Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wood Pallet Craft

On Monday night we had another 2Hyrs adventure.  This time we made crafts.  They were supposed to be for our mother's and we going to give them to them for Mother's Day, but since we were a little late and I already gave my mom some very good gifts, I decided this craft was for me!!!  I found all of the steps here and bought all of the materials at Ace Hardware and Hobby Lobby.  I bought enough for 19 crafts, but only 9 people were able to come.  I can still take the wood back I didn't use...if I want to :).  Our friend, Lee, the tiler was gracious enough to come over and cut all of the wood up for us!  

I wish I had taken pictures along the way, but I usually forget to do that :).  In the original tutorial she did and she actually stained her wood dark under her yellow one.  I didn't buy any stain and so when I was sanding my yellow one it wasn't looking right.  So, I went back and painted over the yellow with grey and I must say I LOVE IT!!!!!  Alison and I cut the stencil from the cricut machine we have at church.  The negative of that was the holes for the O's, A's, D's and E's had to be held in while you were sponging in the letters.  Some people found that to be a bit difficult.  I want to try to improve this in the future and that would mean finding a different way to stencil.  Also, the stencil was done out of cardstock and even though we made a few they kind of wore out by the end of the night and the paint started running through differently.  It was fixable though and the last one that was done ended up being just as cute!!

I think the girls had fun and the adults that were able to come!  I really enjoyed it and I think we should have craft night more often!!

P.S. There will be more pallet art gracing this blog in the future...maybe for a nephew's room???

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I know a hero

Thus far in my wedding videography career, I haven't really met many new people because I have been working with friends and family mostly.  However, there have been a few couples that I didn't know very well before their wedding day.  Bryan and Ashlei Winningham were one of those couples.

My husband knew Bryan because they grew up together, but since Gary and I have been together Bryan hasn't lived around here.  Well, I told you all about Bryan and Ashlei to tell you this story...

A life-changing moment happened for two men on their way to work on Monday morning at Mason Road and the Katy Freeway.
"I was just sitting up here at the red light at the feeder road and that’s when I noticed the car," said Brian Winningham.
Winningham, who is a music teacher at Brenham High School, told us he saw a car ahead of him weirdly drifting into lanes.
"So I thought some guy spilled his coffee, or he was getting something out of his glovebox and I didn’t think anything of it," Winningham said.
That’s until the light turned green and he got closer.
"That’s when I looked over and I saw his head was tilted back. His mouth was wide open and his eyes were not blinking," Winningham said.
So instantly he made a move.
"He was right here, and he was creeping over into my lane, so when I saw him I just hit the gas as hard as I could and got in front of him," Winningham said.
It was an intentional accident.
"I jumped out of the car and ran over to him to check his vitals and there was no pulse. He wasn’t breathing, so right then I thought, this guy was a goner," Winningham said.
Winningham noticed the driver was wearing a uniform and was a police officer for the Katy Independent School District. He said he began to pray.
Paramedics arrived immediately. They were heroes too. They were able to bring the officer back to life. They hooked him up to an IV and transported him to Methodist Hospital in Katy, where he’s expected to survive.
The officer’s family, who didn’t want to be identified, told us they are so grateful.
"I’m just happy I was here to help, especially since he is a police officer and has kids. He has more to do here," Winningham said. 


Isn't that incredible??  I am so proud to say that I know Bryan!  Also, just a little side note his dad is an elder at our church and his mom is our ladies Bible class teacher.  They are a great family and this story just helps support that fact!

Be a hero,

Monday, May 14, 2012

A yearly tradition

It's something my sister and I have vowed to do until we die!  That is to drive to Henderson, TN on an April afternoon to re-live one of the most precious memories we have from our college days.  MAKIN' MUSIC brings joy to my life and song to my lips!  I can't hear a song on the radio that was in ANY show in all of the years I watched or performed in this coveted spectacle without remembering the lyrics that were sung from the stage.
We arrived in Henderson about 3:30 anxious to partake in a delectable feast at a world-renowned well known to all in the town restaurant.  Snookums is incredible!!!  The pregnant sister wouldn't have it any other way!!  On their website it says they open at 4, so we were prepared to wait a good 30 minutes to be first in line.  However, once we arrived and pulled into our front row parking spot and looked around to see that nobody else was even there (very unusual for Snookum's during mm weekend) we realized that it didn't even open until 4:30 (check out the sign).
So, we decided to head down to the Shell (the gas station/baskin' robbins that's a big hang-out) and use their facilities since we had so much time to spare.  We still had to wait a VERY long time once we got back.  Good thing we had CamWow to entertain us!
This is Carly, she is one of Shelley's high school girls at church and she is thinking about going to Freed!!  I'm pretty sure every single person Shelley saw she told them that we were trying to get Carly to go to Freed!!  I hope she had fun!! 
Me and a little CamWow!!

Shells and a little CamWow

There was this couple that arrived sometime before 4:30 that got out of their car and headed for the door.  Oh man we were freaking out!!  We were thinking wait a second, we got here first we should be first in line for this food!!  So, as soon as more cars started arriving we jumped out and got in line.  
Oh yes, Shelley and Carly first in line!!!  

And here it is folks, steak tips and a bake potato.  Oh and some Country Bob's steak sauce...YUM!!!

Once our bellies were full and happy we headed over to the gym for the before-party.  We missed the cast running through the show, but we were able to hang out with other alumni for a while before the show started.  We didn't get any pictures of that...whoops!

The show was great and I totally lost my voice when Phi Kappa hit the stage!!  Their show was good, but we weren't sure how the awards were going to go.  Every club was winning awards and once they got to the sweepstakes it was up in the air who was even going to place.  Of course they start by announcing 3rd place...drum roll please...PHI KAPPA ALPHA!!!!  WHOO HOO!!!  We were all sooooooo excited!!!!  We didn't care that we didn't place first, just so happy that we placed at all!!!!

Here's the cast cheering at the after-party!!

A yearly tradition is to take a picture of all returning and current Makin' Music directors.  We thought Shelley was going to be the oldest one in the picture, but Phil Waggoner and Jason Judd saved the day :).

We had so much fun and we can't wait for next year!!!

Happy Makin' Music,