Friday, June 29, 2012

A Bunch of Characters Drama Group Presents!.....

A blog of it's own!!  That's right! If you want to keep up with what ABC Drama Group is doing, go to the new site and follow via google account or email.  The web address is

Many of my readers have seen and 'heard' quite a bit about our drama group on this blog. I've posted pictures, quoted little snippets from the plays, and gone on and on about how excited I was for the performances, etc. :-) So, if you enjoy reading those updates, seeing pictures, reading what we're going to be doing next, and learning about how to get involved, then you definitely want to go check out the new site. It was started up by my lovely sister, Becca, but will not be written by only her. We're hoping that several of the older kids in the group will do some posts as well. So, be sure to check it out, comment, and follow. :-)

Click HERE to visit link.

In Christ's Service,

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Good, the Bad, and the Worse

I know that is supposed to be "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", but I didn't want to take that phrase for fear of getting in trouble. ;-)

Most of y'all have probably (and might have even participated in) seen those blog posts called 'Awkward and Awesome'. I think they're kind of fun. An easy way to quickly update the readers on what the writer has been up to. :-) So, I decided to try my own version of it.

The Good:
~Driving the car with the windows down and the radio up.... and all the cows staring at you like you're some alien from outer space as you belt out the lyrics to one of the songs.
~Laughing hysterically with your brother over your own 'inside joke' and realizing that you'll cherish this moment forever.
~Anticipating getting to see some friends soon.
~Teaching Fiddle and having some of the greatest students ever. :-)
~Excitedly working on "The Project" (of which I will probably post some 'sneak peek' pictures soon!)

The Bad:
~Driving over a bridge without your license.
~Having a major disappointment about a possible acting experience (but the good side is knowing that God is in control!)
~Disappointment about not getting to see some friends Friday night.
~Slightly bummed that we are no longer hand-milking. (we made our own milk machine, which has been really nice, but every once in a while I still milk by hand... its just fun. :-) )

The Worse:
~The little milk calf, Nessie, getting hurt by the dogs playing 'too hard' with her.
~Having to get rid of the puppies because of the above incident.
~Missing my little Oreo. My buddy.
~Having seen no rain for a very long time... it just feels dry.

So that sums it up for right now.  Anything awkward or awesome going on in your life? I might end up switching to the actual awkward and awesome, since those seem to be more fun. But, this seemed to fit a bit better for what I was posting. :-)

I've been pretty surprised at the results of my voting pole! Thank you for voting on if you did, and if you didn't, then please do so. :-)

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday so far!

Monday, June 18, 2012

To the Best Daddy in the Whole World

I know that my title could bring some rather controversial comments, so, ladies, we'll just have to agree to disagree. ;-)

I know I'm a day late in posting, but since we were gone most of the day yesterday and then the rest of the time was spent spending time with Dad, I figured I wouldn't be thrown in jail for a late Father's Day post. ;-)

 (So handsome in his cowboy hat! Well, he's handsome all the time.... ;-) 

(Unfortunately, he hides from the camera, so I don't have very many pictures of him... But there he is, eating with his beautiful wife of 25 years!)

I'm not super at writing poems, but sometimes, when something really inspires me, I seem to find the words. :-) So, this is for you, Daddy. Thank you for always being there for your little girl. 

My Daddy:

I’m as lucky as can be,
Though some would disagree,
I’ve got the best thing in the world!
His name is Daddy.

He taught me about God
and how Jesus came and died.
How carefully I must trod,
to stay ever on the Savior's side.

His loving arms are strong,
Often comforting me when something’s wrong.
He always has a listening ear
Whenever I need him near.

He’s the one that taught me how to ride a bike.
He’s the one who showed me how buck hay.
He even lets me have ice cream whenever  I like!
Just kidding, but still that wish does tend to stay!

His hugs and kisses are ever ready
If I’ve fallen or need to be steadied.
When my head gets in the clouds,
He’s got the right words to bring me to the ground.

Life lessons I've learned from him.
How to be a good friend,
How to love others,
How to serve Christ unto the end.

Those midnight talks,
Long summer walks,
The fatherly advice,
Makes everything so nice.

If ever I’m in trouble,
I know just where to go.
When I feel like I’m trapped in a bubble,
He helps me out, don’t you know.

He supports me in all my dreams,
Giving me strength to push through.
There are tough times and yet it seems,
The one who’s always there for me is you!

I’m as lucky as can be,
Though some would disagree.
He may not be perfect,
But he’s still the best Daddy.  

There, I know it's not much, but poetry just sometimes helps to say more than normal words.  I love you so much, Daddy! I don't know what I'd ever do without you. You've been my best friend, my counselor, my Prince Charming, my very best Daddy. I love you!!! 

Your little girl,

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Tidbits of Life

I hope that everyone is having a good weekend so far! I know it's just barely begun, but it always seems to zip by way too quickly. :-) There are always so many things to do over the weekend and we never seem to be able to get them finished.  Oh well, I suppose that that is the way life goes, eh?

I was thinkin' (which is a dangerous thing for me to do some days) that I ought to come over here and give a lil' update on what we've been doing. We have been so super busy that I actually have something other than the boring 'we ate lunch, cleaned up, washed laundry, etc' that I think I tend to post.

Sunday morning my beautiful Sister and I got up and headed out to my Grandparents place in Tucumcari. Two hours away, but thank goodness for Lamplighter Theater!!! We were able to listen to "The Captive" on the way over. It was very good and I highly recommend it. :-)  We arrived just as they were getting out of church and met them at a local restaurant for lunch.
  If you're wondering what we were doing over there, I'll go ahead and tell that part. I guess it's kind of important. ;-)  Rebecca was asked to come and take pictures of everyone at the church for their new directory. So, she was able to set up a little studio in one of the rooms at the church and set to work. I tagged along for the labor/grunt work and moral support. ;-) Of course, she really just wanted to take me with her because she just can't stand to keep away from my wonderful self for very long. Just kidding. In all seriousness, I did go to help her out and do some work. I was mostly useful for the setting up and tearing down, but I enjoyed it while we were there. Got to visit with lots of people and enjoy watching my sister as she pulled off a very professional and friendly air as she 'shot' people. =D  Seriously, though, she really did an amazing job!!  She was able to borrow some of those 'fancy lights' (like the ones you'd see in a real studio) from a friend. Our backdrop was just a simple sheet from Alco. But hey, they turned out super nice! I'm hoping that she'll share a few on her Photography Blog.

Oh, I also got the be the guinea pig for adjusting the lighting. Let's just say that when you have to sit and have your picture taken for nothing in particular except to make sure the lighting is just right... well, let's just say that it can get boring and you start doing crazy thing without knowing you're really doing it. Perhaps the pictures below will explain a lil' better. ;-) (and yes, I know... I always said I wouldn't ever post a bunch of pictures of myself, but I figured I'd better show my goofy side every once in a while. ;-)

 "I can't believe I have to do this..."

 "I'm Singin' in the Studio, just Singin' in the Studio!..."

 "Maybe if I stare her down she'll let me go."
My model pose. What do you think? Should I be on the cover of a magazine? ;-)
 After all the goofiness, I felt that I needed to look dignified at least once.

 My Beeyouteeful sister

Just to show off my sister's great posing/photography skills... ;-)

We were there from Sunday to Tuesday evening. Grandma and one of the ladies from church worked hard several days before to get a schedule of when people were coming in. We got most of them on Sunday, but were still kept busy taking photos on Monday and Tuesday.  All in all, it went really well and I can't wait to see how the directory turns out!

Wednesday we had most of the day at home and then went to watch some friend's kids over night while they were away.  That was lots of fun. :-) The kids were wonderful and super cute. We got back Thursday and quickly made the switch for mom and Becca to go into town to go to their volunteer place and me to stay at the house with the boys.  While they are gone, the boys and I got a few things done around the house.

Yesterday we just be cleaned our house and then ran into town when we heard that some friends of ours had Chicken Pox.  Caleb hasn't had it yet, so anytime we hear of something getting it, we try our hardest to get him over there for 'snuggle time'! ;-) He read the kids books and snuggled with them while they watched a movie. Hopefully he'll get it.  So, that was a very busy week. This coming week we have nothing scheduled. whew! That will be nice to just stay home and relax.

Today my Mom gets to finally see her Christmas present! My Dad bought her tickets to go see the Broadway production of Les Miserables.  It is her absolutely favorite book. She is a little worried that the play won't be as good, but I think she will still enjoy it.

Oh, and in the next few days I'll try to get up a few photos that my sister took of my cousin and I while we were in Tucumcari.  Katie came over while she had lunch break from her job. We ate pizza and then, since we had a large open time slot with no one coming in, Becca let us have fun and mess around in her 'studio'. I think some of them turned out pretty cute.

Off to finish cleaning and maybe do some laundry. :-) Oh and don't forget to vote on the poll if you haven't already!

In Christ's Service,