Sunday, June 21, 2009

busy busy busy...

Since writing last Wednesday, I've been busy busy busy.

Busy...watching Desmond finish off his baseball season. We started in April and just now finished. Now, we get to relax a little before football season begins in late July. :)

Busy...figuring out how to work the amazingness called Photoshop. I just got it Thursday and am still figuring out how to use it. But, thanks to a couple really cool websites (like this one), I made a new blog layout. Or two or three. :) And a new header with old pictures. I also learned how to edit pictures and make faces from one go to another. Like the one below taken when I moved into my dorm in Auburn last fall. Mom took two pictures and I looked better in one, and Daddy in the other. So, I combined them and voila! Perfect Picture! Cool, huh?

Busy...getting things together for another busy week. I'm babysitting for the PTO on Monday, and for a family at church on Tuesday and Wednesday. And I need to clean my room. And finish removing the wallpaper in the bathroom I started removing three weeks ago.

And my week since Wednesday.

Oh-I almost forgot. Happy Father's Day, Daddy! :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Word-filled Wednesday: Knock

Behold, I stand at the door and knock; If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and will dine with him and he with me.
-Revelation 3:20 NASV

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

dear mr. president

[Note: This post is purely political. Don't like, don't read. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and I would love to know yours if you can say it nicely. Thanks.]

Dear Mr. President Obama,

I'm not too thrilled with you at the moment. I'm actually starting to get kind of scared about how your plans for the present are going to affect my future. You see, you seem to like to make cuts to some of the programs that I need/like the most to give money to the things that I don't really care for. For example, you are proposing cuts to Medicare. I understand we're in a financial crisis at the moment, but seriously dude? If you stop paying the pharmaceutical companies, they're going to go bankrupt or be forced to stop providing medications to our senior citizens THAT HAVE PAID INTO THE SYSTEM. Unlike some of the other people you want to give money to that just sit on the couch all day watching their 1000+ channels on their cable. You know, the ones that have cellulars with unlimited texting. And yet, they can't feed their children or pay to go to the doctors. Imagine that. Maybe we should make them get rid of the fancy stuff before we give them free money. Other people that work really hard that don't have 1000+ channel cable and unlimited texting's money that was taken from them by the government to give to the lazy people.

And at the same time, you are still discussing this whole universal health care thing. I'm sorry, but if you can't handle Medicare and Medicaid, maybe you shouldn't be trying to create a universal health care system. Have you looked at Canada and Britain's health care lately? Yes, everyone can go to the doctor, but it takes years to get in. And you get denied access to health care treatments if "they" deem that you are too far progressed. That's why all the Canadians are coming to the US for health care. But, oh wait, as part of your Medicare cuts, you are proposing we do the same thing. We're gonna cut out all of those unnecessary knee and back surgeries. And the best part- all of these cuts are going to extend the life of Medicare to 2024. Dude, really?

Here's my idea on how we solve this whole budget "crisis". We stop wasting time with all these unnecessary bills going through congress regarding tobacco regulation and other measures regarding government getting involved in matters they don't need to be involved in. They just take up time in court. And in order to make sure that the bills all get seen and important bills don't just expire because "we don't have time for them because we're arguing on whether the white house's laundry room should be painted orange or purple", we stop giving the congressmen their paychecks until they do their job. Then, we get all of these illegal immigrants out of our country (no matter where they are from- Mexico or England-just get them out of here). This will provide countless jobs to our unemployed and cut down on the amount of welfare checks we issue. This will also help keep our hospitals open since they might actually be paid for their services for once. We stop bailing out these companies and let them take responsibility for their own actions. We stop these court cases that are going through for the sole purpose to sue someone for something stupid (Warning:Coffee may be hot). And finally, we unite behind a common goal: love for our country. We stop the politics. We stop the bipartisanship and political correctness. We are not a country of Republicans and Democrats. We are a country of Americans. Let our congressmen vote on legislation for what they think is right instead of what their party says they have to in order to get money for electoral campaigns.

Mr. President Obama, you have a really hard job. I don't really ever want to be in your place. But, sir, the fate of the country rests in your hands. Please, do what is right, not what will get you reelected in three years. By doing that, I think you will get a lot more votes. At least, you might get mine. :)


Thursday, June 11, 2009

It happened one day on the way home from VBS

Desmond: Oh my gosh, Mom. Look. It's a real life turtle. Like a real one. Can I take it inside and make it my pet like Sissy has Gus-gus? He could sleep in my bed...please...please...please *sad puppy face.
Lauren: Mom, hurry up and take the picture before we get run over by a car. And ew, gross...I don't want to get closer to the turtle.
Max: Can I bring it in and do a science experiment on it? I wonder if I held a magnifying glass if the turtle would catch on

If you can't tell, we found a baby turtle crossing the street in front of the house on our way back home from Vacation Bible School this morning. We also found a dead snake by the mailbox. I don't know what kind it was though. Mommy took a picture of it. I stayed away from it. I don't like snakes. Or turtles too much for that matter. Even though the bible buddy tommorrow is a turtle.

Oh, Mom. Why do we have to live in a swamp?? :)

What's gonna work? Teamwork!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I love my first graders!!

If you can't tell...I love my little first graders at Vacation Bible School! :)
I think I have the "best group ever"...but I might be a little biased, you think?

Monday, June 8, 2009

cupcake balls anyone?

A week ago, I do believe, I mentioned making these cupcake balls from Bakerella's website for Tuesday night bible study group. So, here you! :)
AND because I'm feeling extra special nice, here's the recipe, courtesy of Bakerella. enjoy. :)

Red Velvet Cake Balls

1 box red velvet cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)

1 can cream cheese frosting (16 oz.)

1 package chocolate bark (regular or white chocolate)

wax paper

1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.

2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can cream cheese frosting. (It may be easier to use fingers to mix together, but be warned it will get messy.)

3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50. You can get even more if you use a mini ice cream scooper, but I like to hand roll them.)

4. Chill for several hours. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer.)

5. Melt chocolate in microwave per directions on package.

6. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List:
  • unChristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons [Started this on last night and LOVE it. Check out my bible blog to see more on what I think about this one]
  • Crazy Love by Francis Chan [seems like all the pastoral peoples I know have talked about this book in some way, shape, form, or another. and my mom and dad are reading it. we have at least three copies at the house. we don't know how to share. i know, there are starving children in Africa...]
  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult [Huge fan of Picoult. I read My Sister's Keeper by her (the movie is coming out later this summer) and am amazed by her ability to write on controversial issues in a nonpartisian way.]
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini [This one seems to be one that all the facebook friends are bringing to the beach...looks interesting from the cover I have been staring at for a week...]
  • Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge [This one is more of a finish reading it. I started it with my dgroup off at college, and never finished it.]
Like? Don't like? Have suggestions?
Let me know!! :)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

#18 Superheroes.

Apparently my alter ego is The Meaty Thoughtful Philanthropist. But...shhh....don't tell anybody. Although, you too can become a superhero by going here. I guess since I'm talking about superheroes, I could tell you my favorite one. If I had a favorite one that is. But you see...I don't. I just wanted to put my superhero picture up. But, in case you were wondering, I have seen the first Batman movie. And one of the Spiderman...or was it Spanish class in 10th grade. Honestly, I could care less.

I do think the Incredibles are pretty incredible though. :)

I'm getting kind of bored with this whole 30 awesome things thing I'm on. I don't know how the guy that did 1000 awesome things did it. Unless he was getting paid, which he probably was. I think I'm going to stop at 20, hope nobody gets offended by that one!!

I haven't been terribly busy here lately, but that will change soon, I'm sure. Next week, we have VBS at chuch and starting the next week I will be babysitting some little girls from church two days a week. Fun, I'm sure. Then I have orientation (since I'm going to a new college next Fall, I get to do it all over again...yay! Can you sense the sarcasm?). And then, in July, I get to go to the beach for a week with my family (I'm excited about this one...for real!!)

I'm also terribly excited by the fact that Miley Cyrus is coming to Birminghan (at the BJCC!) in October. I would LOVE to find someone that wanted to go with. Preferably someone over the age of seven..yeah. Because I'm sure it would be a pretty cool concert. Metrostation (I don't know much about them, except Miley's brother is in it) is opening for her. So yeah...let me know! :) And if B'ham sells out...well...she's going to be in ATL in November. Mmmmhhmm. So yeah.

That's all for today I guess...

Monday, June 1, 2009

#17 Redecorating

M'kay. So, I did a little redecorating of the room since I've been home from summer. Added some storage units, put curtains on my closets, put stuff on the walls and such. So, I decided to make a video of the accomplishments, but I will probably add pictures later because its difficult to show some things while carrying a computer around. :) So, enjoy the video.

Also, in case you were wondering:
  • The Storage Units (with the colorful boxes) were made by ClosetMaid and purchased at Lowe's. We got them on Clearance for $10 a piece, but I think they run between $30 and 40 usually.
  • The cross above my mirror/vanity is from Hobby Lobby. I got it during a sale on wall art for $5!
  • My really cute tissue holder on my desk that you probably can't see really good (it has pastel polka dots) is from Pottery Barn. Clearance-$5.
  • In my cubbys, there is a polka-dotted patterned paper behind the pictures. It is called Wall Pops and they stick to the wall, but are easily removable. I think they would be great for a dorm room!! I think my daddy got them on Clearance at Lowe's. He suprised me with them one time when the family visited me in AU.
  • The really cute art on my walls everywhere was made by me during finals week. I did a slideshow on them in early May that has close ups of them all. I had alot of fun doing them (and procrastinating!!) and they were pretty cheap too! You can get a three count of canvases for less than $5 at WalMart, and paint is pretty cheap too! And its fun!
  • The letters above my bed (the LAUREN ones) were made using wood letters ($1.99 each) and scrapbook paper (5 for $1) from Hobby Lobby and using rubber cement. I made the LEA for my dorm room and just added the URN to finish spelling my name. I was going to put ribbons on them, but couldn't ever find a good way to tie them. They were significantly cheaper than buying online (at least $8 a letter).
Finally, I have one last thing to finish for the room. I have a bench, that I didn't really show in the video, that I am going to spray paint white and modge podge black and white pictures on the top of. The top opens up and you can put stuff inside of it. I'm pretty excited about this project!! And Mom and I are going to get paint and stuff for the bathroom, so soon that will be cute too!! :) Yay!