Recap of the Week: Puppies, Date Nights and the Polar Vortex (March 1st through 7th)

It all started Saturday when I went shopping for spring clothes again.  It was the perfect day for warm weather shopping.  I think we even hit the 80s!  Also, it was the first Saturday of the month, the day that I shop for all the household goods for the month (ex, cleaners, shampoo, toilet paper, etc).  I like to make this trip only once a month, because that way it is easier to keep track of what we spend on these kinds of items.

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And, since it was so wonderful outside, I also took the opportunity to clean out the garden for the spring (and hopefully encourage spring to get here soon too!).  I am looking forward to actual spring when we start to plant.  I haven’t decided the entire garden yet, but I know it will be yummy.  All I did this weekend was remove old plants and clean out any trash that may have blown into the garden.  Next I will be turning the soil, preparing it for seed!

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Then, that evening, Michael’s brother, Christopher, and his wife, Rach (who some of you may know), stayed overnight.  We stayed up past midnight (which is really big deal for this goes-to-bed-at-9-most-nights kind of girl) talking about everything.  It was wonderful catching up.

We got up early Sunday morning for church.  Then we had a volunteer fair during our normal bible class times where different community groups (not affiliated with our church, just work in the community) gathered to share opportunities for involvement.  This is part of a bigger push to encourage our church family to get more involved in the community.  There were some pretty well known names like Big Brother/Big Sister club as well as Habitat for Humanity, but there were also local homeless shelters and salvation army-type places as well.

Then, we headed to lunch, ate, and drove straight back to the church building for our missions meeting.  Rach and Christopher were so patient during all of this.  I really appreciated it!  Michael handles the budget for our  missions group, so we couldn’t miss the meeting.  During the meeting, however, we head some loud cracks of thunder.  That’s when the polar vortex began.

Slowly our world started turning to ice.  Our afternoon plans included visiting the annual Barkus Parade held in McKinney.  I have been in the past and have had a great time.  We didn’t know if it would still go on with all the crazy weather.  Turns out, the parade moved indoors to the theater for more of a fashion show than a parade.  Knowing that Rach and Christopher share our love for dogs, we knew we couldn’t miss it this year.  So we headed straight to the event to hopefully beat the icy roads, meaning that I didn’t have a chance to grab my camera from home, so you will have to excuse the phone quality of the shots down below.

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The costumes were so cute.  The owners would dress up as well and have really neat themes.  The dog in the police costume above was part of the Village People theme.  Also, the girl on the right with the adorable pit is my sister-in-law, Rach.  The dog just snuggled right into her lap.  It was so precious!

It iced through Sunday night into Monday.  I managed to get a little picture of our front walk.  It melted by Tuesday though, and by the end of the week, it was absolutely wonderful again.  The temps had crept back up into the 60s, and it was all sunshine.

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Friday night ended perfectly with a surprise date night with my husband.  He came home with flowers and a rental movie, About Time.  The movie was sweet (made by the same people who did Love Actually).  I loved the message about letting go of worry and anxiety and enjoy the silver linings in life, no matter how many days you are guaranteed.

6tag_070314-214328I had a wonderful week full of wonderful memories.  It’s been so busy, but it has been really nice.  I look forward to the next week to come!  Let me know how your week went.  Did you have any memorable moments?

 

Recap of the Week: Short and Sweet (February 22nd through 28th)

So, I have been a busy little bee this past week, but I got very little photographic documentation of any of it.  As I mentioned yesterday, I started to not feel well by the end of Saturday.  We stopped by a fundraising function for a friend who is headed to South Africa for mission work.  In fact part of her team is leaving today!  We are so happy for her and her whole team!

Then, Sunday night, we hosted a game night at our house.  We played this game called Nerts which is like a huge game of Solitaire.  It takes a lot of different decks of cards, but it’s oh so worth it.

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We also had King Cake, a Mardi Gras tradition.  I grew up in New Orleans, so this was a real treat for me.  Unfortunately, I, again, forgot to take any pictures before it was gobbled up.  In my defense, I was still on the mend from feeling under the weather.

The rest of the week consisted of long work days and a lot of crazy weather (we went from freezing temps to high 70s in one week!).  We have guests coming in tonight, so I’m going to get back to cleaning up and prepping my home.  Even though I didn’t get a whole lot of pictures, I did get videos up for you on Thursday and Friday.  I promise to work harder at getting some pictures throughout this next week.  As a consolation, I did take several puppy pics on Instagram which I will leave you with today.

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I hope you all are having a great weekend!  Let me know how your week went in the comments below.  Thanks for reading!

Recap of the Week: Finally Getting Back to Normal (February 3rd-7th)

After the craziness of the past several months, I was elated to experience the normalcy of a week like this one.  Not only was I able to find my footing again, but I also worked on some of the goals I hoped to accomplish this year.  On top of that, Michael was home the entire week.  We had dinner together, ran errands together, and just spent time together as a couple.  I know that during busy season, we are not guaranteed many weeks like this one, so I cherished every moment.

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The weather has been a bit uncertain this week.  As I mentioned in my Wednesday blog, we celebrated the Superbowl at home this year due to the threatening, icy weather.  By Monday morning, the weather had cleared and warmed up a bit.  I even managed to take Jerzee for a walk and then on Tuesday, I was able to visit with a sweet friend for lunch (that’s her precious pup in the second picture).  By Wednesday night, the temperatures were descending pretty quickly.  We managed to snag a small treat from Sonic that night, and I’m glad we did.

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Thursday morning, I woke up to ice and snow covering the streets and sidewalks. I had planned to run some errands Thursday, but I couldn’t get out of our neighborhood without slipping and sliding through stop signs (I do have some experience driving in snow, and I was being extremely careful, but my little Nissan Versa is not made for this weather!).  So, I returned home.  The ice melted by mid-afternoon, and that evening Michael and I headed to Whole Foods for groceries.  It was nice to get some of the planned errands accomplished, even if it ended up being later than usual.

Speaking of accomplishments, I also had some exciting things revealed on the blog this week.  I posted my new blogging schedule on Thursday, which I’m loving!  It is one step closer to having a set schedule for my daily routine.  I hope to share those schedules with you in the next few weeks.  Also, I’m finally on Instagram!  It took me long enough, but I am truly enjoying the app on my phone.  Below is my favorite picture so far.  I’m so lucky that my dogs are willing to model for me.

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As the week comes to a close, I am so thankful for a slower, more scheduled routine.  I feel like I’ve been in survival mode forever! I realize that sometimes chaos just happens, but as I have said before, I truly thrive in a more structured setting. I thank God that He blesses me with weeks like these.  Sometimes it’s harder to remember that He is in control during these weeks when all the boxes get checked and all the goals are accomplished.  In the chaos I tend to cling more, so I’m learning to grow closer to him in these routine moments as well.

I would love to hear what blessings you experienced this week.  Did anyone experience crazy weather like we did?  Hope you are all finding ways to stay warm!

Recap of the Week: Finally Getting Back to Normal (February 3rd-7th)

After the craziness of the past several months, I was elated to experience the normalcy of a week like this one.  Not only was I able to find my footing again, but I also worked on some of the goals I hoped to accomplish this year.  On top of that, Michael was home the entire week.  We had dinner together, ran errands together, and just spent time together as a couple.  I know that during busy season, we are not guaranteed many weeks like this one, so I cherished every moment.

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The weather has been a bit uncertain this week.  As I mentioned in my Wednesday blog, we celebrated the Superbowl at home this year due to the threatening, icy weather.  By Monday morning, the weather had cleared and warmed up a bit.  I even managed to take Jerzee for a walk and then on Tuesday, I was able to visit with a sweet friend for lunch (that’s her precious pup in the second picture).  By Wednesday night, the temperatures were descending pretty quickly.  We managed to snag a small treat from Sonic that night, and I’m glad we did. 

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Thursday morning, I woke up to ice and snow covering the streets and sidewalks. I had planned to run some errands Thursday, but I couldn’t get out of our neighborhood without slipping and sliding through stop signs (I do have some experience driving in snow, and I was being extremely careful, but my little Nissan Versa is not made for this weather!).  So, I returned home.  The ice melted by mid-afternoon, and that evening Michael and I headed to Whole Foods for groceries.  It was nice to get some of the planned errands accomplished, even if it ended up being later than usual.

Speaking of accomplishments, I also had some exciting things revealed on the blog this week.  I posted my new blogging schedule on Thursday, which I’m loving!  It is one step closer to having a set schedule for my daily routine.  I hope to share those schedules with you in the next few weeks.  Also, I’m finally on Instagram!  It took me long enough, but I am truly enjoying the app on my phone.  Below is my favorite picture so far.  I’m so lucky that my dogs are willing to model for me. 

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As the week comes to a close, I am so thankful for a slower, more scheduled routine.  I feel like I’ve been in survival mode forever! I realize that sometimes chaos just happens, but as I have said before, I truly thrive in a more structured setting. I thank God that He blesses me with weeks like these.  Sometimes it’s harder to remember that He is in control during these weeks when all the boxes get checked and all the goals are accomplished.  In the chaos I tend to cling more, so I’m learning to grow closer to him in these routine moments as well.

I would love to hear what blessings you experienced this week.  Did anyone experience crazy weather like we did?  Hope you are all finding ways to stay warm!

Look What I Found: Instagram

I know that Instagram has been out for a while now, and quite popular as well.  However, I am just getting into the app now because I have a Windows Phone, the first smart phone I have ever owned.  I like the Windows Phone – the live tiles, the scrolling, and the streamlined accessibility to everything I need.  Despite all of its wonderful features, since the OS is so new, a lot of the more trendy apps aren’t available or compatible with the phone.

Although being the last to get things can have its advantages.  A lot of the major bugs are fixed.  There are more experienced reviews available.  Plus, if I have to wait for it, then it can prevent an impulsive buy. 

That said, if you follow me on Twitter (and I highly recommend that you do), then you know I’ve had this app now for about a month.  You also might be able to tell that I am obsessed with my dogs, since they make up over half of my posts.  And I wanted to share with you three ways this app has helped make my life a little easier and brighter

1. It helps me update my Twitter on a daily basis.  One of my New Year goals was to update my twitter every day, and while I haven’t quite perfected this goal yet, Instagram is a fun way to do this on a regular basis.  Of course, it helps to have such cute fur-babies to document.

2. It helps me take an assortment of pictures for my weekly recaps on Saturday.  I used some Instagram photos in the past few Recap of the Week posts.  As I briefly mentioned in my blog yesterday, I have had some trouble remembering my camera when I go places, but I almost always have my phone nearby.  The photo editing built into Instagram also helps me crop and edit photos so they are ready for straight upload into my blog, a very easy transition that definitely makes life easier for me!

3. It has made me more confident and motivated online. I have found inspiration from the infinite amount of people out there who share my similar interests.  I have even reached out to some of these people and brands, and received a warm response in return.  I’m sure I will eventually stumble upon trolls and negativity, but it’s really been a welcoming experience thus far.

There are definitely some great ideas out there that I hope to incorporate into my own pictures. There are definitely some limitations to the photo editing, like adding watermarks, that require additional apps, but overall it’s pretty user friendly.  I look forward to learning more and gaining more confidence with my pictures!

If you would like to find me on Instagram, I am @KatysLoveStory (which is the same handle I have on Twitter).  If any of you have an Instagram, please share so I can follow you on your own photographic journeys!