Monday, April 21, 2014

Blender Mishaps

So...I love my blender.
Story #1
After Aaron and I were married, we combined our two households worth of stuff. We had a couple of different blenders. All cheap ones from Walmart that could barely blend. After those died out, we decided that we cook enough that we could justify buying a nice blender. We bought a Ninja! Love it. It's been great.
I went to use it one day and couldn't find the little cover that goes over the pouring spout. We had just used my blender for a youth night activity, so I figured it must have been left at the church.
I was so wrong.
Story #2
I couldn't find the little cover to that part of the blender, so I figured it wasn't a big deal. I decided to use the blender anyways and just use a paper towel to cover that little section. I was making coconut curry. There are a lot of big ingredients that you blend down to a smooth liquid, so when the blender started out really, really loud I didn't think much of it. I poured the sauce into the crockpot with the chicken and went on my merry way.
After the curry was finished, I went to taste test it. I kept picking out sharps little bits out of my mouth wondering "What the heck is this??" I thought maybe I didn't blend all the ingredients well enough. Hm. :)
Then it hit me... after the youth night event, the little cover to the pouring spout did pop off and rather than put it back on like I should have, I just threw it in the bottom of my blender and took the whole thing home. OH MY GOODNESS. I had blended an entire piece of clear plastic into my sauce.
Dinner = RUINED
This was one of my favorite dishes ever. I was so sad that I wasn't going to be able to eat it that I had Aaron pick up take out from my favorite Chinese place.
All in all though, it was pretty hilarious... we had a good laugh about it!
Now I will forever more be using a paper towel over the pour spout until I buy a new blender in the distant future.
Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself! :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Post-Christmas Craziness

I know I already posted a couple pictures of Blake's Christmas toys, but he is still going strong with them! We bought him Duplo blocks, which he LOVES and plays with every day. Aaron's brother, Jon, bought him a John Deer Tractor full of Duplos too. He was in heaven! Of course, he has dumped out both of the legos and uses them for transportation. Neither of which is getting him far, but he tries.

Shh... don't tell Aaron I posted this picture. I thought it was pretty cute of Blake to wear my new Razorback apron.


Around the House

I consider myself a pretty healthy eater, and I try to pass that on to Blake by example. However, we also like to have fun once in awhile...It's totally normal to feed your 15 month old a spatula full of frosting, right?!

Needless to say, I think it was a hit!
As we were cleaning out Blake's closet, he decided to "help." I think he is missing his old car seat! He actually has always loved car seats (when he's not strapped in!) Even when we are at church, he will walk up to any car seat sitting on the ground and try to climb in. He thinks it's hilarious when he sees a baby strapped in to a car seat on the ground where he can see him/her. Probably because he's not the one strapped in!


Mommy's Little Helper

Some moments are just too cute for words, so here's a few pictures...


Daddy's Shoes

Ever since Blake could crawl, he would inch his way over to Aaron's work shoes and play with them. It was super cute. Eight months later, he is STILL playing with Aaron's shoes! He loves them! He will try and put them on. He will carry them around. He will bring them to Aaron. It's precious.


Packing & Playing

January 2014 was all about packing and getting ready to sell our house, but who says you can't have fun while packing?

Packing was not nearly as stressful as I thought it would be. We packed everything in our house that wasn't critical to have out while we "stage" our house for showing. I am amazed at how much we can go without. After seeing how full our garage is, I'm also wondering how we ever fit in into our house! I must be a better organizer than I give myself credit for. I'm thankful that our house we are moving into is almost twice as big too!

Blake has always loved his blankets, but lately he has become super attached. He is rarely far from any of his blankets, but especially this one. I love it. I love that he is attached to things. That's been one of my favorite things about watching Blake grow. I love watching his little personality traits develop.

We are a little sad that it has been so unseasonably cold for Arkansas lately. Normally it's not nearly this cold. Blake was just getting to the age where we could really play outside with him when it got cold. We have managed to squeeze in a few playdates outside. If it was up to Blake he would stay outside forever no matter how cold it was!


Our Exciting News!

Hello 2014! We thought 2012 would be an awesome year when we realized we were expecting Blake...and it was an amazing year. Then we thought 2013 would be an awesome year while we watched Blake grow and become a little man running around the house. It was an incredible year. The cool thing about our little life and our little family is that it just keeps getting better and better each year. We do have some exciting news for 2014! Contrary to what most people thought when I posted the below picture to Facebook, I am not pregnant. BUT We ARE...(drumroll please)...building a house!
This is the lot we picked (the one with the star below). It was one of those things where we turned around and saw it and just knew right away that we were supposed to build there. We are in love! 
We weren't necessarily planning on moving to a new house in the extreme near future. We knew we would eventually need a bigger house. One day I just decided to start looking at houses to see where the market was at and what all was out there. We looked for several months and decided that there wasn't another area in NWA that we liked better than where we were right now. Hyde Park is only about 3 minutes from our current house. We had a couple friends live there over the past couple years, and I have always been in love with the homes there. I happened to stumble across their website while I was searching for homes. When I realized that you could build custom homes in Hyde Park I was immediately interested. It was actually Aaron's idea to build a house someday. We just didn't realize it would be so soon. Everything just worked out really smoothly and everything just came together in such a way that we knew we would be crazy not to jump at this opportunity.
The best part is... this is my dream house. I can't believe we are really building it, but we are. It isn't one of those houses that you see 50 of in one neighborhood. It will totally be the only one of it's kind. It's gorgeous, and I love it. I can't wait to see it all come together. We did a few little customizations to the floor plan that we are really excited about. Plus we get to pick every little tiny detail from the outside color down to the doorknobs. It's 2700 sf with 5 bedrooms and 4 baths. It will be a big change from our current home of 1600 sf. We have loved our current home so much over the past years. It will always mean something special to us. We will be a little sad to leave it, but we are excited for our new house too!
Stay tuned for lots of updates. Right now we are busy packing and getting the house ready to sell in February. We are excited for this new little adventure. June seems like forever away!


The End of 2013

 Happy New Years!

This year we did a pretty simple get together for New Years. We had friends over after we put Blake to bed and ate all kinds of delicious appetizers and played games.

It's been an awesome year, and we hope you've enjoyed following our little blog this year.

Here's to an awesome 2014!

(Here's a little hint for how our 2014 is going to start off....see the boxes in the background? Stay tuned for the next blog update to find out what they are for! ;) )


Christmas Card 2013!

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