Monday, January 23, 2012

It's my party!

Today is my birthday. :)

Being able to actually acknowledge today as my birthday, and not an anniversary of my 29th birthday, is a huge milestone for me. Turning 30 was kind of a panicky moment. 31 wasn't much fun either. 32 was better - and the whole last year has pretty much rocked my socks off (one can only accept a compliment about not looking older than their early 20's so many times before it goes to their head!) so I figure I can embrace 33.


MUCH earlier in the month I got myself a birthday present. Behold "my precious"...

aahhh! :) I LOVE IT! I'm just learning to play, and I dare say I've actually learned one song on it - a rough version of How Great is Our God. So, early birthday present AND accomplishing learning a few things about it, all in celebration of my birthday.

This past weekend we officially celebrated my birthday. Friday the husband and I went out to dinner, for FREE!!! (Thanks to a $10 off coupon, and a gift card we received for Christmas from my sister. Date nights rock, but free date nights go beyond rocking and into realms of excellence that I can't even begin to describe.) That night, God sent some icy-snow - and yes, I'm the odd ball that considers snow "lovely" and a "gift".

Saturday the wonderfully-amazing husband made me a Black Forest Cake!
It even has FRESH whipped cream!
Yes, somebody loves me very much. :)
We had homemade skyline chili spaghetti for dinner, and he even made chile rellenos! Bizarre combination? Yes. Pero, sin embargo, delicioso! 

After dinner, our older girls went a friends house to spend the night, and then we spoiled our younger offspring with a trip to the cheap-o theater to see The Muppets. (My review of the movie - the best part was the muppet show. The rest was pretty much blah!) It made for a fun night out with our littlest ones though, and that's what made it great. 

Sunday we had church, finished my cake, and lounged around. My parents stopped over and my mom gave me a beautiful, handmade birthday card (which she designed herself! My picture simply doesn't do it justice. She makes these all the time. If you're ever in the market for a handmade card, let me know - I can hook you up!)

On to today... well, we aren't really celebrating too much today - hence the weekend festivities. I slept-in a little, waking up after the husband left but before the kiddos. Started week 2 of a Bible study I'm doing. Took a looong, hot shower. Did school and Bible study with the kids. Put on new socks...
eeeeeee!!! I heart knee-high socks!
Had a green smoothie (spinach, apple, and a few pieces of frozen mixed fruit)  
nom nom nom
 Played with Ellie, Elijah, and the camera... 


That's pretty much all we've done. Tonight Ellie and I have cheer practice. We'll probably hit the Y before that though. Then later tonight, the husband and I will have an at home date after the kids have gone to bed. :) 

On a more serious note, God and I have had some pretty intense conversations these last few weeks over this year to come. I don't want a lot, at least not by the standards of men. I want to be healthy. I want to continue on this simplifying journey - simplifying our budget, especially. I want to live like I truly love my family, my friends, His church, and His people. I want to HEAR Him speaking to my heart. I want to FEEL Him as I draw closer to Him in my walk.  I want my children to desire to know Him. I want to see Him glorified ~ moving in our home, our community, our state, country, and world. I want Him to use me in the ways He has planned for my life, and I want to bend to that, in His will and not my own.

I think 33 will be pretty grand. :)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Random Baking Tip...

Do you remember there was always that one mom on the block who couldn't make cookies? It wasn't that she didn't try, it's just that her recipe wasn't really all that good. Yeah... you remember...

Well, you too can be that mom if you do the following:
1~Cut the amount of butter the recipe calls for in half, and substitute applesauce.
2~Forget to use baking soda.
Yes, you too can be that mom, just as I was today. Now, in my defense, my oldest offspring totally cut my recipe up -  you know, the one from the back of the chocolate chip cookie bag! Yeah, she cut it all up and so I couldn't see that it called for baking soda. Of course, I knew it did - which is why the baking soda was sitting on the counter waiting to be used, I just forgot to use it. We'll blame it on someone else though.  The applesauce - that failure was all on me. Never, ever substitute applesauce for butter, at least not in cookies. Unless you want to be that mom whose cookies suck. In that case, go for it! Hey, at least you won't have the neighbor kids banging on your door, looking for cookies! (Your kids will be gone, too... could be good?!)