Monday, September 27, 2010

Yay Me!

Last week I received my very first BLOG AWARD! Kelsey over at Courageous Mother was so very sweet to award my little blog. I have only been blogging for less than a year and I'm terrible at posting daily, but I read all my favorite blogs daily and draw inspiration from each and everyone. You can check my blog roll to see all my fav's, but these fifteen I'm always especially excited to read!

1. A Simple Kind of Life
2. Modestly Styled Modestly Me
3. Nesting Place
4. Second Skin
5. Tater Tots and Jello
6. The Bargain Hunter Extraordinaire
7. The Lettered Cottage
8. The Pleated Poppy
9. What Would a Nerd Wear
10. {Cowboy} Phraseology
11. Thirfty Decor Chick
12. Sawdust and Paper Scraps
13. In the World of Me
14. Clothed Much
15. Farming on Faith

As you can see I'm a gal that loves all kinds of different things, but don't we all.

So my fav fifteen ~ thank you for inspiring me, giving me hope, giving me great outfit idea's, and making me laugh!
Now if you choose, pass on the love to your fav fifteen!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Panic in Seattle

Yesterday was a day of all days for me. My very first trip driving to Seattle all by myself to purchase Boys Scout Uniforms for 9 & 6. What I really wanted to do was go with my hubby, but we kinda waited till the last minute so it was up to me ~ Super Kristie!! Hubby had emailed me directions when he got to work in the morning, and wrote " Just follow these direction and you will be fine my love. And to go home just back track EXACTLY." Seriously he wrote exactly all in caps because he knows what an absolute goofball I am. I always, always get mixed up when going somewhere new all by myself, but I though " I got directions, I can do this!"
So after my shower I got all gussied up, grabbed Fritz (our German Shepherd) who is now my partner in crime, and headed out the door. Uh, hello! Aren't you forgetting something? Dang! I left the directions inside! Figures! Grabbed the directions and off we went!
First stop, get some gas! I don't know about you but I hate to get gas for some reason. I always try to time it perfectly that I will need to get gas when hubby is off work. Isn't that bad! So anyway, following the directions we took off. Now most of the way I was totally familiar with because I had been in the area with hubby over the 11 months that we have been here, and I do try to take a look around. So I felt very confident still thinking " I can totally do this!" But then getting closer to my destination, I was getting closer to Seattle, and closer to traffic, "Yikes" and getting a little bit nervous. Then.... you guessed it, I took the wrong exit. I was suppose to exit off to I-90E heading toward Spokane, and well with all the traffic and my nerves I saw "Spokane" on an exit and took it. OH, MY, GOODNESS!!! I knew immediately that I had totally screwed myself and panic totally set in. I grabbed my phone as I was driving over the West Seattle bridge, no way of turning back, and called hubby. Of course he didn't answer! The nerve! Didn't he know his little, helpless wife was driving to nowhere land and would be needing his help! "Okay, I can still do this!?!" My heart was leaping out of my chest, but I made it across the bridge, took the first right I could and turned around. Back over the bridge I went "back tracking" like hubby suggested. Got back on the I-5 going south now, and realizing that the exit I should be taking is further north on the 5! Soooo, I exited again on the nearest exit I could praying to God that it would be so simple to get back on the 5 north. Thankfully again, I was in an area that hubby and I had been in maybe 6 months ago. Back on 5 north, took the right exit this time "Yippee" and got to the area I needed to go.
It took a while, and another turn around and I found the BSA store. Got some help because the Pack did not give us a list of what to get, paid $180, and out the door I went. "Get me the heck out of here!" "Back track, back track" I was saying over, and over in my head. Uh, no way to get back on the I-90 w any where close by. Here we go again!
I finally made it back to my area, pulled over and got Fritz and I some lunch. Then, because I was so distraught, I had to do a little retail therapy to calm my nerves at the local thrift store.
When I got home, I sent my hubby and lovely, caring, "Thank you so much", email and basically told him "Next time you send your wife to an area she's never driven before, keep your phone close by." "Fritz and I are so frazzled we're taking a nap"! And I did! And you want to know what! After getting to the Cub Scout meeting that evening ~ None of the new kids had their uniforms yet. Figures!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Coffee Anyone?

So yesterday I was working on a couple boxes from the good ole mud room and came across the box that had all my grandmothers antique pieces she had given me. I was unwrapping all her tea cups that she had saved of her own mother, my great grandmother Muriel, and then a few newer ones that my grandmother had collected. Back home I had them stored way up high in one my kitchen cabinets, and I thought to myself "Why"? Why had I stored them up so high where I could not easily look at them or even use them? They are all so pretty in their own way, each one different, each one unique. I can just imagine my great grandmother sitting at her kitchen table drinking a cup of tea maybe with a friend or even my grandmother. So I've decided that every morning instead of grabbing my big chunky white mug I'm going to be a lady, and drink my cup o joe from a tea cup!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Free at Last!

YES!!! This last week marked "Back, back, back, to school Week, week, week"!!! The boys started school and the first time in months my hubby and I had sometime alone to have some fun, and well just reconnect as husband and wife. It was WONDERFUL!

So Monday will mark the first time since we moved up to Washington that I will be totally alone. I have such grand plans of what I will do with my time and I sure hope that I stay on track and succeed. I'm going to start exercising at home in the mornings to help lower my cholesterol, and then tackle that good ole mud room once and for all! I already started last week and yesterday we took three large boxes, and one bag of clothes to GW. It felt soooo good! Send some positive juju my way please ~ I will get this done I swear. I will also be tackling the painting of the furniture. I've already picked up some paint to play with and I'm really excited to get this cabin lighted up since fall is right around the corner and things are going to start getting some what dreary here in October.

So with that said I do love my boys to death, but I could also tell that they were completely happy to get back to school, away from one another for 8 hours, and I'm sure away from their lovely mother who was ready for a break. Completely pathetic I know, but remember I was a full time working mom not too long ago and never spent a full summer with my boys. With all the bickering, and fighting between the two, and no matter how frustrated I got in the back of my mind I knew it was a blessing and I would never be able to get those moments back again. I love my lil men!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Windy's Chicken Tortilla Casserole with Jazz

My bestie made this casserole for me and the family right after we got up to Washington last year. Isn't she wonderful! Heck yeah! My hubby and I think it is so yummy and perfect now that Fall is just around the corner! Enjoy!

3 Boneless/skinless chickens breasts
1 Cup of sour cream
1 Can of cream of chicken soup
1 Small can of green diced chili's drained
1 1/2 Cups Shredded cheddar cheese
12 Corn tortilla's

1 Half onion chopped
1 Small can of sliced black olives drained

Preheat oven to 350
Boil chicken breasts till cooked. Cool and cube. Take the corn tortilla's and cut in triangles. In a large bowl combine cut corn tortilla's, sour cream, chicken soup, diced green chili's, onion, olives, 1/2 cup cheese, and cubed chicken breasts. Mix well so the tortilla's are all coated in the creamy mixture. Place mixture in a 9 x13 dish and top with remainder 1 cup of cheese, and cover with tin foil. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Serve with salad.