Friday, February 19, 2010

another friday, another day wasted...

Well not entirely wasted... I worked out with Jillian today, I'm feeling very sore. But sore is good, it means whatever I'm doing is working, right?? (I'll let that be a rhetorical question.) I also made a stellar dinner for the hubs tonight, I have to wine and dine him before I leave him next week to go to Dallas so he doesn't leave me for someone who cooks every night. Tonight I tried a recipe I found online, green beans wrapped in bacon and brown sugar -

Then you bake at 350 for 30 min and then broil for 2-3 min on high to get the bacon crispy. And you get this-

I love green beans, and I love bacon, and I love brown sugar, so I thought this turned out so good. Don't worry, this was just a side, we also had broiled boneless ribs and mashed potatoes. Homemade mashed potatoes. One of my best meals yet, if I say so myself.

The finished product.

And for dessert, the hubs was in charge and went to get ice cream!!

Sweet cream and cookie dough - my favorite! Except during the fall when they have pumpkin - then that's my favorite! All in all a good Friday night!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy valentines day!

I would like to know if anyone else got home-made flowers for valentines day because I did!!! We're not big valentines day celebrators but we've been known to exchange cards a few times... for the past seven years if you want to get specific... For our first valentines day as a married couple, I came home from work to find that the hubs, dear boy that he is had gotten take out from my favorite place to eat - 

I then walked into the kitchen to find this - 

and this - 

Yes my friends, the hubs went and bought pipe cleaner, and googled how to make flowers, proceeded to make me yellow daisies and then came up with the idea to construct roses, so I got those too. I will now have them forever. He also made me a cake - my favorite vanilla on vanilla. How romantic - he spoils me. 

For those of you questioning his manhood and what a softy he is, have no fear because this romantic valentines evening quickly turned into this - 

and this...

Which is my cue to head to bed....

Friday, February 12, 2010

My Best Friend is Engaged!!!!!!!!!

To ALL of my readers out there... all 3 of you... my best friend Kiley Ann got engaged to Mr. Smooches tonight!! aka Scott Rhoades. YAY YAY YAY!!

That was my BIG surprise! I've known about it for two weeks and am SO proud of myself for keeping this secret AND I was supposed to be there!!! Stupid growing up... oh well we will be reunited in Dallas in 2 weeks and I can't wait!!! 

My advice: don't live in a studio unless absolutely necessary and make sure you have TWO tv's!!! 


It's Friday!

(This doesn't have anything to do with my post but how beautiful is the North Carolina sunset??)

So, last night I started my When Christ Comes, and that Max Lucado, he just jumps right in! But I really do love it, and it's always just what I need. Isn't our God so cool, that He just knows what we need, when we need it. In all actuality I've been looking at getting this book since July, but I kept putting it off and putting it off, getting other devotional books, that were just as good, but I knew I was putting off the inevitable. When I think about the end of times it makes me nervous! But John 14: 1 says "Trust in God." Okay... I do. But in the words of Max Lucado, when I think about "The Day" I feel a little discomfort, a little denial, and just a little panic. 

The angels bow their heads . The elders remove their crowns. And before you is a figure so consuming you know, instantly you know; Nothing else matters. Forget stock markets and school reports. Sales meetings and football games. Nothing is newsworthy. All that mattered, matters no more, for Christ has come...

Cool huh? And oh so true! BUT am I alone when I think "um God, you see, uh I just want to go to Europe still" and God replies "Europe!?!?! My kingdom is sooo much better and fulfilling!!!" He's right. How selfish am I!? It's the unknown - me I've seen pictures of vineyards in Italy, rolling green hilltops in Ireland, and the double decker busses of England and I want to experience it all! BUT I can only imagine streets paved with gold, I haven't seen pictures, I cannot imagine myself there... Am I making sense? But John 14 tells me:

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.... And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am" John 14: 1-3

So I will. Okay, well, I'm working on it. I'm working on being more unselfish, and trusting in Him. Baby steps. =)

As for my surprise, please come back later tonight!!!

I was up very late last night studying for my Neonatal Resuscitation Program, so that I may get my license to resuscitate infants. While Luke angrily/happily (however you would like to take it) played COD all night long. For those of you non-gamers COD is Call of Duty, a  war game. Yes, I married a gamer. For I knew this about him already, and love him despite this. 
It's kind of early and nothing interesting has happened since my post yesterday. Right now I am going to wrap this up and go work out with my personal trainer, Jillian, and by Jillian I mean Jillian Michaels because she does come right to my home now... I am sore from yesterday, so she apparently knows what she's doing. We'll see in a couple weeks if I get the results that she promised me. =)

Until next time... xoxo.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I cant really think of anything good...

Hello family, this is for y'all. Since the hubs and I live so far away I thought I'd document our lives for you. I've also been reading a lot of blogs in all my spare time, and after watching Julie & Julia I decided I wanted to enter the world of blogging as well. Because after all, if Julie can do it, so can I. I, however, will not be blogging about going through Julia Childs' cookbook - that is way too many recipes and my other half wouldn't eat 2/3 of the recipes anyway. I may however update you on new foods that I attempt to make and Luke is brave enough to eat.

I am also going to try to keep y'all up to date on all my new year's resolutions. Which include running a half marathon, learning to knit, growing a closer relationship to my Heavenly Father and just attempting to find a hobby really. I have yet to attempt knitting yet, I'm still trying to find someone to teach me. I've also had a hard time committing to running on a normal basis, I really just need to sign up and get going, because a half marathon isn't really something that I can procrastinate on. But in an attempt to begin the process of getting more in shape I started Jillian Michaels 30 day shred today, if she can get 300 lb people to lose weight, then I ought to be able to stick with it and lose a few pounds too. If I can look like her, then I will give it my all.
I'll let y'all know how it goes. I've also been doing pilates. I really like it, I feel sore but I don't get gross.

In other news we got 24 hours of snow which accumulated about 12ish inches. Here's what White Plains looked like in the middle of the day yesterday - a winter wonderland -

I picked up a couple of books today at Barnes & Noble. The first is When Christ Comes by Max Lucado. Like everyone else, I'm ready, but I'm not homesick. I'm hoping that this book will allow me to comfortably feel homesick.
I'll be sure to post snippets, but if you've never read anything by him, do. He's a great writer and teacher! And I highly recommend him!
The other book I bought is really a textbook, but my job is so intense and I have so much to learn that wasn't even touched on in nursing school, and I just want to be the best NICU nurse I can be, because I love taking care of the babies and learning about them and their families. It truly is the most rewarding job.
So I will be reading this bad boy everyday and making sure that I know everything I need to know, and learn as much as I can. Its like being in school everyday. Every baby is different, and no situation is the same.

Okay - so this the longest first post ever. I think I touched on a little bit of everything going on in my life. As for Luke, he is liking his job, and still going everyday =)

I will attempt to become more focused in my posts, but for a while I will be all over the place, because the thoughts in my head are generally all over the place. Come back tomorrow, I'll have some VERY exciting news to share!

Until next time.... xoxo.