Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tulips, My Favorite!

I love flowers. I just love how beautiful they are and the smells they give off. And I especially love the color and brightness they add. It's my desire to one day always have fresh flowers in my house. Anyway, we have some pretty tulips growing in the front yard and I wanted to share some of the pictures I took of them. Tulips are my favorite if you couldn't tell by this post's title. =)

DSC_0347 I love the spider web you can see weaved on the right on this picture.
I love that I didn't even realize it until I looked at this on my computer but I captured two little bugs on the bloom!

I must say, I was inspired by this post from Deb when taking these photos. Mine aren't as full of vibrant colors like hers and it hadn't just rained but I loved her tulips pictures and really wanted to hang them in my house. So I decided to take some of my own that I could hang in my house! And I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out!

Happy Thursday! I hope you get to enjoy some beautiful tulips today!!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Woes of a Weary Woman

I'm gonna get real with you guys today. I feel like my blog has been lots of fluff lately, and there's nothing wrong with that but I want this to be a space that my readers can come to and relate to and not just feel like "oh it's another blogger who has it all together". Because believe me, I don't have it all together. Not even close. Some of my favorite blogs are the ones where the writers share their real life struggles.

Anyway... this isn't anything too major but I feel like I just need to get it off my chest. So yesterday I was tired. We got home Sunday night from our day with Justin and Molly a little before midnight. My usual bedtime (even on the weekends sometimes) is around 10 or 10:15. So getting to bed at midnight was not a good thing for me. I knew I would be tired yesterday but it was worth it because we had a great time with our friends. So yes, I was tired all day yesterday.

Work came much too early and it was a slow Monday which did not help my sleepiness. Plus, I knew I had lots of stuff I wanted to be doing around the house and I was instead at work. So that made the day a little bit hard. Anyway, I made it through work and got home and realized I had developed a headache sometime during the afternoon. No biggie, I would just take some medicine and hopefully it would go away. No such luck. My headache actually stayed with me until I went to bed. But I didn't let it stop me from getting some stuff done. I finally put away the hang up clothes that had been laying across the laundry basket for over a week. And then I decided that since it's been so warm out lately, I'm obviously not going to be wearing any more sweaters until next fall so I wanted to switch my winter clothes out for my spring/summer clothes in my closet. That was succesful and I also managed to decide to get rid of lots of clothes that I didn't wear this past season! Go me! So I had a pretty good start to my evening. I was productive, I went to Wal-Mart and did a return and exchange and picked up an ingredient for dinner that I had forgotten. Good time overall.

What my dinner should have looked like via Pinterest

But then... I returned home and things went south. Collin was scheduled to get off at 7:30 from work so I started dinner around 7:10 or so. It was perfect because it wouldn't take long at all to make this recipe that I found on Pinterest. I was so excited about it. I followed the recipe to the tee and all was going well! I couldn't find fresh sundried tomatoes so I bought a jar of them and I had the hardest time opening the jar. It was so hard and I was hurting my poor hands trying. I finally found one of those rubber jar openers and got it open but by that point I was a little frustrated. But I calmed down and continued making my dinner. Then it happened... I go to combine the pasta with the sauce and it seemed like all a sudden all the liquid from the sauce went to the bottom of the bowl and the cheese stayed completely clumped together. It had resolidified. How am I supposed to serve a cream sauce if it's just one big blob of cheese?? I tried to fix it but it wasn't working and at this moment Collin calls to tell me there was a complication at work and he probably wouldn't be leaving until 8 at the earliest. And I just start crying. My dinner is ruined (or so I thought) my husband is going to be very late, and my head hurts really bad at this point because I'm really hungry. Collin finally gets home and I was still pretty upset about my dinner not working right but we add some milk to the "sauce" to try to get it to be liquified again. It doesn't really work. So we decided to just eat it the way it was. There was some liquid stuff in there and we could just cut the cheese up and still eat it all together. So we're walking downstairs with our plates and I had my laptop in my other hand since I brought it upstairs for the recipe and as I'm trying to close the door that leads to the basement my fork falls off my plate and I couldn't catch it or else I'd drop my laptop. And I just started bawling. It seems so trivial but it was the last straw. I was very hungry, exhausted, upset over dinner not working properly, upset about the fact that it was now 8:45 and we were just eating dinner, and then my fork falls off my plate. I felt so silly but boy did it feel good to cry and get it all out.

But you know what, that wasn't the end of the evening. Once I finally calmed down, we ate our dinner while watching some 30 Rock on Netflix (which always makes me feel better!). And the dinner actually wasn't bad. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting but it had a really good flavor! And of course spending time with Collin was really nice and he always makes me feel better. So I went to bed finally around 11 and I felt better. Still tired, still headache-y but full and loved. But boy, yesterday was just not my day.

Do you ever have days like this? Days where no matter what you do or how hard you try things just aren't going how they're suppose to? It seems like everything is conspiring against you. At least there's always tomorrow to bring a new and better day!


Monday, March 26, 2012

All the Pretty Flowers

So last week I told you all that I had many more photos I wanted to share of my pretty spring captures. Well, here you go! Some of my favorite captures of the spring beauty in my front yard!

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So I don't bombard you with pictures I'll share my shots of the tulips another day this week. I just love the pretty spring colors. And I am really loving my Nikon 1! Does anyone else have one? I'm still getting the hang of how to use it but it's pretty fantastic!

This past weekend was fun! Yesterday was especially great. Collin and I went to Greenbelt to spend the day with our friends Justin and Molly and we had a grand old time with them. We did some shopping, played games, lost a frisbee on the roof of an apartment building, got some Italian Ice and so much more! We loved spending the day with them and can't wait to get together again!

Did you guys have good weekends? What was the highlight of the weekend for you? I love hearing from you guys!


Friday, March 23, 2012

Fill in the Blank Friday

Today is Friday and I'm filling in some blanks! There haven't been too many lately because Lauren had her little girl Fern in January but she posted some today. And they're about color! You can participate with Lauren or see other blogger's blanks by visiting the little things we do.
Image credit to Lauren

1. My favorite color is yellow!
2. My home decor palette includes no real particular colors at the moment. It's so eclectic. But I can guarantee when I redecorate it will be filled with yellows, greys, and blues. And a few pops of bright colors like coral or green.
3. Other people always tell me I look good in the color blue. I think it just fits my complexion well and it brings out my eyes.
4. The color I detest is none? I really don't dislike any color. I love them all!
5. If you were to look in my closet most of the colors you'd see would be blue or neutrals like black and white. I have a lot of blue clothing, but I have a huge variety of other colors, too.
6. A color that I simply can not pull off no matter how hard I try is certain shades of grey. I've discovered that I can wear grey, but only in certain shades. It tends to wash me out and make me look sickly if it's the wrong shade.
7. The color of my favorite dress is yellow. And it has cute ruffles. Oh how I love my little yellow dress!

I love me some color! And bright, fun colors are for sure the best! What are your favorite colors, friends?

I hope you all have wonderful, lovely weekends! Mine shall be busy but fun for sure. And on Sunday we're going up to the D.C. area to spend some time with our friends and hopefully go see the cherry blossoms if it's not raining. And I will for sure be taking my camera and getting lots of pictures! But, if it's raining I know we'll still have a fun time with Justin and Molly because it's been far too long since we've seen their pretty faces!

Enjoy the weekend friends!!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Over the Week

I should just turn Thursdays on my blog into my past week via Instagram because that's pretty much what it's become! ha! But what can I say, I LOVE my phone and it's awesome camera. And Instagram makes it so easy to document my pictures/thoughts. Anyway, here's what's been going on with me!

It started raining on my way home from work. But the sun was SO bright and the sky was bright blue and the clouds fluffy white!
Last Thursday it was beautiful. The weather called for scattered showers, which we did get and it was pretty warm! But it was sunny and didn't look at all like rain when it started sprinkling on my drive home from work!
Lots of eggs for our youth group egg hunt in a couple weeks!
We've going to have an egg hunt with our youth group April 1st. I bought lots of brightly colored eggs for the event! So fun! Egg hunts were always my favorite part of Easter with the family. And I think I liked it better when I got old enough to hide the eggs for the younger cousins.
Oh Bradford Pears... You are so very beautiful. Why do you have to smell so bad?
I love Bradford Pear trees. They look so very beautiful. But have you ever smelled one in bloom? They smell like rotting fish. Or something nasty. It's amazing how something so beautiful can smell SO bad!
The perfect afternoon to take a picture walk with my new camera!
I went on a little photo walk last Friday afternoon with my (semi) new camera! I won this Nikon 1 at my company's work holiday party in January (yes, we have our holiday party in January.. weird, I know) and I love it! I haven't used it much at all but I definitely took the opportunity to go out and get some beautiful spring blooms pictures.
A picture of me taking a picture. Can't wait to go through all these pictures I took!
I took over 100 pictures on Friday and then I took some more yesterday and I shared a few on Monday but I'll probably be sharing more this coming Monday!
Hanging out with this cutie and his momma today!
Saturday I got to spend some time with my cousin and her two sons. We were making decorations for this sweet boy's first birthday which is coming up next week!
Mama and baby with a Mohawk!
My cousin Morgan and sweet Jude with a mowhawk thanks to his super long hair and gel. haha!
Beginning the service in the best possible way. Back to back @paulbaloche songs! Let's worship!!
Our service on Sunday started with back to back Paul Baloche songs. So awesome! It was a great morning of worship and praise to God!
He sure does love to lay on me.
I swear this cat would rather lay on me than on anything else. Almost every time I'm sitting down he climbs into my lap. I think maybe this particular day was because my shirt was shiny and he wanted to eat the sequins. Sometimes fighting him off can be really funny though.
This is a big reason why I love spring so much!
And this is a BIG reason why I love spring. And why I love my iPhone. I took this photo this afternoon and didn't put any filters on it. Man that camera takes good pictures! Love it!

So that's what's been going on. Besides keeping busy at work, Collin and I did get to enjoy a fun evening Friday playing games and watching Seinfeld with our friends Jeff and Jeannie. And then again on Sunday we had another fun evening with my sister and brother-in-law after youth group. We had a delicious dinner left over from St. Paddy's Day and then played Imaginiff and laughed our butts off! It was really nice to spend time with them. =)

What have you been up to friends? Anything fun and exciting? Are you enjoying spring and all the pretty blooms? Take some pictures! I wanna see what it looks like where you all live!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

(Semi) Wordless Wednesday

Such awesome earrings and a BEAUTIFUL note to go with it. Thanks Luce!
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I won a giveaway sponsored by Luce at House of Hemingway and I got my pretty little package in the mail! Such beautiful Kate Spade earrings and she had even written me a note with the prettiest penmanship! But what else would you expect from a graphic designer? =)


Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Has Sprung!

Friday afternoon I decided to take a walk around my neighborhood with my camera around my neck and get some pictures of the beautiful spring blooms! It was a delightful way to spend my afternoon and I got lots and lots of wonderful shots! Plus, with my new camera the pictures are better than I could have hoped! I'm just going to share a few with you today, but there are more coming!

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Has spring sprung where you're at? Do you have all these pretty blooms, too?? Happy Monday, friends!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

(Semi) Wordless Wednesday

Reading a book on the back porch and wearing flip flops for the first time this year!!
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Reading a book on the back porch and wearing flip flops for the first time this year!! This is such the perfect way to spend a weekday evening. Or any evening for that matter!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Weekend of Girls

I should probably update my blog today. Some days I get really excited about updating because I have awesome content and pictures to share with you guys and then other days I just don't feel like updating because I don't feel like I have anything substantial to provide. And today (and yesterday) is one of those days. It's not like the past several days haven't been awesome. I just don't really have any pictures (I have a few) and that makes me sad. I don't like posting without good photos.

Anyway... this past weekend Collin was gone on our church's men's retreat. I missed him something kinda fierce, but I did really enjoy my weekend despite him being gone. I must admit, I'm pretty pathetic though. I got home from work about 3:45 on Friday afternoon which is before Collin would have gotten home if it was a normal Friday afternoon. So I walk downstairs into our living space and I started to fight back tears. And then eventually I cried a little because he wasn't there. Ha! I'm a mess. But I pulled myself together and then spent the rest of the weekend not at home (minus about 2 hours on Saturday morning in which I got some laundry done). Friday evening we had a girl's night/sleepover with some ladies from church whose husbands were on the retreat, too! It was so much fun! We played Loaded Questions and laughed our tushies off! Then Saturday I spent the day with my momma and we got to shop at the thrift store and then we grilled burgers that were oh so delicious! And I spent Saturday night at my mom's house since my dad was also on the retreat. We watched My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding before bed and laughed a lot because it is a very funny movie! Sunday was church, which was a great service filled with the Holy Spirit, and then afterward my mom and I had lunch at Olive Garden and then shopped a bit at Staples and Michael's. So fun! We both bought some stuff for crafting. Both of us for card making and my mom also for scrapbooking. It was awesome to find some great bargains and spend some time dreaming about crafts with my mom!

Once the men got home Sunday afternoon Collin and I spent the evening playing frisbee golf, getting some Italian Ice from Rita's (it opened this past weekend here!!), and then browsing around some stores for some things for our new apartment. We didn't buy anything but we did get some good ideas! I'm still super excited about our new apartment and moving! And of course we finished off the evening relaxing at home catching up on some of our shows on Hulu+.

This week has been BEAUTIFUL so far. I'm not loving the pollen, or rather my allergies aren't loving the pollen but it's almost worth it because the trees and flowers are beautiful! And it's been so warm! It's 76° outside right now and yesterday it got up to around 70°. I love it! I wish it would stay like this year round! I only wish I wasn't couped up in an office all day. I want to enjoy the weather. At least I have a window!

Yum yum!!
I had a chocolate creme Cadbury Egg for the first time on Saturday. It was pretty good! I do like the original better though.
I love when it says "Abundant Sunshine"!
I love when the forecast says Abundant Sunshine! This was Sunday's forecast.
One of the only good things about daylight savings time making me lose an hour of sleep, I get pretty sunrises again on my way to work!
One of the only good things about Daylight Savings Time making me lose an hour of sleep, I get pretty sunrises again on my way to work!
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One of the biggest reasons I love warm weather. My natural hair, i.e. letting it air dry. Oh how I've missed you wavy locks.
One of the biggest reasons I love warm weather is because I don't have to blow dry my hair. I love my hair natural. I just get out of the shower, towel dry it and let it be. Oh how I've missed you wavy locks...


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