Sunday, August 16, 2009


So for Mimi's birthday we went on a girls trip to Tampa. It was like two weeks ago, but better late than never.

Friday we all met up at Donna and Dorean's work to gather before heading out. Donna and I got there like 5 minutes late, which ended up okay because we had to for Mimi and all the people she was picking up. This is us waiting...

Once we all got there everyone was hungry, except Donna and I (we were the only ones who had eaten breakfast). We went to McDonald's for breakfast. Yes I know so healthy.

Right to Left: Dorean, Rachael, Rebeka, Alyssa, Hannah, and Amanda

Me and Donna (my mother-in-law)

Deanna and Mimi

When we finished eating and went back out to the car guess what we found...

Yes, someone forgot to close the door all the way. It was pretty funny; I had to take a picture of it.

After breakfast, we finally got on the road drove to Tampa. The drive wasn't to bad we only had one person get sick, but we blame that on the rocky driving... just kidding. Our first stop once we got there was to pick up one of Mimi's high school friend named Beverly. Then we all headed to Tarpon Springs. It is a cute little Greek fishing town.

We ate lunch in Tarpon Springs an authentic Greek restaurant. We had flaming cheese, OPA! and Tzatziti for appetizers. I even tried octopus, and it was really good.

This was the flaming cheese.

And Beverly gave us all candy lips.

After lunch we shopped and looked around.

While in Tarpon Springs it became a joke that Mimi had to stop and try to cover up every naked statue we saw.

After hanging out at Tarpon Springs we hit the road again to drive to our hotel. I didn't realize our hotel was an hour away, but it was okay because we all got to talk and get to know each other better. Once we settled in at our hotel we headed out for dinner. We went to Lee Roy Selmon's and it was really good. If you are ever in Tampa and get the chance to go to it, you should. I shared the best chocolate cake ever with Rachael. And everyone sang Happy Birthday to Mimi.

After dinner some went back to the hotel and the rest of us went and saw the movie Julie & Julia, Mimi was dying to see it. I think I would have liked it better if I had known anything about Julia Childs, but even not knowing anything it was a really good movie.

On Saturday we woke up and went to Starbucks. Guess what I got... a bottle of water. I know boring right, but I don't like coffee. While at Starbucks we decided that we would go the Florida Aquarium. Here are some pictures of everyone else taking pictures and talking.

After the aquarium we went to lunch at Laundry's and then headed home. It was a good weekend, and it was fun getting to know all the women in Joel's family a little better. And we get to do the whole trip all over again next year, only we won't go to Tampa next time.

Rain, Rain Go Away...

Ok so the thing about living in Florida is that it rains ALOT. Especially because right now it is rainy season. And they just named the first tropical storm of the season which should be here on Friday. Even though it rains tons... we do get to enjoy rainbows. Some of the most beautiful rainbows you have ever seen.

The Most Wonderful Husband

Joel knows just how to brighten my day! On Wednesday he came home from work and had a bouquet of bright pink Gerber Daisies, my favorite! He also rented the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic. I have read all of the books, but never got the chance to see the movie. And then after dinner he sat down and watched the entire movie with me.


So last week I made my very first lasgna. I used my mom's secret family recipe. I was worried about how it was going to turn out cause I put so much cheese on the top, but it turned out great!! Here are pictures of it before it was cooked and then after...

I also made homemade chocolate chip cookies for desert! Yummy!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Visit from Family

So yesterday Joel's cousin Joanna came over with her husband Chris and their son Christian. They live in GA so we don't get to see them very often as a matter of fact I have only met them three times now. However, they are both such sweet people. Joanna started selling MaryKay about 3 months ago, and her business is already flourishing. Anyways, she did a demo for us last night and it was alot of fun just doing something girly with no boys around. They have some really cool products and I wanted to buy one of everything, which everyone thought was really funny. As soon as we have money, there are a couple of things that I really do plan on buying.

All in all it was a great night last night and I am getting very excited for Mimis's birthday/girls day trip. We are going to Tampa all day Friday and Saturday! It is going to be lots of fun!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Leo -- Man's Best Friend

I want to start off by saying that most of this I did not write, a friend of mine did. However, everything that she said is so true I just had to add it here.

Before having a dog, the term "man's best friend" didn't mean anything to me other than weird people loved their dogs too much. I thought it was ridiculous how spoiled some dogs could be, how they were carried around in bags, slept beside people in their beds, and made their way into family portraits. How was it that something that couldn't even speak to you be your best friend?

After getting Leo, I understood this term perfectly.

I could swear sometimes that Leo knows exactly what I'm saying. He knows immediately what my emotions are and he acts accordingly. If I'm happy, it's time to play. If I'm sad, he's right there to lay his head in my lap. He listens to me unrelentingly, and what's so great, is that's all he does. He listens. He doesn't talk back, he doesn't ask "why." He just listens, and licks, and loves, no matter if what I'm saying is completely crazy.

A dog will truly be your best friend, your most trusted confidante, and your loyal companion. If you spank them, they run right back to you tail wagging. They don't hold a grudge. They don't punish you because you kept them in their kennel all day. As soon as they see you, all is forgotten. They live completely in the moment, with not a care in the world.

Leo has completely changed my outlook on the relationship between a master and his/her dog. Humans did nothing to deserve their love and devotion, but yet from day one, dogs continuously give their all. It reminds me alot of how God loves us. They don't know what it means to hold back because of fear or heartbreak. They just love. And they do it well. I believe, wholeheartedly, that dog really is man's best friend.


Just a Dog
From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog," or, "that's a lot of money for just a dog." They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a dog."
Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog." Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog," but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise." "Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.
Because of "just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog," but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a human."
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog" just smile, because they "just don't understand." -Richard A. Biby

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Joel and I were invited by some people at church to attend game night with a group of married couples. It was so much fun. I learned a new game called 'Farkle' and I could see myself being addicted very soon. I get request to play it all the time on facebook, but I always ignore them. However, tonight I learned and it was alot of fun. It was also fun to get to know people at church. Gayle is so sweet to invite us so that we can get to know people. I am looking forward to going to Bible study on Friday nights with this same group. Anytime that I get to spend growing closer to God is a good time.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Ugly Truth

So this is not a movie I can recommend to anyone. All they talk about is sex in a very crude way throughout the entire movie. So if you are thinking about seeing it don't. And especially don't go see it with your mother-in-law...