5 Favorites Friday

Friday, August 23, 2013

It's Friday! I'm so ready for the weekend. I have a photography class scheduled this weekend. I plan on washing the cars. We are going to see our favorite cover band, Electric Circus (check them out HERE), at Sambuca 360 at Shops at Legacy. Some church on Sunday, and maybe a little bit of relaxing. Oh, who am I kidding. We rarely sit at home!

Well today is the premier of my new weekly Friday post topic- 5 Favorites Friday. I have REALLY started to slow down and look for what I call "happies" throughout the week. It's SO easy to get caught up in all of the little, annoying, petty things that happen on a daily basis: my Bluetooth disconnecting in the middle of my favorite song, spilling ravioli on my lap at lunch, stepping in water by the fridge with my socks on *BLAH*. I have decided to LOOK for the opportunities to be happy about the small stuff. Here is WHY!

"and WHATEVER you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."  Colossians 3:17

"WHATEVER YOU DO"- Can that be more clear? Need I say more? "WHATEVER"

Incase you didn't quite grasp the concept of 5 Favorites Friday in Colossians:

"Rejoice ALWAYS, pray CONTINUALLY, give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

ALWAYS,CONTINUALLY,ALL- un-ending rejoicing, consistent in prayer, non selective in thanks.

When I'm doing something or using something, that for just a minute I think: "man, love me some____", I'm taking note. Bringing you some of the little things that I said, "Thank You, Lord" for this week!

5 Favorites Friday- 08-23-13

1. Goldfish- Simple little cheese crackers made for a yummy, satisfying, hit-the-spot snack several times for me this week
2. Music (When I'm Gone "CUPS" By: Anna Kendrick)- Sometimes I just want to open the sun roof, and jam out to a feel good. This week, my jam has been "cups". It just gets me groov'in (so 70's, I know I know)
3. Sunglasses (aviators)- I don't know if you have been in the Texas sun lately, or ever for that matter, but if you have, you can understand why my blue eyes are thankful for these puppies. I left my Jackie O sunglasses at home one morning and my eyes were watering like it was allergy season. I found my aviators in my back up, sunglass compartment in the car, and said "THANK YOU, JESUS, I can SEE!" ** Scary thing is I drove for 5 minutes without them, and I COULDN'T see. lol WATCH OUT! My driving angel must have been behind the wheel ;)
4. bareMinerals "Well-Rested"- This is  my secrete "mommy" weapon. If I could only take one thing on a deserted island, THIS WOULD BE IT! (probably not, but ...) This is the secrete to covering up the dark circles under my eyes from late night photo editing. Since I rarely go to bed before 1 am, I'm pretty much dependent on this $18.00 jar of powder. You can find it Ulta: HERE
5. Bobby pins- Oh, such a small small thing, with such big big powers. I was throwing my hair up in a bun (like I do 5 out of 7 days a week because I'm lazy, and would rather sleep than do my hair) and I was thinking, "MAN, what would I do without bobby pins? How did people without them ever get their hair to stay how they wanted? How much does it cost to make one bobby pin? How much do I pay for bobby pins? How did people in pioneer days put their hair up? Did they have rubber bands back then?"... you get the point. *Your welcome for that glimpse inside my head on a daily basis*
Overall- this week I have began the LONG journey of drawing attention to the small "happies", and on Friday's I'm going to bring them to YOU. Join me in recognizing the little things. Grab a notebook, or jot them down in a notes APP on your oh-so-smart phone. You'll be surprised how many little things you have to be thankful for.
As Solomon says in my all time favorite book of the bible: "This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink, and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them- for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possession, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil- this is a gift of God. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart." Ecclesiastes 5:18
...and that, my Dear, was all she wrote...

Taco Wednesday?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

 Everyone mark your calendar. Yesterday, August 21, 2013, Courtney Jo Fry actually cooked dinner, and we were eating BEFORE 8 O'Clock PM! What what?!?! No, but seriously. I definitely dislike to cook, and I rarely do. Usually we do something quick and easy. My fam is no stranger to Cereal Night. Getting home at 6:30 pm or later at times, makes having any sort of gourmet dinner quite a challenge unless there has been some meal pre meditating and prepping happening. Lately, however, I have had a menu posted for the week, setting an outline for our dinner goals. YES it changes. YES it' written in chalk, so things are often switched or ditched. This week, however, we have stuck to our dinner plans like glue. Wednesday's menu- Pampered Chef's "Taco Ring". You can find the Pampered Chef's original recipe that I used HERE. I added a few things myself, and took several things away. Here is the recipe by picture below:

 Main Ingredients: hamburger meat, 2 cans of crescent rolls , taco seasoning, Mexican cheese, and egg

 Brown yo' meat, remove from heat

 Mix in 2 tablespoons of AGUA, 1 cup of cheese, and packet of taco seasoning

 Should look like this once it's mixed

 unroll (2) cans of crescent rolls, break apart the triangles....

 ...and arange with the big end overlapping one another and towards the middle. Fill with meat. Close.

Whala! Should look like this all sealed up. BTW using a cooking stone like mine above is the BEST thing to cook the ring on IMO! I also cracked one egg and brushed it on top to help it brown 
(not mentioned in the recipe)

 Yumminess 10 minutes in to it's 22 minute cook time. About 3 minutes before finish I snuck in some shredded cheese on top to melt. (I'm a cheese junkie)

*Angel's Sing* That's IT. Easy Peasy.

Dinner is served. I topped mine with sour cream, but you can also fill your ring with guac, queso, taco toppings, beans, rice, etc. *GET CREATIVE! And your really doing good when the 3 year old eats all of her's and the hubby goes back for seconds! 

Dinner-0 Courtney-1

...and that, my Dear, was all she wrote...

Dating My Daughter

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Today was somewhat of a rare gem of a day, Caroline and I had a relaxing Sunday at home while Ryan was at the Rangers game with my little bro.  It seems so simple, but these days with two full time jobs, pre school, splash days, trips to Arkansas, weddings weddings weddings, and newlywed bliss, the chance to just "chill" is so rare! Today I got to "date my daughter".

Our simple day started with a trip to church, a great sermon, and a happy Sunday schooler. Then I gave Caroline the choice of anywhere she wanted lunch from. She chose home (simplicity). I opened the option up for lunch, and she chose Ravioli (simplicity). We made Ravioli, sat in the floor and ate to "A Bugs Life" on TV. Afterwards, we made a banana and Cookie Butter smoothie. We chilled, we cuddled on the couch, we watched Disney shows, then we wrapped up the afternoon by baking brownies before the boys came home (more simplicity). Below is a collection of the SIMPLE moments that made up the afternoon.

 My Buddy
 Learning to cook
 Proud to "do it myself"
 Gotta have a little taste
 Kitchen Toys
 Brownie Making is Serious Biz!
 Licking the Paddle is a must
 Licking your leg is optional
When the paddle and your leg isn't enough, there is always the good ole spoon.

Looking through these simply sweet moments today, it inspired me to write a letter. It inspired me because this girl is so precious to me. This girl is more than anyone deserves. She is a gift, she is "more precious than rubies"(Proverbs 3:15), she is a daughter of the King, and some ground rules need to be established. So it goes:

Dear Future Boyfriend,

I need to give you some direction for Dating My Daughter. If you rolled your eyes at that last sentence, then walk away now. You are not the one. 

Before you is a girl, that was raised by a gentleman. She knows what to expect. She knows how you should act. She knows how you should speak to her. She knows what words you shouldn't use, and she isn't afraid to call you out when you act "inappropriately", "speak inappropriately", or "break her heart". In fact she has no fear of speaking about ANYTHING. Do not expect her to sit and look pretty. While she is probably the most beautiful girl you will ever have the pleasure of eating a meal with, she is full of wisdom, knowledge, opinions, questions, and answers. She will share them with you. Use them wisely. 

This girl has a heart for God. She knows her savior. She knows that she was "wonderfully and fearfully made", and she knows that someday she will "meet God and Jesus". Try to change her mind about this, and I will change your ability to have a bright future. 

This young lady understands the difference in right and wrong, she does not like to "disappoint", and she does not like when you frown. She is not afraid to ask you why "your face looks like that". She is in tune with your emotions and they MATTER to her. It's very important that you boost her self esteem  by honoring her attentiveness to your body language and emotions. If you don't believe that "actions speak louder than words", then your with the wrong girl.

She is satisfied with PB&J, Chick-Fil-a, a good bowl of cereal or ravioli. Don't try to "buy" her affection. She finds happiness and joy in the simplest of things. All she wants is your attention and your time, not your money. If you planned on impressing her with your fast car, fancy restaurant, or flashy clothes, you will be sadly disappointed. I know she will be if that's all you have to offer. She is going to do big things; not because she was born into the life of the rich and famous, but because she was destine for greatness.

Caroline is fearless (except when it comes to bugs), she is a firecracker. She is the complete package. She has the personality, the brains, the looks, the talent, the compassion, the faith, and the promise.  You don't deserve her. I don't deserve her. If you are not up for the challenges of dating her...don't date her. I write this to you while she is 3 years old. I write this to you now, because everything I need to know about the woman the little girl who licked the spoon of my brownie bowl will become, I already know. Just look in the eyes of the little girl she was today, and know that the same little girl lives in the woman you want to take out on a date. If you can't handle the little girl that licked her legs when there was a little bit of brownie yet to be tasted, then you will not be dating my daughter.


Caroline's Mom

...and that my dear, was all she wrote...
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