Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in Review.

I did and 2011 recap last year so I thought I would do it again.
I like looking back.

Traveled to New Mexico for NCAA tournament.
Made it to Kansas City for Big 12 championship.
Neil changed positions at work.
Sold too many mustache party supplies.
Took my parents to Gull Lake for the first time.
Started a second blog for New Year, New You Wellness program at work.
Redid 75% of all our floors in the house.
Planned a successful 5k.
Roomba changed my life (the robot vacuum I got for my birthday)
Neil met Sandra Day O'Connor.
Visited The Shanks in Chillicothe for the first time.
Paid off my school loans!!!! (and there were a LOT)
The Silhouette changed by little business.
Held the second year of BOUNCE summer camp for girls.
and too many beautiful, romantic, silly memories to count!

What a great year it has been!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Moran Family Photos.

It was decided that we would coordinate a family picture since we have not done one in years. 
So I set up my camera with the timer and ended up with some great ones!

What happened before this picture is another story in itself. You can tell that dad and Meg were laughing and Neil looks guilty. That pretty much sums it up.


This was a request from Meg but I like it because it shows each personality pretty well.

 And this was one of my favorites.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Minute to Win it Christmas.

With 80 people at my mom's house for Christmas, it can't be boring!
But we are also a competitive bunch. 
This year, I hosted a few MINUTE TO WIN IT games - Christmas edition.
We played boys vs. girls. I was hosting so I did not get pictures of all of them but here are a few.

Snowball nose: Without using hands you have to dip your nose in Vasaline then transfer cotton balls from one bowl to another. Girls won! Krissy was a cotton ball nose machine!

 Christmas Cliff hanger: Each contestant is to blow Christmas cards across the table and make it hang off but not fall down....yes, its as hard as it sounds. No points were given :(

 Gingerbread cookie monster: Start with a cookie on your forehead and without using hands, get the cookie into your mouth. She looks cute doing it but her husband shows what a winning face looks like.

 Nutstacker: using a pencil, you have to stack 6 nuts (like nuts and bolts) on top of each other. Boys won but it was close.

Hung with Care: two teammates have to get ornaments onto a ribbon using only their 
Also, the ornaments get smaller each time the get one on!
Neil and my sisters bf were nominated. They were great sports. And lets just say that from different angles, the ornament was not in view AND lots of pictures were taken!
 They got two.

 But the girls won! They got all three on with 20 seconds to spare!

We also played: 
Conveyer belt: With a long ribbon at their waists, two players must turn slowly to get an ornament from one person to another. Didn't get a picture but here is a video of the Blueprint if you are interested.

Ornament fan: a set of ornaments is set up on the floor and using a top to a gift box, must fan the ornaments into a taped off square. 
This picture is similar but not our own - source.

Ornament bulldozer: Wearing a headband with an ornament tied to a long piece of ribbon, the contestants must knock down paper cups.

Christmas family game night ideas.

This is a picture similar but not our own - source.
Great Blueprints and videos can be found here on YouTube by Blueprint Guy.

Monday, December 24, 2012

2012 Christmas Card

Merry Christmas blog family!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


I have been brought to tears a few times that I can remember in the past couple of weeks. That's more than I've cried in years! I tend to be a joyful person. Not many things bother me and I do not make emotional decisions (just ask my dad). He has always said that I should talk about how I feel and that sometimes logic is not enough. Growing up I held grudges, sought revenge, and used my "powers" selfishly. I chalked this up to my competitive nature. He often reminded me to forgive 70X7 times. My sister though, she wore her heart on her sleeve. And I always admired it. And though it seems we have switched places, I've noticed something recently...I'm softer. (I have also witnessed this phenomenon in they get older they soften :) )

Sandy Rock, A Man and his Family, witnessing battered women's stories and other tearful moments have make me realize that the harder life is the softer I must become. I think I have come to realize that softness is not weakness. It’s proof that I am alive. It sends me into action and prayer. And softness can be powerful. Afterall, water is soft, and rocks are hard. Over time- the water wins. Even the rock succumbs to water, eventually. With all the pain in the world, softness can only help, right?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Card Rejects.

I get pretty excited about Christmas Cards! Last year we gave pictures that did not make the cut (here), so I thought you might want to see again.

Treats are my trick in taking pet photos :)

Boys will be boys. He really wanted this one on the card...

Of course there is no bad picture of me....jk.
I just didn't want to reveal too much of the card :)
For those not on my snail mail list, I will post the final card after they have been received by family.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dating in Dallas.

No, this is not a dating service for those in Dallas. It is a post about a random date my husband took me to in Dallas. We woke up on Saturday morning and headed 1.5 hours to Fort Worth to visit the Kimbel Museum of Art.

The architecture alone was pretty amazing. Every hall had rounded ceilings with a sliver of light.
We visited at a great time. They had all of their permanent collection out. Usually they keep some in an exhibit that you have to pay to see. Everything was free when we went.

There were many pieces of Mayan art which we have been drawn to after having visited many of the ruins in Mexico and Belize.

We are always surprised to just see a Picasso hanging around. There were a couple others, too. 
This one was "Man with a Pipe"
 We both loved this Monet. The colors were so vibrant and the description said it was done during WW2 and it seems such a beautiful work to be done in a time like that.

 This was one of Neil's favorite. It is by Caravaggio, a favorite artist. 
This painting is "The Cardsharps" and wow was it nice and so realistic. I had to keep reminding myself that these were not photos!

These were some of my favorites:
I was drawn to this one because of its ability to draw you directly into the center of the scene.

 "Girl on the Pier" was so colorful yet felt ominous.
 But this was my favorite and Neil was able to tell right away that I would like it. 
Which is interesting because I am not sure why I like it so much....
I like the grey, blue colors.
I like the architectural interest.
And I LOVE that the man is stepping out of the frame. 
So I guess all of it :)
 We had a great time admiring this true art. It was a great date! My turn to make the next date and this will be tough to beat!

As we left we realized that the Modern Art Museum was right next door. We did not get to go in but I immediately recognized this HUGE piece outside.
The artist is KAWS who started out as a graffiti artist. I have recently gotten read up on him.
"KAWS often explores Pop-culture imagery in his work, borrowing from existing cartoon figures, advertisements, posters, television, and film. Tweaking and manipulating these universally identifiable images, KAWS morphs the familiar into something new."
He also had a balloon float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. He is there until Jan 6th so I'm glad we ran into him :)

Happy Dating to you!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Homestead Heritage #2.

My parents were up here with Beautiful weather so we decided to visit Homestead Heritage. We have been there before but my parents had not.

It is a self sustaining community that focuses on some beautiful trades.
Pottery making
 Wood working. This is the leg to a table, chisled by hand! You can see part of the drawing down at the bottom.
 This is the gristmill but I just love the house.
It looks like something out of a movie with a working pulley at the top, too!
 This is my favorite though!  The craft of textiles. They make scarves, rugs, blankets, quilts, etc. Its so colorful in there and it is fully functional. When we were there, there were a group of retired women who just go and knit together and chat...a lot. They loved Neil. They were trying to convince him to take up the hobby of bee keeping.....I think not! I can only imagine the allergic reactions!!!
 Neil was in awe with this massive water catchment system!
 Of course they farm but this was pretty interesting to me. There was this small chicken coop in the middle of the garden ....
 with wheels! They lift from the front and move it around so they can fertilize new beds! Never would have thought of that!

They also have a restaurant that we had lunch at and it was sooooo good! The menu is not extensive and its a little bit expensive but it was good!

We spent a couple of hours there and then headed to the Baylor v. Kansas State game so it was a good day!

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Man and His Family.

My heart was broken Friday as I drove past a man holding a sign. This happens often. Waco has one of the highest poverty rates in the United States. But this one was different. He had his family with him. His wife and two small children. They sat just behind him as he shamefully held that sign. My first thought was for his children that they had to witness their father in that situation. Then I hoped that they would also witness strangers giving. And I gave. But as I drove off, it didn’t seem like enough. I turned back and got off to offer them some resources in our community. With clothes in a plastic bag, smeared faces, and humbled eyes, I approached them only to find out that we could not speak. Their language was not mine. In fact, it was not one I have ever heard. As we mimed back and forth and tears streamed down all our faces, we ended with a smile and a hand holding and a few burgers.

I have not stopped thinking about them all weekend. I don’t know their situation but to be a family on the street with small children, no English, and no money, I can’t imagine that it would be easy finding help or a place to stay or a job. I can only pray that they find refuge. This is the prayer I pray for the man and his family.

- Joshua 1:9

Monday, November 26, 2012

Road Trippin'

We alternate holidays in our home and I must say, it is bitter sweet. Its like having too much ice cream…its so good until the stomach ache and guilt set in :)
But, we always enjoy time with family! I am happy to announce that I have completed road trip #14 (but who’s counting?) We could argue all day about car or airplane preferences and my pros and cons list looks something like this:
Pros: being able to take the dogs, cheaper,
Cons: back aches, fast food only stops, fearing other drivers, police traps, flat tires,
Pros: Less work, maybe less time
Cons: I sometimes get sick, missing flights, fighting crowds, standing in lines, practically undressing at checkpoints, losing luggage (I lost all my luggage when I went down to Belize for mission work. 4 weeks with no clothes = unhappy camper (literally…I did a lot of camping). Long layovers,
Anyways, we drove and we made it. I know wonder what I did before 4G and pinterest….and Instagram!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Moustache Fundraiser.

Moustache + November = Movember.
I had someone order some mustache cups from my store and they informed me that it is for a MOVEMBER Fundraiser party. I didn't know what it was, but if you have heard of "No shave November" its kinda like that but better - much better!

click picture for website

(taken from their website) Men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery.  Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party (where donations are recieved).

Turns out they have raised a lot of money and their website does a great job in disclosing where money goes and how it is spent. They support LIVESTRONG, and PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION.

As a public health professional and a mustache supplier, I'm happy to be a part of it. Men's health is less often talked about and this is such a creative fun way to bring awareness. If only I would have known sooner....oh, the possibilities!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Best Halftime show EVER!

Baylor Homecoming was this weekend and the halftime show was so great, I had to share. 
The show was highlighting two national championships won last year - equestrian and women's basketball. This video is 10 minutes long but if you want, you can skip to 5:30 mark and see a fun show.

I was never in band but as my sister said/says "halftime is game time!"

Friday, November 2, 2012

Come on Down!

While there was no trick or treating for us, I was able to dress up for a work party. 

A co-worker dressed up as a Deal or No Deal model so I decided to stick with the game show theme. 
I always wanted to go on The Price is Right! 

And the Price really was right! I think it was the cheapest costume I have EVER made!
I bought a white poster board and a pack of construction paper and taped everything together. I taped clear fishing wire to hang over my neck and voila! I did use an old Baylor shirt to add a BOB BARKER reference ;)

Of course I had to be that jerk that bid a $1 more and won!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

First World Problems.

A friend posted this on her blog...and it called me out!
Remember the last post about my smelly clothes??
ya, still a big blessing!

Convicting? Thought provoking?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A strangers tour.

If a stranger were to walk in to my home (without me running around franticly cleaning), I wonder what they would think. It would seem that I had a serious obsession with mustaches, Besides cups, napkins, and plates spread around the house, He might notice the stickers on the trash can, a closet door, on the seat of my pants, and in my puppy’s mouth!
He would also have to tread carefully to avoid getting stuck to our half finished floor. Of course he could ignore, there is a faint smell of paint (I don’t know where its coming from), and the sound of a running toilet and an lopsided fridge. Our “guest” bathroom looks like a boy’s bathroom…cause it is. And because I have not been in there for literally, 3 weeks, my out-of-sight-out-of-mind mentality has fully kicked in. Our puppy (I wont name names) is overweight and was put on “weight control” food and it worked well until he realized that he could steal food from his brother therefore, reducing the “weight control” effect. The half sewn curtains in the kitchen are shedding and being dragged to every room in the house.
The “hardy” plants that are un-killable have been killed by my superhuman power to forget they exist. Laundry continues to pile up as I sit at work looking around me to find the source of “that smell” only to realize it is my shirt. Apparently, that
superhuman power extends to the laundry – I let them sit in the dryer too long. What is too long anyways? One day, two days? Ya, it was probably a week.
On his was out he would have to squeeze through the door because of the volcano of hats, scarves, bags, etc piling on the hooks behind it. He might certainly giggle at our mismatched post that has recently been replaced on the back porch and wonder why there is a random rainbow rug in center. Fear not stranger, you are almost out. Just get in your car and make your way hastily down our pebbled road with no pebbles and marvel at our confused trees (some are in fall and some are in spring). Don’t stop too close to the gate. You can’t open it but I can but by now I am in the house totally embarrassed and forgotten to let you out so you will have to drive back or honk to get my attention. But whatever you do, DO NOT try to open the gate yourself…Neil takes it personally. 
This is what life looks like today. Lots of little stuff gone wrong but a great BIG blessing, nonetheless.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

When Dreams Come True.

...Sometimes you don't know it!

I was sitting at FRIDAY'S, having a random lunch with my sister and we were talking about the dreams you have when you are "young". I know your dreams change as life happens but those childhood dreams happened once too and they are fun to look back on.

I ran across a list of "Things to do before I die" from high school..., I can't believe it was written 12 years ago!!! OMW (Oh, my word).

Anyways, here is some of the list:

1. Get into a good college.
2. Be a Doctor.
3. Own a craft store.
4. Marry a happy man.
5. Go on a hot air balloon.
6. Go to Hawaii.
7. Read a set of Encyclopedias.
8. Learn to play piano.
9. Coach basketball or softball.
10. Get published.
11. Play a sport in college.

There are lots more. Some of which I am embarassed of and some that I don't even know what they mean.Anyways, its nice to see that I have accomplished some but I also realized that sometimes we don't even know that we are living our "Dream".

The quirky thing about dreams is that we have to figure out if they are our dream or God's intent for us. Sometimes we have to come to realize that a dream is not what God wants for us and trust that he has something else in store. Dreams are often formed by what we think we should be doing, what our parents want for us, what society deems appropriate. But those dreams that God puts in our hearts, he has already paved the way for them to come into fruition. How exciting!