Monday, November 17, 2008

Strike a Pose!

I know most of you like to send out photo Christmas cards to show your family and friends how much you have changed, introduce new family members (babies, dogs, husbands), or just because they are cuter than regular cards! The only problem is the picture.... I know I have the hardest time finding someone to take our picture, and even when they do, it never turns out great. I have always wished that I had the money to hire a real photographer to take our picture and make our cards look soo cute. Well......... this year, I found one! My best friend, Melissa Echols. Melissa has decided to start doing some free-lance photography work and would love to start this journey by taking people's Christmas card pictures or anything else you might want.

She is an incredible photographer and takes great pictures that are professional looking. She is willing to work with a variety of clients, both human and animal (haha, that just made me laugh) and is cheaper than your average photographer. If you would like to contact her, please visit her blog, http://hunterandmelissa.blogspot.com/, and check out some of pictures while you are there!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Four Things

I have been very uninspired, lately, on posts for our blog. Because we have no camera (our faithful camera broke and we are holding out until Christmas), I feel like all of my blog posts are boring... I always think that posts with pictures are so much more interesting than posts with no pictures... hence, my lack of posts. I've been looking on other blogs for inspiration, and have a few ideas. Please feel free to do this on your blog!

Four Jobs I've had in my life:
1. Student for 18.5 years
2. School age teacher at Altus AFB Youth Center
3. Vaccumer at Anthony's Car Wash
4. Cookie Extrordinare at Mrs. Field's

Four places I have lived:
1. Birmingham, AL
2. Tuscaloosa, AL
3. Tupelo, MS
4. Altus, OK

Four TV shows I like to watch:
1. Grey's Anatomy
2. America's Next Top Model
3. Jon and Kate Plus 8
4. Private Practice

Four Places I've Been on Vacation:
1. The Bahamas (stayed at Atlantis!!)
2. Cozumel, Mexico
3. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
4. San Antonio, TX

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Macaroni and cheese
2. Cheesecake or anything chocolate
3. Steamed vegetables
4. Potatoes of any kind

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. The beach
2. At my parents' house with my whole family just doing nothing (playing games, watching movies, spending time together.)
3. Shopping
4. Cuddling with Clay

Four places I like to shop:
1. Home accents stores
2. The Summit- I love to just walk around outside and window shop with Clay
3. Victoria's Secret online for clothes
4. Pier 1

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ho Ho Ho!!

What do you think of my new layout! I wanted to get into the holiday spirit with a little change to my blog layout.

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."

Monday, November 10, 2008

Prayers

I just wanted to write a short post to ask for some much needed prayers! Two of my friends have lost important family members this weekend, and would really appreciate prayers and/or good thoughts. It's always hard to put into words how you feel when someone you know passes away. Someone I know explained to me a great analogy last week regarding death. She explained that life on earth is like a train ride. People get on the train at different times, and they get off the train at different times. Some people's trip last a long, long time, while some are just on the train for a short while. Either way, their trip on the train (on earth) is only a temporary. Eventually, they will finally make it back to their final destination, their home, in heaven. I love you both, if you are reading this!

Monday, November 3, 2008

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!

After getting out my strong reminder for everyone in the blog world to go vote, I am going to center this post on a completely different subject.... THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS!! I really haven't thought too much about the holidays yet because it is still hot as a butt (that's for you Lil) in Alabama and I don't think of much but school these days. However, as I was driving home from class today, I happened to stop on 96.5, which was playing Christmas music. All of the sudden, my mood completely changed from being hungry and stressed out to soo happy. I sang every song at the top of my lungs, not caring who was around me. I am officially in the holiday spirit from now until the new year! In honor of this new-found giddiness, I have decided to copy many of the other blogs I read and talk about what I am looking forward to most this year!
  • First and foremost, I am always so happy about celebrating our Savior's birth. I am given so many wonderful gifts and opportunities because of God's love for me. Although I give thanks a million times a day, it is wonderful to have an entire day that is devoted His birth. I can't wait to have children and spend hours talking and teaching them about the Christmas story and engaging in activities where we get to praise God!
  • This weekend, Mom and I are going to Christmas Village at the BJCC. This has become a tradition for us, and is something we both look forward to every year. This will be our third year in a row to go! We always find the cutest gifts for others (and ourselves) at this arts and crafts festival. This year, we are going in with a plan and know exactly what vendors we are visiting first! I am soooo excited!! I definitely recommend this to any woman... I don't think this is the scene for many men, so you might need to take someone other than your husbands!
  • Our High School Christmas Party- One thing I am so grateful for is my friends from high school. I think our friendship is very unusual because most friends from high school get distant as time away from high school passes by. However, we are still the best of friends and have so much fun together. I can truly say that these girls are the sisters I never had. They know me better than almost anyone on the face of this earth and still love me for being me! All six of them, Lelia, Lilly, Dana, Audra, Meredith, and Katie, were all in my wedding and will continue to be vital parts of my life forever...... Okay, I have lost the point of this post. Anyways, we always get together for a big Christmas hurrah and this year is no different! This year, we are trying to do a progressive dinner with a spend the night party at the end! Nothing makes me happier than food and dance tapes....
  • Work Christmas Parties- I love to go to Clayton's work Christmas parties and hang out with his coworkers. Plus, there is always free food and fun entertainment!
  • Time with faraway family- A lot of our family lives in other states or not close by. Holidays are always times for us to reconnect and spend much needed time together. Some people I can't wait to spend time with include my brother and and sister-in-law (Galen and Katie) who live in Missouri, Clay's family who live in Enterprise, and my Mississippi family!
  • A time and a reason to bake- I love to bake and love to eat the foods that I bake. Because Clayton and I are constantly trying to eat and live healthy, junk food is typically not in our house. However, the holidays are centered around junk food, which means I get to bake bake bake! Be prepared for many tasty concoctions!
  • Speaking of time off, I get a lot of that for Christmas! This year, I get a whole month of school off.... As much as I complain about the workload and time that accompanies grad school, I am so lucky that I get this much time off.

These are just a handful of the reasons why I love this season! This list will be continued on throughout the holiday season, so expect more to come!

Reminder!

Just wanted to post a reminder (in case you haven't heard enough about it today) to go vote tomorrow!!! It is so important that you make time for this and don't let this PRIVILAGE fall by the wayside. Take the time to research the issues before tomorrow and make a smart and educated vote. This is a very crucial election and YOUR vote is so important! If you don't vote, then don't complain on the state of the nation and who gets elected!!
And since this is MY blog and I have all the freedom I want, I want to take the time to say show my support for my candidates of choice, Barack Obama and Joe Biden! I truly believe in what you both stand for and can't wait to see you both as our nation's leaders!!