Monday, March 28, 2011


This doesn't happen to me very often.  I don't normally look at a picture and instantly relate.  I do that with music all the time, but pictures? Not so much.
But this photo describes my current situation perfectly and I am captivated.  
And in response I find myself amazed at how God can use something so simple, like a photo, and use it to remind me that he understands.
How very comforting.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring cleaning....Check!

Thanks to my Super Secret Birthday Mission I had some pretty righteous motivation to get my house cleaned.  Although since I had to keep it secret I couldn't just suddenly go on a cleaning frenzy....that would have been much to suspicious.  So I spread the job out over a month. We keep our house pretty clean so honestly cleaning house wasn't a big deal. But the "studio"...oh... the... studio...well lets just say that room was previously known as the "H" room.  Why? Because it contained all of the things that we didn't know what the "Hell" to do with! lol! ( I guess my husband picked up the term from one of his grandparents and i think it is Hilarious).

The "H" room is actually suppose to be our Music room so Rob preferred it to be called the Studio.  Which had a nicer sound to it but, lets face it, the "H" was more appropriate considering it was a challenge get to the drum set.
Allow me show you what I mean:
As you can see the "H" room *cough* studio  has been a glorified air conditioned storage facility. 

How did we collect so much crap?  There is this phenomenon that  occurs when you get married.
You get married, you move in together and magically all of your glorified "single stuff"doesn't have a home anymore. 
here are a few examples of "single stuff":
*Posters you originally bought to hang in your dorm room and then hung up in every new apartment after that.
*Screaming pink sheets, with a mysterious blue stain, that didn't match your bedding but made you sleep like a baby.
*Yellow, Thrift store lounge chairs that you and your roommate high fived each other over because they were a steal and  "practically brand new".

These silly, little things defined you somehow while you are still single.

Yet when you get married these once important items are deemed useless and have no place in your new world and, as a result, get thrown in a box or given away.  The boxed items are stored with the hope that they will be loved by you in the very near future.

A year and a half into marriage my husband and I realized that those items still had no use in our wedded bliss and at about that time my parents come to visit bearing BOXES with my childhood items.  Items that I boxed in the hope of loving in the near future when I started highschool and then again when I moved on to college
I think there is a pattern here. Perhaps parenthood will bring another purging?

The Reckoning had begun.

It took A LOT of self control not to keep every little memory. 

Here is a little surprise I found while I was going through all of our boxes.

My greatest feat: After going through old photos, stories, drawing, notes etc from kindergarten to 12th grade, I somehow managed to get it down into 2 three-ring binders worth of memories.
  and I was thanking God that I am not a scrapbooker.

Finally after days of hard work.  My job was done and the result was glorious:

Which meant it was time for a Jam session! 

I hope you also get to finish a project that has been nagging at you!
Happy Spring Cleaning everyone!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Birthday of the Future

*Robot Uprising Influenced by Surprise Birthday Weekend*
That should have been the headline on the front page of the Sunday paper this week.  This weekend was just that Legendary.
My husband always has some kind of awesome birthday party plans but this year he found himself turning 25 ,finishing his thesis and with most of his friends moved away.  So he decided not to plan a party.
Then entered... this post by the Dating Divas! It gave me the most amazing idea...I should throw my husband a surprise party! but then I immediately dismissed it. I can't throw a party! The whole reason Rob doesn't want to have one is because he feels like no one will come. But then I had a wild idea! What if I could get his best friends to fly in and surprise him?! Then Rob could have a party AND he could celebrate it with his friends!
So I sent out the "Super Secret Mission" emails to 3 of his best friends that he use to live with.  And Praise the Lord they all agreed to arrive in Las Cruces two months later! The party was officially in motion!
The plan was for the guys to sweep in like the cavalry and save the day!  Leaving my husband with his batteries recharged so he could finish the fight and graduate with his masters.
I lost many a night of sleep this last two months dreaming that I had let the secret slip, but amazingly we successfully surprised Rob!
The guys dropped in this last Thursday night.  First one rang the doorbell and when Rob answered the door his jaw just about dropped and you can imagine his response as the 2nd and 3rd guy walk in the door about a minute apart.  Next thing Rob knew he was standing in his own kitchen surrounded by his best friends and he was pretty much speechless.
What followed was a pretty legendary weekend.
Luckily Rob knew I was up to something so having his friends show up on Thursday threw him off the scent that I was also throwing him a surprise futuristic/robot party!  He thought we were going to dinner at a friends house but much to his (Genuine) surprise he had a whole crew of people ready to party with him!
Below are the details of the Party! Please don't give me all the credit...I had a lot of help!

The guests were asked to wear some sort of futuristic accessory but if they forgot or didn't have any.  I made sure they were covered with glow necklaces, glow bracelets and futuristic sunglasses. 

We put metallic tables clothes and steamers up and we put robots everywhere!  Of course I made sure to put up the Robots that my husband thinks are awesome

Robot chicken with a Storm Trooper?

 Transformers!  I would have made them look like men but I didn't know how. lol

Zero from Mega man amongst a few other seriously sweet robots

We Love Star Wars!  Shout out to my parents for letting me borrow all your sweet collectibles!

 A little old and new school for all you Lost and Space fans out there




 I got this sweet transformers banner at Wal-Mart and it Lights up! Which was perfect because our entire party was under blue lights...very futuristic.


My husband isn't really into cake so every year I make him a GIANT peanut butter chocolate cookie.  Only this year my friend made him a the coolest fondant topping ever! 8 bit Mega Man!

These toothpicks from William Sonoma were pretty
much the perfect accessory to our chocolate Fountain

Here are some sweet action shots from the party!  We had some seriously sweet costumes there and the blue lights made for some cool pictures.  
Mission Success!!!