Thursday, October 30, 2008

A few more notes....

I've got a list of things again...takes a little less thought since it is 3:30amEST and I'm not sure if this will be understandable.

1. We didn't get the house. The plan is to leave it alone for now. The counter offer came back and we decided just to let it be.

2. The puggies were dropped off at Bow-Wow Resort today...I hope they don't forget us!

3. Since Caleb and I will be in Singapore for the election we DID send in our absentee ballots. I can officially say I voted!

4. Our wedding album has finally arrived! I met the photographer on Tuesday to get it...it came out well, I'd love to share if anyone is interested :)

4.5. I'll have to say that I haven't really understood the whole travel pillow thing that people put around their neck. Caleb just bought one that you blow up though and I must say it is GREAT. It alleviates a lot of the pressure from your neck as you try to sleep in the tiny space on a plane. Highly recommended. He got his at Travel Country; the best part about it is that it is compact when not in use.

5. Strangest thing happened on our flight to LA today - met the Mom of a UF defensive player (saw pictures and all of her son and Tebow, etc. It all started b/c I had on Caleb's Gator sweatshirt and so began the connection. After talking with her a few minutes and looking at all of her pictures she offered us a free drink so, 'tada!' one glass of white wine each. THEN, at the end of the flight she comes over and gives us a whole bottle! Unfortunately, we can't bring it on our next flight so I gave it to my friend Ginger and her husband John whom we met for a bite to eat at our layover in LAX.

6. Speaking of our layover in LAX...the departure time was just postponed because of fog. So we are sitting here, waiting another 90 minutes before they will start boarding. It will be about 5am EST by the time we board...thus starts the LONG flight....

Sunday, October 26, 2008

a few things of note...

Well, I'm just not in the mood to write a whole lot but I suppose I do have things to write:

1. Friday Caleb and I put an offer in on the house we've visited three times...we are waiting to hear the response.

2. Had to work a bit on Saturday but it ended well because my Grandparents were visiting from Sarasota. We did our best to play Euchre after dinner... I'd have to say I like the game and look forward to playing again!

3. My Grandparents also accompanied Amy and I to church Sunday morning - there was a guest speaker who I thought was great. You should be able to listen online, I think it will be uploaded by Monday.

4. Caleb and I joined his family at the Fall Festival Sunday evening at Sanlando church... It was very similar to last year's festival...but it's really for kids and they all seemed to have fun. I think it would be more fun if we had our own to take to the Festival. I think it must be overwhelming for kids who have too many people around that want to interact with them. One day though...

5. After the Festival I went to my friend Leah's house for her Halloween Party. She did some great planning - there were several games and activities for the kids and a nice area for adults to talk. She also has friends who can cook and bake great things :) Yum!

6. Unfortunately, the Jaguars lost today. I can't say that I got to watch the game but I did catch the last 30 seconds or so online (it wasn't televised). But, next week is another week.

7. In the middle of everything else this weekend we are trying to gather items for our trip to Malaysia. There are just a few days left!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Bell Pepper Pics

Well...this took longer for me to put these pictures up than I thought, but I can still share. Over the past couple days they actually ripened, so I've shown both. The first is the three bell peppers from this past Monday and then the following picture was taken on Wednesday - they are ripening and almost ready to pick! (Yes, they are supposed to be yellow.)






This weekend I had the opportunity to babysit Sergio's daughter who was precious. She was honestly the easiest baby ever. K was just so happy to have a playmate and didn't seemed bothered by a thing. Thanks to Caleb for the advice on how to change a diaper...yes, I do have a few things to learn before I have my own. OR a LOT to learn when I have my first!

Caleb and I went to visit the "perfect" house again this weekend. This was the third visit we've made. We've had several discussions about it and we know it's NOT REALLY perfect...but it's the best fit for us thus far. We are keeping our options open though. We visited 4 other houses this weekend too. We just keep coming back to this ONE...We are in no rush to buy though, so we're taking our time.

I've also just put together our first wedding album. Since we just got the CDs back from the photographer, I have printed a BUNCH and just inserted them into an album that was a wedding gift from family. I haven't started the Scrapbook yet...I'm getting to it though. I'll be bringing it with me for a while to share...ask for it if you see me!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Another WIN!

The Jags had another win today! Hooray~!

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Jacksonville 3 7 14 0 24 Final




Denver 7 0 3 7 17

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I haven't posted any pics of my vegetable garden lately, but I do have three bell peppers growing right now and three flowers on my tomato plant. I've also just gotten a strawberry plant. I'm not sure how well that is going to grow, but it's worth a try. I also need to find a better container to put it in since I don't have a garden in the ground. I'll put some pictures up later this week to show a little of the progress.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

PICTURES

Hooray! I finally got all of the pictures from the wedding on CDs...now I can get started with printing pictures and making my wedding scrapbook. (This will be my first scrapbook ever so wish me luck!)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Sept/Oct B-days, Susan G. Komen

Saturday late afternoon we celebrated the September and October Birthdays in Caleb's family. It's always nice to get together with family. "Hamel Haystacks" were the on the menu for dinner. (Fritos topped with chili and fixin's...lettuce, tomato, salsa, cheese, sour cream,etc.). And, it was our job to do the birthday cake.

I had the idea of making different flavored cakes to try and suit different tastes. So (with the help of my friend Jen I.) I had six options - berry, lemon, coffee, white, chocolate peanut butter and pecan pie cake. The first five were all made from a box and then had various additives mixed in to give it the respective flavor. The pecan pie cake was made from scratch (more of a last minute cake as we realized that the first five may not be enough). The lemon cake seemed to go over really well. The icing on the cakes were flavored too. The chocolate peanut butter cake really needed more flavor though. I had chopped up pieces of chocolate peanut butter hershey kisses for that one. The berry cake was very good, frozen berries were added to that cake mix. The coffee flavor was distinctively coffee. You had better like the flavor of coffee to eat that one. And, of course, I did leave one plain white cake for the milder pallets in the group. Pictures below.









Here's the pecan pie cake:


And here are the mini flavored cakes: Top left is berry, top right is the chocolate peanut butter, bottom left is the coffee, bottom right is the lemon cake and the one on the plate all by its lonesome is the plain white cake (with sprinkles to make it pretty).


This morning, even though it was Sunday, I woke up at 5:15am to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Jen I. had a group that I joined so we all met at RDV and rode there. It was a beautiful day for a walk/run 5K. Pics to come later...but please be informed about Breast Cancer: http://iamthecure.com/

Be Aware.

1. The greatest risk factors for breast cancer are being female and growing older.

2. Breast cancer knows no gender, geographic or social boundaries

3. Breast cancer affects more than just the patient — friends and family need support too.

Take Action.

4. The key to survival is early detection.

5. Simple steps for early detection are regular mammograms and breast exams.

6. It is important to make healthy lifestyle choices.

© 2008 Susan G. Komen for the Cure


Caleb, Mom and I also visited the "perfect" house again. We think we may have found a winner. No offer has been made yet, but it is possible. Our options are still open to look at others, but this is at the top of our list. It's a cute 3/2 with a pool and a fenced in back yard for the puggies. A great place to start a family for sure. More details to come on that as they develop!