Monday, March 30, 2009
In other mom news, she's having surgery today (well actually, right now). On her finger. It's a funny story, really (minus the pain and the surgery parts). She was having some dental issues and was on some pain meds a couple of months ago. While on the drugs, she slammed her finger in the car door (blame the drugs, of course). Because she was already medicated, she didn't notice the throbbing pain, but as soon as her mouth was fixed, her hand was messed up. By the time she got to the doctor about her finger (weeks after the incident), it was all kinds of crazy. Now, they have to operate on it to put it all back together. She thinks it's a pretty silly way to end up in the operating room, but it's a good story, right?
So, if you think about it, throw up a prayer for my mom's finger today.
And lastly, let me brag for a few minutes (hey, it's my blog, I can do that) about my family. Both of my families, actually. My mom and mother-in-law are friends. That's right, friends. Last week Cathy (MIL) invited my mom to join in on a girls week at the beach. Cathy's best friend Marti flew in from Savannah, and they had a blast (well, my mom had a blast at least).
and she pulled on David's nose.
(and I have a double chin... sweet.)
She was so sweet and super easy. Though, I have to admit... we weren't exactly sure what to do with her. I mean, she doesn't play with "stuff" really... you just kind of play with her. I loved it, and David thought it was cool that she was content watching basketball (don't worry, Bec. I took her back and played with her. She definitely wasn't neglected.). Harley was soo confused by her. I mean, he's seen her around before, but never without her parents. When they left and she stayed behind, he was totally messed up. They both just watched each other the whole time. It was lots of fun and best of all, Becca and Keith had time to go on a child-free date in honor of Becca's birthday.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
- painted toenails
- open windows
- green grass (or weeds... whatever, the yard is green)
- birds chirping (though I do really hate birds, when they are outside and I am inside, it's all good)
- skirt wearing
- hand-me-down shoes from my boss' daughter (yeah, it doesn't happen every summer, but it has been a highlight of my week so far)
- grilling out
- eating on the porch
- the fact that I don't have allergy problems
- hence, blooming trees
- going on walks
Monday, March 23, 2009
We had a GREAT weekend in Oxford. It was possibly the shortest trip we've made there yet, but it was well worth it. Beth only turns 30 once, after all. Plus, Brianna is growing up right in front of our eyes... well, actually not in front of our eyes, and that's what I hate. We are missing so much by living far away and it makes me really sad!
Our favorite niece. Even if she wasn't the only one, she'd probably still be our favorite. Watch our future nieces!
I'll go ahead and brag on Harley since this is the only picture he is in. He was awesome. Perfect in the car. Minus the excited there-are-new-people-and-I-want-to-smell-them pee dribbles, he had no accidents. I think the trip somehow wore him out because this is pretty much what he was like the whole weekend:
For Beth's birthday, we (me, Beth & Nikki) got pedicures! I hate that the picture is so dark, but it's proof that we were there. And that we now have smoother feet.
We ate at Buca di Beppo for dinner with the whole gang (this is just me, Beth & Nikki though).
We're thankful he's a good sport (because I'm hoping they get lots done this week).
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I don't remember Friday. PASS.
Saturday was great! We met up with our some of our favorite people at one of our favorite places. (Sarah, Jason, Matt, Becca [Hart, not Rocha, Hart was in town from Furman, Rocha was out of town in Chicago] & Keith)(Crust). We had a blast as always, which included a riveting game of Catan. David won (though everyone tried to band together and defeat him), and all was right with the world.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Did you know that this is the 10th trip to the Big Dance for the Mocs, the most appearances by a SoCon school since the Mocs entered the league in 1977-78.
Thanks to the segments on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, UTC and our Basketball Mocs are receiving a lot of attention. We are picking up a lot of fans across the country.
Can't make it to Philadelphia for the game?
We will be showing the game in the University Center auditorium Thursday afternoon. The doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the game will get underway around 3 p.m. Free refreshments in the lobby. Wear Blue and Gold and come out and cheer for the Mocs.
The Office of Alumni Affairs and the Athletics Department invite you to attend a television viewing party beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, at the downtown Buffalo Wild Wings. Enjoy the game on three large screen televisions while enjoying $0.60 boneless wings. Happy hour also begins at 3:00 p.m. and includes 50 cents off selected beverages.
If you are planning to attend, make sure to get there early and wear your Mocs blue and gold! There is no charge to attend the viewing party. Fans will be charged only for food and beverages.
Come celebrate our SoCon champions as they compete on the big stage.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Keith laughed an evil laugh. Bahaha.
... or David stepped on a red pen, busted it, then put it over his ear for safe-keeping.
Friday, March 13, 2009
First of all, what a good looking group, if I do say so myself :). No compliments to me, but I have a beautiful family! Secondly, it's amazing to think about family. This is a subject of great intrigue for me. Obviously my mom comes from a large family (she's the youngest of 6), and that provides a diverse group of people and lots of fun times. Everyone lives all over the country (and world) and has unique lives and stories. Thanks to facebook we're able to stay much more connected than we have in the past, and I love that.
If you've ever been stuck with me in for several hours, you've probably heard me tell you all about my family (mom's side). I love telling people about this fun group of people. Maybe it's because my life is pretty boring and all combined, we're a pretty interesting group. Maybe it's because I just want to know more about each of these people and I cling to what I do. Probably some of both :)
SO, since this is my blog and you're a captive audience (if you choose to read...), I guess you're stuck with me. That means, here we go... the cousins:
(starting from top left)
Jed- just finished law school, lives in Southern California with his girlfriend Jackie (who trains animals at Sea World!)
Charles- the oldest cousin- artist living in NYC with his wife and two adorable kids, Louise and Nathan
Sarah- lives in DC and is getting married to Chris this summer!
Kim- lives in Atlanta with husband, Jamie, and two adorable kids, Amber and Tyler
Steve- lives in Iraq, does something that I have never understood regardless of all the times he told me, West Point grad, swimmer, Army guy and mathematical genius
Greg- my bro! the youngest cousin- lives in Georgia, junior in high school, aspiring broadway star
Greg- (no, I'm not retarded, we have two Gregs. I always wondered why my mom did that...) married to Donna, CPA, lives in Columbus, Ohio
Mary- married to Scott, adorable daughter Reagan, lives in Jacksonville, FL- the beautiful singer at my wedding!
Kelly- lives in New Jersey with her husband Bryce and two adorable boys Ben and Leo
Eliza-lives in Hawaii, getting married to her boyfriend Zach (Darling) this summer
Ashley- my sis! lives in Birmingham, graduating from Nursing school in May
Kevin- senior in high school in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Lisa- married to Bruce, pregnant with Baby Christofferson, lives in snowy Minnesota
I would never guess at ages because I would botch it all up. I know there are a couple of groups that are the same age though. Lisa, Kelly and Kim were all born the same year. Mary, Greg, and Sarah I think are close too... maybe.
Anyways, I know this is nothing profound or earthshattering, but it is something that has been on my mind lately.
I love my Buckley family!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
David and Chuck watched 6 games in 3 days!
Back at work today... still feeling, guess what, puny.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Dogs are always welcome at my office. If I hear the ladies oohing and ahhing downstairs I know it's either a dog or a baby. I brought Harley to meet everyone, and he was a wild animal (which is not a big surprise, I guess). Matt brings his dog, Buster for an occasional visit. Most recently, Ruth Holmberg (former publisher of the Chattanooga Times and donor to UTC, her grandfather owned the New York Times) brought her dog to a meeting in our office. That one was a little odd, but I'm glad to work in a dog friendly place!
While I was looking at my pictures I noticed that I have SO many "favorite" kids. Seriously. I have been so, so blessed to be a part (literally, that's how it feels) of so many different families over the years that have loved me like their own.
There are two families in Chattanooga (that I've talked about a ton already, I know), that have gone above and beyond. Between the Jenkins and the Bryants, David and I have experienced more hospitality than we could imagine. They have opened their homes to us countless times- and before we got married, for weeks on end. We feel such a strong calling to be hospitable, and so much of it is a result of these two families.
Unfortunately, life is busy. We feel like we saw the Jenkins and the Bryants more often when we lived out of town than we do now that we share a city! We do try to see them as much as possible, and fortunately for us their kids are involved! One thing we've learned this year is that sporting events are a great way to keep in touch.
Saturday we watched some Upward basketball. Riley and Ella Harrison (another family that loves us so much and is a HUGE blessing) were all-stars on the court:
... and Laney and Ellie Jenkins were all stars on the sidelines!
Last night we went to John Bryant's first lacrosse game of the season. They slaughtered the Signal Mountain Middle School team (literally, the score was something like 19-1), and John had his first game as goalie! He did such a great job!
After the game we went to dinner at... Amigo's of course! It was Hayden's (11th?!) birthday, so it was her pick. We brought cake and had so much fun.
We are so blessed.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
David and Keith thought it necessary to model their cook-attire... (ignore David's chest region... they never grow up, do they?)
And, I don't want to steal Becca's thunder, but I do want to give her credit... she made the apron David is wearing! It's a gift, so don't tell Jessica... dang... Becca do you want me to take this down?
Also, (and Sarah just blogged about this too... read it HERE there's a super cute picture of Harley!) Sarah brought Dash over! We envisioned sugar plums dancing... oh wait, wrong vision... playful doggies! That's right. Unfortunately, Dash didn't take so well to Harley's hyper-activity (go figure!).
Don't you want to just pinch those cheeks?! I do. A lot.
OH- and we finally taught the last member of the posse (can I can I call us that? ok, good.) to play Catan. Becca was resistant from the beginning, but SHE WON! It actually works in all of our favor because now she's excited to play again.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Buddies. Pals. Comrades. Amigos. Friends.
Call them what you will, but know that Mattearley is one of them. Now, let me take a moment to clarify. His real-life name is Matt Earley. Sargent Matthew Thomas Earley. Staff Sarg according to Dave. We often confuse people, because we typically refer to him as simply "Mattearley". It just works, doesn't it?
And David has the honor of being in his next month. We love Matt and can't wait for the Earley festivities!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Last week at "Bible" study, Stephanie Blackiston came to talk to us about the delight of loving your husband and working in the home. I had met Stephanie briefly (and had been stalking her blog a little), and I knew we were in for a special treat.
Tuesday was long, and I was drained by the time I got to Becca's, but I was energized when I left! Steph has an amazing gift to share the Word and encourage women in their faith, and I was so blessed to be a part of that for just a few short hours. I cried virtually the whole time because the Lord really used Steph to speak to my heart exactly where I was/am. She challenged me (and simultaneously encouraged me... how does that happen?) in ways I haven't been challenged. She spurred me on.
Like I said, Stephanie has an amazing gift and she is using it by "hosting" her second Conference Call Bible study with women from around the country. We had our first call last night, and it was incredible! There were 35 women! Here's the link to her blog post about it: http://livininaboysworld.blogspot.com/2009/01/growing-in-grace-and-knowledge-2.html (you should read her blog just because, even if you're not interested in the Bible study).
It's a 9-week study about discipleship. After the call last night, I know so many of you girls that would love this study, so I wanted to tell you about it! I got in on it pretty late in the game (like, yesterday), so time is running short... if you're interested you should order the book... today. I'm sure she'll do to more in the future, but I'm SO excited about this I want to tell everyone!
You can call (218) 339-4399 (240122#) to listen to the recording from last night's call if you are interested (and every week is recorded if you just want to listen to them).
Like I said, the study is on discipleship- which is an area of my life severely lacking. I'm praying for that to change, and I am confident God will answer that prayer. Steph had a guest speaker last night, Suzy Downer, who was amazing. She referenced this verse that has been stuck in my thoughts all day...
The short version: Wednesday I started feeling a weird pain in my side that progressively got worse. Thursday was spent at 1) my doctor's office, where he determined that it was probably my appendix and it would need to come out asap; 2) Chattanooga Imaging for a ton of water and sprite and a CT scan; 3) A surgeon's office who read my scans and determined that it wasn't my appendix, but an ovarian cyst that had ruptured. That was actually really good news! It meant the pain in my side will last for a couple of weeks, but that no surgery (or even medicine) is necessary! He gave me some crazy drugs for pain (which I have stopped taking... it made me feel like I was full of tingly lead) and sent me home to rest. And rest I did. I spent most of the weekend napping on the couch or in the bed. But now, after 2 days off work (and Thursday was the worst possible day I could have had to take off work... fortunatley, my amazing co-workers were so helpful!) I'm back in action. Kind of. I'm feeling fine (pain in side is still there- but only when I'm standing, so sitting at my computer is no problem), just a little puny.
A side note: Harley was so great! He seemed to know that I wasn't feeling well, so he napped most of the weekend along with me! Considering that he's a pretty hyperactive dog, this was quite a feat. He made it much easier to be sicky.
Another side note: David was so great! But, of course you already expected that :)