Monday, April 13, 2015

Cotton Candy and Ice cream

This weekend was so memorable. Since we are counting the months until we save enough to move, our time we get to spend with family that lives near by is so precious to us. So when my parents suggested to come up and see the cherry blossoms at the capital with us, of course we had to say yes!

Most of the blossoms were still white but we did manage to spot about four really nice pink ones! They remind me of big fluffy balls of cotton candy on a stick. They are Gods cotton candy and they make me so warm inside.

After walking around the tidal basin we made our way to the Thomas Jefferson memorial...

with Button leading the way!

Of course "Masa" wasn't far behind, since, after all, she's his best friend. 

After our long walk it was time to sit down and relax; so "Masa and Babu" treated us all to ice cream! 

And I mean all of us. ha

It was definitely one of those days you just want to slow down, capture, and never let go of. We are truly honored to be a part of such a beautiful world full of people who love us so dearly and earnestly.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Making It Work

Spring is finally in the air here and even though we only have a balcony now, we are totally taking advantage of every inch of that baby!
Here is a little peak into what we have going on out there. (please excuse the ugly tubs... we are going to be setting them into a built in bench we have yet to get to).

1. tomatoes
2. cucumber
3. celery
4. bell pepper
5. cabbage
and in the right corner we have a tulip... because, why not.

6. radish
next to the radish are green beans I forgot to lable
7. tulip
8. black berries

9. thyme
10. basil
11. more cabbage
12. lettuce
13. collard
14. swiss chard (rainbow)

15. cilantro
16. rosemary
17. sage
18. parsley
19. tarragon

then we have two hanging baskets. This one has spinach in it.

and this one has more lettuce

There is also two railing planters with flowers and strawberries in them (which are already starting to make fruit!).
Inside I have carrots, chives, and onions that are sprouting before we transplant them into another pot. As things get bigger we might have to do some transplanting and moving around with them as they grow. Luckily, a lot of the herbs are from last year so I know they will do fine in those pots... for now; same with my blackberries and flowers in the railing planters (minus the strawberries I added in) .

Once more of the out door space is cleaned up and put together more I will have to show it off again; especially since I just got two chairs similar to this, which run $19 a pop at Ikea, I got for FREE.... by (not in) our dumpster!

So there you have it... how we are making apartment living work and not giving up on our homesteading dreams. I see a whole lot of pickle and jam making in the near future!

What have you all been up to now that the weather is starting to warm up?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Sweet Treat

Someone is deeply, deeply loved.
and when I say someone, I mean everyone in the Blanton house hold. My mother-in-law sent use a little sweet care package.
Button (and mommy) were so excited to dig into these.... even before "daddy" got home. ha.

He is just so well behaved. he wasn't sure if he was allowed to just take one or not.

After mommy gave the "okay" it was game on! He picked out the perfect one and dug right in!

Look at that chocolate face.  But of course that wasn't it.

She also sent an amazing amount of stickers! Because this kid is obsess with anything with an engine and anything that is a sticker. ha.
So that is what we are doing this valentines day week, playing with stickers and eating WAY to much chocolate all at once. (yeah... between the three of us they didn't have a changes.... they are indeed gone... already *cue the sad orchestra music*).
what are you guys doing this holiday? any date nights? kid projects?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Be Blessed

We are moved. Good bye DC and my lovely garden and hello tinny house living/ apartment living in VA. (for now) I will have to share photos of the place as it is and as it changes during this short visit here. We are adjusting to the massive downsize from a three bedroom two bath with basement and yard to a one bedroom one bath with a toddler and no yard. I had to give up lot (even though I know this is a temporary move) but I know I will be able to live such a more abundant life in the near future. We are still working towards  moving to TX within the next year.That will be a crazy move! I really had nothing super sage or really productive to share, just that we are still alive, I'm still here, just super busy with unpacking, photo editing, switching over services, potty training a little man, picking out paint chips, and being a generally awesome house wife. ha. There are a few things I want to post about but I feel they deserve their own time and post. Until then, stay beautiful, warm, and be blessed. <3

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Champagne and Season's Greeting

Christmas is in full swing here at the Blanton casa and every hand is helping to make it something amazing!
This year Hubby we decided to go with a pink and champagne color scheme.
 I have to say, it turned out really pretty
 Even button seemed to want to join in on all the action (dirty dinner shirt included :D)

 These photos of the two of them putting thing together, together just makes me so in love.
 Did I mention being in love with this man. ha. Maybe its all the eggnog or Christmas music.
 Happy holidays and hope yours is are awesome as I know ours will be!

Monday, December 8, 2014

At the Top Looking Down

I learned something from my son today. He was standing at the bottom of the stairs struggling to drag a to-large-to-go-up-the-stairs toy up the stairs. As he tugged and cried at his failures I sat at the top of the stairs trying my best to not give in and just take the toy up for him. I cheered him on “you can do it", "that's too big to drag.. Try picking it up darling", "keep trying love... you almost go it" and things like that. As I sat there watching him I thought about Christ. I realized that I am so much still a toddler in my faith. So often I find myself trying to drag my worldly desires up the proverbial stairway to heaven. I frequently find myself crying, pouting at the bottom saying "why can't I have both", "it's to heavy God... Come get us so I can have both!” kicking and throwing a fit. Its ugly guys.
 But God is such a loving parent. He knows we need to figure it out on our own. So he sits at the top encouraging us all the way. We need to learn that it’s okay to leave those things at the bottom because (mommy) he will be at the top waiting to (snuggle) hold us. Those things will still be there... downstairs... for us to have, just not then. Sometimes we have to put aside the things we think we want to get the things we really need and desire; that doesn't always mean they won’t be waiting for us later (when we get up from our naps), just that they are weighing us down to get to where we need to go. It so easy to sit at the bottom and cry until someone comes and gets, give you a hand out and picks you up. But, sometimes it’s even more rewarding to learn that it’s okay to let go for a while, to overcome the tantrums and mature in our desires. I learned today, from my son, that I am so often that little toddler at the bottom of the stairs desperately struggling to drag my big massive toys up the stairs... when all I really want and need is the person at the top. 

Rose among Thorns

It's been a while, I know, I have been going through some stuff; Mostly about this here blog. I struggle with conflicting feelings. A part of me would never be satisfied without writing; without being heard, but another part longs to be heard and respected, to meet others and grow a community. That other part just doesn't seem to be happening here. So I stepped away for a while to try other things like vloging... but I miss writing. Even if I can't always get things right the first time and people give up on me.... I need to write. I find my emotions are clearer then when I do videos. I feel I can really say things and be myself while typing away. But the struggle is still there. People will come and go because "I have a hard time reading it"... well, I'm trying... and this place is for me too. I won’t be stopping because you are impatient or irritated. The ones that care will push though this struggle with me. I have challenges with writing and grammar... that doesn't make my voice invalid or unworthy; it means I'm human. If you don't like that, I get it. If it's "that bad" for you... move along. My words would be lost to your (most likely) shallow judgment anyways. For those that read regardless, that take me as I am (struggles and all), understand that I am human, I make mistakes... many mistakes, and still read, still sympathies with my views or find joy (or humor) in my story's, my life, then to you I hold the most gratitude. Thank you. Thank you for looking past my flaws and seeing the beauty in my words. Thank you for finding a rose among thorns and cherishing it enough to reach in again for more. You are my jewels; my passion. For you, and myself, I will keep writing. My voice is here.