Saturday, October 30, 2010

Excellence

The other day I got a good little eye opener.
I am two things:
1. not very patient (although I'm getting there)
2. frugal

So what does that equal? A quick trip to the salon we have in our house, me slapping on a cape, and giving myself the most terrible haircut. (I can't see the back of my head!)

I am also another thing:
not interested in impressing those around me. Not in the slightest.

HOWEVER
at church the other day my good friend Sara (who is also a hairstylist, we used to work together) ran her hand through my hair, looked at me, and laughed.
I said "I know, I don't care"
and she said "well...you should, you're a hairstylist"
and I said "the only clients I do now have been coming to me since before Kev and I were married, they know me"
and she said "still, Jess...excellence."

And that opened up the floodgates for me.
She's so right!

The next day me, Kev, and Ruby were in the dressing room at Gap watching Kev try some shirts on. And I looked at myself in the mirror and, oh Lord.
I had old makeup fallen under my eyes, no face makeup, my hair was terrible AND I had the top half pulled up on top of my head falling to the side a little because remember, I just don't care.
I was wearing orthopedic shoes for back support with skinny jeans.
And it just hit me.
Even Kevin agreed and he is so unphased by that stuff.

It's not at all about impressing people, it's not at all about keeping up with the Jones'. It's about having a spirit of excellence and putting yourself together and making yourself presentable.
Kevin put it beautifully:
"it's not changing your outside to try to be something you're not, it's showing on the outside who you are on the inside"
I love that!
I'm not a sloppy, let-myself-go, person on the inside.
I am certainly not a gobs of make-up, huge poof, sorority girl, either.
I'm a young little Momma that has my own style, and I can express myself however need be...
with excellence.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kitchen Makeover!!

I was going to wait until we had all the hardware on and until I could get perfect pics of the kitchen, and until we got it all put back together the way I'm going to decorate it, etc., but I can't wait to show you any longer!
So here's before...
what were we thinking?! That wall color, bleh!


 and here's after:






We love it sooo much and couldn't be happier. A HUGE thank you to our dear friend who blessed us with doing this. We joyfully receive your gift!

So there you have it. Not completely finished, but you get the idea. We absolutely LOVE IT! It's so clean and we all know this momma loves clean.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cable TV

I have said since as long as I have been old enough to make my own decisions that it is one of my life long goals to never pay a cable bill.
I hate cable television.
We are still at my Mom's where they have cable and since being here I've seen some interesting (interesting/pathetic) things so far.

One of them being Real Wives of Beverly Hills (or Orange County or New Jersey or Atlanta or DC...)
Why the heck are these women famous?!

I was going to go on and list more of the things that shocked me (hint: the Disney Channel) but I'll stop. Sometimes when I get started I catch myself being too negative so I'm going to stop. Although there are no positives to some of these programs.

Shows that I have found that ARE great?
Why, cooking with Paula Deen of course!

In fact...here's my next tat:

                             

Also, I really liked anything on this channel


All in all, I love visiting places and getting to experience different environments, but I will say I'm looking forward to being back at the Kiehn residence, watching The Brady Bunch, Milo & Otis, and King of Queens on DVD.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I'm dreaming of a white kitchen

and my dream has come true.

That's right.

Tomorrow is the final day of the painter doing our cabinets.
Yes I said painter, as in professional!
Awesome story...

We go to church with a man that has a painting business. When we decided we wanted to paint our cabinets white we asked him how much work it is and the answer, to do it correctly on our real wood cabinets...was unreal. And way beyond our capabilities. So we just let that dream go and settled with our orange-y wood cabinets.

Last sunday that man came up to Kevin and said "Holy Spirit told me to sow into you guys and have my crew come out and paint your cabinets"

HALLELUJAH!

And let me tell you...it's everything we had hoped for. It's gorgeous!
Of course, this is a total tease because I'm not posting pics yet, because the painter's not done yet. Also, after they are all done on their end, we have to add hardware and that may take a little bit.

Sorry for the tease but I just had to share how exciting that is!
Isn't Yahweh so faithful, even in the not-important-just-something-we-wanted things?!
Bless you, Father!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oh be thankful, little heart


Kevin and I love photography. We have since the year we got married. Life and schedules and responsibility often tugs you away from your passions, hobbies, and true loves. I used to sing and play the guitar and write music all the time (that's how Kev and I met, actually) and now I never do because I got too busy building a career and putting money in the bank. (Which, let's be honest, I'd rather have money in the bank than a really cool song about being broke)

The year we got married (2007) Kevin surprised me with this camera that Christmas. I cried because I couldn't believe it. We were both so excited and use it all the time, every single day. Well worth the investment.

We have been encouraged recently to start back up in taking more creative and beautiful photos to capture life instead of just snapshots, so naturally I thought "well then we need a nicer camera".

Wrong.

We did all sorts of research and we found out that a different lens would certainly help, but ultimately our camera is perfect for what we're wanting. It can take the beautiful, high quality pictures we're wanting. It's just up to us to learn how to properly utilize it.

So it got me thinking...
we need to find value in the things we have already been blessed with.
And not go out and just obtain a bunch of "stuff" in hopes that it will make us happier and happier.
And trust the Father that HE will provide what we need, when we need it.
Because, I mean, hello, look at the camera we already had!
Look at the clothes you already have!
Look at the home you already have!
And those beautiful children!
And that amazing husband!
And those strong, encouraging friends!

May we never take for granted what the Father has so graciously provided for us, as He always does.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Laundry Day

Thanks for all your help, sweet Ruby!





Sunday, October 17, 2010

My husband is a genius

At the dinner table the other night I told him how crazy it was to be a stay-at-home-Mom.

 When I used to work full time (and I mean FULL time) and I had my SAHM clients running in late, sit in my chair, let out a big sigh and be like "phew! Sorry I'm late, but.." and I used to think to myself

Oh brother! What the heck do you do all day? Your whole job title is STAY AT HOME!

Boy, was I wrong.
(isn't funny how we are so quick to judge something that we have yet to experience ourselves? Like "i'll NEVER let my kids do that" and then you have kids hit that age, and you let them do that.)

I have been busier since being a Mommy than I've ever been my whole life, including my 7 1/2 years of doing hair and building my business. But the weird thing is, I can't even explain WHY I'm so busy. I mean, obviously Ruby takes up most of my time. Tending to her and playing with her are my top priorities, so somewhere after that I have to meal plan, do the laundry, lay her down, dishes, clean the house, get the groceries, run the errands, pick up this, drop off that, change a diaper, church wednesdays and sundays, work all day Tuesdays, make dinner, clean the house, shower my family (yes we all 3 get in the shower and scrub a dub dub. Much quicker than giving Ruby a bath and there will be years of that to come!) and much much more.

BUT
and I'm embarassed to say this...
I spend any quick little chance I get to hop on the computer "real quick" to just check this or that and find myself on here way longer than needed. So that's where the mystery of "I don't know how the day slips away. I feel like I'm running around non-stop but not accomplishing as much as I'd like" is no longer a mystery!

SO
Kevin came up with a great plan, because he's my man and he knows how much I love order.
He said to give myself hours, like a real job. Even an hour or so lunch break. And not get on the computer at all during the day to just browse because I couldn't do that at a real job anyways. To set goals each day, and accomplish them by using my free time doing them, not sitting on the computer.
Then, at night, when Ruby's in bed and my "work day" is over and I've accomplished what I've set for myself...I can get on and blog!
I am so excited for my new schedule!

Is it too soon to say "love"?

Is it?
I mean, I've only hung out with Lauren like, 3 times, but I think I do!

She made me my new (everything I've ever dreamed of) header!
Yes, this is the same woman that took our pictures and knows how to photoshop and put watermarks on pictures and everything else cool like that.
It's like Christmas and my birthday all wrapped into one!
Thank you, Lauren, you're the best!

Today Ruby was cracking me up in church. Such a chatty Cathy! We don't have children's church, or a nursery, because we believe in families all attending services together. We believe in the father's being the spiritual leader of their families, not dropping their kids off to a youth pastor who *hopefully* is qualified to teach our kids.
So with that being said our church is super understanding of the regular squeal or cry of a baby. But it was so much I had to take her out today.

It's official, we think. She looks like Daddy and acts just like me.
Although Kevin has never had to take me to the back for talking during church.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I wish

I wish I knew how to make a cool header for my blog.
I am worse than your grandma, I guarantee, when it comes to computers.

I wish that my house was a little bit bigger. I don't want anything I can't handle, but it will be AWESOME one day when we have more than 2 itty bitty bedrooms. Cute, yes, but with cute usually comes little.

I wish that I had tons of friends that believed in raising their kids as naturally and Spiritual as possible.
That I wasn't alone in my natural beliefs. Like I'm the weirdo of every mom group.

I wish I had the Mary Poppins anointing to just SNAP "the jobs a game!" and my whole house would clean itself room by room.

I wish the grass never needed to be mowed (I wish this for Kevin's sake) and that leaves fell from the trees, but just magically missed our yard and porch.

But really, the only point of this post was to say:
I wish I could make a cool header for my blog.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Lauren Ames Photography

Check out this sneak peek of our family pictures! I know I should wait for the real deal to show you all but I just can't!

Lauren is a friend of mine from high school (fortunately we're both grown up and much cooler now) :)
and we just kind of re-united recently and I am so glad we did! Her sweet personality and serious talent behind the lens are just a few of the reasons that I'm drawn to this woman.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Oh, and start moving your schedule around to where you can get your family/babies in to see Lauren asap!
Seriously.

Lauren Ames Photography

October 31st

This is going to upset a lot (probably most, if not all) of you. But this is my blog and if you're here then you are somewhat interested in what I have to say, so there.

We do not do Halloween.
"We" meaning Kevin and I and our child(ren).

Why? For obvious reasons.
In fact, I'm pretty confused on why so many people do.
The history and origin of it all is so terrible. Something we would "never" let our kids be a part of...yet, do year after year. And encourage it, and get all excited and teach them that it's fun and cool.

Halloween started when, around this time of year, the Celtics said that spirits, good and bad, can come and go, so the Celtics started wearing masks and costumes to look like evil spirits so the evil spirits would think they are one of them and would leave them alone.
So when in history did it slowly evolve to it being ok to dress our kids up for this?

And parade them around going from door to door saying over and over
 "give me what I want, or I'll cast a spell on you".
Another meaning, taken from Wikipedia...
The word "trick" refers to a (mostly idle) "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.
When, and why, have we accepted this as fun and cute?!

Not to mention, all that candy! Bleh.
Let's drown our kids in sugar on top of it all!

It's just all very, very...not good, in my opinion, and I'm glad we have nothing to do with it.
Anyways...that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

HOWEVER...

I am all about Harvest time, and the spiritual (holy spiritual, not evil spiritual) significance that brings. Of sowing and reaping. And Yahweh's provision for His people.

So Happy Harvest, everyone!

Monday, October 11, 2010

YeeeeHAW!!

Our church had our second annual "Harvest Hoedown" this weekend and, just as expected, it was a blast.
 


















I think we make pretty good cowboys!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Big Girl!

Ruby has graduated from her little baby carseat in stores to sitting up the whole time in the cart! She absolutely loves it. Sometimes she just squeals.  



           If we could see her toes through these shoes, I'd bet money they are curled with delight.

 She is loving being a big girl. It's SO much fun watching her grow and watching her hit milestones!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Excellence

The other day I got a good little eye opener.
I am two things:
1. not very patient (although I'm getting there)
2. frugal

So what does that equal? A quick trip to the salon we have in our house, me slapping on a cape, and giving myself the most terrible haircut. (I can't see the back of my head!)

I am also another thing:
not interested in impressing those around me. Not in the slightest.

HOWEVER
at church the other day my good friend Sara (who is also a hairstylist, we used to work together) ran her hand through my hair, looked at me, and laughed.
I said "I know, I don't care"
and she said "well...you should, you're a hairstylist"
and I said "the only clients I do now have been coming to me since before Kev and I were married, they know me"
and she said "still, Jess...excellence."

And that opened up the floodgates for me.
She's so right!

The next day me, Kev, and Ruby were in the dressing room at Gap watching Kev try some shirts on. And I looked at myself in the mirror and, oh Lord.
I had old makeup fallen under my eyes, no face makeup, my hair was terrible AND I had the top half pulled up on top of my head falling to the side a little because remember, I just don't care.
I was wearing orthopedic shoes for back support with skinny jeans.
And it just hit me.
Even Kevin agreed and he is so unphased by that stuff.

It's not at all about impressing people, it's not at all about keeping up with the Jones'. It's about having a spirit of excellence and putting yourself together and making yourself presentable.
Kevin put it beautifully:
"it's not changing your outside to try to be something you're not, it's showing on the outside who you are on the inside"
I love that!
I'm not a sloppy, let-myself-go, person on the inside.
I am certainly not a gobs of make-up, huge poof, sorority girl, either.
I'm a young little Momma that has my own style, and I can express myself however need be...
with excellence.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kitchen Makeover!!

I was going to wait until we had all the hardware on and until I could get perfect pics of the kitchen, and until we got it all put back together the way I'm going to decorate it, etc., but I can't wait to show you any longer!
So here's before...
what were we thinking?! That wall color, bleh!


 and here's after:






We love it sooo much and couldn't be happier. A HUGE thank you to our dear friend who blessed us with doing this. We joyfully receive your gift!

So there you have it. Not completely finished, but you get the idea. We absolutely LOVE IT! It's so clean and we all know this momma loves clean.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cable TV

I have said since as long as I have been old enough to make my own decisions that it is one of my life long goals to never pay a cable bill.
I hate cable television.
We are still at my Mom's where they have cable and since being here I've seen some interesting (interesting/pathetic) things so far.

One of them being Real Wives of Beverly Hills (or Orange County or New Jersey or Atlanta or DC...)
Why the heck are these women famous?!

I was going to go on and list more of the things that shocked me (hint: the Disney Channel) but I'll stop. Sometimes when I get started I catch myself being too negative so I'm going to stop. Although there are no positives to some of these programs.

Shows that I have found that ARE great?
Why, cooking with Paula Deen of course!

In fact...here's my next tat:

                             

Also, I really liked anything on this channel


All in all, I love visiting places and getting to experience different environments, but I will say I'm looking forward to being back at the Kiehn residence, watching The Brady Bunch, Milo & Otis, and King of Queens on DVD.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I'm dreaming of a white kitchen

and my dream has come true.

That's right.

Tomorrow is the final day of the painter doing our cabinets.
Yes I said painter, as in professional!
Awesome story...

We go to church with a man that has a painting business. When we decided we wanted to paint our cabinets white we asked him how much work it is and the answer, to do it correctly on our real wood cabinets...was unreal. And way beyond our capabilities. So we just let that dream go and settled with our orange-y wood cabinets.

Last sunday that man came up to Kevin and said "Holy Spirit told me to sow into you guys and have my crew come out and paint your cabinets"

HALLELUJAH!

And let me tell you...it's everything we had hoped for. It's gorgeous!
Of course, this is a total tease because I'm not posting pics yet, because the painter's not done yet. Also, after they are all done on their end, we have to add hardware and that may take a little bit.

Sorry for the tease but I just had to share how exciting that is!
Isn't Yahweh so faithful, even in the not-important-just-something-we-wanted things?!
Bless you, Father!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oh be thankful, little heart


Kevin and I love photography. We have since the year we got married. Life and schedules and responsibility often tugs you away from your passions, hobbies, and true loves. I used to sing and play the guitar and write music all the time (that's how Kev and I met, actually) and now I never do because I got too busy building a career and putting money in the bank. (Which, let's be honest, I'd rather have money in the bank than a really cool song about being broke)

The year we got married (2007) Kevin surprised me with this camera that Christmas. I cried because I couldn't believe it. We were both so excited and use it all the time, every single day. Well worth the investment.

We have been encouraged recently to start back up in taking more creative and beautiful photos to capture life instead of just snapshots, so naturally I thought "well then we need a nicer camera".

Wrong.

We did all sorts of research and we found out that a different lens would certainly help, but ultimately our camera is perfect for what we're wanting. It can take the beautiful, high quality pictures we're wanting. It's just up to us to learn how to properly utilize it.

So it got me thinking...
we need to find value in the things we have already been blessed with.
And not go out and just obtain a bunch of "stuff" in hopes that it will make us happier and happier.
And trust the Father that HE will provide what we need, when we need it.
Because, I mean, hello, look at the camera we already had!
Look at the clothes you already have!
Look at the home you already have!
And those beautiful children!
And that amazing husband!
And those strong, encouraging friends!

May we never take for granted what the Father has so graciously provided for us, as He always does.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Laundry Day

Thanks for all your help, sweet Ruby!





Sunday, October 17, 2010

My husband is a genius

At the dinner table the other night I told him how crazy it was to be a stay-at-home-Mom.

 When I used to work full time (and I mean FULL time) and I had my SAHM clients running in late, sit in my chair, let out a big sigh and be like "phew! Sorry I'm late, but.." and I used to think to myself

Oh brother! What the heck do you do all day? Your whole job title is STAY AT HOME!

Boy, was I wrong.
(isn't funny how we are so quick to judge something that we have yet to experience ourselves? Like "i'll NEVER let my kids do that" and then you have kids hit that age, and you let them do that.)

I have been busier since being a Mommy than I've ever been my whole life, including my 7 1/2 years of doing hair and building my business. But the weird thing is, I can't even explain WHY I'm so busy. I mean, obviously Ruby takes up most of my time. Tending to her and playing with her are my top priorities, so somewhere after that I have to meal plan, do the laundry, lay her down, dishes, clean the house, get the groceries, run the errands, pick up this, drop off that, change a diaper, church wednesdays and sundays, work all day Tuesdays, make dinner, clean the house, shower my family (yes we all 3 get in the shower and scrub a dub dub. Much quicker than giving Ruby a bath and there will be years of that to come!) and much much more.

BUT
and I'm embarassed to say this...
I spend any quick little chance I get to hop on the computer "real quick" to just check this or that and find myself on here way longer than needed. So that's where the mystery of "I don't know how the day slips away. I feel like I'm running around non-stop but not accomplishing as much as I'd like" is no longer a mystery!

SO
Kevin came up with a great plan, because he's my man and he knows how much I love order.
He said to give myself hours, like a real job. Even an hour or so lunch break. And not get on the computer at all during the day to just browse because I couldn't do that at a real job anyways. To set goals each day, and accomplish them by using my free time doing them, not sitting on the computer.
Then, at night, when Ruby's in bed and my "work day" is over and I've accomplished what I've set for myself...I can get on and blog!
I am so excited for my new schedule!

Is it too soon to say "love"?

Is it?
I mean, I've only hung out with Lauren like, 3 times, but I think I do!

She made me my new (everything I've ever dreamed of) header!
Yes, this is the same woman that took our pictures and knows how to photoshop and put watermarks on pictures and everything else cool like that.
It's like Christmas and my birthday all wrapped into one!
Thank you, Lauren, you're the best!

Today Ruby was cracking me up in church. Such a chatty Cathy! We don't have children's church, or a nursery, because we believe in families all attending services together. We believe in the father's being the spiritual leader of their families, not dropping their kids off to a youth pastor who *hopefully* is qualified to teach our kids.
So with that being said our church is super understanding of the regular squeal or cry of a baby. But it was so much I had to take her out today.

It's official, we think. She looks like Daddy and acts just like me.
Although Kevin has never had to take me to the back for talking during church.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I wish

I wish I knew how to make a cool header for my blog.
I am worse than your grandma, I guarantee, when it comes to computers.

I wish that my house was a little bit bigger. I don't want anything I can't handle, but it will be AWESOME one day when we have more than 2 itty bitty bedrooms. Cute, yes, but with cute usually comes little.

I wish that I had tons of friends that believed in raising their kids as naturally and Spiritual as possible.
That I wasn't alone in my natural beliefs. Like I'm the weirdo of every mom group.

I wish I had the Mary Poppins anointing to just SNAP "the jobs a game!" and my whole house would clean itself room by room.

I wish the grass never needed to be mowed (I wish this for Kevin's sake) and that leaves fell from the trees, but just magically missed our yard and porch.

But really, the only point of this post was to say:
I wish I could make a cool header for my blog.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Lauren Ames Photography

Check out this sneak peek of our family pictures! I know I should wait for the real deal to show you all but I just can't!

Lauren is a friend of mine from high school (fortunately we're both grown up and much cooler now) :)
and we just kind of re-united recently and I am so glad we did! Her sweet personality and serious talent behind the lens are just a few of the reasons that I'm drawn to this woman.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Oh, and start moving your schedule around to where you can get your family/babies in to see Lauren asap!
Seriously.

Lauren Ames Photography

October 31st

This is going to upset a lot (probably most, if not all) of you. But this is my blog and if you're here then you are somewhat interested in what I have to say, so there.

We do not do Halloween.
"We" meaning Kevin and I and our child(ren).

Why? For obvious reasons.
In fact, I'm pretty confused on why so many people do.
The history and origin of it all is so terrible. Something we would "never" let our kids be a part of...yet, do year after year. And encourage it, and get all excited and teach them that it's fun and cool.

Halloween started when, around this time of year, the Celtics said that spirits, good and bad, can come and go, so the Celtics started wearing masks and costumes to look like evil spirits so the evil spirits would think they are one of them and would leave them alone.
So when in history did it slowly evolve to it being ok to dress our kids up for this?

And parade them around going from door to door saying over and over
 "give me what I want, or I'll cast a spell on you".
Another meaning, taken from Wikipedia...
The word "trick" refers to a (mostly idle) "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.
When, and why, have we accepted this as fun and cute?!

Not to mention, all that candy! Bleh.
Let's drown our kids in sugar on top of it all!

It's just all very, very...not good, in my opinion, and I'm glad we have nothing to do with it.
Anyways...that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

HOWEVER...

I am all about Harvest time, and the spiritual (holy spiritual, not evil spiritual) significance that brings. Of sowing and reaping. And Yahweh's provision for His people.

So Happy Harvest, everyone!

Monday, October 11, 2010

YeeeeHAW!!

Our church had our second annual "Harvest Hoedown" this weekend and, just as expected, it was a blast.
 


















I think we make pretty good cowboys!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Big Girl!

Ruby has graduated from her little baby carseat in stores to sitting up the whole time in the cart! She absolutely loves it. Sometimes she just squeals.  



           If we could see her toes through these shoes, I'd bet money they are curled with delight.

 She is loving being a big girl. It's SO much fun watching her grow and watching her hit milestones!