Sunday, August 31, 2008

Quack Quack Ahhh!

We went to a park near our house the other day! It was so nice to just walk around, enjoy the beautiful scenery, ya see there is grass and tree, even trees plural!, here in the southwest!

A little swing on the swings. (was after BabyBoy had his swim safety lesson (more on that to come))

Besides me looking like a dork in this picture, the slide was not as thrilling as the cute fun smile of BabyBoy, hehe! My legs and feet almost touched the bottom of the slide. It was still a blast for both of us!!

This was a quick Hubby take a picture of us in front of this tree bush thing! Oh he wants to walk away, quick, BabyBoy smile! Ok, I feel like I look like I'm posing for America's Next Top Model (not that I would be on the show) but the episodes where they, "pose like an animal!" A gazelle! or something with a long awkward leg sticking out, ha!

Beautiful...manmade...lake :)

Tons of ducks! One goose! And some birds. There was one duck, not pictured, that kept trying to eat my sandal! He would quack quack and come at me as I was screaming ahh :) (See, words here were in the title, I love in movies when the title of the movie is used somewhere, sometimes doesn't come until the last words of a movie, I know I'm cooky, but listen for it next time you see a movie!)

This little independent (when he wants to be :)) guy was trying to let go of our hands almost the entire time we were walking around. He kept saying he was big enough to walk on his own, that he wouldn't get to close to the lake, he would be able to walk on a heavily down graded hill and not trip, roll, and fall in the lake.

Love this picture of my two boys!

Hope you enjoyed the trip to the lake and park!

We are looking into things to do and places to go to be more adventurous. The Sturgills are so great about taking family adventures! We might try to go to a big lake and rent a boat soon, although now that little guy is walking we don't know if he'll want to be contained on a boat. And if we go hiking, he'll definitely want to walk by himself...

Oh my that is another story. This little one as he is probably now a classified walker has gotten more and more energy everyday. Non-stop he runs! Super cute and very fun. After praying for him to have his Daddy's energy and receiving that, now I need to pray for me to have that energy!!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

AccBLOGability Friday!

Today is Friday! You know what that means! AccBLOGability Fridays! If you missed the intro just click here for AccBLOGability Buddies, here, and here. Please feel so very free to join in anytime!!!

There are three areas that we are going to help each other in, each week, by staying accountable, or being an encourager, through comments :)

1. Reading God's Word,
2. Eating well, and
3. Exercising

You can pick one or two to work on or all three! Whatever you need!

Here's how I did this week:

1. Reading God's Word: Still working on it. I am still trying to figure out when my best time is. I love that several of our friends have been memorizing verses (The Farmer Files has a cute way). And His Treasured Possession has written some great things about staying in the Word!

2. Eating Well: Still eating at home most of time. Have definitely had some of those lazy nights where I am so tired to make dinner that we have just thrown in a frozen pizza. But wait, Hubby has a great way of thinking about this, maybe because I totally want to eat it :), but he says that getting a pizza from the grocery store (we have found one that has pretty good ingredients and is not that bad for you :)) is still better than ordering a pizza or getting fast food. Isn't that great justification? One night I put some ground beef that I had left over from another dish that I had made and threw on some mushrooms and it was great! I love the frozen pizza nights! I need a little lunch help though, I have sort of been scrounging. I'll make baby some veggies, a protein, grain, and some fruit. But I'll just search for anything I can quickly find and shove in my face. Any quick yummy lunches that you've found??

3. Exercising: Ok, so I only made it through one half of a cheesy Den!se Aust!n firm bum yoga. Come on lift 'em, for a round, lifted, toned buttox, that you'll love! So the next day I took some things I learned and did then while I watched tv for a few minutes. And I dropped down and did some sit ups and push ups a couple days too. And I thought I needed a little bit of cardio so I fake jump roped in place or a few minutes, yes I looked like a complete dork our own living room!

How did you awesome girls do???

Happy Friday and I hope you get to do something relaxing and fun this weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pray for Beans

It still amazes me where God leads us.

It really serves as a reminder that God is in control. That He really does have our best interests in mind, and that he is the ruler of all. As many of you know Hubby and I recently had a miscarriage. It is still hard to type and difficult to think about. As we have been praying for God's timing, we are still praying that His timing is soon. I was thinking this was mostly me, but Hubby keeps saying sweet things that remind me he is so ready to have another little bean, it'll be so great to hold a tiny baby again, excited for the way they look up at you when you hold them (and they don't try to wiggle out of your arms), can't wait til it's us again. Many people have told us that God honors the desires of our hearts. We pray this is true. Almost constantly, I have to give this want to God. I have to remind myself (Hubby helps me here) that my/our timing is not His Perfect timing. Oh how I thought and think ours is. It would have been so great, they would have been the perfect age apart for our family, I would have been almost 4 months pregnant now, I'm supposed to be pregnant like all the women I keep seeing, I'm supposed to be buying maternity clothes right now and not shopping for "regular" clothes. But I'm not supposed to be right now. We are praying that the time is near for us to start miraculously, by God's grace, growing another little bean.

My whole point to all of that was God has led me (in my current blogging addiction, whoa I'm addicted, it's a great way to keep in touch) to so many girls/couples who are waiting for the same thing. Each of them have their own unique story; how long they've been waiting, the struggles they've gone through, and the struggles they are going through. But I would love for whoever is reading this to say a prayer for these girls and any others that are not mentioned or that we don't know about, who are waiting on God for His Perfect precious baby bean timing. There are also many girls that we have heard from after our recent news that have also had a miscarriage; I would love for us to say a prayer for them too, for their hearts, for renewal, for their bodies, for their minds, and for their families. If you would like to add yourself to the list, please do so we can be praying for your womb, your home, your marriage, your peace, your patience, your strength, your faith, and your heart.

Lianna at Be Thou a Knight
Amy at Chapters
Faith at Walk With Me By Faith

I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8)

Trust in the Lord and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him. (Psalm 37:3-5, 7a) (I agree that the waiting is so very hard)

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)

God Bless!

Edited to add:

Please add these sweet girls too!

Mary C
Krysta (Krysta made a great point on her blog about not dwelling on this every single day. Enjoy and live life and let God take it.

Can I tell you how awesome I (and Hubby) think it is that ALL of new "friends" that we've never met before are praying for each other. What an amazing and powerful thing! Can't wait to see what God has next!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Your Dinner Part 2: Main Course

Your Main Course:
Lasagna Rolls!

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch ground nutmeg

1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped (I haven't used but try it out :))
1 large egg, beaten to blend 3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for salting water
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
12 uncooked lasagna noodles
2 cups marinara sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella (about 4 ounces)

Lay all ingredients out on counter so you don't have to run around your kitchen like a maniac trying to find things :) Though it does happen ladies, it does.

This is for the fancy named sauce to go on the bottom of the baking dish. To make the sauce: Melt the butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk for 3 minutes. Whisk in the milk. Increase the heat to medium-high. Whisk the sauce until it comes to a simmer and is thick and smooth, about 3 minutes. Whisk the salt, pepper, and nutmeg into the bechamel sauce.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Add a tablespoon or 2 of oil to a large pot of boiling salted water. Boil the noodles until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Arrange the noodles in a single layer on a baking sheet to prevent them from sticking.

Whisk the ricotta, spinach, 1 cup Parmesan, prosciutto, egg, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl to blend.
Butter a 13-by-9-by-2-inch glass baking dish. Pour the bechamel sauce over the bottom of the prepared dish. Lay out 4 lasagna noodles on a work surface, then spread about 3 tablespoons of ricotta mixture evenly over each noodle. Starting at 1 end, roll each noodle like a jelly roll.
Lay the lasagna rolls seam side down, without touching, atop the bechamelsauce in the dish. Repeat with the remaining noodles and ricotta mixture.
Yes, I made the small ones small on purpose, ok well at first I overstacked the first ones and then had to use less for the few remaining ones (yeah you can tell from left to right, that normally hasn't happened people) but then I purposeful said they would be for the babies :) Yes, yes they are for the babies (we had a couple of friends over with another little guy).
Spoon 1 cup of marinara sauce over the lasagna rolls (I usually just do both cups of sauce then you don't have to worry about it later and I think it comes out better with both over the rolls). Sprinkle the mozzarella and remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan over the lasagna rolls. Cover tightly with foil. Bake until heated through and the sauce bubbles, about 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until the cheese on top becomes golden, about 15 minutes longer. Let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the remaining marinara sauce in a heavy small saucepan over medium heat until hot, and serve alongside. You can use more cheese if you'd like too, you can always use more cheese :)

And I feel as though I have been blogneglecting the big guy! Here he is in all his cuteness...and the baby is in the pictures too! he

The homemade rolls to come if you want, and dessert if you'd like :) Happy Cooking!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

From Sushi Starter to Yummy Dessert

Ok, so I wrote about a great recipe for lasagna rolls. Here is an idea for an entire dinner, from appetizers, to main course, to dessert! And pretty healthy too!

Appetizers - Avocado Sushi Rolls
Main Course - Lasagna Rolls
Sides - Home Made Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls, Salad
Dessert - Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Your Appetizer!
Hubby and I love sushi! But for those of you who might not be so into it yet...your appetizer is Avocado Rolls you can also make them with cucumber, just slice them down thin and pile 'em on!

Seaweed Wraps
Sushi (short-grained) Rice

Bamboo sushi roller (ok that might not be the official name :))
Bowl of water to use for your fingers while putting rice on seaweed
Knife to cut rolls
Cutting board
Bowl for the rice to cool off a little in

1. Cook rice
2. While rice is cooking get other ingredients ready:

  • Cut the avocados open length wise, if they are pretty ripe you can easily just spoon the seed out, but if they are not as ripe you can pop your knife into the seed, turn the knife and it should pop right out. Then just run your knife the avocado while it is still in the peel to slice them. To get them out just scoop around with a spoon and the slices will just pop right out.
  • Get a small bowl of water
  • Open seaweed wraps and have ready
  • Set up cutting board
  • Get bowl for rice to cool off for a few minutes in when it is done

3. Assemble

This is my sushi making station. Rice cooker, ready! Seaweed on bamboo roller, check! Avocados cut and sliced, yes! Rice cooling in bowl, mix it around every few minutes to help it cool off, almost ready for assembly!

Lay the rice out on the seaweed, to the edges and just a leave a little room at the end for it to stick together when you're done rolling. The rice is sticky so that's what the bowl of water is for :). You can dip your fingers in the water and then handle the rice more easily.

Avocado (or cucumber) time!!! I like to stack these rolls with avocado! Lay the avocado an inch of two from the bottom to give yourself room to roll.

Roll away! When you do your first roll, push the bamboo down and back towards you to secure the avocado. When you are rolling you can press the bamboo into a square shape if you want (now that I think about it, I'm not sure why I do that, but I do :)) and give it a little squeeze as you are going to keep it sticking together nicely. Before you are done rolling, dab some water with you fingers on the bare part of the seaweed, this will help it to stay together. Give it a good squeeze, ok not too good or else you'll squirt the avocado out (not so much with the cucumber), to ensure it's stability :)

Here's your roll!

Now cut it in half :)

Put the halves next to each other and then cut them in half and then each of those halves into one more half. You'll end up with 8 yummy pieces!

Eat with chopsticks! Serve with soy sauce (you can get low sodium too) and wasabi (spicy hot)! We put wasabi in with our soy sauce for dipping! Ok these don't look as good as I usually make them but you get the...picture, ha!


Stay tuned for the main course and sides...and then for dessert!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Old School Gameage

I was in a game playing mood! We were sitting down to watch the Olympics, I can't believe it's over, what are we going to do with ourselves, we're so used to staying up late now...ok Hubby just answered that question very quickly. Ok, Back to the gameage :) We love to play cards or games or anything that involves hanging out with friends, each other, and thinking (well most of the time and except I feel like a dope when I play Pursu.t--apparently I need to brush up on my trivial knowledge).

We were addicted to Settlers of Catan with some great friends. It's a crazy fun strategy game that doesn't take all night to play. Oh you can steal from your friends, you can block them from collecting resources, you can build to a spot before them, and then continue to be great happy friends after you're done playing, or after a day or two :)

We attempted to make it work for 2 players, but it just doesn't...

Next thought was Thurn and Taxis. We used to play this game with some other great friends :) Lots of ways to win. It can also be a real two player game, good for an at home date hanging out game! It can get a little old after a while, but still fun, not the friends, the friends don't get old, they're still fun!

But that wasn't in the game box (oh yes they are all labeled but this one got into a last minute box, you know how those end up)...

So, the game choice was...Chutes and Ladders!!! Candyland was too buried:)

I told Hubby I could see some resemblence with his boy; the blond hair and definitely the overalls of a child of the 70s/80s.

Oh it was fast paced and competitive (ha)! Early in the game Hubby got THE ladder, you know the one that shoots (no pun intended) you all the way to the top. The only thing I could hope for was a spin to get him down a chute!

Yes, he landed on that chute, bye bye little overalled blondie!

And then I slowly but surely made my way up and got the 79 ladder and...I won!!! We are not competitive at all :) ha!

We left it at one game and then played us some Quiddler :) It's a quick and easy card word game. Hubby won, so we had to play again! And how about Boggle (I still need to buy it)? At one point, I got way addicted to online boggle :) Try it, you too just might get addicted, I have to get back to it and keep my brain alive!

I know there are lots of you with competitive spirit (as The Farmer Files put it, haha), what fun games have you played?

One of the most fun games, we think, to play with a group of friends is Pictionary with a dry erase board!! Guys against girls! You know the girls always win! The guys say that we can draw a dot on the board and the another girls will guess hot fudge chocolate cake with a small scoop of ice cream on the side and will get it right!!! Hey, why doesn't everybody just come on over and we'll play! The board will be all set up with markers ready, I'll bake peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!!! Come on, Hubby will only eat a couple, don't make me eat the rest of the cookies by myself, cause you know I will!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Gold Card!!!

The Farmer Files, gave us the Blogging Friends Forever Gold Card Award! Not only am I so excited to receive the award but I am so excited about who gave it to us! I have loved keeping up the The Farmer Files in all of their Hawaii adventures. She writes with so much beautiful detail about their lovely lives on the island. She is intelligent, cute, and a Godly woman to learn from. I am so excited to be BFFs and look forward to keeping up wherever they live (and soon it will be closer to us, yay!!! you will :))!

Here are the rules for sharing the award:
1. You have to tag 5 people.
2. 4 of the 5 have to be dedicated followers to your blog.
3. One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and must live in another part of the world.
4. You must link back to whomever gave you the award.

I would like to give the BFF Gold Card Award to (well anyone who reads this blog, but for now I am only allowed to pass it to 5 of you awesome readers):

1. Drew and Joelle: We met, we went to a baseball game together, we talked non-stop the entire game, as we walked into the stadium, and the whole way out after the game was over. She's cute and fun and talks a real talk. She wants to know the real you and I am thankful for that :) I am so excited to stay in touch and follow her and Drew's journey through e-mail, visiting, and blogging!!

2. What a sweet life: Another great gal and family! She is a smiley, fun, and great Mommy (and he's a great Daddy too :)). They just had their first baby and Daddy is staying home with her while he is off school for the summer, he's a teacher :). They do have family near us, so we should hahem, get to see them more often!! I am so glad that we can keep in touch through words and pictures even though we are not living in the same part of the country anymore!

3. Amazing Amandas Adventures: I am so glad to keep in touch through our blogs! Oh she is so real I love it! I am so glad that she is a blogging buddy because she is an inspiration to me! I love what a real woman she is, she is fun-loving, a woman of God (all these gals are :)), and a great blogging friend! Love to hear what kind of trouble she gets into, haha!

4. Life to Its Fullest: A native Texan with a big joyful personality. We lived together for a couple months while her Hubby was out of the country (right?). As neat and organized of a person as I am, I was not the most while we were living togther, I hope she doesn't have any hard feelings :) We walked through feet of snow during a blizzard to get lunch and I had a great time just hanging out, watching tv, and plucking our eye brows together. I am so glad to be able to keep up with her, her two little ones, and her family!

5. The Eekhoff's Plain Life: I am so glad she just started a blog! We were from such transient area. They are now in the process of moving too (and we just moved). They had a new addition to their family so now they are a family of 5, is that real yet? :). Our big boys played on the same flag football team, oh the Alpacas, they were Eek (what were his other nicknames?) and the Interceptonator! It was so great to see her and catch up during the games! I am very excited that we will be able to keep up through the blogosphere and hopefully visit in real life every now and then too!

Now you get to pass on to more BFFs!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

The New Do!

This morning was the morning! I didn't end up having my camera...I know terrible (sorry R!)! I found this hair stylist by accident. I had first found a nice spa and salon super close to our house but I was weary about getting my hair cut at a spa.

So I was driving yesterday, to try to scope out a potential stylist that I read about online, but I couldn't find her. Then I drove into ok found, parked, and walked into, this indoor salon pavillion. I have never seen anything like this before. There were tons of stylists in their own little shops, a coffee shop in the middle, a boutique (love boutique stores, so easy to find cute clothes, though very expensive, didn't get anything), and some nail places (including the woman I read about though she was not in her shop when I was there).

I walked around and stalked, I mean looked, into everyone's shops, to see what their deal was. Then I spotted two stylish women in one shop and saw a girl's hair one of them had just cut and it was stylish, so I thought they could make me look stylish. I decided to go in and ask if they had any appointments, she said oh we do our own appointments. I was actually looking at the other woman who was there but then noticed that this girl's hair was cute, she was cute, her clothes were cute, so maybe she could make me look cute. She had an appointment for this morning and here we are. I don't think it came out exactly how I wanted it too. I was thinking a few more layers, maybe a tad shorter, a little more new style, but I think it'll work for now :)

I need to play with it myself, you know the getting to know your new hair time that a woman needs with the new do, to figure it out, to get used to the cut, to ask her new hair to please cooperate!

Here it is! The new do!


AccBLOGability Friday!

Today is Friday! You know what that means! AccBLOGability Fridays! If you missed the intro just click here for AccBLOGability Buddies and here. Please feel so very free to join in anytime!!!

There are three areas that we are going to help each other in, each week, by staying accountable, or being an encourager, through comments :) we'll need a lot of those:

1. Reading God's Word,
2. Eating well, and
3. Exercising

You can pick one or two to work on or all three! Whatever you need!

Here's how I did this week:

1. Reading God's Word: I did a tiny mouse sized piece of cheese better this week (I love cheese), but boy am I a work in progress, and remembering you guys are doing it with me is a huge help! I have read a few nights before bed but have not had the, totally focused get out of your life and into His stop thinking about tomorrow and what happened today and I should check my e-mail even though I know there is no way I would have a new non-spam e-mail and how my hair is going to look after it's cut, kind of time. This is my goal for this next week. Stop, quiet, listen, read, and pray! At least a couple times! Last night I did find and pray on some verses about discipline. Here are a couple:
  1. Col 2:5 - For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.

  2. 1 Peter 5:9 - But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
I thought this was a good applicable commentary on that verse: Lions attack sick, young, or straggling animals; they choose victims who are alone or not alert. Peter warns us to watch out for Satan when we are suffering or being persected. Feeling alone, weak, helpless, and cut off from other believers, so focused on our troubles that we forget to watch for danger, we are especially vulnerable to Satan's attacks. During times of suffering, seek other Christians (thanks gals) for support. Keep your eyes on Christ, and resist the devil. Then, says James, "he will flee from you" (James 4:7).

2. Eating Well: Pretty good...still mostly eating at home. We ate out for one lunch at a pretty healthy burrito place and one dinner at Sweet Tomatoes. Have you ever been there? Don't let the salad bar restaurant fool you! Not only do you stack your salad with whatever you want, they have fresh soups, yummy yummy focaccia pizzas, oh my goodness, cheese, soft greasy deep dish bread, soft serve ice cream and peanut butter chocolate chip muffins! Yes, at first I thought in muffin form? Oh my goodness they were so good...I mean it I mean it, it was so good! Here are a few things I made this week:
  1. Healthied Up Spaghetti with Meat sauce--This time I used ground turkey, yes the texture is a little bit different, ok maybe a lot different, but you know it's good for you, so just eat it :) I used whole wheat pasta, the texture is also a little different but again, whole wheat, it's just better for you! Then instead of using jarred spaghetti sauce, because it has so much sugar, you can just get a large can of chopped or crushed tomatoes (can get them cheap! on sale! clip those coupons girls, ok not sure if there are for these :)). Some are already Italian seasoned or you can just dump in your own spices--garlic (or garlic powder), onion powder, or fresh onions, little salt, pepper, oregano, if you want a kick some crushed red peppers. You could even throw some fresh mushrooms in if you like that sort of thing :)

  2. Stacked bunless burgers--you can choose turkey or beef burgers. I am one that is all for cook with anything you can find in your house (though I do want to weekly plan)! Layer one: mozzarella cheese (part skim). Layer two: I had some canned tomatoes that I had processed from the spaghetti, pefect and no cutting involved! Layer 3: I sauteed some spinach, you don't have to saute it though, I am a dork the only reason I did was one cause the pan was hot already and I didn't feel like having it fall off the burger as we were cutting into it. To top this bad boy off, avocado! Again, if you like that sort of thing, remember it's a MUFA too! We may have also had whole wheat mac and cheese as a side :)

  3. A crock pot meal!--I need to utilize the ease of crock potting. Anyone a crockity pro? Any good recipes. I just did a curry chicken (that used a ton of different spices), tomatoes, mushrooms, and I threw in some other frozen veggies, broccoli, over brown (and some jasmine, smells so good!) rice.

  4. Hubby requested a very yummy recipe: Lasagna Rolls. This will be a post by its lonesome, they are that good! And fresh, homemade, whole wheat rolls!
I'm also trying not to eat two hours before we go to bed. This is so hard! I am ALWAYS hungry!

3. Exercise: Oh boy, when I was playing BabyBoy on the floor I dropped and did 5 push ups. I am pitiful this week with exercise. I thought a lot about it! I looked on craigslist for a jogging stroller and found nothing! Come on craigslist! Hubby did tell me I could get a jogging stroller (on sale or with a coupon), he's knows or is positively anticipating how much we'll use it. Now that our tv is set up I do have enough room to do a cheesy workout video. Yes, maybe I'll try that this week. Cheesy workout video it is! I'll aim for twice this week, can't start too high now!

How did you do girls??? Any more recipes or tips that you found worked this week? Keep it up!!!

Audrey brought up a good point that as we are working on these three areas, it is just a good idea to be more disciplined in general, with house cleaning, oh my we'll talk more about that later, and other areas of life too. Maybe you're already doing a super job at that, but a great idea for those of us who hate mopping. Thanks Audrey for that great point!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

It Was Meant To Be

I was just running into Old Navy, I haven't been in a while, while Hubby and BabyBoy waited in the car, to get a cute top that they had that another store was out was that cute that I had to go to another store!

I was in a few minutes longer than anticipated, there were too many colors and tops, and cute dresses to look at! Hubby called and I quickly said oh I found a few more things to try on, sorry B! Hang onto your britches ladies...he said oh good, just wanted to make sure you were ok. Aahhh, i love him, I knew I marriaged the right guy :) of course this is not only reason, I could fill an entire blog with reasons :) It was meant to be he understands that it is so hard for me to find clothes that I either like or don't think are too expensive. Have you ever bought something because it was a good deal even if it was not the cutest piece of clothing...but I'll wear it!

I normally don't spend too much, I understand that is a very subjective term, but doesn't it make you feel so great when you buy new clothes? And I am so excited that I have been finally finding some dresses again! I used to wear dresses and skirts all the time and then went though a very dark no-skirt/dress wearing time where I couldn't find anything that I thought looked good or fit a decent price. But I'm back! And feeling very good about my recent dress purchases! Here are some fashions that I thought were cute and or purchased myself:

Remember I'm trying to dress sexier for Hubby while trying not to be too scantily clad, what a balance!

1. This is a cute sleeveless shirt from Loft, I got it in in the redish color:

2. Cute pink dress: Ok first, it seems short on Ms. My Photog Thinks This Awkward Stance is Sexy, but it did go longer on me. I guess I need to practice standing all awkward like that to look my most sexy in it huh?

3. Cute top from Old Navy. It may look funny in the picture (the straps aren't too too thin), but try it on, it's cute! I got it in green, though this pinky one is very cute, I don't remember seeing this one! :)

4. There was another super cute yellow short sleeved shirt, but they don't have it online anymore! It is clearanced at Ann Taylor Loft! It is a puffy shirt with white on the top front, with cute sleeves. If you like Loft you'll have to go in and see if they have it in the sale section!

5. My first thought the colors on this were a "I don't think I can pull this off but I'll just try it on for fun" dress and I ended up thinking it was really cute! Not too hoochie not too boring. I think it fits her a little big and hello on her cleaveage in the pic but go try it and see if you like it!

I'm not sure what shoes to wear with it yet?? Dilemmas girls, dilemmas! I think it would look cute with a heel too...I think this is going to be my first date dress with Hubby after my new haircut! I'm getting it cut tomorrow morning!!! Wait now that I told you, does that mean I have to share a picture if it turns out terrible?

Happy fashions!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

It's All I Got

Ok first of all, does noone else have flashes of OCD or cooky quirks? Did I offend you, is that why you didn't comment? Am I alone in this cookyness battle? Now back to the post in progress...

Hope you had a good Tuesday...I mean Wednesday! That's all I got.

Have had a little of an off day today, follow-up doctor appointment this morning, went alright, but made me feel just a little off, a little upset. Will tell you more about it. Hubby's a great support and partner in crime...I mean life, letting me cry on his shoulder with sweet comforting and reminding words. Just trying to continue looking to and trusting God for comfort, to rid feeling of loneliness, and His timing (though I want it to be ours). Love keeping in touch with you guys in blogosphere. Blog ya tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Thoughts From An Undiagnosed OCDs Mind

1. Hubby grabbed some extra straws from our lunch at Subway one day for our homemade smoothies. When I got got them out of the bag to put them away I counted them and said, phew there's an even number! I don't know what we would have done if there wasn't an even number. Hubby said we would have to throw them all away.

2. Our spices are labeled on the top as well so when you look in the pull out drawer you don't have to pick each one up :)

3. The trash can in the back corner of the laundry room is not straight and not in the corner enough, it is now.

4. How many times, while making the bed, do you pull on the bedspread to make sure it is even on both sides of the bed, when you are just going to get in it that night and mess it up again? I mean when I actually make the bed, ha!

5. My smile did not look right in that picture, we have to take another one, another one, another one, ok one more then I'll be done! Love you honey!

6. Will I ever find a pair of jeans that I think actually like and that make my butt look good...for the price I would pay for them?

7. People are coming over? Fluff the pillows, pick up specks of dirt off the floor on hands and knees because the baby is napping and don't to wake him up, straighten the pictures, refold the towels in the bathroom, look in a mirror and make sure my hair and outfit look ok (or I'll have to redo it or change), run around in a few circles and make sure everything looks ok!

8. When I get an idea in my head, Hubby says I'm, "PSHUE", with a clap of your hands and one hand shooting forward, I'm off until it gets done. Researching for a product, searching for whatever it is, wanting to go somewhere, calling until it gets done...pshue!

9. How many nights in a row will be stay up late watching the Olympics, can't turn off?

10. I couldn't only have 9 in the list!

Is it just me? ha!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Cow-Lick Dilemma!

I was told, almost a year ago, in hair dresser speak, oh that style is so 2 years ago! I have had long hair since I came out of the womb. Lucky for me I do not have the super long two side ponytail picture for you from when I was seven! I feel comfortable with long hair. Maybe I have always felt like I could hide behind my hair if I want, whoa that was is a bit psychological. Back to the hair at head...hand.

It was time for a change...not a big one...just an updated one...a sassy one...a sexy one. The "I'll have long layers with a bit of a taper in the front" was over! He was going to do the new whispy layered hollywood look. I loved it when he was done. But he moved and then I moved so there was no more stylish whispy celebrity hair to be had for his $25 price tag he was the owner of the salon...for 15 years...Ty where are you?

Last time I got it cut, Ms. Seasonal Beach Bum hair cutter, at the beach, did not seem to be in touch with her sexy sassy hollywood side. The cut was so two and a half years ago. Back to my point. I have always had my hair long except when I got it cut on our honeymoon five year ago. See below. I never thought I was a good candidate for short hair but if styled right now that I look back maybe it didn't look terrible.

We are such dorks! But we're in love! Still newlyweds :)

Quick story: Everyone always thinks we are so young! Honeymoon story to come in another post, called kids and almost got arrested, so we'll be out and Hubby will say in a loud voice, "I can't wait to go to prom together!"

I'm going to do it this week!! I need a fresh new cute cut, I wear it back too much, because it's easy and fast.

Oh the cow-lick dilemma, yes, everyone with short/medium short hair seems to have bangs. Well with my cow-lick and a picture of me with bangs from junior high says, whoa think twice about bangs. But maybe it'll work now? With the swoopy side swept bangs? And not only that but I usually wear my hair behind my ears because I think it looks funny otherwise and it gets in my face. Maybe if I have the new do it'll be ok...I'm looking at medium or medium short something cute!?

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Ok, what do you think? Vicky (might be a little short for me), Julia, Random posed woman, Jessica (with both sides being the same length), Nicole, or Eva (for the doesn't really seem like an updated do and not parted in the middle, not everyone can pull off a middle part), or Gorgeous Blond if it would actually look like that? I'm open to ideas or more pics!!

Ok, this is the non-straightened, frizzy because of a horrid perm that I got in high school, my hair has never been the same since, hair.

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