Friday, September 24, 2010

Not Stopping

{We're not stopping until it's built} The well. The Carbonattos WILL raise enough money to build a well for clean water. Will you consider joining us and the cause?

The story of charity: water - The 2009 September Campaign Trailer from charity: water on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Do you ever feel the pressure to keep up with the Joneses? I DO! {Who are the stinkin Joneses anyway??}

Whether it's new clothes, having the cutest or most advanced baby, a new fancy schmancy car, or even the funniest or coolest looking blog! It's SO hard (for me) to not want to be able to do all of these things SO well. For what purpose? I have to check myself regularly to ask why am I spending 30 minutes browsing new blog layouts that I could have. For example, check out my friend Kelsey's blog - SO stinkin cute right! Or my friend Debt Ninja - so advanced and thought-provoking (or I just mostly like the cartoons). Sometimes the urge to watch Gossip Girl and see all those fun cute clothes that they wear just sucks me right into the TV. And then the episode ends and I feel like I {need} to dress like that. UGH! I just want to keep up the stinkin Carbonattos! I can't keep up with the Joneses, Vanderwoodsens, or Kardashians for that matter.

{Learning to be content today} Joneses in this household.

Monday, September 13, 2010

4 Generations

There's a plaque that hangs in my grandparents bathroom that reads "It's not about where you've been, or what you've seen, it's about who was by your side." I know that it's one of those cliche quotes that we've all heard told in some fashion over and over, but yet it's so true. And it rings even truer when you look around at "the who's" in your life.

My Grandpa unfortunately is very sick. With this unexpected news, my sister and I immediately drove over to Spokane this last weekend to spend some time with him and make sure that we were by his side as quickly as we could get there. I was able to capture some really precious moments between my grandpa and his great-grandson.

My grandpa is alive today and I love him so. I love even more though that he can know that someday he will leave behind an amazing legacy of faith, love, and hard work - all of which will trickle down to now, the 4th generation.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Just Leave It At The Store...

{Don’t buy anything on sale that you wouldn’t consider at full price}

Why is this so hard for me? My husband regularly gets mad when I come home with a new purchase, that he swears I don't have a purpose. Oh contrare, I always inform him, I will wear this or our house for sure needs this . Fast forward a couple of weeks (okay, maybe months) and the item will still be sitting there with the TAGS ON IT. Whoops. I probably picked it up on an impulse buy because it was such a good deal. Or I might have just picked it up in a bout of retail therapy with really no vision for how it would legitimately fit into my life.

To top it off, the kicker always comes when Blake actually goes to return the merchandise (after I've gone back and forth for months - "No, I'm going to use that" or "I just haven't finished decorating here - that will go in this room") and the store will only provide us with store credit instead of a refund because it's been past their (lame) 30 day return policy. Crap, now I'm stuck with giftcard money to the likes of TJ Maxx, Ross, Target, etc.

I think part of me just sees those red numbers on a price tag and a sudden adrenaline rush surges. You know what I'm talking about. A DEAL! Subconsciously I must think if this is just at my house/closet long enough, I'm SURE I'll need it. The true test of whether or not it was a good purchase though is if I come home, and put it to use RIGHT AWAY. If I'm wearing that new sweater within 24 hours - it was a great purchase. But if that sweater is still sitting there in my closet after 3 probably should go back.

Now, I need to go upstairs and decide if I should return those jeans I just bought or not...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Deep Thought

God is more interested in your character than your comfort.
God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.
-Rick Warren

Now, on to the first Dawgs game of the season!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Just for fun

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