Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Lights Are Up!

I'm back to the blogosphere! No, I will not even attempt to recap all that has happened since my last post. So with out further ado... life in the present!



Last night after I put Ike to bed I broke out the Christmas lights and decorated the outside of the house. I'm pretty happy about how it turned out considering I was decorating in the dark by myself. I quickly took a picture of my handiwork before rushing inside to warm up.








Saturday, February 19, 2011

Spring Wreath

This week has been quite warm for February and almost all of the snow has melted. The sunny balmy weather has had me thinking of spring and with spring comes the need for something green and something fresh and new. I decided it was time to head to Hobby Lobby and take advantage of their 50% off flower stems. I created an autumn wreath this past fall and so I figured I could just re-decorate the wreath and save a little money as well as save on storage space (don't have to store and off season wreath). Below are a few in-progress photos as wells as the finished product. I feel quite happy with the results. Spring is in the air!

half-way de-constructed


Flowers to save for this coming fall


supplies for the new wreath


rough lay-out

Finished product. I wish I had a few more white flowers but I didn't want to spend more than $8 on the whole thing. Perhaps I will find something else to add at a later date but for now I am happy with it.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Husband is Amazing


I have been really hit this week with what a wonderful husband I have. Scott has been working a bajillion hours (last night he didn't get home till after 2am!) and the last time he had to work so many hours I got grumpy because I didn't get to see him much at all . However, this time I have been shown what a blessing it is to have such a hard working husband. I still hate the fact that he has to work so much and I hate the fact that these long hours are wearing him down (I hope he doesn't get sick!) but I have just been so impressed with his focus and desire to do his job to the very best of his ability even when he is exhausted and his feet are aching from standing for 14+ hours. He hasn't complained or gotten grumpy (things I'm sure I would do if I had to work that many hours!) but instead has looked on the bright side of things (yay for being hourly instead of salaried!) and remained cheerful even when exhausted. There are so many things about my husband that amaze me but this has been one that I have been thinking about all week, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to brag about him on my little corner of the internet(even if he does think blogs are silly haha). I'm just so proud of all he does for us. Thanks hun for being so awesome!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Shaving Decision Chart

I had to repost this picture because it is so awesomely funny and terribly true (especially in the winter).




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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Uninspired

I have been very uninspired so to speak about updating this blog. Life has been interesting I just don't know what to write about it, or I have just been to lazy to type much up.

This past weekend Scott's parents came to visit us which was lots of fun (and an added bonus was the apt got cleaned very well in anticipation of their visit. yay!). They took us to go see Cirque de la Symphony which is a orchestra concert with jugglers and aerialists. Pretty much awesome. I always enjoy the symphony on a cold winter evening but the addition of a little circus made it even more fun (and less stuffy).

Scott and I discovered an awesome Chinese resturant here which makes us so so so happy. We smiled the entire 1/2 hr drive home after supper last night. The food was that good. The best thing was we were able to request Chinese dishes that weren't on the menue and Scott hadn't eaten since China (and I had never eaten). The new (to me) dish we tried was called todou si. It is basically shredded potatoes stir fried with oil and vinager and some other sort of seasoning I couldn't make out as well as peppers (which weren't in our dish last night on account of the chef not being sure if we wanted them). The potatoes are slightly sour, lightly smoky, and still a tad crunchy (not mushy like hasbrowns). Sooooo yummy! We also had ma po dofu and Scott said it rivaled any he had while in China. The staff was super friendly too and the owner ran over to us on our way out to give us some deep fried nian gao which is apparently a dessert eaten during the Chinese New Year. It is a sticky glutinous rice paste (this was flavored with red bean) and deep fried in a light batter. So amazing! It was the first thing with red bean that I actually liked. We are planning on going back for Valentine's day. A special treat for both of us :) I will try to remember my camer next week so I can show pictures of this awesome food. It is our cheap trip to China :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lonely

Sometimes it gets really lonely here in Michigan without any close friends and very few casual friends. Why does loneliness seems to spawn listlessness for me? I wish it would at least spawn productivity :) Poor Scott has been working crazy long hours this week. As of yesterday he had 47hrs clocked for the week so far. He is still at work as I speak. I think perhaps I will read our new camera's manual. Doesn't that sound exciting? Here is a picture I took with our new camera on the brainless auto setting. Enter the bump.

Ok, I'm done with my eeyore-ish post.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

My Very First Nursery Inspiration

I finally had a bit of inspiration on what to do for the greene beans's room. Now, I'm not committing to this color scheme or general idea but it is a really good start :)
I have compiled an inspiration board using Polyvore to try and give you an idea of what is going on in my head (and to help me if I forget what I was thinking!). Now you will have to imagine that the crib is the butter yellow shown in the paint can. One of the disadvantages to Polyvore is you can't use any images that have a busy background and so I couldn't use a picture of the actual crib. Apparently Jenny Lind cribs don't come in pale yellow any more....
My basic color scheme would be the pale yellow, navy blue, and grey. I think a few little accents of color in green, red, and deep yellow would fit nicely too. I don't want an outright animal theme but a few cute animals scattered about would be lovely I think. Any thoughts or suggestions on the nursery inspiration? I would love to hear your ideas!



Monday, January 3, 2011

And you thought I had died....

Goodness I have been doing horrible at updating this here blog and for that I sincerely apologize. I could make excuses about the holidays, losing my camera charger, and having to share the computer with my husband but that is just lame so I will stick with apologizing :)



I had a wonderful Christmas holiday back with family in IA. It was so good to spend unhurried time with family and friends. I was especially thankful to see that my dad was healing well from surgery. He is currently fighting cancer for the 3rd time and Christmas is always when we seem to find out about new cancerous growth. Sometimes it seems just horrible to have cancer appear like some sort of sick and demented Christmas gift but at the same time it is also a wonderful time to be facing trials (if there is ever a 'wonderful' time). With Christmas our focus is already turned to God even more than during other mundane times of the year. It makes it easier to remember that God is in control of all things (even the things we don't understand). God is good all the time this I know for sure. Times may hurt but everything will eventually work for God's glory. And isn't that what we are all here to do anyways? Bring glory to God?



On a more cheerful note, let me tell you about a few of the lovely gifts I got for Christmas!


Scott bought me a beautiful sewing machine (this is also my birthday present and possibly another year's worth of Christmas and birthday gifts as well) and I simply love it! I love being able to make and fix things. One of the first things I am going to be doing is making diapers for our little one before he arrives. I received some diaper making supplies such as PUL and heavy duty elastic from my parents for Christmas and I am excited to try my hand at making diapers. I am forcing myself to clean/unpack/put away Christmas decorations before breaking out the sewing machine. Tonight's activity will be diaper making! :) Having the ability to sew has also sent me in search of ways to inexpensively outfit the baby's room/storage room. My urge to make a cute nursery probably also stems from the fact that we picked up the crib my siblings and I used when we were in Iowa for the holidays. Don't worry, it is safe even if it is old, I've done my research. :) Anyone have any color schemes that would work for a little boy and would incorporate a pale yellow jenny lind crib? I would love any suggestions :)

One of the many disadvantage to not posting more regularly is that SO much happens that I would love to tell you about and my posts then go on for ever and ever. I suppose I should just go back in time periodically to fill in the gaps and tell you all the neato things that happen when I'm absent from the interwebs. I shall resolve to do so :)

I should go and finish cleaning the apartment now. I don't want to fiddle away my last vacation day!