Sunday, December 28, 2008

And continues!

Well there they are. The three most precious people in my life. Elise on the far left is 4 now and she honestly is so special. The day she was born I knew that she was going to keep us in stitches and that she would bring a smile to many people's faces. For Christmas she got a plastic 3 foot tall pony from my parents and her reaction was priceless. I love her to pieces.

Elijah is 9 months old tomorrow. Upon arriving on Santa's lap he automatically reached up and pulled on his beard to check and see if it was real. He is an incredibly happy baby, who also happens to be the cutest little boy I have ever seen (I am not biased!). I can't wait to see his personality develop. Although it is evident he likes music. His favorite song of the moment is Jason Mraz's -I'm yours. As soon as he hears the words he starts grooving!

Isabelle is 6 and she will always hold a special place in my heart. Being the first grandchild in a family makes it that way automatically. I bonded with her more than I have gotten to with the others because I got to watch her half days a couple of days a week for the first 9 months of her life. She is the "big sister" to all.
Christmas was good, not great as I feel this season went by WAY too fast. I never got to drive around looking at lights, or enjoy making Christmas candy with my family. With this new job and the weather being what it has been I feel like life has been a little hectic. I'm sorry to those of you who have been trying to call and hang out. I am going to do better:)
Life is full of transitions right now. I am watching more and more friends get engaged, have babies, start new exciting jobs, move to new homes....whatever. This time of year is always a little hard with that. Trusting God is something I have to remind myself of daily. I know that he has a million plans for me and I really do believe they are greater than I can imagine. I know I need to be ready, willing and able to go and do as he plans when the call comes. That doesn't always make the waiting easier. I also know I can't just sit at home, in the corner and expect change to happen. I also know that I have A LOT to be thankful for right now. And I am...thankful.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Well, I watched this movie for the first time ever last night. I was pretty impressed. I love Christmas movies. My parents started the tradition a long time ago. We watched a Christmas movie every year on Christmas Eve. Now as I've gotten older I have become quite attached to watching as many Christmas movies as I can each holiday season. The list of favorites includes: Elf, Love Actually, Little Women, The Grinch, Miracle on 34th Street, The Family Stone, Prancer, The Holiday, and of course my personal favorite A Christmas Story! There are so many memories attached to times watching those movies and just spending time with my family. I love this time of year.

The first week at my new job went pretty well. I say that now that the week has passed. I was late my first two days and had pretty much a 2 hour commute to work every day with at least an hour and a half on the way home. I can't wait until this summer when I will be moving much much closer!!! I decided to write personalized notes to the old co-workers so not to bore anyone (if there is anyone) who reads this with information about people they don't know.

I got the Casting Crowns Christmas CD yesterday and might I just say it is probably one of the best overall Christmas Cds I have ever heard! I can't believe Christmas is almost here. I have SO much to do to get ready as we will be hosting in my apartment. I think we are going to be having about 13 people or so! Also, I get to puppy sit for my brother's friends. I will be having a 3 month old Boxer puppy over Christmas. I can't wait! Hopefully he will wear Jada out! Merry Christmas to you! May you truly experience the joy that this time of year is meant to bring! Blessings.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Free Dog!!

Looking for a cute puppy for Christmas? Worried about the potty training? Looking for a breed that will be good with kids? Well I may have the answer for you. I have a 2 year old Puggle that needs a new home. She's potty trained, GREAT with kids and is pretty much the cutest dog ever seen (as evidanced by the picture at left.
In all honesty, Jada is not up for least not today:) Sometimes though I question when she will ever grow out of her puppy stage. I remember when I first went to the pet store, before Jada arrived from Oklahoma. I told some people there that I was getting a puppy, and when they asked "what kind?", I excitedly replied "A PUGGLE!!!" (for those of you who don't know, a puggle is a cross between a pug and a beagle...there is absolutely no poodle involved). The responses usually were something to the sort of "good luck" or "best wishes". I thought people were just being nice. That was, until Jada arrived.
As stated above, she is adorable. She is SO great with kids which is a nice break from the Cocker Spaniels we had growing up. The problem is...she is hyper. Imagine if you will, a 5 year old, Halloween night at about 9pm...hyped up on sugar. This is Jada on your average day. Since getting her she has, broken 2 retractable leashes and a heavy duty re enforced metal chain. She has actually jumped out of a moving vehicle while driving down a very busy highway. She has gotten loose(see broken leash example above) on 2 softball fields (while games are being played) and in one case it took 3 full teams to catch her. She has chewed up at least 10 pairs of shoes, lost numerous mittens and as of this week my dad's prescription bifocals (why a 48 year old wears bifocals is beyond me).
The thing is, as I am sure at this point most of you are asking why I still have this dog, I love her. There is nothing like coming home after a busy day and having her greet me at the door. She has been waiting for that moment all day. She gets up with me every morning and waits ever so patiently for me to leave for work, so she can go back to bed. She sits on my lap and lets me know that there is no other person in the world that she loves as much as me. Now, I will say it. I am a dog person. I have loved dogs for as long as I can remember and my life feels somewhat incomplete without one in my life. This dog though, has been the absolute best...and hardest pet I have ever had.
Friday was my last day at Riverside. Saying goodbye to my coworkers was harder than I anticipated. There were some tears and one of my friends, who I expected to be the last to cry... had to be consoled in the hall. I know there will be things I miss. Saying goodbye is so not easy for me. I am excited to start my new job on Monday and know I will create new relationships there, I will just miss all of our inside jokes. I will miss so many things. And tomorrow I think I shall write a blog about a few of them. For now, it is off to bed.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It's been awhile...

This picture is for Conni Jean! I know how much you miss the snow sometimes, and to be honest I completely understand why. Even after my evening commute took me 2.5 hours on Monday night. I LOVE SNOW! I think if I am ever to move away, I will have to visit home during the winter, just to enjoy the beauty and fun of snow.
So, it is finally here. My last week at Riverside and I couldn't be more ready. I will miss my co-workers and some of my customers. Saying goodbye is never easy for anyone but I feel that I tend to become attached to a lot of people and saying goodbye is about as hard for me to do as giving up baseball would be (please note the word about in this sentence).
Things spiritually have been a little hard lately. As many of you know, I have been attending a small church for the last 2 years now. My brother and Anna got me started, as they lead the worship and were looking for help. I have SO enjoyed worshiping with them and watching the church as more and more people are coming. The church truly has a special purpose. My trouble has been, that I am not connecting. The people are very nice and I do enjoy seeing them weekly, but I have not found any relationships that I really "click" in. This is hard for me because clicking with people has never been a problem for me. I tend to get along with pretty much everyone and find lasting friendships wherever I go. It is just hard to not fit in and I am not sure how to make that happen...believe me, I've tried. So, with all of that being said...I am pretty sure that within the next few months I will be trying to find a new church. I have been praying about it and will continue to do so but this is where I am at right now.
I have to go now as Jada is literally attacking me and driving me CRAZY. She is over 2 now and still acts like such a puppy....and to think, I am thinking of getting another one! HAHA, we'll see. God bless your day!