I ordered this almost 1 year old's birthday cake today. Enough said!
.... you can read some of the captions by hovering over the pictures ....
You're never too old to color, right?! I hope not cause these 28 (him) and 27 (her) year olds decided to color this Leprechaun picture for their date last night in honor of St. Patrick's Day a few days ago. They had fun doing it, too! ;)
It's funny how coloring a simple children's coloring page brought out the differences in each other...
Wife: "Why did you use that shade of blue?"
Husband: "I don't know. Cause it's the only blue that looked actual blue to me."
Wife (with raised eyebrow and crinkled up nose): "Noooo, that is definitely NOT a normal blue, that's definitely much brighter!"
Husband (with a perplexed look): Oh...well, can you find a regular blue?"
(After scrounging around for a few seconds, picks one up, and is about to hand it to husband) Wife: "Welll...actually now that you've already started coloring with the bright blue and since you used a bright purple as well, I guess it would be better for you to just continue using brighter colors."
Husband (with rolled eyes): "Really? After all that?"
Wife (with giggly response): "Yup!"
Apparently we have different ideas of what "regular colors" are, at least when it comes to coloring. Makes me wonder if that's how we view the world. Maybe through one lens, the world is very "to the point", whereas the other sees it as "a way of expressing oneself."
This is ironic too, though, because normally Brandon (my husband) is the one who sees things more directly. Whereas I am the one who enjoys living outside of the box (or at least I have thoughts about it). He's more of a list person who intends to get those things done. I'm someone who likes writing task lists and has every intention on getting them done....but that doesn't always happen. He's more of a "keep my feet on the ground" kind of person. I am DEFINITELY someone who loves to "fly". He's the strict planner. Although I may plan, I am more spontaneous at going about that plan.
Regardless of these differences though, they are crucial to our marriage, to our relationship. Since Brandon is more of a "black and white" kind of person, he needs someone (me) to show him there's more than just the words on a page, but that there's life and a story within those words. He needs me to take the weight off his shoulders to not be perfect all the time. He needs me to show him how to live life more abundantly. I need someone (Brandon) to keep me grounded and secure as my story gets written. I need Brandon to calm my overwhelming heart and mind when I worry and over analyze EVERYTHING. I need Brandon to remind me to appreciate my life where I'm at presently.
So even though we, as individuals have different strengths and weaknesses, we, as a couple NEED each others strengths and weaknesses to make our worlds go round. They counteract as well as comprise each other. And, ain't it cool how God stitched us together?! God is SO good!
....Or I could just be a perfectionist at coloring haha....
When you have an almost 1 year old who loves the vacuum, it’s pretty cool but it also makes it hard to vacuum and keep baby safe. He follows me everywhere I go and if I stand it up even for a second to use the handle, he is right there.
The other day, I regretfully caught his finger in between where it folds up and down. Boy, did I feel like the worse Momma ever in that moment! We washed it, put ointment and a band-aid on it (we had to put a glove on his hand to keep him from taking the band-aid off), and gave him lots of snuggles.
Thankfully even after all of that he still has a fascination with the vacuum, but it doesn’t help the fact that he could get hurt again.
Do any other Momma’s have “guilty Momma moments?”
Green eggs and a "ham" (aka Hunter). Lucky Charms. Irish dancing at the library. Making new friends. Puzzles. Leprechaun books. Our very own "pot of gold at the end of the rainbow" (aka Hunter again). Equals two "lucky" days worth of St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
A day spent with Gigi is a day filled with love, war stories, wisdom, empathy, hums and songs off-tune as she rocks baby to sleep, care, BBQ & french fries (in the Crisco-oiled deep-fryer - the best french fries ever!), dates on EVERYTHING, and laughter.
I always appreciate my days with her. I can share my heart to her and she always knows what to say. I love watching her teach and our son, Hunter. She is a very important person to me, and I only hope that I am half the person she is one day!
Today's visit we took a walk, watched tree branches get thrown into the truck to get shredded, watched the sun glisten on Gigi's neighbor's pool, saw some chickens for the first time, played on the swing & watched the fishies at the other neighbor's place, read some stories, took a nap, and had a great day being with Gigi!
There's loads of laundry to do, toys to pick up, clothes to sort through, bathrooms to clean, and a million other things to do...but you know what?? I left it ALL to go make memories with my son!
Spring is just around the corner! We have been taking advantage of the nice weather we have been blessed with these past few days. Today we had fun at the park with Aunt Emily, Uncle Levi, and Grammy. Hunter LOVES spending time with them! After the park, we met up with Daddy who was transplanting some Norway Spruce saplings on our land.
He had planted a number of them last Spring, but they didn't all make it. After LOTS of research and YOUTUBE videos, he decided to take on the task of taking out the dead saplings and replacing them with ones that were already growing around our land. I think he did a pretty good job :)
We had some cool visitors while we were at our land, too! Aunt Tal, Uncle Shannon, and cousin Brady (their dog) came over to enjoy the outdoors and to see some of their favorite people ;)
Such a fun-filled evening at our land and at Grammy’s! We went through mud puddles, took a walk by the creek, shared our hearts, and had some sensory play in the grass. After spending time at our land, we had dinner and played the piano at Grammy’s. (I think we might have a pianoist on our hands).
Well, today marks two full weeks of being a stay-at-home Mom/wife/caretaker. I can honestly say that they have been some of the best two weeks of my life! I have thoroughly enjoyed and embraced every single moment from cleaning & marking off my task list, to cooking home cooked meals for my family, to grocery shopping on a Tuesday afternoon, and of course lots and lots of snuggles, hugs, and kisses!
We brought out the Checkers board last night....and I won! Lol
Before Hunter was born, Brandon and I verbally made the decision to keep dating as a way to make sure we still focus on one another so we don’t lose that connection while raising our son.
I have to be honest, it is harder than I thought it would be to “date” Brandon now that we have Hunter in our lives. It’s hard to be out somewhere when my mind is still back at home with Hunter. Or I wish that we were all together experiencing this adventure.
But then there are other days when I really miss dating and going on adventures with Brandon. We used to find unusual ways to date each other, which made it even more fun! Plus, when we dated, we were a lot closer. Not that we’re not close now! I think sharing parenthood is a huge result of that, but there’s still a difference of “closeness” when you make the effort to date each other. You make the point to impress the other one, pay attention to the other one, and grow with each other.
So, we have decided to put our words into action! We are going to make a point to “date” each other every other evening. These dates might be out and about somewhere or they might be in the comfort of our own home. So come along and join us!
5 - chicken breast, boneless and skinless
1 - packet of taco seasoning
2 or 3 - assorted bell peppers, sliced or chopped
1 - tablespoon of onion powder
1-2 - tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 - cup of Shredded Mexican Cheese
*Since I didn't have a packet of taco seasoning at home, I made my own (which made it free!...SCORE!). Here's how to make your own:
1/2 - tablespoon of chili powder
1/4 - teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 - teaspoon of oregano
1/2 - teaspoon paprika
1-1/2 - teaspoon of cumin
1 - teaspoon of black pepper
Mix all ingredients above in a bowl.*
*I had some pre-cut peppers in the fridge that needed to be eaten up before their due date, so I thought this recipe was perfect for that. Plus it made "chopping" them a lot easier since it was already done for me ;)*
*I can honestly say that when I took the chicken out of the oven I gasped at the sight of the burnt-look peppers and thought, "Ah man, I ruined dinner....again!" Reluctantly, we served our plates, sat down, said a "please let this be good" kind of prayer, picked up our fork, stabbed the chicken and "burnt" peppers with our fork, and took our first bite....oh my goodness were we wrong! It was DELICIOUS! I will DEFINITELY be making this dish again!!*
Hi, my name is Rayann Baker. I am a wife and a mom to our wonderful son and to 4 cats.
My passions in life are God, my family, and following God's will for my life.
My favorite hobbies are growing my relationship with God, taking care of my family, and dreaming of our farm goals on our land.
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Baker's Journey is a collage of life moments that we encounter as a family.
To inspire and encourage others by sharing and embracing our journey through life and to be thankful for each moment God gives us.