Monthly Archives: May 2011

Two Cents Tuesday: Fridge Cleaning.

If only we all had this fridge then we'd all have it organized all the time right???

Make a serious attempt to clean out your fridge once every two weeks (I mean we all know no one eats any leftovers that are over a week old…so why do we always keep it around so long?!).

I try to do the fridge cleaning a day or two before I do a big grocery run, that way I know what we have and what we need so I can make an accurate grocery list, plan out meals, and save us money by not buying unnecessary grocery items, simple as that.

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Two Cents Tuesday: Remember to Rest.

Yesterday was a very busy and tiring day, so today Emma and I are taking it easy at home because I have noticed that when I am well rested, our home is “well-rested”(thank you to my mom for teaching me this important lesson), meaning it can be a peaceful place for Eric to come home to at the end of the day and that is a big part of my job as the mommy and wife!

The “Two Cents”: don’t overdo it, if you need to take a rest while your baby is resting or your kids are at school, take a rest, it will benefit everyone in the home to have a well-rested mommy and wife…..that balance of discipline, diligence, hard work and rest is one that I know I will always be working on but I also know its worth it…hope this helps some of you and your homes rest today!

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My Day at Seminary.

Well here it is the last little “update” post on my two weeks away from the blog. The topic of today’s update: my visit to Seminary (….and why I am glad that I am done with school forever – happy and blessed to have received my college degree, but also happy to be done).

Quick Sidenote: I did get the guest post written for my sister-in-law’s new blog. It ended up being about my Design Ideas Notebook. My sister-in-law has wanted to start one of her own and wanted her blog readers to be motivated to start one of their own as well! So of course, I was happy to share because as you all know I do so enjoy my Design Ideas Notebook!

Now back to my visit…as mentioned above, I got to go with Eric to visit his seminary classes one day and my oh my did I realize just how exhausting my husbands schedule is. He does such a great job at balancing it all that I sometimes forget just how much he is doing everyday, this seminary visit was a great reminder!

His class started at 7:30AM in the morning, meaning we had to leave our place at approximately 6:15AM, to get Emma dropped off with Grammy for the day and still get over to the seminary in time for class. Up at 5AM (knowing I had to not only get ready myself, but also be sure Emma’s things were all packed for the day plus add in time for nursing Emma, which of course cancels out doing anything else for a good 10-15 minutes). Anywho, long story short, I was showered, dressed, had Emma packed up and fed and we were out the door by our previously decided 6:15AM departure time. Emma was excited to see Grammy when we dropped her off so bright and early and we even arrived 10 minutes early to Eric’s class.

Eric’s first class is 4 hours long. I was ready to concentrate, excited and eager to listen, learn, and observe….but then after about 45 good concentrated minutes I realized, my “mommy brain” has greatly effected my “school skills.” My attention span has really shortened quite a bit in the last year, due to the constant multi-tasking you do as a mommy. Still, determined to get the most out of my day at seminary, I forced myself to concentrate the best I could (while still of course thinking through how Emma’s day must be going, what I would make for dinner, what laundry I needed to get done tomorrow…you know!) and enjoyed the Professor’s lecture on Psalms and Proverbs.

Then we went to lunch (in order to make it back to his second class on time we settled for McDonalds drive-thru, which I was happy with because that meant I got a $1 hot fudge sundae!). Got back from lunch went to his next class which goes for about 2 hours. By this time I was getting pretty tired. But I made it through and I feel I even did a decent job concentrating on the counseling lecture and stories the Professor shared.

We then drove to pick up Emma. Eric’s mom thankfully offered to take us to In-n-Out for dinner (checking dinner off my list for me, thank you Mom Durso!). Then it was off to our place to do family devo’s, get changed into something more casual, and back out of the house for Youth Group. I was exhausted. I could only imagine that Eric must have been exhausted too and he still had to teach the kids at Youth Group!

Me with my very impressive hubby. :)

Needless to say, I am impressed with my husband. The discipline, determination, and diligence he has in all that he does is incredible to watch. I am privileged to be his wife. This long seminary day was not only great in reminding me just how full Eric’s plate is but most importantly it reminded me why it is so vital that as his wife I continue to be in daily prayer for my husband, trusting God to continue to sustain him through his very busy schedule with wisdom, energy and discernment.

Encouragement to all you wives out there: pray for your husband daily, it is important and it does make a difference.

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Emma & Friends.

Emma and Felicity playing.

Emma has had a few fun play dates recently. Emma has always been a very social baby and recently her excitement over other babies and kids has become more and more vocal. Now, I will openly admit that my voice is not a particularly quiet one. And we are now discovering that it looks like Emma’s voice may be just like mommy’s!

Emma and Felicity getting tired.

At times we do have to explain to Emma that not all babies appreciate loud yells of excitement quite as much as she does. But she means well and she is just too cute when she does it. So for now, pardon the loud yells, but she is really just terribly excited about making another new friend!

Emma showing her excitement to Avaree.

Another new part of parenting that we have now entered, the stage where we are the parents saying “be gentle Emma” and not just the ones watching the other parents say that to their child while they look at your little baby. We can’t believe how fast little Emma is growing!

Emma and Avaree playing.

It is so so SO much fun to watch our little Emma’s personality pop out more and more each day, we love it! We are so thankful to God for our joyful little bundle of excitement!

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Two Cents Tuesday: Encouragement.

Encouragement...like giving a fun fresh fabric flower bouquet!

Today’s “Two Cents” comes directly from God, so listen up everybody….

“To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,  and a word in season, how good it is!” – Proverbs 15:23.

Be thoughtful, purposeful, and gracious with how you use your words today, encourage someone!

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Emma’s First Easter.

Our happy little girl.

I know this is a little late but I absolutely have to fill you all in on Emma’s first Easter! I mean it would be ridiculously selfish of me not to share these pretty little Emma pictures! As you can see she loved her frilly, girly, and oh so dainty Easter dress, which was sent just for her all the way from Illinois, thank you Great Grandma Sutter!

We had a great time making memories with our little girl on her first Easter weekend! Here are some pictures of our Easter weekend (along with some short narratives from me to go along with the pics)……

Emma eating the Easter eggs.

First, we went to the Good Friday service at church Friday night. Then we dyed some Easter eggs on Saturday. Emma was actually much more interested in either throwing or eating the eggs, but we eventually got around to dying all the eggs!

The Easter table.

Once the eggs were all set, I got to changing our table centerpiece for Easter morning! I just put Eric and Emma’s Easter baskets (actually Eric’s was a gift bag and Emma’s was a little tulip bag) all pretty in the center of our table to get us set for a fun, festive Easter morning!

Emma so excited Easter morning.

While I got the table all set, Eric got our Easter morning playlist ready to go on his ipod…this includes “Was It a Morning Like This? (by the good ol’ Sandi Patty) and “Easter Song” (by Keith Green). Good old school songs that we grew up listening to on Easter and we have now decided to continue that tradition with our little family on Easter morning!

Our color-coordinated outfits.

Then of course, I got us all color-coordinating outfits to wear to church on Easter morning. I just can’t resist….one of those things my mom always did for us on Easter, which she has totally passed on to me now!

Emma with some of her second cousins.

We had a great time celebrating Christ’s victory over death with fellow believers at our church on Sunday morning! I always love that ultimate conquered celebration feeling at church on Easter morning, don’t you?! I mean after all it is the most important thing to celebrate, right?  Changed my life completely, forever!

Then we had so much fun getting together with Eric’s side of the family for the afternoon!

Sleepy little Emma on Easter evening.

And by the end of Easter Sunday we had a very tired little baby girl, all sweet and snuggly in her little pink bunny pajamas. The pajamas say “Some Bunny’s Sleepy”….the perfect end to a fantastic first Easter weekend for our little Emma!

We look forward to the Easter weekends to come as we can explain more and more to her about the real significance of Easter! Hope you all had great Easters as well!

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My Day of Distraction.

Yes I know… I had originally said and planned on writing an “update” post on both Thrusday and Friday of this week to get you all caught up on our families last two weeks.

But then yesterday I got to a re-organizing project in our home, enough said.

Meaning any extra housework and blog writing went right out the window. I am telling you, I was all about this organizing project as soon as Emma went down for her naps (both morning and afternoon). And it paid off, because by the end of the day I had completed my “fun craft bookshelf” (as I now refer to it), oh so cute and ultra organized in a corner of Emma’s closet. I will get pictures of it up next week and try to give some good tips on what I did so if you find yourself wanting a “fun craft bookshelf” of your own, you can get right to it!

As to why I am not writing an “update” post today…we are off to a friend’s wedding this weekend and I just plain ran out of time this morning to get the “update” all ready to go. Good news though, everyone is packed and we are on schedule to leave right when we planned, all you moms out there know what a feeling of accomplishment that is in and of itself!

So plan for next weeks posts……the two (as previously promised) updates on our families life the past couple weeks, pictures (and tips on) of the “fun craft bookshelf”, and possibly some pictures from this weekend’s wedding (word is the bride has made 90% of the wedding decor, gonna be pretty!)!

Thanks for your patience for the long awaited “update” posts and have a fabulous weekend everyone!

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