May 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday...

Some Sunday know the one with the big hail storm...well I should have just stayed home...

I started off the morning with my first dose of bad luck
my chi (hair straighter) broke...

Wood Floors: 1 Chi: 0

I have grown to stop attaching myself to objects...but the chi along with my baby blanket are some of the few things that I am very attached to.

You hair is thick...real thick...and wavy...and the chi was my hair security blanket.  The one thing that gave me what I have long to desire...straight hair...really really straight hair...straight hair that use to make me envious of all those who have perfectly straight hair....
but not envious of people with perfectly straight hair who still decide to scorch their straight hair between two hot plates...

We went through the best of times...
When I left the house with pure confidence...

And the worst of times..
When I left the house mad...really...really...mad...

I guess my hair days are like sour patch kids...some days they are SWEET other days they are SOUR...:)

So here is my semi wordless broken chi...

R.I.P Chi

Thanks for letting me ramble...again...but I know all of you out there have some form of attachment to something...whether you like to admit to it or not...

Happy Wednesday!!
719 more days until William graduates...

P.S. I'll go ahead and exploit William's attachment:
Oh how I loathe...loathe...the Xbox....

P.P.S. Yes...I will be replacing the Chi...but it won't be like my old one*

May 25, 2010


I am sure everyone has seen this.  I just think it is too cute, especially the part about "I like my hair".
I love how kids have that breath of fresh air and reminds us to love life!

Some days....we like to think we are care free kids too...

“May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human enough hope to make you happy.”

Happy Tuesday!
720 more days until William graduates....

May 21, 2010

Mildly Obsessed

All THINGS Kitchen...

Nobody told me you could register at Anthropologie..

Maybe someone ENGAGED should start that TREND...

I love all things Kitchen from Anthro...

Yep that's an apron that will be residing at the Pace residence very shortly...;)

Or maybe this one...

If I only had a little girl...this one is calling my niece's Kate's Name...

Can't have too many spoon rests...:)

I love ALL things Shabby Chic...


I Love Love Summer and all things outside...

HaPPy fRiDaY~Enjoy YoUr SunNy SunNy~NoT a ClOuD in THE Sky WeeKenD!


724 more days until William graduates..

Hail Storm

Hail, Hail, Go Away, come again some other day.....

I didn't take this video, but it explains the powerful hailstorm that came through last weekend.

Unfortunately, William and I came home to my destroyed car (it was totaled out) and broken windows inside the house.  The hail also decided to destroy my freshly planted flowers and leave about an  inch of ice in our front lawn (lovely).  We are picking up the pieces for right now, and I hope that we never have to go through a hail storm like that again!  I am thankful that both of us were not home, and the dogs were safely inside the house.  We can always replace our "material" things, so we are happy that no one we know was hurt!  You just have to love love Oklahoma weather in the spring time...I am counting down the days until summer :)

OH HEY golfball falling from the sky...

Poor on the body damage does not do it justice...

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724 more days until William graduates...

May 14, 2010

Life Lessons

1 YEAR down 2 MORE to go...

Will's first year of law school is officially over.  Can I get an Amen....HOORAY...WHOOOOOO.  I can't believe it...I really can't.  This year is flying BY!  

With first year of  law school completed and first year of marriage almost down,  I can't help but think of all the trials and tribulations we have gone through.  No one said having a spouse in school full time was a dream.  Lack of time together, strange study hours, and due to the economy I worry about William finding a job when he graduates ( I know he still has 2 years to go...).  I am also constantly stressed out being a one-income family, and sometimes have to stop comparing myself to others.  This in itself has taught me to value money much more.  I have to admit that I was a wee bit spoiled while under the care of my parents (still somewhat under the care of my you), and somewhat unaware about the real world.  Not to say that I was naive about daily expenses, just really didn't have to worry.  I have to thank the college bubble for that one. 

Now, I have found myself stepping back a bit when it comes to shopping, going out to eat less, cutting back on our favorite movie channels and other things we use to consider a "need" rather than a "want" .  It's all relative when you think about it.  This isn't going to be forever, but it is reality for right now. I have to be thankful  and blessed for what we do have!  We have a lovely little house which cuts our commute to work and school.  We have clothes on our backs, and hope on our sleeves, and for right now we are in a good position. 

I always say "everything happens for a reason".  This reason is being reality. This is growing up.  This is being aware of the real world, and preparing for the future.  I am happy William is in the midst of pursuing his dream, and that I am working towards mine.  I also think mentally I have learned (somewhat) what it takes to care for a family. For some reason in the back of my mind, down the long road called life, I will always  remember this house we live in, and what I thought was a complex life in turn will become simplicity... a peace of mind.  So, for those who are going through the same situation as William and or your significant other in school or even trying to find a job...power to will power through!  This isn't forever...this is just being young.

"Hakuna Matata"
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731 more days until William graduates...

May 12, 2010


Happy Birthday to YOU
You Live in a ZOO
You act like a MONKEY
and you smell like one TOO....

HaPPy 25th Birthday to
the one and only
William Robert Pace...

May 4th was William's Birthday and here is how it panned out:
William was heavily sedated by law books and studying for finals, but he did manage to dress up and go to dinner with me :).  Afterward, I fed him the chocolate cake that I made...cough... cough... slaved over a mixer and an oven to make him :).  The celebration will continue this weekend when we not only celebrate his 25th, but also him finishing his first year of law school!! 

 Your probably thinking "nice icing job"...I know...I am terrible at icing a cake..."it's the thought that counts"

 and don't forget about the one and only
Izze Bear Pace
she turned 4!

Izze Bear and her "Birthday Pastries"

That's right...Izze & Bohdi got an "ice cream cone" and little frosted cupcakes from a Dog Bakery nearby

Yep that ice cream Cone was crushed in no time...

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733 More Days Until William Graduates....

May 11, 2010

Friday Fun


I finally threw in the towel. I reached to the top of our tallest cabinet in our kitchen, pulled out a box that has been sitting untouched for about two years. That would be our fondue pot. With this amazing new little grocery store down the street from me now, I decided it's time to make some fondue! It was easier to make than I thought it would be. I did have four hands in the kitchen though. Most of the time, William gets in the way, but when it comes to new recipes there's never too many chefs in the kitchen. Oh, it helps he has great knowledge on all things cooking, because he actually pays attention to the shows we watch on the Food Network. Not me though, nope, I am like a little mouse scavenging through the kitchen during those shows, because they make me so hungry. Anyways, below is the recipe for the amazing fondue William and I conquered on Friday:

Best Formula Three-Cheese Fondue

1 cup white wine (we used Sauvignon Blanc)
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
7 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
7 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
7 ounces Emmentaler cheese, shredded
We added a clove of garlic (minced)

1.Bring the wine to a boil in a small saucepan.

2.Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Whisk in the flour, and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly to avoid sticking and burning.

3.Once the flour is cooked, stir the wine into the flour mixture slowly. Use a whisk to smooth the mixture. Slowly add cubes (we shredded our cheese) of Gruyere, Cheddar, and Emmentaler cheese; stir until cheese is melted. Transfer cheese mixture to fondue pot. Keep warm over low flame.

I toasted some bread, chopped some granny smith apples, and we grilled up some left over steak. It was all very delcious yet calorie consuming.  Like my mom always says "eat it in good health".

I didn't get a picture of my fondue creation, but the next best thing is to show you a picture of the array of cheeses available at this place

Thanks for Reading!
734 More Days Until William Graduates...

May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to

The most beautiful mothers

The most giving mothers

The most loving mothers.......

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."
-- Abraham Lincoln

 Love, William & Hanieh

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736 More Days Until William Graduates.....

May 5, 2010

Guilty Pleasures

Just a fair warning: this post consists of a rambling story....

William and I live in this really charming, young professional part of the city. I absolutely love living here, except there are not any great grocery stores nearby. I tend to forget ingredients all the time, and this is partially the reason why I don't really cook anymore. OH YEA, I must admit that I am a terrible Wal-Mart snob. I hate Wal-Mart with everything I have, the whole experience of Wal-Mart makes me cringe and feel icky inside. I try to avoid it as much as possible and there just so happens to be a Wal-Mart around us, but I refuse to go. Don't Judge.

Over the weekend, I noticed this little grocery store opened up right by my house. I also noticed that around the sign it stated "Grocery, Cheese, and Coffee", in other words, "". This can only mean obsession and added calories to my already out of control daily diet in my near future.

For William's birthday, I decided to make him a fabulous chocolate cake. YUM! I thought I had every ingredient for it...WRONG....

Back to my ingredients list and pantry, I was defiantly out of powdered sugar. I kept yelling in my head(earmuffs/cover your eyes please for those under the age of 18), "damn, damn, damn, & damn". I was already heading out the door and now it was inevitable I had to stop by the new grocery store.

Like it was second nature to me, I parked in front of the darling store. It should have a white picket fence in front of it, because that is how cute and perfect it is. I walked in, and it was like dodging bullets. My heart started was organic everything! Shelves lined with amazing drinks, fresh veggies, fruit, and array of foods from around the world... and then there it was....I dodged it as much as possible, but in the corner of my eyes I saw the huge cheese section. The section was packed with pounds and pounds of heavenly cheese. I literally ran past it, and then there it was, the freezer straight ahead packed with all sorts of sorbet and gelato. I didn’t bite this bullet, I literally made this girl move out of my way as I stared down all the amazing flavors of gelato, with brands you would only find in a gourmet food magazine. I picked up my pistachio flavored gelato, and moved on.

You can call this a guilty know all things Organic...or paying $4.39 for a pack of powdered sugar that should only cost $1, just so you don't have to go to Wal-Mart. Call it what you want, but I defiantly felt guilt and happiness all in one while standing in the check-out line.

I have to also admit that somedays I am not the biggest fan of Oklahoma, so when there are new cute/awesome/amazing new things to try/do/love in Oklahoma...I love it. I erupt with happiness, so this will tie me over until something new and grand opens up.

I heart guilty pleasures...

It took 2 seconds flat to bust this open and eat it for is the most creamy, delicious gelato I have ever had...I don't think Italy can even compete....

The sad proof of my expensive guilty pleasures...I informed William that I will only go back on pay days :)

Thanks for reading and allowing me to ramble!

P.S. 740 More Days Until William Graduates...more guilty pleasures to come :)