Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Meet our Neighbor

This is our back neighbor. We have seem him many times but never up close. He is very skittish and doesn't seem to like people. Hopefully he will warm up to us.

I love having him in our backyard. We get to enjoy the view without the work.

Look how handsome.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Books to blog about

Reading has ALWAYS been a big part of my life. I was the kid that asked for dictionaries and encyclopedias for Christmas. While Sister played with dolls and Barbies, I tried to memorize the Ls in the Thesaurus. When I met Neil, I met my match! If there is anything Neil spends money on its books but we have VERY different reading tastes so here are a few of MY favorite books in our library.

This book was actually given to me by one of my college health students after I taught a chapter about body image issues. It is a book that every woman should have in their back pocket. It speaks on all forms of women's body image issues, as they relate to culture. But, every topic is built on a foundation of scripture. It speaks to single women, married women, young, old and in between. Even if you feel body image is not one of your vices, it can serve as a basis for understanding and helping other women and girls in your life and what they might be going through. For only $12 you can have a great girls group discussion.

You may already know, but Jody Picoult is my favorite author. I have read all of her books and while many of them are great, this is one of my favs. I really appreciate the research that the does prior to writing her books. This one takes place on an Amish farm so in order to be accurate, she actually spent weeks on the farm! I learned a lot about the Amish community but it also had a great story line - infant death on an Amish farm...where did it come from? who is responsible? who is protecting? Will US laws or Amish laws prevail?

Some other good ones are Keeping the Faith, My Sisters Keeper, and Perfect Match.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Baylor proud

We are

We are playing in the elite eight this evening @ 4:00pm
This is the first time in 60 years that Baylor has made it this far.
We are hoping for a win for a trip to the FINAL FOUR!

Friday, March 26, 2010


Today the Baylor Bears are making history by playing in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA case you have been hiding under a rock!

Waco is buzzing with excitement,partially because this team has been built from the bottom up and partially because we have had high hopes this year and they are delivering. Buses and caravans and roadtrips are being made to Houston today and hopefully we we feel the full advantage of home court advantage. Please keep all those traveling in your prayers today!

And, if your team is out....we could use all the support we can get.

The game is at 6:30ish today so please do not expect us to answer the phone until its over-thanks :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

fixer uppers

While the guys were working on the porch Mom and I had a few projects of our own. First, we finished painting the living room and stair case. We don't have pictures of that but lets just agree that it looks great.

The second project was a chair fixer-upper.

I found this chair on the side of the road.
i liked the legs so i put it in the backseat and drove it home.

I removed some rust and spray painted it with RUSTOLEUM paint. It prevents rust from reappearing.

Before After
It sat outside for five months before I ran into the PERFECT fabric, at Wal-Mart of all places.

UPDATE: I have gotten a few comments about the beautiful fabric... Walmart, I know! It was only $3.00 a yard!!! I have looked for it ever since and I have NEVER seen it again :( I kick myself for not buying more.

So mom and I headed to the store to buy plywood, batting, and staples to finish it. We are so proud of our little chair that serves no purpose! Here is the finished project.

The third project was inspired by a hotel in San Antonio.
After looking all over, the best price I got were these from West Elm. 3 for $44.oo
So I decided to try my own. We took a 4X4 and cut it into blocks, stained them, put picture hangers on the back and put them up.
We ended up with 12 for $14.75.

They came out looking pretty close and with a little more character.

We added candle holders and candles and put them in our dinning room.
I love the way they turned out and even Neil likes them!

Our last project was a footstool for our new rocking chairs.
We found the stool at a garage sale for $5 and recovered it with burlap.
Burlap is a good outdoor fabric and we stenciled our address on it for a little personality.

There is not much to it so here is the final edition.

What I didn't take pictures of was the Hobby Lobby trips with Diane and Mom. They went shopping for her daughters wedding flowers, they came home, and made three bridesmaids bouquets, a maid of honor bouquet, a throw away bouquet, and a bride bouquet! And mom cleaned my windows!

Needless to say, it was a very busy week but I was so glad to be so productive!

Thanks Mom, I had lots of fun!

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Spring "Break" projects

One of the most appreciated weeks in a student/teacher's year is Spring Break. This year we decided to stay home to build a porch on our house. We originally asked Dad Moran to help since he seems to always be doing construction anyways. The week began with Neil and Dad working side by side but by the end of the week we had a full house. Randy Briones of Briones Audio & Video out of Austin, a close family friend came in to help with the electrical work and uncle Rick came in to help with the roofing.

We could not show our thanks for all the super hard work that they did on our little house. We did not expect to have so much help and we will patiently wait for our turn to repay the kindness they have shown us. Thank you!
It was fun to see the progress as the days went on and while we are not totally finished, the structural work has been done. All thats left is the details and paint. For now, enjoy the pictures and I will be sure to post a finished one later.

The first post to go up! No turning back now.

Beginning of day two.

Neil hard at work.

The Roof is covered at this point.
The killer? Angles!!

The end of the week. The shingles are put on. We matched them to our current shingles and it looks great.
(excuse the bricks under the window. They are settling some glue)

Sometime this month we will finish adding the decorative columns, gate, and finish painting.

We have already been able to enjoy the shade and the perfect weather and we can't wait to spend more time there.

You might be wondering what everyone else was doing. Well, we had a few spectators.

He was lost in our yard but we directed him towards the pond next door.

Rexx loved being out there. The noise didn't even bother him. I think he got a sunburn too.

As for mom and I, we had a few projects of our own. They will be featured on our next post.

Hope everyone had/has a great Spring Break!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Girls Weekend

I got lucky this weekend with a visit from my sister and cousin. They drove all the way here, by themselves, just to spend time with me! I felt so special. Of course that put a little bit of stress to show them a good time but little Waco has so much to offer. We hit up all the antique shops and boutiques, we went for a walk and talked all night! It was a wonderful weekend with the girlies! Its so weird seeing them all grown up and talking about grown up things but I'm sure it was weirder for them :)

ME & Markie and our head wraps from SPICE

The girls on our walk

Meg on the walk - I love my neighborhood!

She wanted one of her "good side"

Thanks for coming to my little town time, its the lake! Love you