Sunday, March 11, 2012


I'm lucky enough to be related to at least two different people/families in my ward!
This first one is a bit of a funny story.  It started many years ago at institute in Kingwood.  I was just sitting in the second row paying attention to the lesson when a guy sitting in front of me that I hadn't seen before put his  arm behind the chair next to him and I noticed his hands.  I knew then and there we were related.
His hands looked A LOT like my dad's.  I've posted about his hands before - we call them Turley fingers.  If you type "Turley Fingers" in the search bar at the top of my blog, it will take you to a couple of other posts I did that will explain a little more.  Anyway, Ken (the guy at institute) is now in my ward and is married to a lovely young lady and they just had their second son.  The first one has normal fingers, but this cute little guy wears his ancestry on his hands!  CUTE!
I had to get both their hands in this picture today.  We looked on and it turns out that I'm related to Ken through Bushmans AND Turleys!  Small world.  His middle name is even Turley.
Last Sunday I noticed that the Rascon family was sitting in our ward.  I knew they lived in The Woodlands, but it turns out that they just bought a new home in our ward and will be moving in in June!  I'm excited for a couple of reasons - First - I've met them before and have already made the connection with Sister Rascon that we're related.  Her grandmother is a Bushman!  I went up to her and we re-visited the connection and are already fast friends!  The second reason I'm excited is that he's pretty famous around here.  He's an anchor on  channel 13.  Click HERE for his info!

What I've been up to lately

I'm not sure, but this could possibly be my longest blogging drought.  Not sure what's causing it, but I need to get back in the swing of things!
We had our Super Saturday activity for Relief Society in February.  One of the crafts was these giant wreaths that Kelly found and made.  She also made garland out of the same stuff.  She taught us how to do it at Super Saturday.  Mine is in the forefront - the green one.  This is how it looks "un-decorated."
Meanwhile, Dani taught lots of ladies to make this cute Muslin wreath.  It was a big hit.
Here's my Christmas wreath all decorated up and ready for December!  
Stacee, Kenna, and Shelly did a washer necklace demo.  They turned out so cute!
A few weeks ago I headed down to the House of Blues with Katherine and her friend Erin.  We went to a Brandi Carlile concert and it was AMAZING!  That girl can sing!!!!

Here's one of her music videos.  I really like the song.  You may have to click to watch it on youtube.
Also since I last posted is a little fiasco at work with water leaking from the ceiling onto my work station!  The first time we caught it pretty quickly after it happened, but second time, it was over a weekend and it destroyed my work phone.
This was how things looked for a day while the maintenance guys came to check it out.  The garbage can doubled as a bucket.
I've been out to dinner with friends a few times, but didn't really take pictures.  I did get some pictures of the dessert portion of one of those dinners.  We went into Houston to a place called the Chocolate Bar.  I got this chocolate cheesecake that was incredible!
They had HUGE cakes and tons of other baked stuff, along with hot chocolate, ice cream, and bunches of candy-type items on the other side of the store.
I thought it was a pretty clever name for the place and I'm a big fan of the place itself.  I already know that it better be a place I visit sparingly!!!!
With all the rain we've gotten this winter, the yard has already been begging to get groomed.  I took care of it about a week ago - the same week that Jen bought stuff  to get the garden going.  I was just finishing up yard work so I helped her do a little bit of planting.  In this bed, we have tomatoes, onions, green peppers, green beans, strawberries, and blackberries.
I'm pretty proud of myself also for mounting these two hose caddies on the wall.  With a little instruction from my dad and some help finding a masonry bit at Lowe's I was able to put my drill to good use and get us ready for easy watering.  The only trouble was that our old hose was screwed on so tight that I couldn't get it off.  I used vice grips, and had my bishop give it a go, but no luck.  I ended up cutting it off with a hack saw so I could put on this splitter instead so we could have both hoses attached.
I moved my plumeria plants outside.  The other one is just across the porch.  We also planted some mint and some sage in the blue pots here.
I can tell it's been awhile because I'm putting 2 Relief Society activities on here and we only have them once a month.  For March it was the Relief Society Birthday Party and we had a progressive dinner with fajitas from Taco Cabana like we did last year.  It went really well.  All of our hostesses were incredible, but I only shot pictures at Sister Lewis' house.  She decorated up her little dance studio and it turned out really cute!
Here are some of the ladies getting their plates loaded up with fajita fixins!  We had a pretty good turn out and lots of fun and good food!
Last thing for this post is that I've found lots of cool hairstyles on Pinterest and I tried one of them on my hair yesterday.  This is an extreme close-up since I took it myself.
This is a little bit better.  It's just three braids put in buns, but it turned out pretty cute.  Hopefully I can try it sometime this week for work!