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Feb 17, 2013
Dear Linc and Viv,
Yesterday was your first Valentine’s Day, and your daddy and I had so much fun loving on you extra much all day long. You are the sweetest little parts of our lives, and we feel like the luckiest people alive to get to be your mama and daddy.
In the same way that we hope you feel loved beyond measure by us, we also always want you to know how much we adore each other too. A long, long time ago before we even knew you would someday exist, I fell head over heels in love with your daddy. I still remember the first time I ever met him and how I thought he was the cutest and funniest guy I had ever known. It wasn’t long before I realized that he wasn’t just cute and funny, but also thoughtful, loyal, humble, sensitive and just plain cool. It took him a little while to realize how amazing I was, but eventually he did;) From that point on we knew that we never wanted to live without each other again.
To celebrate your first Valentine’s Day with you, we all went out for a family lunch at Whole Foods, and then once daddy got home we spent the evening cuddling with your new zebra and tiger and feeding you lots of good food like sweet potatoes and avocado!
Then after you went to bed, Daddy and I had our own little celebration. We ate homemade pizza and cupcakes. I gave daddy a new record and a print for the wall, and he gave me a new wallet and some fun polka dot shoes. There was also lots of relaxing on the couch together and talking about how darn lucky we are to have each other and you.
In the past we might have gone out to a nice dinner or even stayed overnight at a hotel to celebrate, but this year was sheer perfection even though we never stepped out of the house. The day you two were born, we discovered love for each other that we couldn’t even have imagined existed, all because we’re in awe of the fact that we created you together.
So, thank you sweet babies, for all the sweetness and depth you’ve brought by taking our family from 2 to 4.
There’s a lullaby I’ve been singing to you lately….when we cuddle during the day or when I rock you to sleep at night. I hope it will always help you remember how deep our love is for you.
I love you a bushel and a peck
A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck
A hug around the neck and a barrel and a heap
A barrel and a heap and I’m talkin’ in my sleep
About you, about you
‘Cause I love you a bushel and a peck
You bet your purdy neck I do
Love, Mama (and daddy too)
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Jul 17, 2012
This past Sunday we celebrated 6 years together as husband and wife. We have lived so much life together since July of 2006, and I have to say this year has been the best so far. How could it not be?
My mom convinced us to let her and my step-dad come sit with Linc and Viv while we went out for a date on the town. At first I was like “no way!” The thought of leaving them had me all kinds of worked up. But then I started thinking rationally. The husband and I have always said that when we had kids we would still make each other our first priority…and if I can’t do that on our 6 year anniversary night, when would I?
So out on the town we went. The husband planned his usual fun and creative date. I never know what he’s going to do. We picked up pizza from our favorite little joint in OKC and then headed downtown where they were having a concert outside at the Myriad Gardens. He brought a blanket and a mini cooler of coke zero, and we cuddled up and enjoyed the music and great conversation. Then he took me for a chocolate milkshake on our way back to see our little babies.
It was the perfect way to get out and spend some time together, celebrating the best decision we’ve ever made.
I love that man more than words can ever say.
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Apr 20, 2011
Thoughts on a Wednesday:
- As you may have noticed, I haven’t cooked an actual meal in about 2 or 3 weeks. Reasons being – number one, we are never home until about 8:30pm or later and number two, it’s harder than you might think to share kitchen space when you don’t eat the same types of food. I miss my kitchen:)
- I ran five miles this morning and felt pretty good until I got back to the car and couldn’t find my car key. 15 minutes later I finally founded it inside my shirt. Still contemplating that one…
- We only have a week and a half until our 2nd half marathon. I’ve realized the last week or so that it will be a small miracle if we beat our first time. I’m currently trying to stifle my competitive side and not care.
- The level at which I miss Olive is on the rise with every passing day. I thought these things were supposed to get easier with time?
- Kathleen Grissom, the author of one of my favorite books – The Kitchen House, commented on my blog the other day. I’m still giddy with excitement over it.
- Lately I’ve been a bit out of sorts, and I’ve narrowed it down to a few things: our one bedroom living quarters is cramped, cluttered and disorganized; because I currently live in our car more than anywhere else it is also cramped, cluttered and disorganized; I’ve been eating out most meals which means my pants are slowly getting a little bit more snug and our bank account is dwindling; my hopefully soon-to-be job is completely uncertain, and I have no control over what happens. Other than that everything is going pretty well;)
- I am the absolute luckiest girl in the entire world to be married to the husband. Love that boy.
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Feb 15, 2011
Happy late Valentine’s Day to all my lovely readers! I took Sunday and yesterday off from the internet to love on the husband and pack. In that order.
But today I’m back at it…and I’ve got lots to catch up on.
On Saturday we met the husband’s parents in the city to show them our lot and take them through a house that has our floor plan. I don’t think I’d ever get tired of driving over to see our little piece of land, although if signs of an actual house don’t start to appear soon I may change my tune. Ha. We should be breaking ground any day now, though, so it won’t be long!
Also on Saturday, we stopped by Jonathan’s new office to check it out. Got to enjoy a pretty sunset while we were at it!
The husband surprised me with Valentine’s Day plans on Sunday. Our weekdays are just impossible now between Jon commuting to the city and back and working two extra jobs in the evening. Add on packing and we basically have no life outside of it all.
So our little celebratory day started off at a quaint little coffee shop in downtown where we shared some dessert and sipped on dark French press coffee. We enjoyed the atmosphere almost as much as the food, lounging back on a modern couch with the sun streaming in the windows. Love coffee shops. And good conversation.
Afterwards, we set out in the Mini to explore around town a little bit – what we do best. With the weather a nice 70 degrees, we cruised around with the sunroof down, admiring big old houses and taking pictures of color schemes that called out to us. We drove and drove and drove. A perfect sunny afternoon, just the two of us. And of course, before it was all over we ended up sitting in front of our lot daydreaming.
Jonathan had made reservations for us for dinner, so after a few hours had passed and our hunger had returned, we headed to the restaurant. It had a modern and somewhat eclectic décor that made us smile the minute we walked in.
We started off with the vegan nachos – cashew cheese (first time for this!), black beans and roasted veggies. I’ve been wanting to try cashew cheese for ages, and it was just as tasty as I expected. I got so excited about the vegan items on the menu as it’s a rarity here in OK. So nice to just order something and not have to make a million changes and then be disappointed when it comes out wrong.
We then moved on to the main course – chicken sandwich for him and veggie burger with sweet potato fries for m.e This was my first time to have sweet potato fries at a restaurant, and I was stoked. They were so delicious, and the veggie burger did not disappoint.
While dessert looked very tempting, we were quite full already so we passed on ordering anything. But it wasn’t just a few minutes and out came our server with a bowl full of cotton candy.
sorry – kind of creepy
One of the most random things I’ve ever seen in a restaurant – so unexpected as it didn’t really match the feel of everything else. But also so fun! I love little randomocities like that. I don’t even like cotton candy, but it was really fun to look at and play with. And I didn’t take a few courtesy bites, so our server wouldn’t think us to be too high maintenance. Sadly, my camera battery died right in the middle of dinner, so the rest of the night I had to use the iPhone.
By the time we chatted over the cotton candy for another half hour or so, we decided to head out. There was still one last place on the list for the night.
One of the coolest places in OKC, at least for a health foodie. I’ve wanted to go there for so long, but somehow had never made it. 105 Degrees is a raw restaurant, shop, juice/smoothie bar and raw culinary academy all in one. It has a great, quirky modern vibe, and the service and food were excellent.
We sat at the bar and ordered dessert – one green smoothie and one green juice, yes please!
the Thai Green – mango, lime, young coconut, Thai chili, lemon grass, spirulina
Best green smoothie and juice I’ve ever had, hands down. I don’t know how they did it, but it was divine. We hung around, chatting with the bar tender for quite awhile and exploring the little shop there before deciding to head back home.
I’ll be so happy the day that we don’t have to drive an hour to get back home from the city. It was well worth it, though. A great night to celebrate our fifth Valentine’s Day as husband and wife – couldn’t have been better. I know a lot of people think Valentine’s Day is silly and too hyped up, and I somewhat agree. But there’s no way I can complain about an entire afternoon and evening being set aside for just us. No distractions, no talk about work (well, almost)…just sweet time hanging out.
What was your Valentine’s like? Did you celebrate? What was the best part of your weekend?
This week I’ll be back to talk about some of the raw/mostly raw meals I’ve been enjoying (thanks, Kris Carr) and how I’m feeling as a result!
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Feb 7, 2011
I honestly cannot believe how quickly the weekend flew by…seems like it just started.
On Saturday things warmed up a bit around here, and some of the snow started to melt off. By late in the day, many of the streets were almost clear…but there’s still tons of white everywhere else! Apparently (I never watch the weather) there is more snow headed this way in the next few days, but we shall see!
I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but Saturday and Sunday we spent a lot of time organizing and packing. The story of our life these days. I have to admit it feels sooo good to get it done, though. We are still a long ways from being packed, but I think we did finally finish the office for the most part after being buried in boxes and files for the last few days.
Saturday night I got inspired to make a stir-fry. When I asked the husband what he wanted for dinner, he said something I thought I would never hear him say: “How about something besides mexican?”
I thought I was dreaming. Did he just say he didn’t want mexican food?!
So stir-fry it was!
I chopped up bell pepper, onion, broccoli, carrots and cabbage and stir-fried it in about one tablespoon of olive oil until it was tender. Then I tossed in some frozen edamame (did you know edamame has the same amount of protein as roasted turkey?) for protein.
After it had cooked for a little bit, I mixed together about two tablespoons natural peanut butter, two tablespoons tamari, a couple teaspoons rice wine vinegar and some water to thin it out. Honestly, I just kind of guessed at the proportions and tasted as I went. I poured the sauce over the veggie mixture and continued to cook them for another 5-10 minutes.
In the meantime I cooked some buckwheat (soba) noodles, and when it was all done I poured a big spoonful of veggies over the noodles….and that was it! Easiest stir-fry ever.
Stir-fry reminds me of Thailand so much. During the last few months we lived there, I literally ate stir-fried veggies in some form every. single. night. No exaggeration. Always on top of brown rice. Granted I wasn’t a vegetarian then, and I used fish and oyster sauce (Thai style) for flavoring, but it was still so good. Really takes me back:)
cooking with friends in Thailand
Anyway, on Sunday the husband and I went to lunch with some dear friends of ours from our college days. They are several years older than us and have three of the cutest little kids. During our time in Campus Crusade for Christ at OSU, Dan discipled Jonathan, and Debbie discipled me. They have always meant so much to us and have walked with us through some of the most important decisions in our life. It was so nice today to catch up and spend time with them…we’re really going to miss them when we move.
Debbie and I / Dan and Jon – about five years ago
Other than packing throughout the afternoon, I also made some Super Charge Me cookies for the husband. While he ate cookies, I enjoyed a leftover vegan cinnamon roll. This morning someone brought cinnamon rolls to Sunday School, and ever since then I’ve been craving one. I can honestly say that these rolls are one of the best vegan baked goods I’ve made yet. The day after I made them, I realized that unless I wanted to turn into a giant cinnamon roll, I needed to put them away for awhile. So into the freezer they went. A couple of times since then I’ve pulled one out and heated it in the microwave for about a minute and a half…and it’s always just as good as when it was fresh out of the oven.
You really must make these if you’re a cinnamon roll fan!
So that’s the weekend in nutshell – only two more weekends left until moving weekend!
Last thing – I have to give a shout-out to my better half. Today is the husband’s first day at his new job, and I am so dang proud of him. I’m so thankful for all the hard work he has put in over the last several years to get us where we are. This is just one more step we get to take along the path of our life. I’m going to miss him now that he’s leaving earlier, getting home later and not coming home for lunch (tear), but I know he’s going to love his new role…and he’s totally going to rock it! Go get ‘em husband:) I love you!
Did you have a good weekend?
What’s your favorite vegetable?
I think mine would have to be spinach…or maybe snap peas. It’s really hard to narrow it down, though!
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