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Monday, December 31, 2007

Christmas in New York

We had a great Christmas! Dave and I met his parents and went to New York. We got to see the sights, go to a Broadway show, and have a little fun! It was an experience we won't soon forget. It was a fun-filled four days.
Here we are our first morning getting into our limo. We requested a cab to take us from our hotel near the airport in Queens to our hotel in Manhattan. We were a little surprised to walk outside and find a limo awaiting. We aren't really sure what happened, but Dave and I definitely enjoyed our first limo ride.

We rode the Staten Island ferry and got a good view of the statue of liberty. I hope the picture isn't too blurry! It was a cold ride, but well worth it!

Dave and I on the ferry with Lady Liberty in the background.

New York Stock Exchange. Our hotel was near here, and we just happened upon it one evening. All the lights were amazing.

Wicked was amazing! If you are planning on visiting New York, I would completely recommend this show. The first few minutes I was a little skeptical, but it was wonderful! See it!

Times Square. All the lights, all the people....

I enjoyed the Empire State Building. The line was very long, even fairly early in the morning, but the view was fantastic!

Dave and I went ice skating in Central Park. I have not been ice skating in probably 15 years or more, but I held my own. The ice left something to be desired, but we had a great time. Dave was a little more talented than me on the skates. I took the picture of him while he was skating backwards and then he took the picture of me while HE was skating backwards.

We had a great trip, but it is always nice to be back home. We hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a blessed 2008!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

good movie

A friend and I went to see August Rush today. I have been wanting to see it since this summer and finally had the chance to go. It was so good. It was one of those movies where you really become emotionally invested in the characters and truly want things to work out for them. The music was very powerful, adding to the emotion of the story. I would definitely recommend this movie, and already have!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Just for fun

My friend, Charla, had this posted on her blog. I enjoyed learning a little about her. I guess there are a few things on here you might not know about me.

Directions: You bold all the things that you’ve done (after copying and pasting). Play along if you want to! I know it's long...

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain (Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysia
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa (there was no way I was taking my pack all the way up the stairs. We just looked from the outside)
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars(out on the trampoline when I was in High School)
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten tipsy on champagne (never had champagne)
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two harddrives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had/Have amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds
57. Pretended to be a superhero (Shera, princess of power!! Charla, I totally acted like Shera as a kid, too!)
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater (I think when I was little, but I can't remember for sure.)
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites (We loved Rome!)
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight (I don't even know what this is)
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice (they were way to expensive for our budget when we were there!)
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the snake river
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Gotten flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark (Costa Rica)
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship (I guess it was the Filipino version of a cruise ship. Let's just say there were chickens in boxes in the hallway!)
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in a Rocky Horror Picture Show
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept 30 hours in a 48 hour time frame
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states (I don't know for sure, I would have to look at a map, but it is pretty close.)
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read “The Iliad”
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read (I love Jane Austen!)
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair (One tiny little piece of bangs, one time)
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

Friday, October 26, 2007

The English Language is so Complex!

Your Linguistic Profile:
55% General American English
25% Dixie
10% Yankee
5% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern
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Monday, September 17, 2007

Back to School

I have been pretty busy they last several weeks. Getting ready for school to start took quite a while. I had a lot of organizing and rearranging of furniture to do before we started. Now that it has started, I am constantly working to stay organized. I am not a naturally organized person, so this is a great task. I thought about making a rule for myself to clean my desk every day before I leave, but there would be days (like today) when I would never get home! I figure, it will be waiting for me when I get there tomorrow, so why stress over it. I have some really great kids in my class this year. The beginning of the year is so exciting because it is fun to see what they know when they come into kindergarten and then compare it with where they end up at the end of the year. It is amazing to me what these little people are capable of when they are encouraged to learn and grow. There have been days in the last few weeks when I questioned, "What am I doing?" and "Why am I subjecting myself to this torture?" But, things have gotten better and I am actually enjoying my class. They are a great group of kids. I can't wait to see how they change throughout the next 8-9 months.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Happy Anniversary!

My sister's first anniversary is tomorrow! I can't believe my baby sister has been married a year. I am so happy for you, Jill, and pray for God's continued blessings in your life!

PS-I tried to put a picture of Jill and Jeremy on here, but I don't have a single picture of them on my camera! What a terrible sister!

Monday, August 20, 2007


Dave and I bought a digital camera before we went to Europe last summer. I had been wanting a camera that would take good pictures so we decided to get one before we went and I just knew I would use it when we got back, also. Sometimes I will be driving down the road and I will see something that I think is photo worthy. Of course, I don't have my camera with me at the time so I miss the great photo opportunity. Needless to say, I haven't used the camera as often as I thought I would. This summer I decided that was going to change. I pulled out the manuel that accompanied the camera and I have been looking at a book I bought a while back called The Joy of Digital Photography. I decided I was going to bring a piece of our backyard into our dining room. I got a picture in my head of what I wanted and used these two photography resources to make that picture into a reality. Here is the finished product....

Neither of these pictures really shows how fabulous the finished product really is. I am not one to brag, but...they really do look great. Yes, I said they were taken in our own backyard. Dave and I both love hibiscus flowers, so we have 5 different types in our yard. I only have photos of these 3 because the other 2 have not cooperated this summer. The only time either has bloomed was while we were out of town. It is kind of neat to see these pictures up in our house and to know that I took them. Now it is time to decide what my next project is going to be--I will let you know how that goes.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Panama City Beach

While Dave and I were visiting his parents in Atlanta we took a trip down to Florida. We had never been so we were excited tosee what the beaches were like. After church Sunday we drove about 6 hours south to Panama City Beach. It was a long drive but definitely worth it! Dave's parents have some friends who loaned us their condo for a few days and it was so nice to be staying right on the beach. We sat out on their balcony and looked out at the beautiful ocean.

Both of these pictures were taken from the balcony. The sand was unbelievable! It was so white and probably the softest sand I have ever felt. We enjoyed swimming and laying under the umbrella in our chairs.

These are a few more pictures from our time spent in Florida. One thing I really wanted to see whlie we were there was a sunset on the beach. I was afraid we wouldn't make it, but our last night we walked out of the restaurant where we had dinner and got to see a magnificent sunset. The second picture is in front of the sign of the surf shop where we bought T-shirts. We thought the sign was interesting because the last two lines say, "Life is Short, Live for God."
Our big adventure while in Florida was taking a jet ski tour to swim with dolphins. It was a blast. Unfortunately, there were no dolphins. The storm earlier in the day had sent the fishermen back in which meant the dolphins weren't hanging around their usual spots. Dave and I were the only pair who did actually see a pod of dolphins, but by the time I got in the water they were gone. We had a great time on the jet ski and really enjoyed seeing Dave's parents ride for the first time.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


While Dave and I were in Atlanta his parents took us to the Georgia Aquarium. Just a piece of advice...Don't go to the aquarium on a Saturday! It was so crowded. We really did enjoy ourselves, though. We both like going to aquariums and just watching fish, etc. Normally it is pretty relaxing--when the crowds aren't too overwhelming. The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world and had some interesting animals that I haven't seen at other aquariums before. My favorite was probably the tank in the next picture. We were able to sit in a little amphitheater and relax for a few minutes.

This is us in front of a tankwhich had a lot of stingrays, goliath grouper, hammer head sharks, and whale sharks. You can see the rays behind us. The entire aquarium contains about 8 million gallons of water. This one tank behind us holds more than six million gallons by itself.

Here are some jellyfish. I always enjoy watching the jellyfish float around.

Here is a beluga whale. We sat and watched these swim around for a few minutes. There were two belugas in this tank and one of them kept swimming upside down. Unfortunately, I could not get a good picture of it! We had a really good time and would definitely recommend the Georgia Aquarium if you are ever in Atlanta.

Everytime we go to Georgia to visit I think about what a creative God we have! I have lived in Texas all my life and I didn't know there were states that didn't allow you to cut down trees in order to put up billboards. There are immensely tall trees everywhere you look, and they are being preserved. Now, this makes for some headaches if you don't know exactly where you are going and how to get there, but it is awe-inspiring everytime I am there. I thought about this again at the aquarium. God is so creative. All those different fish, stingrays, sharks....I just can't believe how many unique types there are! Dave's dad said something to me about how much fun God must have had making them all. It was quite ironic because I had been thinking something similar all day! God truly does reveal himself through His creation!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Flight woes!!

Dave and I went to Atlanta a couple of weeks ago to visit his parents. His parents have some very generous friends who work for Delta Airlines and are willing to share standby tickets with us, and we are truly grateful for the tickets! Well, our flight leaving DFW was scheduled for 7:30 AM. We got up at 5:00 and made it to the airport by 6:30. Come to find out, our plane was having problems with the landing gear so our flight was delayed until 11:30. Delta decided to just switch planes with a flight at the next gate so our flight was only delayed about an hour. Turns out that flight wasn't ours at all because it was full before they got to us on the standby list. So, we were bumped to the next flight which was now delayed because of the landing gear issue previously mentioned. After all the ticketed passengers were boarded and they started taking standby passengers it looked like we were going to be bumped again, but thankfully we were two of the last three passengers who made the flight. I sure hope you are following all this because it nearly happened AGAIN when leaving Atlanta! We actually didn't get bumped from our flight but we were the LAST two to board.

We got a little perturbed while we were waiting for our return flight because the lady at the counter started calling standby passengers, in order of the type of standby ticket held. The first lady she called wasn't there. She called several times over a couple of minutes and finally said "Final call for so and so." Dave and I understood that to mean that this passenger would not be called again. Apparently that is not what "Final call" means because after 3 or 4 minutes her name is called again, and she is still not present. Several minutes later she is called again, still not there. Finally, we were called. The computer screens are showing one seat remaining on the flight. Dave rushes up to the counter and while he is standing there, about to hand over my ticket and let me have the final seat while he remains to wait for the next flight, so and so walked up to the counter! The lady who was working the counter just looked at Dave and said never mind. He was soooooo mad. He said something about the "last call." Luckily, I walked up right at that moment and was able to help him keep from telling both ladies what he thought about them. Needless to say, there were a few more ticketed passengers who did not show up so Dave and I made it on the flight, but it was stressful getting there.

We are so very thankful for the generosity of the individuals who shared these tickets with us! I can't imagine paying full price for airline tickets everytime we visit Atlanta (especially because we procrastinate and don't make travel plans until the last minute!). But, it is quite stressful at times. We actually spent the night in the Atlanta airport a few years ago at Thanksgiving because we got bumped from about 7 flights in one day. Maybe next visit we will just drive....

Thursday, July 19, 2007

It's Been a While

Well, it has been a while since I last blogged. I guess I have not been busy doing much, so I have not had much to blog. I did have my 10 year high school reunion on June 23. It was an interesting experience. I guess I haven't changed in 10 years, but I was expecting others to have changed. No one really had. I was really excited to see my friends from high school, but it was kind of strange. I haven't kept in touch with anyone, except Charla. It seems like they have all stayed in touch and still hang out with each other quite frequently. It was just strange being around all these people that I used to know so well and feel like I hardly knew them, not to mention that I no longer have much in common with most of them. Overall, I had a good time catching up. At one point, someone mentioned having a reunion every 5 years instead of 10. That sounds like fun, but I don't know if I could subject Dave to a reunion every 5 years. He is such a good sport and was so nice all day at the picnic and at dinner that night, never complaining, but I could tell he wasn't having a great time. I didn't take too many pictures, but I will post the few that I have and tell you a little about them The first one is a group shot. Dave didn't have enough time to get back far enough to get everyone, but this is close. There were close to 60 people there, so that was a pretty good showing.

Here is a picture of Dave at the picnic we had Saturday afternoon. We had hamburgers and hotdogs down my the river. This deer just came right up to us. It walked around between the picnic tables and then made itself at home by taking a nap in the middle of our picnic area. It was so tame. I guess it is used to having people around.

This is Dave and I at dinner. We had it at the Country Club. The food was really good. There was some dancing and then Tania and Charla handed out several awards.

Charla is my only friend from high school who I have kept in touch with over the years. It is kind of strange that she and I weren't very good of friends in H.S. We really grew close in college. Without planning it, Charla and I had 2 or 3 classes together our first semester at Texas A&M. We had many more together over the next 4 years. She and I were both Psychology majors. It was a lot of fun getting to know Charla in college. I am so thankful that we had that time together!

This is Roland. He won the award for least changed male. In some ways I think that award was right on, but in others, not so much. Roland was always a great athlete and really smart. He is now using that talent working for the Atlanta Falcons as a trainer. Roland is one of the people who I was really excited about seeing. He was my date for senior prom and we had such a good time. I was so glad to see how successful he is both in his career and in his personal life. He has a beautiful family!

Dana and I have been friends since 3rd grade. We grew up going to church together. We spent the night together too many times to count. During the summer we went to Camp Bandina together. I remember being in 4-H with Dana. We kept our pigs, yes we raised pigs, at her grandparents house. We would walk our pigs for exercise during the months before the stock show. She is married and has 3 precious sons. I really enjoyed talking with Dana over lunch.

Monday, June 18, 2007

My "kids"

You have to humor me. I don't have any children, so my dogs are like my kids. I took Tucker and Roxy to get groomed today and they look so cute I had to share some pictures.
You can't really see them very well,
but Roxy has red, white, and blue
ribbons. I guess she is ready to
celebrate the 4th of July. Too bad
the ribbons won't last through the
rest of the day.


My 10 year high school reunion is this Saturday. I don't know what to expect seeing everyone again after 10 years. I have been terrible about keeping in touch, even with my closest friends. I guess it will give me a lot to talk about because I don't know where anyone lives or what they do and they probably don't know those things about me. I know of a few people I can't wait to see. It is going to be interesting to see how everyone has changed and all they have been through these last 10 years. Who has children? Who has an unexpected job? Where have people been? What do people look like? (I have to admit, I have been exercising for a couple of months trying to get ready.) I will just have to wait and see how things go....

I am also excited about going home because I am going to get to see my sister's new office. She has just started her own insurance business and I couldn't be more proud of my baby sister. I know she is having a hard time staying positive right now. Starting a new business can be very slow at first. I hope she realizes how talented she is and keeps a good attitude. She has all the potential to be very successful, she just needs to get the ball rolling.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Since when???

So, this is what I came home to after working VBS Monday night. Dave is sitting on our front porch smoking a pipe. Yes, I said a pipe. Apparently this was a typical activity for him and a couple of his buddies in college. I think, in the five and a half years I have known him, he has not ever smoked his pipe. Just when you think you know someone....

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Garage Sale

So, I went to a "teacher" garage sale this morning. I figured I could find some great deals on books, flashcards, organizational tools, basic teacher stuff. Boy was I in for a surprise. This was like the high class version of a garage sale--kind of an oxymoron, huh? All the paperback books were at least a dollar each. These aren't like novels with hundreds of pages of reading delight. No, these are five and six page Kindergarten level very early readers. I was expecting to walk up and offer five dollars for a box of books. I would have been happy paying ten dollars for a box full. Then I asked about a plastic, three drawer bin full of "prizes." For those of you who are not teachers, that is what we call junk that kids love and parents just throw away. Anyway, I asked how much it would cost. She said..., wait for it...TWENTY DOLLARS!!!! Where I grew up you didn't buy anything at a garage sale for twenty dollars unless it was a decent piece of furniture. Not a set of plastic drawers full of junk! Yes, I did buy some books. I justified it by reminding myself that I have been thinking about buying some more books this summer anyway, and even at a dollar a piece they are still cheaper than I could find them anywhere else. It was not, however, a great garage sale shopping experience.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Behind the times....

A good friend has been talking about her blog for nearly a year. I read my first blog less than a month ago. Then, I found an old friend's blog by accident this morning. I am already addicted! I am off for the summer so I am looking for something to help occupy my time, besides daytime TV! I know myself well enough to know that I might start strong, but will fade in the end. Maybe I will make it through the summer.

I am amazed by the entire blogging world. I love learning about other people, so I will look around a friend's blog and then look at their friend's then their friend's. I felt guilty about "snooping" until I was reading comments today. So many of them started, "You don't know me, but...." So I guess I am not "snooping!"