Monday, November 22, 2010

If only I were crafty

Check out this AMAZING blog!  I would kill to be just 1/2 as creative as her.  Just look at these amazing transformations. 

I have a sewing/embroidery machine combo but I would NEVER think to take a goodwill find and turn it into something so cute! See her blog for some great ideas. Also, she is giving away a A Silhouette Machine. My youngest sister just got a Cricut and I've been wanting one badly but after reading about the Silhouette I think that is the route I would rather go!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

year, doctor, questions .............

just a quick update.  We have been trying to expand our family for a year now.  I decided it was time to switch doctors.  I met with the new Dr. today and was THRILLED!!!  He asked me questions, listened to my concerns and CARED! This is a change from our previous Dr.  Needless to say we have a game plan and looks like we have some people on our team now!  Long story short today was a GREAT day and it makes me excited about the future!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Weekend Update

Saturday morning we woke up nice and early so Luke could run in the Sparta 5k at Squire Creek.  It was a miserable morning to run but he was a trooper.  Can you see him there in the middle, he has his arms crossed.  Not exactly the most intense set position but it was FREEZING!  And look at the crazy girl in the spandex and sports bra!  But I guess if I looked like that maybe I would wear that too!  Luke ran great, he got 2nd in his age group and 7th overall.  He broke 20 min and finished in 19:53 which is pretty darn good for such a hilly course!  I'm super proud of him.

After the race Luke dropped me off with a friend and I spent most of the afternoon running errands with her so Luke could have the house to study.  I tend to bother him when we are both home so it was best that I not be around :)  I did get some Christmas shopping done, I've never started this early but I found some cute stuff for the Simmering siblings and I think I'm done with them for the most part!  Successful day! 
 Sunday was study day for Luke.  We skipped church and Sunday school and he spent the day writing papers and studying for finals this week.  So as a good wife I made him a hearty breakfast! Sausage, egg and cheese biscuits.  They were yummy and provided him fuel for the morning.
 We were planning on attending a social with our Sunday School that evening but Luke was at his office still and I wasn't quite up for doing it alone so this dessert went to work with me today.  I think it was a hit - Luke ate a big piece when he was finished with school work yesterday and seemed to think it passed the test.  It was super easy and tasted great, I'll have to make it again!  

Great relaxing weekend in the Simmering household.  Next weekend we have big plans to get some work done around the house so it was nice to have a weekend where I could just enjoy my time off.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Call Me Crazy

But I love these 2 like you wouldn't believe!!
I just picked them up from the groomers, which is one of my favorite things to do!  First off they are clean and just too darn cute plus they are so excited to see me!  They come tearing out of the back like they just can't wait one more minute.  I love that Kato can't stand still because her tail is wagging so hard and Buddy makes a crazy crying noise because he can't contain his excitement!  I think maybe they love me too, just a tad ;)
I love that they will 
cuddle for hours
keep all of my secrets
sit on the couch with me all day if I'm on bed rest
or if I just want to be lazy
run around the backyard on a beautiful day
play fetch whenever I throw a toy
love whatever I cook - even if it isn't for them
run when I say "kisses"
but give me them when they know I need it
Right now they are guarding me, as I sit at the computer they are on either side at high alert of any and every sound.  It's no wonder we spoil them rotten, they do the same to us!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Ok, let's be honest.  Maybe not the BEST NIGHT EVER, but it did rank up there with the best.  We didn't do anything special or thrilling but we did spend the evening just the four of us (Luke, Me and the 2 furbabies) relaxing, eating a good meal and enjoying our beautiful backyard, amazing weather and a cozy fire.

this one needs explanation. Ever since she was TINY she has insisted on being held like a toddler.  With her legs wrapped around me.  Now that she is 45lbs it isn't quite so easy but we both LOVE it!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ups and Downs of a Dallas Wedding Weekend

Overall we had a Great Weekend in Dallas.  We left Ruston early afternoon on Friday to allow time to stop and pick up a tux for Luke.  We found the place with relative ease and made it to the hotel with time to shower and clean up before rehearsal dinner.  The dinner was at Blue Mesa Grill in Plano, TX.  We had some great mexican food and entertainment.  Bill's mom did a great job with the rehearsal, sadly his dad is in the hospital in Oklahoma battling cancer and couldn't make it to the wedding festivities.  After dinner and a walk through at the church we headed to relatives of the bride for desserts and socializing.  It was so great to see all of our Minnesota friends again.  I hadn't seem most of them since we moved out of our apartment in Mankato over a year ago.  Having some time to catch up with this group was such a treat.  Saturday was wedding day, and also OSU football day.  Luke and I woke up early as always and went for a nice drive around Plano.  (We decided we could live here after he graduates :))  We stayed in such a great area, we had everything we needed with in walking distance.  We met up with the guys in the wedding party to watch the football game and get lunch before they headed back to the hotel to get ready.  Since the wedding wasn't until 7:30 I had most of the afternoon to myself.  We had lost our camera charger a few weeks earlier so I drove around to 2 Targets a Wal-Mart and finally found what we needed at Best Buy.  It was a hectic afternoon of Dallas traffic but I have conquered my fear of driving in Dallas.  I also had to make a run between the wedding and the reception to the hotel because Luke left his tux bag outside on a park bench with his clothes in it, including wallet and other items he didn't want stolen.  Luckily someone had picked the bag up and turned it into the hotel desk.  When I get to the reception I reach into the back seat to get something out of his tux bag and drop my keys on the the seat, not thinking I hop out and lock the doors.  KEYS INSIDE!  Yep, take me back to HS when I did this everyday, I was so sad, I thought I was going to have to pay a ridiculously expensive locksmith to come and open my doors, but luckily Beka is an expert car jacker and was able to break into my car in minutes flat.  She saved the day!  I've never been so relieved in my life!  Disaster avoided.  The rest of the night was great.  Dinner, Dancing and Friends.  We couldn't have asked for a better weekend.  We woke up bright and early Sunday morning to head back to Ruston.  Made a stop in Shreveport to drop off the tux and decided to grab lunch at Buffalo Wild Wing. (Sidenote: we felt this was appropriate as we used to eat at Buffalo Wild Wing with the Mankato crew atleast once a week, so it seemed a fitting place to end the weekend. )  Sadly I left my purse on the back of my chair and didn't realize until hours after we got home!! Again, we were saved by a friend.  DeAnn was in Shreveport and headed back to Ruston so she was able to bring my purse which had my wallet, camera, nook, cell phone, etc in it to Luke the next day!  Disaster avoided, again!  
We had such a great time, and handled our almost disasters with the help of great friends.  Just makes us that much more thankful for the wonderful relationships we have made over the past few years!
Enjoy some pictures from the weekend, and Congrats Bill and Erica Gerber!