Update on injured officer.

Friday, October 29, 2010

I'm so sad to let you all know that the officer who was hit by a drunk driver a few weeks back, has died.

Thank you all so much for your prayers.  I know the entire SAPD will appreciate your continued thoughts and prayers as well.  He was so young and so eager to serve.

Here is the link to the news story, if you'd like to read it.

Un-neighborly neighbors.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

We have these neighbors.

They moved in next door to us about 3-4 months ago and initially, they seemed nice.  We chatted out front while they were moving in, and then again when their dog ran into our garage, and then briefly when I dropped off some fresh, home made cinnamon rolls.

What can I say?  I was channeling my inner Bree Van de Kamp.

Since then?  Well, they've turned into the most anti-social neighbors we've ever had the pleasure of living right next door to.

For example, when they leave their house, they get in the car (in the garage), open the garage, start the car, and then speed away.  Who does this?  I mean, you can't even open the garage before you close yourself up in your car?

And then get this: One day Joey was out front when the wife came home.  He saw her from up the street, speeding like a crazy person. She opened her garage, sped inside, and closed the garage door so fast that it actually closed on her car!  Sheesh lady!!

Then last weekend, Joey was heading to work and he said that the husband almost ran him off the road speeding down our street!  Joey said he had to literally pull up onto the curb to keep him from hitting him.

This is crazy, no?

To make matters worse, there are a lot of kids on our street and they're always playing down in the cul-de-sac (right in front of our house).  Our neighbors don't have kids, but I do!

So yesterday, Joey did something I would never have the guts to do.  He was in the garage when our neighbor sped down the street into his garage and immediately closed it behind him.  Joey was so furious when I pulled up that he walked next door and rang the doorbell.

(Um, cue panic attack!  Literally, my heart was racing and I had to go inside.  I wanted Joey to talk to him, but it made me so nervous when he actually did! LOL)

Anyway, Joey said it actually went well.  They shot the breeze, then Joey asked him if we had done anything to offend them, to which he said no.  (Surely my cinnamon rolls weren't that bad!)  And then Joey asked him if he and his wife could please slow down so they don't run over our children.

Hopefully that will work.

And for the record, I will not be taking them any more cinnamon rolls.

Where's my mojo?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I'm not sure why, but it seems I've lost my blogging mojo.  Which really just means my life is boring right now.

Every morning I sit at the computer and think about what has happened recently and what I'll blog about.  For the last several days, that's translated into me staring at a blank computer screen.

Sure, Joey is still hilarious and can't seem to remember that I say good bye to him every morning.

And Taylor is still silly as ever and gives us countless things to laugh at on a daily basis.

And my sweet baby girl is still 10, going on 17.

Oh, and yes, we're still praying that our house will sell, since we only have about 5-6 weeks until sheet rock on the new house and we'll have to back out if it hasn't sold.  (I'm in love with this house, so if that happens, I'll have to be committed.  Mark my words.)

So we have a little mundane, sprinkled with a touch of laughter, and mixed with a gallon of stress.

Nothing to see here, folks.  Nothing to see.

Weekend recap

Monday, October 25, 2010

This weekend was one for the books.  At least recent books, since I got to spend all day on Saturday with Joey.  But we'll get to that in a minute.

First, let's start with Friday.  I spent Friday evening doing what I enjoy most (on Fridays) - catching up on my DVR.  Ashton was watching a movie upstairs, and Taylor spent the night up the street, so I basically had no responsibility.  And let me tell you, I soaked it up in all of its glory. 

And I was asleep by 9:30.

I'm old.

On Saturday, we had a showing at the house at 8:30 in the morning.  Who goes house hunting at 8:30 on Saturday morning? Crazy people, that's who.  And crazy people who don't even want to buy my house!

Not cool.  Not cool at all.

Joey had gone to his moms to sleep when he got off work Saturday morning (at 3am) so he wouldn't have to get up and leave like the rest of us.  When he came home around noon, so began the best day ever.  My mom came a got the kids and they spent the night with my parents.  Joey and I decided to go look at furniture, and other than they extremely annoying sales person at our first stop, we enjoyed just looking around and being together.  This was a nice treat, since he would normally have been at work.

We had a surprise party for a dear friend later that night (which is why Joey wasn't working) and we had such a good time!  Rich was completely surprised and Susan did a fabulous job pulling off a great party.

(Rich & Susan from a few years back.  But they look exactly the same, so pretend this is from Saturday.)

We stayed out entirely too late, and had maybe a few too many glasses of wine, but it was a great night.  It's been a long time since I've been able to spend a Saturday night with my husband and great friends.

Sunday morning came a bit too early, and we had another showing at the house, so we had to be gone by 10:30. Joey's mom took us to lunch (since my parents had the kids) at The Yard.  Ever been there?  Pretty cool place, I think.  After I orchestrated the perfect child hand-off (which only means I convinced my mom to meet me halfway so I didn't have to drive all the way to her house), we headed home for a nap.

Unfortunately I never fell asleep, but at least I got to relax and do nothing, so it wasn't all lost.

How about you?  Did you enjoy time with friends this weekend?  Or a lazy weekend full of DVR'd TV?  Or maybe both, like me?


Friday, October 22, 2010

Last night Taylor said he wanted to hug me until we die.  And not as in kill me with hugs, but rather, hug for the rest of our lives.

I said ok.

Target practice.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Yesterday was Izzy's last day in town and we had plans to go to the Academy for target practice.  Izzy had never shot a gun before, so Joey was going to teach her.

Our instructor - the hot hubby.

Yeah, um... see that target with all the bullet holes in the head and chest?  I might suggest that if Izzy has a gun, you should stay away.  She's dang good!!

Then there was me.

Don't laugh.  But you can most likely be assured that if I have a gun?  Yeah, you'll be totally fine.

After the shooting range, we thought Izzy needed one last taste of San Antonio, so we went out for Mexican food and margaritas.  Mid-dinner, we had an impromptu photo shoot.

We had a great dinner just enjoying our last night together.  Izzy is so special to our family and the kids absolutely adore her.  I'm so thankful for technology - email, texts, skype - because it makes Canada seem so much closer to Texas.

(Please excuse the blurry photo.  This is what happens when you ask a restaurant patron, who has maybe had one too many, to take your pic. LOL)

See?  She fits right in!

Izzy, we had so much fun and are so blessed by your friendship.  Thanks for spending your vacation with us!

Weekend recap

Monday, October 18, 2010

When Izzy comes to town, we don't mess around.  We have a tendency to pack about a months worth of activities into just a few short days.

Here's the run down so far:

  • It's a tradition to go out for BBQ on the night that she arrives.  They don't have brisket in Canada (for shame!), so when we introduced her to the brisket sandwich on her first visit, there was no turning back.
  • They also don't have Target in Canada (how do they live under such conditions??) so that, too, is also a must.
  • FYI, Old Navy is right by Target, so, um, yeah... we made that stop as well.
  • Since Izzy loves to cook and most of the time we can't keep her out of the kitchen, we also had to make a grocery run to load up on all the necessities.
Please note that all of this occurred on Friday evening between the hours of 6 and 9pm.  I KNOW!

On Saturday we had a showing scheduled at the house and had to be out by 9:15.

  • We mad a run to HEB to get allergy medicine for Izzy.  Dear Lord, please don't let her be allergic to San Antonio.  
  • Then we hit up Charming Charlie (which they also do not have in Canada).  It was amazing and the angels sang.
  • Taylor was such a trooper while Izzy, Ashton, and I tore up the accessory store that I promised him I'd get him a treat.  So we made another stop at Target to get my buddy some Pokemon cards.  He was happy.
  • Now, it's time to eat. I took Izzy to Cosi, and again, as we ate the tomato basil soup, the angels sang.
  • We had an appointment at 1 to make our final selections for the new house, so we knocked that out before heading out to a friends house for a reunion of sorts.
  • We have some dear friends that moved about 7 hours away almost 6 years ago.  They were in town for a seminar, so one of our friends gathered everyone at their house for a little reunion.  It was a great time of hanging, eating, chatting, eating, laughing, and eating some more.
 (Me and Cori.  She and I had babies on the same day and then our kiddos celebrated their first bdays at a joint party before they moved.  Love this girl!)

  • We hung out there until after 8, when Izzy and I both seriously weighed the option of just staying the night since we were likely to pass out anyway.  In the end, we decided to head home and promptly went to bed.  (Well, after I made some tequila-lime chicken.)
Are you tired yet?  Because we were exhausted! Which is exactly why we pledged to do absolutely nothing on Sunday.

  • We slept in then Izzy made crepes for the kids and I made pumpkin bread.
  • We should have ended there, but instead, I did crossfit with Izzy and almost died.  Literally.  It was traumatizing and I don't want to talk about it.
  • Once I started to breath again and stopped feeling like I was going to vomit, we got ready for the day.  Which included stretchy pants and t-shirts, rough hair, and no make-up.  It was glorious.
  • Joey grilled the chicken and then, again, the angels sang when Izzy made the best nachos on the face of the planet.

  • She also made the best guac EVER to put on the nachos.
  • Did I mention that the angels sang?
  • I suppose I should also mention that the angels did NOT sing when the Cowboys bent over and took it up the rear.  (Sorry, I'm not usually that vulgar, but really?  Did you see the game?  I'm just not sure how else to describe it.)
  • After the game, Izzy made some fabulous banana muffins with some VERY ripe bananas that were in my freezer.
  • Then we played make-up.  Hey, who says you can't play make-up after you turn 30?  Not me.
  • We skyped with our friend Margie and then went to bed.

I'm exhausted (again) after typing all this, so I think I'll just go home and go back to bed.

How was your weekend?  Did you cram as much into yours as we did with ours?

A stay-cation of sorts. And an update.

Friday, October 15, 2010

People, I need a vacation.  BAD.  But that's not gonna happen.

So what's the next best thing?  Having my very dear friend come to visit, thus creating a stay-cation of sorts.

As we speak (read? type? oh well...) this girl is on a flight to SA.  And I couldn't be happier!

We're gonna have lots of fun, in case you're wondering.

Update: The officer who was hit by the drunk driver yesterday morning has been on life support since he came out of surgery yesterday.  They had to amputate one of his legs and are waiting for his girlfriend to arrive before taking him off life support.  Please continue to join me in prayer for him, as well as his family - including his new family of SAPD officers.  He's only been on the force for 2 months, but he's still a brother in uniform.

Please pray

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I need your help.

Early this morning, a local police officer who had stopped to assist a stranded motorist, was hit by a drunk driver.  He's a rookie - just graduated earlier this year and most likely has only been on his own for a very short time. He is not doing well and we've been told that he may not make it.

Will you please join me in praying that God would spare his life?

As you can imagine, this hits way too close to home and I'm quite shaken, but I refuse to live in fear.  I know that Joey is doing what God created him to do, so I have complete faith and trust in God.

Joey is quite angry.  Drunk drivers are the worst and it's such a tragedy when they cause something of this magnitude.

Please, please pray that God would spare his life.

Spell check or no spell check?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I got a new cell phone about a month ago and I really love it.  The only thing I'm not loving is the spell check.  And how it always thinks it know what I want to say, when clearly, it does not.

Case in point:

This is the text I intended to send to Joey:
Our appt is in an hour and a half.  Can you make it??

This is what my phone sent him:
Our appt is in an boy and a half.  Can you make it??

WHAT??  Um, no.  But nice try.

Then there was this:

This is the text I intended to send to Joey:
I'm sick.  I need cozy jammies and cozy bed.  Oh and cozy hubby.

This is what my phone sent him:
I'm sick.  I need cozy jammies and cozy bed.  Oh and cozy hobby.

Again, no.

And then there are some really funny ones that my mom sent my dad (from her iPhone) that just can't be repeated on my blog.  And they weren't meant like that at all!

So, what has your phone said for you?  Do tell!

All the way to Pluto and back.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Taylor has always been a snuggler. Ever since he was born, he's always loved to give hugs and he will snuggle any time, any where.

We always have "I love you more" battles that go something like this:

Taylor: Momma, I love you all the way to Pluto and back!

Me: Well, I love you all the way to Pluto and back, times 2!

Taylor: (always giggling and making some silly face, irritated that he may have been "beaten") Well I love you all the way to Pluto and back times infinity one million ninety-seven hundred and three thousand!!

We had one of these "battles" on Sunday, then he disappeared to his room and came back with this:


I tried. But it just wasn't good enough.

Monday, October 11, 2010

This weekend I was so excited for some Cowboys football, that I decided to get my fingernails in the spirit too.  You all remember my new obsession, right?

Of course, prior to doing this, I consulted Trina via Twitter to see if she had any suggestions.  At first, I was thinking about a silver base with navy tips, but that didn't turn out to well since I can't do a french tip to save my life.  Then I thought maybe I could find star decals to stick on my nails, but I was too lazy to look.  Finally, I turned to You Tube and I found a tutorial that I decided to go for, which gave me this look.  (Sorry for not sharing the link, but I can't access You Tube and I don't remember the link.)

I was super proud of myself and thought they turned out really cute.  I also hoped that my team spirit would help the Cowboys on Sunday.  Which it did not.

I also attempted to boost team spirit by cooking this, this, and this.  Clearly, they don't play for food.  At least not food that is 4 hours away.

Disclaimer:  Please let it be known that even if my 'Boys insist on committing so many penalties that there's just simply no possible way that they can win a football game, I still love them.  I will still paint my nails in support and cook, bake, and eat.  It's what makes game days bearable.

In my head.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I have so much floating around in my head (and I'm not talking about the snot, but yes, that too.) that I'm not sure I can put together a coherent thought.  But I suppose I'll try.

  • You know that verse in the Bible that says "pray continually" (1 Thessalonians 5:17), well that's what I've been doing lately.  There is so much going on in my life, the lives of my close friends, my church, and my family, that this is all I know to do.  Thank you God that You are big enough!
  • I read this blog post this morning and it really touched me.  You should read it.  Isn't it so easy to get caught up in ourselves that we pass on opportunities to bless others?  It's sad, but so true.
  • I got a text from my dad this morning about my Mama.  Praise the Lord that she is steadily improving.  At the same time, though, it appears that because she is improving, she no longer qualifies for Medicaid, which puts the burden of her long-term care on my dad and his siblings.  Please pray with me that God will provide.
  • In my time with God this morning, I read a passage in 1 Samuel along with my Beth Moore devotional, "A Heart Like His."  It was kind of heavy.  Through this passage, Beth discussed how often times we attempt to manipulate situations in order to get the response from God that we want. I suppose it's like trying to cram a square peg in a round hole.  But God won't be manipulated.  Ouch.
  • I'm thinking about getting the new Max Lucado book, "Outlive Your Life."  Have you heard of it?  I'm not a reader (in general), but lately I've been struggling with whether or not I'm really making a difference.  I think all of us want to feel like we're doing something significant.  Like we're making a difference in someone's life.  Lately I just feel like everything I do is for me.  That's a really yucky feeling.

Wow.  That was pretty heavy.  Sorry about that, but it's just what's in my head and on my heart lately.

I should be in bed.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

If I can get my nose to stop running, my eyes to stop watering, and my head to stop hurting, then I'll be back tomorrow.

Let's talk traffic. And meanies.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

This morning, I wanted to treat myself to Starbucks.  I left my house with plenty of time to make my stop and made my way down the road, anticipating my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season.

Let me demonstrate what happened:

I pulled in to the median and came to a stop.  As you can see, the traffic was bumper-to-bumper and stopped at a red light.  There was a break in the traffic, at the median, so I proceeded to cross, when - WHEN - the car (aptly labeled MORON) began to pull forward, as if to block me from crossing!

Now, at that point, I was already out in the road.  I was completely appalled and looked at the driver as if to say, "What are you doing?"  Ok, who am I kidding?  I did say it.  Loud.  As if said moron could actually hear me.  But she could read my lips, for sure!

And get this, she kept rolling!  Just looking at me!!

Now, can someone please tell me why?  I mean, it's not like she could go anywhere!  I was just totally shocked at the plain rudeness of it all.

I did end up getting across, but seriously?  What was the purpose?

My new obsession.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Recently, I've been a little obsessed with all the nail polish that you ladies are featuring on your blogs.  All the new fall colors and your pretty nails were making me slightly jealous.

See, I never paint my nails.  In the past, any time I have, I usually always get tiny bubbles in my polish.  Since I'm a perfectionist, this just won't work.  If I happen to get a nice polish on my nails, with no bubbles, it never fails that it's chipped in less than 2 days.  Again, I'm a perfectionist.  This won't work.

Enter Trina, from xoxo, Trina. She is the nail polish queen!  She's always twittering her newest look, or blogging her latest You Tube tutorial.  She's my hero.

So last week, when I painted my nails for the first time in for-ev-er, and I of course had tiny bubbles in my polish, I consulted Trina.  Turns out, the base coat and top coat make a huge difference. (Ok, now you can all stop laughing.  I'm sure everyone else was aware of this, but I suppose I just didn't pay that much attention.)

Trina sent me a detailed email with all sorts of info, including specific brands to try.  So that afternoon I stopped by Sally's to pick up the ever important base coat and top coat.

I picked up the Seche Clear base coat and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat and let me tell you, it really did make all the difference!

See?  No bubbles!!  And that Dry fast Top Coat?  Dang, it's quick!!

Bottom line?  I think I'll be painting my nails a lot more frequently!  Thanks, Trina!

The Newlywed Game for Not-So-Newlyweds.

Friday, October 1, 2010

I saw this on Katie's blog yesterday and HAD to put Joey to the test. I think we know each other pretty well, so let's see how he did. (I'll show Joey's answers as well as my answers, prior to seeing his.)

She’s sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen? 
Joey: some type of drama (csi, goodwife, etc)

Me: Some sort of 1-hour drama. Chuck, Desperate Housewives, The Good Wife. And the list goes on and on...

You’re out to eat, what kind of dressing does she get on her salad?
Joey: she eats my salad which is cesar, but I've seen ranch before on hers.

Me: I don't order salad. But in all fairness, if there is a salad offered, my go to dressing is ranch.

What’s one food she doesn’t like?
Joey: Asparagus (My comment: This is true. I do hate asparagus. It tastes like dirt. Why does anyone like that?)

Me: Sushi. I ate 2 bites once to appease my husband.  It was not good.  Not good at all.

You go out to eat and have a drink, what does she order?
Joey: Easy, strawberry margarita

Me: I assume we're talking adult beverages, so a strawberry margarita. For the everyday drink it would be Diet Coke, unless they have Diet Dr. Pepper, then, of course, Diet DP.

What shirt size does she have?
Joey: medium (My comment: Hmmm... I'm either fat in his head or he's just not that observant. I'm going with option 2. That makes me feel better.)

Me: X small or small.

What shoe size does she have?
Joey: 7... I think

Me: 7.5

What’s her favorite type of sandwich?
Joey: ham

Me: Ham, cheese, mustard, with Nacho Cheese Doritos (on the sandwich) - on wheat bread.

What would she eat everyday if she could?
Joey: mexican food!!!

Me: Mexican food. Hands down.

What is her favorite cereal?
Joey: fruit loops

Me: Fruit Loops

What would she never wear?
Joey: a bikini (My comment: Touche, Joey. Touche. had I thought of this, this would have been my answer.)

Me: Anything in that window at American Apparel (Inside joke, but true nonetheless.)

What is her favorite sports team?
Joey: Cowboys

Me: Really? C'mon people. THE COWBOYS!

What is something she does that you wish she wouldn’t do?
Joey: geez, how much time do we have? hahaha j/k baby! seriously, I'm having a hard time with this one... ok, how bout that thing you do with your fingernails... (My comment: I used to click my nails when I had Acrylic nails. Drove him NUTS!)

Me: Please say laundry. I'll gladly give it up.

What is her heritage?
Joey: Irish? Whitey.

Me: I think it's Irish, but honestly, I'm not really into that stuff.

You bake her a cake, what kind of cake?
Joey: Yellow with chocolate icing (and for the bonus, not whipped icing) (My comment: True, very true. Whipped frosting is of the devil. Jesus loves butter cream frosting; therefor, so do I.)

Me: Yellow cake with chocolate icing. Sprinkles for bonus points.

Did she play sports in high school?
Joey: hahahaha... no (My comment: I love how similar our answers are. LOL)

Me: Ha to the ha ha ha.

What could she spend hours doing?
Joey: snuggling with me

Me: Hmmm... this is a hard one.  I mean, I could be on the computer, I could watch TV, I could snuggle with Joey, I could sleep.  The possibilities are endless, people.

What is the unique talent that she has?
Joey: that's private. haha no, websites and cooking (My comment: Private? I knew he was gonna get that in here somewhere. LOL. Now, cooking? Wow. I've come along way, haven't I baby?)

Me: I sing.

What is her type of coffee?
Joey: depends, she tends to like what I get, nesspresso (the grey ones) but before that it was Taste of San Antonio.

Me: Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha, non-fat, with whip.

All in all, I think he did pretty good. Well, other than that "medium" answer. I think I'll skip lunch.

*Note: There's nothing wrong with a size medium. I'm being very dramatic, in case you can't tell.

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I’m Stephanie - wife to one extremely handsome cop; mother to two extremely silly kids. The hubs and I have been married since February ’99. I love him more each day and simply can’t get enough of him. My daughter, Ashton, is 12 going on 17. She’s beautiful, creative, smart, and oh, so sassy. Taylor, our son, is 8 and is so much like his daddy it’s scary. He makes me laugh all the time with the silly things he says and does. He won’t remember what you told him 5 minutes from now, just like his daddy. I love to laugh and spend time with friends and family. I’ve also recently discovered a love for cooking and enjoy sharing recipes. I love finding new blog friends, so be sure to leave a comment so I can do the same!
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