Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Inspiration

Try: I am not crafty. And Emmett isn't really old enough to get into dyeing eggs with me.. Right? But I'm determined to try, if only to keep the tradition alive in our family. We always dyed eggs when we were kids, and I want that for Emmett, too. And I can't resist adding glitter, if I'm going to be crafting anyway.. So I'll try to mimic these pretty eggs.

Buy: I know, I know, I keep talking about how tight money is. And it really is y'all. But again, I'm all about keeping up with family traditions, and that means Easter baskets. We played with these amazing fruit toys at a friend's house yesterday and Emmett was enthralled! He sliced those fruit and put them back together over and over again all day! That's a toy I want in our house. So I'm thinking instead of candy and a few small things, I'll pick this up for Emmett's basket.

Make: I'm a big, big fan of Thai rice and noodle dishes. I could eat them every night of the week, no problem. But I've never found a recipe I could make at home that really, truly hit the spot. I found this one on Pinterest and it looks amazing! I'm thinking I'll add chicken, and enjoy it with a cold beer and my husband in our backyard.

Bake: Have y'all seen Mary Beth's (of Annapolis & Company) insanely beautiful recipe series on The Wiegands? I drool over every recipe, and every photo. Mary Beth is my food photography hero. This recipe in particular looks so easy to make, and I know Emmett will scarf that peanut butter granola down so fast at snack time. I can't wait to bake some tomorrow! I might even let him help. ;)

Have a wonderful weekend, and a Blessed Easter!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


"A portrait of my little, once a week, every week in 2014."
 I love that focused face he makes. When he works on a puzzle, or plays with blocks, or stacks his stacking toys, he gets so serious, so into it. I can see him concentrating hard, see the wheels turning. He spends a lot of time running around the house, pushing cars around saying "broom broom" and asking to watch a whale movie (he loves whales y'all.) But a couple of times a day he'll quiet down and concentrate on a task, and I sneak up quiet as a mouse to catch a glimpse of that sweet, focused little face.

This week, I want to remember him surrounded by toys in his playroom, working hard to stack his cups in the right order so they stay put. Wearing the world's cutest expression. Also, his hair is parted, which is a major dream come true for me!

Monday, April 14, 2014


Dreaming of: A table full of family. I'm picturing loud, messy meals around our dinner table, children fighting and laughing, Ray and I overwhelmed and exhausted, but smiling at each other over the family we've created. This is my dream.

We had a friend over for dinner last night with his three kids. We made spaghetti and bought a loaf of garlic bread. By the time dinner was over, the bread was gone and that made me so happy. As I took the bread dish from the table I giggled and said to Ray, "Isn't this dreamy?! A whole loaf of bread eaten. One day we'll have that." God willing.

^^Emmett loved it too. :)

Thankful for: Comments from readers. Just when i was beginning to doubt my love for this space, kind comments started pouring in from readers old and new. Uplifting, reassuring comments from friends-in-the-making that really made me feel good about opening my life up on this blog. So thank you!

Watching: Everything on HBO Go. Game of Thrones is back! And Veep! That show is so hilarious. There's also a new show called Silicon Valley that hooked us with the first episode. I found myself wanting to watch more during the week, so I'm hoping that lasts.

Last night I put Emmett to bed and came into the living room where my husband was perched on the couch, remote in hand with an excited smile on his face. "Ready to watch some awesome tv?!" he said, and it was hard to let him down, but it was nearly 8 and I was tired. So to bed I went, leaving him less-than-broken-hearted with his other favorite show, Vikings. Have any of you seen that yet? Ray started it without me so I haven't watched it, but he wants me to catch up with him.

Pondering: My husband told me the other day that I'm dramatic (read:crazy) 25% of the month (read:period.) I was just glad to hear he thinks I'm normal the other 75% of the time. The older I get, the more I realize that my hormones control me. Okay, control is a strong word. They influence my life more than ever before. I feel the ups and downs throughout the month in a big way. Since having Emmett, but even more since Oliver. I need to figure out how to get a handle on that. Or maybe it's just a mother's lot?

Making up for: I sent Emmett to pre-school this morning in dirty shorts. I boycotted housework this weekend (Do you ever do that? Please tell me you do...), so I made myself clean the kitchen before I could have my coffee this morning. Next I plan to sweep and vacuum, do all the laundry, and pick up the back yard. And work, because I am superwoman. (NOT.)

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