Friday, December 5, 2008

Fun at Uncle Don's

The Saturday before Thanksgiving, my Uncle Don and Aunt Joyce invited their entire family to their new place in Centerville, TX. We spent the day there, and we had an absolute blast!!! It was great to see cousins, their kids, and other relatives whom we haven't seen in a really long time.

I thought for a (brief) moment that I might be putting too many pictures on this post, but I decided that it doesn't work like that. Life is about family. On this day, I got to spend the entire day with lots and lots of family! - And I want to share - and remember - the fun that we had that day! So here goes! (Sit back and relax!)

The Dick Hervey family, and friends, took a walk together down to the ponds at the edge of the property. Here we are on our way!

Marcus, Jennifer, and Jordan

Marcus enjoyed stopping to enjoy the scenery on the way. The scenery to him consisted of every pile of dirt he could dig in!

Taylor chose to be the watchman to warn everyone about the fresh pile of manure. Thanks, Taylor! We all kept our shoes clean, thanks to you!

The boys played football for a while. (They paused and posed for me, here). Taylor informed us that he was Tony Romo, Jordan was Marion Barber, and Marshall was TO!

Mom got in on some of the football fun, too!

Good throw!



Our cousin, Paige, caught up with us on our walk.

Back in the house, Marcus enjoyed a cookie - and was distracted by something much more exciting than a camera - with Laura and Mom.

These are my Dad's cousins, Jo and Rudolph.

Here are my cousin David and my Aunt Joyce.

We did a number of other activities throughout the day, too. Jordan and Matt, Laura's boyfriend, threw a baseball for a while. Jordan was showing off for the camera here, and he was successful this time...

... but he missed this one! Oops!

We started off with a small group throwing the frisbee, but soon we had lots of people in the circle! I just knew we'd play frisbee, and I'm so glad we did! I have many memories of playing frisbee at Don's house. Taylor did pretty well catching the frisbee with the alligator "snap!"

We also played tag outside! I have NO idea when I last played tag, but it was so much fun! Marshall, Jennifer, Taylor, Laura, Matt, Jordan, and I all played tag! (Note that only one of those people is a child who goes to recess on a regular basis!) We were all pretty tired afterwards, (except Taylor), but it was a blast!!!!

The more "serious" game that the older guys, (mostly!), played was 42. Here we have Peter, Dad, Uncle Don, and Uncle Hubert playing. This is also a game that has a high chance of being played when these Hervey guys get together.

Laura and Matt had a great time together!

Krish and Marshall

And here's the whole Dick Hervey clan. - What a great way to start the Holiday Season this year! Thanks, Don and Joyce, for letting us come and enjoy your new place! It's beautiful! We all had a great time!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

'Tis the Season...

... So let's be jolly!!!
Let's work together to prevent a folly!

How in the world, you may ask,
Can you ever accomplish such a task?

Don't worry just yet,
There's no need to fret,

Just lend that helping hand
In any way that you can.

Share a smile, share a laugh,
Keep it simple, but make it last.

For if you warm one heart with yours,
The joy that is spread will surely open doors...

Doors of goodness, doors of love,
With warm feelings from up above!

(Note: Photos are courtesy of the 2007 Christmas file. Currently, the only Christmas decoration on display at our apartment is actually a doormat outside the front door!)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving! I am so glad that today all of America will pause and think about what we are grateful for. And I am grateful for the opportunity to do that, myself. I know we should be grateful without needing a national holiday to remind us, but I'm grateful for the national holiday that helps us all remember how blessed we are!

Here are just a few of the things I am grateful for:
people helping each other and being kind
the ability to make my own choices
guidance from the Spirit in making those choices
parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews - all on both sides of our family
beauty - and the fact that it is in each of us, and it is in much of what we see every day
my Savior and my Father in Heaven
sacrifice - ones that have been made in my behalf and ones that I get to make for others
challenges - because they stretch me and help me to grow
time - every day I have here on this earth
the Gospel - and that I know where I'm going when I leave this earth
good health
understanding and learning

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Another Day in Austin

This time my day in Austin was in celebration of Peter! He passed the bar, and he was inducted into the State Bar of Texas at a special session of the Texas Supreme Court. So he's now officially a lawyer! It was a really neat occasion.

The Justices of the Texas Supreme Court and the Judges of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals were there. Their introductions lasted about 20 minutes, but I thought it was very interesting.

The entire ceremony was only about 45 minutes long. At the end, all the new lawyers stood, raised their right hand, and took the following oath:

"I, ___________, do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the United States, and of this state; that I will honestly demean myself in the practice of the law, and will discharge my duties to my clients to the best of my ability. So help me God."

Congratulations, Peter! I know you're glad to have made it, finally! (-and to be getting a paycheck, too!)

A Weekend in Austin

Laura's choir from Tech sang at a concert in Austin in November, and we decided to go see her in the concert. That was the day of the Tech vs. UT game in Lubbock. So here were all these Tech students in Austin, but they wanted to be at the game in Lubbock! It was an amusing concert because there were MANY people in the audience receiving score updates on their phones during the concert. After the concert, we went out to eat, and the request from Laura was to "go somewhere with a TV, preferably Mexican food." So we went to Pappasito's, where we watched the game.

After that, we came back to the hotel and talked with my parents and Laura for a bit.

Laura's choir was by far the best choir there. (It was a concert of women's choirs from 6 different colleges in Texas). Way to go, Bumps!

A Spontaneous Trip!

In a previous post, I said that I wanted to be spontaneous. Jordan noticed that, and he did something about it! Let me explain:

One Saturday in October while we were watching a Tech game, (By the way, I'm still a Tech fan!), Jordan noticed an advertisement for Rosa's that was on the football stadium in Lubbock. It was not a TV ad; it was just a sign on the stadium. But it got us! Jordan pointed out the sign, and we started talking about how good Rosa's is. In no time at all, we had decided to GO to Rosa's!!!! That was spontaneous for me because the closest Rosa's is in College Station. So we hopped in the car and went on our merry little way to College Station! We had a fabulous meal, (you just can't beat their tortillas and queso!), and then we surprised Chris and Rebecca by showing up at their apartment. The only problem was that they weren't there! (I guess that can be a side effect of being spontaneous!) We waited a little bit, and then they came home, so we got to see them! We hung out with them and went somewhere good, (I don't remember the name because it's been so long), for some ice cream. We had a great time!

Jordan went to Miami!

That's right - Jordan went to Miami. I tried to get him to make a post on the blog while he was there, but he would have nothing to do with it! I guess that's my area - not his!

It seems like it was a long time ago that he went, too. (I've been lacking in this area for the past little while!) Here are some good pictures from his trip. He visited Stephen, Mel, and Kyle.

Jordan had a great time on his trip, and he was very happy to see Stephen, Mel, and Kyle. It looks like they all had a good time, doesn't it?!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Great Eight Challenge!!!!!!!!

8 TV Shows I Watch
Wheel of Fortune
Amazing Race
What Not to Wear
Fill in the other 5 spots with anything Jordan watches when I'm around!

8 Favorite Restaurants (in no particular order)
Los Cucos
El Jarrito
Taco Bell (I'm including all price ranges)
Siciliano's - A Taste of Italy

8 Things that Happened Yesterday
I watched General Conference.
I did lesson plans on the computer for next week.
I talked to Jordan on the phone! (He's in Sunny South Florida at the moment!)
I went to the Outback with Chris, Rebecca, and Lou.
I sneezed. (I don't know how many times).
I started the dishwasher.
I made the mistake of going to a salon on the day of the homecoming dance. - It was busy!
I laughed! I love laughing!

8 Things I'm Looking Forward To
Jordan coming home
My allergies getting under control
Spending Thanksgiving with family (and having time off of work)
Spending Christmas with family (and having time off of work)
A haircut
Making banana bread (-maybe today's the day!!)
Seeing my nephews
My birthday!

8 Things on My Wish List

No more waking up in the middle of the night to sneeze
A massage
A home that magically stays clean
Another trip to the Mesa Grill!
Another massage
A visit to my friends in far off places
A shopping spree!

8 People to Tag for the Great Eight Challenge
And three of my other friends who have a blog but just haven't told me about it yet! :-)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Like Father, Like Son

A few years ago, Peter made a big cabinet for my mom. (And she loves it!!!) It's outside on the back porch. Well, this week he completely redid it. He made new doors and put new sides on it. He seemed motivated to work on this project.

Since Peter was outside working, Taylor wanted to be outside working, too, of couse! So he got a hammer, some nails, and some wood, and he started hammering away!

You can tell he's really working hard because he's biting his tongue.

He did a great job hammering those nails in the wood!

Here is his project: a house! It has doors, a roof, and it looks like there's a chimney, too!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fun with Cupcakes!

Today I had a ton of fun with some new friends! Amy and Mark are the proud parents of these cute girls, but today I just got to play with the kiddos! First, I put an apron on each girl, but Jane didn't like hers very much and wanted it taken off. (So her dress got slightly dirty - sorry!) Second, everyone got a plate with a cupcake on it. Third, they got icing and a knife to spread it on their cupcakes. Here's Abby working on step #3.

And then they were off! I helped Jane spread the icing on her cupcake, and then she dove in head first!

The next step was to COVER the cupcakes with sprinkles! Here's Mily (is that how you spell it?) with her beautifully sprinkled cupcake!

I had a great afternoon with my new friends!