Spring Has Arrived in Tornado Alley

It’s definitely spring in Oklahoma! Unfortunately, I live in the area known as Tornado Alley. Every March-September, whenever there is a storm predicted, we all know to be prepared for severe weather. So far this season, there has been very little severe weather. That all changed last night when these lovely little things passed through.

The last count I saw said that aobut 37 of these little friends came through Oklahoma last night. The worst of the weather stayed south of where I live, but the Moore/Norman and Choctaw/Shawnee/Seminole areas weren’t so lucky.
This used to be a housing addition. One family was in their storm shelter, and the storm picked up their garage and dropped it on their shelter. It took several hours to dig them out, but everyone was safe.
As of this morning, the death toll was at five, but they expect a few more as the rescuers make their way through the area. Please keep all of these people in your prayers!
*Update: The death toll is up to seven, and several people are still missing. There is a big possibility of storms this afternoon/evening, and some of those could be severe. About 12,000 people are without power.*

Favorite Friday-Favorite Animated Movie

Today’s Favorite Fridays topic is favorite animated movie, and, of course, I picked….


Oh, how I love this movie! The story is just amazing. Poor girl being force to work as a servant in her own home…

Her best friends were two mice. If real life mice were like this, I think they would be ok! :)

She worked so hard. I always wished I could balance a tray on my head like her!

Then, after meeting her fairy godmother…

She was given a makeover for the ball…

Where she met her Prince Charming!

They talked and danced until midnight, when she had to leave before the spell ended. She left her glass slipper behind. The prince searched the whole kingdom until…

They found the perfect girl who owned the shoe!

A perfect fit!

I love a good fairytale, and Cinderella is the best! Check out Jen’s blog for more movies, and to link up to play along!

Friday Five-Favorite Snacks!

Today’s Friday Five is favorite snacks! Yummers!

1. Dark chocolate M&Ms

Looooooove dark chocolate! I was so excited when M&Ms came out with dark chocolate ones! They are the best! Isn’t dark chocolate supposed to be healthy? :)

2. Grapes

I love grapes in the summertime! I usually keep a bowl of them in my fridge, and pop a few everytime I open it! I also take them to work to snack on during the day. Good stuff!

3. 100 calorie packs

I think 100 calorie packs were an awesome invention! I love that each pack has the perfect amount, and it keeps me from being tempted to eat more than I should. I keep a variety of different kinds, and also take them to work.

4. Vanilla Dr. Pepper

A drink can be considered a snack, right? I have a Dr. Pepper nearly every day. Sometimes it’s just plain, sometimes with cherry vanilla, but mostly just vanilla. I think I have inherited a Dr. Pepper addiction from my Momma, but I love ‘em!

5. Popcorn and cheese

Ok, I get that this one may be a little weird. In middle school, me and my friends started eating popcorn and dipping it in nacho cheese. It is AMAZING! We’re 24 years old and still occasionally pull out the popcorn and cheese when we’re together. If you haven’t tried it, you should, at least once! Yum-o!

What snacks do you like? Click on over to Beth’s blog and see what other people enjoy!

Wishful Wednesday

Today’s Wishful Wednesday is ‘I wish’…I was fluent in another language in addition to English, and it would be…

I wish I was fluent in French!

I have always wanted to learn French, but my tiny high school only offered Spanish.

I’ve always thought the French language just sounds so pretty, and I think it would be awesome to be able to speak it!
France has always been on my list of places to visit someday, and it would just be so much better if I could actually speak the language while I’m there!

What language would you like to be fluent in? Go visit Kelsey’s blog and play along!

Nashville Needs Help!

I’m hoping that most of you have heard about the devastating flooding in Nashville. From the pictures I’ve seen, it is looking scarily like Hurricane Katrina pictures. For some reason, this is not getting much national coverage! This is unacceptable!

Beth has done a fantastic job keeping her followers updated on what is happening, but now, the rest of the country needs to know what is going on! We need to use what we have to spread the word, whether that be blogging, facebook, twitter, or anything else.

The American Red Cross has been taking donations to help flood vicitms. You can text ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 to donate $10 toward flood relief. You can also go to their website for other ways to help.
Head over to Beth’s blog for more information on this horrible disaster situation.

Top 2 Tuesday-Splurges

Today’s Top 2 Tuesday is Splurges! Here are a couple of mine!

1. CDs

I looove CDs! With digital media becoming so popular, I’m sure that before too long, CDs will be a thing of the past, and I hate it!! I love music, and I love being able to actually hold something. New Music Tuesdays are a highlight of my week! I love looking through the CD booklet and reading who wrote the songs and the artist’s thank-yous. The artists spend so much time working on a new album, and I enjoy being able to touch it!

2. Cookie Lee & Premier Jewelry

Cookie Lee Jewelry

I love fun jewelry, and it is definitely one of my weaknesses! My old roommate sells Cookie Lee jewelry, and having it in our apartment was so dangerous! But, she always had jewelry in stock, so I got to play with it! My coworker Tracy sells Premier jewelry, so I get to play with her’s too!

Premier Jewelry

Check out other people’s splurges at The Undomestic Momma! Also, link up to play along!

A blog award and some Monday randomness

I was given my very first blog award! Thanks so much, Tara! If you don’t read Tara’s blog, you must! Her blog is so cute! Go check it out and become a follower!

Now, here are the rules for the award:
  • Nominate 10 sweet bloggers
  • Make a post about the award and mention the person who gave it to you
  • Put your award on your blog
  • Let your nomintated 10 know you’ve given them an award by leaving them a comment

I nominate these sweet bloggers!

Jessica at J. Allred Photography
My Momma at Cheryl’s Shenanigans
Stacey at The Single Girl’s Guide to Home Ownership
Beth at Just Me and My Life
Katie at Life in the Fulmer Lane
Jen at A Girl in Pearls
Kelsey at The Seattle Smiths
Mrs. Smith at Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Erin at A Tiger’s Tale
Star at Star’s Pink World

Now, a little bit of Monday randomness…I thought I had more to write about, but now that I’m sitting at my computer, I’m not sure that I have much to say!

I can already tell that it’s going to be a long week! I had a family group conference at DHS with one of my foster families this morning. I went into it expecting it to last around an hour. 2 1/2 hours later, I FINALLY got to leave. I got nothing accomplished in the office, so I spent the afternoon playing catch-up. I’m exhausted!

I’m so sad about the Nashville flooding! The pictures are so devastating. There are so many people who have lost everything they have, and some that have lost their lives. Be sure to keep these people in your prayers!

This Friday is my agency’s 1st Annual Tot Trot! It is a 5K run and 1 mile walk, and all of the proceeds go toward our adoption services, maternity home, and foster care program. We’re really excited about this new event, but a little nervous too! Plus, the weather is predicted to be rainy and around 60 degrees. Not exactly outdoor weather.

One last little thing. Anyone watching Dancing with the Stars? I’m totally loving Erin & Maks! I think Erin is so adorable and Maks is hot! They are so cute together, and Maks seems like a completely different person. So sweet!

Hope you’re all have had a great Monday!

Blog Makeover!

I gave my blog a makeover today! After several hours of copying, pasting, and rearranging, I finally came up with something that I think I’m going to like! Let me know what you think! Hope you’re all having a great weekend!

Favorite Fridays-Favorite Reality TV Competition Show

Today’s topic on Favorite Fridays is Favorite Reality TV Competition Show! I was so excited when I saw this topic! I watch a lot reality tv, but this was a very easy choice for me!


I have watched American Idol since Kelly Clarkson was picked as the very first Idol. Season 1 remains my favorite season.

I cast my very first Idol votes during the finale, so I do take a little bit of credit for her win! :)

But Kelly wasn’t the only one I loved…

Justin Guarini

I had such a huge crush on him that I almost felt bad for voting for Kelly instead! Such a cutie!

A few more of my favorites…

Christina Christian, RJ Helton, & Tamyra Gray

Season 2

Carmen Rasmusen, Josh Gracin, & Clay Aiken

Season 3

Diana DeGarmo & Jon Peter Lewis

Season 4-My other favorite season!

Carrie Underwood (!) & Anwar Robinson

Season 5

Katharine McPhee, Ace Young
Kellie Pickler, & Chris Daughtry

Season 6
Melinda Doolittle & Jordin Sparks

Season 7

Brooke White, David Cook, & Jason Castro

Season 8
Matt Giraud, Allison Iraheta, & Kris Allen
Season 9

Katelyn Epperly, Lee Dewyze, Casey James, & Didi Benami

What I love about American Idol is getting to see normal people who most likely never would’ve gotten the chance get to chase a dream. I love watching them grow in their musical style and ability week to week. There has been so much talent discovered during the course of this show. Although my top choice has only won twice (Seasons 1 & 4), I continue to watch, just enjoying being a part of watching people live their dreams and maybe creating a star!

If you’d like to play along, head on over to Jen’s blog!

Friday Five-Favorite Movies

Today’s Friday Five is favorite movies! It was super hard to narrow my list down to only five, so here are my top five (at least for today!). I’m going to count them down backwards for ya!

5. Hope Floats

I absolutely love Sandra Bullock. She has been my favorite actress since Hope Floats came out. I really love this movie

4. Legally Blonde
Love love love Reese Witherspoon! She is another favorite of mine! I was blonde until I was 22, and this movie definitely made me proud to be blonde!

3. Cinderella

This has been one of my favorites since I was a kid. I love fairy tales and princesses, and I have watched this over and over, and I never get tired of it!

2. Under the Tuscan Sun
2. This movie makes me want to move to Italy and live in the country! Diane Lane and Sandra Oh are fantastic. It’s also got some great quotes!

“Regrets are a waste of time. They’re the past crippling you in the present.”

“Never lose your childish innocence. It’s the most important thing.”

“It is unhealthy to eat alone.”

1. Miss Congeniality

I know this may seem like an odd choice for a favorite movie, but I love it! Sandra Bullock is so amazing and so funny! It also has some fantastic quotes, and I’m pretty sure I can quote the whole movie.

What are your favorite movies? Head over to Beth’s blog to play along!