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Archive for November, 2010

Celebrating 4 Amazing Years!

Today I have been married to the love of my life for 4 years! We’ve known each other for 17 years so sometimes it seems like we’ve been together for so much longer. Sometimes I have trouble remembering what my life was like before him. Brad Paisley has a song that is out right now that I absolutely love because it makes me think of James and our journey together every time I hear it.
I Thought I Loved You Then
by Brad Paisley
I remember trying not to stare the night that I first met you.
You had me mesmerized.
And 3 weeks later in the front porch light taking 45 min to kiss goodnight,
I hadn’t told you yet, but I thought I loved you then.


(I do actually remember the very moment I saw James for the first time. It was in the gym at a basketball game and when I saw him I stopped so suddenly that the person walking behind me almost knocked me over. All the people and noise in the gym disappeared and all I could see was him . . . until the person behind me told me that he was in junior high. I was in high school so of course I thought nothing could ever happen between us. Later that night I caught him staring at me.)  

Homecoming 1993


Now you’re my whole life, now you’re my whole world.
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl.
Like a river meets the sea,
Stronger than it’s ever been.
We’ve come so far since that day,
And I thought I loved you then.

(We really have come so far since that day we first saw each other. Someday I will write about it on here. It’s been a long journey getting to where we are but it’s made us stronger and more appreciative of each other. And with each passing year I find myself loving James more than the year before, even when I didn’t think it was possible to love him more than I already do.)

10 years later, he still gave me butterflies

I remember taking you back to right where I first met you.
You were so surprised.
There were people around But I didn’t care I got down on one knee right there.
And once again, I thought I loved you then.

(James didn’t propose to me where we grew up, but he did have me meet him there to make his intentions known. I drove 5 hours to eastern WA and he drove 2 days from southern CA. We picked up subway sandwiches and ate them in the back of his Explorer while the sun set into the wheat fields. He told me that he wanted to start dating with the intention of finding out if we were supposed to be married. A year and half later he proposed in a hot air balloon after watching the sun set over the ocean in San Diego where we live now.)

Sept 2, ’06 after I said yes!
The amazing sunset God provided that evening!

*Nov 4, 2006- Our big day!

Now you’re my whole life, now you’re my whole world.
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl.
Like a river meets the sea,
Stronger than it’s ever been.
We’ve come so far since that day,
And I thought I loved you then.

I can just see you with a baby on the way.
I can just see you when your hair is turning gray.
What I can’t see is how I’m ever gonna love you more . . .
But I’ve said that before.

(“But I’ve said that before.” That line always gets me. Before anyone asks, we don’t have a baby on the way or are we anywhere close to it yet, but we do talk about the future all the time and what we picture ourselves doing. We especially like to talk about how we will retire and are torn between a senior living center in Coronado where we can walk hand in hand on the beach every day . . . James wearing a brightly colored Hawaiian shirt and me wearing the biggest sun hat available. Or getting a nice house in WA on a piece of land with a giant wraparound porch, 2 rocking chairs and some cold lemonade. Either way, I know with God’s help, we’ll love each other even more then, than we could ever imagine to now.)

**”I have found the one my heart loves.”

Now you’re my whole life, now you’re my whole world.
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl.
Well look back some day, at this moment that we’re in.
And I’ll look at you and say . . . and I thought I loved you then.
And I thought I loved you then . . .
On our wedding programs we used the verse “I have found the one my heart loves.” Song of Songs 3:4. I found the one my heart loves that day in the gym and every year it just keeps getting better and better.



Happy Anniversary Babe! I am so blessed to have you as my husband, spiritual leader, and my best friend.


**Showing WA some love. Sorry San Diego.


Photo Credits
*Craig Volpe
**Claire Wolfe

Homemade Coffee Creamer

This weekend we ran out  of coffee creamer. *gasp!* I love coffee so it’s a bit of a tragedy for me.  We’ve been to the store twice since then.  This is a little embarrassing, but both times we went without our  list and both times we forgot the coffee creamer. 😦

I’ll still drink coffee when I don’t have creamer but it’s just not as fun, so I thought I’d do some experimenting.  I was really excited to find a Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe in Econobuster’s newsletter this week!  I was especially excited about this since I’m not able to try the one at Starbucks you all brag so much about, lol. 🙂  If you want to try it too, you can get the recipe HERE.  It was REALLY good and I think I’ll make it again tomorrow!  I of course used non-fat Lactaid milk and Safeway brand whipped topping to make it lactose and soy free.

I tried a few more experiments that worked out pretty well too!  I don’t have exact measurements because I just started adding things until it tasted good but if you’re feeling brave and want to give it a whirl, here are the other two things I tried:

Caramel vanilla flavored coffee- Milk ( I have no idea how much- I just poured it in until the coffee was the right color)  about a half a cap of vanilla extract, a smidge of sugar, and a spoonful of caramel (the kind you put on ice cream).  And then I topped it with a spoonful, ok, maybe two spoonfuls of whipped topping.  It probably gave me 3 cavities but it was yummy. 🙂

Vanilla cinnamon flavored coffee- Milk (same thing, I just poured until it was the same color the creamer would have made it), around a 1/2 cap of vanilla extract, and 1-2 pinches of cinnamon.  Also very good but the Caramel Vanilla wins as my favorite 🙂

If you  prefer syrups to creamer, here are some actual recipes for coffee syrups using similar flavors.


You Win Some, You Lose Some

Sometimes we shop at the $1 store.  I’m not embarrassed to admit that- we’ve found some really fantastic deals there!  We’re pretty picky about what we buy though.  We mostly stick with name brand things (It’s not that we are snooty, it’s just that you can find some strange and funky things there so we just feel it’s safer that way).   It’s a little trick we’ve started doing to save money.  We write-up our grocery list, go to the dollar store first, and then get whatever is left at the grocery store.  Sometimes we hit the jackpot and other times . . . well, not so much.

Here’s what I’m talking about.  This summer I found Loreal’s self tanning lotion for $1. Since I’ve moved here, I’ve made it a practice to never walk out of the house without sunscreen on my face.   I’m pretty fair-skinned anyway, but in the summer this makes my face several shades lighter than the rest of my body.  I’ve used this kind before and it’s usually around $8-10 so it was a GREAT find.

Twice we have found mini roses and a few other beautiful potted flowers.  In fact, about half the flowers on our patio are from the $1 store!

We have found spices without garlic.  These spices are not name brand, but spices are expensive and usually have garlic so we gave it a shot.  Our food has flavor again and my husband is a happy man.

We found sweet and sour sauce without garlic.  Also not a name brand since we’ve never seen sweet and sour without garlic we gave it a shot.  GREAT find.

Crest toothpaste, Aquafresh toothpaste, Campbells soup,  Reach toothbrushes, Soft Soap liquid hand soap, holiday decorations, picture frames, etc, etc, etc.  All GREAT finds.

We have been wanting new pot holders and dish towels and have decided to redo our kitchen in red and sage green (not to be confused with Christmas green).  We found a great deal on dish towels at big lots in exactly the right shades (That is until the green towels turned yellow) but have yet to find pot holders in those colors . . . until one glorious day at the dollar store we found oven mitts.  Not just in the right shade of red, but also the right shade of green.  We bought one of each.

We were so excited that we got home and threw away our old pot holders, and I put the green one in the wash . . . and viola!


It shrank 2 sizes.  This darn oven mitt barely fits my hand now.  James has to fold it in half and use it like a pot holder.    I still haven’t washed the red one- partly because I’m waiting for a big enough load of reds and partly because I’m afraid it will come out child sized.

Oh well.  You win some, you lose some.  And at $1 each I still think it was worth the gamble!