Tuesday, March 27, 2012

You’ll have to forgive me for my lack of brain function.

We’ve been a little absent. Obviously.

It’s not that I don’t have plenty to say, because trust me, I will never run out of words. And we even have some fun times we’d love to document.

It’s just that my brain doesn’t seem to be functioning entirely as requested. Maybe it’s the crazy, or maybe it's because I'm tired completely exhausted, but things are just not working properly in the cranial region this week.

I have so much I want to say, but I can’t find the words.

I’m feeling tired, I’m feeling down, and I’m feeling worn out

I’m feeling Anxious. Insecure. Stressed. Blah.

But still there is this.

“Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.” …” But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God."  My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!  Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!” Psalm 31: 9, 10, 14, 15, 16

And this

And I'm absolutely grateful. Still funk-y, but grateful.

Anyone else ever have those weeks?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Little Crazy with a Lotta Love

I work in an office where a certain level of fanciness is generally expected. I admire those whose outfits are coordinated, whose eyebrows are waxed in a timely manner, and whose sweaters do not have holes in them (note to self- learn to sew and schedule that waxing appointment)

I try to cook yummy and healthy (and different) meals for my little family. I admire anyone (truly anyone) who can do this without tears (because they weren’t paying attention and accidentally boiled and curdled the sauce- yuck) and a trip to taco bell.

I try to live healthily and work out and run. I admire (and I’m kind of in awe of) anyone who can wake up in the morning to work out/run when I just can’t get this sleepy bum out of bed. I’ll start again tomorrow.

When hubband fell in love, he fell in love with a mess.

I feel like I’m on some kind of crazy roller coaster ride that I don’t necessarily remember getting in line for, but at least my hair is clean (I think so at least). 

My life is a crazy mess. But, with that crazy mess comes a husband, a family, and close friends, who never have to question my love for them.

Because of that crazy mess, we’re blessed to be able to go to England/Germany for the summer, and hubband gets to see his dad, who he misses like crazy.

So ladies, let’s toast our plastic cups of wine (dishes tonight, I swear) to not having it all together [or any of it really]

But definitely, having it all.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ten for Tuesday!

This is what we’re feeling/thinking/living this happy Tuesday:

One- First, let me say, Hubband’s birthday was magically fantastical. That man is spoiled blessed. I’ll elaborate later in life, but we had a fun day. And holy fatness batman! We ate. A lot.

Two- Do you ever have a hard time letting go of a relationship/friendship when you’re the only one pursuing it? My super sweet friend and I ended up talking about this occasional occurrence in our lives last Monday. It seems like we (as people) always seem to want what we can’t have, even when we have really fantastic [other] people in our lives who are making the effort. Hubband doesn’t have a hard time letting go of people/things/relationships, especially when he knows they’re not beneficial/healthy in his life (such as those kinds of relationships where only half of the party is making any effort). Anyone else notice this? I hope we’re not just a couple crazies ;)

Three- If I ever had to choose between fame and love (they don’t seem to mix well), I’d choose love.

Four-We’ve begun to discuss plans for our anniversary (early June). We simply cannot believe it’s just a few months away. Yikes galore! The time sure does fly.

Five- Hubband started the new job yesterday and he is loving it! Not to go cheeseballs on you, but we’re going to anyway. Yesterday felt like the first day of the rest of our lives, if you know what I mean. Okay, that’s it. See? That wasn’t so bad.

Six- After four cheat days of eating-everything-that-is-food I’m back on track-ing my calories, if you will.  

Seven-  I’m close to finishing The Power of a Praying Wife, and I’m thinking of reading So Long,Insecurity next. I’ve heard good things. Have you read it? Would you recommend it?

Eight- Have you noticed that we updated our About Us and Our Story sections? They were a bit too wordy for our tastes. I’m currently working on a “how he proposed” page and I’m really excited to get it up! I love sharing our story with the world!

Nine- Lately, we tell ourselves that we’re going to keep the weekend free[ish] to relax and refresh, but then we end up being super busy all weekend and feel more exhausted by the time the week comes around. We’re having a blast every weekend, but struggling with the balancing act—how much is too much? Does anyone else do this?

Ten- Today is definitely a Tired Tuesday. Pass the java please. Actually, can I just get a caffeine drip?

Monday, March 19, 2012

26 Years

Today we celebrate 26.

26 years of goofy, witty, and fun.

26 years of creativity, talent, and uniqueness.

26 years of nerdiness complemented by charm and charisma.

26 years of intelligence, sweetness, a joyful spirit, handsomeness, an immense capacity for love, and kindness like no other. 

Happy birthday baby.

I love you.

Here's to 26 more adventure-filled years.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Adventures of the Weekend-Sort

It's a bit early to be talking about the weekend as if it has already ended, but it's pouring out here in the desert in a way that makes us want to lay in bed for the remainder of this crazy weekend.

Also, this post will probably be, let's see how should I say this, less animated more boring than usual. See why now:


We left immediately from work and headed over for dinner + movies with some wonderful people. On the menu? Jack in the Box and Sam Adams. Needless to say, Friday night ended up being a cheat night for me. Whoops.We watched Abduction  first, which ended up being kind of a dorky teen-type flick, that, let's say, not all parties enjoyed. I don't know why we thought this would be anything but a kind of dorky-teen-type flick, as Taylor Lautner was the main character. Red Box, you failed us. But, it's okay people, the night wasn't a complete Red-Box-bomb. We followed Abduction with Our Idiot Brother, which was funny, witty, and actually rather insightful. Those us of who managed to stay awake throughout the whole film enjoyed it thoroughly ;).


We I trudged out of bed after the late-night-movie-fest and met a sweet friend for coffee and awesome girly-bondingness. It was awesome! we found a small local shop (those are the best) and enjoyed some super delicious javas while catching up. Afterwords, we perused the local Plato's Closet where I scored a cute shirt and dress for $15 bucks. I totally dig second-hand shopping scores.

Since Saturday night was St. Patty's (duh) we got together with [more!] friends. Our superfantastical friend Jeff, being the superbly amazing cook he is, made delicious corned beef and cabbage. I'd never had it before, and uhhhhmygosh it was amazing.

Do I even need to say that this ended up being cheat night # 2?


Our amazing chef. (I unfortunately missed getting a picture with his girlfriend, who is also amazing).

After some digestion time (during which we introduced them to the IT Crowd- they will forever be indebted to us) we headed out to a local place and ended up doing some karaoke. Let me just say, I LOVE karaoke. The four of us delivered an astounding rendition Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" which earned us a room full of applause.

The lesson? Great friends + great food + karaoke= great night.

We got to sleep around 2, which typically isn't a particulary interesting or important point, except Saturday afternoon hubband had gotten a text from one of the pastors from one of the campuses of our church (did you follow that?) asking Jordan to fill in on drums last minute. We're always happy to serve, and when that service involves doing music, we're especially always happy to serve.

Which brings me to...


We woke up at 7 today (gross) and headed off for another spectacular day. Hubband drummed and I sang for the service. At this particular campus, the songs are delivered half in Spanish and the message is translated, so the sermon is in English and Spanish, which meets the demographics/needs of the community surrounding the campus. So, not only do we get to listen to an awesome sermon, but I also get to practice my Spanish a bit! We're definitely going to try and make it to that campus more often.

A hair cut and lunch date at the-most-amazing-restaurant-in-my-world followed.

The end.

We are exhausted.

Our humble apologies for the lack of jazz hands pizazz in this here weekend-y update, but boy-oh-boy.

We are exhausted.

Wait, did I already say that?

How was your weekend friend?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy Happy

                  Happy Saint Patrick's Day
        Have fun, be safe, and don't get pinched!
Love, us

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Ostrich Festival, it's Totally Normal.

Today I'm super excited to tell you about the fun and adventure we had last Saturday! Read also: today= Fitness Friday Fail. We sure are rebellious this week, I say.

We mentioned earlier that we went to the local Ostrich Festival. I have no idea if they have this sort of occasion in other states, but essentially it's a festival centered around ostriches, totally normal right? A long time ago (okay, not that long) when I was a wee one, it was on a little street corner in downtown Chandler, but now it's a big to-do at a local park (it's also more expensive- boo!).

We'd never been (even though we'd heard of it and knew what it was), but some of our good friends invited us, and, lemme tell ya, we are always down for an adventure, hubband and me.

On our way

OH the anticipation of fun!

No, no, that's not product placement, it's just walking-photography.

Upon arrival, our friends told us to meet them at the back of the festival for the ostrich races. No, you didn't read that wrong. We said ostrich races.

We, of course, enjoyed the sights smells along the way. This festival had a better food selection that the state fair!

 We are just. So very, very sorry about this.

We made it to the race-site, which was packed!

Ah, those, double-chinned-no-room-for-the-camera-squishing-my-face kinda pictures.

With sweet Miranda


Waiting in the stands, we watched the pre-race events. This was legit people. 

The rodeo queen came by with the flag even, and of course, ceremonious playing of the national anthem "If the American Flag Could Speak" by the Richardson Community Band? Again, totally normal.

Our announcer, or rather, ring leader? He actually quite funny.

Anyways. Without further ado, we present a heartfelt montage of the ostrich races! 

So, in between THAT little-bit-o-crazy, they had kids coming down and doing little challenges. In this one, they had to chase herd emus into their pens, which was totally adorable + hilarious.

I promise torturing small animals and children are not the only Arizona past times, but I mean, come on, the desert does leave quite a bit of room for creativity, no?

Ostriches having been raced and children having been exhausted, the gang headed off to, where else?! The petting zoo! Proof that kids never grow up!

Check out this hairy beast. Literally.


How about them... antlers? Okay, bad joke, but these are some cur-az-y horned guys.


 Not to offend, but this guy was MASSIVE!

Another big guy.

 I couldn't help myself- more babies! So cute!

Cute/shock meter filled, we left for a Ferris wheel ride.


 (I know, I know, gag ;)  )

friend Miranda + hubby friend Bryce = adorableawesometacular. Yeap, that just happened.


Enjoying that view from the top.

That's just too many rules. Some of which may, or may not have been broken while we rode.

After the Ferris wheel, we walked around a bit, trying to ignore the smells amidst our hunger pains while waiting to meet more friends at Chipotle, and finally it was time to head out. 

It was a silly afternoon/evening out, but we had so much fun, weird and all.

Plus this view. 

Totally normal, right?
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