Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is my daddy's birthday! Woo! I don't really have any more time to sit here at the computer, but I wanted to dedicate a blog to him today! (if you're reading this, Happy Birthday daddio!)

I have a story to tell and you will all understand why I love books so much: When we were kids, my dad would take me to Half Priced Books, the Shepard Shoppe, Waldon Books, or whatever bookstore we could find and he would always let me buy one book. I have memories of myself crying because I wanted to bring home a stack and dad would say "only one book"...and sometimes, just sometimes, I would come home with a stack. hehe then we would go home and dad would read me stories from our colorful encyclopedia collection. We would read about ancient egyptians or greek and roman mythology. He would tell me stories about King Arthur or we would talk about dinosaurs and where they went. Basically any and all history, he turned it into a fun storytime session for us. I love that! I hope to be able to carry on that tradition with our kids. It really made us love to learn and we loved our encyclopedias. (yes, I colored all over the insides of them) The cool thing is, my dad still loves a good story. Usually it's news stories that we discuss now, but my dad still listens to my ramblings and I've never felt unloved.


I would like to thank my dad for taking me to the books stores so much as a kid, for taking me to Academy to go shopping, for letting me have so many pets growing up, and for being such an incredible grandpa to my son. :) Wesley really loves his grandma and grandpa Guerra. They give him pizza and let him play outside ALL day long if he wants (without any naps!) I've taken a lot for granted in my day, including what special parents I have. So if you see my dad today, give him a high 5 and wish him a Happy Birthday. He really is the best. I see so many qualities in Nathan that I see in my dad and I know that I married a good man because of that. :) I love you dad!

who's a Twerd?

Anyone who says movies don't affect your dreams is crazy. We have a rule in our house. NO scary movies. I was deeply, deeply convicted around 2003 about scary movies (horror movies, to be exact) and have not seen one since (nor Nathan). I am very imaginative by nature, and seeing something so graphic with my waking eyes is not easily released by my mind. It burns itself into my head for many many years. I still have images flash in my mind from movies I saw as a youth and my heart can only grieve for those memories. Every once in a while (when my imagination gets the better of me) I have to remind myself that those creaking noises you hear at night aren't anything but creaks, and that's it's really okay to shower when you're home alone on a dark and rainy night. Ha!

Well, we watched Twilight last night on dvd. We rented it. Wesley was at my parents and we had a great time being "grown ups" with other grown ups. Haha. Thank you mom and dad!
Anyways, I had been interested in Twilight for a while. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about with all those crazy Twerds out there (Twilight Nerds). I'm a self proclaimed Harry Potter fan, I've read all the books a thousand times, hated the movies for the same reasons I hated Prince Caspian the movie, and I've even gone to a midnight madness book release party at B&N (not dressed up :)) So you can imagine my intrigue in these silly fantasy books. What pushed me over the edge is "the Twilight Series" win over "the Harry Potter Series" in the Kids Choice Awards. I was under the impression that Twilight was for grown-ups...it is about vampires, I was thinking of comparing it along the lines to "Interview with a Vampire"....apparently I was wrong. Because when they announced (at the KCA) that Twilight won, all the kids went absolutely INSANE....and there's still 3 Harry Potter movies coming out. Hmm.

Nathan let me pick Twilight as a "feeling better" bonus, since I hadn't been feeling tip top shape this weekend. Let me just say...I can see how those youths have such a fascination with the movie. It isn't an overly sexual movie, it's fairly clean in fact (compared to other teenage flicks) and there was no foul language. In fact, there was very little dialogue. Ricky kept asking when the action was going to happen, ha! But for those kids (girls in particular) who are longing for deep love to enter their lives, for romance and passion, I can see how the intensity between Edward and Bella fueled that longing even more. It's pretty electrifying. I'm a dreamy, imaginative person by nature, so fairy tales, old ancient stories, greek and roman myths, anything found in an old encyclopedia makes me feel all giddy inside. I read The Neverending Story about 40 times when I was in 6th grade, I have read the entire Chronicles of Narnia collection about 40 thousand times. So drawing myself into stories comes as a second nature to me. Stories where love wins out are m favorites. And if there happens to be a little adventure and mayhem in between (a dragon or two maybe) it makes it all the better. So you can see that I am slowly falling prey to this ridiculous trend that is Twilight.

Well...about the dreams, I haven't really the time to spell it out for you, but let's just say I had dark and silly dreams last night. Very realistic and very colorful and very dark all at the same time. At one point in my dreams I walked from darkness into a very bright field full of big fragrant blossoms and rose petals were raining from the skies above. I woke up with tears streaming down my face. I haven't dreamt quite that dramatically in a very long time and I'd like to give the credit to the movie. I've always believed that movies have a startling effect on people's spirits, that's why I don't allow horror movies in our house. We do watch 24 and shows with violence, but I always walk away from something or close my eyes if I feel it's too much for my spirit to take in. But I just gotta know what happens to Jack Bauer. (Kiefer Sutherland said in an interview that he would love for Jack to die for his country...)

I bought the first Twilight book today and I intend on starting it tonight, if I can. I wanted to see the movie first so I wouldn't hate it right off the bat. If the book is as incredible as people have told me, then I know my disappointment in the movie would be keen and I'd rather enjoy it now. Does that make sense?

The Art Show is Friday, by the way, at Coffee Waves, at 730. Hobo will play at 8 and there will be snacks to share. :) So come on by and admire the art!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Springing forward...with a bounce

I simply adore the changes of seasons. It reminds me of fresh sheets, sweet smells of the kitchen, and my senses are flooded with childhood memories of bike rides with my family or playing in our fort with my grammar school chums. Simple memories, but very special ones. Nate, Wes, & I went to Lowe's today so that my man could buy a sprinkler for our pathetically browning grass in our backyard, and we strolled through the garden section taking in the fragrant smells of the flowers all around us. We plan to paint our house in April or May, and put up brand new fencing around our back yard. So to buy flowers today wouldn't really have been wise, so we refrained....oh but the smells were just so heavenly. I found an Ambassador Rose of the sweetest peach color, bloomed and so sweet smelling. I wanted to buy it and I just might sneak back and add it to my rose garden. Wesley was so cute "smelling" it with me. I am so thankful for his love of the outdoors. I so look forward to the days when he starts asking questions about nature and God's creation. Right now it's fun to just watch him marvel at it all. It must seem like a terribly big world to him, but it will grow small one day. He will learn that a flight to Istanbul is just one connection away, that our neighbors were raised in Pennyslyvania, that our ancestors ferried over in ships over just one small ocean. (or the Rio Grande in my case hehe). It is a wonder to me how when we were children, the world seemed to vast and full of adventure, but now as an adult, it seems so small and while it still holds adventure for some of us, it isn't as fancy as it once was. War, crimes, grief seems to cloud the news so much these days, I am thankful for the hope of Jesus and that one day this world will pass, but the Glory of God will reign forever.

I was looking at my old mentor's pictures to Isreal. Her and her husband took a pilgrimage and their pictures are just so special. To walk where Jesus walked, to see so much of the traditions first hand. They even renewed their vows at the place that they think Jesus did his first miracle. Awesome!

I'm running in swift circles here. It's too pretty a day to stay indoors, so I think Wesley and I will go outside and help "dada" with chores.

Oh! I have some new art going up at Coffee Waves in April, there will be an opening the 3rd I think. Don't quote me on that, I'll have a flyer posted here for you later. Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Louisiana, Dan Dan, and Lifelock

So...we are home from our trip to Louisiana and had a great time. It went something like this:

Tuesday night: Leave CC, drive to Houston, stay with Grandma Guerra (4 hours)
Wednesday morning: Leave Houston, drive to New Orleans (6 hours)
Thursday afternoon: Leave New Orleans, drive to Ville Platte, LA (3 hours)
Sunday morning: Leave Ville Platte, drive home (8.5 hours)

I have to start by giving Wes kudos for being such a trooper considering the amount of time he spent staring at the backseat. He was awesome. 

I will just give the details of my stories here, and Jade can add the fun pictures later. 

Dan Dan: 
We were walking along the riverfront in New Orleans when a nice man bets me he can tell me where I got my shoes. If he guesses right, I pay for a shoe shine and if he is wrong, I get a free shine.  I take a quick look to make sure that I am not wearing anything that tells where I am from. (I also checked to make sure he wasn't wearing the same shoes). Everything looked good, so I shook his hand and told him I was true to my word. (This isn't like someone guessing your weight at a carnival. This is real psychic stuff, right).

He then said this: "Alright then, sir. You got your shoes on your feet, your feet on Decatur Street, Decatur Street is here in the fine city of New Orleans! I said I'd tell you where you got 'em, not where you bought 'em. And you got 'em right here." 

He took a bit of polish out of a bottle cap and rubbed it on each side of my shoe. He also said some other stuff that we couldn't really hear or understand very well since he was bent over polishing my shoe. (Apparently this was the fine print.) Although, I did hear him ask, "Did I hold a gun to your head or a knife to your throat?" To which I replied, "No, sir." I assume this meant I had entered a legally binding agreement without coercion. 

Then he held out his hand expectantly. I asked him what he wanted and he said $10 for each shoe. I told him that was too much, that he just rubbed some polish (maybe even glue for all I know) alongside the bottom of my tennis shoe. That's when he told me that I was paying for the entertainment, not for the shine. I tried to talk him down in price, but he threw the, "I'm a man of my word," back in my face and I didn't have much choice then, so I gave the man his money. 

Later that  night at the hotel, I told Jade I was thinking about going back and having a grammar lesson with him, but somehow I don't think it would've mattered. I'm sure in a couple weeks, I will tell this story and laugh. For now, I'll just tell it. I will say I wasn't the first and I definitely won't be the last. Has anybody else met Dan Dan?

The other story can be kind of boring so I'll just hit the high points. Someone got a hold of my debit card number and placed a bunch of online orders for health insurance, life insurance, weight loss tea, Sensa (weight-loss something or other), eBay kits, other random stuff, and....Lifelock. What's the point? Just to cause frustration in someones day? At least buy something cool. And is the Lifelock thing to teach me a lesson? Are they insinuating that I also need to lose weight? 

I also need to give props to Bank of America for taking care of everything so quickly. They're my people.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Cajun Country

So Tuesday we are beginning the first leg of our Cajun Country Tour. We are headed to my grandma's in Houston to spend the night, then headed to New Orleans Wednesday morning. We are cutting our driving in half for Wesley's sake (and Nathan's as he will be the main driver) and to get a quickie visit in with my grandma. She hasn't seen Wesley in a while, so it will be a nice little visit.

I am so excited about our trip. I've never been EAST of Texas. EVER. Ive crawled all over the West and mid-west, and North to Canada (north easterly), but not in our native land. :) I want to drive up to the east coast someday and do a colonial tour. I am such a geek for early American history and I'd love to go to all the old historic towns and museums. Maybe when Wesley is old enough and a teenager and can complain about his crazy mama wanting to stop at every single historical marker. Ohhh dear.

The MAIN reason we are traveling to Louisiana is for Melissa's wedding (Nathan's cousin). She is going to be exquisite in her gown and Lucas (her fiance) is going to be so dashing. I am simply ecstatic to see her in her dress. I know I am going to cry just a little. I'm so sentimental and I just remember how deeply moved I was at my own wedding and it thrills me when people experience that same joy. I shall never forget my walk down the aisle on my dad's arm, glimpsing my mom standing and just glowing near the aisle, and my brother standing at my husband's right hand, and Nathan's sweet sweet smile. Oh I love seeing brides as they see their groom for the first time, feeling so beautiful, like heaven on earth. It's so special. So, I am excited about our trip to say the least. ;) Please pray for our safe traveling, for a good experience for Wesley, well for all of us, and for Melissa as she prepares to marry her love. I am delighted to be a part of it all and for the "vacation" time.

Our trip to New Orleans is going to be quick, but it will be worth it, I think. Just since we're "so close", I thought it would be worth it. :) I'm excited!

I will update you guys as we go along.
Blessings all around!!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

oh Anne..

Last night Jamie came over and worked on some paperwork for the hospital while I chased my little guy around. And yes, we put on Anne of Green Gables. I have all three at my house (they are my mom's!)

I want a picture of Nathan and I kissing on a bridge with a bucket of apples at our feet. :) So romantic.

Who thinks this series is the absolute best?? I DO! Every time I put one of the movies on and hear that beautiful music and see the shores of Prince Edward Island, I absolutely melt inside. It reminds me of what Heaven will be like...familiar, beautiful. I love it.

Some of my favorite quotes:

Anne Shirley: This is the most tragical thing that has ever happened to me.

Anne Shirley: Don't you ever imagine things differently from what they are?
Marilla Cuthbert: No.
Anne Shirley: Oh Marilla, how much you miss.

Anne Shirley: Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it.

Anne Shirley: Ruby Gillis says when she grows up, she wants to have a line of beaus on a string and make them crazy for her. I'd rather have ONE in his rightful mind.


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.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

where's the updates???

Hey kids,
It's been so busy on our end of the world. I can't wait to share with you all the great (and crazy) stuff that has been going on. God has been blessing my small business and I love seeing the smiles through my lens. :) Such beautiful people :):) And Wesley is growing like a weed and demanding adventure already!! And Stormy is currently at Grandma Terina's gettin groomed!!! Woooo! That makes me so happy. (I know I'm cute and cuddly, but I turn into a monster when I find shedding in our carpet and corners bleeeeeeh). Nathan and I joined a gym and got body analysts done and it was way fun to see where we are physically and age-wise :) So now we have started a workout plan, Nathan is training for beach to bay and I'm just gettin health-health-healthyyyy wooowoo. I never knew how much fun working out really is. :) I mean, i've done like health videos (soul gym! haha) and walked in the 'hood, mostly, but never gym workouts. I've never been atheletic (thats always been my brother), so this is a little new for me. I'm excited though just to work out with Nathan. It's so fun :):) Aaaaad it's cool because Wesley is in the kid's club, so he can learn about healthy lifestyles early and he gets to play on all their cool toys.

We are going to Nathan's cousin's wedding next week in Louisiana and I am SO EXCITED.. Not just because Melissa is going to be a gorgeous gorgeous bride and I think I might cry, but I am just excited for a bit of a vacation. Oh yay.

short and sweet, talk soon
jnp