Top 2 Tuesday

Today’s Top 2 Tuesday is Top 2 things you can’t live without!

1. My iPod. I am completely addicted. I love music, and I have music playing pretty much every moment I’m awake. I listen to it when I read, when I’m in my car, and when I’m at work. Even when I’m taking a shower, I have my iPod playing. A few months ago, the hard drive went out, and I was without it for a few weeks. It almost killed me!

2. Sunglasses. If I am outside or in my car and the sun is even a little bit bright, I must have my sunglasses. Sometimes I can’t even open my eyes without them! I love big sunglasses, and I have several different pairs and different colors!

A small example of how often I have to have them:

Playing outside with the cousins

Signing the wall at Graceland

Chillin’ outside the Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville

I even decorated them for a costume party!

What’s that sitting on top of my head? That’s right. Sunglasses.

Fill In The Blank Friday

Wow! Two theme posts in one day? Crazy, huh?! I was checking out Beth’s blog that I found after she found me at Kelly’s Korner and I saw her Fill In The Blank Friday from Lauren’s blog! I thought it looked like fun, so here’s my Fill In The Blank Friday!

1. Today I am wearing a cute black top, my gray ruffled cardigan thingy, my new awesome jeans, and my black boots!

2. My favorite childhood food was macaroni and cheese and my favorite food now is chocolate and Mexican food (not together!).

3. A day that I am too busy to talk to my Momma at least a couple of times is a day that I am too busy.

4. The last movie I saw was “Dear John” for Jessica’ s birthday and the next movie I want to see is “The Last Song” hopefully with Tracy in the next few weeks. Can you tell I love Nicholas Sparks?!

5. My favorite smell is my parents’ house when my Momma is making candles because her candles are amazing, and the mixture of scents in the house is sooo good!

6. A weird little quirk I have is I always have to put salt on my food before pepper. I’ve very OCD about that. If I don’t, I think it doesn’t taste right. I know it’s all in my head, but it’s something I have to do!

7. When I take personality quizzes, they always say I’m friendly but shy, which is pretty true!

Childhaven 2006

This is my first post for Kelly’s Show Us Your Life Friday. This week’s theme is Mission Trips. I decided to post pictures from my sophomore year Spring Break trip to Childhaven, a children’s home in Cullman, Alabama. Childhaven had children of all ages, as well as a program for teenage mothers. The year I went was my bible study group’s second year to go. My group went to help do yardwork, paint the cottages, and do other repairs on the grounds. During the trip, I worked probably harder than I’ve ever worked in my life, but had the most amazing experience.

The “Big House”- the Childhaven offices were in this building, as well as the room we had dinner in ever night.

Part of our group, the ones who actually got out of bed to go to the devo by the pond on our last morning at Childhaven.

Our first night, there was a tornado. We all piled in the basement of the big house until the storm passed. To pass the time, our group did what we did anytime we had free time-started singing! The kids looked at us a little funny at first, but eventually joined in.

Every night, we had dinner with the kids. It was so important to us to try to form relationships with the kids and show them that we were not only there to help out, but we truly cared about them and wanted to show God’s love to them. The first picture is of part of our group with a few of the kids. The second picture is me with one of the precious teen mom’s and her adorable baby boy. She and I had dinner together every night, and even though I haven’t seen her since that week, I still think about her and wonder how she’s doing.

Teddie and Lacey would probably kill me for posting this picture, but one of our last nights there, the daughter of one of the house parent’s begged us to come over and dance with her. In this picture, we are doing YMCA, and we also did Macarena and Cha-Cha Slide.

In the afternoons, we tried to stay out of sight so the kids could get their homework done without being distracted by us. We would hang out at the house…

make a Dairy Queen run…

or go exploring in town. One afternoon, we went to this spillway that the group found the year before. We climbed to the top and had so much fun!

We danced in the water like little kids, but had so much fun! It was beautiful!
The first picture is Kayla & Dan,
and the second one is me!
One afternoon we went exploring a cave. It was a bar during prohibition. There were all kinds of escape routes, and we had so much fun exploring!

When we made it to the back of the cave, we turned out all of our flashlights and started singing. It sounded so amazing! We sang for about an hour. Spending time as a group praising God in total darkness was so incredible, and something I will never forget!

Me & Regina, Me & Teddie
I could go on and on about the amazing time we had at Childhaven. Hearing the kids’ stories truly impacted my life, and I hope that we were able to touch their lives as well. Along with the work we did, we formed new friendships and strengthened old ones. Childhaven and the memories I have from my time there will always have a special place in my heart.

I’m a little scared

I never intended to blog about American Idol, but I feel like I need to talk about what is happening. I’m a little scared about this season. I have watched the show since the beginning, and never have I gone into a Top 12 show having only two contestants that I could possibly see winning this show.

Casey James-really nice voice, and super cute!

Didi Benami-she’s been one of my favorites from
the beginning
Other than these two, I don’t see anyone that has the potential to really be successful from this show. There are no Carrie Underwoods or Chris Daughtreys. Instead, America decides to send home these awesome people…

Katelyn Epperly, Ashley Rodriguez, & Tyler Grady

…and leave us with this

Aaron Kelly, aka David Archuleta 2
Voted in by the texting teenyboppers who loved David,
except Aaron is nowhere near as good of a singer with nowhere near the stage presence

Katie Stevens
This girl can’t get through a show without crying, and it’s starting to get really old.
She is consistently picking songs that don’t work for her, and she’s singing them terribly.

Paige Miles
I have no idea why this girl is still here. She seems very sweet,
but I have no idea why America kept her on the show
after she completely destroyed a Kelly Clarkson song and a Michael Jackson song.
Seriously, listening to her sing Michael Jackson’s “Smile” made me want to cut off my ears.

I’m a little scared!

I worry that with a season of not-so-great contestants and news that Simon Cowell is leaving the show after this season, this could be the end of American Idol. We’ll see what happens in the next few weeks! If any of you are watching Idol this year, what are your thoughts on the contestants this year?

Dancing Queen?

Earlier this week, I decided that I’m going to start exercising. I say this every few months, and usually nothing comes of it. This week, I have actually worked out (so far) two days! In a row! Shocking, I know. For Christmas, I got this awesome DVD!

I loved Julianne on Dancing With The Stars, so I was sure I’d love her DVD. The first time I watched it, just to see what it was like, I thought it looked fun and pretty easy. Easy? What. Was. I. Thinking. I texted my mom to tell her that if she hadn’t heard from me in 30 minutes to call and check on me. A few minutes into the warm-up, I was sweating. She started doing things I couldn’t do (due to the whole fused spine thing) so I decided to move on to the first dance, the cha-cha. Now, I took a week-long dance class in college, and the cha-cha was mine and my partner’s favorite dance. It was fun and fairly easy. Julianne’s cha-cha? Not so much. About 20 minutes into it, I was on the ground. Couldn’t move from complete and total exhaustion. And I’d only learned about three 8-counts of the dance. Seriously? I’m 24. I shouldn’t be in such terrible shape. This is pathetic.

The next night, I actually learned the rest of the dance and made it through without collapsing from exhaustion again. Unfortunately, now I have this weird pain in my back, probably due to all of the “hip-action” (Julianne’s words, not mine) and the fact that fused spine = limited “hip-action”. The pain isn’t hindering my movement, it is just a dull ache. I’m probably taking tonight off due to other plans, but I’ll hopefully be back on schedule tomorrow. With much less “hip-action”.

You know you’re a big girl when…

You get stuff like this for your birthday
and you get REALLY excited!
Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I have been waiting to blog until my new laptop got here and unfortunately, the hard drive on it failed last night. :( I am hoping my old one will work long enough to post pictures from my birthday week tonight after church and Q group. We shall see!

My Birthday Week Project

Next week is my birthday, and I have a full week off of work. I’m going home for most of the week, but instead of just sitting around doing nothing, I’ve decided that I’m going to take some of these…

Taylor Swift Concert

Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town

Miranda Lambert

And maybe some of these…

Graceland, Country Music Hall of Fame

Holly Williams, Carrie Underwood at the Grand Ole Opry
And put them into some of these…

All of the pictures are saved either on CDs or on a flash drive, and I think they need to be printed where I can enjoy them without having to be on the computer. I’ll update my progress at the end of Birthday Week and maybe throw in a few pictures!

10 Tracks I’m Loving Right Now

I occasionally read a blog on by a girl named Allison called “10 Tracks I’m Digging Right Now”. She not only lists current songs, but also older stuff she’s discovering or rediscovering. She also talks about why she is enjoying these songs. I love reading what she has to say and checking out some of the songs she recommends, so I decided to do my own lists! I love music, and I love discovering new music, so I wanted to share the music I love with “Blog Land”. Since I think the word ‘digging’ is a little goofy, I’m going to call my list “10 Tracks I’m Loving Right Now”. Here is what I’m listening to this week!

“Terrified” by Kathairne McPhee featuring Jason Reeves
Katharine just released her second CD, and it is completely different than her first one. This song quickly became my favorite on the album. Jason Reeves’ added vocals sound really awesome with Katharine’s voice. Love it!
Album: Unbroken

“Pink Guitar” by Reba McEntire
I love love love Reba! Who doesn’t enjoy listening to her stuff? She is always fantastic, and this song is super cute!
Album: Keep On Loving You

“Love Song” by Miranda Lambert featuring Charles Kelley
Really really love this song! Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum sings background vocals, and their voices sound fantastic together. Great lyrics too!
Album: Revolution

“The Man I Want To Be” by Chris Young
This is a really beautiful song with really powerful lyrics. Chris has a really awesome voice too!
Album: The Man I Want To Be

“Ready To Love Again” by Lady Antebellum
This is one of my favorite songs on their new album. I could list nearly every song on their album on this list! If you haven’t heard their new stuff, you should check it out! Awesome stuff!
Album: Need You Now

“Lie” by David Cook
I heard this song for the first time when he performed it on Carrie Underwood’s Christmas special. I don’t know what it is about this song that I like, but it has become one of my favorites of the moment.
Album: David Cook
“Brand New Key” by Katharine McPhee
Another favorite song on Katharine’s new CD. This song is unlike anything I’ve ever heard her sing, and I love it! It is very cute and bubbly.
Album: Unbroken

“Only Prettier” by Miranda Lambert
I laughed out loud the first time I heard this song! It’s kind of an “I don’t like you, but let’s agree to disagree” kind of song, told by a southern girl. She sings about how a southern girl doesn’t have to be hateful, she can just say “bless your heart”. We should all get along because we southern girls are just like anyone else, only prettier!
Album: Revolution

“Keep On Lovin’ You” by Steel Magnolia
This song is from a brand new country duo. They won this last season of CMT’s “Can You Duet”. I don’t watch the show, but I stumbled across their song when I was playing around on iTunes, and I really like it! They have unique voices, and the song is really cute. They don’t have a CD out yet, but I look forward to new music from them!

“Unapologize” by Carrie Underwood
There’s really no way I could get through a post about music without mentioning something by Carrie! This song is from her new album. It is about letting ‘I love you’ slip out, quickly apologizing, then taking back the apology because you really meant what you said. It has cute, fun lyrics, and is one of my favorites!
Album: Play On
That’s it for this post! If anyone is listening to these songs or checks them out after reading this, I would love to hear what you think about them!