Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I Love Thrift Stores:

When we lived in Tulsa, I had two favorite thrift stores. I would go to at least one of them once a week.  It is fun finding little things every once in a while that I love, but I love those moments where I find the perfect thing for very cheap [in this category would be our orange lamp, old fan, library card catalog files, and matching green chairs]. I walked up to the Salvation Army today and saw a rack outside with a 1/2 sign. Then I saw this quilt and I quickly grabbed it and felt so wonderful inside.  It was another perfect find...I paid $4.00.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Caramel Apple Cupcakes and Football:

The other night we got off work a little earlier than usual. We invited a few friends over to watch football and I made Carmel Apple Cupcakes from the new Rachel Ray magazine.  I think my favorite part of the cupcake was icing them with melted caramel and cream. They looked so shiny and different. 

And then we had a funny conversation about potential names for a muffin shop.   Rhett's suggestion was "Thanks for Muffin".

I still have four cupcakes at home. Ready to be reheated and eaten tonight.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

$1,000

Sometimes Doug and I like to play this game where to each ask each other what we do if we had $1,000 to spend right away. And we had to spend it on what we would want.

Doug's list hardly ever changes. There is always a dirt bike on the list. Fishing stuff. Sound equipment. Old trucks. etc.

My list always changes (and is always longer than Doug's) . But here is my list for today: 
Autumn Candle. Bath and Body Works. $19.50
Victory Pendant Lamp. CB2. $149.00

Alpine Tour Moccasins. Anthroplogie. $138.00

Draper Stripe Ash Duvet Set. Dwell Studio. $280.00
Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Hollow-Ground Chef's Knife Set. Williams-Sonoma. $139.95

Mid-Century Rocker Chair. Urban Outfitters. $288.00
Isn't it fun to dream? What would you buy if you had $1,000.00?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September:

I have listened to September by Earth, Wind, Fire every day this month. I think Doug and Justin have as well. Something about the horns and the singing and the happy tune that just makes every day a little bit brighter. And we do dance to it...in September..in the office.

And, speaking of September. I am ready for fall to be here. Like really here. Not just the cool mornings and cool evenings. I am going to need some cool days in my life pretty soon or else I might start going a little crazy. I need some cozy in my life and reasons to drink more hot drinks and wear my jeans and sweaters every day. [Rather than shorts and tank tops].

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Teachers:

Doug rockin' Elementary School
Doug's third grade teacher is here this week at camp. She came up to meet me and she told me that Doug was the kindest, most tender hearted student she has ever had. She gushed on and on about how wonderful he was. We were laying in bed last night talking about our elementary school days and reliving those fun moments. Talking about how wonderful his teachers were.

 Then, this morning I walked into the office and one of my 5th grade teachers was here. The one that made it rain in our classroom one day and the one that still wears his hair in a small tight ponytail. He is also the one that referred to me as a sponge one time when I was in his class, and I still remember it to this day. It inspired me.

Oh, elementary school. You were so awesome.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tired:

Doug [and every other member on staff] has been working a lot lately. We have 350 children and adults here doing Outdoor Education stuff.  We had a group of 300 and a group of 325 last week. And we served each and every meal this weekend.

Doug told me tonight he was not feeling well. I diagnosed him with exhaustion and dehydration. So the cure for that is a cup of herbal tea, a old Gene Wilder movie, and an early bed time. I hope that he feels better in the morning.

{On a side note, Doug made homemade frosting today and an egg wash. He is becoming a food service master.}

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Visit:

Karen came over to visit us yesterday.  We had such a great time having her here. We ate lunch in the dining hall, walked around camp and looked at the new buildings, watched the OU football game, and went out to dinner.

We tried the new restaurant in town. The food was wonderful, good atmosphere, but very interesting service.  After dinner we walked around downtown for a bit and then we headed home.  We love talking and being with her. She is so thoughtful and even brought us not one, but two pounds of coffee from our favorite coffee shop. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Busy Week:

Things have been super busy around here this past week.  So busy that I think Doug and I have started about 12 conversations that have been interrupted by someone. And then he or I go and do what needs to be done and then we eventually finish telling the story to each other 3 hours later. 

We have been working lots of hours in the kitchen and office and spending very little time at home (or with Maxwell. If someone wants to come play with him, you are more than welcome).

Doug hurt his back last night and we got home much later than we wanted. So we went straight to bed and as we were cuddling in for the night Doug said, "Goodnight Texas toast". And we laughed and I am so thankful for such a funny and awesome person that I get to be so busy with here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Change:

I have never been great at change.  I can remember being so sad in high school when we moved houses and my sister graduated high school and she was moving out of the house. It really bothered me and I had to adjust to life in a new house without my biggest sister and it was hard.

Since we have been married we have found ourselves changing a lot. First seminary in Illinois, then super busy [stressful] jobs in Tulsa, and now Camp Life. And we have only been married for two and a half years.  It has been quite an adventure, and I have loved to see the Lord writing our story and orchestrating our journey. 

It is through these times of change that we are stretched and we grow and we mature and we are shaped into the people that we were created to be.  It is a hard thing, but it is a good thing. It is also in these times we have some of our worst moments with each other and on the other hand some of the best cuddles and tender moments of tear wiping and encouragement. Such a hard but wonderful stage of life.

We are so blessed to be where we are, we are blessed to be serving a God that loves and cares for us more than we will ever know, and we are blessed to have each other in all of these changes. 

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day 2010:

I am finding a pattern with labor day in our little family...we like being at home. Lots of people travel to lakes and picnics and parties.  We just like to stay in our comfies all day and watch movies, eat food, and be together inside.

This morning I woke up way to late, but I was greeted with a hug from the husband and a fresh americano.  We watched Where the Red Fern Grows and laughed at Maxwell as he laid around very lazily on his new pillow.

I also made salsa and a pasta salad and I worked on some curtains. Now we are watching tennis and getting ready for dinner. We are going to grill some hamburgers for dinner, that is a labor day type of thing to do...right?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Recent Favorites:

- Captain Crunch Berries
- Sleeping with the windows open at night
- My sewing machine
- Netflix Instant Watch
- Organic milk [it really does taste so much better]

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Home:

We are working on our new home.  Trying to make it a place that we are proud of and love. We have an interesting (but wonderful) living situation, where we do not own our home, so we have to get projects approved.  I am doubtful that we will get all the things approved that we would want to do, and I know for sure that we do not have enough money to fund the wish list, but it sure is fun to think about.

We would:
- paint cabinets
- install butcher block counter tops
- paint entire house
- install hardwood floors in our living area
- expand yard and put in a real fence. one with a gate.
- install new light fixtures (everywhere, the ones we have now are outdated)

Doug and I love our home and we love dreaming and thinking of fun projects.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

This Past Week We:

1. Had our first city league volleyball game.  We won one and lost one.  Doug is really good at volleyball.
2. Watched Maxwell throw up twice and then poop in the house.  He made me so very mad. Good preparation for a child I suppose.
3. Got to have a lot of quality time with Erin, Ashley, Esther, and Teresa. Spent hours talking and eating and being together.  It was really really wonderful.
4. Took an evening walk/hike with the dog. 
5. Worked in the office.
6. Cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner
7. Babysat 5 children for an evening
8.Watched some Wallace and Grommit.
9. Hung pictures on the walls of our home. It is really starting to feel more and more like home.