Monday, December 29, 2008

Pictures of our nieces...

I was cleaning out my inbox of my email and found these pictures that Lisa sent us awhile back. I figured I hadn't posted any pictures of our nieces in awhile, so I thought I would post some. Cecilia is now 6 years old and in the 1st grade. She has started signing up for rec sports at the YMCA, and has really done well being a team player. This fall, she played soccer at the YMCA. According to Cecilia, sometimes she loved it and other times she said she would never play again. Last time I heard, she wants to play again. These last two are of Caroline. She really doesn't look like this anymore because her hair has fallen out and is A LOT bigger. Her hair is now a lot lighter and has a red tint to it. She is also in 9 month and is 6 months! She is a big girl!!


I love these girls like they are mine own!!! I can't wait to take some new pictures of them for everyone to see!


Best Friend Reunion '08


This past Saturday, December 27th, me and my 6 best friends had our annual Best Friend Reunion, otherwise known as P PHI G Reunion '08 (our secret sorority.) These girls are so special to me. We are spread out across the US, but everytime we get back together, things always pick up where we left off. I feel like it is impossible for the 7 of us to ever grow apart, and know that these girls, my sisters, will be apart of my life until the day I die. I look forward to the day when we are all married and have children. Maybe some of our children will get married to each other?!?! I am open to an arranged marriage! Thank you, Meredith, Dana, Lilly, Audra, Lelia, and Katie, for being the best friends anyone could ever ask for. I love you all so much and am so blessed to have you!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Few pictures with the new camera...







Christmas '08 Recap


Merry Christmas to everyone a little late! Our Christmas holiday was very eventful, to say the least, but was so incredible. Unfortunately, I took no pictures of any of our celebrations (mostly because I didn't get my NEW CAMERA until Christmas day), but I have taken a few pictures to just play around with it.
Our celebrations started last weekend in Enterprise with Clayton's family. We left the Thursday before Christmas so we could spend a long weekend there. Before we left, I was feeling really crappy, my throat was killing me, and I had a low grade fever. I was afraid that I might have strep, and unfortunately, I did. Great way to start Christmas, huh? After a good shot in the butt and three prescriptions, I was feeling Great! So great, in fact, that we decided to go to Cecilia's, our niece, school for her Christmas party. Looking back on it now, this might have been a mistake.....I will explain later, just stay with me. So anyways, we went to her school party, took her to paint pottery (of course, I did a little painting myself), and went to her basketball game.
Saturday, we had "Christmas Day" at Lisa and Bryan's, Clay's sis and bro-in-law. It was so great to spend time together, watch Cecilia get so excited about presents, and watch Caroline actually enjoy playing with new toys! I wish I had some pics of Caroline because this was the first time we have seen her have a little personality! She is starting to crawl.... well, she would rather walk and just skip the crawling stage. She loves to smile at anyone who pays attention to her, and her smile is so darn cute. She crinkles her nose and squints her eyes. I know a lot of people say this about babies in their families, but I truly mean it when I say she is the cutest baby in the world.
So everything was going great on Saturday, so we went back to Clay's mom's house that night fairly early because we were leaving to go to Mississippi for my family's Christmas the next day. Well, my body had other plans. (This is what I was referencing to earlier... I must have caught something from the children!)Around 11:00 pm I started feeling a little queasy. From then until 4:30 in the morning, I threw up and.... well you can guess.... every 20 minutes or so. Finally at 4:30, Clay and his mom decided that it would be best to take me to the hospital. To make a long story short, we were at the hospital until around 9:00, missed going to Mississippi, and was sick until the day after Christmas. Some holiday huh?

Despite being so sick, I had a great time with my family. Galen and Katie were in town for a few days, so we spent great time watching movies, going shopping, and laughing our heads off, like we usually do. They were able to stay until Christmas morning, so we had our normal Christmas at my parents new house. It was a little weird being in a new place, but it was basically the same. While we opened our gifts from Santa, Mom had three different, breakfast casseroles in the oven. It was just really special for me to be with my favorite people in the world. I actually cried a few times on Christmas night because I was missing everyone so much and didn't want it to be over! I'm a sap!

We really lucked out this year with gifts. Everyone did just too much, but I am really excited about everything we received. I thought I would show a few pictures of some of our favorites this year. First, we got a new camera, from my parents. It was much needed and I have been taking pictures constantly. This is, basically, what camera we got, a Sony Cybershot. It takes amazing pictures and is so tiny! I just love it! Another gift I received from my parents was a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer! I was so excited about it because I would like to venture into making cakes for family and friends on the side. My Nana made and decorated cakes for many years, and I really love to do it too!
Another gift that I just love, and am going to do a little promoting for her on here, is my new magnetic chalkboard made by Joanne Holloway at Down Mulberry Lane. I used to babysit for her family and she is an incredible artist. Here is a picture of the chalkboard.
Clayton also did VERY good this year! One of my big gifts was a Garmin. He and I both believe this is a very necessary device for me because I am constantly getting lost.
My other big gift, which was a HUGE suprise, was a weekend trip to Atlanta. I was so excited about this because I love for the two of us to take short trips, even if it is just around the corner. The BIG surprise was this though:

Clay got us tickets to a Cirque Du Soleil show and to Body World!!! I was so surprised and soooo excited! I really do have a great and thoughtful husband!

I know a lot of this post was about presents, but I do know that that is not the reason for Christmas. I am so grateful for all of the many blessings that Clayton and I have been given from God. We know that we would have nothing if it were not for him. Hope everyone had as special of a Christmas as our family. I have been reading many of your blogs, but would love to hear from EVERYONE!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Incredible!

I just had to document this. In less than two days (well really, it was just one day) I wrote a 40 page paper.... A 40 PAGE PAPER!!!!!! I really am in shock that I just did that. Other than moving to my bed last night at 1:00 am and eating 1 meal in 2 days, I have not moved from the couch......no shower, no talking to the outside world, other than saying a quick hi to Clayton yesterday when he got home from work, and barely any bathroom breaks.... I am really tired and hungry. I just wanted to have record of this to remind myself how stupid it is to wait until the last minute to write a paper documenting my entire time in OT school....Incredible!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Copy Cat

I was reading my best friend's blog, and she did a post about New Years. She really doesn't love new years at all and just wanted to express her apathy, I guess! Haha. She had this little survey at the bottom of it and I thought it would be fun to fill it out, especially because all of my other posts are so boring without pictures. Don't worry! I have been good this year and I HOPE that Santa is going to bring me a new and improved camera. Hope you enjoy the post!



New Years or New Habits?!


1) What is the most annoying part about New Years? How expensive it can be! There are tons of great parties and great places to visit, but they are so darn expensive! Don't they think of the young couples out there?



2) What is your favorite part of New Years? The countdown until the new year and getting a kiss from your someone special. I love that I will always get that special kiss on New Years eve for the rest of my life! ;) I also love eating the traditional New Year's Day food: black eyed peas=luck and turnip greens=more money.



3) What is the most important decision you need to make this year? There are a lot of important decisions that Clayton and I will be making this year, and some are just going to have to stay a secret! One decision is where I would like to work. I will be graduating in 2009, so finding a place of employment is very important!


4) What habit would you most like to establish this year? Having a quiet time every morning where I can read the Bible and my devotions. I usually do it at night, but I would love to start my day with God!


5) What book do you most want to read in the new year? Ummm... If you know me, it's not going to just be one book that I read this year. It will probably be more like 50, haha. I am going to start reading the Twilight series and I have some others that I can't wait to start.


6) What's the most important trip you would like to make in the new year? Clayton and I would love to (and are really going to try to) visit my brother and his wife in St. Louis this year or whereever they may be in 2009. This could be anywhere from Chicago, Austin, Seattle, or more! They are in the process of deciding what they want to do now that Katie has graduated from grad school! Depending on where they get stationed, we also are going to take a trip to visit Clay's sister and her family when or if they move!


7) What is the best piece of advice you will take with you into the new year? Not to let the little things stress me out.... that God already has plans for Clayton and I and we just need to trust that these are the right plans for us!


8) In what area of your life do you most need change? Probably more faith. There are a lot of life questions that we are unsure of. This kind of goes back to the previous answer.


9) What is the most important new item you want to buy this year? Hopefully not a whole lot! We are saving for another down payment on a new home!


10) What is one regret you have from this past year and how will you grow from it into the next year? I know this maybe really cheesy, but I never have regrets. Everything I do is for a reason, even if it is just a learning experience. I truly believe I have grown a great deal as a person this year, though. I don't get as stressed, I make sure my priorities always come first, and I have put more trust in God when I am

Monday, December 1, 2008

I should be studying...


Yes, I really should be studying for my final in Mental Health tomorrow...but it's 10:45 at night and I really don't feel like it anymore! I'm just too nervous to go to bed though because I feel like I should be studying. Hmm... I think I have a predicament! =)

Our Thanksgiving, this year, was great! We actually got to enjoy a two week extraveganza beginning with T.G. in Enterprise the weekend before. Our bro-in-law's family lives in Wisconsin and they were planning on spending the holiday there. It was such a fun time getting to play with Cecilia and Caroline! Caroline is now a little more than 6 months old and is so much more fun! She giggles, reaches for toys in front of her (which I was very proud of...my OT coat was coming out!), and really is interacting with everyone. I will say the one drawback is that she is a Momma's Girl! Anytime she see's Lisa (Clay's sister) and she isn't being held by her, Caroline threw an all-out fit! I know it can be frustrating for Lisa, but it also must feel so good to be so loved!
I continued the T.G. holidays with a great potluck with my OT school friends! Everyone brought a side or a dessert and we ordered a ham and a turkey. I will say that I have some talented friends who should probably be cooking for a living and not being an OT! (haha, just kidding!)
Since I am talking about T.G., I do want to say how thankful I am for meeting these incredible girls. They have quickly become some of my best friends, and I always have the best time with them. I'm sad to say that I will only have one more semester with everyone before we all go to our separate fieldwork sites (and all move away). I really don't want to think about that!!
On Thanksgiving day, my family went to Tupelo, MS for our annual T.G. dinner. This was actually really special for me because I haven't been to MS for T.G. in three years!! Last year, we went to Enterprise, the year before we were in Altus and didn't come home, and the year before that we were in Enterprise again (Getting ENGAGED!) I was really happy that I got to spend our holiday with my mom's family again!

I was so grateful to get to spend the week with my brother, Galen, and my sister-in-law, Katie. I haven't seen them since their wedding in July, so it has been a long time! The majority of the time, we just watched movies, played games, and laughed our heads off. I love both of them so much and wish they lived closer!
By the way, did anyone notice my new picture on the header? It was taken by Melissa (who I mentioned in the previous post). She did such an incredible job with all of our pictures, and we have already picked the lucky one that will make our Christmas card pictures. Thanks so much for the fun time and be prepared to do this quite often!!