There is no real reason for this post except to show the world my lazy dogs. And, this is only picture I could get of Molly being stil. She never takes great pictures. Everyone always says, "Those dogs would be much happier with a big yard and run around in." True, I guess, but they seem pretty happy now. They have me wrapped around their finger and know it. They both are people dogs and like being around us. We have taken them over the people's houses before and they usually end up sitting outside the door whining because they would rather be in with us. "Hey, what about us?" They would say. I love my dogs, I mean, LOVE them. Here they are. The cuties.
For those of you who do not have Rock Band, you all cannot appreciate all it's addicting qualities. The first time you play it, you are blown away with how little musical abilities you have and how bad you are. The first time I played it, the first words after my first song were "I don't want to play this stupid game anymore." Well, that changed and now, it's ton of fun. I was first introduced to Guitar Hero, the first of its kind. Guitar Hero is much more challenging than it's Rock Band equivalent, and if you really love the guitar, is probably more fun. However, Rock Band involves playing with other people and depending on them to not completely fail so that the band continues to play. Your characters have fun names like "Slash" and "Bubba" and they all look like losers, but they jam out once the song gets started. My parents got Rock Band next, which was tons of fun, because in Rock Band you can play the drums, the guitar, the bass, or sing. So last year on Christmas, that's all we did. All. Day. Long. The drums ran out of batteries on the first day. At first, I would just play the guitar and sing because the drums scared me and I wasn't good at them at all. Over the last few months, though, I started to find that my secret calling in life was to be an awesome Rock Band drummer, and surprisingly, I have gotten really good at it. It frustrates people that play with me because it is very hard for alot of people to get the whole hand/foot thing down. Jason first started to play Rock Band when we started dating, and since then, has become border-line addicted. Then, my parents being the people that they are, got the Beatles (since they LOVE the Beatles) and Jason and I play it each and every time we go over there. Of course, at my parents, they have a huge screen TV and surround sound, so it's great to play there. One Saturday a couple of weeks ago, Jason and I took a trip to Walmart. He wanted to look at the games and saw that Rock Band's price had been reduced to $100. Pretty affordable, but still a little pricey. We walked by the phone counter and I asked if I had an upgrade available for my phone. I desperately needed a new phone, I had a Sidekick and T-Mobile has been having awful technical problems and there are times when I can't use it at all, so a new phone would be great. I did qualify for a full upgrade, and we saw that the Blackberry's were on special for $48. Pretty reasonable, but then we saw a sign that all Blackberry purchases were accompanied by a $100 Walmart gift card...hmm....could we get a new phone AND Rock Band for $48? Well, we did! And Jason has been loving it ever since! We have a small TV and no surround sound, and I am sure his downstairs neighbors are none too pleased with our game selection, but we don't care. It's fun and something new to do. This week, we have figure out how to download new music, and now I am excited about it again! Jason is getting really good at the guitar and is so much better at the drums than he thinks he is, I love listening to him play because he is getting so great at it! Here is my fiancee rockin' out.
We came home from my parents, with borrowed Christmas decorations and presents in hand, with a determination to decorate Jason's house, put up the Christmas Tree, and wrap the kids' presents for when they came over on Thursday. We were so tired and so hungry, but we wanted to get it done. There is nothing better than relaxing at home on the couch to the glow of Christmas tree lights. This is our first Christmas together so it was a really great experience. We took turns decorating and took some pictures to commemorate the occasion. I have to admit, I haven't always been good about taking pictures, so sometimes I forget to take them and don't always think of great poses or what not, but it's one of my pre-New Year's resolutions so I will get better. I am so thankful and cannot wait for the kids to come over and get excited!
We had Thanksgiving this week and it was a lot of fun. This would be my first Thanksgiving with a significant other. Jason is such a wonderful man and I don't think I tell him enough how much I appreciate him. This was also the first year I got up on Friday morning to do Black Friday shopping. I guess I never had a reason to get up and go until we had kids to buy for. Since we don't get them but every other weekend, we don't have an abundance of clothes for them, but it's enough to last us for a couple of days. Well, we get the kids from December 18th to the 28th so we had to go get them some new outfits to wear. We showed up at Old Navy at around 2:30 am, expecting them to open at 3 am. The first few people got the new Lego Rock Band for free. Much to our surprise, there were already people in the store and there was a line wrapped around the whole store to check out. "What the..." we said. "Why are yall already open?" We asked the saleswoman. She then explained to us that Cedar Hill was one of two stores in the metroplex that opened at midnight and they were already out of the Rock Band. Great. So, we found quite a few good things, then proceeded to stand in line at the checkout for 55 minutes. We did get up to the cashier and lo and behold, she used to work for me at Roadhouse and they had a Rock Band we could take! It is an XBOX 360 one, but Jason thinks he could trade it in for a Wii for a discounted price. Then, it was off to Walmart. It was only 4:20, and while the store was open, the toys we went there to get were wrapped in tarp in the middle of the aisles and we were not allowed to touch them until 5:00 am. Oy. I was standing there waiting and I saw a pregnant woman waiting as well and just kept thinking, "Please don't let people push into her..." Into the line we went, where we waited, once again, for 45 minutes. Oh, and the bike we got that we thought was $29 was really $55. No bike this time. At 6:30, it was time to head back to my parents, where mom had just arrived from Target. Jason and I took the dogs out and he went upstairs to go back to bed and my mom and I went to Kohls to find some more stuff. Finally, we were done, and got back at 9:15. Over 7 hours of shopping done by the time I usually get to work.
I always swore I wouldn't get up and be a part of the crazy crowds but now, with kids, I understand why people do it. We probably saved over $175 today and got just about everything we needed. I can't help but look back at my life a year ago and still cannot believe I am engaged with two future step-children. It's crazy how life leads you but I am so thankful for my life, for my family, and for my friends. Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of me over these past few months, stay tuned for more Christmas craziness!
I started school this last Tuesday, so if you are wondering why my blog posts have fell behind it's because I have been (gulp) doing homework! Why has it taken me this long to do this? I look back on the last 9 years since being in school and cannot think of a single, solitary reason why I didn't get my degree. Well, I guess the reason would be that I figured I would do it before I turned 30 and that I had plenty of time, I needed to have fun and live my life instead. I don't believe in regret and shoulda-woulda-couldas, so I will not look back on my life hoping things turned out differently. It does make me sad that I will be 30 and still be working towards my degree, but I am also glad that I am 30 and not 40 working on my degree. Being a student this time around is a little bit different. I have noticed that I am not so much of a procrastinator anymore. I understand the importance of staying on top of my assignmnets, as my motivator this time is to graduate with honors as opposed to just doing the bare minimum. I hope to get as much as I can out of all my classes instead of just getting through it to get a passing grade. I also can look at school work and put it ahead of other things, such as going out with my friends. I have done enough going out with my friends in my life to put something as important as this aside. It's a much better balance in my life now. I do look forward to having this goal completed. I think people get scared sometimes when something has taken a long time to complete, especially school. As time goes on and on, the goal gets bigger and loftier and people do not know how to even begin. I am ready to have this checked off my list in two years so I can move on to the next goal I have. (Small plug, if anyone would like to go back to school, UOP is the best option for adults with jobs and kids, as they work with your schedule. If you are interested, let me know!)
I am really excited! Monday, I woke up really excited about the wedding. I was always very excited to marry Jason, but I haven't always been sold on the idea of the wedding. I have never been one of those women who dream about their dress or flowers. I have always dreamed about who will be there when I walk down the aisle? And now that I see that face in my dream, I am excited about the rest. My mom and I decided on a place (hopefully) and now things are really coming together! I can't wait to talk planning and have this time in my life to have fun and be with Jason!
Well, this last weekend was certainly a flurry of activity! We took the kids to see Uncle Scotty and Aunt Faith and the boys: Isom, Robert, Kayden, and Jax. 6 Children hopped up on candy...FUN! Just kidding, we had a good time. Doing stuff like this really makes me appreciate what my parents went through sometimes to give me good experiences growing up! It was a long trip, very tiring, but worth it. We went to the Fall Festival that Scotty's church sponsored, so it was lots of activities, food and candy! We had a great time.
Sophia the Enchanted Princess Giselle and Jordan the Ninja
Jason doesn't do so well taking pictures like this...
Thank you, Jason, for snapping this picture of me when was not looking.