Gokey v. Downey

At least I'm not the only one who thinks that Danny Gokey looks a LOT like Robert Downey, Jr.

From day one when he auditioned I kept waiting for him to come out & say they were related or something. He looks just like a young Downey to me. Though, until I started looking for pictures, I didn't have a clue that Downey even sang. He's not bad. I'm not going to rush out & buy one of his CD's, though or anything like that.

Every season on Idol (that I watch) I always root for the rockers. They are always my favorite. Adam has been a favorite this year, but he's falling a little for me - mainly b/c he has moved away from that rocker image when he first started the show. He's a brilliant entertainer, but now more of the flamboyant, theatrical side is coming out in him (which is still good) and he's lost that rocker edge that made me first like him. Allison still has it...I still like her as much as I ever did. After last night, I think my prediction of who is going to win is a bit altered, though. I thought Adam would win b/c he was the most popular (b/c you know at this point it's about popularity, b/c they are all amazing), but now I think it could quite possibly be Danny. He is so good, too. I predicted these four to make it, but I don't think I could make a true prediction about who is going to win at this point.

I'm anxious for next week, though since it's Rock & Roll week. I think Adam and Allison are going to shine and it's going to be the Adam that I liked when the season started.

This is my Pouty Pose

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Saturday we drove out 290 with Jamie & Steven to get pictures of the kids in the bluebonnets - we almost missed our window of opportunity, but were able to find a nice spot finally to take a few shots! I also took several TTV shots & was very pleased with how they turned out!

I haven't uploaded all the pics yet, but will be putting my favorites up in this set as I get them processed. Emma & Katelynn weren't near as cooperative as Jacob was - but they are girls! When are girls ever cooperative?? Jacob just kinda goes with the flow! He's such a good baby!

This is the first time I've ever gone out to take pictures in the bluebonnets - Michael said he & Steven used to make fun of people on the side of the road taking these pictures and now look at them - a few kiddos later & THEY are the ones on the side of the road trying to get the kids to look at the camera & smile! LOL!

Look at me!

Now, if I can just get her to keep her head up & watch where she is going instead of looking down at her feet we'll be good!





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The silence makes me want to scream!

We have had Uverse since January and it has been working great...until Sunday! It quit working for us Sunday - no internet, no television at home. The phone lines were even starting to get very static-y and then Sunday evening they also went dead.

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So, we had a technician come out to check our internet/phone service yesterday - he stated that we were too close to the limit distance and had he been the installer for us would have never set us up. Sir (or actually Boy - he looked like a teenager), it's been working wonderfully since January! What happened to change that is what I want you to tell me? So, he tried a few of his magic tricks and nothing worked - when I told him our phone lines were also down he thought maybe there was a connection and not to give up home.

Today another technician (a more senior one I'm told) is going to be at my house checking cables to see if we'll be able to get back up and running. Tomorrow someone is coming out to see about our phone line. In the meantime, I've raised hell on the phone with AT&T today - didn't think phone was related to internet & tv (they are on cable) so why is everything down at once?? So far they have issued a credit to our account for $50 - we'll see how much more trouble they put us through. The technical person I spoke with today is supposed to call me at 7:30 tomorrow morning with a status update regarding the internet and tv.

So, in the meantime we've been watching DVDs in the evening after dinner. Michael isn't a movie watcher, though so he isn't too enthused! And he's been setting his baseball lineup in the evenings from his iPhone. Without tv, internet or home phone it is so quiet inside our house (even though our home phone rarely rings - everyone just calls our cell phones). No wonder my hearing is so bad - I've been exposing my poor ears to more than they are supposed to handle! You would think I would enjoy the silence, but I've come to need the background noise. When I lived alone as soon as I came into the house I would flip on the tv and go about doing whatever I needed to do...during one move it was a couple of days before I had service so I would flip on a DVD and just let it play in the background so it wouldn't be so silent.

So, hopefully the tech will call me in the morning with good news - I don't want to go through setting up new service again - though if I do, who do you recommend going with?

It's truly Monday...

It's so short!!









I think she cut about 7 inches!

At least it was a quick week...

We're working on quarter close this week...that's the close of the first quarter of the year...the first three months...y'know! Another measure of how fast this year is flying by. Even though it's hectic I prefer these busy times to the down time work-wise.

Today it's quiet. It's Friday (cue happy dance) and it seems like the work week had just started. Coming off a four day weekend it was hard coming into work on Monday and I was dreading the week...but look, I blinked and it's over. WooHoo!

(I keep backspacing b/c I am trying to police my use of exclamation points - I way overuse them!!!!!!!! So, now I'm into elipses...)

Anyway,  it is very dark outside at the moment and there are huge lightening bolts hitting behind the mall - that's the view from my window - the mall. It's been threatening to rain and it must be misting out there b/c I see the parking lots are wet, but I haven't actually seen the rain come down yet. I'm sure it'll start when I have to get out and pick up Emma after work. Though the week went by fast, this darkness is making today drag. I keep looking at the clock thinking it's time to go home - I feel like it's bedtime or something.


Anyway, to combat the gloom I thought I would post a picture from a beautiful day spent outside to brighten the view just a bit!


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Easter Catch-up

We have been so busy I haven't had time to put together a good post about the rest of our Easter weekend! I did upload pictures today - I really didn't take that many and hope to take Emma out in her dresses (yep she had two...) and get some nice pictures at the park.

Friday night we met up with Jamie & Steven and Joyce & Bobo and the kiddos for dinner. There were Easter baskets galore!!! They had fun making a mess at dinner with all that Easter grass, too!  Saturday Michael & I ran all over the place - errands and I managed to squeeze in a mani/pedi while Emma napped. So long overdue, too! We were in and out of the house all day.

Sunday after church we ran to the grocery store before heading over to my parents' house (should have done that Saturday, too) and got caught in a downpour coming back out to the car. We managed not to melt somehow! After we went home to change the rain let up just a bit thankfully for us to get in the car and head to my parents' house - and by the time we made it there the rain has stopped - the afternoon turned out to be very pretty, but still wet enough that we hunted Easter Eggs inside instead! The rain was much appreciated by all the new flowers Michael has planted, though.

And Emma didn't mind! Teta had put all kinds of goodies in the eggs for her! She had rings & earrings & bracelets - all of which we all had to model for her, too - even her daddy!! (I told Michael I would take a diamond like that any day!)



She had all kinds of loot - two Easter baskets - one with a Tinker Bell outfit (which Emma pronounces "Tink-E-Ah Bell") complete with wings from Boff & Anne! A new cell phone, coloring books, markers (color wonder mess free, thanks Mom) and too much candy, of course . Found out she isn't a fan of smarties - turns out neither is Michael. Who are these people?



At church there was a floral cross that was outside in the courtyard - it was misting rain, but I put Emma in front of it for a couple quick pictures. She looked so tiny in front of it, though!



So we did a close up, too! Cheeeezzze!



Her bright green Easter basket came from Sunday School - matched her dress pretty well!


After lunch Sunday (my sister Donna cooked a fabulous shrimp pasta...Mmmm) we had a great afternoon - Michael & I have a card trick or two to figure out (thanks Boff - it's driving me crazy!) and a ton of eggs that we keep picking up around the house!


Coming back to work yesterday wasn't fun, but it's going to be a busy week so that will make it go by fast. I hope weather we're having today lasts so we'll have a beautiful weekend, too - I want to get outside & make some pictures.


Oh - and after tomorrow I hope to have an interesting picture to share, too! We'll see...

Easter

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When you're out hunting Easter Eggs this Sunday don't forget the real reason we celebrate Easter...


Oh, and be sure to grab the big eggs first - they're sure to be the ones with the good chocolate candy!









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Photo Friday: Wealth



And that makes me the richest woman in the world...

Full Thursday

Emma and I had a full day today - it started around 10:00 when Geddo & Teta and Boff & Anne came over to the house. Tomorrow is my regular Friday off, but since it's a holiday and we're off already my "Friday" off became Thursday (Yay for four day weekends)! We planned to go around The Woodlands today and let Boff & Anne see what was around here.


We started off at the mall - shopped and checked out the poor little dyed Easter Egg Chicks. That dye cannot be good for these little babies. They had little baby ducks, too and a lot of rabbits, though the rabbits weren't dyed any colors like the chicks and the ducks.


(sorry for the blur - this was taken quickly with my phone)


I bought a waffle iron while we were there, too - I've been wanting one for a while - tonight we had breakfast for dinner so I got to try it out! Mmmm...


When our stomachs told us it was lunch time we headed over to the waterway and had lunch at Goose's Acres. I love their Ahi Tuna Salad - Yum! I had hoped to sit out on the patio next to the water, but when we arrived it was very windy outside and it was sprinkling just a bit, threatening to really rain. So we sat inside next to a very loud table of cackling ladies; luckily they paid the bill and headed out about fifteen minutes after we sat down.



When we finished our meal we walked along the waterway a while.  It was quite windy, but not too hot at that point at least. I am so not ready for the cool weather to leave - I hate the heat humidity. The wind was so strong though I had to make sure we held onto Emma so she wasn't blown into the water!



We walked for a while then stopped at  Waterway Square to see the fountains. I wish they could come back at night to see the fountain lit up, too.


Boff played in the water fountain!



And then Emma had to as well!!



Treasures from Grandma's Purse is at Waterway Square. I really like this piece of artwork. The first time I saw the purse itself I really thought someone had left their purse sitting there - I guess Emma thought it was real, too b/c she tried to pick it up!



We left Waterway Square and headed over to Market Street. It was time for a Cafe Americano and since I finally got some film I wanted to take some pictures with the Mamiya.


When our drinks and the film were finished it was time to part. I had to get Emma back to Grammy's (the babysitter's) b/c today was their Easter Egg hunt - and daddy said the "old men" were ready for a siesta anyway! I think I walked them to death today. Ha! Emma hadn't napped yet the entire day so as soon as we got on the road she passed out. When we got to Grammy's we still had a while before it was time so I let her sleep in the recliner while I visited with Grammy. She got to sleep about an hour only before I had to wake her up to hunt eggs; I think it was just long enough b/c she was energized and ready to go when I she came outside!


The kids had a great time hunting Easter Eggs. Emma didn't need any help this year finding the eggs! She was running all over the place filling her bucket.



They managed to find all the eggs in about 20 minutes, which was perfect b/c that was about the time the pizza arrived! I love the kid picnic table they have - Grappy (Grammy's hubby) made it. He does a lot of wood work & I'm on the list for everything he makes already!



The day was good - it was nice to be outside all day. There aren't many days you can do that in Houston so it's nice to take advantage when we can! Tomorrow we don't have any plans until the evening so I hope to go find Emma some shoes for Easter Sunday. May have to call next door and see if my neighbor wants to go shopping tomorrow. I'm glad to finally sit down for a while and relax now. Ahhh...

I'm a Princess!









That's what she keeps telling me.

Thursday Morning Funny

OMG! The Flasher!!

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(Thanks Ashley - I thought this was funny!)

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Almost stepped on this during our walk today. What is it?

Just a weekend update...

...b/c the weekend itself was too busy to spend any real time on the computer!


We had a busy & productive weekend...now it's a short work week then Easter will be here. Wow - really!?!? Easter is now?


Friday after work we drove over to my parents - we grilled outside & played till it actually got too cool and moved it indoors. We got to check out daddy's new toy, too. 24 inch screen - I'm so jealous! Daddy kept running me off his computer - I think he needs to take some lessons in sharing from Emma! :D


I think Boff reminded Emma of Santa Claus b/c at first she shied (is that the right spelling) away from him - she eventually starting blowing him kisses from afar and talking to him pretty easily, but it was when he started drawing cartoon animals for her that she got very close! She was amazed watching the animals come to be on the paper!img_2245


Boof & Anne brought Emma some beautiful dresses as well, so I'll have to get Emma to model for me so I can get some pictures to share. The dresses also really got her attention - she's just barely over two years old & the girl already loves clothes & shoes! In fact she even asked me to paint her fingernails Sunday for the first time - she noticed mine were painted & had to have hers done as well. I couldn't figure out what she was asking me to do at first - I thought she was trying to tell me she hurt her finger so I kept kissing it - that didn't satisfy her - I finally figured it out, though. Duh Mom!


We left Emma at my parents' Friday night.  Saturday morning we had our community garage sale and I had a ton of stuff I wanted to get rid of. We were up bright & early to get everything outside - I told Michael whatever we didn't sell was not coming back into the house! We did really good actually, though and what was left behind was loaded up into the truck and we took it to Goodwill. So nice to finally have all those boxes out of my office. Every time I found something else I decided we could live without it got piled in there - I can see the floor now! Needs vacuuming, too.


After we finished with the garage sale (and socializing with all our neighbors that were out) it was the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning in the garage - actually, Michael did most of that and I worked on laundry & picking up inside - we had a late lunch (crawfish - yum) and after that I headed back to my parents' house to pick up Emma & Michael was off to Home Depot & the nursery. If you ever don't know what to buy for Michael - get him a gift card to the local nursery. So glad he has a green thumb, cuz I sure don't!


My parents and Boff & Anne wanted to do some shopping Saturday so Emma spent Saturday out all day with them at the mall and a few other places - by the time I got there to pick her up she was sacked out. Had been for about an hour I think - and she wasn't ready to get up when I came to get her. I visited for about half an hour trying to let her sleep a few more minutes, but even that wasn't enough! After I put her in her carseat it wasn't two minutes before she was sound asleep again and slept all the way home. We decided to go out for dinner as well after I got home and Michael finished his projects outside - he bought some new flowers & fertilized the grass. He also planted some begonias in a flower pot we bought from a neighbor - they look very pretty. There was a man making balloon animals at dinner & he gave Emma a little puppy - which she untwisted before the night was over - but this little boy came by at some point & gave Emma a balloon hat. He had two somehow so he decided he wanted to share - I thought it was very sweet of him!


Emma thought it was very funny to see daddy wear it, though!


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We rented Marley & Me on the way home & after Emma went to sleep Michael and I sat up to watch it - Whoa, don't forget your tissues. It was a really good movie - a very emotional movie, too. By the time we finished the movie it was late & we were both ready for bed - and didn't really want to wake up Sunday morning for church - but we managed and made it to church early actually. When we got home Michael changed the oil in the truck and the car and just as he finished Jamie and Steven came over to visit & go out for BBQ. Emma & Katelynn had a blast running around Rudy's - we sat close to the back so they had a big area free of customers to run around in!! Jacob is growing so fast it won't be long until he is right there with them.



Katelynn is saying so many more words these days it seems - and she has so much expression in her face when she is telling you something.

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Jamie said Jacob is really enjoying his thumb these days - looks like she was right!! He was so good, though - and laughs so easily!img_1165



It was a great weekend - very busy and next weekend will be the same I think - and the weekend after come to think of it. Man, April got popular all of a sudden!

Photo Friday

Grandmother:

I have this great picture of me when I'm about 8 years old standing with my Mother & my Grannie - now it sits on Emma's chest of drawers in her bedroom. I love the picture very much. When I saw the challenge for today's Photo Friday (which sadly I have not been participating in lately) was Grandmother, that picture was the first thing to come to mind. Maybe I'll get the other picture scanned soon & post it as a follow up to this entry.

So...today I thought I would post a picture of me with my Grannie (on her 94th b'day last year) and a picture of Emma with her Teta (from their tea party last Friday) for the Grandmother challenge - four generations w/ two grandmothers. I have a couple of four generation pics, too but they are from when Emma was a little baby. Hopefully I'll get an updated one soon.



Medium Format

Last time my parents went to Egypt my father's friend from the Navy (Egyptian Navy) sent a camera home with my parents for me! He was/is an artist in many forms, photography being one of them and has had many camera through the years. He was actually a frogman and took underwater pictures for a time in his life. Boff is so much fun to be around and so friendly.


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So, the camera he sent back for me is a Mamyia RB67. I was thrilled to get it, but must admit at a loss for how to use it...I've never used a medium format camera before. And spoiled to digital, I was also hesitant about going back to film!  It's very sad to say, but for the past few months this camera has sat lonely up in my closet. Until yesterday - my parents and Boff came over for dinner since he is here for the month visiting. His wife, Ann is actually flying in today as well to stay for the rest of the visit. So - after dinner I got the camera out from it's lonely hide-away in my closet and Boff gave me a tutorial on using this masterpiece of a camera - hearing him talk about it, I was shocked he actually gave it away - but he has said he isn't doing much photography anymore & now only carries around a point & shoot in case he wants to snap a picture here or there. I need to get film & a new battery for it and hopefully over the next few weeks Boff and I will have a little photo excursion together. He made an amazing case for the camera and all it's accessories - he has a wide angle lens for it as well - honestly, I'm most excited about using that!


Tomorrow we're going over to my parents - we're taking Emma to spend the night & mother wants to grille and invite everyone over, too. If I can get the film & battery tonight or tomorrow during lunch I hope to get a few pictures tomorrow!!

Wordless Wednesday

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