I will admit, moving has been filled with highs and lows. I'm a little resistant to change and I love to have things in "order". Both of those don't mix well with moving. I hate to say I'm resistant to change because I think change is great, but it does tend to make me anxious. At first I was just so excited and focused on the new house, decorating, organizing...all the fun stuff. Then, a few days after we moved all the big furniture, I went back to the condo to see all kinds of "stuff". I became ashamed, upset, stressed about all that I had collected in my 7 years of living by myself. This wasn't Zac's stuff (he was willing to help) but it was all MINE and then I felt overwhelmed. There has been lots of throwing away, piles to donate, and we are making ourselves be finished by tomorrow. It's hard to let go. I am making a goal to be better this time around. I don't know what I was thinking but I thought moving was going to be easy and I didn't have that much stuff. Wow, was I wrong! I am now trying to keep things paired down, necessary and simplify my life. I've always liked the idea of when you bring something home, take something out. I'm sticking to that.
We are so fortunate, our dreams are coming true and I am grateful. I know everything will come together and get done. Little by little. Baby steps.
Zac, my mom + I went to the Americanarama Festival at AutoZone Park on Tuesday night. We saw My Morning Jacket, Wilco and Bob Dylan. I knew it wouldn't be a "true" concert experience, but it was fun. We decided to grab some seats in the shade and enjoy the music (even thought we were pretty far away).
On the 4th of July we spent the day relaxing and running a few errands. That night we made dinner and watched the fireworks. Poor Vera was not a fan this year. She stayed snuggled next to us most of the time :)
Baked chocolate chip cookies using this recipe. I used regular flour instead since I didn't feel like buying bread + cake flour. They were pretty good but didn't stand out to be the best. I baked some immediately and they ended up being hard. I baked some after 24 hours and they were better. I still have some dough left to cook so I wonder if they will be the best?
Cooked a pot roast using this recipe. The ingredients sounded weird at first (coke, chili sauce, brown sugar and ketchup) but it was really good. I'm excited to try it again.
Looked at our growing tomatoes. All of them are pretty small right now.
Played with sweet Vera.
Helped with a friend's fantasy football draft because Zac was playing basketball. I had no idea what I was doing, haha. It was pretty nerve-racking.
Painted in the studio. I decided to use an old book that I made as a new place to paint quickly and just to have fun. It has really nice watercolor paper in it.
Wore comfy slippers Zac got me last Halloween. I'm so excited that it's getting closer to Fall. Yay!
We ate our usual Friday night Mexican. My husband can not get enough Mexican food, haha. It's his favorite. Then out of the blue he mentioned shopping. This is VERY rare. He even said we could go to Hobby Lobby or Jo Ann's...shocker! :) But we decided on Bass Pro Shops because he had a gift certificate + we could take Vera (our soft coated wheaten terrier). We ended up not buying anything. We ended the night with ice cream from Baskin-Robbins to cool us off in this HOT weather.
I went to the farmer's market on Saturday + got so much local produce I could barely carry it all to the car. How pretty are those flowers?
I'm so proud of our tomato growing!!! I hope it keeps growing + we actually get to eat it. I swear I found another tiny one growing, but now I can't find it. We have lots of blooms. I can't wait to see how many tomatoes we get to harvest (I hope at least one). I really never thought this plant would make it; It had a rough start.
I'm also growing basil + mint :) I have been putting the mint in my tea + it is so yummy!
I made a peach cobbler to take to a friend's house for dinner that night. It was delicious!!!
I also made a tomato "salad" with goat cheese + basil from my "garden".
On Sunday my niece came over to swim. It's the first time I've been to our pool all year. She wore me out, haha. We played colors (where you guess the other person's favorite color + if you are wrong you get dunked)...She stood on my shoulders + jumped off over + over again...We had a race to the deep end...
Zac + I ate watermelon.
It was the perfect weekend.
P.S. I hope everyone has a happy Independence Day! I'm just happy I get a day off work. We have no plans :) What about you?
Got to see my sis in law, neice, cousins, uncle + aunt in law.
Enjoyed all of the beautiful trees, shrubs + flowers in bloom. I have always LOVED dandelions. I used to call them "blow-blows" haha. They always make me happy. I wished on one, but I can't tell what I wished for or it won't come true ;)