Friday, May 22, 2015

Five-on-Friday: Wanting Now

There are many things that I want. Unfortunately, I'm not a very patient person. With school drawing to a close, I have to remain patient and forge on ahead these last 9 school days. I think I can, I think I can...

That being said--there are at least five things I'm wanting and wanting now. Here they are:

one: summer
I love summer. I love these boys. And I love the ballpark. We're celebrating a special bride-to-be at the ballpark this summer, and I. Can't. Wait.

Oh to be that tan again. 


You maybe saw this on my IG on Tuesday...
Lemon water=summertime

two: a cake stand

I love to bake. I also love to decorate cakes and cupcakes. I'm not the greatest at it, but I do think an actual cake stand would help me out a lot. That way I don't have to precariously perch my cake on top of an upside down bowl and pray it doesn't tip over.

Here are a couple that could help me out a lot:

crate & barrel
Isn't it adorable?!

And this one is just practical.
Turn table style.

And then there's this one (mint, yes please) and this one (because, pastel).

three: paint

I just want my house painted. Over on IG and Facebook the other day, I posted a photo of our wall with 4 colors on it. I asked all ya'll to vote. I think number 4 was the winner. You voted well and I think our color of choice will be.....

A mixture!


I can't wait to see this mixture on our walls!

four: plants

I've got a bunch of baby aloe plants just waiting to be planted. Unfortunately the babies at my house are so much smaller than the babies at school. So they'll all have to come home with me this summer. There, I will re-pot them and I hope they'll be so happy in the sun. I know I will be.

We are also hoping to plant a decent sized garden this year. How awesome would it be to have produce for most of the summer?! Woo! Have no fear, I'll be sharing garden updates once we're in the swing of it.

five: new shoes 

I told Kyle that I plan to buy new shoes with our final pay check of the year. Here's a few I've been admiring.

Plus, he's been asking me what I'd like for my birthday. Here's a few ideas, pal!
I love these. AND they're on sale!
And since TOMS are one of my favorites...
(size 9, please!)
Kyle's been telling me to get Sperry's that are all leather.
So I found this other pair too.    
(9.5 M, 'kay, thanks)
But I still love these, all leather or not.
I mean, c'mon. How cute are these?!
(40 please)
*Grandma & Michelle, you'd love em too--let's match!* 
And I can't leave you without more options.
Like these
these too. 

Well, folks. There you have it. Another Five-on-Friday is in the books. I've been dreaming--in case you couldn't tell. Have a marvelous Memorial Day Weekend! 


Monday, May 18, 2015

Let it snow, Let it snow...Wait! It's May 18! {By the Numbers}

Yeah, you read that right. It's snowing.

On May 18.

But that's okay. Because with the forecast for the rest of the week, we're looking at mostly sunny with highs in the 70s!


So I figured that today was as good as any, to do a By the Numbers. It's been a while since I've hosted, why not?

As teachers, we look forward to summer. Not necessarily because we get a break (because I'm hoping to teach summer school this year & Kyle is hoping to help a beekeeper--another story for another day), but because we have a new routine. Sure--some of us do get a legit vacation, but most of us have additional jobs, we work on our curriculum, or we even take grad classes. And some of us have family obligations (por ejemplo--weddings coming out of our ears!!) that can't be attended to during the school year.

And if you've survived that crazy train, here's the rest of my school year By the Numbers.

626 miles

7 meetings

5 dinner dates

4 graduation gifts to buy

3 graduation ceremonies

2 birthday presents to make/send

2 graduation parties to attend

1 wedding
1 Federal Holiday

And only
17 days to do it all in

As always, grab the button and join in!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day 2015 .:. Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

Your day is here. Well, one of them anyway. Today is the day we celebrate all moms and today I especially want to celebrate you.

Throughout the years, we've experienced different types of relationships. I remember getting off of the bus after school and being so excited that I didn't have to go to daycare anymore. You were home and you were consistent.

As I grew into a teenager, I realized how mean you were. I couldn't go online whenever I wanted. When I tried, you grounded me. I couldn't have a MySpace account and then you made me delete my Facebook account. You made me clean my room! *UGH*

But then, at the same time, I'd be invited out with friends (to activities I didn't want to go to) and you had my back. Playing the game of, "Mom, can I go?" while shaking my head. Always followed by you saying, "Sorry, we've got plans that night." You saved me from many nights of small talk and activities that I desperately tried to avoid.

After my first year of college, I moved home for the summer. Lo and behold! I had a curfew. I couldn't believe it! WHY WOULD I HAVE A CURFEW? As an "adult", I was appalled.

Did you have any idea that the summer between my freshman and sophomore years would be my last summer at home? I didn't.

I'm not sure what happened, but after that summer we became closer. I remember coming home almost every weekend that first fall semester I was at UND. Part of that was because I didn't have any friends at school yet. But the other part of it is that I wanted to spend time with my family.

And even since then, our relationship has continued to grow. Yes, I do know you're my mother. I am reminded of that every time I leave your house to come back to mine. Especially when you remind me to "text when [I] get home safe!" But you're not just my mom, anymore. You've become a friend.

But here's the thing. You've shown me so many things throughout the years.

You've shown me how to cook. It may have started out with scrambled eggs and Kraft Mac'n'Cheese, but it's evolved into one of my favorite hobbies.

You showed me how to love other people. I watched you love your kids. When you disciplined us growing up, I just thought it was you being mean. Now I see that it was you training us to become the successful, independent adults we've become.

You've shown me how to love a spouse. I've watched you love Dad. Through jobs, many Craigslist purchases, & some tough times--you've shown me how to be a loving, supportive wife. I pray that I can learn to be as good of a wife to my husband, that you've been to yours.

Most importantly, you've shown me how to be a Godly woman. You lead by example and I admire you for that.

Mom, thank you for being the woman and mother you are and have been. I look up to you every day and I pray that God would bless me with your qualities, your consistency, and your love. And one day, I pray that I can practice everything you've modeled for me, to my children.

I love you, Mom.

Monday, May 4, 2015

May the Fourth

I may not be quite the die hard Star Wars fan that some of you are. But be that as it may, I do love me a good pun. And a good meme. And a good movie.

That being said, check out this meme and the video afterward.

Dear JJ Abrams 

Oh, okay. I'll share another.

I hope you enjoyed these!

Oh, and May the Fourth be with you!
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