Thursday, November 29, 2007

Christmastime on Crestwood

Well, we started hauling out the Christmas stuff and thought we would post some pictures for the family and whomever else wants to see them.

Our first challenge was the Christmas tree. This year, in a new house, we had to figure out how to have our Christmas tree in a way that we could enjoy it but Orbit can not. After some finagling involving an extra dining room chair, some shoeboxes and an old comforter covered up with a tree skirt, we came up with what you see below. So what do you think, is this a kitty proof Christmas tree? (we're putting the ornaments up this weekend)

We actually get to hang our stockings on a mantel! Here they are with the nativity set modeled after my mom's...

I found this little nativity set at Hobby Lobby over the weekend and love the fact that the commercial is, in a sense, bowing down to the true meaning of Christmas.

So that's the start of our home at Christmas time!!

Orbit Loves Christmas too!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Another Man's Poison: 11/28/07

While we all wait for the press conference announcing Art Briles as the next Baylor football coach, how about some random links?

Canadians say we don't need toothpaste -- my future dentist friend calls BS on this one.

The ultimate geek tie -- If I wore ties often, I'd have to consider this one. The clip-on bit seals the deal.

Mike Huckabee for President -- If Chuck Norris says it's so, then it's so.

Baylor equestrian helps make a cancer patient's dream reality -- Bethany and I were at this meet; very cool.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

A very hearty "Happy Thanksgiving" from Jeff, Bethany and Orbit to you!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

AWESOME!!!! God is doing great things...

I thought this was so cool, I just needed to share, and since we have a blog, here I am!!

I grew up in a church that I always really liked and was heavily involved in, but did not see a whole lot that set it apart (perhaps this was because I was a kid/teenager). It was always focused on missions and gave me a place to call home while I was growing up and into my college years. Don't get me wrong, I loved this church and still do, and am proud of where I came from.

Recently, God has blessed Christ Fellowship with the opportunity to merge with some other churches in Miami and also start a couple new ones of their own. THIS IS AWESOME! They truly have a heart for showing the Miami area who Jesus is and introducing them to His Love.

It is so exciting and refreshing to see what Christ Fellowship in Miami is doing to reach the people of that city. Instead of growing into one of these enormous campus mega-churches, they have spread out into the city they love and have satellite churches. In total, there are 5 campuses spread out across Miami. Instead of making the people come to them, they are reaching out to the people!!

I am so excited to hear/see what God is doing with Christ Fellowship Miami and I continue to be proud of them and pray for them. MAJOR PROPS go out to the volunteers, staff and everyone at all of the Christ Fellowship locations who is praying, living, and working to make this happen!!!!!!!!!! We truly can do all things through Christ who gives us strength!!!!!!!!

Check it out!!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Another Man's Poison: 11/15/07

When I found the Internet as a college freshman 11 years ago, I almost immediately starting boring my friends by reading excerpts of interesting pages I found to them. (Seriously, I did this; ask Zan.) Even though those friends now live all over the country, I'm still able to bore them by sending links to pages or articles I find interesting. I had the bright idea to expand my audience of disinterested listeners/readers by posting some of the more interesting things I've found recently here; if I remember/have time and anyone cares, I might make this a semi-regular deal. Here goes: -- answer a multiple-choice vocab question, and if you get it right, they'll donate 10 grains of rice to an impoverished people. Play as long as you like, and they'll keep donating.

Fly Girls -- seriously, an interesting history project about women pilots during WWII.

Fast food nutrition facts -- all in one place, sorted by item (hamburgers, nuggets, fries, etc.)

Stepfather remake cast -- I can't believe they're remaking this. The original is a classic.

O Holy Night -- a surprisingly good version by a singer I don't normally care much for. You'll have to click the link to see who.

Random enough? That's probably enough for now. If you enjoy this at all, let me know by leaving a note in the comments. Thanks!

p.s. I "borrowed" the title, "Another Man's Poison," from my dad; he used to make random mix tapes with that name. I've always liked it, and thought I'd bring it into the 21st century.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Lilies & Kitties...end in sight

Orbit came home tonight around 5:45 and is still very woozie. He had an IV in his paw and it took him all of about five minutes into the car ride on the way home to get the bandage off. The vet says he should be fine, but wants to see him again in two weeks to make sure his kidneys are still working. Ironically enough, Jeff and I ran across a show tonight on TV about animals and the things they swallow. I have definitely learned my lesson. It's good to have our kitty home again.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Lillies & Kitties

FYI...Lilies of any sort are extremely toxic to cats.

I didn't know how toxic until today and sadly Orbit is in the kitty hospital on an IV. The vet said we caught it early enough that he should be fine, but apparently any sort of lily flower is extremely toxic to cats and causes Renal failure and death. We've decided it's time for me to find a new favorite flower...maybe a cactus.

Here are some websites we found... after taking Orbit to the vet:

Our Baylor room

From one project to another... We got these two chairs for our living room at an estate sale a couple of months ago; they go with the room's Baylor theme. But, Orbit decided they were HIS new chairs. My mom suggested we put a towel or something on it to keep them clean, but Bethany did one better; she found this Baylor fleece material and fashioned a couple of throws to keep the cat hair off.

Sic 'em, Bethany! :)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Happy (belated) Halloween!

Okay, so we didn't have time to get these pics up before Halloween. Still, we're quite proud of our creations! These were artificial carvable pumpkins we got at a craft store (no guts!). We designed the patterns and carved them last weekend so that we'd have some decorations for our trick or treaters. Enjoy!