Monday, April 30, 2012

We went to a ball. For real.

What? You didn't go to a black tie, mad-hatter themed fundraiser for an art foundation this weekend?

Welcome, once again, to my life.


A big thanks to SWC for the tickets, and a bigger thanks to our awesome, dance-animal guests -- our friends, Jen & Kiel. Their "costume" theme was queen of hearts, and they looked adorable, trust me.


My goal was to get this teacup in my hair for my costume. It worked! This is post-dnace party, so it's a little messy, but it held up great!



This is Robert, pretending like he's going to get away with not facing forward for a photo. He looks great in a tux, right?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Just more dull moments.

Too. busy.
SIGH.
Will April end already? It's been a great month, but just too crazy!

Here's what happening in our life:

+Our church is doing an awesome sermon series right now. It's called "What does God say about ___ ?" You should listen, like, even if you don't go to our church.  Even if you want to disagree - it's a good thinking / discussion series. (www.geist.org/church/MessageArchive.aspx). Last week's sermon on forgiveness was really good.

+In March, I went to my good friend's wedding in Boston. I had the honor of being her matron-of-honor (and sounding like I'm a hundred years old by having to be a "matron"). I also had the pleasure of staying with some other friends of mine. It was a blast.

+We went to San Diego in April. It was also fun. I was lame and took no pictures, but it was fun to get to know some of Robert's friends and their friends.

+Nephew had his fourth birthday. Four, people!!! Four years ago, I moved to Indianapolis and this little guy stole my heart. It feels like yesterday day and forty years ago all at the same time. Some birthday fun is below. And his sister, little Niece, is such a heart-breaker, too (so are her cousins).

<-- Jane and her cousin, evaluating Abram's presents
You know you wish you had a Robot Pirate birthday cake

+We have been evaluating our jobs/life/current stuff. You can pray for us, because God is dumping stuff in our lap, and we are exploring those options. It's not easy, and it's rather intimidating. Everyday, I pray the right option would be clear. Everyday, things get clearer. The good news? None of those options (currently) involve moving. If that were an option, I'd probably lose my mind.

+I went to a Bethenny Frankel event. I know, it's kind of lame, but I really find her hilarious and I think it's cool that she made her own way. She did a bottle signing at our local Sam's Club (of all things), so I went. I happened to have the afternoon free anyway, so why not? She was 1. prettier in person 2. just as funny as she is on TV 3. seemed a lot softer in person. I met all these great people at the event who came out in the middle of a Wednesday (they skipped work, Bible study, had their children, could only go if they got a bottle for their boss). And you know what? I was standing in line with my SkinnyGirl Margarita bottle and I actually invited someone to church. Because they asked me what I did/why I could be there at the event on Wednesday afternoon, and well, I work 2 part-time jobs and one of them is at a church. The funny part? They were all about it. If you'd like to sample the SkinnyGirl White Cranberry Cosmo, I got one of those, too -- come on over!

+We've been trying to meet our neighbors. Some times, it's awkward being the young married couple with no kids on our street. Our neighbors have children our age, who have their own children. I feel sort of like a phony (thanks, Holden). They must watch me drive my old Honda and come and go at weird hours and see us throw parties and I can only imagine how out-of-place we must seem to these half retirees. We also live on the Untied Nation street, so we stand out even more. However, everyone has been really friendly and hasn't looked at us too judgey or anything. This is good, because the Brack house only gets less dull.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

This is how we roll

I hope you had a wonderful Easter, we did!

Here are the cupcakes I made for Abram and Jane. Well, cupcakes were shared with lots of people, but only A&J and their little cousins got the bunnies. They are really difficult because the ears are marshmallows, but they LOVE them. It's once a year, so I'll deal with the sticky.

Also, we are headed to San Diego this weekend. SO excited. It's been a rough couple of weeks around here, both in good and bad ways. Our April is jammed full of wonderful things, but that hasn't stopped more difficult things from happening. No dull moments, right? San Diego will be nice.

I was PSYCHED to find a new tankini swimsuit that I loved at Old Navy for $10 a piece (that is unheard of guys, in case you don't know. The last swimsuit I found that I liked was about $100. I didn't buy it.). I also successfully altered my cutest one piece so the straps now fit and keep the suit on (a good thing, right?). I am so glad that I learned some sewing, because I whipped it out (along with mending a shirt for Robert) in half an hour. I will say, though, that if my sewing is less than sturdy, it will result in a very embarrassing falling apart of my swimsuit. So here's hoping I did a good job, right? Or I'll be back here posting about it.

As we go to San Diego, I have lots to think and pray about. Travel is such a good reflection time, isn't it? I will be reflecting on...

-Relationships I need to be building and putting more effort into (you are probably reading this thinking, yeah, like me!)
-My current work situation. I love working at the church. The hospital is good but has it's challenges. I am not expecting a change, but I need more strength to do what I'm doing. And I need to have a better attitude and do more at both places.
-Other plans and possibilities for 2012... let's a quarterly check in, shall we?
-I will be reading some Generous Justice and Little Bee

To end this, here is a ridiculous picture of my brother-in-law, Rob, and me at Easter. We were playing with my new iPhone (which I love, probably a little too much). Anyway, I love all my in-laws, and I am also continually grateful for what I call the other married-ins; that is, those of us that married into the Brack family. It's like a camaraderie that only we can understand, joining the same family. Rob and Paulynn are my homies, so I'm giving them some blog love. Though Rob will probably not feel loved for me sharing this photo. But I'm your sister now, and you can't do anything about it. Ha.



Monday, April 2, 2012

The party

If you have been to our new house, you have probably thought, "What do they do with all this space?"

Honestly, most days, we ignore a good portion of it. But that's not why we bought our house, to ignore it.

We bought it because it was the kind of home we could live in no matter what, a home we could open up to those around us. The kind of home in which we could, say, throw a catered party for 30.

And that's exactly what we did last weekend. We hosted a party for a friend's 30th birthday, a surprise put together by her husband and several of her devoted friends. Our normally bare, quiet house was transformed into a venue.

It was awesome!!!!

We had so much fun -- great food, fantastic company, a dance party, a talent show, and even a few {happy} tears.
The birthday girl table

And I thought, "Lord, fill our years here with nights like these."

Nights in which total strangers show up to our house and become friends. Nights where we share every inch of ourselves with those around us. Nights where we move out all the furniture and dance. Nights where life is as perfect as it gets.