Monday, November 30, 2009

I35 South to Elm Mott. Can't miss it!



Damon and I went with Paula and Carlos Saturday down to Elm Mott Texas where they have the Homestead Thanksgiving Fair.  I had been in the past to the Sourgham fair, but not to the Thanksgiving fair.  It was soo interesting to see how people can still sustain a farm lifestyle by using the "old school" technologies.  From candles to cheese, people could experience how they did everything their way, plus the food was FANTASTIC!



I'm so glad Thanksgiving is done, bc now we are in full tilt Christmas mode, which I LOVE!  I think I could live in Christmas times all year round and not be sad about it.  The tree is up, well it has been for about 3 weeks now, decor is out, gifts are wrapped and Christmas music is playing.  I love CHRISTmas!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

something old.



I have determined old things go nicely in the apartment.  I hope Damon doesn't mind it tooo much.  I know I'm an old soul stuck in a 25 y/o body.  Oh well.  Could be worse.

Thanksgiving is NEXT week!!!! EGADS!  I have soooo much to do before today and then.  Cook, cook, sleep, cook, and cook some more.  Hopefully I make it through. 

 And then my first Black Friday experience is this year.  I sure hope its worth all the hype.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

the christmas air is in the distance

We are getting ready for the Christmas season around work as well as the apartment.  I know, its only November 5, but I have a bad tendency of waiting til the last minute so I'm trying to get a jump start this year.

One of the things we do at work is a  Cookie Exchange during the Holidays. This year I'm going to try out AskAida's Toasted Coconut and Orange Icebox Cookies.   They sound totally FABULOUS! I will let you know how they turn out. 

Besides that, we go out to dinner as a department and do the Christmas tree thing.  Busy busy I tell ya. 

Damon and I are already planning out the tree, gifts, and decor as it gets closer and closer and things begin going on sale.  I must say this is my most favorite time of the year. 


Nothing like fine dining!

Monday, November 2, 2009

the nip in the air is comforting

driving to work this morning with coffee in hand, it felt quite comforting to actually have a COAT on with the temperature gauge for the AC over the red part just a little. yea it was only 45 which isn't eskimo or guiness books worthy, but i know it mean red noses, scarves, long sleeves and cocoa are upon us.



I pulled out the first of the christmas decor this weekend. (yes i know, only november 2,) but really, I'm a christmas decorating fool. I love everything winter, christmas-y and lovely. I can't help it. And my goals are to make Damon a little more Holiday this year. :)





On all the blogs I read, the favorite things list is a must and I can say I have not offically done one before so here it goes (fall edition):



Baking/Cooking - a new found love.

The lights at night off all the sky rise buildings

Camarel Apples and Popcorn Balls

The rustling and color changing of leaves
Campbell's Chicken Noodle & Tomato Soups
Rosy Cheeks and Noses
Spending time with family and friends
Giving Thanks
Macy's Day Parade

Thursday, October 22, 2009

i apologize

i haven't blogged in sometime. i know, i'm a bad bad blogger. anyhow many things have taken place since we last spoke.
I got the flu last week, i think. I just know I was REALLY sick, and I never get sick. So maybe I'm good for a while *knock on wood* After I was done, it was Damon's turn. So hopefully we are both through for the season.


Baby cat is totally back to her normal, hyper, unusual self.


I finally tried the Spicy Tortilla soup recipe. It was good, not my best, but it was good. Will try it again for sure.


Halloween is among us and decorating I think it near its cap in our apartment. Not quite Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase, but its enough for us. Just need a popcorn ball and caramel apple and I'm good.



I've got a super important training class for work next Monday-Wednesday. Wish me luck, my job counts on it.


I'm starting to watch more football and actually understanding and enjoying. Has it really happened? Have I actually converted? It scares me, because I never have ever been a football person. Go Cowboys!






Wednesday, September 30, 2009

killers and cake batter

I'm so glad that sweeps week is over and now the TV series have started again with new shows. I was getting utterly sick of reruns. And OnDemand only updates so many times a month. Damon and I have a ridiculous (or so it seems to me) amount of shows that we watch on a "regular" basis.

Monday:
How I Met Your Mother
Big Bang Theory
MNF (Monday Night Football)
The Closer
Tuesday:
NCIS (The REAL one, not the LA)
So You Think You Can Dance (I love this show for some reason, bc i can't "dance")
Hell's Kitchen
Addicted to Beauty (Oxygen)
Wednesday:
Criminal Minds
Modern Family (New Series)
Thursday:(by far our busiest)
Grey's Anatomy
Flash Forward (New Series, kinda like lost)
Project Runway (mine)
Bones
Mentalist
CSI
Friday:
CATCH UP!
I must say our DVR records always always. Because when we aren't watching a regular, NFL network is on or a football game. I used to hardly ever watch TV, but now it consumes my life.
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I tried the Triple Chocolate Bliss cake last night. MMM its sooo chocolately and delicious. Perfect for the non-committed and even committed chocoholics.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

ancho chiles and stitches

so since my last real "in depth" post about the happenings of mine and Damon's lives, many things have happened that I guess could be considered newsworthy material.

Baby cat Camille came home today from the vet. Damon picked her up this morning so I have yet to see her. She got all the typical baby cat things accomplished this last visit (spay, declaw, boosters, microchip, etc) It was very quiet around the house without her and I think the boys missed her dearly, but probably would never admit it.

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I finally broke down and spent money on a bundt pan. Yes yes I know every REAL baker has one, but up to that point I didn't and kept talking about getting one, but hadnt. So now I have one and the first lovely recipe going in it is....


triple chocolate bliss cake

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I also am going to make the Spicy Tortilla Soup out of my Food Network magazine. Yum yum, I can't wait for the turn out.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

remembering moments past

Komen 2009 hasn't seen anything yet. We are gonna blow the year's past out of the water!

priceless moments - last years video. I found this today. Watched it. Its always perfect, touching, and brings a smile to my face.




Tuesday, September 15, 2009

soup's on

so i subscribed to food network magazine today for 3 years (fantastic price, seeing as the in store copy is $4.) i got the fall edition below with all the soup recipes in it and i'm hooked. its a fantastic magazine for food/baking/cooking lovers of all ages, with tons and tons of recipes, ideas and kitchen tips..


I can't wait to try out the all the soups :) yummy!

Friday, September 11, 2009

i smell the fallness



so finally the temperature is beginning to drop. A whole week under 90? Fantastic to see if you ask me. This summer was brutal so I am glad it's finally beginning to cool off.



work has been extremely hectic with the recent happenings of retirings and vacations. so catch up has been my name this week and I'm just so glad to say TGIF!


while i was on vacation i did alot of recipe printing, cookbook hunting, cooking and baking. i must say i'm finally getting back into the groove of wanting to cook and bake. there for awhile if i didnt have to and had a way to avoid it i will, but i'm glad im back in the kitchen saddle.

peanut butter chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies

Thursday, August 27, 2009

i run for hope. i run to feel. i run for the truth. and all that is real.

it's komen season again and breast cancer awareness month (october for the oblivious) is right around the corner. seriously is it september already?? Since I'm the Captain for our Komen team at work, times of coin collecting, ribbon selling and komen preaching is among my many things to do. Hopefully this year turns out even bigger and better than last year. October 17 will be here soon.


early saturday mornings :)




moose is warming up to camille nicely, so i definetely get to keep her :)



Wednesday, August 26, 2009

it's a girl

this weekend we couldnt resist it any longer.





we adopted her this past weekend from the Rescue Organization, Kool Kats, where Damon got the other two babies from, Moose and Dexter.

They tried that 2 for 1 special thing again, but this time I wouldnt fall for the bait.

Moose is taking longer to warm up to her than Dexter is, but Dexter befriends anything.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

megan wants a murderer?

i typically read the morning news when i get to work, just to catch up on the world and its going ons. and sometimes the stories that actually make the front page news will be those oddities that are totally worth posting about.

damon and i watch alot of the series on VH1. well he will probably claim i'm the main one who watches and i will take the blame. I find most of them down right amusing and great time fillers if you ask me. especially the bachelor/ette knock-offs they come up with.

right now its about Megan. She didn't make it on Beauty and the Geek. She didn't make it on Rock of Love either. so maybe the third time's a charm thing will work for her? Doubt it. Anyway these guys are hysterical that want to "win her love." They have to be millionaires, well in one case about to be millionaires. He was waiting on a family member to die in his case. The assortment of men is all over. Plumbers, investors, vodka makers, a "pleasure toy" business owner and then you have the Canadian, Ryan. Not sure about what he does, but he did mention he can't work in the United States unless he marries an American, but of course he will not make her sign a pre-nup. Nothing like reeling them in!

So back to my reading the newspaper, now that you know about egotistical, money hungry, Canadian Ryan. He apparently is wanted in the disappearance and murder of a stripper/model in California. SHOCKING! So this obviously lets me know Megan didnt pick him. But seriously are you that pathetic guy? Someone who has that kind of money and that kind of pull in society, offs someone? Pathetic!

the suspect




with my healthy lifestyle back in almost full swing, i have been trying new recipes. and even trying new foods. a co-worker introduced me to Edamame about a month ago, and since then I can't stop eating it. Its a great source of protein and has 100 calories in 1/2 a cup (which makes me full!) they buy theirs from Costco, but I find it to be a waste of money to spend $50 on a membership just to buy Edamame and maybe some frozen chicken. I shopped high and low to find it elsewhere and surprisingly more places carry it than i thought. Walmart is where i got mine.. Sea Point Farms. its Fantastic! I think its better than the brand from Costco..




If you are interested in trying it, its in the frozen food veggie section. I recommend heating them in the microwave in a microwave safe container for about 3 minutes so they are nice and yummy. Then pop out of the pod and enjoy!

the greatest green veggie out there

Monday, August 17, 2009

bakers chocolate and moving boxes

so it was quite the weekend i must say...i feel like i got alot accomplished, which is always something i like being able to say. between helping people move, hanging ceiling fans, cleaning, and grocery shopping i was exhausted by weekend end.

Steve, Grayce's boyfriend bought (well adopted) her a female polydactyl kitten and gave it to her yesterday. She is soooooo cute. They named her Princess Zelda and she has 28 toes! 28! Being about baby kitties just keeps bringing back the thought of us wanting another kitty, but a girl kitty. Damon and I have talked about getting another cat (well kitten) for quite some time so yesterday just made it 10 times worse.

So what did we do?! No we didnt go adopt a cat (even though i wanted to.) I didnt find one I liked or one that REALLY tugged at the heart strings..Well except the one-eyed cat... she was sooooooo sweet. we went and bought the boys new toys... our tower thingy is blue and black though, not those cheesy colors.. They were excited... They played and played and were worn out, actually slept all night, didnt wake me up at the God forsaken 4 am like normal... If you ask me it was money well spent.

I'm gonna have to start taking pictures more, so everyone who reads this can grasp my life and world a little better than you can with just words. Its my new goal.. Or one of many.

This week we've also started the healthier lifestyles, because I was becoming upset with myself and the way I have been eating. So hopefully I can drop those gained and unwanted pounds to get back what I had in December. (bleh)

I also made the chocolate mousse recipe that I got from Food & Family. It was delish! I used 2% milk and light cool whip.... I suggest making sure the cool whip is totally thawed before whipping it into your pudding mixture. Mine was still a little frozen so ours was more pudding than mousse, but I definetely will be making it again.

Tonight is the foil fajita chicken. I cant wait!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Are you ready for some football?!

tonight i will become a football widow. the first preseason game for the Dallas Cowboys season is tonight against the Oakland Raiders (luckily in Oakland.) For those that dont know, Damon is a diehard Cowboy fan. Eats, breathes, lives football. Cowboy football!





so tonight I will become intiated i guess you could say, whether I am willing or against my will. I'm gonna try to get into football more. For his sake. And my sanity.

GO COWBOYS!

Monday, August 10, 2009

stay puff marshmallow man

i've told myself that i have to stop being lazy and get my butt to the gym again.. i can say that i havent been to the gym on regular consistent basis (like 4 days a week) since my grandpa died in January.

and my poor body is starting to look like it. I've got to go back into my healthy ways.

Monday... its gonna happen. It has to!

auf wiedersehen

i absolutely love love love project runway, which used to to air on the Bravo network and had since the start of this magnificent show. apparently there was something happening, so Lifetime picked up the show and the new season starts August 20. I cant wait for all the craziness that the new season has to bring. The only downfall.. No more NYC and Gotham or Mood for that matter. All LA now.. Boo! but atleast we still have time gun.


went to damon's moms yesterday to visit and see how the new floors/unpacking were coming along. Man it looks GREAT! I love the hardwood floors. I'm in love with them actually.


she gave me abunch of kitchen things, and you know me and kitchen things. I was thrilled to get them. also I bummed all her past Food and Family magazines to make copies. I love Food and Family. They have soooo many great recipes and ideas. so with that I told Damon that I am gonna start trying lots of new recipes out.


I cant wait to get started. :)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Need a prayer? Just call.

I thought I was pretty knowledgeable and culturally diverse when it came to things. And I had thought I had seen my share of oddities and things that you just didnt think existed. Until yesterday. Heading to 114 from work yesterday, I am following behind a lady in a Honda Accord (older model.) We pulled up to the stop light and while waiting for the light to change back to green I glance down and began reading the purple bumper sticker she had on her car.

It was for a prayer hotline. I never in a million years would have thought there were prayer hotlines. 24/7/365 ones for that. Yes I know they have the prayer towers and prayer rooms at churches/cathedrals/mosques/etc where theres 24 hr praying, but yea never a prayer hotline. I was just baffled. Meh. Guess I am a little more diverse now than I was before.

Monday, August 3, 2009

batter batter everywhere and not a drop to eat

so with a little culinary motivation from Damon's stepdad, I got back into the baking spirit and made cupcakes sunday morning.. Chocolate with buttercream frosting. I haven't really baked any sweets (minus the 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies and not what you think wacky cake) since we moved into our new place.

i whipped out my list of cupcake recipes and began on my cooking journey. Damon loves filling up the cupcake liners, so of course i gave up kitchen control and let him fill. I have now learned that with my chocolate cupcakes, you CAN NOT and I repeat CAN NOT fill them per instructions. we followed the instructions first fill around and I now have burnt cupcake all on the bottom of my oven :( so second go around we cut they down to 1/2 full instead of 3/4 and they came out perfect. Typically I can go the 3/4 full route but not with my chocolate ones. now comes the daunting task of cleaning my oven, and if i'm like anyone else, its a much dreaded chore.
once my cupcakes were complete it looked as though my poor cupcakes had been to "hell and back." then I realized they literally had been. but they did taste fantastic. I love my homeade buttercream frosting as does everyone else!


so lets just say my culinary motivation kick up was not a superb one.. but i hope to make some yummy snickerdoodles before the week is out. I can't wait! Thanks Rickey & Yovi!




I'm not really sure why we changed license plates, all i do know is i dont like them. they dont even look Texan!


Saturday we went to my grandma's for a Birthday lunch with her. Happy 74th Birthday Grandma!! Or like you say 72nd, since we are going back in age now.

even though it was a rough day, it was a good day :) I love you <3



BTW, I miss him as much as you do.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

the <3 & karma aren't always friends


i recently learned that a friend of mine and his girlfriend (who also is a friend) are having marital (shall i call it marital if they aren't married?) issues. well they have been having them on and off for years now, and it seems as though they keep getting worse, despite numerous attempts to rectify things.

sadly enough, i dont feel sorry for them. that may sound like the worst thing for a person to say about someone elses' sorrows and woes, but i really don't feel upset for them in the slightest. because when you play with fire, you will eventually get burned.



to: mother nature - please stay the way you are right now, because you're truly wonderful.


pre-planning <3


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

its coming together

we finally found and purchased curtains for the living room window. its only taken us a month to find some that we both liked and we both felt was a "decent" price to pay for curtains, because I didnt want to spend bookoos and then the kitties find them to be something fun to play in. but yes we found some, and even have them up already. They look great and have taken away that awful glare on the tv. Even the apartment is dark now when its time to get shut eye. :) now just need some for the bedroom and we will be one step closer to it looking and feeling like a complete home.


this is what they look like, just not our apartment


the weather has been absolutely wonderful. between all the rain that we really really need, and the much cooler weather, it really couldnt be better. well it could. it could stay cool ALL the time, but meh it being 80's and July/August is WONDERFUL! And if anyone reading this is from the south you know exactly what I mean.


off to grab some breakfast coffee <3

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

optimism is prime

so recently I have become ever so addicted to watching the shows on the Bravo channel. Like my mind gets entrapped in the drama from all the reality shows that I could literally spend hours watching and watching.

My guilty pleasure has become NYC Prep. I'm not quite sure why, but I love it. Maybe its the fact of it being NYC, and I love everything NYC. Like enough to marry it! :) I think the fact that these kids have more money than they need and their egos are much bigger than any normal adults, just baffles me, and makes me want to watch more of it. I must say Camille is one of those girls that will never figure it out, or probably will never find a man to put up with her. Last night I watched her go on this date with a guy, that PC had set her up with. This poor guy didnt have a clue. He made the mistake of asking Camille what her hobbies were and the date went down hill from there. I tend to think that some of the kids make it seem that they are being "players" and see more "action" than they really do. Who knows. I'm still intrigued.

I can't wait for Real Housewives NJ & NYC to start back up for another season.




Damon is looking at another job opprotunity which would allow him to live more of a normal life than he lives right now. It would have all the perks of a normal "career," like benefits AND vacation. And we all know people love those things. Right now he has neither and couldnt even think about even getting close where hes at. Hopefully this works out, because life would run a little smoother for both of us I think. And maybe then we can venture up to NYC soon for a vacation. That would be awesome!! <3

Next week (Friday, 24th) is the birthday for one of the girls at work and I'm responsible for bringing in goodies for her little celebration. I'm thinking and thinking of options. She doesn't like chocolate. So we shall see what fun, festive, yummy treats I come up with.

My birthday is in 8 days. Yay. Then I'm 25. Should I be excited? Because, meh, I really personally am like whatever this year. Damon told me to come up with a list of items I wanted. Nothing too exciting.

- SATC DVD
- Forever 21 gift card
- Avocado peeler
- Kitchen Shears

Yea. I know. I'm getting old.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

french beignets and kirklands

moving into the apartment last tuesday basically took everything i had. but going up and down flights of stairs all day will probably do that to anyone who doesnt do it regularly. we finally were moved in and unpacked by about 11PM that same day, so i am pretty freakin proud we got it all moved in one day. we still have a few things of mine to get from my parents house, but nothing major there, except some good antiques.


the new apartment is absolutely wonderful.. everything about it is amazing and a million times better than the other place. its a quiet building, 1st floor, fluffy pretty carpet, huge bathrooms/closets, pantry and a dining room for the lovely table we purchased off of craigslist. the only downfall was we realized it didnt have a microwave (weird right?), so he got one from his mom & stepdad for his birthday.


once we get settled more and i remember to take pictures i will for all to see.. The babies, Moose and Dexter, absolutely love the new apartment.. I have seen a 180 in Moose since we have moved.. He is so much more lively these days, and he ACTUALLY mews now. Dexter just suns now in the giant windows.. Lazy Ol Cat!


Damon's birthday is Thursday (Happy early Bday Babe!) and it seems as though we have a million people to eat dinner with, only its just his dad and then his mom.. Him having two sets of parents is something I am still getting somewhat used to. I was always used to one dinner for everything growing up and its multiplied now.


I found this amazing nail polish made by Flossie out of Florida that I must order..


isnt it lovely???? I love Tiffany Blue, always have, and now that I have a nail polish thats like exactly it without like being exactly Tiffany's own, I must have it! And for $2 its even better.




RIP MJ. I watched blips of the memorial/listened in the background at work today.. I just about boohooed when his daughter, Paris spoke.. Ugh! Tug at the heart strings will you.. I think I may have an old school MJ music night during dinner.. He was weird and even possibly a perv, but man! he made awesome music! <3

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

the kitty claws are out




I must admit I am addicted, well beyond addicted to the Real Housewives of New Jersey. I have been an avid watcher since it began airing and haven't missed a moment since. For some reason this group of ladies is; I have enjoyed more than all the others. Maybe all the NJ drama and the accents to go with it. Oh and that big freakin hair on Teresa. And maybe the fact that Jacqueline has a identical twin that I just so happen to work with.




But anyway, watched the reunion, well part 1 of 2 last night. Wow! Some of the things these ladies have the nerve to say to one another. I could tell Danielle is still very upset about the whole situation with the "book." But you know, you brought it all on yourself by starting the fight at dinner. If it was 25 years ago and not a big deal anymore and you don't want it to be a big deal anymore, than why keep it going? I just don't understand that part of it.

I was actually reading an article on one of the magazine/gossip websites this morning about the interviews that are going to be in People magazine, I think it actually came out today. But anyway, apparently Jacqueline (I'm stealing her name for a kid one day..human or pet..) and Danielle are no longer friends, even though Jacqueline stuck up for Danielle at the dinner, due to the fact that more dirty laundry is coming out about Danielle. She's not such a pretty housemom after all.


I'm ready to buy the magazine and read it all for myself.

Ready for season 2 to start already. And I really hope Dina does something with that hair of hers, bc the peroxide blonde just doesnt work. I'm sorry..

I also think it would be super exciting if they did Real Housewives of somewhere in DFW like Southlake or Plano or Addison.. that would GREAT! I would definetely watch!

Moving >> 6 days to go :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

here we come..

the countdown has begun.. we move into our new place in exactly a week. I can hardly wait.



the new place is soooo much prettier and more to our liking and I can't wait for the excitement to begin. we have been packing every chance we get in order to be getting everything moved when the day comes rather than still packing.



besides that, the heat is beyond ridiculous and anyone else living here knows what i am talking about.. thats one reason we are glad to be moving into the 1st floor rather than the 2nd or even the 3rd in some cases, because its always cooler on the first floor :)



I hope everyone is well. Once we get moved in and settled i will begin baking/cooking more.. more space + a dining room <3

Sunday, June 14, 2009

just stick it out.. it wont be long

damon and i went and looked at apartment down the way yesterday.. its still in grapevine, thats what we were shooting for. we were also shooting for something reasonable, yet nice, roomy and safe.

and we found exactly that i am happy to say. i left the ultimate decision up to him because mainly its him on the current lease so it would be more of a hassle for him than for myself. it came down to leaving from our appointment and he was busted out with "im ready to fill out an application," so we did, paid our money and waited to hear something back.. not even an hour from that cherie called us with the great news.. we had a new home, we just dont know when the exact day is but its within the next few weeks/month. plenty of time, plus i have vacation coming up so it could possibly work out nicely. will post pictures of our new place when we get in and settled.


other exciting news this weekend... damon sent me a text on friday about the celebrity baseball game going on in frisco yesterday and how he wanted to go, mainly because a bunch of current and past cowboys would be there.

we went out there, and it was freaking HOT! i was completely miserable.. but
it was worth it, even though i felt as though i was going to die. Damon got to get Jason Witten's autograph, which he really wanted. Soon there after i couldnt take it any more, so we left.. even before the actual game started, but not seeing the game, but knowing he got the one autograph he really wanted made it worth every penny i spent. instead we went out to haslet and took his little sisters swimming and ate.

other than that, not much else is new in our worlds.. so im going to say bye for now and go take a shower.

Friday, June 5, 2009

vacay in the future?





so damon and i have decided we seriously need a vacation after all this house stuff has happened.. i think i might have him convinced to take me to this b&b in granbury for a weekend. some pictures of the room im hoping for (the Clarissa) is below. its really heavenly looking..
they offer daytime activities, a 3 course breakfast on fine china, and beverages and fresh baked goodies all day.. and its on lake granbury which is beautiful. my kind of place!


its not too far away from home so we do not have to take off from work, but far enough away that its a "vacay"

so i've got my mind offically set, and in my head i'm already there, so now just got to work on damon.
wish me luck.. <3

Thursday, June 4, 2009

sad day on lost prairie

long story short since i do not have more time, which i will elaborate more on later, we aren't moving into the house.

its all in the finanacing/mortgage people's hands.

so we are going to get another apartment, which we found lots of perks in doing, so it all works out nicely.

plus like my mom always told me and now i'm always telling him, everything happens for a reason, whether we see that reason in 5 minutes or 15 years we will see it.

but gotta go, breakfast is calling.

Friday, May 29, 2009

mind at ease

housing update:

-we have texture on our walls (yes walls!) and the brick is finally finished alot with the address plaque which is totally lovely and adorable. we may even actually have a mailbox by the time we make it out there tonight...

-counters/cabinets/shelving/baseboards hopefully to be in next week. *crossing our fingers on that one)


also, Damon got with one of his friends, Lance, who does home loans part time and he is going to help damon out, which means no more of HMS who have been giving Damon the run around... this has totally put my mind at ease, knowing we will have a loan ready for us when closing time rolls around, which looks to be in 3-4 weeks. Seriously?!?>! I can't believe that.. It was just dirt what seems to be like yesterday!

Hopefully I will have pictures soon.. I know I know i keep saying that.. I've just been CRAZY busy.


Oh and we have found our new weekend place, the lake! And I'm actually getting color and exercise at the same time.. Its perfect!

Love you all.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

plain and boring

i seriously can not figure out why my template is no longer showing or anything.

so i'm stuck with ugliness until them..

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

bristol and classic linen

the brick has been delivered.. the drywall meeting is on Friday. Next week Damon and I will have walls, yes REAL walls, in the house.

I can't wait to take pictures :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

welcome to the neighborhood

so Damon and I made our daily visit to the house yesterday just to check and see what all had happened since Friday, because it rained on Saturday and figured must didnt take place. but to our surprise we discovered we have most of the wiring completed for electricity so now just the stinkin roof needs to finish having the shingles on and i think we are good to go for brick and drywall.. How exciting!!

From the time that we started going out there we have seen alot of the neighbors coming and going, being nosey as to who their new residents are, etc. As we were getting ready to leave to head back to Gvine, the guy across the street approached us and welcomed us to the neighborhood. Before you know it the whole strip of neighbors right there by us began filtering out of their lives to come over and introduce themselves. I like to know now we are not moving into an old folks community or neighboring with a group full of weirdos. This now makes me even more excited to move in and start living the neighborhood lifestyle again.

I know I have been alittle disappointing on the picture posting lately, but since I have taken over Pam's desk at work I really haven't had any quality photo uploading time. :( oh well, and plus now that i think about it i think i left the camera in Damon's truck. Meh oh well.

Work has been extremely crazy in my world, learning so many things as quickly as possible, so typically by the end of the week now, my brain is usually the consistency of jello.

Damon and I are well, just ready for that house to be finished already. :) <3

Monday, May 11, 2009

seriously....did this just happen???

so i am kind of beyond words at this point.

the changes today could be a very great thing.. its just going to be an extremely lengthy process if it remains permanent (which i kind of hope it does)

it has occupied my WHOLE work day, so I will try to swipe chucks computer tonight to do an official update about whats been going on with us in the past few days.

love and miss you all <3

Friday, May 8, 2009

i know its 5 o clock somewhere... just not here :(

so i've been sooooo busy today i haven't been able to give an elaborate update with pictures about the house...

but i promise lots of things have been done (like walls, windows and doors). ive just been so busy that i havent time.

sorry for the let down.. hopefully this weekend maybe or monday at the latest... i promise!

enjoy the nice weather everyone... <3

Thursday, May 7, 2009

animals, fish, and fun

fun day at the aquarium...



i laugh everytime i look at this picture basically because i'm either getting a smile or finger... and well emilee is learning the whole wave thing, but i swear it looks like a finger too...
promise you though, she doesn't know that hand gesture, its just funny how cameras can snap just at the wrong time picking up an image that really isn't supposed to be what it shows.

kid in a candy store

so with the rain and weather here lately, the work on the house has been kind of unpredictable yet predictable at the same time only because his sister, Grayce's house is about a week ahead of ours, so we kind of know what to expect...


even with knowing, I act completely like a 5 year old in their favorite store getting to pick whatever they want.. Its sooooooo exciting, seeing something new being done, no matter how big or small it is... we are now to the point that we go out everyday, just to see and check, just in case. and it never gets old or boring either..



we have a roof (well the trusses) :)




we had a boxed ceiling upgrade for the master bedroom (you can kind of tell here)






from the backyard (you see the master and kitchen)



they also started the exterior walls (2 sheets up) yay!

so now we are waiting for the rest of the exterior walls and the windows/doors to be put in.... hopefully today that will happen....

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

matchsticks aligned..

kitchen



damon in the master bedroom







from the street...


maybe we will have roof soon :) today hopefully... now is when the pace picks up...


Monday, May 4, 2009

customizing, updating

so i'm tweaking the blog to be more about us and our little adventures, thus why the picture is no longer there. we need one.. a good one that is.. its always not approved by one party in the picture, so hopefully soon I can get one of the both of us that i like.

otherwise notice the url change also.

more soon <3

craigslist <3

Damon and I have been looking at a few things for the house once it is ready for move-in, mainly a dining room table and refridgerator (black side by side.) We had found a few at a couple different stores that we liked, but really didnt like spending that kind of money right now.


So we gave Craigslist a try, and I am absolutely in love with that site now. Here's what we found and purchased last week, and I must say, I can't wait to see it in the house and start using them:




The table - it has a leaf so it will expand to 54 x 54; counter height



The "wine bar" - we can take out the wine bottle rack and use it for a curio cabinet :)






The chairs - we got all four of them to go with the table, and they are cushioned and comfy

We got all of them for a fantastic deal which we couldn't pass up, and everything is in fanstastic condition, so that made me even more willing to get it... So now the hunt is on for the black side by side fridge. We're in no hurry, since we have until July to find one.

The frame is being started today, so by the end of the week we should have a "house." I can't wait for that!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

peek out your head from those clouds

I dont quite understand the whole frenzy surrounded around this whole swine flu "epidemic." from what i have read and gathered, its just the flu. meh maybe I'm just cynial and dont care, but I really think the media is taking this to a level that it doesnt need to be taken too. of course there are going to be major outbreaks of it in mexico; the sanitation there is terrible. so all else I have to say it wash your hands folks, and I think you'll be fine. oh and dont eat any pork.. (hahah I actually read that people are worried that they will get it from eating pork..hahahaha funny funny good one)



The gloominess in the sky is starting to depress me, I need some sunshine and vitamin D. So show off yourself and come out already..


My lovely treo bit the dust the other day :( so I am back to my little free nokia I got when I signed up for AT&T. I've thought about using my insurance and the 50 bucks to get a new one, but I'm afraid of what "comparable" crap they will send me. I just want a IPhone already. or an Instinct (but thats only with Sprint and it would have to be chrome, not that nasty copper color)


Other news, the foundation is complete on the house and now it must cure for the 10 days before the frame is started.. Thats really when the excitement will begin, bc at that point you have an actual house to begin walking through. I can't wait and neither can Damon. I still think I'm more excited than he is.




Man I have a hankerin'