Sunday, October 31, 2010

Wonderful Sunday!

What a great Sunday! Joel was actually off, so we were able to spend the whole day together. The day started off by attending church at The Heights. Our ABF talked about materialism, and I realized yesterday after breaking my phone how important possessions are to me. So this is definitely an area I will be working on as I move forward.

After church we went out to lunch to celebrate my Dad's birthday. We had a great lunch with my parents, siblings and grandparents.  Most of my Dad's presents had to do with the Texas Rangers.

After lunch we came home and watched the end of the Cowboy game (we had been watching it at the restaurant). We were both sad at how pitifully they played, so to cheer ourselves up we put in season 2 of 'The Big Bang Theory'. While watching the show we decided to carve our pumpkin that has been sitting on our table for over a week.

My husband does not like to get messy, so of course I did the dirty job.

This is a lot harder than it looks!

We had no clue what we were doing, but we had seen pictures online of what we wanted to do. And we didn't have any pumpkin carving tools, we only had what was in our kitchen. We thought that using a cheese grater would work, well DO NOT TRY IT!!! It doesn't work! Joel broke our cheese grater, but we got a really good laugh out of it.

Here is our finished product!  I think it turned out pretty good considering what we had to work with. (Last year we did a Dallas Cowboy pumpkin, so this year it was time to show the Rangers a little love)

And it looks really cute on our patio!

Like I said it was a great Sunday... I had almost forgotten what it was like to spend a weekend with my husband! Now we are going to finish the night watching the Rangers when game 4 of the World Series!!


Happy Halloween!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fall Festival

Once Upon a Time...
... in a land not so far away, a church held their annual fall festival.

Both children and adults alike dressed in festive attire to a theme involving make believe and child like wonder. Costumes were worn, games were played, treats were given, and all definitely had a fairy tale ending.

This past Wednesday the Heights Baptist Church participated in its annual Fall Festival. The theme this year was "Once Upon a Time." Each ABF (adult bible fellowship) set up a booth that incorporated a classic children's book. The Honeymooners chose The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!

From the yellow brick road to Munchkin land to tree orchards to the poppy field and finally to the Emerald City... we definitely were no longer in Kansas anymore.

Enjoy some fabulous pictures of our booth and the cast and crew who made it all happen... Meet the Honeymooners in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. So just remember... There's no place like Home!

Welcome Friends to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Meet the crew: The Honeymooners

Follow the Yellow Brick Road!!!
Our game this year was extremely clever. It was similar to a cake walk. Each child was to of course... follow the yellow brick road. When the music stopped, whoever landed on the wicked witch won a ding dong! "Ding dong the merry o... sing it high... sing it low... let them know the wicked witch is dead!"

The Zellners as a Scarecrow and a Munchkin!

The Links as Dorothy and The Yellow Brick Road
Joel and I as "Munchkins" and little Leo as "Toto"
The Zoutendams as a Munchkin and a Scarecrow
Julie as our Cyclone
The Kennedys as a Flying Monkey and Glenda the Good Witch
Ray as the Scarecrow
Alicia as the Tin(woman)
Don't be surprised if you see her in more than one costume... The reason for the mid game switch-er-oo was we had a tinman costume but no one to wear it. So Alicia took one for the team and ended up with two costumes for the night. Super fun! 

Our not so cowardly lion Eric Davis

The Hares as Auntie Em and Uncle Henry

Munchkin Land Fun!

Yay for Ding Dongs!

"Munchkining around!"

Getting Ready

"Toto" (Leo) and I have to say I was so proud of our little boy. He was so well behaved and let everyone pet him and hold him. I think he was the highlight of the night!

The Hoopers and our psychedelic Poppy Field
The Davis'

What a fabulously fun time at this years fall festival. Ha say that five times in a row. More pictures should follow as well as who won this year's contest. Happy Fall Ya'll!

*Thanks again to Alicia who let me borrow all of these pictures!! (I left my camera in the car)*

Monday, October 25, 2010

My Job

I get asked all the time what I do... when I answer that I am a reporting/financial analyst, I get a lot of blank stares. So I thought I would take this time to explain what it is I do exactly.

In order to understand what I do, you have to first understand what my company does.

Holmes Murphy is an insurance broker. Companies hire us to help them find the best insurance for their employees. Some of our clients include Chuck E Cheese, Texas Instruments, City of McKinney, GuideStone, On the Border, Michaels, and many many more. This is where my job comes in. I evaluate a company's claims and help them determine if they are over or under budget.

Many of the companies also have a wellness program of some sort. I get to look at the pre and post data and determine if it worked. I think this is the most fun part of my job. I get to look at people's weight and other health factors and compared it to the number of claims they have.  Being overweight is a huge medical cost for companies. They talk about it on the Biggest Loser every year, but I get to see it first hand nearly every single day.

I have a pretty sweet set up with two computer monitors and I 'play' with excel all day.  The down side is that I don't get much if any physical activity and I don't get to see much of the outdoors.

I love the people that I work with, and Ryan and Laura (the other two analyst) have trained me well! I hope this was helpful and informative. If you still have questions, don't hesitate to ask, I don't mind talking about it!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Minute to Win It

This past weekend Joel and I met up with our ABF to play Minute to Win It. It was so much fun! If you are not familiar with the concept you can view the games and how to play at the link provided Minute to Win It Games.

When we arrived at the church we split into two teams by picking a random card. Odds on one side and evens on the other. Then the fun quickly began. We enjoyed games including breakfast scramble, candelier, candy elevator, defying gravity, dizzy mummy (Ray dominated), extreme hanky panky (Alicia would say she dominated, but I think it was really close), face the cookie, junk in the trunk, keep it up, noodling around and many more.

Please enjoy some pictures of our evening

The crew

Team PURPLE!!! (We all showed up wearing the same color, so of course we had to get a picture)

So proud of our winners!

Ray and Alicia Zellner

Paxton and Courtney Kennedy (GEAUX Tigers!)

 The Howards

David and Michelle Hutchinson

Aleaha flying solo for the night

Tom and Cheryl Janes (the ones who planned the whole thing)

 Cotton Balls and Vaseline on our noses'

 Look at that concentration

The game that Alicia says she dominated, but look at me go!

Our very own 'bat people'

It was a great night and so much fun. Thank you Tom and Cheryl for planning the whole thing. We love you guys!

(And thanks to Alicia for letting me steal some pictures)

Friday, October 15, 2010

New Family Favorite

Tonight I tried a recipe that I had seen on Rachel Ray Bar-B-Que Chicken Pizza.

Joel doesn't like tomatoes or tomatoes sauce so when I saw this recipe I thought he would like it. And it is so easy to make!


1 Chicken breast
Cheese (as much or as little as you want)
Bar-b-que sauce
Store bought crust (on Rachel Ray she use store bought crescents, but that is a little more work because you have to cook the crust twice.)

First of take a piece of chicken and cut and cook it in a skillet. (I only used one piece because that was more than enough meat for Joel and I but you might want to use more.)

chicken in a pan

While the chicken is cooking, pull out your store bought crust and cover with bar-b-que sauce.

BBQ sauce

Then add the cheese

add a little cheese

Top it off with pepperonis and chicken

BBQ pizza

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15-20. (Depending on how crispy you like your crust.) And enjoy!

melted cheese

Try it and let me know what you think! Joel and I loved it!!

Friday, October 8, 2010


I love you because you have no wrinkles and someday I won't either... because of you!

Happy 50th Birthday Mommy!