Friday, December 30, 2011

We've lived here from the beginning to the end of 2011. That is wild I tell ya. W.I.L.D.

It is absolutely wild to me that we've lived here for a year straight. Hence, the blog title. So I thought I'd do a little blog recap.

  • In January, we discovered that Paisley has really weird and sometimes gross habits. It was an excellent way to start the year. Classy even. 
  • In February, Paisley was sick of the snow and I revealed some of my study habits.
  • In March, I met the some awesome gals for Blogger Convench.
  • In April, my Grannie passed away.
  • In May, my sister graduated from The University of Oklahoma!!!!
  • In June, I talked about whipping my hair yet again.
  • In July, Brandon was let go from his job.
  • In August, we road-tripped to Oklahoma and Paisley met Peaches.
  • In September, I went brunette, explained why I went and did the unthinkable, and we were broke as a joke.
  • In October, I talked about my hair again. It's a bit of an obsession.
  • In November, Brandon landed his first big kid job!!
  • In December, I gushed about Brandon and I got what I wanted for Christmas.
In this middle of all of this, I was still in law school. We only have a year and a half left here in Michigan. It is so crazy to think that we'll be back in Oklahoma in the amount of time we've already spent here.

2011 has been filled with highs and lows. But it has been a good year for Brandon and I am so happy about that.

Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wednesday is "A Good Shot in the Arm" Day.

A Good Shot in the Arm: a stimulus

Well kids we've reached my least favorite time of the year. The period between January-May where I deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

In short and simple terms, winter is not nice to me. In the past few years, I had figured out to cope with it. However, this last year I really felt the difference of living somewhere that has a hard winter.

It was not easy. 

The following list of symptoms were all checked off in my book.

  • Symptoms usually build up slowly in the late autumn and winter months. Symptoms are usually the same as with depression:
    • Increased appetite with weight gain (weight loss is more common with other forms of depression)
    • Increased sleep and daytime sleepiness (too little sleep is more common with other forms of depression)
    • Less energy and ability to concentrate in the afternoon
    • Loss of interest in work or other activities
    • Slow, sluggish, lethargic movement
    • Social withdrawal
    • Unhappiness and irritability
I know that depression or any sort of mental illness seems to be taboo to discuss in the blog world and in the world in general for that matter.

But you know what I've found out to be one of the truest things in life. If you don't talk about it, it only makes things worse. (I learned this the hard way when I had a panic attack my sophomore year of college.)

Part of my New Years resolution is to get healthy. I need to lose some weight. But I also need to feel good about myself. Working out, specifically running helps me let go of the stress and anxiety that too often I hold onto for no reason. So I'm going to start running January 2nd. My momma got me some awesome workout clothes and I'm going to put them to good use.

I also am going to tan. I know that this is a sensitive subject because people have been affected by melanoma. I know people too, but I've got to do something to get some extra light in my life.

I'm looking for that good shot in the arm to help avoid being SAD at all possible turns.

So where do y'all come into play blog world? Well I need your thoughts on what you do to beat the SAD and also if you're a runner or a trainer or have any other fun ideas for New Years Resolutions throw them at me.

After all, I'm willing to bet we all need a good shot in the arm to beat off the Post-Christmas Funk and Winter Blues with a rubber mallet.

Happy Wednesday!
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Monday, December 26, 2011

What I Got for Christmas...

This year when asked, I replied that I wanted to see family for Christmas. If I got nothing else, I would be completely and totally happy.

Thursday afternoon, I got just that.

I went to bed Wednesday night knowing that my Christmas present would be here the next day. We texted one another through the night. I found out that my parents joined the iPhone nation earlier that week and it was ten times funner (yes I know it's not a word) with mom (She's still a pointer finger typer at this point. It's cute.) I hardly slept a wink and when I woke up at 7:30 wide eyed and bushy tailed, I found out that my family still had a ways to go before they would get here.

Their delay actually worked out to my favor because I still had some clothes to finish running through the wash. I also got lunch going. Right before they arrived we received our gifts from B's family. (I got a new Pandora charm with a necklace chain, a fleece blanket, a Wizard of Oz calendar, a Vera change pouch, a manicure set,  and some fun local goodies that I shared with B!)

I put lunch in the oven and sat down to watch the last of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. (BTW, still not a fan of Taylor.)

AND THEN...the doorbell rang and Christmas walked through the door.

I was so happy to see my family. I cannot say that enough.

I was happy to see my family.

Seriously.

It was like Oklahoma walked through the door and I was at peace.

I know that might seem corny, but it's absolutely true.

We gave out hugs and then it was time to unload Barb the Burb. They brought in presents and soon our living room was crowded. Then they brought in bags and pillows and blankets and dogs and then the whole place was hopping!

Lunch was ready so we chowed down while people hit the showers or took cat naps. We then caught up on the latest gossip on the town and family which is always a good time. Then it was time to make dinner. We spent the rest of the evening watching movies and just hanging out. We all hit the hay and slept in for a decent amount of time.

We all had some shopping that we needed to do. We've been last minute shoppers in the recent years and so we hit up Wal-Mart, the mall, and the Harley Davidson store. It was very busy and very crowded, but still super fun. The girls went in one direction and the boys in another. We grabbed some pizza for dinner and then headed home. We made a meal plan for the rest of the weekend and headed back to the grocery store for a few last things. Then we started a game of dominos called Chicken Tracks that went up to fifteens on the dominos.

Loren let me play dress-up with her as much as 15 year old would let me. I tried to tell her that she should totally buy this hat, but she wasn't having it. We then decided that when Jessi gets married we want to wear hair pieces like the Royals and Brits do for weddings. The jury is still out on that one.
I got to snuggle with the famous Peaches. She got so excited when we she saw me. Her whole body shook from excitement because she was wagging her tail so hard. B even said that he wants one now. (YESSSS!!!!!)


On Christmas Eve, we slept in a bit again and then ate lunch. Mom needed to run out for some last things and the boys went with her. So my sisters and I got some good time on the couch just snuggling. We made cookies and watched all the good Christmas movies we wanted to watch. They came back from their trip. I worked on organizing mom's iPhone and passwords since she was a complete and total Apple virgin. We soon got her set up and she also got her Pinterest account invite that day. I also had to clean our her email that was a hot mess, but now that it is easily accessed to her phone, I think she will no longer have an issue with it. We then played dominos again and still were not done with what would soon seem to be the game that never ended. We were up pretty late, so late that Dad fell asleep so we had to wake him to read The Night Before Christmas and the Christmas Story from Luke 2. Then all five of us and all three dogs camped out in our bedroom as per our usual Christmas tradition. Mom and Dad got to sleep without dogs. Will and Loren were up at 6, but we dozed back off til 7. And then we saw what Santa brought us. Well we had to unwrap it because apparently Santa wrapped this year.

The bulldogs made pals and even napped together under the kitchen table.
Told you Santa wrapped this year.


Santa brought cologne, Toms, a sewing machine, riding boots and a first baseman's glove to B, me, Jessi, Loren and Will respectively. Then it was time to open presents from each other. Let's just say that we did really well this year. (I got new Vera, new workout clothes, a Berenstain Bears book, a Lady Antebellum cd, a "Home Sweet 'Homa t-shirt, CareBear socks, Bath and Body stuff, stocking stuffers, two pairs of boots, house shoes, new pjs, and a head band. I told you it was ridiculous.) We then got ready for church. My family got to see the church that has loved on us from even before we got here. We then had chicken enchiladas, a taco ring, queso, sausage dip, and cookies for dessert. We then settled into the very last of our dominos game. Brandon cheated won and I came in second place.

We decided to get out of the house and go see lights and maybe grab dinner somewhere. Well, we saw lights. We decided that we wanted some fast food for dinner and thought surely that Mickey D's would be open. We thought wrong. It was a ghost town here and a ghost town in our neighboring towns too, but we had a good time once again laughing together. We came home and got everyone packed up and organized as best we could. We stayed up late because we knew what the next day would hold.

This morning we rose for breakfast and then my family headed back to Oklahoma. It was hard saying good bye as usual, but I am so glad that they got to come. Seriously, I cannot say that enough.

I got my family for Christmas and I couldn't be happier about it.

I. LOVE. MY. FAMILY.
Dogs included. ;)


Hope your Christmas was as wonderful as mine. 

Merry Christmas y'all.
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Few Shots of Our Christmas Decorations...iPhone style!

This picture took no less than 20 attempts. That is not an exaggeration.
Tree #1
Our stockings
Tree #2
I hope this finds y'all well and enjoying your families this Christmas season!

Happy Saturday and Happy Christmas Eve!

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Four Years and Counting.

At exactly 6:25pm CST today, my love and I will have been married for 4 years. I can't believe that it is already four years and how far and wide our journey has been.

In our four years....
  • I started my first "Big Kid" job. 
  • We got our first baby Pais.
  • B graduated.
  • We moved across the country so I could go to law school.
  • B went back to get his MBA.
  • B got his first "Big Kid" job.
...and all the adventures in between.

Baby, I love you and I can't wait to see what the next year holds for us! I know that I'm glad you're with me through it all.

Happy Thursday and Merry Christmas and Happy Anniversary sweetheart!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

WednesdaY is "Peaches" Day.

Peaches:
  1. plural form of the subacid, juicy, drupaceous fruit of a tree, Prunus persica, of the rose family.
  2. Informal, a person or thing that is especially attractive, liked, or enjoyed.
  3. a Boxer bulldog owned by my Uncle Will

I'll give you three guesses as to who I'm talking about and the first two don't count.

Mom has been singing "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" to me recently to get me to behave.

Between you and me, I've been trying her patience.

Then yesterday, out of no where, she lowered the boom on me.

As usual, she sang, "You better watch out. You better not cry. Better not pout, I'm tellin' you why... PEACHES and Herc are comin' to town."

I stopped dead in my tracks and turned around...

PEACHES. IS. COMING. TO. TOWN.

That's right. It's Paisley talking.

The last time I saw this dog, she was a pup. She's still a pup, but now she's bigger.

MUCH bigger.

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And mom thinks she's the cutest thing since sliced bread.


So I did what any self-respecting dog would do...I started snuggling big time.

The dog snuggles are hard to fight.

Let's hope Momma remembers those dog snuggles tomorrow morning when Peaches rolls into town.

Happy Wednesday and Merry Christmas!


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.

  • I have some serious cleaning to get to today. I'm determined to make a serious dent into our laundry. DETERMINED. 
  • Since I basically haven't been able to enjoy the holiday season until Friday at noon, it looks like we'll be sending out a New Year's card. I know I'm a slacker. 
  • It is 11:36 am as I type this and my dog is still in bed asleep. You'd think she was the one who took finals last week from the way she's been sleeping this weekend. 
  • I hope it's not too early to talk about New Year's Resolutions. If it is, I don't care. One of my goals is to be more an intentional blogger next year. By intentional, I mean to just write whatever I want to write about, after all this is for me and my family. It is our own little "How I Met Your Mother" in the form of "How Mommy and Daddy Lived Before Kids Came Along." No we aren't having kids and they're not on the radar for a bit, but I still want this place to be here for them to see. 
  • I need to organize my binders from school and get them ready for this next semester. I know I sound like a freak considering I just finished finals, but this is one less thing I have to do before the semester begins. Plus, it lets me see what kind of supplies I need. 
  • I'm so excited to take my family to my church here in Michigan. This church body has taken us in as their own this past year and I know my family wants to see that in action.
  • I wish I had some sunflower seeds. 

Happy Monday and Happy Christmas!

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

"Everybody loves him. Babies love him. Old ladies love him. Everybody loves him."

Last night B and I went out to celebrate the end of the semester with my friends from school. They all have met him numerous times before and B knows them well enough to know who they are when I say their names. (Side note: Isn't it funny how you have to describe a person to guys a little bit before they remember who you're talking about until they have been around the person for an extended period of time? I also thinks this goes to their character. When a guy remembers your name it is because he wants to know you.)

Anyway.

We're at the point where now they are not just my friends, but his friends as well.

In fact, I was told on more than one occasion that next semester and until we've all graduated that I should just expect to not see my husband on a regular basis because he will be spending lots of time shooting-Yes, as in a real gun. I've told y'all he's an NRA member before right? We're almost polar opposites politically speaking.-playing COD-MW and just going out with the boys in general.

It is an all out bro-mance.

What can I say? He really is my better half. (Oh yes this is a big husband gush post! It is exactly where this is headed.)

And person after person came up to me last night to tell me that he was wonderful and they think he's just great. And I totally and completely agree. In fact, I told them the title of my post in response. Really, I almost get a little jealous when I've met a person first and they later meet B because I know that I'll lose the person to him because he really is just that great.

It isn't that I've taken how much he loves me and supports me and encourages me and is in my corner and is my protector for granted. He is my angel and constant miracle.

It's just nice to have that feeling of falling in love all over again with the one you love. I will be honest and say that I've been praying for that very thing recently. Like I said, it wasn't that I ever stopped loving him or had fallen out of love, I just wanted that little butterfly absolutely exhilarating feeling of knowing that I am in love with the most wonderful person in the world and he is in love with me back and always will be.

You know most of the time I hate that we got married so close to Christmas because our gifts do usually wind up getting combined.

But when we get to the time of year that our actual anniversary falls. I love it all over again because this really is my favorite time of year and I wouldn't have it any other way.

The break I had from blogging this week was wonderful because even though I was stressed and absolutely exhausted from studying, it was nice not having to be tied to this world.

But I'm back and I just wanted to write this post for myself today, so that I would have a physical place to remember how I felt and feel about my wonderful, amazing, and absolutely brilliant husband.

Like the Frank Sinatra song, The Christmas Waltz says, "It's that time of year, when the world falls in love. Every song you hear, seems to say, Merry Christmas. May your New Year dreams come true. And this song of mine, in three-quarter time, wishes you and yours, the same thing too."

They all love him. That has been a prayer of mine, that not only that I would have friends here too, but that he would especially. I think that is on its way to happening.

The great part is that I get to take the guy home with me.

Happy Saturday. Merry Christmas. It looks like God delivered my Christmas miracle just in time. I got the reminder that I needed and prayers answered in the fullest. Funny how that God guy always delivers when we least expect it and need it the most. And then again it's not. It just shows how faithful He is.

Okay I'm really done now. Hope this finds you well and enjoying the season with your family.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Hello, my name is Samantha and I am in law school.

This has been my dream since I was 17 years old. That dream is 10 years old as of this fall.

Some people in law school don't know why or can't trace their dream of being an attorney to a specific moment in time.

I am NOT one of those people.

I was paging in the House of Representatives for my state representatives and I had the opportunity to go through mock legislation. I was the author of the bill and it was a daunting task to say the least. I also remember taking it very seriously. While presenting it to committee, I realized that I wanted to be a lawmaker some day.

Frankly, I don't come from money. So I knew then that I would have to do things the old fashioned way-the American Dream way- and get my education and earn my way there.

I never looked back. Most of you have the calling to be a mommy. I have that calling too. I also had the calling to be a bride some day.

I have never been able to tell anyone what my dreams of being a wife and (mommy someday) would look like, but I could always tell you what it would look like for me to be an attorney.

And here I sit, in law school. Getting here is not what I had imagined at all.

But the point is that I am here.

This semester has been off-kilter for many reasons, but this morning, I got the shot in the arm that I needed to remind me why all these long hours are worth it.

Some day, I will get to say, "Hi, my name is Samantha _________-____ and I am a DOCTOR of JURISPRUDENCE.

I can't take the fact that God brought me here for granted. He has given me this opportunity and to squander it would be an act of disobedience on my part.

So please honor my dream and pray for me as I have prayed so many times and still am praying for you to get yours.

I hope this finds you well.

Happy Sunday and Happy Christmas.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Just stop and love one another.

"The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." -Matthew 7:25


"I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul."
- Psalm 31:7



I am a passionate opinionated person and sometimes that gets the best of me.

Case in point: This very day.

I have been reeling over yet another stupid mommy parenting debate. It doesn't matter where the drama is, but the point is that I have let it consume me.You can say what you want, but when people who are supposed to be friends write, comment or tweet about parenting choices in a condescending manner, it is just stupid. It only causes unnecessary drama and pain.

I am not pointing fingers because I wrote a comment this go round in the debate. I still stand by what I said, but the point in all of this crap that is bogging all of us down is that I promise you that there are much more important battles we need to be fighting. (Note: I also am not defending anyone in this post either.)

Tonight I found out that my sister's best friend's little sister was taken from this world to be with Jesus at six years old from cancer.

You know what struck me about Stephanie (the best friend of my sister) through this entire battle? Her faithfulness to God that He was in control.

I am absolutely broken hearted for Stephanie because I cannot imagine losing Loren and Jessi or even Will.

The lesson from this sad and devastating blow to this wonderful and sweet family?

It doesn't matter what you did in this world, whether you're a lawyer, doctor, stay at home mom, Southerner, Northerner, conservative, liberal, or even the POTUS. The Bible says that we are but a vapor. 

I say this from the bottom of my heart, so please hear me clearly.

What does matter is that we LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

That is it.


It really is that simple.

This Christmas, Jesus is working more and more on me to appreciate just how limited our time is.

Love y'all.

Hold onto your family just a little tighter tonight because we are NOT guaranteed tomorrow.

Happy Christmas


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iPhone Picture Dump...what of it?

Snow + Sleet = Sneet

I LOVE playing around with Instagram.
...especially when I can put the vintage feel on just about anything.
My biffle got these two ornaments from the Biltmore as a wedding present.
They remain my favorites
Typical morning...
Isn't it pretty?
More snow+No Sleet = More snow...Duh.
The good hair days that I've been having while I'm locked up in the library. You know because that makes sense and all.

What's been goin' on in your world?

Happy Thursday and Happy Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wednesday is "Link" Day.

Link: A relationship between two things

So, it's obvious that I'm sucking it up big time on this posting regularly through the week thing.  Between poor planning on my part and writing every day for #NaBloPoMo during November, I shot myself in the foot.

So what does that mean for you the reader?

Well, I 'll tell you. I am posting links of my favorite past Christmas posts for your viewing pleasure.
I'm also linking to a post about studying. I'm finding that when I need to drown out the world including the people at the law school, I listen to pop music by girls i.e.  Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and of course Willow Smith...

"But I'll take the hand of those who don't know the way, who can't see where they're going. I'll be a personal guide to them, directing them through unknown country. I'll be right there to show them what roads to take, make sure they don't fall into the ditch. These are the things I'll be doing for them-sticking with them, not leaving them for a minute." -Isaiah 42:16

Happy Wednesday and Happy Christmas!

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Sacrifice.

This year, we once again are not going to Oklahoma for Christmas. With the timing of Brandon's new job, we just can't go.

When we went home in August, in the back of my mind, I kept thinking that it was still a possibility. It's the optimist in me. Brandon, on the other hand, was more realistic about it. In fact, on our way back to Michigan, he told me that I needed to let my parents know then that I wanted them to come for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I called immediately and said something about Thanksgiving or Christmas.

A month later, Brandon got a job that was set to change the history of Brandon's career. Two months later, we were faced with deciding between multiple offers. But when Brandon got that first job, he knew that he was looking at working holidays, so I made a call to my parents to let them know we wanted them to come for Christmas because once again we wouldn't be home.

THANKFULLY, we will be spending Christmas with my side of the family.

BUT (and this is a BIG BUT!) We will miss out on Christmas for the second year in a row with Brandon's family. That's bad enough, but on top of that, we're expecting news on a new nephew any day now. (I told you this was a big BUT!)

Side Note: Brandon doesn't like me discussing his family on my blog for privacy reasons if you've ever wondered why I don't mention them that often. 

We knew when we came up here that there would be sacrifices that came with this journey that would be less than glamorous.

But this one sucks BIG TIME.

We know that me being in law school in Michigan will only be for so long.

But in the mean time, missing out on Christmas parties, Christmas concerts, Christmas light seeing, and Christmas babies is almost unbearable some days.

We both are struggling with this right now big time. Missing family is VERY hard for both of us since we come from such great families.

So please hug the ones you love today just a little harder and just a little longer if you live close to them.

Like I said, we know that this too shall pass...but today it just stings a little more than usual.


Merry Christmas and Happy Monday.
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Friday, December 2, 2011

We interrupt our regular Christmas programming for this special message....

I realized that I started my Christmas posting, oh say, yesterday, but there is a VERY important game this weekend that is owed my utmost attention. That being said...

BOOMER. SOONER. Beat the hell outta OSU!!



Happy Friday and just in case you forgot, remember...THERE IS ONLY ONE OKLAHOMA.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy December y'all!

Hellllllllllllllllooooooooooooooooooooooooo bloggy friends!!!

Yes, as I've previously stated a thousand and one times already the rumors are true, I am in the thick of studying for finals.

And y'all are really kicking into the Holiday Who-Be-Whatee of the Christmas season.

Frankly, I am jealous and long for the day when I "just have a job" to worry about like nobody's business. But I also know that this time now will someday pay off and I'll be there before I know it.

I also long for the making babies time too and usually long for it most around the holiday season just because I can't wait to share this time with our future kiddos. (And that's about as much as I'll entertain the baby conversation for now....except that also some of you had better still be making babies when it's finally my turn.)

ANYWAY.

I am blogging quickly to tell you that I will be blogging five days a week during the month of Christmas which is a bit more manageable. I have a hard time of letting go of traditions. I will be recycling some posts to help maintain my goal in the next few weeks and if any of you have a Christmas miracle story you would love to tell, please let me know. After all, this time of year is about the miracle of Christ coming into this world.

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
-Isaiah 9:6

Hope this finds you well. Please pray for me in the next few weeks. 15 days until FREEDOM!!

Happy Thursday and Happy December and most importantly Happy Christmas!
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