Introducing…

You guys remember the niece I did this high chair makeover for? Well, guess what…SHE’S HERE!!

Again, this is not the post I had planned for today…when it rains, it pours! After yesterday’s fender bender, I was in a pretty icky mood. But around 8 pm, we got a call that said Ceara’s water had broken and that our new niece was on her way! So, we jumped in the hubby’s car and drove (carefully) down to Indy.

After a long night of Popeye’s chicken, Twizzlers, and energy drinks, she finally made her debut at 4:35 am. So, I am proud to introduce to all of you lovely lemon-droppers..Lyla Mae Sluis!

Momma and baby 

Everything went smoothly, and Ceara & Lyla are both doing really well.  So here are the stats on the little bundle: born at 4:35 am; 7 lb., 10 oz; 21″ long; cutest thing you’ll ever see. Ok, that last one may not be an official stat…but it’s definitely true!!

Daddy Jake and his baby girl

Everyone said Jake did an amazing job keeping calm and coaching his beautiful wife. Way to go, Jake!

I mean, really?! Check out the Angelina Jolie lips on that girl! Is it wrong to be jealous of a baby?

Proud uncle Jordan

Can’t get enough of my new little niece!

Oh goodness, I love that little girl and I can’t wait to shower her with more hugs and kisses!

PS – did you guys watch Design Star on HGTV? I hated to see Kellie go, she was my favorite!

August 30, 2011. Life. 3 comments.

Fender Bender

Well lemon-droppers, I had a nice little post in the works for you today..but sometimes, life happens. Boo. On my way home from work, someone broadsided me on my passenger side.

I’m alright, and everyone in their car was fine too..but unfortunately, I can’t say the same for my poor little Jeep. I don’t have any pictures of it for you (I don’t want any evidence to remind me of her sad state), but the front right tire was flattened (a tire we JUST has replaced..grrr) and the whole right side of my front end was basically hanging on the ground. But at least it wasn’t my fault, so insurance should *fingers crossed* cover everything. Thank the Lord for small blessings.

So, I will be back tomorrow with today’s intended post. Until then, I’ll leave you with a little bit of post-wreck humor:

via Pinterest

August 29, 2011. Life. 1 comment.

How Does She Do It?

I’ve often wondered that myself when I come across a woman who’s able to work a full time job, keep a clean house, take care of her husband & children, and still put a meal on the table every stinkin’ night.

Looking back on our first year of marriage, I have definitely slacked off on that last category. I do work full time, our house is relatively clean (thanks to a hubby that doesn’t mind pitching in to do laundry, etc.), and I manage to make sure Lucy is taken care of (she’s the closest thing we have to a baby). But when it comes to preparing nightly meals, I get a big fat fail.

I am not one of those people who can just whip up something off the top of their head using ingredients they already have on hand. I need to follow a pretty strict recipe for anything more complex than spaghetti. So when I’m done working at the end of the day, thinking about planning a meal and going to the store to get ingredients, makes my head want to explode. Luckily, I have a husband that is in no way picky and doesn’t mind having a bag of steamed veggies for dinner. But I always feel bad that I’m not providing a ‘real’ meal..and thinking down the line to when we have kids, I know I want to be able to sit at the table and have family dinners every night of the week. That was always a tradition in my parents house, and it’s something that I cherish today. I loved that 1-2 hours we spent around the dinner table every night, discussing each others’ lives and world news, etc.

So, last week I did some research on meal planning tools and came across some interesting options. The one that appealed most to me was a website called HowDoesSheDoIt.com.


It’s a site that allows you access to a bunch of recipes (uploaded by other members) and you can essentially choose what recipes you like and add them to your Favorites folder. You can also upload any of your own recipes as well, and you can choose to share them with other members or keep them private. Then you can start planning your daily meals. It allows you to plan breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. So if you have a bagel and cream cheese every morning, you can add a “recipe” for a bagel and cream cheese and then add that to your Favorites folder so that you can use that for your breakfast meal. {Sidenote: recipes like that one, where it might just be a single food or something that is specific to me, I chose to keep private so that no other members are confused by it when they’re searching for other things} And once you have every meal that you want planned, you can print out a grocery list of everything you’ll need. It’s pretty awesome! And the best part? It’s 100% free! Here’s a little tutorial video which explains it much better than I can:

For now, I started out by planning just dinners, as I always eat lunch at work and Jordan usually makes himself a sandwich. I planned for two weeks worth of dinners, and we went grocery shopping last week. Tonight will be the first official night of the plan, and I must say it feels pretty good to already know what I’m going to make and know that I have everything I need at home. I’m really hoping this works out well for us!

Do you guys plan your meals out in advance or do you just go with whatever you’re feeling on any given day? Do you have a different website or tool that you use? I’m open to suggestions!

{Sidenote: I was not paid to advertise this website. I just enjoyed using it and wanted to share it with all of you!}

August 22, 2011. Cooking, Life. Leave a comment.

1 Year Anniversary

Well, I’m kinda sad that our 1 year anniversary has come and gone so quickly (I love a good reason to celebrate!), but I had a wonderful time this weekend with my hubby. On Friday night, we went out for Indian food, which is one of our absolute favorites. At this point, I had absolutely no idea what he had gotten me as a gift. He had dropped several hints that made me think I knew what it was, but it turns out he planted those as red herrings (he is “berry, berry sneaky sir”..name that movie!).

So, when he pulled out a ring box my heart got all fluttery. ‘This is it,’ I thought, ‘He’s going to propose!….No..wait a second..we’re already married..what’s with the box?!?‘ But when he opened it up, there sat a beautiful custom band to match my engagement ring. See, the ring that he picked out for me when we got engaged had a very unique cut to it, so it didn’t come with a matching band. But I loved the ring so much that I really didn’t care. So, we just got a cheap-o plain band that I could wear with it. Jordan always hated it because he thought it looked awful, but I always said we could get a custom band made for an anniversary or something down the road. I had no idea he’d do it for our first!

Please excuse my gratuitous ring shots here, but, my goodness, I love this band!

 

Purty, isn’t it?

I’m almost embarrassed to show you guys what I got him..how could I possibly top his present?! He’s been looking for a business card holder for his desk for months now. He didn’t want just a plain ol’ stand..he wanted something masculine, rustic, and quirky. So, when I came across this guy on etsy, I figured he fit the bill:

via houseofoliver

When I got him, the base was just raw wood, so I stained it with some MinWax Dark Walnut so it would play nicely with the darker wood he has in his office.

On Saturday, we did another on of our favorite things..SLEEPING IN!!! Anymore, it seems like we rarely get to spend a weekend at home. Neither of our families live in Lafayette and neither one of us were raised here, so if there’s an event with our family or old friends, we can pretty much bet on the fact that it won’t be in Lafayette. So, we were excited just to have a whole day at home with nothing to do. Sundays are always a busy day for us with church, so we wanted to get as much vegging out as possible done on Saturday. Mission accomplished. We made pancakes, caught up on our DVR, took a drive to look at browse houses and neighborhoods we like (another favorite activity of ours), and just relaxed in general. It was heavenly!

Then on Sunday, we spent the majority of our day at church but we did have some time to sneak in a tasting of our wedding cake! I have no idea how it tasted a year ago..we were so busy we never even got to eat a piece. But it tasted pretty good a year later!

 

 

Behind me you can see the beginnings of our gallery wall. It’s a work in progress.

We also took a celebratory picture together, which is a tradition I’d like to keep up every year. Forgive the weird angle. My head looks gigantic and JP’s looks miniscule. I promise that in real life we have very similarly sized heads.

What about you guys? Do you have any special anniversary traditions? Does your husband (or wife) totally outdo you on presents all the time? Do tell.

August 15, 2011. Tags: , . Life. 2 comments.

Looking Back..

Well folks, we’re coming up quick on Jordan and I’s anniversary (it’s on Sunday). It really is hard to believe it’s already been a year..where does the time go?! I’ve truly enjoyed my first year as a wife, and I can’t wait to share many more adventures with my best friend in the years to come!

As a quick trip down memory lane, I thought I’d share some of our wedding photos with you guys.

My momma and I

 

We decided to see each other before the ceremony, so we set up a moment where it was just the two of us in the sanctuary.

We’re married!!!

Notice the fan in the in the background..the air in the church was out so we had to set up fans to keep the cake from melting!

This picture stinkin’ cracks me up every time I look at it. Jordan’s face kills me.

This one is probably my favorite..it just reminds me of a romantic old movie or something. We even got it printed on a canvas to hang in our bedroom.

Ahhh..I love looking back at it now. Even all the mishaps of the day (we had no air in the church and a bridesmaid passed out!) make me smile. Love truly is a blessing, and I’m so happy to have found my forever love.

August 13, 2011. Tags: . Life. 2 comments.

Happy Birthday Lucy!

Today is our pups birthday..she’s 3 years old! A lot of people probably don’t celebrate their pooches b-days, but we clearly have an unhealthy obsession with ours (as showcased by this art we had made in her honor).

So, every year we get her a Happy Meal for her birthday and this year was no exception. And, yes, I realize that’s not the most healthy meal for a dog, but it’s a once a year treat..and she loves it!

Don’t forget the orange drink!

The face of a happy pup!

Rawr!

Thanks, Mom!

And I couldn’t post this without also wishing a happy birthday to Lucy’s 2 sisters, Hershey (owned by my brother, Jeremy) and Hannah (owned by my younger sister, Jenna). Happy birthday puppies!

Do you guys celebrate your dogs’ birthday? Or maybe you celebrate a different event or milestone that some people might not normally celebrate? Spill the bones!

August 8, 2011. Life. Leave a comment.

Wedding Crashers

Ok, so that might be a bit misleading. I didn’t actually crash the wedding..I was invited, but it makes for a catchier title don’tcha think?

Last Saturday, Jordan’s youngest brother, Sam, got married and of course I was there with my camera, snapping the night away! So, I just wanted to share a few of the photos with you guys.

They were going for sort of an antique/country chic vibe. They used this table in the foyer for the guest book and programs.

 

The decorations in the sanctuary were kept fairly simple. A few columns, some white linens, and LOTS of votives!

 

 

 


For the reception hall, they hung antique mason jars with votives in them from the ceiling, along with some string lights. The centerpieces varied from table to table. They used various antique silver vessels, filled with candles, blue hydrangeas,or white calla lilies.


I LOVED this chandelier we created (yup, that we includes moi…it’s Shake n’ Bake and I helped!) Basically, we tied a ribbon around the jar and then secured clear plastic wire to either side of the ribbon. We then looped the ribbon around the spokes of the wagon wheel and passed the jar through the loop of the ribbon, so it would hang securely. We added the twine just to make it look a little more finished. This chandelier hung over the head table, and it looked awesome!

 

 

 

Here are a few other shots I got:


It was a really beautiful wedding, and I am so happy for Sam and Mindy. They are spending their honeymoon in Europe, and then they will be living in the Netherlands for 3 months! How cool is that??

We have another wedding to go to in a couple weeks, so I’m thinking maybe I’ll turn ‘Wedding Crashers’ into a feature here on the blog. I go to a wedding and then share all the details with you. What do you guys think..do you enjoy reading about other peoples’ weddings? I’d love to hear from you!

August 7, 2011. Life, Parties/Events. 2 comments.

True Inspiration

Hey guys, I came across something today that moved me so much I had to share it with you. As I was catching up on my blogs, I came across a post on The Lettered Cottage that featured blogger Shelly Owens of Good To Be Crazy. She shared a brief background on their family, and I was so intrigued that I clicked over to her site to find out more.

Shelly and her husband were living out their ‘American Dream’ in Atlanta with their two children when they suddenly felt like God was calling them to do and be more. Long story short, they adopted two children from Uganda and started a charity called SixtyFeet, which is dedicated to improving the living conditions of the orphan children in Uganda. I admire these people so much, and reading their story literally brought me to tears.

What a wonderful revelation, to realize that our lives are about so much more than the trivial things we concern ourselves with on a daily basis. I want to use the things the Lord has blessed me with to make a difference in the world. It’s far too easy to get wrapped up in my own life and forget about the needs of others.

Thank you for the reminder, Shelly.

July 29, 2011. Life. Leave a comment.

Back to Life…

…back to reality. Remember that song? 

Well, folks, the cruisers have returned to dry land and I can assure you we looked every bit as fabulous as this couple when we stepped off the boat:

If only.

We had a great time on our vacation and I’ll be sure to give you guys the full break down soon once I find the time to upload all the pictures. For now, I’m just slowly easing my way back into things and trying to catch up on everything I missed!

And here’s some exciting news: I’m working on getting my blog redesigned and soon it will look just beautimous 🙂

I hope you guys have had a terrific Tuesday.. tomorrow brings us one day closer to the weekend! Wahoo!!

P.S. – Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law, Jake! Love ya like you’re my own brother!

July 19, 2011. Tags: . Life. Leave a comment.

Bon Voyage!

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Well, we’re on the ship and we’re getting ready to set sail! I’m actually kind of excited to just disconnect from technology and relax for a whole week! But of course you know I’ll document everything for you guys..see you in a week!!!

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July 10, 2011. Tags: . Life, Travel. Leave a comment.

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