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?!!!