Ahhh...another week has come and has almost gone...this week carried some news with it that required a little celebration. I can't resist a good chance to build suspense and I just can't share this news with the blog world yet. Keep reading over the next several months and eventually I will have to spill it. All I'm going to say is...it's NOT a baby!!! Wanted to make that clear!
This weekend was a relaxing one and was far too short! Saturday morning was spent doing taxes...yuck! Taxes are no fun, esspecially when you owe them instead of getting the nifty refund that lots of people get! Of course they say it is more fiscally responsible to pay taxes in April because that means that you have been earning interest on your money all year instead of giving it to the government to earn interest on, just so you can get a refund (with no interest). That doesn't make writing checks to the government any more fun...even as a lisence-pending CPA, taxes make me so paranoid that I will leave something out, so hopefully we won't get any "screw-up" letters from the IRS!
To blow off some steam after that miserable task, Chris and I went out to the CAFB lake for a picnic. I made guacamole bacon grilled cheese sandwhiches and homemade hummus and we brought a bottle of wine out and played with Mason. I am just loving this weather!
|Complete with homemade bread :)|
Saturday night was fondue night...I had been meaning to bust out the fondue set again, and I figured that the rare weekend spent at home with no big events planned was the perfect weekend for it.
Chris had some studying to do on Monday, so I kept myself busy by making some Easter candle-holders out of doileys, doing a little decorating in the kitchen and around the house, and some other things on my list. For lunch we made black bean burgers and they were delicious! For those of you who like to save money and who aren't scared of veggie substitutes, I would highly recommend this. Black bean burgers don't necessarily taste like hamburgers, but they are low fat and very delicious! And get this...6 black bean burgers cost about $1.50. I'm pretty sure you would be lucky to make 6 hamburgers for $5. We put the leftover guacamole from the picnic along with some white cheddar cheese on them and they were dee-lish.
Monday we had Jon and Autumn over for dinner. Autumn left Tuesday to go to Washington for a couple of weeks for a wedding so it was nice to catch up before she headed out. Tuesday we returned to Little Tokyo and it was my turn to take a picture with the sushi "Love Boat".
|Fast forward many years, and I feel like this picture of me would be a pretty good indication of what our future teenage sons could look like...haha|
So, I've been doing a little updating on the blog and have decided on a couple of things. First of all, there is a new page that I'm going to add tomorrow with all the events going on in Columbus. Lately, I have had quite a few people ask me how I know everything that's going on, and it's mainly because I just look high and low to find some fun events to try. However, Columbus isn't the type place that you can just google "events this weekend in Columbus, MS" and come up with...well, anything! Hopefully this page will be useful to some of our friends here, to me, and to any of our friends/family who I know are looking for excuses to visit us :)
Another thing I'm going to start doing tomorrow is something I'm going to call Friday Favs. I know some of my friends are laughing at what a nerd I am right now! Laugh on, but I know you will love it! I am constantly coming up with recipes, tips, products, ideas, etc that I want to share with the people I care about. I have gotten even more obsessed with this since a.) joining Pinterest, and b.) becoming an avid blog-reader. The problem with these venues is that on Pinterest, as much as I love it, it is hard to keep organized the things you would like to try, and the things you have tried. Beyond that, it's hard to organize the things you would recommend that you have tried, and the things you wouldn't recommend. Plus, not everyone has Pinterest, and it's not the best avenue to describe things in too much detail.
The main problem with sharing things on this blog is that, unlike most of the blogs I read, which focus on cooking/decorating/crafting/couponing, etc, this blog isn't really about anything except for, well...us! I am not an expert enough in any field to attempt dedicating an entire blog to it, nor do I have the time. But I do have time to write reviews about the many venues I use, whether sucessfully or unsuccessfully, to spice things up and keep them interesting. I have been sharing these in the blog all along, but not in much detail, and I feel that they kind of "clutter" the point I am usually trying to make, which is, more or less, "here is what we did this week". This way, if you don't care what we do, you can just read my Friday Favs posts, and if you don't care about the Friday Favs, you can just read the normal posts.
Chris passed his test on Monday with a 90 and has another one, the hardest one so far, tomorrow on weather. Then he is done with academics and gets to take his first flight! Everyone wish him luck and keep him in your prayers... He passed his PFT (Physical Fitness Test) yesterday and did even better on it than he did on the last one. Next week he begins FORMAL release (this is a correction...previously I ha written permanent release, but thank goodness, it's not permanent!) which means that he will be gone a mandatory twelve hours a day. So if he goes in at 4am, he gets off at 4pm. If he goes in at 9:30am he gets off at 9:30pm. He doesn't get to choose when he goes in, it's all on a schedule and will vary day to day. We hope this demanding schedule only lasts the minimum amount of time. The amount of time spent on formal release depends on how long it takes the class to meat certain qualifications.
So there is the update! Ever since I have gotten so into reading blogs, I have been itching to try something different with ours...we will see how it goes! I'll leave you with some pics of our house all decorated for Easter. Thanks for reading!
|I am in the market for some Easter egg placemats...if anyone knows where I can get some, let me know!|
|That is one of my homemade doiley candle holders.|
|My other candle holders.|
|See how hard Chris is studying for his tests...wait, that's an ESPN magazine.|
|Yes, we have light up Easter eggs!|