Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Strike while the….. ball is coming.
Never underestimate the power of… God.
Never underestimate the power of…. a plug or you will get shocked.
You can lead a horse to water but…. you will probably get water on you.
Don’t bite the hand…. because it might have germs.
No news is…. because the TV isn’t on.
A miss is as good as a…. Mr.
You can’t teach an old dog…. because it can’t move that good anymore.
If you lie down with dogs, you…. will be kissed on the face.
If you lie down with dogs, you…. will get hair on you.
Love all, trust…. your family.
Love all, trust… your parents.
The pen is mightier than…. a highlighter.
An idle mind is…. not smart
Where there’s smoke, there’s…. my mom cooking.
Where there’s smoke, there’s…. fire alarms.
Happy is the bride who…. you love.
A penny saved is…. a lucky penny.
Two is company, three’s…. a meeting
Two is company, three’s… too much
Children should be seen and not…. seen after 6:30
If at first you don’t succeed…. I will do it.
When the blind leads the blind…. they bump into everything
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you. Cry and…. it’s because you’re grounded
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you. Cry and… the whole world laughs AT you.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Luckily no one was seriously hurt. Since I was bending down looking in my purse I hit my head on the dashboard. A little knot and a headache, but I'm fine! And the car is still drivable (well, you can't really open the driver's side door very much) so we were SUPER blessed!
We finally got to Kiki and Aaron's where we met the fam. It was a fun day of swimming in their pool at their new house! What a great day!
Saturday night Aaron and Kiki grilled out some DELICIOUS food! We ate way too much and then conked out! Playing with little kids all day is hard work! :)
After yummy breakfast tacos Sunday morning we headed out to Uncle J and Aunt Lory's new lakehouse! They are almost finished with their house on Lake Dunlap in New Braunfels! It is GORGEOUS! I'm just so impressed! We always have a great time out there. Tex was in HEAVEN swimming in the lake and running around like crazy. We took the pontoon boat out and it was great. It was a perfect day to be outdoors.
Monday, Anthony and I got some stuff done around the house and then laid out at our pool. We needed some time to rest up for the week ahead. Monday night Anthony and Michelle BOTH came to boot camp with me! Casey totally laid off Michelle this time, but picked on Anthony! Since Anthony was the only guy tonight (and since he's in great shape) Casey made it his goal to make Anthony miserable. Ant did AMAZING! It was so fun having them there with me! I wish they would both come every time! Laughing behind Casey's back with friends makes it that much more fun!
We watched The Bachelorette last night- don't even get me started on some of the weirdos! What is with all the crazy Texas guys?! Sheesh!
Anyway, back to school today! I'm packing up and getting ready for the end of the year! Can't believe we only have 7 days left!!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
My kids LOOOOVE to hear stories about him, and since he's so busy with work he rarely gets to come visit. So when he does it's extra special!
Thanks for the special treat, Ant! :)
Every performance was amazing! The people at Fox really did a great job- this was by far my favorite AI that I have ever watched! I thought the Black Eyed Peas performance was awesome! Nick Mitchell (or Norm Gentle!) was hilarious- I loved watching him in the beginning of the season! Anoop and Jason Mraz were awesome- I love Anoop Dog! Kiss and Adam Lambert- that was incredible! I loved Steve Martin's song, and Matt singing with Carlos Santana was adorable- I love him!! Lionel and Danny, Queen- I mean, it was a fabulous show!
BUT, the BEST part of the whole show for me (even better than Kris winning- yay!) was when Kara busted out over BIKINI GIRL! Oh my gosh- that made my year!! I can't STAND bikini girl! I mean, how high are you on yourself to wear a bikini to an audition?! Don't you want to show some REAL talent? And then putting Kara down in the first round? No no no. So when she sang and acted like she was hot stuff, and Kara came out and sang OVER her- CLASSIC. I loved it. I rewound my DVR and watched it a couple times- mainly for the chance to watch bikini girl look Kara up and down at the end! And by the way, Kara- nice abs! You go girl!!
I am so glad that Kris won. I really did like him a lot. I will admit- Adam is definitely a better performer, singer, stage presence, etc... But the tongue while he sang and the manliner- just not for me. Plus, he'll get a record deal (he probably already got one after last night!). He'll be fine and he became more likable to me over the course of the season. But Kris- he was one that come from no where. He had no formal stage training like Adam. He's just a good ol' boy from Arkansas who stayed humble and true to himself. Good for you, Kris!
Fox did a great job with the show last night- I've already sworn to my mother that she will have to sit and watch it with me- maybe Michelle, too!!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I love Kris. I think he's precious and should be our next American Idol. I dialed his number WAY TOO MANY times on my phone last night (I am embarassed to actually tell how many), and only got through 9 times. I figured this is a GREAT sign!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I wanted to post about my SECOND and THIRD days of boot camp. Friday was our second session. Sweet Casey had us start by running 2 1/2 miles. Yes, START with that. Now, I don't run 2 1/2 miles ever. Knowing this, imagine me chugging away trying to run 2 1/2 miles with a weighted pole on my back, UP and DOWN hills! Yikes! So I worked super hard and was the second person finished (yes I did walk some, let's be honest....). I was so proud of myself and nearly at the pass-out stage, but I did it! Time for a rest. Well, my darling Casey had other plans. The first three of us that finished had 40 seconds to get water. Then, he made us do up/down/jumps (you lay down on your stomach, push yourself up to standing, then jump- over and over and over) until the VERY LAST person finished their run! Um yeah, just so you know the last person finished somewhere in the vicinity of 12-14 minutes AFTER I was finished. 12-14 minutes of up/down/jumps. Good times...
So I'm near exhaustion that night, and starving to death. I wanted to eat everything in sight! Guess that shows my metabolism is in full force! Yay! Anyway, Anthony and I ate at a yummy new Pan Asian Bistro. It was so good!
The weekend flew by as it always does! We did some shopping, went to a wedding shower for a sweet friend of mine, took Tex to the dog park, and a birthday party at Dave and Busters on Sunday! It was a fun, semi-relaxing weekend!
Insert Monday. I'm just exhausted. From life. haha No, but really, I was beat. So I took a half day and used that to rest up and lay outside and read on the most perfect day of the year! I'm pretty sure it was about 74 outside and not a cloud in the sky! Insane weather by Houston standards! But, I dragged my booty off the couch and made myself go to boot camp- Casey has that strange effect on you...
The cardio part of this wasn't too bad. The legs weren't too bad. It was the stinkin' arms! Oh my gosh! As I'm typing this now, I'm pretty sure there is a good chance of them falling off. It was so hard to drive home (I had to rest them on something) and washing my hair was a joke! We worked our arms out so hard and in between reps of this and that he actually tried to make us do push ups. My arms seriously collapsed under me! I am pretty sure EVERY person had the same thing happen to them. During a particulary tough exercise, I just closed my eyes and pictured my NEW, FANTASTIC arms laying out on the beach in the Bahamas (countdown about 5 weeks!). This somehow helped me get through!
Boot camp was pretty tiring last night. Two women even puked. Awesome.
Friday, May 15, 2009
On another note, my precious nephew Owen had his hair buzzed off... Look at this precious picture!
How cute is that?! Oh my gosh, I stinkin' LOOOOOVE it!
Today is Field Day at school... In other words- day of CHAOS! It's been fun, but I am going to need a nap before Boot Camp tonight!
Glad today is Friday- I'm DEFINITELY looking forward to the weekend! Have a good one!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
So bootcamp last night- let me preface by saying it was AWESOME! I highly recommend this for ANYONE living in the Houston area- they have them all over! However, I show up and they take measurements of all my body parts- YIKES! Then they write down my height and weight and then take my BMI and Body Fat Percentage. Fun start, right? Well, I figure in four weeks all of those numbers HAVE to be a LITTLE bit better, right?!
Anyway, then we line up on our mats. There are about twenty people in our class, and Casey is our instructor. He seemed so sweet on the phone... then he got the whistle out! We start with him shouting at us, "Stand up, sit down, stand up, sit down. On your back, on your stomach. Stand up. On your back, on your stomach..." You get the picture! We proceed to do sit ups, push ups, high knees, jumping jacks, and squat jumps until I feel like I will collapse from the jelly feelings that my legs have now become. The good thing about this program is he pushes each person to what they can do (or actually a little more than they can do!). For instance, I am probably the second most in shape person there. I'm thinking, this won't be so bad... not the case. Casey targets EACH person individually. Sweet, right? HA!
So, my squat jumps by the third/fourth round weren't as great as before. This was NOT ok for Casey. He grabs my shoulders, pushes me DOWN to the ground, then has me jump as high as I can while screaming in my face, "Come on Cotney (yes, he has a thick accent), you can jump higha!" ACK! All of this and my watch only says 6:14- 46 more minutes of this?!?!?!
Then we take a "RECOVERY JOG" around the parking lot- are you kidding me?! We finally get our first water break at 6:32! After that we get the weighted poles and start all kinds of "fun" stuff... Apparently my arms weren't going as high as he would like, so he stood in my face telling me to COME ON COTNEY! I have never worked my traps in my life. I can't even shrug my shoulders this morning! haha
Another water break at 6:48, and we end with crunches. Nice, relaxing crunches? Absolutely NOT! This one I was decent at- he actually gave me a THUMBS UP instead of yelling at me! Woo! But the very last set- in all my exhaustion- he decides to focus on me... He wants my scissor kicks to be the biggest yet- each foot all the way to the ground and all the way up (straight legs of course!). Now, the first set of these, they looked pretty good. After 12 continuous minutes of ab work, they are pretty pathetic. But Casey won't let you down- he stood right by me and made me touch his hands with each leg...
Although I am mostly complaining, this really was AWESOME! Just what I needed to kick my butt into gear! The website is http://fitnessbootcamp4u.com/ and you should check it out. Yes, my instructor is the guy in the top left corner who started this fine program. Even though I am ridiculously sore, I am ready for my next class TOMORROW! I'm anxious to see what Sweet-Voice Casey has in store for us then...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Stay tuned tomorrow for an update on how stinkin' sore I am!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sweet Tex at 6 weeks old!
Anthony and Tex on Tex's Homecoming Day! Welcome to your new life! 8 weeks old
Tex swimming at Auntie Karen and Uncle Steve's... He's about 15 weeks here....
After his surgery for an OCD lesion. Basically, he tore some cartilege (sp?) in his ankle. Poor baby! Look at the shaved legs and arm! He is about 6 months old here.
At our friends' house, the Philbecks, in College Station. About 7 months here...
At his first birthday party! Happy Birthday, Tex!
King of the World! On top of the dirt pile at my parents' house!
Jill "riding a little horse-y down to town" on Tex... So cute!
Tex laying in the mud at the dog park!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I stinkin' LOVE this video! Our principal sent it to us yesterday, and I think it's a WONDERFUL tribute for Mother's Day! PRECIOUS!
Ok, I think that is enough randomness for the day... I told you, I've got nothing exciting... Just the ins and outs of our daily life... As Ruffino says, Peace, Love, and Crabs... :)
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
1 pkg. Shanghai or long egg noodles
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp minced ginger
½ C chopped onions
½ C chopped mushrooms
½ C chopped asparagus
1 C pre-cooked shredded chicken (marinated in Teriyaki)
½ C Chinese rice wine (or regular cooking wine)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 C vegetable stock
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
Prepare noodles according to package and set aside.
Heat oil in large wok or nonstick skillet over med-high heat. Add garlic, ginger, onions, mushrooms, and asparagus. Stir fry until onions and asparagus are tender. Stir in chicken, wine, salt, and pepper. Cook about 1 minute until liquid evaporates. Add 1 C vegetable stock. Stir until heated through. Add noodles to pan and toss to combine. Remove from heat and drizzle rice vinegar. Toss to combine and serve!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday we came home and had to tell Michelle and Scott goodbye! :( They are off to California. It was sooo good having them, but way too short! We did get to welcome the Hylands back from Disney World, though! I missed my nephews and sweet niece!
Happy Monday to all!
Friday, May 1, 2009
As you can see, it was a great time for EVERYONE- especially Tex!
After hanging out with her, I met Anthony for dinner at one of my FAVE places- Chuy's! Their creamy jalapeno dip is to die for- seriously. It was soo good! And when I came home, my wonderful husband brought me these gorgeous roses! How sweet!