Organized Chaos

Life as an Associate Pastor's wife: community, family and God

4th of July Fun July 6, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment,Family,Holidays — Jessi @ 11:43 am

This year we spent July 4th with my family. Check out B.Dub’s video above. There’s food, family, and fun!

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Spring Has Officially Arrived! March 23, 2009

Filed under: At Home,Entertainment,Family,Holidays,Inspiration — Jessi @ 9:02 pm

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The smell of freshly cut grass, budding flowers, warm breezes, chirping birds… Spring has officially arrived! It’s the season when things come alive after being taken over by the cold harsh winter.

The flowers in our backyard have started blooming, and I just love it! As you can see, I’ve been spreading some of that love to Billy. Oh, and not to mention our home as well. I think there’s a clear winner, and it’s not the one you think! Haha.

I enjoy decorating, and the pictured centerpiece is one of my creations. I just gathered different height candles, picked some fresh flowers and put them in a bowl with some fresh berries, and arranged. And WHa-La there you have an inexpensive way of brining the joy of Spring into your home.

Share some of your ideas with me!

 

Billy Bucks February 16, 2009

Filed under: Holidays,Me,My Man — Jessi @ 10:42 am
One Billy Buck Good For A Dead Sea Mineral Spa Treatment

One Billy Buck Good For A Dead Sea Mineral Spa Treatment

So this is Billy’s and my 5th Valentine’s Day together (two of which we’ve been married), and Billy never ceases to amaze me. This year he did the traditional candy, flowers, and card, but he also gave me this coupon book. I looked through the coupon book, but I guess I missed the very back because Billy said, “Have you looked through your book?” I said, “Yes.” But he said that he wasn’t for sure that I had. I turned to the back and found “Billy Bucks”. It was so great! Billy had made these “Billy Bucks” (I wonder if they take these at the grocery store) that actually look like real American currency. I turned it over, and it read “One Billy Buck Good For A Dead Sea Mineral Spa Treatment”. He knows the way to a girl’s heart. What girl wouldn’t love a spa treatment!?! So I still wasn’t sure where this spa thing was leading, but after our Valentine’s Day dinner at the Outback, we got back home, and Billy said, “Are you ready to cash in those Billy Bucks?” I was like, “SURE!” So he went beside the sofa and pulled out this Desiring God bag from the conference in Minneapolis. I thought, “That’s weird that they’d give spa stuff away at the Desiring God Conference.” I had no clue what he might pull out of the bag. There was a manicure set, a facial treatment, and a body scrub treatment. Funny thing is… Billy hid my Valentine’s Day present in the bag as a cover up, and he had it laying right out in plain sight ever since he got back from his trip, and I never had a clue. I should have been a blond! Anyway, it was so sweet, but the best part is that he was the one who gave me the 5-Star Spa Treatment. He did my nails, helped me with my facial, and other spa like treatments. I love how he took the time to pamper me. It was so relaxing, and my nails and skin felt so soft afterward. I’ve never even had a manicure before (I’ve been so deprived!), but Billy did an awesome job. My sweetie is the best!

 

Fruit Explosion December 31, 2008

Filed under: Cooking,Holidays — Jessi @ 9:16 pm

When Billy and I first started dating his mom shared a recipe for fruit pizza with us. I would come over to their house and make fruit pizza with Billy. That recipe has stuck with us over the years. Billy loves it. He’ll put in a special request for one every so often. This week was one of those requests. I had been thinking about making one, and when he asked I knew it was time. I never have two pizzas that look alike. I place the fruit a different way every time, but it’s still tasty, except for the one time that I made it for my neice’s birthday, and soy sauce spilt all over one side, not to mention is was still doughy. Other than that I’ve had good luck with this tasty treat.

 

Christmas Pics Have Arrived December 30, 2008

Filed under: Holidays,Winter — Jessi @ 9:06 am

Ok, so I promised Christmas pictures, especially the guys playing drums, in an early blog so here’s a few of my favorites. I love pictures! Such great memories! This is not even a tenth of the pictures we took, but maybe I’ll show more later.

Share your favorite Christmas memory.

 

Bradshaw Gift Exchange December 24, 2008

Filed under: Holidays,Winter — Jessi @ 10:52 pm

For the past couple years my family has drawn names to see who we will give a Christmas present to. It’s so much fun guessing who has who’s name. Tonight was our gift exchange, and I think everyone had a pretty awesome time. I know I did! The gift that got the most attention was my 2 year old neice’s. My brother got her a mini drum set. She took to it right away, but the best part is not only that she loved it, but all the big kids loved it too. When I say big kids I mean my man and my Daddy. It was so great to see these two grown men playing with a tiny little drum set! Pics coming soon…

 

Cranberry Centerpieces December 20, 2008

Filed under: At Home,Holidays — Jessi @ 6:21 pm

Cranberry Centerpieces

At our Christmas party this year I decided to make some simple centerpieces for the food table. I thought I’d share how I made them. It is sooooooooo easy! First you need to buy a glass container if you don’t already have one. I found mine at Wal-mart, but any will do. Next buy fresh cranberries, which you can freeze to use later, and when you’re ready to use them just take them out and they’re ready to go. No need to thaw or anything. You will also need some small tea light candles. Once you have your glass containers, cranberries, and votives, you are now ready to start the assembly of your centerpieces. Fill your glass container with water to a little over 1/2 full, and then add cranberries to about 3/4 the way to the top. The cranberries, which add a nice base for your votives, will float in the water. After you have filled your container with water and cranberries place it in the freezer for about an hour. Next, take it back out of the freezer and place your votive/s on top of the frozen cranberries. Place the centerpiece back in the freezer until you use them. When it’s time for the party, arrange the centerpieces however you like. And there you have a simple, yet eyecatching centerpiece.

You don’t need to freeze these centerpieces to make them, but freezing them adds a nice element that complements the glow of the lit votives. Freezing also allows the cranberries to stay fresh and keep their juice from dying the water red, which will happen once it begins to melt.

Share some of your decorating ideas.