January 2009


St. Louis, here we come! Mom, Jess, Missy, and I leave in the morning for a short weekend trip to the Fox Theater for a play and wedding dress shopping for Missy. I think Mitch is looking forward to some time with his little girl. This should be a fun weekend! I’ll take lots of pictures.

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Sorry, that’s the best title I’ve got in me due to the nature of this post.  First, I’ve finished a painting I’ve been working on for a guy Mitch works with.  This is the same MU fan who asked for the logo.  He wanted some tiger eyes, on a canvas, to hang in the bar area of his home.  So, this is what I painted on a 48×24 canvas. 

tiger eyes by you.

I think it turned out pretty good.  The photo isn’t the best because it was taken with my phone, but you get the idea.  Now, my plan is to paint some artwork to put up in our house.  I think we need more than just photos on the walls. 

Other news:

After a lot of thought and discussion, Mitch is changing jobs.  He was no longer happy with his job as a loan officer and it was apparent that upward mobility was lacking at the bank.  So, Mitch has decided to go back to work for Metropolitan Insurance with his dad.  This is going to be a bit of a change for us but in the long run will provide our family opportunities that the bank simply wouldn’t offer.  Mitch is excited and ready for a change.  I’m nervous and ready for Mitch to make a change.  What’s nice is that this will likely change the dynamics of our household a bit and take some of the pressure off of me to make the big bucks.  What’s nice is Mitch will be working in a supportive environment with his father who only wants the best for our family–that makes me feel a little better about the decision. 

Also, for those of you who don’t know, my youngest sister Missy got engaged just before Christmas.  She is so excited, and Bryan will be a great addition to our family.  The down side is that she will be moving back to Oklahoma.  I’ve already told Mitch that her move will require Gaby and I take some long weekends over the interim breaks to go see Aunt Missy.  We have our girls weekend coming up this weekend and dress shopping is on the agenda; along with other shopping, dinner at a fusion tapas restaurant, and Legally Blond at the Fox Theater.  The four of us are really looking forward to this time together.

Jessie, Kristina, and I are signing up for another half marathon. This one is March 28th in Olathe, KS. Since I had to walk the last one, I only have room to improve, right? Here’s to more running!

Mitch and I have had many conversations recently about our household.  We agree that we need to simplify our home.  We eat out too much; which is not only unhealthy, but it also depletes the bank account.  So, one of our efforts has been cooking at home more.  We both love to cook and often we find that what we’ve made tastes better than anything we would have ordered carryout. 

Last weekend I made beef and noodles, with homemade egg noodles.  Here is a picture of the noodles drying.  The mixing, kneading, rolling, and slicing was so relaxing that I had to take a picture of the process. 

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We also like to try new meals.  So when our Egyptian neighbor moved in, we’ve had the opportunity to share meals.  He has brought over kofta and I’ve made fried chicken with all the sides.  Since the kofta dinner, Mitch has wanted to try his hand at it.  I found a recipe for a pita-type bread (that is easy and very, very good).  Then we both looked for kofta and tahina(sauce) recipes.  Our neighbor did inform Mitch that this was more of a Turkish variety of kofta rather than Egyptian because it uses different spices.  Here are some pictures of the meal.  Now I can’t wait to make this in the summer with fresh vegetables.  Ah, only a few more months. 

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Those of you who know me well accept my addiction to fondness for fountain Diet Coke. However, when it’s 2 degrees in the morning I get strange looks walking into work with my bucket of soda. Don’t get me wrong I really like coffee too, but I don’t want to try 15 varieties to find one I like and the stuff from the store just doesn’t do it for me flavor-wise. Plus, I know what I like.

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Just look at that green and white awning, I think I’m salivating right now.  So, this morning, I ordered two cans of the coffee with chicory because Mitch and I love it.  I think we went through the can I brought back from New Orleans in about 3 weeks, in August, and that was rationing it.  I am craving that dark nutty flavor, and even with shipping it was cheaper than two bags of Starbucks coffee.  Cafe Du Monde regular coffee with chicory, I can’t wait until you get here.

Another overdue post.  I made close to half of the gifts we gave to family this year.  This is a feat of which I am proud and hope to improve upon next year.  Since I didn’t start early enough and worked my tail off for an A in the masters class that wrapped up a week before Christmas, I didn’t leave myself much time for my projects.  Starting the Sunday before Christmas, my bedtimes were as follows: 12:30, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:30.  I also took two afternoons off work.  Not to sleep–to craft.  However, I’m really, really happy with the results.  The only picture that isn’t include is my mother-in-law’s gift.  It is a family tree that I am still working on finishing.  I wasn’t happy with pictures I had in my files.  (These pictures aren’t the best.  I so want a DSLR camera.)  So, this is what everyone received:

Chad, the football/basketball coach got a school logo painted on canvas.

Chad's Gift by you.

My dad the Nebraska football fan, received a Huskers logo painted on canvas.

Dad's Gift by you.

Mitch’s sister Melissa, received silhouettes of her boys.  Grant’s favorite color is orange, so his background had to be orange.  Blake was wearing a blue shirt in the picture I took of him, so I thought this would be a nice compliment to the orange. 

Melissa's Gift Con't by you.

Melissa's Gift by you.

Jessie received Amy Butler lounge pants in some of the softest purple fabric.  I also got her a book that I loved reading. 

Jessie's Gift by you.

Finally, Missy received kitchen towels and a matching apron.  So cute, I have to make this pattern for myself.  It’s from Amy Butler’s In Stitches

Missy's Gift by you.

So I’m a little slow getting this out.  I was somewhat unplugged over Christmas and New Year’s, then work got busy with the legislative session starting up, so I’m just now getting around to posting about Christmas.  This was a good year.  By far this has been the most fun Christmas as a parent.  Gaby had so much fun with everything she was give.  Color books are already almost filled up and dress up clothes have been greatly used. 

Between Christmas and New Year’s, Gaby and I spent a few days with Jessie and Missy in Kansas City.  We had a lot of fun.  I got some new fabric I can’t wait to use.  Gaby got to ride in what she thought was Cinderella’s coach.  It was a fun trip.

With school, work, and all the Christmas crafting, I didn’t get Christmas cards out.  I hope to get a card of sorts out in the next couple of weeks.  Here are some of my favorite pictures of the holiday to tide you all over. 

Christmas Eve by you.

Christmas Cupcake by you.

Pony Ride by you.

Blake by you.

Chad's Gift by you.

Brothers by you.

Tinkerbell Eating "Cheese" by you.

First Look by you.

Gaby and Missy by you.

After the Car Ride by you.

Drummer by you.

Riding in the Coach by you.

Cruisin' by you.