Plant Life

♫ ♫ I’d rather waltz than just walk through the forest…the trees keep the tempo and they sway in time…♫ ♫

Life has been quite the journey over the past several weeks. We are continuing to work on falling into a routine before little Owen arrives, which will be just over 3 weeks from now. Time certainly flies!

We attended our final waltz class a couple of weeks back. Our teachers ran everyone back through the waltz, the foxtrot, and swing dancing. The waltz itself went much better this week, as I had a couple of really good partners, and I was more familiar with the dance itself. It’s so much more enjoyable when you know more what it is you are supposed to be doing! The foxtrot was comical though, as I had missed both foxtrot classes. I told my partner I didn’t know how to foxtrot, and he responded that he didn’t know how to do the foxtrot either, so we ended up waltzing through the foxtrot portion. It was rather funny! =] The swing dancing went the best, and it was my favorite dance of the night. Because I was more comfortable with the actual footwork, I was able to do more of the “fancy” steps, and that was so much fun! I’m very much looking forward to taking more classes or having the opportunity to dance again. We did attempt to do the “Electric Slide” at our last ladies’ fellowship. :)

As you can see, we still have quite a ways to go. =D

We’re in the process of teaching Joshua swing dancing right now, and are hoping to attend a few Scottish Country dance classes over the next several months as well. I’m so glad Mama encouraged us (ok, me. =] ) to go out on a limb and try something new! Dancing is definitely one of my favorite new pastimes.

If you live in or have visited the Sunny South over the past week or so, you’ve probably noticed the bright green grass beginning to grow, and all of the gorgeous flowers that are blooming EVERYWHERE.



The green green grass of home

And then, if you’ve visited our home, you’ve probably noticed the dishes being washed periodically throughout the day. Our dishwasher decided to croak several weeks back, so we’ve been washing quite a few dishes lately. There is something so relaxing about washing each dish, piece by piece, and then seeing all of them sparkling and shiny and clean, all laid out on the towel to dry.

Here’s a few pictures that capture some of our life experiences over the past couple of weeks:

washing laundry

visiting with friends

finding super-long potato chips in the chip bag

picking the absolute squeakiest cart in all of Walmart (I *always* pick the loudest cart! :P)

brightening the kitchen with the aforementioned flowers

sisters <3

doing some night driving

buying new shoes

Then there was my health food purchase from a couple of nights ago. I’m blaming the peppermint pattie purchase completely on a friend of mine 😉 , but WOW were they good!! If you haven’t done it yet, go obtain a peppermint pattie, freeze it, then eat it. I promise you will not be disappointed! =D

Heading into the “health food” store

Oreos and peppermint patties. Can’t really go wrong with those! :-)

Oh, and how could I forget? We were so excited to look out the window this past week and see that our county’s pothole fixin’ division was out and doing some repairs on the major potholes down our road. That completely made our day!

The crew is out and at work!

Yesterday was a fun day spend out looking for a house for Joshua. Because he was recently elected to the Republican Executive Committee for our county, he is required to live in the county for the duration of his term. Josh and I, along with his special friend Kylie and her sister Lydia, went out all over the county to look for possible houses to rent or purchase. I couldn’t help but snap pictures throughout the day to photoblog our day (sorry to my instagram followers for blowing up your newsfeed! =]). It was so neat to see more of the county we call home! Here are some of my favorites from our travels:

Out exploring :)

Taking a picture at the first house

Lunch break!

Our county courthouse

Josh and Kylie taking a “selfie” outside of the courthouse

The whole group

Town square

Neat bits of history

Sawmeal Restaurant (we go here for our REC meeting every month. Some of the folks at the courthouse suggested checking the bulletin board here for house listings)

The chaperones! =]

We found our county’s radar-information-getter (I’m not sure what the technical term is)! :)

Frosty break

(At this point, we had the windows rolled down and the Beach Boys going full blast. I’m loving these upper 60’s low 70’s days! Absolutely perfect weather! =D)

Vegetable and plant stand closer to our end of town

Back on our end of the county <3

When we got home, there was the most gorgeous sunset. The sun was gently drifting down into the horizon- golden and shining and absolutely blissfully wonderful.

And with that, I’ll close for now. I pray that you have had a wonderful day thus far, and have a wonderful week to come. =]

~Miss Court

Ac-Cen-Tuate The Positive

We are all sitting around in the living room, and Jessica passed out some ice cream, so it seems like an absolutely perfect time to blog. Nothing helps more for inspiration than a nice, big, cup o’ ice cream! =]

I’m continuing to blog around snapshots taken with my phone. The good thing about phone photo blogging is that I typically have my phone with me more than my camera, so it does allow me to take photos I wouldn’t ordinarily get. On the flip side, the quality isn’t nearly as good. :( I’d really love to know what I did with that battery charger!

And life rolls on here at the Lambert Estate. We’ve had our share of good things and bad things alike happen over the past month or so. The Lord has been faithful, and even when times get rough, He is there, guiding us ever so gently through the sometimes tumultuous waves of life. We’re reminded to count our blessings, and as we do that, the “bad” things don’t seem nearly as bad as they were before. You’ve just got to “ac-cen-tuate the positive”, to quote a favorite song of mine. So, here goes! =]

We’ve celebrated some birthdays here lately. I took the following pictures of Timothy’s birthday cupcakes:

We made these cupcakes with fresh lemon zest!

I’m continuing to run, each day increasing my distance by just a bit.

The sights are so beautiful down there. =]

It is neat to finally be making some progress with that! I did decide not to run this past Friday, because we went ice skating with some friends and then had a waltz class that night.

(This video is a video I took of my younger brother, Benjamin, skating around the rink. He’s the little guy with blonde hair in the black t-shirt. My younger sister, Jessica, and her friend, Bailey, make an appearance towards the end as well. =])

Not running that day turned out to be a really good decision, because I ended up tripping and landing flat on my back while ice skating. I got a nice bruise going from my shoulder to my waist on my back, and skinned and scraped my elbows quite nicely to match! On recommendation from a fellow essential oils user, I came home and put lavendar essential oil on my elbows and bandaged them up to be ready for waltz class. I was hurting so bad! I’ve never fallen on my own ice skating before- this was a first! =p

Several of the folks who were ice skating with us were at the waltz class that night, so I got a lot of questions about my fall and the injuries sustained from it. Everyone was really careful not to bump my elbows, which were in the most pain that night. I made it through class, but today (Monday) is the first day that I have nearly my entire range of motion back. For the past couple of days, I could barely walk without being in a lot of pain, and sleeping at night was pretty much a no-go. I actually just finished telling a friend that my goal for this evening is sleeping through the whole night. =] I’m so thankful that my injuries weren’t any worse than they were! It was definitely a blessing, especially considering how far/hard I fell!

I’ve got another huge praise about that dance class though- that night, it was my first time to drive the van for a super-long distance (1 hour and 9 minutes), and in addition to it being really dark because it was at night, it rained on me the whole way there and nearly the whole way back. The Lord answered my prayer, and we had no problems whatsoever making it there and back safely. I’m really excited to have crossed another hurdle with the van driving! And of course, the dance class was fantastic as always.

Unfortunately, we’re still driving the van because Sinatra is still in the shop, and even worse, our beloved Blue Belle threw a rod. :(

(These pictures were taken the week before she broke)

We’re still trying to decide what to do with her. She has been such a great truck!

I took Jacob to work this past week on the way to piano lessons, and on the way back, I was able to stop and grab a picture of one of my favorite signs in the entire world. It lets us know that we are approaching our beloved homeland. =]

I’ve also been playing with doing some hand lettering… I’m hoping to reveal some of these projects very soon!

Our dear cat, Lyle, has also been trying to figure out every possible way to break into our house. Sneaky cat.

Well, I suppose that’s all the ramblin’ I’ll do for now. =]

May you have a blessed evening!