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okay, first of all….ugh…i joined twitter….i couldn’t even tell you what my handle (name? tag? idk..) is. i am following oprah, justin timberlake, and katy perry to name a few. why? WHY?! i don’t know…honestly…*sigh*…i don’t even know. peer pressure.

so…there’s that.

in other news! this weekend was PACKED but awesome. we did some house planning (well..more like dreaming…well..more like paul looking up things that will one day be helpful, such as, “hey do we want an outlet in our pantry?”…and i just give my opinion, “i have no clue..”)…we also got to babysit our super cute small group kiddos (no pictures bc i am a loser) and i made a BUTT LOAD of food. and that’s literal as well as figurative because it was all very good for you and therefore poop-inducing. just like it should be.

the cooking was inspired by the GREAT new blog i stumbled upon (via pinterest! see pauly!? there’s another reason i need to be scouring that sight at 1am! it feeds you, dang it!! you’re welcome!!) ….the blog is called my ‘my new roots’ and it.is. FAB. and a half. you can check it out here.  two of the three recipes i made this weekend are from this (tweaked of course :) ) i really can’t say enough good stuff about this blog and this girl sarah. she’s really inspiring and it got me back on the path of all things good for my bod. (insert angelic chorus: here.)

AND! our friend (who is really like family) danielle came into town for a WEEK WHOOP! and we can’t get enough of her! (no pics…again….see above ‘loser’ situation…) but she’s a hoot and a half and we just love her to reese’s pieces.

ready for another week??! yeah. me either. but at least it’s been AWE-SOME outside lately and we have a bunch of fun stuff coming up this week, so LET’S DO THIS!

shiitake mushroom stir fry. okay here's the thing: i don't even really like mushrooms and pauly usually HATES them, but this? THIS? this we could eat every day and probably will for a while. (on the my new roots blog!)

shiitake mushroom stir fry. okay here’s the thing: i don’t even really like mushrooms and pauly usually HATES them, but this? THIS? this we could eat every day and probably will for a while. (on the my new roots blog!)

homemade almond milk and subsequent almond flour. it's SO good. i'll post the recipe soon but it's just 1 cup soaked almonds to 3 cups water. a tsp cinnamon and 1 TBS agave. blend until smooth then strain in a small mesh milk bag or strainer. unreal.

homemade almond milk and subsequent almond flour. it’s SO good. i’ll post the recipe soon but it’s just 1 cup soaked almonds to 3 cups water. a tsp cinnamon and 1 TBS agave. blend until smooth then strain in a small mesh milk bag or strainer. unreal.

wild mushroom and lentil burgers. again. not a huge fan of the 'shrooms but this is bananas.

wild mushroom and lentil burgers. again. not a huge fan of the ‘shrooms but this is bananas. again, on my new roots blog..

boys. in the yard. in their undies. nothing cuter.

boys. in the yard. in their undies. nothing cuter.

paul, dave, and caleb went to the NFL draft at the dome on thursday. of couse, being boys, this is one of the only pics pauly took. dave eating "food" and i use the term "food" reaallllly loosely here :)

paul, dave, and caleb went to the NFL draft at the dome on thursday. of couse, being boys, this is one of the only pics pauly took. dave eating “food” and i use the term “food” reaallllly loosely here :)

i leaned over ashur to see what he was watching and he did this...melts my heart.

i leaned over ashur to see what he was watching and he did this…melts my heart.

found my hat! so. dang. adorable, this one.

found my hat! so. dang. adorable, this one.

flash back

i meant to post about last weekend…well….last weekend, but that didn’t happen! oops! so here is a recap now…. because it’s worth talking about :)

paul’s parents and grandma grace came into town to celebrate (belatedly) both his dad’s and grandma’s birthdays. his grandma is 91 years old and still lives alone, drives around town, does (and finishes i might add) the daily crossword puzzle, and can still beat paul at cribbage. she’s incredible! and hilarious. i hope i have her….what’s the word….i-don’t-give-a-rip-what-anyone-thinks-of-me-or-what-i-say-ness, when i’m 91! example: paul made pancakes for us all on saturday morning…she apparently prefers hers thin and crepe like because when paul asked her how she liked them her reply was “well…they look done. but they sure don’t taste done.” hahahaha! i died.

we also took a drive out to our new home spot! it was so fun dreaming about what it will all look like and taking the fam through the model homes to show what ours will (sort of) look like. best part: here we are in this beautifully decorated and new model home with all sorts of windows and hardwood and countertops to look at, and GG(grandma grace) sits down on the couch (which i think is frowned upon at model homes, but she didn’t care..), grabs a throw pillow and (a little disgustedly) says (while peering at the stitching) ” huh, i could make that ..” and tosses it aside. hahahah!! and you know, she probably could too…

it was really nice celebrating last weekend with the whole fam, and we can’t wait to do it again soon!

oh! and she bought herself an IPAD for her 90th birthday. just because. she plays on it all the time!

oh! and she bought herself an IPAD for her 90th birthday. just because. she plays on it all the time..its’ so cute! 

 

out in our lot! can't wait till there is actually a house there!!

out in our lot! can’t wait till there is actually a house there!!

SOLD!

SOLD!

 

jillayne making "homemade" ice cream

aunt chilada making “homemade” ice cream

first corn of the season! it was actually SUPER good!

first corn of the season! it was actually SUPER good!

pauly was a cooking machine this weekend and made a delish dinner on saturday night too. we roasted brussel sprouts in the oven with olive oil and s&p for 25 mins and they were NO JOKE like candy!!

pauly was a cooking machine this weekend and made a delish dinner on saturday night too. we roasted brussel sprouts in the oven with olive oil and s&p for 25 mins and they were NO JOKE like candy!!

pauly's panini bar for dinner! thanks for cooking all that food husband!

pauly’s panini bar for dinner! thanks for cooking all that food husband!

panini paul.

panini paul.

see more

last night we had the opportunity to attend a gala in honor of the union gospel mission here in saint paul. it was amazing. i do have to confess i wasn’t totally excited about driving across the city in our WINTER WEATHER (GAH!!!) but i am SO glad we went. the UGM helps men, women, and children who are in any form of need, to get what they are lacking, and most importantly meet Jesus. our small group serves a meal at the men’s campus once a month, so it was really great to see all the other volunteers and staff come together and learn about more ways we can serve.

the theme this year was ‘see more,’ and the testimonies and stories shared encouraged us all to see everyone differently; to see that there is more to each person than meets the eye. how powerful, really. it was such a great reminder that we are all deeply and thoroughly loved by Jesus, and no matter what has happened in our life, He is there to walk with us. we left really, truly, wanting to see people differently. wanting to make a difference, starting by the way we see others.

i was telling paul when we left that sometimes it’s easy for me to think of my life like a movie (where, of course, i am the star!). honestly, i often see homeless people as background characters in my life movie. they are there, i see them, but i don’t really think of them as ‘people.’ (yikes. that’s a little hard to admit….)…i don’t remember that they have a story to tell. they have a life, family, parents, children maybe, and that that life as ‘homeless, is their REAL life. that is REALLY how they live every single day. i need more compassion. more love. more generosity. i just really REALLY want to see people how Jesus does..

so, thank you UGM for all the amazing work you do in these families lives, and for the impact that has had on my life. please, check out all the great things they do on their website and consider how you can get involved! (if you live in the twin cities please know you are welcome to join our small group one sunday a month as we serve dinner at the men’s center! let me know if you are interested!)

at the end of the dinner, the speaker asked each table to create our own cardboard sign (like the ones we have all seen homeless people holding..) and send a message to those in need. here are the ones we came up with! also: love these people. love.

at the end of the dinner, the speaker asked each table to create our own cardboard sign (like the ones we have all seen homeless people holding..) and send a message to those in need. here are the ones we came up with! also: i love these people ^^. love.

our table! great dinner, great friends, great reminder of how blessed we are and how to help those in need.
part of our table! great dinner, great friends, great reminder of how blessed we are and how to help those in need.

 

life lately, courtesy of my iphone

here are the happenings lately in plerg land. kind of a hodge-podge but so goes our life :)

this bar! delish! it's just like a snickers bar, but made with almonds. and it's "organic" so that means it's healthy for you...right?! i tore into this too fast and forgot to take a pic, so that's why the wrapper is torn....

this bar! delish! it’s just like a snickers bar, but made with almonds. and it’s “organic” so that means it’s healthy for you…right?! i tore into this too fast and forgot to take a pic, so that’s why the wrapper is torn….

me on my iphone. pauly on the eche-a-sketch....just a normal night.

me on my iphone. pauly on the etch-a-sketch….just a normal night.

pauly standing out in our lot! it's the closest thing we have to children right now...i think it looks like pauly, but with my eyes.... :) (joke courtesy of my friend eleanor!)

pauly standing out in our lot! it’s the closest thing we have to children right now…i think it looks like pauly, but with my eyes…. :) (joke courtesy of my friend eleanor! hahahah)

our friend dave said he was given a bunch of bags of popcorn and wanted to know if we wanted one. we LOVE popcorn in our house, so of course we agreed to take some off his hands! um....it's a 50 pound bag...yeah 50 POUNDS! so...popcorn party at the plergs!

our friend dave said he was given a bunch of bags of popcorn and wanted to know if we wanted one. we LOVE popcorn in our house, so of course we agreed to take some off his hands! um….it’s a 50 pound bag…yeah 50 POUNDS! so…popcorn party at the plergs!

pre house decision: this was pauly pretty much every night. falling asleep googling house info....all the work paid off though! whoop!

pre house decision: this was pauly pretty much every night. falling asleep googling house info….all the hard work paid off though! whoop!

me and libby! love love LOVE her.

me and libby! love love LOVE her.

these are the best gluten, nut, and dairy free cookies EVER. and i love they have arthur on the box. makes me feel like a kiddo again :) sold at target!

these are the best gluten, nut, egg, and dairy free cookies EVER. and i love they have arthur on the box. makes me feel like a kiddo again :) sold at target!

my ADORABLE little cousins. don't they look like a little elderly russian couple??!! hahahahah! LOVE THEM SO MUCH.

my ADORABLE little cousins. don’t they look like a little elderly russian couple??!! hahahahah! LOVE THEM SO MUCH.

i am still IN LOVE with my birchbox each month! april was awesome. really nice shampoo/conditioner, shower gel, under eye cream, two tea bags, and a lip stain. love it all.

i am still IN LOVE with my birchbox each month! april was awesome. really nice shampoo/conditioner, shower gel, under eye cream, two tea bags, and a lip stain. love it all.

house HUNTED!

yes! you read that right! past tense! huntED!! THE HOUSE HUNT IS OVER!!! boom baby!

after searching tirelessly for what felt like 150 years, we have decided to build a house in inver grove heights, mn! it will be (obviously) a new construction home, out in the burbs. :) ………..this was not our original intent when we set out to look for homes. we were actually really set on finding a nice home in the city and taking full advantage of all the things the city has to offer……. BUT. but…we just were not finding anything that we liked/suited our needs/wasn’t so outrageously expensive for what we would be getting. it. sucked. big time. and was very defeating. but, per usual, God is faithful. and two weeks ago we happened to stumble upon (read: continued to enter random home inquiries into google until something popped up….) this specific home building company and really liked what we saw. we went out with our realtor and my parents, to visit the neighborhood, and tour a model home. we loved it.

however, nothing in our life is that cut and dried, so of course we had to keep talking ourselves out of it….kept looking at open houses in the city…..but at the end of the day we kept finding ourselves back at the idea of building…..so finally, we just decided we needed to actually make a decision and move forward…and so we did! for better or worse we are homeowners now! (…..fingers crossed it’s for the better…) so mark your calendars people! july 16th building starts and october 24th we close!

i’ll post pictures of the lot and area as soon as we take a few….because i am sure everyone is DYING to see the pile of dirt that will one day be a our home….i know i am!! :)

 

 

sunshine part 3

this post is all about food.  i NEEDED to have an entire post all about the food we enjoyed while in AZ, because there was just so much of it! we loved eating at all of our old favorites, and even tried out a new place per recommendations of friends. it was a total success all around, and we both returned to MN a little plumper to prove it!

okay so here is a list of the restaurants we visited. you can follow the links on each to read their full menus. below are some pics of food we are already missing. its a little sad that we miss certain food like long lost friends….but…..we do.

must try places if you are ever in the phoenix az area:

la grande orange…..phoenix, az

okay so this is half grocery store, half restaurant/gourmet deli, half cute trinket-y store, half pizza place. wait…too many halves……

the mission……old town, scottsdale, az

some of the BEST modern latin cuisine we have ever tasted. honestly it was so good we didn’t even take pictures we were inhaling too fast. we had table side guacamole, street roasted corn, ahi tuna tacos, and sangria….ugh…i can’t even……so good…..

true food kitchen……….biltmore fashion square, phoenix, az

this is an organic, ‘healthy food’ you could say, restaurant. but TRY IT. the food is SO fresh tasting. so filling and satisfying and makes you feel like you did something good for your body when you’re done. it’s like food exercising. which, in my book, counts the same as actual exercising….

chelsea’s kitchen……..phoenix, az

i don’t know what style this place is….but is ‘aweome’ a style?? they have fish, steaks, chicken, salads, tacos, pastas…it’s all good great. and their desserts are custom made by la grande orange….so much goodness coming together in one fantastic place. OH. and their patio is to die for! HUGE outdoor fireplace and string lights…so cute and comfortable.

menchie’s frozen yogurt ……….everywhere :) MN, AZ….

self serve frozen yogurt with any topping you could ever want. need i say more?

 

truefood

miso and mushroom soup and caramelized onion and fig flat bread pizza. enough said.  true food kitchen. boom.

miso and mushroom soup and caramelized onion and fig flat bread pizza. enough said. true food kitchen. boom.

'medicine man' drinks at true food kitchen. it's a mix of pomegranate, black tea, and cranberry. AMAZING.

‘medicine man’ drinks at true food kitchen. it’s a mix of pomegranate, black tea, and cranberry. AMAZING.

my brown rice/stir fry veggie bowl at true food...okay most of these pics are true food kitchen...maybe all of them...it's just that GOOD!

my brown rice/stir fry veggie bowl at true food…okay most of these pics are true food kitchen…maybe all of them…it’s just that GOOD!

drinking up the 'medicine man' juice blend at true food kitchen! so refreshing and delicious!

drinking up the ‘medicine man’ juice blend at true food kitchen! so refreshing and delicious!

grilled salmon and fingerling potatoes...sigh....  chelsea's kitchen.
grilled salmon and fingerling potatoes…sigh…. chelsea’s kitchen.

our dessert at chelsea's kitchen. red velvet cake with made on sight ice cream. yeah.....just....yeah...

our dessert at chelsea’s kitchen. red velvet cake with made on sight ice cream. yeah…..just….yeah…

menchie's frozen yogurt bar. okay they have these here in MN but pauly LOVES them so we went. i don't ever let myself eat here because i tell myself i am getting vanilla with fruit and i end up with this. i call this 'every kind of candy bar.'

menchie’s frozen yogurt bar. okay they have these here in MN but pauly LOVES them so we went. i don’t ever let myself eat here because i tell myself i am getting vanilla with fruit and i end up with this. i call this ‘every kind of candy bar.’

lovin us some menchies.

lovin us some menchies.

 

AZBBQ (aka sunshine part 2)

ahhhh….the AZBBQ. (arizona barbecue just fyi :) ) each year, our friends mike and rosalia logan (rosalia just passed her citizenship test! yay!) throw a giant crawfish boil bash in their backyard. originally from louisiana, mike sure knows how to boil up some delish seafood. (please don’t ask me to justify my vegetarianism at the moment…just go with it…)

the logans overnighted 200 POUNDS of crawfish straight from the bayou and boiled it up savory and fresh for any and all guests. served along side homemade cornbread, potatoes, corn on the cob, and handmade beignets with french pressed coffee….i mean…. COME. ON. delicious is not even close to describing this meal.

in addition to fabulous food, we enjoyed an afternoon in the sun, 3 different bands played, and we got to catch up with fellow t-birds..some of whom we hadn’t seen since graduation. it was pure bliss on every level.

here are just a few of the pics from that day. i’ll post more as friends send me their photos…

thank you mike and rosalia! it was a truly memorable day for all of our senses! :) this day reminded me of how thankful i am for our time at thunderbird. not only did it allow pauly to get a job he loves now, but we made some amazing friends, grew in our faith, and grew so much as a couple. — i do always feel a little…what’s the word…. under qualified?  to be hanging out with t-birds though…they are all business talk and growth and economics and i’m all ‘yeah… i mean..preschoolers…right?!….’ i try to nod along and say things like ‘ah yes….conference room B’…..but i think they are on to me :)

anyway…we hope to someday fly mike and rosalia up to MN in the summer and host a boil of our very own! everyone should experience this…

holy close up! my giant melon and the bbq in the background..if you can see around my head...

holy close up! my giant melon and the bbq in the background..if you can see around my head…

all of these t-birds traveled with pauly to south africa during his time a t-bird.

all of these friends traveled with pauly to south africa during his time at t-bird.

paul, mike, and tracy. so thankful for thunderbird and the amazing friends we have made

pauly, mike, and tracy. so thankful for thunderbird and the amazing friends we have made…sorry it’s blurry..the sun was setting and i’m an idiot at my phone.

so this HUGE pile of goodness was spread across 4 tables, 3 times that day. we ate to our hearts content..to say the least!

so this HUGE pile of goodness was spread across 4 tables, 3 times that day. we ate to our hearts content..to say the least!

thunderbirds!

thunderbirds!

the 100 gallon pot mike used to boil the crawfish

the 100 gallon pot mike used to boil the crawfish

a perfect day and a beautiful backyard!

a perfect day and a beautiful backyard!

lovin' us some crawfish!

lovin’ us some crawfish!

our good friend tracy joined us for the BBQ! she just got back from work in afghanistan..so it was really great to catch up.

our good friend tracy joined us for the BBQ! she just got back from work in afghanistan..so it was really great to catch up.

mike (in the purple apron) played with his band "medicine tent" for part of the day. so fun and SO talented.

mike (in the purple apron) played with his band “medicine tent” for part of the day. so fun and SO talented.

sunshine part 1

this last weekend (well…really last wednesday through monday) pauly and i went on a little adventure to visit some of our thunderbird friends and get some much needed vitamin D!! also, our cousin jillayne (whom we all affectionately call: ‘joleen’ ‘jillarious’ or (my favorite) ‘aunt chilada’), had some business there as well, so we got to stay for FREE at her hotel(and hang with her, of course, the best part!)!!! AND pauly discovered some frequent flier miles we had saved up, so our flights cost us a total of $10! whoop whoop!! free loading off the man! that’s my kind of vacation! at the hotel, we enjoyed free breakfast each morning, including an amazing omelette bar, pancakes, french toast, hash browns, and fruit…..delish. also an amazing pool to tan our pasty white minnesota flesh (minor sunburns for us both), and complementary happy hour where we stocked up on pita and hummus daily. oh did i mention i gained, meh…10 pounds give or take…yeah. worth it. best trip ever.

we had SO much fun catching up with old friends from t-bird, enjoying an AMAZING backyard bbq hosted by our friends(blog on that to follow), and eating at some of our favorite dinner spots! pauly golfed a bunch, which was just so good for his soul :), and we visited with friends from t-bird who just had an ADORABLE baby boy! (and they made us homemade pizzas, so we felt right at home!)

the only downside was our flight home. it was a literal sand storm all day in az (um…can you say allergies??!!), and when we got to airport we weren’t even sure if our flight would be able to leave. we did, and IT. WAS. AWFUL. it was the WORST turbulence paul or i had ever experienced. it felt like we were being sucked up fast into the air and then sucked down faster toward the earth. have you ever seen the movie ‘flight’? yeah. like that. tipping side to side…people were screaming during parts. i have never prayed so hard in my life……they couldn’t have beverage service until right before we landed……THEN when we got to “calmer air” (please note the GIANT air quotes around that), it started to lightening storm….seriously….lightening bolts flashing outside my window. FINALLY we pulled out of that and for the last 30 minutes it was fairly smooth sailing…THANK YOU JESUS for keeping up safe. i don’t, however, have ANY desire to fly again any time soon.

but, still. great trip.

so, on a happier note :) here is the start of pictures for this trip. LOTS more to come!

not sure who took this pic, but pauly LOVED being able to golf!

pauly LOVED being able to golf!

one of the beautiful courses where pauly golfed. loving the sun!

one of the beautiful courses where pauly golfed. loving the sun!

sweet baby alexander

sweet baby alexander

he LOVED my necklace

he LOVED my necklace. gagged himself on it a few times.

so many pictures of paul and alexander

so many pictures of paul and alexander:

he was fascinated by pauly's mouth....

fascinated by pauly’s mouth….

haha! i love this. it's like alexander is saying "dude. no. stop talking."

haha! i love this. it’s like alexander is saying “dude. no. stop talking.”

so precious.

so precious.

ugh.......i miss this already.

ugh…….i miss this already.

enjoying our free breakfast every morning! he is so lucky i do this for him at home too...oh...wait....

enjoying our free breakfast every morning! he is so lucky i do this for him at home too…oh…wait….

we cannot get over how BIG trucks are in AZ. seriously, how do you even get into that?!
we cannot get over how BIG trucks are in AZ. seriously, how do you even get into that?!

THANK YOU, the man! :)

THANK YOU free breakfast!  :)

under pressure

i have had this song stuck in my head all day. thus the post title….i love queen…..anyway…i think i work best under pressure. as exemplified by my day today..i have-gloriously- had this entire day off. thank you Easter monday! i spent the morning with emma and dan before they left for fargo :( boo. they are so fun to hang with. and then i ran a few errands, but those errands were all stuff like buying new makeup which i LOVE to do, so it wasn’t really like errands at all… and then i decided to get myself a pedicure. because we are going to AZ on wednesday and also because…gross. it’s been too long. and let me just tell ya, it felt AMAZE-ING.

but then…i came home to my list of real ‘to-do’s’…..and i thought…i need to talk to some food about this… so i grabbed some (*cough cough* read: more than 2) pieces of leftover homemade pizza (pineapple. can’t get enough. thank you to ryan bro for the tip!) and thought about aaaaaalllllllll the things i need to do today. not the least of which is my new workout regime. but instead i just watched reruns of will and grace and ate pizza. i felt okay about it….until now…at 6pm when i’m like “ah! what! 6pm?! i have stuff to do! why did i eat that pizza? i need to workout! wait… what?! kim and khloe take over miami?! okay…..”

sigh…. so after this i am telling myself that i am cleaning, organizing my closet, working out, and going to bed early….we’ll see…..but back to the point..i think i work best if i feel totally under pressure to get something done. it’s just too easy to procrastinate when i have loads of time on my hands…

so… my master plan of working out. i have decided to start blogging about my consistency in hopes that that will motivate me to do it more (*ever). and here is what i am going to do (see below) …but i will be adding some weight training on non-running days. wish me luck! i think it’s totally reasonable to go from a lacks workout regime to 1/2 marathon training, right? ‘max-high mary.’ that’s what paul calls me. on or off. hot or cold. nothing in between!

lastly…pauly got invited to the wild hockey game tonight and i’m all “yeah! go! how fun for you!” and secretly i am outrageously jealous that i have to clean the toilets while he is there..oh wait…i had today off and got a pedicure…doesn’t matter..it’s still unfair because i’m the girl!!

first pedicure of the season! i am in a glossy/pinky hue sorta mood currently with my nail polish choices....

first pedicure of the season! i am in a glossy/pinky hue sorta mood currently with my nail polish choices….

i have no intentions of ever running a 1/2 marathon..i just want to be in shape enough to run one if i wanted to...God help us all....mostly pauly...this could get ugly for him... i'm kinda a big old "B" the first few days of something new/hard in my life.

i have no intentions of ever running a 1/2 marathon..i just want to be in shape enough to run one if i wanted to…God help us all….mostly pauly…this could get ugly for him… i’m kinda a big old “B” the first few days of something new/hard in my life……also this is kinda hard to read so the link to the page is  here

 

Until faith becomes sight

(i don’t know why the date is wrong on this thing..always one day ahead…)

 

my grandpa always writes this at the end of letters/cards to us grandkids: “until faith becomes sight, love you G & G”… it is so so special to me. and such a great reminder that we are held dearly by our Savior until this faith we cling to, is realized in heaven. today, of course being Easter, brings this sentiment to mind all the more. how incredible that we will have our faith realized when we get to heaven. so much to be thankful for today and always.

easter weekend was a great! my parents and sissiebear and bro-in-law came to visit us! whooop! we ate, laughed, ate, took naps, ate, went shopping, and ate. it rocked. big time. i, of course, only took ONE pic of us all this weekend…just having too much fun to remember to, i guess….. i love my family and on saturday night we got to spend time with some of paul’s family too. his mom and dad and brother and our sister-in-law couldn’t all be together unfortunately, but we hung out with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. we LOVE THEM. so much fun. so sassy. we made home made pizzas, (this is kinda our thing right now..) and watched more of the NCAA tournament (ps. OMG. did you see the Louisville player break his leg…both pauly and i broke out into cold sweats…it was so horrific. poor kid..), and caught up on life. great. great. great.

here are some pics from this weekend and some that i have just been meaning to put up for a while. i am PROMISING myself to blog more on this and my food/recipe blog now that easter is over. lots of fun stuff coming up too! pauly and i are going to AZ this wednesday through monday to visit his cousin who is working there, old friends from our thunderbird days, and get some much needed vitamin D. so lots of pics from that i promise!

oh, and…still house hunting…we are thinking now about building..we shall see…….it’s just a taaaaaaad discouraging to see so many houses and not find anything (we looked at 9 homes with my parents on friday!) but i know we will find something perfect for us, and i am thankful that we have a home now, and have the opportunity to look for a new one. what a blessing.

so for now, we are resting on the couch. watching movies. eating food. (shocking.) and having a SUUUUPER chill easter sunday. someday i hope to host a big dinner and get dressed up and take lots of pics, but for today i am in my sweats and loving it.

happy easter to us all!

okay, we were walking out of church and we saw this little girl. my mom literally stopped her and her mom and asked if we could take a pic of her! haha! she was SO adorable and her mom said she dressed herself for easter! hysterical.

okay, we were walking out of church and we saw this little girl. my mom literally stopped her and her mom and asked if we could take a pic of her! haha! she was SO adorable and her mom said she dressed herself for easter! hysterical.

changed over our april calendar! can't believe march is done! ps. this magnet calendar on our fridge is the best thing i have done so far as a wife. not to over sell it...

changed over our april calendar! can’t believe march is done! ps. this magnet calendar on our fridge is the best thing i have done so far as a wife. not to over sell it…

eating at Hell's Kitchen. they.have.the.best.food. EVER. nothing says happy easter like a little dinner in Hell ('s kitchen :) )

eating at Hell’s Kitchen. they.have.the.best.food. EVER. nothing says happy easter like a little dinner in Hell (‘s kitchen :) )

a friend of mine brought this to work. because all girls should have a ryan gosling coloring book. (paul calls him "the baby goose" )

a friend of mine brought this to work. because all girls should have a ryan gosling coloring book. (paul calls him “the baby goose” )

hahaha! tyson with glasses! he looks like steve urkel! "anybody got any cheeeeeeseee?"

hahaha! tyson with glasses! he looks like steve urkel! “anybody got any cheeeeeeseee?” well. vegan cheese in this case :)

my friend Lury got me HOOKED on this moisture stick by josie maran. you can use it on your lips, cheeks, (they have tinted versions too), and it smells like a spa. it really works well too! thanks Lu!

my friend Lury got me HOOKED on this moisture stick by josie maran. you can use it on your lips, cheeks, (they have tinted versions too), and it smells like a spa. it really works well too! thanks Lu!

oh pinterest. thank you for making me a good teacher. yarn eggs!

oh pinterest. thank you for making me a good teacher. yarn eggs!

taken a while ago, but i just LOVE it. brother time smooches!

taken a while ago, but i just LOVE it. brother time smooches!

today is our cousin Rod's birthday! happy birthday to a great father, pastor, cousin, and friend! we love you guys!! (how cute is that family??!)

today is our cousin Rod’s birthday! happy birthday to a great father, pastor, cousin, and friend! we love you guys!! (also: how cute is that family??!)

today. this has been me. on the couch. napping. or watching movies. best. day. ever.

today. this has been me. on the couch. napping. or watching movies. best. day. ever.