Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Just Look At 'Em Peas!!!

I've got tall peas!! Guess them peas are lovin WA weather, which is fine by me, by all means! Tall peas= healthy peas= I'm doing something right! I hope they continue to soak up the sun and all the vitamin D they can, before it goes away for awhile! But even when it was raining for a couple of days and overcast with no sunshine, they still did very well. I'm so proud of them. They're just growing up right before my very eyes, thankfully! See, just look at 'em. Aren't they so pretty?!?







Look how tall this one is!!! :D



Last week some time I put up the first row of twine to hold up them up. And can you believe that I had to put up 2 more rows today??!!?? There's no peas yet, but they're so close, i just know it. They are growing crazy good right now, I'm so excited I can't contain myself! I can't wait to throw a first crops party, when I get enough peas to eat more than one. I'll invite all my 3 friends up here and we'll have a good ol' time eatin peas. Let me rephrase, HOMEGROWN peas!!!! :D

I was just so excited I had to share this news with somebody, and thought who better than any of my blog followers :) As you can tell, I'm sure you will know when there's sign of peas. Pray for peas, not peace. Well that sounds bad, pray for peas and peace in your prayers :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Music Monday on Tuesday.

I know that today is Tuesday and not Monday. Hold on, really? Monday just slipped away from me. I got home and really felt tired and had fallen asleep before 9 pm. Yes, I said 9 PM!! If you know me, and my sleeping habits, you know that this is like someone going to bed at 7 pm; it's early for me!! I still wanted, however, to post a song for Music Monday because there has been one on my mind, especially today. Nothing is special about today. No special day of remembrance, no special day that is held close to my heart. However, it has been "one of those days." Let me explain.

1) You feel like everyone in the world is out to get you.
This is meant for businesses. I mean, really, it's your job to answer phones and you're going to have an attitude?!? Get a new job, or get nicer; but don't complain at me for asking you to do something that's within your job description (God-forbid!!).
2) You feel like no one understands that your husband is deployed.
-No I can't just get his signature "promptly." His signature is gold and it takes forever to get missy.
-Why do people bother telling you the wrong imformation! This just wastes my time and further elongates the process (know your job!!).
-Yes, I might where my workout clothes all day long, since there is no one to come home to look nice for, just don't stare at me in my sweat pants.

So as you can tell, some aspects of the deployment are "settling" in. There's a saying that goes, "Once your husband is deployed and gone, then everything breaks down or decides not work." Umm, yes, that is ABSOLUTELY correct! I've had to deal with setting up furniture, getting new auto insurance, dealing with the stupid bank we changed to, getting our car plates changed, and getting our base car sticker. Let me tell you, I am sure missing my hubby right about now. If we had kids, I would make the statement that I feel like a single mom. But I don't know what word to replace mom with, so I guess I just feel single. Having to deal with everything, all at once, by myself, is not fun. I mean, no one said it would be fun, but I mean, I didn't realize that I would be over-whelmed with things to deal with. You realize things that you should've done BEFORE he left, once he has left. Too bad. Now we know of more things to do next time. Unfortunately, I thought that it would have taken me a few months to add items to the list that I had made of things I miss/now appreciate about Adam. However, here are two new items to add:

1) Taking care of the part of our finances that deals with the bank.
2) Talking to business people on the phone (he sure does not how to negotiate his way into anything).

Fortunately, my night has been better than my morning/early afternoon. I ate an AMAZING, home-made turkey burger. Yummy! I then, laughed at Baxter, as he was acting silly, as always. I haven't crafted a lot lately, but today I embarked on a project during my free time before I babysat. I made some more headbands. The ones that I made as a gift for Emma. I think they came out pretty cute!








*Elastic Flower Headbands for Infant Girls*

I also listened to this song by Lonestar, called I'm Already There, which really made me break down. The lyrics hit me everytime I hear the song, but today they really got to me, expecially since I was already missing Adam, having to deal with all the previously listed things. You can watch the music video here, but I have also provided the lyrics.

He called her on the road
From a lonely cold hotel room
Just to hear her say I love you one more time
And when he heard the sound
Of the kids laughing in the background
He had to wipe away a tear from his eye
A little voice came on the phone
And said "Daddy when you coming home"
He said the first thing that came to his mind

I'm already there
Take a look around
I'm the sunshine in your hair
I'm the shadow on the ground
I'm the whisper in the wind
I'm your imaginary friend
And I know I'm in your prayers
Oh I'm already there


She got back on the phone
Said I really miss you darling
Don't worry about the kids they'll be alright
Wish I was in your arms
Lying right there beside you
But I know that I'll be in your dreams tonight
And I'll gently kiss your lips
Touch you with my fingertips
So turn out the light and close your eyes

I'm already there
Don't make a sound
I'm the beat in your heart
I'm the moonlight shining down
I'm the whisper in the wind
And I'll be there until the end
Can you feel the love that we share
Oh I'm already there


We may be a thousand miles apart
But I'll be with you wherever you are


I'm already there
Take a look around
I'm the sunshine in your hair
I'm the shadow on the ground
I'm the whisper in the wind
And I'll be there until the end
Can you feel the love that we share
Oh I'm already there
Oh I'm already
There
*Courtesy of Cowboylyrics.com*

You now probably all give me permission to have a little cry-fest, having listened to that song. I mean, sleeping is not my best fortay lately, given the circumstances, and yet this song just nails it down perfectly. It just hits that one spot. The one that lies way down deep inside of you, that is always there, but slowly starts to work its way to the surface. The parts of the song I italized all get to me, but the part I bolded is such a great reminder for me. I am fortunate enough that Adam and I got to talk quite a bit over the weekend. We talked before I went to bed for a couple hours, and also before I woke up the next day. It was so nice. No description can really explain what it feels like to hear his voice, after not hearing it for awhile, let alone to see his face via skype. Blows my mind away. I know that the separation is good for us, in that it draws us closer together through the distance, allows our love to grow stronger and withstand anything in our way, and for us to appreciate things that we don't realize we miss, until their gone. But some days, you just wish you could feel his embrace, receive a hug when you're dealing with rude people, hold his hand when you're walking in the parking lot back to your car, or cuddle up close on a foggy, cold and rainy day. Yet, the realization hits hard, that it won't be awhile 'til I receive any of these things.

I guess it helps havin' good nights like tonight. One's that are filled with the simple things that life brings. Ok, I'm done, off to watch one of my fav shows, Parenthood :D

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Coffee Cake

This week, well it went better than last week, that's for sure! No uncooperative furniture, no trucks that I'm too short for, and no broken phones (never again)! Woo-hoo!! Being that the week went better than last, I was thinking, "what was something funny that happened this week." I finally stumbled into an event, in which what I would like to call

The Coffee Cake

So here's the story. I really was feeling like some good ol' coffeecake, and thought hey, why don't I make some. My mom has a really good recipe, but I remembered that I received a Coffeecake recipe at my Bridal Shower. So I retrieved it out of my recipe box, checked my cupboards to make sure I had all ingredients, and started my adventure into a new recipe. Well, it was either me or how the recipe was written, but it was really confusing how much flour it called for. Acting upon my interpretation of the recipe, I baked it, put it in the oven, and waited 40 minutes for the results, very anxiously! When the buzzer finally rang, I practically ran to the oven, grabbed the oven mits, and almost dived into the oven to retrieve the dish. When I saw what it looked like, I knew I had interpreted the recipe wrong. Although it smelled really good throughout the whole house, it definitely didn't look like it should have. I'm still going to eat it, but I'm so disappointed!

So what's the moral of the story: make sure you understand the recipe you are baking BEFORE you waste all your ingredients, time, and food cravings! Oh well, I guess all you can do is laugh at it, right?!? Next time, I'll just follow my instincts and get my moms recipe :)


Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Little Baking Goes A Long Way

So the other day I decided to do some baking. I had been meaning to bake some cookies for my nieghbors for awhile, but just hadn't gotten around to it, for some unknown reason. I was thinking about what kind of cookie I wanted to bake, and thought that you can't go wrong with chocolate chip. But then I thought even further, and decided that you can't go wrong with oatmeal chocolate chip with raisins. Let me tell you, that was one smart idea! They came out AMAZING! I used this recipe and really like the results. They really did turn out chewy, owie, and gooie! Yummy in my tummy!! :D

I wanted them to look Fall-ie, so I thought, "why don't I trace some fall leaves on to some fall-color paper. That would be cute." However, I forgot that I am not the best free-hand drawer (that was one skill that did not get passed down in my genes, infortuantely) and brilliantly though, "hey why don't I use one of the leaves on my new kitchen table centerpiece?!?" That was the second best thought I had that day, with #1 being the cookie choice. Here is what my plate of cookies looked like:



I could have gotten way more craftier with this, using ribbon curls, etc, but thought that for Fall, why not just go simple. However, Christmas, now that's a different story!

I got to meet a new neighbor and have some conversations I wouldn't have been able to have, if I didn't put myself out there and make these cookies. I'm thankful I did! Moral of the story: baked goods=friend maker :D

Happy Fall everyone!! :D

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Our Home, Part 2

Today I took some of my valuable time and finished taking pictures of our home, minus the office/spare bedroom. Man people, I sure am on a roll! There's going to be a little bit of an overlap, since new purchases were made, read more about that fun trip here, and things were shuffled around. With that said, I really like how things look right now. It's been how it is for a couple of days now and I really like it! So you all know what I am talking about, let's not waste any time and finish the tour, so you can see for yourselves.

Throughout the tour we are going to play a fun game entitled "can you tell the difference." You will have to spot the differences between both pictures, and I will post the differences under the new picture. But don't cheat people, that's just uncool.

Here is the old picture of the living room:






Here is how it looks now:There are 11 changes to the living room. Can you guess them?





1)tv stand, 2)black couch, 3)red couch moved back, 4)black book shelf under yankees picture, 5)angels things on 2nd shelf of black book shelf, 6)angels stuff on 3rd shelf, 7)pyramid on top of red cd shelf, 8)American flags on white shelf, 9)engagement dolphin accessories on white shelf (classed them together), 10)black ottoman next to tv stand, 11)ships on tv stand

Here is one of the new additions to the living room area. I felt like it completed more of the white, black and red theme going on. I really like it there now!





Here is a closer look at the white shelf above the TV. I like how it is now because it brings the Americana accessories into the living room and not just in one general area (although I love that wall!).






When I initially was arranging the furniture, I didn't like having the black and red couch both in the living room. However, now that the black couch does not fit in the dining room, and I tried it in our bedroom and it does not go, it 1) has to be in the living room and 2) I LOVE it in there now. I don't know what 2 weeks did to me, but I dig it! Also, since I pulled the red couch back more, it allows for more open space in the center of the living room, which I love too! You can see more of the space in this photo:





Next up is the Dining Room. Here is what it looked like before:





Here is what it looks like now. Can you guess the differences (do not look at the left side wall, I'll get to that)? There are 3 changes.




1) THE TABLE!!! 2) The black couch is out 3) The side table that was next to the couch is no longer there, too.


Let's talk about this lovely table for a second. So proud of myself, I stuck with it, and there you have it. Aww, just look at all my hard work! For fall, I put together this centerpiece for a table decoration with my wedding garland from the arch, some fake fall-colored leaves, and some wheat grass. The centerpiece is going to change continuously, so excited for this! Here is a closer look at the centerpiece:




Now let's get to that left side wall. Here is what it looked like before:







Here is what it looks like now. Can you guess the changes? There are only 3.









1)No more table underneath. 2) There is a small american flag that I made, without the stick since baxter tore off the stick for a snack. 3) There is a wooden 74 above Adam's certificate, standing for CVN 74. :)




You might be asking yourself right now, where is that table? Well, its new home is behind the couch :)






You might also be asking yourself, where is that side table? Well, here is its new home, too. I like it here:





Now it's time to see something brand-new. Are you excited??

Introducing the Zickefoose Kitchen


The view from the second bedroom/hallway


A closer up view. I have to point this out, there are mutiple reasons why I love this kitchen, but for one major reason, is all the cupboard space! There is seriously a ton of storage! I love the cupboard on the bottom left of the picture. It is a side cupboard, with a lazy susan. INGENIOUS!!! :D


A view from the bay window area


The view of the pantry. I usually keep the doors closed, because as you can see, Baxter loves to explore, and so I don't allow him to. Also, the wall looks kind of bare, because I thought it would be cool to save Adam's license plate, since his car is officially a Washingtinian car, and the Arizona one Demi gave me. I like that idea. :)

Here are my favorite features of my kitchen, and yes, I did go with a red theme too :D


Love this sign: Farm Fresh :)


The red hand towels Laura made me :) Along with my scrabble words on the stove that remind me to: Have faith


My red tea pot that I got at a great price of $4.50, because it was out of season. Out of season, um, not at my house! :)

So that's pretty much the kitchen. I love the space! I could literally have a dance party in there and still have room to spare!

Sorry to bring you away from the kitchen, but let's move on. Next we walk down the hall and to the left is the laundry room.

Here is where my babies live (not real babies, but technological babies). These are my best friends right now. I literally could wash close all day and be content, just because these machines are so cool! So glad we scored them for a great deal! Yeah for Lowes!


Just look at them. I'm in 7th Heaven just staring at this picture!

If you were like me, when you saw this picture you immediately thought, oh that's it, there's no more left to this room besides a washer/dryer. Well my friends, you would be wrong like I was. Once you look behind the door, you are going to be amazed! Seriously, it took me 3 days to notice there were shelves behind the door! That's pretty funny!


In this picture, you can't tell, but there is even a top shelf that couldn't fit in the picture. It's crazy!

Next, when you walk straight out of the laundry room, you come across the bathroom.


This is by far my favorite decorated room! The theme is beach/nautical. Let me give you a closer look.







I love the material on the shower curtain. I really dig it!













Next up, I display my blessing rocks from our wedding on top of the toilet, with a quote from my favorite poem above it, that says, "When you see only one set of footprints in the sand, it was then that He carried you." ♥







For a fun craft, I decorated one of the wooden picture frames that they sell at Michaels for a dollar with half of the sea shells I have collected over the years. Remember how I love sea shells? The picture inside it (of the Terranea Resort) goes perfectly with the lighthouse that says "Life is carefree down by the sea" (I wish :)






I put the rest of my shells and rocks in these bowls that I picked up at an antique store a few years ago, along with all my rocks (I love nature!), with a picture from Adam and I when we were dating. Love that picture :)











This is my favorite. For another easy and fun craft to spice up the bathroom with my theme, I bought fish net and hot glued all of the small sea shells (and a few big sea shells) I owned to the fish net, put a post card I received from my grandparents on one of their infamous trips that says "Seashore Treasures," and hung up a wooden ship wheel I bought on Amazon for pretty cheap. I LOVE it! (I couldn't get the best view, since the bathroom is pretty small, but it's really cute I promise!).






I love this wall, too! In the mason jar on the shelf, I put some of the oyster shells I have, along with the black sand I brought back from my caribbean mission trip I went on in high school. I LOVE it! I also love the anchor, so cute (got that on amazon, too) and then posted pictures of nature that I have taken over the years (which will probably rotate in time), with an engagement picture of Adam and I on the top, since I loved the trees in the picture.


Do you see why I love this room? There's something about sea shells and the beach that I absolutely love, so what better way to bring it out then in the bathroom. Right?!? I literally could spend a lot of time in there, it's so cute!

Our bedroom is the last room we will tour, I promise. Sorry that I am so detailed oriented. Since people have really wanted to see pictures, I decided that it was ok to go all out, because you don't have to read this if you don't want to, but thanks for doing it! Plus people have been asking for it, so hey I did it! :)

Here is the room at first glance:





Let me just start off by saying, I love the wall!! I know I keep saying, I love this and I love that, but seriously, it's really cute!


I bought this vinyl saying on etsy for $10. It's perfect for our bedroom, because Adam usually gives me 3 kisses before bedtime. When we're together, we never fail to always give 3 (I don't know why 3, but we just do it). So, it's perfect! As far as everything else on the wall, it's all from our wedding. From the garland, to the flower arch, to the tulle and bows, it's all from the arch at our wedding. See:


My mom gave me the idea to keep it and put it above my bed, so I will give her the credit, but I'm glad I took her advice; it's really cute!


Here is my bedside table. It contains my crosses, my favorite lamp, and in scrabble letters I spelled out grace, to remind me that God offers me grace whether I feel as if I deserve it or not, and Adam's picture that I kiss every night before bed.


This is Adam's night stand.


This is our dresser, which is decorated with our reception center-piece from our wedding. See how we used it at our weddding, purple flower petals, my favorite wedding picture, and a glass frame from Adam's great-aunt that says "Love is the sharing and giving of two hearts together," which is a great, constant reminder to have. I really like the dresser! Simple, but elegant!


Our side wall is quite barren and I don't think it's complete, but I am leaving it the way it is for now (I don't want anything too distracting to take away from the main wall). But it contains pictures of us, a poem that I wrote to Adam while we were dating and a poem that Adam wrote to me a week before he proposed.


Here is also a picture of our walk-in-closet, which clearly differentiates our sides :D





Fun side note: we both owned those name cards before we were married. I like them!

Before I leave you, I did want to point out that it is fun to decorate your house with wedding accessories, especially if you made a lot of things for decorations. Half of my house is decorated with wedding stuff, actually a good majority of it is. There is something from our wedding in every room of the house, I promise! It's a really cute way of reminding yourself of the most joyous day of your lives: the union of a man and wife in marriage. They do not have to be stored in boxes, bring them out! I only have a small box of memorabilia stored away in one of our many closets, and that's it! That reminds me, I didn't take pictures of them, but there are 3 closets that I didn't show you. 1) a linen closet right next to the bathroom, 2) an big closet right before you enter our bedroom (on the other side of the bathroom), and 3) a closet for coats with floor space and one shelf right before the kitchen. It's really insane how much storage space we have, but I definitely am NOT complaining about that!

So there you have it, a complete tour of our house, minus the second bedroom. I promise that as soon as I get a spare bed and get the room all situated I will let you all know. Plus, I will show you the entry way and the hallway in that same update (They too are not complete). :)

To bid you farewell, here is a picture of bax



Happy night to you all ♥

Monday, September 19, 2011

Baxter Boy

I figured that today would be a good day to give a little update on my bug-a-boo, Baxter. Since there have been a lot of stories to tell regarding him and his mischief, I thought, why not just give the people what they want and give them a full update? So be it.

Baxter is a good dog, probably 75% of the time. The other 25% is divided into 2 sections:

12.5% of the time he is getting into trouble when he's with his brother.
12.5% of the time, when he is not with his brother, he finds some way to be bad.

I mean, in the morning he is a precious gem. Our morning routine is as follows. I wake up and then say "Good morning Bax." I open up his kennel and say "Come on Bax, let's go outside." To which he slowly walks out, gives a big stretch and follows me to the sliding door. I let him outside, he does his thing, and (since it's been sunny lately) he will sun-bathe for about 1-2 hours (depending on what our schedule looks like for the day and how early we get up). It's really so darn cute! He is a So-Cal dog at heart! He will definitely miss the sunshine when fall and the rain comes! Usually we would then head over to his brother's house, where he gets to spend the afternoon being rough and tough with his brother, which will drive Auntie Demi and I insane, but now we will be over there a little less since she is starting school. Bummer! Who needs school? (just kidding!). Let's just say the boys get a lot of time outs when they are together! haha (but really!). This is where his bad side shines.


On the days when we are home for lunch or dinner, Baxter LOVES to watch me prepare the meal. He will sit so well at some perfect vantage point in the kitchen just hoping that I drop something on the floor, which I never do. He looks so interested in what I'm doing, it's really cute! He also knows when it is time to eat. The vet recommended that I give him a fish oil tablet to help with his dry skin, since when we got him it was really bad (now it's a lot better), so whenever I go get the tablet, he knows that he is eating. He will bark at me to hurry up, and go run and wait infront of the bathroom, where his bowl is. He usually will bark one more time. Then he has a competition with himself to see how fast he can eat his food in one sitting. He usually wins. It's really fun to watch him eat, because he will lick the bowl clean and scoot it around the bathroom until he finally realizes that the bowl is not a never-ending food supply bowl, sadly to his disappointment. I really should capture this on video! Then later in the evening, when I am on the computer, he knows that it is snuggle time and will ask to get on my lap and fall asleep curled up in the cutest little ball. See, he can be good!

He finally will receive his last shot next week, to where he will immediately begin training classes and will start getting walked every day. This will be a harsh reality adjustment for him. If he thinks I am mean now, which I am not, he will think I am even meaner then. Sucks for him!

What he has gotten into so far:
1) Destroyed one of my Rainbow Sandals, so basically the other sandal is useless!
2) Destroyed my only other pair of sandals. So I am left with no casual shoes.
3) My phone battery. NOT funny Baxter!
4) 2 of my flags from my flag project (guess he's not patriotic).

A cute little side note, I like to call him either just Bax or Baxter Boy. When I call him Baxter Boy, it makes me think of a super hero. Like, "duh-duh-duh-duh Baxter Boy." Sorry, that was really random.

Although I have had some rough times with him the past couple of weeks, he is a good companion. I know that he knows I am his mommy. He loves to snuggle at night, which is pretty routine, and it's really cute because he initiates it. He's a darling at night! I know that he will become a good friend and an even greater companion in time and training. :)

Kind of reminds me of the Disney song from the Aladdin movie, Friend Like Me. Watching this movie always brings back fun memories, plus the song is really cute!

Well, here are some pictures of my cute little brat. Hope you enjoy.







He loves his kennel and bed. :)








He was trying to help me unpack. The whole kitchen was literally filled with packing tissue. They use so much of it, it's insane!








Isn't it so cute how he sun-bathes?!? So precious!








Waiting to come inside to play! At least he is wiping his paws.







Only during knap time are the brothers sweet and cute. If only the whole day was like this....









This is how he is during snuggle-time at night ♥








He always likes to know what I am doing. He's so curious!






Baxter and I would like to wish you a happy week! :)