Thursday, December 31, 2009
Anyway, half day for me today so more to come after lunch :)
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Before we got married, we decided that we needed to buy a house. Not just any house, we thought we needed a house that we could try and make some money on, so we looked for a house that needed some improvements. We found our house and thought it was perfect. Our house was 30 years old and everything inside was pretty much original. One of these days, I'll have to post pictures. You just can't imagine. I'm talking orange shag carpet, wood paneling, horrible wall paper, horrible linoleum floor, everything. I mean, it was bad. We took a month and gutted it. All of October, we worked on that house and Drew moved in on Halloween. Its been a work in progress ever since but we are close to the end of the tunnel and its great! I really don't want to know how much money we have in our house. I'd just rather not know.
Anyway, now for the present. Drew e-mailed me a house listing yesterday and said "check this out". It is a 2800 square foot house sitting on acreage (not much, but enough) with a small horse barn. It is not outrageously priced and is in a great area of the county. It is the kind of house that we could stay in for a while. It does need a little updating (from what I can see in pictures) but looks extremely livable. So anyway, we are going to look at it on Thursday.
I'm NOT getting my hopes up and truthfully it makes me nervous. We are very comfortable now and that's a lot to bite off. On the other hand, I know that we would survive. It wouldn't be fun until we sold our house but we've talked about it before and think that's very doable. Our house is in the official "starter home" category and those are always in demand here in BG. It is also very much move in ready (thanks to all our work).
So that's our deal. Stay tuned. Oh and thanks for letting me spill my guts, I really just needed to write all that down.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I hope that you are having a fun and festive Christmas Eve. Here in WKY, the wind is blowing and its getting colder but we're having a great day. I had to take Scooter to the vet this morning and get her a rabies shot and a distemper shot so she's not having a great day but I think its getting better for her!
I am procrastinating taking a shower for as long as possible even though Drew just called and said that he's on his way. I'll be glad to see him because its been almost a week! We don't have to be anywhere until 3 so I figure that I'm safe. At 3 we will be heading to my grandparents house for dinner with my dad's siblings and all my cousins. There are 5 of the original children and 7 grand kids (plus the addition of a few spouses/fiance's). It is always fun. The kids always eat out on the porch and the parents eat inside :)
After that we will be headed to Drew's hometown for Christmas with his family. Then we will come back to my mom & dad's house for the night. Tomorrow morning we will get up and do everything all over again. It makes for a busy time, but its fun.
I just wanted to add in here that this Christmas I feel so blessed to live the life that I live. I know that it is not always perfect but I am very fortunate for everything that I have. I hope that all of you, my blogger friends, have a fantastic Christmas and that you feel as blessed as I do!
Monday, December 21, 2009
If you look close, that brick house in my Mamaw & Papaw's....
More at Mamaw & Papaw's... Check out the trees that have all the branches snapped in half. All the trees STILL look like this.
Making the best of it :) Me & my brother having a huge time. We are lucky to have had four wheelers, two tractors, and a back hoe to help clean up. My papaw also has a multitude of chain saws that were used. By the end of this day, we had to stop working outside because everything started to melt and CHUNKS of ice were hitting us in the head. NOT COOL!
My pasture (the barn is on the top left). More broken trees.
This big cedar tree is right beside my house. As you can see, the ice basically ripped it to shreds. Mom always wanted to call our place "Three Cedar Farm" because there were three enormous (taller than the house) cedar trees that lined up beside it. Two of them looked like this and Dad cut them down about a month ago. It was sad.
You know its bad when FEMA comes to visit.
Well guys, that's the ice storm. Well not really, but those are some pictures. Mine and Drew's parents ended up not having power for 2 weeks. It was crazy. We have been working on refencing our whole property because of all the damage that was done by the ice. Luckily, we didn't have any real damage to our homes. There were several houses that burned down during this because of propane heaters. It was a very sad time but it was also nice because it showed what a great community we lived in. Everybody definitely had to take care of their neighbors.
Oh, one more thing: Good Morning America actually broadcasted from Madisonville during the ice storm... I told Mom and she was so sad that she couldn't see it!!!!
I would like to pass this Glamorous Blog Award to...
I hope that you all have a great night... I'm going to try and do a "Year In Review" series of posts in the next week. I think that I will start on it tonight and see if it actually makes sense!!! HAHA! Have a great evening and an awesome Tuesday!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I am writing this message to night from Western Kentucky because I'm here spending the week of Christmas with my parents. I'm very excited to say that I hoarded enough vacation days to take off this week even though I'm sad becausee my Drewby volunteered to work. I am hoping to have a restful week and do a little shopping. I am excited about shopping because I don't have to buy any gifts, I get to buy lots of stuff for me! My work wardrobe is looking a little shabby and not fitting me quite as well as it was when I bought it. I'm proud to say that my clothes are actually too big which is always positive.
My restful week doesn't get to start until after tomorrow. Tomorrow morning (barring icy roads, which I would say is possible) we are leaving at 6 to take my grandmother back to Atlanta. It is a 6 hour drive one way so we'll be spending the whole day in the car. NOT FUN. I do have some trusty reading material (Quarter Horse Journal & Dear John by Nicholas Sparks) though and I'm hoping to spend a good chunk of the morning asleep in the back seat!
Anyway, I haven't posted any pictures of my Christmas decorations so I thought that I'd do that tonight...
Our big Christmas tree... I say big, but we only have 8 foot ceilings so its definitely not that big :) I like it though!
Our house is pretty simple. We didn't even put up any Christmas lights outside this year. We have really just been too busy. Anyway, I guess I'd better get to bed seeing as I will be car-riding in about 7 hours. YIKES.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
- 10 things that make me happy
- 5 bloggers that Brighten your day!
10 Things That Make Me Happy:
- My hubby
- My family
- My friends
- Scooter... I can't lie, she is my constant source of happiness!
- The fact that the sun is shining today!
- Food - I l-o-v-e food...
- Ponies - really these should be at the top of the list!
- Music - I love having the radio on. Its always on when I'm at work because the silence would make me crazy
- Crashing on the couch infront of the fire with a blanket and DVR'ed tv.
5 Bloggers That Brighten My Day:
- http://awfulbeautifulmess.blogspot.com/ - my future sister-in-law
Have a great day!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Scooter trying to behave herself while I put Mom's tree up (for the 2nd time...)
The picture that we sent out in our Christmas cards... Max, Me, Drewby, & Scoot
Our truck, before it was actually ours...
Sweeties from the bank Christmas party...
Anyway, I guess I'd better head down stairs... I hope you all have a great night!
This no computer nonsense is getting really old. I mean, I think I'm going through withdrawal. Like I have said a million times, I have so many pictures on my camera that are just dying to be posted, but I can't do it because my stinking computer is DEAD. I am waiting for a back up disk to get here from Gateway and then maybe it can be revived. We'll hope at least!
Funny thing though, I am about to play staff photographer for a bunch of kindergartners who are coming to the bank. Every year we host the a Christmas party for a low income school here in BG. These kids are so cute. We have a staff member who plays Santa and these children are all given snacks and a small gift. Usually there are only about 45 but this year the class has doubled to almost 90. Needless to say we had to break the party up into two days. It is very fun and yet another thing that makes me very proud of where I work...
Oh well, they'll be here in just a few minutes... Hopefully, my pictures won't suck and I'll be able to post a few on the page when my computer decides to work again...
Have a great day!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Today is Kellen's birthday so we are having a food day at work. We all decided that we can tell we haven't had a food day lately because of all the food that got brought in. I made a hash-brown and sausage breakfast casserole this morning and there is all kinds of other stuff here too. There are multiple types of cupcakes & brownies, several dips, meatballs, and veggie/meat & cheese platters. Needless to say, none of us are hungry! It was handy though, because I was able to use my lunch break to run some errands.
Drew and I are going to have another busy weekend. I'm really starting to feel like that is the norm for us. Tonight we have his work Christmas party, tomorrow we are going to a horse sale, and then Sunday our parents are coming up to have a "pre-Christmas" dinner with us. I guess that I am moderately excited about the sale tomorrow. There is a huge breeding farm that is a couple of hours away and they are having a complete dispersal sale. The sale includes a 171 acre facility with approximately 100 stalls, lots of barn equipment, and around 100 horses.
I had thought that I might be able to buy a pony this Saturday but with the new addition of a truck payment, I believe it'll have to be pushed back a little longer. Unfortunately, there are several really nice young horses (coming 2's) that I would love to have and if they go cheap, which I'm assuming that they will, it'll be really sad for me. So, needless to say, I hope they sell high and I'll do my best to wait. I don't wait well though, so we'll see what happens.
Anyway, I'm here at work so I'd better cut this short. Hopefully I'll get my computer back soon and will be able to post some pictures and give a full account of what we've been up to lately.
Have a great day!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I still don't have a computer... Its pretty devestating. I really feel completely out of touch. I am trying to save the battery on my Ipod and that means that I can't surf the internet on it but I haven't had access to facebook or my WKU e-mail account in about 10 days! Its driving me crazy. Also, what's driving me crazy is that I have all these pictures that I would love to post but can't. :( BOO...
On a positive note, we did get Drew's truck on Saturday and we absolutely love it. It had 9 miles on it when we got it and we've now driven it everywhere! Drew is like a kid in a candy store :)
I also think that we might have his car sold which is even more fantastic, it'll be nice to have that money for the truck!
I found this picture on line and think that it is the same color as the one that we bought. It is called "Candy Red Metallic" or something like that. Drew's truck is a Lariat so it has different wheels and also has chrome on the grill, but other than that it looks pretty similar to the truck in the picture.
By the way: It got crazy cold here today and I was not very smart about it. I actually went to work with out a coat. Since I have been here the temperature has dropped about 25 degrees and the wind is blowing like crazy. I had planned to go home at lunch and pick up a jacket but ended up going to Panera with Kellen instead, so now I am coatless. Bummer.
Well, I'd better make this short because I'm still at work, but I hope that y'all have a great day! Maybe someday I'll get my computer back and be able to show you Drew's actual truck and our Christmas decorations. I'm getting a little lost without it!
Friday, December 4, 2009
- Roses to Drew's new truck. We are picking it up tomorrow and we are so excited. I haven't really mentioned it because I was pretty afraid that it would fall through, but its official so here we go. Drew is getting a 2010 Ford F-150 Crewcab Lariat. It is a gorgeous red color (not like fire engine, its a little deeper) and we love it. We were driving around the car lots last Saturday and found it and both fell in love. Tomorrow, it will be ours!
- Roses to Fridays. Seriously, I'm ready for the weekend.
- Roses to winning my huge bank bid. Thank you very much because I'm pretty glad we're keeping thoses millions.
- Roses to having my Christmas trees up and most of my shopping done. Now, I just need to get everything wrapped.
- Roses to my sweet hubby. Even though he drove me insane about this truck, I know it was only because he wanted what was best for us. His financial planner mind just works a little differently than mine sometimes!
- Thorns to my laptop being completely non-functional. I don't know why my hard drive decided to crash, but that is really upsetting. I'm sad that its in the hospital because I really have some pictures that I would love to post!
- Thorns to cold weather. It was 23 degrees when I got out of bed this morning. Man that is cold.
Oh wow, I just realized I don't have a lot of thorns today. I guess that is good. I guess that means that life is good :) So since life is good, I guess that I will end this now. I'm at work and need to get to lunch. I hope y'all have a great day!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Maybe, I'll be able to fill you all in on our Christmas card pictures, Thanksgiving meal, Christmas trees, and Drew's possible new truck soon but until then we'll just use that as a teaser. As you can tell, we've had a busy week!
Hope that your day is great and that I can post all my pictures soon!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
At about 3 months old, the night that Mom bought her... So cute :)
When I got my Canon Rebel... She's a great model... Check out the ear, its always like that!
This is probably my favorite picture, I think she was only about 6 months old.Well, I hope you guys enjoyed my Scoot Dogg post... I am going to grab some dinner and then start packing to head home tomorrow... I can't wait, no more work until one week from today!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
My friends, Katie & Brittany, and I went and watched New Moon Friday night. It was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! It completely exceeded my expectations! I definitely started out team Edward before the movie (and still am) but WOW... Jacob is gorgeous. A 17 year old really should not be that attractive. When he puts his head in the car window and says "Bella, I'm begging you. Stay, for me" I wanted to say OK! I'LL STAY! TO HECK WITH BELLA! New Moon should be all about Jacob :)
Rocking our "Team Edward" tshirts that Katie & Brittany made...
We waited an hour and a half at the theatre because we were afraid we would get bad seats. Luckily, there were only about 50 people in front of us and our seats couldn't have been any better. It was definitely worth the drive to Lexington and the wait at the movies. Plus, it was great to see my friends for the weekend!
I hope that everybody had a great Monday and that you all enjoy your short week!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Since I have had him, Max has been a pet therapy animal (he has gone to nursing homes & schools) as well as an accomplished show horse. As a 3 year old, he was Kentucky 4H Reserve State Champion in their snaffle bit futurity. He was also KY 4H Res. State Champ in showmanship my last year. There were over 40 kids in the class. He also has points in the American Quarter Horse Association.
Winning the circuit championship in Showmanship for the WTQHA Summer Circuit!
More than that though, Max was a great buddy for me. He and I know each other inside and out. I really feel that he has complete trust in me and I know that I have it in him. I miss him terribly as he was always my stress relief and I can't have that with him now. He lives with my parents at their house until I can find a way to keep him here.
Well, since we're posting pictures, I have to post this one too. This is Lightning and he was my first horse that I got for my 8th birthday. I'm sure that my parents regret buying him - ok, probably not, but it sure cost them a ton of money in the long run!!!
Hope you guys have a great day! I will have to give Scooter her own post in the next few days so that she doesn't get sad :( I'm so glad to get to see her and my hubby tomorrow!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I'm sure that I will!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Pasta Fagioli (like at Olive Garden)
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt to taste
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup uncooked spinach pasta
1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, with liquid
In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook celery, onion, garlic, parsley, Italian seasoning, red pepper and salt until onion is translucent. Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes and tomato sauce, and simmer on low for 15 to 20 minutes.
Add pasta and cook 10 minutes, until pasta is tender.
Add undrained beans and mix well. Heat through. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
I am very, VERY excited... Now I just have to survive spinning...
Friday, November 6, 2009
- Roses to my RFP (banking bid) being done. Good Lord I have never been so stressed. 318 pages of crap that I only moderately understand is just really too much. Anytime that work wakes you up at 5:30 and causes you to be in your office a 6:45, that is an issue. As I said, Hallelujah that its done!
- Roses to a freaking beautiful weekend. We are supposed to have temperatures in the 70's with sunshine. I think we had weekends in the summer that weren't this warm!
- Roses to Homecoming. Yeah, the Tops suck, but its still a fun weekend. I have a luncheon for it today and then I'm working the street parade this afternoon. Oh the joys of being an Alumni.
- Roses to the Charity Ball. Its kind of like adult prom, I guess. I get to find a pretty dress and Drewby gets to rent a tux. Not to mention, that I am definitely having my hair done since we all know I'm not capable of doing it myself!
- Roses to Mom coming up and going with us to the North American on Sunday. Yeah, I know, its a livestock show. Not that many people get excited about it, but I sure do!
- Roses, most importantly, to being an American. Especially in the light of the tragedy at Fort Hood. I am so proud to be an American, proud of our American Service Men & Women, and so completely humbled and grateful for their service. God Bless All of You and Your Families.
- Thorns to Tai. Why did you have to die? Yeah, I know you weren't mine any more but you were so cool. We had such a huge time together even though I only had you for a while. I missed you already but now I miss you even more. You'll always be my juvenile delinquent. I love you, Big Guy.
- Thorns to Halter Horses. This stems from the point above and I really just don't know what I want to put here. Thorns to making horses that basically aren't built for the long haul. You people know what you are breeding and you know that they're not durable. Their legs aren't, their feet aren't, their bodies aren't. Thorns to all you breeders and the idiots like me who have shown them.
- Thorns to not having a "pony". God I want one so bad.
- Thorns to being pretty broke. Yeah, I know, not that broke... but still broke.
- Thorns to day light savings time. I really hate that when I leave work at night I have to turn on my head lights. Really, I don't think that anything could be much more depressing than that!
Oh well, that's all my Roses & Thorns. Sorry for the rant about the horses. I just get so frustrated. Anyway, y'all have a great day and enjoy your beautiful weekend!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Getting ready to cross the finish line.... YAY!
Drew and I right before my race.
Now we are watching one of the Halloween movies on TV and I think I might take a nap before we go to our Halloween party tonight. Hope y'all have a great day!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Poor Mom and Dad, they had been my Sunday plans. I did at least ask them if they wanted two of the tickets, to which they said no. Mom said it'd be TOO COLD.... Well, probably so, but they're free tickets. Also, I do realize that the Titans are 0-6, but still, they're free tickets. So now we are taking a girls trip to the football game on Sunday.
Tomorrow is mine and Drew's big race. If you'll remember, Drew is running a 10K and I am running a 5K. I really feel ready. What I don't know about is the weather. We are getting a major rain system right now and its supposed to keep raining tomorrow morning. They have decreased the rain chance from 90% to 30% but still... I'm not so sure.
After that, of course Halloween is tomorrow and Drew and I are going to a party. He is dressing up as Superman and I am going to be a cheerleader. Until I tried on the uniform Wednesday night, I had never worn a cheerleading outfit. It was pretty funny! I decided that it was a good thing I've been doing all this running so at least maybe my legs will look decent in that short skirt! HAHA! Believe me, I'll put up pictures!
Have a great night!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
That's not my car, mine is blue and has a spoiler, but you get the point. Anyway, I'm super excited. No more car payment (at least till we break down and buy Drew a truck...)!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Like I said, just some pumpkins. I do love the topiary pumpkins though and of course my little scarecrow.
Here are our carving pumpkins as well as another topiary.
The front of our house with pumpkins and my scarecrow. I think it looks festive :)The fall is kind of a sentimental time for Drew and I regarding our house. Two years ago at this time we were in the process of completely gutting it. Our house was built in 1978 and when we bought it in 2007, everything inside was basically the same. It had horrible wood panelling, horrible wall paper, and orange shag carpets... among other things. We renovated it in one month and Drew spent his first night here on Halloween 2007. It is still a work in process but at least we aren't constantly doing things anymore. We have redone all the landscaping, repainted the whole house, including ceilings, replaced all the flooring and soon we will have replaced all the light fixtures. Total redo, but we love it!
Anyway, hope you guys have a great day and weekend. We have a wedding to go to today and need to go to Sams and the grocery store. Have a great Saturday!