Thursday, December 27, 2007

Mississippi

Ben and I just got home from a trip to Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi where we spent Christmas with Ben's Mom and her family. We had a wonderful visit with Ben's grandparents and had a blast, as always, hanging out with Ben’s family. We played games, toured the area, tried our luck at a couple of local casinos, and, of course, ate lots of fabulous food.

In addition to family fun though, there was much reality to take in. Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi was devastated when Hurricane Katrina swept through in 2004. Ben and I had not visited the area in several years, so the change in the landscape was unbelievable. Holly and Bobbie have visited the area several times and therefore were able to point out the major changes that have taken place since the natural disaster.

The event impacted Ben's family greatly. However, with much sweat and toil (and the help of dedicated and gracious volunteers), Ben's grandparents have been able to restore their home that was over taken by 8-foot flood waters over 3 years ago. Even though the house has been beautifully restored, furnished, and decorated, there are still subtle hints of the tragedy that occurred. One such example is a beautiful painting of Bay Saint Louis in his grandparents’ living room which has newly blurred edges. At first glance the effect seems purposeful, but upon closer inspection it becomes evident that the painting was "damaged" in the flood.

On Christmas Eve, we also visited the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi. Holly helped point out that the Casino had been scheduled to open at the time that Katrina reared her ugly head and that most of the memorabilia had been swept out with the storm. However, one glass case preserves the memory of Katrina by showcasing items that were recovered out of the Gulf after Katrina. Although many items were irreparably damaged, these few tattered items pay homage to the difficult history of the area.

Ben and I were blessed to visit his family in Mississippi this Christmas and are reminded that life is not in our control and that there are big things happening in this world everyday that we should be aware of. We are very thankful that Ben’s family have been able to move forward after Hurricane Katrina and are so fortunate to have been able to spend time with them this Christmas.

We pray that God will continue to bless, protect, guide, and comfort Ben’s family in Mississippi.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas Tradition

Ben and I have started our own little Christmas Tradition. Because we have so much family to get to share the holidays with, we are rarely at our own home on Christmas Day. Therefore, we started celebrating our own fake Christmas Eve and Christmas Day several years ago.



We celebrated (fake) Christmas Eve this past Friday night in our usual way. We cooked a small Christmas Dinner, went out for yummy dessert, watched a Christmas movie in our jammers on the couch in front of the fire, and each opened one of our Christmas gifts. Just before bedtime Santa hung our stockings and then we tucked ourselves into our warm, cozy bed for a night full of sugarplums dancing in our heads. :)



On (fake) Christmas morning we were so excited, of course, that we were wide awake by 6:30 and could wait no longer. We hurried into the living room to exchange our gifts and rummage through our stockings. Santa brought us lots of goodies and toys!



To wrap up our Christmas festivities, we did a little shopping and headed to Kevin's for a Christmas dinner with Kevin, Chase, Holly and Mark before making our way to see I Am Legend.



Our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were fabulous and the best part is that we still have real Christmas to look forward to and celebrate with more of our family in Bay Saint Louis, MS.



Christmas really is the best time of the year! Merry Christmas to all!!!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Kicking Off Christmas

Ben and I visited Dad and Jodie this past weekend and we had a wonderful time kicking off the Christmas holiday. On Saturday evening we saw Fred Claus with Kylan, drove by wonderful Christmas lights, and exchanged gifts.

In a neighborhood nearby Dad and Jodie's house, a family has decorated their lawn with lights that play to the sounds of Christmas music. When you drive by their house, you can turn your radio to a local station and watch while the lights move along with the music. I had seen emails with this type of thing before, but to see it in person was a real treat!

To wrap up our fun holiday weekend, we helped Dad and Jodie start decorating their house for Christmas (which they continued long after we left, I'm sure).

The entire weekend was a blast and we are so thankful to live close enough to get to visit even on short weekends. We are excited to continue celebrating the Christmas season with the rest of our family and friends!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Wonderful Thanksgiving

Ben and I just got through celebrating Thanksgiving with my Mom. It was such a treat, because we got to host it this year. We have never gotten to celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas at our house so we were really excited and a little nervous - or at least I was. We had most of the usuals: Turkey, dressing, gravy, sweet & mashed potatoes, broccoli & rice casserole, cranberry sauce, an olive tray, and pumpkin & pecan pies (oops - we forgot the steamed asparagus & rolls). Ben brined the turkey all day Wednesday and smoked it on Thursday which turned out fabulous!

Since we will be spending Christmas with Ben's Mom this year, we also celebrated Christmas with my Mom and siblings. We did a quick change, threw up the tree, and exchanged gifts.

We had tons of fun hanging out together. We had Kevin's muffaletta's, went bowling, watched football & several movies, and just had fun spending time together.

We had a WONDERFUL time having my family in town and are SO thankful that they made the trip here to visit and that we were able to host them in our house.



Monday, October 15, 2007

Memory Walk 2007

Mark, Holly, Ben, Khaki, and I walked in the Alzheimer's Memory Walk this past Saturday morning at a park in Allen near Ben's and my house. It was a wonderful morning for a quick 3 mile walk. The weather was absolutely perfect!

My dad's mom, Nana, has severe Alzheimer's and is now living in a nursing home in Houston near Dad and his family. Therefore, this weekend's walk was in honor of my grandmother, Mary Havens.

I love you Nana!

Friday, October 12, 2007

RedSI00



Strange. I have hated Ben's 2000 Civic SI so much, yet I am very sad to see it being sold today. I cannot explain how or why I have become so attached to Ben's little red car, but I have.

However, I am very excited for Ben because he is getting a new car on Sunday which he is greatly anticipating. His Gramma is selling her '98 Mustang GT to him for a fraction of its value with only 12,000 miles on the odometer. This will be such a blessing as Ben's Civic has right at 100,000 miles and was begining to require frequent trips to the shop for minor repairs.

I am so happy for Ben, yet, I am a little teary-eyed at saying good-bye to Raider. It has been a really good car, even if I did hate it.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Salt Lake City

This past week I had a convention for work in Salt Lake City, Utah. Though I did much more work than sight seeing while I was away, I must give a couple of compliments to Ole Utah.

The weather was absolutely wonderful while I was there. The high each day was in the upper 60's or low 70's. It was really what fall should feel like! I definitely miss the cool weather now that I am back in Dallas and the high today should be about 87 degrees.

Also, I didn't realize what a wonderful view of the mountains can be seen from downtown SLC. They were really beautiful. For dinner one night, I ate at the Sky Bar and Grill which had panoramic views of the city and the mountains. It was a spectacular sight.

Other than great dinners each night, the only other truly fun thing I did was to hang out in the hot tub, pool, and sauna. It was so relaxing!!!

Despite the currently hot, muggy weather of Dallas, I am SO glad to be home. I am quite content simply visiting SLC.

Sadly, I did not take ANY pictures while I was out of town. (I know this is a shock since I am usually so camera-happy.) For some reason, I doubt my co-workers were interested in stopping for pictures after a long day of lectures and networking. Next time....

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Khaki the Ingrate

So, Ben and I finally took the plunge and got a doggy door for Khaki. After several miserable weeks of ordering, sending back, reordering, and waiting on doors, we finally received a new back door for Khaki.

Yes, we had to get a completely new door. And yes, I know it is ridiculous.

All I can say is that she is rather dim or very ungrateful. She doesn't use it! Ben and I stand next the the doggy door multiple times during the day coaxing her in and out of it. We might as well just open up the dang door.

I have high hopes that one day in the near future she will figure this whole thing out, but in the meantime I am overly frustrated.

Did I mention that I hate the doggy door?

I must be crazy for becoming a dog owner and lover.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Texas Fun

Ben and I went to New Braunfels with our friends Summer and Jason this past weekend. Summer's family ownes a condo right off the river so we were able to drive down and stay all weekend and just relax and have a great time. We drove down Thursday night and came home Sunday. Here are just a few of the weekend's highlights.

Highlight #1: We stopped and ate Fazolis on the way! I LOVE Fazolis and miss it Oh so much!

Highlight #2: Friday morning we got up, ate breakfast from a local delicatessen, and floated the river for a couple of hours. It was so much fun! I had never been before and I was pretty scared of the tube shoots at first. (In the end I had reason to be because I scraped my "hip" and it is still hurting!) It was the perfect time of the season to go because the summer rush had ended and we were the only people on the river.

Highlight #3: Friday afternoon we drove up to the quaint town of Gruene ("Green"). We had a great meal and Sangrias over looking a river at the Gristmill and then shopped at all the local stores. I found a great couple of buys and we had a blast shopping around.

Highlight #4: Saturday morning we slept in late, got ready, and headed to a local winery called Dry Comal Creek. We tasted 10 different wines and a white port. It just went to prove that I am right in believing Texas makes some of the yummiest wines!

Highlight #5: We then drove down to San Antonio and shopped at Market Square, took a boat tour of the River Walk, and ate a delicious dinner at Rio Rio.

Highlight #6: One of the best parts of the trip was that it was so laid back and relaxing. We watched movies, slept in each day, and just took our time doing whatever sounded good. It was a WONDERFUL getaway.

Highlight #7: It was also such a treat for me just getting to go to New Braunfels. I had never been and didn't realize what a central location it is to so many things... the Hill Country, San Antonio, Austin, local wineries, and so much more. Basically everything you could want to do was within 25 minutes.

Highlight #8: We are so lucky to have such fun and thoughtful friends. We had a blast this past weekend and are so glad Summer and Jason invited us to come along.

I will post pictures of the trip soon!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Bad Blogger; Great Dinner

So, I know I am the worst blogger ever. Anyway, here is the latest update...

Holly & Mark took Ben and me to III Forks this past weekend as a celebration of Yalicoo. We had a wonderful dinner and it was a great excuse for Holly and me to go shopping and take some new pics. We savored our steaks while listening to a live jazz band playing in the background. It was a SPECTACULAR evening!

Hope you enjoy! :)



Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A Little Insanity

Goodness! Ben and I have been running around like chickens with our heads cut off lately. Ben just finished his Certified Financial Planning exam this past weekend and I have just begun coursework to pursue a Teacher's Certification in 4-8 English.

Ben's CFP exam will enable him to be a Certified Financial Planner who is able to work with clients after he has completed 3 years of work experience... which is getting closer and closer every day. The exam was VERY comprehensive. It took place over 10 hours in 2 days. We are expecting great results at the end of September (ridiculously long time to wait, I know!).

For my Teacher's Certification.... I am working to complete an "alternative certification" course which basically means that I have proven my ability by graduating with my Bachelors but now I need to be taught basic teaching skills to pass on my knowledge. I am starting the program officially this fall and hope to be done and ready to start looking for an internship for the '08 - '09 school year.

Please continue to pray for Ben and me in our journies. We want to be sensitive to where God is calling us in our careers, our marriage, and our lives as a whole.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Happily Ever After

I guess Ben and I believe in dragging out our celebrations.....

Last Friday night we started the Anniversary Celebrations by eating at Texas de Brazil. (My meat-eating family would have been ashamed at the pitiful lack of meat I put away.) It was ALL wonderful but I think my favorite part was just the presentation of the Gouchos bringing all that meat to the table on skewers. Oh, and the "Salad" Bar was absolutely amazing!

After our dinner, Ben and I went to see Shrek the Third (hence the title to this post). It was just as good as the first two, but both of us were so tired after gourging ourselves at TdB that we should probably see it again soon.

For the Big To Do.... Ben and I went to the Wine Country in California. We decided we wanted more of the "authentic" winery style so we settled in West Sonoma County in the town of Guerneville, CA. While we were there we visited several wineries including, Korbel, Gary Farrel, Moshin, Rochiolo, Belvadere, Bella Wine Caves, Ferrari, Stryker, Kendall Jackson, and Iron Horse. We took a tour at Korbel since neither of us understood the difference in the process for making Champagne. We learned quite a bit and got to sip on some wonderful wines.

We arrived in Oakland, CA on Sunday and took the scenic drive up HWY CA-1 along the coast. We took our time and stopped frequently to enjoy all the different landscapes. California really does have it all: beachs, mountains, rolling plains. Whatever it is you love, CA's got it!

We stayed at a cabin resort called West Sonoma Inn in Guerneville, CA. Our room was wonderful with a private balcony and hot tub overlooking nearby vineyards and mountains. We were very surprised to find that the cabins had no air conditioning but soon found out why. The weather was PERFECT. It was cool (like 50 degrees cool) in the morning and the evenings and warmed up to a comfortable 75 degrees in the late afternoon. The room was equiped with a fireplace that was controlled by thermostat for those cool evenings.

We also had the priviledge to visit the Armstrong Redwood Forests. The first day we visited the reserve, we hiked along trails and enjoyed the majestic giants. We were so amazed that we returned a second time and drove along the pathway designed for cars. We wound our way to the top of a beautiful mountain and enjoyed looking down on the tree covered valley. Redwoods can be found throughout Sonoma County but a large majority were cut down in the early 1900's. So to enjoy the trees in their natual forest state, you have to visit a reserve such as Armstrong.

Another wonderful thing about Sonoma County... The Farmer's Markets. We were able to stop and pick up fresh fruits, veggies, and cheese to snack on throughout the day.

On our way home we stopped in San Francisco to visit Pier 39 and the Fisherman's Wharf. A trip to CA wouldn't be complete without a quick stop in San Fran. We didn't have enough time to really explore there but caught glimpses of the cable cars, the steep streets, and the Golden Gate Bridge. We can't wait for another trip to learn more about the city.





Thursday, May 24, 2007

My Sweet Mom

Mom recently visited Ben, Khaki, and Me from Lubbock. She and I celebrated together: We celebrated my Birthday and her Mother's Day while she was here. We had a great time catching up although we didn't have nearly enough time together. She helped me with some decorating ideas for the house and we caught a Rangers game before she left. Here are some pictures of our fun together:



This is the arrangement we put together for my entry way table that Ben got me for my Birthday.



Congrats Mark & Holly

Ben and I want to wish Congratulations to Holly & Mark on their recent engagement. We are so EXCITED for you guys and wish the absolute best and all the happiness you deserve. We love you both!

Blast of a Birthday





I turned the big 2 3 this year! The Birthday Celebrations lasted 2 FULL days. I took the day off from work and treated myself to Free Tanning and a Free Pedicure. I spent the whole day just relaxing and pampering myself. Then, that evening, Ben took me to The Melting Pot for gobs of good food. We had a delish cheese dip followed by every meat imaginable and then followed it up by dunking desserts in a peanut butter chocolate fondue. YUMMY! We had a wonderful time together.


The next day, the celebrations continued when we went to Scarborough Faire with the fam: Farron, Bobbie, Holly, Mark, and Britt. We spent the entire day just watching all the different shows (and people) and eating turkey legs. All of us girls bought ourselves floral head wreaths to get in the right frame of mind. We had so many RANDOM things happen that day. FIRST, Holly was picked out of the crowd during the jousting as a maiden in the show. THEN, I was nearly eaten alive by a squirrel while taking Family Photos. And THEN, Farron was called up on stage to be a central part in a Magic Show. It was definitely a day we'll remember.


I am so thankful to have so many family members close by, but I can't forget to mention all the others that live further away and helped make my Birthday special. THANKS to everyone who sent me cards and gifts. Thank you for making me feel so special and loved. I love you all very much and cannot wait to see you soon.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Easter

I am looking so forward to Easter this year. I just finished a Beth Moore Bible Study called Jesus the One and Only and it was all about the life of Christ. It really helped me set the mood for the upcoming holiday. It seems weird to me that as a Christian I focus so much on Christmas and sometimes overlook Easter.

Today is Good Friday. It is Good because the only cruxifiction that could be considered Good is one that did not merely end in death, but ended in the atonement of sins for all eternity. Death could not keep its grip on the Savior of the World. So today is a cause for celebration for me because it gives a person like me a chance at life.

Easter Sunday will be extra special this year because we get to celebrate with Holly, Mark, Britt, and Kevin. Nothing could be better than being with family on such an important day. Ben and I are so blessed to have such wonderful family members. We hope that all the rest of our family in Lubbock and Houston have a wonderful weekend as well. We love you all and miss you!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Bunches of Birthdays

Ben and I have been celebrating like madmen lately. Holly's Birthday was March 11th and Mark's Birthday is today.

For Holly's Birthday the whole family got together at the infamous Christina's for delish Mexican a couple of Saturdays ago. The strong Margaritas provided for both dinner and a show! There was talk of dancing table top but we decided being thrown out of a restaurant might have made for a bad Birthday for Holly! What a night!!!

Ben and I joined in on the celebrating of Mark's Birthday this past Saturday night along with all of Holly and Mark's family members - minus Kevin and Chase who are out of town somewhere... can't remember where... Oh yeah! Hawaii. (I am sure they were really missing us!) We ate dinner at Texas Land & Cattle and were all introduced to Mark's family who was visiting from Pennsylvania.

We have had a wonderful time living close to Ben's family this past year and getting to be apart of everyone's special day! Happy Birthday Holly and Mark. We love you both!!!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Update!

It has been a while....

Ben and I have had several visitors in the past few weeks. Our good friends Jenn & TJ Speer came in for an impromptu visit with their precious daughter, Ella. They drove into Dallas mid Sunday afternoon and just stayed the night on Sunday and Monday. Ben and I had to work most of the time that they were staying with us, but we were able to hang out for at least a little while. It was the first time that they had been to our house since we moved to Dallas and we're glad that they made the time to stop by.

Our next set of visitors followed the Speers by just a few days. My Mom and Lonnie came for the following weekend for a GREAT visit. They drove in late afternoon on Friday and Ben and I were both able to get off early to spend a little extra time with them. On Saturday Mom and I drove to Tyler to see Beth Moore live! It was such a great day! Meanwhile Ben and Lonnie did manly things like hanging out at the new Bass Pro Shop and eating at a dive restaurant in Dallas. We were so sad to see them go on Sunday! We can't wait to go visit them next.

Lastly, my wonderful aunt Janie came for a night. She stayed with us the past Monday night. It was SO exciting to see her because.... she is pregnanate for the first time.... which no one expected. It was so fun to hear about what is going on in her life now that she is expecting. It really does change everything. Congrats Jane!

Life is back to normal and the house is feeling kind of empty. We'd love for more of our friends and family to visit soon! You are welcome anytime!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Shelby's Celebrity Look Alikes

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Valetines' Wrap-Up






Ben's and my Valentines' Day was absolutely perfect! You'll see my giant homemade Valentine from Ben and a few pictures of us just enjoying our time together. We had delicious food, exceptional service, and a romantic setting. We were too full to enjoy a heavy dessert so we stopped by Starbucks on the way home while listening to our favorite songs and then finished off the night watching Alex & Emma. What a PERFECT evening.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines' Day

Let me be honest with you all for just a minute. I had never been a huge Valentines' enthusiast is years past. No reason in particular... Maybe I am just not much of a romantic? Now, I know no girl is allowed to say those words, but it is (or was) true. However, for whatever reason, this year I am really excited to celebrate Valentines' Day.

Ben and I agreed to keep it low key but I am just very excited. We are going to Maggiano's for dinner tonight. They have this meal that is absolutely to die for that we always share and we are also making homemade Valentines for each other. Ben worked really hard for a really long time on mine last night so I can't wait to see it. And lastly, we decided on a joint gift to ourselves: a mini set of dance lessons. I am so excited!

It has also been very sweet because several of my residents have brought me by little goodie bags of candies, muffins, flowers, cards and all kinds of other assorted gifts.

I am becoming a big fan of this holiday! I hope you are too!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Cirque du Soleil

A HUGE thanks to Mark for an absolutely worderful gift: tickets for Bobbie, Holly, Britt, and me to Cirque du Soleil's Corteo. We had an absolutely wonderful time! I had never seen a Cirque performance and had always longed too. It was more than I could have ever imagined. The performers were so graceful and the costumes beautiful. There were too many exciting scenes to choose a favorite. The show was 2 hours long and flew by in just minutes. I am now an official Cirque junky! It only took one show to completely lure me in!



Here is Cirque's much more elegant and detailed description of Corteo:

Corteo, which means "cortege" in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.
The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music, by turns lyrical and playful, carries Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.

(Toward the end of the show a tragedy occurred when a performer fell in the middle of a stunt landing on his head and neck. He was whisked off stage by numerous EMTs and other emergency response personnel. Holly read an update the following day that the performer had been taken to the hospital and was in recovery.)

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Big 2 3





Today is Ben's 23rd Birthday! (I'd say that we are getting old but I am afraid I would get stoned by most of our family and friends for that.) Ben is having to work today but he has plans to go to his favorite sandwich shop, Potbelly's, for lunch with a friend and then he and I are going to Outback for a scumptious dinner tonight. I also packed him a cookie from Cookies By Design in the shape of a Birthday cake inside a box that resembles a birthday card.

Since Ben's Birthday falls in the middle of the week we figured we would do a little celebrating today and save the rest for the weekend. Saturday we have a family get together scheduled. Bobbie, Farron, Holly, Mark, Kevin and Chase will all be coming over to our house for a Mexican Dinner. We are going to have fajitas, chips with queso, salsa, and guacamole, mexican coleslaw, refried black beans, and cheesy Spanish rice. For dessert we have ordered a giant cookie cake which we'll serve with the Jones' favorite - Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla icecream. Afterwards we will watch movies and play games. It should be a blast to all be able to get together to celebrate Ben's Birthday.

Happy Birthday Ben!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Dinner and a Show






Ben and I hung out with Holly and her boyfriend Mark this Saturday and we all had so much fun. The four of us went to the Dallas World Aquarium (www.dwazoo.com) which was absolutely spectacular. Only Holly had been before and I wasn't sure what to expect. I guess I figured it would simply be a bunch of rooms with fish tanks but I was so surprised to see that it was more like an indoor zoo than an aquarium. I really enjoyed getting to see a sloth up close and in person and I also LOVED the otters! They were just so adorable. Even though we were all bedecked in our heavy coats when we arrived, we definitely didn't need them once we got inside the humid environment that fosters the wildlife and tropical plants. If you are looking for something fun and different to do in Dallas, I would highly recommend this to anyone.

After we left the Aquarium, the four of us headed to Buca di Beppo. I had never been before and couldn't wait to try it. Since the Italian food is served "family style", Ben and I decided to wait until we had some other friends to go with. The four of us shared two great dishes and I was very contented.

We also made a quick stop by the nearyby North Park Mall; which I had never been to before either. It was so open and much less crammed and crowed than most malls. We sat at Starbucks for a few minutes to talk before heading back home and I warmed myself up with a nice hot cup of Chai Tea (yum!).

I can now cross three more things off my list of Dallas attractions. It was such a fun and different night! I can't wait to revisit all these places again soon.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Murphy & Me


I was so inspired recently to get a new dog. I definitely knew that I wanted to get another Golden Retriever. I also knew that there was no way I could handle a puppy right now. So I figured we needed to adopt an adult rescue Golden. I applied at 2 local Golden Retriever shelters and was ecstatic when I got an invitation to meet a potential adoptee this past Saturday.

Ben, Khaki, and I loaded into the car despite the terrible rain and weather conditions and made the 45 minute haul down to Orvis in Dallas. (I somehow forgot that I am scared to death of being in big groups of dogs.) There were about 15 dogs there. I was such a nervous wreck. We were supposed to be meeting a 5 year old female named Gilda who was mysteriously missing. We found out she had come down with kennel cough and wouldn't make it in. We decided to wait around to see if any other Goldens were still available at the end of the adoption time.

Murphy was a 1 year old boy that was still available and we decided to give it a shot with Murphy.

Well let me just tell you a little about Murphy... A 1 year old Golden Retriever is definitely still a puppy. He chewed 2 electrical cords - it is amazing he is still alive and our house hasn't burned down. More than the puppydom, Murphy was a DROOL MASTER. Yes, he drooled when he sat, ran, ate, drank, and of course, when he laid his head on my lap, couch, and bed. Luckily for me, I was allergic to all this drooling and was able to return him guilt free. Murphy was a total and utterly sweet mess. He was a big drooling sweetheart of a puppy and will one day make a perfect match for a little rough and tumble boy - at someone else's house!

I am totally spent. I still like the idea of having another dog, but am just cherishing having only Khaki for right now. I am a little gun shy and will be for a quite a while!

Murphy, Good-bye and Good Luck!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Book Review


One of my many New Year's Resolutions for 2007 is to stop rotting my brain with so much TV and instead start reading at least one book a month.

I recently acquired a copy of the book Marley & Me. (And by the phase "recently acquired", I mean that my dog decided to unwrap and chew the book intended as a gift for my Sister-in-law, Holly, and therefore I was granted the slobbery mess as a gift to myself.)

The book, chewed as it is, was wonderful. I absolutely loved the story. The subtitle is Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog and man was that ever the case. It takes a special soul to love a dog that bad. Marley successfully ate more items than I think I have ever even owned.

However, the story was not all bad. The story shows the reader what joy even the worst dog can bring into the life of it's owner. Now the next sentence may be a shock to some of you coming from me, but... I definitely couldn't imagine all the joys I would have missed out never having a dog of my own to love. Khaki is so precious to me and she adds so much to Ben's and my life. The author (and I agree) mentions the fact that we can learn a lot about life and love from the most unusual sources - including a dog like Marley.

If you have a chance to read this book and you have ever had a dog of your own to love, you will NOT be disappointed.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Oops...

Well... OK so I am still just not doing a good job of keeping this blog updated. Maybe I will get better. Maybe.

Here is a recap of 2007:

1. Ben and I moved to Dallas, TX without a home, without selling our Lubbock home, without a job for me, and moved in with Ben's parents, Farron and Bobbie Dacus.
2. I found a job and began my career as a Service Coordinator for Plano Community Homes.
3. We sold our Lubbock home and packed up our belongings to move them to Dallas.
4. Ben and I became members of The Heights Baptist Church.
5. Ben and I celebrated our 2nd Anniversary in Las Colinas.
6. We found and built a house in Allen which we moved into in the HEAT of July.
7. Ben started a new job with the most amazing company, Vision Wealth Management.
8. We celebrated Thanksgiving with My Dad in Houston.
9. We celebrated Christmas with Kevin and his family

Well now, I know that doesn't make up for months on end of no blogs but I promise to be better. Maybe.

Ben & Shelby Jones