Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
It's a bit out of control.
If you don't know what it is, google reader is a place where you bookmark all the blogs you want to read and it automatically updates it for you when there is a new post to one of your blogs. I currently have 86 blogs on my reader. I've got everything from friends, to cooks, to decorators, to party planners, paper companies, photographers, crafty moms...you name it. It's a bit out of control.
It's amazing to me how technology has opened up this door of sharing and learning...encouraging, creating, and giving. I read a lot of blogs who's author I have never met and probably won't ever meet. It's fascinating to me. that is all.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Josh had gotten a groupon for Bate's Nursery so he bought an azalea bush and some daises to plant (the daisies for me of course!...they are just the happiest...or friendliest...lele?)
Then we went to target and got some seeds to plant around the mailbox. We'll see which ones actually turn up.
check back tomorrow with pictures from how it all went down...
Saturday, April 24, 2010
I've been really challenged lately to broaden my card making tools. What started out with contruction paper, crayola markers, and tape in high school...has now turned into card stock, patterned paper, glue dots, ribbon, stamps, embossing, and possibly buying a cricut (is it worth it?!).
Courtney is a WONDERFULLY talented card maker/designer/scrapbooker/all things crafty person! She is so encouraging and her videos are great! Here is the video where I learned the ribbon technique I used on this card. Thanks Courtney!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
some of the "arts and crafts" at the festival.
we got some "dinner" while we sat down to watch them show their mules...
how cute is this little cowboy?!
next up...mule pull! poor mules. I would hate my life. When we saw them 2 mules were pulling 1600 pounds. By saturday, they got up to 3200. dang!
this way my favorite part of the night. dessert.
a slice of cheesecake factory cheesecake. on a stick. dipped in chocolate. HEAVEN!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Last spring Cheryl introduced everyone to this gem of a game. It really is fabulous. Then break time turned into bananagram times. Twice a day. I was hooked. If I don't have work I'm in the middle of then I try and make it to game time.
Now...here's my dilemma. They all bring their own snacks. Usually I've either already eaten something earlier or ... don't have anything for snack. Which is fine. But sometimes I get sad. So I'm trying to find the perfect healthy easy to pack, easy to play bananagrams snack.
Two ladies always eat a banana with peanut butter. The PB always smells so good. So today I thought i would try it....nope. Didn't like it. I ended up eating way more peanut butter and then just eating my banana plain. Sad.
Any suggestions for a healthy break time snack?
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Since October I've been living with my mom. It's really been a good thing but I'll be honest...when new seasons come around or I see some really cute dishes I get a little sad. Josh got me a place setting in the fabulous new lime green fiestaware for valentines day. He thought I didn't like it because it's still sitting on his table...in the box. The truth is I love it...I just don't have a house.
While it is kind of sad sometimes to not have a house to decorate, and little hard sometimes to live in a one bedroom space with all your things...or wrap a present for someone in that one bedroom space with all your things...I think I'm really learning important lessons.
Lessons like...I don't need a new serving tray for every party I host, I don't need a new picture frame...and not just because my mom won't let me hang things on the wall. But also lessons on how to live simply now. Not just when my kids are grown and we can downsize to smaller house but to maybe live in a way now where I take up less space and spend less money on my things and more time and money on the poor, the widowed, the orphan. After all, that's what we are called to do. (James 1:27)
I do think it's hard to plan a future and a possible family and not dream up this wonderful home with lots of space and a big yard and full of fun stuff. I just pray that if ever do have a nice home it's an open place for those in need to use a spare bedroom, that it's not filled with wasted space or trivial materials, and that the things in my closet don't cost me so much I can't afford to give to others.
Call it what you want...missional living, living simply, maybe even just simply thinking of others. That's always a good idea.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
A few nights ago we had cooked dinner and I went to put the dishes in the sink and noticed this...
yup...standing water is his dishwasher...and it smelled.... so the rest of the night we was working on that...and this...other plumbing was backing up so he worked on this too...I had issues of my own when it came to DIY-ing some shower invites. All turned out well in the end and I'm excited to show the finished product along with other baby shower goodies!
We talked to each other throughout the evening...I'd check water levels for him...he'd ok the cut out circles, etc for me. It was after 11 when I had finished my crafting and he was at a stopping point with his garbage disposal. I thought to myself, "Is this what married life is like?"
I kind of liked the normalcy of it all. Nothing fancy, showy...just living normal life together. It was just wierd to not really spend the evening with him...yet be with him all night. And now you know how super awesome and exciting our lives are!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
So...I love grilling out. But I think I'm a gas grill kind of girl. Poor Josh, I wouldn't kiss him at all the rest of the night. It smelled like he had litterly eaten a piece of charcoal. I'm hoping I can convince him to go gas...I mean, it's quicker, not as smelly, and doesn't make for grilling to be such a process. Any tips on how to help persuade him?
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Anyway, a few months ago Lele blogged about the new and improved retractable sharpie. I'll admit I was hesitant. I don't so much love the retractable...the ink dries faster in my opinion. But I just bought my first set at target and I have to say...they are growing on me.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Charlie and heather are getting married in less than a month. We wanted both of them to feel very much showered with love so we tried to incorporate a little something for the two of them.
We had notecards with the words printed, "LOVE IS..." for people to write on for the two of them to keep...
WALL-E and EVE cupcakes for Charlie, with his favorite cake and icing flavors...
Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese icing (for heather) with cutest little robot cake toppers (for Charlie)