Monday, February 21, 2011

FurBall 2011

This years FURBALL was the best one I have ever been too. It may have something to do with the fact that MY SWEET HUSBAND AND DOG WON 1st PLACE and got a HUGE trophy!!!! I really couldn't believe it!!!! I actually screamed out loud for joy. The theme this year was Dog Pirates of the Caribbean. I had been thinking about our costumes, mostly Gracey's, for some time now and one day it hit me as I saw Gracey perching on Bryan's shoulder....she could be his parrot!!!!!! I made Gracey's outfit by glue-ing feathers and Bryan brilliantly made her beak....yes....Gracey wore a BEAK on her nose! Just wait until you see these photos. Bryan made the most cute Pirate I have ever seen and off we went to enjoy the Furball with our friends Kristen and Margie. There were hundreds of dogs and even more people! The people food was on one side like always, and then the doggie buffet was on the other. Bryan went up to participate in the costume contest with Gracey and slowly she remained up there through all the eliminations...until, they suddenly announced the 1st Place winner....Gracey Brigham!!!!!! I was so proud of her! It was as if I just won a million art piece (Bryan and Gracey) actually placed first! He-he! Here are some photos of the evening.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The HAM!

Last night we had an emergency run to the pizza slice shop and decided to take Gracey along for the adventure. She loves the car AND if it is going to a drive-thru then even better, although she rarely gets anything. I had never been to this drive-thru before with her, but as soon as we drove up she was ALL sniffs out that window! I think she detected every ingredient used there within one sniff of that sniffer. The guy who took our order noticed Gracey instantly. I am sure there were subliminal messaging going on from Gracey to him that might have went something like this..."Oh, Pizza shop drive-thru man, I am STARVING...these people never feed me. See how cute I am? I am SOOOOO hungry. You need to feed the cute dog in front of you...go get something for me...!!!!" Keep in mind that Gracey JUST ate her dinner less than an hour ago. So behold, it worked!!!! He leaves us practically mid-sentence about to order, and comes back with a MASSIVE piece of HAM! I mean,...I am talking about as big as Gracey's head. I literally saw Gracey's eyes pop out of her head at that moment, and perhaps a little tune of the "Hallelujah Chorus" played in the background. She gobbled that hunk of ham within seconds, I truly don't think she even chewed. I may have gagged a little. Bryan looked at me as though he was helpless to do anything. And I was relieved that it was over and we could get back to ME here, the very hungry pregnant woman! But to the ecstatic delight and heavenly answered prayers of Gracey, the guy goes back and gets ANOTHER HUMONGOUS piece of ham for her. I wanted to say "no" but before I could even really process what was happening beyond my emotional response to wanting my food, the second head-length piece of of ham was devoured instantly. By now, Gracey was practically INSIDE the drive-thru window. She would have completely lept into the building if her legs were long enough. Finally we ordered and our crunchy, crispy, cheesy pizza was in my hand and we were finishing paying and I see this little tiny face peak through the drive-thru held by an older gentlemen. The owner had come to see Gracey with his grandson and GUESS WHAT THE CHILD HAD FOR GRACEY????????? ANOTHER BIG BIG BIG PIECE OF HAM!!!!!!!!! I don't think Gracey thought this could be happening. Was it real? This time, dulled with the pain of craving-hunger and the reality I would be eating soon, I nodded and smiled, and Gracey had yet another helping of ham. When we drove away Bryan said he could literally feel Gracey's stomach protruding. But I don't think she fact she probably considers that place Heaven on Earth.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Check it out

My V-day post is to send you to another my friend and former photography student Katie's blog! She did some really cute photo's of her girls that just make me smile. She went all out for this shoot!!! She even made the dresses the kids are wearing, set up a very cute studio, had patience with a 2 year old and a newborn and even had fun!!! Check it out!!!

PS. I DID get some very special and BEAUTIFUL flowers delivered. I wonder who they could have been from?????

Saturday, February 12, 2011

For the Birds

I LOVE this Pixar short "For the Birds." It is a little sad and mean, but the way the birds "talk" really gets me laughing. I must have watched it 3 times the other day!!!

Nooma: Rain

Bryan and I have been watching the Nooma videos. They are 10 minute Bible Lesson videos that really seem to have a profound way of sharing an idea of God's character. Yesterday we watched his first video called "Rain" and I actually cried at the end. I found it to post here, but it was for a Spanish audience so there are captions in Spanish at the bottom. All the English ones were only clips. But it works! We rent the Nooma DVD's from our library. They are all really neat.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011



Today is Bryan's birthday and I am so excited to celebrate him. We have been married for over 4 years now and I am still so amazed by how the Lord brought us together. I have some special things planned for today, one being that I am making Casja's Pumpkin Spice cake as Bryan requested that as his birthday dessert. So it is in the oven smelling DELICIOUS! I hope I don't accidentally eat a piece of it before he gets to see it.

Every year Bryan's heart deepens in Love. He Loves the Lord deeper, Loves me deeper and challenges himself in so many ways to grow. It makes me want to be a better person as well. The beauty of it is that we get to grow and walk together and I truly wouldn't want to do it with anyone else.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Just Enough

What man decided was impossible God decided was not. Not to embarrass us, but to instill humbleness and awe to the point of where we'd Believe in something bigger than ourselves. If we only knew how important these instances were...if we could merely grasp the depth of their purpose...if somehow we'd embrace every moment we had that forces us to Believe in God's Power and Love, we'd only BRUSH the existence of God's desire to show us His Love and that in itself would possible be too much to take in.