Thursday, June 25, 2009


I'm going to be taking a blogcation for the next week or so.

No reason, just need a little bloggy break.

Love you all and see you soon!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

sweet summertime...

These gorgeous yellow gladiolus are on my entry table and make me smile every time I walk through the door.

Thank you hubs!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

happy father's day!

Happy Father's Day to our amazing dads!

My 26th Birthday
Me and my Dad on my birthday

4th of July
John and his Dad being, well...them

Thank you for all you do...we love you!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Surgery... But recovery sucks even more!

Like I said before, last week John had tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy last Thursday. Pre-op he was in good spirits and even let me snap a few pictures with his iPhone.



Unfortunately, recovery hasn't been as great. The first 4 days were a breeze. But days 5, 6 and 7 (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week) have been awful. He has been a great patient and taking care of him {somewhat} easy. I use the word somewhat because watching him be in so much pain has been really hard.

He is getting better. Today is day 8 post surgery and what the internet calls phase 3 which means he should start feeling better today.

Getting your tonsils and adenoids out as an adult is much harder than as a child and I am so proud of how well John has done!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My 26th Birthday

My 26th Birthday

26 seems old (I know it is not, but it seems old to me). I mentioned to a friend that I am closer to 30 than 20 and she quickly told me that I am still closer to 25 than 30 so that was comforting.

Anyway, back to the celebration! Wednesday night after I got off work we headed up to Dallas to celebrate with my family. Storms were rolling through Dallas big time and when we got to Gloria's in Frisco the tornado sirens were going off. It was an intense storm but it didn't stop us. We had a wonderful time.

I chose Gloria's because I have heard rave reviews about their black bean dip and it did not disappoint. Everything was so good!

My 26th Birthday

I must say that the highlight was dessert. My mom had brought Sprinkles Cupcakes and our waiter brought them out after dinner with candles.!

My 26th Birthday

The weather quickly passed and we were safe from the tornadoes. We even got a good "car wash" out of the deal!

My 26th Birthday
Whitney, me and Mom

My 26th Birthday
Me and Dad

My 26th Birthday
All the girls, Kelsey, Whit, me and Mom

My 26th Birthday
Kels and Mark

My 26th Birthday
Whit and Jonathan

So thank you family for a fabulous birthday! Love you all so much!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Summer Sunset

Summer Sunset

I absolutely adore sunsets. Sunrises too, but those happen too early. Sunsets are gorgeous and always different.

Summer Sunset

Last week I snapped these looking out on the golf course behind my mom's house.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Hello, I'm a Mac.

Yep, that's right. I'm a Mac!!!

I'm a Mac.

Using birthday money and other money I was able to buy my new 13" MacBook Pro!

I'm a Mac.

I made John take a few pictures..this is a pretty big deal!

PS: I also got a new iPod Touch and a Canon Wireless 3 in 1 printer (with rebates the Touch was free and the printer was only $50!)

I guess you an imagine what I am doing now while John is recovering from surgery!!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Brief Update..

Hi friends!

I wanted to give you all a brief update on the recent happenings in our life.

Wednesday was my 26th birthday so John and I drove up to Dallas to have dinner and celebrate with my family. It was a wonderful time..even with the tornado sirens going off during dinner! I'll post more later on that (with pictures).

Thursday morning John had his tonsils and adenoids removed. This is a pretty intense surgery anytime, but for an adult it is a long and painful recovery. The surgery went perfectly and now we are in recovery mode. John is doing well and I'm doing my best to take care of him. Please continue to pray for a fast and thorough recovery.

Have a fabulous Friday and a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

thoughts on spinning

Last night I did my first spin class in 4 years. Actually, a little under 4 years. I first did spin for about a month before we got married. It was a fantastic workout and I really enjoyed it.

I decided to start again. And it was great. I met Courtney there, we both had our camelbaks, towels and we were ready to go. Note: Do not go to a spin class without water or a towel.

And our class wasn't very crowded. That means less people to watch me sweat like crazy. And I mean sweat. Spinning burns lots of calories (a huge plus) which equals lots of sweat.

However, I think it should be a requirement for people to wear deodorant to spin class. I'm just saying. And poor wearing man was on the bike next to her.

So, will I go back? Yes. Am I sore? Luckily, no. I've been pretty good about working out recently so I'm not miserably sore..I feel like I got a great workout.

I just have a very sore tailbone from the bike seat. Small price to pay.

Have you ever tried spinning? What are your favorite ways to workout?

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Tortellini Salad

Y'all..for real. This salad is perfect. For us, tonight, it was the perfect summer dinner. It had the perfect blend of flavors and colors. It is delicious and beautiful and delicious.

Tortellini Salad

The tangy banana peppers with the sweet tomatoes and basil and cheese tortellini are the best combination. This is delicious served warm, at room temperature or cold. I'm serious. You must make this.

And best of all, it's healthy!

Tortellini Salad

Tortellini Salad
adapted from Cooking Light

1 (9 ounce) package fresh cheese tortellini
2 cups halved grape tomatoes
2 cups fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped banana peppers
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 (16 ounce) can navy beans
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting oil.

While the pasta is cooking combine tomatoes, spinach, banana peppers, parmesan cheese, basil, and beans in a large bowl. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. Add pasta, lemon juice and oil to tomato mixture; toss gently.

Serving size: 1 cup

Nutritional Information
208 calories
7 g fat (2.3 g saturated fat)
26.7 g carbohydrate
10.8 g protein
4.8 g fiber
955 mg sodium

i {heart} weekends

It has been a perfect weekend and it has been a weekend of fabulous-ness. We've relaxed, slept in, watched tv, watched one movie and we are currently watching a second. We've run a few errands, shopped, did some laundry and cleaning. We've talked, laughed and been goofy. Really goofy. We hung out with best friends. Like I said, it has been a perfect weekend.


I think this picture from Friday night is perfect. John always makes me laugh. I love this about him.

PS: The movies we have watched just in case you are curious are Changeling (last night which was incredible) and Second Chance Harvey (which we are watching now and its so good). Both are excellent.

PPS: Head over to
Lindsay's Kitchen to see what we had for dinner tonight..amazing!

PPPS: My birthday is Wednesday!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

life after graduation

4 Wheeling

Life after graduation can be a very tough thing sometimes.

4 Wheeling

Sacrifices have to be made.

4 Wheeling

One of those sacrifices is waking up early {in the summer} to go 4 wheeling with church members.

4 Wheeling

Like I said, life after graduation is tough.

4 Wheeling

On Wednesday John got the opportunity to go 4 wheeling with some good friends from church. He got up early and drove out to the country for a morning filled with 4 wheeling in the mud. He had fun and even remembered to capture a couple pictures with his iPhone.

4 Wheeling

It's a hard life. I'm jealous because I was stuck inside at work.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009



On May 13, 2007 John and I traveled to Kenya, Africa with a group of students and faculty from Baylor. I still can't believe it was over 2 years ago. It was John's second time to go and my first time and our first time together. It was an incredibly life changing trip and one that I will never forget. I was asked to write something for a Service Journal that our department does and I reflected back on our time there. I've been thinking about Africa a lot lately and thought I would put my words from the journal here.


“How are you?” This phrase is one that I frequently heard as our team drove or walked through the streets of Nairobi. Children would often run to meet us shouting these words. Typically, we responded, "I'm well. How are you?" The inquisitive children would giggle and once again ask, "How are you?" This was one of the only phrases they knew in English and would repeat it several times. Their excitement was infectious. Spending time with children who smile when they have no reason to smile as they desired to be held brought tears to my eyes. They only wanted attention, love and safety. Talking with women of faith who were refugees from Sudan about the hope they now have after they left that place was enlightening.


Most of my life service to me meant doing physical labor such as building a house for a family in Mexico, or painting a house or doing yard work for an elderly couple. Service took on a whole new meaning when I traveled to Kenya in May of 2007 with a group of Baylor students, faculty and staff.


I remember feeling overwhelmed looking out over Mathare, the second largest slum in Kenya, and knowing about a million people live there in poverty. What was I going to do to help? What we were there to do that day was simple. We went to the supermarket as a group to purchase flour, sugar, rice, and cooking oil in bulk.



We took this food to the Good Samaritan Children's Home and Rehabilitation Centre, a children's home in the Mathare Slum area. Wayo Wayo (a traveling song and dance group from Nairobi) went with us, and some of their friends guided us through the slum on foot.



Again, we were left speechless by the sights we saw. The children's home cares for about 220 children ages 1 year to 18. Their main objective is to promote the welfare of children in especially difficult circumstances and AIDS orphans in the Mathare Valley. We found this place to be a ray of hope in a very dark place, and we felt the work being done by the workers is actually making a significant difference in the lives of the children.


In spite of this, their facilities are less than adequate; the second floor did not have a roof. We were there to give them food and play and love on the children. They had created a playground using trash. The biggest attraction was the old tire. The kids would run, jump on the tire and do a flip and land on a cushion of trash. This kept them entertained for about an hour. They only wanted attention.


They loved when we would cheer for them and encourage them about how high they could jump. When we left that place we were changed. Yes, we had gone there to do “mission work” with orphan children in hopes to somewhat change their life, but my life was also changed. We were not the same.


After returning from Kenya I realized that service is about providing someone with what they need wherever they are in their life whether it is tangible or intangible. We live in a world where we constantly feel like we have to do but with these kids all they only needed was for us to be there and love them and hold them. We provided food for them to help fill their tummies for a couple weeks but we also loved them. We spent time with them and played with them. It is important that we see the needs of others and try to fulfill those needs. We don’t have to build a house. Maybe all we need to do is love.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Last night we went and saw this movie in 3D. It was THE.BEST.MOVIE!

Go see it.


Seriously, go!
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