Hey everyone,

Sorry I haven’t been commenting much but major renovations are going on here.  I have finished painting the bathroom and we are doing the prep work to tile the countertop.  Right now Ryan and I are emptying out the office so that I can paint in here tomorrow.  Which means wonderful readers that in a few minutes time I will once again be without a computer for a few days.  I will post before and after pictures when we are done but for now this is sianara!  I hope all of you have a wonderful rest of the week and fourth of July weekend.  Take care.


Last night Ryan and I did go to the Home depot and got all of our stuff to do our projects.  Then we got the call that my cousin Kallie had gone into labor.  So we went home unloaded and arrived at the hospital at 10pm.  Only to find out she had been in labor since 9 the previous night.  So after 36 hours of labor she ended up having an emergency c-section at 5:52am. 

Katelyn was 21 inches long and 7 pounds 14 oz.  Her momma is doing just fine but she has a few problems.  Katelyn has a heart murmur and Kallie had an infection during labor that they are afraid passed to Katelyn since she didn’t respond very well on her tests. 

So could you all please pray for her and her momma.

Sorry this is so short but I took Ryan home at 11 last night and then went back and I literally walked in the door 20 minutes ago. 


Good Morning Xangaland!

I’m actually really excited about today.  I’m going out with my mom to do some shopping and make some lists.  Ryan and I have a goal…. By December 31 our yard, house, finances, and lives will be in as close to perfect order as we can get it.  Reason?  Because then we get to start trying to have a baby and it will never be in order again!  Is it really ever? Well especially not after you have kids! LOL.  So we thought we’d get everything we wanted to get done, done now so that we can focus on a family!  So here is our project list that mom and I will be shopping around for….

  1. Clean out closets and reorganize
  2. Clean out sheds and garage
  3. Clean out dressers
  4. Donate cloths
  5. Reorganize laundry room and pantry
  6. Move Christmas decorations to the attic
  7. Refinish antique buffet
  8. Paint nursery (guest bedroom)
  9. Paint guest bathroom
  10. Paint office
  11. Re tile both bathroom countertops
  12. Refinish antique dresser for nursery

Then we are selling some of our old furniture and replacing it with space saving stuff.  Like in our bedroom we have a highboy dresser and an entertainment center.  So we are going to buy a TV armoire to combine it.  We are going to replace our nightstands too because everything was a matching set:  Nightstands, highboy, and long dresser with mirror which I’m using as a buffet.  My in laws have already decided they want the set and are paying us $350.00 for them! 

So basically it’s a lot of little projects to get the house finished.  It should be fun…  So mom and I are going to go to Home Depot and some consignment places and just basically help me get a game plan together for the next few months and write up a supply list. 

I’m going to try to get around to all of you but I have to get ready soon!

Song of the day? I Want To Break Free by Queen simply for the reason that this song is one of my all time favorites! I know every word, every beat, and every note in this song.  When it comes on I have to just lip sing and dance until it’s over.  It is one of the few songs that just make me lose my self, my stress, my worries….  My husband thinks I’m nuts.  He says if I would do it just once when he had a camera he would make a ton of money!  LOL  See you all later I’m gonna go break free….


Good Afternoon Xangaland!

I’m feeling a little better today thanks to a good and long nights sleep and my wonderful husband dosing me with some sleepytime Tylenol!  Phantom of the Opera was simply fantastic last night.  Beautiful performance, amazing set changes, and some bring the house down music of course.  I really enjoyed it, sick as I was, I’m very glad that I went.  It was an all girls night out.  My mom and my two sisters,  we’ve had the tickets for a year now and it was worth the wait.  My dad and Ryan went to see the new Batman movie and eat dinner.  They had a blast and I must say I’m a bit jealous.  I wanted to see Batman too!  Oh well I’m sure he could sit through it again as he can’t stop talking about it!

On to the day of our anniversary!  I made up two gift bags for Ryan.  One had the movie Hitch in it and a coupon for a home cooked meal and the other had two movie passes and a home made coupon promising him dinner at the cheesecake factory.  All he had to do was choose which one he wanted to redeem that night.  He choose the ‘out’ gift bag and so we set out.

We went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner since I have only been there once and him never.  We don’t usually go to expensive restraunts we don’t really see the point especially since I can’t eat much but this was our fifth anniversary!  We had a 45 minute wait to be seated which was expected no big deal.  Then we were seated and we ordered our food.  It was pretty good though not at all spectacular or worth the amount charged but hey you only live once so no big deal.  Service was okay but not great but hey they were busy so no big deal.  Then we got one slice of cheese cake so Ryan could try the real stuff.  We split it since I can’t really eat it.  It cost $6.00 for one slice and we got plain, I have had it there before so I know it’s supposed to be huge and worth your $6.00.  Yeah it came out and was an inch across at the back!  Smallest piece I have ever seen.  Then our waitress comes with our check.  BIG DEAL!  She charged me an extra $3.00 on my dinner for getting a shrimp chicken split instead of choosing one or the other.  No big deal if she had mentioned that it cost more but she didn’t.  I didn’t say anything because hey it’s only your anniversary once we can live with paying three bucks.  Okay ready for the part that is the big deal?

So we give her our debit card…. She comes back a few minutes later and announces to us and the surrounding tables that our card was declined!  I know for a fact that we had over $100.00 there but I gave her our credit card that also had enough.  She comes back and tells us that was declined as well.  So I give her my debit thinking maybe Ryan’s is going bad or something.  She comes back and announces that it was also declined and if we don’t have anything else to try she will get a manager.  We don’t so she does.

The manager comes out and by this time we are being stared at and we are so dang embarrassed. 

He says ‘well if you have a checkbook with you I guess we could take a check but I’m really not supposed to, are you sure you have money?’ 

What the crap?!  So Ryan says ‘You know what I’ll just leave my wife here and run over to the movie theater and get it out of the ATM.’ 

The manager says ‘Okay whatever you want to do but I’ll need you to leave me your drivers licence.’ 

Like I’m not collateral enough right?  So Ryan quite literally runs over to the theater and withdrawals $60.00 dollars since our bill is $39.00 and we still have to tip and of course we are charged $2.00 out of pocket to withdrawal since it wasn’t one of our ATM’s.  Oh and guess what?  Same card no problem money came right out on the first try.

Ryan gets back to the restaurant and we hand the money to the manager, who has made me stand in the lobby all this time so as not to take up his table a moment later, by the way.

I handed him the money and said ‘See there was money this was from the same card and account.’ 

He takes the money and I asked for change from the last 20 for the tip.   He comes back with 4 fives.  Am I going to tip $10 on a $39 meal after this?  No siree! 

So I say, ‘excuse me can I get change for this five?’ 

He rolls his eyes and say, ‘oh you need small change’.  So he got the change comes back and take our money and walks away. 

Okay so here’s the problem.  Did he offer to take some of the charge off of our meal since it obviously by then was their fault not ours, or since I had to pay and extra $2 since his machine didn’t work, or since we missed our movie because of this, or since we were horribly embarrassed by his staff on our anniversary, or since my husband had to run to an ATM a block away due to this man’s mechanical problems, did he even apologize for the inconvenience?  NO HE DID NOT! Did he even wish us a good evening?  Nope.  So I’m going online and making a formal complaint and I’m going to do everything in my power to make someone listen to how mad I am about this and do something about it. 

Okay so that’s the story.  I am so mad about this I could spit!  So there you have it happy anniversary to us! Ha and the movie we went to see wasn’t very good at all and thanks to this stupid episode we had to wait until 10:00pm to see it so we were out until after 12:30 which means what?  Oh yeah no sex for us on anniversary night just sleep.  Arrrgggg I want to wring somebodies neck!  Okay sorry I’m done end rant.

Talk to all you all later.  I’ll try to come back with something happier!

Song of the day? My Give A Damn’s Busted Why?  Isn’t it obvious.  I’m mad!!!!



Sorry everyone I don’t have time to tell it right now.  Let’s just say it’s a good thing that I’m a mostly nice person….  I woke up sick this morning I have a fever and a stomach ache and an almost migraine and I have to be at my mom’s in two hours to go see Phantom of the Opera.  I hope this headache recedes a little or this is gonna be a miserable night!



Oh do I have a day to tell you about.  Some people should be shot!  But it will have to wait until tomorrow.  Must sleep now……

Right this moment exactly five years ago the strains of Here Comes the Bride began to play and my father led me through the doors into the sanctuary. 



I saw a sea of faces turn toward me as the audience stood. 


I was wearing a dress right out of my fantasies. 


I walked down a long aisle on my father’s arm and heard him lean down and say, “Not too fast I only get to do this once”  


My father stopped at the bottom of the steps and kissed my cheek and promised me to someone new.



I saw the man I loved standing before me with tears in his eyes smiling at me, his bride.


I stepped forward and took Ryan’s hand and walked up the steps to a new life.



I said my vows and I took communion before God.


A reminder of how we had pledged to lead our lives.




I held the hand of the man who was now my husband.


At last…..


I turned around as Mrs. Courtney M. Laube a person I had dreamed about as a child, though then it was spelled Lobb,

and who was now a real person!



Five years ago right at this moment……



Tomorrow my husband Ryan and I will celebrate our five year anniversary. 
It seems like only yesterday, instead of half a decade ago, that I stood side by side with my childhood sweetheart
and promised to love and cherish him and to be his for all my life.

This is our engagement picture…..


When I look at you I see my past, my present, and my future. 
Throughout all of our time together we have seen so many things.  
Though life was, at times, so hard to bear I could always count
on there being a smile on your lips.

The beginning of our new life…..

Sometimes when I look at you I see the child that I loved in innocence
still telling all his stupid jokes and laughing his loud laughs. 
Sometimes I see the man I want so badly to grow old with, to raise a family with, to love until the end of my days. 
But always I see just you.

The end of our first year together……

You have been by my side right there with me through all of the hard times. 
No matter what happened, no matter how serious the situation
you could always make me laugh.
(My mom says your the only one who can make me giggle but that can’t be true since I never giggle!)  
No matter what you always called me beautiful. 
Thank you for that.

The end of our second year together……

Whenever you were parted from my side it felt like half of me was missing. 
Yet I have always been so proud of you, of who you are, and of why you had to go. 
And when you returned, being in your arms felt like coming home. 
You are my destiny.

The end of our third year married……

Throughout all of the loss we have suffered together
you have always been there to hold me up and whisper of hope
and of a next time. 
I wouldn’t have survived without you.

The end of our fourth year together……

Now here we are. 
Five years have passed and to everyone around us five years seems so little,
yet you and I know that five years,
for us,
has contained a lifetime.

The end of our fifth year together……

A Lifetime of heartache, sorrow, pain, anger, hurt, loss, and tears.
a lifetime of joy, triumph, happiness, love, healing, and laughter as well!
Yes there have been bad times but they have all been worth it
for all the good times that followed. 

Here’s to five more years so full of life!

Are you game?

Click Here to read Ryan’s Anniversary post!

Our Wedding Song

All I Ask Of You from the Phantom of the Opera

No more talk of darkness
Forget these wide-eyed fears
I’m here, nothing can harm you
My words will warm and calm you

Let me be your freedom
Let daylight dry your tears
I’m here, with you, beside you
To guard you and to guide you

Say you’ll love me every waking moment
Turn my head with talk of summer time
Say you need me with you now and always
Promise me that all you say is true
That’s all I ask of you 

Let me be your shelter
Let me be your light
You’re safe, no one will find you
Your fears are far behind you 

All I want is freedom
A world with no more night
And you, always beside me
To hold me and to hide me 

Then say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime
Let me lead you from your solitude
Say you need me with you here, beside you
Anywhere you go, let me go too
Christine, that’s all I ask of you

Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime
Say the word and I will follow you
Share each day with me, each night, each morning

Say you love me
You know I do
Love me,
that’s all I ask of you
Anywhere you go, let me go too
Love me, that’s all I ask of you

Goodbye Xangaland!

I am embarking, once again, on a journey to fix my computer.  It has lasted it’s few months without problems and is now needing a little maintenance to I will be working on it for the next couple of day.  I hope all of you are doing good.  Not that any of us would really know as there are NO COMMENTS AGAIN!!!!  Grrr I wish they would get this fixed already!

In other news…. Song of the day?  All I Ask Of You from Phantom of the Opera because this was Ryan and my wedding song.   Why today?  Because our anniversary is in three days and because on Saturday my mom is taking my sisters and me to see it live at Gamage Auditorium!  So that’s the song for the next couple days until I can come back.

See you soon.  In the mean time guess who’s back!  Need a hint?  SULIMB!!!!


Good morning Xangaland! 

I hope all of you are doing great.  Sadly I’m really excited that comments are back up and I went around and visited all of you and left comments… lol!

Today Ryan and I are having our parents over for a father’s day dinner.  I’m making Sopa, 7 layer salad, a veggie salad again, and a summer squash dish.  Yummy can’t wait.  We are celebrating Father’s Day of course and one other thing…..


Yep yesterday a guy that had already looked at it called back and made an offer.  It was less than we had wanted but not below our rock bottom price and since out ad was up in a few weeks we took it and are not looking back! 

There is not too much else going on really.  I will be working hard on my computer the rest of the week making back ups for things I don’t want to lose because it is crashing again.  So sometime in the next week I’ll be offline for a bit while we rebuild and reboot but then we should be up and running for the next six months until this happens again!  lol

I will try to finish witting my dream out and get it up before that happens too just in case any of you are holding your breath in anticipation, which I doubt.  It’s not really that interesting to other people I know.  I just wanted a written record of it.  Some of you have asked how I remember it in such detail and the answer is I have had it over and over for almost two years and I know what it means.  So I don’t forget easily.  Anyway I’ll try to get it up so that it’s over. 

Hope all of you have a great day today!  Happy Father’s Day.  Take care and enjoy your families.

Song of the day? Some Beach by Blake Shelton because this is my and Ryan’s dad to a T.  Men who miss the old days of courtesy and mindin’ your own but who have resolved themselves to living in this fast paced world and not worrying about it because what good would it do you. 

For a tribute to my father read THIS POST.


Hello Xangaland! 

Busy day planned for today.  Cooking and cleaning and such!  Tonight we are having Mike and Sarah for dinner.  I am making homemade beef stroganoff, green bean casserole, 7 layer salad, and a summer cucumber, tomatoes, and onion salad. 

Mike and Sarah are the former owners of this house and the older sister and brother in law of my best friend Emily.  We have seen them many times since we bought this house from them but they haven’t been here since.  You all know that when we bought this house it was so trashed we had to completely gut it.  (Due to some really bad renters which is why they sold it to us at such a good price)  So I’m cleaning to impress! 

Other than that nothing much.  I really need to work on my blankets too.  I have got the winter blanket done for Remy and I’m halfway through the summer blanket.  Then I have the two for Sarah (same one coming tonight) and I’m done with the baby shower blankets.  Then I am making one for Leah..

Still haven’t sold the van but we’ve had a lot of calls and visits and one really serious buyer who actually went to get the money and found that his wife has spent part of it so he didn’t have it.  That was a bummer.  We really need to sell this thing!

So without further ado here is my list of things to do today:

1. Vacuum
2. Dust
3. Bag up clothes
4. Water my flowers
5. Sweep my porch
6. Fill fountains
7. Sweep
8. Mop
9. Brush the dogs

Okay now I’ve rambled enough and put it off long enough so I’m going to come visit and then I’m off to start!

Song of the day? I Just Died In Your Arms by Cutting Crew because this is one of my all time favorite cheesy 80’s songs can’t get enough!