Friday, December 28, 2012

you are my favorite

                                              Getting SUPER excited for the New Year
Gazing back at the years past…It seems surreal that I have spent almost my Entire 20’s with this man.  Anticipating the year to come…Knowing that 2013 is going to be a BIG year for 
Ralph and I. Cant believe that I get to spend it with My Favorite.

 Happy New Year Sweet Little Blogger Friends!!


Truth: I have been known to un-decorate my entire house the day of Christmas after the festivities take place. Fact. This year I’m not sure why I felt guilty as every decoration came down before Christmas day came to an end. There has to be other A-type personalities out there like me?!? Are there??  

 I couldn’t take all the “clutter” and even though I stayed home sick (yes you heard right) the ENTIRE day I still managed to throw it all down into the basement.  Don’t get me wrong, I thought it was all beautiful, full and magical…but I like clean, crisp and simple. 

I needed “normal” back and having two weeks off left me with this sudden urge to accomplish all….Slowing it down to blog tonight is much needed. What is this creepy flu that is going around? My two day sickness seemed to come and go so I think I’m officially in the clear of NOT getting it…Yippee. I think Ralph and I’s best bet is to retreat to the Beach House and stay free and clear of everyone. Ring in the New Year in the most Romantic Setting Possible, I think we will head there Sunday. The plan was Today but we have Anthony coming over tomorrow to install Fios…so I’m sure they will be playing around all day. 

I also have to confess that I have very little New Year's decorations! I don’t know what it is with New Year’s but I never seem to have the gumption to decorate after the whole hustle and bustle of Christmas has past. But what’s the fun in that… I went to AC Moore and bought some wooden numbers…Lots of Gold “Frill” and a big Tub of Martha Stewart's Gold Glitter. I was able to spruce up my “just because” flowers and took out the dozen red roses and left the dozen white ones. I dipped the flowers in some mod podge then swirled in the gold glitter. Took out some of the greens from the arrangement and replaced it with gold. I glittered up the numbers and but magnets on the back. Stuck them on my pottery barn chalk board and finally numbered two glasses for our toast.

My Ralph did good this year…Somehow he always seems to “get me.” He listens like nobody has ever seemed to listen…even when I don’t think he is…even if it’s just a wave of a gesture over a conversation about a commercial. He totally, totally gets me.

I hope y’all have a HAPPY NEW YEAR filled with Love and Laughter! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Little Things

Happy week before Christmas peeps!  When I started this post I had a houseful so I’m finally posting now, I knew if I didn’t Christmas week would have flown by and I wouldn’t have had a chance to say howdy ;) I have to share this moment- I was at whole foods with my mom…we were eating lunch in the little eating area and there was this man maybe in his early 40s and he was so HAPPY!! Smiling at everyone, humming songs and really just. plain. happy. I found myself happy too. I couldn’t stop smiling and really believed it was contagious! My mom of course had to walk over to him when we were leaving and say “You are so happy, we Love that.” Little did we know we would then be sitting down with him (this complete stranger) and listen to his story about how sick he was for a very long time, so sick that he and his family believed he would die, he got better and decided to live a HAPPY life. He says he finds that most people look “unhappy” thus are unhappy! He also said no matter how mean or unhappy people are being around him, he will still be HAPPY. He said most of the time people will catch on. Such a true statement. He said it made his day by us letting him know that we acknowledged his happiness. Sometimes it's the small things we do for others that are the most important.  I feel blessed like crazy.
  If you are looking for a Super easy way to  bless your family or anyone else you have to give this recipe a’s so easy and if you have little kiddies they will love rolling the cookie balls in the red and green sugar!!! Bake extra and walk over a few batches to your neighbors. 
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter (softened at room temperature)
1 egg, lightly beaten (egg should be at room temperature)
3 Tablespoons half-and-half
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Red and Green colored Sugar
1 Bag of Holiday Hersey Kisses
  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface roll into 1 inch balls, then roll in colored sugar. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Right out of the oven place a kiss in the center! Cool completely. ENJOY!!
Baby Christian came to play over the weekend and we LOVED watching him play with all the Christmas Decorations. He was certainly a good distraction. 

Trying to stay busy more so after the Connecticut shootings last week. I really can’t even go into a discussion on the horrificness that went down; our house has been solemn as I’m sure the rest of Americas was. We couldn’t Christmas shop, get into the holiday spirit, do anything really, other than just be. A mournful state engulfed our house over the weekend.

I can say; The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. 

Psalm 34:18

My spirit is certainly crushed…I have boycotted facebook on and off, not that I'm on it much that often anymore….I can’t watch people draw political debates passing blame on why this tragedy happened. Knowing that there are presents under Christmas tree’s right now for little children that are now dead is enough for me to be sick. Knowing that teachers were killed as they shielded their children, rips me to pieces. Knowing that if it happened in my classroom I would have done the same. Walking in my classroom Monday and seeing the hurt on children’s faces. Knowing that living over an hour away...this Monster has also stolen these children’s innocence, and put fear in their tiny hearts for a place they once thought was safe.  Reassuring parents and children that OUR school is safe, knowing that a perfectly safe Suburban school much like ours was NOT.  Lifting my hands and completely surrounding myself to the lord this holiday season. 
                     Praying, Believing in HIS will.

Wishing you all a Joyous Holiday Season!!!! 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

LoVe Time Capsule

About a month ago I got together with a couple of my friends...we decided to make a "time capsule" as the excitement of our TEN year class reunion is coming up. (Which I have to be honest…I totally skipped out on! There was a link up online of those in attendance which mind you was about 20 from the 160 graduates and truthfully maybe only wanted to see about 10 of them…I decided I will hold a little mixer to replace the reunion and save myself the wasted time of seeing those I don’t really care for, Maybe I will be more inclined to go to the 20 year)Anyway,  I thought it would be a great idea to do that with Ralph. We don't have any children right now and in ten years who knows how many changes will come about. We have a ton of paint in our basement and I grabbed the lightest one and cleaned it out. Printed off a super cute label for it and we went to town. 

We wrote each other letters, added pictures, small trinkets and a few other surprises that the other doesn't know...we will open it on Christmas day the year 2022 Omg. It's funny how much we got into it. When I first started dating Ralph for years I would write down what we did everyday...I'm not kidding...I will have to take a picture of that and add it later today...

I guess you can say I was kind of obsessed. Imagine if he found that!! Or the baby clothes, or seating arrangements for our wedding...I wonder if he would have been long gone. Truthfully I don't think so, he was in love. He is still in Love. 

Take a peek at our Time Capsule....

Ralph took a rubber mallet hammer type thing, banged the top and the lid is officially secured...not to be opened for another TEN YEARS!! 

Song of the Day...Loving "The Afters" 
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