Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Year for the Books

With the year coming to an end, I can't help but reflect back on 2012 and say man am I blessed! I can only hope that 2013 will be half as exciting and 2012 was. I just have to say a big THANK YOU to the big man up stairs, because without him I would not be here and able to do all that I do. Thank you Lord for another beautiful, fun, exciting year! Without further adieu here we go . . .

New Year's Eve
I started the year off right in Lubbock with Mrs. Texas and her hubby! We went out to get sushi and stayed at her house playing games all night. It was a blast! Most certainly the right way to start off what ended up being a terrifically, beautiful year!

I didn't have too many events that I can remember from February worth discussing, but I did make a drastic temporary change. . . I died the bottom half of my hair purple! That's right you heard me right, it was purple and I absolutely LOVED IT! I am currently contemplating on how I would be able to do it again and still have it professional for rotations. Any ideas y'all?

Last Province IX Meeting
Kappa Psi Gamma Rho hosted the last Province meeting before we were all redistributed into our new provinces. Our old province included more of the east coast and now we are joined with Texas and Oklahoma. Well that is no problem for me and my country girl side, but I am sure going to miss my PIX brothers. It was a lot of fun with you guys and I look forward to many new great memories with my new Southwest Province brothers.

Heat v. Thunder basketball game
For those of you who know Laker Lover, know that she pretty much does whatever the heck she wants. Well we found out that the Miami Heat (my team) were playing the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma on an off weekend from school. Well my birthday is also in March and she told me that was going to be my birthday present. After a couple weeks of arguing, a very threatening request, and a night of ignoring her, she bought me a ticket. I must say as hard headed as I am, she is worse, and thank goodness for that this time. We had an absolute blast and now I am officially hooked on another team. Lovely, just what I need!
Laker Lover, Prince Ali, and I at the game.

This month was filled with lots of school events. From an annual Parkinson's awareness walk to kickball and volleyball tournaments. If you know me, if there is a sporting event I am there! So it worked out nice when I found out about the kickball and volleyball tournaments. Not too much else to say other than it was great times with great people.

2nd Annual Parkinson's Walk.
It is always a lot of fun to volunteer at.
My dear friend Hand always gets the worst pictures of me, but
this was the only one I had of our Neon Yellow COP shirts I made.
They were a lot of fun, even if we did get last in the tournament.
Well I was a little bit more ready for this picture from the
Sand Volleyball Tournament. We ended up making it to the Semi's.
Not the best, but hey its improvement from the last tournament.

Rotation in Silver City
As I have mentioned before after our 1st and 2nd year of pharmacy school we have to do rotations. Last summer's community rotation was in Clovis and this years was in Silver City at the hospital. I was blessed to be able to spend a month down there with my Dad's parents. It was an absolute joy to spend that precious time with them. I wouldn't change it for the world.

My rotation continued on into June then I headed back to Albuquerque for some fun starting with . . .

Toby Keith/Brantley Gilbert Concert
In January, one of my good friends told me about this Georgia boy named Brantley Gilbert. I hadn't heard about him before then and let me tell you, I think I have fallen in love, with his music of course :) Haha just kidding, but seriously give me a guy with a guitar that can sing to me and I will be all ears for as long as he will sing. Since I was introduced to him in January, I have went to 2 concerts, currently listen to his pandora station every morning, and was thrilled to get his 2 CDs for Christmas! If you haven't heard of him google him, facebook him, whatever it takes and look him up! Here is one of my favorites, My Kind of Crazy.

The rest of June was spent hanging out and lounging around the pool. I know rough life huh?

Float Trip
The end of July started my 4 week vacation, first stop was New Braunfels, Texas. Laker Lover invited me back to join their annual Float Trip. It is a group of several families that have all been friends for many years and I can not tell you how much of a blast it is. It was the perfect way to start out my vacation time this summer.

Let the fun begin!
Making our way down the river.
The gang after the first trip down the river!

Yep that's right, this past year I went to EGYPT! Miss Artesia, one of our pharmacy friends and I were able to spend about 20 days all across Egypt. Oh my goodness, words can not explain the how great of an opportunity it was. Being able to experience all the history half way across the world was certainly a once in a lifetime experience. I was able to write a few blogs on some of the experiences and y'all can check them out here and here and here. I am sure y'all are wondering what the heck we were doing half way across the world, well the first 10 days were for an international pharmacy conference and the last 10 days touring and site seeing. The conference was in Hurghada and our tour included site seeing in Luxor, Aswan, Cairo, and Alexandria along with a cruise down the Nile. It was so much fun to be spending time with pharmacy students from across the world. We met some of the sweetest people and most interesting people over there. If you guys ever have the opportunity to visit Egypt, GO FOR IT! It is absolutely beautiful as you can see below.

Beautiful Egyptian sunset on the Nile!
Karnak Temple
Queen Hatshepsut's Temple
Our tour guide group!
The Unfinished Obelisk.
Hear No Evil. Speak No Evil. See No Evil.
Standing on the one of the Pyramids of Giza.
The Pyramids of Giza.
Miss Artesia and I with the Pyramids.
The Sphinx and one of the Pyramids.
Kissing the Sphinx.
A little horse play in one of the Mosques in Cairo.

State Fair
As you have heard me say before, State Fair is my favorite time of the year. I have so many good memories throughout my life spent at those fair grounds. Well now I am done with showing I am officially a spectator. This year sure was a great year to be a spectator. My cousins are still showing and man what a good year they had! Between three kids and five steers they had 3 class winners, 2 second place calves, 2 breed champions, and 1 reserve breed champion! Talk about being blessed! It was a great year for our family.

Brantley Gilbert Concert
For the second time this wonderful year, I was able to watch Brantley Gilbert in concert again. Except this time it was HIS own tour. That's right, from June until October he had went from being an opening act to the act. It was a blast. Miss Artesia and I were in Las Cruces for the UNM College of Pharmacy Community Outreach Day and low and behold so was BG. It was by far the best concert I have ever been too.

Balloon Fiesta
If y'all are from New Mexico you know what I am talking about. If you don't every year Albuquerque hosts the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. It was so much fun! I have lived here for 3 years and this was my first year to go and I could just kick myself for not going sooner. If you guys are able to come next October, COME! You won't regret it. I am pretty sure they have the most hot air balloons lifting off than anywhere else in the world. It is absolutely beautiful. If you don't believe me check out the pictures below or look at the original blog, here.

We got to meet Steve Stucker! A big time morning news guy!
And so it begins. The first balloon lifting off before dawn.
My two rocks!
Prince Ali and I doing our hand shake.
Beautiful morning!
Prince Ali and I doing our part to help the balloon fiesta help.
Oh and Laker Lover photo-bombing us.
Hip hip hooray!!

My pharmacy crew!
I got the whole world in my hands!

This was probably the funnest Halloween I have had yet. If you missed the blog, check it out here. This year I was a chola gangsta named "Lil' Dulce" and it was a blast! I am thinking from now on I might have to go incognito every year for Halloween. Ideas for next year?

This was  a busy month for me! The school semester was winding down but I was also able to do some fun stuff along the way. Starting first with:

OU v. K-State
As you have read about before, Laker Lover has converted me into an Oklahoma Sooner fan! Last year I went up to Kansas and met up with my brother for the OU v. K-State game, so it was only fair to keep the tradition going this year and invite him to the game in Norman. So Brother Dearest drove down and Laker Lover, Fratty Frat, and I all drove over and we had our 2nd Annual OU v. K-State game, and it was one for the books! We all had an absolute blast! Definitely ready for next year back in Manhattan!

Laker Lover & I
Fratty Frat, Laker Lover, & I
Brother of Mine & I for our 2nd Annual Picture

KY Initiation
As you have read before this year for Kappa Psi my little was one of my friends from my 4-H days, My Little B! Well we had our official initiation and she is now part of my growing family! Welcome to the family doll!

My KY Family!
My Little B!
My 1st Little!
My Grand Little!
Mrs. Texas's Baby Shower
My dear friend Mrs. Texas is due January 7, 2013 with her first child. Back in August when she told me her baby shower was going to be in November I told her that I would love to come, but it would just depend on my testing schedule. Well God must have heard my plea because as soon as the testing schedule came out I was able to go to Lubbock for the shower. If you know me I didn't want to just tell her I could come, but surprise her. Man that sure was hard to keep that kind of secret from her, but I did and she was thrilled. The shower was great and it was even better to see her. I look forward to heading to Lubbock in a few days to be there for her on one of the biggest days of her life! I can't wait!!

This year was a weird year for me. My brother was not able to get off of work to met up with family and I was not able to travel up to Kansas to be with him and my parents. Lucky for me I have a great family and was able to join my mother's side for Turkey Day. I was blessed to be able to spend the holiday with family, but sure was missing my favorite three!

Barbara's Life Celebration
This year heaven gained another one of his precious angels. These times are always hard for those of us our loved ones leave behind, but the only thing left to do is celebrate their lives and wait until we can join them on the other side. The good part about family events whether they are planned or not, you always get the chance to catch up with family you may of not seen in awhile. That part is always great. After the weekend was over we were able to snap a few shots of some of the family.

Brother of Mine.

Girl cousin's on my Mom's side.

Boy cousin's on my Mom's side.
Holiday Festivities
This year I was blessed to be able to spend the holiday season with all my loved ones. We were able to spend a couple days with my father's side and a couple days with my mother's side. I could not of asked for a better time with them.

Ice Skating
I had to come back to town to work a few days before headed back out, so Laker Lover, Prince Ali and I all went ice skating. Man it was a BLAST! Prince Ali and I had never been ice skating before and we just had a ball. Now I would like to think I am pretty much a professional ice skater now, but I did end up falling a few times and woke up the next morning feeling like I was 70 years old, but hey! Isn't that what your twenties are for?

And finally, if you made it down here to the bottom, God Bless You! Thank you for taking time to read my stories and I would love to hear some of your top stories from 2012!

I hope yall's 2012 was just as enjoyable as mine.
May all your hopes and dreams come true in 2013
and God Bless. I love you all!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Take a Deep Breath!

Well I have been MIA for ages and there is only one culprit... School! :( The good news is I only have one more test today at 3 and 2 finals left. I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Whoohoo :) I wanted to leave you with this thought, just when you think you are really struggling or having a hard time take a deep breath and say a little Prayer of thanks!! You are alive and healthy, you have a roof over your head and food in your stomach. There are so many people with much less than us that are more thankful for what they have than us! So stop, take a deep breath and thank The Lord for all that you have been blessed with no matter how big or small it may seem!

Here is a picture I snapped yesterday after class! Enjoy :)