Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Little Bit of Random

Not surprisingly, I've fallen behind on the #blogtember challenge. I'm in my second week of my new work schedule and I'm loving it. I've got some things to adjust, most specifically related to my morning routine, but being able to come home and fix dinner has just been such a delight. Last week, I cam home, put mr frank sinatra on loud and putted around the kitchen with dinner and dishes. It was such a delight. Once this schedule becomes second nature, I'm going to be on a roll.

That pretty girl spent her whole Saturday with me last weekend and we had so much. We went to the Sooner football game and tried a couple of the Tone It Up face masks and body scrubs. We also tried making brownies with black beans...yall this was a win!

Lately, I've found myself in a mode of thankfulness. Let's be real here for a moment. Last week I got yet another call for a hospital debt bill from 2009. Yes, you read that correctly. It's been an an on-going issue that I've mostly just run into brick walls about. It's gone from being taken care of to not. This week I found myself yet again faced with this unfortunate issue. Immediately I felt my body warm and tears begin to well in the corners of my eyes as I sat on the phone with this new person working my debt case.  It took me a good bit to actually respond in a more thoughtful manner as opposed to my most-immediate-human-nature-emotional reaction. I fought the urge to be mad and just let the thoughts of, "this just isn't fair," take flight in my mind. It wasn't easy. When I stepped back though and thought through it, I found things to be thankful for even in this very situation.

I'm super looking forward to my very first studio friend from college being here Friday night and Saturday. We haven't seen each other in a while and we always enjoy checking out new things together. I also have a birthday gift that I picked up for her in Denmark because I totally missed her birthday being there. I can't wait for her to see it. Hi Sarah! See you soon!

Samantha blogged about coming to Oklahoma yesterday and I just skipped and smiled big as I read it. SO STINKIN EXCITED! Man how the Lord has blessed us with a sweet friendship!

And there you have it, super randomness...lots of little started blog post thoughts in one...

Monday, September 14, 2015

A Little Bit of Right Now

Oh friends. My heart is refreshed after another full weekend with my husband. Two weeks in a row now he's had Sunday and Saturday off and I've just loved it. I could get used to having him home both days easy. Maybe one day.

Was the last time I wrote one of these currently posts really a year ago? wow. I used to write these types of posts often. I really like checking in with myself this way and I've always enjoyed reading others. It's like a peek into your regular life that just doesn't usually make it to the blog.

So currently I am...

making...plans for Samantha and I! I can't believe she'll be here in a month!

cooking...protein pancakes & eggs (yes breakfast for dinner on a Sunday night!)- Kodiak's Cakes for the win yall!

reading...I'm finally reading through Bread and Wine -LOVE IT. I usually read a chapter in a bath about once or twice a week. Perfect short chapters that you don't have to read consecutively. I just finishes The Blind Side on audio, and also Paper Towns on audio. Any audio book suggestions friends? They make my drive homes so much better when I don't have someone to chat with. Kevin and I are also reading Dave Ramsey & his daughter's book about teaching kids to manage money. Great book. Loving it.

watching...Kevin has the Cowboys on (welcome back Sunday night football!)

playing...oh I keep adding all my favorites to a super long youtube favorites list but on Pandora Passion Band radio is my JAM! Yall, listen to it, k? (side note, that new cheerleader song makes me want to dance every time, can't get enough)

sewing...I've taken a break from sewing...one that's been almost a year long. I've decided easy pillows and little banners are my favorites but I'm on a scrapbooking kick right now.

wishing...for dust to just not exist...also my dog's stray hair...that kind of cleaning just drives me nuts

thanking...my sweet husband for being so easy going this weekend. I came home on Friday and asked to work on our little plan for a rock garden (we've got this area at the front door that is too in the shade to grow anything! and we've had this idea for well over a year). I didn't expect him to say yes because we didn't budget for it and because springing projects on him is usually not something he appreciates but to my little ears surprise and delight he said yes! He also took me to the mall on Sunday in between football games and bought me a Gap dress, which we scored for $10! SO thank you sweet man for being the best part about this whole weekend. I love you.

going...to the Historic Home Tour next weekend with one of my favorite interior designers. I hope to get some great shots this year to share with all of you! Last time, Holly and I went together.

wearing...Cowboys gear!

feeling...thankful and happy

learning...what it looks like to give up of myself every day to the Lord.

exercising...by running 10 miles this weekend. yes ten. It was hard. I'm also getting excited for Tone it Up's fall challenge. Anyone else joining???

recording...Ellen! Cause she's back! Any other Ellen lovers out there?

What have yall been up to currently??

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Sappy Happy

Yall I can never get enough of our Paris photos
Katie Donnelly rocks my socks of!!

I'm so excited it's Friday! Husband has the day off so that means when I get home around noon today he'll already be home. Cue sappy happy smiles. Lucky me gets him home for Friday, Saturday and Sunday! That's a three day weekend. I'll take a three-day-weekend over our usual one-day as often as I can get it.

Tonight, we've got plans to go learn a little swing dancing. The Myriad Gardens in downtown OKC has had a few free events this summer and sadly this is the only one we'll have had taken advantage of. Dancing with my husband is one of my favorite things to do. One day, I plan to enroll us in some ballroom dancing classes because otherwise we only dance at weddings, well and of course those random dance sessions that happen at home.

Kevin and I are not usually very adventurous in trying new things on the weekend, especially those that are "all the way" up in the city. Most Friday nights you can find us leading our life group in Bible study, and laughing a good number of calories off during the game time. But if it isn't a life group Bible study night, a Friday night at home includes a movie and a hot bath for me. Then again, that's a good night any day for me. 

Tomorrow, we'll be cheering on our Sooners for another WIN hopefully. Did you miss our football party this week? Husband is pretty pumped about RedZone coming back on Sunday. I'm pretty excited to get back into scrapbooking. I finally decided to take the plunge and do a project life book. I'm giving myself a new goal of completing our 2014 vacation book by the time Samantha gets here since that was when we first met face to face. That's approximately a month. 

I've also got to get in my running this weekend in order to stay on track for training for my half marathon. I still can't believe that I've signed up to run 13 miles. It's even more mind blowing to me that I've run as far as 9.5 miles. High-school-me would have laughed in your face, if you what have told me that I'd be running voluntarily that much. My how things can change.

On a more serious note, it has been 14 years since that dreadful day in NYC, 9/11. 14 years ago my mom picked me up from the 6th grade earlier than usual as we had been dismissed from school with no explanation. My mom was solemn in the car. I don't remember her telling me what happened but I do remember watching it unfold on the television, on replay. A moment that is now forever in our history books. Spend some special time today for the families so deeply wounded by that day my friends.

Friday Faves:
Samantha blogged about her fitness journey, it reminded me of my story and how much of a part she played in it. So thankful for her!
Jimmy Fallen has some seriously impressive dance moves.
Also, Jimmy Fallen and JT are my favorites.
Swimming with sea turtles is now on my must-do/see list for Hawaii.
I'm considering getting this planner for next year.
I'm excited to start the new Tone It Up Fall challenge, any of you joining?
It's been fun participating in the #blogtemberchallenge but I think the first day was my favorite so far.

Happy Friday! What are yall up to this weekend?

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Guys, it's Thursday and I awoke today feeling so happy for so many sweet little gifts from the Lord. Yesterday, I had a little conversation at my office to adjust my schedule a bit to allow me to be home earlier. I got a yes! Kevin and I have been praying over this, and talking about it a lot of the last three months. It's not a huge change but it'll allow me to be home with time to cook dinner for our little family. I've really missed this part of wifehood over the nearly two years so I'm really excited about the change this will make in our daily lives. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Last night, Samantha (who blogged again recently-hey girl!), confirmed her flight to come visit me NEXT MONTH! Yall I'm so pumped. I don't even know what all we're going to do when she comes but you better bet I'm already planning. I can't believe in just a few weeks she's going to be in my house! The final bit of news I'm beyond amazed to share. Kevin and I booked our flights to HAWAII for next year! It's pretty much a dream come true that we hadn't yet dreamed, gee God you sure do like surprises! We've got a place to stay covered so all we had to do was book the flights. Even better than celebrating that the flights are booked? Celebrating that one of those flights was completely covered with miles! Yep, it's been a good week.

Reading the #blogtemberchallenge posts from yesterday just sent me into constant reminiscing mode. To think back to myself at sixteen and all the little goals I had in my heart then versus now, it's so different. My bucket list items then included going to college and I'm going to guess meeting a boy was probably in there. The list wasn't long and it was pretty narrow minded I'm sure. I had no ideal how much my mind would grow or how much my life would change with the one decision of where I was going to go to college.

It's pretty extraordinary to think back and see all the little things click together. Those are the times you see God's hand so clearly, at least in my opinion. I love reading back through my prayer journals from time to time because I see each prayer answered, not  always in the way I wanted but God did respond to my heart. That is the beautiful part.

Goals and bucket list items are going hand in hand for me now. On a fun note, I seriously want to see baby turtles swim from the shore to the sea. One day, it's going to happen. On an adventurous note, I would love to travel more. Kevin and I are SO excited about our Hawaii trip, and our time in Copenhagen convinced us to celebrate the end of debt with a big European adventure, let's go debt pay off! Speaking of debt, paying off those college loans is a major life goal for us. Other than those rather general things, I don't have much of a bucket list. Mostly, I think my heart desires for this dream more than anything else, and one day we're going to get there.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

High School Me

The week had been such a blurr. Mom and I had frantically tried to prepare me for the PSAT but with only a week of preparing the likelihood of a real successful score was slim to none. Test taking just isn't for me so my short term dream of becoming a National Merit Scholar just needed to end. The last part of the mini exam was a career study. Supposedly, my answers would indicate the type of field I should venture into as an adult. Filling in the bubbles on my scantron felt pointless. I already knew I wanted to be an interior designer. The decision had been made up in my mind only recently but it was firm. There was nothing else I wanted to pursue.

That took place junior year of high school. I was utterly convinced that I wanted to pursue a career in interior design. When senior year came, I was on the path to doing just that. I checked out schools that had the program and began to research them. I sent in five college applications and waited. During the wait, my parents and I read brochures, and visited a couple schools. I had my eyes on Baylor at first, but after a weekend at TCU I fell for the campus. Not too much later, I put my feet on the campus of OU and couldn't believe I felt myself loving it too. Ultimately, I chose OU. The sweet and simple of it was that God closed doors elsewhere. I received five acceptance letters but only one came to me with incredible peace. The day my dad and I pulled out of my home in Spring Branch-Houston, Texas, I felt a part of my life end and a new one begin. It was frightening and exhilarating but becoming an interior designer was now no longer a dream. 

It's crazy to think about high school me. I was talking to my littlest sister, who is now a junior in high school, about how her days are spent. She became a cheerleader last year, something I never would have been brave enough to do back in my high school. She has some fun classes, and I was so boring that I took study hall every semester of every year, getting homework done at school? Yes please. I spent my evenings studying by our pool in my bikini or babysitting and she goes on adventures and spends time at the beach. It's crazy to me that she is now walking a path I've already walked. How friends, where does time go? On the weekends I could generally be found babysitting. I did spent a lot of time with my girlfriends but if a babysitting gig came up, I usually chose that over them, only because I was determined to make my own money. I remember I couldn't wait to get out of high school by senior year, I was so done. My senior year english teacher said, you spend four years here trying to get out and you'll spend the rest of your life trying to get back. I thought that was the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.

I get it now.

Not that I want to go back to high school,  quite the contrary, but I do cherish those memories more and more as I "grow up." High school was one of my favorite parts of life. I felt like I was on the set of Boy Meets World all the time,  okay not really but growing up watching that show made me idealize high school. I had a bunch of girlfriends, and never was very close with any guys (reference my scrapbooks). We were each others' whole worlds. 

Every now and then a song comes on that radio that was popular during high school and a memory sparks in my mind. Some of my favorite song related memories are my girlfriends and I jamming out in our cars, windows down and singing into our microphoneshands. High school doesn't last a lifetime, and I don't find myself trying to get back, but the memories I made in high school will stay with me forever.

Reflecting on high school is fun and so sweet for me. If I were to write a letter to myself then I would have simply said to keep on at it. I did my own thing a lot. I wore too many strange outfits. I was most definitely an awkward girl. But, it is all a part of my story and I wouldn't change a thing.

 I recently deleted all the pictures I still had on my computer since my high school scrapbooks are now complete. I have shared about high school in the past though so have no fear you can see what high school me looked like,hint it's not much different from now.

Blog posts about my high school days:
If you knew me in high school
Highschool Friendships
Prom Night
This is my Story

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