Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A 2nd Amendment Christmas

We spent Christmas with Erin's parents and will be here in Springfield until the weekend. We had a wonderful Christmas day....enjoying each other's company, calling friends and family to wish them Merry Christmas, opening presents, and of course eating great food. We'll post more pictures and video from our time here later but I wanted to post pictures of a very happy Erin and the present that I got him. I am officially the COOLEST wife of all time :)

Excited Erin :)

Glock 23 compact - .40 caliber handgun.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Our House - Freshly Painted

One of my Christmas presents is an electric paint roller. I have been begging Erin to let me paint the bachelor pad ever since we've been married. I thought that he had been resisting painting because he didn't want the change but it was actually that he didn't want to go through the pain and annoyance of painting :) But, he gave me the paint roller before the Christmas party and we painted the living room and kitchen that week. It looks so great!! I'm very happy with it. Here are a few pictures.



Saturday, December 15, 2007

Cheesy Christmas Sweaters!

Last night we had an "Ultimate Cheesy Christmas Sweater Party" at our house. It was just a get-together for a group of our friends from Sunday School and the only requirement was that you had to wear a cheesy christmas sweater! It was so funny seeing all our frends dressed in this cheesy garb! The winner of the cheesiest sweater for the guys was definitely our friend Nate and the winner for the girls was his wife Erin. She wore more than a just a sweater...she wore a Christmas jumper as well!! We also had a ton of fun playing a Wii that our friends James and Suzy generously let us borrow.

The winners - they look so happy :)

Cheesin' with Hale and Andi

Our new Smyrna neighbors!!

The Cheesy Hosts!!!!

We spent all week preparing for it...we even painted the kitchen and the living room. We had assorted holiday beverages and a great spread of:
Hamburger Cheese Dip and Chips
Sausage Cream Cheese Bake
Ginger Creams with Icing
Choc. Chip Cookies
Sugar Snap Pea Tea-sized Sandwhiches
Chocolate Oreo Filled Truffles

I was really proud of it, since I made it all from scratch and didn't mess up on any of it. That is a real first for me :) I even managed to keep the kitchen clean while preparing :)

Thursday, November 22, 2007


We had a wonderful time in Moriarty, NM visiting my side of the family for Thanksgiving. We arrived on Thanksgiving day, which was perfect for us because we got to miss all of the cooking and arrived just in time for the eating (sorry mom :)) We stayed until Monday evening and so enjoyed seeing my family that I don't get to see enough. I love having a big family. It was so fun to cram all 12 of us into Mom and Dad's home.

Anyway, dinner was wonderful. We loved seeing everyone and catching up. Hearing my grandparents tell stories, and mom and dad catch us up on whats going on in the church. Hear about Jordan's social life, interests, and just have fun with him. See Jill and Shawn (and Calvin) and hear about their excitement about their arriving baby. Of course, it is always good to see Travis and Reba and Zion. They are such a great family... tight knit, busy, and fun to be around!

Zion is walking and really got some practice in while we were in New Mexico.

Check out her pink shirt. It says "If you think I'm cute, you should see my aunt." I love this little girl! I can't wait to welcome my new nephew Calvin into the world in April!

Monday, November 19, 2007

He's Back!!!!!

Erin got home this evening. Yay!! It is so-o-o good to have him home. I've missed him so much. He is exhausted from all the travel and I'm glad he has a day to rest before we get on another plane and head to Mom and Dad's (Schenk) for Thanksgiving. We had some good ole' American food for dinner - a juicy burger from Red Robin - as a welcome back to the States dinner. Here are some pics from Riga, Latvia and Prague, Czech Republic. I know he probably won't post anything about his trip so if you want to know what all of these are pictures of, you'll have to ask him.

I do know that he loved the food in Latvia, got to experience their independence days, and that he saw some of the oldest buildings in the world from Prague. Very very cool.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

What have I been doing?

I've been keeping myself busy since Erin has been gone.

Tonight I went to Publix to pick up some groceries to make dinner but I got lucky. They were having a special Thanksgiving celebration and were cooking different sample meals throughout the store. I just ate dinner there. (Slightly cheap of me but hey Dave Ramsey was proud). It was great. I had honeybaked ham, turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, green beans, cider, coffee, shrimp cocktail, egg nog, ice cream, cobbler, and they also had chess pie available. But, I had just gotten done working out so I only had one dessert :) It was free, it was good, and it kept me from having to cook. Hallelujah!

My friend Jessica Lacy (the one on the left with the fantastic reddish hair) came into town this weekend. She, Brittany, and I spent the entire day shopping and eating and laughing. Dave Ramsey even let me buy a fantastic pair of trouser jeans. I have been needing jeans that actually fit me so badly. Jessica then spent the night at the house. We stayed up way too late and dyed our hair on a whim. I haven't dyed my hair since high school, but fortunately I had the presence of mind to by a 6 day wash out. It isn't too horrible. In fact, I'm thinking about dying my hair permanently the color of Brittany's (the one just to the right of me).

I also kept Charlotte again this past weekend. I love this little dog!

I started a Beth Moore study called "Living Beyond Yourself". I have actually done this study but found myself needing to really study the Fruits of the Spirit again. The fruits of the Spirit should be very apparent in every aspect of my life as a follower of Christ, yet I know they aren't. It has been really powerful so far. One of the things that hit home for me this week is this: we talk politically about how people aren't entitled to anything...especially when it comes to border control issues, amnesty, etc. But, we also need to remember that on a spiritual lever. The only thing I'm "entitled to" or deserve is death. "For the wages of sin is death." Thank you Lord that I'm not getting what I deserve. Only by grace do we have the wonderful lives that we have. We should expect suffering. We should count our sufferings a blessing because no matter how severe, they aren't as bad as eternal separation from our Creator.

Last week I got all caught up on the show HEROES. It is really cool. It makes me want a super power. But, I guess all super powers have their cons. If you heal from anything, you can't die....which seems cool but I'd get tired of this earth around 100 years old when all of my loved ones were dead. The technopathy superpower is cool though... being able to get technology to do anything you want through your mind. Anway, it is a really neat show. But, don't get the wrong idea, just because I like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Heroes, and Lost does NOT mean I'm a sci-fi fantasy dork. Or maybe it does. Whatever.

Erin Update

Erin had a wonderful time in Latvia. His workshop at the conference went really well. I'm so glad that he had a good time there and that he got to minister to the missionaries and church communicators there. He said that they are very passionate about their faith. Yay!!

He also enjoyed the Latvian culture. Erin absolutely LOVED the food. Of course he did; it is basic food: meat, potatoes, stews, and soups. Maybe he can bring back some recipes for me; of course I won't be able to read them since they're in Latvia! I don't want to spoil the fun of storytime for him when he gets back but I will tell you that he took in the Museum of the Occupation, an Independence Day Celebration, and an Opera while he was there. He'll have to give you details himself.
He got into Prague, Czech Republic yesterday evening. Unfortunately, this destination isn't going as smoothly as the last one yet. There was a mix-up with the hotel and Erin got stuck in a tiny "jail cell" hostel last night, moved to a crowded apartment room (with other people) tonight, and will finally get moved to his own room with internet access tomorrow. Please pray that things start to pan out a little better for him there.

I miss him and am ready for him to come home.

Monday, November 12, 2007

When I'm bored

When I'm bored I watch the best show on TV (besides LOST): The Office. Here are some of the best moments. Erin needs to come home soon. :)

Monday, November 05, 2007

Pray for Erin

Erin left this morning for a 2 week trip to Eastern Europe. He will be in Riga Latvia until Nov. 12 when he heads to Prague, Czech Republic. He'll be back on November 19th or 20th. He is 7 or 8 hours ahead of us. Pretty crazy. I'll let him write a post all about his trip with pictures when he gets back. But, for now, please pray for his safety and an effective ministry conference while he is there.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


For Halloween I wanted to give you the moon!


We had such a great time this halloween passing out candy to the kids. Erin was a Sensai Tai Kwon Do Judo Chop Dojo Master (can you tell I made that name up? I think that is the technical term). He wore his Gi and had several people ask him if it was an authentic black belt... which he was truthfully able to say it was real. I was a tired old beauty queen. And my crown is real too

We'll post pics later. :)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Proposal Anniversary

Anniversaries are dangerous. Everyday is an anniversary of some sort. If you're not careful you'll have too many anniversaries to celebrate. But, this one was an important one... Erin proposed one year ago today! We've been married almost 6 months and I love Erin more each day. I'm so glad that he wanted me to be his wife and that he took me to Leiper's Fork that day. Yay us!!! May we have many more years of anniversaries.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

So You Think You Can Dance

Lots happened today. First, Erin left for Charleston on business today. :( I don't like it when he is gone. But, tonight I got to do what I've been looking forward to for months. I went to the "So You Think You Can Dance Tour" with my friends Tanya and Kim. It was such a fun night. We had dinner first and then headed downtown to the Sommett Center for the show. I watched this show all season...I mean I didn't miss a single episode. We bought the cheapest seats for the tour and I figured we would need binoculars for it. But, when we got there our seats could not have been more perfect!! They were literally the best seats in the house! They were just above the floor level seats which ended up being perfect because we were stage level and were looking straight on at the dancers. So, perfect! My absolute favorite dancer was Danny. I've never seen anyone like it. Every technically trained dancer I know has said that he is one of the best dancers they've ever seen. But, I liked some of the other too, of course. Here are some of the dances we got to see.

Skip ahead to his dance...its worth it!

This dance was about a flower and hummingbird.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Shari is in town

Shari came into town again for another interview. She interviewed with Coke today. We didn't really do anything too exciting. But, you know you are good friends when you can sit around, watch TV, eat, and call it a good time! She is leaving tomorrow but I'm glad she got to be here for a few days. Erin especially likes it when she is here because she is a good cook!

Zion's Birthday

Zion's birthday was today. She is one year old! Erin and I absolutely love Zion because she is our only niece, plus her birthday was the same week that Erin proposed. So, we had an eventful week. We got her a remote control car specially made for 1-yr olds. Here is her saying thank you!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Business Trips on the Beach

Erin had a business trip to Pensacola Beach this week. So, I took two days off work and went along. It was beautiful weather.

Erin had Thursday as a travel day but we decided instead to leave Nashville Wednesday right after work. We then had all day Thursday to spend at the beach. It was wonderful! We actually think that Pensacola has a prettier beach than Jamaica.

Erin worked Friday and Saturday while I had some beach time.

It is currently Sunday and we are watching the Titans game and then heading back home.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Money Money Money

Erin and I heard today from Mama McAtee that our Garage Sale grossed somewhere between $450 and $500!!!! Woo hoo! I must admit that I was a doubter. At the beginning I would have much rather thrown the stuff away because I didn't think it was worth the hassle. But, I have changed my mind. This will go straight towards our "Get out of debt plan." E and I are so excited. So far, we have paid off my car, two of my student loans, as well as a few miscellaneous debts; and we've only been doing this for three months! Next month we pay of his truck. It is amazing how much you can do when you just cut back your spending. We don't go out to eat anymore, but I'm becoming a much better cook because of it. We don't spend much money going to the movies anymore but we've gotten more creative with what we do for fun. So, this whole Dave Ramsey plan is actually helping us as a couple as well. Plus, it is a goal that we get to achieve together. It is great fun! (well its usually fun... but I would really LOVE to go get a pedicure :)


Saturday, October 06, 2007

The Go-To Dog Sitter

Somehow I have become the dog-sitter amongst my friends. I think it is because Erin travels a lot and I like the company. This week I am keeping Charlotte while Sarah is out of town. Charlotte is Sarah's yorkie and she is adorable. Sarah doesn't know it yet but I am keeping her permanently. She is so sweet, happy, and snuggly. She even worked out with me. When I was exercising she was right there beside me running, doing jumping jacks, jumping on me when I did crunches. Sarah has obviously taught her that exercise is an important part of being healthy.

She is so tiny!

Sweet Face

Unfortunately, Bootsie the cat hates all dogs...including sweet ones like Charlotte. We have to keep them separate.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Best Husband

My hubby is incredible. He went to buy himself some new shoes this week (his were stolen...see previous post). He also brought home a pair of shoes for me. How sweet. He knows 2 things: I needed a pair of ultra casual brown shoes for work and one of my love languages is gift giving. He gave me the shoes above except in dark brown. It was a very good surprise.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Crazy Funny Busy Exausting Sickening Weekend

Wow... What a weekend!!! It's Monday and I am exhausted. These are the highlights:

Phlegm and More Phlegm
I got the first bout of my fall-spring bronchitis marathon mid way through the week. To make matters worst, I lost my voice. What do I do for a living? Oh yeah.. I'm a trainer and have classes every day. Yeah that was interesting. Fortunately, I was able to take Thursday afternoon and Friday off to try and recover.

Garage Sale Stuff Gone
Erin and I have been planning to have a garage sale for months. But, unfortunately we just haven't found the time to do it. So, Mama McAtee volunteered to hold it for us if we would meet them halfway with the stuff. Erin and I worked ourselves silly to get everything priced and boxed up. We then drove to Sikeston, MO on Friday afternoon and met his parents for a yummy dinner at Lamberts...yum! Thanks Mama and Papa McAtee!

Friends in Town
Lindsey "Tapper" Pruitt came into town this weekend. Her husband, Zack, was asked to judge a pageant this weekend and Lindsey joined him in Nashville. So, on Saturday morning, Brittany, Lindsey, and I met for a day of fun. I can tell you that we ate, talked, and shopped. I cannot tell you what we ate (it was a caloric day), who and what we talked about, or where we shopped (hehehehehehehe). I will tell you that we had a BLAST!!!...except for the point when when they didn't have the cute red and brown tweed shoes in Lindsey's size, or the point where I remembered I was on the Dave Ramsey plan and couldn't buy the shoes in SHII, or when Brittany got everyone in Off Broadway to look for a pair of shoes that matched Lindsey's new dress. But other than that..... :)

Shoes and Logans
Everytime Brittany and I go out, Erin and Scott play golf. Its just the way it works. And, there is usually some sort of drama that accompanies one or more of us during the day. This time, the drama fell to Erin. First of all, it took them forever to finish their round of golf...slow pokes in front of them. Then, Erin returned to his truck to find that his shoes had been stolen out of the back. We all went out to dinner afterwards and Erin had to wear his golf shoes to dinner. Click Clack Click Clack against the floor. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I found it hilarious. Erin did not. As I have said many times, bad luck accompanies me and anyone who knows me. Erin got off lucky only having his shoes stolen. Besides, it is hilarious that somebody stole gross size 10 tennis shoes. Who does that?

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Finally Done with Some Projects

It has been a while since I've posted. We have been extremely busy as always. But, we have good news. The building/shed and the mailbox are finished!!! In fact, they have been finished for some time now! We finished both of these projects in the same weekend .... about 2 weeks ago. As you can see in the pictures, it has been a very hot summer and all of our grass is dead and gone. I think we'll be reseeding in the fall.

Here is the finished building. We are just going to stain the ramp but everything else is done. It is so wonderful! It holds all of our lawn equipment... both lawnmowers, rakes, tools,etc. We are excited to get the garage cleaned out and be able to park our cars in it!
The finished product! Good job E!

We also cleaned up the mailbox mess and rebuilt a new one. I think it looks great although it was very hard work. We were so ready to just be done with the whole affair that we set up lights outside and worked into the night. We only wanted to rent the wet brick saw for 1 day. But it's done! Plus, by doing it ourselves we were able to take the insurance money and apply it to our Dave Ramsey "Get out of debt plan" Woo hoo!!

The front...and some dead grass

The back

Me working hard... I'm hot, tired, and look like white trash :)

Erin working hard...He's hot and tired too

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Busy Busy - More Later

Hey everyone! Sorry it has been so long since we've posted a blog. I promise we'll be back with a legitimate update soon. Next post we'll have updates, pictures, and the whole shebang! More later!


Monday, August 27, 2007

Credit Cards and All

On Friday afternoon, I was studiously perusing my personal email, myspace account, and various other frequented blogs, while waiting patiently for the work week to end. As I was doing so, I noticed a new email pop into my work email account, but being that it was 4:48 on a Friday, I decided to ignore it. At 4:59, I checked my account (just to make sure) and found that it was actually an email from a girl I worked with about 2 years ago at CJ Advertising. It was titled "Did you lose your wallet this week?"

This peaked my interest. Valerie (ex-coworker: oh that sounds harsh) wrote to tell me that a man from a grocery store in Lavergne, TN found an old business card of mine in a wallet that had been dumped in their parking lot. He was calling to see if I had lost my wallet.

I immediately called the grocery store because I had in fact had my wallet taken (or I left it, one of the two) from a gas station in Smyrna. The man verified that all of my credit cards, gift cards, forms of ID, check book, and receipts were still there. I was so excited that it was found because it is a really nice leather wallet, and I would hate to have lost it permanently. Plus, now I don't have to stand in line for hours and take a day off work just to get a new ID. God is good! :)

When I went to pick it up that evening, I couldn't help but laugh. It was a pretty disgusting, trashy little supermarket. It was the type of grocery store that I wouldn't buy produce from, even if you offered me $$$$. After seeing the type of place that my wallet was dumped at, I think that the culprit was one of these 4 people: