Friday, December 31, 2010


SO go figure.....I have had Strep Throat since Wednesday night! Talk about a pathetic way to ring in the new year! I have been in bed for 2 days and I am getting a tad stir crazy! I have the fever and whole kit and caboodle! I hope that everyone else's New Year brings them health and happiness! Be safe tonight friends!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Meet Naipoki

So I finally got something for Christmas that I have been wanting for over a year. Yes yes, before it was so popular and on the nightly news! I have adopted an elephant in Nairobi, Kenya! My lovely grandparents gifted me with adoption for Christmas! I hand picked this resilient little girl! And I love her! Let's start by learning about the David Sheldrick foundation.......This coming Earth Day a documentary is coming out about this place....this fills me with love...

Here is my sweet baby.............I told Matt I wanted to visit her for my 30th Birthday! LOL
I know this is long but read the story about Naipoki...............
We received an early morning call from Jane Craig at 7.00 am reporting news of a tiny baby elephant that had been rescued from a well in the Namunyak Conservation Area, that was in the safe custody of Hilary and Piers of Sarara Camp. The Kenyan Wildlife Service then called having been alerted about the calf with the same news and we immediately scrambled a team of Keepers and they were at Namunyak in Northern Kenya by 10.30 am

The baby, estimated around three months old, had experienced a very traumatic couple of days. Initially she was rescued in the early morning of the 13th when Sumaina Lesirite, a community Moran, reported to the Namunyak Conservancy headquarters an elephant calf had fallen into a well. She was immediately rescued and all attempts were made to locate the calf’s mother and herd to reunite the baby. Finally, the evening of the 14th , everyone was delighted when their hard efforts were rewarded and they managed to locate the herd.
Unbelievably Sumaina Lesirite reported the same calf fallen down the same well the following morning of the 14th of December. This time her trunk had been chewed by predators during the night, and she was visibly much weaker, and in desperate need of milk. Maybe the herd she was reunited with was not her own, and she had fallen down the well again desperately trying to drink, or maybe the herd frequents that particular watering point while in the area and accidentally she slipped in a second time. Piers and Hilary from Sarara Camp initiated the second rescue and the calf was returned to the camp while they waited for the rescue crew from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to arrive.

Once the plane and keepers landed at the airstrip she was fed re-hydration liquid which she guzzled, along with a couple of bottles of milk. She was obviously desperately hungry and terribly tired. She was tied and strapped for the journey and slept throughout most of the flight, seemingly totally calm. On arrival at the Nairobi Nursery she fed again, and her strength began to return. She was now inclined to shove the Keepers, but not for long as she soon collapsed on the soft hay in her stable and slept solidly for a further three hours
She has been called Naipoki by those who worked so hard to save her from the Namunyak Conservation Area, named after the lugga where she was reunited with the herd on the evening of the 13th. In the Maa language Naipoki means ‘something painted’. She comes from exactly the same area as Wasin, and the two of them make a endearing miniature pair, their friendship already forming, and one we hope will last for a life time.

So when I get all my official certificates and information about Naipoki I will keep you updated! This is the BEST present ever!

Cutie Pie Christmas

So I just had to share with you a couple of pictures of my God Daughters on Christmas Day and best of all they are in the matching Christmas PJ's we got them! Look at Kendall helping Madden with her Stocking!
Uh, I would say someone is excited about their Barbie Jeep! Do you know that this thing goes like 5miles an hour? HA, I think Kendall is growing up to be an adrenaline junkie!
And sweet Madden wondering what is going on....her first Christmas Day!
Now we can all say it together......aww...............

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Day

Christmas is a double whammy day for my is also my cousin Brittany's Birthday! She was 21 on Christmas day! Marissa (my sis) made her a traditional 21st Birthday trash can, you can use your imagination as to why this was/is a Tri Delt tradition! I still have mine in my attic!
I got BOOKS! Unlike this kid who's video is all over the internet I loved them...........................

HAPPY Birthday! Yes, that is only a #1 on her cake who knows what happened to the 2! LOL
My sister and brother eating yummy Italian Cream Birthday cake!
3 amigos, traditional Holiday gathering photo! I love these two gals!
Mom and Curtis joined us for this one!
I made my brother a Marine scrapbook filled with pictures of his training, pictures of home, our animals and with a sweet message that said where ever the military takes him he will always have a piece of home with home!
THIS is the aftermath of Christmas!! Thanks to Dad for cleaning it up!
Matt was sick (he is still sick at home) so this is the only picture he let me take!
Christmas was great I got books, Rachael Ray cooking stuff, gift cards and money! And Sunday to round out a great Holiday weekend we went to see Meet the Fockers with my parents! It was what you would expect....silly, cute and maybe a renter but I enjoyed myself!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Insert Bad Story

SO gather round for a hearty Christmas story that will warm you up..............(NOT)
Last Thursday the Eve of the Eve I went thru the drive thru at Slim Chickens a yummy chicken place we like, then we watched a movie and relaxed! Sounds great right? Well, I get a phone call at 9pm from Chase Fraud department and well well well they ask if I have been spending "$227 at walmart and trying to with drawl a GRAND from my account" uh "HECK NO" so in a moment of scary panic I run to my purse and wrapped up in the receipt that I WAS HANDED BACK is a gift card for the place an NO sign of my card! The Stooopid hooker in the window stole my card and went on a 3 hour spending spree!
So Matt and I jumped in the car and went directly to the place to confront the manager about this and would you know the kid of a manager was on drugs. How could we tell? Trust me he could barely think and he said this was "here say" and he "couldn't fire her over this" ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!! So Christmas Eve was spent making a police report and talking to Chase! So keep your fingers crossed they actually look into this and catch her. To think that she more than likely thought she was going to get away with this? Not if I have anything to do with this. So with our account frozen all weekend and no debit card that was a huge damper on our weekend!
Some people

Christmas Eve

Does it feel like Christmas has already came and went? I can not believe it is over and I am already at work on Monday! BOO!
Christmas Eve we spent with Matt's family and started off the evening with church, such a nice way to get in the true Christmas mood! We have the best time with his family eating a nice meal and opening presents! Micki my mother in law is so creative and thoughtful... Look at these cute boxes.....these held every ones "stocking goodies" ! So cute!
Trees never seem to take the best pictures so just imagine theirs with lights! Beautiful!
Matt and I on Christmas Eve! And no, please don't ask I am not pregnant even though it may look so below! HA (I have a sway back people lol)
This is my MIL and my sister-in-laws! Jennifer, me, Micki and Colby who is newly engaged! Congrats to her and Michael!
SO this snazzy Christmas Tee was hiding under Matt's sweater, he looks 1 part cute and 1 part redneck! And why yes, there are Christmas lights on the Bud!
I got a ton of great gifts including gift cards, MOO-Lah, a cute outfit and a animal themed planner where the proceeds goes to charity! They know me so well!
And my part of the meal was dessert so after scouring the Internet I decided on the Pioneer Woman's Christmas Rum Cake! It was super yummy and a few bites were a little stout! The recipe is HERE
Ok, this gift basket is from Jennifer, Matt's sister and she knows me so well and was so thoughtful.....We got a foodie gift basket from this new gluten free gourmet food store! The basket held everything you would need to make French Onion Soup, bread, homemade cheese and wine! If you live in OKC and want to check it out (Heidi) Here is the info....
Epicureans Pantry
1333 N Santa Fe Ave
And what would a Holiday weekend be without a snuggle-fest?? I love this picture! My beloved Abner!
Stay tuned for Christmas Day and a movie review!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

From my family to yours.....

From our family to yours.......
I hope your Christmas is Merry & Bright!!!
I am so thankful for my friends, family and followers! Cheers!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Trivia part 2

1. If you received all of the gifts listed in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" song, you would receive 364 presents!

2. One of the most popular Christmas songs, “Jingle Bells” was actually written for Thanksgiving!

3. Pope Julius I declared December 25th as the official Christmas in the fourth century

4. A Christmas wreath hanging on your front door symbolizes a sign of welcome and long life
for all who enter!

5. The movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" features more than 52,000 Christmas lights, about 8,200 Christmas ornaments, and nearly 2,000 candy canes!

6. The average shopper walks 5 miles walking around stores, parking lots and malls!

Now, everyone go to bed early so Santa can come! Enjoy the 3 day weekend friends!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

All God's Creatures

This video I found on a site I love (Cute Overload) and if you are like me then this just might make you re-think the next time you are going to step on a bug! All of God's Creatures are amazing and here is just one example........


So Christmas come early........
I am so excited that these puppies were under my tree!! I mentioned that I wanted these like 1 week ago and Matt was on it! I am so excited and I am wearing my new kicks today!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Homemade Christmas Gifts

This year my mother and I made a few of our friends a homemade Christmas gift.........Homemade Madagascar Vanilla Extract! Yup you heard me right and it was so easy.....almost so easy that I don't want the "giftee" to know! HA!
We ordered a bulk wholesale order of beans because they are so expensive at the stores. You start by splitting 3 beans..........
You are going to need a whole-lotta Vodka on hand...........A measuring cup will help too
This is Santa's workshop also known as my moms kitchen! I ordered these wonderful Italian glass bottles from the container store, love em! You will fill each bottle with the vodka and place the beans inside! Easy peasy!
They will need to be stored in a cool, dry place for about 6-8 weeks until they darken!
We also ordered in some labels from a place I had all my wedding labels made......they add something special to the gift!
Lastly, we got these cute stocking gift bags....everyone loved their gifts and I can't wait to use mine sometime soon!


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