July 22, 2014

aspen is 18

Today, we celebrated Aspen's 18th birthday!! It's 10:00 and time for me to get ready for bed, so I will post in depth tomorrow, with photos. I think she had a really great day!

Welcome to adulthood!

July 21, 2014

hi you

:: Back to work, back to work...my list wasn't so bad today thankfully.

:: Received the Winkflash album today for our cruise...it looks pretty good! I'd say I'm about 95% happy with it. The background on the pages isn't what I was expecting and I'm not entirely fond of it. It's a little too dark. The photos look great, though there are a few that have odd black smudges. Overall, it is a great memory keeper!!

::  Made some progress in The G Free Diet book -- wow, gluten is everywhere. I have already learned a lot, and more to come.

:: After work this evening, we both did our workout and then we headed over to a local gym to watch ladies from our company play in an adult basketball league. It was fun to see them outside of work, running up and down that court! It was their first game, and there are a few who have never played. And the other team was quite serious. They lost 13 - 60, but it was fun!

:: Aspen went today to get her drivers license renewed! She is getting good at taking care of these things on her own :) Then she scheduled her time to retake her math test (this Saturday). Other than that, she did errands with Blake, chilled out at our house, and met us for the basketball game. Then they were off to dinner and a movie.

:: Our coworker Vanessa returned today from her 2.5 week trip to Africa! She came back engaged with a lovely ring, and she was full of stories. Very happy for her. She gifted me with very cute black/white earrings with a pretty tribal design. I am going to wear them tomorrow!

:: Tomorrow, we celebrate #18! Blake will join us and we'll have dinner at her choice -- right now, it is looking like The Beehive. She requested a chocolate chip cookie cake, and that will be yummy too! Looking forward to seeing what kind of gift-giver Blake is :)

July 20, 2014

baber weekend

:: Winding down our Sunday...just got done with a delicious dinner. I made ravioli lasagna, salad, and garlic bread for the family. I had sausage, zuchini, spinach and diced tomatoes cooked in the wok, with salad. I also made some lemon poppy seed muffins, made with almond meal. Very yummy!

:: The more I'm paying attention, the more I am thinking that I have a problem with gluten. I bought this book on Saturday night so that I can become more educated and delve a little deeper. I am looking forward to reading it. I have such a long, long list of books that I want to read, plus multiple magazines. It's never ending and I keep adding to it! Currently I am reading two books and 4 magazines.

:: Friday evening, Chris, Aspen and I had dinner with Greg and Lauren at Casa, and then spent the rest of the evening at Lauren's house drinking some wine. Aspen went to hang out with her friends, and we enjoyed our evening too.

:: Saturday, Chris and I woke up early and headed to the farmers market. We met Greg and Lauren there, and bought all kinds of goodies -- tomatoes, zuchini, cucumbers, cantelope, and fresh pork sausage. Nom nom!! Afterwards, we stopped at Lowes, and then Chris and Neeley worked on the shop. I went dress shopping for my friend Amy's upcoming wedding. More on that in the next bullet :) That evening, Chris and I had dinner at Jason's Deli, and then spent some time at the book store. We hadn't done that in awhile and it was fun. Then, we grocery shopped and headed home.

:: For the dress -- you might remember a previous post where I showed photos of the dresses I had found online. Well, of course, the actual store did not have all of them. Dillards had 2 of the 10. :( I tried on almost every dress in the store, including the junior department. Of the 2 pictured, I tried on the red one with the flounce, and the electric blue one. From the photos, the blue dress was actually the one that I was leaning toward. I did like it, but there was just something that wasn't quite right. I was wanting COLOR, but alas, the one I ended up with was black/white. Here it is. It came down to this one, which looks very nice on, and I can also wear to work -- and another one that was more trendy but fit great, only it was too short to wear to work. It also had 3/4 sleeves, and that would be too hot for an August outdoor wedding in St. Louis. So, I went with practical, because spending money on a dress is better if I can rewear to work! The best part! I had set a budget for myself...and the dress I chose was cheaper than expected. I was able to also get a Fossil bag that was on sale for 50% off, and was still right at the budget price!!! Woo hoo!! It was a great shopping day.

:: Sunday, church was great -- and afterwards, we were invited to attend the youth service so that we could hear the mission trip testimonies. It was crazy to be surrounded by so many teenagers who are on fire for God! It was quite inspiring, really. They have their own youth band that played worship music (teenagers) and the energy there was amazing. Then one after another got up to talk about something that had happened to them on their trip. This summer, there has been a trip to Ireland, Mexico and Dallas. It was really great and I am glad we were invited. From there, normal Sunday stuff...

:: Aspen's 18th birthday is this Tuesday! So hard to believe. So I will be posting about that this week. I also plan to begin sharing tidbits from the book The Politically Incorrect Wife...I learned so much from this book and feel that it is worth sharing since most of my readers are women. I look forward to that.

Hope you all have a great week ahead!!!

July 17, 2014

the weekend is near

:: My awesome souvenier from Aspen (Ireland) was these two pins! Not only did she find my McCarthy name, but she found Kelley too! I honestly teared up when she presented these to me. I love them! I have never been able to find anything with my name spelled correctly -- and although this is a pin for the surname of Kelley, that is A-OK with me!!

On the back of the packaging, it also has a description of what each name means...

Kelley: derived from Ceallach, meaning troublesome or bright haired; means "strife". Soooo, that is not too great! :(

McCarthy: descended from one of the leading septs in Munster. One of the top twenty most numerous names in Ireland. Found primarily in Co. Cork and Kerry. Means "loving". That's better!

I have a project brewing in my mind for these...including some beautiful, felted paper and a display frame. It is percolating and will all come together in its own good time :)

:: I was able to get quite a bit done today at work. Feeling a bit better.

:: Did the Barre 3 workout after work with Tina, and that felt good. We only did 1 of the 2 workouts, and I wish I'd had time for both.

:: Made shrimp tacos tonight for dinner and they were delicious! Any tips for preventing the soft corn shells from breaking??

:: Our cruise album from Winkflash shipped today! Can't wait to have another completed project in my hands. I hope it turned out well!!! What's next? Maui? Tahiti? I've got a lot of older trips that still need to be done.

:: We are all set for our trip to Fredericksburg the first week of August. Leaving Friday after work, and coming home Tuesday. Will be having dinner at August E's (amazing sushi) for our anniversary dinner. Will shop and visit our favorite winery and have a marvelous few days. I CAN NOT WAIT.

:: My Birchbox this month came with all kinds of goodies, including a very pretty purple metallic nail polish and a year subscription to Women's Health magazine!!! Woo hoo!

:: So happy that the weekend is near! We are having dinner tomorrow evening with Neeley and Lauren, and then going back to her house afterwards for some wine. Looking forward to that!

July 16, 2014

quick thoughts

:: I was able to load up all of Aspen's photos, and hopefully she will get home in time this evening to go through some of them. We are anxious to hear stories!!! From my quick browse through, this one jumped out at me and I wanted to share:

So beautiful there! Fun photos to come!

:: Today was a bit frustrating at work, but my workout helped to relieve some stress after work. I also made a pit stop to visit my donkey Huck -- that helped too!

:: Chris is busy booking our long weekend trip to Fredericksburg for our 7th anniversary!!! Can't believe we are coming up on 7 years. Wowza! Can't wait to spend time with my sweet hubby in our favorite place!

:: Watching SYTYCD -- such a good dancers. Still sticking with Ricky for the win!!!

July 15, 2014


Well, Tuesday is in the books...

:: Super busy at work...nearing the "drowning" feeling. Need to make mucho progress tomorrow so I can make that feeling go away.

:: I'm doing CARDIO week this week -- no weights, and upping the cardio time. Felt the need.

:: We picked Aspen up at the church at 12:30 am, and talked with her for about two hours...so happy to have her home! She is full of stories. She took about 1500 photos (I have trained her well!!). I uploaded them tonight and we will soon go through them all and hear her stories.

:: Dragging a bit from missing some sleep last night...need to catch up tonight!

:: Aspen has spent the day with Blake...those two sure did miss each other. He stayed for dinner tonight -- beef stroganoff :)

:: We're discussing the things we'd like to do around the house to finish it up -- it's quite a list. Need to figure out a plan. And get some things done.

That's all I've got I suppose -- brain dead tonight...

July 14, 2014

monday photos

So -- Ms. Aspen is back in the U.S!!! They had some more travel trouble though :( The bad weather had things out of whack, so they were delayed leaving Philadelphia, and then once they arrived in Dallas, the weather was bad there as well and they had to be put into a holding pattern for an hour of flying in circles. It's been along day for them. They were supposed to be back at 6:51, and it's now 8:30. They are just now getting off the plane to get their luggage, and then a three hour bus ride to Abilene. They must all be exhausted!!!!

We were able to track their flight, and watch them go round and round...it was so exciting to see their plane break out of the pattern and descend!!! She texted us right away and said that it was a very rough flight.

I don't think you guys are checking out my Instagram page, so I wanted to share a few photos from the last few days! The one above was me on Saturday morning, getting ready for our retreat. Fresh out of the shower, clean face, hair in a towel. Natural.

My retreat girls, hard at work! Kim, Paula, Pam, Roxanne and then Terry off to the right, searching for something :) Pretty typical!
Chris got a good deal on a used foosball game! It will eventually go in our upstairs game room. It's a tough game!

My friend Roxanne informed us that she has fresh eggs!! $2.00 a dozen -- which is cheap because a guy at work sells them for $4 a dozen!! I bought two, and they are yummy!!!
This makes me super happy -- Kim and Ocho bonded a lot over the weekend!!! He let her pick him up and hold him, and they played ball too. She took him outside when he needed to go. She also brought a baggie of Fruit Loops on Sunday and he was convinced that she was his new best friend. It was so great!! And Kim absolutely loved it!
I call this the "three minute changeup"! From classy professional to workout queen :) In three minutes flat. I did a full 30 minutes of cardio today because I felt like I needed it after the weekend. I typically do 15-20 minutes and then do arms/abs/legs -- 30 minutes seemed like forever!!! But it felt good.
So, now we wait for Ms. Aspen...they will be getting in late, and we'll need to pick her up at the church. We can't wait to see her!!!!!

July 13, 2014


This weekend was our scrapbook retreat, hosted at my house!! So, a busy weekend for me! The girls arrived on Saturday at 10:00 and stayed until midnight, and then were back on Sunday around 11:00 and left at 6:00. I got a lot accomplished -- completed our cruise album and ordered that, caught up on Project Life and got a lot of pages finished too. Great weekend!!!

After grocery shopping this evening, no time left. So, I thought I would take a moment to introduce you to Blake, Aspen's new boyfriend. He's a pretty cool guy and we are looking forward to getting to know him better. He's a bit of a kook!

Chris told Aspen that once she determined that she would like to date Blake, that he would need to have a conversation with him. So that took place before she left for Ireland. Blake came over for dinner, and Mr. Baber and Blake sat out on the back porch for a good long talk. Chris felt that it went well, and thinks that Blake seems like a sincere guy.

God has a plan for Aspen, and it will be interesting to watch it unfold...

July 10, 2014

daddy daughter cruise 2014

Alrighty, it's time to share some photos from the Daddy Daughter Cruise!!!

This will be a little different from my normal trip posts -- mainly because I wasn't there. So I don't have the detail to really share with you. I will depend on Chris and Aspen to write down all the facts so that I can later do the trip scrapbook, but that will take awhile. So instead of making you wait, I will post some photos and tell you what I do know :) And that will just have to do!

Fun fruity drinks upon arrival -- Officially the Best Day Ever!
This ship was way more ornate and flashy than the ship he and I went on!
The ship also had a lot of fun things to keep them busy, like that awesome slide.
Love this pretty girl in this awesome fedora!
Oh, the ice cream -- the best part of any ship!! They took this photo to taunt me :)
Here they are, about to head to Tea Time - pinkies up!
They actually went twice and enjoyed it.
Chris and Aspen took a scuba diving class and then were able to do their first dive!
They both really loved it and Chris is now working to become certified!
This was in the Cayman Islands.
Aspen in a huge chair in Cozumel
Chris looking handsome on painted stairs in Cozumel
Cozumel prettiness
One of the two formal dinner nights on the ship -- they clean up good!
I love how they are color coordinated :)
Chris and Aspen had fun zip lining in Montego Bay...through the jungle!
And this would be their sad, fat lips because they have to leave paradise and head home!!
They had such a fantastic bonding time together -- I am so glad that they were able to do this. Memories were made that will forever be held close to their hearts.

July 09, 2014

dress shopping

I'm beginning my search for a dress that I can wear to my friend Amy's upcoming wedding! I need to head to Dillards and Express soon to try these on...but here is what I'm looking at. I would like to get a dress that I can then wear to work afterwards -- two for one! :) That means it has to be a certain length and not showing too much on top. A few of these might not fit that bill, but they are still options.

Of course, who knows what they will look like on!

Which on is your favorite??? Help me out!

July 08, 2014

huck and ireland post 1

:: Over our long weekend, we made a pit stop to visit Huckleberry -- he was excited to see us! He was out in the middle of his field, and came right over when we pulled up. I like to tickle his nose :) Unfortunately the fence is so tall I can barely reach him in any other way. It was a fun visit.

Me and Huck -- and yes, my skin is almost as white as my white shirt!!

:: On July 3rd (Thursday) at 7:30 am, Mimi and I dropped Aspen off at Beltway Church for her Ireland trip. She said goodbye to Chris out at the start of his 40 mile run...a few tears were shed :)

The group of 20 rode on a chartered bus to Dallas, where their flight to Philadelphia was delayed a few hours due to weather in Philly. Unfortunately, once they did arrive in Philly, they had missed their overseas flight to Ireland. Traveling in a group that large, with mostly teenagers, the leader Randy felt he needed to keep the group together. So the next flight to Ireland that could accommodate all 20 of them flew out on Saturday evening. That means that the group had an unexpected two days to sight see in Philadelphia. Really though, what a fun place to be for Independence Day!

They finally flew out Saturday evening and arrived in Ireland 6 hours later. After getting settled in, they prepared things for the camp they would be working beginning on Monday. The trip will continue on as planned, they just won't have as much time for free time. She has already seen so many amazing things!! She said on the 2 hour bus ride to their hotel, she gawked out the window with tears rolling down her eyes. I can't even imagine seeing the things she is seeing!!

Saying goodbye
This is the tshirt that Aspen designed for the group! She designed it, I created it on the computer. They turned out so cute!! There is a verse on the back, and the year on the sleeves.
Visiting the Liberty Bell on the 4th of July
They also ran up the "Rocky" steps!
Finally!! Boarding the plane for the flight to Ireland!! She said it was freezing on the plane and she wasn't able to sleep. There was a movie playing, but the screen was so far away she couldn't see it. It was a long 6 hours for her.
She is able to post to Instagram at the hotel, because they have free Wifi. We also have an app called Viber that allows us to text and call each other when we are both on Wifi. We have heard from her quite a bit, so that is helping with the homesickness I am sure! Love this one she posted on Instagram today...her caption was "Your love has ravished my heart"...love this girl and her heart for God!
Another gorgeous photo -- can't wait to see all of her photos and hear all of her stories!!!
God is using her for wonderful things over there...those 5 and 6 year olds that she is working with are already in love with her and learning about God...so proud of her!