Sunday, February 12, 2012

Blessings and Struggles

Well, it's been such an eventful last month or so around here.  I don't think I officially said it on here yet, but J attended and presented at a conference in Cali last month.  While he was there he won an award and another amazing opportunity--to give a talk in Germany this summer!  So congrats again to him!

Then it's been a little rough around my work lately.  I'm exhausted physically, emotionally and spiritually right now.  I can't really disclose more than that, but if you wouldn't mind keeping me and that whole situation in your prayers I'd appreciate it!

Then, I did our taxes today.  I like to do them early, usually just to get them out of the way, but for some reason I felt like i had to do them today.  I don't really know why, or what came over me, but I did.  I spent my entire afternoon doing them.  I just worked 6 days in a row and now I spent my afternoon off doing taxes.  But at least they are done.

They took me more time than ever because I like checked them a million times...and after getting quite the refund last year.  We owe almost that entire amount this year.  I was so disappointed because it was the entire amount of the potential plane ticket that I could buy to go to Europe with J this summer....  I'm super glad we had the money to pay the taxes at once, but still a little disheartened over the whole thing.  :(  Needless to say, we'll be changing our withholding to hopefully ensure that doesn't happen again next year....

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Birthday Board

So, I just recently got into Pinterest--thanks to my Mom!  It's this online "pin board" and it's just great!  I saw this idea for a birthday board last week, and I just finished ours tonight!  I did it all myself with the except of a little more than half of the drilling of holes in the wooden disks because the dremel I was using died and J was happy to lend a hand with the big drill.
Sweet hubs holding it up for the pic.  (wanted to wait for the  paint to dry 24 hours before putting the mounting hardware on the back.)

I think this is such a cute way to remember birthdays of loved ones and it's a cute decorative piece too.  AND it's rotating...well sort of...I mean, you never have to change the page or anything.  Which if you know me...I have a bit of a hard time remembering to turn the pages of a calendar until like the 30th of each month.  So this is perfect!  :)  Oh and I can add more disks to it anytime a new addition arrives!