Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What I'm LOVING Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday! Everyone! I hope it's treating you well
Lets get right to it HERE is what I'm loving!

My new doo!! I donated 10" of my very own hair to Locks of Love!!

We've been spending a lot of time at the lake, it's been wonderful and cathartic for all of us.
We even bring Hank with us! As you can see in the pic below, we've been having a blast, relaxing, fishing and swimming. best part... hanging with Quentin & Carlie!!! Q has become quite the fisherman, he's caught several blue-gills and even some hybrid-rock-bass type fish!! Go Q!!!!
Carlie B and I can't seem to stay out of the lake, she's turned into a FISH! Their swimming skills have improved so much since last summer. I'm so proud of them!

I have a little secret, I'm starting to fall in love with our spec house. We go up there every night and work on it, watering the new yard and the new landscaping. We've also decided to finish out the above the garage space giving us 700 extra square footage of awesomeness. I look at that room and see SO many possibilities.
I've been trying to convince James that we just need to live there for 2-5 years and let the market turn around. This house is perfect for entertaining and starting a new family. Even Hank likes it!
"Sadly" James is firm on selling it, so it will be on the official market soon.  Lucky buyer.

Lastly I love my furbaby for overly enjoying himself, this is a pic of him up at the spec house, we let the hose run a bit too long and he lavished in the muddy goodness. I love him but I do not care for his doggie instinct. He's also gotten a bit more protective/lovey dovey over me these past few months. I was beginning to wonder if there was something wrong with me but then I realized... after James leaves for work he hops up in the bed and cuddles with me plus I'm the treat giver so of COURSE he loves me!! I let him do whatever he wants! HA!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

8 Expectations for a Great Marriage « Marks Blog

As you may know, I'm not an expert at marriage; seeing as I've only been married four days shy of three months. :-)
But a friend of mine, Brittany posted her advice about marriage and I thought it was a good idea. Someone sent me this link a few weeks ago from Mark Merrill and I found it to be very resourceful!

8 Expectations for a Great Marriage « Marks Blog 26, 2011
July 8, 2011Posted By: Mark Merrill
iMOM, our Family First program for mothers, recently posted these 8 Expectations for a Great Marriage on I like it so much that I want to share it with you. I’ve adapted it to apply to both husbands and wives.

In marriage, knowing what to expect is half the battle!  So, here are some things you should expect in marriage.  Now some of them may sound negative, but they aren’t meant to be.  We just need to be prepared that challenges will likely arise.  When they do, it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world, or your marriage.

1. Expect Conflict

Conflict will happen, and that’s okay, if you handle conflict in a loving, mature way.

2. Expect Delays

Planning for your future is a great thing to do as a couple, just understand that things don’t always arrive on schedule – not babies, not raises, not health problems, not the sitter!

3. Expect Disappointments

File this in the, “you’re both only human” category. Your spouse will not be the answer to all of your problems.  Your spouse won’t be a mind reader or anticipate all of your needs.  Be prepared to forgive.

4. Expect to be annoyed

What was once appealing is now annoying. Be ready for that habit of his or hers you found so adorable while you were dating, to become annoying.  But remember this, there are things you’re doing that are likely annoying your spouse too. Cut them some slack and continually focus on their good qualities.  If you just can’t overlook what’s bothering you, talk about it in a loving, kind way.

5. Expect to think you’re doing more

You might feel like you’re doing more dishes, more laundry, more bedtime reading with the kids, more yard work, more taking the garbage out. You get the idea.   When you start feeling put out and put upon, take some time to assess the situation.  Then, instead of attacking your spouse and demanding more help, sit down and calmly express your desire to do your jobs well, and ask for help.  iMOM’s Home and Property Department Worksheet can also help figure out who’s best at doing what.

6. Expect to disagree with some of your spouse’s decisions.

Just because you are “one” in marriage, doesn’t mean you will agree on everything.  And, guess what?  That’s okay.  Respect your spouse’s right to have a different opinion than you.  Don’t shoot down ideas automatically.  There is more than one way to get the job done.

7. Expect not to be attracted to your spouse

This may never happen to you.  You might go through your entire marriage with the hots for your mate.  But if, at some point, you’re just not that into your spouse, pray that you will have a loving heart.  Also, look beyond the physical or lack of chemistry and fall in love with what’s good about your spouse.

8. Expect to be with your spouse until the end.

This is a mental safety net.  Even when you’re furious or extremely disappointed with your spouse, you will not think of leaving.  You can’t, remember?  You’re with your spouse until the end. This expectation also helps you realize that you might as well make your marriage as good as it can be, because you are in it for the long haul.

Monday, July 25, 2011

A sick obsession

I can't seem to get enough of playing with photos!
{as you can probably tell by my Facebook feed}
Editing programs, websites & apps have made it so convenient for the lay person such as myself to look like you may actually know what you're doing.
Now take a pic Miles Witt Boyer takes vs. mine and his blow mine out of the water. But here's the deal I've asked him to edit every single picture I take and his response is something to the effect of: April, I have a life. Now go play with your phone. (okay that's probably what he WOULD say, I've never asked)
I love it they look boss to me and I'm a happy camper.
Downside: James "April you're always on your phone/iPad"
"I know sweet pea I'm feeding my addiction"
If you've not checked out Instagram, you really ought to. {check your app store}
It's free & a good tool to utilize to see others creativity. There's so much beauty in this world and I get to see some of it one square at a time.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Put it in perspective.

Put it in perspective.

I'm sitting in our local DMV office and I noticed the dynamic duo of ladies that normally run the show here is now a solo act. A lady a few people ahead of me asks, "you alone today?" the clerical responds, "yep been solo most of this week. My coworker found out her cancer is back. Spread from her colon up, now there are too many tumor's to operate. Dr's gave her two years."
I come here often but do not know either of these ladies personally, but when I overheard this I almost burst into tears. TWO years. 24 Months. I cannot fathom. I feel so deeply for her. Here I take everyday for granted.

Still in line, think I'll hold my tears until I get back in the car.

- from the revenue office waiting room.

-April Jech
Sent from my iPhone

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Holla-day Weekend

In a word, what best describes your Holiday Weekend?
My answer would be: FAAAAAAAAAABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday- Lake with the Family :-D Quentin has become quite the fisherman and Carlie is quite the fish! We fished & swam our faces off. SO fun, love how they bring the kid out of me. Fun!!
Sunday- Quality time with the Jech family & BBQ at the Anderson Family
Monday- worked hard on the Spec House! Plants, landscape, dirt work & concrete
Cleaned the inside again and James tackled the outside.
Wrapped up a good 3-day weekend with friends, food & firewoeks!
Side note: I wonder how much $$$ was done in pork sales over the weekend. I think every one had ribs!