Monday, June 24, 2013

That's one BIG book!

Since Mom told me not to post a picture of my newly-bound dissertation on facebook, I'll post it here instead. :) I picked up my 3 copies (plus Dr. Wolfe's copy) from the library today. It's so exciting to finally see the finished product. And dang, it's big! I think it's bigger than some of my scrapbooks - and that's saying something. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Photos of the Week - Rangers Edition

First Rangers game of the season - 6/18/2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Chipboard Book of Scripture

I created this little chipboard scrapbook with scriptures of hope and encouragement for my family. Things with my brother have been really rough for about 4 weeks now, and my parents are exhausted and emotionally worn out. I often feel like there's nothing I can say or do to help, being so far away, so I'm hoping this little gift lets them know that even though I'm not there, I am praying for them and God is with them through even the darkest days.
Front cover
Each facing pair of pages is done with coordinating papers

Back cover
This album was a lot of fun to put together. Like Genny said, it goes really fast if you have a lot of paper, and I certainly do! Every paper in this album except one page came from my scrap stash. I can see me making more of these in the future.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

What I'm enjoying this Summer so far...

1. Lazy summer afternoons by the pool - I love coming home from work around 2:00 and heading poolside for a couple of hours of sunshine.

2. Delicious homegrown tomatoes - both cherry tomatoes and the biggest tomato I've ever grown! And they're still producing, which makes me really happy.
 3. Time on my balcony, enjoying my "garden" and the fun patio lights Dad and David put up while they were here. It's Brodie's favorite place, and one of mine as well.
 4. Graduations galore! Not only my own but Cambridge's, where we celebrated an awesome senior class, and Rebecca's, where I realized how grown up my "little sister" is!
 5. Swimming with my Brodie boy in the Holmes's pool. He had a blast, even diving off the diving board about 10 times in a row!
 6. Scrapbooking! Oh, how I've missed scrapbooking! I have been flying through my current album (still working on 2009, unfortunately). I also went to the Scrapbook Convention with Genny and completely organized my scrapping room.
 7. Sunsets -  I love to see how creative God is with the colors in the evening sky. No two sunsets are the same!
 8. Sonic dates, canal walks, and just being goofy with the best puppy in the world.

 I can't wait to see what the rest of this summer holds!

My family's visit to Texas for Graduation

When my family came out to Texas for graduation, we made sure they were able to stay for several days so we could hang out together and have a lot of fun. Mamaw flew out Wednesday evening, and Mom and Kathy arrived on Thursday around noon. We immediately headed south, stopping for a tasty burger at Red Robin .I had planned for us to eat there on the patio so Brodie could join us, but it was POURING, so he hung out in the car. By the time we made it to Fort Worth, the rain had eased. We dropped Brodie off at the Holmes's house, checked into the Riley Center, and I showed off my regalia before heading to graduation rehearsal.
After rehearsal, the sky was finally clear, so we took a tour of the Southwestern campus, even walking out to the prayer garden (my favorite part of SWBTS). Everything was so bright and green after all the rain. I think I enjoyed that time with the important women in my family more than almost any other part of the weekend. 

After graduation and a delicious lunch at my favorite Japanese restaurant, we headed up to my apartment and to let the family check into their hotel. We all changed into comfy clothes, relaxed for a little while at my apartment, and then headed into Dallas to see where Kennedy was shot. Interestingly enough, I have lived in the DFW area for 14 years and never visited those sights. David was really interested in seeing it, and we ran into a man who gave us a very unofficial but quite informative tour. 

On Saturday, after sleeping a little later, we all gathered at the hotel where Bonnie and David, Kathrin, David and their kiddos, and Colton had all just arrived. After visiting for over an hour, the hotel crew kicked us out of the lobby and we drove to the Fort Worth Stockyards for some Texas culture. (What's funny is I've gone to the Stockyards either the day of or the day after every graduation from SWBTS!) We had lunch at Riscky's BBQ - I LOVE their fried pickles! - then wandered the street taking in the sights and the cattle drive. It was a gorgeous day and we all enjoyed it.

Other than our ventures around town, we hung out a lot at my apartment. We had a toast and a yummy cake Mom brought, Dad and David did some handy-man work (even cleaning my sliding glass door!) and we all laughed like crazy as we played Quelf and MadGab. Oh, so much fun! I have never had that many people in my apartment at one time - 10 people plus Brodie! It was packed, but we had a great time.

I am so thankful for all my family who came to town to celebrate my graduation and just spend time together. What a wonderful weekend! I only wish that could have stayed longer.