Friday, July 28, 2006

Another boy!!!

I just realized that I never posted the news we heard from Justin's sister. Yes, that's right - we're expecting ANOTHER NEPHEW due in December. Congrats, Nicole and David! They're looking at being more traditional with their names than my sister. Last I heard, they were wanting to name him Joshua Daniel. Daniel is Justin's middle name, so that's a sweet tribute to Uncle Justin. Yay for nephews! It's going to be quite a family Christmas for us!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Too Funny Not to Post

I love the website They have hilarious, completely meaningless quizzes that somehow "define" you and your personality. I found on there the quiz "The Simpsons Personality Test," and here are my results:

You Are Marge Simpson
You're a devoted family member who loves unconditionally. Sometimes, though, you dream about living a wild secret life!
You will be remembered for: your good cooking and evading the police
Your life philosophy: "You should listen to your heart, and not the voices in your head."

The funniest thing about this quiz for me is that they told my husband he was Barney, the drunk guy who never leaves the bar. If there's anybody on the Simpsons my husband is NOT, it's Barney. That's funny.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

My Justin: Making Birthday Wishes Come True

Today is my birthday, but around my house birthdays are festivities that last for days. So we began our celebrations yesterday, and my wonderful husband had all sorts of amazing surprises for me! He has been so attentive to what I like and crafted a sweet day of fulfilled dreams!

Dream #1: He cooked me dinner, which is always a dream in my book! He made a delicious Ghanaian dish that a friend taught him how to make - fried plantains with a bean & corned beef sauce. YUM! He also had a STUNNING bouquet of flowers waiting for me when I got home from work. Look at how gorgeous they are! I brought them to work with me today, and they are wow-ing the whole office.

Dream #2: Ever since it came out, Remember the Titans has been my favorite movie. Yet for some reason I haven't bought it, but I always wished I had it. Well, he bought it for me for my birthday because he's great.

Dream #3: For the past 6 months I've been working hard to lose weight (lost almost 40 pounds so far!), but my bathroom scale at home isn't incredibly reliable. I've had my eye on one at Bed, Bath, & Beyond that I had decided I would get as my reward for losing 40 pounds. But he surprised me with it yesterday, and I hadn't even "earned" it by reaching my goal yet! It's a really cool model that can even calculate your body fat percentage. You can check it out here.

Dream #4: As most of you know, the mascot at Baylor is the bear, and they keep live bears on campus who make appearances at most Baylor events. I first saw one at a Baylor football game last year, and I fell in love immediately. She was so sweet, I just wanted to squeeze her! So ever since then I've been a little obsessed with the bears, wanting to stop by the bear habitat on campus and see if I could catch a glimpse of the cuties. Well, my amazing husband arranged for us to be able to go in the habitat and meet the bear!!!! I wasn't allowed to squeeze her (She might've ripped my face off.), but we did pet her! What a great birthday present! At Baylor there is a hand motion that they do at sporting events. You hold your "paw" up in the air and make a slashing motion while you say "Sic 'em, Bears!" Well, they have sweet little Joy (the bear) trained to hold her little paw up like she's sic-ing 'em. So we got a picture of us sic-ing 'em with Joy!!! There also happened to be a photographer from the Waco Tribune-Herald there photographing the bear, so we may even make it in the paper! She took our names and thought it was neat that we were there meeting the bear for my birthday. I'll post a link to the article if we make the paper. So my dear and wonderful husband definitely hit a grand slam last night. Thank you, my dear!!!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Joni's Got A Gun (And Another Rosebush?!)

I know it's been a while since I've posted - things have been completely berserk at work this week, and that's when I usually do my posting. But I survived the week and then had a lovely weekend, which is what prompted this post. Saturday afternoon, Justin and I went shooting with some friends from Lifegroup. Yes, shooting. Justin grew up hunting and knows how to handle a gun. I, however, have only ever touched a gun once - I shot a bb gun at fourth grade 4-H camp. So that shows you how much I know about it. But Justin and 2 other guys from Lifegroup are a part of a men's group called Legacy Outfitters, which is like PromiseKeepers for sportsmen. They have a shotgun focus group, and once a month these three guys go with the group and shoot at a range here in Waco. They've been plotting for months to get their wives to come and shoot with them, so finally this weekend, Justin & I went with Joey & Jackie to teach the women how to shoot! It was a blast! (Pun intended.) We really did have a good time, and it was much less scary than I thought it would be. It's HARD, though! That gun is heavy! By the time we were done with a full round at the gun range, my arms were so tired they were shaking. What can I say? I'm a weenie. But it was a lot of fun, and I managed to hit 2 out of the 20 clay pigeons I was shooting at, which Justin claims isn't bad for your first time. (Jackie hit 3.) Best of all, I am now fully knowledgeable about how to use the large weapon that lives at my house. We'll definitely be going again - watch out, world! I am armed and dangerous!

In other news, I'm posting a picture of my sweet little rose plant, because it's doing so well! Blooming away and no mites in sight. I think it likes our new apartment. It actually gets less sun than at the other place, and it seems to like that. Maybe it was too much before. Now just this morning I seem to have moved up to a proper miniature rose enthusiast - a church member came by and brought all the secretaries here at church miniature roses! So now I'm the owner of TWO miniature rose plants! This new one has a really beautiful color of blooms; I'll post a pic once I get it repotted and in its new place next to the red one. My garden is growing, and I love it!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Joy and Relief

Yes, indeed, we have accomplished (almost) all of those things which were stressing us out last week! The biggest deal was MOVING, which came off so smoothly I couldn't believe it. We were completely moved by 12:30! Many, many thanks to those who helped us move: Andrew & Shelly, and Matt & Rachel. Thanks also to Ryan for loaning us his truck. The biggest thanks go to my dear friend, Charity, who came down Friday afternoon and stayed up with me packing all evening, and then packed half the day Saturday. She single-handedly packed up my whole kitchen Saturday morning, then UNpacked it in the new place Saturday afternoon! What a trooper! She was definitely a Godsend. We couldn't have done it without any of you guys. You're awesome! So now we're unpacking and getting everything just how we want it. It's coming together really quickly, though, so that's exciting. We're looking for a pair of armchairs to go in our living room, so if anybody knows of any that are at least minorly cute and majorly cheap, let us know! Once we get everything presentable, I'll post pics of our new place. You'll be so impressed! It's so roomy! We hardly know what to do with ourselves.

As far as our other stressful issues, Justin did manage to take his finals on Saturday. He doesn't have his grades yet, but it sure is a relief to be done with them. His next summer session starts on Thursday, so he has a few days to relax (and get our apartment put together!) before hitting the grind again.

And selling the Mustang. Oh, the Mustang. This is the problem that will never die. We've got a girl on the line ready to buy it. She and Justin have made an agreement, put it in writing, and she's put a deposit down on the car. This is all good news, you say, so what's the problem? Well, there's a repair we need to make before we can sell it to her. In order to make this repair, it needs a new part, but apparently Ford has already stopped producing replacement parts, even though this car is only 8 years old. So the repair shop had to hunt down anybody and everybody that might have this part. They finally found one, and it was supposed to arrive Friday. No show. Then they told us it would definitely arrive today. You guessed it - no show. So the poor girl is still just waiting and waiting for her car, and we're just waiting and waiting for its repair part to come in! As soon as the dern thing arrives, the shop will fix it that day and we'll sign the papers that evening. We're just in a holding pattern waiting for whatever podunk shop they found this part in to actually get it here! So that's more just irritating than it is stressful. There's nothing we can do about it, that's for sure!

So anyways, life is definitely much better than it was last week. And I don't have to work tomorrow, so I'm definitely sleeping in! Praise God for holidays! :)