Friday, February 27, 2009

pluto


This is a paper that my favorite kindergartner did at school.
See how they are still teaching that Pluto is a planet!
Yay Pluto!!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Snack!


I have a new favorite snack! I picked up these Hummus with pretzel crisps at Sam's and oh my let me tell you it is so much easier to bring these to work or wherever else I made a snack (which is most places for me) than to drag around a tub of hummus and a box of crackers or a bag of pita chips! My only wish is that there were a few more pretzel crisps. Thanks Sabra for making my snacking life easier! So YUMMY!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

me at work

This is me at work today, in my new pants (which you really can't see because it's a grainy cell phone picture in the bathroom mirror) HA!

Monday, February 23, 2009

new purse



this is my new purse from Nine West...it's huge and I love it!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

photo shoot

With Gabby..





















And no camera man....

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

ice. tornadoes. abandon automobiles.

Will Rogers once said "If you don't like the weather in Oklahoma wait a minute" it really is true.




You may remember two weeks ago when I was iced in my house...stuck there for days, because the roads were to icy to maneuver. Complaining that I just wanted to be able to leave, thankful to have power....










Fast Forward two weeks......

Yesterday, I was at work no different that any other Tuesday. The weather was beautiful in the 70's.


Grammy called me and told me that her tornado sirens were going off at the house, and to be careful....I laughed and said it's sunny and warm...and February, I'm sure it's just a thunder storm...no worries.


Not even a half an hour later Uncle Clint came into the office and said we need to go ahead and leave so we don't have to drive through the hail...I'm a good listener...I turned on the radio so I could listen to the storm and started on my 20 mile drive home.


The storm seemed to be moving in the exact path as me...except opposite, it was going north east and I was headed south west...I was a little concerned....I tried to call Grammy...my phone wasn't working..I tried to call Clint...my phone wasn't working...Finally I got a hold of Scott, I told him the radio makes me think I'm driving into a storm that may have a tornado in it...he looked on Weather.com and said he thought I'd be fine...

So, I kept driving.


Meanwhile, the radio was talking about how you may not be able to see the tornado...and the crossroads were making it seem more and more like I was about to meet this storm face to face.
You know how in Florida you can drive on one road, be dry and see where the rain starts? Okay, imagine that...except for instead of regular rain imagine a black wall, imagine you are in the day light and you can see yourself driving into the night (rainy night) That's what I started to see. I was getting a lot nervous, I stopped at a stop light when the wind started swirling. My car started rocking, the light turned green and the cars next to me did not move. This wall of storms was almost on top of us.


At this point the BEEPING started...you know the beeping I'm talking about, this is only a test if this weren't a test, this wasn't a test. "The National Weather Station has spotted a tornado" (that's almost on top of you) blah, blah, blah, (I missed this whole part) "if you are in a mobile home ABANDON your mobile home, if you are in your automobile ABANDON your automobile I repeat if you are in your mobile home ABANDON your mobile home, if you are in your automobile ABANDON your automobile." WHAT I AM IN MY AUTOMOBILE where do I go? what do I do?? I was frantically searching my brain for what you're supposed to do in tornadoes (I never listened I would NEVER go out in a tornado, I'd be in the bathtub). At this point I was pretty sure I was going to die, I didn't know if I should try and get out of my car and go into a building. I called Scott again he's from Oklahoma maybe he can tell me what to do. And if not at least he'll be on the phone with me when I die. (I was bawling my head off, which if you don't know Scott does not handle tears. He gets annoyed?) He told me to turn around, but I wasn't sure if that was right I was right in the middle there were two storms both on the same path. At this point I got text from a friend (who I haven't talked to in a while, to tell me to be careful) at that point I knew I was going to die, it was obvious God had said friend text me to make me happy before I died.


Obviously, I didn't die, I drove through two bouts of hail and finally made it home. My family is all fine, there was very bad damage a mile from us and a mile from Uncle Clint, Uncles Clint and Ken lost power. The storm I drove through did not touch down on top of me, but caused damage within in a few blocks on either side of me.


I am so sorry for the people who lost their lives in yesterday's and for their families. I am so THANKFUL to not be counted in that list.


Scott and Clint have both apologized a ton because they both feel responsible for putting me in a dangerous situation. Neither of them knew the complete situation and they are both WONDERFUL.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

texas.

I took a fast trip to Texas last Wednesday, here's the trip in pictures




In the car...


Stopped to get Picklos!


I arrived

Charlie wasn't shy/scared of me for the first time ever he was excited to see me!

I didn't know you were coming!

So pretty!

(even though this kinda looks like a stock picture from a photographer, you know fake background)

Let's Climb Trees!

and sword fight!

"take my picture"


yes, he cut his own hair...

Jack's too cool to hang out with us...


hellooooo

run!

Doing some yard work


texting homework

teenager?!

Ashlee doesn't have rules...you can have popcorn for dinner

or waffles
or pizza

you'll still get dessert!

how many pictures are you going to take?

Jack was at youth group...that left us with the self timer ah...much better
And after bed...I enjoyed some GSN!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Middle of the Week Road Trip!

My new Garmin Nuvi


My ipod


and My Trance CD's and I

Are all headed to TEXAS



To see three of my favorite people!

So exciting! I'll be missing work to go down and play with these babies! Pictures to come!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Day the Music Died.




It's been 50 years





50 years ago today after playing one final concert in Iowa Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash. I for one have celebrated and remembered February 3 for many years. I wasn't alive (my mom wasn't even alive HA!) the day the music died but I have remember/celebrated the event with two of my favorite people Rita and Desiré each and every year. It might not be equal to the tragedies of our day 9/11 or Oklahoma City bombing. But, for the music industry it is and the people in 1959 it will always be a day that stood still.

Take some time and listen and remember THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED.

Happy February

One of my favorite presents this year is my walking vest. It weighs 10lbs (but can be adjusted to weigh as little as 1lb).

I wear it when I walk/jog and it helps keep the wind out. Witch is an extra benefit since I HATE the cold. I feel like such a dork when I wear it though. My brother, Nathan asked me if I was going to wear it on the outside of my clothes. I do. He laughed at me. a lot. I think maybe I'll start wearing it all the time. People give me funny looks when I'm on my running path, I wonder what kind of looks I would get if I wore it to Wal*Mart? I was gonna post a picture of me wearing it but I really do look a bit silly, maybe when it warms up and I'm not wearing it and 17 layers of clothing...

2009 is 9.31% over. AMAZING!