Friday Five-Favorite Pictures

As I’ve been putting this post together, I’ve been watching Private Practice. I’m not going to spoil it for anyone who may not have watched it yet, but I am SOBBING right now!


Ok, now for Friday Five! This week’s topic is favorite pictures. When I first saw this topic, I panicked! How do I choose only five? I couldn’t do it, so here are my Friday 15!

First, a few family and friend pictures…

ash & jessMe & Jess-my favorite picture of us!

Me & the parents at my college graduation

Adoptive Family
Me & my adoptive family from church
B was 13 and the twins were 9!
Now, the twins are 13 and B is 17 and graduating Saturday! I feel so old!

Grandaddy & Kassie
My Grandaddy and cousin-Sweet, sweet picture

Jessica’s wedding-Love this pic!

Me and a few buddies getting ready for the OKC Bombing Memorial Marathon two years ago.
We did the 5K, and it was raining and freezing!

Now, gotta do a few funny pictures!

Me, April, & EA at Thanksgiving this year

Another Thanksgiving picture from a few years ago. Don’t ask…no idea what I was thinking.

Caution Tape
Again, got no idea what I was thinking


My kitty Jack doesn’t like when my attention isn’t on him. In this picture, I was working on my display board for senior symposium. He’s laying in my trash pile.

Christmas two years ago, part of the family couldn’t come to visit while I was home for break, so they had the big family Christmas later in the week. Since I couldn’t be there, they inserted my picture in the family picture between Momma and Colby!

Momma and Me

ash, mm, gd, colby
Me and Colby with our grandparents. As this picture was being taken, my Mom-mom pinched my Grandaddy on the bottom! She is laughing and he is giving her the death stare! Love it!

Momma inserting herself into one of the cousin family pictures at Thanksgiving. Love the expression on her face and love the look Jack is giving her, like “What is she doing?”

Check out Beth’s blog for more pictures! Link up and play along!

Channeling Pioneer Woman

I’m about to do three posts in one night, so brace yourselves! A couple of weeks ago, I tried a new recipe that I saw on tv. The Food Network has a show called Five Ingredient Fix, and there are some really yummy recipes on there. I tried the whole wheat penne with turkey and asparagus. I substituted chicken for the turkey. It was really good and pretty too!


Jack came over and sweetly begged for a bite!


I was feeling a bit like Pioneer Woman, so I decided to make some mini chocolate chip muffins!


My brother decided he was hungry, so he came over. He didn’t like the pasta so much, but Jack enjoyed having him over!

100_1995 If you’re interested in the recipe, you can find it here.

Hope you’re all having a good week! Stay tuned for my weekend recap!

Friday 5-Things That Make You Giggle, Smile…

Today on Beth’s Friday 5-Things that make you smile or giggle. It was hard to narrow this down to only five things, but here ya go!

1. Texting with my Momma! Our family has only been texting a couple of years, and we are definitely still learning. We text all day, and she randomly sends me goofy stuff. Example: “Number 11, chicken”. That is the menu number of my favorite meal at my favorite restaurant back home. This message was her way of letting me know she is eating there.

My Momma also has predictive text on her phone; however, she chooses to just use the first word that pops up. She also never uses capital letters, except for the first word, or punctuation. Examples:

  • “Pioneer woman grunn the view”. Translation: Pioneer Woman is on The View (I think)
  • “Anxious to ted dancing with the stars”. Translation: Anxious to see Dancing with the Stars
  • “Youre doing great with your clogging”. Translation: You’re doing great with your blogging
  • “None of them have been great stand nuts.” Translation: None of them have been great stand outs

Sometimes, I can’t translate them at all and have to ask her to repeat herself. We also text each other goofy quotes from whatever tv show we are watching, usually Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and American Idol.

  • “My diaper is awesome”
  • “I am a beautiful man flower”
  • “Take off my gauze paws”
  • “You want me to pretend like I’m not amazing? Because we both know that I am”

There are times when we hear a funny quote and are racing each other to be the one to send a message first! So much fun!

2. My bff’s boys! They are so precious and do and say the funniest stuff. In the pic below, we were taking pic for my birthday, and they wanted to wear our Mardis Gras masks! Adorable!

3. Finding my kitty in random places all over my apartment. This little guy can find the most random places to lay. I’ve even found him laying under the covers on my bed, his head on my pillow like he’s a human! Crazy! But he’s sweet!

4. Melissa Peterman. She is probably best know for playing Barbara Jean on “Reba”. She is one of the funniest people ever! I also follow her on Twitter, and she says some great stuff, like “Just had some amazing ribs! Awesome dry rub! I rubbed some on my arms it smelled so good!”. Love her!

5. Castle. I started watching Castle by accident. I was watching The Bachelor, and just left the tv on when it went off. Castle came on, and I have been hooked ever since! The character of Castle is always getting into things he shouldn’t and saying the funniest stuff. If you don’t watch it, you should!
These are a few of the things that make me giggle. What about you?

I love snow days because…

The view from my balcony
Today is my second day off this week because of the Oklahoma “significant winter storm”. As difficult as it can be to be stuck in the house for a few days, it is also nice to have an excuse to slow down life and just hang out! Here are a few reasons why I’m loving Winter Blast 2010!

I love ANY excuse to wrap up in a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate!

Sandra Bullock movie marathons!

Getting lost in one of the many books in the basket beside my bed, waiting to be read.

And I LOOOOVE snuggling with this cute little thing!
He loves having me home for a day or two, but then starts getting into trouble.

Here is one more pic for ya! This of the tree right in front of my apartment. The branches are covered with ice. We are extremely lucky that the ice wasn’t too bad here and we have not lost power (yet!). I hope everyone out there is being safe and staying warm!