Most people who know me know that I’m a bit of a Valentine’s Day scrooge. I’ve never been a fan of the day. Maybe it stems from my many years as a boyfriend-less teen, I don’t know. Whatever the reason, even when not single, it’s just never been my cup of tea. However, being a mom changes you ever so slightly and I enjoy holidays, even the super commercialized ones, for them. After hearing about (and buying) the book, Sacred Holidays, I thought I’d give this holiday a bit more of a shot.
I don’t often talk much about one of the most important people in my life. He was there before the boys and he is one of my biggest cheerleaders. He is my companion and my partner for life. This is Chase, my husband.
This year marks a special one in our marriage. Like many (dare I say ALL) marriages, ours is not easy. We fight, we argue, we complain but we love. Through it all we love. Last year we were coming out of one of the hardest years of our marriage yet, through our faith in the Lord, we have come out of it stronger. Our relationship is by no means perfect, we are still learning, but keeping God at the center has brought us to a new, more understanding place. We are now coming into our best year of marriage.
November 20, 2017 will mark our seventh anniversary and I never really thought much about the seventh year until recently. Seven, in biblical terms, is a significant number. Many sources I’ve found say that it symbolizes completion or divine perfection. We are by no means divine or perfect and we certainly aren’t complete, but I love knowing that it is a complete number for our God. It is a good number, a holy number. So this year I wanted to do something special. Ever since he read an article like this https://www.watchshopping.com/blog/watch-guide-how-are-watches-made/, he has really wanted a new watch!! So I decided to treat him.
In November we will be doing a photoshoot that I can hardly wait for but in the mean time, I wanted Chase to have something special to celebrate our time together. Enter this gorgeous piece by JORD. Chase is not one for jewelry, but he loves watches. He likes them mainly just for practical purposes but he has to like the way they look too. When I showed him the Conway collection from JORD, I knew it would be the perfect fit. He loves the wooden body and darker colors. JORD’s wooden watches come in a variety of finishes that are beautiful but he was definitely sold with the darker options like his piece in sandalwood.
Now, let’s talk about wardrobe. Chase’s dark piece doesn’t exactly scream spring but it definitely goes with just about everything he owns. He does have a neon orange fishing shirt (that I never let him wear!) that I don’t think would go very well, but that’s about it! He can also attest that, while great for looks, it holds up during play time too.
He loves showing his new wooden watch off and I love seeing him wear it. And while this year is pretty special for us, I look forward to many more!
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Last year, during a small group, we talked about traditions. As I thought about it, I couldn’t think of anything that was specific to our family and that made me a little sad. It also made me determined to start at least one! We were then directed to think about them less as “traditions” and more of “we always…” statements. Then I got to thinking about what I could do that would be very specific to me and my boys. What will they remember years from now, tell their kids about, and possibly carry on.
So what I came up with was cookies. For every holiday, we make cookies in fun shapes, decorate them, and enjoy! It’s pretty ironic too since my mother never fails to recall this one story of when I was younger and I told her that I was going to be a “real mom” and make cookies for my kids. *facepalm* I mean, come on…I promise I wasn’t always that awful!
I finally found a recipe that I didn’t have to completely make from scratch and works so well. The first time I tried it, my ghosts turned out a little portly and my pumpkins looked like blobs. *facepalm #2* Then I didn’t do it for Thanksgiving or Christmas. *ugh…#3* Anyway, once I got my hands on this glorious Betty Crocker mix (with a specific recipe for cutout cookies), I want to make them all the time! They’re super easy to make and a big hit with Gav. I definitely look forward to when Ro can join in and all of the cookies and memories we’ll make over the years!
- Why you ask?It’s Spring Break!But I thought you were a stay-at-home-mom?I am. But I teach dance at night and I get a whole week off!AND my mom is a teacher and she has the whole week off!ALSO, my grandmother is in town. She lives in Oregon so I haven’t seen her since I was 15!So there’s quite a bit going on in our neck of the woods. I’ll be popping in every now and then, like to annouce the winner of the giveaway! Have you entered yet? HURRY! GO! It ends Wednesday!Click HERE!So let Spring Break begin! WOO HOO!yeah…I’ll probably be doing a lot of this too…
- As an adult that is.Man, those things are stressful!And I hate to say that since I spent most of the day inside taking care of LM. But we literally threw this thing together in about a day. We planned to have it a week ahead of time but didn’t “get to gettin'” on it until the night before. (read: worked til 2AM and the sale was at 8)I’m a person who likes to plan and be organized. The Hubster? Not so much. Now I’m not saying anything bad about my love, he works very hard so that I can stay home with LM. But when he wants to do something…it’s NOW! No matter how much planning needs to be involved. (This has worked out to my advantage in the past…we only dated for 2 months before we got engaged!)To add to it, we did this with his sister and her husband.Brother + Sister + Last Minute G-sale = *&%$#@@#$(catch my drift?)Again, I love them dearly….but brother and sister and stress just don’t go together.In the end, it was a good time, we made some money, and we got to spend time with people we love (no matter how much we may bicker).I just pray that our next garage sale isn’t for awhile!Other highlights from the 3 day weekend?Extra time with the Mr.TheNODramaMama hit this blogging milestone!AND I FIT BACK INTO MY SKINNY JEANS!!!!!Over all…good weekend!How was yours?