Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Wanted to share with ya'll some finds from recent excursions around town.
Isn't this a cute little Ethan Allen table? It's actually a really nice size and in great condition. I found it at my fave antique store and want to paint it black or do some type of new finish on it. 45 bucks!
I got 2 of these french chairs on craigslist for 30 dollars each. I need extra seating badly in my formal living room and had to have something small to fit the space. They definitely need some attention! I am kind of at a loss for fabric choices. Any ideas? I love the linen/monogrammed look, but don't know how that would hold up and figure that linen is very seasonal. I would love some suggestions!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
MONDAY: CrockPot Ravioli, served with fresh steamed broccoli
TUESDAY: tacos - an easy meal and one that is always a hit!
WEDNESDAY: grilled salmon with lemon/garlic/evoo on a bed of rice, served with fresh green beans
THURSDAY: Country Chicken/Veggies
FRIDAY: leftovers, leaving for Texas
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
The cooking part ain't going so well (did I just say ain't?). Case in point. I made beans and cornbread last night. It's a southern staple ya'll and very easy. However, if you fail to notice little annoyances such as expiration dates ...your children will be asking you why there's a certain volcanic opening in the middle. Not pretty.
See that little date? I'd say I was about 3 years too late on this one.
I made Mexican Lasagna on Monday night. Ya'll this stuff will make you wanna slap your momma! Delicious! There's a lot of prep work involved, but it turned out really well and made a ton!
I love this little cookbook. It's got tons of fun recipes from the Junior League of North Harris County. Isn't that a fun title? Junior League cookbooks are the greatest!
Step away from the honey bunnies! These are soo addictive ya'll. And I love that they are organic - none of that high fructose corn syrup in these suckers. Such a tasty treat! You can find these at Target. Trust me, your kids will heart these.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I found this cute book. The title is hilarious and it was written by a funny, southern girl - of course! You need to check her out.
Monday, August 18, 2008
One of my best girlfriends, Jen came for a visit this weekend from Tejas. We had a great time! So much to do in just 2 days....but, we had a ball. I really enjoy her and appreciate her driving all the way up here to see me. She brought her sweet son, "Smiley" (my nick-name for him) and he was the best baby. He just turned one and is the cutest thing. Here he is on his first birthday - such a doll!
Here is a fun find at my favorite antique store in "Oklahoma's antique capitol". I love this grapevine pumpkin, it's a nice large size - and I am thinking of adding a really cute fall ribbon to it. I can't wait to get all my fall decor out.
I'll be darned if I didn't take any pics of us! We both don't enjoy having our pics taken, so it's not that big of a deal, but we should have done it anyway. Miss you sweet friend!
I love, love, love etsy. I browse the site a lot and really enjoy buying handmade goods - it just doesn't get any better. I have purchased quite a few things from there.
One of my favorite's is a little plaque that I keep right outside my door. It has really cut down on all the afternoon doorbell ringing...However, I do have my limits. I won't be outfitting my kids in any of these any time soon - what. the. heck?
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Love me some olympics! I have been soo tired that I haven't been watching each night, but I love me some Michael Phelps, ya'll! This kid is awesome! And, what about that 41 yr old hottie Dara Torres? Are you kidding me? She looks better than half the people I know. This is her 5th Olympic Games - so inspiring!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Got a new toy for my birthday. It is quite overwhelming, but I'm learning to use it. It's a Nikon D60 ya'll and I love it! I am hoping to take a photography class at the local community college pretty soon - I know it will help me learn all the little intricacies I couldn't possibly understand on my own. Why a Nikon? Simply put - it felt the best in my hand. I read and read about Canon vs. Nikon and most argued that you just need to hold it, play with it and get a feel for which camera handles the best for you. It sure does take great pictures and I know once I have all the info I need, I'll be able to produce some rockin photos!
Isn't he the cutest? This is my middle child - L - he is at the sweetest age right now and I love to have him around. We rarely see a day when he isn't dressed in his Spiderman costume. It may be hard to see, but he has the funniest little gray tooth. He fell and hit his front tooth smack-dab on the back of a little plastic chair and that was all she wrote. It died. But hey, thank God it was a baby tooth - not the permanent one!
And here's our baby doll - K. Would you please stop growing? We were at our neighborhood party this weekend, hosted by my sweet neighbor Ellen. Her darling son, B (who is 3), decided that K should be called "carrot". Now, I wonder where he got that from? It was quite amusing, but makes me wonder if we should have named our little red-head K! "K the carrot" is a little too much for me. So, I am apologizing now, K - I am praying to the good Lord above that you don't endure years of the carrot teasing!
I am incredibly sore and tired today. We spent countless hours this weekend cleaning, weeding, mulching and sweating in the back yard. It's not done - have more black ground cover to put down and mulching to add. But, don't it look good, ya'll! I am so happy with the results! Pics to follow..... But, oh, my achin back! I finally got up this morning and hobbled, and I mean hobbled, to the kitchen where I have a row of windows looking out into the backyard. One glimpse at my pretty yard - so. worth. it.
On another note - thanks to all that have stopped by. I appreciate hearing from all my new blogging friends - don't be a stranger!
Friday, August 8, 2008
I have to admit that this state, well, I guess mainly T-town is growing on me. There are many things to do here - water activities (tons of lakes and state parks), an aquarium, zoo, art galleries, neat restaurants, fun antique shops, concerts, etc. It is one of the prettiest cities I have ever lived in. It really reminds me a lot of East Texas with all of the trees and hills.
Do I miss Texas? You bet! Would I move back in a heart-beat? Absolutely! Am I enjoying new places, faces, and scenery? No question! Am I ready to call Oklahoma my home? Not quite yet, but I guess you could say this is a new journey and I know God has some exciting things in store for my family here. I am getting there.....
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
This morning, I watched the GMA interview with Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth (picture from Sparrow Records). SCC has long been a favorite artist of mine and of course, my heart broke for them when they lost daughter Maria in an accident this past spring. If you haven't seen the clip, be sure to check it out. They need your prayers...I honestly cannot fathom the grief they are going through. They spoke of hope many times - and it is only because of our Saviour that we have it.
I am so grateful for my birdies...that they are healthy, happy and mine to hold. I am incredibly blessed!
Monday, August 4, 2008
You have got to go check out this blog. I love the posts she has just written about "things babysitters wish we knew". They are full of pertinent info - I am copying, pasting and printing those suckers out! Seriously though, it is worthwhile to stop in and check it out. From "how much money should we pay", to the "most helpful instructions to write down", it's almost like a Q&A session - just for parents and sitters. And it appears they are really truthful and forth-coming about it all. Good stuff!
Humility is perpetual quietness of heart.
It is to have no trouble.
It is never to be fretted or vexed, irritable or sore,
To wonder at nothing that is done to me,
to feel nothing done against me.
It is to be at rest when nobody praises me,
And when I am blamed or despised;
it is to have a blessed home in myself
where I can go in and shut the door
and kneel to my Father
in secret and be at peace,
as in a deep sea of calmness, when all
around and about is trouble.