Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Best Friend's Wedding...

Saturday was my best friend Julie's wedding! This wedding has been a long time coming! I was so excited and even more excited to be the Matron of Honor (a Maid of Honor isn't married, a Matron of Honor is). I was really nervous to do Julie's make up though! The bride is the focal point of any wedding and the way she looks is very important! While we were in the salon, there were even some hairdressers who said they refuse to do a bride's hair because of all the pressure for the bride to look "perfect". I was like, oh geez... BUT everyone (most importantly Julie) loved the results:
Beautiful Before...
Beautiful After!
While we were in the salon, our friend and fellow bridesmaid Nicole said something about me doing make up for money (or something like that) and I said that it was just a hobby of mine, but how I would LOVE to do it professionally and actually make some money! One of he hairdressers overheard me and was like, "You don't do make up for your job?! You should!" (SQUEEEEE!!!) So I left my contact info with her and she encouraged me to do make up on girls for proms and formals and she will recommend me to any brides that come in to get their hair done! YAY!!! I will GLADLY drive back to Adrian to do make up on girls :) Or anyone who reads my blog, wink, wink ;)

Touching up the lip gloss...

Me & Steve <3
The lovely newlyweds...
Konnor and his main squeeze! Hope Craig doesn't mind...
 The wedding and reception were amazing and beautiful and went off without a hitch. I had an amazing time and so did Konnor. He got a little wild after drinking too much milk...
Dancing on the tables! lol.
Now Julie and I are both in the "Old Married People's Club" and we get to do old married people things like join book clubs or something. :D

xoxo,
Michelle

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Don't Try This At Home...No Seriously, Don't.

Last week I spent about 8 hours making a pumpkin pie! That's how long it takes when you have to keep stopping to take care of a baby! In case you didn't read my last blog post, Steve, Konnor, and I went to a farm and bought some pumpkins, two of which were pie pumpkins!
Jack-O-Lantern, 2 Pie Pumpkins, & a lil pumpkin for Konnor :)
Once upon a time, I had an amazing recipe for pumpkin pie, but I sadly lost it somewhere. So this time, I just Googled "Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe" and picked one from the list of results. Here's how it all went down:
Konnor in his highchair, watching Mommy aka: Betty Crocker
 First, I asked Steve to cut the pumpkins in half because I was too wimpy to do it myself. This was at around 11:30am. Then I scooped all the seeds and stringy yuck out into a bowl.
 Then I buttered the inside of the pumpkins and baked them for 30 minutes (to get the skin off easily and make the insides mushy).
 Pumpkin insides are very yellow! And this stuff was really yummy all by itself, but I love squash so that's not saying much...
My first ever home made pie crust and a cupcake pan prepared for my "mini pies".
Mixing everything up...pumpkin goop, eggs, seasoning, vanilla flavor, sugar, evaporated milk...pretty simple!
Bake for a while...and TA-DA! Home made pumpkin pie! Looks yummy huh? Yeah well...looks can be deceiving...
My "mini pies" don't look so good...the marshmallows got a little too brown...

So I decided that I don't like the recipe I used. The pie tasted ok, but I really didn't like the texture. I prefer a thick, dense pie, but this one was mushy. Also, I'm pretty sure I over-mixed the pie crust because it definitely wasn't "flaky" nor was it "delicious" like the recipe said it would be. So, 8 hours of work and all I got was a mediocre pie and some weird/messy/mushy mini pies. I need a new recipe...SIGH...

BUT WAIT!! Something amazing did come out of all of this...PUMPKIN SEEDS!!!
These turned out DELICIOUS! I can't wait to make some more of these when we carve the Jack-o-Lantern...
And here we have my little pumpkin with his little pumpkin :)

xoxo,
Michelle

p.s. How do you all like my new banner? I made it myself!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Pumpkin For My Pumpkin!

Yesterday, Steve, Konnor, and I went on an adventure to find "The Perfect Pumpkin" to carve for Konnor's first Halloween! After researching a few different pumpkin patches online, we were on our way (with Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand)! As we were traveling however, we passed a farm with a HUGE pig made out of straw out front and they also had a big sign that read, "PUMPKINS", so we decided to just stop at that place instead of continuing on to our original destination. Sometimes spontaneity is better than sticking to your plan :)
Me, Konnor, and the big straw pig!
This farm was awesome! They not only had pumpkins, but they had a petting zoo, a straw maze for little kids, and big sand box that was filled with dried CORN for kids to search for goodies in, all kinds of ugly looking squash, a barn with a huge straw "pit" inside that was made for little kids, but I really wanted to play in it...lol. Too bad Konnor wasn't older or he would have had a lot more fun...he was actually pretty grumpy the whole time because he was getting sick of getting his picture taken...
Two little pumpkins...
Some gnarly squash!
Konnor as Charlie Brown, a very grumpy Charlie Brown...
Matching black tees and gray hoodies...awww...
This is MayBell (white) and Pedro (Gray). The woman at the farm told us that they really want a baby donkey in the spring, so they brought Pedro in for the summer so that he and MayBell could become "friends", but as it turns out, MayBell did not want to be friends with Pedro, she even kicked him where it counts a few times. The woman said that, "Pedro just stood there and took it 'like a man'." lol. Looks like there won't be any baby donkeys next spring. According to Steve, Pedro said, "Man, I came all the way here for my summer vacation and all I got was kicked in the groin." HAHAHA :)


Ok, I loved this goat (on the left). Look at her floppy ears! She reminded me SO MUCH of my dog Trixie. The goat with the horns was eating his food out of his own bucket (the girl goat had her own bucket) and she was stepping on the boy goat's head and trying to eat HIS food! She looked like she was trying to drown him in his food, lol. She really loved Steve and kept trying to make Steve pet her head (just like Trixie!). I thought she just wanted to eat his hoodie because I had a goat at the zoo nibble on my shirt before! 
Mommy and baby sheep...
Konnor and some LOUD piggies...
A little cow...
Bunnies...
A rooster and all his girlfriends...
And grumpy Konnor, haha :)
Our Family Picture :)
We ended up buying a big jack-o-lantern to carve, two small pie pumpkins (for pumpkin pie, nom nom), and a teeny, tiny little pumpkin for Konnor...but that will be a post for another day!

xoxo,
Michelle

Friday, October 1, 2010

When Everything Is Going "Wrong"...


Life changes so unexpectedly, it's almost reckless to tell someone what your next step in life will be before the plan is "set in stone". I have learned this lesson many, many times over. It seems that as soon as Steve and I make a "plan" and tell a bunch of people what we are going to be doing next, God is like, "HAHAHA, that's funny..." and then our "plans" fall apart. Don't get me wrong,  I'm not complaining about where we have ended up, I'm just complaining that this whole process makes me and Steve look like a. liars and b. like we are complete screw-ups.
This blog is kind of an update on what our plans WERE, and what we are doing now.

We were planning on moving to Kansas in October of this year. We had the money set aside to move ourselves and our belongings. We had a house to move into. Steve was still in the process of finding a job in Kansas, but we weren't too worried about that.
THEN...we find out that the house is not ready to be moved in to. The house has a gas leak (the gas has since been shit off) and has some bad plumbing issues. Blah, blah, blah...long story short, the house has no utilities and wouldn't have them by the time we wanted to move in.

So Steve and I created Plan B. We would move out of the ghetto (Ypsilanti, at least our apartment complex) to a cheaper and safer place. We were short on time, so we moved to the cheapest apartments we could find that were still nice and in a safe neighborhood...even if they were an hour from Steve's work. This is how we ended up in Adrian, MI. We decided that it would cost way too much money in gas if Steve drove the Jeep to Ypsi and back everyday, so we used our "moving to Kansas" money to buy a little Kia that was supposed to get 34 mpg.  Uh huh. We would live in Adrian temporarily until the house in Kansas was fixed up, then we would sell the Kia, get back most of our moving money and then move!

THEN... because of various unforeseen circumstances, the house in Kansas is still unlivable. Steve and I realize that even with the Kia (which is NOT getting 34 mpg and is falling apart already) we are not saving any money by living in Adrian. We are spending more money and we are running out of ideas to make ends meet. So far we have been getting by on answered prayers and a credit card that previously had a zero balance, but hey...we need to eat!

So now we are moving on to Plan C. (Actually, we had about 30 other plans after Plan B, but none of those got past the planning stage.) Now, we are moving back to Ypsilanti to a (hopefully) nicer neighborhood. Steve is going to go back to school, so moving back to Ypsi will put him closer to work and class. I'm only "putting it out there" that we are moving back to Ypsi because we put a deposit down on the apartment, so it's pretty much "set in stone" that we will be moving back. That, and we gave our current landlord our 30-day move out notice today.

Like I said above, I am not complaining about where we are in life nor that our plans have not worked out exactly as we planned. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I mean everything. Sure, moving to Adrian for 3 months might seem like a mistake, but I'm positive that I know why we were supposed to come here, even for a short amount of time. I think I was supposed to come here to do something, but I can't be specific because someone reads this blog :)

This blog entry isn't about plans gone awry, it's about trust. Letting go of control and trusting that everything will BE O.K. Just yesterday, Steve was getting ready for work. He went to the gas station to get gas and put air in the tires. While he was doing this, he noticed that one of the tires had a huge bulge in the side of it..aka..it was going to explode soon. So, he gets in the trunk and gets out the spare only to discover that the spare has a NAIL IN IT. (Uh, thanks car dealership for telling us that one.) SO Steve comes home pretty much freaking out. "What are we gonna do? We don't have the money to fix this! How am I gonna get to work?" Usually, I would freak out too, but this time I just felt really calm and said, "Honey, everything is going to be ok." I didn't know how it would  be, but I knew it would be.

Steve had to take the day off from work yesterday, (he gets paid sick time), but now the car has two new tires on it (one of them leaked air really bad) and he was able to get to work today. Everything turned out fine, the world didn't stop turning just because his plan of going to work yesterday didn't work out. Maybe, for some reason, Steve wasn't supposed to go to work yesterday. Maybe he wasn't supposed to drive the Kia all the way to Ypsi and back. We'll never know, but I trust that everything happens for a reason and that God's plans for me are much stronger (and better) than my own plans for me.


5Trust in the LORD with all your heart 
       and lean not on your own understanding;

6in all your ways acknowledge him, 
       and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6



xoxo,
Michelle