Sunday, December 27, 2009

San Antonio

We had such a fun day! We spent the day playing tourist in San Antonio.

Somehow it was my sister's first time to visit the Alamo. I don't understand this since we live 2 hours away, but ok.

We went to the River Walk.

We ate lots of good Mexican food...authentic...finally. Dallas is too far north for anything good.

We dressed up like Nacho Libre.

And the most exciting thing about the day...WE WENT TO A MIRROR MAZE! It was the coolest thing I have done in a reallllly long time! We went through it once and then made Mom and Dad go through it again. The pictures do it no justice at all....

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Pow! Pow! Pow! (Texas styled Christmas)

We spent the day out at the deer lease. I've never been out there before (even the family has had it for years). I'm much more of a city type girl, but we had a good time. I shot lots of stuff, including a 5 gallon water jug, which had an amazing explosion. We walked through deeeeep mud and water, rode 4-wheelers and played with fire (sister's fave). Here are some pics of the day. **Ross with our propane tank...It was his trophy for the day.
**Sarah shooting
**Me shooting
**Sister love

Monday, December 21, 2009

What would you do?

Heart broken, defeated, conflicted, relieved, confused. Those are just some of the feelings I am currently experiencing. Here's why-
We have a beautiful German Shepard puppy, Lexi. At first we were beyond overjoyed to have her.....but, then she started to exhibit some agressive tendencies. She bit my dad the first time we brought her home....strike one....On Saturday night she bit my head....strike two....and we are trying to have a there is no room for strike three. I think that we have to get rid of her, and Ross agrees. I feel HORRIBLE. I feel like we are letting her down. I feel like we promised her a good home, and now are taking that away. I'm worried about what will happen to her next because I love her...I really do. I just love my future children more. This is one of the hardest decisions that I have ever had to make, but I do not think that I can risk the safety of our future family....I'm not sure what to do...What would you do?

Saturday, December 19, 2009


We went to the ICE exhibit at the Gaylord Texan last weekend with our best friends. It was so much fun, an amazing night! Here are a few pics from the event.

The larger-than-life-sized nativity was absolutely majestic.

Couples pic in our blue parkas!

Waiting in line, playing in the Christmas trees!

Friday, December 18, 2009

{New Crafty Sites}

I have my normal round of daily-reading sites...most are crafty little blogs or food sites. I have officially added the following a-mazing sites! I feel so inspired! I challenge you to look at these and NOT feel the need to get crafting!!


Here is a link to all of the holiday candy making ideas that you could ever need! Thanks Sarah!

---just one of the many ideas that I will be trying! I think I will make a matching pillow for sister's quilt!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sister's Quilt

I love my sister more than anything in the world. I would do anything, I mean anything, for her. She's my best friend, gift from God, sole mate. We finish each other's sentences, can communicate anything with a glance, have more inside jokes than anyone I know, and couldn't live without each other. God is good. He gave me more than a sister, he gave me a best friend. Well, my little sister starts college in the fall and she wants a quilt, so obviously I had to make it for her! She asks...I do....It's how it works :)

Ross' mom was kind enough to help me get the top started. It's a very modern log cabin-ish style. We had a pic to go from but we changed it as we went. Sister picked out the style and most of the fabrics. I can't wait to give it to her. I know I will cry...that's kinda what I do when I give gifts that mean a lot. Here's part of the process!!

**the colors are way more vibrant than this...idk why it's not showing up in the pics**

Sparkly tree

We got our tree up the other night. We put it in the study so that we could close the door to keep out the animals. After we set it up we spent a good 30 minutes trying to take self-timed pics with the puppy and ended up with tons of hilarious, laughing, head-cut-off pics. It was super fun!!

(Lace- Here's our Texas Sized Christmas tree...ok, so it's not that tall...7 1/2 ft)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Our first snow

I was getting ready this morning and Ross came to get me. He brought me to the back yard and everything was white!! We got a good inch of snow accumulated on the ground! Everything melted by about noon and it was so pretty while it lasted! Doesn't our house look pretty in the snow???

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Precious handmade jewelry

I was on this site and found this site. The jewelry is precious! I kinda want every single thing on the site!! I mean, how could you not love it all?!?! These pieces are some of my favorites. Let me know what you think!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sweet little craft

Right now I'm loving to wear flowers in my hair. I've been looking for new ones to add to my collection but refuse to pay $15 for something I could make for $2. So, here is my first attempt at the craft. I'm pretty pleased! I took a silk flower, some glass beads (that you can't really see in the pic), a hair clip and hot glue! Viola! People are definitely going to be getting these as Christmas gifts!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I have a new obsession.....TOMS! Here's why:

1- Possibly the most comfy shoes I have ever worn
2- Super versatile
3- Very affordable
4- They make great Christmas gifts :)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Crafty projects!

I've been ultra crafty lately! Here are a few of my projects

I'm making a quilt for my sister. She will start college in the fall (eeeek) and this will be one of her gifts. She chose the pattern and the fabric and it is going to be the cutest thing in the world.

SarahK showed me this beyond amazing website, Bakerella. On the site she had pictures of super cute cake balls and cake pops. I thought...this should be easy! Well, making the cake balls was super easy, but getting them to stay on the sticks was tough and they were not as cute as her's....oh well....

I made Papoo a birthday cake! It was a fish since he loves to fish so much!! I got excited when I started cutting it b/c it began to look like it was smiling!

Final project- I saw this online and had to make them! It's so easy and, it's the perfect teacher gift! You just get binder clips and mod podge paper to them!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Gig 'Em

Class of '07, '10 and '14!!!!

In 2003 I began my first year at Texas A&M. I'm a first generation Aggie; my parents went to college in Louisiana. Three years later by brother started there! Now, in the fall of 2010, my sister will begin her freshman year at TAMU!! I'm so excited (and a little bit proud, I must admit) that I started this tradition! A&M builds such a committment to high integrity and sportsmanship. Aggies do not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do. Those are words that we live by. Plus, we stick together like none other. It's incredible to walk through PetSmart, or the lawn of the Eiffel Tower, and spot another Aggie ring. It's an immediate connection and you just start chatting it up! "Hi, I'm Kacie...Class of '07." Not to mention, it's how Ross and I both got our jobs! It sure pays off!! Anyway, here's our first picture at Kyle Field with all 3 Aggie classes!!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

How I love thee

A- Pink is by far my favorite color.
B- Sharpies rock my world. As a teacher I use the 24/7.
C- I support all things "Breast Cancer Pink" for several reasons...My grandmother and aunt.

So, all that being said, these are my new favorite purchase. I got mine at Target (of course) for $1.19 for a 2 pack!

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Ross is so cute! He's so excited about trying for a baby!! He keeps calling me his little babymaker :)

He continues to walk around singing and happy!!

It is really cute and sweet....

Now for my complaints....I am on prenatal vitamins that make me nauseous and shaky. Boo. They also taste awful and you keep on tasting them all day. Plus, I have had a headache since I got off the pill. Oh well! I will gladly take it if it means I will have a baby!!! That's it for now! I do not think that we have ever been happier as a couple!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Officially TRYING!!!

I can not even explain how excited I am about this post! I have wanted a baby since I was a baby! I have wanted to be a mom since I could say the word! Ross has known this since we started dating and this weekend he told me that he was ready!!! About a month ago, Ross told me that he had been seriously thinking about wanting to have a baby. He said that he would begin praying about it and let me know....Well, last night he told me that I can stop taking my pills...that he is ready!!! He always has told me that he wanted to be a dad, but was worried about the logistics of it, stability, economy...Last night he said that he had prayed about it and decided that we should just go for it! So that means that Ross and I have officially begun to try! I could not be more happy!! Today was my first day of prenatal vitamins (which I have had on standby for months) and I spent the day nauseous and shaky. This is what the doctor told me would happen. She gave me a bag of samples to try and told me to stop as soon as I found one that didn't make me sick. I guess I should give this one a few days and then try the others. I am so, so, so happy and cannot wait to me a mom!! My family is pretty excited too! For the last year or so, my brother has told me "PMMAU(Please make me an uncle)" and last night I got to call him and tell him that we were working on it! He was pumped! He's more than fantastic with kids and has sent me a camo onesie last year for our future children....and of course it was labeled with PMMAU. My sister will be the greatest aunt in the entire world as well. I had to hold my phone away from my ear when I told her the news. It will be so neat to see them interact with our kids when we have them, whenever that may be. For now we are just seeing how things go!! What an exciting time for us! YEAHHHH!!!!!!!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Pray for patience

This has been the hardest week of school for me ever. I have students that don't understand very much English at all. I have students who are grade levels behind. I have never taught science before and these particular sub-populations were our lowest last year....ESL/Science! This means that I am under great stress. I want my babies to succeed....I so, so want them to be successful but I don't know how to help them. I am having to go back so far in 4th grade curriculum because I have to fill in learning gaps. If I do this, I get behind on the TEKS...thus more stress. I ended the week by crying my eyes out. I keep on telling myself, God will not give me more than I can handle....God will not give me more than I can handle....God will not give me more than I can handle....over and over and over.....I need patience...I need a kind of patience that only the Lord can provide. I need the kind of patience for these kids as my heavenly father has for me. I need guidance from the Lord to know how to teach these precious babies. I also need confidence that I will be able to do it. Last year was a breeze, and now I am realizing that. Please pray that I will have great patience and guidance.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

2 Dreamy Wonderful Fun Easy Years

As of today, I have been married to my best friends for 2 years! It has been wonderful! People say that the first years are hard...I totally disagree! It has been so easy....easier than dating! We don't have to drive back and forth to see each other, we can spend the night together every single night :) we don't have to use up excessive amounts of cell phone minutes to talk to each other, we don't have to worry about roommates or drama, we can lay in bed at night and laugh for is just so easy! It surely doesn't feel like it has been 2 years since we have been married! God's design for marriage is so sweet, so good, so well's perfect!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Quilt top is D-O-N-E

I'm so happy with how it turned out! Not so shabby for my first quilt! Now...attach filler and backing....quilt it...add binding....hmmmmm

Monday, August 3, 2009


***This post is a total debbie downer....It is mainly a way for me to get things out of my at your own "risk"***

You know how you can love someone but not really like them at all?

I feel totally guilty for saying that about my own grandfather. But, it is true and I need to express these feelings, which I do best in writing, to get them off of my chest.

My grandfather passed away in November, the week of Thanksgiving. It has just hit me. It only took 9 1/2 months, but those feelings have finally crept up. Up until now I have refused to think about it, refused to mourn, refused to cry. That is how I deal with things, and unfortunately, it is not very effective or healthy. The last few days I have been on the brink of tears and didn't know why. Then, on the way to church yesterday morning, I busted out crying. It totally took Ross off guard, poor guy!

How I loved him:
On one hand, he was my grandfather. I have some good memories of him when I was a child. He was happier then, not as bitter. He loved to dance and have a good time. He loved my Mamaw....his, "little mama." There was a tire swing in his yard and we all loved to play in it. I loved him, I really did...but it was hard. He loved to tell jokes and draw comics...cute little one liners with stick people drawings. He was really funny! We would send these back and forth and after he died I found out that he had been saving all of them! He loved his family. He adored his grandchildren. It just got very hard to see toward the end.

How I didn't really like him at all:
The title of this post is "Conflicted" because that is just what I am. Papaw, my mom's father, was not a nice man. He was, among other things, an alcoholic. He was mean to my mother and did not provide a nurturing home life. He made fun of her weight when she was a child and now (um..have you seen my mom? she is and always has been skinny), he was bitter, he was angry, he was impossible to please. He was not happy. If you wanted to call or visit him, you would have to mentally prepare would have to put on a mental suit of armor, if you will. You would know, ok--I'm going to call Papaw, and no matter what, he is going to make me feel like crap. For example, I sent him a little care package when he was in the assisted living place. He complained about what was in it. Well, do you think I sent him stuff again? Nope. I was too hurt! It was stuff like that constantly. You only have so much you can give, ya know? The list goes on and on, but I feel too bad talking about him in this way.

So....I have a weird mix of feelings. I miss him...I miss the good parts about him. He was, after all, my grandfather. There are very few people that you know your entire life, so of course there is a hole that is created when they pass. On the other hand, he can not hurt my mother anymore. He can not call her to b**** at her, to make her feel useless and guilty. He can not be mean. Still, those memories are what prevails in my mind. It was easier for me to think of negative memories than the positive. Man, I hope that's not what people say when I am gone. Over all....I'm a bundle of mixed up feelings. Feelings I feel bad to express, but feelings that have shaped my family and ones that I need to sort through.

This is a picture of him dancing with me at our wedding. It is a great memory. He had a blast that night. I'm pretty sure that was the most fun he had toward the end of his life. He danced with all of my cousins, aunts and friends. He was a great dancer. He laughed, cut up and enjoyed himself. This is the memory that I am going to put at the forefront of my meditate on this to help ease the conflict of feelings.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

***Pretty in Pink***

So I learned how to quilt this past weekend. Today I started my own! It's pink, pretty and girly....just my style. Today I got the strips sewn and the squares cut. I have not started to sew the squares together yet. I wanted to spend some time with Ross and I'll continue tomorrow and this weekend. I laid it out so that I could look at it and see how big it would, I am waaaay to impatient to wait to see it!! Here's a peek.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Nothing much

Ross' mom and brother were here last week from Wed-Sun. We had a wonderful time and got lots of girl time in!! We shopped (a lot) and did crafts (a whole lot)! It doesn't get much better than that for me! Sunday night we went to the new Cowboys Stadium for a soccer game....Chelsea vs. Club America. Ross was super-pumped and I had a blast! The stadium is so amazing and we sat midfield 6 rows up! The game was so good! Chelsea won (probably b/c we were sportin our Chelsea blue!!) Then on Monday morning I had to get back into school mode. I've been at a workshop this week for science. So far we have played with snails, ice balloons, tops and lifesavers....interesting stuff....although I super miss sleeping in....

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sew Much Fun!!

The past few days have been pretty much devoted to my mother-in-law (re)teaching me how to sew. My mother taught me when I was little and I know how, but we have been learning how to use my new machine! She has been teaching me how to applique and to quilt! We have made super cute appliqued dish towels and started quilting some pillows. It's my first try ever with quilting, so I'm pretty happy about the results. My head is spinning with all that I have learned and now I have a mile-long list of projects to start!

This dish towel is not finished yet.

Dish towel #1

The first thing I ever quilted!! It is going to be the top for a pillow case, but it's not done yet.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Toys!

Ross and I have both recently gotten new "toys" from his parents. He got a fancy schmanzy grill and I got a sewing machine!! It is no doubt his new pride and joy. His mom is here right now and we will be spending some time learning how to work my new sewing machine. It's much more advanced than the one I learned on, so we shall see!!

This is a pic of my Brother: Project Runway Sewing Machine

This is a pic of Ross' TEC Sterling G2000 FR 2-Burner Infared Gas Grill

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sweet little somethings

One of my favorite stores is Ann Taylor Loft. They have cute clothes that are very teacher friendly. This is my most recent purchase from ATL.

I also like these:
Beaded Rose Tee

Watercolor Tee

Other things I am obsessing over at the moment are all from (of course)
--This sweet little necklace!
--And most things from this amazing Etsy shop: (especially the pebble necklace) kasiablue

Laundry Day USA- my made up sucky holiday

That's what I am calling today. I'm pretty sure I did at least 52 loads of laundry. Ok- maybe that's an exaggeration, but it sure felt like it. Laundry Day USA is definitely not one of my favorite fake holidays. I also went to the Keller ISD laptop pick up thing, went to the gym and cooked Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad for dinner. It's always a hit and easy to make! It has been a veeeeeeeeeery uneventful day.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Lazy Sunday

I woke up this morning at 9:33. I said to myself, "I'll go back to sleep for 10 minutes so that I can still make it to church on time at 11." I woke up at 1:00 in the afternoon. Well, crap.

Later on, Ross and I took Lexi (the puppy) to pick up some tacos and took them to the park. We sat by the pond, ate our tacos and watched the ducks. We then went for a walk around the pond and watched Lexi chase dragonflies and leaves. She's pretty cute. We came home just before it started pouring down rain. Lexi and I took a nap during the storm on the living room floor while Ross watched Harry Potter. She cuddled up next to me and I acted like I was protecting her from the lightening and thunder. <3

While Ross continued his Harry Potter marathon, I got the itch to cook...and cook I did! I baked Leslie's recipe for chocolate chip cookies and I added Heath Bar crumbles. Then I made spicy chicken and rice casserole and some fresh squash. It was fun!!

Now we are all cuddling on the couch....still watching Harry Potter.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Thanks Lacey

So I was not satisfied with my blogger supplied background. It was pretty boring. One of my dearest friends Lacey told me how she got her blog to be so stinkin cute. She used this site. Cute huh??

Friday, July 17, 2009

K loves R

So I really, really love my husband.

For one, he is currently letting/helping me repaint the kitchen a different shade of green....we just painted it a few weeks ago and I decided it wasn't the right color...what an amazingly patient man. (that's what this pic is from...I was testing paint samples on the wall)

Second- he just took me on a date! We laughed a lot.

He is so really clever smart...I always call him a boyscout when he does something smart...for example: we were car camping on the beach one time and my smart husband turned the car in the right direction so that the wind blew through the windows all night like a fan! Everyone who had to sleep in the tent was really jealous.

He is also smart about computers, tv's, wires...basically all things electronic.It's stinkin awesome. It blows my mind sometimes b/c he will hook up a network or make my computer be able to print from the living room or make it where I can get to the music on his computer in the other room....I'm always amazed.

I love when he laughs. It delights my heart. I really love it when he laughs so hard that his face squishes up and he has to pinch his nose in between his eyes...I think it is in attempt to not cry?!?!?!

I also love that he is so thoughtful. He is a lot like my dad. (which I LOVE) One sweet example that he and my dad both do (and don't know that they both do) is pick out their socks in the morning using a flash light so that I don't wake up! My dad has done that for my mom for my whole life! It's so so sweet.

I also love that he is so supportive. For example...I went to Texas A&M and earned a pretty prestigious business degree. yeah me...only I decided that was not what I wanted to do with my life....I wanted to be a teacher. So the first year of our marriage Ross let me get my teaching certification while he worked his rear off. I substitute taught every-so-often, but spent most of my time working on my certificate. He was so supportive and wanted me to be happy and to do what I thought the Lord wanted for my life. Amazing...flat amazing.

I also love that he and I have discussions, not arguments. It's awesome. We can be totally honest and listen to each other. We don't have to fight about it because we listen...he listens. Now, we may have to think about our responses before the convo finishes, but he listens to all of my concerns and really cares.

Ok- that's enough for now. There are tons of other reasons, but I will leave them for a different post. I'm going to go cuddle with my husband.