Chipmunk cheeks…

It has been so very long since I have last posted… mostly because I just don’t even know where to start. But today, as I am sitting on the couch, watching tv, and icing my cheeks, I thought I’d post. πŸ™‚

Let’s see… I don’t know how much I want to retroactively talk about since it has been so long, so I’ll just touch on some things that have been going on in our lives lately.

Last night I made my mom’s meatloaf and mashed potatoes for dinner last night. It turned out pretty well. It wasn’t quite as amazing as my mom’s, but it was good. I think the meat was too lean but it was all that we had. And Justin made the mashed potatoes – from beginning to end! He is just amazing and never ceases to amaze me. πŸ™‚ I love love love having a cooking buddy in the kitchen! My mom actually calls the mashed potatoes that we made “smashed potatoes” because we didn’t end up having to use the mixed to mash them up. Justin just smashed them with a potato masher and they turned out great. So we actually had: Meatloaf and “Smashed” potatoes πŸ˜‰

I am slowly learning how to cook larger portions of things and freeze them – like we did with the meatloaf. And I am occasionally branching out and making some dishes other than chicken, which has been nice. And for some reason, it makes me more excited to cook in the evenings. It’s just more of a challenge.

This morning I got my wisdom teeth out. I have never had surgery before, so the idea of it was kind of daunting. However, everything went well and I’m now sitting peacefully on the couch. I chose not to go with IV anesthesia because the idea of needles and not remembering anything scares me. Instead, I went with laughing gas and local anesthesia… not a fan of that choice. I fought the laughing gas the whole time… it just didn’t feel comfortable. Then when the doctor gave me the local anesthesia shots in my mouth, I nearly jumped out of the chair and said, “forget it!” It was just a lot of pain… and not what I expected. Plus, when you only have laughing gas, you can hear all of the noises and feel all of the pressure. Anyway, I’m doing fine and just glad that it is over!

Over the past few months I have slowly been decorating. I just love decorating and coming up with new ideas. In another post I will take pictures of some of those changes. The most recent thing we did was hang white/cream plates on a wall in our dining room. We put them on either side of the “window area” that opens up to the kitchen. We also added an empty frame to each side of that “window area” so that it would break up all of the plates. I just the frames – they are just old frames that I got from Goodwill, knocked out the glass, strung picture hanging wire in them and clipped pictures to the wire. I just love the way it looks! I love it so much that Justin and I went back to Goodwill and got a few more frames (since they are so cheap at Goodwill!). I’ll share pictures on here soon. We also found this really cute sign at Target the other day. It says, “Our Life, Our Story.” How fitting is that?! I love the sign – it reminds me to pay attention to our story… the story of Justin and Stephanie… the story titled, “Once Upon a Kime Time”… a story that we want to be rich and full of life.

Other than doing a little bit of decorating, as well as cooking dinner [most] nights, we haven’t really been up to much. Just trying to live our life to the fullest, and grow in our relationship with God and each other. As [possibly] cliche as that may sound, it is the honest truth. We are trying to focus our lives and activities on building that foundation.

I’m starting to get tired, so I think this is enough for now. I’ll will make a more concerted effort to post more frequently!

-Stephanie

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