Sunday, March 30, 2008

A Night With Jonah!

Saturday night Luke and I had the wonderful priviledge of babysitting for some friends in our Sunday School Class. This is Jonah. He is soooo cute and so happy and has the chubbiest, pinchiest ( I know that's not a word) cheeks ever!!! He is about 6 months old and was a very calm and pleasant baby. We loved to be able to give his parents an opportunity to have a date night. I had fun just holding him all night long!Luke had fun too and even changed his first diaper ever. Of course I had to talk him through the whole thing step by step, but that's okay. One day, he'll become a pro! Jonah loved the camera and loved when the flash would go off. He was alot of fun and we had a great time in our pre-parenthood "lessons".

Any of you out there need a date night with your sweety, we would love to help you out!

Friday, March 28, 2008

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!!!

Easter is our (mostly mine) second favorite holiday next to Christmas. I looked forward to it with great anticipation and Luke and I spent time preparing for the day both in the Word and in the community.
Easter for us started about the weekend before Easter at Providence's Easter Egg Hunt for Raleigh Gardens. We were in charge of tatooing the kids but had to have alittle fun for ourselves first. Plus, Luke had never applied those removable tatoos and needed practice.
All the tatoos were Easter Tatoos and said things like Peace, or His is Risen with lambs and doves. Not too tough, but still fun!The one on my hand is an Easter Egg with a lamb in it!! It was fun and boy were there alot of kids. All the kids wanted tatoos and some on their foreheads, which was funny becuase water just ran down their faces, but they didn't mind. Look at this cute little girl after she found her treat bag and eggs:It was alot of fun for us and we hope for the kids. The most important thing is that every kid that came to play got a chance to hear the gospel. What fun!
We spent the week focusing on Holy Week and following Christ's journey through Jerusalem and to the cross. We were also thinking about where we were for Easter last year, in London.

This was All Souls Church, in London where Christine went when she lived there. We sure did miss being in Europe and were reminded of how blessed we were to be able to have that opportunity.

Saturday was spent baking my little heart out with my new cookie press for some Easter Cookies. I went for Gusto and 2 hrs into the 4 hr process, I was banging my head into the wall screaming, "what was I thinking?!"But the end result was worth it for me and for my husband.

Here's the stinky part of the story: After church, we came back to the house to get Missy and some table decorations quickly before having to get to my in-laws for Easter lunch. We got there and started to decorate and then it hit me: I FORGOT THE COOKIES AT HOME! I was soooo bummed out. Just like the Little Rascals movie quote says, "All this work for nothing!" oh well, I took them to work and my kids ate them all. Luke also helped me decorate the table in a very Easter and Spring way. After lunch, we all just relaxed and chilled. Luke and Catherine played some basket ball and I just sat and talked to Luke's mom and played with the dogs. We did get some Easter pictures in though. And just one more thing, for those of you who frequented the Mehaffie home during our college years remember that nothing in the house ever changed. EVER! Well, that streak is over. It's changed (or in the process of!)The wall paper is coming down and the paint is going up. She chose a shade of green! Sorry Sharon for posting your unclean undone kitchen for all the world to see! HeHe!

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I've Finally Finished...

Well, Almost. This is one of the 3 decorative pillows I've been working on to doll up our bedroom. Thanks to my Wita (my grandma) who taught me how to embroider when I was very young and to my mom who taught me how to use a sewing machine and make pillows! I still remember how! I sure hope I can teach my daughter these things one day.
Easter post on it's way!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Where's that Missy Girl?

I wonder where that Missy could be hiding?

Oh, there she is!!!!

Just a lazy Sunday cuddling on the couch with her Luker!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

My Latest Creations

My brain has been going crazy lately with ideas to make our home look a little nicer and less college-y. Luke blames it on the Family Circle magazines I get that have really great and inexpensive ideas. However, I still try to find a great deal, none the less. All you're about to see was less than $10!
First, I redid our living room slightly. I should've taken a before picture. I basically just added the flowers and the picture to the wall shelfs.

Here are the details:

The votive centerpeice was a great find at Goodwill for $4. You're supposed to put candles in it but I decided to put flowers. Those are artificial geraniums and I got them at Walmart for $3! They match our big red chair.The yellow flowers is my bridesmaid bouquet from my best friend Andrea's wedding. They have dried quite nicely. That frame with three openings I got on clearance at Target for $2.50. It's a picture of Luke and I praying at our wedding and our wedding vows are on each side of the picture. Those were all free because we just printed them at home!

This last one is my favorite. I found this purse and wallet at Goodwill for $1.99!!! The ribbon was $2.99 for 4 yards. I put the ribbon on using some iron-on stitching around the purse and on the wallet. This was so fun for me because I've been looking hard to find a good purse for that ribbon. It matches my little polka dot shoes too! (yeah, I know I'm a dork).

Well, there you have it. I'm also working on sewing together some coverings for some decorative pillows that aren't so decorative in our bedroom. I don't know how long those will take. I hope you're encouraged about decorating on a really really tight budget.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Wito!!

Monday was my wito's birthday. He's my grandfather and the patriarch of my family. He's the only father figure I have ever had and I love him dearly!
Isn't he is so cute. Not too cute though, he's still pretty powerful. They still live in the house I grew up in when I lived in Texas. I love my Wito very much. He has this way about him. Anytime he talks to me, on the phone or see him in person, all I can do is cry. And this happens to my sister too, and we can't explain it. We just love him. I was so glad he walked me down the aisle for my wedding. It was a great honor for me. I might cry. This is his full height, by the way. And notice, I'm crouched down to him alittle, and you all know how short I am! The only two times I cried my whole wedding day was when he first came in to see me, and when we danced together. I cried like a baby!!! I was always Wito's little helper growing up. He is the reason why I can change a tire, change a spark plug, and change the oil in my car. My sister and I would spend the summers there, after we moved away, and Wito was always fixing a car up. Back then, I HATED helping him, because all I wanted to do was ride my bike. I remember telling my Wita that all I ever did was sit there while he messed around under the car. She would always tell me that it really did help him because if he ever needed anything, I was right there to get it for him, instead of him having to climb out from the car over and over again. AND, I learned my way around a tool box! And every once in a while, he let me climb under the car with him and my Wito is a great teacher. I will never ever forget all the "consejos" that he has shared with me in my life. (Those are meaningful advice-s. Like, "my grandpa always use to say...").

I hope everyone in the world has the great honor of meeting my Wito one day!

Friday, March 7, 2008

English Ivy For a Lifetime

For those of you who were at our wedding, you may (or may not) remember the english ivy. It was something that Luke and I really liked and we wanted it to be something dominant in our wedding theme. Well, we had to buy ALOT of english ivy. While you're planning your wedding, all your thinking about is the day. You don't really stop to think about what in the world you're going to do with all that ivy after the wedding. So, I try and find every opportunityto use it as I can. So here's my latest attempt:This is a wreath I just made using some of that English Ivy and some fake white roses. I like as a year round (except for Christmas) pretty wreath but Luke likes it as a Spring Easter wreath. I'm not very good at Arts and Crafts so this was tough for me. I always have all these great ideas in my head, but for some reason, that's the only place they end up looking nice: in my head!

Happy Early Easter!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

A Sad Loss With Great Friends

Luke and I had an unexpected suprise this weekend. We slept in Saturday morning and started to make our saturday chocolate chip pancakes. A friend called and said he and his wife had two extra tickets to the State vs. Duke game and asked if we wanted to go. Hmmmm, Let me think.....HECK YEAH!!! So we rushed to meet them in an hour. Mind you, we had just woken up maybe 30 minutes before they called. We were very excited! Though my blood runs purple and gold, I married into a State family and have become a State Fan (except when they play ECU of course). Our friends Burke and Jen Evans took us:

He gets free tickets at work. (This is an old picture from our 4th of July party).

It was my 3rd time in the RBC Center but each time is like the first. Plus, we usually sit up on the 3rd level but Burke had tickets for the club level. oooooooooooo!! It was fun.

(This is an old picture too.) The seats even had in-seat menus to order from. If I really wanted to, I could've ordered a chicken cesar wrap for just $11.00! What a great deal!!!But I tried as much as I could not to take advantage of that amazing deal! State ended up losing but it was a victory from within. State held the lead for the whole game and played the best they had all season. And, as much as I strongly dislike Duke, there was something surreal about seeing Coach K and that little rat Paulus in person.

Anywho, it was such a beautiful day that we went out to Cookout for lunch. It was all in all, a great day, and even better because it was unexpected and spontaneous!!! Oh yeah, Burke and Jen are expecting their #1 in July. WooHoo!!!!!