Saturday, April 27, 2013

Adventures with Baxter Boy

Haven't posted about our little furball Baxter in awhile, but today I come to you with a cute little update on our never-ending energy pup. Since Baxter has passed both beginning and intermediate training classes that Petco offers, we decided to enroll him in a fun class that would let him use the skills that he learned in his training classes, in a fun and exciting "new" way at a different location. What is that class you ask?! 

Beginning Agility!!!

Baxter and I missed his first day of class, due to me being sick, so yesterday was his first day of class. He was really focused on the other dogs at first (because in our other training classes, we were fortunate enough to be the only ones in the class), so we had to get past that. Then, he was a little confused when we walked around the room, practicing to sit on different textures of cloths, and box heights. He did well with the larger boxes but confused with the smaller ones. He mainly was confused when it came to walking through a pile of poles. The trainer is wanting the dogs to have to look where they are going to manuver themselves through the pile successfully. Baxter was more walking around it or jumping over them, but that's ok, it's all a process, which is what the trainer really reminds you of. I really love the trainer~she's great. 

The next step was having them practice going up A frames. I'm sure when I say this, it's hard to visualize, so here's a picture I got off of google images. 


 Since Baxter has never done this before, the trainer worked with us both at first. I held his leash as she held a treat right at his nose level. He was very hesitant at first to get his full body on the A frame, as he just kept his front paws on. All along she was telling me that you don't want to get too ahead of him. Eventually he got his back paws on it and he slowly made his way up to the top, and then she threw down the treat and he ran after it!! I was so proud of him! Then we practiced it on our own and he did not withhold from that moment on! GO BAX!! Here's a blurry picture that captured his efforts in running down the frame.

**So proud of my boy!!**

The next new task was going through a tunnel. If you're once again unfamiliar with one of these, it looks like this:

The trainer stood with Baxter at one side, while I called him through the other opening. Baxter was so hesitant and did not want to go through it. They have one of these at the local dog park here, but Baxter only has sniffed it and left it alone. So the trainer made it really small to start him off, and eventually he came through. The next time she opened it a little bigger and he came through a lot better that time. At the end of the class I practiced one more time with him, opened at its regular length, and he did it without me having to stand at the other end!! So proud of him!!

I'm really glad that we decided to enroll him in the class, because he had a smile on his face the whole time (wish I had captured it!!), and he actually was puckered out when we got home!! WOOT-WOOT (that rarely happens y'all!!).

No other big news with Baxter. Just a lot of praise coming his way from his momma!

Hope you all have a great weekend!! We're gonna be prepping our home for daddy to come home!! YEAH!!!

Love,

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Encouragement Admist Exhaustion

Haven't posted in awhile. And just when I thought I was on a role. Oh well, I'm not perfect so there's no real response. However, there is one main excuse: I caught a serious virus, from no other place than work. That's what you get when you work with kids, especially babies. Lucky me?! And everyone says my job should be so much fun-all the baby snuggles. And although those {few} times are priceless, this is the main thing I hate about it. But oh well. I'm still struggling to let it pass, but I'm better enough to make it to work.

At the beginning of catching this virus, my Mother-in-law came into town to keep me company and help me with anything with the house that I needed, in preparation for Adam's return. I was so bummed to catch a virus, because I had been looking forward to her arrival since she first told me she booked her trip! However, we made the most of our extended weekend with each other.

The main thing I wanted help with was filling my planter that my father and I had built during his visit in February. I haven't shared my planter with you all, I have been waiting to share it. My dad built one for for my grandma, so he helped me make one during his visit, and man, it was so easy and I love it!!  

 **My raised diy garden bed**

So we made numerous trips to Home Depot for soil. Man, it took a lot of soil and dirt to fill! We used half soil and half dirt. Fortunately, one bonus with our new home, is if we need dirt for any reason, you just go to any random place in the property and dig up some dirt-which is exactly what we did! Love it!

We analyzing all the veggies that I'm growing, we realized that I needed another garden bed for the climbing veggies-like the green beans, snap peas, and the tomatoes. So what did we do? We used the resources we had available to us, and put them to use! We looked in the old shed and saw there was a bunch of 2X10's {I believe} that the prior owner had left, and we used them all to make a garden bed that rests against the other one. It will satisfy my need and I'm glad that we could be resourceful!

 
**extra garden bed**

 I also told my MIL that if we got anything done at all {which we didn't, BUT if we did} than I wanted the shelf that I had bought for above the TV to be put up. So glad she was here to help me with it, because I couldn't get it hung for the life of me a couple weeks prior. With her help, and the help of the good ol' stud finder she brought with her, we accomplished that task!! YEAH!! So glad it finally got done!!

**Shelf above the TV**

**Another view**

I wanted to make sure that we got some fun included in our weekend. On Saturday I took her to one of my favorite restaurants that has quickly become a score with each guest I bring, called Barbies. It's right on the water in Seabeck, and on a clear day has a beautiful view of the Olympic Mountains. I LOVE IT!! I love everything about this restaurant. From the cutesy decor, to the food, the price of the food, and the prime location; it's easily become my fave! We ate our lunch and then walked along the pier. We were looking out on the water, just marveling over how beautiful the day was, when my phone rang, and it was none other than my Sailor!! Perfect timing!! We both got to chat with him, which was so nice. Always nice to hear his voice! While she was talking to him, I started to notice all these star fish. More and more started to come into view they were big and colorful, and everywhere! So cool!

**A snap shot into our afternoon**

My MIL told me when she first got to my house that she really wanted to see some deer while she was here. I told her that I hadn't really seen much deer lately. On Sunday she took Baxter on a walk while I was resting. I couldn't really rest after a while, and something tugged at me to look out the window and guess what I saw??!!?? TWO DEER!! I felt so bad for my MIL because of all the things she wanted to do/see, the deer came when she was gone. I felt so bad. I had to capture them for her.

 **The deer came peacefully up our property and got pretty close!!**

All-in-all, we had a beautiful time together and I'm glad she was able to come and for us to share in fellowship with each other. I have been so blessed with people being so willing to come and help me out while Adam has been gone, it's been really humbling. I've had Adam's Aunt be the first to help me out with the painting {such a gruesome project; thankful for her expertise!!}; my mom and aunt come and get the house more "livable;" my father-in-law come and help me move; my dad come and help me with a lot of house projects, and now my mother-in-law with outdoor projects and keeping me company. Plus, this does not include all the friends that have helped me out too!!! I'm so thankful for each of their help and the giving up of their time to help me. I truly can say through each other their help, all in different ways, it has been a part of God's protection and how He has vowed to watch over me~He truly has not left my side throughout this whole deployment. So comforting to look back and truly see!


I missed a whole week of work due to me being sick-and I hated it! Man, I got serious stir crazy! I didn't have strength to do anything. Literally, I got tired just walking to go to the bathroom. Yup, that got old pretty quick, but lasted pretty much all week.

 
 **Poor pup was a trooper! This is what we did all week.**

I was able to get only one project done during the week in the midst of a random spruce of energy. I got a yard stick from Lowes for 50 cents {with my military discount} and put some of my extra corks {remember them from this post?} to good ol' use. This is a less than Five Minute Craft!! All you do is hot glue the corks to the yard stick and then screw in the yard stick to where you want it on your wall {but leave the top space and bottom space open so you can screw to the wall, then once you screw it to the wall, hot glue corks to both spots-easy peasy!!}. So I now have a place to hang pics and memories too! Love it!!

 
**My Cork yard stick, with a picture of my bunny niece to start it off!**

By the time it was the weekend, I started to slowly gain back some much needed energy. I had planned a month ago for my old room mate and friend from college to come over and help me with some curtains for my living room. I finally decided on what fabric to use. I decided on my new favorite material. Can you guess?!?? 

BURLAP!!! So I went to Joann's, since they were having such an awesome coupon deal-50% off!!!- and got my supplies.

 
**7.5 yards of Burlap. Burlap crazy anyone?!?! NO WAY!!**

The curtains were so easy to make {and have I mentioned CHEAP!!!}, using this easy tutorial {thank you Pinterest!!}, but I'm really glad I had her help and fellowship for this project. We can now say that we are stictch-witchery experts lol!! The curtains came out better than we thought they would, and I am so pleased with the results!! {Although I have realized that I will need to add some white fabric behind them so you can't see inside from outside} I'm going to add some white ribbon to the top to make them cutesy and get some more ribbon to tie them back too.


**Our new living room curtains, using burlap. Not the best picture, but it's good enough.**

I have a BUNCH of burlap leftover, which I am secretly thankful for and which what I planned for too :D So I made two more projects that I have been wanting to do, and one that is easily my fave 5 minute craft!!

**Burlap, dry erase picture frame**

All you need for this less than Five Minute Craft is: a picture frame {of your choice}, a piece of Burlap the size of your frame, scissors to cut the Burlap, and a cute flower {if you want-I got this one at Micheals, came in a pack of 6} to hot glue to the outside of your frame. Did I say EASY!!! Write any quote on the frame.

**Burlap-lined basket**

I love the results these two very easy projects yielded!!

Towards the end of my weekend I got my first phone call from my Sailor FROM HIS ACTUAL PHONE!!! If you don't know what this means, this is a big deal, because it means that my Sailor is in US waters, as he's currently in Hawaii.


 **What a nice Aloha greating from him!!!**


Wow. What a blessing!! Can't believe how fast this deployment has gone by, and so thankful for the little amount of time we have left. I am so excited for next week!!!!!!!!! EEEEKKKK!!!

I am so thankful that I am on my way to recovery with this stupid virus!! Cheers for a bunch of projects I'm gonna get done within the next week!!

 

Monday, April 8, 2013

All This Time

2 days in a row--WOW haven't done that in awhile {maybe that will become a new trend-who knows?!?} Anyways.... I haven't done a Music Monday post, on Monday, in awhile. If you're new to this post, it's where I share a song & lyrics to an artist that I'm currently into, a new artist, or one of my faves! Music is something I love. Whether it's singing in the shower or jammin out in my car, I love a good song with a good beat. But what I love even more are lyrics. There's nothing like turning on the radio and finding a song that fits either with your current situation in life or with your life in general, either verbatim or pretty close to it. When that happens-I'm in love!!! And let me tell you, that occurred just the other day, and now the artist is my current favorite!!

The song is called All This Time, by Britt Nicole. She is a Christian singer, but with a pop-like sound. And who is that, that says that Christian music is boring and only hymn-like? She is nothing but! Love her sound, but more importantly, her lyrics and the overall message that she brings with each song. If you are interested in some of her other songs, check out Gold, Who You Say You Are, or Ready or Not~all good ones!!

All This Time, Britt Nicole

I remember the moment
I remember the pain
I was only a girl
But I grew up that day
Tears were falling
I know You saw me

Hiding there in my bedroom
So alone
I was doing my best
Trying to be strong
No one to turn to
That's when I met You

All this time
From the first tear cry
To today's sunrise
And every single moment between
You were there
You were always there
It was You and I
You've been walking with me all this time
You've been walking with me all this time


Ever since that day
it's been clear to me
That no matter what comes
You will never leave
I know You're for me
And You're restoring


Every heartache and failure
Every broken dream
You're the God who sees
The God who rescued me
This is my story
This is my story


All this time
From the first tear cry
To today's sunrise
And every single moment between
You were there
You were always there
It was You and I
You've been walking with me all this time.
You've been walking with me all this time

I head these people asking me
How do I know what I believe?
Well I'm not the same me
And I saw the proof I need
I felt Love I felt Your grace
You stole my heart that day

You've been walking with me all this time
**lyrics provided by http://www.elyrics.net/read/b/britt-nicole-lyrics/all-this-time-lyrics.html**

When I turned on the radio on Friday, this song came on. When I heard it, it immediately brought tears to my eyes. I feel like this song was written for me, and to me. Why? Because there have been so many events that have occurred in my life, where looking back I can totally see God just ushering me through, hand-in-hand, totally and 100% protecting me from what could have been and guiding me through my trials. Through every pain, trial, heartache and worry-God was there. There is no other way to explain it. No supernatural force. No distant being. No human being at that. Nope. IT WAS GOD. Period. End of story. It was Him, guiding me or rather, as Habakkuk 3:19 puts it, "The Sovereign LORD is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to tread on the heights." God will give us the strength we need to go through our circumstances. Our circumstances are all different. But just because they are different, does not mean that God will not help you through certain ones and not others. Our circumstances are different, but one thing remains: our Sovereign Lord will provide for you the strength you need to enable you to get through. So much so, that he will make your feet like that of deer. WOW!! Whenever I envision a deer, it's lightly galloping along from one place to another, swift on it's feet, but delicate in motion. And God will enable you like that of a deer, delicately and gracefully leading you through your troubles. Again, WOW!!! Love that verse!

I just really needed to share this song with you, because I think that a lot of us need this reminder: that God has been with you through everything you have gone through. He is there-not on the sidelines, He's fighting your battles with you, leading and guiding you through them all!! How awesome is that!! What a God He is!! :D



Happy week all!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

A fun, crafty-filled weekend

Hey all!!! I've had a busy/exhausting week so I've been pretty mia. But this weekend, I'm back with projects to share.

I headed to Joanns on Thursday, with gift cards that I had been saving up since Christmas, and bought some reinforcements for projects that I have been wanting to do.  I got to use most of these items, but one project in particular had to be put on hold until it stops raining (which is hasn't stopped all weekend!), so a few more items not shown were used for other projects that I didn't plan on doing, but just sort of came up--love that!

 
 **My reinforcement supplies**

The first project that I accomplished was FINALLY using the leftover yarn from this project for my sweet friend Kylie, and make monogramed wrapped letters for our bedroom door. Got one done in record timing!

 
**Of Course my letter had to be done first :D**

I took a short break on Saturday and met up with a friend for lunch~and got to where my new favorite pair of pants, just perfect for spring!! And of course since it's been poring up here folks, I had to bust out my fave ol pair of rain boots! Bam! Outfit complete! :D

 **You'll be seeing a lot more of outfit combos with these pants!**

I came home and busted out the other letter and walla!! I finally got the project done!

 
**Now when guests come over, they'll know that this door leads to our bedroom**


Since I had the yarn out, I decided to use it and make 2 projects that totally were spontaneous. I had just found the idea for yarn balls as flowers (sounds weird) and decided to give it a whirl. I actually love the turnout!!

 **Swapped out the coffee-filter peonies with these yarn ball flowers!**

 But I couldn't just stop at the flowers, I had to make more yarn balls as a centerpiece. So I watched some good movies that I found on Netflix and busted out a bunch in different sizes. I then added them to theese vase fillers I got on sale and BAM! I have a new table decoration!!

 **Yarnball centerpiece**

The coolest thing is, I used a lot of yarn for these projects, and I still have a bunch leftover!! {future project in mind maybe....}

I also had been saving a girft card for Kohls and decided to wander around over there. So on Friday I literally walked around the whole store and finally settled on getting something that I normally wouldn't pay the price for. I ended up with this lovely/cute addition for our home. :D



So there you have it, a fun-filled weekend full of crafts!! My kind of weekend! But what could you say, could make my weekend even more awesome?!?!

WE ARE OFFICIALLY GOING ON VACATION, POST ADAM'S HOMECOMING!!!!! EEKK!!! CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!

So ya, my weekend rocked!! Hope yours was well too!!

Love you all who read these posts!!