Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Morning Coffee

.....and I'm going to need lots of coffee today!

Wow - this daylight savings time can go away any time. I am not liking it one bit. My body never used to be affected by it, but man oh man, that is not the case anymore!
This little guy seems to think the same thing about Mondays.
How was your weekend?

Mine? Oh, it was scrumptious - absolutely so.

Friday night we met up with friends and chased leprachaun's all around downtown. We started out at Old Peninsula for dinner, then headed to Green Top Tavern where we had the best time people watching. Oh my, there were some delights in there who had been sipping on the magic green liquid for quite some time! 

We capped the night off at The Union for dessert and listening to a wonderful little bluesy/jazzy type of band. What a great way to spend a Friday night, good friends, good food, good music - GREAT FUN!

Saturday I got a text from a worried little mommi down the street a ways. She was so certain that our Little G was sick, so I headed on over & we took him into the doctor to make sure. 

After he filled his drawers on us and we cleaned him up, the med assistant & I headed down the hall for his "weigh in".  The little dude, who was actually due last week, is now 8 pounds, 3 ounces! He has gained a pound since his 5 week check up 10 days before.

The doctor soon came in, checked him over and said that he was perfectly fine and then told mommi she did the right thing bringing him in. It was for her peace of mind as well to have him checked out.

I remember being a new mom and just never knowing if I was doing it all the right way? Or when my little boy's didn't show any symptoms of being sick and then out of nowhere, their little body would be covered in a red, prickly rash. How horrible I felt because I "didn't see it coming or know he was even sick". 

It's always best to err on the side of caution as you are figuring out this whole "mommi/daddi" gig.

We soon returned home, and I told mommi & daddi that it was time for them to have a "date night". They have not had a night out alone since the little man arrived. They didn't argue at all.
So Poppi and I spent our Saturday night with this little guy, while mommi & daddi went out to dinner and help celebrate a close friend's birthday!

We loved this time with him - all the cuddles and lovin we wanted. Our friends even came over to meet the Little G, who also loved the cuddles and loving they got from him.

Sunday morning we headed off to church and then home for the day. At least me. I finished up my last lesson of the week from my online class, ahem, I got a little behind, and Dream Boy headed off to ride the roads. 

Dream Boy is signed up for a bike race this Saturday - all on back country dirt roads. So he & his riding buddy headed up that way to ride it and get a feel for the route.

When they got home, his buddy said he was fully retiring his mountain bike and would not be doing that ever again. Dream Boy, however, was full of stories about his adventure. To say that he's a bit excited for the race this Saturday, is an understatement.  

We had a quiet evening together last night, dining on a true "Sunday Dutch Dinner" of roast beef, potatoes & carrots. After cleaning up we spent some time designing a mailing card for church and then I watched another episode of "The Collection" on Amazon Prime before heading off to bed.

Today is the first day of spring and it came in like a lion last night, with lots of thunder & lightening.

Let's hope the kids at school don't come in with the same attitude.

Have a happy week everyone!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday Morning Coffee

Winter is back in the Mitten - not sure how I feel about the major snowing I woke up to this morning. We've been extremely spoiled this past winter with hardly any snow to speak of. When the temps dipped this past weekend, I found myself having a hard time getting warm & staying that way.

I had a pretty darn good weekend - how about you?

Friday night I went to church to create with some other ladies. We made signs with quotes on them.  The lettering is a vinyl decal, but we learned a few new techniques on painting the wood. Although I do this type of thing all the time, it was a fun night of fellowship & I did actually learn a new type of painting technique that was very slick & easy!
I chose this quote as it is a favorite old hymn and it brings back memories of my dad. You see, when he passed away, I was on spring break with my Dream Boy & S2. It was his senior year of high school and we had a whole gang of families & his buddies on this trip. We were having a great time. 

I remember walking the beach the day we arrived with my DB & talking about how I was finally feeling a healing taking hold from losing my mom just 2 years prior. Little did I know that 3 days later my sister would be calling me to tell me that our dad has passed away suddenly & I would be flying home that same night.

How could this be? I just talked to him 2 nights before. The days events were a blur and before I knew it I was back home in Michigan, my sister picking me up in Detroit & driving me home. I found myself alone at home the next morning as S1 was off to school. I was SO angry at my dad for leaving us so abruptly and for ruining my vacation. SO angry in fact, I kicked the washing machine & left a dent in it.  

As the week went on & we met with our parent's pastor - he saw the anger I was feeling as well. But the day of my dad's funeral, we sang this old hymn. As we did, I thought of the man who had written it and all he had lost. And I thought of how through all of his pain, the pain of losing his whole family, he could still turn to god and know all was well. That God had this, and life would go on and he could handle it with Christ as his guide. I felt a peace come over me during my dad's funeral and knew without a doubt, all was well within me. Did it make the hurt go away faster? No. But the pain was eased knowing that God was with me and would never leave.

Phew - let's move on, k?

Saturday dawned a bright, sunny day, making you feel like it was a glorious spring day. 

Until you stepped outside.

The sun was deceiving and the chill reached right through your bones. Brr.

Soon our S&D arrived for the weekend from D-town. Our D2 has been having some car issues, so they brought it to the resident mechanice that I live with. 

K & I left soon after their arrival to go explore the local thrift shops. She scouted out a large mirror that she said her boss was looking for and after a few texts and a phone call, the large, gold leaf framed beveled mirror was in my back seat. Talk about brownie points for my girl!  She's got a good eye on her - seriously!

We headed over to another store and meandered for a while, then went across town for a stop for lunch at the local Root Beer Stand for a hot dog & root beer. 

We had 2 more stores to check out and while at the 2nd one, we received a text message of S2 holding his nephew, Little G. Welp, needless to say, our shopping was cut off right then & there & we were on our way for Auntie K to meet the little dude!
These 2 had so much fun holding & cuddling & snuggling the little man, until he projectile vomited on them. Poppi & mommi had gone to pick up some dessert and these 2 were on the couch snuggling up & having a chat fest with Little G when all of a sudden his recent feeding decided to shoot across and hit Auntie K smack dab in the shirt. The look of surprise on both of their faces sent daddi & I into fits of laughter. 

Oh the joys of baby's.

Sunday morning Dream Boy headed off to church as I stayed home & sent the kiddo's off to D-town. It was so good to have them home and I can't wait for the weather to warm up so we can go exploring downtown D together more, with my camera in hand of course! We are looking at taking a cooking class together somewhere soon too. It was part of their Christmas gift to us, so we've been exploring the options.

The rest of our Sunday was pretty low key - hanging out around the house, eating left overs and getting some more editing done while DB headed off to the woods on his bike. He's signed up for a bike race at the end of this month & it's all on gravel roads, so he's in training for it.

And here we are on a snowy, cold Monday. A new day, a new week, a new adventure awaits!

Make it a great week everyone!!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Wind and Waves and Benches

It's been a while since I've done a post "sitting on my bench". You know, the time where you truly sit down and just listen to your heart and speak it. Today is one of those days. So I hope you'll grab a seat on the bench next to me and reflect along with me.

I began my online class this week on Monday night. I spent a few hours working through the lesson and taking notes, thinking through some of my frustrations with myself and reflecting on the scripture given to us.

In our class we receive a recorded daily inspiration pertaining to the lesson for that week, each day digging a little deeper into ourselves through scripture. 

I spent some time this afternoon catching up and revisiting the earlier recordings of the week. One of the biggest things that Emily points out is our own frustration with ourselves and our lack of confidence in our work as artists. Each daily inspiration touches on this in some way, and each inspiration ends with an uplifting thought and/or prayer to let go & let God. To not fight with ourselves, or compete with ourselves, to not doubt. But to know God made each us, individually, unique and simply put - me. There is no one else like me, no one that I should want to be like or better than, but instead, put aside my self doubt and frustration, quit sitting on my hands and open them up, letting God clearly see them and giving me what I need to get them moving.

Yesterday we experienced a clear blue sky and sunshine all day. We also experienced high winds, gusts of 60-80 mph at times. Strong enough to rip shingles off the roof of our school and damaging enough to knock out power and down trees. 

I had heard the forecast the night before and yesterday morning I double checked it and became absolutely giddy with excitement! I told Dream Boy that I wanted to head out to the lakeshore after school, with my camera gear in hand, and capture what nature was serving up on the Lake Michigan shoreline.

And I did just that, along with several other photographers and curious people.

I spent over 2 hours in the wind, listening to the surf pound the shore and watching the seagulls try to remain still on the ground. I paid attention to the ripples in the water on the beach that had crashed over the pier and puddled where there are usually long stretches of beach in the summer. 
I was so in tune to my surroundings, that I didn't notice anyone else out there but me. It was good. It was cleansing. It was healing. It was all of the above.

As I work through my photos in Lightroom tonite, I am reminded of the words I have been studying and reading about this week. To let go of my frustration and to listen to God. To pay attention to His voice, not that of others. 

So I went to my Bible to seek out more scripture and came across James 1:5-8 in The Message.
"If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father. he loves to help. You'll get His help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it.  Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who "worry their prayers" are like wind whipped waves. Don't think you're going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open."

I am amazed at how He speaks when I take the time to slow down and listen. 

And for today, I am thankful for His help.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday Morning Coffee

Here we are again - another Monday! The first Monday in March - which, by the way, has come into my corner of the world like a lion. So that means it should go out like a lamb, right?

We've had snow since last Wednesday, but never enough to amount to much. Dream Boy was talking to a buddy yesterday who was in Florida for the month of February and told him that he didn't have to get the shovel out once during the whole month!

Compared to our last 3 or so winters, that is cra-zy! Michigan weather has certainly not been typical this year.
I have started on a new trend as of late - smoothie's in the morning for a breakfast on the go. I am trying to direct my path in a more healthy one, and I don't always eat breakfast. This is helping me with protein and my fruit intake tremendously. The water bottle sits on my desk at school and is generally gone by lunch.

How was your weekend? We had a very laid back, relaxing kind of weekend. 

But first, let me just say that Thursday was a GrEaT day!
This little man turned one month old and mommi let have the honors of capturing his special day! How is it that a month has already passed?

I did plenty of reading and prepping for our little session together, and mommi had lots & lots of ideas. We played for 2 hours and Little G was such a trooper through it all.
While he is growing like a weed to all of us who are around him on a daily basis, this picture gives you a true feeling for how little he still is.  Big sister Porscha, who is feeling a little left out, did cooperate and get in the picture with her baby brother.
By Corgi standards, Porscha is on the small size - but you get the idea.  I have a feeling that these two will soon be best buddies, it's just gonna take a little time.

Friday night Dream Boy picked up fixins for dinner and we all met up at Little G's house, where DB & S1 fixed an amazing seafood linguine pasta kinda dish. It was delish!

Saturday I spent time catching up in my office and working on some editing. Then I planned out our meals for the week & headed off to the grocery store that afternoon.

Tired of the same old - same old, I spent some time online Saturday looking for some new recipes. I came across one I had save via Food Network and gave that a go for dinner.  This Beefy Butternut Squash Chili  did not disappoint. On a cold, blustery March evening - it hit the spot. 

Sunday we headed off to church in the morning and then off to our favorite little restaurant for breakfast.  We tried to go last Sunday, but the line was over 45 minutes wait & we decided we wanted to enjoy the beautiful afternoon more. So, we hit them up yesterday, and as usual, were not disappointed.  

I am totally excited today though, because I signed up for an online class by Emily Freeman, called Creative Direction. Through this course I hope to finally start and complete, or build, a project that has been floating around in my brain for quite some time now. It will involve my photography and helping young girls who struggle with self esteem and their own value. 

So I leave you with that. Here's to hoping you all have a wonderful week!