Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Brother Bear!

So today my older brother turns 27. I'd like to tell you about the earliest memory I have of him, but really, as we get older, the years before I turned 5 are really very blurry. :) So I'll tell you some of my favorite memories that I can remember. Haha.

When we were kids we used to have a swimming pool, a fort, a basketball court, a dog, lots of backyard space to run around, and parents who always sent us outside to run off our energy. I hope to have a backyard like that someday for my kids. In our day of electronics and tv, that is probably the best thing for kids today. Anyways, one of my fondest memories is of Brandon inviting his friends over to spend the night on the fort's roof. They pitched a tent up there and had man time and I was certainly NOT allowed up there, nor allowed to even stay up a little bit with them.
















Was I devastated? Certainly! Did I tell on them to mom and dad? Of course! So dad and I get a boom box and put in their bedroom window (which faced the fort) and put on some scary halloween music tape that I owned and we snuck around the back of the alley behind our house (behind the fort) and we launched an attack of waterballoons on BG and his friends. Needless to say, I can't really recall how it ended, but that was super fun!

Anyways, I could go on and on with stories of our childhood (most of which BG would deny) and I am so thankful for the fun we had as little kids, and while we were very different people in high school, the Lord has blessed us a with a new kind of friendship in our adult years and I am so thankful to have him in my life. He is a brother who I can always count on to talk to late at night online, he is a good friend to so many, he opens his house to all of us with nothing to do on a Saturday night, and he loves his nephew to pieces. And Wesley loves his uncle BG! :)

Happy Birthday Brother Bear!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Anne Shirley!


Anne of Green Gables is one of my most cherished childhood books. The movies are so dear to my heart, curling up on the couch with hot chocolate and an Anne of Green Gables movies is one of my favorite things ever! I also watched the Road to Avonlea series every monday night on the Disney Channel with my mom. It was so heartfelt and endearing. Nothing at all like what you see on tv today. I feel for our children and the garbage that they are going to be exposed to (and already are!). Anne of Green Gables and the Road to Avonlea bring back such a flood of memories for me. Did you know you can buy the series on dvd? My mom has 2 seasons.

One of my favorite quotes from Anne of Green Gables is when Anne and Diana are visiting Aunt Josephine in the city and being spoiled rotton by her Aunt Jo's kindness.

Diana Barry: I wish I were rich, and I could spend the whole summer at a hotel, eating ice cream and chicken salad.
Anne Shirley: You know something, Diana? We are rich. We have sixteen years to our credit, and we both have wonderful imaginations. We should be as happy as queens.
[gestures to the setting sun]
Anne Shirley: Look at that. You couldn't enjoy its loveliness more if you had ropes of diamonds.
Diana Barry: I don't know about that.

I think they are so hilarious. What would it have been like to be their age living at the time that they did with the horse and buggy and one roomed school houses and having to put cheesecloth over your pudding at night so rats don't get in it! What a riot!

Anyone up for a girls night of Anne of Green Gables movies?? My mom has them all! Wooo!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I'm still Jenny from the block

So this morning while I was cleaning and puttering around the house, E! True Hollywood Story was featuring Jennifer Lopez. I usually don't watch E! but sometimes Ill see who the THS is featuring and if it snags my attention, I'm all over that.

Like when Heathe Ledger, whom I adore, died tragically, they were featuring him left and right. I grieved for his family; his talent is so far out and to lose his life in such a sad, meaningless way just breaks my heart.

Anyways, I digress. They had pictures from Jennifer's wedding to Marc Anthony and she was just covered in diamonds. Glorious ropes of diamonds around her neck and on her ears and on her headpiece and on her fingers and she wore a simple gown (off the rack, gasp!) and she looked spectacular.

When my dear friend Rebekah got engaged to her wonderful husband Nick. she and I had discussed that when we get married we don't want rings that would feed several third world country villages should we ever travel to these places that we've prayed for and wept for.
Needless to say, we were blessed with husbands who lovingly picked out rings that suited our personalities. Sometimes I am still amazed that I wear a diamond on my hand to signify my union.
I knew of two people who passed through Zephyr when I worked out there several years ago and they had eachother's names tatooed around their ring finger. He had hers and she had his. They didn't need anything flashy or blingy to show their devotion.

Now if you have a rock, I'm not dissin. Diamonds are a beautiful and exquisite gift to delight in. My beautiful, most down to earth, friend has a ring that could blind God :) (i am a dork) and it is sensational. And I do LOVE my wedding set. I remember the moment Nathan placed the ring on my finger and asked me to be his wife. It was so special and i'll never forget his face as he knelt in front of me.

I don't really know where I was going with this. I had a long weekend full and busy, so I think I may be a little behind myself. Zoiks! (again...I am a nerd). I did get to see some friends and see Nathan and his softball tourney for work and take Wesley to our church's fall festival. Ohh and I put out my pumpkins and am slowly getting my house ready for the "fall" and the holiday season. "Fall" cleaning and what not. Ohhhh I react to DUST horribly so I've been sniffly all day.

Ok, I will end this torturous post of nothing. I don't even have pictures for you today! How sad. :) And me, a photographer. Blaaaaaah blah blah.

Oh and last night I had a dream that my old friend Jason Crookham from high school built a church in the trees. Hmm...that's something new, I think.

Ciao!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Praise God

I don't praise God enough.

He fills my lungs with breath.
He gives me a man to sleep next to at night and a son to play with all day long.
He provides our table with nourishment and our bodies with clothes.
He protects us from so many storms.

I have family to laugh with and friends to "facebook" :)
I have books at my fingertips and the means to be educated.

I have so much.

Praise God.

I re-read what is just written and I mean to not brag or to throw my blessings in your face.
I am empowered because I have a hand at my back to guide me and I feel the need to praise.

And my car won't start today. Hmmph. :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A Swiftly Tilting Planet


I absolutely feel like leaping for joy! I welcome this refreshing cooler weather for our town. I am a mountain girl and dream of fresh evergreens and piney woods. I adore the wind in my hair and the smell of leaves. I am most replete with the very me when I sit on a rock on a mountainside and stare at the heavens and mediate. Nathan and I honeymooned in Estes Park, Colorado. It was so simple and beautiful.




Wesley & I played outside this morning in our Pajamas. We had a great ol time.
Anyways, I better run, time to have lunch with my handsome husband and son! Have a blessed day enjoying this "fall" weather.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The leaves are changing...

I am a fan of Hobby Lobby. I am an HGTV, DIY Network, Martha Stewart lovin' kinda girl. Crafts, home decor, interior design are so fun to me. Obviously if you see my house and my son's Around the World in 80 Days themed room you would know that I adore creating environments in our home that are comfortable and imaginative. And I love to spend money. Ask my husband. I love to buy things 50% off from Hobby Lobby or Michael's or Marshall's or HEB haha. I love sales.

But I've been thinking about the folks in the wake of natural disasters, the most recent being Hurricane Ike. We were this close to dealing with the trauma that mr. Ike caused and this close to having potential flooding, roof damage, home destruction. This close. |------| Literally. We were fortunate, of course, down here in ol CC to have just a wee bit of rain yesterday and a lovely cool front today, but those dear folks up the coast from us are without electricity and some homes were even washed away. My grandmother and uncle and aunt live in Houston and are without power, Nathan has family in Houston, Jamie has her family in Houston, we have friends in Houston. It was very close.

It opens my eyes to how unfortunate it is when we put our hearts into something so temporary, like home decor. How we spend so much money to have a home that is in style when we should be thankful for shelter! I saw that someone remodeled their house in Galveston over several several months and were renting it out to some summer islanders and the house is comepletely destroyed. Wow.

I just feel a very strong conviction about going back to the root of simplicity. I love furniture and have been harrassing Nathan to buy new couches for our living room (after we re-floor the whole house) and I just feel such a smack in the head. Why? We have perfectly usable couches now. They aren't in any magazines and they sag and the bottom is frayed and yes we bought them for 70 bucks from a friend...but they work. It makes me cringe inside to admit it, but I feel very strongly about not jumping off the deep end this Christmas (Wesley's first Christmas!). I love presents. I love giving, recieving, spending, wrapping! I LOVE to wrap gifts and add bows and prettiness. I adore it. So fun.

But is it necessary? The holidays are about thankfulness and family and giving to the needy and sharing your home. It's about the birth of our savior and the beginning of a new year with fresh tomorrows with no mistakes in it. (Thanks for that anne shirley hehe).

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose."
~Jim Elliot

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." -Luke 12:34

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

There's No Crying in Baseball

Apparently, Ike is headed straight here. I was really looking forward to that recipe party this weekend! Grrrr...hahaha.

Nathan is on the "Prep Team" for his company, so if we evacuate, it will have to be FRIDAY day. Which is not the best idea....but I will let you know our plans and how events pan out for us. We put up most of the boards last night thanks to Nate's daddio.

The beaches are closed already...I was thinking about going and taking some pictures. We'll see. :)

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Go Away Ike!!

Although I do fancy the name Ike (reminds me of Runaway Bride) I do not enjoy the idea that we might have a hurricane in our bays this weekend. It keeps changing it's projected path, last night it was headed straight for us. Like dead centered. This morning when I first woke up it was a little south of us and now as I watch the news it is going south south Texas. So I suppose we'll see. It hasn't actually hit the gulf's warm waters yet, so once it does, it could spin itself into a frenzy and go who knows where!

So Wesley is feeling much better this morning. He's had his first cold! My poor poopsie. I get a weekly email from Babycenter.com about what Wesley's age is doing now (He is 7 months 3 weeks old) and it was all about colds! Haha. Did you know the average baby gets 7-10 colds a year! Hopefully Wesley isn't in that average list. I hate colds! The babycenter.com updates are fun to read, but Wesley is totally not on their average kid schedule. He was an early crawler and an early baby food eater and he is scrambling all over the house trying so hard to walk and the email said "your child should be in the pre-crawl stage, sitting on his own trying to lunge onto all fours". Wesley did that at 5 months. It's still fun getting the emails! They have funny jokes in them to encourage the moms from going crazy. They crack me up!

My parents had stopped by and Wesley coughed in front of them and everyone went "awwwwww". Grandparents. Let me tell ya. :)

It's so wonderful to see Wesley cheerful again. He woke up this morning all grins and giggles happy to breathe through his nose again. He's been babbling and singing all morning. What a joy to hear. He crawled into my lap earlier this morning and just laid his head on my shoulder. The best feeling in the world!! I love cuddles from my little captain!

Ok time to run! Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Wesley

Wes has his first runny nose! :(
He woke up with it this morning.
Pure snotty goodness dribbling down from his nose.
Nathan doesn't want himt to be the kid that eats his own boogers, so he is on top of the "blowing of the nose and wiping of the bogies".

poor kid. Runny noses are no fun.

Friday, September 05, 2008

gah gah gah!

Wesley cracks me up when he talks. He babbles and laughs at himself and then cries because nobody else is laughing at his joke. He says 'dadadadada' when he is playing and "mamamamama" when he is MAD and he says "gah gah gah" when he is being silly by himeself.sometimes he sounds like he is saying "whats up guys?". It's hilarious.

Lately he's been a little fussier in the afternoons because it's been so HOT and it makes me a little grumpier too. :) I am a woman who thrives on winter weather. (well, south texas winter weather). I am thankful that today is semi-cooler. There is a breeze! hooray! :)

Wesley also got his first owie yesterday. He was crawling on the tile in the kitchen and he must have cut himself on the uneven tile between the living room and kitchen. The guy who laid the tile before we moved in didn't level a few spots. So Wesley got to wear a band-aid yesterday while he crawled around. It didn't seem to bother him and the cut already seems to be healing away. My friend Andrea is a pharmacist (she's pretty awesome) and she gave me a baby meds kit for my shower present last fall. Isn't that an awesome gift? She put in baby tylenol, gas drops, bandaids, a themometer, bulb, syringe kit, nail clippers, baby motrin and baby nasal congestion meds among other things. I would never have thought of that as a baby gift, but I think it's brilliant! So Wesley has a scooby doo bandaid on his little knee thanks to my friend Andrea. (Who is expecting baby number two! woohoo!)

I am really looking forward to this weekend. Hopefully Nathan and I can go on a date. :) It's been a while since we got dressed up and went out on the town. It's hard with Wesley, but not because we can't get a sitter, but we just love playing with him and taking him places with us! It's hard to leave him, but it's important for Nathan and I to get some grown up outside of the house time. Otherwise we might go crazy. :)

Uncle Brandon bought Wesley a hawaiin shirt. He looks like a little Moon Doggie in it. I will have to post a picture of him in it. What a cutie!