Thursday, January 29, 2009

prayers please

Please pray for me that I am able to let go of this pain completely before it eats me alive! I am scared at the hurt feelings that are bubbling into a grudge I will not be able to break through, which I know in turn will weaken my faith.

I love you all and I'm so thankful for the friendships I have forged through this arena of my life I wish we all lived in the same area I could really use a hug from a good friend. :)

Mrs. A

superbowl menu

I'm super excited we're going to make a bunch of appetizers on Sunday for the game just for the two of us it should be fun and yummy..

Here's the menu so far:

tortilla pinwheels
cheese and sausage biscuits
chips & queso
hot bacon cheese dip and french bread
chicken wings

carrot cake
football cookies

I am most excited about chicken wings as I've never made them and really want to give it a try.

Last night I finished my baby shower gift and got my kitchen all tidied up the best I could since I have no cabinet space and everything is sitting on the kitchen table.
Oh well I'll have a pantry soon.

Tonight I'm making a diaper cake for a baby shower and dropping off my gift haven't decided if I'll stay yet as it is at the church where I've had issues with some people

changing the sheets on our bed and making chocolate almond biscotti.

more later.......

Mrs. A

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

old man winter is mean!

So the last few days here in good ole Oklahoma have been miserable we got ice and lots of it Monday and left work early. Then both Jeremy and I worked yesterday but I got off early yet again seeing as how there were only about 9 of us in my office.

It's still cold but at least the ice and sleet is melting.

So anyway onto weekly goals 2 days late and a quick What's going on in my head Wednesday.

This week I need to accomplish the following:

Tonight I need to finish a baby shower gift
pick up the kitchen
start some laundry
and vacuum

change the sheets on our bed
more laundry
make biscotti for food day at work on Friday

movie night at home with my sweetie

big shopping day for new TV and stand
cleaning the oven
purchasing supplies to begin the transformation of my TV armoire into a pantry
finish laundry
clean out our car since it's supposed to be warmer this weekend
bake a carrot cake for Monday's meeting

work on pantry
menu plan

and my goals for the week are:

to continue with morning prayer time
to not slack on housework
to bake some yummy treats
to continue eating at table

A quick what's going on in my head:

I was reading another blog recently and she has a saying on her blog that says

be the kind of woman that when you wake up in the morning the devil says "oh Crap she's up"

How awesome would that be? To be such a powerful christian woman that the devil fears us. I pray someday I can be this strong.

Later Alligators,

Mrs. A

Monday, January 26, 2009

it's icey in Oklahoma

which makes me just wanna curl up in my blanket and cuddle with my sweetie while watching a movie.

I'll be back tomorrow.

Friday, January 23, 2009

update on my evening and a request

Hey friends

Well let's review how did my evening go?

clean bathroom-check

dishes-check (but they are still in the dishwasher so I need to put them away tonight)

sweep and mop kitchen and bathroom-sort of check sweeping got done but mopping did not so it goes on the list for tonight.

pick up clutter-check


make bed-didn't get this done because I decided I needed to change the sheets so this will be done tonight.

start laundry-oy I'm so bad about laundry I hate it so I put it off I will start laundry tonight I WILL!!!!

Now on to my request:

I have added a new blog to my sidebar called "The Smith Family Scoop"
she's a friend's sorority sister and her little boy is suffering from cancer.
She's going through some hard times.

Please pray for this beautiful family!

Later Alligators....

Mrs. A

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I need some accountability

I have got to get our apartment clean tonight as our weekend is super busy so here's my rundown.

Clean bathroom
sweep and mop both kitchen and bathroom
pick up clutter in living room and bedrooms
make bed
start laundry

Ok tomorrow I'll post on my progress.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What's going on in my head Wednesday!

Today I'm choosing to write about my struggle with over-committment.

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit" — yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. (James 4:13-16)

As an event chair for a large volunteer organization, someone who tries very hard to stay actively involved in church, someone who desires a clean well kept home, and someone my friends and or family feel they can call on when they need a special dessert or craft project made.

I often struggle with over-committment.

As I'm sure you can tell from some of my daily schedules for myself I often run myself ragged from 5:00 AM to 12:00AM the next morning only to wake up and do it all again the next day. Please don't get me wrong I love my volunteer work, and love that my friends, family and church feel as though they can count on me. But sometimes I wish that I had time just for sitting and being quiet and calling upon the Lord more often. I will admit that my daily prayer times are usually during my commute to and from work or to and from events. I have done really well since the beginning of the year in making sure that I read my Bible daily and I'm glad for that but I often feel like just reading the Word and not taking the time to soak it up is really doing myself a disservice.

There are 2 reasons I can think of that I often over-commit myself

1 is that I truly do not like to disappoint people a little peice of my heart breaks when ever I hear disappointment in someone's voice and know that I caused it.

2. I like to think I'm super-woman sometimes and trust me I'm not but I think this superiority complex I have about myself stems from the fact that I have always been an over achiever and up until getting married I was successful at it.

The reality of the matter is I accomplish more in my day when I limit my tasks to a few specific things.

I have been struggling with this today especially as I failed to make an important phone call because I simply forgot. I have now disappointed this person and lost a little bit integrity in their eyes which means I will have to work twice as hard to regain that respect. Oy I hate that feeling. :(

Words are so powerful and "sure I can do that" have been my downfall more than once.

Dear Lord,

I pray that you give me the strength to say no to things when necessary. And the judgement to know when I have far too many things going on and need quiet time with you. I ask that you help me to remember I am by no means super-woman and would be nothing without your saving grace. Lord help me to keep those committments I do make and help me to only commit to the things I know I can keep.

In your precious name I pray,

Later Alligators......

Mrs. A

a little organization please?

So I posted on Monday that I needed to clean out my fridge well I figured I'd post a pic of my hardwork because I'm so glad it's finally clean. I don't have a before pic because it was kind of scary.

Now I have it all organized by what I use most and everything is in neat containers.
I even organized my produce drawer which is sort of skimpy at the moment as I haven't been to the farmers market.

the door where I keep my milk for cooking, silk for drinking, and other condiments.


the inside: the bottom shelf is where leftover's containers and bulk items go.

the middle shelf is for lunch and dinner prep, and the top shelf is for drinks, (PS pay no attention to my white wine I had chilling last night)


my produce drawer which is a little empty at the moment:


and just for fun a picture from our example tent site we set up at our Relay For Life kick off last Thursday night (I am so upset with myself that this is the only picture I got)

Hope you enjoyed:

Regular what's going on in my head Wednesday post still to come.

later alligators.......

Mrs. A

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Relay For Life 2008

Here's just a sampling of pictures from our Relay event last year.

all of our 235 beautiful survivors preparing for their survivor victory lap


an awesome panorama shot of the field last year as we were setting up for luminaria


me reading during the luminaria ceremony it's blurry but I think it symbolizes how I felt blurry and tired as I'd been up since 7:00 AM but I was pressing on.


some of the committee and team captains who were caregivers awaiting our survivors so we could finish the lap with them.


wow just wow! (warning semi-political rant ahead, proceed with caution)

I am amazed at the US citizens that are at the inauguration right now. I was shocked and disheartened with the state of our nation when I heard people booing & singing "na na na hey hey goodbye" song to our former President as his helicopter was leaving. This is not by any means about our new President although I didn't vote for him I will stand behind him as he is our nation's leader. No no my beef is with American citizens that considered this form of behavior acceptable at a PRESIDENTIAL event.

When did class and dignity go completely out the window in our nation? Call me old fashioned but I believe anyone in political power should be given major respect after all I'm sure leading a country is not an easy job and although I don't agree with everything Bush has done I do still believe that as a former US President he deserves respect and the people at the inauguration booing and singing certainly did not show that.

To me Americans need to step back in time a few years when manner's were in vogue if you will. Sigh I guess I was just born in the wrong era.

Sorry if people feel I'm blowing this out of portion but my thoughts on this are that American's need to re-visit the ideas of manners, class, morals and respect!


God be with our new President Obama and our nation that as a whole has lost it's class!

PS: really sorry if I've offended anyone but I just felt like I needed to voice this.

Monday, January 19, 2009

monday goals and scheduling

Whew I've got a busy week ahead of me and I'm afraid dear friends that I might actually be staying this way right up until our Relay For Life event in June.

Speaking if Relay see over to the side of my blog my new logo?

Many thanks to Magnolia Belle for sharing the html code.

on to my week ahead and some goals I have:

tonight I will be meeting with my City's running club to discuss their involvement with our Relay event at 6:30PM
afterwards no matter what I've got to clean out my fridge Jeremy and I went grocery shopping yesterday and my fridge is stuffed full so I need to clean it out and organize and prep meals for the week.

Tuesday: I am headed to the gym after work instead of on lunch break
after that I plan on having this be my one and only chill day I plan on watching American Idol while working on my sponsorship letters for Relay.

Wednesday: I have a very important lunch time meeting with a business leader we are trying to get involved in Relay, then I plan on practicing piano for a few hours.

Thursday: gym night again with the hubby
then home to get all of my house cleaning done before the weekend because I won't have time to do it this weekend.

cleaning after work so I will have a nice clean home for the busy weekend ahead, and preparing my materials for our Relay For Life conference event this weekend

is our conference event from 9:30 AM to 3:30PM
after that I'm headed to my brothers to celebrate my neices birthday.

Sunday: Hopefully will be a rest day but the way things are going it looks like I might be meeting the FCA group in our area to talk about Relay which I'd be totally psyched about!

Anyway lots going on and it's only going to get busier but I love every minute of it.

Pictures from last year's relay still to come seems I misplaced the disk with those pics.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

making dreams come true for my mom

Tonight Jeremy and I got to fulfill a dream for my mom to see an NBA game in person it was so much fun and my mom was so cute and cheered so loud. It was fun!

here is me and my mom at the game:


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What's Going on in my mind Wednesday

A wise person once told me that Hope is to place your trust in something other than yourself. How true is this statement? However that trust should be placed in the Lord alone!

I'm reading in Isaiah and this verse stuck out to me.

“. . . but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

How many of us are losing hope or have felt recently that we are in a hopeless situation. I've learned from experience that even when it doesn't feel possible to carry on hope is necessary.

I try my very best every day to have hope for the day about to transpire. I choose hope over worry as often as I can. But I'm human and I'm flawed and more often than I care to admit I find myself worrying and feeling hopeless. Imagine my suprise when I googled this verse this morning only to discover that Today's Christian Woman recently wrote a post about having hope. They have created a To-Be list instead of a to do list and one of the things is to be hopeful.

here's the article if you'd like to read it

I love that at the end they talk about ways to be more hopeful one of the things that they suggested was to make a list of "hope stealers" in your life.

As I sat in my prayer time this morning I did just that mentally and now I'd like to write them down somewhere concrete and since after yesterday I feel I can share anything in my own little corner of the world that is my blog. Here Goes nothing!

My hope stealers:

the failing economy
the pressure to be perfect
cancer and health related issues
not being able to find a church home
budget issues and concerns
the rudeness of people

Dear Heavenly Father,

I commit my list of "hope stealers" to you Lord and I ask that you help me to bear the burden of these things.
Help me to remember that you are ultimately in control of our economy and my life remind me to have peace in that.
Lord I ask you to release me from this worldly pressure of perfection that is impossible to live up to remind me everyday that I am a child of God and I don't need to be perfect in the world's eyes. Lord remind me to commit my worries about my mother's cancer returning and my family staying healthy to your loving arms I know whatever happens is in God's Will and I must constantly remind myself to be at peace with that. Lord I am trusting to help Jeremy and I find a church home that we can thrive in together as well as with our budget making sure that we are being good stewards of our money Lord I ask that you bless our finances I know that you will take care of us. Lord remind me each and everyday that I must love others despite their worldly attitudes remind me to pray for others each and everyday and help me to remember that only I can control how I react to a situation and I can choose to be upset or take it as an opportunity to grow in You.

In Jesus Name,

Still to come pictures from my 2008 relay event later this evening!

Later alligators...........

Mrs. A

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I'm back

Hello Friends were you worried about me? LOL it seems the first week of 2009 decided to throw me some curve balls but I am back and ready to resume my regular posting! I think I've posted on here that my mother is a cancer survivor, well she had a rough time this past week so I spent much of my time at her house which does not have internet. I am happy to say she is doing much better and I am finally at home with my beloved lap top. It's amazing how much I miss this tiny little apartment (and of course my loving husband ;) when I am away.

I am currently trying to upload my pictures to my computer and my camera is not cooperating I'm about to give up for the evening so sadly I won't get pics posted until tomorrow evening. :(

Tomorrow starts a new week and I am ready to jump right back in to tackling my goals.

I'm excited because I have recently decided in an effort to blog more regularly not only will I have "What's Going On In My Head Wednesday" I will also be blogging about and sharing a big part of my life and something that I hold very near and dear to my heart and that is my volunteer work with the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life Event. I have mentioned on my blog before that I am an Event chair for my city's event but I realized I've never really explained Relay or gone into detail about why I love it so much. I also welcome a new reader and fellow Relay volunteer to my blog welcome Magnolia Belle!
I will also be blogging about our budget and debt pay off plans, as well as some apartment decorating projects I am working on. Does anyone remember when I posted about creating a new kitchen pantry out of our old TV armoir? Well I will be able to get started on this project soon as we will be purchasing our new Flatscreen TV and stand the last week of January.

I am working on a few revamps for my layout as well. I'm sure you've noticed my profile picture is missing I'm working on that. Also I plan on adding a blog roll to the side and adding all you lovely ladies to my list. I'll probably be e-mailing each of you to make sure that's ok before I post your blog on mine.

I've finally been able to sleep although some what sporadically but it's still better than no sleep at all. I am planning on seeing my doctor now that my insurance from my job has finally kicked in. Hopefully I'll be taking care of this annoying sleep problem for good soon.

It will have to be tomorrow before I can post pictures as it is nearly 11 and I should get to bed if I want to be up at 6AM for Bible study and quiet time since it will take me until around 2 AM to actually fall asleep.

I will post pics tomorrow of our Christmas Eve party, and some of my organizational projects I've been working on!

More soon

Later Alligators!!

Mrs A

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

blog award

Worst blogger ever from myself to myself.

Sorry friends life has taken me away from my computer the last few days but I promise I won't be MIA too long.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Bring it on 2009!!

Wanna know how I spent my first day of 2009?

I had a massive purge day where I got rid of all the junk I'd been holding onto either from the wedding or my college days now I have a fresh clean blank space in the back room to work with.

After I finished cleaning out the back room I spent my evening browsing Rate My Space for inspiration in decorating our bedroom, and the back room. I got some good ideas now I just need to work on implementing them.

How was your first day of 2009?

PS: I found my camera cord so pictures tonight!!!


Mrs. A