Monday, September 23, 2013

Times Are Tough

so I haven't blogged in ages. I meant to. I wanted to. I didn't.

it's been kind of a rough year. we are packing up the house and moving out in the next two weeks. we dont have a new place to rent yet, so we are going to stay with family for a bit.

it sucks.

I mean, I am grateful to have family that we can stay with, but it will suck to live in someone else's home. we are cleaning up, packing up, yard saling, craigslisting, and Facebooking. I had a yard sale two weeks ago and raised just enough money to cover childcare expenses for two weeks.

this is definitely a "growing pain" time in our marriage. my husbands job schedule has gotten all jumbled up, so that adds to the "up in the air"ness of our life right now. I am just trying to make it through each day. I stress out pretty easily, and I dont want this to drown me.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Love Birds

We enjoyed our Valentine's Day date at Brush Bar so much, that we decided to go back for our anniversary yesterday. My cousin and her boyfriend joined us. My mom watched Snow for us, so it was another date night. (I feel spoiled by the number of dates we have had recently.)

We had a fantastic time. This painting was actually easier than the last one, at least it was for me. I think the instructor this time was a better fit for my personality. The last instructor was really "do what you feel, everything looks good" and this instructor was more "trace it on paper first if you arent sure." I prefer more step by step directions, especially when I have no faith in my ability! 

I still really want to take one or both of my sisters with me. I know they would love it. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Love, It Seems Like Only Yesterday

Today is my 4th wedding anniversary.

Four years! It seems like such a short amount of time for all the livin' and lovin' that's gone on around me. 

I remember the week of my wedding... I cried because time dragged by, crawled by, and I swear at one point, time just stood still. I felt like the day would never arrive. Oh, I just wanted to be married! I wanted to skip the reception and the ceremony, and just be married already. I didn't care about my dress or the cake or the fact that the weather decided to schedule a crazy April shower for my outdoor reception. I didn't care about presents (although I did have a fine time opening them later) or flowers or food. I just wanted to be married to my Sweetheart.

And now I am.

Life's funny. As a kid, I assumed that when I got married, I would have a HUGE wedding. Church. Train. Cake. Flower girl. The whole shebang. I wanted it all. I wanted an enormous party that people would oooh and aahhh over for years to come. The term "Bridezilla" had yet to be coined, but that's what I planned to be, a bridezilla. 

But then I met Sweetheart. His family isn't the same religion as mine, so a church wedding got tossed out the window. We "just" got married by a justice of the peace, so a train, a veil, and a flower girl got tossed out the window, too. That's pretty much when I realized that those things are nice, but they weren't what I really wanted.

My outdoor reception got rained out. The last minute cake almost didn't happen. The beans never got cooked. 

And I didn't care at all.

I got what I wanted. I married my Sweetheart. Overjoyed and full of hope and promise. That's what I got. The food was delicious. The cake was yummy. I laughed. I hugged. I smiled. I got to open presents. I got to dance around. It was fun. And then it was over. 

The party ended, and I put away my pretty dress. We spent the gift cards. We broke the blender. That's just what happens. And I don't care at all.

I got what I wanted.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Bold Black Bzzes

As you guys know, I'm a BzzAgent. I was lucky enough to get picked for a hair color campaign. In the past, I have colored my own hair at home, and I've had friends do it for me, and I've gotten it done at salons. Since I had Snow, I have been unable to color my hair. Either money was too tight to go to a salon, or I had extra money and I decided that a massage was a higher priority, or I didn't want Snow around the terrible, eye-stinging smells.

Enter: Garnier Olia!

Being a BzzAgent means that I get to try stuff for free, so hoarding my pennies for massages didn't apply in this case. And the buzz that *I* heard about Olia was that the smell wasn't bad. That was actually wrong, but I'll get to that.

Here's my Before picture... blah blah brown hair.

Here's the After picture... Bold Beautiful Black Hair!! FTW (Please ignore the lack of makeup. I was so happy with my hair that I forgot about my naked face.)

I asked my friends for input, and the consensus on WHEN to color your hair turned out to be: wash your hair at night, and color in the morning. The idea is to let your natural hair oils come out, but not to be greasy. The natural oils in your hair help protect it during the coloring.

And the smell? The rumor was that Olia didn't smell bad, but actually... it smelled wonderful! It was a sweet, very pleasing smell. I made my husband come sniff my head as soon as I had it covered in color, because I needed a witness to the great smell. I will not be worried about coloring my hair with Snow around as long as I'm using Olia.

Note: I was blessed to be picked for this campaign and I received a coupon for free Garnia Olia hair color, but I was not paid to try it, to post about it, or for any other reason. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

the Common Cold

Whew, it's been awhile since I posted, huh?

Sorry about that. I got sick last week. Well, first Sweetheart got sick and then Snow and I did. Normally, 24 hours sick and then I bounce right back. I think being constantly overtired (from having an 18 month old) really made a difference, because it took me FOUR DAYS to shake that cold. 

On Sunday, I woke up late, took meds, and went right back to sleep. I slept through church! Sweetheart took Snow went without me. I was disappointed to miss, especially since I pulled a muscle the week before and didn't go then, either! I know, I know, I'm a heathen.

Just quick, I wanted to say that the Valentine's Day survival kit from my last post was an awesome gift. It is the only thing that I specifically requested... okay, okay, and Sweetheart just gave me the money and I bought it myself, but I really love taking baths, so it was a great treat. I've used the bath truffles and some of the bubble bath... well, and some of the bath crystals, too. Wow, I never realized how often I take baths! 

I purchase the soap kit from Stinkin Cute Soap at a local event. Here's the lonely pictures that I took at the community BBQ.