Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hey, It's a good day!

Anyone remember that FFH song from a few years back? I think it was called "It's a Good Day." It's catchy, but it may even be a little too peppy in a Hanson "Mmm Bop" sort of way. Anyway, that's how I feel about the weekend-it's a good weekend! James and Matthew are napping, so I'm taking advantage of some time to reflect back on a busy, but wonderful weekend. I started off with Bunco night Friday night. It's always great to meet up once a month, play, and catch-up with the group.

Yesterday was busy enough to warrant a stunt double at one point, but it was great nonetheless. During Baby Leah's 1st birthday party, James and I had to scoot out: me to meet the girls in my family for girls night and James to the SLA festivities (PS3 football). I really had an awesome time hanging with the girls from my family. We just did the normal movie, dinner, and window shopping, but it was great to spend quality time with them. Life moves so fast for everyone. It's worth savoring when we all stop long enough to spend precious time with one another (even if it does involve viewing a love scene with Meryl Streep playing Julia Child, ick)!

I have to admit, though, I'm not one to stay up late these days. My normal bedtime ranges from 9:30-10:30 each night. It's just how I'm programmed. Can you believe I didn't get home until 11:30 last night? I even stayed up until 1:30! What a hooligan! Needless to say, despite my anticipation for another great day in the Lord's house, when the alarm went off this morning, I wasn't quite ready to roll out of bed. I finally put myself together this morning, but we stopped along the way to church to get some help for me. My setup for church this morning is in the picture below!

Anyway, our church service was great this morning and I'm really feeling great about the things God has in store for us. I feel Him moving in ways I've felt so many wonderful times before!

Overall, it's just been a great weekend in so many ways. God is so good to us and I'm so grateful for His hand in our lives! Hope everyone has a great week! Later... I'm going to see if I can add Mmm Bop to my playlist! ;)

Julie & Julia/ Emily & Rachael

I'm not obsessed with Rachael Ray or anything despite what anyone might have said about me at one time in my life. As far as the premise of the movie Julie & Julia, Rachael Ray is 100% the Julia in my life. I certainly mean no disrespect to legendary influence Julia Child has been on millions of cooks everywhere, but I have never even looked at one of her cookbooks or watched a complete episode of her show. Not even once! With that being said, she was a little "before my time," but I know that many of the chefs I watch today and go to for ideas were completely captivated by her. So, in many ways, I'm sure there's even a little of Julia in my kitchen indirectly.

James and I were married for about two years when we got cable. When I found Food Network and Rachael Ray located on channel 49 (it's since changed to 46 for me!), my life really did change. I hate to sound all melodramatic about it, but folks, she really taught me to cook! I cooked before I watched her and started collecting her cookbooks, but I really cooked once I found Rachael! She taught me that great meals don't have to be complicated or fancy-schmancy to be amazing. Even though my dad taught me to try new things as a teenager, as a wife cooking for her hubby (this was BM-Before Matthew, not the other gastrointestinal BM, sicko!), I just never tried to cook anything out of my comfort zone.

She taught me that you can do more than Hamburger Helper in 30 minutes! She helped me understand ingredients that I had never even heard of, much less tasted before. She helped me find the guts to cook pretty much anything. I'm not saying that we eat all of these diverse meals seven days a week, but I definitely have found my way out of the prepackaged box since then.

Today, I own more of her cookbooks that I can even think of right now and I have no intention of cooking my way through one of her books anytime soon as Julie cooked her way through Julia Child's book in the movie. However, I will always be thankful for the influence Rachael Ray has had in our kitchen. I'm pretty sure James is thankful for the influence she's had in our kitchen too!


So, Rachael, wherever you are today, thanks for showing me "that a great meal is never more than 30 minutes away!"

Living room basketball


Every time I download pictures from my memory card, this pops up again. I've cleared the entire card countless times, but it's still there! I guess that means I should share it since I can't ever seem to delete it. I'm guessing it's about two years old and it's not great quality, but, if nothing else, it's an amazing reminder of how time flies! I love that baby!
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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Randomness

Happy Thursday! I just thought I would take a moment and check in since I haven't posted in several days. Everything is good with us, but, as usual, we've stayed pretty busy. There's nothing necessarily worth mentioning here, but I will mention a few things.

1. Our pastor search at Liberty. We've brought in two of the three candidates and I'm already so overwhelmed by the possibilities and opportunities each choice could send our way. James and I haven't met or heard the third candidate yet, but he's due to visit and preach in a couple of weeks, so it could get even harder to decide. We've really enjoyed meeting the families and hearing the first two candidates; both are wonderful. It certainly would be a lot easier if one was wonderful and the others left a lot to be desired. All of our choices be easier that way! Please join us as we pray for God's will to be done as we choose the man (and his family) who will lead our church.

2. Matthew is still praying for all of his trains at night. It's really pretty cute! (God, thank you for Thomas, and thank you for Percy, and thank you for Spencer...)

3. Staying home with Matthew is really nice. I don't think either of us has fully adjusted yet, but I know it takes time. It's great to have him run up to me at any given point just to kiss me on the nose and have time to play with him. I have to be honest though, he rarely wears shirts and pants around the house these days. The moment he gets up he starts stripping down to his Thomas underwear. He claims that he can "play better" without shorts on. How crazy!

We start our preschool workbooks in the next couple of weeks. I think that will give us a better idea of the kind of structure we'll need on a daily basis. Until then, it's been nice just hanging out with him.

4. The other aspect of staying home: housework! It's actually not so bad for me right now. It's kind of crazy having time to dust, mop, and the other things that didn't get done as often as they should. It's also been nice to have time to do some real cooking. I've always been good about cooking, even when I worked, but it makes a huge difference in your motivation when you aren't rushed for time to get it prepared, cooked, eaten, and cleaned-up. In fact, the menu for tonight is tuna cakes, honey glazed carrots, and roasted potatoes. Could I pull that off getting started at 6:30? Probably not, and even if I could pull it off, I'd be cleaning it all up until bedtime!

Anyway, I guess that's about it. We've got a busy weekend, as usual, but I'm looking forward to it. We've got a 1st birthday party on James' side and a girls night on my side, along with church on Sunday.

As always, we continue to be incredibly blessed by our loving and wonderful Father God. There truly is none like Him!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Happy Peter Gibbons Liberation Day!


Well, this is it. Peter Gibbons Liberation Day has arrived and there's something beautiful in the air today. I can't really describe it, but there's just something about knowing that after 5 PM today, I will no longer be worrying about databases, invoices, coordinating tours, scheduling meetings, or dealing with the dementor that escaped from Azkaban when the Death Eaters were back in full force (that's a complex metaphor, in case you can't tell).

I didn't wear my Hawaiian shirt today, nor did I bring a fish to gut on my desk, but, in honor of Peter Gibbons and all of you who feel like one more day at your Initech could be the very thing to drive you up the wall, I'm just not gonna go anymore! I'm staying home with Matthew and concentrating my efforts on being the best wife and mommy I can be for my family!

In honor of Peter (and all of you who feel oppressed by your Office Space), here's one of my favorite interactions from the movie:

1. Peter Gibbons: The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care.

Bob Porter: Don't... don't care?

Peter Gibbons: It's a problem of motivation, all right? Now if I work my a** off and Initech ships a few extra units, I don't see another dime, so where's the motivation? And here's something else, Bob: I have eight different bosses right now.

Bob Slydell: I beg your pardon?

Peter Gibbons: Eight bosses.

Bob Slydell: Eight?

Peter Gibbons: Eight, Bob. So that means that when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That's my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.

May 5 PM come quickly! :)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Where are you Twitter?


I'm having withdrawals. I don't know what to do with myself. I know that no one actually cares about what I'm doing each second, but not being able to share it is really stressing me out. Get well soon, Twitter! I miss you.