Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Lemony, sugary, goodness!
The recipe definitely made plenty to share!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
all in a matter of hours!
I have officially been Droided. Thankfully I had never used my most recent upgrade period so I could get any new phone at the discounted price, with a new 2-year contract. Not a problem for me, no plans on switching from Verizon in the future.
So...here's my question. Being a Droid newbie...and an app newbie for that matter...any recommendations for the best apps??
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Friday was a fairly nice day & we'd decided to spend the evening at home. We went for a walk with Bogey, loaded him up for a quick trip to Dairy Queen for some blizzards (we had to balance out the burned calories somehow!), and then came home to watch some March Madness. We let Bogey come in the house for what will probably be one of the last times this season and we both ended up falling asleep on the couch incredibly early! So...we gave ourselves permission to head to bed about 9:30...yes, I know, we're an old married couple with no kids!
Sounds like pretty laidback, relaxing Friday night right? Well...about 10:20 things got a little exciting at the Layman house. You see, when we took Bogey for a walk earlier that night, we brought him out of the backyard through the gate. But then, instead of putting him in the backyard after the walk we went to DQ, he came in the house, and we let him out the backdoor once it was time for bed. Anyone notice a big problem?!? Yeah, we had left the gate open earlier in the evening just like we always do..and our precious pooch found his way out the wide open gate somewhere between 9:45 and 10:20.
Hubby was quickly awoken by our neighbor calling his cell phone saying they, along with another neighbor, had seen Bogey roaming the neighborhood but couldn't get him to close enough to catch him! So...with my heart beat quickly increasing and my mind racing with all sorts of horrible thoughts, I headed one direction in my car around the neighborhood and Nick headed the other way on foot. Both of us calling and whistling, and me just hoping he was safe & sound. And...he was. I came around the last corner in our neigborhood and there was Nick, trying to convince Bogey to come close enough to get a leash on him. He wasn't trying to runaway anymore, he just wanted to play!
Needless to say, it took a bit to get calmed down but we all finally made it back home safely with Bogey securely locked in the backyard! Ughhh...this was just my furry son, I can't imagine my panic with actual children!
Saturday we had plans for a fun daytrip to Lake of the Ozarks. Nick had a gift certificate for merchandise at a golf course that was getting close to it's expiration so we decided to make a quick roadtrip for some shopping and a nice meal. I had plans on taking some good photos, but not long after we got there the rains came...and they came...and they came some more. However, we still had a great time shopping and thoroughly enjoyed a nice meal on the lake. We'll definitely have to visit again, next time when we can actually enjoy the view instead of pouring down rain.
Today was church, followed by a quick visit to see our friends' Jacinda & Brandon and their new baby Brooks. They welcomed their son into the world this morning at 5:40 am. Jacinda is my best friend from high school and I can't remember a time in my life when we weren't friends! I'm so excited for them as they enter the world of parenthood! Brooks was being watched pretty closely in the nursery when we visited so no photos....;o(, but all is well now and I'm hoping that mom, dad, & baby are finally able to rest!
Hubby & I spent the rest of the afternoon at the golf course, enjoying the 80 degree weather and this beautiful first day of Spring!
And if a baby, lost dog, and the first day of Spring weren't enough excitement, our good friends' from church & small group, Garrett & Andrea, got engaged this weekend! God's blessings are just flowing down from everywhere!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Friday was an extremely casual girls' night with some of my good friends from high school. We ordered some pizza and just around the dining room table chatting about everything from babies to high school memories to crazy neighbors. We honestly don't get together all the often, but always have a nice time reminiscing when we do!
Saturday I caught up on my duties as housewife and did almost every domestic chore I could think of! I whipped up some banana muffins. This recipe was so easy & they are so delicious!
Next up was tackling the kitchen and bathroom...I cleaned as best I could, and wow did they both need it! Hopefully I finally got rid of all the germs so Hubby won't be picking up this horrible cold. I also managed to throw in a little bit of laundry and I got all this accomplished before Hubby got home at 12:30!
Saturday had been a scheduled yardwork day for awhile. The weather was supposed to be beautiful & we took advantage of it by preparing our front yard for Spring! We pruned all of our bushes, took out the old mulch, put down new mulch, and now we're ready for the gorgeous flowers to start blooming!
Friday, March 11, 2011
It's been a long week. With this nasty head cold still lingering around, work has just seemed crazy. It seems that the everyday business has just been on overdrive and we're also implementing brand new software in our agency that will change every single aspect of how we do business. It's stressful enough, but throw in the required 2 or 3, 3 hour training sessions each week and it makes it impossible to keep your head above water.
Poor Nick has been working incredibly long hours, tax season grind is finally starting to take its toll and I'm just praying that above everything else he DOES NOT get this sickness I can't seem to shake! It's definitely one of those much better me than him situations. Thankfully, the end is in sight...the countdown is on! T-minus 40 days!
I'm also so thankful that right now we have the resources to plan some fun things right after tax season...short trip to STL for a Cards game & a long trip to Hawaii the beginning of May. Having these things to look forward to seem to make it all worth it in the end.
I'm so thankful that it appears any major catastrophe was avoided in HI this morning, I'll be honest..my first thought was to the safety of those people, but it was followed closely by a selfish..."What about our vacation?" I'm embarrassed to even write that, but either way it seems that both have managed to escape any major problems and Hawaii managed to avoid any major damage.
I'm so ready for 5 o'clock, I've got a girls' night this evening with some of girlfriends from high school...it'll be so nice to catch-up with them.
And for the rest of the weekend, 60+ degree temps and plans for yardwork...YES PLEASE!!!!
Monday, March 7, 2011
Friday night we did stay in for dinner and relaxed while eating popsicles and watching the Biggest Loser---that was about the extent of the relaxation for the weekend!
Saturday was work for both of us in the morning and then we gathered at my parents house to watch the Missouri State Bears play in the 2nd round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. We were seeded #1 and had big hopes of making it to the big dance...more on that in a bit.
I basically watched the game and then had to head out for a personal shower/bachelorette party for this little lady!
Championship Game...winner gets an automatic bid to the Big Dance!
Missouri State Bears vs. Indiana State Sycamores
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I NEVER get sick, but I guess never say never. This was certainly not an ideal time to be out of the office, my dad is out of the office for meetings which means some decisions fall to me and yesterday was the first of several training days for some new software implementation. Thankfully, a co-worker stepped in and took care of it while I called into the conference call and had to do nothing but listen.
I'm feeling slightly better today but not well enough to spend an entire day at the office and I'm pretty sure none of my co-workers want to take the strep throat bug home with them. I've got my penicillin, some syrupy stuff that's supposed to numb my throat, and my hot tea. I'm hoping that I'll feel better for a short period of time to grab the bleach and disinfectant wipes to do a bit of cleaning...Hubby certainly doesn't need strep throat during tax season!
I'm all for days off, but they aren't much fun when you can't do anything but lay in bed!