Friday, July 31, 2009

Show Us Your Life- Wedding party

So here are a few pictures of our wedding party. We got married Oct. 21 2006. We couldn't have asked for a better day. We had the ceremony in Deric's family church at 3:30 p.m. then the reception followed right after at the Mid-America Windmill Museum. Most of you know we are from Indiana,but any of you that are reading and wondering were the Windmill Museum is don't worry your not losing your mind it's not in NWA it is in NE Indiana! So I just loved our wedding day and so thankful for what all our family and friends did for us. So here are some pictures.... emjoy!

My sister, Jennifer, was my maid of honor... she has the headband in. My best friend since 6th grade Sabrina is the one in front of me. Steph, my cuz, is to the right of me! I just loved my girls. And I wish I could have had one more my other best friend, Aimee. I so wished I would have had her in my party. She did our guest book and much more. I would post a pic but she would get mad because none of them turned out..... we were laughing the whole time!!!

This is my nephew Riley and Deric's niece Nikohl..... so cute!

This is one of my favorite pics.... the Bible has been on my mom's side of the family forever... every woman on that side that gets married puts the name and date inside the Bible, and walks down the aisle with it.

This is our groom side... my wonderful hubby and his best man Justin who is to the left, Ray is to the right, was one of Deric's college roommates, and Draike is in front he was a friend from highschool

These are the some of the sweetest pics I have even seen!

I have so many wedding pictures it is crazy! Our photographer had no time or picture limit! It was great! Thanks to all who came by to visit!!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Divot!

I know this is UNHEARD of in my life of blogging. This is true your not dreaming I really did blog 3 times this weekend!! But this blog like my last entry calls for celebration..... Divot, my baby is 4!! I can't believe that it has been 4 years since I brought that little guy ( not so little anymore I guess)home. I was so excited that my dad gave in and let me get another dog. After our Lab, Lady, passed away I begged for years for a new dog. The day came and the dog was ALL MINE!!! My parents got him for my birthday so he means so much to me.

I can still remember all the pee stains, toilet paper shredded throughout the house and the little puppy that would jump on to the dinning room table and wait for someone to come home. Thankfully all the pee stains are at my mom's house and a new taller table solved that problem!! (sorry mom!) These memories made me really nervous about bringing him to AR to our new house and to my OCD husband! Well lets just say we have had some "incidents".
1. Deric NOT me decided Divot needed to go in a crate, so I bought him one. He broke it the first time he was in it, yes the 12 pound dog broke it. So the next time he went in it we had to put him in the bathroom because he broke the plastic on the bottom. I got home and went to get him out and noticed that the shower curtain was pulled off the rod and the curtain and liner was inside the crate. At first I didn't see Div because the shower curtain was black and white like him! So after 3 other crates we have given up!
2. Deric came home for lunch one day and Divot had knock over some house plants. They were sitting on the ledge of the kitchen look through so when they fell dirt went all over our couch and carpet! Then Divot looked like he had rolled in it to keep him busy till someone came home.

3. Divot must had felt like a a puppy once again. I came home to a T.Pd house. We had just went to the store and bought a huge thing of toilet paper..... didn't have but maybe one full roll to use after he was done with it!
4. Speaking of the ledge in the kitchen..... Divot noticed one day that if he jumped on to the couch he could walk onto the ledge and then on to the kitchen counter tops! Counter tops equals FOOD!! Thankfully I married a man was is OCD and we don't leave food on the counter!! But how we caught him was the little doggy footprints across the granite!!! Divot has learned that he isn't getting anything up there so he has stopped!

Don't worry Divot is now a great dog...... I think he was bad because he was bored! When we got Birdie all of Divot's bad behavior stopped, plus all the new tips from the show "It's Me or the Dog" have helped! And come on he is sooo cute we can't stay mad at him! Just look at that face!

So don't give up on your little pup just yet! A little training and some tough love will do the job!

On a side note.......
For the first time I made homemade dog treats. My friend Val gave me a book with cute little cookie cutters that have great recipes for the pup in your life! I decided to start with the Cheese Biscuit. Super easy and tasty (yes I tried em out!) Divot and Birdie loved them. Marcia aka my AR mom is taking the pups over to her house today so Divot and Birdie can play with Jack. She is so sweet to do that!
Here's what in the Biscuits....
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 Parmesan cheese
1/4 cheddar cheese
1 large egg
3/4 cup water

A Year Ago Today

My big sister, Jennifer, married the love of her life! This post is replacing the card I didn't send! SORRY!! Well I have my reasons..... Jen and Blake just moved again!

Most of you know Jen moved out to Maryland right after their wedding because Blake was working out there for the past year. Blake decided this last year that he wanted to go to Law School. He spent the past year studying and applying for school. He got the best news he could ask for... He got accepted and a FULL RIDE to Indiana University Law School. So about a month again they packed up and left Maryland to come back to good 'ol Indiana! Jen and Blake are glad to be back home. Plus during the move she got the best news also.... she got her DREAM JOB, teaching Theater Arts and English for Bloomington North (right Jen?). So all is wonderful for them as they celebrate their first year of marriage.
So I want to give Jen and Blake a huge CONGRATS!!! Can't wait too see you grow old together! Like I said at your wedding guys...... You couldn't be any more perfect for each other! Love you both!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Now and Forever!

Show US Your Wedding Dress......
So Kelly Korner is doing wedding dresses this week! I thought it would be fun to show ya'll our wedding day!

We got married in October of 2006. I loved our wedding day! It was such a great day with friends and family. Just a few days after we got married we headed down to Arkansas were we bought our first home and started our life and husband and wife! So our wedding was a great way to spend time with the most special people in our lives! So on to the dress! I LOVED my dress! As a matter of fact I HAD to bring it to Arkansas with me when we moved! I have it hanging up in one of the guest rooms wrapped up and in it's bag!! We got my dress in Quincy, MI at Patty's Bridal. It is about the only thing in the whole town! People come from all over to get there bridal gowns from her shop!

Thursday, July 23, 2009


We have had a four leg, floppy ear, wet noise friend this week. I know he is sooooo cute, and the best is that is so well mannered! Roper and Divot are such good friends. They play all day long.

They love to wrestle and get a bit rough sometimes.... boy will be boys I guess!

Birdie will play with Roper for a bit but mostly she sits on the couch like the princess she is!

I was a little worried because Divot has only met Roper one other time. But it has been great! Becca dropped Roper off on Thursday night and we have him till Saturday afternoon. I work with Becca and she is also from Indiana (around Indy) so we had a instant friendship!

On Sunday we took all the pups to Lake Fort Smith. This park is about 45 minutes away so we packed a lunch and took off for the day. We got there around 1:00 so we ate right away then went for a hike. Birdie however was not into walking at all! She kept stopping whenever she got the chance and when some shade came our way she acted like she had to do some business, sniffing around until Deric had to just pick her up and walk away. We didn't get to stay long at the park, because the dogs were getting really hot.

It was such a neat place. All the buildings looked new and clean. You can rent canons for the day, camp, hike, and swim. The drive down to Fort Smith so is beautiful! The mountains are the perfect backdrop makes everything look so marvelous. The lake sits in a valley so the mountains surround the whole park!
If you live in NWA and haven't been down to Lake Fort Smith.... GO!!!! You won't be disappointed!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Vacation Time

We made our summer trip home last week. We left out on a Wednesday morning and came back the following Wednesday. It was nice to spend the 4th with our family again this year. We went home after the fourth last year because my sister got married late July. The first few days were kinda chilly for us and at night cold! I went into town on Thursday to have lunch with my best friend Aimee. I also got see the new salon that she works at. My old boss opened her own salon in Kendallville and I was so happy I got to see it. This is Aimee and I at the shop!

On Friday my dad,mom, sister, and I went to Fort Wayne in the morning to go to the beauty supply and to take Dad shopping for Father's Day. Deric also went to Fort Wayne to spend the day with Justin. After we got back I did hair and the salon. Yes, I know on my vacation! I don't mind it though... I love being able to do my family's hair especially because it only happens maybe 2-3 times a year! And it was so neat to be able to work with the girls again. I thought it would be so weird to be in the same salon with these girls again after 3 years of being away but NO.... It was like nothing had changed! I colored and cut my sister and mom's hair and the I did Jennifer's brother in laws hair too. I loved how I did Jen's hair. It almost makes me want to cut mine! LOL

Later Friday night Deric was still with Justin in Fort Wayne but I was going to watch the Wolcottville fireworks with my family. Deric's sister Kim brought the kids over to me and I took them with my family and I to the park. We had a GREAT time with Nikohl and Nate at the park before the fireworks started. They are such cute and funny entertainment! While we were waiting music was playing over the loudspeakers. Nate and Kohl sang and danced. We danced to the YMCA and then Gostbusters theme song came on. Nate loves this song and stood up all by himself and sang while bouncing his head up and down to the beat of the song. He didn't loose his concentration at any time! I wish I have a video of it, so funny and priceless!

Once the fireworks were done Nate was so sleepy. So Jen and I decided we would take turns piggybacking Nate back to the house. Nate is about 65 pounds so we had to take turns! Sorry Nate if you are reading this... I have to tell this story! So we are walking back to the house and Nate is on Jen's back. It is dark out and crowed. I am walking behind Jen and Nate and looked up to see Nate's butt crack hanging out of the top of his jeans! I said "Nate you feeling a breeze back here" He said "No, don't talk about it" So I pulled up his pants as best as I could and then pulled his shirt down" About a 1\2 mile down the road Nikohl and I both notice once again Nate's pants falling down. This time Blake, my BIL, had a flashlight and shinned it on Nate's butt. I kept calling him "Plumber Nate" and how everyone could see his little butt. He thought it was funny until he noticed that the light was shinning on him! Now Blake is a tall guy and Nate is 5yrs old. Nate grab Blake's shirt told him to shut-up and nearly knocked Blake off his feet! Its a good thing this kid knows when you are joking. Nate and Kohl can take a joke just as well as they can give them!

So Saturday we spend most of the day with Deric's family. We got the house and yard ready for the party with all the family on Sunday. Saturday night we went to the Rome City fireworks with my mom and dad. I was kinda sad the kids weren't with us. But we met up Aimee, her husband Jeff, and their little boy Jaxson. It started to rain a bit but stopped by the time it got dark. The fireworks were pretty good but there was no wind so it got really smokey but the end of the show. It is really funny to me how when we go back home I always run into the same the people. It is nice to see them but it makes me realize how small that area is.
On Sunday Deric and I went to Church. It is always so nice to see everyone there! Then back the house to help my MIL get ready for the party. I did sit out in the sun for a bit. It was the first time the whole week and it was nice enough to do that. Around 6 pm we had just about everyone on both sides of the family show up. My parents and Jen came too. It was a great turn out and a wonderful party. It was nice catching up with everyone. Our oldest nephew Nick set off the fireworks at dark. Speaking on Nick.... I can't believe he is going to be a senior this year!!! He has decided to join the service after HS. He will be the first person in my family that will be currently in the service.It is so scary to me but a honorable thing to do.
We am so proud of him! Here are some pictures of the party

Monday turned out to be such a beautiful day. That afternoon we went over to Kim's to see the kids again and their new super cute puppy lab. Then we went over to our friend Ashleys. Deric and Ashley went to HS together and then she got married just about a month after we did. You can find her blog along the side of our page. She and her husband,Andrew,just had their first child, sweet Audrey. She is 5 months old now and we finally got to see her in person. Audrey is such a cutie and seeing her was one of the highlights of my trip! She defiantly knows what a camera is. Every time we held one up to her, she just smiled away! So sweet.

I kept telling Deric that Audrey needs a little Bidwell friend!! Ashley and I decided that when NOT if she comes to AR and we are going to sit at every Sonic waiting to see Kelly and Harper (fellow bloggers). You can read Kelly's blog, Kelly's Korner. I think that Ashley and I would become fast friends with Kelly and Harper!

Tuesday was our last day home. It always seems our time goes by so fast, but we are usually ready to get back to the normal routine. I went to into town again to have lunch with Aimee and Donna. Then Aimee, Jen and I went back to the Bidwell's and laid out in the sun! Finally, a nice day and it was our last! The pool was a bit chilly but it was nice to cool off in. Kim brought Kohl and Nate over to swim about 2 pm. Then Jeff, Aimee's husband, brought Jaxson over to swim too. Jax was a bit scared of the water but after holding him in the water and swimming around with him, he didn't want to go! That night we went over to my parents for dinner and then back over to the Bidwell's to say goodbye to everyone.

Wednesday we got up about 4:45 AR time so we could get a head start on a long day. I moved the truck over to the house and backed it up so we could load everything. It took us about 20 minutes to load everything and then we were ready to hit the road. Deric was going to start driving, we got in the car and he turned the key and NOTHING... the truck was dead. So he tried it a few more times. We got his brother,Jeff, to help us jump it and it took off right away. We let it run a bit then went up to the barn to check the battery. It was showing bad but his brother said to turn it off and start it again because it had been charging up for awhile. Turned it off and tried to start it agian..... dead. They jumped it again and Deric got out and shut the door. Not thinking the dogs were in the car. We were standing out there for a bit and I was playing with the barn kitten. I went to the car to get the dogs out and the doors were LOCKED!!! Divot had locked the doors.The truck was running and my keys were in my purse inside the car!! Deric starts freaking out immediately while Jeff and I start laughing! So not only did we have a dead battery but we had locked everything in!!! We had the idea of holding the kitten up to the window because if Divot could lock the door I was going to try to get him to unlock the door. And besides that Divot goes crazy around cats, so he would do anything to get to the cat. I know he is just a dog... but he is MY dog and I had a lot of faith in him! After about 20 minutes of us holding the kitten up while saying "Divot get the kitty, get the kitty Divot, and Divot going crazy trying to get to him the back passenger window went down!! We all yelled !!! But to come to find out it only went down about 10 inches. But thank goodness for good pointer sticks!!! Jeff brought me the longest screwdriver I had ever seen! I reached into the open window and hit the unlock button!! All the while the dogs still going t crazy in the car! I had to let Div out to see the kitten... it was his prize for being such a good dog!! Of course he scared the poor little guy because Divot kept barking at him. We got in the car a prayed we make it to the auto parts store. We got there safe and sound and they replaced the battery. The rest of the trip went perfect. The dogs slept the entire 12 hours. Birdie didn't even want to wake up when we stopped!! That is all they have done since we got home SLEEP. We are glad that we are home but I am sure we will be ready to see family again in a month!!! We aren't planning on going home again until Christmas but hopefully we will have some visitors before that!! Thank you to all of our family and friends for making our trip so much fun!! We love you all and miss you guys!!!