Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Yesterday Rusty and I entertained about 20 close friends for a Pre-Thanksgiving celebration. We are so lucky to have such a great group of friends. Everyone brought a dish and I cooked the ham. Everything was great and Layla was pretty well behaved meeting everyone!

Today we had family come to celebrate the holiday at our place. It is great to have a nice home to entertain in and be proud of. Rusty and I have so much to be thankful for this holiday season!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Lori's Shower

Wednesday I held a baby shower for a friend from work, Lori! She is expecting a girl around early January! We had lots of good food, like always when the girls from work get together! I can't wait to welcome the new baby Kaitlyn!

Yesterday Rusty and I went to the humane society looking for a dog. It was sad and seemed like there were many dogs that had come from abusive homes so we continued looking! We found Layla from a local no-kill, Pet Rescue by Judy. We were lucky enough to talk to the foster mom to learn a little more about her. She took great care of her. Layla is an Austrailian Shepard/Lab mix as best they can tell! She is 3-4 months old and has a great temperment and is learning simple commands so fast!

There are more pictures posted of the shower and the puppy so check them out!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Election 2008

Today, finally the elections are over. I am happy to be free from the constant commercials but more than that, I am proud to be an American. No matter who was victorious in this election, or who will be in each successive term, the fact remains that we are so blessed to live in a country were we vote and we can make a difference.

I was so touched by both canidates speeches. I felt they both spoke from the heart and that their love for this country is true and strong. I hope that we can come together across party lines, as a nation and rebuild our country, and I know we will.

"Tonight, more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens, whether they supported me or Senator Obama, I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president.

And I call on all Americans, as I have often in this campaign, to not despair of our present difficulties but to believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here.

Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history, we make history."

John McCain, Election Night 2008

"This is our moment. This is our time – to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth – that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes We Can."

Barack Obama, Election Night 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Blue Springs Camping Trip

This weekend Rusty and I went camping at Blue Springs. The first night was Halloween and we were joined by Paige, Rachel and Grant. The second night Tim and Zac came out! The weather was beautiful with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s.

The best part about the trip was our encounters with the manatees. The spring stays 72 degrees year round and the manatees come to the spring for the relatively warm water in the winters. There were 8 manatee in one area and a few others scattered throughout the spring. Before leaving today we were brave enough to take a dip and swim up to the spring head. Since you aren't allowed to swim with the manatee, we waited until they swam off and made our way up. When we reached the spring there were 4 more manatees there. One of them was particularly curious and swam right up to us!

Already looking forward to our next trip in December for the Reindeer Run 5K in St. Petersburg! (Better get training!)