Monday, January 26, 2009

StockShow and Rodeo

On Saturday I went with the Holmes family to the Ft. Worth Stockshow and Rodeo. We went early enough that we could walk around the different booths and exhibits, see the art show, get fun "fair food", and see the animals before the actual rodeo began. When we first got there, we saw the petting zoo, so even though it was freezing, Genny, Abigail, Genny's sister Amy, and I braved the cold to pet llamas, rabbits, goats, ducks, and even a Scottish highland cow! It was so cool! Who knew you have to go to the Ft. Worth rodeo in order to pet a Scottish cow?!

After the petting zoo we went inside to get warm. Katherine and her cousin Ashley both did a texting contest , and they each won their round. We went to see the art display, which was bittersweet. Katherine's beautiful painting was prominently displayed and was better than most of the others there, but unfortunately she didn't place in this year's contest.

We spent a little while wandering around the different barns, checking out the various animals, then finally climbed up to our seats. This year we had a better location, even though our seats were right at the top of the arena. The rodeo was a lot of fun - the bull riding was impressive, the calf roping was sad because nobody suceeded, and the funniest part was when the kids win a prize if they can catch a calf and drag it to the center of the arena. Hilarious!

All in all it was a really fun, even if cold, evening. I'm so thankful that I have a Ft. Worth family to share these events with, and who invited me to join them. Thank you, Holmes family!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Birthday Slideshow

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Wow! Apparently I'm Fabulous!

I was just given a blog award. My friend Amie's sister, Jenn, nominated me because she thinks my blog is Fabulous...Thank you, Jenn!

The rules are that I have to mention 5 things that I'm addicted to and also nominate 5 other blogs. Here are my 5 addictions:

  1. Pickles - I thought I'd get the most unusual out there first. I can't help it. I get pickle cravings all the time, and no, I'm not pregnant. I just love the salty, sour flavor. And the best pickles ever are made right here in Ft. Worth - Best Maid. Yum! I have a gallon jar in my refrigerator at all times. And while we're at it, I may as well add that I'm addicted to french fries too. As Rebecca said - "warm, salty, crunchy...perfect!" You can't beat a good french fry!
  2. Scrapbooking - I just love it. I love the idea of preserving my memories; I love the creative process; I love designing a unique way to share my photos; and "I just love it when a page comes together."
  3. Photography - Going right along with scrapbooking is my love of photography. I take my camera with me most everywhere I go, and lately I've been trying to come up with new and creative photography angles and subjects. I've also started taking family photos for friends, and occasionally getting paid for it!
  4. Reading - I always have a fiction book going, even when I'm in the middle of a big writing project. When I was studying for comps I was reading the Twilight series and had to force myself to put the books down and study. I read when I'm eating most meals (because I'm usually alone at those times), I read for at least 15 minutes before I go to bed each night, and I read anytime I get the chance. Favorites include the Harry Potter books, Karen Kingsbury, and Dee Henderson.
  5. Music - Music has always been one of my passions. Whether it's singing in a choir, playing the piano, or directing WILD Worship (my children's choir), I am always surrounded by music. I am especially thankful for the opportunity to share my love for music with a group of fabulous children every Sunday afternoon.
Ok here is my list of 5 fabulous blogs:
  1. Holmes Happenings
  2. Printed Paige
  3. Just a 'Chele
  4. The Glenn Gang
  5. Because of Grace
Way to go, ladies! Your blogs are FABULOUS!!!


My friend, LeAnn, tagged me--

Here are the rules:

  1. Choose the 4th folder where I store my pictures on the computer.
  2. Select the 4th picture in the folder (in my case, the 4th picture in the 4th folder within the 4th folder).
  3. Explain the picture.
  4. Tag 4 people to do the same.
  5. No cheating (cropping, editing, etc.).
Here is the 4th picture located in the 4th folder.

Explanation: July 4th, 2006, spent hanging out with the Holmes and Guleserian families. I took a ton of firework photos, and after the firework show took a photo of the Holmes family. Then my friend Tina worked her photoshop magic and combined the two into this fabulous photo. I have a similar one of me with all seven kids.

Tag, you're it!

  1. Genny (if you can get your photo to upload)
  2. Amie
  3. Sharon
  4. Paige

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Rachel's Birthday

Yesterday was my friend Rachel's 25th birthday (yes, I've got friends of all ages). We went to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner before going to the Movie Tavern for the opening night of Bride Wars. Dinner was good, and we had a lot of fun playing the trivia game at the restaurant (well, those of us who could get our controllers to work, anyway). The movie was pretty good, but the service as the Movie Tavern was horrible! It took more than half an hour for us to get our popcorn (and it was stale), and over an hour for the other girls to get their ice cream. Doubt I'll be going back there anytime soon. But it was fun to spend a girls' night celebrating my good friend's birthday.

the birthday girl with her trivia game controller
Jenny and Missi playing the game
me and the birthday girlJenny and Missi
Rachel and her friend Jennifer

Friday, January 9, 2009

Laus Deo

On Sunday I was privileged to be the guest on Dr. Wolfe's radio program, Laus Deo, a national radio program broadcast on Sirius. He has been after me for a year to do a guest appearance on his program, but it broadcasts at 4:00 on Sundays, right when I have to be at church for children's choir. Unfortunately, he found out I didn't have children's choir over the Christmas break, and I was out of excuses.

Thankfully, the topic was the subject of my dissertation: Exodus imagery in Revelation. I was really nervous beforehand, because when I'm put on the spot my brain doesn't seem to communicate well to my mouth. On sunday after church I read through my entire masters thesis on the subject, as well as parts of other papers I had written, trying to make sure I was prepared. I also gathered some notes together so I could have them in front of me as a sort of security blanket. It turns out, the program went really well, and it actually went by rather quickly. I was able to answer the questions asked of me, and only stumbled over and forgot my words a couple of times. I was pleased with the result.

If you're interested in listening (which believe me, I won't be offended if you aren't), you can download the program for free immediate on itunes (search "Laus Deo Radio" and click on the image below "podcasts". If you don't have itunes, it will be available after the month of January from

Dr. Wolfe's son, Adam, was screening the calls for the program, and he was kind enough to take a few photos before we got started. The last image is the cover to the cd of the program. I'm listed as a NT scholar! Oh my!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A note of explanation

I know it's after Christmas. It's not that I want Christmas to keep going and going. It's just that mom has been after me to try out, so I decided to play while I watched the National Championship game, and I put together a fun slideshow of pictures from Christmases throughout the years. It starts at my first Christmas, and goes all the way to 2008. It really is fun to see how we've all changed over the years. The early pictures of mom really crack me up - she looked so young! Anyway, enjoy watching the slideshow in the previous post. I'm sure I'll be doing more of these. It's a great way to fit a lot more photos in a lot less space on the blog.

"Christmas Through the Years" slideshow

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

2008, The Year in Pictures

Last year, following Genny's example, I did a post called "The Year in Pictures." I thought it would be fun to do the same for this year, even though 2008 was not nearly as eventful as 2007. In particular, I set the goal last year that I would not have a single month that I did not do something "photo-worthy" (in September and October 2007 I had not a single photo because all I did was study). So, without further ado, here is my 2008 Photo Review:

Stockshow Rodeo with the Holmes Family

4th Annual "Scrap the Superbowl" Party

SWBTS Centennial Celebration
Main Street Art Festival Drove to Ennis to see the Texas Bluebonnets

Vacation with friends to Panama City, FL Became the owner of a Mazda Tribute!
Finished a season of softball with the Wedgwood team "Concerts in the Rainy Garden"

Celebrated Independence Day with my family in GACypress "Hip to Be Square" dance at WedgwoodHung out with the Holmes girls while Jeff and Genny went to Belize
Sea World with Rachel Went to the opening game of the Aggie football season

Celebrated Labor Day with the Elbels Watched a lot of Alabama football
State Fair of Texas Halloween

Thanksgiving with LOTS of family
Officially passed comprehensive exams"Christmas Time Is Here" - Wild Worship Christmas concertChristmas in GA with family