Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
We love you Molls, this is for you.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I wanted to learn how to make eyes "sparkle" so I googled, Photoshop Elements eyes and found some helpful information here. Here is a before and after of Lily using the techniques I found and a few other touches I added myself!
Look at those eyes sparkle! I know what you are thinking, She really is the cutest baby in the world. Told you.
Gotta go! So much to learn and so little time!!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Okay not really. But, WOW what a difference! We got a few other pictures that I can't post without permission to do so. I'll see what I can do. We had some pretty good laughs. Houston has a little too much fun while shaving and comes out to show me the different "designs" he's come up with. But the best of all is the good ol' stache. Oh it cracks me up everytime. There is something about a stache that is hilarious and disgusting at the same time. I had the camera out and ready. We got to laughing and really got some good ones then. It's funny already but add Houston cracking up and you've got a doozy.
The next day when Houston got home from work, Lily and I were playing in the living room anxiously awaiting his arrival. Houston was anxious to see her and see if she would react at all. And she did! But it was so sweet. She was patting his face and touching his lips like she was discovering something new. She didn't act like she didn't know him at all. In fact she smiled at him even more and just kept looking at him and smiling. It was almost like she was saying, "Oh Dad, you shaved again" while she patted his face. It was a hit and Houston was beaming.
Moral of the story, Always listen to your wife.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Just a note: I had to repost all of the old posts when I recently updated the blog template. I lost the original post dates (plus everyone's sweet comments) so that is why each of the older posts say, original post date... yada yada. Also, please look for Lily's page, (our baby) to be updated soon where you can find all things lily!
Lily was mesmerized by her Grandma's shirt! Our little pumpkin is 3 mths old! She is getting to be so much fun and we love to make her smile & giggle!!
After the concert we got cotton candy and headed for the rides. We decided to look for the most extravagant and thrilling ride we could find. We definitely found it and let me just say that I enjoy this kind of thing, even that tiny bit of fear is fun to me. However, as this ride began and I was thrust 165ft high in the air overlooking what seemed like all of Texas, I felt more than just a tiny bit of fear. In fact, I was terrified and in tears! When it was over, it literally took me about an hour to recover. I think I was in shock. After recovering I had somehow convinced myself it was so much fun and the best ride ever. We spent the night in Dallas and had fun the following day doing some shopping and piddling around. There is a point to this story, sort of. Basically it was a really memorable trip for me at a time when I needed it. I felt like we were two kids on a romantic and fun date to the fair complete with cotton candy and Jessica Simpson. It helped me to relax a little and remember to enjoy Houston and our time together, just the two of us. Also, it was that weekend I realized that we had failed at our attempt to conceive for the twenty fifth time and I was in desperate need of a distraction...
After saying our goodbyes on Sunday to Blake & Shelly we decided to drive over to the Eagle Crest Mill for lunch. It was a really pretty area close to Beaver Lake. I got a couple of shots of H very entrigued with the mill.
We had such a fun time with our friends and spending some quality time together as well! I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and...Merry Christmas!
Houston is building his parent's new house in between our house and their old house. There is about ten acres between us now, but soon there will only be five. Yikes! They're gaining on us! Just kidding. I couldn't ask for better inlaws and having them close by has been nothing but a blessing. The framing on the new house had just begun and I decided I would walk through the pasture to see the progress and see just how close they would be.
There is a gate that separates their land from ours (and keeps the cows in). Speaking of the cows, I still get a little nervous walking through the pasture when they're out there. They just stare at me in a creepy I'm about to charge you sort of way and sometimes after I walk passed them they start following me. I don't really like that. Thankfully, on this particular morning they were all cozied up together by the barn and didn't have any aspirations to move.
Standing at the gate, I could barely see the frame of the house through the fog. To get an idea of where our house is from theirs, here is a shot of our house from the gate.
I really am excited about their new house. My mother-in-law is a wonderful cook and host and she has spent many years with quite a small kitchen. Her new house has an amazing kitchen that she, along with the help of an architect, designed especially for baking and entertaining. It is going to be really great. I am also really excited for my father-in-law. He seems to be really excited about the new place and I think coming home to a nice new house will be very relaxing for him. Here is a shot of what the house looked like that morning.
As I walked back to our house the fog had cleared. It was such a beautiful morning. It reminded me how refreshing it can be to spend time outside when it is pretty like that.
Funny thing #1.
So funny thing #2.
I am not even joking. They played 2 on 2 Saturday night for hours. And it was like tackle basketball or something. Thankfully though no one got too out of hand or crazy. On top of that, there is no telling how many games of Pig & Horse were played. I played three games with Shaquille and I beat him twice!! I asked him if he was letting me win and he said no. Probably was though.
Here is H & Shaq in action.
Funny thing #3.
Saturday night I had been cooking dinner for our 4 guys, 2 guys from next door and Houston. I went to tell them it was ready and discovered all 7 of them completely glued to the TV and I kid you not, they were watching Spongebob Square Pants, The Movie. It was a pretty funny sight. I sat down for a second next to Houston and told him dinner was ready. He said, "Okay, this is almost over". So I watched the rest of it with them. Have you seen it? I mean just to be quick, the ending involved David Hasslehoff carrying Spongebob across the ocean and then launching him back to his home under the sea via the muscles in his chest. I mean where do they come up with this stuff? And why were they watching that?
Last, Funny thing #4.
This is John.
You might remember him from the Leprechaun video? He was recently nominated for a few things for the senior class nominations. I listed them on the photo above. John wore this thick, flannel work shirt the entire time he vacuumed the living room and cleaned his room while continuing to say, "Burr, it's cold in here". He then insisted that I take this picture of him in front of the pond while he pretended it was really cold outside. However, it had to be well into the 90s. Best of luck to you, John with the nominations and all. But I think they forgot one.
Just kidding. He's not crazy.
Well we sure had a fun time with all the guys this weekend. After dinner on Saturday night Cody came over and watched a movie (not spongebob) with John and H & I . Cody is the only guy left from our house when we were there as houseparents. We love Cody. He's a great guy and really sweet. And a little goofy too. It was nice to hang out with him for a while. Again I have to give props to John and Katrina who are the houseparents of the Liddel house. They are truly amazing and give so much to their boys. I think they are going on close to 10 yrs there. Pretty amazing.
Whew. That was a long post.
Aren't they cute? (Drew is on the left & Matt is on the right.) I just love them so much. We all got together on Sunday night at Texas Roadhouse for some peanuts & rolls with honey butter, oh yeah. It was really nice to see my family. My Dad & brothers are pretty much silly & goofy most of the time so it was a night of throwing peanut shells at each other, jokes & movie lines. Lots of movie lines. I used to be able to keep up but now I don't even know half of the movies they are talking about. I am really proud of both of my brothers. Drew will graduate soon from UCO with a degree in Industrial Safety. He is very interested in being a firefighter. Matt has just been accepted into the Oklahoma City Police Academy. I am very proud of him. He has worked really hard for this and has had a long time goal of becoming a police officer. Happy Birthday M & D, I love ya!