Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bikes Blues and BBQ

Last weekend Chad and I took the motorcycle to Fayetteville, AR. Every year they have this big event called Bikes, Blues, and BBQ. Chad's been a few times, but this was my first time to go. We both had a great time. I heard someone say that there were around 400,000 people that came this year. I've never seen so many motorcycles in my life. There were all sorts of people there and all sorts of bikes. It was kinda like being at the fair. There were food booths everywhere with really good food. There were live bands playing in all along Dixson Street. We also got to watch a couple of guys do some stunts. It was so much fun...especially the ride down there and back. The roads in Arkansas are a lot more fun than the flat straight roads in Oklahoma. Here are a couple of the pictures we took.

I'm not sure what this is but there were several of them. I think they look pretty fun.

I think this was the Hillbilly's motorcycle. Check out the seats.

This guy was obviously a Razorback's fan. I wish we would have caught it in the picture, but when he rode by he was doing the horns down sign...Arkansas played Texas that day. Speaking of...OU is #1 right now!!!!! One of the best things I heard last week was when Chad yelled across the house that USC lost!!!! I just really don't like USC or coach Pete for that matter. Anyway...back to Arkansas...

One last picture...pictures after riding aren't my best look. Hope you all are having a great week. We miss you!


So Chad and I have been married for about 7 weeks, and....

Just Kidding! I'm not pregnant. I just didn't take my water pill for a few days and I thought this was pretty impressive. I'm not even sticking my stomach out!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Welcome to Fall!

So this is the first week of fall and I love it! I love coming home and putting on a hoodie and curling up with a blanket...ok so it's not really that cold outside yet, but I do it anyway. Since it's fall, it's the beginning of a new softball season! I'm so excited! We have our first games tonight. I love playing, but it always makes me a little nervous when I play in a coed league. Some of those guys are pretty powerful hitters and I just hope that I play smart and don't get hit in the face.

In other news...
I just got my new driver's license! It's not the best picture ever, but it is a major improvement from my previous one. I also decided to be an organ doner. I have been thinking about it for a long time. If you know me very well, you know how I view things...I don't like to have things sitting around that I'm not using. I would prefer to sell or give away the things I'm not using if it could be useful to someone else. So, this just kinda fits who I am and my view on things. If I'm gone, I'm in Heaven and I'm not going to miss my organs. If someone here can use them, they should have them. If I'm healthy when I go, I feel like it would kinda be a waste for me to take my organs to the grave when someone else could benefit from them. I try to think of things from the other point of view. If someone in my family were on the waiting list for an organ, I'd be praying for a doner. Maybe when it's time for me to leave, I could be an answer to someone's prayer...helping give them a better life. So really the more I thought about it, I couldn't come up with a reason not to be a doner....it keeps highlighting the word doner. Did I misspell that? I can't think of another way to spell it.

I also changed my voting information so that I could vote here instead of OKC. If you've moved, don't forget to update your info. Express yourself and vote!!! I'll tell you the story later, but voting for the President is kinda a HUGE deal to me.

SWEET POTATOES!!!! I was at Wal-mart yesterday and I came across something new that I love! I love this new trend in the frozen food section...you know, the bags of frozen stuff that you steam in the microwave. Well, actually I love the corn and the green beans are growing on me. I really don't like vegetables. Anyway, OreIda has these new steam and mash sweet potatoes and oh my gosh are they good! I love sweet potatoes, but I hardly ever make them. These are so easy and delicious. You just put the bag in the microwave and then add butter, milk, and brown sugar. You have to try them. I can't wait to make them with candied pecans and marshmallows. Mmmm...

SPLENDA! I've been trying to make healthy meals for dinner and it's going pretty well. I've found several really good recipes that I like. I'll share some of them with you later. One ingredient that I've learned to love is splenda. Chad's used it for a while, but I never really had. I'm impressed with how well it tastes and it does great when I cook with it. It doesn't make things come out all weird. Anyway, another new treat I found at Wal-mart yesterday was SPLENDA BROWN SUGAR! It tastes really good...on everything.

Speaking of food...it's almost dinner time. I'm out.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

My Week

Me and Chad...I have the best husband ever!

Due to parent/teacher conferences and our internet being down, I didn't get to post anything last week. Here's the quick catch up.
Church - We've been to different places every week. Friends Church, First Baptist, and this week we went to Newsong in Grove. Finding a church is a little more difficult than I thought it would be. We like the ones we've visited...some more than others. It will just take time to find out place.

Parent/Teacher Conferences - I always dread these, probably because the first few years I taught it was just a really bad experience. However, last year my conferences went really well and this year they went well too. Yea! The people I've met here have been really nice and they are all so laid back. I like that a lot. The first night I only had a few, but Thursday night I had a pretty full schedule. It was great to get to meet some of the parents. Teaching here is different, but I really like it.

Friday - Since I worked late last Tuesday and Thursday night, I had Friday off. I thought what a perfect time for me to go see Mindy and Daisy! I am so excited for the Goffs. Daisy is so beautiful! I'm glad it worked out for me to be able to come see them Friday. I could hardly stand being this far away when she was born. Chris and Mindy are going to be such great parents! Here's a pic of Mindy, Me, and Daisy.

While I was in town, I also got to see my mom, Brent, and Nandy. I'm still trying to figure out how to balance my time. It's just hard because I don't get to see everyone very often and when I'm in town I want to try to see everyone...however, when I'm just there for a day, I can't really do that and it just makes me sad. So to everyone I didn't get to see this time, hopefully I'll get to see you soon.

Audra and Rachel - Happy Birthday!!! Two of Chad's sisters have a birthday in September, so we all met up in Tulsa on Friday night to celebrate. I had a great time and it was fun to get to see everybody again. I feel really blessed to have married into a great family.

I think you're pretty much caught up. Here are a few pics. I'm also trying to figure out how to make a slideshow on here. We have a lot of really good pictures from our honeymoon that you all need to see. I can't describe how beautiful it was, you'll just have to see...hopefully soon.

Actually this picture was from last weekend, but every time I look at it, it cracks me up. I thought you might get a kick out of it too. Chad always leaves a mustache whenever he shaves off his scruff. Thankfully he doesn't keep it.

This is from today. I was waiting in the car while Chad went into Pete's to get me a Sunday paper...I really do miss all the ads in the Sunday Oklahoman. You know what else I really miss...I usually get the Joplin Globe and they usually don't even have any pictures from the OU games. I mean, I know that it's a Missouri paper, so it's ok that they don't put OU on the cover of the front page. I understand that, but seriously they should at least put some pictures in there. My poor bulletin board at school is pretty bare because I don't have any articles to cut out and post. Speaking of, I feel kinda lost on Saturdays that OU doesn't play...what do I do?

OU vs Cinncinati 9/6/08

Have a great week! If you're like me and you've moved, don't forget to change your voting location. I think my mom told me the cut off date is somewhere around October 6th.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Cool Shirts

These shirts are some that Chad's friends made for us as a wedding gift....I know you wish you had one too. They both say Asphalt Outlaw on the front. Mine says "I'm his princess" on the back and his says "she's my biker chick" on the back.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Here's my blog!

It's Saturday, the Sooners aren't playing yet, it's raining, and my husband is asleep...I guess I don't really have an excuse right now, so I'm finally starting my blog! I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do with most of you, so I don't really know where to start. I've been married for a month and 4 days now. I absolutely love it! I've had my moments, but I think adjusting has been a little easier than I was expecting. Sure, I miss a lot of things. I miss my family and friends a lot. I miss living close to the mall, good places to eat, and all the things that have been familiar to me over the last 27 years. I also miss my church. BUT, I love being with Chad. I love getting to spend so much time with him. I kinda like being in a smaller town, it doesn't take more than 5 minutes to get anywhere in Miami from our house. I'm enjoying my job. I like getting to know new people and I think it's good for me to be taken out of my comfort zone. Living in Miami is definitely different than life in Okc. I'll try to keep you updated on all that's going on.