Finally some time..

•Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • 2 Comments

I’ve wanted to sit down and write for the last week I just haven’t found the time. There’s been quite a bit to tell. Between several Bachlorette Party’s, Wedding Showers, yard work, hanging out with friends, church stuff, our weekends have been packed!

I wish I could just sit down every day and write a quick little post and add a couple pictures and be done with it but it doesn’t quite seem to work for me.

Last weekend I had a really eventful weekend with some college girl friends. My good friend Alison is getting married in June so we had a big weekend for her. Saturday we were treated to an afternoon at the Spa thanks to Toni! Then we went to dinner and out to Ernie Biggs, a Chicago Style dueling piano bar. We had a great time and it felt like we were back at college. Sunday we had a shower for her and she got some really good stuff. We got to meet her fiancés mom and sister. Alison’s getting ready to move back to Kansas City next week so one by one all the girls are moving away. It’s amazing how fast time fly’s. It just feels like yesterday when we were all living together our sophomore year of college. I’m so happy for Alison and Reid is such a great guy, I wish I would’ve gotten to know him more when I was in college. All I know is that Reid treats Alison with great love and respect and that’s what Al deserves! I couldn’t be happier for her.

Saturday we also purchased Mario Kart for the Wii. Mark was pretty excited and we spent Saturday evening playing with Terra & AJ. I was super excited because for once there was a video game that I was better than Mark at. He couldn’t figure out how I was so good. Playing Mario Kart brings back a lot of child hood memories for Mark. 🙂

Last weekend we had a cram packed weekend with Church stuff. Our church is getting ready to build. We are maxed out of space with classrooms. Currently our young couple’s class is meeting in the hall way of the offices. Sunday was the kick off to our capital campaign. We had a big service and had a ton of events after church. It was a beautiful day and it looked like people had a lot of fun. Mark was involved in a tug of war like I’ve never seen it was a close one!


All the BBQ your heart desires…

•Wednesday, April 23, 2008 • 1 Comment

This weekend we had gorgeous weather and Mark and I took advantage of that. Friday night we watched “Into the Wild” with some friends of ours and it was a very interesting movie. You can defiantly get something out of it. The life this guy set out to lead for a specific part of his life was incrediable. A lot of people I know have read the book and they say it’s a really good read. I would defiantly suggest watching the movie. Very interesting.

Saturday we went to Rock n’ Ribs. For those of you who don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, every year many organizations get together and host a BBQ competition. All the procedes got to a couple different children organizations here in Springfield. Friday night they do a VIP night where all the competitors come in a cook for specific people. Saturday the open it up to the public and for $5-$7 you get in and get to sample all of the cooks BBQ. There are generally about 60 booths and each of them cook pulled pork and brisket. Needless to say by the time you get around to about half of the booths you are stuffed! It’s amazing how quickly you can fill up with the meat shots (Kyle, Mark’s cousin, gave them that name). Mark knew someone from Toastmasters who worked for one of the children’s organizations and had asked us if we wanted to volunteer so Mark and I helped at the main gate in the morning and then met up with Kyle, Amy, Megan (Kyle’s cousin), Carmen (Megan’s roommate), and Adrian (Kyle & Amy’s daughter). They are getting ready to move so it was nice to spend some time with them before they offically leave town. Kyle said he’s going to try and make sure he gets a work trip scheduled next year so that he can come and attend Rock n’ Ribs ’09. Mark and I got sun burnt on our necks and my started to peel yesterday. It’s always that first sunny day of spring that gets ya.

Sunday we enjoyed more of the nice weather to go see the Springfield Cardinals. Mark Mulder was pitching a rehab game in Springfield so it was a nice day to go see a major leaguer. It was a great game and the Cardinals won, you couldn’t have asked for much better. I was kind of hesitant about baseball season being here given that my football seemed fly by, but while we were at the game I realized that I was happy to have it here. It really gives Mark and I a chance to get out and enjoy sports together at an affordable price. That is the down side to football, less games and more expensive tickets.

Hope everyone had as an enjoyable weekend as we did. Don’t forget World Malaria Day this Friday!! $10 for one net!

World Malaria Day – April 25th

•Tuesday, April 22, 2008 • 3 Comments

World Malaria Day is this Friday, April 25th.

Malaria is the number on killer in Africa. What’s crazy about it is, is that it’s totally preventable. If any of you watched Idol Gives Back, one of their segments had Elliot Yamine and he went to Africa to hand out nets. This is how we prevent Malaria from spreading even further in the country of Africa. For just $10 you can purchase a bed net that will sleep up to four people in it and can last up to four years.

I’m on a team with my best friend through a website Nothing But Nets. Nothing But Nets is a grassroot organization trying to spread the word about the effects of Malaria and how it’s so easy for us as ordinary, every day people to help fight this cause. Just think $10 can help. If you would like to donate you can got to the link above and search for the Buzz Killers.

Mom would be proud…

•Thursday, April 17, 2008 • 2 Comments

This weekend was packed for me. I had a Bachlorette Party, a Shower, was helping out with some stuff for another Bachlorette Party in two weeks and had a good friend from college in town. Because of some of my other obligations I didn’t get to spend as much time with my friend Mall from College. I wish I would have been able to see her more than I did but she’ll be up again for the other Bachlorette Party and Shower in two weeks. I don’t think I sat down the whole weekend until Sunday even and I was out when I did.

Friday I got a text from one of the girls I had in Disciple Now letting me know that a couple of them were going to be in town for a soccer tournament. It was extremely cold and windy all weekend and Friday night was no exception. Mark was not to excited to go sit out in the weather and watch a soccer game but given the great husband he is we suffered through it with me. It was so good to see some of the girls and I think they were pretty surprised to see me and Mark at the game. I felt so sorry for them because the weather was not too easy on them. They had to play at 8:30 the next morning and then had to play at 1:00 in the sleet.

The other night after coming home from working out I got out in the yard and helped Mark with some stuff. We’ve tried to transplant some of the sod we’ve dug up in the back so that we don’t have to purchase much more, we also got quite a bit from our neighbor who dug some up due to putting in a couple trees. I say my mom would be proud because she never saw me out in the yard when I was at home. I think she would be surprised to see me out getting my hands dirty. It’s defiantly a little more motivating now that we have a house and knowing that unless we don’t put the work in ourselves our house is bound to look very bland. It also makes me feel bad to let Mark put in all the hard work himself.

I’ll leave you with a pretty fun photo of the D-Now girls…mind you this picture was taken Sunday morning at about 8:00 after loosing an hour of sleep that weekend.  I was blown away by their energy.

I do feel the pressure…

•Monday, April 7, 2008 • 1 Comment

Ok so I’ve been a bad blogger lately.  I do appreciate the comments though.  I always wonder if people read.  I feel loved that the three of you care to read what I have to say.  I will try and do better for you all but I’m not promising anything.  If anything I’ll try and post some pictures if nothing else. 


Work has started to pick up so that is why there is a lack of posting.  By the time I get home I’m either at aerobics class, church or not wanting to sit in front of the computer.  Usually tonight I’d be at aerobics but there is a big conference here in town that our office his helping with so I’ve been there till 6 helping people sign in.  It’s been a long day and I have a feeling I’ll be worn out tomorrow. 


I guess there’s been a lot going on since I last posted but I’ll spare you the long ramblings of what Mark and I have been up to.  We’re getting into wedding season and I’ve got a couple showers to attend and throw in the next month.  It’s always an exciting time of year, Mark and I are just happy we don’t have to worry about attending as many weddings as we did last year. 


This last weekend we went to Lowe’s with my mom and got some plants for the yard.  It’s nice to have some color in front of our house.  They are pretty small plants and we’ll be excited to see them grow and the front of our house start to look finished.  I’ll leave you some pictures of Mark’s garden.  He started it Easter weekend when Mark’s parents were in town.  I was super excited! 


Why I take photos…

•Thursday, February 21, 2008 • 3 Comments

A friend of mine stumbled upon this blog, she’s always searching for photographers blogs and I’ve copied several of the links she’s found onto my blog roll. It’s nice to look at other people’s passion for photography. Of course they are all much better than I am but hopefully one day as I practice more it will seem to come that naturally to me as well.

This blog that my friend came across yesterday is a photographer out of Australia, she’s a mother, and loves taking pictures of her children. You don’t have to look at the blog that long to figure that out. If you have some time I would highly recommend starting back in 2006 when she started writing and read all of her post.

Not to give away her story but Sheye Rosemeyer had 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, and you can’t help but notice how many pictures she had of her middle daughter Ava. Gorgeous children with some of the most beautiful eyes, but in February of last year she lost her middle daughter Ava in a freak accident. It is kind of interesting to think about all the pictures she had of her and why she always seemed to be snapping pictures of her and not necessarily the other children. She talks about now looking back she wished she would have put her camera down a lot of the times and played with her rather than taking pictures but she also realizes what a precious gift it is to have all of those photos, every expression of her daughter captured in different photographs.

After reading her story I couldn’t help but think…this is why I take photos. I’ve not had anything such as tragic happen to me but just the simple fact of having still images of different parts of my life to look back on seems so great. Our wedding was a perfect example of that. We’ve sat down once to watch our wedding video but I find myself a lot of times going back through all the pictures we have and letting those images take me back to such a great time in our lives. Most of mine and Mark’s family joke that I’m going to go crazy taking pictures whenever Mark and I decide to have kids and I probably will, but reading Sheye Rosemeyer’s story just justifies that craziness even more to me. You never can tell what’s going to happen in life and to have all of those images to be reminded of things that occur in your life seems pretty priceless to me.

Life is Good

•Friday, February 15, 2008 • 2 Comments
Some how this always gets away from me and I some how can’t ever find time to sit down and just write. When I do find the time I usually see that I have a lot to talk about.
Update on my job. As of right now I’m going to be staying in my current job. So that is good news. It’s always difficult starting something new especially with something I don’t have much experience in.
Last weekend my parents called and asked if we wanted to drive up to St. Louis on Friday night and meet them and my nephew Easton. He was with them for the weekend and they decided they would do something a little different. So Saturday we went and spent the day at the Science Center and then went to eat at Fitz’s. Fitz’s is famous for the root beer and their root beer floats. They were pretty good if I do say-so myself. It was really nice just getting to spend some time with Easton and get some fun pictures. Easton’s a pretty good sport about letting me take pictures of him and he’s very photogenic.
Yesterday was Valentines Day; I got my present from Mark on Wednesday. He was in town and came over to have lunch with me and broad me a couple calla lilies. They were beautiful. This weekend we are going to go spend a night in Branson using some of our hotel points. I’m pretty excited to just get away. We’re staying on The Landing and there’s quite a bit of stuff to do.