Saturday, January 31, 2009

A long-awaited piece of furniture

When we did our big remodel (the one when we took down all the walls), I sacrificed my desk knowing that I would have to have something to replace it but not knowing exactly what I wanted. So, the contents of my desk were in rubbermaid containers in the garage and most inconvenient when I needed something to work with. So after envisioning what I wanted, hunting countless furniture stores & internet sites to find just the "right" piece that fit my "vision" (after almost a year) I finally have a piece to hold the contents of my desk. I absolutely love it!! It is exactly what I envisioned. Now all of my desk contents have a home (inside the house).

Fort Allen

As I'm writing this entry, Daddy & Kati Ann (and Bailey) are playing inside the fort we built with the dining chairs and a king size sheet! They are playing and reading books and having all sorts of fun.

Kati Ann's new kitchen

Well the kitchen actually arrived January 11th but as you've noticed I haven't been doing the best job keeping up with my blog. (I'm hoping to do better). Three precious sisters that go to our church (one of which is Kati Ann's regular babysitter) wanted to give Kati Ann the kitchen they played with growing up. We were excited because now we are enjoying cupcakes and gingerbread cookies from Chef Kati Ann. It has been lots of fun and so delicious!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

100 Random Things

I was tagged by Kim to make a list of 100 random things and used her 100 things to help me come up with my own.

1. I really like these things.
2. I hate the smell of cigarette smoke. It makes me feel like I’m in going to suffocate.
3. I love spending time with my parents.
4. I have great in-laws.
5. Jared & I named Kati Ann while we were dating and have no other names for future children.
6. I love Law & Order
7. I have lived in Longview, Bryan, Kilgore, Marshall, Daingerfield & Nacogdoches, Texas & Huntsville, AL
8. 39 is my lucky number
9. I can be a spender or saver depending on my mood.
10. I don’t like ketchup.
11. I like mixing ranch and salsa together at Chili's
12. Kati Ann was named after myself and my sister-in-law.
13. My parents named me while they were dating.
14. I love wood floors.
15. I like to read for pleasure.
16. If I could I would take a media class.
17. I really enjoy the days I get to go to work.
18. I played soccer in high school
19. Home is my very favorite place.
20. If I had the opportunity I would try out being Amish for like a week.
21. When I was growing up I loved to play school.
22. I think school uniforms are adorable.
23. I love music.
24. I grew up in a very agricultural family
25. I consider myself a rather boring person
26. I am not nearly as athletic as my husband
27. Jared & I had our first "date" at his parents house.
28. We have now been together seven and a half years.
29. He is my favorite person.
30. I made Jesus my Lord and Savior when I was seven at VBS. I remember it well.
31. I surrendered my life to the ministry when I was 16 and remember it well too!
32. I’ve had one of my sweetest friends since we were in preschool and church nursery.
33. I have dear friend that lives in China as a missionary
34. I’m not as skinny as I want to be and I can't say that I'm that comfortable with that.
35. I would like to be healthier.
36. I am the oldest grandchild on both sides of my family.
37. I have 8 younger cousins on my dad's side and 0 cousins on my mom's side.
38. I love patterns-plaid, paisley, stripes and polka dots.
39. I could quite possibly be the world's worst seamstress.
40. I really don't like doing crafts.
41. I blog. It relaxes me.
42. I never scrapbooked because it takes too long. So, instead, I blog.
43. I love reading other people’s blogs.
44. I subscribe to 8 blogs in my Google reader.
45. We have a Boston Terrier named Bailey and a cat named Rosie.
46. I love cold weather better than hot.
47. Spring is my favorite season.
48. Fall is a close second.
49. Then winter.
50. Summer is my least favorite. I feel like I'm always sweaty.
51. I think April is the best month to have a birthday and have a logical explanation as to why.
52. Jared, KA & I have birthdays all within 3 weeks of each other.
53. Dessert without chocolate really isn't worth it.
54. I am in general a very organized person.
55. I hate to be late.
56. I’m a good speller.
57. I have a speech/communications degree.
58. I worked as an administrative assistant in the FInancial Aid Office at Stephen F. Austin State University and loved almost every minute of it because I have good friends there and I like doing administrative things.
59. I have been to England & Japan.
60. I really want to go on a Hawaiian Cruise.
61. My two current favorite TV shows are “Jon & Kate + 8” and “American Idol”
62. Celebrity news is very interesting to me.
63. I love to read.
64. My absolute favorite books are Karen Kingsbury or Nicolas Sparks books.
65. I have my master's degree in Religion (which is named very poorly because I only studied Christianity)
66. I never get ready in the same order in the morning.
67. I like making people laugh.
68. I like to laugh.
69. I don’t mind doing laundry but don't like putting clothes away.
70. I most of the time like staying at home with Kati Ann.
71. It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had.
72. I'm not usually cold natured.
73. To my knowledge I never sucked my thumb.
74. I never wore braces.
75. I wear glasses or contacts for an astigmatism.
76. I took 2 years of Spanish in high school and 4 semesters in college and can't speak a lick.
77. I'm not a big fan of planes.
78. When I was younger my family took a vacation on a Amtrak train
79. I've been to Branson, MO too many times.
80. I get nervous every time I fly.
81. I have great brother.
82. I love looking at pictures.
83. I was spent a summer in San Antonio, TX leading worship and teaching youth Bible Study when I was 20 at 10 different church revivals.
84. My first job was at a Hallmark store when I was 16 and I worked 47 hours a week during the summer.
85. I missed out on being a 16 year old that summer.
86. I’m not a morning person or a night owl.
87. I would rather eat lunch than breakfast.
88. I love eating out.
89. I love to get Dr. Pepper with cherry.
90. My favorite restaurants are: Lee's China in Mt. Pleasant, TX, El Norte in Plano, TX, Papacita's in Longview, TX
91. I almost always order the same thing at each restaurant.
92. Singing or speaking alone in front of people doesn't phase me at all.
93. I prefer the mountains.
94. I think candlelight and firelight are completely romantic.
95. We sleep with a air purifier in our room..
96. I care very little about sports.
97. I really don’t like sad or scary movies.
98. I really like spy movies.
99. Nursing Kati Ann was really easy for me and actually a joy. I did it for 9 months.
100.I’m what I call an undercover introvert. Only those who know me well know that to be true.

I tag Regina, Jennifer & Bonnie.