Housewarming Love

Hi, lovelies!

This weekend was a wonderful one. The weather was fabulous, especially for an Oklahoma winter, and we had our first housewarming party with my side of the family. My grandma cooked Mexican food (yummo beef and chicken enchiladas and Spanish rice), and my Aunt Bea made guacamole, salsa and cream cheese dip, and spinach dip. All of the food was delicious (Mexican food is my fave), and I ate copious amounts of all of it. After everyone had their fill of food, we explored the outside of the house so that my great-aunts could exclaim over every little thing, such as the storm cellar (“Oh, how nice!”), the unfinished pole barn (“Well, look at this, Phyllis!” “Oh, yes, Louise, we need one of these!”), and the open pasture (“How preeetty!”). Mom learned how to drive the tractor, and the guys checked out the pond. Once everyone was reassured that the outside of the house was up to par, we headed back inside to eat cake.

Can I just talk about something here? Seriously, aside from popcorn, chocolate birthday cake that you get from the Wal-Mart or Reasor’s bakeries is the best thing that has ever happened to this earth. Sounds silly, but I LOVE that chocolate cake. I love the moist cakey part. I love the too-sweet buttercream icing that comes in all different colors and stains your teeth. I love that there is always enough left over to eat for a week straight and to add about forty inches to my waistline. And, obviously, I love it enough to devote an entire paragraph to it on my blog. [End obsessive cake rant.]

So, we all headed back inside to eat cake.. Glorious, delicious, chocolatey cake. Oh, I’m sorry. I’m really done talking about it. Then we opened gifts. Adam, because he is spoiled, was a bit bummed because all we got was “woman” stuff; kitchen goodies, bath towels, and more kitchen goodies. He’ll get over it. Overall, it was a lovely afternoon, and we were so happy to have family over to see our new place. I now know why it’s called a “housewarming” party. Having everyone there immediately made the house feel like home, and we really enjoyed it.

Here are a couple of highlights:
The cake. It said “Home Sweet Home” and featured a mini John Deere since Adam just bought one. So cute.
Here’s me holding my beloved cake, while my bestie, Valorie, is teaching my Pappy how to photobomb. Probably the funniest moment of the day and one reason I completely adore Valorie. 
Here is Pappy photobombing all by himself. 
My beautiful new Kitchen Aid mixer, complete with fingerprints, a gift from my parents.
Me making awkward faces (this is the best picture; I promise the others were much worse) while my handsome husband sits there in a fancy cutoff shirt being charming and probably secretly regretting marrying such an awkward person. Just kidding. He adores me and all of my awkward ways. Oh, and for the record–he wasn’t supposed to make it to the party because he was moving stuff. Otherwise, I’d have had him in at least a short-sleeved t-shirt. Sheesh.
The sun is supposed to shine all week long, and I plan to bask in it as much as I can. Hope you have a great week!


Welcome to my blog, Love in the Country! 

I’m starting this blog for a few different reasons. What probably gave me the most incentive is that I graduated college with an English degree last May, and for the first time in my life, I am not writing on a regular basis. It was nice to take a break, and not stress about fulfilling writing requirements and meeting assignment deadlines, but I have found that I really miss it. Blogging isn’t the type of writing that I have been used to doing, but I am excited to get back into the swing of it in some form. My goal is to post at least twice a week, even if it’s a short post about my latest music or food obsessions. Even if no one reads this, I will be happy to get my thoughts down on paper. Or, um, screen. (Plus I can write sentences like that last one and no one will care!)

Another reason I’m finally joining the blogging world is to document my life and all of its ordinary, beautiful moments. I think this will help me look at life more closely and see the magic in everyday moments, which I’m excited to do. I have always been terrible at keeping a diary or journal, but I think this will be a little different, not to mention I can post pictures super easily.

I am also hoping that my family and friends will visit this blog from time to time and that it will be an easy way to connect with them and keep them updated. It’s easy to forget to do that when things get busy.

Lastly, my wonderful husband of three years (I know people always say that about their spouses–I hope–but seriously, he is more than I could ask for) and I just bought our first house. It’s an adorable little house on ten acres with woods and a pond, and we love it. I was raised in a small town, but have never been more than 5 minutes from a Wal-Mart, so I’m excited to see how it’ll be living in the country. I’m sure there are lots of people who wouldn’t call our place “country,” but it’s definitely out there for me. I hope to post pictures and write about making our house into a home. 

Thank you for reading! I am so excited about this little blog, and hope you’ll enjoy it.