{The Father of mercies and God of all comfort}

Monday, December 31, 2012

A Look Back at 2012

2012: A Review

January 2012
It took us an entire month to take down our Christmas tree.

February 2012
Valentine's Day
Coco started his seizure medication.

March 2012
 We got Mosby!
I had two panic attacks.

April 2012
Winter Jam.
Bought our Cannon.

May 2012
 Ryan's 25th birthday.
Found a church we like.

June 2012
 South Padre trip with the family.
Accepted new job offer.

July 2012
 My 25th birthday.
Big Bend Trip/2nd Anniversary.

August 2012
We bought our handguns.
Ryan stopped working nights.
Decided to move back to Crosby

September 2012
Built Mosby the dog house he never uses.
Officially quit the new job.
Moved back in with the in-laws.

October 2012
Not working for nearly a month and speaking honestly about it.

November 2012

December 2012
The zombie run.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year Goals

Let's look at last years goals and see what we accomplished:

1. We did not rent a house, but moved back to Crosby.
2. Ryan is putting school on hold again after achieving an Associate's in Engineering and I was accepted into a master's program and decided not to pursue another degree.
3. We found a church, and then we moved.

It's hard to say what was accomplished and what wasn't. The goals were contingent on plans that we later changed. We didn't rent a house, because my father-in-law asked us to move back. We would have rented, but we decided I would quit my job. Ryan had to finish an associate degree before he could continue with a bachelor's degree at UofH (this is what was advised anyway), so he finished that and was accepted into a program at UofH, but we're postponing that, hopefully not forever, because of income rearrangement. We found a church probably a month before we moved. If ever back on that side of town I think we know where we'll gather and worship. So, overall, we pursued all of the goals that we said and I would say accomplished what God wanted at this time. We're waiting on the Lord still, and know that his timing is perfected in his omnipotence, but we will still plan for another year and continue to seek His will.

Goals for 2013 

Financial goal: Pay off two loans in 3.5 months and $xx,xxx by years' end.
Continued job upgrade prayers.

Spiritual: Memorize one scripture a week.
                      Read two scripturually based books.
             Devotionals in between books.
Health: Cecilly maintain weight; gain healthily 2 pounds (I don't gain easily).
                Ryan lose 50 lbs through jogging and Insanity.

Clearly our main goal is for our student loan payoffs, which is why we're with the in-laws. Our spiritual goal is to be in the word together and growth.

Run for your lives!

I just realized I didn't post about the zombie 5k I did with my sister-in-law.

The objective was to finish the race with all of your flags. We ran in the second wave of the morning, and I'm pretty sure the zombies were full of energy, because 90% of the people in our wave lost their flags; including me and my sister-in-law. It was bogus. I got to the very end--and I'm not exaggerating when I say there were about fifteen more zombies standing between me and victory and the last zombie in the field almost tackled me as she stole my last flag!! Legit, there's a picture taken by the photographer where one of the last two zombies is grabbing my wrist and the other has thrown herself towards me in an attempt to take me to the ground and I'm slapping their hands away with a crazy look on my face trying to get away. I came out with a few scratches on my right arm and a strained muscle from the last sprint. I was so very angry, and my sister-in-law said she was ashamed and proud of the way I was handling the zombies. I've never run so fast in my life. I could hardly move for almost a week; all of my muscles were sore. I vowed to never do anything like that again, because it made me very violent and running sucks! Ha, but we'll see how that goes.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas 2012

We started our Christmas on Christmas Eve at the candlelight service. 

Then we headed to my parents for a very crazy Christmas with gumbo, a hilarious game, and a ton of gifts.
Then on Christmas morning Ryan and I opened our gifts to each other and the dogs tore into their stockings.

The Week Before Christmas...

Day Four

Hot Chocolate and Netflix
I guess the only reason it's a Christmas-y thing is the hot chocolate mug.

Day Five

Stocking Stuffer Shopping
We went to Target and each had a budget. We shopped separately so it would still be a surprise.

Day Six

 Gingerbread cookies

Day Seven 

 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Week Before Christmas Day Three

Today, Ryan and I went to Freebirds for "Christmas-y" burritos. I got a spinach burrito and Ryan got the cayenne tortilla. So, it was red and green.

We also built a Christmas scene with our foil.

There is a snowman on the left and a pile of presents on the right.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Week Before Christmas Day 2

Ryan and I played a game for our second day.
It was the alphabet game with Christmas songs. We started with A and named songs that started with each letter. We omitted the letter K, X, Y, & Z, because we googled it and there are no Christmas songs that start with those letters (feel free to enlighten me). If we couldn't think of a letter, we made up titles and googled them. Mine were quite creative.

1.  Angels We Have Heard on High
2.  Evergreen (Barbara Streisand; kid you not)
3.  Go Tell it on the Mountain
4.  I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In
5.  Little Drummer Boy
6.  Nutcracker Song (you know the nutcracker suite)
7.  Peace on Earth
8.  Silver Bells
9.  Under My Tree (NSYNC)

1.  Born This Day
2.  Carol of the Bells
3.  Do you Hear What I Hear
4.  Frosty The Snowman
5.  Ho Ho Ho
 (this was one of my made up songs; hilarious listen to it)
6.  Joy to the World
7.  My First Christmas (B2K)
8.  Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
9.  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
10.  Twas the Night Before Christmas
11.  White Christmas

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Week Before Christmas

Ryan and I are going to do something "Christmas-y" everyday this week leading up to Christmas day. We bought Christmas Cap'n Crunch. Thus, starts our Christmas-y week with Cap'n Crunch Monday.

You can't make out the shapes in the picture (they're not so great in real life either), but there are Christmas trees, Santa hats, stockings, snowmen, and stars.