Monday, March 29, 2010

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things!

1. Climbing into a bed of freshly washed sheets right after a shower.
2. Waking up on a Saturday morning with the sun shining in the window.
3. Going to sleep beside my hubby each night, and waking up beside him each morning.
4. Warm, sunny, spring days
5. A PB&J and a glass of milk
6. Spending a whole day with my hubby.
7. The sound of a baby laughing
8. Hugs
9. Wearing flip flops in the summer
10. Dinner with friends or family

Favorite movie: It’s A Wonderful Life
Favorite song: I can’t pick just one. Hmmm...maybe this one:
“Well, I’ll sing ya a little song, won’t take long, guess it won’t commit no murder
the ol’ gray goose fell off the roost, and I guess I won’t sing no further” ---my Grandpa used to sing this to me :)
Favorite color: blue, green or yellow (it all depends on the shade)
Favorite book: The Bible
Favorite sport to watch: OU Football
Favorite flower: Daisies (they’re so happy!)
Favorite animal: horses & dogs
Favorite ice cream: Cold Stone
Favorite fruit: pineapple
Favorite family member: just kidding!
Favorite dessert: coconut cream pie (2nd- blackberry cobbler)
Favorite Subway sandwich: Turkey w/ bacon: lettuce, pickles, olives, banana peppers & chipotle sauce

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Day of My Birth

Yesterday, I drove to work and sat at my desk, in my little cubicle, and was a little sad. You see, yesterday was my birthday. And, who wants to spend their birthday stuck at work? Not me! To make me want to get away even more, my hubby was off work, and the sun was shining. So, I talked to my boss, and she agreed that working on my birthday was no good.  I have a great boss. I decided I’d take off at noon, which made me feel better.

So, I was sitting in my little cube, working away (or at least trying to pass the time) when my sweet hubby appeared. He brought me flowers.
And, he bought me some decoration for my rather bleak little cubicle.
It helps. Well, as much as a dark cubicle away from any windows can be helped. And…he brought me a...

CAKE! This is the best part.
CAKE! This is the best part.
It was created by a dear friend of ours…who is 13. She’s very talented, and it was DELICIOUS. Mmmm… I need to go home and get some right now.
When noon finally rolled around, my hubby picked me up from work and took me to Red Lobster for lunch (my favorite) and then to a movie. We spent the afternoon together, enjoying the sunshine, and warm weather, and each other’s company. And pretty much my whole family remembered to call or text, which made me feel extra special. My little brother called and wanted to meet up, so I shared my yummy cake and he brought me a gift.
My Grandparents had this same picture hanging in their dining room when we were growing up.  I thought it was a very thoughtful gift. 

I wish I could spend every day enjoying the sunshine, and spending time with my hubby! That’s the best!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

10 reasons I’m ready for construction to be complete:

1. Living in a camper is not cool…especially in the winter…especially if it isn’t it very good shape.

2. I’m more than ready for a real shower. You know, where the shower itself is normal size, the water flow has more than just a water hose, and it has some pressure. (And I’m particularly excited about our shower because we are putting in a tankless water heater, which means cheaper electric bill, more eco friendly, and you never run out of hot water)

3. Cabinet space. I long to be able to keep my cabinets full, and have ingredients on hand. And I’m sick of going to the grocery store everyday and buying only what I can use that day. (I also like the idea of saving money by buying in bulk)

4. Flushing the toilet will be the end of it. No more emptying the holding tank….YUCK

5. I miss being able to cook what I want, because I have all the appliances I need. Blender, food processor, and an oven that cooks things well (and evenly).

6. The ability to lay on the couch and just watch TV if I feel like it.

7. Room to move. To stretch, to walk, to dance in the kitchen if I so choose (and I often do…or did before the camper days).

8. A closet big enough for more than just a couple pairs of pants & a couple shirts, and a dresser/chest of drawers with full size drawers (instead of the ones we have which are barely wider than my hand).

9. To have my washer/dryer back. I’ll be happy if I never have to set foot in a Laundromat again.

10. Pulling into the driveway, and be greeted by 2 loveable dogs, who are genuinely thrilled to have us home.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

There's a Song in my Heart

Have you ever noticed that songs can trigger memories? They do for me, anyway. They don’t usually trigger a specific memory, but usually a certain time period in my life. For instance, when I was in high school, I was the church pianist for the church I grew up in. One day, we pulled out the “old” hymnals, which we hadn’t used in several years, but had had used for YEARS before we bought the new ones. Someone chose a song which didn’t seem familiar to me, until I started playing. At that point, I started getting pictures in my head of the church nursery and the toys I’d played with in there as a small child. No kidding. It was the strangest thing.

That was probably the most extreme occurrence. Yesterday at work, I decided I could use some tunes, so I pulled out my mp3 player. It started playing a Jack Johnson album, and I immediately thought of warm weather and the first apartment Dean and I lived in after we got married. Good times. I often long for those times. There are a lot of reasons why I wouldn’t want to go back, but there are a lot of things I miss about that time too. We lived there for the first year of our marriage. It was small, but we made it home. It meant paying rent, but it was so stress free.

I was still finishing up my last year of college, and I didn’t have to be in class until 11:30am. Every morning, I’d get up and make Dean breakfast and send him off to work…and then I’d go back to bed. After a couple more hours sleep, I’d get up and start my day…which usually included an episode of the Cosby Show as I got ready for the day. On the days that I didn’t have class, I’d often bake banana bread to have waiting for Dean when he got home. I made other things too, but that was our favorite. In the afternoons, I’d go to one of the elementary schools in town and pickup a kindergartener named David. Then, we’d head home and get ready for Dean to get home from work.

At the time, I got tired of keeping a 5 year old all afternoon, and couldn’t wait for graduation and a real job. Now that I’ve been in the workforce after college, I really wish I could go back to those days. I miss that kid. I miss sleeping in. I miss spending time outside on a warm day if I so choose. I miss Jack Johnson playing on the radio with the warm spring breeze coming in the windows. I miss greeting my husband when he got home from work, and the smell of fresh banana bread.

All that time, I couldn’t wait to finish college. Now, I long to have that time back…. Or at least the part where I was home more and it was warm outside. Sigh…

Friday, March 5, 2010

Oh What A Beautiful Day

Oh, Lord my God, Thank you for the sunshine! Amen.

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to feel the hint of spring in the air. Tell me again, why I don’t live in Florida? Oh, right. God hasn’t led us to move there….yet.  I’m still waiting.

I guess I can wait. I’m not in a hurry for my Grandmother to disown me. Ok, she probably wouldn’t actually disown me, but she wouldn’t be happy. She already thinks that, for my mother’s sake, I should move within an hour of home in the next couple years. Besides, I like knowing that both mine and Dean’s families are just a few hours away, if we need or want to make the trip. Then again, it snows here in the winter. See? This is why I have to leave it up to the Lord.

In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the coming spring and summer. I don’t care if I will be big and pregnant through the hottest months of the year. (Ask me later if I still feel that way) I’m excited about warmer weather, flowers blooming, and green on the trees. I’m excited about tank tops and flip flops, and cute summery toenail polish. And ice cream. (That might be the pregnancy kicking in…at least I have no desire for pickles on it) Ooh! And butterflies! Now, if I can just figure out a way to get rid of these black cubicle walls and move my desk outside…