Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy 25th!

This is my wonderful Dad (Gregg) and my sweet step-mom (Kristin) and today they are celebrating 25 years of marriage. Cue the party horns, streamers and confetti!!

Happy 25th Anniversary to you both!

They got married in 1986 when I was 7 years old. Wow ~ so much has happened since then - lots of ups and downs through life. But you've been side by side through it all for 25 years and I'm so happy for you and thankful God brought you two together when and how he did.

I am excited about the next chapter of your life together and pray for nothing but the best for two people who really deserve it.

Enjoy your day and here's to the next 25!

We love you...
Riley & John

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Taste The Rainbow

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I made some super fun cupcakes for John and I Monday night. Honestly, it was simply my desire to have fun in the kitchen baking, but I used St. Patrick's Day as my excuse to bake and play when I could have been doing more productive things. I made 16 cupcakes so I kept a few for us at home and took the rest to share with everyone at work.

What makes the cupcakes "super fun"? They are RAINBOW! I really enjoyed making them, but they did take a lot of time. Note to self: "Next time around, make these on a weekend". But in the end, it was worth it. It was a new recipe and I had a good time making them.

I took a white cake mix and prepared it according to the package directions. I then divided the batter evenly into six paper bowls and colored them red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Then I lined muffin tins with cupcake papers and divided the purple batter among the cupcake papers, then the blue and so on up the rainbow. This part took FOREVER - dividing each colored batted among the cups. I baked them for about 20 minutes, let them cool and then frosted each one with white whipped frosting...a cloud at the end of the rainbow. I made little picks to put in them using toothpicks, scrapbook paper, a circle punch and scotch tape. Nothing fancy.

They were mighty cute and really tasty, if I do say so myself. They were given two thumbs up by Leprechaun John as well. He's so kind to be my taste tester - so selfless. Hee hee!

Enjoy all of the colorful pictures starting with the cast of charaters and ending with a sweet sign that's been hanging out on our fridge all week...

Until we meet again...
O' Riley

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The ABCs of Me!

I saw this fun little activity on Carianne's blog (and a few others) and thought I'd play along.

Age: 32 (as of February 5th)

Bed Size: King ~ nice and comfy!

Chores You Dislike: Washing dishes ~ thankfully, my wonderful husband selflessly washes the majority of the dishes in our house...man did I get lucky!

Dogs: Calvin ~ our 8 year old adorable, lovable beagle

Essential Start to Your Day: John wakes me up in the morning (VERY early), but it's nice to be woken up by your sweet spouse and not a nasty alarm. That and COFFEE ~ a perfect way to start the day!

Favorite Color: Hmmm, probably BLUE, but I love all different colors and it kind of depends on my mood and what it's for. I love the bright red of my kitchen, I love a warm chocolate brown, I love neon colored pens, I love the pastels at Easter...I digress :)

Gold or Silver: Silver

Height: 5' 4"

Instruments you play: I don't currently play anything, but I did play the clarinet from 7th - 12th grade. I have wonderful band memories and I still have my clarinet.

Job title: I'm an "Administrative Manager" at an Accounting/CPA firm and have been there for almost 5 years in July, but my favorite job is being a wife and a "domestic engineer" (as John has perfectly titled it)

Kids: In the Lord's hands

Live: Royse City, Texas ~ small town about 30 miles east of Dallas

Mom's Name: Mari (pronounced Mary, just spelled uniquely)

Nickname: I don't really have a "nickname", but I guess I'm lovingly called different things by different people in my life

Overnight hospital stay: Thankfully only once - when I was 2 and turning 3 in the hospital with pneumonia

Pet Peeves: Yikes, we don't have all day!

Quote: Don't really have a favorite, but I have a few favorites and of course love to quote scripture!

Righty or Lefty: Righty (and John's a lefty)

Siblings: 1 brother (Andrew), 3 step-brothers (Neil, Andy and Cipri) and 1 step-sister (Carla)

Time you wake up: 5am - UGH! That's during the week, so to sleep until 7:30 or 8:00 on the weekends is glorious.

Underwear: Yes I have them and wear them! Nothing fancy...

Vegetables you don't like: Asparagus, beets, celery, bell pepper, brussel sprouts...to name a few, but I love a lot of other vegetables

What makes you run late: Getting distracted by the TV or doing things around the house or not getting out of bed when I should so I'm behind schedule

Xrays you've had: Yearly teeth x-rays, had a chest x-ray one time and another x-ray last fall before my surgery

Yummy food that you make: Wow - this is hard! Not to sound arrogant or full of myself, but cooking and baking is one of my favorite things to do. I LOVE it and I enjoy exploring new recipes and making "old favorites"

Zoo Animal favorites: The zoo is so fun! We've been to a couple of them and it's always a good time. I'd probably have to say zebras, giraffes or elephants

Until we meet again...
Riley

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I'm linking up with Jamie today for "What I'm Loving Wednesday". Here's what I'm loving today...
I'm LOVING that this weekend, my wonderful husband John and I will be at the "WEEKEND TO REMEMBER". It's an amazing marriage conference/weekend getaway. The conference and where we will be staying is at the beautiful Gaylord Texas Resort. We went to this for the first time last year and it was AMAZING! When it was over last year, we knew we'd be coming back. It's so important to take care of your marriage and this is a great opportunity to do so.

I'm LOVING Dave Ramsey. You can read my reasons why in a recent post here.

I'm LOVING our newly painted and redecorated laundry room - it's so fun. You can see the rest of the pictures here.

I'm LOVING the gorgeous spring weather we've been having. While the Fall/Winter months are my favorite time of year, I really enjoy the spring as well. Plus Easter is one of my favorite holidays and it happens in the heart of spring. I'm really hoping we can visit the blooms at the Dallas Arboretum this year. I've heard it's awesome.

I'm LOVING that these two fun nephews of ours will be coming in about 2 1/2 weeks to spend their Spring Break with us. Isaac (left) is 10 and Jacob (right) is 12 and they live in Arkansas. We had them stay with us for 10 days over the summer and had a blast!


I'm LOVING that baseball season starts in just about a month - HOORAY!! I think our first Rangers game will be Easter weekend - can't wait!

And as always, I'm LOVING my fantastic husband, John - he's simply the best!

Have a great Wednesday ~ until we meet again...
Riley