Thursday, May 31, 2012

The 7 Year Slump

On Monday, Eric and I celebrated our 7 year anniversary.  Overall the day was great...on Sunday night we got a play set for the girls so we spent a little bit of Sunday night and most of the day Monday putting it together.  By we I mean, Eric put it together, I wrangled the two anxious girls that wanted to go outside all day.  Not sure who had the harder job, ha!

Being married 7 years has really had me reflecting.  Being a marriage counselor by trade I know most of the sayings/phrases that go with certain years in marriage, so with it being our 7th year married all I can think about is the "7 year slump."  I guess people figure by now you have sunk into a routine with your spouse and you are either high and flying, or low and slumpin'.  Three years is the magical number for some couples, they either decide to stay together or get a divorce.  So we made it past the 3 years, now onto the 7th year.

Eric and I went out to dinner on Monday and we both started reflecting on everything over the last 7 years.  Here's how it all started in 2005...we graduated college on May 13, got married on May 28, left May 29 for a week long honeymoon, got back on Saturday night-whatever that date was, and Eric started his first ministry the next day.  To say whirlwind would be an understatement since it hasn't stopped yet.  I guess we do things fast and furiously, which is funny since both of our personality's are way more cautions and thought out.

But I wouldn't change it at all, and that's mainly because of who I have experienced it all with.  I fell in love with Eric when I was in 3rd grade...okay so maybe that wasn't love, but really when I was 15 he absolutely stole my heart and I knew I wanted to marry him like right away.  Which scares me to have two girls of our own, if one of them came home when they are 15 and tell me they found the love of their life, I might laugh and then ramble on about youthful ignorance, or something.  But my parents were gracious enough to let me go on and on about this wonderful fellow I wanted to marry.  I seriously wanted to have a wedding not a graduation party when I finished high school.  Thankfully that did not happen!  We waited until we graduated from college and I was so anxious I went ahead and graduated a year early.

For me Eric is every lovey cliche out there...he is the sweet to my sour, the ying to my yang, the bbq sauce to my chicken wings, you know, it could on and on.  But I will spare you all :)

I guess I wouldn't say we are in a slump, I mean we just celebrated the 7th year 3 days ago!  But there have been slumpin' times over the last 7 years, and there have been wonderful off the charts times, I think it is just the flow of marriage.  One thing that has truly helped Eric and I is our friendship.  We were friends before we were partners.  So sometimes it might be hard being Eric's wife but it's easy to be his friend.  Our friendship was built on common interests, on humor, on the ability to share life together, then our love for each other grew out of that.

So although the last 7 years have been some of the hardest in my life, they also have brought me the most joy, love, fun, and overall happiness I have ever experienced.  And that's because I got to share them all with my best friend, my husband, my constant supporter, and my most favorite person of all, Eric.           

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Can't Miss DaySpring Specials!

If you follow (in)courage {see their button on my sidebar} then you probably already know about (in)RL...In Real Life.  (in)RL was created to bring women together who read and share in the (in)courage website.  They had different meet ups all over the country, and if you couldn't find one near you, they had the option for you to stream it from your couch.  I wasn't able to participate, but this new May deal has me excited.  Read carefully because this is not advertised on the DaySpring website...for the rest of the month the (in)RL DVD and book study are 50% off!!  That's right, half off!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Molly's New Bike

A couple years ago we were handed down a bike from a couple in our church.  It was their daughter's and she had outgrown it, so it became Molly's.  It has served it's purpose for getting her started riding a bike, however this poor bike has seen one too many hits from a car's bumper.  I am guilty of some of these slight taps.  So while my mom was visiting this past weekend we ventured out to get Molly a new bike. 

Seriously who knew how difficult it would be to find a nice bike without a bunch of junk on it!  I know I am like the anti-fun mom, but I am way too practical for Molly to get a Princess bike and in a year she doesn't like Princesses anymore.  Trust me, I am cool with you getting your kid a Princess bike, I just don't roll that way.  So we went to 3 different big stores, and finally Molly settled on one.  I mean she likes it, it's cute, and it fits her pretty well.  So off we were with this whole bike riding thing. 

I think it will take her a little bit to trust herself.  Her bike has training wheels, don't worry I am not that much of a no-fun person.  I did allow her to have training wheels, ha!  But this bike actually is legit, unlike the poor other bike that has seen many better days.  On the other bike she was used to leaning to maintain her balance, well now the new bike is fully balanced, yet she still leans.  It's pretty funny to watch her. 

Here are some pictures of her and her new bike...

and off she goes...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fun with a box

Last week a big box from Target came in the mail for us.  I had ordered a new quilt for Lucy's big girl bed, which we have no future plans of making the transition, I just saw this cute quilt on clearance and knew it would look cute in her big girl room.  Well, we have tossed the idea around about the girls sharing a room once Lucy gets in a big girl bed, and they are going to both have the same bed frame.  It only made sense to get them both one, right?!  I think matching beds with two cute little girls in them is adorable.  So this box came and the girls just had a blast playing in it.  It was so funny watching them both get in it and then jump out and yell "peek a boo!"  Well Lucy yelled "boo!"  I was able to capture some cute pictures of them in between me laughing hysterically.

  I am beyond blessed...

Friday, May 18, 2012

Spring Portraits

I am terrible at getting Molly and Lucy's pictures taken professionally, like seriously awful!  Lucy has had her picture made professionally two times in her almost 18 months of life, not good!  I take pictures weekly of them, but never anything like formal.  But I do enjoy when they get their pictures made.  I love dressing them up and watching them smile.  Yesterday my mom and I took the girls to the studio and it was actually a fun time.  Both girls did really well, like shockingly well!  So it made the session go really smooth. 

Here are some of the pictures we got...

I love my girls!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Oatmeal Pancake Recipe

When Eric and I first started dating his mom would make oatmeal pancakes on occasion.  I was convinced I would hate them.  I like pancakes and I like oatmeal, but I am not a big one on mixing stuff together.  So I would always regretfully decline eating them.  Then one day they got smart and tricked me!  They told me they were regular pancakes, so of course I agreed to eat them, and loved them!  After I was finished they let me in on the secret, I really just ate oatmeal pancakes.  Ever since I have loved them, and honestly could not tell you the last time we ate normal pancakes.  Our poor kids probably know no other pancake other then oatmeal ones!  So I thought I would share this quick and easy recipe that you could make for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  More then likely you have all the ingredients on hand, too!

Oatmeal Pancake Ingredients:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Oatmeal (I use the quick oats)
Brown Sugar
Baking Soda 
2 bowls (one small, one large)
Step 1:
In the small bowl mix together 1 1/2 Cups sour milk...this is easy...1 1/2 C milk and 1 TBSP of apple cider vinegar, stir in 1 Cup of oats...let sit
 I normally use Skim Milk, but today we were out, so we had to use Lucy's milk, 
but any old (well not expired) milk will do!
Let sit about 5 minutes

Step 2:
In the larger bowl add 1/4 Cup melted butter, mix in with 2 eggs and 1/4 Cup brown sugar...I usually mix the eggs, add the butter, then stir in the brown sugar

Step 3:
Mix the ingredients from Step 1 into into the larger bowl, then add 1 Cup flour (I use whole wheat flour and honestly you can not taste a difference, and I have used white flour, both are fine), 1 Tsp baking soda, 1/2 Tsp salt...mix all together
Before flour, baking soda, and salt...
 And after...

Then scoop out and cook on the griddle or in a pan!  We usually add some chocolate chips in ours.  I would love to tell you how much this recipe makes but we usually get a different amount each time, our pancake sizes vary!  You can probably bet on 10, but I usually double the recipe since it's so easy and freeze all our left overs. 
 For the ladies...
 For the mommy :)
 My little helper!

My girls are spoiled and they only eat a hot breakfast, so we devour the leftovers in no time!  Enjoy!

**Disclaimer...I got this recipe from my mother-in-law, and I don't know where she got it from, so if your great grandma made it up, kudos to her!  And still enjoy the pancakes!**