cooking

currently

discovering the use of spices in cooking

continuing to read non-stop

counting down the days until vacation

checking the ten day weather forecast non-stop for any hint of summer

pinning wedding ideas like crazy

constantly cleaning mud off my floors thanks to spring and Annabel

fighting the urge to pull out all my summer clothes

planning for Danny’s wedding gift

laughing at how weird it is to try to hide birthday gifts when you live together

watching them play together every evening

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Why can’t all weekends be four days?

Oh, why – why can’t all weekends be this long?! It was definitely a good one though.

Thursday: Thanksgiving. Danny and I got up bright and early and went grocery shopping.
I was extremely surprised that there wasn’t many people there.
It was my mom’s birthday so my family and I celebrated that as well.
Every year my parents have my father’s parents over for lunch.
Danny and I each did our own thing simply because the timing wasn’t working out.

Friday: I tried on wedding dresses for the very first time. My friend and I and both our mothers went to a small boutique.
I did in fact find a dress I loved. But I’m not super excited.
Probably because I am nowhere near ready to purchase one and I’m not willing to spend the amount of money it was.
I just have so much time until the wedding so it’s not a big deal to me.
And I definitely will not be a crier.
But I was able to find out that I do not like straps or the mermaid style.
Afterwards my mom and I did a bit of shopping. And of course playing with the beast.
Danny went and looked at a house for a potential rental property and put an offer in. So we’ll see where that goes.

Saturday: Danny and I got up bright and early to run errands. I made him sit with me during my oil change.
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We made it to Target & JoAnn Fabrics for some Christmas shopping.
(We’re both really close to being done).
We went out to dinner and had a wonderful time staying in and watching tv.
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Sunday: We must not be very well prepared shoppers because we had to make another trip to the grocery store.
But Sunday is football day!
As well as laundry day.
Yesterday I ended up having to help Danny put together a power point – meaning I did it.
(I did claim to miss school a few times since I graduated, so maybe it’s karma).
Danny cooked us dinner – garlic chicken alfredo. It was amazing.
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We changed out rugs for the winter in the living room and Annabel strongly approves.
She has such a hard time on our floors.
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^^ yes that’s her with her toy halfway out of her basket

I also was able to get in a lot of crocheting. I messed this blanket up and had to pull out some rows.
But now I’m back on track.

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It’s the little things

Danny is gone Monday through Friday every week for the Marine Corps. It’s lame but a whole lot better than deployment.
My weeks drag by, and I am always so excited for him to come home Friday evening. I’ve been thinking about and planning this weekend since last weekend-when he ended up being out of town Saturday and some of Sunday as well.

First off, I love this picture.
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which you can see some of my feed on the left and my username is carolmariee)

Danny came home for one night this week and we relaxed together and watched World War Z – which was actually a really good movie. And I put him to work being my yarn assistant.

Saturday: My mom bought me a crock pot recently and everyone is under the insistence that I learn to cook, especially Danny. So my mom figured a crock pot is super easy (does it even count as cooking?) and that at least I could start there; and with fall coming it’s kind of perfect. So my first experiment/meal was chicken and egg noodles. It was a success and everyone wanted more!

Sunday: My parents had us over for a mini cook out. And of course Sunday=football. Both my dad and Danny are really into it and Danny is into fantasy football this year so we are all about football. And when I say “we” I don’t exactly mean me.

This week is Danny’s last week of being gone and I’m so excited!!!

So it’s the little things – like having a weekend with loved ones and spending time at home that makes me happy.