I love Tuesday night Bible study for many many reasons-- such silliness combined with such intense time in Scripture. This blog title is for your, gals!
I skipped another day. Shame. Mostly it's because Mike has been off the last 2 days, and we have been enjoying family time in this gorgeous weather! I'd much rather be at the playground with my boys than typing, which is why all of my blog posts (like this one!) are written after everyone else goes to bed.
Must play catch up!Blog Journal Day 6: 20 Favorite Things
Finally, a chance to have multiple favorites!! Undoubtedly, my favorite things are my friends and family, but I guess they all would count as 20 favorite people and that would be an impossible list. I shall try to stick to 20 favorite THINGS, but I must cheat and throw some places in there as well. I am a rule breaker, after all!
I think I keep them in business single-handedly. My first clue that there might be an iced coffee addiction should have been the fact that barely-year-old Jeremiah shouted "CA-TEE!" as we drove by one day. Now, he says, "Mommy catee!" He knows. He doesn't mind, actually, because it usually means a "JB milk" too!
This is a sight that always literally brings tears of happiness to my eyes. It is my favorite place to be, brings back such wonderful memories for me, and promises to make so many new happy memories for our family. I do not think I will be able to go much longer without getting the stick figure family wearing Mouse Ears for the back of my car. I proudly drink the Disney Kool-aid.
If my TV only had one channel, this would be it. I find it to be riveting. In a 3 hour period, you can be amazed (Cake challenges and Iron Chef), inspired (Ina and Alton), and revolted (SANDRA! *hand flaps*). I love love this channel and I love love to cook.
Running is my happy place, when I am in shape. When I am out of shape, like now, running is my archnemesis. I have to remind myself of the reward- how good I feel, how fantastic my clothes fit, etc. etc. etc. to get motivated. Being a mommy makes it hard to find time to run as much as I would like, hence the current out-of-shape feeling.
I am not allowed to have very expensive electronics as I destroy them in a matter of days. Having a little one means increased wear and tear, so no pricey MP3 players for me. Hubs bought me this tiny little guy that holds all the songs I need it to, and it gets me through my miles on the treadmill. It contains about 150 songs, but a thousand memories to go with them. A most welcome distraction and I would be LOST without it.
I would go shopping every day of the week if I had a bank account to back it up. I am actually quite good at spending an entire day at the mall without spending a dime, simply because I love to browse and try things on and mentally note what to wait for on sale. I HATED shopping until I was 16, and I think I am still making up for lost time. Interestingly, I only like shopping if I don't need anything specific. If I am looking for, say, a dress for a wedding that is 3 days away, it invariably gets real ugly real fast.
I would wager that I am wearing jeans approximately 250 days out of the year, even in the dead of summer. I don't know why, but that's what I am most comfortable in. I chose this particular image to accompany this because they are jeans from Express. Nowhere else in America have I found (believe me, I have looked!) jeans that fit me. To quote the great bard Sir Mix-a-lot, when you are "little in the middle but you got much back," finding something that fits without being altered is a chore. I will probably still be buying Express jeans long after it is appropriate for me to even set foot in that store. I already get sideways glances when I go in there with a stroller. Too bad-- it's either those or my maternity jeans. Come to think of it, I miss those maternity jeans. Yay for stretchy waistbands!!
I can stay in a Hobby Lobby for HOURS. Fabric. Crafts. Cake supplies. Home decorations. HOLIDAY DECOR!!! Jeremiah does not love Hobby Lobby, mostly I think because he knows it is like a black hole that sucks us in for what could be a very very long time. And everything is always on sale!!! Love it.
If you were to peek into Jeremiah's closet, you would immediately see why this is on my list. I blame my obsession on my sister, who in turn blames my mom. Once you go Gymboree, you don't go back. It is unmatched in durability, and things go on sale so quickly that price really isn't that big a deal if you are smart about it. Poor Jeremiah. He will be rocking the Gymbo clothes until he bursts the seams.
There was a time in our newlywed lives that we ordered pizza 3 times a week. I love it, Mike loves it, and now Jeremiah loves it. Were it not for the slowing metabolism of old age, we would have this alot at our house. It just makes us happy.
I gained 45 lbs when I was pregnant, and this is probably why. Some days I wake up and think, "I must have a cheeseburger today. I must." It becomes something I cannot stop thinking about. I wish I knew what triggered these days, so I could turn it off!!!
I am lucky to have married a husband who loves looking at houses as much as I do. We have been known to waste an entire day driving around peeking into houses under construction, despite the fact that we are quite happily (and permanently, barring a lotto win!) settled in our house. I love to walk through them, big, small, fancy, plain....
i don't care where we go, let's just go somewhere!! Even our recent 16-hr road trip to upstate New York was exciting for me. I am married to the world's biggest homebody, so going on vacation is sometimes tricky. He's getting a lot better, probably because he has no choice. I was fortunate enough to go on some spectacular trips as a child, and I gained so many wonderful memories and experiences as a result. I hope to be able to do the same thing for Jeremiah!
I LOVE to look at pretty, sparkly things. The fancier, the better. Strangely, I usually have on the same 2 rings and bracelet every day. I keep the same studs in my ears for weeks and have had the same watch for almost 10 years. My sweet hubby has done a wonderful job of starting and adding to a collection of jewelry for me.
I am not allowed in here more than about once a month, simply because I will convince myself to spend $400 in a flash. The flowers. The produce. The meat. The pre-made salads and meals!!! I love love love Whole Foods and always leave ready to conquer any culinary challenge I can find.
I love to be at the lake. It is so peaceful and so relaxing. The best sleep in the world to be had when it is raining. Still, the cabin and I are on an understanding that I will not be back if I ever walk in to find Jake the Snake in there. Period. End of story.
I love the sound of the waves. I love to lay in the sun. I love the laid back lifestyle and the seafood restaurants. I love that any beach setting probably has putt-putt courses nearby. I do not love the ocean or its creatures. My love affair with the beach ends where the water begins!
I will read guide books cover to cover. Even for places I have visited a million times, or places that I will only be visiting for 24 hours. They are so very full of strange little tidbits of little-known information, and I read them for weeks leading up to the actual trip. I get so much more excited about the journey, plan what I want to do while I am there, and start researching hotels and restaurants. The Hawaii guidebook I bought for our honeymoon was the source of our first married fight-- I dragged my poor new husband all over Honolulu on a historical walking tour highlighted in the book. His appreciation for the plight of Queen Lili ran out pretty quick, and he was not at all interested in the fate of the leper monk. He perked up when we stumbled upon the only Irish pub in Hawaii!!
I adore looking at picture albums. I have tried very very hard to keep all of our pictures in albums, with captions next to each. Mom and Dad took so many pictures of us growing up, but Mom always lamented that she got behind in putting them in albums and they turned into an unmanageable pile in the dining room drawers. I've been diligent about it, and nothing makes me happier than when Jeremiah says, "Pictures, mommy?" He loves to thumb through the albums and point to the people he knows. We go through at least 2 albums every day. I hope I can stay on top of it-- I loved looking at pictures and hearing stories of me as a child, and I hope I can do that for my kids also!
Much the same as picture albums, I find home videos to be absolutely priceless. We have some of the most hilarious videos (about 25 VHS tapes worth!) from when Sister and I were growing up-- they can still bring us to tears from laughing so hard. Dad was always on the "cutting edge" of technology, so we were well documented from the outset, even if it meant literally lugging the entire VCR around Washington DC. Now that cameras have gotten to be so small, I have no excuse not to continue that fine family tradition. I'm not as good about it as I should be!Blog Journal Day 7: A Photo That Makes You Happy
This was such a hard choice. Pictures really do speak a thousand words to me, and I have so many that can take me back to that moment in time in a flash. Still, I had to choose, and after flipping through them all 100 times I chose this one... taken when I was about 15 weeks pregnant with Jeremiah. I had waited my whole life to be married and starting a family of my own, and when I saw this picture, I literally stopped dead in my tracks and thought, "This is it. This is the beginning of the life I have wanted for so long." So many blessings and answered prayers in one picture. I have it on my fridge, and I know that there will come a day when Mike and I both say, "Were we ever that young? We were just babies having a baby!"