Celebration of Two

In celebration of TWO years of our marriage, I have decided to post how “two” has made an impact in our lives.

(I’ll admit, I was just going to post two great things about Seth…which probably would’ve been easier…but it would have also looked silly too. Don’t worry, I’ll have a great list ready for our 25th!)

- We have lived in 2 homes (I really miss that one bedroom apartment)
- We have acquired 2 dogs
- We’ve been on 2 vacations (ok, not counting honeymoon)
- I’ve broken 2 coffee decanters
- We’ve had 2 different comforters on our bed
- I’ve had 2 jobs
- I’ve only bought 2 things during our marriage…
:)
- I sometimes dream I will have twins
- We have 2 guns
- Our dogs chewed on 2 pieces of furniture
- Neither of us can stay up until 2am
- We painted 2 rooms
- We celebrate 2 birthdays in October
- We have to vacuum 2 times a week
- We had 2 siblings graduate from college this year
- Several of our friends already have 2 kids
- We are both 2 times as beautiful as we were on our wedding day
Ok, I’m really have to stretch it now. You get the picture.

Here’s to 2 great years. I cannot imagine my life without Seth.

One day he will decide to blog and tell you he also cannot imagine his life without me :)

Yesterday I was trying to figure out what the traditional 2nd anniversary gifts were. Seeing as we just got back into town, neither of us had really put thought into anything. So we decided no gifts. Even no cards. I’ve never seen Seth grin so big.

I just told him he had to tell me what the card would say, had he bought one.

Then the grin went away.

But it did say the tradional gift was cotton. How about that. Maybe back in old times women got a cotton plant. Or maybe an entire field! Lucky for me, the mall had great sales right before Christmas and let’s just say I got plenty of cotton.

I can’t wait for LEATHER for #3!

But back to the celebration. We had your typical romantic night of take-out chinese and taking down the Christmas decorations. Oh, and he also took me to a fancy lunch at Jason’s Deli! It was perfect ;) And, since he was also probably scared out of his wits when I said no gifts, he bought me some beautiful lilies and the Anniversary Willow Tree Angel.

That means I have received EIGHT new Willow Trees in the past couple of weeks. Jackpot!

But the house looks so sad now with no more Christmas. Although I refuse to take down the nativity scene quite yet. I want to enjoy that a little longer.

It’s hard to believe 2008 is over. This year has been full of excitement, disappointment, learning, and more. I pray that God blesses us just as abundantly in 2009 (as well as ALL of you!). This will be the year we are finally closer to 30 than 20.

Yikes.

Happy New Year!

On the Road Again

My butt is numb.

We are an hour outside of Dallas and I think I forgot what long car rides were like. We had a good Christmas with our families in La Grange and San Antonio and now we’re headed to see both sets of my grandparents for the remainder of the break.

Isn’t it kinda wrong that we have to be back at work on Monday?? I’m sure January will be a whirlwind and 2009 will go by even faster than 2008.

I wish I could actually take a picture of us right now…we are loaded down in the Civic (remember 35mpg, folks)…frankly, I’m surprised we’re not dragging bottom with all the boot in the back. The Anderles are ALL abous luxurious travel accomodations.

I think my back has gone numb now.

It’s kinda funny that I’m blogging since I normally get carsick. What I was thinking when I packed 3 books and 2 magazines, I’m not sure. So we just have to jam to the ipod which jumps from Brad Paisley to Rihanna to Third Day back to Jay-Z. :) Gotta love those high school rap mixes I loaded on it. It’s so refreshing to be singing O Holy Night with Selah and then jump to Big Pimpin’.

How I love road trips.

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and got to spend lots of quality time with loved ones.

Oh and you all need to go see Marley and Me – what a great family movie! Why don’t they make more of those? It will make you really appreciate your dogs and thank God that they haven’t really destroyed THAT much stuff. Read the book too while you’re at it.

I miss my dogs.

Ok this is maybe starting to make me carsick now. Stupid bumpty bumps that we (Seth) keeps hitting…

Joy

So yesterday Seth and I thought it would be “fun” to have a little lunch date in the food court at the mall. He needed a new pair of jeans so we figured we’d hop on in to get some of those and dig into some Chic-fil-a…or better yet, a huge slice of pizza that only a food court can give you.

Uh, wrong.

What kind of drugs were we ON??

After fighting through crazed moms and the morons who had just started their Christmas shopping (I say moron only in Christian love), we made it back out to the car where I attempted to take several deep breaths and prayed a margarita machine would magically appear under my seat.

And we didn’t even get lunch.

We should’ve been tipped off by the complete and utter lack of parking spaces.

But hey, at least Seth got jeans.

And ladies, maybe it is just me…but I have NEVER in my life seen someone so negative about trying on clothes. You think it’d just be easy enough to throw on a pair, do some turns in the mirror, and give ‘em a yea or nay.

Nope. “Trying on jeans” consisted of tucking shirts in, fastening the belt, putting shoes back on, hey, let’s see how they look with my coat, and more. And that was only after pair #1. Then I get to hear about how only a certain “breed” of male would EVER buy the low-rise boot cut jeans at GAP and why are they all ripped and tight in places where they shouldn’t be?!

Folks, I think we are officially grandparents. Or at least parents without real children yet.

This is why it will just be easier for our kids to live in windsuits or other stretchy attire. Because after yesterday…after hearing the mother screaming at her child in the dressing room…and hearing the child laugh hysterically right back at her…and not wanting to find out what the child had in for him later that day at home…I don’t plan on ever going back to the mall again.

Merry Christmas!

Soles 4 Souls

You may have noticed this button on the sidebar of my blog.

The 50,000 Pairs in 50 Days Challenge

Did you click on it?

Soles for Souls is sponsoring a shoe drive through the end of the year in hopes to be able to donate 50,000 pairs of shoes to deserving people all over the world.

All it takes is 5 minutes and $5 to donate 2 pairs of shoes to this organization!

Imagine how many shoes you could provide if you decided against those super cute purple kitten heels you’ve had your eye on lately…

$10 – 4 pairs of shoes

$20 – 8 pairs of shoes

etc.

You do the math.

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord,and he will repay him for his deed.

Proverbs 19:17

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Matthew 25:34-40

Christmas with the Anderles

In the spirit of the Christmas season…and everyone sprucing up their blogs (pun intended)…and holiday decor galore…I now invite you into our humble abode to see how the Anderles celebrate this time of year.

I know I’m a couple days late, but in the spirit of BooMama’s Christmas Tour of Homes…here ya go.

Oh, AND…since I might have left my camera battery charger at a certain Hyatt hotel during a certain company holiday party this year…I might have had to use the 2.0 megapixel camera on my phone as a substitute. So think how you might feel in the same situation before judging my 1970-esqe looking pictures.

Here she is…our Christmas tree. I’ve really grown to love her this year. What started out as a red & silver theme has turned into a little bit of this…and a little bit of that.

And what would Christmas be without the cards? We’ve kinda run out of room on this so I apologize if you don’t spot the family pic. But we are so blessed by our family and friends!

My favorite nativity scene! You may notice the wiseman are truant…don’t worry…they should be arriving on Christmas day. According to my master plan, at least.

Our stockings hung by the bar with care. Hm…it’s times like this I would appreciate a fireplace. But check out those super cute stocking holders.

The dining room table ready to go. Unfortunately Seth never put up his school stuff so it sorta ruins the effect. But let’s be honest. The table has stuff on it more often than not so I guess you should get an accurate picture of how we really live.

Blurry, but…my cute husband and wife snowmen and some Christmas candles

Ho Ho Ho in the guest bathroom!

I was thisclose to fighting with a woman over this cute candy jar at the Holiday Market this year. Luckily I was the bigger person and scored myself a killer deal at the same time. Note the lack of candy. Oops.

Aha…there’s all the candy!

There’s that tree one more time…

I thought I’d include a picture of our 2008 ornament. A yearly ornament is a must (the date is on the other side, don’t worry). That way when your children are helping hang the ornaments one day they can say “You were ALIVE in 2008?!?!”

I assume it’s similar to the shock I felt when I saw my parents 1978 ornament.

Well, that’s it folks. I apologize for the lack of themed bedroom and outside house pictures, but really, it’s nearly Christmas and I’m more concerned about finding a camera battery charger.

Hopefully I’ve loaded you all up with posts the last few days because I have a feeling there’ll be slim pickins as we trapse across Texas next week to attempt and at least say “howdy” to all the family we have out there…….

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Save Eli Stone!

I feel like I keep telling y’all you’re missing out on stuff…(i.e. butterscotch crackles and spice tea). But I MEAN it when I tell you you’re REALLY missing out if you don’t watch Eli Stone!!!

Guys, this is one of the best shows on TV right now (IMHO). It is the one show (literally) that Seth and I love to watch together. It is probably one of the more quality shows out there right now…it hasn’t yet been tainted by the addictive trash* you’ll find on Grey’s, Desperate Housewives, etc.

*I am guilty of being addicted to the addictive trash.

Eli is a lawyer turned modern-day prophet who receives “visions” from God that tell him what cases to take on, often in a pro-bono nature. What’s not to love about that? Jonny Lee Miller does a fantastic job of portraying a witty, insightful, and sometimes “special” character.

Why am I telling you this, you ask?

Because ABC is freaking cancelling this show.

And replacing it with some show about Homeland Security. Blah blah blah.

Seth thinks they’re cancelling it because they talk about God. I think they’re cancelling it because they’re just stupid and don’t know how to market a show that might actually be suitable for the whole family.

At any rate, we are unhappy and have, of course, signed a petition to keep this show a-going!

If you watch this…get on ABC.com…go to the Eli Stone message boards…and make your opinion known!!!

Or just make my opinion known :)

Spice Tea


2 cups lemon flavored sweet tea mix
2 cups tang
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
red hots

Mix all ingredients in medium bowl. Stir 2-3 tbsp into a mug of hot water. And drink!

If you haven’t had several hot mugs of spice tea this holiday season, I feel sorry for you. It is just the thing to put you in the holiday spirit…and it even helps with those sore, scratchy throats too. MMMmmmm GOOD.

Adjust the spices based on what you like. I leave out the nutmeg and go easy on the ginger. It makes the perfect sized batch for many many delicious drinks!