Friday, April 26, 2013

from the country club to the country

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last weekend I had an event I needed to attend @ Kingwood Country Club.
my awesome friends joined me.
there was a little golf game at one of the holes.
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we are all good at a lot of is really not one of them.
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when that was over we met some friends that were at a bar in the town we grew up in.
we decided to go & of course looked ridiculous in our dresses, but we had a good time.
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and Blair learned how to two step!
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fun times with good people!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

when you give a guy a camera

girls, we are ALL guilty of it, "hey take our picture". uh. I already know how annoying we sound, but I am so bad about doing the same thing.

luckily my best friend has a solid fiancĂ© that loves to take pictures & thanks to him I have a camera full of wonderful pictures of myself & my friends. (which is why this blog is possible, I can't just not use these priceless pictures)

want to see some of his work?!

"Hey Trevor can you take a picture of us, ya know, casually just at the table with friends?"

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"No, like US actually in the picture, not you."
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"okay, maybe wait until we are looking..."

and this is the one we get:
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 "Hey Trevor, since we are at the hockey game it would be cool if you took a picture of me and Holly by the ice. so cute, right?!"

"okay, but wait until we are ready...."
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"okay still not really ready yet."
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"now that is just a picture of Joe, we need US in it."
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"alright let me just stop talking for 5 seconds to capture this moment."

nailed it:
(10 min and 25 pictures later)
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"oh it is Liana's one and only 24th birthday, let's get a picture of us celebrating!"

"no. like looking semi decent would be awesome..."
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"it's okay, let's just get a group picture of all the girls"

"and maybe that random dancing fool..."
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got it!

(I think Randy might have helped with the camera in this photo shoot. mad props guys.)


Sadly, Mr. Mitchell is just as good in front of the camera as he is behind it and so he will probably continue to take wonderful pictures of our lives and even have some of himself to share.

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(I think he is giving me pointers on how to hold the camera...thanks for the advice.)

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Throwback Thursday is not something I really participate in.
who really wants to see older pictures of your nerdy self?
not this girl!
but sometimes they are SO necessary.


Last week I went to the Aeros hockey game, lots of fun actually.
but isn't anything if you have good company?!

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but it made me and holly reminisce about the last hockey game we went to... in 8th grade!

(8th graders on the right side / old 24 year olds on the left)

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yeah... Holly has French braid pigtails and braces, while I was rocking a wind suit jacket and antenna bangs... what can I say, we have always been cool kids. lol

good times.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

liana turns 24

Liana had an awesome time turning 24!
I love birthdays. Everyone is happy and it is a great reason to have a get together.

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(red eye in EVERY picture. and way too lazy to fix it, so enjoy!)
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Brandon works out of town, so he came back with this 'stache. Emily (his gf) was nice enough to let him rock it for the night.
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the most failed group picture:
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and it didn't get better:
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Happy Birthday Liana!!
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013


attitude is everything.
It is not always easy, but I am learning that it is the most valuable choice I can wake up and make- to have a good attitude with every exciting thing and every crappy situation. bad things happen to good people, good things happen to bad people. sometimes we set ourselves up for our own struggle. either way, we can fix our attitude about it all.
"This may shock you, but I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my success, my failures, fame or pain, what other people think or say about me, my circumstances, or my position.
 Attitude is that "single string" that keeps me going or hinders my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope.
When my attitudes are right, there's no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me.
Yet, we must admit that we spend more of our time concentrating and fretting over the things that cant be changed in life than we do giving attention to the one thing that can,
While I wholeheartedly believe in choosing to approach every challenge with a great attitude, I don't mean that we should abandon authenticity and live in fantasyland.
“We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. ”  
-Charles Swindoll

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Friday, April 12, 2013

friday's letters


Linking up with Ashley for
Friday's Letters!
Dear handwritten thank you cards,
you are the sweetest & mean so much more than a text.
( I need to remember to write them to others more often)
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Dear beautiful white jeep parked right outside my boutique,
I want you. I want you real bad. You look so perfect here & like you belong. I hope one day you are actually mine!
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Dear Easter,
I never blogged about you & really don't have much to say except for church was beautiful, I like everyone dressing up, Easter baskets are so fun, and the Astros actually won!
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Dear headbands across my face,
you have saved me lately from actually having to fix my hair. thanks.
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Dear green chile chicken enchiladas,
you hit the spot.
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 Dear Liana (Lana),

Happy Birthday!!
(even though you don't think blogs are a reliable source... it in fact is your birthday. and you can quote me on that)  
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 Have a great weekend y'all!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

blessed (weekend pt. 2)

 (longish post)

I feel really blessed, really often.
I know everything isn't perfect, I whine, I get unhappy, I get caught up in dumb stuff- 
 just like everyone else.
but sometimes I sit and all I can do is feel really blessed.
I had many of those moments this past weekend.
I wrote about some here .
but those moments are so much more magnified when you are happy for someone else.
best feeling ever.
So I watch American Idol randomly, not an avid watcher, but I watched Season 11 bc I loved Colton Dixon. Def my musical style & he happens to love Jesus,
always a plus in a musician.

So I was so sad when he wasn't on the show anymore, but I knew he had so much success ahead.

when I heard about his album coming out, A Messenger , I was super excited & ran to get it.

to add to it, I found out a little later that my childhood friend, David was playing lead guitar for him on his tour with Third Day.

what?! how exciting, huh?

I asked David when they were coming to Texas bc I knew I had to be there.

Sunday night was the show, I almost didn't get to go.
I asked like 4 different people to join me and there was always something in the way of them getting to come (yay for being grownups).

I got a text Saturday night from my good friend Jenna, saying she was going to see
Third Day with a friend.

Needless to say I bought the tickets and drove the 4 hours solo to join them!


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(I got the creepy eye thing down!)
So the show was AWESOME!
of course.
I don't think the set list was near long enough though! lol
and then I got to see David!!
seriously I grew up with this guy and then he moved off to Nash to pursue his dreams and life took us other places, but I am SO thankful that when/if I do see him, it is still so familiar and he is such an awesome guy.
(I'll save him the embarrassment of showing y'all some real old pictures of us with bangs &
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and he was so awesome to let us meet the band and Colton!
I was trying not to act like a 14 year old girl at times.
bc I was pretty excited and they were all just so so nice.
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*props to Schyler for a nice photobomb
and then we headed out to catch the end of the Third Day show.
and that's when I had that overwhelming blessed feeling.
There we were in a room full of people so happy to be there, listening to awesome music, and with amazing people.
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It is so great when people turn their passion into their purpose.
I am not proud of David bc he plays for Colton, I am proud of David bc he took his passion and turned it into his purpose and THAT is why he is successful.

It was a moment we had talked about for so many years & there we were, living it!

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Seriously such a good time!
I ended up driving back to H-town that very same day and so I grabbed some coffee @ Jenna's and was on the road again!
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thanks Jenna for letting me get ready, tag along, and steal your coffee!
It is always awesome to hang out with you!! (and Katie is way cool)

Def a successful night, if you are anywhere the Miracle Tour is headed, check them out.
Josh Wilson, Colton Dixon, & Third Day.
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(I know y'all see some Pittsburgh Steeler action there)