Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hallow's Eve

Today's been a fun-filled Saturday...
A little errand running...
A little football...
And last but not least, a little Hocus Pocus to lead us into tomorrow, Halloween!
I remember loving this movie as a kid and always renting it from the video store around this time of year. Earlier in the week I missed it on ABC Family, so we recorded it earlier tonight during some football games! I'm super excited to get to reminisce! If you haven't seen it, you should! It's got Bette Milder in it :)
BTW: That huge front that came through Sunday/Monday of this week, totally wiped out our pumpkins! Yep, that's right. By Tuesday they were F.U.L.L. of mold and soggy :(

Friday, October 29, 2010

"Thankful for..."

Today I am thankful that Dave has returned from out of town safe and sound and with WONDERFUL news... all in time to have a lazy Saturday filled with college football!
YAY for Friday!
YAY for Dave's new job!
**Details from his trip coming soon!**

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Answered Prayers!

For almost a year now, Dave and I have been praying.
Almost a year ago to the day, Dave lost his job unexpectedly.
We've learned a l.o.t. over this past year. There have been things that have led us closer to God... Things that have made us both realize that we can't plan our own destiny... Things that have turned our world inside out at times. But, we've learn to put our trust in God, because He knows the plan, and He knows what's best for us.
Today however, God answered!
Dave got news today about a new job opportunity! I will hold out and let him inform all of you on the specifics, but I just wanted to share our excitement!
God answers prayers... In His time!
Special to Dave: I am so very proud of you! I know the last year has been nothing short of hard, and at times, trying, but I've seen the man that this last year has transformed you into, and I must say, he's incredible and strong! I pray this journey you are about to start leads you to places you never imagined life taking you. I pray doors will continue to open up to you, offering only the best! Today is YOUR day and I am so very proud of you!

"Derick Tell Your Mama"

This special lady deserves a post ALL her own!
She and her husband sat in the row in front of us and was nothing short of a hoot!
By the end of the third quarter, Coach Dooley was pitching some five year-old fits and I managed to yell out something about him calling his momma (good ole Barbara... you know, the one who calls into the Finebaum show).
From that point on, this sweet lady talked like Barbara and would make similar comments to Derick! Daddy and I laughed until our stomachs hurt! :)

Another "Third Saturday in October" Win

Year before last, Daddy and I decided to make the trip to Knoxville to see the Alabama vs. Tenneessee football game one of our traditions, and a way to continue our "father-daughter date night" that we used to have when I was a kid.

So... We set out early Saturday morning, in the Game Day Caddy! With our picnic basket packed and a full tank of gas, we were excited to embark on our Second Bi-Annual UA vs. UT road trip.
Three and a half hours and a few pit stops later, we said "Hello" to a sea of pumpkins and Neyland Stadium... A place where we rocked charts and knew our team was getting back it's "greatness" just two years ago.
Once we made our way through the gate and up the ramp, this is what you see from Gate 10!
"Rocky Top you'll N.E.V.E.R. be, home sweet home to me!"
There's our team! Getting ready to rock and roll to another win against the Tenneessee Vols!
Check out that sunset! Daddy felt like it might be a bad sign... Me on the other hand, just thought it was pretty!
By this point, we were up by three touchdowns and super excited we were going to be driving back home with another "W" in the books! RRRROOOOLLLLL TIDE!
Our father-daughter dates NEVER dissapoint, and I can't think of any other way to spend such a special win than with my daddy! We may not be making another trip to the National Championship this year, but that doesn't mean we don't still have one of the best teams in the country! Our boys have heart... and winning one of the biggest rivalaries since Coach Bryant's coaching days shows just how great they are!
Roll Tide!
To My Daddy: Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend! Our trips to Knoxville have always been so special to me! I hope we can make that trip for many years to come - except, eventually, I think we're going to have to give in to renting a room :) although sitting in traffic listinening to UT's coach whine will NEVER grow old! LOVE YOU BIG!

Jana's Pumpkin

Jana recently sent us her "free-hand" carving!

Perfectly appropriate!

While I try to figure out how to modify the poll, I shall place her pumpkin up on a post of it's own (so not to disregard her entry)!

Please check back for an updated poll. Most of you have probably noticed that the poll will only let you vote once!

In all fairness, if I have to re-do the poll to include Jana's entry, please consider all three pumpkins!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Diploma Frame

In case you cant tell this is the one post per who knows when that I am doing. I finally got my diploma in the mail and when Loren had time last week we took it to the frame store to see what we could find. This is what we came up with. What do you think? It took me long enough so I sure hope it stays looking good for a long time to come. Now I just need a job and an office to hang it in.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

2nd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Which pumpkin should win "BEST IN SHOW"?

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Vote now for your favorite pumpkin!

And if you have a photo of a pumpkin you carved that you would like to enter into the contest, shoot an email to

Contest will be open from October 21 until October 31!

Check back to see who the winner is. Should Dave and I be the only two entries, the loser has to give the winner a prize. If others choose to enter the contest, we shall revamp the possibilities of prizes! That should be an incentive to go get a pumpkin and get to carving :)

Getting Ready for Halloween

Last year kicked off what we decided was going to be one of our annual traditions. Mom always let us carve pumpkins around Halloween and I always loved it. Last year Dave and I sat outside and took at stab at it and he, too decided it was just as fun - minus scooping out the insides :) which he calls my "job"... Yeah.

I didn't have to work today and with Halloween just a week away, we thought today would be a great time to go find our pumpkins! We headed to Wal-Mart, picked out our two and grabbed a little tool kit on the way out.

It has been a beautiful day today. The weather was a perfect to sit outside and enjoy pumpkin carving!

The mums are blooming and our pumpkins are carved... All we're waiting on is a little cooler weather and an incredible Alabama vs. Tenneessee football this weekend!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Roll Tide

Yes, you may have guessed...
We are happy campers after last night's L.A.T.E. game!
We weathered the 80+ degree heat during the day only to come home quickly, re-evaluate clothing choices and make our trek to the stadium two hours early - yet again!
After much debate, we both decided it would be better to be PREPARED than to freeze to death (Thanks Mom for that mentality! I truly do appreciate it!) and one vest and two jackets later I was toasty and loving being a part of another Alabama football game!
Our boys showed up to play, but much like the rest of the talk around the country, Dave and I both agree there is still room yet to improve. We have GOT to get some things together before that Black Friday game... or else!
We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, spent some special time with some special people and got to enjoy the beauty our God is painting across the skyline with all of the colorful leaves!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Harmful Soda
I found this little depiction while perusing the web this morning.

I felt it was interesting to know how cokes affect your overall health!

Take a minute to read through it. I have been guilty, as of late, about craving cokes while studying and, although I used to NEVER drink them, I have come to like them again.

So... I, too, need to re-evaluate my drink selections. STARTING NOW!

Monday, October 11, 2010

So True

Of the many blogs I have come to read and love over the past six months or so, Fly Through Our Window has to be one of my favorites! While reading today's blog entry, Darby (incredible mom and author of above mentioned blog), mentions this daily devotional book for kids... except, I think it's great for all! She took a picture of today's entry and I felt compelled to share! How easy it is for us to forget The One who provides FOR us! He promises us the one thing that can never be taken from us... the one thing we will always need. Not because He has to, but because He wants to.
I'm greatful, Lord! THANK YOU!
The Book:
Jesus Calling (By: Sarah Young)

5th Semester Nursing School Update!


My tests are officially O.V.E.R. - - - - - - - You can squeal with excitement now, if you wish (I DID)!

I am so relieved and thankful that the last eight weeks + all the time worrying this summer have come to an end, minus a few loose ends like some projects for my leadership class - which I don't think I'll mind :)

Let the wedding planning resume!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Burfday, Mom!

I love you, Mom!

Hope you had as much fun this weekend as I did!

Can't wait to celebrate so many more! Maybe by next year I'll know how to make your gravy just the way you like it and my chocolate icing will actually get hard!

Monday, October 4, 2010

One More Week!

One more week of tests and then I'm home free!
My Complex Client Final is on Wednesday and man oh man is there a L.O.T. of material. I spent all day yesterday studying, will spend today devoted to the cause and will have a little more time tomorrow after a full day of class to hopefully review everything.
I found this quote this morning and felt it was appropriate for the task at hand. HESI is over and out of the way, but my job at hand is not over, yet.
Keep us in your prayers as we got through the week. After all, the power of prayer never ceases to amaze me!
**Pictures from this weekend's game will be posted later! I was without my camera, so I'm going to have to borrow some pictures :) **

Friday, October 1, 2010

"Thankful For..."


I'm thankful for all the prayers, support and encouragement everyone has given me over the last couple of months.

I'm thankful for the kind words everyone has expressed to me through their excitement for me today!

I feel blessed to know that so many people were rooting for me... cheering me on every step of they way - no matter how discouraged I felt.

God is good.