Sunday, October 31, 2010

Menu Plan Sunday

Last week I actually stuck to the menu exactly. On Wednesday I was tempted to do takeout from somewhere, but resisted knowing that we had food we had already paid for at home. Here's this weeks menu:
Monday: Parma Pizza (dinner with new members from church)
Tuesday: Leftover Pizza or Left over spicy baked chicken
Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner
Thursday: 6 can tortilla soup, chips and salsa

Monday: Left over spicy baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans (what I made for Kent's bday)
Tuesday: Kent-business lunch; Kristen-Left over pizza, salad
Wednesday: PB&J sandwhiches, fruit, chips
Thursday: Grilled chicken salad
Friday: Kent-lunch out; Kristen-left over soup

Warning: PDA

In August of 2007, a friend of friends walked up to me and asked me out. Three years later we are married and expecting our first child. I couldn't be more blessed. Today is his 32nd birthday.

Dating fall of 2007
Engaged in February 2008

Married in July 2008
Summer 2010

Fall 2010 (expecting our 1st child)

32 things I love about my sweet husband:

1. He love Jesus Christ more than he loves me
2. He is passionate 
3. He has a sweet tooth and loves to eat yummy treats
4. He lets me put my cold feet on his legs to warm them up
5. He loves the Baylor Bears and Dallas Cowboys through thick and thin
6. He likes coming home
7. He leads me well and calls out my sin
8. He loves watching movies and the whole movie experience
9. He is excited to have a son, and hopes great things for him
10. He doesn't expect me to cook every night
11. He thinks Valentine's Day is silly (and so do I)
12. He longs to help hurting/broken people
13. He takes care of my car
14. He loves a variety of music and makes great playlists
15. He looks good when he doesn't shave for a few days
16. He answers my theology questions
17. He exposed me to the greatness of LOST, How I met your Mother, & The Office
18. He tells me he loves me at least 10x per day
19. He sends thoughtful text messages and emails just because
20. He is creative
21. He has lots of nicknames for me
22. He begs the Lord for Drew's salvation
23. He goes to bed at the same time as me, even though he would prefer to stay up much later
24. He is an amazing cook, especially on the grill
25. He was open minded about sushi, and now loves it as much as me
26. He is great with children
27. He yells at the TV during football and basketball games
28. He gives his opinion in decorating our home, but let's me make the final decision
29. He judges every mexican food restaurant by their salsa and beef fajitas
30. He serves in our home and church
31. He is an excellent communicator, and asks great questions
32. He walks in the truth, freedom, and hope of the gospel, but longs to know more daily

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday: I know this much is true

I decided that I would do a "favorite things" post weekly. I like the title I used last week of I know this much is true, so that will be my weekly title for favorite things. The title is appropriate because the things I use/enjoy/like probably change, so this is all I know true today (on a surface level..not the real truth that never changes). Today's I know this much is true is all about beauty products. The top 5 today are:

1. L'Oreal's Voluminous Mascara: I have tried MANY other mascaras that range in prices from cheaper to much more expensive, but in my opinion you will always have great lashes with this $6.99 product.

2. Kiehl's Body Balm: Now this item falls in the pricey range, it's about $40 for a giant tub of amazingness. I had a fear of the itchy skin and potential stretch marks that potentially accompany pregnancy. Some of the itchy skin has reared it's head and stretch marks may follow (TMI?) later on, but so far this stuff leaves my skin feeling amazing. In my first trimester I thought it smelled like minty pickles, which was a definite issue if you know how much I loathe pickles. But, I think that was all in my head, because now I look forward to putting it on nightly. It's amazing, and the tub will last you several months.

3. Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo: There is some controversy about this next product. Many people have experienced (me included) the dry shampoo actually evaporate in the bottle without using it. However, in it's defense this has only happened to me twice and if you buy it at Ulta and this happens they always replace the can. Anyway, this product allows me to only wash my hair 2-3 times per week, which will be very useful once the little bambino arrives.

4. Moroccan Oil: My previous hair dresser introduced me to this lovely product. Add a quarter sized amount to your hair before blow drying and wa-lah..your hair is fabulous. I mean, you still have to go through your normal styling routine but this product cuts your drying time and adds something fabulous to your hair.  I suggest buying the bigger bottle, you save money in the long run.

5.  Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: In the past I only used powder, but felt like I needed more coverage. I was hesitant in making the jump to foundation in fear of looking overdone or cake-y (if you use foundation, no offense..this is just how I felt for me). So, this tinted moisturizer was a great solution. After I wash my face in the morning and use just a dab of my regular moisturizer, (which I also love, but more on that later) I use a very small amount of this. It provides enough coverage to give me the look I want, but not so much that I feel like I am overdoing it. Also, I bought this in August and I have only used about 1/4 of it. If you use it sparingly, it will last a long time! I am sad I am already on my final product, so maybe next week will be beauty products part 2.

Anyway, I know that I have had a sudden revival of my blog, but it's been so fun. Everyone that hasn't posted in over 6 months...start posting today, we all want to read your lovely thoughts!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Menu Plan Sunday

I saw on someone's blog that she post her menu plan each week for other's to get ideas and to hold her accountable for actually cooking each week. I am going to try it out.

Monday: Kent/Kristen-Grilled Chicken Salad
Tuesday: Kent/Kristen-Leftover Sesame Noodles/Veggies
Wednesday: Kent-Jambalya from Tom Thumb; Kristen-Sliced avocado/tomatoes
Thursday: Kristen/Kent Quinoa Curried Salad
Friday: Kent lunch out; Kristen leftovers or frozen pizza, salad

Monday: Pioneer Woman's Sesame Noodles/Stir Fry Veggies
Tuesday: Chili/Cornbread
Wednesday: Quinoa Curried Salad
Thursday: BLT for Kent/Kristen-Bunco
Friday: Dinner out

Will post to see if I actually followed through with everything. Stay tuned!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010


I am drawn to art, in jewelry, and in real life. As I was praying this morning, I started to think about why I love these things. Here are a few examples of the trees in my life :)...
Picture above our couch

My journal (that I purchased at Liberty in London, but they now sell at Anthropologie)

My favorite necklace

As a believer and worshiper of Christ, I want all things to bring glory to His name. I want to reflect on my likes and my attractions, and see if they "stir my affections" (term made popular by our pastor) for the Lord or if they just begin and end on me. One of my all time favorite verses is in Jeremiah 17:5-8

"Thus says the Lord:“Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. 6 He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lordwhose trust is the LordHe is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Psalm 92:11-13

"The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,  
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 
13 planted in the house of the LORD, 
they will flourish in the courts of our God."

Isaiah 44:22-24

22 "I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you." 23 Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel. 24 "This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself..."

I want to be like the tree that he talks about in Jeremiah, that has roots that are deep in the Lord and bears fruit no matter what comes my way. I want to flourish like a palm tree in the house of the Lord, and worship Him because He is a good God. I want to remember daily that He has swept away my offenses and sing for joy with nature, knowing that He has conquered death once and He will return to conquer it and sin once and for all.

I have such a long way to go in learning to reflect on the Lord in all things, but maybe today with this reminder I will take all my affections, likes, and personality and give glory to His name alone since He is the one that created ALL things. May it play on repeat in my head today, "worship the CREATOR, not the creation!"

Friday, October 22, 2010

Giraffes, Elephants, and design...oh my!!

Sigh. I want that Jonathan Adler lamp featured in the picture above so badly for Drew's nursery. But, there is no way I would ever want us (or anyone) to spend over $300 for a table lamp...even if it is the cutest thing I have ever seen. If someone would gift me with about $5,000, I could make one killer nursery! I would get the lamp featured above, and this bedding (picture it without the awful blue pain on the wall)...

And I would get this glider...

And this changing table...

Alas, I don't want to spend $400 bedding,  I definitely don't want to spend $1300 on a glider, or $950 on a changing table!!. So, I am trying to come up with some pretty cute budget friendly ideas to incorporate some of the design elements and adorable ideas that I have found. If I knew how to make a mood board, I would post a mood board on here. However, here are a few sneak peeks at a few of the things that have been purchased (mainly by Drew's generous grandparents!).


Pillow for glider with an orange d on it for Drew
Pottery Barn classic changing table

One of several prints that will be displayed in photo collage similar to this one

I will not be starting to really work on our nursery until after our baby showers in November. I still need a guest room for in-laws until then. I will be hopefully creating some type of make-shift guest room in the little office we have in our house. I am thinking of purchasing this as the bed so that there is still plenty of room for the bookshelves and computer desk.

Stay tuned for more nursery decor to come in the upcoming months. Oh, and who knew there were so many fabulous nursery decorating blogs! I love technology. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Time, Plans, and Control

The Lord allowed Kent and I to get pregnant very quickly, and so after one month of no "golie" we were expecting (TMI..maybe). I know this is a blessing, but my controlling mind immediately begin calculating the due date. I felt like we had made a mistake, I couldn't be due in February! A February due date meant that I would only have 8 or 9 weeks off with my child and then have to return to work to finish out the school year. That was just the first thing that wasn't apart of my plan!

Next, I felt like my body immediately begin to change. I immediately felt chubby and begin to pack on a few pounds (Almost 24 weeks later, it is more than a few!). My plan was to be about 5-10 lbs. lighter when we conceived so that I would be at the lower end of my weight and my pregnancy weight wouldn't be as overwhelming. Once again, this wasn't apart of my plan!

Thirdly, my mind swirled out of control worrying about everything from birth defects, to learning disabilities, to syndromes, and...on and on my worry list went. What if something happens that is not apart of my plan, and our lives are forever shaped and our family has to endure suffering.

My mind was consumed. As I stared off one day while I was supposed to be reading the Word and praying, my eye caught a picture of a clock that we have framed in our livingroom. (I wanted to post a picture of it, but blogger says no image uploads for 2 hours!) The Lord overwhelmingly reminded me that He is outside of time/bigger than time/and lovingly controls all things..even time. Then I turned to Psalm 139:

"For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. [1]
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them."

The Lord knew the exact moment that Kent and I would conceive our son. He knew that I would be 5-10 lbs. heavier than I thought I should be. He knew that our son's due date would be in February. And He knows every day that our precious son will walk this earth.

I believe that the Lord is more trustworthy, loving, and good than I can ever fathom. Therefore, I can trust His timing and His perfect/loving plan for our son's life and my life.

As Lauren Chandler wrote on her blog:

The lie is this: God is not good and He does not want my good.

This is the lie that tripped up Eve in the garden. This is the lie that has plagued humankind ever since. This is the lie the Father exposed through His Son on the cross. "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay his life down for his friends." How can we not see through this lie? "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will he not also with Him graciously give us all things?"

May whoever reads this have renewed trust and hope in the Lord...not because your life is easy, and not because you have everything you think you deserve. Instead, trust in the eternal hope that the Lord has promised us. Yes, this life on earth is filled with suffering, death, and trials...that is the result of sin. But for the one who believes there is hope! Revelation 21:

"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”"

Amen! Come Lord Jesus!

Re-reading this, it reminds me of a post I wrote 3 years ago.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I know this much is true...

In college I read a book by Wally Lamb called, I Know This Much is True. I love the title, and the book was entertaining although a little twisted. Anyway, this entry has nothing to do with books, but instead an updated (click here for one 2 years ago) favorite things post..pregnancy style. My top 5 favorite things from the last 22 weeks that I hope will help me endure the next 18 weeks.

1. Snoogle: An amazing pregnancy pillow that supports your entire body!! I was just entering in the stages of uncomfortable sleep when my friend Jill brought me her Snoogle. This pillow is amazing!

2. Zantac: There are many body issues that accompany pregnancy that I haven't had to deal with (yet!), but I have not been spared from heartburn. Zantac to the rescue! It's the only thing that I have found that truly works.

3. Simply Orange: Right now this is like manna from heaven. I don't know why, but it sounds good at any point in the day and I look forward to that first cup every morning. No other orange juice quite does the trick...Simply Orange has my heart.

4. Old Navy Maternity Skinny Jeans: I was skeptical as I made the online purchase, but once they arrived I instantly knew why the reviews of the jeans were so good. They're not as tight as normal skinny jeans and they provide the comfy maternity panel, but allow you to still look slightly modern even in pregnancy. I am eager for the weather to turn cooler so that I can wear these with boots!!

5. Forever 21 accessories: I decided that my pregnancy style would be plain shirts accompanied with cardigans and accessories. My stylish friend, Lauren Borgeson, met me at Forever 21 and helped me pick out 5 necklaces that will go with lots of different outfits. For $30.00 I was able to by 5 necklaces and 1 pair of earrings!! Who cares if it falls apart later, right now they are helping me spice up a round belly and plain shirts. Here is one example:

There are a few other things that I have enjoyed (can you say sweatpants), but those above are definitely in the top 5. I am thankful I am pregnant in 2010 where there are many options that combine style and comfort.

Stay tuned, there may be another entry coming later this week.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Where to begin?

How do you pick up blogging after not writing one tiny sentence for over 1 year? My method is going to be by jumping back in head first and pretending like the 14 months off were on purpose or something. (They weren't..I was just lazy) Here are 10 things that are new since July 2009:

1) We're homeowners
2) Kent was promoted to Creative Director at his job
3) Macy is 14 months old now, and Addie is 4.5 years old (they look so little on my blog)
4) Our pastor and my father in law were diagnosed with cancer, but both are doing remarkably well
5) I travelled to Paris and London with my mom
6) Kent made a full-length film
7) We're pregnant (22 weeks) and due February 11th
8) Drew Rabalais will be the first grandson/nephew on my side of the family
9) Drew will carry on the Rabalais name (Lord willing)
10) We are eager & thrilled to welcome our little man into our family

Being pregnant hasn't been too bad for me so far (Praise God!), but it's an interesting time of life. I've learned that women love to share their pregnancy stories, labor/delivery stories, and share all sorts of opinions about child rearing/child safety/breast feeding/products/sleep schedules/birthing plans/discipline/formula/potty training/etc/etc/etc. I do have to say that I am fascinated right now with labor/delivery stories and first 3 week survival stories. I want to know all the nitty gritty details, so the more involved the story the more you have my attention! However, I struggle with the stories that just claim it was all bliss and easy. I am sure that is true for some, but I am a sucker for those that have a few scars and battle stories. All of the child care opinions are in the end only opinions, and though learning from others is valuable, first and foremost we have to beg the Lord for wisdom in raising our son and do what we feel is best for our family. James 1:5-8 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

I have a few other things I'd like to share, but I will save those for a different night not so far away. I end my little blog entry tonight thankful and knowing in my heart that the Lord will not fail, leave, forget, or stop loving. And, just because a blog is more interesting with a picture or video, here is one of my baby pictures shortly after coming home from the hospital. My mom says I was born with baby acne, a milk tooth, sticking up hair, and bulging eyes. Ummm, let's just hope that Drew starts out a little better looking than his mom!