Tuesday, February 15, 2011

An Adventure Fit for Two in Love

I was pumped for TWO weeks straight about cooking a Valentines dinner for my sweet hubby Friday night. Little excessive, maybe... but I was cooking in OUR apartment with OUR tools for MY husband. Once again, little excessive. Sorry, I can't help myself.

The plan: Clay goes to class and I go to the nearest Kroger. I come home, start cooking. Clay comes home, SURPRISE!

The menu: Baked chicken over PW's mashed potatoes, topped with goat cheese and a sun-dried tomato butter sauce with a side of Espinaca (A spinach recipe I have kept hidden for a few years. It's from Abuelos and it's his fav.)

Well, the day started off like any other. Clay got ready for school and left, while I got ready and focused for a major grocery run. Ok, this is a first... just play along.

I got in my car, ready to take on a new adventure, pulled out of the apt complex to the light, put on my blinker, and waited patiently for the light to change. And waited. Traffic was moving very nicely from the other three sides of this square of changing lights, but mine was not. Why me? Was I not on the "line?" Did I drive up at a bad time?

Not too sure of anything other than the fact that by now, the light had skipped over me THREE times! I had to do something. I called Clay. We discussed the situation and during our convo, the light skipped me a FOURTH time. That was it. I told Clay I was going for it. I was going to make my left hand turn green light or no green light. As I was pulling out into the middle of the intersection, feeling like a just told those traffic lights who the new boss of Marietta was, Clay quickly interjects, "Watch out for the cameras!"

If I were in Fred Flinstones car, my heart would have hit the pavement, it sunk so fast. The traffic lights just smacked me in the face and made me beg for mercy.

At this point, Clay so desperately tried to reassure me that the cameras were probably CCTV cameras and not ticketing ones. I clung to what little hope I had left in me and then all of a sudden, it dawned on me that I left my entire shopping list at the apartment!

Strike 2!

So, I turned back around, waited at yet another light..... and SAT there THROUGH a light change because I looked down for TWO seconds, praying for patience I'm sure.

Strike 3, I'm out of the game.

I was already over the day and I get a call-back from Clay. He said his class was cancelled and that he was on his way back. So, I reassessed the plan and decided that it would be a lot more fun to go shopping with Clay and cook the dinner together. We did and had a fantastic time. I loved every moment of it and thank the Lord for always knowing the bigger picture. If I wasn't stuck at the light, hadn't forgotten my list, and had a blonde moment.... I would have already been at the grocery store without Clay. This was a great reminder of the Lord knowing what is best for me and pushing me through, even when I fail and get hung up in the small stuff. He had a wonderful evening planned and wanted to bless Clay and I through it. Shopping and cooking together that night was such a testimony to how much we have grown together and something I will forever cherish.

Massive Slice of Heaven from Marietta Diner... one of our new favs

BTW... PW's mashed potatoes were amazing!!!! She mixes in cream cheese, 1/2 & 1/2, Lawry's seasoned salt, and lots of butta to 5lbs of Yukon Gold nuggets of goodness!

Our Valentines weekend ended Sat night because Sunday is a study day for my hard worker. Or so I thought.

I was at work yesterday and received a call to come downstairs for a delivery. I made my way down, opened the door, and the first thing I saw was a gy-normous helium heart balloon, followed by flowers and a gift! My first thought was, "How is this going to fit in my little car?" As I am holding the balloon expressing this thought to my co-workers, I am surprised by tight hug and kiss to my neck. Surprise, Clay! He drove down to personally deliver his precious gifts and take me out to dinner! I can't help but have a smile on my face while sharing this with the world. I am incredibly blessed to have such an amazing husband!

When we got home from the church, we decided to have a little fun with Hugo....

Awe... I love you too!
I love the expression on his face..... he wore that balloon with honor!
Run Hugo Run! 
Phew! Nice catch Clay!
Hugo's attempt to escape via air reminded me of this...

I received UP (AMAZING), Pixar short films, and the closest I will ever get to biting into a Willy Wonka gummy bear! 

Hold onto your gummies kids! If you were bam-bazzled by my palm-held gummy, your gonna want to see this: 


On a more serious note:

To My Carl,

I couldn't have dreamed of a better best friend to spend the rest of my life with. I cherish you more and more with every breath I take and consider you my greatest treasure on earth. The Lord has used you in so many ways and I am forever grateful to Him for allowing you to be the biggest inspiration in mine. 

I can't wait to share moments like this:

Your Ellie

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Just One of Those Days...

Dear Popcorn,

Why did you blow up in the microwave? I chose you over the Oatmeal Squares and Frosted Wheat because they couldn't compare to your guilt-free reputation. All I wanted was you. You were suppose to make up for my crummy day. Now, you are residing in the bottom of the trash can, popped and unappreciated. The trash will never understand your goodness. Tonight, neither will I.

You let me down, friend. You were my last hope and now nothing else will do. 

Popped Out,

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2011' Beginnings

I love the start of a new year. Re-organizing and cleaning makes me happy. You name it, I re-fresh it in January: computer files, closets, drawers, under the bathroom sink (fun one), car, filing cabinet, books, and any other nook and cranny I can get into. Call me crazy, but I LOVE the feeling of knowing that I am organized. 

The Lord has also done some re-organizing of His own in our life during January. He placed Clay at Life University in Marietta, GA, where he now lives and attends school. I am SO proud of him and excited that he is doing what he has always dreamed of, becoming a Chiropractor. Due to a couple pre-requisites, this quarter is focused solely on Chemistry I & II. I'm totally feeling for him, because not only is it Chemistry (which I despise), it is an accelerated 10 week class, for both courses. Yikes! 

After the first class, I would look like this...

Then, I would be doing this...

Permanently ending up like this...

It's sad, but true.

Fortunately, my husband is far better than I in Chemistry. He made an "A" on his first exam!! Whoo-Hoo! I can't tell you enough about how proud I am of this guy.

As for me, I am now working full-time at FPC as the Children's Ministry Assistant. I enjoy what I do and am blessed to have a supportive unit around me everyday. I plan to transition to Marietta late June/early July and hope to have a teaching job by then. I have applied to Marietta City Schools and Cobb County for the 2011-2012 school year. I am excited to see what happens!

Starting a new year also brings the beloved "New Year Resolution." I decided this year that I would take the whole month of January to decide what I wanted mine to be. For once, I wanted to make a year long commitment that meant something by New Years Eve. So, for me, I have decided to have my school loans payed off by the end of the year. A great deal of sacrifice and discipline will have to take the forefront of my financial priorities like never before.  

Bye Marshalls, Target, & Michaels, bye Starbucks, bye $4.99 VitaTops, bye Fresh Market, bye Chic-fil-A.....

Oh, Baloo, what ever shall I do?

To be honest, I'm actually pretty excited about living on very little each month in order to do something grand! It's a great way to be creative, financially and even with other things, like clothes! We all have that section in our closet full of clothes we hate to get rid of because we love them so much, but rarely wear them. Well, when you have nothing new to add to your wardrobe, the "usual" things become old, so you are forced to wear "all" things and create new outfits! Who knew budgeting could be fun!? (Ask me how I am doing in a few months.)

Learning to be content in any situation, like Paul, is something to be desired. I want to believe and embrace God's peace, knowing that it is greater than the world's problems.... 

Here is to a new journey, simplicity, and fun weekends with the hubby! BTW did I tell you how proud I am of him?

Little Britches