Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Christmas Daisy

This is Daisy in her new sweater that my mom sent her!!!

So much to be thankful for...

Even though Thanksgiving Day has come and gone...I feel like I still need to post an I am thankful for...post, because the truth is we are blessed beyond belief. I have so much to be thankful for. 2008 has been amazingly good to me! For starters...my husband has been home for 1 full year! Being in the Army...that is a HUGE blessing. Also...I have a wonderful family, a beautiful home in a beautiful location (that is way too far away from TX), I have a dog who loves me unconditionally, I have great friends...most of whom are really too far away, I have the blessings of health and happiness, and so much more!!! I just can't put into words how much the Lord continues to bless me and my family.

As for the actual Thanksgiving Day...it turned out wonderfully. It was unfortunate that we couldn't be in TX with our real families, but we blessed with our friend-family this year and that was awesome! We had the Parks, the Smiths and Derek. Everyone brought a dish or two and we had enough food for lunch, snacks, dinner, and left overs. Again...did I mention we are blessed?! I cooked my first turkey and it was a success! I was a little concerned about the grossness of the insides of this dead bird, but lucky for me...my husband dug out the gross stuff. We seasoned it up and lathered it with butter and into the oven it went for the next 3 hours. I also made home-made gravy with the turkey drippings and it was de-lish! Everyone ate, watched football, played games, ate more, talked, played more games, ate one last time and then we all called it a night.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Deck the House

Yesterday we decorated our house for Christmas! I just love this time of year and I was especially excited for this year, because we actually have a house to decorate. We decided to go with gold and red for the main colors and accent the tree with our special ornaments as well. Also, all my Barbie ornaments are on their own tree upstairs. It looks equally as nice as the one downstairs.

1 Year and Counting

Last Monday, we celebrated one wonderful year of marriage. To celebrate... the morning started out with biscuits that I made with love...in heart shapes, that evening, we ate our 1 year old cake, drank our Dom Perignon champagne, and watched our wedding video. The cake was...well, it was old. Mark thought it was delicious, so he ate my piece and his. I ate one bite and that was enough for me. The champagne was wonderful, but watching our video was the best part. All the memories of our wedding day came back. We laughed and I cried, and we both want to have our wedding day again. It was perfect!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Random things of Fall...

Tonight I decided to make some lovely fallish cookies...I went in to my trusty cookie cutter stash, which equals 3 tubs. I was looking for a turkey and a fall leaf. There was not even one...it skipped from Halloween type cutters to Christmas. So, I jumped in the car and headed to Michael's. I had seen a cute little pack of mini fall cutters that had leaves, acorns and turkeys. Of course I got there and ALL they had was tons of Christmas stuff. It was as if Thanksgiving and fall were just skipped over. Total bummer! I ended up going to Bed, Bath and Beyond and bought a $16 set that did have a turkey along with about 30 Christmas cutters!

I stopped by Old Navy to find Christmas sweaters for our 1st annual Christmas picture. My husband and dog are super thrilled about this! Lucky for them...I didn't find ones that I deemed suitable.

My new favorite show is Jon and Kate plus 8. I am fascinated by how organized she is. I have about 12 episodes on my DVR to watch while Mark is at work.

My dog and husband are adorable! I love them both dearly! Speaking of my husband...he thinks I am crazy for hating to put gas in my car. I have requested that to be his unspoken "man duty"...much like taking out the trash. We will see how that goes. :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Note from Daisy

While Mom and Dad were in Vegas…they sent me to Fido’s Farm. It was a real live farm, with barns and other animals. I got to run around and play with other little dogs in the mornings, take a break at lunch and then I went to doggie school in the afternoon. We worked on my manners a lot. My teachers said I am a busy body and I lose focus quickly because I am easily distracted. I did learn not to jump up for attention, but to wait patiently for someone to pick me up or pet me. I also learned how to wait to enter a room until invited, how to come when called, and a few other little things. Now that I am back home…all I want to do is sleep. I am so tired from all the learning and playing…and I miss my doggie friends a little. I hope I don’t have to go back soon, but if I do…it will be fun.

Viva Las Vegas

Can you believe it has been a year since we got married? Time flies! So, over this past weekend (Veteran's Day long weekend), we went to Vegas to celebrate one wonderful year of marriage. It was really nice for Mark to get away from his stressful job and for us to get away from the rain for a few days for some fun.

Vegas Review:
Bellagio Hotel: 4 Stars!!! It was amazing! Our room was really nice, nothing too fancy, but very spacious and pretty. In case you were too tired to get up and open the shades, there were handy buttons next to the bed that would open and close them. The bathroom was the best part...all marble, with a jacuzzi and a separate glass shower. The mini bar (that had lots of tempting snacks) was open but on a motion and weight sensor. So even if you touched the snacks that were staring at you...you got charged. I didn't look at all the prices, but a Diet Coke (in a can) cost $4.00...Robbery!!! We heard the Bellagio had the best buffet, so we gave it a try on our first day. It was really great! There were so many different options...and the best part was the dessert.

"O": 4 Stars!!! Loved it! I don't even have any words that are fitting to describe this show. The performers have incredible strength and flexibility and I could have watched it for hours and hours. This was the only show we got to see, but I don't think there is one that is better.

Fountains at Bellagio: We spent one evening watching the water show for about 2 hours. It is mesmerizing and relaxing to watch. I have no idea how it works, but I love it.

Wax Museum: It amazes me how lifelike the wax sculptures are! We had fun taking pictures with celebrities. It was a good day time activity for budget travelers. Also, they had a great military discount.

Shopping: Caesars Palace has the fanciest shops ever! Most stores I had never heard of, but it was fun to look. We stopped for Gelato while shopping, got to the checkout counter, which is nowhere near where you order the Gelato (with no signs about price) ...I assumed it was about $5/cup.....Boy, was I wrong!!!! It was $17.00 for a tiny cup of Gelato! We savored every last bite, but not worth the money.

Venetian has fancy shopping as well, but not as fancy as Caesars. The Miracle Mile in Planet Hollywood has normal people shopping.

ESPN Zone: This is where we watched the Red Raiders beat OSU. We actually ended up sitting next to people from Lubbock, so it made the game extra fun!

Gambling: Fun to win...not so fun to lose. We played a little on the slot machines...never won...and then moved to Blackjack. We didn't win, but we expected that when we went. We set aside our fun money and didn't feel bad about it. It made me sick to watch people throw away thousands of dollars on one hand.

High Point of Trip: Watching "O"!

Low Point of Trip: Hiking 3 miles to a Mexican Restaurant. The menu was fu-fu food for a high price. We decided to call 411 to find out if there was an On the Border in Las Vegas. Turns out there was...the lady said it wasn't far from the strip and it would be fine to take a cab....bad idea!!!! It was a $60 cab ride one way!!!!! Most expensive On the Border meal ever!!!!

This was our first trip to not really "plan" each day. Normally we set an itinerary packed with activities, but this time we decided to go with the flow. I think if we did it again, we would do a little more research on where to eat and what to do...but overall, the trip was amazing!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Last night we dressed up as Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo...and Daisy was a pumpkin. Trick or Treating was exhausting for little Daisy. She had to greet each child at the door...every time the door rang she would run and fly of the couch, get tangled in her pumpkin outfit, slide across the wood entry way and then wait at the door. She was exhausted! Tony and I went to Derek Zoolander's house and a couple of other places for grown up Halloween...more like Hookerween...some costumes are just disgusting! Tony's finger is healing up nicely...hopefully with my love and support the Cowboy's can start winning. :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Good Ole Days

This weekend we went home to Texas for Mark's 10 year High School Reunion from Southlake Carroll. The weekend was fast, but we managed to pack in lots of fun and lots of time with our families.

Friday we went to the Southlake game. Mark had a really great time talking about when they played football and all of the fun memories. I enjoyed visiting with Stacy while the boys talked. After the game we went to X's and O's, and then went home to get some rest for Saturday.

Saturday was pretty low key. We watched some Tech football in the morning and then went to Salt Grass for a delicious meal. I have yet to understand why WA doesn't have food nearly as great as TX food. I only got to eat Mexican once, but I will be sure to eat more when we are home for Christmas.

Saturday night was the official Reunion gathering. Drinks and snacks were provided, while all the old friends caught up on where life had taken them over the last decade. Mark was the only military guy and I looked over a few times to see him acting out military tactics. So cute! I spent the evening visiting with some of Mark's friends wives, who also didn't know anyone.

Yesterday we had Sunday lunch with the Berry's in Alvarado. As usual, it was lots of fun to see everyone and catch up on the latest happenings.

I'm sure the next 2 months will fly by and we will be back in Texas soaking up the love of friends and family again. I'm learning that you have to enjoy where you are in the moment and not wish to be other places, although I am hopeful we will move back to the "promise land" as soon as we can! :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Eyeball cake

Cake for a cake walk at a fall festival. Not very exciting.

TX comes to town!

This past weekend KK came to visit us in WA! She got in Friday night pretty late, so we just drove back and crashed. Saturday morning we watched Tech kick some Aggie butt and then we made a girl's trip to Southcenter for lunch and a movie. We watched Secret Life of Bees and it was so great! I read the book a few years ago and I loved it...and I loved the movie just as much! Go see it!!! Saturday night we went to celebrate Derek's birthday. After hanging out at his house in Tacoma, we went to dinner at some fancy pants place downtown. Mark had a $32 steak and KK and I split a $24 piece of halibut, which equaled 4 bites each. It was $3 per bite!!! After dinner, we went to some dive bar off some side street. Next time we go there I will remember to wear my plaid flannel shirt or my fleece vest....oh, wait...there won't be a next time. It was a very odd crowd. None the less, I hope Derek had a very Happy Birthday. Sunday, we took Keri to Seattle to see the fish market and walk along the water front. No disappointments here! The market never gets old. Sadly, KK had to go back to TX on Monday...but it sure was fun seeing her and catching up!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Today is the day....

So, as you can probably tell from the last couple of posts...(the morph and the yearbook pics)...I really haven't been so productive the last couple of days. But...today is the day that changes, because Mark comes home tomorrow!!! Today has a long list of to do's...dust, sweep, mop, laundry, put cedar back in flower beds, vacuum, grocery store, shave legs...etc.

On a side note...don't you think Candace Cameron and I could be sisters? It is strange really. I could have been her understudy on Full House as DJ.

Anyway, I need some fresh ideas for meals to cook when Mark gets home. My meals while he has been gone have consisted of English Muffins, Lean Cuisines, and turkey sandwiches. I don't think I have turned on the stove once. So...as I sat down to make my grocery list...I can't think of a darned thing to cook. Now, before you give any suggestions, let me remind you that I am a pretty picky eater, so if your suggestion has too many green ingredients, chances are likely that I will not eat it. Also, I am a big fan of the crock pot. I love that I can just toss a few things in it before I leave for work and voila! when I get home...Dinner is served!

Also, I have to get the OSC directory to the printer today. I need to finish getting all the new members loaded on my spreadsheet and then I need to just go have it made.

Over the past week, I have a new found love for fall. I don't know why I never really even noticed this season before. Maybe it has been more apparant to me, because there are actually lots of trees here, but everyday when I am driving down the street I am amazed by the beauty of my surroundings.

Well, I better get to my long list of chores, before the daylight passes me by. Afterall, my husband can't come home to an empty fridge, a stinky dog and a messy house! :)

Celebrity Morph by MyHeritage

MyHeritage: Celebrity Morph - Free genealogy - Family tree template

My First Wedding Cake

This is a cake I did for a girl and guy in my Bible Study group. The first picture is what I did and then she added the flowers and chocolates. I think everyone thought it looked and tasted pretty good. I can't wait to do more! It was a lot of fun.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Everything's coming up DAISIES!

Who would have thought?? 2 Daisies...although one little and one big...both adorable! The golden retriever is my friend Leah's dog...she brought her over for a walk and a play date. They were so funny playing together. I should have taken video to put on here, but I only have still pictures. Hopefully they will make you smile!

Here are the tasty morsels I made for my Bible Study group! They had sparkles on them too, but you can't see them.

Check out my new $4.00 curtains! I was very proud of this find, because I was really tired of looking at the unfinished looking windows, but I was too cheap to buy any.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Home is where the Army sends you...

Over the past few weeks, we have collected some new wall decor. The Stryker flag has a really cool story. There is a couple that lives here locally and they collect old cedar wood that is over 1,000 years old and they hand carve and paint each flag!!! I think it is absolutely beautiful! So beautiful that I went to the PX every Monday for 8 weeks waiting for them to set up their booth. They are only there a few times a year and I didn't have their contact info and I had only seen them one time, so I just had to keep checking back. The moral of this story is...If you see something you must have...buy it then...otherwise you could be shopping for the same item for 8 more weeks.

The other addition is this beautiful Pemberton sign. I love it...and we can add on if/when we move to another post...pretty cool huh?

*For all of you that have been wondering what OSC means...it is Officer's Spouses Club. It is a social/service club on post for spouses to meet, mingle and volunteer in the community.

I haven't had any time to post this week, you know...because of all of my jobs!!! So, last weekend I went to dinner with some new friends from OSC. We went to one of my most favorite restaurants...Katie Downs(In Tacoma, on the water). It was a gorgeous night, but it had rained earlier in the day. We decided to sit out on the patio. Well...I sat down in what I first thought was water and soaked my rear end. After brushing it off with my hand...I discovered, it wasn't water...it was BLEACH!!!! Straight bleach!!! Mind you...I wasn't wearing my sweat pants or painting clothes...I was wearing Citizen Jeans. (These jeans are quite pricey...I only buy them once in a blue moon, and these happened to be a birthday gift from last year) Needless to say, within the next 5 minutes my bottom was totally white, as well as my panties and probably my butt would have been as well if it wasn't already white as snow. The manager was very sympathetic and felt bad for ruining my jeans. They agreed to buy me a new pair, so today I went back up there to collect my check and buy a new pair. Oh well, those were getting old anyway. :)