Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Date Night with the Hubs

Saturday night, Nick and I were able to go on a date.  I love date nights with my husband, it was so nice to just have some time for us.  My sweet cousin, Stephanie and her roommate Kaitlyn (JBU students), were kind enough to come over and watch Caleb.  You can tell Caleb really loves these girls and all the attention he gets.  He soaked it up.   

Nick and I went to our current favorite restaurant in Bentonville called Korean BBQ & Sushi.  Oh. my. goodness.  Soo soo good.  Trust me, I was a sushi-skeptic until Nick's Aunt Sherri & Uncle Rex took us here one day.  I tasted a bite of Sherri's "Fire Roll" and I was hooked.  We love this place.  My mouth is drooling even as I remember.  Then we headed over to Kirkland's just to "look around".  Haha.  Next was a trip to Home Depot.  We each got our fix.  Then we spent the next hour and a half at Barnes & Noble, Starbucks drink in one hand, book in another and read to our heart's content.  I was engrossed in Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers (my mother-in-law is going to loan it to me from her kindle to mine, so I got a jump start) and Nick was into the woodworking books.  He is seriously talented when it comes to building things out of wood.  I've been bugging him to do a blog post on his creations (which so far include a headboard, night stand, and most recently, a TV stand for his Mamaw), so maybe he'll do one someday.  

Then we headed back home where the sweet girls had folded some of our laundry and even taken out the trash and I'm positive the house was cleaner than when we left.  They rock. :) 

I'm a firm believer that date nights are essential for marriages.  And I'm glad we got to have one.  :) 

So go home and plan a date night with your spouse or group of friends and go on one this week!  

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Simply Thankful

Nick has begun his second unit of CPE, so he's on call at the hospital a few times a month.  Last night was one of his on-call nights.  I decided that my to-do list and cleaning and laundry could wait and Caleb and I hopped in the car to meet Nick for dinner in Springdale.  It was so nice to have dinner as a family - the fact that we were at Applebee's sure didn't hurt (don't worry, I only ate a little bit and took most of my meal home).  :)  Caleb sure loves spending time with his daddy (and playing with the kid menu and crayons sure adds to the excitement).  

I'm so blessed by my little family.  My husband is amazing and my son is the cutest and smartest boy I know (not that I'm biased or anything...).  I'm thankful that this is where God has us right now and thankful that we have the ability to hop in our cars and drive 20 miles to have dinner together.  We are blessed.  

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Couch to 5k

I am trying my hand (or my legs) at the Couch to 5k program.  It is a program designed to get you off the couch and running a 5k in as little as 9 weeks.  At work we started another round of Biggest Loser competition.  This one is 12 weeks long and we just recently found out that 52 people have joined this time from 3 different locations!  That means the prize is $832 for 1st place and $208 for 2nd place!  How's that for incentive??!  I'm also using myfitnesspal.com with my mom and dad to keep track of our progress - from what we eat each day to how often we exercise.  Today was my 4th workout of the C25K (the shortened, cool way to say Couch to 5k - haha) - I'm taking advantage of the nice weather.  

Basically the program is three workouts a week for about 30 minutes a day.  This is totally do-able for me, even though I normally hate running.  I like that I can slowly work my way to a full run.  Sometimes when people talk about weight loss or New Year's resolutions, they follow the "go big or go home" mantra which can be overwhelming and lead to burnout very quickly.  This is a combination of walking and jogging while slowly working your way up to run 3 miles at once.  I'm really enjoying this program so far and look forward to actually being able to run a 5k and hopefully lose some weight along the way!

I've started working 7:00 am to 4:00 pm and I love it.  I really really do and I'm so blessed to have bosses that are flexible to allow me to do this.  I am a morning person and I feel like I can get quite a bit done in the early morning hours.  Then I get one more hour in the evenings!  This means more time to spend with Caleb and am able to fit in time to do my C25K workouts.  These are some pictures of Caleb and I's trip to the park to walk/jog and play on the slides.  :)

Here's to getting myself off the couch and running a 5k in a matter of weeks!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Fabric Magnetic Memo Board gifts

After seeing a super cute magnetic fabric-covered memo board at a craft fair this fall that was much too expensive, I decided to make my own and give them as gifts to my sisters and sister-in-law for Christmas.  (And maybe a future one for myself...)  :)  

Here's what you need:
- Fabric
- Joist panel metal (can be found in the plumbing section of a home improvement store - way cheaper than sheet metal!)
- Frame (and spray paint if you need to paint your frames)
- Spray adhesive
- Gorilla glue
- Tin shears (they look like scissors but they're for cutting metal)
- Magnets (best deal I found was at Hobby Lobby - 1 pack of 50 round magnets that are powerful enough to hold paper through fabric)
- Buttons or something else to decorate the magnets

I got plain wooden frames from Hobby Lobby.  They only had two and I needed three, but we found some pre-cut, put together yourself frame pieces in the wood section(?) of Hobby Lobby and used that for the third.  I spray primed and painted the frames to go with the fabric I picked out at Hobby Lobby.   (side note: Can we just take a minute to enjoy the amazing-ness that is Hobby Lobby?  I love that place!  And I got some great deals there last night - more on that later.).

My wonderful husband measured and cut the metal for me.  Then it was time to assemble it all together!  I just laid the fabric face down and put the metal on top.  

Then I cut the fabric a little wider than metal sheet.  

Next, I made sure the fabric was very smooth and there were no wrinkles.  Then, I just sprayed the spray adhesive onto the back of the extra fabric and the back of the magnet board and folded the fabric over the back, still making sure everything in the front was staying tight. 

It doesn't matter what the back looks like because, well, it's the back!  No one will see it.  :)
This red and brown paisley pattern one was for my sister-in-law to match her kitchen colors.

The black and white one was for my sister, Hollie.

I hot glued buttons onto my magnets.  

And this one was for my sister, Julie.  

Now I need to make one for myself!  :)  Happy crafting!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Christmas Decor (a month late...)

I never did post about our Christmas decorations - even though it's one of my favorite parts about the holidays.  I just took everything down yesterday so my timing is great (note the sarcasm...).  :)  Here are a few snapshots of our home for Christmas (I didn't get any outside shots - next year!).

The mantle. 
I got these stockings last year for Christmas at Hobby Lobby (half off baby!) and I love them.  Note:  There are four for the three of us and our dog, Boone.  Not making any announcements!  :)

And our tree.  Nick saved up lots of pheasant tails to include and we have gone with red, gold and brown colors on our tree ever since we've been married.  And I still love it.  I'm a traditional kind of girl.  Nick has also been saving shotgun shells every time he has been hunting over the last year.  When it was time to decorate, he pulled out four bags full to the brim of shotgun shells to use for the lights on the tree.  He even had them color coded by bag: red, green, yellow and gray!  We used all but the yellow. 

Every year since we've been married, I've ordered a family ornament from personalizationmall.com
Here is 2011's (and a gray shotgun shell too):

Most of our ornaments besides the balls came from the after Christmas sale from Walmart last year.  Everything was super cheap.

We also include non-"theme" ornaments as well as all the red, gold and brown stuff.

And our nativity scene.  I'd love to get a really big one some year.  After all, that is the focal point of Christmas - celebrating Christ's birth!  And I want it to be a focal point in our house during the season as well.

I bought the stuff to make an advent wreath this year, but I never could quite figure out how to put it together, so it just sat on the counter in a pile.  Next year I am determined to finish it before the advent season begins and start a family tradition. 

Merry Belated Christmas!  It's never too late to celebrate the birth of Jesus, in my opinion.  :)  Hope you all had a wonderful break with your families. 

Now back to the daily grind...

***I forgot to add my kitchen table with my Christmas dishes from Grandma Braschler!  Here they are!