Monday, November 23, 2009

bloggie love


Thank the person who gave you the award and link to their blog.
Share 10 honest things about yourself.
Present this award to 7 other whose blogs you find brilliant in design or content

The lovely Mrs. Lukie tagged me with the Honest Scrap award! Thanks so much Mrs. Lukie this is my second ever blog award and I'm thrilled that it's this one.

now on to the ten honest things about me:

1. I wear contact lenses and sometimes my eyes are irritated and I should wear glasses but I think I look like a dork in my glasses I've caused silly eye infections for wearing contact when my eyes are irritated more than once.

2. I've got a lead foot when I drive I don't like driving slow and have been known to get a little road rage if someone is driving particularly slow on an inter-state.

3. I dislike making phone calls a lot I'll put something off to the last possible moment simply because I don't want to be on the phone with someone.

4. sometimes I wish I was still a kid and my mom would take care of important things for me like making sure I have my doctor's visits regularly because well I'm forgetful and don't think about it.

5. I'm clumsy like not a little bit a whole lot I've majorly injured myself stepping off a curb before :(

6. I talk in my sleep and have been known to carry on conversations with people in my sleep. My husband enjoys this a little bit too much as usually he can get information out of me when I'm sleeping.

7. I have baby fever!! There I said it but we're just not there yet.

8. I despise washing my hair it takes so long. This is the primary reason I keep my hair short.

9. sometimes I hide my husband's clean clothes just to get him to put the whole basket of my clothes and towels away looking for his stuff. I know I know bad wifey!

10. I love all the cheesy Christmas movies on TV this time of year and I may have acutally squealed in my car this morning when I heard Christmas music on the radio.

I would like to present this award to these 7 fabulous ladies plus you if you're reading consider yourself tagged!

History of The Harveys

Just Add Walter

My Little Green Diary

The Booth Team

/The Life Accounts this lovely lady is having an awesome give away right now.

The Lucky Layman's

A Nerd & A Free Spirit

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

Well I'm listening to Christmas music on the radio I've already got some shopping done. I'm planning our annual Christmas Eve party, we're pulling out the Christmas decorations Friday. So I figured I might as well decorate the blog too and officially welcome the Holiday Season for 2009.

I'm particularly excited about this Christmas for multiple reasons but the main one being we're in such a good place in our lives God has truly blessed us since the middle of this year to now and it's amazing to me how fast life can turn around.

Here's wishing many blessings to each and every one of you for a fantastic holiday season.

Later Alligators...

Mrs. A

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Challenges and Blessing of Married Life

Leah over at Marital Bless did a post on challenges and blessings of married life and challenged other bloggers to do the same for Wedded Wednesday. I'm a day late but I'm still going to do it.


Communication is definitely a challenge for us. I have this bad little habit of bottling up whatever's bothering me and just hoping it will go away. This drives Mr. A up the wall!! We tend to forget sometimes that the we can't read each other's minds. Yesterday morning for example I figured Mr. A would take out the dog before work and he figured I would so as we were walking out to the car we were both asking the other one "you did take the dog out right?" Also carving out time to spend together and not putting things before each other. Mr. A is a big XBOX 360 fan and if he could I do believe he'd play every night and I get frustrated sometimes feeling like I'm 2nd in his life to his games now I know that's not true and I'm not entirely innocent I've been known to completely shut out the world until I'm finished with a book that I'm really into.


1. I am never without my best friend. Mr. A and I just click we like a lot of the same odd ball things and even if we don't we're both pretty open to the other person's views. I've learned so much about myself being with Mr. A and he brings out the absolute best in me and can always make me smile. I always have someone to face the trials with a bad day at work or a bad day with mom at the hospital is all of a sudden not as horrible when I get to be with Mr. A. I am constantly challenged by Mr. A's stronger faith and strive to be on his level which in turn has deepened my faith and walk with the Lord. There's a comfort in knowing that he and I we're forever. I had an interesting dream the other night and it was us older much older sitting on a porch swing talking and holding hands and it was such a comforting image I love knowing that my future is laid out before me.


Hi friends,

I'm off soon to take mom to the hospital to get some blood work done in preparation for surgery but I just had to post and say thank you for your kind encouraging words on my last post. It's nice to not feel attacked because of something I can't control. For those wondering I've started drinking the protein shakes in the afternoon and added an extra mid morning meal hopefully soon I'll be back up to a normal weight. Thanks so much for your kind encouraging words I have never met someone in real life who openly admitted to struggling with gaining weight and it was nice to hear that I'm not alone.

I thank God everyday for each of you and your kind spirits!!


Mrs. A

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Weighty Issues & THANK YOU!!

First let me express my sincere gratitude for your comments on my last post it was definitely not hard to leave "ugly land" with all of your kind comments. I'm so thankful for this little blog and all the amazing people I've come across through it.

Yesterday I went and visited that doctor that all women must see once a year and be uncomfortable for a few minutes blech. Anyway alls well except my weight. My weight has dropped pretty drastically from the time she last saw me to now and she's concerned about it being way too low for a 24 year old woman. She says my weight would be good for a 15 year old with my frame but not me. My doc was very firm but sweet about it we were laughing about crazy dog antics and she got a real serious look on her face and said "ok missy, I've got to get stern with you" I knew what was coming I'm no stranger to the you're underweight discussion.

I guess I just wanted to post about this because often times I feel uncomfortable sharing my troubles with gaining weight because most women look at me and say "oh geeze I wish I had your problems". I really want people to know it is a problem it is painful and it can be just as difficult as losing weight can be. I want nothing more than to be a normal weight and not worry about my bones being broken because there's no meat to cushion the blow, or cry from being called anorexic or bulemic knowing full well that I'm not either one of those things.

I'm starting a protein shake diet in the afternoons to try to gain weight successfully and I'm also on a calcium supplement to strengthen my bones. So I urge you dear beautiful blog friends the next time you see a little thin person don't be so quick to judge that they're anorexic or bulemic, and please for the love of all things beautiful do not think there's something wrong with you.

I abhor the comment I wish I was your size let me emphatically say "NO YOU DON'T" it sucks trying to find clothing that makes me look my age instead of like a teenager and when you don't finish your plate of food people automatically assume you have an eating disorder. I would give anything to be a normal size and not have to hunt for clothing or explain that I'm just not hungry enough to finish my food.

Please love your body for what it is all shapes, sizes, and even things we consider flaws are beautiful. My weight has always been a thorn for me because I feel like I've spent my life explaining it to people. I'm learning through God's goodness to except my thorns but sometimes I just have to get things off my heart.

I hope you all are having fabulous weeks!

Later Alligators....

Mrs. A

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ugly Land

Dear Blog World,

I am writing today from a little place deep inside my heart I like to call ugly land. I have had one of those days that it doesn't matter how hard I try I just don't like what I see in the mirror and because of that I just recoil and stay to myself in fear of others affirming my worst nightmare that today I'm an ugly person. Ugly on the outside ugly on the inside. I've thought ugly thoughts I've gotten irritated more than once for no real reason and I'm definitely not being the light to a darkened world today. In fact I fear the opposite is true so much so that I removed the cross necklace from around my neck before I left for work this morning. I simply couldn't bear the thought of wearing it when my heart was not in the right place.

Yes my dear friends I'm having one of those days it's that feeling of just not being up to par with the rest of the world. My ears and nose are particularly gigantic today, my hair is all sorts of wrong, my make up just seems to highlight the flaws I'm trying to hide, my clothes don't seem to fit right and everything is just wrong. I find myself throwing a pity party of 1 just for me. I despise when I get like this and generally just get angry at myself and usually it's the times that I do not blog because well who wants to listen to yet another woman in the world complain about not feeling pretty or trying to live up to the world's standards of beauty. Then I remembered that post where I talked about being real and well my friends there you have it this is me today finding myself in need of lifting up. I try my very best to not get so wrapped up in appearances that I forget to look at the true woman underneath but sometimes when it comes to myself I just can't get past that broken sinner staring back at me.

I have to hope I'm not the only one who visits ugly land occassionally and I know the only way out of my funk is lifting others up and reminding them of their inner and outer beauty. So I'm going to do just that!

Ladies let me be frank some of you out there do not know your own beauty or if you do you're incredibly humble about it. Reading through my blog list this week I've seen holiday card pictures, pictures taken by other bloggers, pictures of you with friends and family, or even pictures of you showing off your adorable baby bumps. I'm always taken aback by how beautiful you all are. Not only in pictures but in your words also. I was fortunate to read a fellow bloggers testimony this week and I had tears in my eyes reading it because it was so heartfelt and genuine and I could tell God was going to do great things with that testimony.

I am blessed to read each of your writing and so thankful that I've found my way through the internet to your corners of the world. Thank you for taking the time to write each day. Now I think I'll go ahead and take my leave from Ugly Land because discontentment brews there and I have no reason to be discontent.

Later Alligators....

Mrs. A

Sunday, November 8, 2009

weekend review and cake reveal!

Friday night our Sunday school class had a great Rock Band party and BTW I don't know if I ever actually blogged that Mr. A and I got the opportunity to talk to his parents and we became official members at the church we'd been visiting for awhile last week!

Saturday went off better than I could have imagined see I've been keeping sort of mum on the blog front because I was so afraid I'd spill the beans about Mr. A's surprise party Friday night. Thankfully I didn't and he was thoroughly surprised!! We held the party at a local arcade place and we had about 36 guests it was a fabulous night to celebrate my wonderful husband.

Mr. A, his parents and I.


I was so glad my momma had a feel good day and got to be there to celebrate with us. Isn't she cute in her scarf? That's her on the left with my mom in law.


this next series of pictures makes me tear up with tears of joy every time I look at them. It was not even a year ago Mr. A and I felt like we'd never find friends and now we are abundantly blessed with the most fabulous friends. God is so good and He answered our prayer 100 times over!



The boys:


the girls:


have you ever met someone and instantly become best friends because you felt like long lost soul mates? Mrs. G is totally that person for me. She is the best friend I have been praying for forever. See I never really had a super close best friend I felt like I could talk to about anything. Don't get me wrong I've always had really awesome people in my life but I always felt like my friendships could be more. With Mrs. G I feel like I could spill my heart and I love her for that!


the party Saturday night revealed to me how truly truly blessed Mr. A and I are we can really say for the first time in a really long time we are HAPPY!

Now on to the cake reveal as I've mentioned before Mr. A is a gamer he loves playing his XBOX 360 with his friends and well it's his only vice and I can't really complain because sometimes he lets me play too :)

So anyway what better cake for Mr. A than his very own edible 360?


although I did have to explain to Mr. A he couldn't actually play this 360.


I've got to admit I am pretty proud of this cake! the tag says "Achievement Unlocked Happy 27"


he said we had to get a pic of me with my creation.


I hope you all had just as fabulous a weekend as I did :)

Later Alligators....

Mrs. A

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"have your cake and eat it too"

Hi Bloggie friends,

I have been busy with cake the last few weeks and evenings so I haven't been posting as much sorry friends I'll do better. Anyway want to see what I've been up to?

baby cake for a friends sister:


my friends Mr. & Mrs. D with Mr. D's drum cake I made:


My friends Mr. & Mrs. G with Mr. G's video game inspired cake:


cupcakes for a party:


there are others that I haven't uploaded pics of and I've been hard at work on my husband's birthday cake. Mr. A's 27th birthday is Sunday but we're celebrating with his parents on Saturday because sunday's are pretty full. I asked him what kind of cake he wanted and he told me and I've been diligently working on it and all the details since Sunday evening. But I'm not telling you yet you'll just have to wait and see when it's all finished :)

Hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday and my month of crazy cakes is coming to an end so hopefully you'll see more of me soon. Oh and I got to meet some of my cheerleaders for our league that starts in December last night I'm so excited to get started with them!!

Later Alligators...
Mrs. A