Friday, December 31, 2010

friday wrap up: news years edition

For this week's friday wrap up I decided to make a list of my favorite blog posts of 2010.

I've been going thru and reading several older posts this week so I thought I'd share them with you. Really, I blog for myself and hope that others will read it. It's become something of a journal, a way to document what's going on in my life so that in 5, 10, 15 years I can look back and see how much the Lord has grown me or how much better I've become at crafting (well, maybe :)

So enjoy the list and Happy New Years!

*my favorite quilt

*a chair makeover

*a headband diy

*my thrifting tips

*sometimes He grows me

*235th birthday

*our love story: the story of us

My favorite photo from the week:
Our kitty Cal snuggling up with my husband on the couch. They are two of a kind.

Happy New Year!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

friday wrap up- Christmas Craft Edition

For this week's wrap up, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite craft blogs and projects. A lot of them are featuring great Christmas crafts and gift wrapping ideas. I love it!! I hope you do too:

*this blog caught my attention just because of the name.. so clever! some of my favorite projects from her site are this onesie and this camera strap

*beautiful gift wrapping ideas

*this lady's house looks like a Pottery Barn catalogue

*cute ideas for a craft party or just for some Christmas crafts to do!

*2 super adorable DIY gift ideas

*tutorials for every wreath you could ever dream of

*the cutest felt flower tutorial. you could use it as part of your gift wrap, wear it in your hair, make it into a pin or add it to a wreath!

*interesting ways to re purpose a burlap sack and an old sweater

I hope these put you in the mood to do some crafting this last week before Christmas.. if not to make gifts, maybe just to wrap them?? I think homemade wrapping is so thoughtful (and fun!)

Here are some pictures from this week as well. We went to the Parade of Lights over at the harbor (yes, that's what we do in Southern California.. we decorate boats with Christmas lights and oooh and aaaah at them). Enjoy:

I hope you had a great week. I can't believe Christmas is only a week away! Are you ready?? I almost am.. just some wrapping to do and I'm all set.

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

the story of us: part 5

you can start from the beginning here

part 5: here we go again!

We had one pretty miserable year in Vegas.. I won't bore you with the details. It consisted mostly of me going to school full time and working very early 4am shifts at Vons while Ben was bouncing between jobs trying to find one that suited him. Oh and really, really hot, hot weather. I don't really even have pictures to share from that year because we were just so busy working and going to school.

{most of our things were packed in the garage for the entire year}

I do have to mention, though, that Ben was accepted into the police academy for Las Vegas Metro. He was in for a month or so and decided it just wasn't going to work for him. He would much rather re-enlist in the Marine Corps and do what he really truly loved (What can I say? I married a Marine). There is actually a huge difference between the police force and the military (although a lot of people think the 2 are similar). My husband figured this out pretty quickly.

So, the day came. We went to the recruiting office. He signed the paperwork, and just like that, he was a Marine again. We had orders to head back to Camp Pendleton, CA and within just a couple months we would be headed back to sunny San Diego!

I cannot even begin to explain the huge weight that was lifted from my shoulders almost the moment he signed his contract with the Marine Corps. It felt like the whole year we had been searching, trying to figure out what exactly God wanted us to do in Vegas. While all along He just wanted us to head back to San Diego. It was as if He had been standing right behind us the whole time, almost tapping on our shoulders, waiting for us to turn around and see Him. He had the plan the whole time, we were just too busy trying to figure it out on our own to turn to Him.

{moving day!!}

We arrived June 1, 2007 to our new home in Oceanside. I found us a quaint 2 bedroom apartment just 6 blocks from the beach. We settled in easily and quickly because we already knew the area from living here before. It felt so good to be back, like we were supposed to have been in Oceanside the whole time.

Ben returned to work and I noticed an immediate change in him. He was happy, rested, looked forward to work, and made friends quickly. I got plugged back into church, this time as a high school small group leader. I also started volunteering as a counselor at the local Pregnancy Resource Center.

And we had a lot more time together. We started going on date nights every Friday night and usually to the movies every weekend. We purchased an xbox, which meant long nights of trading the controller back and forth to play Call of Duty (those are still my favorite nights).

And so all was well again in our lives, until we decided to start a family...

Check back soon for part 6 :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

christmas time

The decorations are up, the Christmas music is playing, the cards are ready to be sent, presents are being wrapped, the shopping is almost finished. We've been drinking lots of hot chocolate around here and have been enjoying the lights on the Christmas tree. I even caught my husband watching a special on Santa Claus the other night!

And while we don't get snow, or even temperatures much below 60 out here in San Diego, it really is starting to feel a lot like Christmas.

To help you get in the mood, here are some fun Christmas websites that I've been enjoying:

*An interactive Advent Calender. Each day includes a Bible verse, a craft, activity, recipe, hymn and Christmas song.

*A great explanation of advent

*The most adorable DIY yo-yo Christmas tree

*Elsie has been hosting 12 days of homemade this week with lots of DIY's and yummy food ideas

*my favorite Christmas time movie (okay it's not an official Christmas movie, but it's one I can watch over and over again.)

*A really cute Christmas binder with lots of great ideas

*Fun ornaments from Anthropologie and World Market

Friday, December 3, 2010

friday wrap up

This week has been a good week. Isn't it always great when your husband gets off work at like 10am every day?? The only down side: we tend to go out to lunch everyday, which is not so good for the budget (but very yummy for my tummy :)

this week i:

*am 32 weeks pregnant

*finally found a dresser for the baby's room! now we just to need to sand and paint it

*rented this movie and i almost feel dumber after watching it

*started reading this book and i'm really enjoying it. my husband read the men's version on deployment and loved it

*found great deals on these boots and these baby shoes on cyber monday

*think i found the crib i want

*danced my heart out in the car to this crazy song with my husband

*baked this coffee cake recipe (i'm a sucker for it)

*fell in love with this necklace and this ring

We also decorated for Christmas. We got our tree on the Sunday after Thanksgiving and pulled out all the fun decorations. My favorite time of year is fall, but my husband's favorite is Christmas time. I have never met a man more particular about his Christmas tree!

Anyways, we put on the Christmas tunes, set up the tree, hung ornaments and swept up pine needles (my least favorite part of the process but a necessary evil none the less). Here are some pictures of our apartment:

I hope you had a good week.. Have an even better weekend!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

32 weeks

This week I'm officially 32 weeks pregnant. I'm waiting for that pain, exhaustion and complete worn out feeling that everyone says comes with the third trimester. I haven't have it at all (ok, except last Wednesday when I cleaned the entire apartment and packed for the 2 of us to spend the weekend camping up north.. but I think that would wear anyone out!). My only complaint would be that my hips hurt at night when I'm in bed. But it usually subsides in the morning after I get up. I've been stretching a lot and walking just about everyday, so that may be helping.

Here is what the baby looks like now. And yes, he does have hair! We saw it on his last ultrasound. Yay!

The most wonderful part about right now is how active this little boy is. I love feeling him move (although sometimes he's a little rough). Sometimes a little elbow or knee will poke out or a foot will move from one side of my belly to the other. It's so amazing to watch and feel. I'm so in love with him!

{dressed up for a date night: pizza and beer (for Ben, not me)}

I still cannot believe that there is a tiny little human being in me! With only 8ish weeks left, I'm so anxious to meet this little blessing. We've been preparing more and more for his arrival. I've taken most of my classes: breastfeeding, diapering, CPR/first aid. The only things left to do are go to our birthing refresher class (Monday), tour the hospital and meet with his pediatrician. We're planning to have all of that done next week. Then, we pack our hospital bag and... wait!

In the mean time we are working on the baby room (I'm not a big fan of "nursery" so we're calling it the "baby room"). Here are some preliminary pictures. Please excuse the ugly walls. We're planning to move only a couple months after he is born (which is also why we don't have a crib yet) so it's just not worth all the work right now. There is still a dresser to paint, pictures to find and hang, shelves to hang and a few other little projects to finish. But all in all, my vision is slowly coming to fruition!

My focus for the next several weeks really is preparing for labor. I have several relaxation exercises and breathing techniques to master, music playlists to create and positions to practice. If you are interested, we are going to use the Mongan Method of natural childbirth (also known as Hypnobirthing, which sounds a little too new-agey to me, which is why I don't call it that :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

reading 101

I found this on Facebook and thought it was kind of fun. Here's the thing: I never used to read, especially in school. In fact, I did everything I could to avoid reading. Ironically I was always in Honors English. Apparently I'm really good at writing essays based on cliff notes?

So here's the deal: [Apparently] the BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Honestly I think there are several books missing from this list that should be included. I'll add those at the end.

Plundered from book sutlers in various ports!

I've bolded the books I've read in their entirety, italicized the ones I started but didn't finish and colored in purple the ones that are on my list to read. Here it goes..

(Oh and don't judge me for not having read most of the classics. Fiction bores me to no end, especially the kind with a classic beginning, middle and end. I especially am not a fan of happy endings; they just aren't that realistic to me. [wow that sounded a little pessimistic, didn't it?]): 

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (all)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Travellers Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (gag me, I didn't finish this one because it was soooo boring)
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37. Kite Runner - Khalid Housseni
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Willaim Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. Far from the Madding Crowd -- Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaids Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martell
52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love in the time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson
74. Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - A.S. Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - Charles Mitchell
83. The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I'm wondering where The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin is? I loved that book! And what about Homer's Illiad and Odyssey (I've actually read both of those). Or Fahrenheit 451?

And for the record, why is Hamlet separate from The Complete Works of Shakespeare? And who has actually read the complete works of Shakespeare? I've read a lot of his work, but certainly not all of it!

So I guess I'm pretty much a slacker because I've only read 11 of the 100, and the truth is I don't want to read many more than those 11. In fact, I haven't even heard of most of these! In most cases I'll just settle for the movie.

What about you? How many of these have you read??

Monday, November 29, 2010

weekend in photos: thanksgiving edition

Our family Thanksgiving tradition is a little out of the ordinary. Or as my husband calls it, "Weird!"

Oh well. We've been doing it since I was 7 years old and I can't imagine spending Thanksgiving anywhere else, anyway else except:

Camping at the beach!

This year was so fun and very cold. Brrrr. But that just meant there was more snuggle time at bed time.

Dinner was amazing (as usual). Deep fried turkey, stuffing done 2 ways in a dutch oven, homemade cranberry sauce, the most amazing gravy (also prepared in a dutch oven), mashed potatoes, ham and of course: lots and lots of pie!!

Here are some photos from the weekend at Doheney State Beach, CA (Dana Point). Most of them are from my brother's camera. His is waaaaay better than mine:


How was your Thanksgiving weekend??

Monday, November 22, 2010

writer's block

I have had total writer's block this past week as to what I should post on this blog. I think my mind is elsewhere since I finally have my husband home. We've been working around the apartment getting a lot of things done that have been on our to do list for a while.

Project numero uno has been to clean out the second bedroom and make room for the newest addition to our family. Boy, has that been a project!! 3 days now and we're still not finished! But I'm very excited to be able to share pictures of the finished nursery when it's finally completed (and I totally didn't even think to take before pictures.. oh well).

Our current project is finding a dresser to paint and use as a changing table. So far, not much luck. This weekend we ventured out early on Saturday morning to do some garage sale-ing, but apparently people don't have garage sales when it's raining?! The 2 we found were total duds. So instead we came home and enjoyed some donuts and coffee.

But enough about that. Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you some things I am thankful for this year. You might even want to write down what you are thankful for and put them in a jar.

thankful for my husband and how much he loves me/ thankful for the child in my womb/ thankful for an awesome family/ thankful for the opportunity to live in such a beautiful place/ thankful for amazing friends/ thankful for my fuzzy orange cat (even when he is annoying)/ thankful for fresh flowers/ thankful for a warm bed/ thankful for food in the kitchen/ thankful for the sacrifice Christ made on my behalf

What are you thankful for? I hope you take some time to think about those things this week.

Friday, November 19, 2010

friday wrap up

This week was amazing. As many of you know, my husband came home.

On the same day, I attended my beautiful baby shower! It was so lovely and I have to most amazing friends. Thank you all for coming and "showering" me with gifts and love. Here are some fun pictures from the day:

Other than that, I've just been soaking in every minute with my husband. It's so wonderful to be together as a family and for him to finally experience this pregnancy with me. And not to mention, him being home is an excuse for us to eat out at our favorite restaurants every night :)

Some other things I did this week:

*searched for a dresser to refurbish into this. no luck yet but we're still looking

*added this granny-chic pillow and taggie baby blanket to my list of projects

*watched the pacific almost everyday with my husband (part of being a marine wife :)

*loved this advice for married couples.. a six-second kiss everyday. how simple!

*really liked this 40's style pin-up shoot at an aviation museum here in San Diego

*had a major craving for homemade blueberry muffins

And here's another fun pregnancy shot for you:

Have a fantastic weekend!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

pregnancy pictures

My wonderful friend Kelsey took these photos of me when I was 24 weeks pregnant. We took some of them outside in the alley behind my apartment and some of them in my apartment. Enjoy!

Monday, November 15, 2010

what I wore.. for his homecoming

My husband has been deployed to Afganistan for the past 6 1/2 months. But guess what? He came home this weekend!! Yay for us! It's so good to be together as a family. Here we are just a few minutes after our reunion:

It was late at night and cold, so that kinda got in the way of the cute outfit I had planned to wear. So instead I wore:

Tunic- Ross
Leggings- thrifted
Belt- JCPennys
Sweater- Target
Black Pearl Necklace- gift from my husband from Singapore
f"uggs"- Kohl's
baby bump- Baby Isaac :)

And for fun, here is a picture of the homecoming sign I painted for him:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

235th birthday

Today, November 10, the United States Marine Corps celebrates it's 235th birthday! Happy Birthday Marines!!!

My husband has been a Marine for 8 years (I'm so incredibly proud of him and the sacrifices he's made for our nation). We've had the privilege of celebrating the Marine Corps birthday for several years. It's a tradition for each battalion to hold a Marine Corps Ball each year and we all get to dress up, eat, drink and dance. It's always so much fun!

I thought that today, in celebration, I would share some of our fun memories from the birthday balls we have attended in the past.

2003, Norfolk, VA:

2004, Norfolk, VA:
{I was sick as a dog that night}

2007, Camp Pendleton, CA:

2009: Camp Pendleton, CA:
{This is from a re-enactment of the raising of our flag on Iwo Jima. It was really moving.}

{Yes, that is the same dress I wore in 2003. Pretty impressive that it still fits, eh?}

The Marine Corps birthday isn't just a birthday. It's a 235 year old tradition. Every Marine is proud to take part in the celebration because of the rich history, honor and valour of the Marine Corps and because it takes something special to be a United States Marine. You know their slogan, "The Few, The Proud"? Believe me, there is nothing prouder than a Marine on his birthday.

Every year the Commandant and Sgt Major of the Marine Corps releases a birthday message. You can watch the 2010 message here. (It's pretty awesome)

"Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." - Ned Dolan

Happy Birthday Marines!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

what i'm doing today

Today I am:

painting. this one is for baby Isaac's room. finished product to follow.

sewing.. more baby stuff!!

crafting.. Christmas gifts :)


I also had to go to the dentist. My teeth are happy but my gums are in pain :(
But it was good to have a cleaning. I love that feeling!!

I've also been doing some cleaning and ironing... oh the life of a homemaker :)