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Let me brag a bit

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I just need to take a few moments to praise my husband.  He has been phenomenal lately.  Don’t get me wrong, he’s pretty much a stud, always.  But lately he has been a tireless supporter of making our house a home.  I cannot express just how thankful I am for his go get ’em attitude.   Here is a list of things he’s accomplished lately:

  • Coordinated and completed the roof replacement, siding replacement and  house painting projects.
  • Completely cleaned out the office to make room for nursery plans.
  • Scoured Craigslist and found a great deal on several nursery items.
  • Scoured the sales items on various websites and found a great rocker for the nursery from Urban Outfitters.
  • Vacuumed and straightened up several rooms upstairs for the anticipated arrival of our house guests.
  • Reseeded some bare areas in our lawn and has faithfully watered the lawn morning and night.
  • Raked the lawn to keep the new grass from dying.
  • Is putting the final touches on our kitchen table project (it’s almost done!).
  • Mulched the news plants that Sally (my MIL) planted for us along the sides of the house.
  • Planted a boxwood in a planter.
  • Fully organized, de-cluttered and cleaned the garage.
  • Found a storage solution for our bikes in the garage.
  • Faithfully leads and shepherds the youth in our church.
  • Encourages me to be in the Word daily and to grow spiritually and challenges me with thought-provoking questions.
  • And the list goes on…

Thank you, Brian for being such a diligent husband and for not being lazy or complain-y.  You really are the team leader of our family and you make it easy for me to follow you wholeheartedly.  I know I’m not the easiest person to live with or to get motivated, so thank you for your patience.  Looking forward to this next stage of life with you and a little one!  You’re going to be an amazing dad!

Love,

Your Wife

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Really? You wrote about this…?

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I really have the urge to write a new post.  But there isn’t really anything all that interesting going on at the moment.  I started a recipe post…but thought it might be weird to post about a recipe I made last night that was really really good, but not AHHHHMAZING, or anything.  I thought about writing about how busy work has gotten.  I even thought about lamenting the fact that something caused our overhead light and fan to stop working in the master bedroom.  But then realized, these are such mundane topics why would anyone care to read about them?

But that’s life at the moment.  So share away I will.  If only to satisfy my desire to write.

First, the recipe.  It’s called Spaghetti Rice and I found it on Plain Chicken‘s website.  I stumbled across her website on Pinterest yesterday while looking through a friend’s boards.  I liked several of her meal ideas and pinned a few to my Um, Yum board.  Looking forward to making two others this week.  I think what I like most about her recipes is that they’re fairly simple to prepare with everyday ingredients and typically have short prep and cooking times.  Perfect for a mid-week meal.  This is a direct correlation to the busyness of life/work.  Or is it indirect?–the busier I am the less time/effort I want my meal to take to make…I digress.  I made the recipe and it turned out great.  It was hearty, tasty, and fairly healthy (I used brown rice).  Brian even got three helpings of it so I know he enjoyed it.  It is definitely a re-do in the Lowther casa and will be added to this sweet write-in-your-own-recipes book my twin gave me when I got married.

Second, busyness.  Wow, life is about to jump into light-speed and not slow down for ohhhh about 2 months.  It happens to be annual meeting season in the HOA industry.  That means on top of my regularly scheduled Board meetings I get to add on neighborhood-wide meetings!  Joy!  Out of the 23 working days in October I get exactly 7 days without some kind of meeting, be it morning, noon or evening.  In November, out of the 20 work days (Thankful for Thanksgiving!) so far I have 7 scheduled meetings (6 of them annual meetings).  This is where I tell Brian, good luck making dinner for yourself.  Ha!  No, seriously, he’s actually pretty creative and has no lack of ingenuity in the kitchen.  I’m already looking forward to December when things will hopefully settle down for a month before picking back up again in January.  Breathe, just breathe!

Finally, the house renovation.  It’s coming along.  I’ll be sure to post a couple of pictures of the two-tone color scheme we’ve got going on at the moment before we move on to paint.  It’s really eye-opening how much damage we had that needed replacement when you see half the side of the house covered in yellow hardi-plank where blue siding used to reside!  I’m just thankful we’re getting it taken care of.  Unfortunately, when we got home from work yesterday our master bedroom light and fan wouldn’t work.  We’re not sure why it’s not working but can only assume it has something to do with the siding that was replaced on the front of the house right where our bedroom is.  We notified the contractor and he assured us we’d get it figured out.  I think Brian’s dad is going to help us troubleshoot the cause of the malfunction and hopefully it ends up being an easy fix.  I guess like with all things, they rarely go as smoothly as planned.

Speaking of smooth plans…Africa Team 3 is preparing to head out in about 2 weeks!  Wow!  It sure has come up quickly.  Thankful for the four that are headed out and the work they will get to do while visiting our adopted people group.  Excited about what God is going to do among the people and through our team.  Be praying for them and all the logistical and ministry details they’ll be dealing with!

This was quite a wordy post.  Thanks for getting through my scatterbrained comments!

Not Interesting

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Been wishing that I had something interesting to share on the blog lately.  Alas, life has been pretty mundane as of late.  Been busy with work stuff but in general nothing fun or exciting to report.  We are going zip lining next Friday, though!  Looking forward to that and we’ll be sure to post pictures/video of the adventure.

We’re in the process of redoing a table that we got for free from one of Brian’s old coworkers.  It’s pretty sweet.  It’s a black Pottery Barn pedestal table with 6 black chairs with cushions.  The tabletop needed a little TLC and we’re in the homestretch of getting it finished up (fingers crossed it gets done this weekend!).

What I’ve liked so far about this table…it’s round–round tables seem to fit people around them better than rectangular (or oval) ones.  It will seat 6 even without the leaf (but the leaf makes it extra roomy).  It’s sturdy and well built.  The chairs are super comfortable.  It is black, so it ties in the black bookcase and media center already in our adjoining living room.  It doesn’t look country.

Oh, and I guess in other news…Brian got a new bike!  He has joined the Ellsworth club along with his wife :).  It’s a 29er and is super big.  But it doesn’t’ look disproportionate (like his old bike).  And the best part?  He really likes it!  We’ve taken it out on trails a couple times now and on the Tobacco Trail (greenway) and he’s thoroughly enjoyed every time.  Woohoo.  Who wants to go ride with us?

Ok, back to the mundane.  Sorry no pics to liven this post up.  If I think about it (aka-care about it) I will go back and post a pic or two of the bike and progress pics of the table project.  Y’all have a good week!

(I feel like I used a lot of parenthesis in this post….)

Old School

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Although the blog has been quiet for a few weeks, life sure hasn’t.  We’ve been back from Africa…and like with most things, even after amazing events, life happens and you get back to the routine pretty quickly.

Well, Brian and I got to do something last night that we haven’t done in a long time!

ROLLER SKATING!!  We got to go skating with Keirsten (my niece), her friend Lavinia, my sister Tracy and her hubby Rob.  It definitely took me a few laps to get comfortable in skates again because I think it has been at least 2 decades (whoa, that makes me feel old) since I’ve last roller skated!  Brian, an avid inline skater when he was young, picked it up quickly and was skating circles around me (literally).

It brought back memories of birthday parties and church outings growing up.  We were by far some of the oldest folks on the rink, but  I’m glad we got to spend some time with the family doing an activity we wouldn’t normally pick.

Here are some pics of the gang skating it up.  Picture quality is not great; it’s from the iPhone which doesn’t capture action shots very well.

Tracy & Rob

Keirsten & Lavinia

Me–taking a balance break

Brian–zoom

Dye Job: Africa

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Africa is looming.  In exactly 2 weeks we will be boarding a plane and heading across the Atlantic.  We’re pumped!  Still learning our stories and preparing for our trip.  I did a bit of shopping at Target yesterday.  Initially the trip to Target was for general toiletry items and cleaning supplies we had run out of.  But who can pass up the handy travel aisle without taking a peek?  This girl can’t.

I picked up a few things, like travel face make-up remover wipes, travel sized sunscreen (cause it’s gonna be like 100*), travel face lotion, etc.  While I was there, I also browsed the skirts and found a really fairly cute ankle-length skirt that I might even be seen wearing in the States!

Finding clothes to take for the trip is one of the challenges in planning.  Legs are considered sexual where we’re going and women do not wear pants; so Julie and I will need to wear long dresses or skirts of which neither of us have in our wardrobe.  But I’m not the only one struggling to figure out what to wear on the trip.

Brian has dilemmas of his own…like having to wear chacos/flip flops.  This is tough for my tennis shoes and socks loving husband.  That and he doesn’t really have many “grubby” clothes that he can sweat in/sit in the dirt in/wear multiple days in a row.  The guys will likely be wearing khaki pants and three-button shirts every day.  Brian, being the crafty/designer/ingenuitive person that he is decided to remedy the conundrum of what shirts to wear by dying one of his old Lacoste shirts.

 He had a teal blue fake Lacoste shirt that he got off Ebay years ago.  It’s always been one of his favorite shirts but he stained it somewhere along the way and was pretty bummed.  Well, he got a real teal Lacoste shirt for his birthday so in lieu of throwing out the fake one he decided to dye it black.  I’d say it turned out pretty well.

Started off teal, then went into the pot and came out black!

 Great job, Brian!  Now, gotta figure out how to pack for a week in just a school backpack…

jump, hop, spring, bound, vault

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Happy Leap Day, everyone!

Four years ago today the bridal party was gathered and rehearsal was in full swing!  The eve of our wedding day!  After rehearsal, we enjoyed a fun dinner at Biaggi’s in Cary.

Fun memories and exciting times!  I also think it’s fun that our rehearsal dinner invitations said, February 29th!  It’s not every year you get to write that. Literally. :)

What hoppy things do you have going on today?  Anyone throwing a leap year/day party?

Also!  A shout-out to my sister Tracy and her husband Rob!  Happy 3 years of marriage!!  They got married exactly 364 days after we did on February 28, 2009!  Love you guys!