Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter 2011

My family is big on traditions, family gatherings, and holidays. David is learning more and more of how big a deal it is to me for traditions. I'm not good with change and so that's why I think I do a lot of the same things.

Every time there is a holiday we love to celebrate as a family. This Easter weekend was no different. We started on Friday Night at the Good Friday Service and then back to Steph's house for taco soup. Saturday Mom and Dad took everyone to Gilbert's for dinner and we also had a cookie cake. Sunday we went to church and then had a big Easter family lunch! It was a great weekend and here were some of the highlights:

David and I with the cute Easter Cookie Cake!
The Jurkovich Gang with the Easter Cookie!

Mom and Dad with the Easter Cookie!

Stephanie pretending to eat the cookie!

Caroline trying to eat the cookie!

Brooke showing the others how it is done!

The cute Easter Cookie Cake!

What was left of the cookie after dessert time!

David and the man hanging out watching basketball!

Catherine & Brad

Caroline, Memaw & Cassidy posing with the flowers that mom got for the church's welcome desk for Easter!

The Whitney Girls posing together

Carrot Bars I made for an Easter Dessert

The salad Carter and Cassidy made... if you look closely there is a cross made out of oranges

The Salad Area

Ham & Carrots

Green Bean Casserole, Mac & Cheese & Corn Casserole

The girls on Easter - Kim, Teryn, & Me

The Greens on Easter!

Happy Easter Everyone! Jesus Lives!

Thoughts On My Journey!

I have been thinking a lot lately about how much I feel like I have learned from graduating college, moving and getting married. There are many stops on this journey and I think that you get a little smarter along the way. A lot of times this is due to storms you go through, people you meet, new opportunities, and just a basic life lesson.

Two years ago when David and I just got engaged we went out to dinner with a couple. Sometimes when I have conversations I can barely tell you the topic we discussed but this conversation I remember like yesterday. We were discussing future plans, the exciting wedding buzz, and having role models in place to follow. As I was listening to a story that they were telling about a couple they had hung out with and saw as a role models, I began to get excited. I wanted to be able to have a couple that David and I could watch and see how they handled situations, grew together, and raised kids. I love to learn by the example of others and was looking forward to see what we could do to better our marriage and relationship in the process. After watching how they dealt with people & situations more and more I realized that I didn't want to be anything like them. I wanted my witness and my example to be of someone who can talk the talk and walk the walk. I know I'm a very blunt person but I'm not someone who is one way in one situation and one way in another. I'm going to be the same person at the ballgame as I am at work and I'm going to be the same person at church as I am at the grocery store.

I know I'm not perfect, nor to I claim to be even close, but I am learning a lot about the person that I want to be through my current journey. I'm also learning that nothing in this world is as simple, pure, & perfect as I imagined as a child, teen, or naive adult.

Some things I'm learning are:

  • Character is easier to keep in place, than recover

  • Age doesn't always bring maturity

  • You Word is the only thing you can stand on and once that is gone, so are the people who look up to you

  • People might not treat you the right way no matter what position you or they are in

  • Some people will never change, and no matter how you try to help it's not your job or responsibility

I feel like I'm in a journey right now of learning more about myself and how to handle different situations. I know that God won't give me more than I can handle but sometimes I wish that I could hold up a sign that says.... Handling what you have given me to handle, come back in 30 days! :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Day 224- 235

Day 235 - April 25, 2011 - Catherine wanted to do her own hair... I think she had about 25 clips in! :)

Day 234 - April 24, 2011 - Christ has Risen! Happy Easter. We spent the day at the church, then we had a family lunch, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt, nap & cleaning the house.

Day 233 - April 23, 2011 - Mom and Dad took the whole family out to Gilberts! It was a great dinner and night with the family. After dinner the Easter Celebration continued with a cookie cake! Yum!

Day 232 - April 22, 2011 - Here is my smokin hot husband before his interview! I would hire him just for the outfit! :)

Day 231 - April 21, 2011 - Out of Mini Van Land! Woo Hoo! Here is Steph with her new ride!!

Day 230 - April 20, 2011 - Happy 1 week old birthday Kaylor! Here is a sweet picture of Kaylor with the blanket I made her!

Day 229 - April 19, 2011 - Sweet Leightyn.... Notice the Shirt :)

Day 228 - April 18, 2011 - Tax Day! I went up to Martin's work and noticed these 2 ducks trying to stay cool under the car!

Day 227 - April 17, 2011 - Here is Sweet Catherine in the new outfit that Aunt Brooke bought her! She looks so cute!

Day 226 - April 16, 2011 - Garage Sale Day! Twice a year we have a garage sale... it always looks like we haven't had a garage sale in years because of all the stuff. I made a $121, I guess it was worth it!

Side Note- Notice where the family photos are hung at the Whitney house... yes the garage. They have moved on to better decor than the sweet picture of Steph and me!

Day 225 - April 15, 2011 - After setting up the garage for our garage sale, David and I went up to the hospital to hang out with the Power & Gonzalez Family and sweet baby Kaylor! SHE IS SO SWEET!

Day 224, April 14, 2011 - On our way to eat lunch we got to drive next to the brightest and tallest car I have ever seen! I'm going to buy it one day for my dad!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day 214 - 223

Day 223 - April 13, 2011 - Kaylor is Here!!! Kaylor Power was born and weighed 8 pounds and 4 oz. I went to see this pretty girl and almost try to take her home! She was super sweet and I could have held her forever! Congrats Power Family!

Day 222 - April 12, 2011 - The Cousins went on a walk Barley loved Belle, Belle could do without Barley. When Belle would get brave she would bite Barley's legs! Maybe she thinks she is as big as Barley!

Day 221 - April 11, 2011- I bought Catherine a pretty dress and jacket on Sunday. It caused a little issue with Caroline so I bought Caroline a dress and jacket on Monday. I went to have them try it on Monday to find out that neither dress and sweater worked. Long story short, the girls and I went shopping on Monday night and out for ice cream. 2 girls got ice cream, 2 girls got a sweater, & 2 girls got a dress!

Day 220 - April 10, 2011 - Catherine loves babies! She is great with kids and I think she can't wait to have a baby cousin!

Day 219 - April 9, 2011 - The girls are ready for the beach... watch out super models, here are your future competitors!

Day 218 - April 8, 2011- My Husband is the best! His new hobby is smoking food... here is the wonderful meal he made me! Yep LUCCCKKKY!

Day 217 - April 7, 2011 - Mexican Train... My New Favorite Thing to do on a Week Night! I won the first time we played and David won the second time! We have a chance at winning this unlike Murder!

Day 216 - April 6, 2011 - David has a great Sister-In-Law, Stephanie bought him a Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcake! David got a whole cupcake to himself while I had to spilt one with Stephanie! I think Steph has a favorite! :)

Day 215 - April 5, 2011 - My Dad wanted to build a building in the back yard! Here is his hard work so far! I'm very proud of him; he is quite the carpenter!

Day 214- April 4, 2011- I was home sick from work... I hated being sick, but Barley loved being lazy with mom all day! He was allowed to cuddle on the couch for one day only! :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Pageant Clothes for Sale!!!

Pageants were a HUGE part of my life and they hold some of my GREATEST memories growing up. I'm now passing some of my memories on to others by selling my pageant clothes. These are just a few that I have pictures of that are for sale. I will be adding others that I never wore before as well. Let me know if you would be interested in any of them!

Blue Sky Dress - Size 4 or 6. Short in the front long in the back - $75

Miss Arkansas Talent Dress - Green/Teal Vintage Dress with Beading - $100

Miss Arkansas Evening Gown Dress - Regularly $2400 - More pictures available - Price to be determined - Black around neck can be taken off.
Black & White Cocktail Dress - SUPER CUTE! - $25

Black and White Suite - $25

Black & White Polka Dot Cocktail Dress - $20

Miss Arkansas Evening Gown - Worn in Competition Once - Regularly $3600 - Ask about Price

Black Interview Suit - Worn once in Competition - $75

Flower Cocktail Dress - Back is low- $30

Gold Cocktail Dress - LOVE - $45

Lime Green Cocktail Dress - $50

Hot Pink Cocktail Dress - Two Pieces - Lace up back- $50

Red Cocktail Dress with Flower - $50

White Dress - Short in Front, Long in Back - $50

One Piece - Brown Swimsuit - $50