Friday, January 31, 2014

High Five for Friday!

Happy Friday internet!

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! I know that I usually list 5 things from my week but…because today is the last day of January, I thought it would be fun to look back on some highlights from this month!
 
I'm linking up with Lauren for H54F!

One. My sister's Birthday. My mom always makes us our favorite meal for our birthday. This year my sister wanted lasagna, fried okra and oriental salad! As strange as that combo sounds…it was amazing!
 
Two. I’m making so much progress on the doll house! I hope to post my bathroom reveal next week! Here’s a little sneak peek of what you can expect:
 
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I’m hoping my mom and stepdad come to visit this weekend so I can get that baby hung!
 
Three. Learning about discipline. It’s not easy and I was tested this week!


Four. I’ve been experimenting with new beauty products and hair styles. I am in love with this primer. It has added hours to the life of my makeup.

Also, this hairstyle:
 

Makes me feel like her:

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Who says Disney movies are for kids?
 
Five. Instagram is my favorite form of social media. I’ve been on the hunt for a way to display some of my favorite photos and finally, I found a solution! (Actually, I totally stole the idea from my stepsister).


Frame: Pier1 / Prints: Printstagram

Guys, I love Printstagram! 24 prints for $12! The paper quality is outstanding, just beautiful.

I hope January has been good to you!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Discipline

Yesterday our pastor spoke about being disciplined. He said “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”

That quote resonates with me. I can’t stop thinking about it.

Sometimes reaching a goal seems impossible…whether it be losing weight, saving money or if you’re a student: making good grades.

We are constantly seduced by the quick return, the things we want now.

I’m going on a cruise this summer. I’ve been trying to diet and eat better. Get back into my exercising routine. It’s been hard.

I desperately want to have pizza with my friends. In the mornings, I want to sleep in a little longer (rather than go to the gym). In the evenings, I want to go straight home from work (rather than go to the gym). All of these things are things I want now. None of them have long term benefits…

So when I heard this quote,

 

something shifted. I'm motivated. I'm ready to accomplish what I want most!

Don’t you love it when the pastor speaks directly to you? I just know that sermon (heard by thousands of people) was meant for me! :-)  God is good, all the time.

Anyway, I thought some of you might be able to relate (after all, it’s almost a month since New Year’s).   

Just a little reminder to keep it up! Say no to the things you want now!

p.s. to find out more, visit lifechurch.tv

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Eighteen

My baby sister turns 18 today! Eighteen! Hold me.


There are seven years between us...and as we get older that gap seems to get smaller and smaller.

I remember the day the photo below was taken.


I was in Mrs. Davis's first grade class at Jenks West Elementary. The office secretary came on the intercom and announced that "Brittney Orr has a new baby sister!" I was so proud.

I love this picture of Mikayla, it was her kindergarten picture. It captures her so perfectly. Mikayla was a wild little girl, care free, athletic, a risk taker. Nothing like her big sister.

 
I don't know what happened to the other copies of the photo, but this is the only one we have. It's a Christmas ornament, everyone agrees that it is the BEST ornament on the tree.
 
This picture is from our first trip to Disney World.

 
While on vacation, Mikayla and I got in trouble (probably for fighting with each other). Of course, our punishment was to go to our room. I remember us having so much fun together that afternoon. We played gymnastics, jumped on the bed...entertaining ourselves while everyone else enjoyed the pool. That's the funny thing about sisters, we know how to push each others buttons, we fight over the smallest things, but at the end of the day we are still sisters. We love each other despite our flaws.
 
 






 
 Happy Birthday to my beautiful sister! I love you more than you will ever know!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

my ghost encounter

Every family has its quirks. Some are a bit gloomy, some are funny, some you hope nobody finds out about and some are just too outrageous to keep a secret.

I’m not sure my family will appreciate my disclosing one of our quirks to the internet, but I can’t resist!

Okay, here goes…they believe in ghosts. That’s right.

My mom and dad had an “encounter” when they were in high school. It’s a story I’ve heard from both of them on separate occasions. It sounds crazy and I have to admit…I’m a bit of a skeptic. But a little part of me finds this subject matter intriguing.

It wasn’t until recently that I discovered the extent of their obsession. My brother is in on it too. He claims to of had an experience as well.

One day at lunch, my mom informed me that she “felt a presence” in my doll house *Gulp* to this day, I have no clue if she was serious or joking with me.

It doesn’t end there…my dad got me hooked on a travel channel show called Ghost Adventures. They investigate haunted places. Of course, their investigation takes place at night time in a remote area. Occasionally, they capture these little light spots referred to as “orbs.”

Well a few days ago I was having trouble sleeping. It was the middle of the night and I had a terrible cold. The kind where you can’t breathe through your nose, your ears ache. You feel like you’re sleeping in a furnace. So I was lying there, in the dark, when I noticed a small (and brief) light in my hallway.

Remember my cute little hallway?
 
 
It looked JUST like the orbs you see on ghost adventures.

I shot out of bed, remembering the “presence” my mother felt months earlier.

I waited, nothing happened.

Feeling brave, I confronted the ghost: “I think I just saw you…”

Moments later, I saw the light again.

And again.

Suddenly, I realized the source of the light: the fire alarm.

I may or may not have been under the influence of prescription cough syrup when this encounter took place.

Oh the adventures of living alone!

Do any of you have any weird ghost stories?

or is my family making me crazy?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014

I realize 2013 is officially in the past. We welcomed 2014 and I am ready to surge forward into what is sure to be a year of growth and (hopefully) happiness.

However, I can’t help but look back on 2013 and share a final farewell.

Inspired by the fabulous (Oklahoma Native) Whitney English, I thought I’d create a list of my successes and struggles in the past year. I think it is important to remember your struggles because they are constantly changing and evolving. I’m going to do my best to be honest (it’s a little scary internet) because I think our struggles make us better. They push us to grow and overcome. They teach us to be resilient and most of all, they've brought me closer to God.

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Success: Building friendships, old and new. I don’t know how to say this without sounding weird but being a good friend is a challenge for me. I am not very good at calling and checking in. I am perfectly content with staying at home in my PJ’s and watching a movie…by myself.  This year I’ve grown closer to new friends and have truly learned the meaning of friendship. I have an AMAZING support system here in Ada. There were times that I didn’t feel like going out or seeing people but I made it a priority to step out of my comfort zone and it totally paid off.


(not pictured: Corey & Susan -We need to take more pictures together, I couldn't find a single one!) 

Struggle: Dating and/or being single (I’ve never said that on the internet and I really don’t like talking about it but it is the truth). I feel soo conflicted. I want to have a family. I want to be a mom. I want to be passionately in love, but…I HATE dating. I get a pit in my stomach before every date I go on. There is so much dread and anxiety. Why is that? Why can’t I be one of those women who enjoy receiving attention from men? 

Also, every time a friend or family member asks about my dating life, or offers me “advice,” I immediately switch into defense mode. I don’t like being set up on blind dates. I don’t want to date your daughters little league soccer coach. I don’t want unsolicited advice. I’m tired of not being included in certain events (ahem, co-ed bridal shower…) because of my marital status.  I am tired of feeling isolated and unworthy of things because I’m not reproducing! (see…I’m doing it again, I’m getting defensive). I just want to publically admit that yes, I would love to be madly in love. I would love to have a family of my own…but I won’t settle. I know your questions and statements regarding my dating life come from a place of love and support…I guess I’m just letting you know that it is an insecurity and I consider this to be a private matter, something I struggle with. I love you and I hope I haven’t offended you!


Success: Buying my first home! It was such a leap. I had no idea what went into buying a house and I am so proud of myself for taking the risk. I have learned so much (we’ll get to the specifics later) and I love being a homeowner!



Struggle: Anxiety over things I can’t control.  This has been a struggle for most of my life. When I first moved into my house I was paranoid about someone breaking in. I worry about my family and their health. I worry about my younger siblings and their safety...I had a few issues with my heart and for several weeks, I didn’t know what was causing it.  I had serious anxiety over the tests, getting the results, whether or not I needed surgery, blah blah blah (I’m totally fine, it wasn’t a big deal). I worry about being abducted (too many lifetime movies). I worry about small things that don’t matter. Day to day issues like getting somewhere on time or remembering to get trash bags at the grocery store.

Success: Being a homeowner. If homeownership was a class, I would have an A+! I learned to garden, mow the lawn, texture dry wall, refinish the fireplace…painting, painting and more painting…killing and disposing bugs of all shapes and sizes; it’s been a year full of trial and error and I've never felt more independent in my entire life.




Struggle: This blog. I struggle to find the time. I struggle to find the words. I just struggle. I hope that changes in 2014. Blogging is something I love and it makes me so happy. I want to blog more this year.

Success: At work. I love my job and the people I work with. I know how rare that is and I am so thankful for the opportunities I've had this year. I had a HUGE presentation that couldn't have gone better and I have new opportunities that I'm very excited about. 


Struggle: Diet and Exercise…welcome to adulthood.


Success: Doing things I love. Cooking. Decorating. Crafting. Reading. Spending time with family. Traveling. Getting my toes did. Laughing. Singing. Going to the theatre…I think it’s important to do things that make you happy. It keeps me sane when I’m struggling. It’s something small that makes a big impact on my day or week.






So I look forward to 2014. I hope to overcome a few of these struggles and continue to encounter success.

It’s been 2014 for two days and I'm already off to a good start!

I shot a gun for the first time.


And I tried a new Pioneer Woman recipe.



She approved!



Happy New Year friends!