Sunday, November 28, 2010


Since it's "Cyber-Monday" I thought today would be the
perfect day to tell y'all about my second giveaway!
The kind people over at CSN Stores have offered up a
$35 gift-card/code to one of my lucky readers
...and just in time for Christmas shopping!

Here are just a few things I'd love to have from their stores...

new bedding!

Rachael Ray's lasagna dish...

and her "lazy spoons"...actually, I love everything in her line!

The possibilities are endless at CSN Stores!

To Enter:

1. Simply leave a comment (with your name, of course) - 1 entry

2. Become a follower (& let me know :))
Let me know you already are a follower - 2 entries

3. Blog or tweet about this giveaway & leave the link in a comment - 3 entries

The giveaway will end Thursday, December 2 @ 11:59 p.m.,
and I will announce the winner Friday, December 3rd!

Good Luck
Thanks for playing along!

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Today is the day!
We are headed here...


I'm ready for it to be 1:00 so my nerves can start to subside! We've got a lot of "history" with this team, and I want to beat them so bad I can't stand it! It's a good thing I'm not the one doing the coaching...too many emotions ;) Anyway, all this to say..."wish us luck!"

Hope you have a great day too!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Give thanks to the LORD,
for He is good;
His love endures FOREVER."
Psalm 107:1

May you & yours be blessed today & always!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hometown Hero

Have y'all heard of the MTV show "World of Jenks"? It's essentially a reality show where this guy, Andrew Jenks, goes to live with different types of people to live their lives along side them and tell their stories. This reality show is actually REAL though, unlike most "reality" shows out there today. The people that have been featured have been a rapper, a UFC fighter, a homeless woman and an autistic young man, to name a few.

Last Spring, there was buzz all around town that Abilene High School's Herschel Sims would be featured in an episode. MTV made their way to tiny little Abilene, and loved Herschel so much that they decided to extend his 30 minute episode to the one hour season finale!

I'm sure that everyone in town watched the show last night, and I certainly didn't miss it either. I knew it would be interesting, but I had no idea just how special Herschel really is. I was in tears at several different times during the show. I knew what an awesome football player he is because I have seen him play many times, but what I didn't know is what kind of a man he is. And yes, at just 18 years of age, he definitely is a man. An honorable man. If you have 40 minutes to watch the show, please do so! You will not regret it.

Kids like Herschel are the reason so many coaches do what they do. Not just because he is a good football player, but also because of his background and his heart. His life has been anything but easy, but his team and his coaches are now a huge part of his life and they are family.

I know that is the reason my coach does what he does. You see, Rob lost his dad when he was a toddler, so he didn't really have a father figure at home, but his coaches were that to him. If he can make just one kid feel loved, appreciated and needed, then he has done his job well.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Wonderful Weekend!

We had such a great weekend...I would be sad to see it go, but since this will only be a 2-day school week, I know it will be continued soon! :)

The COUGARS got another 'W' on Friday night! Woohoo!! We beat Amarillo Tascosa 36-17! I say it every week, but we are SO E.X.C.I.T.E.D!!! Unfortunately, I had a cold last week, so I did not make it to the game, but Rob had assured me that this would not be our last, so he gave me the "OK" to rest up and listen from home!

Area Champs:

We will be playing here next week:

That's right, we're off to "Jerry's World" to play Denton Guyer! It's sure to be another awesome game, and I'm definitely looking forward to it!

Saturday night, we celebrated Julie's birthday! We always have fun with the-almost-Carroll's, and last night was no different! Hope you had the best birthday ever, Ju! It's your last "single" birthday!!

Today, a few of the c-wives had a fun little "crafternoon" (sorry...I amuse myself) under the direction of our head-c-wife-crafting-extrodinaire, Roxanne! We made little banners, and they turned out so cute!

Vanessa & I went with the same little theme for our banners!

Cassi had to be super-mom and entertain babies while working! She makes it look easy, though!

These are my pennants...the fruits of the spirit!

Who doesn't need a reminder of these attributes on a daily basis?
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness & Self-Control.

And here is the finished product!

It's almost Thanksgiving! Yaayy! My favorite time of year is coming right up :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Almost there...

Can y'all believe that Thanksgiving is NEXT week?! I'm so ready to relax, hang out with my family and eat myself silly! Then there's Black Friday shopping, of course! I used to think people who got out in that mayhem were insane, but now I think it's fun...the thrill of the chase, I suppose! And we can't forget playoffs! Hopefully we'll still be watching the Coogs win!
So much to look forward to!!

After Thanksgiving, I'll have one more week of classes before finals and then it will practically be Christmastime! Eeeee, I'm so excited! I'm dreaming of another white Christmas...

Ahhh....last year was perfection.
Crossing my fingers and toes for more white stuff :)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday Ramblings

The Cooper Cougars won their first play-off game last night! We played Arlington Lamar on our home field and won 41-6!! We are excited to be Bi-District Champs and will be playing in round 2 Friday night against Amarillo Tascosa! The Coogs are rockin', and we could not be more proud! I love how excited Rob is right now; he told me last night that "this is the BEST time of the year!" It really is, babe!

There are plenty of reasons why this is the best time of the year! I love the anticipation and excitement for the holidays! The holiday Coffee-mates are out, and it's kinda silly how happy they make me! I'm like an old lady looking forward to coffee every chilly morning :)

Don't get me wrong, I love sweatpants & comfy jammies, but have y'all seen these things?! They look ridiculous...I can't imagine someone seriously wearing these out of the house. To each their own, I suppose.

I JUST discovered the loveliness that is Bath & Body Works wallflowers! They are awesome! I have creamy nutmeg in my house right now, and it smells like something is baking 24/7. I guess that could be good or decide. I think it's great.

One more ridiculous thing...this show. Bridal-Plasty. Why would we encourage cat-fights and nonsense all in the name of having head to toe plastic surgery? So stupid. It gets under my skin (no pun intended) every time I see the trailer for it.

And back to something happy: Cardi Uggs. I love 'em. So cozy!

I graduate in less than a month! Woohooooo! I can hardly wait.

All images via Google Images.

And last, but CERTAINLY not least, the kind people over at CSN stores have contacted me to do another fun giveaway! And just in time for Christmas shopping!! If you've ever looked at their site, you know that you can get ANYTHING over there....from bar tables and stools to baby gear to kitchen necessities! So stay tuned for that!


Thank you ladies for your kind words & encouragement on my last post! I appreciate it more than you know! Y'all are awesome :)


Happy Weekend!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

I'm Ready...

So a few weeks ago I mentioned that I had had some health issues come up but that I wasn't quite ready to blog about them yet. I think everyone that needed to find out from me now knows, so I'm finally going to write it all out here. I'm sure this post will be scatter-brained, but I'll do the best that I can!

Let me just start by saying that I've wanted to be a mommy for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I was a momma to all of my baby dolls, and I have been {lovingly} called the "mother hen" of my friends on more than one occasion. I've just always had that motherly instinct.

When Rob and I got married, we both knew that we wanted kids in our future. For some reason though, I've always had this fear that I wouldn't be able to have them naturally. I just kind of wrote it off as one of those things I worried about that would probably never be an issue.

In May we quit using birth control. I didn't really tell anyone because, frankly, it's not really anyone's business and because I didn't want the question, "Are you pregnant yet?!" coming up every time I talked to someone. The months went by with no pregnancy, and I began to worry even more. My body was also telling me that something was wrong. I wasn't having regular "cycles" and my skin was A.W.F.U.L.

By September, I knew something wasn't right. I made an appointment with the nurse practitioner at my OBGYN's office. I told her everything that was going on along with the dates of my "lady times," but she didn't seem all that concerned. I asked her if she thought that Poly-
Cystic Ovarian Syndrome could be the cause of the symptoms I was experiencing, and she said no. I ended up having some blood work done (at my request) anyway to check all of my hormone levels, and everything was normal except my testosterone levels. An indicator of PCOS.

They scheduled me to have a sonogram to verify that it was PCOS, and it, in fact, was. My worst fear was realized that day in my doctor's office.

I was told that the chance of me getting pregnant without fertility treatment was slim because my body does not ovulate on its own.

I cried my eyes out every day for a week. I still do some days. It's hard, and I don't understand it, but I find comfort and peace in the Lord. I know that He has a plan and that His plan will prevail. My biggest struggle right now is that it seems as though everyone around me is getting pregnant, and I'm not. And I can't. I struggle with being bitter and being jealous. I'm so happy for those who are having babies, but at the same time I envy them. I know jealousy is a terrible trait in a person, and I'm trying to work on that. I'm just being honest here.

For the time being, Rob and I are not moving forward with any infertility treatments. I'm not emotionally ready to deal with that just yet. Right now, we are just going to enjoy being "us" for a couple more years. I'm so blessed to have such a sweet husband who has been right by my side through all of this. He has been my rock, and I'm so thankful that he lets me cry on his shoulder whenever I need to.

My family has also been amazing through all of this. They've cried right along with me, prayed over me and helped to occupy my mind with thoughts other than baby, baby, baby.

I have received so much encouragement from loved ones. Your cards, notes, calls and texts have meant the world to me. Thank you for loving me.

In my heart, I know that we will have a family one day...I just don't know how it will form yet. That's the beauty of God's plan. I don't have to know because He does. I'm not the best person in the world at being patient, but I know that a precious child will be worth the wait.

This is so comforting to me...

"The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness,
for His name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

-Psalm 23

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Gotta try it!

Have you seen this product by Sephora?

My mom saw it on the Today show recently and ordered both of us a tube. It is AMAZING! It's a make-up primer designed to camouflage fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tones. It seriously makes your skin look and feel like satin, and I really can tell a difference in mine and my mom's skin. It makes your make-up go on so smoothly and you don't need as much of it. I would definitely recommend trying this product!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Weekend in pictures..

We had another wonderful weekend that I didn't want to see go!

Before the game Friday, I swung by Natalie's birthday party at Chuck E Cheese! It's hard to believe this little one is THREE!!

After that, it was GAME TIME! It was a beautiful night in West Texas...

The game sold out early in the week, and I think it was estimated that there were about 18,000 people there!

Cassi & I were nervous and just READY for the game to start!

The game was AWESOME! The first half was back and forth, and we went into the half down 28-24. In the second half, our defense just lit up and shut the eagles down! I think it's the best I've seen them play all year, and it was so much fun to watch! The offense obviously did great too because we WON 45-28!! Way to go COOGS!!!! We now have part of the district title, and if we beat Midland High (3-1 in district) on Friday, we will have it outright! We are 9-0 on the season!! Woohoo!!

Cassi & I after the game...don't we look so happy?!

My momma & me...

Some of the girls!

Rob was ecstatic! All of the guys were! (I mean, duh!) We had an after game party that night, and I'm so glad we did because everyone was SO happy!

Rob's cousin, Kathy, was in town from Denver, so she got to watch the game too! Love her!

Kathy, Will, Rob & their Aunt Ginger...

Saturday night, we had a family dinner at Rob's grandparents house! After dinner, everyone was playing RockBand (which is the most annoying game to listen to btw! haha ;)) and the Wii!

But Kathy & I got bored with that, so we decided we should go to a haunted house! These are our scared faces...

This chick was pretty strange. She was good at her job!

Of course we had to get a group shot with her and "baby Leah..."

The haunted house wasn't all that great, but I think those things just aren't as scary to me now as they were when I was a kid! After the haunted house, we went and rented some scary movies and finished off the night with movies and popcorn at our house! It was a lot of fun just hanging out with everyone! :)

Sunday was a low key kinda day! We slept in, Rob went to work, I baked my usual Sunday cookies for the coaches then headed over to my mom's house to hang out and study.

We also passed out candy to all the trick-or-treaters! Is it just me or are the kids getting older and older? I mean, their PARENTS were asking for candy too! That's just ridiculous to me!!

Anyway, the cutest trick-or-treater of the night was this little pink poodle...

Natalie "helped" us pass out treats for a couple hours!

She had fuzzy pink ears too, but she didn't want those on anymore! Imagine that! Such a cutie! :)

Hope you had a fun weekend & a Happy Halloween! I can't believe it's NOVEMBER!!
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