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Pink is bad, yellow is good. I'm very pink.

This weekend was all about March Madness. Indulgent brownies, basketball, brackets, a break for church and the movies, workouts, chats with my parents, house stuff, time with the pups, and rest.

Unfortunately, as anticipated, my bracket is dead.

I’m still having fun, though. smile

Check in this week for:

-March food things
-WIOW
-March Ipsy
and more!

This week is going to be nuts, but I’m ready to get to it because I have a four day weekend ahead! Here’s to making it through the week, and enjoying some March Madness along the way.

Thursday Things, 19 March 2015

Getting Fresh
I cannot even express to you how much I enjoy the Aerogarden.

Plant progress
As geeky as it sounds, I think I’m going to devote an entire post to it soon.

Oddly enough, Will likes it as much as I do.

He doesn’t enjoy the fresh herbs as much, but he really enjoys watching it grow and harvesting it.

My little herb farmer, adorable.

Anyway, we love it so much we bought a second one this weekend so Will can grow his own jalepenos.

Real life.

So basically we will never need to use lights in the kitchen or living room area ever again. Ha!

Bracketology

It’s that time again.

Did you do your bracket?

Mine is all done and ready for another thrashing.

I wish I could tell you I was the one killing it, but let’s be real here, I think we both know who’s actually killing it.

I have no idea why I keep coming back year after year, but I do.

Hopefully I chose wisely this year!

Another Anniversary

Tuesday marked my one year work anniversary.

In some ways it feels like yesterday, but in others it feels like and eternity.

I’m thankful to work for such a wonderful company. It is a fantastic place, and I’m blessed.

On to year two!

Pancaked

Guys, I’m craving cake batter pancakes like crazy!

Like Crazy!

Have you ever made them?

Please tell me you have.

If you haven’t, it means I will be obligated to make them and post them on my blog so you can share in this deliciousness.

What a conflict.

Anyway, this craving has lingered for months, but I haven’t scratched the itch.

Scratched the itch.

Let’s not say that again.

Especially in reference to food.

For some silly reason, if I’m going to do a big fat “cheat meal,” cake batter pancakes doesnt seem awful enough.

Trust me, I realize that’s ridiculous, but for some reason pizza, nachos, or multiple donut holes seem more indulgent.

I make no sense.

Anyway, I’m afraid I’m going to have to scratch that itch (sorry) very soon.

City Color Lip Stain

I got this glossy stain in last month’s Ipsy and am kind of going crazy over it.

It goes on like a creamy gloss and eventually dries into a nice, matte stain. The color is beautiful and lasts
for hours.

For my Bible History/End Times Buffs

Prepare to have your mind blown. 
It’s an hour long, but an easy listen during your commute or on a walk.

(Oh- and you don’t have to watch it as a video. You can press play, put your phone in “sleep mode” and turn it on and it will play like a podcast)

You may not agree with everything, and he’s certainly not dogmatic about his position (merely offering deep food for thought based on his studies), but I found it very interesting.

The RV Show

As Will’s parents inch closer to retirement, they’re interested in buying an RV and exploring the good old U S of A!

They’ve been looking for awhile now, and came up to visit and go to the OKC show last weekend.

Some of those things can be very impressive and cost as much as a house!

RV-ing

Will and I had lots of fun looking and exploring all the different options.

Maybe one day when Will and I are older, we’ll explore the nation like that too! 👴👵

I think a part of Will died yesterday.

My sweet Will.

I’ve told you a million times but I’ll tell you again- he’s kountry through and through. 
So when texted yesterday morning and told him Lecrae is coming to town this spring, he never responded back.

I think he’s politely saying no, but we both know I’ll be dragging him along with me unless I can find someone else who will graciously step in. smile

That’s all for today! Check in tomorrow. 

Thursday Things: The 11th Anniversary Edition

Tomorrow is my 11th anniversary.

Which simultaneously feels wonderful and weird.

How did 11 years pass us by so quickly, and where the heck did they go?!

In honor of the event, we’re doing 11 Thursday Things today.

1. Favorite things about the road to 11 include the new job, the alternate work schedule and having more time together, and buying our car.

2. Will and I have our best discussions: on long drives, at parks on sunny days, and on weekend afternoons as we become sad for the week ahead.

It’s pretty much always been this way, and now that we’re 11 years in, I figure it always will.

3. Looking back I realize I was (and probably still am) more selfish than Will.

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but looking back on all the petty things I fussed about, he was (and is) far more mature and selfless.

I’m thankful God is working in me to identify my “self stuff,” as our beloved Beth calls it, so that I can be better and more selfless, too.

4. Unless it’s less than 10 minutes away, there will never be a time when Will tosses the keys and asks me to drive.

It’s been 11 years, and I’m still waiting. (Just between us, I like it better when he drives anyway!)

5. I’ve all but given up on Will being healthy.

Notice I didn’t say I HAVE given up, but I’ve pretty much all but done so!

I realize people change, but after 11 years, I doubt we’ll ever have his and her bikes or have a deadlift contest. Haha

6. In fairness, I have to say something about myself now.

Will has all but given up on me being tough.

By golly he’s tried, but I’m softer than a Jet Puff Marshmallow left out on an Oklahoma July afternoon.

7. I can’t pick a favorite married year.

I absolutely loved our first year because we had never been out on our own, and everything was so new and exciting.

Our time in Kuwait was fun (minus the work woes) and allowed us the opportunity for lots of adventures.

Our first few years back were hard, and I don’t like thinking about my ugly heart and distance from God. However, they also remind me of the fact that marriage isn’t always easy and things don’t always go to plan. It also reminds me of God’s love.

This year was a really good one and different than all the others.

Will and I have grown up so much over these 11 years. I feel like we have so much more love and respect for one another, and it has led to a deeper relationship. I honestly feel like we love each other more now than ever before. Eleven was a good year.

8. Much to our surprise (and perhaps dismay? Ha!), 11 brought some role reversals to the B-Love family.

I’m the golden retriever of the relationship, and Will is my lion. He’s firm, and I’m not.

This year was interesting because there were quite a few things that happened that brought out the lion in me, but rolled off Will’s back. Like super big things I felt he should have been riled up about!

What’s also funny, though, is that true to form, Will’s response was the wiser of the two. While it felt good to be the lion for once (albeit privately amidst conversations between just the two of us), it was much better to respond like a golden retriever.

Still- funny how we approached the situations completely opposite of our usual nature and much like the other person.

I wonder when we’ll start to look alike? 😂

9. The latter part of the road to 11 was hard.

Something completely rocked our world and has left us uncertain about the road to 12.

I’ve been hesitant to post about it, and perhaps I will in due time.

By God’s grace, he is carrying us through and has brought Will and I closer than ever.

What had the opportunity to cause strife, has brought agreement, understanding, patience, deeper trust in God, and more love.

By God and God alone.

10. Early in marriage, I came to accept most every trip we take will also include some sort of sporting event.

Namely football.

Eleven years in, and nothing’s changed.

The Miami Super Bowl in 2007,

the Arizona Fiesta Bowl & Miami National Championship in 08,

Multiple trips to Minneapolis followed by a road trip Green Bay for Packers games (and a trip to Indy Will took with his dad and brother to see the Colts),

Notre Dame, FSU, Nebraska and an upcoming “vacation” to Tennessee in 2015.

(Side note- here’s where I’d normally link you to all the posts of these adventures, but I’m a little lazy today)

We may be vacationing… But we’re also footballing.

Will understands this may not always be the case, and we’ve agreed an Alaskan cruise vacation is a definite must in the coming years.

Even if they don’t have a football game we can attend.

11. As we celebrate 11 years and look toward12, I’m hopeful and optimistic.

This year has the potential to be different than any other. God has orchestrated a strange and divine series of events, and we have no other option but to wholly trust Him.

I don’t know what 12 will bring, but I have faith God is going to show up, and I pray He guides and blesses our marriage along the way.

Look how young and crazy happy we are. I love it.

Will taking Brittny's garter off
Will & Brittny in the reception line

That’s it for today. Thanks for checking in, friends!

Thursday Things, 5 March 15

Sooo last weekend Will and I spent 3.5 hours at AT&T and they still didn’t get everything right.

We drove to where Will’s parents live in hopes of getting it done faster. (Ahahaha)

What made it even better (ha) was that we didn’t realize everything that was wrong until after we drove the 1.5 hours home and Will’s mom received a cancellation on the iPad mini she got with her phone upgrade. I also got an email confirmation my iPad had shipped… But it’s tied to Will’s dad’s number. Wee!

Will’s mom is so sweet and gentle, and even she was miffed by the whole experience.

Please tell me you have bad phone stories a too? It seems like everyone I know has some ridiculous headache of a story.

Longest. Day. Ever.

And it keeps going until all this junk is sorted out.

On a positive (??) note, Will’s phone had serious sound issues but we were able to take it back and get a new one this week without a headache.

Want to know what made the whole AT&T outing even more awesome?

It was during a snowstorm.

Aaaand my sister was on vacation during the most miserable week of the year.

I’m sending her pics like this

That one time we drove to AT&T an hour away in a storm to sit there for 3.5 hours. Wee!

That one time we drove to AT&T an hour away in a storm to sit there for 3.5 hours. Wee!

And she’s sending ones back like this

Paradise. All pics sent amidst an OKC snow storm

Paradise. All pics sent amidst an OKC snow storm

Way to rub it in there, P.

Oh and did I tell you about my Fit Bit?

Now we'll get to see the awesomeness of sitting behind a desk all day in charts and graphs 😂

My company is so wonderful. For participating in various healthy challenges, they gave employees Fit Bits!

Now we get to see the awesomeness of sitting behind a desk all day in charts and graphs. 😂

Hopefully the realization of how much I sit all day presented in cold, hard, facts will help me get moving more while at work.

With a the snow lately, I had to post this pic for our TBT.

Brittny FLint-9 yrs old playing in the snow in Vilseck,Germany

My technicolor coat. haha

Will and I rediscovered the fact that we can make our own super delicious popcorn at home.

Not the kind from a bag. I mean using kernels and popping it on the stove.

We went through a whole phase back in Kuwait and had it a lot.

We’ve been back almost seven years and hadn’t had it once until last week.

How does that even happen? Being so nutso over things, only to have them completely fall off the map for years.

Weird.

Anyway. Popcorn. On the stove. Hello 1958!

Early Anniversary Festivities

Through a string of events, it looks like Will and I might be celebrating number 11 apart. :(

I’m off next Friday, and I was so very excited about having the entire day together, as well as the whole weekend, too.

Now, however, it looks like I might be out of town. Not only that, but Will’s parents are also scheduled to spend the night that same weekend, so regardless of whether I’m home or not, we’ll have visitors over the weekend.

To be safe, I think we might we celebrate a week early. The highlight will probably be spending all day Saturday morning cleaning for Will’s parents. Haha

But for real, I can’t believe we’re old enough to been married for 11 years!

That’s it for now, sweets. Anything you care to share?

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Thursday Things, 26 Feb 15

I’m kind of going mildly crazy over Qdoba’s gumbo.

I love it with brown rice and veggies. So good for fast-ish food.

Sooo in the very near future we need to discuss my weird daily rituals for getting around each morning.

Today, however, we’ll just discuss the fact that Will often knows me better than I know myself.

He got me an early birthday present a couple weeks ago:

Early birthday present
The Eden Pure Bathroom Heater

This thing.

Perfection.

Will’s parents bought us our first Eden Pure space heater when we first moved back to the US.

We were used to much milder winters back then, and the Eden Pure was fantastic when the frigid air hit.

We ended up buying two more for the rest of our house.

This little thing, though, not only heats but also cools!

Which is perfect for me.

Like a space heater, but a space cooler...except both.

I pretty much always have a fan on when I get ready, even in the dead of winter.

I love the versatility of this thing and the fact that it’s like having an actual AC in the bathroom instead of just a fan.

I feel quite spoiled. Does my husband know me or what!?

Today’s TBT comes courtesy of a slide show I put together for P’s birthday.

Check out these gems.

Brittny FLint-14 yrs; Carissa-7 yrs playing on the trampoline

Brittny & Carissa at hockey game in OKC

Britt & Carissa-polka dots anyone

We’ve been stung

We recorded the new series Scorpion when it first aired, but never watched it until this week.

We’re pretty into it. Anyone else watching?

It’s no substitute for Parenthood, obviously, but at least it’s something new to try. 

I can’t wait until the cancel it and break my heart just like they do with every other show EVER.

Trucked

Will is a truck guy.

Always had been, always will be.

In fact, I realized just how badly he wanted to marry me way back in 2003 when he sold his beautiful GMC so he could free up money for our condo.

Last year we decided 2015 was the year to sell the truck, but it hit Will harder than I thought it would, which makes me feel sad!

Sure the truck was old and paint was starting to oxidize, but he took care of that thing like it was brand new. He’s a truck guy, after all.

We’ve been without it a week, and poor Will is already having withdrawals. We won’t be without one forever, but I know however long will probably feel too long!

Snow day morning

Remember last week’s whining about wanting a snow day?

Well, we got snow this week. Enough for a snow morning. We got to go on two hours late, but no work from home snow day.

I did, however, get 9 hours of sleep. Fantastic!

A hot date

I think Will and I are going to take Layla on a date this weekend.

For the whole frozen yogurt experience.

You know, the place where you build you own?

Anyway, history shows Layla will build her own and eat half.

Maybe.

Maybe less.

Either way, there’s a large portion of deliciousness, complete with incredibly unhealthy toppings- all the ones I want but never pick.

I think you know where I’m going with this, ya’ll…

Alright, that’s all for now. Anything you care to share?

You May Not Want To Hear This…

You’re probably going to be mad after reaching this, but....

Contrary to popular belief, and the messages I seem to see everywhere, God never promised his children would always be happy.

I knew this statement to be true, but it’s hitting home for Will and I right now.

In a sermon series called, “God Never Said That,” our pastor shared a message last week that tackled this topic, and I needed the reminder.

Please take 30 minutes and watch it, if anything just to watch him dance to “Happy.” Hilarious!

Anyway, I can grasp the fact that as Christians, life isn’t always going to be rosy. 

I mean, it’s not just the book of Job that uncovers this truth.

Just take a look through the New Testament to find countless references to overcoming, persecution, hardship, and suffering.

That doesn’t sound like Disney World all day, every day, does it?

God takes pleasure in us, delights in us, and wants to bless us. He also wants our entire hearts as we pursue Him in this earthly life.

We must not forget those things.

However, there are times when it may look differently than we expect it to.

Recently, happy and holiness have collided in my life.

I think the two can coexist nicely, and often uninterruptedly.

However, Will and I have recently reached this crossroads in our life where perhaps our personal happiness may mean something entirely different than what we initially thought.

Verses

There’s this super old hymn we used to sing in church that offers some interesting perspective.

The chorus says,

“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy on Jesus, but to trust and obey.”

I’ve found myself humming this tune from time to time lately.

However, for me, happiness may not even be the right word. Perhaps joyfulness or contentment are more accurate.

If I’m truly going to press into Christ and pursue His desires for me and my family, I have to trust.

I have to obey.

I have to rest in Him and find peace and fulfillment in going after His desires.

Only…

Sometimes it’s hard to be eternally minded when we have out feet planted firmly on this earth.

Verses

Verses

It’s important for me to remember that in order to pursue the fullness of Christ, I need to be seeking Him first for holiness, not happiness.

Happiness isn’t bad.

It’s good.

In fact, the Bible says every good and perfect gift is from above.

It’s when I put my happiness and what I think is best for my life above God’s holiness and desires for me that things get skewed.

May we rest in Him and happily enjoy the blessings He gives us. Above all, may we pursue holiness and the desires of his heart.

I sure would appreciate prayers for Will and I, too. We are seeking the Lord and trusting Him in some upcoming decisions. That we obey and follow after Him and both have wisdom and peace. Thanks, dolls. ❤️

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

Thursday Things, 12 Feb 15

The Aerogarden is doing fantastically.

Mint is a late bloomer

Except the blasted mint.

To say it’s a late bloomer would be an understatement.

It’s pretty much the herb I wanted most, too.

Figures as much.

Last weekend I thought I might just up and die right there at the gym for all the patrons to see.

I completed a good resistance workout, and then decided to quickly hit the elliptical.

I usually like to gradually increase the crossramp and really work to keep my heart rate up.

About 20 minutes in, I was dripping in sweat, and I was working double time.

Turns out I was increasing the resistance instead of the crossramp. Ha

Speaking of workouts, last weekend Will and I went to the park to enjoy the warmer weather.

Long talks at the park (and a secret selfie I took of the mister 😊)

We sat and talked and watched the kids playing.

Will looked over at me and asked, “Remember when we were kids and running was actually something we did for fun?”

😂

Totally killed me.

I remember the days when I was a kid and would run just because it was something fun.

While I have my moments, I can pretty much say I no longer consider running “something fun to do.”

Soo what are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

Do you love it? Hate it? Do tell.

Will and I aren’t huge celebrators, but we do acknowledge the day.

We don’t get crazy with gifts, either. Although, my sneaky husband did decide to buy me the rest of our bedding accessories for the new bedspread we bought last year. It wasn’t cheap and I was very touched by his thoughtfulness!

He also surprised me with the first season of The Americans. Anyone watch this?

My parents love it, and since it’s set in the 80s, I kind of figured I would too.

So yeah.

We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but apparently Will forgot.

As for going out on Valentine’s Day, don’t enjoy crowds or waiting forever at places in our old age, so we will cozy up on the couch Saturday night and let you guys have a night on the town without old fogeys cramping your style. smile

It only seemed right that today’s TBT pic be Valentine’s Day related.

Brittny-Valentines day OU cake-2005

This was our first married Valentine’s Day in 2005.

Look at that baby face!

I bought Will a cute Valentine cake as well as some red OU oakleys.

Which, surprisingly, he didn’t like because they fit weird (according to him).

Yes, I still remember.

And yes, it’s really me in that picture.

Remember that one time we all got crazy and dyed our hair RED!?!

Yeah…

In this week’s “Food Lately” post, I failed to mention the amount of peanut butter and jelly toast I’ve been eating.

It’s out of control, y’all.

That’s it for now.  I sure hope you’ll check in tomorrow.

Anything you care to share?

Thursday Things, 22 Jan 15

Let’s talk about things you’re not supposed to put down the disposal.

And how I pretty much put all.the.things. down there before actually researching, “Oh hey! You’re actually not supposed to put celery stalks, lemon peels, and egg shells down there!”

Who knew!?
I didn’t.

Let’s not tell Will.

I spent almost eleven years telling him, why yes you DO put citrus rinds in the disposal. It keeps things fresh and smelling good. Duh!

Continuing to embrace my inner granny

I’ve told you a million times, I am a complete and total grandma.

It used to but me, but now I just embrace the old.

Enter Carhartt socks.

One of the best stocking stuffers I received. Those things are so super duper cozy and warm and completely and utterly fantastical.

Fantastical!

For real.

If you buy them you’ll think, “Aw, these are the coziest socks and perfect to stay home in!”

I agree...sort of.

I say slap those puppies on and wear them always.

Just at home… That’s ludicrous!

My AeroGarden is causing me a teeny bit of craziness

We’re supposed to be in “high growth mode” right now, but yeah… We’re not.

Not even close.

That stinkin’ mint, one of the very herbs that prompted Will to get me this AeroGarden thing, is teasing me.

It should have sprouted two weeks ago but just now finally peeked through.

Killing me.

I think it’s because Will keeps it like a refrigerator in here maybe?

I did get to use some dill and like two springs of chives this week. Haha yes, two whole baby springs of chive.

I’m such a green thumb.

Cowboy Up

Today’s TBT comes courtesy of my husband.

Cowboy up

Who the heck is this guy!?

Sooo remember last week when we talked about Will bring Kountry?

(Yes with a K)

Proof.

Real life.

I wanted to share this pic last week and had funny stuff written up about it, but thought it might offend Will so I didn’t share.

When I told him he laughed and was totally fine with it.

Go figure.

I must say I wish I would have looked as cool during my weird stages as Will did with his.

That sultry and serious face. Killing me!

Deflate Gate

The Colts lost to the Patriots Sunday in an ugly, ugly game.

And then, then the deflated ball story broke.

The Colts lost ugly regardless, but that was just icing on the cake.

Incase you’re wondering, we’re going to cheer for the Seahawks…

Knead for Seed

I’ve been carb coma this week.

Gluten free lovers, look away.

The bread is so darn good and seedy and filling and wonderful.

End of story. 

Friends in Low Places

Let’s talk about Will.

And his love for Garth Brooks.

It’s fierce, guys.

Way back in the day (read: the 90s), when Garth was huge on the scene, Will’s mom wouldn’t let him listen to Garth.

Somehow, someway, he roped her into letting him get a cd anyway, and the rest is history.

Oh my sweet Will.

You know the “Desperado” Seinfeld episode?

The one when Elaine’s new boyfriend totally went to a completely different place in his mind and “shushed” her anytime that song came on?

I kind-of sort-of feel like that with Will and Garth.

He’s country through and through.

Real life- when we was 16 he even had a fancy personalized license plate that said it.

Only instead of it saying “Country,” it said “Kountry.”

With a K.

Real life, ya’ll.

While Will never relinquished his love of country music, thankfully he outgrew the weird “Kountry” phase before I ever met him.

Thankfully.

I can’t be too hard on him. There’s definitely some awful phases I went through too.

Which I shall smoothly glaze over today…

(And as an aside, can we please keep this Kountry stuff between us? Thanks 😊)

Anyway, my sweet husband has always said whenever Garth Brooks had a comeback ("And I know he will one day,” he said. 😂), we would have to go.

Like stop everything we were doing and just go.

So yeah.

This weekend? We’re stopping everything and just going.

Incase you’re wondering, Will is pretty pumped.

I asked him if he was going to breakout his old cowboy boots and hat.

Thankfully, he’s not.

Don’t get me wrong, some people totally rock the cowboy look, but I can’t help but giggle a little thinking about Will getting all “cowboy up.”

The Garth Brooks concert extravaganza conciliation for me is food.

I’m not even going to tell you the excitement that awaits me.

I can’t even take it, guys.

For real.

I’m even going to let Will blast his favorite Garth CDs the whole way there and back and might even sing along to a few I know.

It’s about to get crazy. 

Tuesday Things, 13 Jan 15

Okay so I gotta know.
How do you approach house cleaning?

When we first moved back, I cleaned a room each day of the week, to spread out the pain.

A few years ago I started doing it all over the course of a weekend morning.

Let’s be real, cleaning house is never exhilarating, but I can’t decide what’s the best method.

I’m thinking of giving this a shot.

Squeaky clean

Thoughts?

Things you should never, ever order from fast food restaurants. 

Um, I had a coupon for a free McCafe smoothie (yeah, yeah I know, go ahead and judge) last month and totally used it.

Insert nervous laughter…

Let’s talk about this picture, and my nine year old self.

Brittny FLint-9 yrs old-dancing at the disco in Germany

What the heck is going on?

What is happening here?

The thing about being more awesome. 

Two words: Ponte pants.

I’m sure you guys have known about these, oh for like the last five years, but these gems have only recently made their way into my life.

They’re like pants and leggings in one.

Real life.

So smooth and fitting and flattering.

If you’re on the fence about buying them, just do it.

You can thank me later.

Why homemade food never tastes like restaurant food. 
Will and I often debate this very topic, and I found the information interesting.

Unfortunately for Will, I’m not going to be more heavy handed on the salt and oil. smile

Ice Queen

Once in a blue moon I take my temperature, just for grins.

You can put money on the fact that I’ll always, always be below 98.6 degrees.

A couple weeks ago at the doctor I measured in at 96.2.

96.2!

I asked about it, and our body operates optimally at 98.6, but it’s not uncommon to be off a degree or two sometimes.

Good to know.

Um, should I have told her “sometimes” for me is all the time?

That’s it for today! Any randomness you care to share?

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