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What a wonderful Christmas present...

nope, I'm not talking about our house (but that is WONDERFUL, too) - SNOW!!!! Houston had snow, beautiful, white snow!!! We abandoned our dinner when we saw how much it was coming down and stayed outside and had snowball fights and built little snowmen!! Yep - we had that much! We swept it off the tops of cars to do that, but we did it and that's the point!!! You can see all the pictures here, but this was my favorite!



kissing in the snow...


It only lasted for Christmas Eve, but it was so great! No one even wanted to come in to open presents. We filled cups and the boys had snowcones, too! After leaving Michael's grandparents' house we made a trip by starbucks before going to his parents' house with his brother and girlfriend and got apple cider and cocoa...while we were inside the place filled up with firemen! I asked if they brought the whole station over and was informed it was two stations!! They couldn't all fit inside the place at one time! I guess they all…

Attention muggles: Harry Potter VI due July 16

Finally!! About four years ago I read the first of the Harry Potter series and loved it! I couldn't put it down until I had finished. It was the same with all of them. Now, eight years after the first one was written, the sixth book is finally here...well, almost! The first four years a new book came out each year...then J.K. Rowling took three years to get the fifth book out. Now, two years have gone by, but she's finally got book six out. There should be seven books all together, I believe, for Harry's seven years at Hogwarts. These are supposed to be children's books, but I know a lot of adults who are as addicted to them as me!!!

So...I was very happy to see the article this morning with a release date for the newest Harry Potter book - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! If you're a fan like I am you can also set up a reminder with Amazon so they'll notify you when the book is available!

Not doing to well at all!

Nope...not at all! Granted, I've been staying away from the soft drinks, though I'll still have a sip of Michael's sometimes at dinner, but never more than a sip. I get my water like a good little girl and drink down several glasses with my meals. And speaking of meals, they have been good and healthy. We did have fried chicken one night, but I limited how much of it I ate. And while I can say that I have lowered my sweet intake, I have still have sweet intake, which I should have cut out 100%! Michael and I have promised that we're going to start walking/jogging once we get moved and we plan on sticking to that. Again...that's the plan!

I guess it's good that I have cut back on the sweets, but I haven't cut it out the way someone wanting/needing to lose weight should have. We put all the sweets up and said we were going to take them to our family gatherings - let them all pig out on them!!! Last night, though, Michael brought each of us an ice cream sandwhi…

I added a new category to our wedding site...

Grannie's Prayer. My Grannie wrote this for me and Michael on our wedding day and my niece/bridesmaid read it to us during the ceremony with Grannie standing by her side.

I have another poem that a friend from High School wrote for me and Michael, too. It's still at my mother's and everytime I go over I forget to pick it up. I'll have to make sure when I am over there again to get it so that I can post it, too!

Grannie's Prayer

Congratulations Michael and Hanna on your Wedding Day!

Marriage is expressing your sacred vows in the beautiful language of love.
Marriage is sacred because God instituted it and He blessed the home when He made a man and a woman to love and help each other and to have fellowship with Him.
He placed them in a beautiful garden to live and enjoy His creation.

The greatest decision in your life is to trust and accept Jesus as your Savior.
The second greatest decision is choosing whom you will marry. Both decisions will make changes in your daily lives.

Love comes from God because God is love.
The more you love and obey God, the happier your home will be.
Build a circle of love around your home.
Marriage is a life of sharing and love gives you the ability to share.
Love is trusting and understanding.
Love is giving and forgiving. And love strengthens each other.
Love is committing your best to your spouse to reach their best potential in life.
Love helps you discuss everything together hones…

Now it seems I have a little help!

Last night Michael told me we needed to lose some weight...heh, big surprise! Yeah, we both got the bride & groom spread! Well, that's good...if he's on the same page as me it will make it much easier for me. It is easy if he's eating fried food or cookies if I have to abstain. After dinner last night he said he was tired of feeling like this (too full) and announced that from that moment we were going on a diet! After we move I want us to start walking/jogging around the subdivision in the evenings after we get home from work. That will be a good way to not only get in some cardio, but also to meet some of our neighbors, too!

Today is his Christmas luncheon at work so I reminded him to stay away from the sweets. And this morning I started to reach for the goodies on my desk and reminded myself that WE were staying away and I didn't touch them!

Joy! Joy! More training...

we're all having to go through different stages of training for some new procedures here at work. And when I say all, I mean ALL, even our CEO! Well, today I have to go again...there are a few different stages of the training. I think this is the last time I'll have to go, though. I'll be in there from 8:30 till 11:30 today. A coworker and I decided to team up for this one. Last time we did a lot of "group work" in the training. This time I am told we have to do some role playing, so she and I decided we'd rather do that with someone that we know!!! It should be pretty interesting!

So...I have some things to clear off my desk before I head over! Have a good Friday!

We have carpet!!!

I went by the house yesterday (no, I didn't have my camera) and we have carpet!! And blinds!!! Although, the blinds in the dining room are going to have to be replaced. They looked like one side of them had been crushed. If it isn't corrected by our first walk through that will definitely be something we ask to have replaced.

Now, all that's left is to replace and brick the column on the back porch (we asked for a new one b/c the 6x6 was split), to put in the AC unit, to finish the banister on the stairs, and in our bathroom my vanity needs to be finished. And, of course, the appliances need to be put in!!! We're almost there. One week from today we'll be going through our walk through!!! Yesterday our neighbors were having their walk through I believe. The builder and inspector were there with them. There are still several around us that are available. Only about half have been sold.

Update: I started this post early this morning and didn't have time to finish…

We must be getting old!

Last night Michael and I had such a good time. We went out for dinner to celebrate Elaine's birthday! We had a nice group and it was so nice to get to see everyone. I don't get to see the "gaggle" nearly as much as I used to. There is just so much going on every weekend it seems and during the week it's really hard...case in point: last night driving home Michael was dozing and I could barely see the road for yawning every ten seconds!!! Usually during the week I am in bed around 10:00, sometimes earlier. And on nights where I am up later I can really tell it in the morning. I can't believe that. I am only 27 years old...and just two years ago it was nothing for me to be out all weekend, all night long, and get up the next day as if I had slept for 8 solid hours! I guess my body has just got out of the habit, b/c I know it can't be b/c I am old!

Anyway...it was definitely worth it last night b/c we had great food and great company! I hope you really enjoy…

Happy Birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELAINE

Today is Cybertoad's 31st Birthday! Go wish her a good one!

Ack! I haven't got my Christmas shopping done!

We went to shop last night, but Michael and I shop rather differently! He wants to pick up the first thing he sees and check out and be done with it! I have to look - so, new shopping plan! I am doing it all on my own! As a matter of fact I am going to try to get some done during lunch today. I really don't like Christmas shopping...not b/c I don't like getting gifts for people, but I am not one of these that has it all done before the summer is over. I have never done things way ahead of time, but I have always got them done!! Christmas shopping is different, though. It's hard to shop when you have 46763189 other people trying to do the same thing!Sheesh! Maybe since we'll have more storage once we move (16 more days!!!) I will try to buy early. My problem is I can't keep things. If I buy you something I want to give it to you right away...maybe hiding it in a closet somewhere will keep me from doing that and now I'll actually have those closets to hide things…

Didn't exactly have the will-power that I needed.

And not really at our Christmas get-together (which was a lot of fun), the problem was the gifts I got from vendors! I got a big box of chocolate cookies & a big sleigh filled with Mrs. Field's goodies! I took it home to share with Michael and ended up snacking on some of the goodies myself. Ugh! I should just tell him to take it all to work with him and get it out of the house! Goodies are everywhere this time of year...it's hard to get away from them! I need to get some healthy snacks to munch on at home - maybe then I wouldn't be so tempted to get into the goodies that are sitting out on the cabinet so easily accessible!

Well, things are about to get really busy b/c I have to get my butt in gear and get my Christmas shopping done - so maybe I won't have the time to stop and taste the candies!!! Let's hope!

It was our Christmas Party!

Yeah, that's a good excuse, huh??? This is why it's so hard to start getting strict during the holidaze! We had our Christmas Luncheon for work on Wednesday at Pappadeaux. Dinner was delicious and then we were served dessert...yes, I had one, but I only ate half. Granted it was half a piece of Praline Cheesecake - should have only had one bite! Other than that I have warded off all temptations. And today at lunch I drank diet instead of regular coke, just added a bit of lemon to it! I don't know why, but my taste for diet coke comes and goes. Sometimes I can drink it fine and it even keeps my stomach full, but other times I can't even get it down. Usually out of the fountain is better, except at Sonic. For some reason their diet coke tastes very, very bad!

Tomorrow is our family Christmas get-together up in East Texas. We're doing brisket, chicken, sausage, beans, & potato salad this year - hey, we're in Texas, BBQ is big! Now don't get me wrong, I do l…

Christmas Quiz!

You are the Christmas Ball.


What Christmas Ornament are you?
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I did this quiz last year and I was Christmas Lights...hmmm, guess I have changed some over the year!

It's so BIG!!!!

We have been waiting on our new 21" monitors forever it seems...well, they finally arrived today! Only, HPs had been ordered...not what we got - though I am still very, very pleased! I had heard that HP was way behind on orders for some reason. I guess they got tired of waiting and cancelled that order and bought these instead! It's HUGE! I had to push it way to the back of my desk b/c I felt like it was towering over me!! Hee hee! How exciting! I wish I had one like this at home. Actually, I would like a flat panel at home...but then I would have to buy a desktop first...I use a laptop at home. It's 17", still pretty good size for a laptop.

Well, it's getting to be about that time...gonna run!

So far...so good!

Well, I made it through yesterday without any sweets or cokes! I had tea sweetened with Sweet 'n Low and even though I really, really wanted dessert I passed...and though I wanted cookies at home I passed...and then realized I really didn't want them that bad when it wasn't a big deal to pass them up! We ate Mexican food last night so I did have chips, but the bit of cheese on my meal was the only bad thing and I didn't finish half my plate so I was okay there, too! Today for lunch I have left stew that I had made at home...

Water - that's what I really need to load up on! I haven't been drinking more than one glass of water daily! It's a bigger glass than just 8 ounces, but it still isn't enough. I heard once that you should divide you weight by two and that's how many ounces of water you should drink everyday! Man - that's a lot of water!!!! :) I have been taking allergy medicine and it actually suppresses my appetite some and makes my mouth dr…

Wow! Almost two months...

I can't believe that I have gone so long without updating around here...well, actually I can. I haven't been good and I haven't felt good about that so posting only magnified that.

I am going to have to get serious about posting in here more and being accountable. Since the wedding and the honeymoon and then house-hunting and now the holidays and moving at the end of the month, my excuse-cup has just been overflowing!! Well, it's time to get passed that and do something about it. I think I am at my heaviest right now...and that doesn't make me feel very good about myself. I am a newlywed, I should be happier than I am. Don't get me wrong, I am very happy in my marriage and with everything that is going on in my life right now, I am just not happy at all with my body.

I can't blame anything on hormones, but I know since I got started on birth control it's been harder and harder to get any weight off...so I have decided that when I go back to my doctor I a…

We had a pretty emotional weekend.

Friday Michael left straight from work to head out to the deer lease. I got home, took care of the dogs, and started on my list of things I had to get done for the evening. After taking care of some stuff and fixing a quick dinner I sat down to watch television - not long after that my mother called to tell me that my Grannie had been taken to the emergency room.

Okay, let me give you some background: My Grannie turned 90 years old this August and since I have been alive I can't remember once that she has been to the hospital. Before I was born she had to have surgery - but that was nearly 30 years ago. Since then she has only had to go in for annual check ups and had to fight the occasional kidney infection or winter cold. Those are her two biggest enemies! Also, next to my mother, I am closer to my Grannie than anyone. I talk to her almost daily and go visit whenever I can. I was the youngest grandchild growing up and stayed alone with my grandparents a lot. All the other kids we…

Photo Meme...

This week's theme for Photo Friday is Reflections...



We have a close date set...

the 23rd we go for our first walk through, then on the 28th we go for our final walk through, and we close on the 29th! I can't wait! We didn't make Christmas like I thought we might, but at least we made 2004...barely!!! At least we'll be able to file right away for our homestead exemption and not have to wait an entire year!

Elaine came by for lunch today and picked me up and we drove out to the house. We now have countertops, vanities, and sod in the backyard! It's really coming together!!! I can't believe how much they get done between all of our trips out there - and we go quite a bit. At least twice a week now! I assume they are used to people coming out b/c they never seem surprised or bothered when we walk in!

And as promised, here is a picture of our first tree:



This is actually the top out of a cedar tree we found behind my uncle's house in East Texas. I have only had a live tree once, from a tree farm & Michael has never had a live tree - so we tho…