Home Sweet Home

Thanks to my AMAZING husband for buying me my living room set today!

I had given away all my furniture in Iowa to my friend Amanda, and once we got to Georgia I donated a lot of my hubby’s stuff to the Salvation Army. (They are one of the few charities where your monetary donations actually goes towards the mission and not the pockets of corporate executives; we are a huge supporter of them and the Boy/Girl Scouts, as well as the ICRC.)

We’ve looked at two other furniture stores, and were considering the PX; but my husband wanted high-end furniture, I was okay with the inexpensive stuff at Walmart (their online home furniture actually has some really nice affordable stuff). I am not too peculiar about that stuff, I am not looking for heirloom quality, just something that looks nice.

I had already set up the donation pickup for the Salvation Army, so my wonderful hubby asked me last night if I wanted to get my living room set today, and he got me everything I wanted today at Ashley Furniture for our new sweet home together — we got the complete Ilena living room set: sofa, love seat, oversized chair, and ottoman. It’s an overstuffed style, with a tweed-like fabric (it’s actually herring-bone weave), and nail-head trim. So we actually did end up with heirloom quality furniture after all, ha!

We are finally complete with our home decor and furnishings. I am so happy that my hubby let me re-decorate our home, especially the sunroom (which will be my “sewing room”). When we were at the store finishing our sales order, I gave my hubby a kiss because I was so happy, and the sales associate helping us said, Oh, I can tell he spoils you! Ha, he most certainly does — every woman should be so lucky to have a man treat them as great as my hubby treats me. ♡

Afterwards, my daughter and I went to introduce ourselves to our neighbor who has a daughter the same age as mine. My daughter wanted a play-date, so I asked her parents if it was okay for her to come over to our home to play.

My daughter is very friendly, and I see how easy it is for her to make friends, so I’ve kind of been taking cues from her as an adult trying to build new friendships; this is especially difficult as a military family because we won’t be in Georgia forever, and it’s hard establishing relationships without roots.

I think our neighbors are Indian, they spoke with an accent, and they seemed very traditional. I am glad that my daughter is getting the cultural exposure she was lacking in Iowa. When they opened the door, the smell of curry and other spices were overwhelming, but I wanted my daughter to be culturally competent, and as a social studies teacher it’s so important for me that my children are worldly and culturally sophisticated.

I grew up speaking two languages at home, and studying a third language all through junior high school, high school, and college. When deciding to pursue teaching, I didn’t want elementary like a lot of young female teachers choose, I wanted social studies. So diversity is extremely important to me as a parent.

Today was a lovely day, and I’m so grateful for everything that God has blessed me with, especially my husband. ♡

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

We’ve been in Georgia for a week, and I’ve been feeling a bit lonely and depressed, so my amazing husband purchased orchestra seats at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts to see Cinderella. He’s not into that kind of stuff, so instead it was a mother-daughter date with my mini-me.

She’s never seen a live theatre performance before; of course, being a New York City gal, nothing compares to Broadway though… but unfortunately my mini-me only spends a few weeks each year in New York City, so this was something special for her.

The show was different than the Disney Cinderella that she’s used to, but she still loved it. She loved all of the dancing and twirling, and Cinderella’s beautiful dresses. She was twirling all over the place while we waited for my husband to pick us up — she kept saying what a special day it was.

We found her a dress that matched mine, and a hot pink purse that matched mine too — she truly is my mini-me. I love having a daughter. ♡

Thank you to the best husband in the world, who is also the best father to our daughter, for getting us the tickets for our mother-daughter date night. We are so lucky to have him, he’s our real Prince Charming. ♡

Happy Mother’s Day ♡

Happy Mother’s Day to me! ♡

Pictured is my annual Mother’s Day bouquet. No filter by the way, my bouquet really is this lovely; some of the flowers are still budding, but will open in a few days… I just noticed the flower-pick looks like the Twitter bird, ha!

And a huge congratulations to my SIL for earning her second master degree; she now has a master in nursing (besides from her first master in theology). We are all so proud of her. ♡

Goodbye to the Pony

I think every woman’s goal when she meets a man is to get him on to her spider web. Ha!

Well, my man is definitely all tangled up in my web! Not only am I unbelievably spoiled rotten by him (I mean, I did choose my own obnoxiously priced engagement ring), but since the first day I met him, I’ve been working on removing every last bit of single-free-manhood from him (insert devious, sinister laughter) — my wonderful manly grunt drives the very symbolism of man, a Mustang.

So he’s a gym rat, and every time I call him he’s either running or lifting, at the gym, or playing on his Xbox (man-child!)… I can deal with certain Peter Pan syndromes in a grown man… but the Mustang, no.

There are only 3 types of men who drives around in performance cars — ridiculously rich men, men going through a mid-life crisis, and bachelors. Because no young man under 50 with a two-door car has a wife and kids waiting for him at home… how’s he going to put a car seat in something like that anyway!?

The mister did not want to get rid of the pony. He bought it brand new and it’s only four years old. It only has 30,000 miles on it, practically a showroom demo car with that low of a mileage; but lately I’ve been crocheting baby blankets for our non-existent baby because my baby fever has been through the roof.

He called me on Skype this morning and while we were talking he asked me what car he should get next. My man-child is trading in his Mustang for a much needed SUV for our little growing family. I said Jeep since it’s a very affordable line of SUVs, but he likes the Ford Explorer instead… one victory at a time, I suppose.

I think every man wants to hold on to being single forever, it’s like their dream of being a space cowboy or something. But eventually they fall in love with a woman and do boring things like get a 401K, and trade in their coupes for a vehicle that can seat 7 people and/or has a 60/40 split seating cargo option. I love him so much for always doing everything he can to make me happy… including putting away his space cowboy ideas.