Saturday, December 20, 2008
She's a bichon and I think my family is almost as excited about her as I am since we had a bichon (Truffles) growing up.
So, without further adieu, meet Lily!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
1. Put Your iTunes on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.
5. Tag 10 friends.
6. Anyone tagged has to do the same, because fun pointlessness spreads like a virus.
if someone says, “Is this okay?” you say:
”If I Was the Devil", Pat Green
How would you describe yourself?
"A Home", Dixie Chicks
What do you like in a guy/girl?
"You Can't Hurry Love", Dixie Chicks
How do you feel today?
"Our Song", Taylor Swift
What is your life’s purpose?
"Godspeed", Dixie Chicks
[The song was written for the singer's son so I guess a Mom, can't complain about that.] :-)
What is your motto?
"Sanctus", Ana Laura
What do your friends think of you?
"Time After Time", Erin Bode
What do you think of your parents?
"Take Me As I Am", Faith Hill
[they do so, yay!] :-)
What do you think about very often?
"I Wanna Hold Your Hand", The Beatles
[Applies to Mike so, sure]
What do you think of your best friend?
"Painter Song", Norah Jones
What do you think of the person you like?
"Allegro from Spring", Gershwin
What is your Life Story?
"Cecilia", Simon & Garfunkel
[Don't know what to think of that but it's a fun song]
What do you want to be when you grow up?
"Truth No. 2", Dixie Chicks
[Don't know... lots of Dixie Chicks stuff though]
What do you think of when you see the person you like?
"Favorite Year",Dixie Chicks
What will you dance to at your wedding?
"Welcome to the Family", Little Big Town
[It was actually "Satellite" by Collective Soul and while the title of this song sounds appropriate, it's so not. :-)]
What will they play at your funeral?
"Rosie's Lullaby", Norah Jones
What is your biggest fear?
"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear", Jars of Clay
[This is the complete opposite of my biggest fear!]
What is your biggest secret?
"Fences", Erin Bode
What do you think of your friends?
"Just As I Am", London Philharmonic Orchestra
[I like them just as they are...]
What will you post this as?
"Sweet Will of God", Amy Grant
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I got in "trouble" for having my camera out. It was before the show though so I just put it away and it was no big deal. I hadn't seen the tickets until that night and didn't look at them then so I never saw the "no cameras" note but oh well, no harm done. Here is a picture I got from our seats though.
I also went out today to use my Christmas gift certificate from Mike's parents at the Green Elephant. I got a beautiful Mary Hadley Christmas platter and am so excited about it. The second picture is the giant bell I got at Potter's in Langley when we were at Mike's parent's house for Thanksgiving. It's hanging from the chandelier over our dining table.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I had heard great things about Starbucks Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate so I tried one two days ago and all I can say is 'ICK'! I don't recommend it. On the plus side, they had run out of whipped cream sand the lady felt so bad that she gave me a coupon for a free drink so technically, I didn't really pay for the yucky hot chocolate.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
After months and months of hearing from friends and coworkers how awesome 'The Office' is we finally started watching it from Season 1. We have Netflix and you can watch episodes instantly over the internet and since our t.v. is hooked up to the internet, it works really well. We'll see how quickly we can catch up...
We're not sure which is more entertaining, Jim's faces and the pranks he and Pam play on Dwight or Dwight and Michael's ignorance and stupidity. Either way, it's a funny show and we've enjoyed spending the time together watching and laughing.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I stood in line. (for 45 minutes)
I, along with several other people in line, were entertained by a little boy there "voting" with his mom and dad. (Others were not so entertaied nor amused by his energy)
I voted. (and now I want to sleep since I was up at 5:30 this morning)
I trust God that the right man will win.
Monday, October 13, 2008
On the plus side, I had a great time hanging out with my brother.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I read this article the other day and I'm not sure there are any other words to sum up what this stadium is and has been. I wasn't around for most of the truly great moments that happened there and I'm far from being the Yankee's #1 fan but as a big baseball fan, part of me aches for the fact that the sport's most famous landmark will no longer be.
Here's to the House Ruth built...
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday's rains carried into Saturday and it finally stopped and starting clearing up just around sunset. Mike and I were getting ready to watch 'The Bucket List' when the tint of the sky caught my eye and when I looked outside, I saw the end of a rainbow. I ran upstairs to get a better look and discovered a beautiful, FULL rainbow. It was a wonderful reminder of God's promises to us.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
(The kid in the navy sweater is cracking me up!)
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Since last year, there have been engagements, marriages, loved ones lost, moves across the country, trips to various places in the world , new jobs and too many other changes and exciting moments to mention but through all the changes, I love knowing that we will all still be friends and there for each other whenever we need it.
God has blessed me so much!
2006 - Memphis
2007 - Atlanta
Sunday, August 10, 2008
When I go grocery shopping, I sort my list into the same categories my Mom does. Today, a lady at the store looked at me and said "that is the best grocery list I have ever seen, it makes so much sense!" I couldn't help but laugh and of course, thank her and tell her I learned it from my Mom.
Thanks, Mom, for making grocery shopping so easy! (Now if we could just figure out what to do when we forget our list at home...)
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Without restating what he has already said, I'll just say that I agree. There are definately "boundaries" as Christians, we have to set but seriously, when are Christians as a whole going to show the world what true Christianity is like by how we act towards each other, how we love, how we praise and how we humble ourselves in our everyday actions and not by how we raise our shields when someone or something goes against what we believe. If Christians aren't willing to understand the "secular world", why should we think that those who don't follow Christ will want to understand the Amazing Grace that we know, love and cherish?
I hope I stated that the right way...
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Part of what is so annoying is having to take the tank off the toilet so you can paint behind it. The tank came off and went back on fairly easily in our bathroom. The tank in the bathroom I painted this weekend came off easily but when we went to hook it back up, it wasn't working.
Mike and I took turns messing with it tonight to see if we could figure out what was wrong. At some point, the water decided to spurt out of the tank a la 'Old Faithful' style TWICE. I couldn't help but laugh just because I didn't know what else to do. The whole situation is rather frustrating but hey, if you can't laugh at stuff like this, life just isn't much fun.
We think we figured out the problem so I'll be making a trip to Home Depot on my way home tomorrow so we can (hopefully) fix the toilet tomorrow night.
Wish us luck!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Steece's Pieces - don't know the girl from Adam but a friend of mine introduced me to her blog and I am amazed by the Godly woman she is (not to mention the fact that she's raising quads and obviously has an incredible sense of humor)
Ashley, Kayleigh, Monty, Randall, Kristin, Steve, Renee, Rob, Catherine, Brunson, Casey and The Boys - all amazing friends (who happen to all go to Windsor) whom I have made me laughed with, cried with and make me want to be a better person. They're all awesome.
Tyler & Kelly - I went to college with them. They were great friends and big brother/sister type people that, while I don't stay in much touch with them, I will always hold a special place in my heart.
Confessions of a Pioneer Woman & Red Velvet Art - I stole these from Kristin, they both just fun and creative. Pioneer Woman has some awesome recipes and appeals to my "cowgirl" side.
Brent - A way cool guy that I went to college with. Some of my friends knew him from high school, thus the introduction. I still remember learning the "Snaps" game in the bleachers at a football game freshman year with him, my parents and a few other friends. He has been an amazing inspiration lately and his attitude amazes me. Check out his blog to see just how cool he is and keep him in your prayers. Brent, if you read this, you rock and I can't even tell you how many times Snaps has helped me keep a bunch of kids under control. :-)
The Fraily Fam - my cousin. My family helped with her wedding and I still remember it as one of my favorite times growing up. Now she has four little ones and lives in Cali. It has been too long since I've seen her!
Jim, Chelsea & Todd - a teacher and two other friends from college. They're all just cool and you've got to check out Chelsea's art and photography!
That pretty much sums it up - if I missed any, just check out the blogs - I'm sure you'll enjoy them too!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Well, you know I... I never got to bat in the major leagues. I would have liked to have had that chance. Just once. To stare down a big league pitcher. To stare him down, and just as he goes into his windup, wink. Make him think you know something he doesn't. That's what I wish for. Chance to squint at a sky so blue that it hurts your eyes just to look at it. To feel the tingling in your arm as you connect with the ball. To run the bases - stretch a double into a triple, and flop face-first into third, wrap your arms around the bag. That's my wish, Ray Kinsella. That's my wish. And is there enough magic out there in the moonlight to make this dream come true?
Ray, people will come Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.
Here's to another amazing baseball season and the amazing group of players that gathered at the sports most famouse stadium tonight.
Take me out to the ball game!
Friday, July 11, 2008
I had to laugh this past weekend when my parents and brother were here visiting. My Dad asked how long we had been in the house and how many of weekends we have had visitors since then. Of the 10 weeks, we've been out of town once and we've had visitors for about 6 of them. I have always wanted our home to be open to anyone who needed a place to stay, whether it be during a transition or just as they were passing through. I think we're off to a pretty good start. :-)
Let us know if you need a place to stay for awhile, or just as you're passing through!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Wonderful things about today:
- We got something (I'm not sure what, ask Mike) that allowed Mike to fix our garage door so we don't have to manually open and close the door anymore. YAY!!! It's amazing how much you take little things like that for granted.
- I got the new Erin Bode CD in the mail - I like it.
- I made Gooey Butter Cake for work tomorrow.
- It was cool outside.
- We won Mets tickets that we bid on. I can check another MLB Stadium off my list (and add another since the Mets will have a new stadium next year).
- Our sweet neighbor, Lulu, gave us cookies!
- I get to see a bunch of college girlfriends this weekend - I'm excited.
- We leave for NYC in 2.5 days.
- I have a wonderful husband. :-)
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Other things we have learned so far: our dishes fit it our cabinets now, unlike at the apartment, but now they don't fit in the dishwasher; Mike really dosen't like flat-head screws; the "other people" smell is hard to get rid of no matter how many candles you burn; the washing machine is still cool.
(Pictures coming... eventually)
Sunday, May 4, 2008
In addition to painting, our washer, dryer and fridge were delivered. We got a front loading washer and had to try it out the day we got it. My Mom and I enjoyed the process. :-)
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
My grandparents stopped by to look at our new house since they had only seen the outside and had fun looking around. My favorite part of the evening was when I was in the basement showing my grandpa the fuse box and he looked at me and said, "Darlin', from what I can see, this is a great house". Coming from "Mr. Handyman", as my brothers and I grew up calling him, it was the best compliment I will ever receive on our first home.
Love you, Grandad!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The majority of the communications I have seen, both old and recent, had TWO spaces in between every sentence. Today, I asked my supervisor if this was a standard practice - she laughed, and said it was.
I'm not sure if I can get used to 2 instead of 1...
Monday, April 14, 2008
My new job is going very well. I have lots to learn but am already excited about it all and am ready to have a better grasp on everything so I can really rock and roll.
Speaking of rock and roll, or country... I heard this song a few weeks ago and just saw it on the CMT Music Awards. It is so much fun and while I'm not a "music person", I love the harmonies. Little Big Town is one of the groups singing in the song and their harmonies are incredible! (Not the best video but you get the idea)
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
I started my new job today. I sat through orientation which consisted of representatives from all of the different departments coming to talk to us about the rules and regulations and "the way things work".
The most interesting thing I heard was that Cessna has lakes on all of their campuses to help with drainage but those lakes caused a problem with geese. To solve that problem, they bought swans since they're very territorial but then they found our they had a snapping turtle problem because one of the geese was decapitated so they had to catch a bunch of snapping turtles but there's still one out there because he's too big for the traps to catch. (whew...)
All that to say, I'm ready for tomorrow when I really get to start my job.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Some of my other favorite kid things to do:
- dance around to music with absolutely no rhythm whatsoever
- watch teenie-bop movie (cheesy but oh-so-fun)
- lick the bowl after making brownies
- there are tons of others...
In not-so-childish news, Mike and I officially have a washer, dryer and fridge. Yay for being grown up!
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Apparently the boxes of tea and coffee bags got moved around and the coffee sat where the tea usually was and all of our attendees got iced coffee.
It was really funny but a little embarassing too. Oh well, no harm done. :-)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Feet Off the Ground
Here, There and Everywhere
Tale e Vita (Such is life in Italian)
Friday, February 29, 2008
With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week.
Larry LaPrise, the man that wrote "The Hokey Pokey" died peacefully at the age of 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And that's when the trouble started.
Long story short, a meeting I had today was pushed back and after my meeting, I went home to eat lunch with Mike (he had the day off, lucky guy) before heading back to work. I stopped to get gas on my way to work and saw a lady slip on a curb and hit her head. I parked my car, jumped out and ran over to her because nobody else had seen her fall. She had two cuts on her forehead (that we found out needed stitches when the paramedics arrived) but other than being a little shaken up, she was fine.
I got to stay by this lady, keep her calm, comfort her and make an impact on her life, even if for just a few minutes. At one point during the almost half hour I stayed with her, she looked at me and asked why I was still there. I told her it was because I wanted to be there and make sure she was okay - her response, "Well I just can't believe it, there aren't many people who would do that anymore."
I'm so thankful my Lord puts me where I'm needed, when I'm needed and as silly as it sounds, I think Joyce made a bigger impact on me today than I did on her.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I give you money and send you into the grocery store to pick up 5 items. You can only pick one thing from the following departments.. what is it?
1. Produce: Strawberries
2. Bakery: The bread with the crunchy outside and soft inside
3. Meat: Black forest ham
4. Frozen: Fuit popsicles
5. Dry goods: Cookies
Let’s say we’re heading out for a weekend getaway. You’re only allowed to bring 3 articles of clothing with you. So, what’s in your bag?
3. Some kind of jacket
If I was to listen in on one of your conversations throughout the day, what 5 phrases or words would I be most likely to hear?
1. "This is Sarah."
2. "What sounds good for dinner?"
3. "I'm ready for Spring."
5. "I love you" (but only to Mike and my family of course)
So, what 3 things do you find yourself doing every single day, and if you didn’t get to do, you probably wouldn’t be in the best mood?
1. Wash my hair
2. Have a cup of coffee
3. Read my Bible
Sweet, you just scored a whole afternoon to yourself. We’re talking a 3 hour block with nobody around. What 5 activities might we find you doing?
2. Go shopping
3. Take pictures
5. Catching up with friends
We’re going to the zoo. But, it looks like it could start storming, so it’ll have to be a quick visit. What 3 exhibits do we have to get to?
2. Panda bears (if the zoo I'm at has them)
3. The petting zoo
You just scored tickets to the taping of any show that comes on t.v. of your choice. You can pick between 4, so what are you deciding between?
1. Myth Busters!!!
2. Iron Chef America
3. Dirty Jobs
4. Amazing Race
You’re hungry for ice cream. I’ll give you a triple dipper ice cream cone. What 3 flavors can I pile on for ya?
2. Cookie dough
Somebody stole your purse/wallet…in order to get it back, you have to name 5 things you know are inside to claim it. So, what’s in there?
1. Credit cards
2. Drivers license
3. Car keys
5. Lipgloss. :-)
You are at a job fair, and asked what areas you are interested in pursuing a career in. Let’s pretend you have every talent and ability to be whatever you wanted, so what 4 careers would be fun for you?
4. Professional photographer
If you could go back and talk to the old you, when you were in high school, and inform yourself of 4 things, what would you say?
1. Don't sweat the small stuff.
2. Go to the Tim McGraw/Faith Hill concert and not the dance.
3. Workout more your senior year before track season.
4. Spend as much time helping in the guidance office as you can - it's a blast!
Friday, February 22, 2008
He helped make this:
Look like this:
Yeah, my husband is talented...
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
MythBusters is by far the better show and here's a clip of one of the best things they've done. (and apparently, a European version...)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
I love my husband. :-)
Friday, January 25, 2008
I went into Borders today after work to find a few of my favorites and ended up taking a trip down memory lane. I went in knowing I would be purchasing 'Love You Forever' and thought I'd figure it out from there. I found 'Goodnight Moon', 'Where the Wild Things Are', 'The Jolly Postman' and a list a mile long of titles that brought a smile to my face. A new favorite that I had to check out after hearing such rave reviews was 'Fancy Nancy' - so cute and so fun, even if you're a big kid. :-)
What was your favorite book when you were little?
Monday, January 21, 2008
We got our heater about a week later and I had to pull it out before Mike and I went on our date. It got hot as soon as I turned it on and I was so excited. On our way to dinner, I decided to call my parents to see if they had gotten theirs. My Mom answered and started cracking up as soon as I asked if they had gotten theirs - she said it had been delivered that day and she was standing in front of it and so happy with it. (If you really know my Mom and me, you can picture each of us talking on the phone about the different features of the heater and laughing at how we liked the same things about it) My brother was in the background laughing at my Mom, Dad and me but none of us cared.
Bottom line, I can't believe I got so excited about a heater but it is wonderful. Even better than the heater is knowing how much I've turned into my Mom - I couldn't be happier. :-)
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I hope all of my family and friends know how excited and happy I am when something good happens to them.
Monday, January 14, 2008
- My husband (he's always a favorite - I love him)
- My family (again, always a favorite. They're awesome.)
- My time with God - I've been working on spending more time with him and I love singing His praises in my car on the way to work and reading His word at night before I go to bed.
- Laughter - it makes me feel alive, especially when Mike is the one making me laugh.
- Candles - they smell good.
- Looking at houses (really scary but really exciting - I'll keep you updated)
- Our new space heater. It has a remote, a timer, it oscillates and it keeps me warm. :-)
- Knowing that we're going to Texas (my home state, yee haw!) in March
There are lots more but these are the top ones right now...
Monday, January 7, 2008
To start, I was sitting at my desk last Thursday when I heard a loud crash/thud sound. When I looked across the hall, everyone was looking out the window so I ran over to see what was going on and found a car on it's side at the corner where my office is. I immediately took off down the hall and ran out to the car to make sure the people in the car didn't move but other people got there before me and were all over it. The guy driving what we later found out was a mini-van (we couldn't tell when it was on it's side and beat up) was headed south on a street that runs next to the side of my office towards an intersection and somehow managed to go airborn, jump the curb, take out two posts that once held parking meters, take out a corner of my office's landscaping, bounce off a retaining wall twice, bounce off the lightpost about 1/3 of the way up it and finally flip onto its side into the street that runs in front of my office. The whole ordeal lasted about an hour from the time it happened to the time they got him safely out. The guy had to have been tearing down the road for all of it to have happened. He ended up being fine so that was good but I have to admit, it was really cool watching the fire department rip the roof off his car to get him safely out.
Today, or rather, a little after midnight this morning, a guy decided to drive through City Hall. Apparently the guy had been in a gas station parking lot and the police were called because neighbors were complaining about his music being too loug. Police came to take care of it, he got mad and said something about running through City Hall and by the end of the whole deal, he did. He drove through the building, taking out approximately 8 million dollars worth of metal detectors and other security equipment not to mention a ton of other damage. He ended up in the parking garage on the other side of the building and proceeded to get out of his car, lay down on the ground and surrender to police "without incident".
To top it all off - Michael Vick is serving the remainder of his sentence in Leavenworth, KS.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Mike and I just got back from a whirlwind of travel over Christmas and New Years. We left on the 21st and flew to Seattle, WA where Mike's parents picked us up from the airport and we went to a hotel for the night. The next morning, we got up and met Tym and Kristen at Wild Wheat for breakfast. It was so good to see our friends and the area the restaurant was in was so cute!
After breakfast, we headed to an outlet mall on our way to Vancouver to do a little shopping and then headed to Mike's parent's house. We spent most of the week hanging out with Mike's friends and family - including a Christmas Eve movie with two friends and Christmas dinner at his aunt and uncle's house (YUM!)
We left Vancouver on the 27th so that I could work on the 28th and as soon as I got off work, we headed to the beautiful mountains in Red River, NM. We spent the last few days there relaxing, playing cards and watching movies but left out too many outdoor activities as Mike and I both got sick. The sick part wasn't so much fun but I figured if we could survive a trip while sick so early in our marriage, we're in great shape. :-)
Work tomorrow and life will slowly return to normal. We have lots of plans for 2008 including trips, weddings and who knows what else. We're just thankful for each other, for family, friends, health, grace and so much more.
(more pictures to follow)