Saturday, October 30, 2010

"Introducing Me"

(by Nick Jonas) Introducing



I'm scrapbooking all weekend, so you may not hear much from me over the next few days. I usually eat too much & sleep too little, so I end up recuperating for the entire week afterward! I don't have to drive the carpool next week, so I may just go back to bed after my kids get picked up ~ or at least lay down on the couch with my puppy for another hour (or maybe three).

As for today's song, again I must apologize for the fact that it's not a grown-up song. If you haven't seen the movie that I totally watched the day it came out, this won't mean so much to you. But even if you're not a Disney fan, you have to admit that this is a cute song! If only it had been out when I posted my "About Me"-type posts. {Plus, it reminds me of "I'm Yours" which I love, though oddly have never posted. What a shame!} As I type this post, there is still an issue with Grooveshark's player. I'm not real sure what to do about that, because a blog about theme songs should actually have a song for you to hear! [The Grooveshark issue is now resolved, but I think the following video is too cute!] For now, I've included a video that I found on youtube:



I think they did a cute job with the lyrics, don't you? Well, you didn't ask for it, but I thought I'd tell you my favorite line:
"And I like to use to the word 'dude'
As a noun, or an adverb, or an adjective"

If that line doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will! Well, I've got to get back to scrapbooking! :)


Amy

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"For You"

(by Michael W. Smith) For



My theme song for this past weekend should have been something about best friends, because I stayed at the home of a high school best friend while attending the wedding of a middle school best friend. It was a great weekend to reminisce! {Before I forget ~ in my last post I mentioned parking in the cactus as my only mishap, but I forgot about the skunk! Of course it couldn't have happened at some other point in the 4 hour drive, but just as we drove in to Kari's town...My mister says I swerved to hit the skunk, but I promise I swerved to avoid it! Unfortunately, my mad driving skills weren't quite enough. Eeeewww! After not having seen Karikins for a couple of years, I showed up smelling like skunk. Nice.}

Anyways, since Kari & I enjoyed reminiscing about old times, I thought I'd fill you in...

Karikins & I met when her family moved to Weimar about 20 years ago. We both wore bandanas the same way ~ not in the typical fashion, but sorta like how you wear a sweat band. {Yes, I know. Odd. But we liked to be different!} We were instant BFFs & spent a lot of time goofing around & taking random pictures! [Warning: awful early 90's fashion ahead, plus some odd things we wore to be different! Don't judge me for my terribly high-waisted &/or acid washed jeans, tie-dyed outfits, crimped hair, big bangs or choice of odd shoes!]




We made up a silly dance to today's song & were gracious enough to perform it in front of people on a regular basis!



& apparently we allowed another Amy to join in with us, too {she's the one in the middle, but you're probably smart enough to figure that out on your own}




I totally had to include these pics from a couple of fashion shows we were in (for Women's Ministry events, just in case you wondered why I never mentioned being a model ~ ha ha):



At some point, we decided it was weird that the heart was used as a symbol of love & figured the brain was really the origin of loving thoughts. So instead of "I♥U", we would say/write, "I Brain You!" Karikins made this cake for me for Valentine's Day my Senior year in high school:


There are many more stories I could share, but this has been quite lengthy already! I'll leave you with one last thing...For old time's sake, we took a couple of pictures with a random painted deer at the BBQ place where we ate lunch on Saturday:

{You can't tell, but we're imitating the look on the deer's face!}
& in case that one's just too goofy, here's a "normal" pic!

Isn't she even more beautiful today? Aw, I brain my Karikins!

Amy

Monday, October 25, 2010

"Some Enchanted Evening"

(by Harry Connick, Jr.) Some



My mister & I had a fantastic weekend in the Texas Hill Country for Michelle & Bud's wedding! It took place at The Trois Estate at Enchanted Rock (hence the song title). The evening started out a little crazy, because it started raining buckets the moment we got there! We had to park at the bottom of the hill, and they were shuttling us up to the estate at the top. {I think my only mishap of the weekend was parking in cactus, so I'd say it was a success!} I had my umbrella, but still got very wet in the half a minute it took to get from my van to the shuttle. My poor mister was soaked! As it turns out, the van that took us to the top of the hill was actually a taxi that someone had taken from town. The driver was just being nice & helping everyone out, because the estate only had one shuttle. Cool, huh? Gotta love Texas!

The wedding ended up being delayed for about an hour, because it was supposed to take place in a courtyard. Courtyard weddings & rain don't go together very well! It turned out to be a beautiful evening & a beautiful wedding, though! While the wedding party was taking pictures afterward, my mister & I explored the estate!




The downside of going to a middle school friend's wedding is that I really didn't know anyone other than Michelle & her family, and they were a little busy! But, we met a really nice couple before the wedding that we ended up sitting next to at the reception. There was another nice lady that I had met at the bridal shower, and we talked to her and her husband after the wedding. They sat on the other side of us at the reception. It worked out alright ~ and really, it's not about me! It was about these two beautiful people:


I want to thank those of you who gave your opinion on the dress! Y'all gave me the confidence I needed to not feel out of place & underdressed! As it turns out, either dress would have been fine! I chose the first one with red shoes and purse. I didn't get a picture of the entire outfit, but here I am with my mister (that's Enchanted Rock behind us ~ this pic SO doesn't do it justice!)


I'll tell you more about the rest of our weekend in another post! {I'm hoping to scan some high school pictures!}

Amy

Friday, October 22, 2010

"Best Dress"

(by Damien Jurado) Best



I need your help! I'm not sure what to wear to a wedding tomorrow. It's the wedding of my best friend from middle school ~ you know, the one who's bridal shower I attended completely underdressed?! I can't let that happen again! It's a 4:30 wedding, & I'm not sure how formal that is!

Here are a couple of options (please excuse the poor quality of the pics!):



Is either one dressy enough? I also have a LBD {with emphasis on the "L"! I was in a little better shape when I bought it, so it's a little tighter than I want it to be ~hence, no picture}. I could wear it if I have to, but I'd rather not! What do you think? Will one of these dresses work? If so, should I wear black strappy sandals or red heels? If not, should I suck it in (literally) & wear the little black dress?

I really appreciate your input!!

Amy

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"A Little Bit Longer"

(by the Jonas Brothers) A



My mister had an appointment with Dr C (the retina specialist) on Thursday. His vision has not improved, which we didn't really expect. Dr C thought there was a slight possibility that the loss of vision was due to something other than nerve damage (like maybe a side effect of the steroid or something), or that his treatment may have caused him to be shortsighted. He even checked my mister's vision with the corrective lenses, but there was still no improvement. I asked about cataract surgery, because we both had the impression that it would be necessary at some point in the next couple of years. But, Dr C said that he won't need it because the only reason for cataract surgery is to improve vision. {Honestly, though, I beg to differ. When the lens is completely cloudy, it looks a little freaky. Am I wrong?} Anyways, he addressed my mister's pressure issue again & prescribed a new eye drop. He said that sometimes the slightest drop in pressure could improve the vision a bit, so we'll see if this prevents him from going completely blind...

While I'm on the subject, do you mind if I get something off my chest? Well, I'm doing it anyways...

With all of the awareness ribbons, days & months out there, I get a little frustrated at the miniscule amount of attention ocular melanoma receives. I mean, there appears to be an awareness month for every other type of eye situation, except for the one that can kill you! When my husband was diagnosed with OM, I had never even heard of eye cancer. Period. I'm not necessarily asking for a month, day or even a ribbon ~ I know that we are somewhat inundated by them. But, I think it deserves some type of awareness. {Maybe it could coincide with Talk Like a Pirate Day?}

Seriously, though, my point in all of this is that raising awareness may lead to earlier diagnosis & treatment, which may lead to better patient outcomes. More importantly, awareness may lead to an increase in funding for research, which could ultimately lead to a cure. A cure = LIFE, because (as I've mentioned before) metastatic ocular melanoma is always fatal. And as someone who lives with the fear that my mister's next scan reveals a death sentence, a cure sounds like a dream come true (not only for me, but for my children).

A fairly recent study showed that in the last 30 years or so, skin melanoma mortality rose 35% while prostate dropped 50%, breast dropped 10%, colon dropped 25% and cervical dropped 10%. Ocular melanoma mortality remains unchanged despite treatment advances. I'd call that a compelling argument ~ more research is necessary for all types of melanoma. So, if you know of anybody who's looking to donate to a worthy cause, send them to the Ocular Melanoma Foundation!

OK, well I'll get down off my soap box for now. The five of you don't really deserve my spiel! {Especially since you've probably read it already!} I was really only planning on giving an update, but I got a little carried away!

Amy

Monday, October 18, 2010

"Freckles"

(by Natasha Bedingfield) Freckles



My baby girl is 12 today!


I say this every year, but I seriously can't believe I'm the mother of a 12-year-old! We have one year before she's officially a teenager, and I'm so not ready!

After school on Friday (the day of her party), she got to open a couple of gifts from us ~ including Slim Jims & pink tennis balls from her brother!


We kicked Cody out of the houseCody got to spend the night with Alex, & Amy was so sweet to send me home with a gift for my girl.


Elly had a few friends over that night for a sleepover. They had a lot of fun making their own pizza!


It was so cute to hear her talk & giggle with her friends! :)


This morning, she opened her last two gifts from us. I made her a little "purse book" of the blog post she did for me this summer, and we got her some roller skates. {She asked for them, now let's see if she uses them...}


Months ago, my baby girl said I should use this song for her birthday! Wish granted, Elly! {I've heard that there may be a minor curse word in the original version of this song (that my baby girl doesn't need in a song representing her)! I never knew that the other word for "darn" was possibly in it until I looked up the lyrics to type up this post. I've seen some discrepancies, & that word doesn't even make sense where they say it is. Either way, she has the iCarly soundtrack which definitely says "unworthy" ~ which is much more appropriate for little ears!}

I love you, baby girl! {& your cute freckles}


Amy

Saturday, October 16, 2010

"Girl Named Tennessee"

(by NEEDTOBREATHE)





I had a bunch of preteen girls invade my house last night, so I'm going on little sleep! I'll post about my baby girl's birthday & my mister's latest eye appointment next week. For now, I'll just talk about today's song...I'm really not sure why I listened to this particular song more than any of the others. I was obviously still in a NEEDTOBREATHE mood. {Have I mentioned that I love their stuff?!} My baby girl thinks this song is weird, so maybe I played it an extra time to annoy her? No, I really don't do that type of thing! But, she did question what we were listening to on the way to school one day, and her friend (that we carpool with) giggled. I never really want to be the mom who embarrasses her kids, so I switched it. My play count would've been one higher than it showed, so apparently I like it (whether she does or not)!

I hope the rest of your weekend is lovely :)

Amy

Friday, October 15, 2010

"What Matters Most"

(by Ayiesha Woods) What



I don't have much time today, due to MOPS & getting ready for my baby girl's sleepover tonight! Here's a peek:


So, I thought I'd post what I shared for my MOPS Mentor Moment last month...

I spoke about priorities & how every mom (person, actually) that I know seems to struggle with them. While I don’t have any concrete answers on how much time should be spent doing ___(fill in the blank)___, I offer what I hope will help us focus on the things that really matter...

First, we did a little purse inventory game. It was sorta like that baby shower game, only there were no prizes! I read a list of items that were possibly in their purses/diaper bags: hair band/clip, toy car, tweezers, old list, pacifier, brush, snack, & used gum. Seriously, I have found a wad of used gum in my bag before {wrapped up, of course ~ probably in an old list!} I have also been known to find a Christmas list when I finally got around to cleaning out my purse during Spring Break! Anyways, there are things in my bag (& probably everyone else's) that are totally unnecessary.

You probably see where I’m going with this...not only are there things that we carry around in our bags that we don’t need, but we also have things in our lives that are really unnecessary. I want to encourage you to take a moment to do a little inventory of your life. Think of the things that are positive, negative & neutral...Family, friendships, activities, the internet, whatever occupies your time.

If they are positive things, & you know that they please God, then keep doing them!

But, do you have things in your life that are negative? Unless they are things that God has called you to do (but you just don’t feel positive about them) they are of no use to you or anyone else! {I then gave the moms "permission" to let these things go! Sometimes you just need someone to tell you to stop, so I did! & I'm telling YOU now: let it go!}

If they are neutral things, then pray about them. If you feel convicted, let them go. If they are time-killers, then they’re probably in the negative category. I’m not talking about things you do to relax ~ a bubble bath can be a healing thing, & sometimes it’s nice to just escape in a good book, catch up with friends on facebook or do a blog-hopping! But if they are regularly stealing time away from something you know God wants you to be doing, then set a time limit. If you are having a hard time letting go of something, ask a friend to hold you accountable.

We have such a brief time with our kids that I hate to see it wasted on something as useless as used gum, instead of on things that really matter!

I closed with these verses:

“I pray that your love for each other will overflow more and more,
and that you will keep on growing in your knowledge and understanding.
For I want you to understand what really matters,
so that you may live pure and blameless lives until Christ returns.
May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation
~those good things that are produced in your life by Jesus Christ~
for this will bring much glory and praise to God."
{Phil 1:9-11}


Amy

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"Pedestal"

(by BarlowGirl) Pedestal



OK, I'm going to go there again. I'm bringing up something controversial in pop culture, like when I talked about Amy songs...

Can I just say that I'm tired of seeing sweet little Disney stars feel the need to "grow up" & express themselves provocatively?! I know this isn't her first time to do something risque, but seriously?! Miley's latest video is all the uproar right now. I know that there really is no need to have one more person's opinion out there, but I decided to give mine anyways! I just don't get it. Why do girls think that they have to do this type of thing in order to be considered a grown up? I realize that they're trying to appeal to a different crowd, but is that really the way to do it?

I know there are a lot of people out there defending her actions. It's mostly parents of preteens who disagree with what she's doing. In all honesty, parents shouldn't expect somebody in Hollywood to be a role model for their children. Shame on any parent who puts a celebrity up on a pedestal. As a parent of a preteen though, I understand the desire to have artists that are considered "safe" for your kids to watch &/or listen to. & I am disappointed by the message that Miley is portraying to her young fans ~ not only the preteens, but the teenagers as well. She claims that she is being who she is, but it's sad to me that a young lady [who has claimed to be a Christian] thinks that this is who she is. {& seriously, she's still only 17! Is she really a grown up yet?}

Amy

Saturday, October 9, 2010

"The Outsiders"

(by NEEDTOBREATHE)





I had another great week! Here are pics of a few of the highlights...

Cody got dismissed from speech, & we celebrated @ BerriBlends!


We hosted National Night Out & met some more neighbors!


I got my first Bunco injury! ;)


Dad & I went to see my baby brother

{He turned 22 this week ~ seriously?! How'd that happen?!}

I've been listening to NEEDTOBREATHE quite a bit lately. Have I mentioned that I love this album? I've posted a couple of songs from it already ("Something Beautiful" & "Won't Turn Back"), but I hadn't posted the title track. Good stuff. Seriously, if you're not listening to them already, you totally should be!

I hope the rest of your weekend is super!

Amy