Sunday, February 21, 2010

Spring Time Here I Come!

We enjoyed a small glimmer of warmer weather this weekend and it got me thinking of Spring! I am very excited for Springtime. This year I am going to get a few rectangular hanging flower boxes to place on our porch railing. This will be my first outdoor growing attempt so I am very excited. At the present time our porch is completely empty accept for a strand of Christmas lights we still have out. So it will be so fun to have some pretty flowers and plants to look at. Also this weekend I ventured out to Pier 1, a store that I love. For my birthday my husbands family gave me a gift card to this wonderful store and I was very excited to use it. After walking around the entire store not wanting to make a rash decision I stumbled upon a beautiful outdoor chair in a weathered dark teal/green color and then I saw the price tag and got super excited...this chair was normally $100 and is now marked down to $24.99!!! It so happens that it is from last year's collection how awesome is that!! I was a little nervous cause there was only one on the floor but after asking someone they had six in the back!!! Jordan and I have been looking for outdoor chairs for a couple years now, but the ones we actually liked were are always way out of our price range so we have just stuck with our camping chairs. Now we have chairs for our porch that are something we actually find attractive! I'm so glad we never settled :)
Here they are

Also I updated my wall sconce flowers for spring. The past 4 years I have had the same red Gerber daises in my sconces and I was ready for something different. So a few weeks ago I found these beautiful spring green hydrangeas; it's a fresh new look for our dinning room and I love them!

Then while I was grocery shopping I found these beautiful orange baby roses. I love bright baby roses they always brighten my day.

Happy almost Spring to you all. Please let me know if you have any growing tips for my new growing adventure.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentines Day Celebration

I love days of celebration! Since Valentines day is just a couple days after my birthday it has become our tradition to stay in because we usually go out for my birthday. I love coming up with a special menu for dinner. This year I decided to crack open a cookbook we received as a wedding gift. It's called the "Newlywed Cookbook", and I found some scrumptious recipes to use. I made Roasted Chicken with Apples and Dried Fruit and then Scalloped Potatoes with Gorgonzola Cheese. It was simply delectable....mmm. We ended the meal with Chocolate Lava Cakes...also quite scrumptious.

We also gave each other sweet gifts
Jordan got me this beautiful Sugar Jar that I had my eye on. It's made with that pretty green opaque glass I love, and on the wrapping he wrote "Because your sweeter than Sugar"...Too cute, Thank you my Love :)

I gave Jordan a drink mixer. Often times for our celebrations we like to make special drinks and up until now we have been using Jordan's travel mug to shake the drinks in. So I found this in the Valentines section at Target and knew it would be the perfect gift. Also it has about 12 different drinks listed around the rim and in the circles below it tells you what goes in for the drink, how cool is that!

So we toasted to our Love with a Sea Breeze drink :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snowed in at the Watkins

We have been getting a fair amount of snow which has caused our regular schedules to be put to a halt. Jordan has not been to school since last Thursday! He is becoming stressed as he is seeing the work piling up. Luckily he has been able to study with a classmate a few times. As for me; in the last 3 days have only been able to work 6 hours because of the snow. Today I was told not to come in at all because of the weather. I can't complain the time off has been fun, but today I was feeling especially snowed in... My loving husband gave me the brilliant suggestion to make a list of things I wanted to accomplish today. What an amazing idea...why didn't I think of this? Lucky for me I have Jordan in my life to give me these wonderful ideas. So I did just that. I made my list and have had a great time checking things off. It truly has made me feel super accomplished and not so snowed in :). Jordan and I are not at all prepared for the snow, neither of us even have boots!! Needless to say there has not been much exploring the outdoors as of late. The only time we have gone outside is to un-bury our cars :). This has caused us to feel rather unhealthy and because of another brilliant idea from Jordan, we have been using our kitchen stool to do step ups, running in place, running laps around our apartment, push ups and sit ups it has been pretty funny that is for sure.

I will leave you with a picture of our parking lot. This was taken on Saturday, it has been plowed and then we got more snow last night/today so now it looks similar to this again but not quite as bad
Well back to my list!!