Thursday, July 29, 2010
With Hubby being out of town the last couple of days & a gift certificate to a great local restaurant burning a hole in our pocket, we made plans for a legitimate date night. Sure, we go out to eat 2-3 times a week but I wouldn't necessarily consider those true date nights.
I came home from work, got all dressed up in a new dress from Francesca's & waited for my Prince Charming to come home. He changed as well & we headed out--all excited for a fabulous dinner & dessert, capped off with a movie on the couch at home. Perfection.
Hubby had made reservations for 6:30 & when we arrived the place was packed. The hostess told us a table was paying their check and would be leaving shortly. Well 35 minutes later, a table is finally ready. Ughh...I know this isn't the restaurant's fault, but this was already not going well.
We sat down at a nice table & checked out the menu. An employee came by and filled our glasses with water & then quickly went on his way. About 10 minutes later, the same employee came by and asked if we would like something to "munch" on. We do order calamari, but at this point we still didn't know who our waiter even was. No offer for something else to drink, no memorized paragraph detailing the night's specials, & no introduction to tell us who would be serving our every need during what was supposed to be a fabulous dining experience. After another 10 minutes and a short discussion of getting up & walking out--the same employee comes over & asks in a monotone, hushed voice..."Are you ready to order now?" OF COURSE WE ARE!!!! Hubby had to ask for a Dr. Pepper without ever being asked by the waiter. Seriously, this is supposed to be our fabulous date night?!?
Our food was certainly great as it has always been at this restaurant, but the waiter had just put a very bad taste in our mouth. We tried to have as little conversation as possible with him as we couldn't understand or hear him with his low-tone mumbling. When he offered dessert, we considered but I opted for a trip to Orange Leaf (our fabulous new frozen yogurt place). Unfortunately the line was out the door & I settled for frozen custard instead. Still good, but not Orange Leaf.
I realize these are all very minor details that went awry, but I had such huge expectations for a romantic night out with my hubby. We headed home, changed into some comfy clothes & found our respective spots on the couch & the recliner. After such a frustrating meal, we were certainly not still in our cuddling, lovey moods!
I just hate it when I build up some experience and create these huge expectations only to be completely disappointed when things don't go exactly as planned. Those great expectations prevented us from laughing off the horrible service & instead created a tense situation that was completely unncessary!
Thankfully, we did cap off the evening with a long, much-needed conversation. That was probably worth all the frustrations of the rest of the evening...I was just hoping to have my cake (or Orange Leaf) and eat it too!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
and more blah...Before the after photos...here'a a little background as to why it was so blah...
#1--Hubby & I closed on our house exactly 1 month before the wedding. We built a spec home; meaning we got to help with some of the decisions but trying to plan a wedding & pick out paint colors, cabinetry, & countertops was a little stressful at times. Hubby was very little help in this area...supposedly he's color blind--or maybe that's just an excuse? No I'm kidding, he really is. But I digress...We decided on one paint color that would work for the entire house & said we would make changes as we went along!
#2--Another reason for not having the builder paint was that he charged $150 to change colors even if for just one room...I think I'll by my own paint for that!
#3--When we registered for wedding gifts, I just picked something easy & didn't put a whole lot of thought into the color scheme. The master bath definitely became an after thought & also a collection place for some random left over home decor items. It all matched, but wasn't anything amazing!
#4--I struggled with adding color because we have a free-standing shower with a sliding door & thus, no shower curtain. I love shower curtains & the color they can bring to a small space; however, I knew I would never convince Hubby to hang a shower curtain in front of the shower door. There's just something about having to push back a curtain & open a door to use the shower!
#5--I couldn't decide what I wanted to do but knew that it needed to compliment our master bedroom. In this post, I showed a picture of our Master Bedroom . We've still got the standard wall color in there, but I think it works with the color scheme. Maybe one of these days I'll paint the wall behind the bed & the ceiling tray...but not yet!
#6--We were waiting on the right time when it came to finances, it wasn't a hugely expensive project; but I knew it would involve paint supplies, brand new towels, rugs, & accessories so that could add up pretty fast!
And now, without further adieu...our guacamole, chocolate, & white master bathroom!
No more blah! I love the sepia tulip canvas print from Kohl's! I always find such great artwork there for a reasonable price!
More color! I just love it & it makes the room seem so much brighter!
I chose not to paint these walls because it would have been a ton of trim work & I actually really like having just 2 of the walls painted. The green reflects in the mirror which makes it look like I painted a whole lot more than I did. This side just needed some guacamole & chocolate accent pieces!
And now for a closeup of some of the accessories, some are new but most are repurposed with a little splash of color.
I've always had this vase in the corner but I added the white flower stems--the colors blend so well!
Some fun green, white & chocolate decor for the countertop!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Hubby's dad flew into town on Friday for some father/son time with Hubby. For the past several years, they have participated in a father/son golf tourney at Lake of the Ozarks. The tournament didn't technically start until today, so that meant we got some great quality time with my father-in-law the past couple of days. We had dinner on Friday night at our favorite local upscale Chinese restaurant--wow, I haven't been that full in a long time! We spent the rest of the evening just hanging out--I pretty much fell asleep fairly early in the evening in the recliner!
Saturday morning I had to work & Hubby had class. We didn't do much of anything Saturday afternoon except work around the house. My one task to help prepare for this golf tournament involves making a batch of chocolate chip cookies to have on hand--I'm always more than happy to oblige! We met up with Hubby's sister, brother-in-law, & nephews for dinner & then headed back to their house for the rest of the night. It was a great evening full of family!
I was a hooligan & skipped out on church this morning to spend more time with Hubby & my father-in-law. They were leaving for the tournament about the time that church was starting so I simply took advantage of the live web streaming that our church offers. I was able to listen to the praise & worship time along with a bit of the message before meeting up with my parents for lunch.
The other reason for staying at home was my home improvement project for the next couple of days. I've been wanting to redo our master bath for quite some time but I've never been able to decide on a color scheme that I felt complimented our master bedroom well enough. We had some money set back for the project & I finally made it a priority to complete....and what better time then when Hubby is out of town. I decided on a pale, but bright, green for the paint with chocolate brown & white for the accents. I was able to complete the painting today & tomorrow night I'm headed out for new towels, rugs & accessories to finish the job.
I'm super thrilled with the paint color & since I chose to only paint two of the bathroom walls, the project went fairly fast. I even had time to load up Bogey & have some quality time at my parents' pool this afternoon. I just finished up the touch ups--why is it that no matter how hard you try, paint always seems to seep under the painters' tape?!? I did use a new kind called FrogTape & it worked a lot better than the traditional blue stuff, but I still had some places to touchup in the corners.
I'll show before & after photos probably on Tuesday, I can't wait for the finished project!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Basically my entire family loves to mess with flowers, & thankfully I've picked up on this hobby as well! My mom has a wealth of information when it comes to what to plant where & certainly pick her brain many times each year if I'm planing something new or different!
Even with all the excessive heat, my flowers are still looking fabulous! In fact, most of them are on at least their second blooming cycle. Hubby & I work hard to keep them nice & watered & the in-ground sprinkler system doesn't hurt!
A couple of nights ago I walked out to water & realized I hadn't taken any pictures this year, so I grabbed my camera & captured some close-ups of some of God's gorgeous floral creations!
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday we fixed dinner at home--a new recipe for homemade honey dijon chicken tenders, a keeper but definitely needs some tweaking next time. After dinner we headed to a new frozen yogurt place nearby called Orange Leaf. Oh my goodness! Possibly my new favorite frozen dessert location! It's self-service with a large variety of yogurt flavors. On this trip I tried small servings of blueberry, pomegranate & original. Next time may have to include peanut butter, or white chocolate, or strawberry, or mango tango, or chocolate--guess we'll have to go back more than once! We finished off the movie with a Redbox Rental--Invictus. I'm sure it was a decent movie, but it was too slow for me & the LaZBoy leather couch won out! I think I missed most of the second half of the movie!
Saturday I woke up fairly early at my normal weekday time & was planning to fall back asleep; however, I rolled over to check my clock & I couldn't make out the time. I glanced up & also realized our ceiling fan wasn't running. Yup...no power. At that point I realized how hot I was & determined there was no way I could go back to sleep. I was making myself hot just thinking about how hot our house was going to get during the day with no air. Yes, a light over reaction because our A/C finally came back on about 8:30. Thank goodness!
I worked around the house on Saturday before we headed off to wedding for my cousin. It was a simple ceremony with a simple reception; but very nice. Hubby & I headed down to Branson for a little bit of shopping & dinner at the Branson Landing. I managed to pick up a skirt & a dress at Francesca's Collection (seriously my favorite store)! We had a fabulous dinner at Cantina Laredo with the biggest piece of apple pie ala mode you've ever seen for dessert! Yummm...we were soooo stuffed!
Sunday we had a great sermon about our attitude & having an attitude like Christ. Wow...definitely a bit of conviction for me! We had a nice lunch with one of our pastor's & his wife & then headed home to sweat! Mowing was on the schedule yesterday & I volunteered to help Hubby so it wouldn't take him quite so long. Ughhh...it was so hot & I could literally flick sweat off of my arms.
Before coming home from church, Hubby & I decided to stop by Lowe's & pick up a cheap little tool to help beat the heat! A sprinkler! We have an in-ground sprinkler system for our yard so we've never had the need for a cheap water sprinkler. We set it up in the backyard & had a blast...it's amazing how refreshing just a bit of cold water can be!
Bogey definitely joined in on the fun...poor guy, I'm sure he's just sooo hot right now!
Friday, July 16, 2010
~I honestly probably couldn't tell you the last time I worked a full week 8:30-5; M-F. Between summer holidays, vacations, & a day or afternoon off here & there, most of my weeks have included some sort of break from work! Well, not this week & I'm ready for the weekend!
~I'm currently feeling a bit of a sugar high, my lunch consisted of a peanut butter & sugar sandwich--don't knock it till you try it!--a fresh peach, & a small box of nerds (blasted candy from VBS!) I did have water to drink to try and balance out my sugar intake.
~My mom was the VBS director at the church where I grew up. God brought approx. 190 students & workers together for Saddle Ridge Ranch--I know he did some amazing things!
~It's been ridiculously hot in Southwest Missouri, temperatures in the mid 90s with such high humidity that the heat index is rising above 105! I knew there was a reason I loved Spring & Fall!
~Our master bathroom is getting a slight makeover very soon. I went to Lowe's last night to confirm my paint color & Guacamole it is! Who knew there could be so many shades of green?
~The Japanese beetles are back...and disgusting...and eating my roses...and my crape myrtle! UGHHHH!!! Seven spray to the rescue!
~I've been craving a homemade apple pie. I might have to whip one out this weekend!
Hubby & I have a weekend with just the right combination of planned activities & free time to relax & do whatever we please! I'm probably most looking forward to a night out tomorrow night at Cantina Laredo on the Branson Landing. Just the two of us...perfection!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
God brought one precious woman into my life during my freshman year in college, but it wasn't until our sophomore year that we really became great friends. Jeannine & I were both involved in Campus Crusade for Christ & have tons of memories together. We lived together our junior & senior years' of college & seriously I have some hilarious memories of being with this girl!
She's now living in Orlando, FL working for Student Venture (Campus Crusade's high school ministry) and blessing the hearts of many, many young girls. This summer she is devoting her time to meeting up with some of her ministry partners who support her both financially & spiritually in the ministry God has called her into. That means that I'm on her list to visit! She came in last night and we spent 3 hours just talking about everything going on in each of our lives. She took advantage of an empty guest room and spent last night at our house & we'll be spending most of tonight together as well. It's so exciting to hear what God is doing in her life. Even though it's not always perfect I know that God is using her in some amazing ways to share his love with high school students.
Halloween 2003--headed to our weekly Crusade meeting!
The 3 roomies at Denver Christmas Conference for Crusade with our Starbucks in hand...so mine was Spiced Apple Cider, but still Starbucks!
Monday, July 12, 2010
We did manage to have dinner with Hubby's mom, dad, sister, & our nephews on Friday night before his dad headed home. He'll be back in 2 weeks for a father/son golf tourney so at least it won't be too long between visits.
Saturday Hubby played golf early & I had to gather everything up for the pool party! My parents' are so generous & hospitable...they opened up their home (& more importantly their pool) to our entire small group for some Saturday afternoon fun. We had such a great time & couldn't have asked for better weather. Hubby finished up playing golf in time to help setup...have I told you how much I love this man? He is always so willing to pitch in whenever anyone needs help...
And this is what it looked like an hour later...
Thursday, July 8, 2010
We all gathered to celebrate the life of Hubby's granny, a woman who I only knew for a short period of time but a woman who made an impact on so many lives. Rosie was a woman who loved the color pink & this was certainly not forgotten during the joint visitation/funeral yesterday afternoon. Many of her friends dressed in pink to honor her & Hubby even brought out his pink shirt and tie for his granny.
Instead of the service being one filled with sadness, the pastor illustrated what a full life Rosie had lead & how much fun she was probably having in heaven with her husband Dick. Pastor Swaggerty's last comment was that maybe if Rosie was lucky, really lucky...God sprinkled the streets of gold with a few pink diamonds to welcome her home.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Back to the 4th of July celebrations...Friday night we started off with some preparation for our family's annual 4th of July gathering. My dad has always been in charge of buying the fireworks & it seems every year we buy more & more. We met up with my parents, & my brother & sil for dinner on Friday night and then finished up the evening by filling the back of my dad's suburban with tons of fireworks.
Saturday I headed to work for the morning while Hubby ran some errands. We grabbed some lunch & then I spent the rest of the afternoon in the kitchen fixing up some great sweets for Sunday. I made Fudge Revel Bars & Lemon Raspberry bars--I'll share those recipes sometime soon, they were both delicious. Saturday night we went to one of our favorite local pizza joints for dinner & took care of a little bit of shopping. It was a fairly early night for us, but we had a big day ahead on Sunday.
Sunday brought a GREAT patriotic service at church. We sang patriotic songs & our pastor reminded us how important it is for Christians to be active & involved in our governmental process. What a blessing it is to live in America!
Then it was time to party! We loaded up Bogey, the desserts, & some extra fireworks & headed down to my parents' house. The afternoon was spent getting all the details in order & just spending some quality time with my mom & dad. Everyone started arriving about 5 & we filled our plates full of all sorts of yummy food! It seems everyone in our family loves dogs & this year it couldn't have been more evident. We had about 18-20 people there & 9 dogs. Yup...9 DOGS!!! Almost a 2-1 ratio of people to dogs. It was quite entertaining watching them all interact!
I only managed to get 6 in a photo at once. This one includes Bailey, Josie, Romo, Bogey, Yadi & Jack...Dallas, Reba, & Jazz were missing.
After dinner we had some extra time before it was dark enough to start blowing stuff up so we had some great fellowship & also a pretty intense Cornhole tournament. I think Hubby & my Grandpa Smart came out as the winning team!
My grandma's enjoyed the entertainment for sure!
We finally got everything loaded up & headed down to the launch site...
My cousin Brian took charge of mosquito control!