Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mi Casa es Su Casa - Part 2

Ok so I told you I'd give you a tour of the inside. Now remember, not our stuff! This is still the current owners "Stuff".

But welcome to our living room. This is standing at the front door looking toward that direction (haha get it =P)

standing at the front door looking straight ahead as you walk in.

This is looking in to the laundry room.

Here is the kitchen. It hasn't been remodeled. Oh well maybe a project for some day, we'll see.

This now is standing at the laundry room door looking back toward the front door. Oh boy you are so smart if you guessed that!!!

That door you saw next to the laundry room door, that leads to the office. Yes this office is a mess. I have a feeling ours might look like that :(.

Just another view of the office looking straight in from the door.

Ok guess what this is... anyone?? It's a hallway :). The first door on the left is the bathroom. Second door on the left is the Master bedroom. The 2 doors on the right are bedrooms as well. Tbug has claimed the far right one.

Now we have entered upon the bathroom. cute huh??

Let's have a closer look!

Here is the floor in the bathroom. A closer up look.

This is the bedroom right across from the bathroom (aka my soon to be Mother-In-Law's room)

This is just another view of the MIL room.

This will be Tbug's room.

Dang, I caught myself in the mirror....

Our bedroom is right across from Tbug's room.

Just another view.

that's the door for the closet. That's my closet :).... haha

Actually as you can see this is a fairly good sized closet, however this picture doesn't even show the whole closet... ah a closet with space to hang things. I'm in Love!!!!

This leads into the Master Bath

It's actually quite small but that's how the bathrooms were when this house was built.

Just looking straight in. I want you to see it all ;)

Here's the floor in the master bathroom. The master bathroom is one room I was told wasn't remodeled.

This place is heated mainly by the fireplace. Ahhhh I love fireplaces. My parents house has one and that's where I spend most of my downtime in the winters there.

If you want to see photos of the outside of the house, click here.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wedding Party - April

I've decided to start introducing our wedding party. Next up is April.

She has been one of my longest friends that I'm still in contact with. Our town has 6 grade schools and I transfered from the one my sweetheart and I attended together in K-1 and went to the grade school April was in for 2nd grade. If I remember right, we had different 2nd grade teachers but still somehow wound up as friends. Isn't it great and funny how those things work out...

There have been times that my dad has jokingly said he's never allowing me out of the house with April again. Even though we weren't trouble makers like one would think of for that word, we did cause trouble together. You couldn't put much past us...

Then a few years ago April got married to her sweetheart Jeremy.

She asked me to be in her wedding and of course I was honored! (In fact looking for photos of the 2 of us or just April, all I could find were wedding type photos... I know I have more!!) And now I get the privilege to have her stand up with me at my wedding! My thoughts are, this friendship has endured test after test, that's what you do in a marriage is go full speed ahead at any road blocks you may encounter.

Then after the wedding the two of them made plans to move to Atlanta, GA. But that's ok... I headed to Atlanta to see her, well that and to go to a Kenny Chesney concert but having April down there was more incentive to go that direction!

Again like Evelyn, April and Jeremy have been married for a few years. (They were married in April of 2006.) I have another great role model standing up there with me when I marry my best friend.

Mi Casa es Su Casa - Part 1

Welcome to our home. We finally found a place to live and aren't going to have to live in a tent in my parents back yard. This is exciting. Part 1 photos will show the outside of our house and around it. We are living in a Berm house. A berm house is also known as an Earth House. 3 of the 4 sides are covered with ground so in essence it is kind of like an in ground house.... Right now it is a house but once we move in there, it will be our home!

Hehe yeah I had my car parked in the car port....

It has a detached garage. The original garage was turned into an office.

this is standing at the bedroom door looking toward the garage.

Then standing at the garage looking back toward our bedroom.

There is a little wooden patio built off of the pool for lounging. My hammock will find a nice home around the pool!

This is the barn out back. It needs some work but for what we have, it'll do :)

This is standing back by the barn looking toward the house (if you couldn't tell). See the house is under the ground or at least surrounded by the ground on 3 sides=Berm House.

This is standing giving another view of the front of the house.

This is all the current owners possessions you see (tables, chairs, etc). They have talked about leaving some things but we are still unsure of what is going and what is staying so for now who knows.

Check back to see the inside of the house :)

I Hit 100!!!!

Ok so I've seen that when you hit 100 blogs you are supposed to tell 100 things about yourself that most people wouldn't know. Boy this seems like it'll be difficult and tricky! I don't even really know how many people read this so I might be doing it for a small few but oh well... so be it! And truthfully I'd love if you'd leave me 5 things about yourself in the comments. I like to meet and get to know people more than talk about myself!

So here we go:

1. When I started this blog, I had no idea where I'd go with it. Some people show photos, some share recipes, me, I just go on about whatever floats my boat. I have photos, I have recipes, I have jibber jabber.... guess we'll see if it ever takes on a full direction... :)

2. In high school I had a pair of tennis shoes size 11, but now I wear 9-10's... did my feet shrink??

3. I'm marrying a friend from high school on September 4, 2010. He is my Prince Charming and he knows about computers so it's fun to call him my PC and go off about being a computer. Yeah you might have to be there to fully understand :)

4. I've been driving a vehicle since I was 4 years old. I learned in my dad's 1986 3/4 Ton 4x4. He'd put it in first gear with 4x4 Low= Granny and I'd sit on his hard hat to see over the steering wheel so I could drive a truck for him while he was loading square bales of hay.

5. I actually learned to drive the standard as a standard the summer I turned 12. Dad didn't have to start it for me anymore :)

6. I was riding horses before I could walk. In fact there is a photo of me on my dad's old Arabian Stud when I was 1 month old, granted I was in my dad's arms but still I was on a horse before I could walk.

7. My mom, Aunt & Grandparents were in the Arabian horse business until I was 5. When I turned 5 mom put Rube up for sale and we bought Quarter Horses that we now compete in Cutting Horse events.

8. I showed my first Cutting Horse when I was 10 in Gainsville, TX.

9. One summer when showing horses I think we spent more of our weekends in Oklahoma & Texas showing horses than we did at our own house. I swore that summer I was a part time Texas resident.

10. I qualified for the AQHA Youth World show 3 years in a row and the last 2 placed in the top 15 in the world.

11. I was in 4-H until I was old enough for FFA and I got out of 4-H. I wasn't a fan of 4-H but then got back in my senior year of high school for one year. My boyfriend at the time, his parents convinced me to.

12. I loved FFA. My mom thought I'd use our horses for my SAE project, but I wanted a challenge. Boy did I get one, I started out with 2 market lambs and 2 Dorset ewe lambs (sheep).

13. By my last year in FFA at the State Fair I walked away with Grand Champion FFA Dorset Ram, Grand Champion FFA Dorset Ewe and Grand Champion Dorset Market Lamb. I'll tell you it wasn't an easy road! I learned a lot in those 7 years.

14. All my show sheep had names and I could tell you all about their heritage at the drop of a hat.

15. At one time I had 78 head of sheep but I had dogs get into my herd twice that summer and help me with that. Plus I sold a bunch and took my head count to about 30. I now have 23 head.

16. I graduated high school with a 3.8 GPA. I was always mad I didn't try a little harder for the 4.0 but I'll never regret anything. Life's to short for regrets!

17. My first vehicle was a 1994 Ford Ranger extended cab that was tricked out, black. It was a 5 speed.

18. I accidentally rear ended my neighbor on our way home from school 1 month after I got my license. It didn't hurt either one of us or either vehicle. I/we were lucky. The next day, everyone knew about it :(.

19. I was sweet 16 and never kissed. Got my first kiss 3 months after I turned 16.

20. I took ballet lessons for years and could actually walk better in toe shoes than I could flat footed.

21. I went to Charleston, SC, when I was 10 without my parents. I went with my grandparents and aunts/uncles but that was the first trip I'd made ever without my parents. By the end of the week I was ready to be back with my parents!

22. I rode a mechanical Bull in Kansas City at the American Royal when I was at the livestock show held there. I was the only one that didn't get thrown off, all the boys, did.

23. I absolutely love photos and have had a camera in my hand since I was old enough to have one. My first one took 110mm film. Now I have a dSLR. Boy I've come far :)

24. I used to refer to my grandparents as Grandma & Grandpa with the horses and Grandma & Grandpa with the cows. To me, that's what they were known for having.

25. My favorite author is Janet Evanovich with her Stephanie Plum series.

26. In college I had 37 pair of jeans at one point. People couldn't believe that but when you are the same size from 8th grade till then, if you take care of your clothes they last!

27. I initially started college going after a Agriculture Journalist degree. I switched halfway through my freshman year of college.

28. I graduated in 2005 with a BS degree in Education, Agriculture. I figured it would open up more doors for me then journalism would.

29. The words, "You Can't" have always pushed me to prove, I Can. My dad always told me can't died in the corn patch.

30. My biggest competition in something (whatever I'm doing) is me. I want to do better than my previous time out.

31. I don't like fish... live ones, dead ones, fishing, on my plate, just don't like them.

32. I have a passion for cooking!

33. I'm at a delima of what I should do about my email address after I'm married b/c right now it contains my last name. That's about to change.

34. Not that I ever plan on getting a divorce, mine is more of a joke (but I'm serious), I told Prince Charming we're never getting divorced because I'm not changing my identity more than once.

35. I am a daddy's girl. No questions about that one. But don't get me wrong, I love my Momma too!

36. I see no problem in wearing my belt buckle (that I won showing horses) with shorts.

37. Oddly enough, I do have a problem with boots & shorts unless you are just running around your house... it's not for public

38. and I hate when the pant legs are half tucked into boots. Either all in our all out, unless you are traipsing through mud!

39. I personally don't think I look good with short hair, but it does make me look older.

40. I chopped off 11 inches a few years ago to donate to Locks of Love. Bad thing, I did it 2 months before my friends wedding. If she does that to me this September, I can't be mad.

41. I've never thought I was mature enough for children (ok I might not go that far but still....) but when I get married, I'm going to have a daughter instantly. She is my favorite age though... old enough to do things :)

42. I absolutely love strawberries. My mom ate so many when she was pregnant with me she was surprised I didn't come out red or with red hair or something.

43. I went to grade school for 2 years with my sweetheart and didn't even know it. We were always in different classes. We actually met in junior high.

44. I love driving big trucks hauling horse trailers. I love pulling up next to people and seeing the look on their face, although it was more amusing when I was 16.

45. My mom and I went to Des Moines, IA, in 2006 and I got to meet Janet Evanovich on her book tour.

46. My number to see her would have had us up until midnight or later but the nice ladies next to me gave me their number and I got to see her around 9pm.

47. My favorite things to drink are coke, cherry coke, sweet tea, cranberry juice, and water.

48. I so want to visit all 50 states some day. That's my goal. So far I've been to 24.

49. On my 16th birthday I had the chance to go to California that week (a state I've never been to) but I passed that up to show sheep at my district fair.

50. My mom told me I couldn't get my learners permit to drive until I was 17 1/2. She was in North Carolina with work and my dad said if I could pass the test the first time I could get it on the day I was of age (at 15 1/2). I took the test and passed.

51. My dad let me drive home from the DMV that day, I almost ran a red light. I stopped in time though!!

52. My mom wouldn't let me drive her anywhere for 3 months after I got my permit.

53. She then told me I couldn't get my drivers license until I was 18 because she wasn't allowed to. She was in California coming home the day of my 16 birthday. My dad told me if I could pass the test the first time I could get my drivers license. Guess what, I got it :)

54. I was supposed to drive my dad's 86 Farm truck after I got my drivers license (the one I learned to drive in) but it was dead at the time and not real reliable (kept breaking down) so my parents got me the 94 Ranger.

55. I have the funkiest hair. From my ears forward it is kinky curly. From my ears back it is wavy but the underneath side is straight. Plus it's super thick. I had a hairdresser tell me I had enough hair for 3 people plus me.

56. In my family, most kids are born blonde and go brunette the closer to 20 they hit. My hair followed suit.

57. On my 21st birthday I was told I didn't even look 16. I took that kind of as an insult but was told that would be a compliment someday. Not sure it's become a compliment yet.

58. While doing my student teaching, I got mistaken for a student a lot of times, even by dressing professionally.

59. But when I was 14 showing at the AQHA Youth World most of the people there thought I'd just graduated high school.

60. I am an only child.

61. On my dad's side of the family I have one cousin who is 1 year older than I am.

62. On my mom's side of the family, I was the only grandkid.

63. I actually go by my middle name and have always given my parents grief about that.

64. I'm better about answering to my first name but it still takes me a minute. You learn in college when you're enrolled by that name.

65. In college I took a class that took me to Costa Rica for 2 weeks. We worked cows, played with crocodiles, walked through both dry and wet tropical rainforests, rode horses, and became tourists the last part of the trip. Yeah I got an A in that class. :)

66. Coming back to the US from Costa Rica they tried to steal our shoes from us at Customs because we'd been on Agriculture land. We finally got through but what they didn't know is one of the girls had a birds nest in her suit case that we brought back into the country with us. They never checked our luggage, they were more worried about our shoes. That was in 2002, about the time of the Mad Cow Disease outbreak.

67. I went to New York City with my mom for my college graduation present from her. We spent 1 week there. It was awesome!

68. I've always wanted to live in a huge city for a couple years, just b/c I was a farm kid in a smaller town and wanted to see what life was like on the other side.

67. I always thought NYC was one of my favorite cities but I love Chicago almost just as much.

68. I can't go to Ft. Worth without visiting the Old Stockyards. I love old Ft. Worth.

69. I can talk to a person face to face or even a small group of people but I'm not the best when it comes to public speaking.

70. I ran in a few queen pageants when I was in my late teens and early 20's. It was fun. I was the 2001 Missouri State Fair Dorset Queen.

71. My talents included: playing the clarinet, dancing to The Devil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band, giving a speech (remember I'm not a great public speaker but I made it through!!), and drawing a picture to a song (that was awful!!)

72. I guess mentioning I played the clarinet, yes I was a band person and you guessed it, I played the clarinet.

73. It was because of band that I got to go to Disney World in Orlando, FL.

74. While at Disney World that's where my Prince Charming and I became excellent friends.

75. After that trip during spring break in March he and I had a few classes together and in one of them he and I passed a note back and forth (oddly enough I found it a few months ago) and he asked me out. At the time I was 15 and I had to ask my parents if I was allowed to go on a date or not. Before I could, a weekend hit and he came back the next Monday with a girlfriend.

76. I hate to admit that but I'm thinking that was a good thing, He and I had a chance to grow up before we went on our first date. Our first date was to dinner club (a monthly thing with some of my friends).

77. I lost one set of grandparents to the same thing, oral cancer. My grandma didn't smoke so who knows how she got it. My grandpa did when he was in WWII but quit after then. We lost them 9 months apart from each other.

78. That grandma was the DEAL FINDER and I swear that when I find good deals now she is pointing me in the right direction!

79. I've bought 2 suits for 2 different people without them around and gotten it right.

80. I type fairly fast and pretty much correct (knock on wood I don't jinx myself) and it's all because of ICQ and chatrooms when I was younger. I'd get so many conversations going on I couldn't hunt and peck.

81. I have a friend I call my BOM and he calls me his SOM. BOM=Brother of Mine and so SOM=Sister of Mine. It all started with a lady that works at one of our branches, she needed help, he and I both helped and she said we were like her kids so we started calling each other sister and brother.

82. I have become excellent friends with his wife too and they are both in our wedding. She is my bridesmaid and he is a groomsman.

83. I used to feel naked if my toenails weren't painted. I got over that this winter letting my toenails air out. But they are painted again.

84. This summer I painted them crazy things, bumble bees, American Flags, polka dots, whatever my little heart desired.

85. I've always wanted a Palomino (the blonde colored horse with white mane and tail) and so last summer my mom and I went partners and bought one.

86. We still haven't gotten her registered in our name yet.... woops!

87. I'm learning photoshop but I would love to learn more and actually retain it. I need more hours in a day!

88. I watch Tbug do gymnastics in amazement, I'm not sure I've ever been able to do the splits, they just look way to painful!

89. I've always loved to cook and wanted to own my own restaurant someday. When I was little my Grandma (who passed away) and I would play Restaurant with water :). Everyone got water. We played on her concrete basement floor so it didn't matter if I spilled :).

90. I had 6 moles removed in 9th grade because they didn't want to chance it with cancer. They were all benign.

91. I was supposed to wear braces one doctor said for 4 years and probably have to do the head gear also. I was in and out in 1 year 4 months no head gear.

92. Prince Charming and I chose our wedding date because it would have been my grandparents anniversary. (If you can't tell, I miss that set of grandparents a lot!!!)

93. I hate gambling. I don't like to see my hard earned money go down the drain.

94. Although while I was in Vegas a few years ago (the May before I turned 21 so I could have been kicked out) I actually gambled with a dollar just to say I had gambled in Las Vegas.

95. I spent a week in Washington D.C. in high school. I went with FFA. That was a life changing experience.

96. I spent a week driving around South Dakota with FFA one summer also. Mt. Rushmore is beautiful! The Badlands were awesome and the Black Hills were wonderful!

97. I received my American FFA degree which is the highest honor you can receive. When I started FFA as a freshman my dad challenged me to get my State FFA degree as a junior like he did and he challenged me for the American which he never received. I made a commitment right then and there that I would get my American for both of us. When I walked across that stage I felt like I did us both proud :).

98. My favorite color is purple. I think they should make a purple tractor some day :)

99. Our wedding colors are Teal and Brown. Our bedroom colors will be blue and brown. We chose the wedding colors because Teal is a brighter blue and it'll allow us to incorporate some of the wedding decor into our room so we'll always remember that special day!

100. I dated a guy in high school that wanted to get married once he graduated. He was younger than me. I knew at the time I was to immature to get married and I had to much of the world to see and too much I wanted to do. I'm not done by far, but now I'll have one more thing crossed off my list and that's to marry my best friend! Life's to short for regrets. And even though some days you wish you did this and not that, it's all about choices and deciding how to live. Just move on and maybe someday some of those opportunities will come back around. And if not, well at least hope you made the right decision!!!

Ok that was difficult. I'm not sure how many people stayed with me through it all but if you did... you know more than most! :). It even took me a while to come up with all that, I couldn't do it in one sitting. And like I said at the beginning of this... I'm not sure how many people actually read this but hey I'll always be able to look back, right :) I hope you have a wonderful day and remember I'd love to learn about you too!!!!!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Wedding Party - Evelyn

I feel like introducing my wedding party so in the next few posts, you'll get to meet some of my friends!!

My life has changed drastically in the last few years. It has been a bit of a whirlwind! I graduated college in May 2005 and planned on going on to teach agriculture at some high school. Well those plans never panned out. I was dating a guy and at one point he had told me he'd move wherever I did but as our relationship progressed, he told me he refused to move. With his lack of education he wouldn't find a job making what he did and he planned on going back to school so in a sense, I put my life on hold. I'm not going to blame that on him, that's not totally fair but I figured we'd eventually get married and what-not and I didn't want to put the strains of a long distance relationship into the mix so when I didn't find a job as an ag teacher I signed up to be a substitute teacher. Boy now that was fun.... NOT! I did that for a year and waitressed part time at a restaurant when they needed me for big events but that wasn't enough. Instead of the next year signing back up to be a substitute teacher, I found a job at a fortunate 500 company in my town as an accounts payable clerk. Boring but hey it was a job. However I didn't realize that I would meet some of my best friends this way.

I slowly became friends with a guy I worked with named Kalem. And I swear he must have felt sorry for me. As I started making friends at work, my relationship with the guy started to dwindle and get worse. Eventually Kalem told me I should come hang out with him, his wife and some of their friends, just to get me out of my parents house. At that time all I did was sit at home with my parents or if it were a weekend, well then the boyfriend actually had time he might give up to spend with me. Sometimes it felt like pulling teeth for him to spend time with me and we were usually upset with each other the whole time. So through Kalem I met Evelyn, his wife.

I swear Evelyn was what I needed! She is a superb friend. It took a little bit for her to open up to me it felt like but we've since become outstanding friends. She was there for me when times got tough with the relationship I was in and she helped me get through by listening to me and hanging out with me.

We embarked on a fun photo project and eventually even took a photography class together along with our friend Josh.

And she and I have the same passion for dressing up, although she looks much better dressed up than I do! but don't tell her I said that, she'll yell at me... haha :).

Kalem and Evelyn have been married for 11 years this last March. That right there is someone you want by your side when you take a very big step!!!

It seems like marriages don't seem to last these days by young people. It's crazy, it's super easy to get married and hard to get a divorce. I'm thinking they should change that around and make it extremely hard for someone to get married. Then they might think about it before they did. Then divorces would be less common so make them simple! Anyway it's so great to see and have friends that are happily married and have been for years. That shows hope and promise!

The day I got engaged, I seriously wanted to ask Evelyn to be in my wedding party that day, but decided I should wait, a little bit anyway. I got engaged at 10amish on Friday so I asked her that Saturday night around 8pmish... LOL. I'm just so excited that Evelyn is going to be standing up there with me. And she's been super helpful, she went to the florist with us, the tux shops, and drove with my mom and me down to Dallas to meet up with my Aunt & my other party member April to help me try on wedding dresses.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Oops I did it again....

I have this habit going on every 2 years I go some outrageous distance to meet someone famous. My first trip was with my mom in June of 2006 to Des Moines, IA to meet Janet Evanovich. That summer she released the 12th book in the Stephanie Plum series called: Twelve Sharp. She had a talk and Q&A session to go along with her book signing. We got wrist bands when we entered and that was our number series to meet her. Luckily the ladies next to me had way higher numbers than mom and I did and they didn't want to meet her so they gave me their wrist band. I wasn't there until after midnight because of those nice ladies!!!

The next trip was to Chicago, IL, again with my mom although it was supposed to be with my Aunt. For Christmas that 2007 my big present from my aunt & uncle was a trip to Chicago to go to a cooking session with Rick Bayless, owner and chef of 2 restaurants: Frontera Grill & Topolobampo. I had a trip for 2. I had asked my aunt to go with me but my grandpa was still alive at that time and had gotten sick and she couldn't leave him so my mom went with me.

Today, I did it again. Only this time I headed to Stillwater, OK, to meet the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond and get my cookbook signed.

At home we woke up to rain. Once we got down around the toll road pay booth on the Will Rogers turnpike headed to Tulsa the rain let up. Once we got down around Stillwater we were in and out of sunny skies and rain clouds.

Once we entered into Stillwater it started raining on us again. Hey it didn't matter, I was going to meet the Pioneer Woman today!!!!

We pulled into Stillwater around 1:30. The signing started at 3:30 but I figured it would be pretty hectic there and I didn't want to have to stand and wait all night so we pretty much got there and went and got in line. We waited about 2 hrs and 15 minutes before it was actually my turn. Here we are rounding the corner. I see the end in sight!!!

She's just as funny in person as she is on her website! I doubt it is an act. While I was still standing in line waiting I got in front of her table (on the other side of the ropes) and she actually got on someone's cell phone and talked to their friend. It was funny, she asked them what they were wearing... LOL.

Dang I have this dumb double chin thing going on... I so need to lose weight. But Ree, the Pioneer Woman, man is she ever pretty! Her picture on her cookbook doesn't do her justice and she's pretty there!!!!

Woohoooo I got my cookbook signed. On her website she has an address you can send it to and she'll sign it and then send it back to you, however, when I found out she was going to be in Stillwater which is only about 3 hrs away, I so wanted to go. Prince Charming told me I was going even if he had to drive me there himself (which he wouldn't have minded).

On our way home it was partly cloudy in Stillwater. The sun was shining in Tulsa and once we got closer to home, this is what we drove into. Nothing severe, just rain showers.

Woohooo I got to meet the Pioneer Woman. Man do I wish I was as cool as her. Maybe someday!
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