Tuesday, July 30, 2013


My sweet puppy, Scout, is almost 5 months old - and she is growing too fast!

Name: Scout (although, her name registered with the AKC is Ingrid… John came up with this)

Nick Name: Scoutie, Scoutiegirl, Bug

Breed: French Brittany

Weight: Currently 15 lbs

Age: Almost 5 months

Favorite Activities: Pointing birds, eating mushrooms, playing at the park and arb, running with other dogs, getting to lay in bed with us, and actin’ all cute

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Milton Diaries

Dear Diary,

This past weekend my mom and dad went to Chicago to run the Big 10K.  I was sad that they wouldn't let me go with because I am a huge Penn State fan.  Since I was home alone, my friend Scout's parents watched me.

I had a fun weekend, but I really missed my mom and dad.  I took a lot of pictures from the weekend.  Woof!



My mom and dad running to Big 10K! Go Mom and Dad!!!

Scout's dad, John, was grilling outside, so I got to eat my dinner outside too.  It was kind of like a picnic!  Woof!

I did a lot of running with Scout (that's why we are so blurry in the pictures).  Sometimes I chased her and sometimes she chased me.  She likes to bite my lips, and I don't like that, so sometimes I run away.

I spent some cuddle time with Scout's mom, Lisa.  We worked on her Bible study and watched the Bachelorette - go Des!

I swam a lot this weekend.  I tried to teach Scout to swim, and I worked on putting my whole head under water at one time.

I played baseball at the park.  The picture to the far right is me after I scored my first home run.

I also learned about new things.  I tried my first iced, non-fat chai latte - nom om om, woof! And Scout let me play with her new toy... it was so fun!

Me and Scout's mom just hangin'.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Bar Exam

Ever since my husband graduated from law school he has been studying for the bar exam.  Most people think graduation equals freedom and money, but for my sweet husband, it only meant longer hours of studying.

Thankfully (I guess…), the bar exam is only a few days away.  All day Tuesday and Wednesday my husband will be answering questions about constitutional law, criminal procedure, evidence, real property, torts, administrative law, agency, community property, corporations, equity, family law, federal jurisdiction and procedure, Indian law, partnership, secured transactions, trusts, and wills and estates.

I am so proud of him and all of the work he has accomplished.  It is a really good thing that he has such a big brain, because God knows that I wouldn’t be able to hold that much information in my head all at once!

Take a look at his stack of books and note cards... in addition to going through every single page of these books, writing all of these note cards, and sitting through over 100 hours of online Barbri lecture – all within the past two months – he has managed to do it all with a great attitude.

I am so thankful that God blessed me with such a hardworking and intelligent man.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fruity-Tooty :)

There is something wonderfully fresh about a fruit centerpiece.  The beautiful colors are summery, and I don't know about you, but my mood feels brighter looking at them!

Below you will find a few ideas to incorporate a little fruit escape into your life using apples, lemons, limes, oranges, pears, and strawberries. 

Ways to keep your fruit centerpieces looking fresh…
·         Avoid sunlight and heat
·         If possible, do not cut or puncture the fruit
·         Find some really realistic fake fruit
·         If something starts to get soft, remove it from the other fruit
·         Eat and replace!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ann Arbor Art Fair

John and I have been in the market for some pictures of trout (as in, the fish).  So we thought there would be nowhere more perfect to buy our art than from the Ann Arbor Art Fair.   Before heading down to the Art Fair, we started our morning with a hearty breakfast at Angelo’s.  It was our first time there, and we had been wanting to go for a while.  It was closed for about a month during June-July and they had just opened back up.  My food was good – but nothing overly wow-ing.  (John and I both ordered corned beef hash.)  I probably wouldn’t go back… not because the food wasn’t good, but because there are so many other really good places to go.

After breakfast, we headed down to the Art Fair.  We found a few pictures of trout, but nothing that perfectly fit our needs (John is very particular about his fish pictures).  It was a little bummer because my summer bucket list included buying something from the Art Fair – instead, I bought a bottle of water, but I am not sure that counts.

All in all, it was a lovely morning spent with my lovely husband.  John’s bar exam is less than a week away, so he has been so busy studying – I hardly see him, so our little morning exploration was a perfect 4 hour vacation.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Ann Arbor Artisan Market

Every Sunday in Kerrytown, there is an Artisan's market with beautiful crafts, paintings, and yummy goodies.  John and I ventured down and found a few really cool pieces to add to our Ann Arbor collection.  We purchased a photograph of the University of Michigan Law Quad and two prints of paintings made by the woman who does all of the artwork for the Ann Arbor Observer.

After exploring, we went and ate one of my favorite places - Sparrow Kitchen.  It isn't open on Sundays, but they have packaged sandwiches that are just as delicious.  With the sandwich we bought the best chips ever - rosemary and olive oil, nom om om!!


Sunday, July 21, 2013

New car!

My husband and I recently traded in one of our cars for an SUV.  After much car research, we decided on getting a Subaru Forester.  It is quite ironic that we decided on a Subaru because we are constantly making fun of people that drive them... We call them "crunchy granola" cars.  To even out the vibes, John joked that he was going to find a Reagan-Bush '84 sticker to put on bumper.

We sold John's Focus (dubbed "Happy") to a very nice girl on Craig's List.  She was going to be a freshman in college and this was her very first car.  She said it was beautiful... and I agree with her :) ...lots of great memories!

You know when you are a kid and you play padiddle (where you see a car with one head light out and you can hit the other person in the car that didn't see it first)? Well, to go along with our crunchy granola jokes, John and I play Subaru... Since there are so many in Ann Arbor, every time you see one, you get to hit the other person.  And as a bonus, if it has an Obama sticker on it, you get to hit them twice.  Lightly, of course.
Below you'll find a double wammy that I saw on my drive home from work.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Summer Days

The weather this past week has been so incredibly hot! Although John has been swamped with bar studying, we have been able to escape the heat with some fun summer excursions.

Kayaking down the Huron River
Dinner and drinks with Val and Jameson... And a play date for Scout and Milton

Dinner at Zin and frozen yogurt in Downtown Plymouth

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Lessons from Gideon

Yesterday was the start of my summer small group at Northridge.  We are doing Priscilla Shirer’s study on Gideon, and she is fantastic – I am looking forward to the coming weeks.  I love the girls in my group, and it has been about a month since the last study, so it was good to see everyone again.

One of the things discussed in yesterday's study was about how everything in our life, including crisis, is either God given or God allowed.  This is important to remember because it reminds us that He is completely sovereign and always in control of all of our circumstances.  Crisis, the very place that we don’t want to be, is often exactly where God needs us to be to posture our hearts for what He has planned for us. 

My favorite part of the evening was when Priscilla talked about how the majority, if not all, of the great people in the Bible went through crisis, and the crisis was necessary to mold them into the great individuals that God needed them to be to fulfull His plan for them. This principle is true not only in the Bible…

Priscilla gave the perfect example of running on a treadmill.  When you run on a treadmill every single day, you may get frustrated as if you aren’t going where.  You run every day, but the things around you stay the same.  But what you don’t realize is that when running on the treadmill you are getting stronger and your endurance is growing – and it is exactly what God wants… to change your heart (not necessarily your circumstances) to prepare you for Hebrews 11 story.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.”  Hebrews 11:1-2

Hebrews 11 is one of my most favorite chapters of the Bible.  It talks about all of the great men of faith throughout the Bible.  One of my greatest fears in life is missing out on my Hebrews 11 story.  Hebrews 11 keeps me motivated, excited, and alert about pursuing God’s plan for me, even in times of crisis.  We all have a Hebrews 11 story – we just need to live it and claim it.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday: The Perfect Porch?

No, but close.

In college, I lived in a house (dubbed the "peach house") with three other roommates.  Although my roommates and I couldn't always appreciate the charm of our old house, it was a favorite for our friends and was well known with students for its awesome porch.

Although the porch was a bit beat up, we had a pretty awesome swing that made for perfect seating while people watching and drinking a glass (or two) of wine.  I'm pretty sure one of my roommate's mom, Amanda, found this swing in the garbage and drove it all the way from Chicago for us to enjoy - ohh the good 'ole days in East Lansing!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Perfect Porch

A ceiling fan:  Outdoor ceiling fans help to increase air circulation, creating a much more comfortable environment, and providing many of the same benefits that indoor ceiling fans provide. One key additional benefit that you get with an outdoor ceiling fan is pest control. In addition to the breeze created by the downdraft, outdoor fans create an area that is difficult for many bugs to fly through, helping you keep them out of your patio or outdoor living space.  Just make sure your outdoor ceiling fan is built to withstand wind, sun, cold and humidity.

A blue ceiling:  Once just an old Southern tradition, the blue porch ceiling has made its way north and is being introduced to new generations. There are numerous theories as to why – from fooling spiders and wasps into thinking the ceiling is the sky, to blue being a harbinger of good luck, to the color extending daylight, to scaring away evil spirits.

An American flag:  Hang your American flag with pride and style.  Just remember flag etiquette.  If you choose to suspend a flag, whether horizontally or vertically, be sure the union (the starry part) is in the upper left, and when displaying more than one flag, the U.S. flag should be flown to the observer's left.

A relaxing view:  Stress has become synonymous with modern day living. Our experiences and surroundings strongly influence our mind which can result in stress, both in our body and mind.  Relaxation helps us in reversing harmful affects of stress and returns our body functions to normal.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fourth of July Weekend

Tiki Night on Wolverine Lake

Barbecue and fireworks at Burns Park

Boat day and bar night with Ginna and Blake

Saturday, July 6, 2013


Avoid a pinstrocity with this fool-proof craft!

John and I have been blessed to go on some really great trips together over the past few years.  To memorialize some of these fun vacations, I made a picture frame with map cut-outs of our favorite locations.

First, I picked 16 locations and printed maps (using Map Quest).  Next, I used a heart-shaped paper punch to cut out the city in the center of the heart (if you have a steady hand, you may not need the paper punch).  Then, I matted the hearts on a brown piece of paper, and, lastly, placed the maps in a matted frame.

Below you'll see the final product!

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