Monday, June 13, 2011

It's Been A While

Dang...I've been out of the blogging world for a couple of months.  What have I been doing during this time?  
It has literally consumed most of my time on-line.  Facebook has some stiff competition. 

However, with all of this time spent on Pinterest, I have been making use of everything I pin to my boards.  I've been making different meals (which means I'm out of my cooking funk).  I've been planning a baby shower for a dear friend with a DIY theme and decorations.  I've been getting ideas for sewing dresses (for $6 or less). 

But let me not foget to mention, I've been taking care of baby lady to my best abilities as well.  She's so precious right now.  This age (7 months) is making my heart melt each time I look at her.  She is too sweet.  I often ask myself, "Lord, why am I so blessed to have a sweet daughter?" I'm trying to enjoy it for all it's worth!

I went to a hoarders house.  I "picked" it, as Mike and Frank would say.  I'm not at the point of selling my found treasures, but I'm sure I'll get there some day (with the rate I'm going at).

I also went to a conference here at GCTS called "CASKET EMPTY".  It's a program of sorts that explains God's redemptive plan through history.  That's all I'll say about it now since when I get into talking about it I tear up and talk forever!!!!!!!!  I'm sorry, hubs, for always wanting the "one-minute" version of everything you're learning...I am learning it's not easily done.  

The Lord has been moving in my life these last couple months.  I'm being spoken to by Him. It's sweet.  Simply put.

Here are some pictures of baby lady until the next time...

See ya later, dude.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

You Are So Beautiful

Tonight, I am sitting with my husband next to me.  Often, we like to just hang out and talk while do nothing since he works so hard, and I'm basically lazy (not really, but my man works way harder than I do) so I love just sitting around.  While talking, I was imagining what baby lady will be like one day, how I hope she likes to sing to rents randomly and how just simply adorable she will be.  On that note, I began to listen to some of the music at the bottom of my blog and came across Joe Cocker's song "You Are So Beautiful".  I then proceeded to tell my husband that I thought, as a young girl, how romantic it would be if a man would one day sing that song to me.  No, hubster didn't bust out in song and begin to sing, he just looked at me.  I don't know if I would really like it now, not because I don't like the song, but because I think I would be embarrassed.  I wouldn't know what to do if I were serenaded to.  Just sit there?  I guess I would figure it out if the scenario came to fruition.  
Earlier this evening, hubster and I were watching a documentary film which had Peter Gabriel's song "Big Time". This made me think of how much I want to go to the Peter Gabriel concert this summer!  It also just so happens this concert takes place on my BIRTHDAY!  How ordained is that?  Just kidding.  But really, if I am able to go, I will.  It's on my bucket list for crying out loud.
I guess what I'm trying to say is music produces an emotional response in myself (I believe it does for many people).  I go a step further and start making connections with memories and life-changing events.  I love music. I love concerts.  They get my blood pumping.  Enjoy the small music collection I have on this blog.  I know I do.  
'Till then, 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Walk This Way

I believe this post is going to be one of random thoughts.  
1) No one has really commented on my cooking funk post, therefore I am still in this funk.  Instead of cooking, I have been eating Buffalo Chicken Salads from North Bev like there is no tomorrow.  
2) I love my husband
3) I love my baby lady
4) Went into Boston today.  It was the first time in like 6 months...WOW I missed it and I had realized I had forgotten how much you walk when you're there.
5) I've had a blast with my sisters here this weekend.  I'm very sad to see them leave tomorrow.  I sure love them.
6) My favorite number was "6" when I was younger.
7) Sunday is the first day of the week, but in my mind I will always think of it as the 7th day of the week.
8) I "8" tacos today
9) Okay, this post is getting crazy so I'm outta here.  

Yes, I went here today.  Chocolate Mousse cannolis are the best ever!

hubby and baby lady
p.s help me get out of my cooking funk

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cooking Funk

I was telling my husband last night that I'm in a cooking funk.  I fell as though I cook the same thing each week and I'm bored of it.  I love cook books but I don't want to buy a bunch of new ones.  I look online, but hate printing off the recipes because I love have recipes hand-written.  I found a website with some delicious looking salads I think I'm going to make this next week (after I go grocery shopping because I have literally run out of everything I would need to make the most simple thing, like banana bread).  
On top of that, I have been looking back at the past 4.5 months with baby Navia.  At first, life was crazy and I felt as though I was feeding her all day long.  However, now I feel that I'm holding her all the time and when I'm not holding her, she screams.  I had much more time to cook in the beginning, even though I didn't feel like it at the time.  I guess it's another excuse for why I have been in a cooking funk.  Now I'm adjusting, and in about a month I will adjust again, and then again.  That's the life of a mom, right?  
With all that being said, I love to cook.  It's so relaxing.  I love the idea of organizing a meal where you have to coordinate the timing in order to have it all ready at the same time.  It also makes it more fun because my husband loves to eat what I cook.  I love the idea of having a garden that I can cook from daily during the summer.  I began doing that last year, but I want to do more of it this year.  Pioneer Woman is one of my inspirations in the kitchen, so is Paula Deen (I love butter...).  Besides that, I try anything that looks good.
What are your favorite recipes?  Cookbooks?  Ideas for getting out of my cooking funk?
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Next post coming:  Sewing 101


Friday, March 25, 2011

Momma's Visit

My mom came to visit last week.  I was very excited to see her, and she was very excited to see Navia.  That's how it goes now.  Anyways, we had such a great time.  It was relaxing, but we did a lot of stuff.  I love it when life works out that way.  We took a mini road-trip to Plimoth Plantation, went antiquing, ate some delicious clam chowda' and to-die-for cupcakes, and took walks and lots of pictures.  I had a great time and wish it didn't have to end so quickly, but am also excited to get back to normal for a couple weeks before my family comes out again in April!  I'm so blessed to have a family that puts family first.  I never thought that was how they worked.  I knew we all loved each other, but we are all so independent so what a person decides to do impacts the family, but it doesn't shift everyone else's life around (unless it is a drastic life change).  But now, I see my family does put family as a priority, and it makes me feel loved.  I'm a quality time person, which I've mentioned before, so I love spending time with people I love because it makes me feel more loved.  Even if all we are doing is watching "American Pickers".  My new fav, by the way.
On the topic of "American Pickers", I want to be a picker.  I think I was born for that kind of work, minus my terrible allergies that seems to get in the way of everything fun.  I often make fun of myself and say I'm a hoarder, but a picker is more accurate.  I love going into stores, looking at everything and finding a good deal.  I'm pretty cheap.  I like old stuff.  It just fits me.
I had a wonderful time with my mom.  Here are some pictures from the week...

Tell me she is not her daddy's girl

Friday, March 18, 2011

What I Do

Each morning I wake up to my husband getting ready for work (of course I've already been awake at least once throughout the night to feed my bay-bay) and I think to myself, "I'm so glad I don't have to get ready for my job."   I always thought I would love working at my career.  In fact, while I was preggo with Navia I was in the search for a job, thinking I would love to work even when we had a baby.  I was SO WRONG!  Never, never, never would I want to leave my baby during the day.  Honestly, I don't think I would be able to.  I'm not strong enough.  I would cry every day and hate life.  I was so humbled (my pride was squashed) by the fact when I finally had her and spent time with her I LOVED it.  I'm a quality time person so I believe by me staying home with her, we are developing a stronger relationship (even though she can't talk yet, only smile and scream).  
As for my husband, he works full-time.  He goes to school full-time.  He is a full-time husband and dad.  In all reality, he doesn't get a break ever.  I'm even more humbled when I think about how much he does to support us  and how much I do which I much less.  Yes, I know being a mom is important and a full-time job...but it's really fun so there are more times than not where I don't realize I'm "working".  
What I'm saying is, my husband is awesome!  He's the best leader I could have imagined...I'm beyond blessed by him.  
Song of Solomon 5:10-  "My beloved is radiant and ruddy, distinguished among ten thousand."
As for me, here is what my typical day consists of.  I love it.
She squirmed her legs out of her swaddle while crying.
A little dramatic?

Just too much!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

What If?

I've been told that thinking "what if" is a doubtful thing to do.  When people ask those two little words, it makes them think about what we haven't been given and doubt what we do have for something else.  I'm not sure how I feel about what I've been told, but I'm willing to explore it to a certain degree.  I believe God has a plan for me...that He'll share it with me if I ask and am willing to listen.  So, let me dare and ask, "What If?".  
I've seen posts for weekends on other bloggers' sites and they allow one to daydream...I want to take that fun idea and run with it.  I'll be trying to do this on the weekends because most people have more time to look at pictures on Google, right?  Anyways, daydream...pray...think...what if you did, where would it take you?
*apparently I think highly of myself as I've said "I've" a lot in this post.  Forgive me.  
To save up for a sewing machine just like this one

To get a foot stool like this...for cheap

To binge on delicious hot chocolate

To makeover my bedroom in shabby-chic
To find a handmade quilt to cuddle up in