Sunday, November 28, 2010

Family Pictures

For Christmas this year, I had a wonderful friend/coworker take pictures as my gift to the family. Since they are a gift, most of the family hasn't seen them. I will post ONE for now, and the rest after the holiday :)

Like what you see? Check out her website:

Let it snow, let it snow...

We have successfully arrived home from a snow filled elk hunt up by Clint Wells. It was fun to get to camp with the family; we arrived late Wednesday evening to a nice, cold camp...and woke up Thanksgiving morning to snow! I was so excited...I have never in my adult life camped in the snow (my mom "says" we did when we were kids, but I don't remember). Here are the pics from Thanksgiving day:

The next few days seemed to be warmer-ish. We went out looking for wood to keep our fire going. Here is proof that my brother's brother actually worked: (notice the snow has melted, in most parts?)

Today we woke up to:

Yes, folks, that is snow (it is NOT some random blurry spots on the lense). We woke up to snow falling, quickly, from the heavens. We quickly packed up (THANKS NEWBY AND MEG FOR YOUR HELP!!!) to get out of there before the snow became a slushy ice mixture.

We seemed to be doing well on the drive, until we came to a hill...that had turned to ice. My mom was driving in front of us with my grandpa's old truck and camper, with a trailer attached to the back of it. Newby was next in line, and then me. Needless to say, I had a near-death experience and am so happy to be home!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hello, my name is Jamie. Have you met me???

So this was a very long, tough week. Why, you may ask?? Well, I'd love to share why with you:

1. Um, I work. I have to wake up every day, get dressed, attempt makeup, and hit the road. That's already a day's work for me!
2. I am "required" to work....they have this ridiculous rule that if you don't work, you don't get a paycheck. Without a paycheck, I cannot buy groceries to make my delicious meals...which leads me to #3.
3. I don't cook. I can't cook. I can make something, maybe once, and then it will NEVER turn out again. Who knows why. Dinner this week: cereal, bagel and cream cheese, and frozen waffles. So ya, about that cooking thing: pouring milk into a bowl is a lot of work.
4. I need a daily nap. If not, I am just too grouchy to finish out the day. I would go home, but that just brings me back to #2 above...
5. Hi, I am Jamie. Have we ever met? I sleep like 14 hours a night, still wake up tired, and can take another two to three hour nap. If you didn't know this about me, then YOU don't know ME.
6. I have (barely) survived my super stressful week (see #1-5 above), and the weekend is here. Know what that means? Yep, you got it. Sleeping in. My favorite hobby, pasttime, and what makes me truly happy!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Here you go, Ma!

Mothers have many names, many appreciations, but I have to say one thing....MY MOM is the best. You can try to argue with me, but guess what?! You're wrong, my madre is the best mommy anyone could ever have. I am fortunate to have my mom as my best friend, someone I can always turn to and count on. She has been my rock; I cannot imagine life without her. My mommy is always a phone call away or short drive. She has given me so much in life, and has taught me more lessons than I can ever count.

My mom is living proof that guardian angels do exist. I know that most of us believe that all angels are looking down from heaven and are helping us from there, but my angel lives only miles from me. She has great advice, is genuinely concerned for me, and always has a kind word to say to me (and, some pretty darn funny ones to cheer me up, too!!)

I have never seen such happiness in my mom's eyes until she became a grandma. Boy, do those grandkids love her! Abby adores gamma, and loves her one-on-one time with her. Abby goes over to gamma's house for sleepovers and they have jama parties. Whoever said being a mom was the best gift, I think giving me my mom was the most precious gift I have ever been given!

Props to Erin Roberts for the great picture!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

My daddy!!

Thanks to Erin for the adorable picture! Can't wait to see the other family pics :)
So I figured I should dedicate a post to one of the two most important people in my life (don't worry, ma, your's is next--age BEFORE beauty!) This is to daddy, pa, padre, Ralphie, papa, and hey you! All names that we use to get your attention, and some of them to show our love :)
You are amazing. You have shown me what life should be-kids (many, many kids), family, a happy marriage, and a true gentleman. Life has taken so many turns, and I don't want to look past any opportunity to tell you how much I love you. You were an amazing softball coach in my younger days (even though you MADE me practice pitching every day!!!) You taught all of us what hard work is. I will never look at a street curb the same! I will always remember working every Saturday sweeping street curbs, and then helping out with the landscaping. We always did this as a family, and it helped us become the hard working adults we are.
I am so glad you have had the opportunity to experience grandkids. Abby sure loves you, but Kayla is a Papa's girl. There is nothing cuter than her saying "papa?" whenever you are out of her eyeline. She adores you, Abby loves playing with you, and we love watching you with the girls :)
I love you, Daddy.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Geocaching is SO much fun. Here are a few of the questions some have asked:
  • What is geocaching? Geocaching is an updated version of a scavengar hunt or hide-and-seek. You use clues and GPS coordinates to find the hidden 'treasure'.
  • Is it expensive to do? Geocaching does NOT cost anything, and can offer hours of entertainment..for free!!
  • Do you really have fun? Yes, we always have fun! It can be frustrating if you can't find it at first, but it really is a treat. Plus, you get exercise!
  • Can you geocache with kids? Yes! Here is proof:

Our success today only feeds the anxiety to do it again! We hoped to find quite a few caches, and thanks to Princess Emersyn we found all of them. She was such a big help, being able to look in the hardest and smallest of places...
Today we found 5 geocaches: White Peaches, No Crab Here, World Trail Travel, Girly Girlz Memorial Day, and So You Want to go Huntin?
Interested in geocaching, go to


Why do I love Saturday's? Saturday's mean:
1. Abby has a soccer game. This means I get to watch her killer soccer moves, and cheer a lot!

2.I get to see Kayla-bug and all of her cuteness. I also get to play with her :) Who are we kidding, she does spend most of the time wanting "mama" and "sissie" but it's still ok because I get to hold her!

Here is a great picture of my dad and Kayla and my dad!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Ugly, old man feet

Many are aware of my dumb feet. They hurt, always, and I REFUSE to have any other surgeries (because, as MANY of you know, any surgery is not simple for me. IF it can go wrong, it will, and be bad!!) So I finally broke down and went to see a foot dr today (yes, I skipped school for it, but I was also able to take care of a few other dr appointments, too!!).

So turns out I have a case of planters fasciitis, in BOTH feet. Really, whoever said "Go big or go home", I'd rather you just go home. This is just ridiculous. I know, it's not a major health condition, but it sucks. No sugar coating it, it sucks. Their result? Two terrible, horrible, no good shots in both feet. Seriously, the worst pain I have ever felt. And they still hurt, six hours later. Oh ya, and the dr said it's going to hurt worse over the next few days...of course, he tells me this AFTER the shots.

The best part? The extra large boot-brace I get to wear every night for the next 4 weeks. Oh, and tennis shoes EVERY day with a heel cup. Wow, who said getting old was fun?!! Haha, I seriously am like a little old man...

Here is a picture of my new best friend:

DON'T be jealous....


Tonight our church held it's annual Mass of Rememberance for families who have lost a loved one in the past year. It was a beautiful mass, the choir was amazing and I was happy to be there with my mom and aunt.

They start off by reading the names of the deceased, and when your loved one is called they ask you to grab a candle and place it on the altar. I was hoping to get a better pic at the end, because of just how beautiful it was, but this is the best I got...and it's from my phone so it's not the best quality.

"May the choirs of angels come to great you, May they speed you to paradise."