Friday, January 26, 2007

Nothing Changes



I did not get any pictures of the girls today. The only time that they were perfectly coiffed, we were headed out the door for lunch. When we got home, I was exhausted and didn't have the energy to beg them for pictures. They went down for a nap instead.

I randomly started looking at old pictures and found this one. This is the way they are most of the time. Landrie is either on top of Karsyn or she has pulled Karsyn on top of her. They have so much fun together.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Pictures for GiGi and Janelle



Since GiGi and Janelle live far away and don't get to see the girls, they rely on my blog for their "Landrie/Karsyn" fix daily. I have not taken a lot of picture lately and you can see why. I keep getting the same smile. This is the little girl who used to pose so good. Now all she wants to do is silly faces and as you can see, she is trying to teach Karsyn.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Cowgirl Landrie


This week, at Landrie's preschool it is Western Week. Landrie is so excited. They made a horse out of a yardstick and tomorrow, all the kids will participate in the rodeo.

Gymboree recently had a cowboy line, Landrie has plenty to wear. I wanted to take her picture yesterday and she was not real crazy about it. This is the best I could do.

This morning she is having a real pity party. She has moped around this house several times saying she wants her GiGi and Grandpa. Earlier I took away a sharp letter opener and she was crying and saying she couldn't find her GiGi.

GiGi, I am glad you are coming for a visit. She really misses you!

Monday, January 22, 2007

The Sun is Shining


Today was a beautiful day. It has been cold, but the sun is shining and that makes all the difference in the world.

The first thing Landrie said to me when she got here this morning was, "I miss my GiGi". After she ate breakfast, she decided that she wanted to get on my bed and take pictures. She know that is the only reason she is allowed to sit on my bed. She got her beanies and posed with them.

I am still employed. They agreed to let me work only on day a weekend, so the girls will still get the benefit of my discount.

We are on the downside of the fast. Four more days. I never count the day I am on or the last day. I think we will make it. We are going to Luby's tonight. I'm afraid after this, we will never eat vegetables again. I think we are all feeling pretty good about it because we did it for Him. No one wanted to fail. There is a huge difference when you are doing for someone other than yourself.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Still Gloomy Outside


It is still cold and gloomy outside, but inside it is warm (thanks to the heating repair man that just left) and happy (thanks to this little girl and her sister).

I woke up this morning and the thermostat said 64 degrees and I knew we were in trouble. The repairman came pretty quick. They had to go to Ft. Worth to get a new motor and had it up and running by 12:00. Unfortunately it cost several hundred dollars. The good news is that we didn't need a whole new unit, but that was recommended. We replaced this unit in 1995, so I am hoping to get a few more years out of it. I hate repairs!!!

Tomorrow I get to work. Yeah. (NOT!!!!). I was going to give my 2 week notice last week end, but I got cancelled to work on Saturday and Sunday because of the weather. I am getting ready to retype it with tomorrow's date. It was fun for a little while, but it's not anymore. I am really dreading working this weekend. The discount is great, but not worth the work.

Well, enough of my griping. I have too many things to be thankful for to sound like this. I need to have an attitude of gratitude.

My fast will be over next Saturday and I am counting the days. Last night Pops had a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel and he wanted me to go with him. It was torture. The food looked soooooo good. Party food is my hardest to turn down. We didn't eat and then went to Boston Market for some vegetables. Saturday night we have a party and that will probably be my hardest night of the fast. That's okay because it is all worth it.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

This Is How I Feel!!!!



I took this picture of Landrie yesterday. She is doing her "silly" face, but I think it also looks a little crazy. She quite often says, "Lolly, you are crazy". It is usually because I will hit a bump while driving and after that, I sometimes make sharp turns to make her laugh.

I am feeling a little crazy today. January is always such boring month to me after all of the craziness of November and December. January is just dead. With the bad weather since last Saturday, it is really been dull and boring. For some reason the news people think they need to cut out all of the regular TV shows so that they can tell you how bad it is outside. That makes for such a boring day and it is driving me crazy. I got out for about three hours this afternoon (on the dry roads), but that did not cure me.

I did wear my flip flops and capris so that made me feel a little better. Now all we need is some SUN!!!!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Does Anyone Read This Besides GiGi????

I know I have been terrible at posting over the last month. Of course, with Christmas and Jordan's graduation we were busy (just like everyone else) and I didn't post. I still keep reading all of my favorite blogs but I have just had a little bit of a writing block. Of course, I could write about Landrie and Karsyn all day, but GiGi is the only one that would love that (and I know she would definitely love it).

After Christmas, Pops and I always take a trip. It is our treat for the previous hectic month. We have gone to New York on the last 2 trips and I decided that it was just too cold. Last year when we were walking from the hotel to go eat, the wind was blowing and I thought to myself, "I will never come back here again in the winter. It is not fun!"

This year we decided to go to the new Hyatt Resort in Bastrop, The Hyatt at Lost Pines. It was very nice and we enjoyed it. It is very rustic. It is way out in the wilderness, about 5 miles off the highway. It sits on the Colorado River. We ate breakfast there a couple of days and went into Austin to eat, but nothing spectacular at all. If was a very low key weekend as far as eating goes. (That is a big deal for us!)

We were looking forward to going to church the next weekend. We knew that a new series, "Larger Than Life" was going to start. Our pastor had interviewed Hulk Hogan and there would be some clips from the interview over the next few weeks. (I have heard rumors that Hulk will be at church this weekend).

As Ed talked about living larger than life, he talked about a scripture that says, "when you pray, when you give and when you fast". He asked that the church join him in a 21 day fast. Why fast? To grow deeper in your relationship with the Lord and to be blessed. Fasting makes us humble before the Lord and it strengthens our body, our soul (mind, will and emotions), and our spirit. I was taken back a little on this because with a series with Hulk Hogan, I had no idea I was going to be invited to join a corporate fast. Blew my mind.

After thinking about it for about an hour, I decided to be a part of it. I want to grow deeper in my relationship with Him, I want to be blessed along with my church more abundantly than I could ever imagine and I want to develop strength.

I am doing a "Daniel Fast". In Matthew he talks about refraining from eating the King's rich food and having vegetables and water only. Since I was working Sunday, my "last meal" was an oatmeal raisin cookie from Corner Street Bakery and I fasted on water and juice only until Monday night. Since then (10 days ago), I have eaten fruit and vegetables and nuts. THAT IS ONE MAJOR REASON I HAVE NOT BLOGGED. THERE IS NOTHING EXCITING ABOUT EATING THIS. At first, I thought that it would be pretty easy, but eating the same few foods over and over is pretty bland. We are getting creative.

I have cooked more in the last week than I have in a long time. We have eaten at Luby's a lot! We have tried to go to Furr's for some variety twice, and they have been closed both times, once for a power outage and last night for the weather.

We will make it. Jordan does not like any vegetables other than beans, corn and potatoes, so she eats the same thing every meal.

We have all discussed how that if this was a "diet", we would have quit after the third day, but because we have made the commitment to do this for God, there is no way we are cheating. It would be cheating on Him.

We will break the fast on Saturday, January 27th with communion. We ALL keep talking about where we are going for dinner after that. Is is possible to hit 8 restaurants in one night?