I’ve Moved!

Hey There!

Because things change so very quickly, I have started a new blog dedicated to my new life as a working momma! It’s mostly teacher stuff sprinkled with momma stuff! Even if you’re not a teacher, you could still click below, come on over & check it out! xoxo

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26 Weeks

 Happy 26 (almost 27) weeks to me!

Time is going outrageously fast! I feel AWESOME ~ and only 1.5 weeks until THIRD TRIMESTER! Baby girl is moving & grooving like crazy. I love every second of it! I’ve started to count DOWN (14 weeks to go!) instead of counting the weeks up.

In other news, we had our first big party at our new house over the weekend! We hosted the staff Christmas party for my co-workers at BGMS. It was a HUGE success! Gift exchange, music, cheer, and lots of awesome people! My parents & in-laws even took part in the merriment! Parties have always brought me joy and I am SO THANKFUL that we have a killer house now that we can have parties at! There were about 35-40 people that attended and all fit comfortably! Here are a couple shots of the party day!

 Ramona waiting for guests to arrive.

 Living Room

 Basement 

 Basement 2 

 My wonderful parents drove in for the party!

 Best In-Laws in the world

&

The cutest bartender ever

 We even had a surprise visit from 4 guys from Ball State with sweaters & staches singing Christmas carols at my front door!! Perfect!
*You may or may not recognize Jacob Cooper on the far left*    

Thank you to everyone who attended my party! I had so much fun being the host! I’m ready to have another party this weekend!! I’m feeling the holiday cheer!
Just a few gifts left to purchase & 8 school days left until my beloved winter break! It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year! xo

Undoubtedly Blogworthy: Our Newest Addition

Well, in case you haven’t heard, The Smiths have a new family member!

Meet Ramona Smith.

She’s about 6 months old, Hound/Shepherd Mix, and currently weighs in at 29 lbs (although we’re expecting her weight to double). We adopted her from a shelter (which I HIGHLY recommend)! We couldn’t pick her up until yesterday & she’s as sweet as pie! 🙂 We talked about changing her name all weekend, but ended up just keeping her as she is. I love the name Ramona for these 2 reasons:

1. Ramona Quimby (Who else loved her as a kid?)

2. Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim (one of my favorite movies!)

Both Ramonas are equally AWESOME, but our Ramona is the BEST. I really think her name just fits her!

We’ve been dog owners for about 24 hours now, and it has been wonderful. She gets in her kennel with very little push/encouragement. She slept all through the night in her kennel without making a peep. She hasn’t cried or barked ONCE. I don’t worry about her getting into mischief because she doesn’t leave my side. I taught her how to sit already… NO JOKE! She won’t do it unless I have a treat, but she caught on SO FAST it was amazing! I’ve also watched about 100 episode of The Dog Whisperer. I’m so thankful I have the rest of the summer with her at home!

 I’m already dreading having to go back to work next month & leaving her here…

 So that’s the latest & greatest in our home!
Hope you’re all staying cool!!

And We’re Off!

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Blogging from my phone, so not sure how this post will turn out on a computer screen! Believe it or not, I left the computski at home so it’s mobile blogging for me while in the city of lights! We are currently in our connecting city of CLEVELAND. Can you believe that? CLEVELAND! Boo.

On a more exciting note, chef Anne Burrel from The Food Network just walked right by us in the airport in CLEVELAND! You know, the one with the spiky blonde hair! 🙂 Hopefully that’s the first of MANY celebrity spottings on our Vegas adventure!

Lastly, what is it about airports that make you want to EAT EVERYTHING? I ate a breakfast big enough for Goliath, yet I still want to get every sandwich, Burger, pizza, or piece of chocolate I see! Ahhhh happiness!

See ya in Vegas!!

Countdown To Vegas

We’re so so SO excited we can’t stand it!!! We leave Saturday morning! I’ve been spending time at the pool, catching up on magazines, and doing laundry. WHAT A LIFE, I know!

Some other things I’ve been up to to kill time until Vegas….

Project #1: End table transformation.

 She’s a beauty (thanks Aunt Karen!). In fact, I loved the character of it so much I just thought about cleaning it up & replacing the knobs, no paint! But there are so many dings, holes, and scratches that it needs so love! 🙂 Will post a before/after when I’m finished!!

Yellow Toenails.

Nile said the yellow represents the coins & lights of Vegas 🙂

The Sound of Music vinyl. 

There’s nothing better to me than “My Favorite Things” echoing through our humble abode while I’m home!

Project #2: Accent Pillows

Will let you know how this one turns out 🙂 I’m so happy to discover fabric covered button kits!

Watermelon consumption.

  It’s so YUM and SWEET and PRETTY!! You’d be a liar if you said you couldn’t eat this entire bowl!

TONIGHT’S PLANS: Celebrity softball game downtown at Victory Field. I can only hope Reggie Miller will be playing!!! I used to have his jersey when I was in 4th grade. As well as a Pacers Starter jackets. I was obviously really girly.

Have you been to Vegas? Where are some MUST GO places??? 

Scientific Method: All Or Nothing

Question: Why haven’t I blogged or even taken the time to read any of my favorite blogs in over 2 months?
Hypothesis: I’ve been too busy, too lazy, or I got completely burnt out on blogging.
Materials: Computer, Camera, Me
Procedure: Neglect blogging & completely block it out of my mind.
Conclusion: I AM AN ALL OR NOTHING TYPE OF PERSON. If I’m going to blog, it’s going to be EVERY DARN DAY and I am going to become a FAMOUS blogger or I’m not going to blog at all. If I’m going to clean, I’m going to clean every inch of my apartment or not clean at all. If I’m going to get in shape, I’m going to exercise my booty off until I crash or I’m not going to go to the gym at all.

CAN I GET SOME BALANCE UP IN HERE?!

My Goal For This Summer:  FIND BALANCE.
The main things I must balance:
1. My relationship with the good Lord.
2. My relationship with my husband & family.
3. My health.
4. My blog.
5. My love of decorating, sewing, and creating.
6. My friends
7. My tan.
8. Housework.

Notice housework is last.

I’d like to blog regularly, but not every day. And I’d like to stop aspiring to be a famous blogger (too much pressure). I’d like to get back to the reason I started blogging in the first place.
I’d also like to clean 2 things a day. I’d like to exercise 3-4 days a week instead of all 7. I’d like to find complete balance.
Let’s do this.

Can you relate? How do YOU maintain BALANCE in your life??

 Side Notes: Hubs & I are heading to Vegas (I’ve never been) in 1 WEEK!!!!

When You Start Talking About Jesus….

I was catching up on my daily reads today, and what I read on one of my favorites, Designer Wife, left me in tears & was too good to not pass on to YOU. She posted this video of Mike from the Christian band Tenth Avenue North that brings sincere truth about our role, God’s role, and other people’s reactions to hearing about Jesus. You never do know what you’re going to get with people and sometimes people’s reactions surprise you. I tend to try to spread the love of God by
preaching the gospel always, seldom using words.
{Thanks, mom!}
Ya know, showing Jesus’ love by my actions, reactions, and interactions with others. I want my “little light to shine,” if you will 🙂
But I often wonder if I SHOULD be using more of those “words”?

Think about YOUR reaction when people start talking about Jesus.
OR
How do you feel when YOU start talking about Jesus in conversations with others?

Lindsay also included this poem (known as the “Bible in 50 Words”):

Thoughts? 🙂
xo

Weekend In {Mostly} Photos

Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes. Yum.
See full recipe here.

Baked Nile’s birthday cake (Reese Cup Cake)

If you are a big chocolate/peanut butter loves, this is the cake of your dreams!

Celebrated N’s birthday by going to the Indianapolis Indians home opener!


Sang Happy Birthday, blew out the candles, and indulged!


Took a couple cool shots downtown.
Dreary day shot of some street art downtown.
I like the night shot better 🙂

My brother-in-law is in a great rock band that played a great show Friday night. Was SO good to spend time with some dear family members! The show was awesome!! Proud to say, “My brother-in-law is the drummer!”
{Sad I left my camera at home for the show:(}
He’s the bald one! 🙂
Autumn Burning on Facebook
Autumn Burning on MySpace
Special thanks to my Aunt Denise! We kinda surprised her with needing a place to stay 🙂 Love you!

Saturday was driving home & a sweet girl’s 1st birthday party!

Happy 1st to my dear friend Brianne’s baby girl Sophie! What a wonderful party!

The rest of the beautiful Saturday afternoon/evening was spent with my husband. Shopping for softball cleats (for him!), going to church, and enjoying the beautiful weather and all the beautiful blossoms on the trees!
It’s like they bloomed overnight!!!
Did I mention my life being B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L? Because it is.

Phew! I must say, we are 2 sleepy Smiths this evening! Looking forward to a day of just being HOME {my favorite place to be!}

Funny (poor quality/taken on phone) photo of the weekend:

Ya think this lady’s destiny was to be a dentist, or WHAT?

Hope your weekend has been as wonderful as mine so far!! xo

St. Patrick’s Day Husband Hijack!!!!!!!

N here, I’m bored at work so I Husband Hijacked the Blog to tell everyone how awesome and wonderful and amazing my wife is!! I hope everyone enjoys reading her Blog, she loves it when you read it and comment. Here is a picture I made at work one day when I was bored(note:yes I know it has her old name on it and not the new married one but I like the picture and find it funny and I like looking at it at work to remind me of how cool my wife is and how much I love her)

 so the picture pretty much sums up the awesomeness(not a word I’m sure but it sounds good) of my beautiful Wife

Thats a picture of the lovely wife sitting on the steps downtown at the circle, looking wonderful and reading a book!

love you sweetie, hope you don’t mind that I hijacked your blog!!!

-Husband

Throw Back Nickelodeon

GREAT NEWS!!

Nickelodeon is bringing back the 90’s!! TeenNick is including a block of shows called “The 90s Are All That!”

HOORAY!!!!

The only show that would make this any better would be “You Can’t Do That On Television!”

And maybe Alex Mack.

Any others I’m forgetting??? 🙂 That was fun!