Monday, November 28, 2011


I have SO much to be thankful for this year and Thaksgiving with my family was just what I needed.  Although I did not take 1 single picture becasue I was too busy soaking up all the family time!

We left on Wednesday and made the long trek down to Texas.  We made our stop in Fort Worth to eat with our dear friends Eric and Lindsey Watson.  I miss those 2 so much and hope that someday they will move back to Kansas so we can have Super Mario Brothers dates again!  We went to Cotton Patch and did not get kicked out this time and all our food was cooked properly!  It was nice to just sit and chill with great friends again.  I wish we could have seen more of our Fort Worth friends but with it being the holidays we were on a tight schedule.

Thursday was the big game and we all headed down to College Station for some tailgating.  The game did not end at all how I would have wanted it to so I not even going to comment about it.  I had a great time with my family and friends at the tailgate and as always soaking up all the Aggie Spirit that I love so much!

Friday it was a girls kinda day with a little Matthew and Ian thrown in the mix.  My mom, Lea, Joe'l, Ashley, Faith, Hayley, Emma, Me  and Matthew and Ian all went to lunch and then some of us headed to Mom and Dad's for a little resting.  We spent that night eating some delicious soup brought out by Jason and Ashley.  It was great getting to know Ashley and Ian a little more.  Can't wait to have them apart of this crazy family.

Saturday was my sister's birthday and we spent that morning with her and then we got on the road to head north.  We wanted to beat the traffic and we kinda did.  We made another stop in Fort Worth to have lunch with Travis and Natalie Riley and her family at Texas Roadhouse for her birthday.  We absolutely love that family and those 2 our some of our closest friends so anytime we get to see them is a blessing.  We look forward to Christmas where we might be able to see them again.  If not it will be a planned trip to San Antonio to see the new house!

All in all we had a great time and I have so much to be thankful for this year.  I didn't get all 30 days of thankfulness but know deep in my heart and am so very thankful for ALL that I have and ALL that is coming up in the next year!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Weekend of Thanks

I am just going to sum up my weekend of thanks with one word....FOOTBALL!  I truly am thankful for football.  It calms my heart, almost gives me a heart attack makes me cry, scream and laugh all at the same time!  It is the craziest thing ever that all those emotions can happen all at the same time.

Saturday was such a great day for me.  My Aggies decided to show up all 4 quarters of the football game against Kansas!  It was great and I hope that they decide to show up for all 4 this Thursday against Texas!  I will always be an Aggie fan whether they are winning or losing.  I bleed maroon and will until the day I die.

I also enjoyed watching Kansas State (my other school but that I don't love near as much as I do A&M) beat Texas for the 3rd straight time!  I would have preferred the offense showing up a little more but a win is a win.  I am proud of those boys to continue to excel even though every week they are the underdog.  Collin Klein is probably one of the best quarterbacks I have seen in some time.  He truly leaves EVERYTHING out on that field.

The last game of the night that I truly enjoy was watching Baylor beat OU.  I do not root for Baylor very often since I am an Aggie and well you all probably know....But I did on Saturday night.  My best friend is a Baylor Bear and I could not be happier for her and this win.  RG3 is truly a great quarterback and I hope that he continues to excel in his career.  He will be fun to watch on Sundays.  I am thankful that Amber was able to spend such a great game with her sister.  I am sure it made it that much sweeter.  I almost cried for those Bears on Saturday night because they put their whole heart in that game and it showed.

So yes, I am kinda weird that I am thankful for Football, but come on it is such a crazy intense game to watch!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Day 18-Memories

Today I am thankful for memories.  Even those this memories still breaks my heart it is something that  changed my life forever. I will never forget the 12 fallen Aggies from 12 years ago.  I may not have known any of them but they were family.  May you never be forgotten.  We are the Aggies, the Aggies are we.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 14, 15 and 16

I know I know I am bad at keeping up with this but I am trying :)

Emma and Haylea at an A&M Game in pouring down rain.

Day 14-Nieces and Nephew
My nieces and nephew are super awesome.  They make me laugh and make my heart smile so much when I am around them.  I can't wait to see them next week when I am in Texas.  They are growing up so fast some days I wish that I could just keep them where they are!  I can't believe that Faith will be a teenager next year!  I can still remember her being a little baby.  And Matthew is growing up to be such a young man.  Haylea and Emma are like 2 peas in a pod and I love seeing those 2 play together.  I can't get over how much they have grown up and as much as I don't like to see I can't wait to see what the future holds.

Haylea and Emma playing in the sand pile at Nanny and PawPaw's house

Day 15-People I work with
I really do love the people I work with.  They are kind, understanding and generally have my back.  I do miss my Cassie though and our long wonderful talks we would have in our office but I have gained some great friends here and I wouldn't change it for anything.

Faith is growing up so fast!

Matthew and Haylea at the shop.  

Day 16-My phone
I know that seems superficial maybe but I am thankful that I have a phone that keeps me connected to the people I care for the most.  I am far away from my family so it helps knowing they are just a phone call away.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 11, 12 and 13

I am playing catch up since I don't usually blog over the weekend.

Day 11-
I am thankful for my health.  I don't have any major health problems and I am thankful for that.  I try pretty hard to eat healthy, work out and stay away from harmful things.

Day 12-
Thankful for days filled with friends and family.  My sister and brother-in-law were in town over the weekend and I had a great time with them.  We laughed, laughed, and laughed some more.  We made great memories that will last a life time.

Day 13-
I am thankful for lazy Sundays spent on my couch watching Lifetime movies by myself so no one makes fun of me.  It helps that it is hunting season and Matt was gone so it was just me and the 3 animals being super lazy and I loved it!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day 10-Laughter

I am so thankful that there is laughter in this world.  There is so much pain but above all of that there is laughter.  If you have ever heard a baby have a real belly laugh then you know what pure happiness is.  I wish we could all go back to the days of the full on belly laugh and maybe this world would be a better place.... actually I know it would be a better place.

Here are a few things that have made me laugh lately!

This is totally my Rocky!

I am sure there are more things but for some reason I can't remember any of them right now!  Anyway, share with me something that has made you laugh or smile lately!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Day 8-Friends and Day 9-My job

I am so thankful for all my friends.  The one's that are close and the ones that live far away.  I wish that i could see them more often but unfortunately I can't.  If I were rich I would own a private jet and go visit my friends ALL the time!

My closest friends have held me up in some of my lowest times.  They have encouraged me to keep going when I wanted to give up and they have continued to love me when I didn't deserve it.

Day 9-My job

I am thankful for my job because it pays the bills....some of them :)  But seriously I love what I do and I love where I am at.  There are some days that are hard to keep going but I always remember that I am helping someone reach their goal.  I don't always get thanked but the times that I do make everything worth it.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Day 7-Clean house and Laundry

Ok so this may not be a big deal to some but it is to me.  A clean house means that I have a roof over my head and a clean laundry means that I have clothes to wear and I am very thankful for both of those.

Yesterday after church, I cleaned my house and sometimes it can be a pain but when it is done it just makes the day seem so much better.  I love the way a clean house smells, how it looks and how it feels.  I am thankful that I am able to have a wonderful house that I get to clean because many people do not have this luxury.

I love the smell of clean clothes and clean sheets.  I love that I am worthy enough to have clothes to clean and sheets to sleep on.  I am beyond blessed even when I forget about these sometimes.

I am only on day 7 and it has made me more aware of all the things that I truly have to be thankful for.

Day 6-Freedom

Today I am thankful to live in America and to be free.  I am thankful to all the soldiers and their families that sacrifice so much for me and the rest of the nation.

To many people don't thank soldiers or their families for all that they give up.  And it makes my heart hurt when this happens.  There are too many people in this nation that complain about what our soldiers are doing yet the reason they can complain is because of a soldier.  People need to remember all that has been sacrificed for each one of us.

So today...and everyday I am thankful for my freedom and for the soldiers and their families that sacrifice it all for me.

Day 5-InLaws

Sorry these are late I don't use the computer on the weekends to blog.

Day 5
I am thankful for my in-laws.  My mother and father in-law have been such a blessing to Matt and I in the this transition of moving back to Kansas and getting settled into a new house.  Even when we lived in Texas they always made an effort to come and visit us to helps us feel close.  And they even make me my own apple pies :)

Chris-my brother-in-law is such a hard worker and a great provider to my sister and Emma.  Our family was blessed when this long haired bandanna wearing boy came into our lives.

Nick and Elora have also been blessings to me and I am thankful they are in my life also.  Things can be rough with siblings and I might take things a little too much to heart but in the end I am still very thankful for them both.

And sometime in the future when my brother gets his act together I will be adding another sister to the family.  I am overjoyed to add Ashley to the mix and can't wait for the holidays so that I can get to know her more!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 4-My Awesome Hubby

Today I am thankful for my hubby-Matt.  He is truly my better half...although don't let him know that!  He has been there for me through thick and thin and lots of laughs and tears.  Through it all he has never stood in front of me or behind me, he has always been beside me.

As some of you that know me, I am not the easiest to get along with. I can be pretty sensitive and take what other people say to heart and then I turn around and take it out on Matt.  Weird thing is is that he had NOTHING to do with it in the first place, and you know what this man does...he smiles through it and tells me he loves me.  Which kinda makes me mad but only for a second.  I can be ungrateful at times but that does not keep him from doing wonderful things for me.  I can be mean for no reason and the most loving wife 2 seconds later (and no this does not happen all the time, I am usually a pretty fun person to be around) and yet he still loves me.

He has been my rock, he has been my voice when I could not say what was on my heart, he has been my shoulder to cry on, and has been the laughter I needed when the days were pretty dark.  I love him more and more everyday and I can not wait for our journey to continue.  I feel truly blessed to call this wonderful man my husband and I so thankful for him and should probably tell him more :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 3-Siblings

Today I am thankful for my siblings.  Lea, Joe'l and Jason are super crazy but I love them all!

Lea and I have had our ups and downs but in the end she is my best friend.  I am sure I hated her in high school and probably a little through college but even then I loved her.  She has been with me when I feel in love and when I got my heart broke.  She stood next to me as I married the most wonderful man, and she is my best cheerleader through the storms we call life.

Joe'l and I did not grow up together but spent some weekends as kids together.  She has grown to be a great friend and she is such a great mom.  She has kept me from doing some pretty stupid things and I can't thank her enough.

Jason....well what I can I say about him.  We did not grow up together since he is the oldest and I am the baby :) But I am truly thankful for him and the life that he leads now.  He has become and amazing man and I can't wait to see what the future holds for him.

We are all a little crazy but we are all AWESOME!  I would not be where I am today if I did not have these 3 in my life.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness...Let's GO!

I am challenging myself to blog the 30 things I am thankful for so here it goes (there will be 2 today since it is the 2nd)

Day One

I am thankful for my God.  I am thankful that I was introduced to Him and that He has been so wonderful to me. I am thankful that He gave His son for me and loves me day in and day out.  I can't thank Him enough for the wonderful blessing He has given me, especially since I do not feel worthy enough for them.  I am so thankful He loved us enough to give the ultimate sacrifice.

Day Two

I am thankful for my parents.  I was not the easiest person to get along with nor am I now the easiest person to get along with but they still love me (sometimes, just kidding).  My mom and dad gave up so much for us kids and we probably never thanked them enough.  Weekend trips to gymnastics meets, school functions, money here and money there, they gave and gave to us and in return they raised some pretty darn good kids if I have to say so myself :)  I hope that one day when I am a mom I can be half the mom mine was to me.  And no dad out there holds a candle to my dad.  He is super awesome, gave so much more to Lea and I than I could ever imagine and he did it all because he loved us.  We were not his blood but we were his heart and that is all that mattered to him.  My parents are pretty awesome, so if you don't know them you should and if you do you are pretty darn lucky!  Love you guys.