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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Not Yet...

Just an update....

We have yet to find Gilligan. We are all pretty torn up about him not being here. Sam told me the other morning, "It's just not the same around here without him here". We all agree. I have been busy this week looking for him. I've gone to four animal rescue centers daily (one being the humane society and the other three were what you would call the pound), two vets offices that are near us, two PetCo stores, two PetsMart stores, posted on Craigs List, have put up signs in three neighborhoods, have posted on PetFinders.com and a few more websites like that along with getting emails out to a lot of dog rescue groups. I don't know what else I can do except for going to the shelters every day. In fact this afternoon while surfing on the computer I found yet another shelter that I can add to my list. The sad fact of the Humane Society of North Texas is that they get 150 - 200 dogs DAILY! So sad.

I know that I shouldn't live in the "what ifs" right now, even my my reminded me of that on the phone the other day...but...I keep thinking in the back of my mind, what if I had just let them in a little bit earlier to feed them. Maybe this wouldn't have happened. I was the only one home that morning and I keep replaying those last thirty minutes in my head and wonder what I could have done differently. Then there is the fact that I'm out there every day looking at all the shelters and seeing all of those lost dogs. I get back into the car and just cry. Not only for my own dog but for all those other dogs that don't have a warm place to call home.

I'm just so heart broken. We all are. Especially Sam. He's helping as much as he can by hanging the posters. I won't take him to the shelters at least not yet.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Lost

We have been having very windy conditions today. It has been gusting anywhere between 25 and 30 mph with a steady wind around 17 mph. With that said....This morning at 9:20 I found out that the gate to our back yard had flow open. It had to happen between 8:45 and 9:20. I thought that I was letting both of our dogs in to be fed their breakfast but only one came inside. I have been driving around our neighborhood since then and I can't seem to find him. The dog that is lost is Gilligan. We've had him now for about a year and we are so sad. Sam of course has taken it the hardest. We're still looking and will keep looking for a while longer.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Pinewood Derby

Last week Sam and I spent most of the week working on his pinewood derby car. He drew his design on the wooden block and then we proceeded to cut it. We didn't have access to someone with a jigsaw so we cut it by hand. I let Sam do a little bit but it was taking quite a long time so I ended up sawing it by hand. He then helped with the sanding, painting and of course decorating it. Since this was our first year participating in the race I didn't plan on us placing so I prepared myself for a huge let down and a very disappointed son. I didn't prepare for him winning though
HE WON!!!!
He came in first place for his rank! Then it was time to sit and wait for the other ranks to have their races before the finals. He didn't place in the finals but he came in 7th out of 35 racers. Not bad for our first try at it! I was so proud of him and as you will see in the pictures below so was he.
After cutting the car we needed to sand it. Here it is pre-sanding.
Sam sanding away on the car. It was a lot of hard work and we both took turns.
The car after several coats of paint. Quite a few more to go before the night was through.
Sam's car winning one of the 6 heats for his rank.
He placed first in 5 out of the 6 heats.
Receiving his trophy for first place!

The car and trophy.




Here is a short video with more pictures that I took during the making of the car and also the race. We all had a lot of fun and are already planning next years race. You will have to pause the music on this blog to the left so that you can watch this video. Also I couldn't change the speed at which the pictures change but there is a pause button with each picture if you need to use it. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

You Too Can Help!

You have heard me talk about Bernie over at A Place to Bark before and now I am going to plead to all my friends and family out there for your help. I have contemplated about putting this on here but I know it is for a wonderful cause and I know that you will all be able to help. Bernie is competing to win a $50,000 grant and she needs every ones help. I've added her donation badge in my left column and hope that you will help promote this too.

I am asking you to do the following: Go to her site and read through her posts for all of January at least, watch the video below (there are a few more videos of hers on her site if you want to watch those too) and then you do what your heart tells you to do. It's really amazing as they rescued over 400 animals last year. She is truly an amazing person.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Are You Listening?

This last Wednesday at choir rehearsal we were rehearing a song called In The Calm for this Sunday. We sung through it once and our director stopped us and spoke to us. He was saying how so many people will pray and then are done. They say that their prayers are never answered but have they ever stopped to listen for the answer. The words of this song explain what we all need to do. Forget what you need to cook for dinner, what the boss wants you to do, where your kids need to be next, etc., etc. Just clear your mind and listen. It really hit home to just about every member of our choir. Thought I would share the words of the song with you.

In the calm of Your presence
I am listening, Lord
I am still, I am quiet
I am Yours

Let Your Word speak to me
Let Your Spirit draw near
I will obey
The truth that I hear

In the calm of Your presence
I am listening, Lord
I am still, I am quiet
I am Yours

There's a thirst in my soul
For Your wisdom divine
I long for the peace
And life that I find

In the calm of Your presence
I am listening, Lord
I am still, I am quiet
I am Yours

Written by Scott Krippayne and Tony Wood
Arranged by Tom Fettke

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Let's Have It Again!

With it being cold outside I decided to make a Chicken Pot Pie for dinner tonight. The last time I purchased a pot pie for Sam he turned his nose up at it so I wasn't to sure how he would react tonight. I searched my recipes and the Internet for a good recipe to use. Found several that I liked and decided to make up my own after reading those. It turned out so good that they have asked to have it again! I took mental notes for the recipe so I'm writing it down here so I know what I did and I am sharing it with all of you!


Chicken Pot Pie

1 box Pillsbury Pie Crusts (follow the directions on the box to bring them to room temp)
2 cups frozen Mixed Vegetables thawed
1 small Yellow Onion chopped or diced
Pepper
2 Chicken Breasts
2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup
1/3 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cook the chicken breasts and then cut them up to bite size pieces. In the same pan as you cooked the chicken cook the chopped onion with a pad of butter till transparent. Place one of the pie crusts in your pie plate and then place the mixed vegetables and onion on the bottom. Next put in your chicken. On top of the chicken layer sprinkle with pepper. Next you will place the cream of chicken soup on top of the chicken layer. Pour the milk on the top around the edges. Sprinkle with pepper again. DO NOT add any salt as you will not need it. Place your second pie crust on top of and crimp the edges. Poke holes in the top of the pie crust for venting. Place either a cookie sheet or a sheet of foil under the pie pan to catch any drips. Cook for 30 - 40 minutes. Let sit for 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving. Before
After
Once it was cut into you can see that we were to hungry to let it sit. But once it did sit it wasn't so soupy.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Mizzou Wins!


Mizzou wins the Cotton Bowl!
Go Tigers!

Socks!

This past weekend I started on two different pairs of socks. The first one pictured here is my first pair that incorporates a little bit of lace. So far so good! The pattern, Dublin Bay, can be found here.


The second sock that I started is just a good ole Stockinette Stitch sock.


I hope that I can finish both of these in the next couple of weeks. We'll see!

2007 In Review

Found this fun meme at Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend...Me, who found it at D...'s blog, who found it at Patois' blog - so I had to get in on the action!

Post the 1st sentence (or 2) from the 1st post of each month of 2007 - This should be a great way to look back on the year. I did however link the whole month and then linked the first post of each month. Enjoy!

January 2007
January 1st: I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! May 2007 bring you joy and happiness.

February 2007
February 2nd: I've started on Bunny's Tail.

March 2007
March 1st : I have finally finished the "Ruffled Scarf". It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.

April 2007
April 1st: I'm off again. I know that I said that I might take a break this week in my walking but once I was here my Mom stated that she wanted to walk every day.

May 2007
May 2nd: I have finally started my first sock. I started it last week and Sam's soccer practice and I've been mainly working on it at his practices.

June 2007
June 1st: I did it! I can't believe that in two months I have walked/biked 101 miles! I still have a full month left to go.

July 2007
July 3rd:Here are some more pictures of our time at VBS last week. Sam and I both had a lot of fun.

August 2007
August 3rd:What is it about a child in just his shorts with some pants on his head singing "We Are Family" and dancing around the living room.

September 2007
September 2nd: We are here in Texas now!

October 2007
October 6th: I've missed blogging but have been either busy with Sam, running errands, going to activities for myself, keeping up with the house, unpacking, or getting sick.

November: I didn't post in November...bummer. But here is something that happened in November that I blogged about in December: Last month Sam and his second grade class put on Seussical the Musical Jr. They had a lot of fun putting it all together and we had a blast watching them all.

December 2007
December 11th: Welcoming Home the Troops

I've had fun going back through this past year. It's always good to reflect. I hope to do more walking/biking this year, craft more, finish unpacking either this house or another one depending on what happens with that, blog more, and of course stay involved not only in my family but also in my church.
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