Wednesday, November 26, 2008
We headed up to Lindale where my in laws live. Their deadline for their house is quickly approaching and we wanted to see if there was anything we could do to help. Their house is coming along so beautifully! Mom and dad have done such an exquisite job on every detail. I can't believe I didn't get any pictures of their actual house, but that will leave for greater suspense for when its actually completed. We are sad we aren't able to do Thanksgiving with them since they are on a "house crunch" but we are excited about getting to spend Christmas at their new home!! yea!
We also got to hang out with and have lunch with an old and dear friend, Lauren! We had a wonderful time just catching up about life and my cheeks were seriously hurting from her making me laugh so much. Here she is teaching the little man the djembe...
Here he is helping out his dad and "Pops"!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I am yelling into the phone, "Babe, the donkeys are loose; the donkeys are loose." Click.
Then I look further into the yard and I see Isaac crawling down the driveway (jk, that would not be a funny story.) I do see my other child, our dog Madi galloping up the driveway in an effort to chase the donkeys.
The donkeys get flustered and start BUCKING! I am having visions of Madi being knocked in the middle by these donkeys and I am freaking out. Thinking to myself, "Should I open the gate and risk the donkeys getting into the street and becoming road kill or do I rescue my dog from potentially becoming donkey meat???" AHH!
Madi it is. Here I come to the rescue! I open the gate. Open up the back door and I'm screaming for Madi to get in the car. "Madi, get your little hiney in this car right now!!" No response. I know she hears me because I am yelling as loud as I can. She continues to dart closer and closer to Bill, Doug, and Fred. The donkeys used to be my favorite, but right now they are in the crap list.
Just then, out of the corner of my eye, I see of my latino friends who work out here coming to the rescue. They are running from behind our house and they are yelling at me things in spanish. I can't understand a word that they are saying to me. (Probably get back in the car you crazy woman and shut the gate).
By the time I run as fast as I can in the house to get my camera, they are already back in the pasture. Dang. This is why you keep your camera with you at all times.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Meet my cousin, Duke! We have always been really close and this year he turned the big 4-0. So for his birthday, he requested a visit to meet "Cousin IT", as he calls him. (Get it, his initials are I.T. Cousin It...okay, you're quicker than me."
5 years ago, shortly after he left Texas for Manhattan, he was diagnosed with HIV. The best part of the trip was seeing how great he looks and how much better he is feeling. He is in great heath and great spirits, an answer to many, many prayers!
Now meet his cat, Clinton. (Not after Bill or Hillary, but after a borough in nyc - whew, good thing, right?) I am not really a cat person, but he has the coolest cat in the whole world. Clinton was definitely Isaac's favorite part of the trip and provided for endless hours of enertainment.
Here was the only signs of the Christmas season that we saw...
Here is the Central Park view out of his window, just breath taking!
We had a really great time! Although we went there to celebrate Duke's birthday, the hubs had some other things in mine to celebrate mine a little early. I got to see an amazing musical on broadway, Billy Elliot. While there are some themes (like most things on broadway) that I could do without, the dancing was OUT OF THIS WORLD! We also got to browse some really posh boutiques, eat some great food, and enjoy the city. Joe also blessed me with a new sweater, a makeover, and surprised me by arranging for a photographer to meet up with us on Saturday morning and take family pictures! Babe, thank you for an amazing trip. You always are the most creative and thoughtful gift giver, but the best gift is YOU!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
2. The cowboy from the Village People
3. Tony nominated "In the Heights" star - Robin de Jesus
4. Marianne Jean Baptiste that is currently playing on "Without a Trace"
5. Madonna's Central park place
6. A-Rod's new condo that is a few blocks down from hers :)
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
What's up with the cob, you ask. Well, a friend told me it helps with teething. He's 8.5 months and has been wrestling with this first tooth for about 6 months now. She says it helps the tooth break through. Please Lord, no teething flare ups while we are gone...please!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday we hosted a shower Friday for one of the lady Southfork employees.
Then we had some fun guests arrive in the wee hours of the morning!
Then, we got up at 5am (so the little man would stay sleeping) and drive to East Texas for Tara's wedding!
Here is me and the bride. We hung out with them for a little bit while they were getting their hair done.
Here is our accountability group from circa 2003
Here is the bride with her cousin who caught the bouquet. Such a precious moment! Every detail was exquisitely done by hand and every part of the wedding truly captured Tara and Jeremy's love for the Lord and each other. I am thrilled for you two! Lord knows how patient you have been for HIS person and HIS timing! We love you and are standing with you...
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Terry Strategery Room: Play by Play of Our Election Coverage
5 pm Hubbs finishes up with work early to convene about the Election Night Food Plan…
5:01 Mexican is the consensus…who would’ve guessed? J
5:25 Hubbs comes in for the update of exactly what Mexican food we are having…?
5:30 Head out for our nightly walk to the mail box and last minute predictions of the election outcome
5:40 Hubbs grabs his Bible and rallies the troops to storm the heavens one last time before the first polls begin to close.
5: 45 Turn on the beloved FNC
5:50 Move the high chair into the den so we can feed Isaac without missing any coverage.
6:00 First polls close…little butterflies
6:30 Hubbs is swooning over his Election Night meal (he exaggerates because he loves me)
6:48 With each state that is announced for McCain, hubbs gives the fist pump and a “yessss”
7:01 Talk to my grandmother and she tells me that there is a sale on “prayer rugs” at Walmart and she said we need to head out and pick some up! She is a hoot!
7:15 (Pause for baby feeding and bedtime)
8:12 Hubbs is trying to get me in on his love for Brit Hume. No offense, just not a huge fan.
8:17 McCain loses Ohio, its looking pretty grim for the Maverick. (Joe sighs while saying, “Dagger in the heart”)
8:22 Hubbs says, “So I have some ideas for your blog name” “If I was to write blogs it would be: “Dole who? I knew it was going to be a difficult night when Elizabeth Dole gets beat in North Carolina.” That would be amusing. The next one would be “60 is the new 50.” Early in the night our focus shifted from whether or not we would get 50% for McCain to whether or not the donkeys would have 60 houses in the Senate and dominate all legislation that goes through the Congress.”
I think He secretly wants to be a blogger. One day he’ll crumble.
9:30 Barack Obama is our new president elect.
10:25 McCain’s speech was very touching and genuine. I wish he could have been able to express that same sincerity throughout the campaign. Nonetheless, I respect his graciousness.
11:00 My favorite part of Obama’s speech was his interaction with Michelle. Its just refreshing to see a politician that SEEMS (I do not know what goes on behind closed doors) really in love with his spouse. She honors and respects him well.
It was not my choice, but I have peace. God is always faithful when we cry out to Him and He indeed heard us this election, so He must have something else up His sleeve. Show Your glory, Lord!
Have you ever thought about that? I was sure they did. I got some candy and made some little scripture thingies to put with it. No little demons came to our door. Probably better :)
The baptist church "in town" did have a fall festival a few days before that was a lot of fun and we got to meet some people!
My 17 year old cousin came and stayed with us for 8 days. We really enjoyed her company and we definitely got a taste of what it would be like to have teenagers under our roof. The hubs said, "I'm excited about having teenagers." Eternal Optimistic. Wow, to think that day will be here before I know it.
Shayne, God has so much planned for you! We love you!