Friday, December 11, 2009

March on Washington

Back on September 11 we went to Washington DC to protest the massive spending by the government, the health care bill, and other crazy things that our government is doing. We had a lot of fun! Some of the news stations said there were only 1,000 people other reports say 100,000, but I was there and witnessed it all and I say there were at least 1,000,000 people there!

The trip began with us decorating the car. We got the finger once, but the rest of the responses were all good.



 

And then there was my first visit to South Carolina (if you call driving through a state a visit). So of course I had to get a picture of that.





Here are some pictures of the people we saw and the signs they carried.
















 

 

 

I am a horrible Blogger...

I am terrible at this whole blogging thing, so let me get you caught up on what has been going on around here.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Cowboys...

So last week I made homemade spaghetti and cheesy garlic bread. We all had a great dinner and then we sat down and cheered the cowboys to an amazing win! Ok so maybe it wasn't that amazing, but it was a win. And we all had a ton of fun watching it together.

Yesterday, we all watched the game together again, but this time the outcome was very disappointing. I really am starting to believe that Romo can't pull the team together...


Oh well, it is fun to watch it with family, and we all get really into it. We still love our Cowboys!!!

Life without a camera

I have been wanting to blog for awhile now, but it just isn't as much fun without pictures. When we were on our trip to Washington DC, Joel dropped the camera. After that it would not read any memory card. Luckily we had the extended warranty on it, so it is currently in the shop being fixed. I just thought I would let all of you know though that my frined is the reason I haven't been blogging.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Life

Lately, life has not been easy... as a matter of fact it has been very difficult. Since graduating in May my life has not been at all what I expected. When we graduated we moved to Florida. We thought we would just live with Joel's parents for a month or two while we found jobs... boy were we wrong. We are still living with them... all of our stuff crammed into a little bitty bedroom and me sharing a bathroom with two teenage boys. Don't get me wrong I am very grateful that they are allowing us to live with them, and in return all I have to do is cook and grocery shop for the six (sometimes 8) of us. But it is just not what I pictured.

My entire life everyone always told me to do good in school and be involved so you can get into a good college. So I did that. I went to a great school and worked really hard and managed to graduate in 4 years. Now I have a BA and no job to show for it. Sure someday it will all be worth it, but right now we have way more debt than you can imagine and no jobs to help pay off those debts. It is only by the grace of God that we were able to get through the summer! I just can't see the light at the end of the tunnel yet...

I know God is trying to teach us something and I am sure that someday we will look back on this time and think about how much it shaped us, but what do I do right now. Right now while I am in the middle of this battle. In the last few weeks I have been praying more than I ever have before. And I have been still, silently listening for God's voice more than ever before. I have read more encouraging verse from the Bible than ever before. So when I think about that sure that is a good thing... But I miss my privacy, I miss spending time alone with my husband just cuddling on the couch, I miss only having to worry about feeding two people and what two people like to eat, I miss having my own bathroom, I miss having space to put all of my stuff, but more than anything I miss just getting to have my alone time.

People have been living with their in-laws for centuries and I know that I am not the first to do so, but I am finding the longer I live here the more I miss my family. I miss the way my family does stuff. I miss the crazy little traditions that I always used to get annoyed with. I miss my mom and the praise and encouragement she gives to the good things like coming home to a clean house. I miss seeing my dad wrestle on the floor with Leo. I miss getting to see all of Emily's senior year and everything that goes with that. I miss Bre's singing and watching her perform and getting to encourage her. I miss Autumn and her love of vampires. I miss my Grandma saying crazy things in the most country voice you have ever heard.

Right now is just a really different time in my life... Someday it will all be fine, but until that day I just have to trust that God knows what He is doing and He is going to take care of me.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Labor Day

So if Chick-fil-a wasn't one of my favorite restraraunts before, it is now! I had two chicken sandwhiches for free on Monday. We went once on our way to the beach, and once on our way home. Thank you Chick-fil-a!!

In other notes... we went to the beach on Labor Day and it was lots of fun! We swam and ate and played ladder ball. Here are some pictures of us when we arrived on the beach... before my camera died.

My mother-in-law thought it would be funny to get in our picture, notice her face in between ours. She figured we would just retake the picture and all would be fine, but my camera died so she will forever be in our picture.

Jesse, Joel and Benjamin

They were all white when we started, but by the end of the day Joel was still white and Jesse and Benjamin were red!

On another note God showed me that he is still in control in a very unique way. I wore my LSU national champions shirt to the beach. So when it was time to go home it was very wet. I took it off and put it over the side of the Envoy and changed into dry clothes. We packed the car and left. When we got a ways down the road I remembered I put it on the side of the car... oops I stuck my head out the window and it was gone. I was so upset, my sister had given me that shirt and I really liked it. Anyways we kept driving... when we stopped for dinner at Chick-fil-a we sat down to eat and I saw it... my shirt on the top of the car. I started crying... who knows why (it was just a t shirt). I went to the car and pulled it off... It was not attatched to anything... not closed in a door or anything... I don't knkow how it stayed on top of the car, but it did.

It was a good reminder that God is in everything!! Even the small things! If He can take care of me by saving my t shirt, then He can take care of me by providing anything I need. God is good!

Southwest Airlines

When I went to Texas to visit my family for my parents anniversary I flew on Southwest Airlines for the first time. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by my experience. Everyone was so nice and polite and there was no hassel and my bags were free as well as the drinks/snacks on my nearly 3 hour plane ride and they had Dr. Pepper!! My favorite part was the fact that the flight attendants weren't in those stuffy navy blue suits. They all looked comfortable and approachable. And the seat were very commfortable, and I really liked the idea of first come first serve when choosing your seat.

So if ever get the chance I highly recommend flying on Southwest Airlines.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Family Visit

I know I have not written in awhile, and this event happen a few weeks ago... but I still wanted to write about it and post pictures.


Joel's Uncle Duane and Aunt Sarah and their 4 little ones (Lisa, Leann, JD, and Joseph) came to visit. It was a great visit!! They came over and we ate pizza and ice cream sundaes. And all the kids went swimming. It was a great visit and I enjoyed getting to know them better.


Here are some pictures of everyone...



Left to right: Joseph, Aunt Sarah, and JD


Benjamin holding Joseph and Lisa and Leann swimming toward their mom.


Leann jumping into the water.



The cutest little 4 year old!

Trash

Let me give you a little background information here...

What my family calls trash is homemade trail/chex mix. My grandma has been making it for as long as I can remember, but only at Christmas time. It is probably my favorite thing at Christmas time. One year after Christmas break, I went back to school and told my teacher I had eaten trash. She called my mom and my mom explained to her what it was. My mom couldn't believe I had told her that.

I tell you also to tell you... My mom knows how much I love it, so she surprised me and was going to make it for me for my birthday. Or thats what was supposed to happen, but then I came into town and found all the stuff so I got to make it with her! My grandma even came over to help us make it. I was so excited! I think that it should be a new birthday tradition!










My Role Models

My parents recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. My dad being the romantic man that he is flew me and Breanne in to Dallas to help them celebrate. And it was absolutely amazing. My dad re-proposed to my mom and then they renewed their original wedding vows. Their were lots of family and friends their to help them celebrate. After that they went to the hotel that they stayed at on their wedding night, and after 25 years it has changed names, but they still have telephones in the bathroom...

Here are a few pictures from the night...


Me and my Grandma


My dad with some of their friends



My mom and dad sharing some cake


Thanks mom and dad for everything you have taught me. I can't wait to see where God will lead you in the next 25 years!! I love you!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tampa

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.



Lasgna

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.


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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