Friday, January 13, 2012



So I am not a big sports fan.  I'm just not.  I go to sporting events with the Hubbs and sometimes catch them on tv too, and that's just about enough for me.  It seems as I get older, the interest in viewing or attending sporting events grows smaller and smaller....all to the great dismay of Husband.  Shoot, sorry honey.  I'm trying to hang in there.

Anyhow, a while back...maybe a year or two, he kept telling me how much I would love this Tim Tebow kid.  He was a college football player, pretty darn good to boot, and gave all the glory to God in public without being ashamed.  You bet I loved this kid.  I love him to pieces.  I love people with heart and commitment like that...not ashamed to share God's amazing love with as many folks as they can.

Fast forward to now, Tim Tebow has become a football phenomenon with everyone chatting and buzzing about him and what he's up to...on the field and off.  I am continuing to love this kid, and even more so now.  He is using his amazing talent and opportunity/job as an NFL quarterback to glorify God, extending a hand, shining His light, and loving folks every chance he gets. So much fun to witness...or read about as THIS article was passed on to me by Hubbs.  Hope you get a chance to read it.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Whooga Uggs

Thankfully Coop is starting to feel better, but I have come down with what he had.  It was inevitable.  A few too many coughs in my face and snot blown astray.  Kidding.  Sort of.  Coop is very neat and tidy, especially when his nose is running.  Always asks for kleenex and help wiping/blowing his nose.  He finally figured out that it was worth it to blow his nose with actual force, as opposed to wiping it a million times in a row.  That was a great revelation.  We spent the day at my parents' house.  He even felt great enough to vacuum the windowsill behind their couch.  Yay Coop.  All those adventures led to me having an opportunity to kick my feet up.  Much needed.

Got some comfy cozy boots for Christmas, and I literally haven't taken them off my feet.  Have you heard of Whooga Uggs  I hadn't ever purchased or asked for "real" Ugg boots since their widespread popularity became quite apparent.  I'm not a big fan of following all the trends.  Seems a little silly to have something just because everyone else has it, and what's the point in that anyway?  Lamesauce.  But because I am a Mom that spends many of my days working in the home, these boots made quite a lot of sense in the winter function and comfort categories.  

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I wake up, I put on my boots.  
I hang out and play with my little buddy, I put on my boots.  
We step outside to ge the mail or play in the backyard, I put on my boots.  
We make a run to the store, I put on my boots.  
We head out for a cozy drive and visit my folks, I put on my boots.  

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My "fake" Uggs were quite worn down and a bit too big, leaving them feeling sloppy and not very comfortable.  With my experience with aches and pains due to arthritis, I knew a comfortable boot would be a practical solution to my everyday, casual, wear around the house well as leave me the ability to look all cute and wintery in many outfits meant for leaving the house.

Anyhoo, how are you feeling?  Any Christmas presents leaving you feeling so thankful?

Sending you lots of love, but not my hugs (I don't want to get you sick!),

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Safety Goggles and Candyland...How to Feel Better When You're Sick!

Hi all!  Happy January to you!

Little buddy has been sick with double ear infections, a horrible cold, and a really high fever.  :(  He sounded like a barking seal for a couple days, and now snot seems to be flying everywhere.  He is on the mend slowly but surely, and I'm thankful to be able to stay home with him during the invasion of the sickies.  We had some fun wearing his safety goggles from his tool bench and playing candyland.  I felt like my defenses were a little low (scratchy throat...and that is always a precursor for me...shoot), so I made up a great salad with romaine hearts, red leaf, spinach, parmesan, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, and some Champagne Vinaigrette from the Nordstrom Cafe.  Oh it's my favorite dressing, and I LOVE that they sell it.  I wondered if they ever would, and they finally do...and it made its way into my stocking this year!  Thanks Mom and Dad!

I have a few updates around the house and would love to post about that soon.  Right now, my mind is focused on getting little buddy well, and keeping myself from getting sick.  So much to get caught up with...but there is no rush.  LIFE IS GOOD...and messes and piles and updates and projects can all wait a bit longer.

Oh and by the way, I'm not sure how many of you have little ones, but we hit a major milestone the other day in the life of being parents and having a little buddy in tow.  PRESCHOOL.  The time is here...and I can't believe it!  It is crazy to think we just signed Coop up for preschool.  Just crazy.  I was a little hesitant as it will be two years before he enters kindergarten, and to be honest, I was considering not even sending him to preschool at all...just because I love being his Mama so much!  It seems like just yesterday we brought him home.  Time seems to be FLYING by so quickly, and I want to cherish every moment with this little man before he becomes an ACTUAL man!  I might be a little jaded because I never even went to preschool, and it seems like EVERYONE and their Mom is going to preschool younger and younger these days.  I didn't want to just send him off because everyone else was doing it.  I hate that idea of trying to compete and keep up with other parents.  Not our thing.  So gross.  But after Husband and I considered it all, we can clearly see how much he will love and benefit from starting this fall.  Cooper is so fun and such a lover of life.  He will thrive on the interaction with other little buddies and the opportunities presented to him in a school setting.  Did I mention his preschool is on a FARM?  And his teacher just might be a CLOWN  on her off days?!  Yeah, I know.  I wanted to sign up too!

Anyway, we are working on getting rid of the sickies and gearing up to have a great January.  Cleaning, purging, and organizing are on my radar.  

Blessings to you!

Monday, January 2, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR...and Auf Wiedersehen!

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Wishing you and yours the most wonderful start to a new year.  I'm not one for making resolutions, but I am still working toward some of THESE GOALS that I shared last year.  When the dreary Washington winter eases up, I hope to share some of the progress that I've made this year with you...slowly but surely people.

In the mean time, I thought I'd share some fun we had on New Year's Eve with our good buds (minus a picture of our friend's sweet boy...Little Buddy W...I'm not sure how I missed getting a photo of you!).  I found a few dress up bits and pieces that I'd been saving since college and printed a few props from HERE and HERE.  Just like that, we had ourselves a good time waiting to happen.  The photos are a bit grainy due to the fact that our flash is broken and not working properly and because it was way late in our house with poor lighting and photographer know how.  Oh well.  I'm over it.  :)  How can I care about perfection when we were just enjoying ourselves a kick back and relax kinda evening.  It was fabulous.

This was one of the first times we had folks over during and after Coop's bedtime.  Bedtime has been a bit of a struggle lately for the Coopster, but with a few checkins, he was asleep and stayed asleep while we enjoyed some intense games of Bananagrams, took some pictures, and baffled ourselves while watching a couple episodes of Moonshiners (...someone's name is actually Tickles...?!?!).  It was like a car accident.  We couldn't look away.  I know what you are thinking, and I know.  It's true.  We sure know how to party.
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We are preparing to say auf wiedersehen (or in the words of the Von Trapp family...adieu, adieu to you and you and feels a little less real when I'm saying goodbye in German...any other German versions of goodbye out there?) to our dearest of dears as they prepare to head to Germany for a three year commitment to Youth amazing organization (similar to Younglife) that focuses on supporting, encouraging, and sharing the love of Christ with international teens.  I can't express how thankful I am for the time we've had with them here.  My faith has grown and been strengthened because of their presence in my life, and I've witnessed so tangibly how God can blow me away with a much needed friendship when I'm least expecting it.  

Making girlfriends isn't easy for me, but when I met was like God knit our friendship together into the coolest scarf you've ever seen...and how much do we all love scarves?!...or at least Julie and I do.  Such a welcome surprise and a total answer to prayer for me.  They have both been amazing people to share life with over the course of a couple years (such a special treat when your husband click's with your girlfriend's husband) and very much a huge part of our adventure in faith both as individuals and as a couple.

I am forever thankful for His mighty hand and provision of Julie's friendship in my life...and oh how I look forward to being an old fogey with a friend like Julie.  

By the way, doesn't she look like Disney's Snow White...but better?  Beautiful inside and out friend.
Two words that have become a regular part of my venacular because of this great gal.  
I will continue to BOOM and BAM in honor of you friend.

It is not lost on me that I found a friend who enjoys meticulous details as much as, or possibly even more, than me.  It makes my heart sing.  I will cut out wrongfully sized CD covers and paper glasses with you anytime my dear.  You just call out my name, and you know that wherever I am, I'll come running...with a pink wig on my head.  :)

Julie-poo, our friendship has been easy, thoughtful, joy-filled, encouraging, goofy, genuine, deep, and laugh out loud fun.  There is a comfort between saying nothing and in saying everything.  Everything we do is more fun because you are there.  I will miss you greatly as you venture off to Europe and blow Germany away with your awesomeness.  Those teens are in for the treat of their lives to have you and Bricers in their lives...loving them, serving them and with them, and sharing how to be so gosh darn amazing people with them.  I'm not sure if any of them will have the opportunity to sort and stack food at the Food Bank like rock stars with you or have mad dance parties backstage during worship time at church, but they'll certainly have their socks knocked right off by how easy it is to love you!

Now it's time to snap to it and get to saving pennies so we can visit...weinerschnitzel here I come!  Love you friends...and that's forever friends for the kind that love you more than know what I mean.

Here's a little proof that our husbands stepped away from Bananagrams just long enough to humor us!

Blessings to you J, B, and W as you begin a new adventure in Germany...

and to all of you as you begin anew and live your life to its fullest!

With much love,

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