Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Flying High

So back in September, PBRC (where I work) had a fundraiser we call a steak out...it was so much fun! Part of the night included a reverse auction... where people bid on items or things for the center (such as the electric bill, naming a wing of the building, etc.). One of the items that was being bid on was to place a school spirit flag on top of the tallest building in Odessa for the entire month of November.

Sounds interesting I know, but there was alot of people who wanted a Tech or tu, TCU, Odessa College, all sorts of colleges fighting it out to be displayed. However... the one school that came out on top was of course... Texas A&M!! Whoop!


And the bill......$40,000 to display the Aggie flag on top of the tallest building :)

And for the entire month of November the flag flew high and proud... and not to mention that during the entire month of November the Aggies never lost a football game :) Coincidence? Surely not. I guess that means next year I need to make sure the A&M flag gets up there again!

Just a little fun for the end of the month. Coming soon: Christmas decoration post!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Movie Overload

For 4 days (from Wednesday to today) AT&T Uverse has given us the privilege of having all HD channels and all movie channels for free :) This means we have been a bit recording happy :)

We have been stalking the channels and adding as many recordings as we could fit on our DVR and its been so much fun! I finally am going to get to see alot of the chick-flick and scary movies that I never got around to see in the theaters or on video. Here is a list of the movies we recorded that I am excited about:

The Proposal (Robert hasn't seen it and I loved it so...)
Marley and Me
Leap Year
When in Rome
Julie and Julia
The Unborn
The Crazies (this is an "A" scary movie in mine and my moms book)
The Men Who Stare at Goats
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
The Bucket List
Dear John
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Alice in Wonderland
Australia
The Others
Valentine's Day
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

And a few more that we already watched and erased to make room for the new ones :)

So if anyone wants to watch one of these with us... come on over and we'll make some coffee and have a movie marathon :)

There's alot of smiley faces in this blog post :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

So Thankful!

This was by far the most relaxing Thanksgiving ever! This is our 4th Thanksgiving together as a married couple and we have definitely had some crazy ones.

2007: We were supposed to travel to Dallas for the biennial family reunion, however, my papa fell that morning and burst the tumor in his lungs. So we had to rush to Midland instead to plan a funeral. It was a very sad Thanksgiving to lose him, but I love him and will never forget how much he loved to get into God's word. So every Thanksgiving is our family's chance to remember him. Love you Papa!
2008: We were living in Abilene and Robert was working for the windmill business. At that time he was stationed up in West Virginia... and word was that he wasn't going to get to come home for the holiday. But cleverly he surprised me and arrived in Abilene the night before I was to drive to Midland. So we got to spend the holiday with our families together :)

2009: Family reunion time (Mason side). It was off to Dallas for us. My dad's side of the family crammed in a nice... no wait horrible hotel (they are no longer there). It was great to see my cousins/aunts/unlces/great aunts and uncles/ and a bunch of other relatives that I never remember. We ate, played games, and my parent's car got broken into while we feasted. That was the bad part. Then Robert, me and my mom braved the Black Friday crowd and woke up at 4 am to go to the nearby Target to snatch a deal on our flat screen tv...and countless other gifts. It was fun, minus the car issue. And we ended the trip by visiting my dear friend Ashley and her parents in McKinney.

2010: Here we are! Its Thanksgiving with the Fowler's year and we feasted very very very well. Plus the Aggies beat t.u. so it was extra awesome! I'm sad we didn't get to see all the family this round, but hopefully soon! These are the only pictures I took of the event bc my phone was missing (or being used by a certain young brother) the entire day. Don't you like my glasses on Robert...



Happy Thanksgiving! and now bring on the rest of the holidays!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I'm all Giddy :)

This was a great weekend. I got to spend plenty of time with Robert and relax. Friday evening we went to reminisce at the Lee High Choir Madrigal. Its a magical event where the choir members dress up in old Renaissance outfits, sing songs, serve a meal, and perform a masque. Since Robert and I met in choir in high school, it brought back alot of memories...plus we took my brother and sister-in-law who also were able to help share their own memories. Just to give you a flashback:

2004: Robert's senior year
(he was the king that year :)

2003: Jennifer's Senior and Robert's Junior years
The hat I'm wearing was like a football helmet

Oh good times! Of course we were just in the audience this time, but we still had fun saying hello to our choir director (she's still going strong!).

Saturday was Harry Potter Day! Of course you know that I am obsessed with these books so we took my parents to see Harry Potter 7 part 1. It was great! I was being very optimistic about this movie b/c I know that they sometimes can't follow the book exactly and knowing how the 6th movie was far below my expectations... so I kept an open mind, although I didn't need to b/c they did a good job with this one! I wish part 2 was coming out tomorrow!

That evening we went to a wedding shower of my dear friend Stephanie and Chris whose wedding is only 1 month away! So excited for them and of course you will be hearing about the wedding when it happens. After the shower we went to my friend Kate's house to play games and meet some new friends. It was a good way to spend the Saturday.

I'm just looking forward to a 2 day work week, multiple Thanksgiving meals, and time to put up the Christmas decorations! Hope you all had a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What am I listening to?

JARS OF CLAY! I went to their concert which featured Brandon Heath a few weeks ago and it was awesome! I have always been a fan of Jars of Clay. They have music of all styles and their sound is very versatile. Below is one of my favorites and one of my new favorites:

Flood from the Jars of Clay Album


Shelter from the Shelter album (new!)


Hope you enjoy this music because I sure do! Happy week everyone- Thanksgiving is almost here, be sure and tell those you love how much you are thankful for them!

Monday, November 15, 2010

October-Vember Fest

So my posting has been quite horrible for this month... sorry about that. But this past few weeks we have been with family and enjoying the season of Fall...

Bowling for John Allen and Robert's birthdays




Pumpkin pancakes with my darling friend Kate!


A little hangout with the Gathering girls :)


and of course some Halloween fun with a cute niece and nephew :)


Plus lots of playing cards and games (yes Dutch Blitz) and more of that to occur during the holiday season! I went to Hobby Lobby again today and got just a few (although I could have bought the whole store) Christmas items. I am going to be putting up our tree in the next 2 weeks and I'm so excited! I will post pictures when this occurs.

As today was my day off from work I am thoroughly relaxed. I didn't get to sit and read a book with a cup of coffee like I was hoping, but I did go shopping, ate lunch with Robert (which never happens during the week), cooked dinner, and even wrapped a few presents :) It was a lovely day!

I hope you all enjoy your week!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Random Thoughts

So I have some random things on my mind and I was really trying to find a picture to post that would somehow bring up a story I could share... but I got nothing. So instead you get to hear of all the random things going on inside my mind (aren't you so lucky):

1. I have yet to nail down the fastest way to/from work. I've decided that I live in a very frustrating location b/c I'm on the closest side of Midland to Odessa and it still takes me FOREVER to get to work. I even live next to one of the major connecting roads and it still takes me a good 30 minutes everyday. Now granted, I may not be the best at following the speed limit signs, but there are alot of frustrating and crazy drivers out there that I would rather just zoom past. Never-the-less, I am bound and determined to find the most direct and fastest route to my job from my house... even if I try a different way everyday. Watch out Midland/Odessa, that cream Ford Edge you just saw zoom by was probably me!

2. So 2 times a week we have this girl come to work at our lunch hour and she gives us a workout... the perfect "minimal sweat, but still feel it in the morning" workout. Its usually a great time for me to destress from the day and to get some extra energy for the afternoon. However, today all the girls including myself were very complainy. And we just couldn't figure out our moods. Its halfway through the week and we were all exhausted. I think I was tired on Monday by lunchtime which was not a great start to the week anyway. I need to be more joyful at work, even if I do get exhausted. Lord, may you change my heart and give me the ability to spread happiness and not gloom :)

3. I haven't had chocolate in 4 weeks and I'm gonna go crazy. This is a long story and I'm not going to share it bc its personal, but just know that I have been struggling with food issues my whole life and have now come to the realization of just what that struggle is and am now seeking to truly conquer it. One solution has been to give up chocolate (the most beautiful and aweful sin around). Robert is also doing this, it won't be forever, but theres no finish line to this journey yet so no chocolate during the holidays (waaaah!) here I go.

4. In reference to #3... I didn't give up ICE CREAM. Just chocolate ice cream. As I am writing this, I am enjoying my vanilla ice cream very much.

5. I CAN'T WAIT FOR HARRY POTTER 7 TO COME OUT SOON!! Just in case you were curious.

6. Robert is no longer to play football in the front yard with the teens before youth group... why, you ask... bc he broke our neighbors car door mirror. Way to set an example babe.

7. Oh yeah, for Halloween we did nothing. boring I know. I passed out candy to whoever came by... which was not very much in the beginning and by the time the sun went down I was concerned that I was going to be left with this humongous bowl of candy (none of it chocolate of course)... so I started giving out bigger handfuls. I mean I didn't want to have to have any left over or I knew I was going to eat it. So the crowd slowed down...... and then 20 people came to my door at the same time. I panicked. I was only able to give each of them one item at this point which was sad to me bc they were all related somehow and had very nicely coordinated matching pirate costumes. So then I was out of candy and had to turn off my light and pretend to not be home. And Robert and I watched New Moon :)

I guess thats about it for now. Sorry it wasn't a typical post, but at least I got some things out of my head and onto paper... err... the screen so I can release them. Otherwise, my brain gets all tangled up ;)
Have a great rest of the week everyone!