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February 28, 2013

Invisalign: Trays 17 & 18

Am I really half way through my trays?!

Yes, yes I am.

It's interesting because now that things are all spaced out, I can tell you exactly which tooth is being moved after I put in a new tray. Enter 2 days of precise aching.

My trays are becoming old news. Everyone I'm around is use to me taking them out to snack. I'm dang good about not being gross with them.
It's a gift getting these babies out without strands of spit.
It's a talent, what can I say.
Plus, I'm quick.

Tray 17 wasn't exciting.

Tray 18 brought gapage to my front teeth.
Nothing anyone else would notice...
But let me tell you, it hurts when you catch your tongue in each new gap.

4-5 months left.
It can't get here soon enough!

February 27, 2013

Baby The Musical

So, I've been crazy busy.
I've been in constant rehearsals for my community theatre's spring show 'Baby'. I already told you about the audition, let me paint you a picture of our rehearsal process so far.

It has been hilarious!
I'm telling you, having not had a big part since high school (8 years), this was the perfect show to jump back into things with. It has been so much fun!

Before rehearsals even started the 6 leads decided to get together for a full read through. With all the side commentary and jokes it took us about 2 hours... Without music! It was a crazy. I've never been more comfortable with a group of people, knowing that I'd need to perform something eventually.

Rehearsals began with a bang. Everyone picking out key moments and kicking butt in interpretation. We even knew most of the songs. So the goofing around continued. Now, the teasing is all heartfelt and loving. We are a tight knit group.

Here are a few pics from rehearsal.






I'm getting excited. Things are really starting to come together now that we are in tech week.
That's right, the show is this weekend.

Hopefully we can all avoid the sickness and laryngitis that is flying around our cast.

Anyone spot the prop belly in those pictures?!
Facebook has been funny since some fake belly pictures have gone up.

Now, I should probably go practice some lines....

February 26, 2013

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February 25, 2013

The Not Academy Award Red Carpet '13

It's just the Oscars now...
We'll see if the change sticks.

I can't believe all the hype has led up to this.
Due to this movie year being such a crazy one for me, I'll admit, I have only seen two of the Best Picture nominees. 
Brave, which I took my nephew, JJ, to see and Les Miserables with Jake.

I loved them both. 
I'm sure that I'd adore Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and a few of the other movies on the list. And I'm sure that Jake and I will be getting to them eventually.

Maybe we will do a Oscar nominated movie marathon and try to watch all the nominee's of the past 80-something years.
It would be quite a marathon.
And worth it.

Anyway.
Red Carpet.
That's what you are here for, right?!

Not the worst, but not the best...
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The line-up.

Takes the Cake!
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I do have to say that this years red carpet was not as exciting as years past. I mean none of these dresses compare to 2006 with Kiera Knightley's burgundy dress, Jennifer Lopez's lavender gown in 2010, Natalie Portman's maternity gown in 2011.

Well, I hope next year will be better.

February 22, 2013

Red Carpet Look

It's no secret that Ms. Hepburn is my idol. So it should be no surprise that I'm choosing one of her looks for my red carpet related fashion post. 
We have all seen the 50's full skirt make a comeback.
Check out this beauty!
Audrey Oscar's Look



Vintage purple dress / Vintage dress / Knitted Dove laced shoes / Accessorize flat shoes


February 21, 2013

Sponsor Spotlight!: Life With the Hawleys

Here I am, kicking off my blog sponsors. 
My very fist is a supportive, wonderful, lady, Darby. 
She's been a guest on the blog before and I'm so excited to have her as a sponsor.
If you happen to stop by her blog, make sure to leave her a comment and let her know I sent you!

Hi! I'm Darby from Life with the Hawleys, and my blog is a hodge-podge collection of our lives, recording our comings and goings, foodie adventures and recipes, travel, dog tales, musings, craft projects, and home renovations and decor.  Oh yea, and lots of talk about coffee.

My favorite type of books are memoirs because I love to read about how someone's life events impact their story.  I've got two favorites right now: Piper Kerman's Orange is the New Black and Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels.  At first glance you might think Kerman's book is a fashion book, but that couldn't be further from the truth.  This book is actually so insightful and interesting about the female life behind bars; candidly fascinating and hilarious.  Drummond's book is the ultimate love story and I simply can't resist a beautiful love story.  I highly recommend both of them!

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February 20, 2013

Little Letters Link Up



Dear Work Radio - You are no friend of mine. Please cease the Prince, Gytoe and Miley Cyrus songs. You only redeem yourself with Adele... And that's because I'll always love her, no matter how over played her songs are.

Dear Husband - You are amazing. Not only are you our main breadwinner, you are also taking a full semester of classes. I know how hard you work for our family. 

Dear Pup - Your incessant barking is putting me on edge. I know you need to potty, but why can't you sit at the door quietly?

Dear Lotion, Humidifier and Chapstick - You complete me.

Dear Readers - You are so amazingly awesome! I love getting to know you through comments and tweets. You make my day brighter when I am able to connect with you. 

Dear Cable - I don't miss you. My Netflix and Hulu+ accounts are keeping me as busy as I want to be. Plus we are saving a ton of money without you here.

Always Yours,
Erin

February 19, 2013

How Do You Love?

I'm trying to do some self work this year. I wish there was another term, other than self-improvement... Self-improvement sounds like there is something wrong.

Anyway, other than the Breaking Free One-A-Day, by Beth Moore, I've been reading 5 Love languages by Gary Chapman. It's a book about different ways people love others. I have really enjoyed going through and looking at how this way of thinking applies to my own relationship with Jake, as well as with family members and friends.

Synopsis:

Most warning labels are not intended to present a positive message, but Dr. Gary Chapman includes this warning label in The Five Love Languages: "Understanding the five love languages and learning to speak the primary love language of your spouse may radically affect his or her behavior. People behave differently when their emotional love tanks are full."
In this study, Dr. Chapman reveals how different people express love in different ways. What speaks love to you may be meaningless to your spouse. This study contains the key to understanding each other's unique needs. Apply the right principles, learn the right language, and soon you'll know the profound satisfaction and joy of being able to express your love-and feeling truly loved in return.


It's so interesting.
Figuring out my personal love language was not hard. But having Jake, semi-forcibly, take the test showed that we are almost opposite in our 'love languages'.

Before I started reading I though it might be a flaw because of how strong our relationship is. But after I started reading I realized that the test was pretty spot on.

We both tested as having the lowest score in Gifts. We both like gifts, but neither of us rely on them to make us feel loved.

To me Acts of Service scoring the highest (by 2 points) makes sense. My family, growing up, was all about helping each other with daily things. If I wanted to show my siblings that I liked them I would help them clean their rooms. It was quality time to us.
My dad is the main role model with this style of loving. He is the kind of man who would drop everything if you needed help.

I remember one time, about 2 years ago, Jake and I were changing a light bulb in our kitchen and wiring came loose and we were afraid to touch anything. Jake was stuck on a chair holding the mechanics of the light, which was attached by one 25+ year old wire. I called my dad and he was over in a matter of minutes.  It wasn't until I was talking about the book with my sister that I found out that he was in the middle of making dinner when I called him that night. He had passed that duty onto someone else and came to our rescue.
And that's just one example.
My brother is exactly the same way.
Everyone else (the girls in my family) isn't quite into the superman role, but we often show our love for each other by helping 'lighten the daily load.'

With Jake, I go into housekeeper mode. I try to make life easier for him and his schedule by making sure things around the house are done so he has more time to study, sleep or relax. I do this because I know that his schedule is more hectic than mine. He is juggling working 3rd shift and going to school full time with mostly biology and physics classes.

Jake leaned strongly toward Words of Affirmation and Affection, scoring within 1 point in each category.

This makes so much sense to me. Jake really doesn't need me to clean the house around him. He doesn't mind a little mess. However he likes hearing me complimenting his drive and work ethic. It makes him feel like his efforts to provide for us are not taken for granted. He is the head of our household and the classic biblical structure of a marriage is how we, and our marriage, thrives.

Affection is a no-brainer. It was the second highest score for both of us. As a couple, we love hugs, holding hands, kisses on the cheek and 'adult sports.' Whenever we ht a busy time in our lives we both have to take the time to re-focus our lives and our attention and remind each other, with affection and sweet words, who each other's #1 fan is.

I've truly enjoyed reading this book.

It interesting to really take a look at how I was choosing to show my love to Jake and realize that, in general, people love others how they prefer to be loved.

I highly recommend taking a look at The 5 Love Languages.
I'm excited to tell you that there are many, many different versions of this book.
For singles.
For kids.
For men.
For Teenagers.

Has anyone else read this book?
Did it help you in any way?

February 18, 2013

Comfort Food

New Years day, Jake and I spent the day at Half Price Books.
That place is like heaven on earth.
Jake was looking for body building and nutrition books. I was off in La-la Land finding Broadway music scores and Audrey Hapburn Bios. After about an hour I found Jake and asked him if he wanted me to look for a healthy cook book.
followed by another hour of looking through cook books in order to make sure there were enough recipes for my picky eater.

The cookbook we have been using for our meals is the Taste of Home Comfort food Diet.

The main idea from the book is to cook things that give you the same comfort foods that everyone loves, just slimmed down. Nothing in the book, when coked as directed, is over 500 calories.



Nothing has killed us yet.
Well, That dang balsamic maple chicken was not our best. I'll be posting stuff when I can remember to take pictures and rate the recipes.

So far, I'd say that out of the 10-15 recipies we've done, we've liked more than half and only dis-liked one.
Well, Jake didn't like it.
I didn't mind it, but then again, I was the one who made it.

Here are some in the moment pictures from the past month. I'll try harder to document these meals, because they are definitely not normal for us yet, but we're trying!




And yes, I have noticed the lack of veggies. What can I say, my man is a meat and potatoes kind of guy.... I've resorted to v8 splash as a back up.
I'm just kidding!
Kinda.

February 14, 2013

How Well Does Your Spouse Know You?



I broke my own rule.
I got Jake a present for Valentine's Day.

I know, I know. I just couldn't help myself. I had gone over his Christmas present budget and there was one thing I really wanted to get him.

I don't want to spoil it, just in case for some odd reason Jake peeks on here.
It's pretty funny.

Anyway, today I'm linking up with Melissa at A Life of A Not So Ordinary Wife.
It's to see how well your spouse knows you. I always love doing question's, so I emailed them to Jake. He seemed hesitant to participate. We'll see if he takes it seriously or not.






1. How long have you been married? 
Mine: 3 years and almost 3 months.
His: 3 1/2 years.

2. Where was your first date? 
Mine: We saw The Incredibles. Then we didn't want to go home, so we went to a little playground in his grandma's neighborhood.
His: To a playground in my Gma's neighborhood.

3. Where was your first kiss? 
Mine: At the playground, on our first date... I think he jumped off the swing and fell, or something else completely adorable like that, and I kissed him for it.
His: Same as the date.

4. Who said the first "I love you"? 
Mine: Jake did. I almost did, but I was so scared of saying it before really I meant it that I had a little breakdown in front of him.
His:  I did.


5. What were your wedding colors? 
Mine: Navy and green.
His: Green and purple.


6. What is her most commonly used phrase? 
Mine: 'Hey... Love you.'
His: I love you.


7. Who is her celebrity crush? 
Mine: Dead, Gene Kelly... Alive, Bruce Willis.
His: Bruce Willis.


8. If she was ordering drinks for both of you what would you each get? 
Mine: Water and a sweet tea... Or Mojitio and a Yuengling.
His: Yuingling for me, disorrono for her.


9. What is the best meal she has ever cooked you? 
Mine: I don't cook much. Jake always ends up making all the good dinners. 
His: She makes awesome pancakes!


10. What is the worst meal she has ever cooked you? 
Mine: A chicken dish we made on Monday. Balsalmic maple chicken, or something like that.
His: Balsamic maple chicken...


11. What is the most-played song on her iPod? 
Mine: Something from voice lessons or Adele's 'Someone Like You'.
His: Adele whole album.


12. What would she say is your most annoying habit? 
Mine: Sleeping without a top sheet.
His: Biting my fingernails  or picking at my toe nails.


13. What is the last thing she does before she goes to bed? 
Mine: My bathroom routine. Wash face, brush teeth, clean invisalign.
His: Puts in  her invisalign.


14. If you could throw out one item of her clothing what would it be? 
Mine: If it weren't being posted online he would sat something like, all of them, but he hates my empire waisted shirts.
His: Anything empire waist.


15. What would you say is your favorite thing about her? 
Mine: My sense of humor.
His: She loves me for who I am, I don't have to be fake, I can be a geek and she still loves me.


16. What's her go-to drink at Starbucks? 
Mine: I don't drink much coffee, but I do enjoy green tea/vanilla chai.
His: She doesn't go much, but probably a strawberry smoothie.


17. What's her blog's name?! 
Mine: Enamored and Elegant.
His: Dishes and Wishes

Not too bad!
I'm actually impressed with us.
And I'm surprised he even knew what my old blog name was.
Go us!

February 13, 2013

Invisalign: Tray 15 & 16

Nothing exciting to report for tray 15 & 16.
They filed the edge of another bottom tooth. It was my super crooked one. The one that is basically sideways.
It was awful.
OK, not really. It was just annoyingly unpleasant.

There isn't much vehement going on. Not noticeable movement at any rate. 

It's crazy because about 2 months ago my top teeth were really on the move. Now for the past few trays, nothing has moved up top... And my teeth are kinda really gappy, in comparison to how my teeth were before.

It's nothing to other people, because they don't notice... But I sure do. I even prefer to wear my trays all the time because of it.
I should anyway, I know.
I watched the video again and I think they are pretty much staying gap-tastic until the last few trays. Something about allowing my bite to realign and giving my teeth the proper space to actually move. 
Bla, bla, bla. 

Also, I've just scheduled my first cleaning since I got the little bracket buttons put on. I'm interested to see how the cleaning goes. I mean how are they going to clean those things.



February 11, 2013

Grammy Red Carpet

So how many of you heard about the dress code for the Grammy's?
I don't know what to think of it. On some levels, I agree... On others I hate the idea of a board banning freedom of expression.

Although I do appreciate not seeing the normal amount of cleavage and thigh...

But some individuals didn't get the memo.
Yikes.

On another note, I do not support Rihanna, Chris Brown, their careers or their relationship. This is probably the one and only time you will see their names on this blog. 
Sorry if you don't agree with me or my reasoning.

The Red Carpet was a little lack luster.

It seems like these artists and celebs have no fashion direction if someone tells them to '"Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible 'puffy' bare skin exposure."

No. 
I'm sorry... But no, thank you.
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A actually don't mind the dress... I just don't think it's an award show gown.
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The only girl I thought worth mentioning... Even if she did 'break the rules'.
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Best of the night:
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February 8, 2013

Layers upon Layers!





Layers upon Layers!



Miss Selfridge v neck shirt / Full Tilt knit top / American Eagle Outfitters scoop neck top / Dorothy Perkins skinny leg jeans / Kitten heels / Kitten heels / Wedgwood cameo pendant / Betsey Johnson pink crystal necklace

February 7, 2013

The World's Pain

I have two very opposing opinions when it comes to all of the tragedy that has come to our nation over the past 15 years.
I'm often torn in two.

I want every bit of information I can find, but I know that accurate information takes time. I also find the fault mostly with 'the system' as well as the individual. My opposing view is that every family member involved, victim and perpetrator alike, needs and deserves privacy during such raw moments in their lives. No one can deal with personal tragedy well under the pressure and lenses of the media. I hate the sensationalism that comes along with media coverage. Every article and up-to-date feed blaring the latest information, whether it's accurate or not. I recognize that there are layers and layers of circumstance, utter confusion and mis-information surrounding each incident. Nothing is clear in the first few weeks of investigation, if at all.

I just wish that....
Well, I wish people waited for confirmed and accurate information, rather than speculation, before feeding the news monster.

I hate everything that has happened at the hands of sick individuals, using their hate, instability and anger to pull triggers, push buttons or cause emotional and physical damage at the expense of others.

Whenever something happens Hubs and I talk about it quite a bit. We actually talk about it a lot. We talk about our personal reactions and fears. How we would handle similar incidents. It overwhelms us and our conversations for a few days, until we are able to pray for the individuals involved and try to come to peace with God's plan for the world. 

We know that there are harder trials ahead for us personally, as well as the world we live in.

How do you approach these incidents within your household?
What is your gut reaction?
With your kids? 
With your safety?  
With your faith?

(I'm not asking in order to judge opinions or drive a certain discussion. Every family is different, and I'm very interested in how parents react, as well as families of 2. I'm all about love here...)

February 6, 2013

The Incredible Henry House

January's book was The Incredible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald
It was a very intriguing book about a home economics program given by a college where a 'practice baby' was assigned to multiple students. Yep, a real orphan child being raised by multiple female students to teach child rearing. The book looks at amny things, least of all the social impact of one child being raised by multiple different women, a different one each week, until he was 2.
It's a messed up concept. And the book covers the life of one child, of many, from the program. Because of this you get to see key historical events played out. I always enjoy this due to not being around when things happened during the 50's-70's. It read similar to Forrest Gump, one of my favorite movies.

I highly suggest it. I don't want to talk about it too much, because I really do think it is a great read. I found it to be incredibly fascinating  I started the book and finished it before bed that same day.

February 5, 2013

Re-Wed Dreams

Recently, I've been having dreams where Jake and I get married all over again. Or maybe it's renewing our vows. I'm not quite sure. Either way, my sleeping hours have been filled with wedding gowns, table decorations and pirate shops.... 
I'm not going into how that one played out.

I've decided to give you a little taste of the pins on Pinterest that I've been ignoring, but have been leaking into my sub conscious.

If I were to re-do my wedding day:
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February 4, 2013

Counseling and Me

It's a hard thing, admitting that you need help working through life's challenges. 

If you are new to the blog, in a nutshell, my husband got back from a year long deployment in September. Not a very revealing nutshell, but a pretty complete statement as to where this is all coming from.

Before the holiday season, I contacted a local Christian counseling center and scheduled a session.
I chose to go the route of a christian counselor based off of a friend's recommendation and knowing that the person that I was sharing my vulnerabilities with would understand me from my base beliefs.
Having to explain my faith to someone who might not understand or approve of the need that I have for a Christian viewpoint and belief system is exhausting.

I found the 'getting to know you' sessions to be excruciating. 
I hated having to explain every little thing, clarifying every viewpoint and reiterating who was who in my life.
I got frustrated enough with the  who's who that I finally made a list/diagram for my counselor.

Now that I have finally settled into the appointments, things have been going much better. It wasn't pleasant in the beginning... It was similar to an hour long word vomit session., sorry for the visualization. I think with the first 3-4 appointments I was the only who said anything... Looking back it must have been a very confusing start, but I was laying the groundwork, introducing people and situations...

I knew that seeing someone about my issues was the right way to go... But I fought the process. I felt that the issues that I was/am having were personal and best dealt with in my own time and in my own way, and with some things this is case... 

I'm still a work in progress.
I have a better handle on where I am mentally and emotionally.
I'm in a much better place than I was 3-4 months ago.

Thank you for sticking by me and putting up with these kinds of posts. Your comments and support has helped more than you, or anyone else, could imagine.