Friday, February 24, 2012

Stupid decisions

Have you ever seen someone you love making decisions that could ruin their lives. And you wish you could just slap them across the head and smack some sense into them?

Why is it that we NEVER listen to our loved ones when they give us advice about how we're living our lives. If you come from a family like mine you should know that it's only said out of pure love and worry about your future.

Instead, we have to stand by and let things get so bad that HOPEFULLY they change. I know because I was that way too! I was in a situation that I KNEW i shouldn't of been in but for some reason when my family gave me their advice it made me want to continue doing what I was doing. Call it denial or whatever you want. But it's sad that it has to get to its absolute worst before it can get better.

It sucks watching it go down and not being able to change it or fix it. My heart is heavy tonight. :( life is too short to make decisions that will have consequences that can ruin your life and your familys lives. If you're going to marry someone make sure it's someone who loves you AND you're family and treats you with the utmost respect. Don't do stupid stuff like drugs and get drunk where you're making stupid decisions that can altar you're future ESPECIALLY when God had already saved your butt a few times before. Life is short. Then you die. Don't settle for a moment of gratification and forfeit a life and eternity of joy.

I hope you find yourself at the end of your life and that your proud of how you spent your time on earth. Until then you'll have a concerned loved one praying for you.

Please please please don't settle for second best.

Until next time
- Laura-Ashley

Monday, February 20, 2012

I love/hate Ikea

I just hate Ikea. And I love it all at the same time!

This weekend I went to ikea with my husband, daughter, parents, sister and brother in law. It was my beautiful moms birthday and I really enjoy spending time with my family.

My husband and I had been to Ikea a month ago and found an entertainment center we really wanted. So we came back to buy it.

If you've never been to Ikea before its a HUGE store. As you walk through they have living room, kitchen, bedroom displays everywhere. You start seeing things and imagining that stuff set up in your house.

We're sorta "remodeling" our living room. We had big black couches and we got rid of them for smaller brown couches. Our tv is hanging over our fire place so we wanted to do something new and get an entertainment center. our carpet is pretty gross so we'll be replacing that real soon. And we have a really comfy yellow rocking chair that I'm going to buy fabric for to reupholstered it.

I'm really excited about all these changes. It's fun to house decorate. While we were at ikea my sister and I thought i needed to pick a color to "pop" around the room cause the walls are tan and everything is a neutral color. So we saw these pillows ...

And decided to make the "pop" color green and I LOVE it. Looks so good. Now I have to buy some more green stuff!

So back to our entertainment center. If you've never been to or bought anything from ikea I'll let you know how it works. You walk through all the displays and if you see something you like you write down or take a picture of the number on the tag. And then when you get to the end of the store you end up in a warehouse and you have to find your product, get it and then go to the checkout. the problem is...(and this happened to me last time I went to go buy our bed there) when you see it upstairs you fall in love with the idea of getting that product and then imagining it in your house. Well when you get to the bottom 90% of the time the product is "out of stock" and that is so annoying

So my husband and I couldn't decided between the brown or white entertainment center. He wanted brown and I wanted white. He said I could make the decision (he's such a good hubby) but I was so indecisive. The entertainment center is actually 4 different pieces so I knew the odds of each piece being in stock was slim. So I told him "let's just get to the end of the store and whichever color has all the pieces in stock we'll buy."

So we get to the end and I just say lets get the brown. And Chris was like REALLY!? So we went to get the first piece and the white one was right next to it and I changed my mind again at the last second. Haha. So we get all the white pieces but couldn't find the last piece we needed. (of course) Chris said we could just come back next weekend but I'm impatient and Ikea is in Emeryville so its like 30/40 minutes away. So I say "let's just get the brown one" as we're walking towards the brown one I kept thinking I really wanted the white one so Chris made an executive decision and said were getting white.

Still bummed that we had to come back we walk towards the check out. Right before the check out there is an "as is section" meaning everything in the section is like half off because someone didn't want it or maybe it had a little ding on it. Last time I came to Ikea for our bed I found the same mattress I was going to buy for half off because the corner of the mattress had a little black spot on it. So we always look in this section before we leave. I told Chris "wouldn't it be funny if the piece we needed was in here" knowing full well it wouldn't be because the as is section was looking pretty empty and the piece we needed was so random. We walked in and saw a little white shelf on the ground and Chris was like THERE IT IS! I couldn't believe it. But when I looked over I saw he was just kidding.... "/ then right behind it....... I saw it! the one piece in the same exact color we needed! I couldn't believe my eyes! Regularly 130 now 64 dollars! Thank you Jesus! holler.

Still in disbelief we go to the check out and buy it. As we're walking out the door Chris noticed that one of the pieces we bought was the wrong piece! Ugh. So we have to return it and PRAY that they had the right piece in stock. Chris and Wes went back to look for it and couldn't find it. They asked the people behind the counter and luckily they had it in the back! Talk about An emotional roller coaster!

We ended up walking out the door with everything we wanted! :)

The boys putting it together.

And the finished product!

Until next time

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Christians just dont get it.

I've seen a few people on Facebook who call themselves "Christians" an yet I see the things their saying to people in order to try and get their "point" across. In their mind they think there defending Gods honor. God doesn't need his honor defended. He can defend himself. What he needs is for us to share his LOVE. His untainted, always faithful, never ending LOVE. I hate it when "Christians" try to argue or debate with someone about why what they believe is right. Do you REALLY think after you've just argued with them and made sure they knew how wrong they were that they'll come to know Gods love?

To anyone out there who has ever been made to feel inferior or stupid or judged by someone who called themselves a "Christian" I would like to apologize and then tell you, that does not represent the God I serve.

Some instances that really make me mad?! The church that was standing outside fallen soldiers funerals to protest that they felt war was wrong? Seriously? I get it, you have an opinion and you want it to be heard. But how about some respect. These men died so that you could have the right to voice your opinion! That's just one more thing that ignorant "Christians" did that make anyone who calls themselves Christian look ridiculous and that is NOT what Jesus would have done. There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under the heavens: (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)

Here is a touchy one my husband and I talk about. I'm sick of "Christians" who stand around with signs that say "BEING GAY IS A SIN" or recently I've seen someone post that on Facebook. I just want to ask them any sin they have committed then make a sign and stand outside their house and hold it up. "BEING A LIER IS A SIN" "COMMITTING ADULTERY IS A SIN" you sin EVERYDAY. Who are you to stand with a sign telling them what they're doing is a sin? Then they say well I'm just trying to tell them the truth! Do you REALLY think that after you've treated them like trash that they are going to WANT to go to your church. Do you REALLY think they'll feel comfortable in your church. or be open to receiving Gods love?

God IS Love! He casts no guilt or shame. Why don't you just show people the love of Christ and let Him work on their heart.

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? (Luke 6:41 NIV)

Dear "Christians"
Aren't you glad that God didn't stand outside YOUR door judging you? Instead He sent his son to die on a cross for you out of pure intense LOVE. In this world full of pain and hurt and people who are searching for answers don't you think it would be life changing for people to experience the same love that Christ showed you? Stop treating people the way you "think" they should be treated and start loving on people as Jesus has loved you.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is LOVE. (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)

GODISLOVE. Plain and simple. And if you let him he will change your life forever. He will take away all the hurt and pain and he will make your broken heart new again.

Until next time

Will you be my Valentine?

I heard a quote on the movie "the Vow" tonight that I loved. "Your whole life equals the sum of everything you've ever experienced"

Simple right? Yet so true. As I lay in bed (seems to be the only time of day I have a moment to blog) I realize that everything I've ever experienced in my life has shaped and formed me into the person I am today. The good, bad, and the ugly. On this valentines day I'm grateful for all my "experiences" that have made me who I am today. Just a random thought.

Valentines day is such an amazing day isn't it?! There are two types of people. 1. People who LOVE valentines day and 2. People who HATE valentines day. If you fall under category 1 your probably in a relationship and if you're number 2 you're probably single. An you know it's true.

Vday is definitely a girls holiday. I believe that EVERY girl deserves to be "woo'ed" every girl should be treated like a queen. Every girl should get a bouquet of flowers and some nice chocolate. A card with a ridiculously romantic letter in it. A guy who plans something for her. And If you're reading this and DON'T have that, don't settle. You're worth so much more than you think. There is someone out there who will cherish you for who you are and all that you're worth. Life is too short to be with someone who never does any of the above for you.

I met my husband when I was just 13 years old at a church youth group. He asked me if I wanted to be his "girl" I told him I would think about it and he got all nervous. ;) (gotta keep em on their toes) obviously I said okay. We dated all throughout junior high and some high school then broke up for a few years. In 2009 we decided we couldn't live without each other and since then have gotten married and have had a beautiful baby girl.

We've been through a lot together. Both when we were together but mostly when we were apart. I believe that making it through the hard times have made the good times so much better!

I heard the percentages of marriages that last these days and was shocked! Too many people get married and just opt out when it gets hard or say their spouse is different from when they married them. In my opinion love is not a feeling. It's a choice. Love is for better or worse, richer or poorer, Til death do you part. The problem these days is people are making decisions based on how they feel instead of being faithful to a commitment they made. Every morning I wake up is another day that I CHOOSE to love my wonderful husband. And then the next day I choose the same thing.

My husband bought me a beautiful (ridiculously expensive) bouquet of flowers and took me to dinner then a movie :)

Hope you had an incredible day and felt special.

Below are some pictures from when my husband an I first started dating, our engagement and our wedding. One of Raegan first born and one I took of her doing her "birdie" mouth. And a family shot of us today.
Until next time.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Grammy awards.

54th Grammy awards

My family and I (my parents, husband, daughter, sister, bro in law, and Andrew) ate popcorn and cinnamon bread while watching the ceremony.

I thought about getting a real fancy dress and showing up at my sisters house to watch (I thought it would be funny) but the only fancy dress I have is my wedding dress and decided not to bust it out! Next year for sure. Your all invited to my dress up grammys partay 2013

It's always a good time when my family gets together. My mom overheard me telling my husband to make that "skrilla" and she asked me what that meant so I told her, make that money. Then she looks at me and says "tomorrow I'm going to work and making that SKWILLA" :) at least she tries.

My brother in law is borderline obsessed with Adele. He's named his cat "Adele" and during her performance I glanced over at him and he was resting his chin in his hands mouthing the words to her song along with Adele. Such a tender moment.

During the Whitney Houston tribute my brother in law turned off all the lights in the house haha.

All while my husband was more interested in taking pictures of everyone and putting "troll" faces on them. (I'll post a picture below.)

I only have one complaint about this years Grammys. And you can call her Nikki. I mean, COME ON? Seriously. That performance was whack. I'm not gonna lie, I was excited to see her perform. She's a little weird but she is a talented rapper. She's pretty legit. But seriously, she ruined the whole show. Heard someone say Stevie Wonder was the luckiest person during her performance. I'd have to agree... He didn't have to see any of that.

Adele did amazing! (of course) I love Adele because she's an incredible singer but mostly because she's just normal. She's beautiful and talented and looks like the average woman in America. She represents well! Go girl.

Jennifer Hudson did a beautiful tribute to the late Whitney Houston. (although I was waiting for her to belt out "AND IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII EEEE IIIIIIIIIIII WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!!!!!!") and she didn't. Little sad about that but it was beautiful none the less. Jennifer looked stunning. And my heart is sad for Whitney an her family.

Taylor Swift was cute. It's refreshing to hear a song that isn't about sex and every other word is a swear word. "one day I'll be singing this at the Grammys and all you're ever gonna be is mean"

Carrie Underwood is an all time fav. She's beautiful, has one of the best voices I've ever heard and is just super sweet!

LOVE LOVE LOVE Bruno Mars' performance/style. He did awesome. I dig the old school feel. In the words of my dad "that's just down right enjoyable"

My parents could not WAIT for Glen Campbell. As soon as he started singing Rhinestone Cowboy they were both swaying back and forth singing along with Glen...

A fun time was had by all.
Until next time.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pocket-Sized Birdie

So here I am.
First blog entry. February 11,2012.
Husband is sleeping soundly next to me and baby is drifting peacefully.
I decided to start a blog because:
1. I found my Facebook statuses becoming more frequent and at times way longer than any status should be.
2. I have a lot of things I've seen/heard lately that I want to vent about.
3. My beautiful daughter is 6 months now and a lot is happening, I don't want to miss a single moment.

I decided to call my blog "Pocket-Sized Birdie" for two simple reasons.
While I'll be blogging about pretty much anything and everything, majority of my blogs will be about my sweetheart Raegan Presley.
My mom says more and more she's looking just like me when I was a baby. Hence; "Pocket-Sized" (and idk why but just to think of her as pocket-size is way cute.)

And you know those pictures you see in childhood books where there is a nest full of baby birds with their mouths wide open waiting for momma bird to give them a worm? Well my Raegan does the same thing.
At around three months old she started opening her mouth really wide and looks like a cute little baby birdie. :) (I'll have to post a picture of her doing that soon)

this is my Pocket-Sized Birdie

Thanks for stopping by and joining me on this crazy journey called life.