Never Ever Ever…

I will never ever ever:

  •  get sick of eating cereal for dinner. Yum.
  • get tired of watching Pitch Perfect.  Momma got me the DVD for Christmas and I have probably watched it at least 20 times since. No exaggeration here.
  • stop wanting more pets.  Two cats and a dog is NOT enough! Jeremy is super thrilled about buying a house one day because then we’ll have room for the zoo that I have always wanted. Grin.
  • regret naming our chihuahua Optimus Prime.  It cracks me up.
  • turn down an opportunity to take a nap. Pure bliss.
  • enjoy waking up early.  I’m really hoping to work on this one.  Morning is such a wonderful time, but I usually miss it, unless I have to be up for work.  Wow…these last two points must give you the impression that I’m always sleeping! 🙂

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…and this year!

4th of July this year was an absolute blast…and a total success! It couldn’t have been more different from last year, but it was wonderful all the same!  Last year we were on our honeymoon, just beginning married life together, and this year, we’ve just celebrated our 1st anniversary and we are spending our first summer in Grand Rapids.

We spent the morning doing some housework and cleaning (so fun, I know) but not of course until after sleeping in. Grin.

Then I attempted my first official recipe…I always have loved to bake and have perfected brownies, muffins, and even cheesecake, but I’ve never actually made a real meal.  After being married for over a year, I thought it was time I start feeding my husband. Ha. (For those of you who are worried about his well-being, I assure you, he eats plenty.) 🙂

Inspired by one of my summer resolutions, I attempted an easy and inexpensive first recipe.  I found this crock-pot sloppy joe recipe awhile ago on Pinterest, and was saving it for a day like yesterday.  It was super easy (only 3 ingredients – 4 if you count water as an ingredient) and once I got all of the ingredients in the crock-pot  I cooked it on high for 3 hours.  And that was it.  So does it really count as my first real recipe if it was that easy? I sure hope so, because I felt proud about handling raw meat!

Success with the crock pot sloppy joes.

Success with the crock pot sloppy joes.

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Jeremy was very excited and seemed to really enjoy the sandwiches.  I didn’t get fancy enough to make sides to go with them, but I’m taking this cooking thing one step at a time.

After dinner, we headed over to our friend’s house to claim our front-row seats to the fireworks in East Grand Rapids.

Family :)

Family 🙂

Roomies :)

Roomies 🙂

Love of my life.

Love of my life.

Our regal-looking, 4th of July-celebrating chihuahua :)

Our regal-looking, 4th of July-celebrating chihuahua 🙂

Optimus and I were slightly afraid of the fireworks being shot off by the neighbors, but we survived and saw some beautiful fireworks!

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

So our first 4th of July spent in Grand Rapids was a success and we had a total blast.  Love the community that we’re a part of.  So where will we be this time next year? Your guess is as good as ours! We’re trusting God to lead us in the way He would have us go.  I guess my next year’s 4th of July blog post will reveal where that is!

Happy Saturday!

20 Fun Facts (about me!)

1. I have chronic hiccups. I get them almost everyday, usually twice a day.  I’ve been a victim of chronic hiccups for the past few years.

2. My favorite color is PINK.  This is not a phase. It’s the real deal. Pink makes me smile.

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3. I’m a stomach sleeper. Hardcore.  This is a somewhat recent development.

4. Speaking of sleep, to sleep well, I require 2 things: complete darkness and white noise.  I sleep with a fan on every single night (now Jeremy has gotten addicted to the white noise too) and I need pitch black…I even have to turn my alarm clock away from me so the red numbers don’t keep me awake…intense, I know.

5. I like theology. I like learning about it and discussing it with others. I’m minoring in religion at Calvin – for fun.  I’m not good at it, and my grades aren’t the highest, and I certainly don’t understand the half of it, but I enjoy being stretched in this way.

6. I married my high school sweetheart. I think it’s even more fun to say that I married my prom date.  We’re not traditional high school sweethearts (we didn’t go to the same high school) but it counts all the same.

Me and my now-husband before senior prom in 2010 :)

Me and my now-husband before senior prom in 2010 🙂

7. The Goo Goo Dolls are my all-time favorite band and Jeremy and I have seen them in concert 4 times, including the night we got engaged.

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8. I love all animals, but I have a particularly crazy obsession with squirrels and ducks.  Mainly ducks. They’re just pretty great.

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A squirrel I feed on campus :)

A squirrel I feed on campus 🙂

9. I have a passion for adoption, both international and domestic.  I hope one day to use my social work degree to work in this particular area, assisting families in the adoption process.

10. Jeremy and I have a dog and 2 cats.  Our dog, Optimus Prime, is a chorkie (chihuahua-yorkie mix) and weighs 4 pounds.  Our cats are Sanford and Puma (aka Princess, aka our little linebacker.)  They’re all boys and we never plan to have any girl pets – I just prefer boys for some reason.

Our sweet San-man, as we like to call him.

Our sweet San-man, as we like to call him.

Our Optimus Prime :)

Our Optimus Prime

Our little linebacker :)

Our little linebacker

11. I currently have 3 tattoos and I hope to get more.  I also will never get inked with something that doesn’t hold powerful meaning and that can’t be a witness to my faith.

12. I enjoy watching sports: Football, baseball, and basketball (during March Madness with the hubs.)  Favorite teams are New England Patriots and the Phillies (they became my go-to baseball team when I married a Phillies fan.)

13. I like lists. (See current posting. Ha.)

14. I’m a coffee girl. I try to limit to two cups a day, but some days require three cups! Hazelnut creamer is my fave.  Starbucks is an occasional treat but when I go, I always get a grande, cinnamon dolce, soy latte!  I prefer Dunkin Donuts, but sadly, we don’t have any of those here in Grand Rapids.

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15. I love pens.  I like buying new pens and I like writing in different colored pens.

16. If I had to pick one song to describe my Christian walk and my faith, I would pick “Sweetly Broken” by Jeremy Riddle.  This song has spoken to my heart for years.  One of my tattoos is even based on this song! If you’ve never heard the song, you’re missing out – listen to it here.

17. Usually at different times in my life, different Scripture speaks to my heart, but there is a verse that is my constant (which also inspired another tattoo.) That verse is Philippians 4:7: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  I have suffered from anxiety in the past and this verse is my constant reminder that God’s peace guards my heart and my mind, and His peace is greater than my small understanding and my fears.

18. I can’t live without my aquaphor! This stuff defies all chap stick and lip gloss that you’ve ever tried. It’s particularly helpful in the dry winter but I like to use it all year long.  You can ask Jeremy – I will have a slight panic attack if we go somewhere and my aquaphor isn’t in my purse!

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19. My go-to candy: Junior Mints. Yum.

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And finally…

20.  I’m obsessed with journals.  I always have a journal that I currently use but mostly I just buy them and then they sit around our house filled with blank pages. I just love journals and I might have a slight addiction to buying them.  I know for a fact that I’m not alone in this one, though!  So if you plan to put me in an intervention for this,  I’ll give you some names of other girls who should be right there with me. You know who you are. Grin.

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Thanks for that, Nashville.

Nashville. Yep, that’s the name of the capital of Tennessee, but I know it better as the name of my new favorite TV show (currently on summer hiatus.)  I was hesitant about watching the series initially because I am was NOT a country music fan (no offense to those who are/have always been.)  Then a friend of mine (also not a country music fan) convinced me that the show was too good to miss.  Long story short, I caught up with the first half of the season and began avidly watching every Wednesday night through the rest of the semester.  You can catch up on season 1 of the show here.

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So… here comes the crazy part. Brace yourselves (that’s what I should have warned my husband before I told him)… all of a sudden I’m finding myself enjoying obsessing over country music.  WHAT??!?  I feel like I woke up a different person one morning.  For those of you reading this and wondering why this warrants a blog post, you obviously don’t me or my music tastes that well.  I’ve always had many friends who love country music but that is was not me!

So what does this have to do with my new fave show “Nashville”?  Well, obviously, I blame the show!  I started liking the music on the show and it went all down hill from there.

Now for all you country music lovers, and in defense of the genre, I never absolutely hated all country music.  I’ve actually always enjoyed Carrie Underwood’s music and could handle some “light” country including Carrie and Lady Antebellum.

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But now my always existing Carrie Underwood Pandora radio station gets played nearly every day…and I find myself “thumbs-upping” many songs of the Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, and Eli Young Band variety.  Oh, and plenty of soundtrack music from my fave new show and the changer of my music tastes – thanks for that, “Nashville.” 😉

“Nashville” image: http://www.tnvacation.com/triptales/watch-nashville-and-enter-to-win-a-nashville-experience/

Carrie image: http://beatcrave.com/2010-01-28/carrie-underwood-will-sing-national-anthem-at-super-bowl/

Lady A. image: http://www.molsonamphitheatre.net/events/event/lady-antebellum/