Monthly Archives: August 2010

A Day in the Life (Part II)

6:00 PM- Start Earth Science class. Prepare to be blown away with the exciting nature of the class. NOT.

7:47 PM- Wonder who thought it would be a good idea to have a two hour and forty minute long science class. Really. Curse them.

But thank you God for protecting my bag this morning. That was a close one.

8:00 PM- Realize that my legs are hurting like crazy. Why do my legs hurt when I’m tired?

8:16 PM- I should be getting out of class in 29 minutes. The real question is- Will I survive?

8:33 PM- She finally stopped talking. Heck yeah. Jump up and take off as fast as possible.

8:38 PM- Pull out of the parking lot… once again wondering why my pick-up barely fits.

11:00 PM- Arrive home. Kiss my dog, who is jumping around like crazy. Hug my man. Pass out on the floor from exhaustion.

11:01 PM- Just kidding about passing out. I actually got ready for bed and am now typing up the ending to my crazy day.

Hopefully next week will be better.

Good night, all.


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A Day in the Life (Part I)

Note that this could also be titled “The Day From Hell,” but I’m trying to be optimistic.

5:30 AM- My alarm wakes me up. I am completely stunned since I’ve only used my alarm once since May. Wonder who decided that mornings should exist. Oh wait, that was God. Maybe he knew what he was doing.

Rush around getting dressed, slapping on some make-up, and brushing my hair.

6:05 AM- Wake Justice up and take him outside…

6:10 AM- Take my backpack to my pickup. Kiss Colby goodbye and realize I forgot my earrings. Rush back into the house.

6:15 AM- Pull out of the driveway.

6:21- Hear this Shania Twain song.

Wonder if I’m totally losing it or if she sounds A LOT like Madonna. Anyone else think so?

6:29 AM- Consider turning around and going home. I could un-enroll from all my classes in about five minutes. Decide that probably isn’t the best plan I’ve ever had.

6:49 AM- Hear this song on the radio:

“Goodbye Earl” brings up a series of unrelated thoughts? 1.) How did the Dixie Chicks feel when they watched their CDs being ran over by the hundreds. Where they okay with that because they had already been paid? 2.) Why did my parents let me listen to that song?!? It’s a little bizarre. I was eleven when it came out and I wouldn’t let my eleven year old now listen to that song… (If I had one, obviously.)

7:30 AM- Pull into McDonald’s and order a Carmel frappe. (Yes, this McDonald’s is over an hour from my home… And it was the nearest one. I swear, I really do live in the middle of nowhere.)

7:54 AM- Decided that I love Sirius radio and would never make it to school without it.

8:33 AM- Pull into my university. Realize that sometime over the summer the parking went insane. Why can’t I find a spot?!

8:45 AM- Finally find a spot… that barely is big enough for my extended cab pickup. I’m in West Texas. Everyone drives pick-ups! Begin the cross-country hike to my first class.

8:53 AM- Arrive at my first class, panting. Realize that I should have worked out a little more over the summer.

9:01 AM- My Intro to Political Science class begins. I giggled inside, because it’s my last semester as a Political Science major and I will be taking an intro class.

10:17 AM- Head to my next class which happens to be in a different building.

10:27 AM- While visiting the little girls room, I realize that I left my camera bag (which is carrying my $3000 camera, my credit cards, debit card, my pick-up keys and everything else important to my financial success) in my last class. Totally freak out.

10:31 AM- About start crying when I find my bag sitting exactly where it should be.

10:34 AM- Enter my second class Statistics late. I am never late. And I’ve already taken this class once before… but I transferred so they are making me take it again. Darn you academic meanies.

11:45 AM- Finish class and call my little sister, Ashley, for lunch. Decide that it is totally insane for her to be at the same school as me… but I like it.

1:00 PM- Scramble to my next class The American Presidency. Listen to yet another full class of lecture.

3:00 PM- Earth Science Lab… Really you don’t want any more details than that… \

3:42 PM- Finish lab early. For the first time all day, I actually have a few minutes to unwind…

…to be continued.

I still have lots of day left.


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Goodbye, sweet summer

We’ve had a good run, summer of 2010. Good times. Memories made. Work done. But all good things have to end sometime. And tomorrow is my sometime.

I will be waking up before the sun to start my last semester of undergrad. Honestly, I’m not looking forward to it, one bit. Well, not the beginning anyway. I’ll take the end, though. Graduation will be my sweet reward.

Here are my favorite memories of this summer:

Jamey’s gameboy obsession.

Like its 1999

I might have shared this same obsession in 1999. It was quite entertaining to watch her play Pokemon like a 90’s child.

Weekends spent at the lake.

51/365 Amazing

Swimming, boating, taking sunsets walks in the evening. It was perfection and so much dang fun. (And we will be back at least once more this weekend. For sure.)

Grilling out.


There is just something so perfect about summer food.

The rain.


After ten (or twenty?) years of drought, we have been blessed with lots of rain this year. The grass is green and lush. Our crops are making record yields and the weather is beautiful.

Watching my puppy grow.


At six months, he now weighs 67 pounds. Hello, elephant-dog.

Wheat Harvest.

Storm coming in

I cooked, I rode, I made sure everyone was well taken care of. It’s nice being the food lady. Everyone gets excited when you show up with a pick-up full of warm food.

Yes, I will miss summer. But I’m looking forward to the crisp weather of fall, for the first snowfall, for my Christmas wedding, and joy of being newlyweds.

Of course, I will be spending a week in Hawaii in January. I think I can deal with some cool weather for a while.

What is your favorite season?


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I <3 faces [(Photojournalism)]

I love capturing memories for families. I strive to capture the little things that can be treasured forever.

And this is one of those moments.

The love, pride, and joy is obvious on their faces.

True Love

This is little Colton’s first day experiencing life outside of his Momma. He was happily greeted by his Grandmother and Great-Grandmother.

In my mind, I imagine Colton twenty years from now, finding this picture and being overwhelmed by the obvious love on their faces.

And that is why I absolutely and totally adore photography.


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On photography


A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. ~Eudora Welty


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Things I’m loving at this very moment

Because sometimes you just need to remember the good things… The things that make you smile. I am one very blessed girl.

I think if we all took a little time out to thank God for our many blessings that the world would be a much happier place.

Ice cream

Someone I know might have ate this ice cream sundae last night. She might have also skipped Jillian Michaels for the third consecutive night.

But I can also promise you that she is also having some major cramps at this very moment. And probably deserves more ice cream.


I took this picture today of little Eli… Isn’t he pretty much the cutest thing ever? Gah. It’s making my overlies hurt even more than they were before.


This picture right here is my sister. Totally and completely. It captures her personality perfectly. I love it when photography does that.


And of course, I have to throw in a picture of a sunset. I adore sunsets and this one reminds me that I live in a beautiful place.


Oh yes, I love this guy, too. More than anything else in the entire world.

PhotoStory Friday
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How often do you count your blessings?


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Miss Mandy

Here are some pictures I snapped of my younger cousin, Mandy.


The young always have the same problem – how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. ~Quentin Crisp


When buying a used car, punch the buttons on the radio. If all the stations are rock and roll, there’s a good chance the transmission is shot. ~Larry Lujack


The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires. ~Dorothy Parker


The best substitute for experience is being sixteen. ~Raymond Duncan

the long road


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