Friday, December 30, 2011

Year 2011 : The Highlight Reel

Hi y'all! 2011 has been a year of changes and new beginnings!

We were living in Levelland and Joey was working at Cactus Drive Church of Christ. 

We started the year with Little Boy and Little Girl. We had just gotten them and it definitely changed our lives. We went from having no kids to having two kids. It was quite the whirlwind. 

At Cactus Drive, we just got a new preacher. 
We had lots of fun getting to know Rob & Lisa. 

We hosted our 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Cookout. 
I started dabbling a little bit in photography. 

I don't remember how many eggs we had for the Easter Egg Hunt, but it was somewhere around 2,500 I'm guessing. 

I co-hosted my first baby shower for a lady from church who is also an Ag teacher at Levelland. I played around in baking and made "sheepcakes".

We went on a Youth Retreat to New Mexico.
(I love this picture of Joey and I on top of the mountain.)

I dabbled a little bit more in photography and took some of Shelby's senior pictures. 
It was a lot of fun and definitely makes me want to save up some money to buy a digital SLR camera.... perhaps a Nikon?

In 2011 I turned 26 and bought myself my first pair of Toms with my birthday money. I love them! And am looking forward to buying another pair or two (or three) soon. :) 

We went to my Mom's for vacation and had such a blast swimming in her pool and soaking up some sun!

Little Boy had a birthday during the summer and we did a Dr. Seuss-themed pool party. I discovered then how much I truly LOVE planning parties!

I went to Oklahoma and watched Kevin and Kayla get married. I've known Kayla since she was little, we went to church together. I've known Kevin since his mom and dad moved to our area and his dad was my high school softball and basketball coach. They've been super important to me. His mom Jackie is like my second mom and was my matron of honor, Kevin was the candle-lighter and Coach was an usher. LOVE them! ♥

At the end of the summer Joey got a new job as a preacher in Plains, TX. We moved in August and have absolutely loved every minute of our time here. 

Unfortunately, August brought another change and we had to say goodbye to Little Boy and Little Girl. They left our home at the end of August and went to what we hope is their forever home. 

At the beginning of September I attended my first ever Beth Moore conference. I had never read any of her books, done any of her studies or ever heard her speak. It was a wonderful day and I really enjoyed listening to her!

Joey got to help out the offensive coordinator for our local high school football team. This is him at one of the games, geared up with his headset. Doesn't he look all official looking?? :)

And October... which brought another HUGE change! We welcomed BB into our home. He has been the most wonderful little bundle of joy and I love him so much!

I took BB to his first football game. It was cold and we left at half time because we were both cold, hungry and exhausted, but it was still fun! Hopefully we have him next year during football season and he can enjoy more football games. 

We got our first snow and we've gotten even more snow since then. I'm loving it! Snow is my favorite!

In December, Joey and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary and I got my second band for my bridal set. I love it! HAPPY FIVE YEARS TO US!

And finally, we were the lucky ones because we got to have BB for his first Christmas. He's so much fun and has got such a funny personality. He's seriously the cutest baby ever and I'm so glad we have him right now!

That sums up our year! There's so much more that happened, but like the title says, this is just the highlight reel. 

I hope your 2011 was wonderful and that your 2012 is even better!

Speaking of 2012, are you joining in my "12 in 2012 : Project of Doing"? If not, you should check it out and consider joining in the fun! Be on the lookout for my post coming Monday! 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

thursday thoughtfuls : or not...

Hi y'all!! I just realized it was Thursday!!! Holy Smokes!!!

Sorry, but there will be no thursday thoughtfuls this week. I know, I know... I'm a terrible blogger!

But seriously, I'm off all week and I'm loving it!! I'm definitely sad that I didn't get to go see my family, but I'm getting lots of stuff done around the house. I've already cleaned and organized the garage, cleaned and organized the cabinets in the laundry room, I've photographed, edited and listed TONS of things in my supplies shop, and today we painted Joey's office. Whew! I'm gonna need a nap just typing all that. 

I woke up early this morning, did some reading, the baby woke up, fed him, made coffee and breakfast for me and Joey, and then we all changed clothes and went to the church to paint Joey's office. BB took a nap while we cleaned and taped. Then we took BB to some people's house for the afternoon and we went back to work painting. We got his entire office painted and tomorrow I'm going up there to decorate. I can hardly wait to show you everything when it's done. :)

Well, time to go, I have some curtains to sew for Joey's office. YAY!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

me : 12 in 2012 : the introduction

Hi y'all! 

The new year is right around the corner so I guess it's time for all those New Year's Resolutions to spring forth in plenty! I've already heard commercials on the radio about weight loss, stop smoking campaigns, etc., targeting all those who are going that route. Long ago I made resolutions and then broke nearly all of them. Then I started making resolutions that I knew I wouldn't break -- i.e. wear seat belt (I always do so it's not a far stretch), brush teeth daily, eat at least once a day... get my drift? Then I realized that was just riDONKulous. So, I started making New Year's Resolutions to not make any resolutions, therefore I would break any. But if I make a resolution to not make any resolutions so I wouldn't break said resolution didn't I indeed make a resolution and break it all at the same time? (There is no spoon.)

But this year, I'm done with resolutions. Done. DONE I SAY! I'm going a different direction. Forget resolutions that come and go and are easily forgotten.

For the upcoming new year, I am doing a "12 in 2012" project. My list will debut next week, but this week I wanted to introduce you to the project, just in case you'd like to participate. :) 

As you can tell by now, I'm making a list of 12 various goals to accomplish in 2012. It could be anything:

You can go with your regular New Year's Resolutions like quit smoking, lose weight or pay off debt. 

Or it could be some things you've been wanting to do but haven't done yet like reading a certain book, visiting a new state, taking a road trip, trying out for a reality show or maybe learning a new language. 

Or maybe it's the simple things you've been wanting to do like learning a new craft, take a painting class or maybe sew up a new apron. 

Whatever it is, 2012 is going to be our year of doing. Our year of accomplishments. 

Feel free to join me, in this project of doing. 

Here's how to participate:

1) Come up with your own list of 12 various goals that you would like to accomplish in 2012. 

2) Borrow one of my "12 in 2012" designs, or come up with one of your own, if you're feeling creative. 

3) Debut your list next week and let me know.

4) Throughout the year, work on accomplishing each of your 12 goals. You can do one each month, a year long goal, however it works for you. Be sure to post updates of your progress.

5) We can work together, encouraging each other to keep up with our goals. 

Please put this in your sidebar if you're participating in the 12 in 2012 project. 

This is going to be so much better than New Year's Resolutions! I hope you'll join! And please let me know if you do, I'd love to follow your project of doing!

Come back next Monday to see my list!

UPDATE: You can read my list here. :) 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Finding My Merry


I'm not supposed to be here. Right now, I'm supposed to be in Panhandle, TX, at Joey's parents', spending the night with the before getting up tomorrow and going to Oklahoma for the week to visit my family. 

But I'm not. I'm at home. Something came up and we aren't going to Oklahoma after all. I'm bummed. Plus, that chest cold I went to the doctor for on Thursday is absolutely kicking my tail. I upped my meds today, hoping that knocks this stuff out. At this point, I've slept on the couch so much this weekend there's a Regina-shaped indention in the cushions. That's another bummer. 

But you know what? As much as this Christmas is not turning out how envisioned, it's okay. I'm thankful for all the people in my life, for all my blessings, for everything. I can still find the merry in this Christmas. 

I still have the week off, so I'm going to take advantage of this time to work on organizing  some things around the house, paint and decorate Joey's office (his anniversary present) and work on some things for my online shops. :) 

It'll be totally fun! It'll be a great week!

So even though I'm going to miss out on the merriment of being with family, I'll find my merry elsewhere. And it will be wonderful to spend a free week with just my boys. 

Speaking of boys... we did a mini photo shoot with Jude yesterday (Jude, being BB. We're calling him Jude now most of the time.) and here's one of of the pics. Of course, I can't show you his face. But hopefully one day!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. And if something didn't work out the way you wanted it to, I hope you find your merry anyway. 

Merry Christmas and God Bless!

Joey, Regina & Jude

Friday, December 23, 2011

inspiration/goodies : shades of winter f3:w11

Hi y'all! Whew! It's been a busy morning already! We got up this morning and took BB to the doctor. He has a chest cold too. :( Poor little guy. 

Anyway, today's shades of winter has a special place in my heart, so let's get started asap!

shades of winter : f3:w11

I chose this lovely photograph as the inspiration for this weeks shades of winter feature, because 1) it's just GORGEOUS! and 2) the colors are teal, white and silver. Which if you've read my other post about our anniversary today, you know that our wedding colors were teal, white and silver. Seems like a good choice for today, huh?

| collage by me |
Isn't that photograph just LOVELY?!?! 
I did the collage on picnik and never again will I make a collage on my laptop monitor. The teal color doesn't look at all like it was supposed to, now that I'm on my desktop monitor. Oh well, you get the idea, right?

And now for some lovely goodies inspired by that gorgeous photograph!

Gorgeous huh?!!?

You know, I'm still in love with the teal, white and silver color theme. It definitely wasn't just a fad, or a hurried decision to pick the wedding colors. I really do love those colors! 

Again, Happy Anniversary to the hubby and I! Tonight we're getting a sitter and going on a date. I believe we're going to Olive Garden (since that holds a special place in our heart) and then to a movie. 

And for everyone else, I hope you have a wonderful day and a spectacular weekend! 


me : the story of us

I've never told the story of Joey and I on my blog. I've mentioned tid-bits here and there, but never given you the full story. So here it is folks, the story of us:

The condensed version: We met in September, got engaged in October, decided in November to get married n December. 

The extended version:

It all started at the University of Central Oklahoma. On Thursday nights the UCO Christian Outreach Center had a devo night. We ate pizza, sang, had a devo and then played Jungle Pong until we were all tired or had to rush home to cram for a test or finish a paper/project/assignment. 

{ the guy in the foreground, on the left, with the dark gray shirt and dark hair... that's him. now look in the middle of the pic at the girl in the pink shirt. go 3 people to the right, that's me. i didn't know when this pic was taken that he had been looking at me all night. ;) so sweet huh? also, just a little trivia, the cute girl on my right in the black looking shirt... that's my awesome friend Ashley, who some of you might recognize from all the times i talk about her. }

I didn't know, when this picture was taken, that he liked me. That he had liked me for about a year.  I didn't know that he had talked to Kevin,  the campus minister (his friend), about me and had been wanting to ask me out. I didn't know that he broke his ankle working for a large animal vet and had to go back home to New Mexico so his parents could help take care of him. I didn't know this was his first devo back in over a year and that he still liked me, still wanted to ask me out. I didn't know, when this picture was taken, that he was going to Kevin's afterwards and tell Kevin that he still liked me. I didn't know that Kevin was going to tell him he didn't have a shot with me. I didn't know that Kevin was going to give him 3 months to ask me out. I didn't know that I would say yes. I didn't know that he was about to become the most important person in my life. 

September 9th, 2006. (A couple of weeks or so after the above picture was taken.) The night we first hung out at Amanda's house. It was a game night. There was dinner. Lots of people. Some I knew, some I didn't really know. I did goofy things... like laying on railroad tracks. I had a lot of fun.  

{ acting like a damsel in distress. not knowing that that very night, I was about to spend time with my real life hero. }

We were on the same team in Scene It. We had matching pants. 
{ our matching pants }

{ I went through a phase where I wore boys cargo shorts. I'd do it again, those things are so comfy! }

Then we won. I had a lot of fun playing with him on my team. He made me laugh a lot. That was a good sign. He also liked playing games. That was an even better sign. 

September 15th, 2006. On my way home to see my family for a weekend, we talked on the phone at least 20 hours that first weekend. Soon we went on our first date. We talked non-stop. On the phone and in person, we were always talking. We asked each other the big questions and the little questions. We both had been in previous relationships and we knew exactly what we were looking for and what we weren't.

Later that week, we went on our first date. He took me to Olive Garden because I'd never been there. Then we went to the bowling alley to play some arcade games. We dominated the shoot-em-up zombie game. Afterwards, I took him to my two favorite places in Oklahoma City - Lake Hefner and the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. 

{ A bit later we were officially a couple. }

{ Joey didn't mind my goofiness. }

{ Or the fact that I dominated at Jungle Pong... or at least tried really hard. He even accepted my bossiness... most of the time. }

Many songs stand out to me during this time. 

This is the song that was playing on the radio the first time we held hands. We sometimes joke that we wouldn't be together if it weren't for Journey and this song: 

This next song means a LOT to me. Anytime I hear it, I'm taken back to us dating. The line, "Those three words, are said too much, they're not enough." That's how we felt. We both wanted to say "I love you" but we both knew it would be too much and not enough at the same time:

Fast forward a week or so... 

October 9th, 2006. We had just spent the weekend with my family. It was Monday and we were about to drive back to Oklahoma City. But there was one little thing left to do. Joey was going to ask my dad if he could marry me. It had only been a month since we had first hung out, but we knew it was right. The actual "who popped the question?" question is where we both get a little fuzzy and have different stories. But basically, we both just knew that we wanted to be together forever. "Like the way you know a good melon."  (If you have never watched "When Harry Met Sally" and therefore have no idea what I'm talking about, here's a video for you.) I remember we decided we would get engaged and then wait a year or so until getting married. But Joey had to ask my dad first if he could marry me. Surprisingly, my dad had absolutely no problems with this. Although the asking part was pretty funny since Dad had just been watching "Walking Tall" and when the movie was over he stretched real big and said, "Welp, I guess I'm gonna go get my gun." He was going to go hunting, but the look on Joey's face was pretty priceless. But Joey mustered up the courage and asked him anyway. He gave us his blessing and we headed out of town as a newly engaged couple. 

We stopped on our way to Oklahoma City at a pawn shop for a ring. They were too expensive. Neither one of us had jobs, all we had was the tiny amount left from my student loan check and love. We ended up going to Kohl's in Oklahoma City and we picked out a $14 wedding ring for me. I felt there was no need in putting us in major debt for just a ring. I also felt like I wanted a really nice ring, and that I could wear a cheap ring for a while if it meant I got the ring I wanted later. So a $14 ring it was. No one ever knew. We never told anyone (until I got a brand new ring 2 1/2 years later) and people ooohh'd and aaahhh'd over my $14 ring just like they do over my real ring. Kinda funny how that works, huh?

Originally, we set the wedding date for October 20th, 2007. It would be a lovely fall wedding with rich plums and soft browns... Then we decided we couldn't wait that long and since I'd always wanted to be a June bride, we picked a date in June 2007. But then, another quote from "When Harry Met Sally" kept coming back to us and we didn't want to wait until June. "When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with a person, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." (Here's the video if you want to see it too.) At the time, Joey was living an hour away from my apartment and it was hard for us to get to see each other and spend as much time together as we wanted to spend. Siiigh... young love. 

Thanksgiving 2006. We were in Carlsbad, NM, with Joey's family for Thanksgiving. We went out one night and sat by the Pecos River and talked. We knew we wanted to be together. We knew we loved each other and wanted to get married and be together forever. So, we decided we would move the wedding up just a bit from June 2007 to December 2006. That's right... it was going to be in just a few weeks. We went home to tell Joey's family and I called my Papa and told him as well. Everyone was sooooo supportive and encouraging. Joey's family prayed for us and loved on us. Although, I did find out later, after we were already married, that Joey's brother had pulled him aside to ask if I was pregnant. I wasn't. haha. But he was only the first in a long line of people who thought that was the reason we were getting married so quickly. I got the "belly look", as I like to call it, for at least a year after our wedding. [insert eye roll here]

It was at this time that Joey's mom and dad gave Joey some money to buy me a real ring. They didn't like the idea of my fake ring. We found one on ebay that I thought would be pretty and would be a great right hand ring one day.... not so much. It's terribly uncomfortable, not as pretty as I thought and well, I just liked my fake ring better. Thus, I had TWO engagement rings. 

Also, while in Carlsbad for Thanksgiving, we had Joey's brother, George, take our engagement pics. Here's a few of my favorites:

So many people thought we were crazy for getting married so soon. Others, completely understood. Some people wanted to scold us for not being prepared financially, but lines from this song kept ringing true. "Even though we ain't got money, I'm so in love with you honey..."

We also sang this song a lot: 

We set the date for December 9th, but I realized I had finals that week before and thought that would be too much. My best friend was getting married December 16th, and I was in her wedding, so we decided to set the final date for December 23rd, 2006. And that was it. That was the final date. 

This was another important song for us. Joey used to play it on the guitar all the time and we'd sing it together. It's been a while and we're rusty, but I'm sure if you asked sweetly enough, we'd do it for you sometime. :) 

I wrapped up my semester while planning our wedding. I made the invitations and programs. I made all the decorations and the bouquets, my Matron of Honor made the boutonnieres. My mom handled the reception. We found the Bridesmaid dresses on ebay, my wedding dress on Craigslist and got the ties for all the men in the wedding at Kohl's. All in all, I did our wedding for less than $500. Yes, that includes my dress. Thank goodness for a sweet lady whose husband was being stationed in Germany and she was going with him and couldn't take all the dresses from her in home dress business. We picked teal, white and silver for our wedding colors and things came out beautifully. We didn't have nearly as many people at our wedding as we would have liked, but that's what happens when you plan a wedding on such short notice AND the wedding is the day before Christmas Eve. But it was okay. Our families were there and while we wish more of our friends could have come, we had a few close friends that showed up and it was wonderful to have them there. Oh and Kevin, the campus/youth minister and our friend who told Joey he didn't have a shot with me? He did the wedding. ;) 

We thought Joey's brother did such a fabulous job with our engagement pictures that we asked him to do our wedding as well. This would have been an awesome idea if it were an outdoor wedding. But it wasn't. And unfortunately, he didn't have the lighting equipment needed for really good pics. It's okay. We'll splurge for a professional photographer for our vow renewal. ;) Maybe we'll do that four our 10 years, just for fun (and party sake... haha)! :)  Anyway, here are a few pics from our wedding:

 { I also made my headband. I took two headbands from Claire's and hotglued them together at the ends to create the double headband look. Top right is my Matron of Honor Jackie, bottom right is my 1st Bridesmaid Jackie Jo (who got married the week before us) and bottom left is my 2nd Bridesmaid Belinda. }

{ And it's entirely possible that I got the "church giggles" during our ceremony and laughed through a large chunk of it. Not saying it happened... but it's entirely possible. And if it did happen, I would blame Joey. He got me started by grabbing the wrong ring. }

And now... it's 5 years later. I got a new band for my bridal set for our anniversary and got all 3 rings soldered together. It's a lovely set. And I love all of the meaning behind it. The being patient, putting our marriage ahead of a desire for a fancy ring in the beginning, the fact that we've been together 5 years and some people never thought we'd make it this long. Shoot, sometimes I didn't think we'd make it this long. But we have. Our marriage has had it's ups and downs, we've seen each other at our very worst and our very best. We're constantly learning and growing as a couple and in our relationship with God. It's a challenge, this marriage thing. It's not always easy, but it's always worth it. Looking back on these past five years, I have a lot of regrets. But never do I regret going to Amanda's that night, going on our first date or saying "I do". Never do I wish it was anyone else. Even Josh Groban. I'm glad that it's him, I'm lucky that it's him. I don't thank God enough for him, and really I should. He's been the best person to ever come into my life and I'm so lucky and happy that I get to spend my forever with my best friend. 

{ background left - my original $14 engagement ring. background right - the ring he bought off ebay. front - my "real" ring. the ring we saved up for and both worked together for. with the new band representing our 5 years together. and our hopes and prayers that we have many, many more healthy, happy years together. }

And so, in closing, I leave you with one more song:

♥ Happy Anniversary Joey! I love you! ♥

And to you, the reader, if you got through all of this, bless you. And I hope you enjoyed the story of how he and me became we. 


Thursday, December 22, 2011

inspiration : thursday thoughtfuls

Hi Y'all! I'm so glad blogging is about typing and not speaking. I'm afraid I have a bit of a sore throat, a nagging cough and my lungs kinda burn when I cough or breathe sometimes. But don't worry, I've made an appointment and hopefully the lung extraction goes well. ;) Just kidding, hopefully my doctor can load me up on some antibiotics so I don't have to worry about being sick next week while I'm on VACATION in OKLAHOMA with my FAMILY!!!  YAY!!!

Okay... anyway, here we go with the regularly scheduled broadcast blog: 

How many times have I put this on my blog now? I don't know, but it never gets old!!

| design by Brittany Garnes Design |
I love the movie "Elf"! LOVE IT!! In fact, it's odd that we haven't watched it yet. Maybe that's what we'll do tonight!

| I can't read who designed this, if you have better vision, maybe you can. |
If you're doing any travelling or have shopping left to do... remember this. Don't be another angry, rushed, bitter person out there in the shopping malls or on the highways. Let someone go in front of you, it's only a small amount of time when you think about it. 

And lastly:

Merry Christmas to all my readers!
Thank you for following along my little blog.

And now... for some other things:

On January 2nd, in lieu of resolutions that never get resolved, I'll be listing 12 various goals to accomplish in 2012. It's my "12 in 2012" project. Just some things for me to work on throughout the year and hopefully by this time next year, I'm a better person for it. 

Also, coming tomorrow:
Tomorrow is mine and Joey's 5th wedding anniversary and I've been working for the past week on the post of all posts! It's the story of us and how he and me became we. I hope you'll come back tomorrow to see it!

And just because... 

If you aren't following me on any of these sites, I'd LOVE it if you'd do so now:

Just click the image to be taken to the respective page.

And that is that!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

I'm going to go drink some coffee and get ready to leave for my appointment. Wish me luck! :)