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Oh My Goodness

Has it really been around three months since I’ve blogged? I many times thought of great posts or that I need to get back to blogging, but my good intentions haven’t gotten me very far.

While I wouldn’t say that I have new years resolutions I would say that I have goals. Here are a few of them for the new year.

1. Play piano more, my skills have been sliding.
2. Train levi to walk on leash. I like my shoulder in the socket.
3. Pay off Satine and have two paid for vehicles. Yes, I name all vehicles.
4. Finish daily Bible reading plan for year. I have yet to finish a yearly plan, would really like to!
5. Clean/pretty up one section of our front yard.
6. Try out at least 4 more of our camping resort locations.
7. Master cinnamon rolls and try making a gourmet cheesecake.
8. Lose one pant size. Lost one last year, lets go for another one this year. You have to have one weight loss goal, it’s like a requirement.
9. Grow current friendships and make some new ones.
10. Fall more in love each day with hot, hunky, cutiepie husband! That won’t be difficult 🙂

No particular order and lots of randomness, but there you have it. While not on the list, blogging more consistently with keeping up on scrapbooking should be!

Try and fill in a few highlights of the last couple of months over the next few weeks.

Stay fabulous in the new year!


19 Rules – The Good Wife Guide – Rule 1

A couple of months ago I received a precious gift. We go to a monthly couples dinner and while the food is great, the fellowship and friendships formed is sweeter. One of the ladies who know that I love the 50’s housewife theme found me this book called The Good Wife GUide 19 Rules for Keeping a Happy Husband. It is oversized and the type of cardboard book that kids have. It was printed in 2007 but all the pictures are what you imagine the 50’s being like. While I find a few rules a little far-fetched, I thought over the next period of time I’d share a rule every once in a while and add my little modern take if any on it.

Rule 1 A Wife’s Duty

A man’s home is his castle and as such, he ought to be treated like a king. When he returns home from a demanding eight hours on the job (or more!), he rightfully deserves a bit of pampering. It’s every wife’s responsibility to dote upon her hard-working spouse, to show that he is truly appreciated.

My thoughts – even though society has changed and many women work, or both spouses are working, it still seems that most men feel the need of being the provider for the family. The need to take care of their castle. As wives, I feel that we do need to appreciate the work that our husbands do. Granted some jobs are easier than others for our guys in the work force, but no matter what type of work, day in day out can be exhausting. Say we love them, appreciate the work that they are doing even if they sometimes aren’t fond of it. There are husbands who go to work in the middle of the night so they can have work to support their families. The firefighters who take calls in the middle of the night so other people might have a home when the morning comes. How often do we as wives remember to appreciate the work our husbands do. No matter how big or small the job, no matter the size of the paycheck. Sometimes we just need to say thank you and that is me included.

Your thoughts – ??? Feel free to leave a comment.

Stay fabulous!

Updates from Insanity

The last few weeks have been lagging a bit here in blogland. My stress level have been on the rise in the month of June as everything pulled together and lined up for the most insane 3+ weeks of July EVER!

Namely 2 sets of relatives and one set of family friends are all coming to town in the same three weeks and most of which is overlapping! AAAAHHHHH! Clean, Prepare, Menu, Organize, Scream….and then BAKE (my sanity). This all starts after the next weekend of a big community garage sale, couples dinner and Costco run for the first 4th of July BBQ! I don’t think any friends or family should expect to see us at all the last week of July!!

So in between everything I will still try to be posting, but it will most likely only be 2 or 3 times a week and then pick back up again in August. In the mean time I have a family fun summer activities coming this Thursday. Great strides in fitness report from friday. (Tylenol is next step after finishing this post!) And to top it off I’ve learned the art of giving most of my baking away. Allowing me to sample and try new recipes and then give it away and I’m trying to strictly follow calorie guidelines. This weeks sampling is going to be Peanut Butter Truffle balls. Idea found HERE at Tidy Mom. Her blog has lots of great ideas and kitchen ideas that make me drool…I can’t wait to try these!!!

Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

So there is a little bit of an update of the craziness that is this housewife. Now just to pray for the sanity and peace in getting everything pulled together!!!!

How did your summer plans pull together? Anything crazy or super fun?? I’d love to hear about it!

Blackout Dates

This year has brought something I never expected to happen. An insanely busy social schedule. As we have been inviting people over for dinner and making new friends, it seems my little white board looks like a month of scribbles instead of open dates.

While both Hubby and I are very social and like getting to spend time with new friends/family there also comes a point where you need a break. So starting in the month of June we discussed starting blackout dates. The day/days get picked at beginning of month, some weekend some weekday and they get blacked out. Nothing gets scheduled that day. We may choose to go do something together or stay home and watch movies in pajamas, either way it is for us.

The kids aspect of this hasn’t happened yet, but I have a feeling that this is something that we would want to continue.  I see plenty of families that get swamped with parents personal activities, kids games, kids activities and hanging out with friends. Whether it is a Friday night ritual or a day of your choosing, what an idea to black it out and just have it be family time. Once people catch on that is a family thing for you to have X day booked, people generally respect it and even think that it is a great idea!

Make time for yourself. Make time for your family. While it is great building relationships, keeping up with activities and being involved in ministries; it won’t work well if you drive yourself to burnout!

There are the thoughts for this Monday. Hope you had a fabulous weekend and an even more fabulous week!

Food Budget & Ministries

This last weekends grocery shopping trip proved to be a little upsetting. It was slightly higher than I was expecting and was getting tired at how often our food budget is higher than we projected. Couponing seems to be the latest rage and while I get decent savings many of the foods that we buy for our weekly menu’s there are quite a few that coupons just don’t seem to cover and I don’t like feeling guilty for for not coming out of the store spending 10.00 for 200.00 or whatever worth of groceries. I want to save money, but I see the deals that people get and I wonder if it can even come close for the way our household cooks and the products we chose??

With that being said I know that part of the reason our overages are happening is because we have been starting to have more guests for dinner. More people = more food. I had a wonderful revelation though this past weekend while sitting on our back deck watching the puppies play in the backyard. I realized that for this time in our lives that is a ministry. To back it up a little, I had also been worried that since joining our church home I hadn’t gotten involved in ministry. It was difficult as this was something I grew up doing and always seemed to be involved every way you looked. Now it is a go to church on Sunday’s and a Bible study during the week that is about it.

It is always great to have friends that you can break bread with and enjoy the company!!!

Opening up our home, getting to know people, establishing relationships, inviting those who may not make the first move towards friendship…those things are also ministry. (I forgot that those things count too!) Sometimes when you ask yourself why I don’t have more people to hang out with…the easiest thing to do is invite someone you think might be interesting out to coffee or over for dinner. It is amazing how quickly you can make friends, if you are willing to make the first move. Now instead of wondering who we can hang out, the problem is overbooking a weekend because there is a long list of people we want to get to spend time with. However, I think that is a good problem.

We as Christians are the church body. We should work together, support each other, be there for each other. Yet it makes it a little easier when you actually know someone outside the smiles and four walls of a church building. Investing in people is always worth the time and I will stop questioning whether or not I’m ministering and just try and do what God has in our lives right now!

Brewery’s & Cupcakes

Highlights of Tacoma…

This past weekend we were blessed to be able to go and have some time with Hubby’s Dad. We don’t get to see him so often as he is usually a 6 hour plane ride away. So we hopped in the car as soon as we got the text message that he was going to be off for the rest of the afternoon.

Hubby is on curb...His Dad isn't that short 🙂

I was pretty proud of myself as this weekend I actually stayed awake the entire trip down there. We picked Dad up and then headed into the heart of Tacoma. Again I had been having fun researching an interesting place to eat. This time I discovered a place called Harmon’s Brewery.

They had pastas, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, and it was one of those places where it was truly difficult to decide as you wanted to order half the menu if you’ve never been there before. We finally settled on some mozzarella sticks, individual pizzas and then the monster cake. Ok it really didn’t look anything like a monster but it was a 22oz slice off of their 10lb cake served with ice cream and their warm fudgy sauce. 3 spoons and….WOW! AMAZING! INCREDIBLE!

Everything that came to the table was delicious. The guys tried some of their local beers (it was a brewery after all…) I went with my favorite strawberry lemonade. It was the best I’d ever had. They used this strawberry puree instead of strawberry chunks or syrup so you could actually drink and enjoy the whole thing. WOW..Needless to say if you are ever in Tacoma…there is something there that everyone in the family would enjoy!

The waitress was really nice and took the picture for us!

Now to back it up just a little bit…as we were following the GPS to locate the Brewery we were watching all the storefronts. Hubby thought something happened when I squealed with delight as I noticed a cupcake shop!! Being from a smaller town where there might be a doughnut shop or the back of the local grocer bakeries just isn’t the same thing. This was a cute little shop dedicated to cupcakes. I told Eric we had to go see it when we were finished eating.

My First Cupcake Shop!

The shop was called Hello, Cupcake. It was just a precious shop with a great display of cupcakes. It took me a little while to decide on one to take home as I was too excited just looking at their selection and just how sweet their little shop was! We finally decided on a red velvet for me and a coconut cupcake for Hubbs, they were so cute with the perfectly mounded frosting! We ate them the next day after lunch and WOW they tasted as great as they looked.

Hubby with our little order of cupcakes!

It was a great day getting to hang out with Hubby’s Dad. I had warned him in the beginning I was going to take a lot of pictures. And I’m pretty sure he was rather amused at my level of excitement over a little cupcake shop. Either way we had a lot of fun and the only bummer of the day was thinking how long it will be before we get to see him again. 😦

And just one more tidbit before I let you go today…You ever turn around and wonder what happened? I went into the kitchen to grab something that morning and turned around and Hubby had decided to put away his sweatshirt on MY DOG!

He looks like gangster puppy...


Poor little Levi…had a big sweat shirt put on him, even his little paws were through the sleeves.

Silly Hubby…and even though I have a thing against putting dogs in clothes, I couldn’t help but laugh seeing Levi look all gangster with a big hood over his face. 🙂

Have a Fabulous Day!

Enjoying the Sunshine

This weekend is starting off with a bang. The kitchen is smelling great as I have a made the Spinach and Artichoke Dip for the first time and then I have just made my first peanut butter buttercream to go with Easter cupcakes. Can we say YUMMY?? Hopefully everything will get eaten at this weekends Couple’s dinner so that we don’t have to bring too much good stuff home!

Just a quick note, the recipe on the back of the box of powdered sugar makes a very simple buttercream. I looked up multiple recipes and everything had all these extra ingredients to make a peanut butter buttercream. I just used the basic recipe on the box and added 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter. DELICIOUS!!!

Looking forward to Easter service and brunch with the family this weekend. Should be a good day. Otherwise a pretty typical weekend with grocery shopping and playing with the puppies. Now that the nicer weather has come out Levi likes to go lay on this one spot in the yard and is so cute!