Sunday, July 26, 2009

Rollin Rollin Rollin

It seems I have been away for a bit, but I have really been here! As always I do not want the weekend to end. It has been jam packed and I have loved every minute of it. Friday I went to Nick's parents' house for dinner and we took rides on their new four wheeler through the streets of Lake Highlands! They bought the machine for their home in Ruidoso, but we can have a little fun, can't we?! Nick, Blake, Tony & Geoff all left to meet a friend out in Addison and I was engrossed in the old movie "Con Air" so I stayed until 1 AM at his parents' and locked everything up when I went home!

Saturday I met Nick, Tony C and Tony F at JC's Burger House to eat and then we took them to Henry's Ice Cream in Plano! Two of the best places in the universe. Then I met Justin and we basked in the sun at my pool. I used most of my time calling people and catching up. It was so very peaceful. After Nick bugged me enough to get dressed and in real clothes I met everyone at Matt & Keilly's to watch a movie. I was pretty annoyed the boys played video games for about an hour, but I decided to calm down and just shut up... I don't even remember sleeping last night I was so tired!!!

Today Nick and I went to church, then made lunch, I took a nap, went to watch the guys play basketball in Carrollton, played Slip n' Slide to cool off, cooked dinner for the boys and watched HBO. Whew!!! Nick and I sat outside on the porch watching a storm coming in. It was really neat to hear the thunder and watch it gently raining. I could have sat out there all night... but, HBO was calling my name and I don't get that every day!

Looking back it all seems so perfect and just like summertime should be... I miss my family so I will probably be making a trip home to see them very soon. It just seems time is flying by way too quickly and I'm just trying to enjoy it.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Summer Weekend

Summer weekends just make me so very happy! This weekend was jam packed with fun. Friday after work I joined the "Twentysomethings" from The Heights Baptist Church for a cookout and volleyball. I wonder if many people "enjoy" walking into a crowd of strangers! I only knew the director, but I always love meeting new friends so I walked up and began talking with everyone. I had a really great time with some amazing people!!! Nick flew in from Ruidoso late so he wanted to meet me and the guys at Duke's... I wasn't too thrilled about being the only girl, but it was actually a lot of fun and we laughed the entire night.

Saturday I finally got to lay out with my girls! Andrea, Kacie and I met at Raelyn's and made some fun dips and drinks and hit the pool. We had the best time!!! Right now we all live pretty far apart, Andrea is starting her own business and Kacie is adjusting to married life with a stepson so it's hard to find that sunshine time. That night Nick and Matt got Keilly, me and another couple to watch the UFC Fight Night. It was very gross... I don't enjoy it!!! We ended up playing Twister and Outburst until 2 AM... I know I am a bit of a bore, but my gosh, normal people don't stay up that late... on the other hand though... I need to have more fun!!!

This is Keilly's pitbull, Kali... She is my cuddlebug.

The boys won because Nick cheated a lot. He pushed people down...

Jennifer, Keilly, Me... Girls that will actually watch the UFC Fight... with closed eyes.

My church message was about Jonah and the whale. It is ironic as at the pool Andrea was stating the Bible is only 80 percent true because some people think the stories like Jonah are metaphors. I do see where much of the Old Testament could be metaphors, but I also find it strange the stories are rehashed throughout the Bible as being true. Another thing we hit on at the pool was the Mayans stating the world was ending in 2012. We are all Christian women, but this is hard to believe. If we don't know the time or date... how do they... but how did they predict so many other things? God is always teaching me something... I swear... Right now I feel as if He is teaching me assertiveness... I don't really want to get into it, but Thursday God hit me with THREE storms where assertiveness was key. I had to stand up for myself for one of my writings; I had to stand up for myself professionally; I had to stand up for myself in the fact I am naive and believe Jack the Ripper is my friend. It's so hard and God knows it is a huge weakness of mine because I want the world to be happy. I also feel God is teaching me balance. It's hard to hang with all of my girlfriends and hang with Nick's world and hang with my hometown friends... it's a balance. Nick gets on to me for not hanging with my friends enough, but my girlfriends are scattered throughout different crowds and they all have their own lives to balance as well. His friends are all in his world right around him in this area. They have become a part of my world, too... but, I always fight to keep that balance alive.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Adams Family Reunion 2009

Family is more of an emotion than a noun. Family can also even be a verb as we know family drives us bananas and makes us do flips, but it also makes us smile and run with happiness towards our loved ones for a long embrace.

D'Layna... My little angel is like my daughter... and a carbon copy of me at age nine!

Last weekend Nick and I made the trek to Brownwood for the Adams Family Reunion. Ever since I was little the reunion is something I look forward to each year. I am a little obsessed with my family. I do not know why other than the fact they treat me as their own and love me with all their heart.

Nick and I ready to take on the Adams Clan


Joe Carl, Dad & Ross talking outside


Gena, Dawson & Caleb

We spent the first few hours just chit chatting … if anyone recalls this year we have had two major deaths in relatives of the Adams family so we’ve already seen one another a few times! Also we laugh that with Facebook and MySpace we wonder why we even have reunions to catch up?!!

So we spent time laughing and talking and eating… then Nick was itching to get out on the lake… The kids ruled the lake and there were only two boats so we swam at the dock and hung out for a while until we got our turn on the boat.


Layna Lou

Water Baby Johnathan

Nick got to try out his new kneeboard and I just chilled in the sunshine. We were going to jetski, but Dad and Brenda seemed to enjoy it way too much and we didn’t get a turn! They love the water, too. After coming in for dinner and chatting more and more Nick and I returned to the lake for a turn for a chance on the water with the sun setting behind us. We were so tired after the entire day that we didn’t even stay to see Bryce and Nolan shoot off fireworks. .. I sat with Donna, Jodi and Gena on the couch for a while, but I couldn’t handle my sleepy eyes for much longer!

The next morning I got up to meet Dad and Brenda for breakfast. They left for an excursion to East US… over to North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, etc… so we had an early breakfast then Nick and I went back out to the house… We got a little bit of lake time and I even got to kneeboard a little. I was so sad to say goodbye to everyone. My babies are growing up! I hugged everyone and waved goodbye.

D'Layna, Johnathan, Jaci, Josh, Joel & William

Hugging Layna Goodbye

It always seems the time flies too quickly. Family is such a powerful emotion that when it is pulled away my heart begins to ache. Some may not understand my love for my family. Some don’t understand that I took my mother’s love for granted and I will never take love for granted again. Family is something that burns deep within us and we cannot fight that love. The Adams family is full of different types of people. The Yale graduate, the farmer, the richest man on the block, the man who wears a Confederate flag on his chest, the fisher, the psychiatrist, the crafter, the one with tattoos, the one with extravagant jewels… somewhere in there is me… somewhere in there is all of us. Family… the best emotion from God.