Friday, November 19, 2010

Fill in the Blank Friday

Goodness it has been over 2 months since I have last posted. I guess being unmotivated to blog is a side effect of the first trimester of pregnancy. haha it fits right along side the nausea and exhaustion. Well I'm feeling so much better it is time for me to get back on the blog band wagon. Since I didn't take any pictures this week I can't do the usual "this moment" post. Instead I am going to participate in Lauren's fill in the blank friday link-up. You should check out her blog The Little Things We Do (haha you would think I know her by my using her first name back there. I don't konw her but she has a pretty sweet blog so check it out :) )

Thanksgiving is only a week away and I'm super excited for it! So without any further comments I give you the Thanksgiving themed Fill-in-the-blank Friday:


Photo Credit: Norman Rockwell Painting from mountaindaily.com


1. My Thanksgiving plans this year will include going to my parent's house for Thanksgiving and visiting friends while back in Iowa

2. My favorite Thanksgiving was really any of the Thanksgiving while I was in elementary school. I loved how extended family was still able to gather and all of us cousins would play together for hours and hours on end only stopping to eat the Thanksgiving meal at the 'kids table.' And stopping play for a meal isn't quite accurate. We still managed a game of Uno between bites :-)


3. My signature Thanksgiving dish is well I haven't brought anything to Thanksgiving dinner yet due to being out of state from family :( but when I do get the opportunity to bring a dish I plan on bringing the famous butter horn roles that my great-great-aunt Edith would always bring. So amazingly tasty and so many good memories attached to those rolls.


4. My favorite Thanksgiving food is green bean casserol and mashed potatoes! Who cares about the turkey, I could fill up on those two items alone. Maybe throw in a little canned cranberry sauce (without the nasty chunks of cranberry) for good measure.

5. Thanksgiving free association! family, food, fellowship, (apparently I like alliteration), thanksfulness, remembering God's blessings, kernals of corn, pilgrims, history, washing dishes, laughter, warmth, togetherness

6. I am thankful for a forgiving God, a loving husband, wonderful family,a growing little baby in my belly, good friends (even if they are far away), jobs, safety, freedom, clean water, crisp air, ability to read, good education, plenty of groceries, good smelling candles, a comfy bed, knitting, and more :-)



Have a great weekend everyone!





Friday, September 10, 2010

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Moving Summary

So much goes into moving I don't know where to start. I think the best way to cover our move would be through pictures. Pictures usually cover the happiest points anyways :-) I will warn you, this post is super duper long....

In the 2 weeks leading up to our move we squeezed in as much socializing as we posssibly could. Some of that included the Iowa State Fair, Gong Fu Tea, and fishing (for Scott at least).



Our trip to the State Fair with Jordan and Sabrina inculded 1 lb burgers



trapping Sabs in sauna in the varied industries building



sipping strawbery smoothies



hick entertainment (and an opportunity to sit in air conditioning)



Exhibit gazing



funnel cake eating (a guilty party has powdered sugar on his shirt...)



and sand sculpture viewing

Scott went fishing with Jordan multiple times but there are no pictures because I didn't go and the boys aren't big on picture taking :-)

Several grand dinners were had with Jordan and Sabs including a gut busting trip to HuHot. I don't think I wanted to eat for a good 3 days afterwards. tooooo much fooooood...

I was so blessed to have my friend Amanda come back from Boston right before I had to move. We met at our favorite spot, Gong Fu Tea, for a good chat and delicious tea.



We even remember to take a picture. I think the last time we had a picture together was during one of Amanda's oboe recitals in college. It has been a few years :-)



Now all the fun socializing ended and serious packing began.

My lovely friend Julia came over to help me clean the apartment. It was wonderful getting to chat with her. Cleaning and packing is 100% better when there is someone to talk to!




I learned that when moving (for real moving, not college moving) you find there was a lot more stuff jammed into your home than expected. My mom had to bring more boxes for all our stuff. She then helped me get everything packed in time. I'm not sure I would have made it without her help.




My parent's, sister, brother Jared, his roommate Ben, and Jordan came to help us pack the truck.




Seeing our empty home made me a bit sad. So many memories.



Outside our very first home.

After packing we went to DQ where Nana and Papa joined us. We didn't linger too long because we still had to attach the car dolly to the truck and pick up Scott's amp and guitar from church.

Tears were shed as I said goodbye to my parents.

A quick pitstop was made at Walmart to purchase a padlock for the truck. Tex meet us in the parking lot to say goodbye. Him and Scott talked for a while as I got eaten by mosquitoes.

We were finally on the road at about 11pm. We headed to Scott's parent's house. Scott was exhausted so we made two nap stops during the 2 hr trip. We finally arrived around 3am. What a long day.

After a night's sleep and a refreshing shower (so amazing after a full day of packing) we said goodbye to Scott's parents and hit the road.





We passed the I-80 truckstop. largest in the world.



We passed an onion truck when fueling the truck.



Goodbye Iowa! our last view as we crossed the Mississippi river.

Scott was an awesome driver ( wasn't allowed to drive the truck since I wasn't old enough according to Budget rental...). There were some stressful moments for him. Such as when we were going through construction on the interstate and a jersey barrier was 1 ft from the truck on the left and a semi was 1 ft from the truck on the right. eeeck!

We finally got to our pricelined hotel in Michigan on Friday night. whoa was it fancy! Not what we were expecting at all



Picture proof of the fanciness.

We were starving an over ordered from Taco Bell (don't order their burritos. they are gross).




The next morning we signed our apt least and got the keys.

Some of my family's friends came over to help us unload. It was wonderful to have help and even more wonderful to see familiar faces. They woudln't let us buy them lunch :-( Instead they bought us lunch. So nice!




We went to church the next day with the same friends and it was very refreshing to hear God's word and be among other believers. We probably won't keep going to that church though because it is rather far away. Our church hunt will continue this week.

Throughout the week I have been unpacking, job hunting, and paperwork sorting. There is a ton of paperwork involved in moving. goodness.

Sorry for the HUGE post but hopefull you are all caught up on our adventure so far :-)
God is good all the time!

Monday, August 30, 2010

In Michigan

After a flurry of packing, socializing, and crying (at least on my part) we have made it to Michigan. We do not have internet at our apartment yet so any internet access I have is from the spotty unsecured internet I can sometimes grab at our apartment or from a coffee shop. As soon as we get internet I will post lots of pictures from the journey of moving.

Scott started his new job today and I can't wait to find out how it went :-)

We started exploring the area over the weekend and I continued exploring today as I searched for a coffee shop with internet. I was SO excited to see an Aldi grocery store here. A familiar store. yesssssssssssssss :-) It is funny how stores can make a person feel more at home. Right now I almost feel more comfortable in a familiar store because I feel like I know what is going on and perhaps I can trick myself for a second into thinking I'm still in IA.

I have so many thoughts and so many things I would like to share will you all about this move but I really need to leave this coffee shop and head home. I want to finish getting the kitchen in order before Scott gets home from work.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Moving

Well, it is official, we are moving to Michigan.
I have such mixed emotions about this move. I am super excited that Scott got this job we have been looking at since April. It is a wonderful opportunity and I think Scott is really going to like his work much more than what he does now. Michigan is a pretty state and still in the midwest so there shouldn't be too much 'culture shock' but I am still very sad about leaving all of our friends and family. Neither of us has been in a different state from our families for more than a few months and leaving that security blanket is scary. Leaving an area where I know where everything is and all the backroads and little hidden shops for a brand new town is an exciting adventure but also a bit of a bummer because I don't know where ANYTHING is at. Not even Walmart. I have been especially sad about leaving our good friends J&S. Over the past year or so Scott and I have really gotten to know them and we are really going to miss their friendship and encouragement in life. The past month of living in the same small town with them has been a blast. It finally felt like we had a permanent home with neighbors. We weren't just transient college students anymore. It was so much fun while it lasted. I think this may be one of the things I am the saddest to leave. In fact I"m crying again as I write this.

*deep breath* ok, I've got a grip again. Goodness those last few sentences sounds as if I'm dying. ha. It isn't like our friendship will end with the move, but I will really miss being able to hang out whenever we felt like it. I'm not really sure this post makes the most sense. I'm just putting my thoughts out there. Trying to sort through my various emotions. Trying to stop crying at the most random times. I really am excited about the move, I just seem to be crying alot these past 2 days. I know that even when I may seem to be 'alone' I'm really not alone, not at all. In the human realm I have Scott. Where ever he is, is where my home is and it doesn't really matter where I'm geographically located. Even more importantly, I know that God is always with me.

This move has been showing me how I need to make God my best friend. I like to say He is my best friend but when I really look at my actions and where I gather my joy I realize that I tend to put my human relationships before my relationship with God. That is not a good thing. This move will be very good in helping me to put my relationships in the proper order, God first, Husband second, everyone else third.

This move will be good. I'm excited for it and I think once we leave in 2 weeks my excitement will out weigh my sadness( I hope!). Please pray for comfort and please pray that we find a good church in Michigan!
Ok, I will stop this rambling post. I should start figuring out our moving plan of attack...

Friday, August 13, 2010

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.




Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Summer Snow Day

Yesterday I felt like I had been transported back in time. I was once again 12 years old roaming a small Iowa town on bike in the blistering afternoon heat, eating candy and visiting the library. But wait, yesterday was a Wednesday, why was I biking around town in the afternoon? Well, I had the summer version of a snow day, a rain day. Or rather it was a flood day.

Here in central IA we had back to back torrential rains which landed on ground that has been saturated for the past 2 months. The result was flooding that exceeded the Floods of 1993 in some parts of central IA. (the Floods of 1993 are a bench mark for floods around here) So on Wednesday morning when I tried to make my way to work I discovered that the town I work in was practically an island the water was still rising. I was unable to find a way to work and by the time I had exhausted all possible routes I heard that there was only one non-flooded way out of town. I had already contacted my boss detailing my predicament and so I headed home before I became stranded. The traffic heading out of town was pretty intense for the cornfields of Iowa. I was in stop and go traffic for a good 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. It is times like that when I wish I wasn't driving a manual. I'm pretty sure my leg twitched for a 1/2 hr after I got home.

Since I had the day off I decided to frolic about and view the flooding in my own town. Fortunately my good friend S had the day off due to flooding as well and so we decided to 'explore' on bike. Unfortunately for us the weather was ridiculously hot and humid. The heat was good for drying up all of the water in town. Here are some of the pictures I took on the way into the downtown.





Did you know that tennis court tiles float? Apparently ours do.

After viewing the flooding we wandered around town and ended up at the library. I have lived in this town for a year but have never bothered to get a library card since the library in the town I work in is larger. I figured it was about time get a library card so when I went to ask what was needed to get a card I was asked a most surprising question. The librarian met my queries with a question of her own, "how old are you?" I thought this was a bit odd but answered and told the lady I was 23. the librarian said, "ok, because you have to be 14 to have a library card." Now what I want to know is, do I look like I might not even be 14 years old??? I know I have been mistaken to be younger than I am in the past but NEVER has anyone thought I was 10 or 11 years younger than I actually am. Goodness. It was rather funny especially since S was standing next to me. Usually she is the one who people think is younger due to her miniature stature :-) Apparently I not only felt like I had gone back in time to my 12 year old self, I looked like it too.

Friday, August 6, 2010

{this moment}



{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma. In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.



Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I Love Bread!

Over the past few years I have found myself disliking store bought sandwich bread more and more. I have gotten to the point were I will just do without sandwich bread unless I make it myself. Today, however, I purchased bread from the grocery store. It was on the expensive side ($4ish) but it looked soft and the ingredient list was almost exclusively made up of ingredients that you find in homemade bread. To top it off the bread was produced by a small local company (within the state) and included a Bible verse (Deut 8:3) on the label. I always have great respect for companies that give God the credit for their success. When I got home I threw a piece of bread in the toaster so I could try the bread as I made dinner. I only put butter on the bread before taking a bite. Then I took another bite, and another, and another, and before I knew what happened I had snarfed the bread down. It was SO GOOD! It tasted just like homemade bread. yummy! I know I will not buy this bread often due to the price but on the occasional weeks where I need sandwich bread and can't make it myself I will definitely be reaching for a loaf of Golden Ground made by the Daily Bread Bakery. Oh by the way, did I mention they grind the wheat right before mixing the bread dough? Yummy!!

P.S. I'm working on my very first tutorial and I hope to have it posted for you by the end of the week.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Summer Weekends are Wonderful

Weekends always seem to fly by. Summer weekends are especially enjoyable. They seem to be lazy and yet they seem to be chock full of activities. This Saturday and Sunday were lovely summer weekend specimins. To begin with, it didn't rain!! This is a huge plus because we have been recieving massive amounts of rain here in the midwest (so much rain in fact, we had water in our apt and ended up ripping out the carpet).

Saturday evening Scott and I were able to hang out with our good friends J & S (or as Scott likes to call them, "Jorbrina" lol). We spent the evening playing egyptian rat trap (my reflexs are not up to par for that game!), playing a hilarious game of apples to apples, and watched the movie Frequency. Goodness that movie had me on the edge of my seat. Silly messing with the past, screws things up everytime.

Sunday was filled with fellowship at church and burgers & friends all afternoon (we ate the burgers but not the friends). There isn't much better than warm weather, grilled burgers, & friends hanging out in the yard. What a blessing friends are!

Over the weekend I finally got around to making granola (I've been meaning to make granola for a few weeks now). I made a few changes in order to use what I had in the cupboards, so I left out the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, added wheat germ, and replaced the raisins with craisins because I don't really like raisins. Plus Craisins make the granola look prettier :-)



This weekend has left me feeling blessed & refreshed. Especially after such a very long week. I hope this weeks speeds by. I am looking forward to Scott & I's 1 year wedding anniversary next weekend. I can't believe it has already been a year! Time flies. I hope your weekend was as relaxing and refreshing as mine was. What was your favorite thing about the weekend?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Why I have a blog

I have been avidly following several blogs for the past few months and have toyed with the idea of starting my own blog. However, starting a blog brings about a very important question, what would I write about? I originally started to think about blogging as a way to 'give back' to those whose blogs I read. It sounds kind of silly but I felt like I was just taking from the blog world and not giving anything in return. Many of the blogs I read are either craft/sewing blogs, food blogs, or fashion blogs. I love crafting but I don't accomplish projects enough to actually make a blog and I don't have money for fashion. I do love cooking but I don't know if I could stay on task with a cooking blog. That leaves me with a personal blog as my last blogging option. I tried to have a personal blog at the end of highschool/beginning of college (back when xanga was the 'it' site) where I wrote what ever I felt like and it turned into a place to vent. And really, who wants to read about my bad days? Who even really wants to read about any day unless it has some sort of point? This blog needs a thesis statement to keep me within a rough sort of boundary in order to prevent this blog from devolving into a rambling mess (darn entropy). After evaluating what over arching elements I enjoy most from the blogs I read, I have discovered that as a general rule, all of the blogs focus on the good in life, the blessings that God has given us every day even if it is as small as actually eating breakfast.

So my thesis statement for this blog is: A Blithe Spirit exists to purposefully find the blessings God gives in daily life.

I know that I don't stop often enough and really focus on what God has given me. I tend to worry and fret and remember all of the blah stuff from the day. Here I plan to praise God by thanking Him for his many blessings. Some days those blessings may be in the form of pictures, other days it may be a 'how-to' post, and other days it may just be musing on my blessings. Regardless of the form, I want this blog to be an uplifting and authentic representation of my blessed life. I hope that if anyone reads my words that they will come away with a renewed desire to see the blessings in their own lives and to give God praise for His many gifts.



p.s. I promise to never assault you with automatically playing music when you come visit my blog. You can hold me to it :-)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Redirection

Hello my loves,
I currently have nothing written on this blog but would LOVE to redirect you to my Husband's and my food blog at www.chemistcookbook.blogspot.com.
Toodles!
--Janelle