Easter 2015

Our visit with Josh’s family was wonderful. I was able to get off work early on Friday, so we arrived in time for dinner! Josh’s grandparents took us out for Mexican food (the way to our hearts), and we were so encouraged by the conversation and time we were able to spend with them. Saturday morning, Josh and I had a breakfast date at Cracker Barrel (the nearest one to our house is about 50 minutes away), played Ticket to Ride, and hung out with family. We celebrated birthdays (my father in law’s and Aaron’s) and enjoyed the best lasagna to ever grace this earth. Seriously, my mother in law nails it every time. (I spent most of my life thinking I didn’t like lasagna UNTIL I had hers!!!)

I must say, my March Madness bracket was not right (I had Kentucky vs Duke, with Kentucky winning) and I’m so happy about it. GO DUKE! While most of the family watched basketball, I learned how to crochet and it is so much fun. Now I keep it at work and I’m practicing when things are super dead (like today) and over my lunch breaks. Maybe it will help me stay occupied on the long drive to Florida! Not only has Aunt Katie now blessed me with a sewing machine and crochet lessons, but may have gotten me addicted to Sally Hanson Miracle Gel nail polish. (But seriously it looks like I just did my nails this morning, and I did them on Sunday… this is unheard of.)

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This is the dress I was so excited about finding!

 

I love visiting friends and family, and I love taking trips… but honestly, being away for a weekend always throws me a little. The weekends are when I breathe, get some things done around the house, and prepare for a new week. Skip the breathing, getting anything done, and preparing… and it leaves me kind of exhausted. Add in a sweet husband who snores like a freight train because of allergy congestion, and the result is a night of 4.5 hours of very interrupted sleep, and a very emotional day to follow. (That was Tuesday). Last night I found myself extra exhausted, and my husband graciously offered to sleep on the couch so I could rest. (The result was 8 hours and 10 minutes of blissfully uninterrupted sleep. Thank you, honey.)

The Disney count is ON. [31 days til Mickey’s House.] The shopping list has been made, the car trip food planned, and the fast passes reserved. Tonight we’re doing some shopping for things on the list- like shorts for me, and pricing things like sunscreen so we can budget for them next month. Tonight is also date night so we are hitting Red Robin.

 

Dear Josh,

I am thankful that we have such loving, caring family on both sides (especially when they love us through leftovers– I had potato casserole and ham for lunch). I’m also thankful that you take such good care of me…. which in this specific case meant sleeping on the couch so I could get some quality rest.
Can’t wait for our date tonight! It has been a long past couple of days, and I’m ready for some time with my honey.

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I Did Survive (Hey Hey)

First of all, I am not panicking anymore. I made a pie for Easter, I got the chicken trimmed, butterflied, and pounded ahead of time, we made an awesome dinner for Growth Group, and I did indeed survive.

Tuesday, I chopped my hair off. I cut it shorter than ever before… I can’t put it up, I have no idea how to towel dry it, and the lady buzzed my neck. I haven’t gotten Josh to take any pictures, so enjoy these before and after selfies!

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Wednesday night, Josh and I were super spoiled. My boss gave us a gift-card (completely out of the blue) to one of the nicest restaurants in town. We spent about a week studying the menu so that we could figure out what we wanted to order ahead of time (not even kidding) without suffering menu shock when we got the restaurant. This is the kind of place that even though we have a gift-card, I knew I was going to be sick looking at the prices if I waited until we got there to look at the menu (spending $30 for dinner is outrageous for us). I came home from work, we got dressed up, and Josh whisked me away for a night out. We are so thankful for this gift– a night out together, ordering whatever we wanted, and it felt like I had an evening being Cinderella. We had shrimp, philly cheesesteak egg rolls (umm AMAZING), soup for me- salad for Josh, and steak with mashed potatoes. We also got dessert to go.

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Thursday (yesterday) was Aaron’s birthday! It is our tradition that the birthday person gets to pick whatever they want for dinner (within reason). So, I made breaded chicken for the first time (it was delish and a lot easier than I anticipated), white rice and wax beans (Josh and I had green beans), and an apple pie! I bought the crust (because ain’t nobody got time for that) and the pie was pretty darn good. I need to tweak the recipe some… the filling was kinda soupy and I’m not sure how to fix that. At any rate, it LOOKED wonderful. Aaron picked out some movies from RedBox, and I watched part of one– but ended up going upstairs and cleaned our room/packed for the weekend/watched American Idol.

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This week has been about getting stuff done. I feel like I haven’t spent much time at home, but I’ve spent a lot of time in the kitchen… which stressed me out, until I was doing it and enjoying it. This afternoon I’m leaving work early and we’re heading to Virginia Beach to spend the weekend with Josh’s family.  I’m seriously excited (but only if Duke wins… if Duke loses it will be a dark storm cloud because these people are SERIOUS Duke fans).

I finished the book I was reading (One Last Thing), so I’m moving on to “The Book Thief.” But… now I’m experiencing character withdraw. I know the story was wrapped up…. but I didn’t want it to end. Ahh. The terrible feeling of accomplishment and distress that awaits you at the last page of every book.

HAPPY EASTER. I am spending most of Good Friday either in an office chair or the car… but I’ve been trying to reflect on the significance of this day. My Savior… giving his life to save mine. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, but also don’t let the significance of this weekend get lost in the shadow of family gatherings, Easter egg hunts, and pretty dresses.

 

Dear Josh,

PHEW. I feel pretty exhausted from this week, but I’m also so proud that we did it all. Date night was so fun. I’m really glad you like my hair! It’s so different, but I have super enjoyed the low maintenance of it.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping me make Aaron’s birthday meal. I had some serious doubts that I could pull it off, and I couldn’t have without all your help. Thank you for the ways you love both of us, and the ways you help and serve us.
I’m excited about spending the weekend with you, your family (who I call MY family and confuse everyone I know), and praying Duke wins… until Monday night, when they’re going to get beaten by Kentucky (sorry but it’s true, my bracket says so). See you in just a few hours, my love!

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