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May 2012 archive

Wise Words Wednesday: Marriage First

“To keep the fire burning brightly there’s one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart – about a finger’s breadth – for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule.” ~ Marnie Reed Crowell

The Hubby & I pre-kiddos in 2008.

In a week my hubby and I will celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary. Four years that have gone by in the blink of an eye. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about marriage – about how it is our love for each other that holds our family together and is the driving force behind not only our happiness, but our children’s as well.

Unfortunately, Andy and I don’t get that much alone time together. We have only been on a handful of one-on-one dates since having Leila in 2009. It makes me sad sometimes. For us, it is hard to get a sitter because both sets of grandparents live over an hour away and we have to convince them to come stay the night with us if we want a night out on the town. And we are both awful at asking for help. Also, with us each spending 40+ hours/week away from the kiddos at work, we feel guilty ever leaving them outside of that. We shouldn’t, but we do.

Last Saturday I had a little bit of a break down. I was SO excited for Andy & I to attend my friend’s wedding together on Sunday. His mom was going to come in and stay with the kids. Unfortunately, on Saturday night she called us with the news that she was sick and wouldn’t be able to make it. Andy ended up having to forgo the wedding to be with our babies. I couldn’t help but cry about it. I miss being able to enjoy time outside the home with my hubby alone.

Needless to say, I know that we have a strong marriage even if we are lacking in the date night department. We are good about stealing moments together here and there and enjoying our evenings together after the kiddos are asleep.

I came across a great article the other day about putting your marriage before your kids. It has some good tips and tricks in it. You can READ IT HERE if you are interested.

Just Write {My Favorite Time}

“Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga! Gaaaaaaaa!”

I hear a little voice calling me from down the hall. I stretch my arms and legs out and yawn – a tingling sensation runs down my body as I slowly wake up. My eyes open to find sunshine spilling in through the sheer curtains of our bedroom window. I turn to my right and check my cell phone on the night stand next to me for the time. 6:36am. I smile at the realization that it’s Saturday and I don’t have anywhere to be or anything specific to do. I turn to my left and my heart skips a beat at the sight of my beautiful girl and my handsome hubby sprawled out with their arms above their heads and their mouths slightly open – breathing in unison and looking like twins.

“Ga GA GA!”

I roll out of bed and stumble down the hall towards the kiddos’ room. I lean over the crib to find a happy, kicking little boy in a blue helmet. How can I possible wish I was still asleep when there is so much cuteness waiting for me? He squeals in delight at my presence and I scoop him up in my arms and smother him in kisses.

After a diaper change, Landon & I make our way back to the pillowy-goodness of my king-size bed. Scooting in next to Leila, I snuggle down with Landon in my arms. As I nurse him, Leila gives a big stretch and looks up at me and smiles. She snuggles a little closer to me, hugging her purple bear blankie tight. Still mostly asleep, the hubby also senses the family presence and rolls a little closer, spooning Leila. I play footsie with him under the covers.

In this moment, nothing else matters. There is no work, no technology, no to-do list, no priorities. For a few minutes on mornings like this there is just peace. And family. And love.

It is a rare occurrence, but it is my favorite time of the day.

Life Lately

Happy Memorial Day! I have spent the last few days away from my computer and it has felt great! I also hardly played on my phone at all. Instead I have been drowning in quality time with my family and with myself!

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately…


  • Last Thursday some of my girlfriends and I went to an Allen Stone/Eric Hutchinson concert. If you haven’t heard Allen Stone yet, you need to get on it (I may be slightly partial since I went to high school with him). We had SO much fun! And it is SO not like me to go out on a work night (especially when I also have to wake up multiple times with a sassy infant). Totally worth it though.
  • I got to leave work early on Friday to get a jump start on the LONG weekend. We BBQ’d with friends and enjoyed some much needed relaxation after a crazy week.
  • I decided to save a few bucks and get a McDonalds mocha frappe instead of a Starbucks frappucino, which I was seriously craving. The verdict? The McD’s version rocked my world! Seriously! Probably had a bazillion calories in it, but worth every last one.
  • I have a new found cupcake obsession. My BFF has been sampling the area cupcakeries and she’s got me hooked. On Saturday we saw via Facebook that one of them (which we hadn’t tried yet) was having a happy hour special of $1/cupcake. We drove as fast as we could and bought a variety. Worst $7 I’ve ever spent. I could have made better ones from a boxed mix.
  • My friend Ashley got married yesterday and it was definitely in my top 5 weddings I’ve attended. The food? A-FRIGGIN-MAZING! I seriously ate enough to feed an army and I savored every last bite. Shrimp & scallops & beef & pasta salad & fresh fruit & bread & a baked potato bar!!! The potatoes were served in martini glasses! It was so fancy. And we danced our booties off.
  • Laundry & house work. I know it’s lame, but I love being able to just hang out at home and get caught up on chores. It feels so good. 
  • I haven’t watched ANY TV over the past few days and I’m loving it! I never woulda thought.
Hope you all have had an amazing Memorial Day weekend! Thank you to all of you out there serving our country & my heart goes out to all of those who have lost loved ones who gave their lives to protect us.

Monthly DIY: Tissue Box Photo Cube Baby Shakers

I wasn’t quite sure what to call this little craft, so I just went with “Tissue Box Photo Cube Baby Shakers.” I think that covers all the bases. 🙂


I got the idea for this craft from one of Leila’s old daycare teachers who made a similar one for her when she was still a babe. All it is is a cube tissue box with some rice and/or dried beans inside covered with photos and clear packaging tape. But, I decided to up the ante of this project by incorporating our names and some quotes and taping off the edges with colorful electrical tape.


Cute, huh?

Best part about these? Landon loves them! And it doesn’t hurt that they make a cute decoration, too.


Supplies needed:

  • Empty square tissue box
  • Dried rice or beans
  • Six 4×6 photos and/or printed out quotes and/or scrap paper/post cards, etc. (whatever you fancy)
  • Clear packaging tape
  • Colored electrical tape (or you could try it with some fun washi tape or decorative paper tape that is all the rage right now)


What ya do:

  1. Poor some rice and/or beans into your tissue box. Just enough to make a nice sound when you shake it. If you are using cheap dollar store tissue boxes (like I did), you may want to tape off the sides of your tissue box first so that no rice spills out the cracks (I learned this the hard way).
  2. Tape off the hole on top of the box.  Yes, some rice/beans will stick to the sticky tape when turned upside down, but I added enough rice/beans inside that I figured this wouldn’t be an issue.
  3. Stick one photo or paper image (quote/post card/scrapbook paper) on each side of the tissue box and cut the edges that hang over. Make sure you center your photo as much as possible before chopping any off. I used double sided tape to sick my images down, but you can use whatever you would like – even just rolled up tape.
  4. Once each side has something on it, cover the edges of the box with your choice of decorative tape. I used electrical tape that I found at Target (like this) and it worked GREAT! It has a nice stretch to it and was very easy to work with. But, I know that craft tapes are all the rage right now and it might be fun to use a cool design (check this site out if interested).
  5. Your box/shaker should be a thing of beauty now!  If you just want to use this for decoration, you could probably leave it as is. But, if this will be a toy for your baby, you need to make it durable against sticky fingers and drool by wrapping it in clear packaging tape. It took me 3 wraps around each side to get it covered.

Put dried beans/rice in the tissue box and seal the hole with tape.

Stick photos on tissue box & cut edges OR cut edges & then stick on.

What it looks like before adding colored tape to the exposed tissue box edges…

Add pretty tape to edges of box.

If this will be a toy for your baby, wrap it in clear packaging tape.

Ta Da!

I made three of these shakers: one all about Landon (filled with beans), one all about Leila (filled with rice), and one with pics of our family (filled with a rice/bean mix). They each make a different sound when shaken and look great together. Leila loves stacking them up and Landon loves shaking them. 🙂

And finally, a little video for your viewing pleasure.

Linking this post up with: Katie’s Nesting Spot, Beyond The Picket Fence, Live Laugh Rowe, The Artsy Girl Collection, Days of Chalk & Chocolate, The Little Giggler

Do you need a good laugh?

If so, I would love to offer you some humor at my expense. You may already know about this via Twitter/FB, but I figure it is too dang funny not to dedicate a post to. Here goes the story…

On Monday I took advantage of my lunch break to run some errands. First I hit up Shopko for a b-day gift and some supplies for a cool craft project I have in the works. Next it was off to the dollar store for a few more things. I left the dollar store with my bag of goodies and an extra hop in my step (who wouldn’t be excited about spending $5 on 3 boxes of tissue, 2 packs of gum, a gift bag, and wrapping paper?). I grabbed my keys outta my purse, and hopped in the driver’s seat of my car. Or at least I thought it was my car…

Why does my car smell weird?
{looks at empty passenger seat}
Wait a sec, where’s all the stuff I just bought at Shopko? Oh crap! Someone stole my stuff!
But I know I locked so how is that possible?

{turns and looks in backseat, realizes there are no carseats back there}
{proceeds to frantically jump out of stranger’s car}

Yeah, that’s right. I got in a stranger’s car and it took me a good 15-20 seconds to realize it wasn’t mine. In my defense, this car was IDENTICAL to mine. Same make/model, same exterior/interior color, same year. And it was parked two cars down from mine.

Needless to say, I hopped in my car with my heart racing and said THANK YOU to God for no one seeing me. And then I laughed my ass off at myself. That’s all you can do in that situation right? 🙂


Other recent humorous incidents in my life? Here ya go…

A cubicle party at work! Yes, my co-workers & I are that cool.
Am I pregnant? Nope. That would be the wind blowing up my dress and giving me a belly. Got some people good with that one. 🙂

On Sunday Leila fell asleep in the car on the way to Costco munching on corn chips. She stayed asleep as I carried her into Costco. And then she remained asleep in the cart! This is SO not my kid.

Life can be so entertaining sometimes!

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