Thursday, July 31, 2008

Kodak Moment

Papa and Chancho at Lake Georgetown.
See a resemblance?

This past weekend we spent almost the entire day at Lake Georgetown to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday. We also gather together to spend time with Lizzy Brad's little sister. She lives in Utah and we don't see her much. So this weekend was full of catching up and having fun. Lots of pictures were taken but this one is by far the cutest picture.

Great Buddies.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Nesting

After three days of writing on index cards I have finally started to clean my house. I feel so proud of myself when I do all my assigned tasks for the day. I feel empowered. I usually don't sit down to play with the computer or watch my favorite shows, or read my book, until I am almost half way down with my cards. Anyhow, today is my free day and I am enjoying it. I have decided to work on updating my blog weekly. So this week I have to say that I was very tired, but I felt good that at the end of the day I knew all my dishes were washed and my laundry was clean. Anyhow, I have found that little Bradley has a better sleeping schedule now too. Maybe he was over cluttered much like me. Too many distractions too many things around.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Oh! Boy!

This weekend was a very busy weekend for me. On Saturday I went to San Antonio to see my best friend get sealed in the San Antonio Temple. I was not able to get in the sealing because I totally spaced out on my temple recommend. But I wanted to let her know that I was there to support her, and her husband. Later that day I drove to Houston to see my family there. My mother was able to join me to go to my niece's baby shower. My niece Angela is due a day after I am. She will also be having a boy. This is her first one. Her sister's and my step-sister's hosted her a beautiful baby shower. Little Bradley as usual was in heavan with all the ladies around him. While at the baby shower he managed to lock himself inside my step-sister's room, but he still had a great time down in Houston. After the baby shower we took a dip in his Aunt Cindy's pool. He loves the water. I was so exhauted but still had a good time.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sidetracked Home Executive

I am so very excited because I am reading a book that I THINK will be the answer to my unorganized life. Let me back track here. When I was in college I felt like I had things under control. I knew where I was going and what I wanted to do. So I thought. Anyhow, so then I get married and I don't have a job lined up. I start going completely out of mind. Almost a month after our wedding I still had not unpacked much of what I had brought with me. I was depressed and especially unhappy with my career. I have to say that the first year of marriage was very hard for me. I look back and think of how hard it must have been for Brad. He probaby was thinking, "What did I get myself into? I must have married an ax murderer." I probably gave him that scary look several times in that year. Anyhow, I am so glad that is all over with. A year later I got a job where I knew I could grow and move foward, and set goals. This is when my nesting instincts resurfaced again, much like when I was in college. So I started painting in the house and started loving my life again. I finally unpacked and began to settle in my new life. After a year marriage was finally starting to sink in. What was not yet sinking in was having the responsibility of maintaing a home. I always felt much of an inept at decorating and making things look cute, chic, and organized. I did not know how to make my house look like a place my husband would want to come home to. I thought I would never be able to make our home a safe heavan. Anyhow, I think I had my very first "decorating epiphany" when I was expecting Bradley and I wanted to make his nursery look all cute. I think I accomplished the cute and chic look in his nursery, which I is still my favorite room in the whole house. So then I had a another breakdown when I had the chance to stay at home. I was not sure what to all day with a baby. I still don't know what to do. But I will tell you this much, that my home was cleaner when I was working full time. Maybe because I WAS not home all day. Anyhow, I figured if this "stay at home" job is what I will be doing for the next 15 to 20 years I better get some help. So I approached my wonderful mother-in-law (who by the way had a day care in her house for almost 20 years and has always had a wonderful taste of decorating and her house is spotless) for some help. So she recommended this awesome book called the Sidetracked Home Executive. My mother-in-law has used this book's organization methods for more than 20 years and I am excited to starte the 3x5 index card organizing method. Anyhow, I just wanted to share this because I am at this point in my life where I do so much at the spur of the moment and I want to have direction in my life, and I think I will be able to enjoy the things I love doing even more so knowing in the back of my mind that I have done all I could to keep my home in harmony and order. So far I have read 30 pages in the book and I have to say that it is an awesome read.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

4th of July Celebration!!


This year I made it a point to celebrate 4th of July even though Brad was at work. We started off with the local parade we have. As a whole we all learned a very valuable lesson. When preparing for a parade in the TEXAS heat one must 1st: get early to the event and find a shady place to seat 2nd: bring an umbrella if shade is not available 3rd: bring a cooler with lots of drinks and possibly some breakfast tacos *Note to self Round Rock Donuts are closed on 4th of July* 4th: decorate a simple gift bag to pick up candy and 5th: bring your chair. Next year I am going to be so much more prepared than this year. I want my children to have a patriotic spirit. Although I was not born in the states I am a very proud US citizen. I love the American history, and I love the patriotism that it comes with it, so my children will celebrate Fourth of July because I know it is important to teach our children to remember and honor those who have given their lives so that we may enjoy the freedom that we have. It really irks me when people don't have appreciation of this holiday. After the parade we went swimming with Aunt Becky. It was fun to be in the pool, and then we had some delicious BBQ that Uncle Tom prepared and cooked and then we went to see the fireworks. It was an awesome day. I love the 4th of July.