5 Favorites Friday

Friday, January 31, 2014

5 Favorites Friday

Friday is here again... I'm not complaining, and I'm assuming most of you aren't either!

This has been a cold cold week here in DFW, and so most of what I'm thankful for this Friday consists of Staying WARM.

1. Fireplace- We have a gas fireplace at home, and we have run it pretty much every night this week. That's probably why our gas bill has been so expensive lately. (JUST REMINDED ME TO GO PAY IT!) So thankful for a warm home this week.

2. My house slippers! Actually mine look JUST like this but they are gray. Lately, I can't WAIT to get home and get my shoes off and my slippers on. (can you say 90 years old?) hehe

3. My New 2014 Ford Explorer!! I didn't know I could love a car so much! It's so pretty and drives GREAT! AND best of all... IT HAS HEATED SEATS :) Perfect for this week. 

4. Throws- I have a blanket fetish I think. I can't have ENOUGH. I have baskets in each living room FILLED with blankets. It's funny because I'm the only one ever cold in our house, but I have enough blankets to supply our whole street. I just can't pass up a pretty throw. 

5. The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth- I have finished the first one this week and I'm on to number two. I have been reading these on my Nook. It's funny because I have a thing for loving to hold books, but every once in a while I read a book I can't put down like these and then I'm GLAD I have my e-reader so I can take it everywhere with me VS carrying around a 300 pg. book. Ryan on the other hand, says when I read on the nook, I never stop because I read every where we go. O well ;) Check out this Trilogy on Amazon or Barns and Noble if you were into the Hunger Games series. It reminds me a lot of that, but honestly, I like it better!

Well that's it folks, that's my week in a nutshell. What are you thankful for this Friday?

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

Scripture Sunday

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Updating my Scripture of the week tonight. Happily I can say that last weeks verse has been applied time and time again over the course of the last week, which is EXACTLY what the goal for the weekly scripture is…so that's good news! 2 full weeks into the year, and 2 new verses I have in my arsenal. 

This weeks scripture somewhat coincides with last weeks, which is pretty neat. It really makes me feel like God is speaking through these scriptures, trying to help me understand this concept, as he presents it over and over. 

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
1 Peter 5:7

Last week we honed in on his presence going with us, and bringing peace. This week the focus is on the need to give your worries to him. 

One point to consider: There is a reason that this verse doesn't say "SHARE" all your anxiety with him.  Note the word "Cast.

Merriam- Webster Defines Cast:
Cast- VERB- \'Kast\
: to throw or move (something) in a forceful way
: to throw (a fishing line, hook, etc.) into the water by using a fishing pole
: to send or direct (something) in the direction of someone or something

Throw, Send, Direct…make sure when you cast your worries on him, that you are ridding yourself of your concerns in such a manner that you can't retrieve them. He doesn't want to share in your fear, he wants it transferred from your back to his own. What an awesome God we serve!

Have a good week!!

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

5 Favorites Friday

Friday, January 17, 2014

5 Favorites Friday
Hola! Today is FRIDAY- THANK GOODNESS! It's been a while, but thought I would throw up another "5 Favorites Friday" for you. Here's what I'm loving on this week!!

1. James Jeans- Can you say "WOW". I bought my only pair at Dillards at their New Years Day sale. They are originally around $170 for this particular pair. I managed to get them for around $40 (yeah that sale kicks butt!). I probably won't buy another pair until I see them on sale again, but the fit is INCREDIBLE. They hug all the right places, they don't get stretchy through out the day where you are pulling them up all afternoon. Just honestly a great, normal pair of jeans. No Bling, no fading, just norm.

2. Good Ole Stud Earrings- I love a good stud. It's crazy how just a Tshirt and jeans can be dressed up with a big chunky pair of studded earrings. It's rare that I don't have a pair on. Pearl and Fat Diamonds are my favorite. Every girl should own some.

3. Hold Me Still By: Forever Jones- I love this song SO much. Every time it comes on, I literally can't help but dance. It's a Christian band- and this song is so uplifting. Check it out on Itunes or YouTube: HERE. My favorite 2 lines,

"So I won't magnify the small things anymore, I'll only glorify the Father"

"Don't involve yourself in useless chatter, just talk about the things that matter."

It's A.W.E.S.O.M.E

4. Grunge Style Boots-NOW I'm not going to say I'm a trend setter, but earlier this past fall I went to Ross on a mission to find some grungy style boot I could wear with a tshirt and jeans on the weekend or whatever, when a knee high is too formal. Little did I know, that they were going to be "IN" this season. SCORE! I bought mine for about $20 at Ross, but you can find them at Nordstroms, Dillards, Macy's, Kholes, etc.
They are VERY in this season, especially ones with cute prints inside you can fold over. I wore mine yesterday with  my jeans tucked in and the flaps folded, and they were super cute! Great for a casual, trendy look.

Last but not least

5. Oatmeal-  I've been hitting up the Old Quaker this week for breakfast. It's been chilly hear in the mornings, and eating a warm bowl of Strawberries-and-Cream Oatmeal has been my vice. It kinda makes me feel like a kid! Caroline loves the Peaches and Cream, so we are well stocked on Oatmeal for now.

Hope you all have had a great week! Feel free to share some of your favorites so I can CHECK THEM OUT!

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

A Physical Touch

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I love my new planner and my new notebook. I love love love to-do lists, and I can fill up a notebook in nothing flat! 

I don't know what it is about writing things down for me. My phone has all these advance methods for scheduling from my Gmail calendar, to my phone calendar, to hundreds of agenda apps. But I never use them consistently! I put a few things in my phone, then I never look at them again.

When I have my planner I put everything in it. I love to physically write! I love seeing everything in front of me. I love turning the pages, I love seeing the cute cover. I love everything about carrying the physical planner.

The same goes for the Bible to me. There are so many apps for he bible, and sites you can use, and even most churches display a digital version on screen each Sunday, eliminating the need to carry your bible with you. 

I'm not saying that using a digital version is going to prevent your entrance to Heaven, but man I sure do love turning the frail pages of my bible. For some reason when I read physically from my Bible vs. An App or a screen, it feals more REAL to me. Maybe it's the fact that the digital world is full of "fake" and "falsehood". So much so that even digital truth feels untrustworthy. But the true reason I feel like I love reading straight out if my Bible, is because of the fragilness. You know that moment when your reading in your Bible and it closes unexpectedly, then immediately the pages are folded and creased? This just sums up how frail the pages are. They are so incredibly thin and delicate, that it makes me view the Bible in a more valuable way. You have to treat it gently to avoid damaging it. You have to respect it. You have to tend to it. You have to value it. You have to treat those thin pages (new or old), like an old book, to avoid ripping.

In my recent study I have been learning all about The Word as the bread, the water, the breath of God. I know the Bible is just the book form of Gods Word, but something about turning those sleek pages, can't help but put the specialness of the Bible into perspective for me.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, GENTLENESS, self-control; against such things there is no law."

Galatians 5:22-23

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

Scripture Sunday

Monday, January 13, 2014

With one of my new years resolutions being to do my daily quiet time consistently, and diving deeper into God's word, I feel it's appropriate to share the scripture I plan on meditating on each week.

I'm currently doing two studies:

Jesus Calling (which I have done for a long time now)
It Is Written (a Gateway Church study book)

This week I plan on really leaning on Exodus 33:14

 The Lord replied "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest"

Weekly I have been writing one verse on my mirror, so that every morning and every night I can realign my focus on that verse.

Last week it was:

"You are snared by the words of your mouth."
Proverbs 6:2

The cool thing I have found since I have been practicing this, is that the more you meditate on a verse, the more you begin to see life circumstances to which they apply. It's pretty awesome!!

So join me in looking to Exodus 33:14 this week, or dive into God's word and find a verse that YOU feel God is sharing with you!

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

Motherhood: Why that's enough said

Friday, January 10, 2014


Yes that's a complete sentence. If you don't have kids yet... you will understand why that one word is enough to make you sigh a sigh of understanding.  I have always said that being a Mom is the literally Heaven and Hell all in one breath. It is incredibly rewarding, and amazing, and fulfilling, and motivating. You will stare at your child with complete wonder time and time again. They will never cease to amaze you. They are beautiful. They are hilarious. It is also exhausting, under appreciated, annoying, depressing, and sometimes it down right sucks! Kids are loud. They are messy. They are nosy. They are needy. They are whiny. They are rude, and the worse part is THEY ARE YOU!!!

 Remember when I said messy? Yup, that's the second living room, after the kids played on New Years Eve. HOW???

Now before you go and get the impression that I'm not madly in love with my 3 yr old daughter, just know, I absolutely am. She is my reason for everything. The love I have for her literally HURTS it is so strong. The slightest thought of something altering her existence in my life can bring me to tears in seconds (emotional basket case- another down fall to motherhood). That being said- being a mom is SO DANG ANNOYING!~

First off, you NEVER stop being a mom. Even when you sleep. I'm pretty sure the last night I slept in all soundness and complete deep sleep was on April 12, 2010. The day before Caroline was born. From the moment they are born, you spend every night sleeping with "one ear open". That intuition stuff- yeah IT'S REAL! Ryan says I don't have "excellent" hearing as I'm always saying "HUH' and "WHAT" to him. But, at 2 am, from the complete other-side of the house, over the noise of our fan, her oscillating fan, her humidifier, I will sometimes pop up and remark "She's Crying!". I will dash over to her side of the house, and sure enough, she will be still half asleep crying. Sometimes it's because she is about to throw up all over me, herself, and everything else in the room so that I can spend the next hour dealing with that. Other times I can tell it's because she's cold, or hot, or stuffed up, or uncomfortable. I make adjustments for her (because isn't that motherhood is, practically adjusting our children so they can live until they are old enough to do it for themselves?). Then I'll be back asleep in nothing flat. You NEVER stop being a mom.
All for her

Second, you can go from Mom of the year to Cinderella's EVIL step mother in NOTHING flat. Just the other night I was coloring with Caroline, and she was getting upset that I was faster than her and completing more pictures (I have 20 years on you kid. I haven't master much in life, but coloring I have under my belt. Get over it.) I told her I would slow down, and because she is the most detailed, precise, 3 year old I have ever met, I had to completely quit coloring to stay on pace with her one picture. She started getting mad that I was no longer coloring. I couldn't win! Finally the "getting mad" turned into down right crying, and it went from 'fun coloring with Mom' to 'I'm in bed early and will not be getting up until morning'. You HAVE to be able to be both to survive this role. They will eat you alive if you are always nice mom. I watch kids slowly eat their mother's everyday. If you don't have a backbone. Don't have kids. It's not worth it. Trust me. 

Bottom line is, the list could go on and on of things that make being a mom the most wonderful, terrible, thing you may possibly ever do. 

I called my own mother of 23 years yesterday, and got this:

Me: "What are you doing?"
Mom: "Messing with my new oven."
Me: "Cool. So at work blah blah. And I really feel like yadda yadda. Did you know that so and so..."
Mom: (distracted) " Yeah." "Humm." "Uh Huh." "Welll." "Whhhhhhaaatttt? Noooo I'm on the phone." "With Courtney" "No" "OK" "Hey Court, I'll have to call you later I have to go look at something".
Me: "UMMM...okay bye?"

TOTALLY DISENGAGED! I was so mad. I HATE that. When I call I want her full attention. I want an engaged conversation. I want her to color with me DANGIT! 

WOAHHHH- I am my mother! How many times a day does Caroline tell me a story that I say "Oh really, yeah, cool" to? How many HUNDREDS of times in her short life have I said "Caro, I'll be right back I have to ..." in the middle of her doing something or showing me something? I do it all the time! And guess what- all of us do!!

I read a book ( I believe I blogged about it when this blog first came about) called, I Was a Really Good Mom Before I had Kids By: Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile. If you have kids I totally encourage you to read it. If you DON'T have kids. Write down the title, and wait until you have kids. It will be so much more fun to read when you can relate and say "YES, YES, YES- that is MEEEEE". Great book. I love it. I have it. Read it. 

Well I recently read a little condensed version of that book by the same ladies called "Dirty Little Secretes, from Otherwise Perfect Moms". It's a 10 minute read, of one thought secretes mothers have shared anonymously. If you are a mother, this book will have you howling. It will have your husband rolling his eyes as you try to read him some, while giggling, and wiping tears from your eyes. These secretes range from one mother who admittedly lets her children sleep in their school clothes during the week instead of pajamas so she doesn't have to fight in the morning. Another who says she buys Nordstrom gift cards at Safeway and fudge them into the grocery budget so she can buy something for herself and justify it. There was a mom who says she often skips whole chunks of her 3 year old's bed time story. Her daughter doesn't know the difference, and she's just too tired to read it all. Another mom tells her husband she's going pee, only to lock herself in the bathroom, sit on the side of the tub, and read People magazine for a minute. One of my favorites is the confession about dinner all of us moms want to shout when your husband asks. She tells him "Dinner? There is no dinner. There will never be dinner. Unless you come home with a plan. There is no plan. So don't ask!" AMEN!

Bottom line is: as mothers WE ARE ALL THE SAME. We all share the annoying frustrations of raising kids and raising our husbands. We can all agree that at times we completely ignore what are kids are saying because we flat out have no interest in it! It doesn't make us bad parents, it makes us real parents. My mom included. Sometimes I forget, because I'm 23, that I'm still her annoying kid. Sure, sometimes we are best buddies and can chat for hours about nothing. So can Caroline and I. But, at times, I'm still that little girl in her eyes saying, "Mom, mom, mom, mom". Sometimes I'm driving her nuts. Sometimes she just doesn't want to talk to me, and that IS okay. 

Whether your a mom yet, or sometimes have a mom that is too busy for you. Or maybe you are a mom that is guilt stricken over that time you told your toddler to stop talking, or not to "call your name one more time". Just remember, being a mother is literally the best/worst job out there, and if your still surviving a the end of the day as a mother, your doing a heck of a job! (Much less the fact that you had time to read this ridiculously long blog post without having to get up and wipe someone). ;)

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

What I learned from 2013...and my Iphone

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Year- New Post

Here it is the 8th of Jan. and I am JUST now getting to post on the porch. That makes me sad. The holidays REALLY took it out of me this past year. Between going to Florida with my big crazy family the last week of November for Thanksgiving, Christmas out of town with Ryan's family the weekend before Christmas, 8 million Christmas's with my family, and then the New Years Eve party we hosted- Well I'm Spent.

I have been just soaking every second of relaxation up here lately, to offset the crazy! Yes, my Christmas stuff is still up (fail)- because honestly, I have been too tired to take it down.

So as a Christmas Recap- Ryan was very please with his Nest Learning Thermostat. He had it installed within hours of opening it. The sound bar- he claims he loves, but has yet to hook it up, so I question that. He did love his Ninja Turtles Pillow Caroline bought him though. SCORE!

I was spoiled on Christmas- Just like every other day of the year with this guy!

Some of my favorite gifts were: 

My IMac of course. Even though I wanted to kill Ryan for going way over our budget for each other, I'm not going to lie... I love this thing! He got it for me to edit my pictures on for photography, but because I put it in the Kitchen/office (more on that later), it has totally become the family computer. I am surprised at how much we use it honestly. 

Another shot of the IMac. I also love my new RED RED wallet, some Chanel makeup, FINALLY got office for Mac (I have only needed it for months now), and a $100 Chipotle gift card. I love that it's from Ryan, because even though it's all the same, it allows me to eat there and not hear the complaining from him about how I just HAAAD to get chips and a large drink. ;) *Marriage*.

 I also got a gift especially picked out by Caroline. Oh how I adore my new Princess dinning set. I just want to eat every meal on it! ;) But Ryan says I can't. :( lol

 Got this nifty bathtub table from my in-laws. LOVE IT!!! I know I'm fancy with my water bottle on the candle spot, and no wine in the wine spot huh? I have used this thing practically every night since I got it. Ryan jokes that my "happy place" is my bath tub, and with this, now I'm thinking about never leaving. lol

 Got the Fossil purse I have been wanting that matches my wallet. I love how SOFT Fossil leather is. It's fabulous. The simple style of this bag, is seriously what makes it the only purse that I have ever carried that Ryan actually LIKED. That or the fact that it's Razorback Red. One of the two!

STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING!!! IF you don't own this hair dryer, you need to go out and buy it before you even finish this post! No joke!!! I actually asked for the Babyliss hair dryer for Christmas (because I have the straightener). When my mom was looking, she got some serious recommendations to get me this one instead. I already use the Amika Shampoo, Conditionair, and Leave in, so she knew I liked their products. She told me she read raving reviews online and then decided to OPEN my present and try it for herself. HAHA (typical). After using it, she fell in love, and kept it for herself and had to go buy me anther one. 

No joke- This is the best hair dryer ever. It drys using "positive ions" that help reduce frizz. I personally NEED that. When I dry my hair with this, I don't even have to straighten it, that's how much it helps reduce the frizz. My hair is silky and soft, and UGH I just love it!! Also- it's super quiet compared to other dryers I have used. At first I looked at it thinking- how the heck is this going to dry my hair in under an hour IN FACT- it's so fast it drys my whole head of thick hair in about 5 mins or less!! AND to top it all off it's so freaking light. I'm in love if you can't tell. I didn't know I could enjoy drying my hair, but I totally do. Now, go buy it...for real!

These are my new boot socks. Mom got both my sister and I some. I have them on today and they are the coziest socks ever. She said they are from Etsy (no wonder I love them). lol

 Santa was good to Caroline too. She got a new vanity (which she LOVES), a Glow pet (actually pretty cool), girl leggos, and much more.

 As if Christmas wasn't enough, we went to a Build-A-Bear party last weekend for one of our friends, Karlee. Caroline had a blast. Finally built the princess bear she has been asking to build for a while now. She named her "Princess P". She told us she built a girl bear so that Fry (her first build-a bear/main squeeze) and the new bear could get married. Oh Lawdy! Anyways, I just love this picture of her. She is SUCH a sweet girl, and I can't imagine a day in this life without her.

 I was browsing through my pictures, and I just really got caught up in the FORMAT that the Iphone has an optional display of right now. Notice how it says "moments" at the top, and the photos are then sorted by moments. The stats (date and time), and location are displayed. I started to scroll through all the ones from 2013 on there and got sort of emotional over this. It's incredible in a year how many "moments" I have shared with my little family. Part of me is in love with all the moments with the location of "The Colony, Tx". We are growing and sharing this life together all in our little home. Making these moments into memories together. The other part of me feels extremely blessed to say many of our "moments" have titles like "Rome, Italy", "Florence, Italy", "Venice, Italy", "Milano, Italy",  "London, England", "Eureka Springs, Arkansas", "Fayetteville, Arkansas", "Siloam Springs, Arkansas", "Memphis, Tennessee", "Rosemary Beach, Florida", "Vacherie, Louisiana", etc. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. What this list says to me is that I am ONE BLESSED GIRL, that we are able to travel and see this world, and visit friends and family we love, and experience new things, new places, new people... yet there is still a place to come HOME to.

As I reflect on 2013- it will always be a very special year to me (the year we got married), I will remember this year as one that really grew our bond as the Three Amigos. I'm going to say it's probably my favorite year yet! Going into 2014 as we talk about growing our family, and new experiences, and changes that sound scary, I just have to remember that the rear view is  beautiful, even when in the mist of things it can be overwhelming. You don't remember how stressful things were or how exhausted you felt afterwords, you just remember the "moments" you shared, the memories you created, and the relationships you grew. That's what makes all the craziness worth it. 

Bring it on 2014!!

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