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“With so little sleep at least you’d think I’d find some peace in my dreams in my dreams; but my mind still winds up on the same thing, the same scene, the same themes”


I definitely think I’ve used this song as a title before. Oh well. We’ll all survive ūüėÄ

Things are still incredibly busy but I love it. This last week our friends Lauren, Gene and Sidney came to visit. They were here for about 24 hours, so though the visit was short it was a lot of fun. We played games, went for a couple walks and hung out. We took them to MOX Boarding House  for dinner. We played SuperFight! and enjoyed some time with good company.

Once we came back, we played Sushi Go, Exploding Kittens, and Coup. We also re-introduced Gene to the Lion King on my Super Nintendo. He and Sidney played it for a while, and we all went to bed.

The next day, we went for a walk down to the local pastry shop, Belle Pastry. After breakfast we walked home, played some more games (Sidney and Gene played WiiU, and Lauren and I played Sushi Go.) Then we went to Uwajimaya and for a walk at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens. Once we returned home it was time for them to pack up and head up north to visit their friend Elisabeth.

I am so glad they were able to join us for the short time they were here. I wish it were longer, but now its our turn to visit them! I hope that one day this year we’ll be able to fly to Denver and spend a couple days with them. You forget how wonderful people are when you only get to video chat with them once a month.

Then, the next day, we had our friends Tim and Caroline over for a game night. We played Coup, and Sushi Go with them. Caroline had to leave early but we also played RhinoHero and Love Letter.

Mitchell and I also played a round of Card Wars this week.

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“A life lived in love will never be dull.”


It’s that time of year again! Mitchell and I will be celebrating our 7th anniversary this month…which means for a short while it’ll be acceptable for me to express just how much I love him in one of those sickly adorable, and annoying posts. So here goes.

Last year, I posted about our adventures and how far we’ve come.¬†I’ve included a link in case you’re interested.

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Mitchell and I met almost 8 years ago, May 2008. It wasn’t until November 2008 that we started talking. He reached out to me first, and because I didn’t know him really well I was really hesitant.¬†The friend I lived with at the time talked me into hanging out with him when he asked.

Obviously, if when he first asked, I knew where we’d end up I wouldn’t have hesitated. If I had truly known who he was I would have been thrilled that he even considered talking to me.

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Mitchell is just the sweetest and most loving person I’ve ever met. I am in awe each and every day at the capacity he loves others. He has taught me so much, and I am so incredibly lucky to have met him. Mitchell, has such a large heart, and I think even all our friends would tell you just how loving and kind he is. Over the years I’ve watched his relationship with my family (specifically my nieces and nephews) grow. Watching him with them, I know that he considers them his family too. He is such a wonderful influence on all 5 of my nieces and nephews, which is just another extension of how loving he is. He came into a family with a bunch of kiddos that were EXTREMELY energetic and he saw the relationship I had with each and every one of them.

I remember the first time he met them, he just kept telling me how awesome he thought it was that I was so close to all of them. That I would play board games, and throw water balloons and have nerf wars with them. I knew then, that once he had adjusted to having them in his life, he’d make an awesome addition to their lives.

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He’s so amazingly kind, and is always there to lift me up when I’m down. No, I don’t mean in the same cliche’ way everyone else does, I mean truly through and through. When I come home from a long exhausting day, or an emotionally draining day he’s always there to listen and talk to me.

He has this ability to make me smile no matter what is going on. When my stepdad died, he was there and sat up with me all night playing video games. When I fell asleep (on my then, twin sized blow up mattress… what can I say, I was poor…) He curled up on the floor next to me and held my hand.

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He has dreams and goals. Not just the typical boring ones, he has some beautifully creative hopes and goals for his life, and mine too! He’s conquering the fear that we all have, you know, the fear of not succeeding at something, and doing all that he can to complete those goals.

He is constantly thinking and working out new ways to get to where he hopes to be in 5 or 10 years…all while learning new things and coming up with new ideas for activities for him and I to do together, or even ideas for me to do while I’m at work!

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He’s so creative and an amazing artist. He doesn’t always believe me when I say that, but it is true. Sometimes he’s shy about his artwork, but to me, that is far better than rubbing it in everyone’s faces. Especially this day in age, everyone is trying to “make it big” via the internet or instagram. Mitchell is humble and though I know he knows deep down that he has a beautiful artistic eye, he’s humble about it.

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He loves me. I love him. That’s all we need in this crazy world. I know that every morning when I wake up, he’s there for me, and I certainly hope that he knows that I’ll always be there for him. 7 years. 7 short, yet long, fun but hectic years. 7 beautiful years together. Somehow I managed to snag the guy that is the most perfect addition to my life. I love everything about him, and I love how he so willingly puts up with my flaws.

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Every day I wake up with a smile on my face knowing that I get to experience life with him by my side.

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Small town talent


Some of you may or may not know that when I was 14 my mom, stepdad and I re-located from the Portland area to a small rural town in Washington. A town so small, that it didn’t even have it’s own high school… we had to go to the neighbor town, Duvall, for school.

CHS was one of those schools where everyone knows everyone, at least in your own grade. I may not have hung out with everyone, but I knew them, & most of them knew me… everyone grew up together, so a new face was a big deal.

As any high school we had kids with many talents… but one stood out, no matter who you were. Austin Jenckes. He was known for his guitar skills and amazing vocals. Even when his family had a tragic event when we were 16…. he wasn’t known as the guy who had something bad happen in his family, he was simply known for his beautiful talent.

I only hung out with Austin once or twice, we had plenty of friends in common, but nothing actually in common other than we graduated the same year. After high school, and after I moved out of the valley¬†(contrary to Blake Shelton’s beliefs, not mountains haha.) After I had moved on from my high school life, I still kept tabs on Austin’s music… He relocated in early 2012 to Nashville, I think I attended only one or two of his shows after high school… but he was making a name for himself, and achieving his dreams. In mid 2010 (maybe 2009?), my best friend, Thomas, came home from college and was telling us about this show he wanted to go to… this guy he had a communications class with this awesome and talented musician. It was about 10 minutes into our conversation when it hit that he was talking about Austin Jenckes. Small world… He took EverSoLightly to the show that night, I stayed home sick.

A few months later I heard through the grapevine (probably twitter or instagram) that Austin had a kickstarter. I backed it, hoping to help him get enough funds to record a new album. Of course, the funding was reached and he was able to record his album.

I’ll admit, that was the last I had heard about it until the album was released. I received the download information, saved it (I was at work.) I’ve watched friends from high school post photo after photo from his shows, but never made it back to one.

A week ago I received an email from the kickstarter campaign, Austin announcing that he was going to be on the tv show The Voice. How exciting! I tuned in Monday night & made sure my mom knew to tune in. (Side story, he performed at our graduation & she of course thought he was ridiculously talented. He managed to make most of the people in the room tear up.) We watched Monday night’s episode but he wasn’t on. So, Tuesday night I tuned in (and my mom did too.) We watched… the news had already been spoiled by excited folks on the internet, I knew what was going to happen but we watched anyway. About 9:20 they showed Austin. His story touched the hearts of those that knew him & people hearing it for the first time. I had friends texting me constantly telling me how touching his story was, and how they were tearing up. Then he performed. It was a song he had performed many times for many people… not a new, not his own original song…but it felt like it. He did such a fantastic job. Ceelo Green & Blake Shelton both pushed the button to have their chairs turn. He chose Blake’s team. Though we were not the best of pals in high school, I fully plan on supporting him as long as he has a music career.

I urge you to tune into the Voice each week and watch Austin’s progress with me! Lets show him the support he deserves!

Here, is a link to my Spotify playlist… filled with only Austin’s music.

Here is a link to his Facebook, Twitter. You can download his music as well as his cover of Simple Man on iTunes!

(If you have the time, click some of the links in this post, you’ll see what I’m talking about.)

 

 

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Spring is in the air…


Spring has arrived, and we’re actually enjoying some wonderful SUNNY Seattle weather. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Seattle rain, but there is nothing more stunning that the PNW on a clear sunny day. We (EverSoLightly and myself) have enjoyed the Aquarium, some small hikes, exploring new parks in Bellevue, and all sorts of other wonderful adventures.

We’ve planted some wonderful plants on our back patio, Chives, Lavender, Mint,¬†Rosemary¬†and a few others. Our next step, a table & chairs. We’ve turned it into a “Catio” (taken from Jackson Galaxy‘s show, My Cat from Hell.) So our precious Kitten can have some safe outside time, and my oh my does she LOVE it!

Thats all I have for now, enjoy your June!!

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Yay for Traditions!


 

Yesterday, we continued our tradition of carving pumpkins with one of my oldest, and one of our dearest friends, Thomas. It’s been 3 years now of us carving pumpkins together, and though other people have come and gone from the equation, and moved on with their lives, we’ve always managed to get the three of us together for a few awesome traditions.

I made chili, which I’ll post the EASY recipe at the bottom of this post, and my VERY first home made apple pie, made from scratch without any help! Yay! I haven’t tried it yet though, but I heard it was pretty good.

Onto the DELICIOUS chili recipe!

I made this up on my own, so you can always change it to however you think you’d like it best!!

1lb ground beef, ground turkey, chicken or tofu, or whatever you prefer
2 cans petite diced tomatoes
2 cans tomato SAUCE, the small cans.
2 cans Bushes CHILI beans, Medium trust me. I’m a wimp when it comes to spices and medium is the way to go, never get mild, at least get medium haha
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 package chili seasoning (or home made)
1 cup diced onion (I just use minced onion you buy in the seasoning section!)

Cook meat, until brown/done. Drain fat
toss meat, and all the other ingredients into a large pot.
heat until hot
top with cheese, sour cream, onions or whatever you prefer!
Eat then enjoy!

 

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Turning a new leaf.


 

So for anyone who has been up to date on my life, my sweet beloved glorious Subaru is on her last leg of life, supposedly. She has 230k miles on her. Her head gaskets were replaced in 2010, she had a brand new radiator, all new hoses and plugs, a BRAND spanking new battery and a few other additions. She also, however, has her original 1997 motor, starter and alternator. She has new tires and is in really good condition considering her life-span, which includes a drive clear across the country from her home of Virginia to her new home, Seattle.

That being said, the fantastic EverSoLightly and I are having to do some MAJOR budget cuts to help with the purchase of a new car and payments and such.

So, one of the places we can, and should, and will be cutting back is food! So I’ve developed a hopeful idea. ALL our meals are going to cost us UNDER $10 each. Snacks, will be made if possible, to help save even more money. Today I’m going to try and tackle home-made crackers. But that’ll be later and for a different post.

Recipes I’m hoping to be able to make under $10:

Chili and cornbread
Veggie Stir-Fry, EverSoLightly isn’t a big veggie eater so I’m hoping to put more veggies into our diet.
Tomato soup and grilled cheese, both home made.
Beef Stroganoff
Tuna Casserole
Chicken Enchiladas
Tacos
and once a month I’ll splurge to make a DELICIOUS meal. This month’s meal (actually it’ll probably be October…) Lamb Stew! Yum!

Do any of you have any recipes you think would work? pass them along! I’ll try them out! ūüėÄ

 

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I will never let you bring me down.


 

Some days I let the little things get under my skin. I let the words you say, the actions you choose, the comments you make under your breath, the way you look at me change my thought process. Those are the days when I truly learn more about myself.

Go ahead, keep up the comments. Continue trying to bring me down. Tell me I’m not good enough. You’re just helping me build myself to being an even better person.

I will NOT give you the control over my attitude.
You will NOT steal my happiness.

You can judge me
You can try and hurt me
You can be bitter
You can be nasty

I will treat you with the respect I deserve.
I will not let your poison into my heart.
I will not let you control who I am.

“Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH, EACH ONE OF YOU, with HIS NEIGHBOR for we are members of one another.

Be angry and yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
and do not give the devil an opportunity,

Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with his own hands something that is good, in order that he may have something to share with him who has need.

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for education according to the need of the moment that it may give grace tho those who hear.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away form you along with all malice.

And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other just as God in Christ also has¬†forgiven¬†you.” Ephesians 4.25-32