Friday, November 28, 2008

Scrapbook Organization

So I am a scrapbooker. If you know me, you know it is one of my favorite things to do. I have a lot of supplies, so when I scrap I have to take everything out and spread it around me on the floor (because we don't have another place for me to scrap - small apartment), and I pretty much have to take over the entire living room when I scrap. Mike doesn't mind, but I usually leave my scrap stuff out for a week or so because I will go back to it when I have a free hour, or because I will spend a whole weekend scrapping. Mike says I am like a tornado when I scrap. Here is my typical scrapping mess.

However, Mike and I decided to rearrange some stuff in our house last week to make more space, and I decided to take over the baker's rack in the dining room to create a scrapbook corner! I am so proud of my organization skills and my creative use of space! What is great about this is everything is within arm reach so I don't have to make a whirlwind of stuff around me to scrap! I've got the top of the baker's rack for scrapbooking, and everything else is organized so I can reach it when I use it!

Ta-da! I even printed these pictures and made a scrapbook page of it! I'm actually scrapbooking right now, and I thought I would share my excitement!

And I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

99 Things to Do

Ok, so I am doing this because it sounds like fun. You are supposed to bold the items that you have done, so here I go! ( I also *starred the items I want to do)

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii*
5. Watched a Meteor Shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a Mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris*
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child*
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty*
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France*
20. Slept on an overnight train*
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a Lamb*
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice*
29. Seen a total eclipse*
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise*
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person*
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community*
36. Taught yourself a new language*
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person*
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David*
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt*
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa*
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person*
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris*
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie*
56. Visited the Great Wall of China*
57. Started a business*
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (well I tried, but my vein collapsed...)
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp*
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial*
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square*
74. Toured the Everglades*
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London*
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person*
80. Published a book*
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem*
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House*
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life*
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby*
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Man, I've only done 39 items on this list! There are so many other things I want to do. I'm going to go back and *star the items I want to do. If you want to copy and do this, please do!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

November so far...

I don't blog as much as I would like to, but I guess that's ok because I don't really have the time (or very much interesting stuff), but this past weekend was busy! Full of stuff! So I am posting pics. We went down to Houston because our good friend Randy Turner was getting married (yay Randy!), so there are a lot of pics from his wedding on here. But they posted in a weird order, so forgive the chaos please. We went to see my mom, and realized Kelsey and Mom's hair is exactly the same length! Or at least it was, because Kelsey chopped off her hair two days ago.

In any case, it was pretty funny to see how similar they look not only in the face, but because they have the same hairstyle.
We also went over to the Turners after the wedding on Saturday night, and got to see Moose, our beloved kitty! He is the cutest thing ever! Mike played with him most of the night, and I took a ton of pics, but here is one really cute one.

On to Randy's wedding. One of the absolute best things about the wedding was getting to see Erwin and Vicki Wood. Now, most of you probably don't know them, but if you do, you know they are some of the greatest people alive. Erwin is like a grandpa to me, he is the sweetest, funniest, most passionate man, and he loves the Lord so much. He was such an important part of the WoodsEdge youth group (so long ago...) and has influenced me in so many ways. It was so good to see him because he has been battling brain cancer for some time now, and the last time I saw him was at our wedding six months ago. Since then he has steadily gotten sicker, and so it was pretty scary for me to see him as sick as he is when six months ago he was in great health (enough to come to Dallas for our wedding!). But he is so wonderful, and I love him so much.
I also got to see a couple old WoodsEdge people I haven't seen in so long! Mike Ruse (little Mike, not his dad...) and Eedee Frascella. I have the pic here of me and Mike. We were good friends way back when, and he lives in Austin now, so I haven't seen him in years!
On to pics of Randy's wedding. He married Jessica, one of the sweetest girls! She is so adorable and hilarious! These pics aren't in any order, so just enjoy as they are.

Their wedding was so beautiful! Fall colors and vibrant leaves everywhere!

Ok, this beautiful cake was made by Mrs. Turner, Randy's mom! She makes excellent cakes! She also made the cake topper to look like the arch that Randy and Jessica got married under!

This is one of my favorite people in the world - Julie Turner. We've been friends for almost 9 years, and I cannot tell you how great she is. She has always been there for me! She just got engaged like a month ago, and is getting married in March or Feb next year! Its so exciting! And I'm going to be her "matron" of honor! Pretty nifty!

This is Julie's fiance, Nathan. I love this picture of them! They are so adorable.

Ok, so the eggnog is back. Its almost Christmas, so Mike of course has to buy his eggnog. Now, eggnog disgusts me. I never grew up drinking it, and just the name of it is enough to set me off, it is just the most disgusting thing. So of course Mike tries every year to get me to taste it, and I of course have to say BLAH! But still he persists. So I guess its time for me to batten down the hatches, because for the next month and a half I'll have to endure his sneaky attempts to have me taste it.

So that's it... Maybe I'll remember to post again this month.

Billy's getting older....

It's an expected thing. We all know that we HAVE to die, unless the Lord comes back, but somehow it's painful to see loved ones getting older. I can only imagine how Franklin Graham is feeling knowing that his father is getting to the point where he no longer councils the president. Billy Graham has prayed with every president since Eisenhower. Franklin said something very appropriate...
"He's always been ready to die, but nobody's prepared for him getting old."
One of my professors wrote on this, check it out at