Saturday, October 27, 2007

And The Winner Is...

Dwangela! With a record breaking FOUR VOTES the winner of our halloween costume poll is Dwight and Angela. I have two reactions to this outcome. One, excitment because I love Dwight and Angela and that is who I voted for. Two, I am disgruntled with the fact that I got only four votes, one of which was myself. This means that only three people voted! Now here is the sad part...there are probably only three people that read my blog. OR, there a couple more but they are just shy. Well, be shy no longer! Let your presence on this blog be known! I want people to comment...in fact I beg you to comment!

Get excited for pics of our halloween costumes coming soon!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A day in the life of...

two former beauty queens. Today a former Miss Northern Virginia and Miss Teen Virginia Beach hit up Short Pump Mall in Richmond for a day of shopping! Aka...window shopping & starbucks. My friend, Jaime, and I had a glorious day finding her a pair of "dynamo denin". She came away with a great pair of Joe's jeans. I was her official "guru of glamour" although she certainly doesn't need one. We had way too much fun and my stomach hurts from laughing so hard. I think we might have gotten a little carried away...you be the judge.

Strike a pose

"Introducing...Miss Northern Virginia....JAIME CAMPBELLLL!"

Do you love it or do you love it?

The Pied Piper

Candy striper???

Ok...so all was going well and were having a fabulous time. As our day is coming to a close we make our way out to the parking lot. I open my car door and HORROR OF HORRORS:



This was sitting there when I opened my car door! Shock and panic set in all at once! I called Jaime, my former Miss Northern Virginia to the rescue! She came quickly and squealed appropriately. What else does one do when they open their car door to find a tarantula sized spider lurking???!!! Then...some sweet, kind man came over to see what our commotion was all about and ever so kindly got the spider off my car with his car keys. This may seem like an exageration or an overreaction. I swear to you it was neither. This spider was literally the biggest spider I had seen in my life. We were both tramautized at the sight of it and had to go to starbucks immediately to calm our nerves! After the grande triple, non-fat, no whip pumpkin spice latte kicked in we were more collected and could continue our journey home. Whew! Just another day in the life of two FORMER beauty queens :)

Friday, October 19, 2007

Announcement!

Greetings Bloggers!

Jackson and I have some very exciting news. Jackson has accepted a job with our church, Portico. He will start work with the church when we graduate this May and he will be working with the kids' ministry and launching a new youth ministry. We could not be more excited about this and feel so blessed to work with a church that we love so much! We can't wait to get started. We would love your prayers as we begin our journey in ministry! There will be more to come on this so stay tuned! Check out Portico's website, it is one of my links on the blog.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Shop Til You Drop

Last weekend I had an amazing time at Tysons Galleria with my mom, older sister, my mom's bff and her daughter! We had a blast. It was such fun girl time (even though I missed the hubs soo much). If any of you make your way up to Tysons this season, you must hit up Anthropologie. They have some adorable stuff in right now! I wish I took more pictures, but I only came away with a few and then my camera died. Darn. Here's what I got.


Nothing like starting the day with a little bucks.

Megan, Me, Lindsey

Success at Anthro!!!

We should totally make this an annual thing! :)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

It Finally Feels Like Fall!

Fall is in the air...finally! Yesterday it was 90 degrees and today it was low 60s. What on earth? I didn't realize how much I like fall until this year. Maybe it is because I have a home now and I am suddenly interested in pumpkins and making things feel festive. But I also realized my "style" is much more suitable to fall. I think my favorite outfit consists of cowboy boots, cute boot-cut jeans, and a fitted jacket. Fall is the perfect weather for my favorite clothes! I am also looking forward to busting out my pashminas!

As I am writing I am sitting next to my sweet husband and enjoying the fire he built tonight. Yes, our very first fire in our first home. I feel like this is one of those big moments. One of the things I am thankful for is a husband who can just start a fire! We walked in the house and I said something about a fire and he said, "That's a great idea, I'll go get some logs!" and voila...ten minutes later we have a fire! He is just so good with all those "manly" things and I just love it. He's so capable. Sorry, I just had to brag on him. I'm leaving tomorrow for a shopping trip in D.C. with my mom and sister (fun fun fun) and this will be the first time we have been away from each other since we have been married...I'm sad! Anyway, here are some pics from our first fall as a married couple!



THE PUMPKIN...I picked the biggest one I could find! I was so pleased.


Hubs with our pumpkin


Hubs making the fire


The first fire at the Andrews' home

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Gorgonzola Delight

So, this past weekend my in-laws came to visit us for the first time :) I cleaned for hours, bought a pumpkin for the front porch, made pumpkin spice bread, bought flowers for the kitchen table, and bought apple cider. I felt compelled to make our home feel festive and fall-ish. Jackson's older brother, Braydon and his girlfriend Micah came to visit too. We had so much fun with them. Braydon lives in Minneapolis and attends John Piper's church...so cool.

All you married women, you know how it is when the in-laws visit, you want to make something really really good. Something impressive but not too "gourmet" to look like you are trying too hard. Here was my menu for the visit, and it turned out great: filet with gorgonzola sauce, roasted garlic potatoes and sauteed snow peas. It was all a hit. But, I must share the gorgonzola sauce recipe with you all because it was simply divine!

It is of course, a Barefoot Contessa Original...

GORGONZOLA SAUCE
4 cups heavy cream
3 to 4 ounces crumbly Gorgonzola (not creamy or "dolce")
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

1)Bring heavy cream to a full boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, then continue to boil rapidly for 45-50 minutes, until thickened like a white sauce, stirring constantly. **NOTE: I thought boil rapidly meant boil on medium-high...it does not, you must turn it down to low so it is "simmering" if you keep it on high it will burn fast!

2)Off the heat, add the Gorgonzola, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and parsley. Whisk rapidly until the cheeses melt. Serve warm. If you must reheat, warm the sauce over low heat until melted, then whisk vigorously until the sauce comes together.

Enjoy this recipe!

Here's a picture of Micah and I whipping it up in the kitchen....

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Reality Check

My older sister is getting her Master's in Counseling at Regeant. I'm excited because I can now get free counseling from her! Today she shared something with me that I thought was very wise and important to keep in mind. Everybody has those relationships in their life that disappoint them. Maybe it is a relationship you can (and should) get out of, but maybe it isn't. Maybe it is one of those permanent relationships: a coworker, a family member, or even a friend. What most of us tend to do is live in a fantasy world where we keep hoping that the person will not dissappoint us again. We say things to ourselves like, "maybe this time will be different," or "surely this time they won't hurt me again". When the person follows in their usual behavior, we are let down again, and potentially crushed because we had hoped for something that was simply not our reality. We need to remember to live in reality! If you are honest with yourself about the reality of this person's ways, then it is easier to deal with and you can manage your expectations.

With that said, I am not saying that you cease to pray over a difficult relationship. I am not saying give up on it, or harden your heart towards them and become bitter. By no means! God can perform miracles and change people's hearts! But, oftentimes we cannot. I can't make someone love me or appreciate me. I have learned that it is not emotionally healthy to live in a fantasy world because reality is hurtful or hard to deal with. We have to manage our expectations according to reality and let Christ get control over our emotions. Surrender the hurt feelings and dissapointment to Him! He cares and wants to be the one to comfort us. So many times the first person we run to is not Him, but our spouse, or friend or mother. This is the exact opposite of what we should do. I've heard a quote, "Take it to the throne before you take it to the phone". Amen!

Let's live in reality and be honest with ourselves about the expectations we should have for others.