Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Occupation: Photographer!!!

It's here! It's here! It's here!!!!!
Okay everyone- Go check out my new website:

& tell me what you think!
I am so excited!!!!

Monday, October 29, 2007


I checked Ethan out of school at 11:00 so that we would have time to go eat at his favorite restaurant- Mongolian Buffet City. I let him choose what he would like to eat before he would be restricted from almost everything. We were so sad to see that Buffet City was closed for remodeling.
So, he settled for Subway. Good thing he had a huge bag of Doritos because those are now banned for him.
Poor guy. He was such a trooper! We have heard that the pain will settle in tomorrow.
Keep Ethan in your thoughts next time you chomp on your ice from Sonic, chew gum, or eat pizza that is not cut into pieces (isn't that weird that we have to do that).
He chose Dallas Cowboy colors for the rubber bands around the braces.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

I love every minute that happens between now & New Year's Day. Doesn't life just feel like one big party for a couple of months. There are so many festivities, dinners, parties & programs going on. I just love it! So, here are a few of the pics from our Holiday kick-off at my parent's church Fall Festival.

We've still got it!

What is "it" you ask? My dad & I successfully reached the top of the rock climbing wall at the Fall Festival tonight. So, the "it" that I speak of is the ability to pull our own weight up a plastic wall while everyone below us is watching- hoping we won't fall. I was especially nervous because Donald & the kids were watching me.
I absolutely did not want to wimp out (or crash) in front of them. On a side note- my dad & I both beat the junior high and elementary school kids we were "racing".

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Happy Birthday, Donald!!!

Today is Donald's birthday. We celebrated last night with some of the fam. at Pei Wei. He got some clothes, workout gloves, a gift certificate to Panda Express (our favorite), some $ - but not much else. The big present will come this weekend. We're waiting for Guitar Hero for Wii to come out. He also got his annual prank call from Dale this afternoon. But, lucky for us, those don't just come on special occasions.
I also want to send a shout out to our friends Travis, Julia & Corey who also have birthdays this week. (Saying "shout out' makes me pretty cool or totally lame. I'm betting on the latter of the 2. Donald, we are getting old!)

Sunday, October 21, 2007


Donald, Jeb & Jackie- I have heard the best stories about these 3.

The kids are posing with our sweet friends Avery & Drew at the parade

showing off our newest ACU paraphernalia- Lily Kate is so proud of her cheerleader bear (we named her Gabriella)

Donald was a Subber once upon a time. It doesn't matter how hard all of the other clubs work on their floats... Sub T always steals the show.

"Kojie born and Kojie bred & when we die we're Kojie dead!" This was my favorite chant when I was in club because it is so goofy. I love Ko Jo Kai!

I also love love love these gals- my friends Lisa & Michelle. We have been friends since I was 13 or 14??? They might be the funniest people I know.

We spent some time over at our wonderful friends Chad & Summer's house. Lily had a great time with Ava. Lily throws an "R" in Ava's name to make it more interesting. So, all day we heard "Avra, come here!" Ava called Ethan & Jack her pretend brothers. So cute!

We were blown away (literally- Abilene is so darn windy) by the new sculpture to grace the ACU campus. AWESOME!!!
It was the most perfect weekend. It was great to see old friends. Donald & I are who we are today because of so many of you. (Is that good or bad- just kidding) We are blessed!
To those of you who stopped me and said, "hey- I read your blog..." please make a quick comment on how I can find your blogs too. I would love to check them out. Have a great day! God bless!


Sunday, October 14, 2007

All in the Family

Happy 49th Birthday Dad (tomorrow)!!! I hope the Cowboys win for you tonight!

Check out sweet Layla's shiner...

Lindsey, Sarah & Shawn...

I'm not sure if I have ever blogged about how much I love my family. They are the best. They are all my best friends. I am blessed by them daily. I love my sisters. I love their husbands. I love how we all get along and love to be together. Every time we are together it feels like a party- tons of joking around, laughing, too much eating ... watching the kids together. I love you guys... and I love you- mom & dad for showing us true love and making family a priority. Storks rule!!! (ha ha)
Man- what a cheesy blog.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Sweet Pumpkin Pie

Molly & Lily Kate
I was so blessed to go on a field trip with Lily Kate's Pre-K class today. We visited a PUMPKIN PATCH. The kiddos loved every minute of it. (So did I)

Thank you for inviting us to come, Luke!

Yes, Lil is kissing a donkey.
...and catching a chicken.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Reesie Reesie Ro Ro...

Where you wanna go go?

Bow Heads

After I took Reese's 6 month portraits- I was able to take pictures for BellaReese.com
We also made time for a family picture. Reese is so good- she just went with the flow all day.
Laura- you look beautiful!

Reese is tutu cute!

Hey Laura- here is your sneak peek from yesterday's shoot. I will post more today after I edit them. I had so much fun! She was like our little doll.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

76 THiNGS aBouT Me

1. I am the oldest of 4 girls.
2. Donald is the youngest of 5 siblings.
3. I love big families.
4. I like to wear black.
5. I like to decorate with shades of green: olive, turquoise...
6. I hated chicken until I got married.
7. I can not eat anything on a bone.
8. I spent 3 weeks in Russia when I was 17.
9. All I have to show for it are pictures of the cool people I met there. (No Lenin's tomb... the Russian Ballet...the buildings...nothing)
10. I bungee jumped from 13 stories high.
11. I went to 7 different schools in Elementary. 3 of them were in the 6th grade. My parents liked to move a lot.
12. I loved summer camp.
13. I wish adults could go to camp.
14. I'm not sure if I like being an adult.
15. Don't tell anyone- but I love Grey's Anatomy.
16. I have 1 tattoo.
17. I was president (or VP- I can't remember) of the Art Club in high school.
18. I was 1 of 5 seniors chosen to showcase my art before graduation.
19. I gag easily.
20. Sometimes even the color yellow makes me gag.
21. Cheerleading is the only "sport" I was ever good at.
22. I quit because #1- I was a clumsy gymnast, #2- I am short.So, I was always thrown around and on the top of things. It was scary up there!
23. I am very clumsy in general. And I bruise easily. Those 2 do not make a good combination!
24. I worked as a "mountain guide' on Wilderness Trek Christian Camp for 1 and a half summers.
25. I led the hike to the summit of Mt. Elbert (the highest elevation in the Rocky Mountains) my first week there! We all survived.
26. I love my family.
27. I have been a bridesmaid in 6 (almost 7- sorry Marcey. I regret not going to North Carolina) weddings.
28. I want to go to New York City at Christmas.
29. I want to see a live taping of Saturday Night Live more than I would like to see a Broadway show.
30. My dream vacation is ITALY.
31. My grandmothers (who has been everywhere) says that Spain is the best. So, I'll need to swing by there too.
32. I care way too much what people think about me. I thought as you got older you would care less. I wish that were true.
33. I would like to win the lottery and volunteer at the place of my choice.
34. I buy lottery tickets on my birthday.
35. I am actually surprised when I don't win.
36. I secretly love pop/rap music.
37. I know way to much about music from the 70's. Thanks dad!
38. I wish I could sing.
39. I like to sew.
40. I LOVE to take pictures.
41. I have a collection of antique cameras- I can't find anywhere to display them.
42. I love to go to Canton with my mom or good friends!
43. I enjoy my treadmill time. It's my "me" time.
44. I am horrible with money.
45. I love to travel- wish we could do it more.
46. As of August- I have now been to Disney World 3 times.
47. I have been to the ER 3 times: broken the same arm 2 different times and I actually stuck a screw in my nose (did not mean to laugh so hard that it went up too high). I had to have it "sucked" out.
48. I like to cook, but I do not like to bake. It just makes a big mess and it's not good for you.
49. My mom is a great example of a great homemaker. My sister's & I all try to do things the way she would do them.
50. Wow! I can't believe I've thought of this many things. (no matter how stupid they are)
51. I wanted to be an architect, but there was too much math involved. Darn math.
52. I hate scary movies.
53. I love being a mom.
54. Ethan always makes me proud. Jack always makes me laugh. Lily Kate always makes me think we're doing a good job (she's so sweet!)
55. I drink diet coke in the morning instead of coffee.
56. I want a pool someday.
57. I love to teach women's classes at church, but I am not a good public speaker.
58. I went to a plethora of concerts in high school and college. My favorites were the Cranberries, James Taylor and Pearl Jam.
59. My favorite classes at ACU were Bible, Backpacking, and Canoe/ Camping. What does that say about me?
60. I am 5"3, but I usually say I am 5"4.
61. My sister's and dad all have tattoos.
62. It's hard to think of 100 things.
63. My good friend's sometimes call me "Suz"
64. I drove an Isuzu truck. My dad scratched off the "I" and The "U" for me.
65. I love it when it rains, but I hate driving in it!
66. Donald & I have lived in 4 cities in 10 years.
67. I hate reality T.V., but I watch The Biggest Loser while I walk on the treadmill.
68. Susan means "Lily of the Valley", so- Lily Kate is like my "junior"
69. I think I talk too much.
70. I began college as an Art major, but decided it would take too long to graduate. It was all about getting out for me.
71. My degree is in Elem. Ed.- that was much easier.
72. I am not good at applying make- up.
73. I lived near Philadelphia for 9 or 10 moths. I was baptized there.
74. A new purse makes me feel fancy.
75. I am not afraid of dying. I am afraid of growing old- alone,
76. this is taking too long- I will complete my 100 later.