Monday, March 31, 2008

The Monday Meme - Spring Forward

List 3 things you like about Spring.
1. Flowers
2. My birthday
3. Spring Break

List 3 things you hate about Spring.
1. allergies
2. allergies
3. flooding

Do you set your clocks forward in the spring? Do you think it is a good idea?
yes, I don't really care.

Do you have any allergies in the spring? Do you take an allergy medications?
Yes. Yes.

What are you looking forward to the most this spring?
School being over at the beginning of May.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Today I'm thanking God for...

Today, I am thanking God for my friends. I am so blessed to have so many great women as friends. I have friends that I have known since elementary school, friends I've met in college, friends in my church family, and even friends that I have met randomly through the years. He brought each and every one of them into my life, and for that I am thankful.

Last night was the monthly Bunco meeting, and when I got home I was wide awake and wound up from all the laughing we had done. We started late, ended late, and laughed the whole time. It was fabulously fun.

Here's a photo I came across a few days ago of myself, Holly, and Ashley on our way to the bowling alley for Ashley's bachelorette party. We sure had a lot of fun that night.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Thirteen Thursday

A few of the blogs I read have started participating in Thirteen Thursday, making a list of confessions. Amy's list is rather comical. While I realize today is Friday, not Thursday, I figured I would join in anyway. Maybe next week's will actually get posted on Thursday, or maybe not. :-)

My 13 Confessions

1. My office used to be my bedroom. It looks like I just moved in. It is a complete disaster all the time. I have boxes and boxes of photos, random craft supplies, mat board, and scrapbooking supplies piled up everywhere.

2. I can't wait to (someday) be pregnant so that I will be off kitty-litter duty for almost a year. That in itself is worth 1,000 toddler tantrums.

3. I rarely cook, and when I do, it is usually just for myself. When Steven is home, he usually does the cooking.

4. I stink at eating healthy. The only healthy thing about my diet is that I rarely drink sodas.

5. I made sure my nails were painted everyday after Steven returned from Oklahoma in February of 2007 because I hoped he would be proposing soon, and I wanted my nails to look good in the first pictures of my ring.

6. I'm a bit OCD about my closet. My clothes are arranged by article, color, and sleeve length. Only plastic hangers allowed. Spare hangers go on the left end of the bottom bar. I even remove all the spare hangers from Steven's closet because they bug me when I hang up his clean clothes.

7. I broke a glass insert on my coffee table at the beginning of last summer. I haven't had another one made yet. I even called around to find someone to do it, and haven't bothered yet.

8. On more than one occasion I have completely pushed my husband out of bed in my sleep. Once even on our honeymoon when we were sleeping in a king size bed. Oops.

9. Steven and I were asleep before 9 o'clock 3 out of 5 nights on our honeymoon. The other two nights we weren't only because we didn't get to the hotel until after 9.

10. I have successfully talked Steven into getting me a Mustang convertible as my next car - even if we have a kid.

11. I have tried, unsuccessfully, to convince my husband to buy pink household appliances. So far I have only acquired a pink KitchenAid Mixer and teapot. I would love a pink washer and dryer though.

12. We only make our bed right before we have company or when we wash the sheets.

13. We watch Hannah Montana most Saturday mornings.

Is there anything they WON'T eat?

I just realized I'm rather behind on posting my photos...

A couple of weeks ago, Steven and I decided to buy the dogs some more toys (as if they don't have enough). I saw a little squeakie hamburger and had to have it because years ago we had gotten one for my last cocker spaniel, Maggie and she loved it. I thought the girls would like it, too. We bought that and a squeakie pizza slice. Apparently toys in the shape of food are not a good idea for my dogs. They don't know the difference.

Here is Emerald, proudly displaying her work. Notice the large hole in the end of the toy.

They were demolished in less than 10 minutes. They broke the pizza squeaker in less than two minutes, and then Emerald decided to eat the toy. When we realized she was actually eating it, in the trash it went. She moved on to the hamburger. The squeaker has been broken, but she has yet to eat it. We'll see how long it lasts.

Flashback Friday #1 pt.2

I bought Jelly Shoes! Not just any jellies either. They are pink ones with the criss-cross pattern. (Thanks to my good friend Courtney, I found them at Kohl's.)

I had a pair almost identical to them when I was younger, but I have yet to come up with a photo of me wearing them. I'll keep looking though. Jelly shoes are one thing I didn't not expect to see again, and certainly didn't expect to be wearing them at the age of 21. They are just too cute, though. I couldn't resist.

Flashback Friday #1

While thinking about the shoes I bought yesterday, I got an idea. Fridays will now be Flashback Fridays. I'll post something from my childhood. I actually have two for today.

The first is this photo. It cracked me up because my husband is always telling me that it wouldn't matter if we had a California King sized bed - I would take up 4/5 of it. :-) According to this photo, I learned that early.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Weekend

Happy Easter!

We had a great Easter weekend. It was very busy, but also very fun. Friday we spent the afternoon just hanging out together. Steven got home really late on Thursday, and I had to work Friday morning, so it was really our first chance to see each other. Friday night we had dinner with our friends, Justin & Courtney.

Saturday morning we were lazy and laid in bed watching Bee Movie (which is really cute!). Saturday afternoon was spent shopping (Yay!) and at the church Easter Egg Hunt. The kids were so cute! We each bought new clothes for Easter, and I got the beautiful ring I've had my eye on since before Christmas. That night we had dinner with some more friends, and we had planned on going to play Glo Putt-Putt, but it wasn't there anymore! :-( Instead we went to Blockbuster and bought a few movies and went home to get ready for Sunday morning.

After church on Sunday we headed to Trumann to visit with family over lunch.
We hope everyone had a great weekend!

More photos from the church egg hunt can be found on our church blog.

Church Egg Hunt

My new ring!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today was my 21st birthday.
It started out pretty good, got kinda bad, and then got good again.

This morning, I got to sleep in and be lazy a little because I didn't have to be at work until 12:00. I only got to sleep in about 30 minutes though, thanks to my dogs. Work was pretty slow. Then, Steven called to say he had no idea how he's getting home tomorrow because of all the roads being closed, and when he does get home our "weekend away" are canceled due to the same thing. Urg. Oh well, maybe next year.

Tonight, I went to church then out to eat with some of my church family. I love my church family. Dinner definitely cheered me up, especially Emma and Eva Grace. When they first got there, they each gave me a sucker and told me, "Happy birthday." That just made my day. Those little girls are so sweet.

I also got to have a talk with my friend, Jennica. She goes to Harding, so we don't see each other too much during the school year, and I really miss her. She's great. I love her bunches.

Friday, March 14, 2008

This is one smart little girl.

17-month-old who can read
17-month-old who can read

Pi Day & Internation Ask a Question Day

Apparently every single day of the year is a holiday somewhere.

Today is:

Pi Day and International Ask a Question Day. I am celebrating both.
For Pi (3.14) Day: I had a round pizza for dinner. Does that count as a "pie"?
For International Ask a Question Day: "What is tomorrow's holiday?"

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ways to ruin a proposal

Airport security probably felt pretty stupid after ruining this guy's moment.

Read the story HERE.

Woman caught flying with bones?

She just wanted to bury her brother in Italy, but I don't think this would have ended quite so well in America. Germans sure don't seem to mind if you want to transport a body in your luggage though! :-)

Read about it HERE.

More quotes

Here are a few more that make me giggle.

"I'm only doing this because I think my TA's hot."-Shana, putting on makeup

"Don't read me the directions; just tell me what to do!" -Lauren

Me: "Um, I think you...nevermind."
Steven: "What?"
Me: "Nothing."
Steven: "What were you going to say?"
Me: "Nothing. Really."
Steven: "Yes you were. What were you gonna say?"
Me: "Nothing. You'll laugh at me."
Steven: "Probably will, but tell me anyway."
Me: "No. Ok...For a second I were driving on the wrong side of the road."
Steven: (after laughing for a couple of minutes) Good thing I'm driving.

Random guy at the bowling alley: "So who's getting married?"
Ashley, Holly, & Me: "We are!"
Guy: "Huh?!"
haha, I'm pretty sure for a second he thought we meant to each other.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

God sure can surprise me

A poll I saw online earlier just got me thinking about God's plan for my life and how he brought Steven into my life.

It will be 7 years this fall since I was in the 9th grade. I really don't remember a lot of things about that year, but here are a few of the things I do remember.

That was the year:
  • I reconnected with Heather. We were best friends in kindergarten, but we lost touch in elementary school when I moved to Westside. That summer we picked up right where we left off, and I don't know how I ever lived without her.
  • I discovered seniors. haha
  • "Ladies and Gentlemen, you are now freshman in high school..." We got that speech everyday.
  • I learned how to "burp" a car.
  • I learned way more than a freshman should have, in a biology class of 18 or 19 girls and 2 guys.
  • I learned to be a good, over-involved student to get out of class. (However, I did not perfect this until my senior year when I'm pretty sure I missed at least one class a week for all but 3 or 4 weeks of the school year.)

Had someone come up to me when I was a freshman in high school, on the night of the homecoming football game and told me that I was watching my future husband out there on the field and I would be dating him two years from then, I would have laughed or just thought they were crazy. I probably couldn't have even told you Steven's name. All I knew about him was that he was a cute senior, he took art, and he was a friend of the Campbell twins. Never in a million years would I have thought that I would marry him.

God sure pulled that one out of left field. :-) I'm glad He knew what needed to happen though.

I'm never too old to be a kid

Every once in a while I have to take a moment and do something silly, just to be a kid again. (If you catch yourself laughing or making fun of me for it, you need to do it more often. That means you are too uptight, and getting too old.)

A few days ago I read this post from Amy's blog. On my way home tonight it popped into my head and got me thinking about when I was a kid how much I liked to dress myself, just like Eva Grace.

My mom actually caught me standing on a chair next to my chest of drawers one morning holding my socks up to my shirt to make sure they matched before dressing for preschool. I can actually remember doing that, too. :-) However, I also remember how I had a pair of shoes, watermelon print Keds to be exact, (Oh yes, I was a child of the '80s!) that I always insisted on wearing on the wrong feet. I can remember telling people that tried to help me correct the mistake, "Oh, but they are more comfortable this way."

That got me thinking, again. (Can you tell I'm easily sidetracked?) Was it really more comfortable, or was that the 'never-ever-admit-I-am-wrong' gene kicking in really early? (Yes, I promise that is a gene. They just haven't figured out which one it is yet.) So, I decided to do an experiment. Before I got out of my car to get my mail tonight, I slipped off my shoes and switched them around. Yes, they really were more comfortable that way, and it was fun to be a kid again even if it was just for a few minutes while I got my mail and drove up my driveway. :-)

My Photography Blog

As most of you know, I am hoping to launch my own photography business this year. To inspire myself (and to later boost my business), I have started a blog just for my photography.

Anderson Photography

Another photo

Here is one of my latest favorite photos.

They used to be...

Look how cute they both were! What happened? Well, they are both still cute...

My dogs used to both be so little, cute, and sweet.

Emerald is still little and cute, but she now has an attitude. She literally turned her nose up to a little girl in the vet's office! I was so embarrassed. She is very sweet to me, but she has no interest in cuddling with anyone except me. She is incredibly jealous, too. Steven is not supposed to give me any attention when she is around. She doesn't like to share her mommy.

Minnie is NOT little anymore. She's actually rather large.
She is still sweet and loves everyone, but she is a terror. She eats anything and everything that she knows she shouldn't. Electrical things and fabric things seem to be her favorites. If we forget to shut the bedroom door at night, you can guarantee that my kitchen rug will be wadded up at the foot of the bed in the morning. Thank goodness it was only $4.00 at Target.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Snow, please?

Please? Can we have some snow? I would really like to be able to play in it tomorrow. :-)

Quotes From My Life

This is a collection of funny quotes from my life that I like to read from time to time for a giggle.

While I'm ranting about Steven making me mad about something....
Mom:Emily, don't be so mean to him
Dad:That boy should have ran when he had the chance...
Me:That's his fault! I tried to tell him I was mean, but he wouldn't listen!

Whitney:(Talking about Steven and I) Sis, you guys could do a tv show. You need to do another Newlyweds.

"I wouldn't trade you for all the chickens in Arkansas." -my daddy

Mom: "Emily, what are you doing?"
Me: "I'm scratching his head."
Steven: "It feels good."
Dad: "She's organizing cootie races!"

"Do you think it's like a requirement that if you have a thing down here, you have to have a black toilet?"
-Lauren, talking about the bathrooms in the buildings downtown

"because my facebook says so..."
-Lauren...apparently Facebook is the new rule book for life

Michael: "Man, Jessica Simpson is on tv! She's hot!"
Steven: "Man,that's my girlfriend with blond hair. She thinks just like her!"

Steven: Woah, Miss Andretti!
Me: What? I'm only going 60?
Steven: Okay, but I was referring to the speed at which you reached 60!

Steven: Slow down, Miss Andretti! I'm slidin' all over the place back here!
Me: Well, if you had on your seatbelt, you wouldn't have that problem. Would you?
Mike: You've gotta lean into the curves with her, man.
Steven: Hang on, man. She's qualifying for NASCAR.

(Steven swerves the car across the road and back.)
Steven: (nonchalantly) There was a bug.

(While watching The Notebook)
the movie: "Well, that's what we do. We fight. You tell me when I'm being an arrogant son of a bitch, and i tell you when you are being a pain in the ass. Which you are 99 percent of the time. I'm not afraid to hurt your feelings. You have like a two second rebound rate and your back doing the NEXT pain in the ass thing."
Steven: Sound familar?
Me: Shut up.

Me: "Babe! Don't put the horsie on upside down!"
Steven: "Sweetie! It's ON your tire! When you start your's going to TURN!"

(Gives me a 'you didn't just say that' look) Geez, Jessica! I really know how Nick Lachey feels...
Me: Shut up! I can't help it!

"I'm not woo-hoo'n him!"

"They put my cat on anti-depressants!" -Emily H.

Lauren: "I don't have any tennis shoes that tie."
Mom: "Yeah! That's a good idea. You should take him!"

"We got a defective dog."
- Steven

"At least I can say those were intentional, well-thought out purchases. I don't think you can say that for your $300 ticket!"
Dad: "Son, I hate to say she's right, but I think she has a point there."

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Just a Picture

Here's a picture from Saturday.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Maybe we should start a petting zoo?

We are well on our way to living in a zoo!
When we had to give Jill to my parents, we said, "No more animals." Well, Halloween rolled around, and Minnie Pearl entered our lives. She is a handful, so once again we vowed, "No more animals!" God sure has a funny sense of humor. He knows we are just too soft hearted to turn away a neglected animal.
Friday morning I fed Biscuit just before I left for work, like always. Just as I finished pouring food in his bowl I saw a flash of yellow run across our driveway. I assumed it was Biscuit and called to him. Then he came around from the other side of the house. 'Hmmmm....'
Then from the other side of the house came this little guy!

He had no collar and obviously hadn't eaten in a few days! I felt awful, but I had just given Biscuit the last of the dog food. I called Steven on my way to work to tell him about the visitor, thinking he'd tell me to make him leave. All he said was, "Feed him!" I promised I'd buy more dog food on my way home and feed him if he was still there, and he was.

In the 2 days he has been here, he has gone from a timid, overly hungry stray with his tail almost always tucked to an overly excited puppy with a big smile and a wagging tail! He gets along great with the other dogs, too.

He still needs a name...

Biscuit + Emerald + Minnie Pearl + Roush + puppy = our personal petting zoo
($.50 admission, haha. We have to feed them somehow!) :-)