Friday, February 29, 2008


Just a quick reminder to all my Texan friends - regardless of who you support - get out and vote!!! Early voting ends today, but you can vote in the TX primary election on Tuesday, March 4th. Get out and exercise this wonderful right that we have as Americans. Remember: If you don't vote, then you can't complain!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

My identity crisis & other updates

I have decided that my experiment with brown hair has officially run its course, so today I got blonde highlights. This is the first step towards getting my hair back to normal. It will have to be done in stages, so it's still pretty brown right now, but the highlights brighten it up quite a bit. At this point, most of my family and friends think I am crazy since every time they see me I seem to have a different hair color. A lot of people have asked me why I dyed it brown, and I don't really have a good answer. But I have thought about it a lot. There are a few things going on in my life at the moment that I wish I could change. Since they all fall into the category of things that are completely out of my hands, I think I've resorted to changing some things that I can control as an outlet for my frustration.

I wandered up to the MAC cosmetics counter today and went overboard. I now have a full new collection of make-up to go with the new hair. That was quite a leap of faith - the stuff is not cheap, and I've never used it before. I got pretty lucky and really love all the things I bought. The girl who helped me choose shades was really good at her job - she picked the perfect foundation and powder just by looking at me. What a relief, because I can't return any of this stuff. I'm on a new budget for 2008, and I should *not* have splurged like this, but we did just get a pretty substantial refund on our tax return, so I blew a little today. Now it's time to buckle down and get back on track. No more excuses! As a side note - I now understand why people RAVE about MAC. If I were going to waste a chunk of money, I sure picked a great way to do it. I'm officially hooked, and I don't know if I'll ever wear another brand of make-up again.

In other not so great news...We discovered on Monday that Elise has asthma. Her case is mild so far, but it's still so upsetting to me. I wish that I could take that away from her. We pray that it won't become a huge issue for her and that she will outgrow it eventually. My number one concern is that she won't have the opportunity to participate in athletics. I have high hopes that she will be interested in doing so (not that I would ever push her into something she didn't want to do). I just want her to have all the options the world has to offer. I don't want her to have limitations.

Jamie coached the first baseball tournament of the season this weekend. The team did well, defeating Clear Lake & Texas City. They had only one loss to The Woodlands. Between tax season and baseball season, quality time has been in short supply. We did finally have a date night tonight while Elise spent the night with Grandma & Pa Pa. We saw Jumper, and other than the lady who sat behind us with her 2-yr old and 6-yr old who talked through the entire movie, it was good. For the life of me, I don't understand why people take small children to inappropriate movies late at night. That is a topic for another entry...perhaps another time.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Can you feel the love?

We all had a wonderful Valentine's Day! As it turns out, we were all planning to surprise one another, and it worked out really nicely. When I woke up, I saw a pretty basket of potted tulips, some balloons, and a card waiting for me. Also, Jamie had set up Elise's breakfast and tied the hugest heart balloon ever created to her little table. When I got out of the shower, Elise came in and gave me a card that Jamie had helped her sign for me too.

Elise and I gave Jamie some cookies that we'd baked the night before. Elise also gave him the Valentine that we made. Then I had 2 cards for him - one from me and one from the boys! It was like a party in our house at 7am! Here is a pic of all the loot (please ignore my shabby appearance since I hadn't done my hair or make up yet!):

Jamie told me why he chose the flowers for me. He liked that arrangement because there was one flower for each year we have been together - and one to grow on. How sweet! Plus, tulips are my favorite. I hate roses, so he did a perfect job. Our dinner was wonderful as well, and Elise had a ball at her school party. She brought home enough junk to last for the rest of the year!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Love Day!

I thought that the world had lost its sway
It's so hard sometimes
Then I fell in love with you
Then came you
And you took that away
It's not so difficult, the world is not so difficult
You take away the old
Show me the new
And I feel like I can fly when I stand next to you
~Calling You, Blue October

Let me start by saying I love Valentine's Day!!! But this wasn't always the case. Traditionally I have found Valentine's Day to be overrated and disppointing. But that all changed 2 years ago. Jamie and I first met face to face on Valentine's Day 2006. We had been chatting on the phone for a few days before and had exchanged a few emails. We hadn't planned on a Valentine's Day meeting, but Jamie's baseball game was rained out, so we both found ourselves at home with nothing to do.

I'll never forget that night. I was sitting on my bed upstairs at my parents' house reading a magazine in my sweats. I had just put Elise to bed after a very uneventful, normal day. I was just settling in to read for a while and go to bed. Then my phone rang. I was surprised to get a call from Jamie, since I knew he was coaching a game that night. He told me that it had been cancelled and asked if I wanted to go get something to eat. I had already eaten dinner, but I didn't tell him that! I decided to go for it...and that is how it all began. I think we both knew we were very interested that night, and it didn't take long for us to realize that we had found something really special. So, that is the story of how my views on Valentine's Day were transformed.

As sappy as it sounds, I love this day, because it seems like such a fairy tale meeting - to meet your soulmate on Valentine's Day. And I have continued to live that fairy tale every single day thereafter. I just adore our story, and I could not ask for a better partner in life for myself and Elise. This is a day to recognize how lucky we are and to remind one another of where it all the most unlikely time. I don't think either of us were expecting to find a lifelong friend, lover, confidant, and partner that evening exactly 2 years ago today. But we sure are glad that we did!

Jamie and I will be celebrating with a quiet, romantic dinner alone at one of our favorite local restaurants. We made reservations 3 weeks ago to be sure we would have a table. Many thanks to Mom & Dad for babysitting just like they did on the night we met.

We are celebrating a day early with Elise - I put together a goody basket for her and we are working on her Valentines for school and baking Valentine cookies. Grandma, Grandpa, and Mary all have goodies for her tomorrow, so I thought it would be best to space things out a bit. I also helped her make a Valentine for Coach.

Wishing you all a very Happy Love Day (as Jamie would call it)! We hope your lives are as full of love as ours.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Old Friends

I once heard a saying about old friends. I am only paraphrasing, but it was something like, "The older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young." As I near my 30th birthday (which will come later this year), I can really appreciate that sentiment.

Melissa is one of my oldest friends, and I miss her so much. We grew up right down the street from one another and went to school together from 3rd grade through high school graduation. She has been traveling abroad and working for various relief organizations since college graduation. We kept in touch all through our college years (Melissa at UT and me just down the road at Southwestern). It's truly a lifelong friendship. I'm amazed that no matter how much time passes, Melissa and I can get together and pick up right where we left off...and she always has some wild stories to tell!

She was in town briefly last month getting hitched, and I was able to meet her new husband and catch up with her for a bit. Unfortunately we had a short visit, because she and her husband were headed to Paris the next morning for their honeymoon and to visit her husband's family in France. After about a month there, they will head to their next assignment. Her husband is assigned somewhere in Africa or the Middle East (I can't remember) with the Red Cross, and Melissa will try to find a job there as well. She's just an amazing woman, and I am proud to call her my friend.

As much as I'd love for her to live in the states again, I don't see it happening! So, we will settle for maintaining our friendship across the miles and enjoying our occasional visits.

I may see her again in December. She and her husband are contemplating a wedding reception in Honduras, and Jamie and I are planning to make the trip if they put it all together. It could be a really fun little getaway!

Happy Birthday, Bailey!

Today is our puppy love's first birthday! To celebrate the occasion we ate pizza for dinner (because the boys love the crust) and sang "Happy Birthday" to Bailey. He even had his very own special birthday party hat.

After dinner, we served Milk Bones with cream cheese (a big favorite) for dessert - only to the dogs of course! I think Bailey really enjoyed his birthday celebration.

What a difference a year makes!

We love you, Bailey!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

100 Innings!

Now that is a lot of baseball.

The season has officially kicked off with the annual fundraiser - a 100-inning game. It has been a very successful fundraiser for 3 years now, and I am proud to say that Jamie brought the idea to Friendswood. Since they began doing the 100-inning game, funds raised by the team have TRIPLED and continue to increase each year. It is pretty exciting!

It is also very tiring. They play on Friday until 10pm, then all day on Saturday as well. Elise and I went up to the field last night for a few hours, and we got to see Jamie play. I love the 100-inning game, because it is the one time each year that I get to see my love in action. He's awfully humble, but I've been told by others that he was a VERY good baseball player. Before he tore his ACL and shattered his knee cap, he had potential to be in the minor leagues from what I've heard. He would never admit that, though.

Athletics are a big part of what brought us together. We were both former collegiate athletes, so we relate really well when it comes to that. So, I think it's pretty special to see him play, even though he's about 15 years older now and a bit rusty. Love you, honey!

We had really nice weather for the game this year. Last year it was so bitterly cold that Elise and I nearly froze and could only stay for a short time. I went up around noon today, because they were serving BBQ and faitas during the mid-day break. It was fun to sit and eat with Jamie, the other coaches, and their wives. The fundraiser has been combined this year with a youth mini-camp, so the little ones were playing during lunch. They were so cute!

Hopefully we are gearing up for another great season! Go Mustangs!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Super Tuesday!

I'm intensely interested in this election for many reasons, so today is a big day! I am about to tune into CNN once I can get Elise settled in bed. I'm actually nervous to see the results - I hope that I won't end up with a "lesser of two evils" situation. It stinks that the TX primary is held so late.

"Me and all my friends, we're all misunderstood
They say we stand for nothing, there's no way we ever could
Now we see everything is going wrong with the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don't have the means to rise above and beat it
So we keep waiting, waiting on the world to change . . ."

~John Mayer, Waiting on the World to Change

YES WE CAN!!!!!!!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Two of a kind

They say that sometimes when an owner forms a strong bond with their pet, they will actually begin to physically resemble one another...

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Lessons Learned

It hasn't taken me more than 2 days as a brunette to realize that this change is quite the eye-opening experience! It has almost turned into my very own little social experiment. So here is what I've learned so far:

- It took me less than one day to realize that blondes are treated differently than brunettes. I get MUCH less attention as a brunette. Last night Jamie, Elise, and I ran into one of the baseball parents while we were out shopping. During the course of a nearly 10 minute conversation, not ONCE did this parent even glance in my general direction. I felt truly invisible. I thought it was so interesting, because this type of thing never happened when I was blonde. I feel invisible everywhere I go now, and it's actually kind of nice. This brings me to point #2...

- Men are such pigs! LOL, just kidding. But seriously, society has some pretty strong ideas of what constitutes "beauty". Of course I knew that before, but I guess I never realized it until I went against the whole "blue-eyed, blonde, skinny, big boobs" look. I'm happy to be going against the grain for a while. It is my own silent protest.

- You can't wear the same make-up with brown hair that you wear with blonde hair. It just doesn't look good! I spent about an hour yesterday during Elise's nap digging out some old eyeshadows and trying to figure out which ones look good with brown hair! I'm still pretty clueless, so any of you brunettes out there, feel free to offer suggestions.

- Bleach really does a number on your hair! My hair has never been this healthy, shiny, and full before. Also, I used to have to clean out my brush once a day. I've had this brown hair for a full weekend, and there are only a few small hairs in my brush. Interesting.

- My husband is a doll (again, I already knew, but this just proves it). I know he prefers blonde hair. I know he probably hates the brown. But all he said to me was, "If you like it, then I like it. I love you."

- It makes me a little sad that with this new hair I look nothing like Elise. The blonde hair was really the only physical characteristic that we shared (besides the blue eyes), and I miss resembling her.

I am planning to put blonde highlights back in my hair in about 6 weeks. But it sure has been an interesting experience!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Who says blondes have more fun??

Well, here is my new look!

I've always wanted to do this just to see what it would be like. It's not bad! I am still getting used to it. The stylist advised me to go a shade or 2 darker than I really want, because it is going to fade over the next few weeks. We'll see about that!

Elise's reaction was pretty funny. She asked me why I have black hair, and where is my yellow hair?? She's asked me at least 100 times why I don't have yellow hair. Then she asked me to change it back.

Jamie isn't crazy about it either. He loves blondes...but he said he will adjust.

Sometimes you just need a change, you know? And it's only hair. It can be dyed back later. For now, I am going to keep it, because I kind of like it. I feel like a different version of myself. It's fun!