Wednesday, October 1, 2014

We say I do - Welcome to 31 Days of Loving That Man

Welcome to my series as part of 31 Days, a writing Challenge.

We say I do to love, to honor, to cherish, and to be faithful to another living, breathing being. We say I do, us, girls, women, fianc├ęs, brides, wives. We say I do, just as generations of females before us and hitch our beautiful souls to our handsome men with amazing hopes and dreams. And life happens. 

Seven and a half years of life for me to be exact. Years full of laughter, tears, sickness, health, anger, and compassion. Years of success and failures that have changed our relationship. From career choices to family relationships our marriage has experienced the growth pains of change with the distinct sweetness of compassion and grace.  These years have changed us as individuals. The newness of romance has been shed to reveal a steadfast love. What was once the clash of a volcano and tornado in heated disagreement has evolved into a much more productive pattern of resolving conflict. More importantly we have learned to lean on the sacred knowledge that God has hope for our marriage. 

In the movie "The 7 Year Itch" a faithful husband is tempted by the irresistible Marilyn Monroe. I have had a girl crush on Marilyn for most of my adult life.  To avoid sounding pedestrian and over promoting the importance of feminine wiles, I write this while working as a technical project manager in a predominately male IT Shop. I pride myself in successfully navigating the corporate landscape with my brain rather than my body.  However, when it comes to my marriage, my relationship with my number one man, my  goal is to keep his attention mind, body and soul. Lets face it the seven year itch isn't just a movie, and I want to honor our commitment until death do us part. 

If you have been married for 1 day or 50 years, its an important reminder and exciting endeavor to love our men with the intentions of our vows. Focusing on topics that are hard to learn other times too easily forgotten, some areas will be silly, some soul searching. Doesn't that describe the best love stories especially when they are our own?? Join me won't you, as I focus on some areas of value when it comes to loving that man of yours. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Behind the Shutter Vol 1, Issue 11

September 8, 2014
 My Mom my Friend - We've come a long way her and I. She is the most wonderful woman I know! I  am so very blessed to call her my own.

September 9, 2014
Back to Bible Study - Our Women's Study has started back up for fall! We are working on a church wide study on Discipleship.  Tuesday evenings are so very wonderful with the group of women I get to meet with. So many backgrounds, so many different generations, all amazing reflections of Grace and Love.

September 10, 2014
Working from Home
I had multiple doctor appointments and it was just easier to work from home. On the occasion I am home, the puppies never leave my side. Diesel was trying his best not to be a distraction, but with this cute face, I was having a hard time staying focused.

September 11, 2014
Three Little Puppies - Its a bit of a Puppy circus around our home when Macy comes to stay. Our boys just aren't quite the same when she's around. Their a bit more feisty, a bit more territorial, and almost all of the dog toys end up out in the back yard. 

September 12, 2014
Women of Faith - Night 1 - As is our annual tradition my bestie Michele and I attended Women of Faith at the Honda Center in Anaheim. This year two of her girls joined us for the event. Sharing Faith and Friendship is such an amazing Blessing!

September 13, 2014
Women of Faith - Day 2
We continued listening to amazing women, singing praise, and sharing time together learning more about our Lord. I am so very thankful for this woman and our shared Faith. I don't know what I would do without her.

September 14, 2014
We broke our Toilet ...and the toilet broke my Husbands Back.
Well not quite broke, but a nicely out of place disc.....Who knew he would get attacked by such a terrible monster. We spent some time with the local doctors at urgent care getting some pain medicine and direction on properly lifting heavy things.  Silly Husband

Monday, September 8, 2014

Behind the Shutter Vol 1, Issue 10

September 1 - Kidney Stone Recovery Take 2  
Kidney stones....are of the Devil....I might have already said that...but I don't quite know what else to say! This little black pup follows me around when I am not feeling well. He is never far away, especially when it comes time to nap on our bed...oh I mean his bed.

September 2 - Our Sick Little Dude
Opie had a tooth that was infected and ended up creating a hole to his nasal passage. It wasn't good. The poor little dude was sneezing blood and just exhausted. He ended up having multiple teeth pulled. You have to love that chicken bandage on his little leg where the IV was. I hate having a sick puppy, but so thankful for our Vet Dr. Laura.

September 3 - Got Cheese
I am convinced that these dogs can hear an american cheese wrapper from miles away! We have a few days of wrapping medicine in cheese for Opie to get down. These boys are like sharks when cheese is around.

September 4 - He’s Back
Opie is finally showing signs of life. He is growing a little more feisty everyday after his surgery!

September 5 - My Life as the Wife of an Angel's Fan
I married into a love affair with the Angel's Baseball team. Unfortunately that means from March to October most evenings there is a Game on our Television. Thanks to my Amazon Prime subscription I get to watch "My" shows like The Tudors, while sitting close to Ryan! Its good stuff, and keeps our marriage strong! Go Angels!!!

September 6 - Urgent Care Waiting
We spent Saturday evening in Urgent Care with more Kidney Stone Pain. Having Ryan with me makes waiting so much easier! 

September 7 - Camp Steaks and Fried Potatoes
My parents came for Sunday Dinner and not only brought all the fixings but cooked dinner too! Camp Steaks and Fried Potatoes is a favorite dinner of mine and totally hit the spot! I pretty sure it helped protect my stomach from all the pain meds Im on! So very thankful for my sweet parents and husband for their support and love as I work through these kidney stones! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Behind the Shutter Vol 1, Issue 9

August 25 - Ice Cream Conversations

This is Sonny, he is our nephew from Tennessee. He and his Uncle enjoyed heaping bowls of Thrifty's ice-cream while discussing important things like legos and trains. I grew up eating ice cream from our local Thrifty's drug store, it was the cheapest ice cream in town. And quite honestly, some of the yummiest!. Thrifty's has since been bought out by the competition, but you can still find their ice cream at some Rite-aid Stores. We made an ice cream run and ended up with quite a few different flavors. If you get a chance, try it! 

August 26 - The Pi Piti Nan Club
Welcome to the adventures of the Pi Piti Nan Club. Im still not quite sure of how it all started but I am a proud member of this illustrious club! 
This is my niece Meagann and sister in law Paige from Tennessee. They happen to be the founding members of the club, and lovingly invited me to be a part!  We visited my favorite nail salon Savvy Chic Nail Cottage, and had a great time. I have so enjoyed having their laughter and sweet smiles in our neck of the woods. 

August 27 - Whale Watching Awesomeness
My niece Summer who was out to visit us wanted to visit Sea World on their vacation out here. After Ryan and I watched Black Fish last year, we have been a bit hesitant about visiting Sea World. I lined up a trip with Captain Dave's Dolphin Safari, Ryan and I have been on multiple whale watching trips with his company and find them beyond enjoyable and wonderfully educational as well! This trip exceeded our expectations with lots of dolphins as well as blue whale sightings. 

Here is a video of our day!

August 28 - Angel Girl Fun

Of course we had to wrap our week with our visiting family by going to an Angel's game together!  This sweet girl and her red lips encourages me to no end.  She makes me want to be courageous with my smile. Some day I might work up to bright red lips, but I'm currently working my red lip gloss. Pi Piti Nan 4 Life!

August 29 - Resting with my Fur Babies

Friday found us with some down time as the family was out and about. I enjoyed spending a few quiet moments napping with these fur babies! It was a great way to end our Staycation!

August 30 - Vegas Fun
We got up early and drove to Las Vegas to meet our friends who were sharing their time share at Tahiti Village off the Vegas Strip!  We arrived to amazing burgers at Steak and Shake. Followed by some attempted nap time, secret pizza, and a dance club with fantastic 80's music! We found ourselves in front of the Las Vegas Sign at 4:30AM....I mean seriously...who does that...We Do!!! Once a the most...I'm old...totally old...

August 31 - My Hero
After going to bed at 5:00 AM (Again...I'm so old)...I woke up in terribly pain at 8:30. That kind of pain that makes you writhe in bed, walk in circles, and scream into your pillow as an attempt not to wake up the other 3 adults who went to bed just 3 1/2 hours earlier a bit intoxicated. At 10:30 I finally woke up Ryan who took one look at me, and all but commanded that we head home. So we did, and he once again proved to be the most amazing husband in the world. We ended up at Urgent Care with another diagnosis of kidney stones, referrals to more doctors, and pain medicine. I was so very disappointed that we had to leave Vegas early, but so very thankful of this Man!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Behind the Shutter Vol 1, Issue 8

August 18 -Puppy on a Pile - So I made the puppies beds to match our new bedroom...and then I found Diesel on top of a pile of dirty close IN THE HAMPER!! I guess we know what he thinks of their new beds...

August 19 - Bringing home Dinner - Ryan is the cutest darn Pizza boy on the Planet! Thats all I have to say about the matter!

August 20 - IKEA Shopping - I found some cute bed side tables on line at Ikea's Website.  Ryan in all of his amazing manliness not only shopped with me but put the tables together! This is how he loves me!

August 21 - Guest Room Prep - My Mom has this really wonderful habit of leaving water and snacks in her guest rooms at home. I took to pinterest and some of my favorite blogs and found expanded ideas for guest preparations like Guest Baskets, and Towels and Lamps.  Ryan's Brother and his Wife and Kids arrive tomorrow and we are super excited to have them!

August 22 - We are all horrible People - After our guests arrived and we grubbed on some super yummy Pulled Pork from our old faithful crockpot we decided to sit down for a game of Cards Against Humanity. We are huge fans of Apples to Apples around here, and CAH is a similar game, but an Adult Version.  We had a wonderfully awkward time playing with my Mother in Law! There was lots of laughter and blushing going on!

August 23 -Jello Jiggler Fun - I found USC Jello Jigglers at the market and decided that we should make some for my Brother in Law Erik as he is a huge USC fan! My great niece Bella was hanging out with me, and was a wonderful helper! She is so lovely on the inside an out at 5 years old! She knocks my socks off!

August 24 - True Blood Finale Girls - This is my niece Meagann, she jumped in and surprised us when she road tripped with her Mom out to see us! We shared a special evening with Blankets, Pizza, her cousin, best friend and the True Blood Series Finale. I think we will be in shock for days, Bill dying, Missing Lafayette, and wondering who Sookie's Baby Daddy is.... Oh it was a terrible finale...just terrible...ill be crying in my pillow if you need me!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Behind the Shutter Vol 1, Issue 7

August 11 - Burger Grubbing - With all of the projects we have going on at our house, we have been eating out way too much! When we got home from work, nothing sounding good to eat for dinner so I ended up at a little hole in the wall place called Jim's Burgers  It was pretty Yummo!

August 12 - Cheesecake and Giggles - while shopping for end tables, lamps, and birthday gifts we took a few moments and enjoyed an early in the week date night at the Cheesecake Factory  It was so wonderful to stop and take a breath and a bite together. Having a few moments together really solidifies our relationship and the love that we have! Its good stuff!!

August 13 - Happy Birthday Dad - We celebrated my Dad's Happy Birthday with Shepherds Pie and carrot cake from scratch! My Mom does such a great job loving my Dad! We are so very thankful and blessed to have another year with Him!! He is such a wonderful man!

August 14 - Some days you just have to smile, and wear pink lipstick - I woke up with a scratched eye, I mean who does That in their sleep? This girl does. It was terribly aggravating to deal with all day and I had to remind myself to smile! On the other hand, this incredible cute hair cut I'm sporting totally makes me smile! 

August 15 - Catalina Fun - I spent the day on Catalina Island with my work. We go there once a year as an employee appreciation event. The island is where I met Ryan 10 + years ago, it holds a special place in my heart. I spent much of the day watching many of my co-workers enjoy libations a bit to much, and well as having a few drinks on my own! Its a great time, and one of the things that I love about the company I work for!

August 16 - Snookie Sitting - We watched our niece's Boston terrier Snookie. She is 7 weeks old, and is so sticking adorable! We had to keep her separated from our boys, because she does have all of her shots which made everyone sad! Her sweet puppy breath and and noises made us reminisce about our boys as puppies. We are certainly crazy dog people!

August 17 - August Family Birthdays - We celebrated the August Birthdays in my family here at my house! We grilled kabobs and I made a Vanilla Cake from Scratch! It was so amazing having multiple generations of my family in my home! Its making all of this hard work worth it!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Behind the Shutter Vol 1,Issue 6

August 4 - Slats Slats Slats - Ryan is the king of removing extra slats from blinds. I don't think there is a more complicated process on the planet! Oh how I love how handy he has become! I couldn't help myself, and spent most of this time running around singing "Slats Slats Slats" to that Shot Shot hopeless...

August 5 -Hanging Pictures - We are working on finishing up our room and I picked up four mushy love prints to frame and hang. Thats right ladies and gentlemen, I hammered and hung them perfectly centered and in alignment! Putting two generations of carpenters genes to use!

August 6 - Dressing a room - After shopping at multiple stores, Bed Bath and Beyond with their wonderful  coupons and selection saved two of my guest rooms! I found these amazing twin comforter sets that match our Facebook blue room! I am super excited to see how these rooms are coming together!

August 7 - Monkey Madness - We went to the Angel's Game with the 30's Group from our Church  My parents are the leaders of the group, and we always feel special when they include us in their plans. We were not however, excited that our Angels lost to our cross city rivals the Dodgers. The freeway series failure has all the rally monkeys out in force! My a a little crazy with her navy blue monkey. 

August 8 - Hobby Lobby Problems - Have you heard about this place called Hobby Lobby  Yeah its a problem for me. All of the amazing ideas and creative goodness under one roof is just an anxiety inducing hysteria for me. I can't get out in under 2 hours or with less than $100 spent.  And they have their CHRISTMAS stuff out already. Oh my, Hobby Lobby Problems you all!  This is a pink glass that I was sure I just had to have. Let me tell you my homemade chai latte is just amazing in this glass!

August 9 - Happy Birthday Becky - We celebrated my sister in laws birthday at Outback Steak House as is our tradition! Good steak and amazing dessert, how can you go wrong! We celebrate sharing another year of life with this sweet Woman, and we are thankful to have her in our family!

August 10 - Puppy Pillows - I completed a quick DIY project and made Puppy Pillow Beds for our Bedroom. Joann's had a sale on the Pillow filler and I bought fabric that coordinated with the fabric we used on our head board. The  jury is still out on if they like them. I think Opie feels a bit like the Princess and the Pea, he is refusing to share with Diesel. Silly dogs!