November 27, 2012

Post-Holiday Post

Thanksgiving has come and gone.
Lots of family, food, laughter, and love were very much a part of the day.

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday flew by.
Work work work with a bit of family, friends, dinners, and football games (BOOMER SOONER!).

 My lovely in-law coworkers and I have worked ourselves silly and, although it has been exhausting, we've truly enjoyed ourselves! (Btw, if you're looking for a gift for yourself or a friend, stop by our shop!

I also thought that my [2] readers might enjoy a quick picture of the 3 of us on Thanksgiving day! And maybe another picture of me and Patrick. Enjoy the fabulousness...

(Rachel, me, and Bernice)
 (Me and the hubbs)

P.S. - It's officially the Christmas Season and I'm totally embracing it! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

November 20, 2012

Thoughts of Thankfulness - Day 20: My McIver Roots

This past weekend, I was blessed to be able to go visit my McIver family down in Small Town, Texas. It was a very quick trip and went by even faster than I imagined it would, but it was lovely.

We watched movies and played games. Lots of candy was consumed by all, per norm. The girls (excluding Cara, as she wasn't back from her trip to Houston yet) went to see "Breaking Dawn: Part 2" and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves while Patrick and Joshua watched "Wreck It Ralph" in another theatre. April, Anna, Patrick, Cara, and I participated in the yearly jam-making process. Dad had to work overtime, which is pretty normal, but we got to spend a bit of time with him on Saturday morning and on Sunday. He and I played in the back and front yards as he showed me his garden, aquaponics, the benefits of watering with diluted ocean water, etc. He also ended up giving me his macro lens for his camera phone after he saw how much fun I had playing with it. To say that I am stoked is an understatement.

I love my little McIver family so much, and I miss them like crazy when I'm not with them. They are bursting with absolutely unique personalities that I couldn't love more.

My daddy is truly one of a kind - a brilliant, honest, hard-working man with the goofiest sense of humor that you ever did see. I could go on and on and on about how much I admire his strengths and the fact that he is always working on bettering himself.

My stepmom, April, has always been so much more than that to me and has been such a good friend for so many years. She works so hard and always has the cutest, coziest home, and her door is always open.

My 18 year old stepsister, Cara, is so ├╝ber smart and hilarious and beautiful, and she is definitely a young woman that marches to the beat of her own drum. She is full of a confidence that I wish I had at that age. She's going off to college next month and I can hardly believe that the bratty, adorable 3 year old that I met so many years ago has become a woman who I am so blessed to call a friend and a sister.

My 13 year old sister, Anna, has always been the entertainer who just loves to laugh and have a good time, but she is growing up before my eyes. I am totally loving watching her become a young woman, remembering the angst and struggles that come with being a teenager.

The baby, Joshua at a ripe 11 years old, is ALL BOY and totally hitting that "gross" stage right on time, but he is still so much the little boy that I love - the boy that wants to ride on his daddy's back, play with his legos, tickle and/or annoy his sisters, and snuggle up to the nearest family member under a cozy blanket.

I do love them so. Today, I am so very thankful for my family away from home.

(The above photo was taken last December. Not a lot has changed!)

November 15, 2012

Inspiration from Days of Old

You may or may not know this, but I am in a small (but growing) business with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. What do we do? We make jewelry and accessories, of course! Those "ADKOF" links up at the top will tell you all you need to know - you can even check out our Etsy shop! There is so much to choose from (over 100 posted items at the moment, with more going up in lieu of the Christmas shopping season coming up!

We also have our very own blog ( Rachel is usually the one posting, but we switched it up a bit today.  Recently, she posted about what has inspired her while she's been living in the Bahamas (coming home on Sunday - WAHOO!). Feel free to hop on over there (and FOLLOW) to get the best coupons and follower exclusives, and to see what Rachel has found to be so inspiring! HINT: you get to see gorgeous pictures of  where she's been living... IN THE BAHAMAS..... if that's not incentive, I don't know what is.

I loved her post so much that I felt that I should do the same. And that's just what I did.  Following is the bulk of my post from our blog, but it is such a great glimpse at my style that I just had to re-post it here:

We 3 designers may be glued together by the law and by our honest-to-goodness love for one another, but we are also quite different when it comes to personal taste... so why not give you a little glimpse into what I find inspiring?

I am certainly the youngest of the Womack women, but I am quite the old soul in many ways - from my choice of movies, books, clothing, you name it. Funny story... after telling Bernice about watching "Leave it to Beaver" the other day and wanting to watch shows like that with my future children, she made a comment to me: "I can totally see you like that, wearing a 50's dress, pearls, and heels in the kitchen."
I just about died. I've tried to tell everyone for YEARS that, if I had the wardrobe, I would dress like that every single stinkin' day of my life. That style just screams classy to me. When I was younger, I would wear a dress every chance I got and the better the twirl factor, the better the dress. There was also a phase where I would only wear pink and black. Don't let me fool you, though; I was quite the tomboy in so many other ways, just not when it came to my clothing.

When I need inspiration for my home decor, my wardrobe, gift-wrapping, jewelry design, etc., I look no further than the days of old, especially those in Hollywood.  My favorite color palette is even classic; my husband's best friend commented to me about that several years ago, saying, "When I think of you, I think of red, black, white, and gray." While his statement couldn't be more accurate, the irony came in what I was wearing: red, black, and white. Ha!

There is a somewhat unexpected aspect about my love for the days of old, though. A huge part of me desires to be a prairie girl, living in the country wearing prairie dresses and aprons while enjoying life on a farm. I blame this on two things: 1) our living on a farm in Oregon when I was very young and 2) my mother reading to me the entire "Little House on the Prairie" series during my youth. A palette of whites, laces, burlaps, creams, and browns with a splash of floral pattern - that's my alternative dream wardrobe, country style.

So there you have it - a pictorial glance at what inspires me in so many different ways.  If you've stuck around this long, thank you so much for sharing a part of your day with me!

I would love to know what inspires YOU!

Linking up here:
Somewhat Simple 
Liz Marie 
At the Picket Fence 

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November 12, 2012

Thoughts of Thankfulness - Day 12: My Other Half

It's the twelfth day of the eleventh month - to you, that might not mean a whole lot. To me, it means something much bigger than a simple number on a calendar.

Today means that, in one month exactly, Patrick and I will be celebrating our 3 year wedding anniversary and our 7 year anniversary of being together. Can it really be so?

It's incredible, really, when I stop and think about it. I'm so insanely blessed that writing down in words just how I feel is quite difficult - I want to be mushy and ooey gooey, but my feelings for my husband and best friend run so much deeper than that.

Of course I think he is handsome, eternally kind, ridiculously talented, extremely dedicated, level-headed, and always entertaining. Patrick is the kind of guy that has zero enemies... everyone loves him. I kid you not. I've never known a person who didn't like the man (I meet and exceed that quota five times over...). So many people admire, respect, and look up to him in ways that I don't think he will ever realize because he is just that humble. He works so hard to be the best he can be in everything he does.

My best friend, my husband, is the most supportive person I have ever had in my life. He always has my back and always, always believes that I can accomplish anything; he has way more confidence in me than I do myself. He is not that way with only me, though; Patrick is a wonderful friend to have in your corner. He will always believe the best about you, will always stand up for you, will always give you the benefit of the doubt.

I've loved watching him grow into the man that he is today. He has totally embraced the role of being the spiritual leader in our household - a role that he takes very seriously, and rightly so. Seeing him grow into this position and grow in his relationship with the Lord has been both a blessing and a personal challenge, exactly what it should be. He is always graceful, patient, kind, and loving toward me, even especially when I deserve it the least.

I could continue on forever, but the truth is that words cannot do justice in describing the man that I love with my whole heart. Sometimes I'm not good with words, but sometimes words just aren't good enough. All I can say is that I am so very thankful to call him mine.

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November 7, 2012

Thoughts of Thankfulness - Day 7: Perfect Moments

There aren't many "perfect" days in Oklahoma when you're talking about the weather. Often times, there is a ridiculous amount of wind or the weather changes on a dime from cloudy and cold to humid and warm or something of the like. Today, however, is not one of those days typical schizophrenic days.

Today is perfect.

The Lord has blessed me in so many ways today. He provided cancelled classes ahead of time. He provided a dear friend to help me conquer a seemingly-beastly assignment in record time. He provided just enough time for me to go grab lunch with that dear friend, and then gave me nearly two hours of free time - nothing to do in Edmond while waiting for my time to go babysit this evening. TWO HOURS OF MANDATORY FREE TIME. What is that?!?

I decided to grab some coffee and head to a local park. This park is gorgeous, filled with tall trees that are just now making the transformation from full and green to Fall and golden. The wind is virtually non-existent (I hate the wind, so I take notice every time the air is silent). There is a slight chill in the air as I sit in the shade and the sun slowly makes its early descent. The people here are quietly busy enjoying this perfect day: joggers pass almost silently as I sit at the concrete picnic table; dog lovers walk their cooperative canines along the path; a mom laughs as a photographer takes pictures of her loving, giggling, posing children against the Fall foliage; small children squealing with joy as they chase each other through the crispy, crunching leaves.

Seriously, I am choking back tears. I have SO needed this - quiet, peaceful time to myself (and by myself) to just sit and enjoy the world around me. Nothing to do aside from make notes and to-do lists as I relish these beautiful moments.

My life is so hectic and crazy so much of the time that I rarely get to do things like this. I can't even enjoy the world around me from my front porch - my street almost constantly roars with the noise and commotion of the ever-flowing traffic. I have nothing but a few trees to enjoy in my parking lot/junkyard of a backyard.

But the Lord has blessed me with these quiet, happy moments today which I am selfishly gobbling up as much as I possibly can. For that, I am thankful.

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November 1, 2012

Thoughts of Thankfulness - Day 1 - Small Blessings

Today is November 1st.  How the heck did that happen?? November brings so many things... cooler weather, shorter days, an extra hour of sleep (hallelujah!), but most of all it is the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving.

In lieu of seeing so many people posting their first day of their "30 days of thankfulness," I decided that I would do the same thing, but instead of posting a short tidbit on Facebook that will be gone from my newsfeed and eventually my page in a matter of days or weeks, I will be posting about them here and actually writing about them in my journal. Gasp! My journal AND my blog?! While this might prove to be a bit of a task on the busier days of my life, I think it's high time that I post about some positive, uplifting things. I have so much to be thankful for, you know.

So what am I thankful for today, you ask?  A lot of small blessings, actually.

Patrick and I don't get to go out to eat together all that often because, honestly, we're pretty darn poor; when we do, it's usually because we're rushing around and didn't have time to make dinner OR because someone hasn't made it to the store to buy food for meals (guilty... wife failure #143,237) OR hasn't actually made a meal after all of the leftovers have been consumed (#143,238).  It is what it is.  However, tonight was a little bit different.  The Ginger Man was starving (starving, I tell you!) and I wasn't all that hungry because I ate lunch around 3:30 (surprise, surprise).  We decided to go to a local burger joint called S&B's Burger that we've been hearing rave reviews about for months.  It was nice to go to a small, quiet, no-frills place and not pay out the wazoo for a burger.  I actually was able to get a slider which is basically a mini burger - perfect!  The sweet potato fries were pretty darn delicious, too.

Today, I am thankful for the small blessing(s) of the Ginger Man receiving an actual paycheck today; without it, dinner would have been Ramen noodles and scraps, but the paycheck allowed us to eat such yummy food made by some other person's hands.  I am thankful for a husband who is willing to spend a few dollars in order to save my sanity.  I am thankful for a husband that doesn't criticize me or put me down for not living up to the ridiculous standards and expectations that so many other women have placed upon them (or expect me to live up to them, for that matter).  I am thankful for the fact that I have a car and can just hop on over to a burger joint and back (some people, like certain relatives living in the Caribbean, don't have that luxury).  I am thankful for delicious food at a reasonable price.  And most of all, I'm thankful for illegal live streaming television on the internet that allows this cable-less couple to watch the Thunder games.  Shhh.... don't tell! ;)

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