But alas! Here’s what my week looked like instead:
But alas! Here’s what my week looked like instead:
I got the girls off to school (after we picked roses for their teachers), got Kole down for a nap, and decided my kitchen cupboards could use a little face lift. Rain always makes me want to turn on some music, organize my kitchen, and just enjoy the coziness of home.
First I tackled the bottom kitchen cupboards. These are all of the plastic bowls – the “safe zone” for my little one year old who loves to pull everything out.
Next I tackled my cupboard with all of the glass bowls. Here’s a “before” of this cupboard. Not awful, but definitely not as orderly as I like it to be.
Then I slowly made my way up to the top cupboards. I didn’t take a before of our plates and bowls, but it didn’t look too much different. This one is easy to maintain.
And the “after.” SOOO much better! Now I can easily get to my cleaning supplies and see what we are running low on. I also keep sunscreen in this cupboard because it is right by the back door – easy access when we are on our way out. My rarely used cook books are stored up high along with a rooster pitcher that was my Aunt Pat’s before she passed away a few years ago. I like that now I can see it and think of her every time I open this cupboard.
and then tackled the pots and pans. This cupboard is right below our homework drawer and was starting to become a catch all for bigger coloring books and art projects that were too big for the homework drawer AND the arts and crafts drawer. Probably a sign that we have way too much of this kind of stuff! This is the “before.”
I’ll never forget the first fight Kenny and I had. It was soon after returning from our honeymoon. We were in the grocery store on our first official married shopping trip. It all started in the cereal isle. We were buying Cranapple juice. Kenny wanted to get a generic brand. I insisted on Ocean Spray. Yes, Ocean Spray was $4.00 – over double the price of the generic Cranapple juice, but hello! Ocean spray tastes better! My mom always bought Ocean Spray and well… I wanted Ocean Spray. Kenny wasn’t having it. Next up was hair spray – once again Kenny wanted to buy some cheap generic junk. What!? Hairspray from the grocery store? Uh. no. I would be getting my Paul Mitchell from the salon thank you very much. It went on like this for the next hour – Kenny trying desperately to buy the cheapest possible option, going on and on about our sad little budget while I fought tooth and nail, desperately trying to hang on to the life I was used to under mom and dad’s roof. We finally came to blows in the broom isle. There was just NO WAY I was sweeping my floor with that cheap piece of crap broom…
Last week I went to a wedding shower for a friend. Before presents were opened, each guest was asked to share a bit of marriage advice for the soon to be bride. I felt myself saying amen and amen to everything that was said. Great advice for anyone about to get married and even better reminders for those of us who have been married for a while.
Here’s some of the advice that was shared:
- Don’t be in a rush to have kids. Enjoy that special time together when it’s just the two of you.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. Really. Your spouse will do a thousand little things that irritate you. Let the little stuff roll off your shoulder. You’ll both be a much happier couple if you do.
- “You can be right or you can stay married.” When you can tell an argument is escalating, be the one to step back and say I’m sorry.
- Make date nights a priority. ESPECIALLY after you have kids. Prioritize and plan for time together with just the two of you.
- Don’t think that your spouse can read your mind! Be specific about what you want/need in the relationship.
- Time apart is good! It’s important to have things you enjoy doing together and it’s important to have your own hobbies and interests.
- Don’t look to your spouse to make you happy. Prioritize yourself. Make time for the things you love that bring you happiness each day.
- Don’t talk badly about your spouse to friends/family.
- Make sure your spouse knows how much you appreciate him/her. (several ideas were shared about ways to do this – phone calls, notes, little surprises here and there…)
- Make sure that even with the craziness kids bring to your relationship your spouse knows that he/she is still a priority.
- Be a team. Don’t worry about whose job it is to do what. Always chip in and work together.
- Have fun together! Remember to laugh and not take life too seriously.
Remove tenderloin and shred into small pieces
Rinse out crock-pot and put shredded pork back in
Add all of the above ingredients
Stir and heat everything until warm (this takes a while – at least another hour)
Serve in warm flour tortillas with cheese and sour cream
I just love the island in this one. And the painted hood over the oven. And the windows over the sink. I just love it all!
These are my favorite wood floors. Big thick planks. I’m not a fan of this back splash or island, but I love the cabinets. And the dog. He looks like he loves white kitchens too. :)