From the mountains to the ocean


So I’ve been waiting until closer to the time to let this be publicly known, and I just can’t wait anymore!

This is bittersweet, but we both firmly believe this is what we are supposed to do and recent events have only confirmed things for us.

On Easter, April 8th after the morning service at Northside we will be jumping in a u-haul (towing our car) and driving to Richmond, Va!


To try and simplify a complicated situation, Philip’s job was restructured and his pay took a HUGE hit. We knew it would be about $800 less a month, but after this last paycheck it was even over $100 less than the cut we were anticipating. (So that would mean he is getting $1000 less a month). Our rent is nearly $900 so losing that much money a month is detrimental. Also the daycare I was working at does not have enough students to pay me & I’ve been getting so exhausted…it was really for the best anyway.

We have been talking about moving to the East Coast for months anyway so that we could prepare to pursue education for Philip in Electronic Music Composition, and the COL is so much lower over there – also there are several job opportunities for Philip as well.

Also, my grandmother is getting up in age and I would really like to be near her (and of course the rest of my family)!

We are so thankful to my family for welcoming us into their homes – we know it is hard to have someone living with you, even for a short period of time.

We are hoping to find a house to rent after P gets a job (which we hope won’t take long with all of our contacts).

We will miss Philip’s family  and the church very much, and we are so thankful for your prayers & support!

If anyone would like to offer P a job 😉 (haha) or maybe you know of some rental properties we would be appreciative!

I personally am REALLY, REALLY looking forward to the move. Don’t get me wrong – I love the mountains, the lack of humidity, the Robinson/Armstrong family, the people in the church and the relative safety compared to Richmond.

But I cannot wait to see the James River again. To feel WARMTH (it is SO COLD in Colorado)!! To see my beautiful little nieces and laugh hysterically with my sister in Walmart at 1am again. To see my mom & dad who make me feel so wanted & welcome and are such fun people. To be less than a days drive away from my best friend/twin Anna and a few hours away from my “sister” Julie. (Watch out Abby – I intend on making you take this preggo to the beach this summer!) I am so excited to take our baby to the VA State Fair & Maymont park even though he/she will have no clue what is going on.

Yes, I am nostalgic and hormonal – but I am excited.




My first attempt at drawing manga. I'm having a horrible time with the hair. Hoping to finish this today.

Any of you artist types have advice on drawing anime hair…?

Or any online resources to share? I’m really enjoying drawing, but I need help!

Ambitions…or at least desires

“Far away there in the sunshine

are my highest aspirations.I

may not reach them but I can

look up and see their beauty,

believe in them and try to

follow them.”

Louisa May Alcott

Lately I’ve been thinking about what I want to do. I know that I love music – I love singing, playing the piano & flute…but what can I do with that? I do like composition, but I am so bad at writing choral parts…Dr. Forrest knows – he had to grade my sorry parallel 5th and whatnot. :p

I’ve always wanted to take a drawing class, but I never had the time free in college to actually do it and my drawing now is pretty atrocious.

I do like photography, but not only am I just “so-so”, but there are also TONS of great photographers out there.

I’ve tried writing poetry before and it’s “eh”…and I love writing literary criticism but I stink at writing stories.

So. What to do? Well I’m going to try a little bit of everything. I’m going to try my hand at drawing, photography,writing poetry (and maybe some music)…and see if anything sticks or strikes a spark.

If nothing comes out of it, I’ll know I tried and I can move on to something else. 🙂


How did you figure out what you wanted to do?

Did you just know? Did you have to search?

Have you figured it out yet or are you like me?


Ask my husband – I have strong opinions on everything from politics to tv shows to food. He thinks I’m crazy, since he doesn’t really get worked up about much of anything. He still loves me though, thankfully. 😉

One of the things that has ticked me off over the last couple of years (and more so since I’ve been pregnant -AKA hormonal) is that the BEST dessert type food items that they have had at Starbucks (IMO) have been discontinued…despite the fact that they were selling well and people loved them.


Exhibit A.

 The Black Bottom Cupcake.

My favorite cupcake EVER. EVER!! Even more than Red Velvet!!  Think moist chocolate cake with moist, sweet cream cheese on top and mini chocolate chips.      See why I miss it???

They had this cupcake for a few years and then completely discontinued it…no idea why – you had to get to Starbucks pretty early even to get one before they sold out, so it’s not like they were losing money.

The picture & link below is a copycat recipe…which I have not tried…mostly as an emotional & angry protest to Starbucks for making me bake my own cupcake when I could go buy one! Humph!! (sarcasm) But also because…I guess I’m lazy.

Copycat Black Bottom Cupcake recipe


Exhibit B.

The Peppermint Brownie.

Now, this brownie went PERFECTLY with a peppermint white mocha or a peppermint hot chocolate. They just got rid of this one somewhat recently, as in maybe a year or less. Instead of completely destroying this tasty treat, they made it into a cake pop which my sister says is good, but I refuse to eat it.

I want my peppermint brownie back!!  *sigh*

Here is the current *shudder* peppermint cake pop:

And here is a picture of the yummy original….I haven’t found a copycat recipe that sounds good enough yet….

I think I’m depressed now. Which mean I’ll probably eat. 😉

Just not my above mentioned beloved treats.


Was there something you loved that got discontinued?

Seems like it always happens to your favorite things, doesn’t it!



I know, I know. I’ve made a new blog when I barely ever posted on the other one.

But I think my problem is that I am truly NOT a good “blogger” – writing about a project I did or a meal I made. But I do like getting my thoughts and interests out there. Mostly because I have a hard time sorting out these things in my head. So mostly what you will see here is personal things such as song lyrics, pictures, and other things like LINKS to recipes I tried and liked (most because the whole taking pictures during the process thing never happens for me, even though I try a LOT of Pintrest recipes).

So I won’t be offended if most of you couldn’t care less. But some of you do – probably mostly close friends & family, but hey it’s something! 🙂