Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Am I too old?

Since I got back to TX, I see people wearing these shoes ALL. THE. TIME. At first, I wasn't too sure, but now they have grown on me and I am beginning to think that I need a pair and I also think Mark would look simply adorable sporting a pair with khaki's and a polo. When I mentioned this to my "too cool" brother, he said that people that were out of college should wear them and that Mark and I are both too old for these shoes. What the heck? I didn't know there was an age restriction on shoe purchases. The jury is still out on whether I will get them...maybe if I could get them on sale! :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Booty Camp and other happenings...

Yep...We've gone back! Mother dearest and I decided to go back to Adventure Boot Camp at 5:30 in the AM. (I am still running too) I wouldn't go so far to say that I love getting up at 4:47, but I do LOVE boot camp. There is something about working out before the sun comes up that makes me feel great. So, running hurt before...and boot camp doesn't make it feel any better. I forced my self out the door this afternoon to pound the ground. Who said "Pain is weakness leaving your body?" I can't remember...but it sounds good and if it true I am going to be one strong lady.

I am in the beginning stages of planning our trip to DC for R&R...very exciting! I have never been there before and I am super excited, but also nervous about booking it. I'm afraid that once I book it, Mark's leave date will change and then what? Airlines are not the easiest nor most understanding people to deal, I am putting off hitting purchase tickets until I get a for sure from the Army. I might be waiting a long bit. If anyone reads this and has any DC travel tips...I am all ears!

What else? This TX weather is a one day, hot the next. Whatever! Mosquitoes are still in full force. Life is good.

I just started rereading "The Company Commander's Spouse Battle Book", because Mark's company command is only about 2 months away. You people know that I must be prepared. After all, this is what I went to FRG leader school for. This is my chance to reach people/wives in the Army! I am so excited!!!!! I love people! I love planning get togethers! I love helping people! I love being an Army Wife (most days the Army part...but I always love being a wife) ! So...FRG sounds like a good job for me. :)

Wow...this was a random post, but it's just the thoughts going through my little brain tonight.

Mark Stuff: He is doing good...not much to report. Iraq is quiet for the most part. He is busy working out, reading, spending time in the Bible, and calling ME! He loves to get letters or anything else that you want to send. Soccer balls and candy are great for winning hearts and minds of Iraqi children and Cigarettes(I hate smoking!) are apparently good for winning the hearts of Iraqi adults. So...that is about it. I can't wait to see him!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My fur child has issues

Oh my gosh!!!! I just smelled a little wiff of poo every time my adorable little dog ran past me. At first I thought she had left a little present somewhere in the living room so I started the search...but poop! After I smelled the odor about 3 times I realized it was her BREATH! My dog eats poop!!!! How embarrassing! She is so cute and that is so disgusting...seriously!

Please stop putting horribly repulsive things in your mouth! Thanks!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cloudy with a Chance of Running

As of late, I have pretty much avoided going outside to brave the elements and run. I have been using the excuse that it might start raining and I don't want to get my shoes wet. I had a little chat with myself this morning that went something like this. "Self, go run! It could possibly rain on the day of your race and then what?!" So....I ran. I actually ran faster than usual fearing that the sky might fall out on me. Now I can move on with my day and not have the guilt associated with skipping a run.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Celebrating 27 Years

I'm sure that for most of you reading this it will be incredibly boring, but for me it is memories and thoughts that I don't want to forget. Thanks for reading!

Over the past week or so I have been thinking about where I have been and what I have accomplished in my last 27 years. I have been incredibly blessed in my lifetime and I hope that I can pass those blessings on to others every day.

I was born to two loving parents who have supported me through all of my ups, downs, and the in between. They have been there to cheer me on in all my endeavors and they are always there to advise me when I have a not so great idea.

First there was Elementary and Junior High School at Pantego Christian Academy. I still am not sure how my parents afforded this, but looking back I am so thankful that I was given that opportunity. My loving parents were there for me when I decided that I was ready to leave PCA and go to a public school. Looking back, I am not really sure why I wanted to change, but I know that I had a bad experience with one of my junior high teachers at PCA. Ninth grade was still at Junior High in Arlington, so I left Pantego in the second week of school and started at Bailey Junior High. I remember being really nervous as I walked up to the door on my first day. The only person I knew was Keri, so I was way out of my comfort zone. That was a tough year! In fact, after that year I went back to my correct school by our house, Martin High School. Again...I knew hardly anyone and I was so scared. I was seriously a little fish in a huge ocean. I never really fit in at MHS, so my senior year I transferred to Arlington High School. This was probably the best decision I made throughout the dreadful teenage year. I loved my senior year and ended up having a great time! I have to think that I grew a lot as a person through my teenage years. Those are not easy years for sure! Awkward...yes!

Next came college...of course I only wanted to be a Red Raider...and that is just what I was and I still am! I loved college. I still miss college at times. Everyone says you make lifelong friendships at college, and I did. Those were really simple times, but still held moments of heartache. I pledged Kappa Alpha Theta in my freshman year and made lots of friends...spent a lot of Thursday nights at Midnight Rodeo with Kerm...Made the pom squad after not making it because I wasn't physically fit enough?...Fell in love...fell out of love...had my heart broken...maybe broke a few hearts along the way...and then Graduation. Wow! I felt like my world was ending and not beginning. I was scared! I didn't really know what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be. I thought I would never fall in love again and I would be alone forever. Everything was more dramatic than it probably really was in reality. I moved back home and my parents probably didn't know what to do with me. I was a mess!

That first job came. I was in rental/sales of construction equipment. That didn't last....Then the second job came. I was a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. Then I fell in love and I fell hard! After 3 dates, I knew that I had met "The ONE"! What I didn't know was that 2 months after meeting him I would be kissing him goodbye as he headed off to Iraq for what we anticipated being a 6 month deployment. Well, that ended up being a 15 month tour, but we made it. Just 7 months after meeting Mark, he came home for R&R and we got engaged and 11 months after that we said "I do". It was a really long and hard 15 months, but the Lord taught me a lot! I learned that I have to lean on him for EVERYTHING! Contrary to what I would like to think sometimes, I am not in control. My life is in HIS hands, and he has a good plan for my life. Did I mention that I have been blessed with the most amazing husband? He is everything I every hoped for and more. He loves Jesus....he is compassionate and kind...he is selfless...he is so smart...he is funny...he is HOT!...and so much more!

Fast forward to now...since November 2007 we have moved to Georgia, moved to Washington...and now here I am in Texas and Mark is back in Iraq. I feel stronger this time...I feel wiser this time...and I am more faithful this time...I know that I am here for a reason and that Mark is away for a reason. Reasons that are so much bigger than I can understand. So what does the next 27+ years hold? Only God knows, but I know just like the last 27 years...there will be great times and there will be horrible times, but I am thankful that the good Lord that I serve will get me through all of them and he has a grand plan for my life. I hope that I am a good wife, and a good daughter, sister and friend. I hope that I am blessed with children and that I will be a good mother. I hope that I always remember those that are less fortunate than me and that I do all that I can to help them. I hope that I will have the courage to boldly profess my love for Jesus. I hope that I always live life to the fullest and I hope that I always remember how important it is to love people...

This is my favorite verse! (Jeremiah 29:11)
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Girls Weekend

Last weekend was awesome! Kerm and I took a roadtrip to Austin to see Whitney, and it just happened to be my birthday weekend. We got in on Friday night for a late dinner at Chuy's. Don't worry...we waited an hour and 20 minutes. I think they forgot us, but the hostess said they didn't. Saturday morning we woke up early...had coffee and a scone from Starbucks...lunch at Guerro's...tea at Panera...Movie!!! (All about Steve)...Cheesecake Factory...Presents(Check out the adorable Coach wristlet!)...and Girl Talk! Sunday, Whitney took us to Chez Zee for brunch and it was the cutest little place ever. They had live piano music and precious decorations. Thanks Whit for having us!

Friday, September 11, 2009

God Bless Whitley Cake

Here is my latest cake for a Baby Whitley! I am not sure if it a Christening or if she is just being presented to the church? It is vanilla almond cake with buttercream icing and fondant accents.

Happy Early Birthday to Me

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I really want to take up photography...just for fun. I love taking pictures and I have really been wanting a nice camera. Since my wonderful husband is away for my birthday (for the 4th year in a row...but who is counting?)...he told me to go out and buy myself the camera that I want!!!! Well, since I always do exactly what he tells me....I headed out immediately and bought my camera! I LOVE IT! It is a Nikon D5000...I have had enough time to figure out how to turn it on, put it on auto and push the button. I have a lot to learn, but I am so excited!!!!! Daisy was my first subject...she is a great model!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

Busy Busy

We are already 5 weeks into this deployment! Yippee! It seems like it is going by quickly, but on the other hand it seems like forever since I have seen Mark. Everything is going good, but I have been pretty busy the last couple of weeks. I started teaching dance on Mon, Tues., and Wed., and I am planning on subbing Thurs. and Fridays. Up until now I have been working at my Mom's office to help them out and to earn a little extra cash until I go to the sub orientation.

Last week started out a little rough, but by the end of Friday things started looking up. I heard from Mark last Monday and then he didn't call again until Friday! That was a long 5 days. Also, during the week we got news that 2 soldiers died in a non-hostile accident...which made the days even harder. I cried a lot. It made me remember that Mark is in a WAR, which sometimes I really like to forget. Since Friday I have been able to Skype with him at least 4 times!!!!! That alone made this an amazing weekend! Nothing makes me happier than seeing Mark's adorable little face smiling on my computer!

So, other happenings...Thursday night I went to a Frisco Roughrider game with Kerm. It was great to spend time with her and her sweet mom and sister. I finally got to see her house, which was ADORABLE! The game was at a really cute little stadium, but a lovely storm blew in and caused a rather long rain delay and the lights went out at the field. We hung out in the restaraunt for a bit, and then decided to go. Friday night, KK and I went up to Chimy's for a Sangria Swirl and some mud. Mud is a delicious dip with queso, beef and guac. Tasty!!! Saturday, Mom and I made a spur of the minute trip to Canton and have nothing to show for it, except some business cards for things that I plan to purchase at later dates. The remainder of the Holiday weekend was spent mumming. Is that a word? It is now...I will post pics of the finished products on Thursday after Kayse sees hers...just in case she ever reads this. :)