Monday, April 14, 2014

Kitchen Cabinets {revisited}

A few years ago, I painted my kitchen cabinets. (You can see the before before here.)

Wait...3 years ago? Yikes. Where is life going?!

Back on track...

I really just wanted some updated pictures. Since then, we have torn down the backsplash wallpaper & painted over the vinyl tile (which was a horrid horrid swirly mess of 70's blue and faded yellow.) I also finished painting the kitchen a nice soft gray last week.

You can see on the side that we chucked the ceiling fan and got a chandelier. $20 thrift store find which I found retailed brand new at Lowes for $180. Score.

Part of the reasoning behind the green was that
A: the white just didn't look very smooth and had a more obvious painted look (These are old cabinets people)
B: Our floor tiles are a creamy color and there is a whole other side of the kitchen with cabinets so alllll that white just clashed.
C. Our countertops have green flecks that the green cabinet color actually pull out.

I'm still glad that I did this. I have yet to tire of the color. It took our kitchen from the shaggy depths of the 60's to more modern times and was thousands of dollars cheaper than putting new cabinets in.

This gal is still hanging out in the kitchen but hoping for a kitchen table spot makeover right there soon.

In closing, I'll get off track again. My little baby is going to be 4 in a month. *sigh* *sniffle*  Where is time going?!

Monday, February 17, 2014

A life lately post.

I know I've been absent recently. I blame it on winter and the lazy winter doldrums it stirs. Couple that with the fact that life seems to take on a very monotonous pace this time of year and I feel fresh out of new brain juice.

Brain juice? Yikes. It's time for spring already.

We did get some snow actually. At first it was just a little and then it just dumped and we ended up getting around 6-8" which is a lot for around here. We got all classy and used a big Tupperware lid to go sledding. Zeke reminded me that he wouldn't eat the "yellow snow."

At least snow makes winter pretty.

Otherwise, we've been like making legos until I swear my finger tips are bleeding and I'm having thoughts of putting all the tiny pieces in the garbage disposal. And paying $3 for those photo strips at the mall because there isn't much else to do. O yea, I got some new glasses which at first I thought were a terrible idea but they've grown on me. They're a little dorky so they are probably perfect.

And fighting over who gets to be Batman. Or in this case rodeo pirate Batman.

I'll just leave you on that rodeo pirate Batman note.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Resolution #1: Kick that habit.

I'm proud and happy to say that for the first time in 10 years, I haven't smoked a cigarette in almost a week. It may not sound like that big of a deal but I don't remember the last time I went even one day without smoking. My number one resolution this year was to quit smoking (and about every year since I started) and I finally did it!

I wish I could say it was sheer willpower but that I don't possess much of. I have switched over to a "vaporizer". It's pretty much an electronic cigarette shaped like a pen and provides the nicotine by creating a vapor from a liquid solution. No more 400 additives, no more chemicals, no more unhealthy smoke in my body. Yes, there is nicotine but with this, I can immediately get the benefits of quitting smoking while still tapering down my "nicotine fix" by using lower levels of the nicotine solution.

I can already tell the difference when I go to the gym and do cardio. (resolution #2 - finally lose the last 20-30 lbs I've been trying to get off.)

It's a fraction of the cost of smoking (resolution #3 - get back out of debt).

And resolution #4 (well, it should be #1 but ended up as #4 in this post) is to work to consistently find my joy in Christ & love all others the best I can. The better I feel - the more I can do those things! It's nice to see how that all comes around full circle to help me make 2014 a stellar year.

It's a bit late but Happy New Year's ya'll! (<------ accent.="" br="" can="" quit="" southern="" t="" the="">

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chopping block.

See my nephew's wicked creepy Zombie costume? Totally has nothing to do with this post. 
See my hair? That's the point of the post. I've been growing it long for an eternity 2 years with regular but minimal trims. And it's been various shades of red forever. I have a love affair with my red color. It's vibrant and fun and feels right. It's also really really really bad for my hair. Red fades fast which means I usually color every 4-6 weeks. Combine that with the fact I've been coloring my hair since I was 13 and you know it's taken a toll on my hair.

So....I cut it all of and had it colored close to my natural color.
Holy crows feet. Where did those come from?!
You can't see the color there obvi. I was in haircut adjustment mode and just couldn't find a flattering color photo angle of myself. It looks really good - you'll just have to trust me.

Otherwise, I'm MIA around here lately. Life's busy and full of stuff to do and sometimes things need to be on the back burner.

Later, loves.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Maybe I've lost my mind.

We've been talking about getting another dog recently. It's been pretty limited to talking about it but not really saying "Hey! Let's get another dog!" We have a Bichon Frise. (A fluff dog. All bark - no bite. Kind of shameful looking.) His name is Gizmo and I've had him since I graduated high school. As long as there isn't a full trash can around, he's a good boy.

This picture always makes me laugh a little. It needs a meme.

Needless to say, Noah doesn't feel very manly driving down the road with that head hanging out the window so we wanted a "man's dog." I've been researching breeds & different breed qualities so I can feel like we made an informed decision. Cuz' that's what responsible people do right?

Side story: We had a boxer early in our marriage but that didn't last long because this boxer was crazy. Crazy with a capital Crazy. She liked to pee on my side of the bed when Noah left for work - she pretty much hated me and she constantly jumped our chainlink fence when we left her outside to run off her energy. We gave her to someone with a farm. They gave her to someone with a bigger farm. She kind of ruined boxers for me so I said "No boxers."

Last weekend was also Noah's 30th birthday (yay for birthday!!) and we thought we'd just take a trip Sunday afternoon to "just look" at the pound.

Lesson learned:
You can never "just look" at the pound.

Meet Gandalf.

He's a mix but he's primarily boxer. Yea, I might have lost my mind.

I have a un-housebroken puppy and a potty training toddler. Definitely some crazy there.

He's cute & gangly though and it makes up for it. (The puppy - not the kid.) Skinny, little, malnourished thing but hopefully a good home and good food will have him up to his estimated 60-65 lbs. range.

Have I mentioned that I might have lost my mind? Life is busy, and crazy, and sometimes you gotta throw a little extra crazy in there to keep things alive I suppose. ;)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Different lights.

IMO, sunrises & sunsets are the most splendid handiwork of God visible by the naked human eye. Everyday, everytime they happen and none are the same as before.It's fascinating and wondrous and I might be a little obsessed because I seem to take a picture everytime I capture one that catches my breath for a second. (Then I filter it on Instagram which might kill some of the naturalness but it brings out the intensity of them so I do it.)

 Not much more to say besides that. Thankful for eyes to witness each one.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sunny Sunday.

We took advantage of probably the most perfect summer closing days yesterday. You know...sunny and warm with clear skies. Sunday perfection. We like hiking and try to always make it a point to go where there is something unique which is almost always a waterfall. This little place is called Blue Hole and is actually a series of waterfalls all relatively close to each other. 

It's like...perfect. See?

 This is the main's the plunge pool where people swim (without regard to their fingers or toes cause it's COLD, dude.) I can't imagine jumping into it from the waterfall but people do that, too. It might be thrilling....I'd probably chicken out. ;)

We did a little exploring, too. With the exception of the main pool, it's not really a marked trail kind of deal so we were climbing up and down rocks, over creeks, over a beaver dam (yes, a beaver dam) all with a three year old. We discoverd this:

You can't see behind me obvi but there is a small river rock bed area in a small clearing right in front of this little grotto. Totally perfect. If I wasn't a little scared of bears, I would like pitch an air mattress and build a campfire and spend all night there.

I'm very happy that Zeke seems like enjoy exploring & hiking. It makes me happy cause not only can we enjoy it all together but it's good for us, too!

We finished the day off with a last chance swim in the pool and a ridiculously delicious dinner. A  best-day-ever kind of day. I'll end with a picture where I feel like I'm photo bombing my own photo....

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hot Fudge Cake: Fail.

I have a little shindig this evening with some dear wonderful friends. I opted to bring the dessert because I love to try new desserts off Pinterest. (Ironically, I'm not a very good baker OR cook. Please see: cinnamon rolls.) But  sure - I can tackle a hot fudge pudding cake from scratch.

I found this recipe from Brown Eye Baker.

Picture Credit: Brown Eyed Baker
It looks amazing and it seemed easy enough (you can find instructions there) and I totally trusted a great grandmother recipe.  Plus, all I needed to buy was the cocoa powder so it was going to be cheap, too! (Don't you hate it when you find a dessert but need to buy 8 ingredients you don't even ever use?) This was great!

Zeke helped me mix all the ingredients together and into the oven it went for 40 minutes. Timer goes off - cake is still liquid. What's a girl to do? Keep cooking it I suppose so I just kept cooking it...and cooking it....aaaaaaaand cooking it. Once I smelled it burning, I gave up. I took it out and I had fudge sauce with blackened edges.

I was seriously scratching my head people. I tried Googling it but all that gave me was more hot fudge recipes. I am apparently only the one who has ever wondered why "my hot fudge cake is so runny". I thought maybe I was crazy. I thought maybe the great grandmother really liked gooey liquid cake and I was misinterpreting what it was supposed to look like. I thought I messed up when I one and halfed the recipe. I blamed it on Zeke - he must have thrown an extra ingredient in there when I wasn't looking. It was the oven's fault. I need a new oven. I was dumbfounded.

I decided to make the best out of it and posted my fail on Instagram/Facebook and stated my innocence in any wrongdoing in the creation of this cake. One of my friends commented something alone the lines of "I did that once. I used powerdered sugar instead of flour."

Enter the lightbulb. And the bell. DING!DING!DING!

Yup, I used powdered sugar instead of flour. I grabbed the wrong canister without even thinking. Darn you Pinterest and your gorgeous pictures convincing me to fill my pantry with clear organized jars.

Brown Eyed Baker - I'm sure your great grandmother's recipe is wonderful. I'm sorry I ever doubted her!! I totally am going to try to redeem myself and try again with flour.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Walking on the Water.

I'm gonna be straight up honest with ya'll here (whomever that is that reads this) - life's been tough lately. I'm not one of those wear-your-heart-on-your-sleeve type gals so I tend to smile and wave and when someone asks me how I'm doing say "I'm good ." Put happy pictures up. Say "Amen. God is good" when I'm not sure I've meant it. It's the appropriate response, yes? Because really - most people want to hear that. We don't like to hear ugly/uncomfortable/sad stuff. We like sunshine and smiles & rainbows and unicorns. We don't like their ugly counterparts. Seriously though, the last few months, I've been struggling a lot with joy, and life, and God. What if? Why? I wish...

The reality is that we've had several big life setbacks in the past year and even more so in the past few months. I won't go into detail because the purpose of this post is not to gather sympathy. I know there are bigger, more complicated, and dramatically more difficult lives and circumstances - not only around the world but here in the good ol' USA, too.

A lovely, wonderful, and honestly true friend sent me an article about faith.It brought up the story of Peter walking on the water with Jesus. You know - where Peter walks on the water with Jesus and suddenly becomes afraid and begins to sink because he took his eyes off the Lord and focused on the waves and turmoil? Or that other time when the storm hit the boat with the disciples and they pretty much said "Why are you sleeping?! Lord, save us!" It seems they didn't doubt that the Lord could save them but that the fact that he was sleeping means He didn't care about what was happening to them. 

In the midst of all this, I've realized that I am Peter. I have focused on the waves and not the Savior. I am the fearful disciples. I have focused on the what-if scenario where my life capsizes and leaves me drowning. I've accused God of slumbering and of not caring and a host of other negative thoughts/reactions. I don't wanna be like that. I mean where's the gal who wrote this and this? The one who finally recognized suffering and sorrow as part of this world and prayed for God to change her dramatically. I know she's still here but she has let fear take a vice grip on her heart and the result of fear is never freedom.

So here's to freedom - to searching and seeking everyday until God one day finishes the work He started in me.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Recipe for a Quick Beach Getaway.

Step 1:
Start with a early morning & a long car ride....

...until you hit the sweet sight of sunshine & palm trees and the sounds of the ocean.(much better than fast food bags and whiny children.)

Step 2:
Throw in two days of of sun, sand, salty water, & smiles:


Step 3:
Add in late night beach walk and one shining moon...

Step 4:  
Say goodbye till next year.