Wednesday, March 23, 2011

April Showers

...but me and my boots are ready for MAY flowers!!

(Phoebe chewed on these but you get the picture!!)

And she's enjoying the boots box :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Weekend wrap up (a little later)

And here is what I had originally planned for my weekend wrap up.  

It's a little later than planned but with good reason.

Now to get on with it....

Two fun meals.  
Chicken and noddles chicken helper.  Yummy and only 7 points for a cup and a LOT of flavor. Doesn't get much better than that!!
Until you see this next meal...

Gorton's Shrimp Scampi
Ok so a box of this is about 10 bucks.  Now it's on sale a lot so that's positive.  Also Gorton's will send you GOOD coupons if you sign up for their e-mails.  And there are 3 servings per box.  So enough about the cost. 

One serving is 6 shrimp and they take about 5 or 6 minutes to make on the stove.  The sauce is on the shrimp and is absolutely wonderful.  For 6 shrimp plus sauce, it is only 3 points or 120 calories as the box says.  I make a cup of brown rice for 4 points and mix it all up.  And Oh. My. Goodness, is it good!?!?!  Do yourself a favor and buy this shrimp.  It is absolutely fabulous.  Often you can get it for about 5-6 dollars a box.  Yum yum yum.
One other fun thing I bought at the grocery this week was this cute little bag of apples.

I was already planning on buying some Jazz apples if they were still on sale and the bag sold me for sure!!  Check these apples out if you've never had them.  Also, Pink Lady apples are the way to go as well!!  Both have been $1 per pound which is a great deal on apples.

Other news is that I'm still thrilled about the engagement!!  Can't wait to spend my life with that man!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

bling bling bling

My left ring finger has a lot of extra sparkle to it.  :)  Nathan and I are engaged!!  I am oh so excited.  I also had this long weekend wrap up post planned, pictures ready and everything but this bling trumps that post!!

Nathan and I had a good day Saturday.  We worked out that morning and watched UK win.  I took Nathan to Yamamoto which is one of his favorite restaurants.  We were watching old Grey's Anatomy episodes.  And here's where it happened. 

Nathan has this powerband bracelet thing that helps with your joints but it was bugging me last night.  So I asked (maybe told) him to take it off.  He went to take it off but then sets something on my leg.  I immediately knew what it was but I started FREAKING out!!  

He asked me to marry him and then asked if he could turn the lights on.  I did not answer the first question but told him not to turn the lights on.  I'm a slow processor sometimes.  Luckily, Nathan takes me in stride.  

Here is our after picture once I finally said yes and allowed him to turn the lights.  Please forgive my tired and makeup free face.  I was ready to go to bed!!

We are super excited and I am still a bit shocked.  I'm ready to start planning which I know will be a fun and stressful process.  I'm going to try to not obsess and stress about every detail, but I'm not sure that is possible.  

Thanks to everyone who has given us well wishes.  I am feeling so loved and am excited to start this new chapter of our lives.  

I shoulda known that love was in the air when I woke up to this on my window Friday morning.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Weekend wrap up

After a fabulous weekend, just want to pause and reflect on a few small, but exciting things.  

Friday night, zumba with Lindsey and Melissa.  Super fun way to end the week.  Melissa and I went to Qdoba after and almost closed the place down.  So much fun!!

Saturday was time with Nathan.  Sigh.  I always enjoy myself with that boy.  He's so caring and so stinkin' funny.  Boy drives me nuts sometimes, but my goodness, every day that I spend with him feels like the best day ever.  It's hard to explain how caring and sweet he is with me.  He makes me laugh but also keeps me so calm when I start to freak out.  Balance I think is key to what makes us work.  

Sunday was one of those days.  Got up early for early church (8:30--who does that??) and then Sunday school.  Nathan was a trooper when I suggested going to early church so we could watch the noon UK game.  

UK FINALLY WON ON THE ROAD!!!  On the last game of the season!  For UT's senior night!!  What an amazing win!  

After the game, I tried on EVERY PIECE OF CLOTHING IN MY CLOSET!!  This was not as much fun as it may sound.  It's nice that clothes are getting too big, BUT it's a shame to get rid of newer clothes.  But I am feeling lighter knowing that everything in my closet now fits and I like everything in there.  Some things won't fit after a while, but it's nice for now.  

Finished product

Ended up the weekend with a meal with Mom and Nathan.  We enjoyed ourselves.  Before dinner, Nathan and I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond to make an exchange and I saw this....

...and I knew I had to have it...especially when it was only TEN DOLLARS!!  Earlier that day, I had been thinking about how I wanted to make a pillow like this... While I realize this pillow is not the same, I still love it.  I have found a wonderful home for my new pillow in one of my favorite chairs :)

Yippee!!  Phoebe is also pleased with one of my new purchases.

Her first big bite took a huge chunk of feathers out.  Well at least she loves it and it was only three bucks.  

Came home later and got laundry done and my clothes re-hung in my closet.  Lots and lots done and a great start to the week.  

Until later, enjoy your week.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

recipe fail

Wednesday night, I set out to make beef, potato and quinoa soup.  The recipe looked so tasty.  The recipe said that "if you like meat and potatoes this soup is for you."  I LOVE meat and potatoes and was curious about this quinoa business.  Quinoa is a grain that has bunches of amino acids and such.  

So here I go.  I've got all my ingredients and I'm rarin' to go.  After 2 hours of simmering on the stove, I was ready to eat!  I invited Nathan over to enjoy the soup.  
After the anticipation, this soup was a major disappointment.  It didn't taste bad but it also didn't taste much at all.  Major bummer.  

However, a much easier, cheaper and less time consuming meal was whole wheat pasta with alfredo sauce.  Major yum :)