Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Written by someone... don't know who but I like what it says...

'As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever been, but this is not about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it seems to hit the mark.” ‘The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right? The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, 'What are we so unhappy about?''
A. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
B. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?
C. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?
D. Maybe it is the ability to walkinto a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?
E. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state?
F. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter? G. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough either.
H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.
I. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.
J. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames, thus saving you, your family, and your belongings.
K. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss.
L. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers.
M. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?
Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy.
Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. , yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here. I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me? Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad? Think about it......are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the 'Media' told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day. Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an “other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a ''dishonorable” ' discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans? Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by 'justifying' them in one way or another Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way......Insane! Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage.Then start being grateful for all we have as country. There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.' 'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, 'Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'

Monday, August 18, 2008

Catching Up Part 2: Colbie Callait and John Mayer- LIVE!

We decided to kick off our summer vacation in true style, with a live concert at whatever-the-current-name Ampitheater (I know it as the Smirnoff.. the name changes by the minute it seems) in Dallas. And what better concert than 2 amazing artists, Colbie Callait and John Mayer!!! There were 8 of us who went, Caleb's mom and Geary, sisters Alli and Emily, friends Trog and Mendi, and us. Well, 4 of us girls got there early to secure the creme-de-la-creme spots, and after sprinting across the grass with my mother-in-law and losing a shoe -temporarily- we got some awesome lawn seats just off center and in the front section of the lawn! The concert started late due to power outages, but thankfully the show went on without any other hitches. There was an opener of which his name I do not recall, followed by Colbie and then John. Colbie and John were both incredible.. beautiful voices and music, but I would have to say that for me, John was the show stopper!! He did some crazy, crazy, wild guitar work that had all of our jaws on the grass and had a great encore! All in all, this concert was definitely in the top 5 of all time for me next to Josh Groban! Enjoy the pics!

John-Sorry it's fuzzy!
Caleb, Katie, Mendi and Trog-pre-concert...
Trog and Mendi-beautiful people.
Us... =)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Catching Up Part 1: Our Crazy, Awesome Housewarming Party!

A few weekends before we left on our vacation, my parents (with the help of my mom's friend, Karen Green) threw the Housewarming Party of the Century!!! It was the most adorable decor, so well thought out and planned, and I hope everyone enjoyed seeing all of our hard work with their own eyes! The theme of the party was Home Depot, seeing as how we have now become the biggest fans and advocates of that place, and really, what does it hurt to throw a couple extra dollars down at that place to decorate not only the hard surfaces of our home, but also for our party!! If you look closely at the pictures, all of the food was served in bright orange paint trays and we used caution flags to accent all of the pictures of the remodeling project. I tried to include pictures of all of the rooms in their finished state, but I am having problems with uploading pictures so that will have to be at a later time! But for now.. enjoy!

The Cake, lising all of the remodeling projects we took on with this house!

Our new side board, decorated with paint cans, orange and white flowers and orange silverware for the snacks!

The Whole Spread, YUMMO!

The Guest Sign-In Table, so cute!A bigger picture of the sign-in table.. and yes, even the pens where Home Depot!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Dear Faithful Blog Friends...

I am sorry that I have been MIA on this blog in the last 3 1/2 weeks. Don't you worry, though. I have been plenty busy to fill my time. From the time I last blogged, we have almost completely finished the inside of our home (minus the backsplash in the kitchen), had a hugely wonderfully blessed Housewarming Party and now packed for a much needed and awaited vacation that we leave for tomorrow. I apologize for my lack of photos (my not so quality laptop battery is dying at a rapid speed as I type), but I promise that when I return from our vacation I will chronicle the last month in pictures!! Pray for us and the Seiferds (our precious friends who took over for us as the CARES Team at Post Legacy) as we travel to Puerto Rico, then cruise for a week to a bunch of islands. We have never been more excited or ready for a trip as we are now! We need it! Love to all my blog friends.. see you in a week or so!