27 March 2012

This week.

After this week, I can honestly say that I have earned my spring break. It has been a whirlwind of a week, and it's only Tuesday! I feel like I've been working at least ten days in a row now. Spring break is just around the corner. This is the thought that is getting me through the rest of the week. Only 3 more mornings until freedom.

The plan for this spring break is cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning. How much will I really get done? That's a good question and I'm probably extremely unrealistic, but I plan on cleaning out our closet and chest of drawers and reorganizing everything. {Don't tell the hubs any of these plans in case they don't happen. ;) What he doesn't know won't hurt him and if they do end up happening he'll be pleased.}

We have a very small closet so organization is a must. Currently, we have none.

Simple Organized Living has a great tutorial posted  about how to make do with an "average size master closet." I guarantee you ours is definitely "average size." Or maybe even smaller. 

I'll be doing this on a budget so I'm looking for cheap and easy ways to improve our storage. Any tips or ideas? Our biggest ordeal is our shoes. We have no idea what to do with any of them! And there are lots (I'm planning on getting rid of a ton).

I like the idea of storing things under the bed on rolling drawers. The hubs's boots would work nicely under there.

I don't know. I'm at a loss. We also don't have doors on our closet, so everything is out in the open for all eyes to see (not that anyone actually goes into our bedroom but us, but that's not the point). So I might look to adding doors cheaply. Remember I'm on a budget!

23 March 2012

Movie Review

The Hunger Games were ever in my favor last night. I thought the film was brilliantly done. This is coming from someone who has a very difficult time separating the books from the movies (I'm still struggling with actually liking the Harry Potter films when I loved the Harry Potter books). I can't recount too much, other than the fact that I'm astounded by how amazing it is, so I won't make any further implications until after I've seen it again. Which, lucky for you, will be this afternoon. Yes. I am going again within 24 hours of seeing it the first time and going on an hour and a half of sleep (I'm trying to listen to Disney music in hopes that it will keep me awake). I will say this though: the casting was perfect. They could not have done a better job and I am extremely pleased with how each actor portrayed their character. A.MA.ZING. 

22 March 2012

What I want for Christmas

Is it too early to be thinking about what I want for Christmas this year? I sure hope it isn't because I'm begging for new bedroom furniture for the master bedroom. The stuff the hubs and I are currently using is the furniture from my teenage bedroom. The drawers are small, falling apart, the drawer pulls don't exist, and did I mention the drawers are small? It takes very precise pushing and shoving to close the drawers, and that's without clothes in them. Basically, I'm just fed up with them. So I'm on the prowl for "new" (to me) furniture. I'm searching thrift stores, Craigslist, and garage sales. Not that we can get them now...This is for Christmas.

I'll take anything with good bones. I'm not afraid of a little makeover.





Of course most of these are way beyond out of my price range, but you get the gist of what I want. I don't care if it matches or not. Really I want more of an eclectic look. We'll see what I end up with though. In reality I'll get whatever is cheapest. But that is life now and I am okay with that. The cheaper it is the better I feel about making it my own.
At midnight tonight the reaping begins.
May the odds be ever in your favor.

21 March 2012

An honest post.

I love sunflowers. They make me happy when my skies are gray.

Some days it's stronger than others. 
That maternal yearn. 
I know I've talked about it before. 
The desire to be a mom. 

It's hard for me when I see friends who are expecting who either have been married for a shorter period of time than the hubs and I or aren't even married. I feel that awful pang of jealousy rising. I try to squelch it, but it's there. Don't get me wrong. I'm happy for them, I just wish I was in the same boat as they are. I want to be going through the same things that they are. And I get to thinking: "Why did God let them get pregnant and not me? Why did He bless them, but I'm still here waiting?" I struggle with this often. Sometimes it's not as much or obvious as other times, but it's always there. A little nagging in the back of my mind. I'm just ready to be pregnant. But it's not my time. As much as I want it to be it's not my time and it's not about "my time." It's about His time.

I have to trust that God's timing is perfect. He will give us children when the time is right. Just as He has provided for us in the past. He has not abandoned us. He is guiding us down His path. I just have to trust that for fact.

There's a different between knowing and trusting. I know that what I say is true. He has a perfect time for everything. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says "He has made everything beautiful in its time." In its time. Not in my time. It's such a difficult thing for me to accept! I try. I understand. I just don't trust and believe. I struggle with trusting and believing.

but His timing is perfect. 

I must trust that, as difficult as it is for me.

And until He does bless me with children, I can share the love I have with the children around me. They need love. Sometimes more than I realize. I just have to be conscious of what God is laying on my heart and trust Him to lead me where I need to go.

At the moment I feeling a tug at my heart. I don't know exactly what the tug is pulling me toward, but I'm doing my best to trust in God and follow His way.

19 March 2012

A hiking we will go.


Saturday the hubs and I went hiking for our date day. It was rather fun! We hiked probably around 6 miles. I am so sore! It was a beautiful day for a hike. Not too hot and not too cold. Just right. I did get a little sun burnt from the day. Who knew that I could get a sunburn in March! It's been crazy weather, but I do love it! 

16 March 2012

This Weather.

I'm absolutely in love with this weather. Yes, I know, with this weather comes this ridiculous yellow stuff called pollen, but this weather is well worth it! I love the feeling of the sun on my skin, the cool breeze blowing, the smell of the flowers blooming. Also, the smell of rain. I love the smell of rain. As I'm typing this, I've got the window open and the breeze is carrying the smell of rain right to me. It's perfect.

Today after work I met the hubs and we went and dropped off some firewood for our church's youth retreat at a campground. I got to explore while he labored unloading the firewood. It was an absolutely lovely day!




It was a perfect start to our weekend. Tomorrow is date day!

14 March 2012

Dreaming

The hubs and I have spent the past few days dreaming dreams that are very unlikely to ever come true. 
But it is fun to dream and I encourage dreaming. 
I believe it is good for the soul.

These past few days we have been dreaming about our unfinished basement. 
It has to combine a family room, laundry room, and craft room.
We have such grand plans for it, however money (as always) is holding us back. 
But like I said, it doesn't hurt to dream.





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13 March 2012

Weekend in Review -- Instagram Edition

This weekend was a relaxing one. 
The weather was beautiful on Sunday so we spent the day outside. 

It was nice just to sit outside and relax.

The hubs played baseball with our furry child.
It was so much fun to watch. 
I admit I laughed when he hit over the fence.

Then hubs decided to cut down a tree in the back yard.
Our furry son wanted to play and not cut down the tree.
It was quite comedic.

While the hubs did all the work I sat and read.
Sherlock Holmes kept me company.

The day ended at Cracker Barrel. 
Yay for their fried apples being gluten free!



09 March 2012

You should check them out.

Wire Method.
I've known two of the girls since they were young (one I used to rock to sleep while we sitting in church, yeah that long). But this group is so incredibly talented and I'm so excited to see where they are going!
They did an awesome cover of "We Are Young"
Check them out.
You can also follow them on Facebook.
Or their Tumblr account.

That's all. I'm going back to sleep. 
It's been a long day filled with being sick. I'm ready for this to be over.

07 March 2012

Sick.

Exhausted. 
Just want to lay around. 
Coughing. Can't talk. Tight chest. 
Sick.

I don't like this. I just want to rest. But alas. I can sleep when I'm dead. There's work to be done. Cooking. Cleaning. Going to school. More working. It's fun. Can't you tell? At least it's not the flu *knockonwood* as there are many people coming down with it at school. Students and teachers alike. But I refuse to get it. There. Done. It won't happen. Oh. And bad news, it's a strain not protected by the vaccine. Oh well. That's why I don't get it. But that's another story.

So sick. Spending time on the couch. Thank goodness for Netflix and Downton Abbey. I am loving this series. It has sucked me in completely. Of course Lady Maggie Smith is absolutely amazing and makes this show absolutely wonderful. The whole story is just divine. I love being transported back into another day and age. I find myself longing for the more simplistic times. I miss writing letters. I mean, I was never good at it anyway, but I find myself longing to write and then hopefully receive mail. There's just something special about mail.


So I sit here, dreaming of another time, trying to gain strength to cook dinner. I can do this. And in three and a half weeks it will be spring break. Hallelujah. I'm counting down the days. 

For all you fellow Downton Abbey check out this post I found while searching online. Who knew there was this whole Downton Abbey fan world out there!

06 March 2012

It's official!! We're.........

GOING TO DISNEY IN MAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That means I will be seeing this:


And this


And meet this princess


And this one:


And then...I get to go here:


HARRY POTTER WORLD HERE I COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I bet you thought I was going to say "we're pregnant." Haha. Not yet!

05 March 2012

Off Grid - Weekend Recap

I feel like I've been missing. I didn't open my computer once this weekend, nor did I have much time to sit down and do much typing this past week. Things have been crazy. Or rather they were crazy. Last week was insane. This weekend was focused on relaxing and recouping. 

In going with the theme of relaxation, I refused to open my computer and turn it on. It was lovely. Of course I had my phone to check up on emails and such, but that was my only form of internet communication. 

But here it is. Monday. I'm back on the computer. Back to updating and note taking and pinning and sharing. Back to life...

This weekend we went to Rome. I spent a relaxing day with the best friend. And...we finished my chair! Remember this? Well I finally picked out my fabric, and set to work (along with my best friend) recovering those ugly cushions.








It just looks so much cleaner, brighter, and all around it just looks happier. 

We also put up those pallet shelves that we worked on last weekend. I'm in love with the whole look!


The picture is just a quick one I snapped with my phone, so the quality isn't the best. I'll have more pictures up for everyone to see as soon as my camera battery charges.

I hope everyone's weekend was as relaxing and rewarding as mine was! I know I needed and I can only imagine that y'all did as well.


02 March 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!

via here

You would have been 108 today. 
Thank you for your books for the have touched the lives of many!