Saturday, June 17, 2006

Astros pitcher, Roy Oswalt on the mound

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Roy O is my favorite pitcher and this is a picture from my first and only Astros game that I went to. I was so happy that Roy was pitching that day even though we lost ;(

and since it is also a Father's Day theme I will also include one of my favorite pictures from that day as well.

UPDATE: Here is a picture of Brad Ausmus for Wystful one...

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Hey,I am back over here at Blogger until I get my new home on the web ready for viewing. We are trying to figure out how to edit a template to get my name in the header. If anyone is willing to help.. please feel free to contact me. We need all the help we can get figuring some of this stuff out. We have our own domanin now..YEAHHHHH I am so excited. I want to get the page a little more ready before I release the address. I had to come back to Blogger for a bit because I can import from Blogger but not from wordpress. As far as I know anyway. Anyone out there with wordpress know if there is a way to import old posts from wordpress? Anyway...Thank you all for your patience...

Saturday, June 10, 2006

I am moving...

I am moving into a new place... much less decorated :( I am not all the way settled in yet but if you do not see me here ... I am playing over at the new pad.

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These were taken after the space shuttle Columbia exploded. We went to the memorial to pay our respects. Our community came togther for weeks to mourn the astronauts killed in that accident.Here is a walk through some of what we experienced.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Thursday Thirteen - Smoothie Edition

13 Smoothie Recipes:

1.Berry Vitamin Packed

1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1 cup milk
1 cup apple juice
2 cups ice

2.Mango Tango

3/4 cup pineapple juice or orange juice
1 sliced banana
1 cup pineapple sherbet
2 cups mango slices
2 cups ice

( "Mangoes are a terrific source of potassium,beta carotene,
and insoluble fiber, which aid in low blood pressure, strong immune systems
and heathly hearts
" )

3.Peach Refresher

3/4 cup peach nectar or apple juice
1 sliced banana
1 cup low-fat peach yogurt
2 cups peach slices
2 cups ice

( "Peaches give us the sources that help our bodies
prevent infections, cancers,heart diseases, and strokes.
they also contain nutrients that decrease blood pressure
and menopausal sympyoms
." )

4. Pineapple Pleasure

1-1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup pineapple sherbet
1/2 cup raspberry juice or low-fat milk ( I would use soy)
1 peeled and sliced kiwi
2 cups ice

( "pineapples act as an anti-inflammatory to soothe
awful sore throats. When you feel a tight throat
coming on , remember this on
e" )

5.Protien Power

1 1/2 - 2 cups milk ( or soy milk )
2 tablespoon dry chocolate milk mix
1/2 teaspoon dry choclate pudding mix
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 sliced banana
2 cups ice

6.Raspberry Reliever

3/4 cup low fat milk ( soy or rice will work too)
2 cups raspberries
1 cup low-fat raspberry sherbet or yogurt
1/2 banana
2 cups ice

( " Raspberries contain a type of natural aspirin
source that will definately be a relief to your body
" )

7. Pineapple Peach Pleaser

3/4 cup pineapple juice
2 cups pineapple chunks
1/2 cup peaches
1 sliced banana
1 cup pineapple sherbet
2 cups ice

( "remember pineapples act as an anti-inflammatory
and helps soothe those sore , inflamed muscles
" )

8.Smoothie Soothing Insomnia

1/2 cup soymilk or milk
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup chopped cantaloupe
1 cup chopped watermelon
1 sliced banana
1 tbs. of honey
2 cups ice

( " The lack of calcium may cause some symptoms of nerve
sensitivity, irritability and/or insomnia. That is why
this calming smoothie was specifically packed full of
calcium and potassium. The potassium in cantaloupe aids in
the stress response and the ingredient honey acts as a sleeping tool
that adds sweetness to the drink. So jump in bed with the smoothie
soothin' insomnia blend, because tonight you'll be getting a good
nights sleep
" )

9.Banana Break ( this one seems likea weird combo to me )

1 sliced banana
1 cup limeaid
1 cup lime sherbet
1/2 cup non-fat banana yogurt
2 cups ice

( " Bananas are a great source of potassium which aids the body
during the stress response. So take a break from your stressful
day and drink something that is deliciously creamy and tasty" )

10. Apricot & Blackberry Blend

1-1/2 cups sliced apricots
1 cup sliced nectarines
1/2 cup apricot nectar
1/4 cup frozen blackberries
2 cups ice

( " Both of these delicious fruits are low fat and great at
keeping you regular, while you are watching your weight" )

11.Pear Berry Perfection- ( this is from the smoothies for Men section)

3 cups sliced pears
1 cup strawberry nectar
1/4 cup strawberries
2 cups ice

("Pears are wonderful for preventing strokes and high blood pressure." )

12.Purple Cow - ( Smoothies for kids section)

2 cups vanilla ice cream ( I use Soy Delicious vanilla soy ice cream)
6tbs. frozen grape juice concentrate
1 cup milk ( or soy of course)
1 cup ice

(this one sounds so good to me )

13.Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie ( mmmmmm I LOVE peanut butter)

1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup milk ( again you can use soy or rice milk )
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream ( or soy / rice cream)
2 bananas
1/4 tsp. vanilla ( I use mexican vanilla )
2 cups ice

* Bonus * - I found this one after typing out my thirteen and it sounds very interesting.I LOVE avocado and eat it very regularly, so I am going to have to try this one because I am very , very curious. It actually sounds pretty good to me

Awesome Orange Avocado

2 cups orange juice
1 1/2 cups pineapple or orange sherbet
1 cup strawberries ( fresh or frozen)
2 bananas
2 tbs honey
1 avocado peeled and sliced
1 1/2 cups ice

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Tuesday's Tunes

I am thinking about dedicating Tuesday's posts to song lyrics. I really love music and this would be a way to keep a list of songs I love for myself and to share them with others. I will start it this Tuesday and see how it
Who knows if I will actually remember to do it every Tuesday or not.

I was spending some time in prayer and worship Sunday night. I am a prayer warrior at church and we do a prayer around the clock. My time slot to pray for the church is Sunday at 9:00 pm. I usually do some worship with music before my prayer time . Kind of preparing my heart for worship sort of thing. Also I listen after prayer time to kind of reflect on how awesome God is. I heard this song last Sunday after my prayer time and it reminded me of some things while I was listening to it.

I know alot of people have the misconception that once you become Christian you have the "perfect" life. You have to be perfect and nothing bad happens to you as long as you "believe" .. I am here to tell you that is soooo not the case. God uses trials to teach us things. He uses hardships to draw us near to him. If we were happy all the time, if nothing ever went wrong and life was all "perfect" ...we would never turn to him. We would never kneel down before him with humble hearts and ask for his help.

This song reminded me that even through our hardships we can keep our faith. When you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you will still encounter pain, sorrow and hardships ...but your perspective on it all is what is different. When you trust in God and know that he is in control...You can have joy through the troubles. You can see the rainbow through your storm.

Here is the song that inspired this post...

Matt Brouwer ...I shall believe
( I think it was originally a Sheryl Crow song )

Come to me now
And lay Your hands over me
Will You find me tonight
Say it will be alright
And I will believe

Broken in two
I know You're on to me
That I only come home
When I'm so all alone
But I do believe

That not everything is gonna be
The way you think it ought to be
It seems like everytime I try and make it right
It all comes down on me
Please say honestly You won't give up on me
And I shall believe

Open the door
And show me Your face tonight
I know it's true
No one heals me like You
And You hold the key

Never again will I turn away from You
I'm so heavy tonight
But Your love is alright
And I do believe

If you want to hear it played you can go HERE and listen.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

I am so excited.

Look what is opening on a street corner near me. YEAHHHHH! I am so excited about this. It is starting to look really , really close to being complete.

Then just because little one looked so darn cute yesterday before we went to church and then a little league All-Star game, I wanted to share a few of my favorite pics that we took of her.

In the car , working in her KIDS magazine:

This picture Guppy took by sitting in the drivers seat and raising his arms up over his head and snapping behind his It is interesting:

Last but not least here is my favorite picture I took of her yesterday. The thing in her hand is a "20 questions game" and the look on her face is classic. We had picked avocado for it to guess and she was trying to figure out if there were many different varieties of one. She looks all confused

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Photo Hunt - Mirror

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Ok this was the hardest week for me to be creative. I do not know how to do trick photography and I am the last person on this planet that still does not know how to use Photoshop. SOOOOOO this weeks theme will me just what it says .... actual mirrors.

This first one used to be black and gold EEKKKKK!!! So we spray painted it blue and sponged stars around it to fit above the little bench we distressed as well. We did this mirror originally so little one had a mirror she could walk up to and see herself without climbing up on something. She is now wayyyy to tall for it. It just remains as part of the decor now.

This next set is showing how we recycled this oak mirror we bought to hang in our laundry room bathroom at our last house. We looked forever for a mirror to hang above a table we have in our entry way hall. We never could find the "perfect" mirror and actually agree on it So one day I suggested we use the oak one and paint it black to match. Viola , we had a mirror that was the perfect size to hang above the table.

( I know the picture is real grainy and dark. I apologize but it's the only before pic I had of it.)

I also apologize for the photos above not being more recent but like I said... I was at a loss on this one. So to participate I had to pull out some oldies.

The cool thing about the black table is the flower arrangements,and the candles are from our wedding. Also the basket on the bottom was lil one's "leaf" girl basket. We had a fall wedding so she threw fall leaves instead of flowers. I love that my wedding decorations fit into out decor at home so that I can keep them out and enjoy them all the time.

Taken today:

Thursday, June 01, 2006

I apologize :(

Sorry for those of you coming here to read my Thursday Thirteen. I had it planned all week to type up thirteen smoothie recipes as suggested last week. As you can tell I never got that done. Have you ever had a week were you felt like you were run ragged and busy. Busy ,but then again do not feel like you really accomplished much? Kind of like you were running in circles chasing your tail and now you are just worn out, but for what???? That has been my week for some reason. You know I have not really set aside quiet time with God this week either. That just dawned on me. I am pretty positive that would be the reason I am feeling wore out and pulled a hundred different directions in my mind. I haven't felt like I have had enough sleep this week either. I need to get back to eating more veggies and fruits I think. I mean I have been eating good but not as many raw living foods as I usually do. You ever feel like your body is trying to tell you something? I think mine is wanting to smack me upside my head

Well for those of you that said you liked smoothies and maybe even came here to see if I posted the recipes to are a few to hold you over until next Thursday when I really hope to have 13 of them posted. I hope everyone is having a more productive and better organized week than I did. :)...ENJOY!!!

In 'Grape' Shape

taken from the book ( Smoothies and Ice Treats by Linsay Barnes & Amy Shawgo:
"While trying to loose weight,it is important to get a good source of potassium in your diet. Grapes are a great way to restore your body with this much needed nutrient."

2 Cups red seedless grapes

1/2 Cup sparkling grape juice

1/2 cup boysenberries (anyone know where to find these? I love the things but can not find them. Maybe it just isn't the season yet?.)

1/2 cup blueberries

2 cups of ice


Banana Split Smoothie:

2 bananas

1 can ( 8oz) crushed pineapple

1 1/2 cups of milk ( I use Soy )

1/2 cup sliced strawberries (fresh or frozen )

2tbs. honey

1 cup ice

You Bless Me

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