pics HERE and HERE. Please excuse the picture quality, I am learning all the time :).

Just a few more random pics…
Thanks for reading!