Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fun But Stressful Times...

Well Hello!

I'm here to say my mothers first MAJOR art festival was a hands-down SUCCESS! We were visited by many friends and family throughout the weekend, we so appreciate the love and support for my Mom. AND GUESS WHAT?! SHE WON! My Mom was nominated as Houston's Favorite Artist!!! Thank you all so much for the votes...it was a LANDSLIDE...the voting crew told us my mom had almost 900 votes total, with second place only having ~ 220?!? Can you believe it? She was shocked...we weren't, but she was. :) All in all she sold almost 75% of her ENTIRE inventory... she's got a lot of preparation to do for the October festival! Whoo hoo! Her winnings as Houston's Favorite Artist entitled her to be able to SKIP the jury process for next March's Bayou City Arts Festival at Memorial Park. So regardless if she gets in to the October show or not, SHE IS DEFINITELY GOING TO BE THERE NEXT MARCH! :) 

I have to say though, I haven't been so exhausted after a weekend like that in A LONG time...if ever. We had ~ 12 hour days, standing constantly (my back when out Friday evening, doing better now), with no lunch/dinner breaks! Our booth was CONSTANTLY crowded so if someone wanted to eat something they had to sneak behind our tent and scarf down a bite!  :) We're certainly not complaining about how busy we were the whole time, but man, was I happy to sleep in my own bed on Sunday night. I'm still recovering, yesterday I took a nap in the middle of the day - not even making it to my evening class (also b/c I've had a slight reaction to two immunizations I had to get in preparation for Dental school...eh, I'm fine now).

 Moving, Graduation, etc.

So, it's pretty much DAILY now that Kyle and I say "aren't you so ready to move?" . . .  We aren't really sure what we're going to do with ourselves when we have that much space! LOL As the date moves nearer, we feel more and more crammed; I guess that's natural, the anticipation of something bigger ahead, but luckily we're having a big garage sale with the future Mr. & Mrs. Knight on April 24, we wanna get rid of the junk and start fresh! :) 

We graduate May 15, 2010 with our Masters. I COULDNT  be more excited to be done with this portion of my education, LET ME TELL YOU. We had our comprehensive exams about a month ago, turns out the department decided to fail all but 3 of us... HAHA.. 18% pass rate and the STUDENTS are the ones forced to re-do things? Yep. Makes perfect sense to me. Apparently everyone passes the 2nd time (again, baffling.) but the fact that I received good grades in both of the classes I have to "redo", yet wasn't competent enough to pass the exit exam shouldn't be something that reflects ME. Mmk? Luckily I waited a while to post this blog, had I done it yesterday this blog would've looked a MUCH more different.

Moving on...

WELL, until next time... hopefully with more joyful things to read than the school politics many of us are forced to endure! Oh- and before I forget. Apparently the registrars office at my beloved school decided to tell the department of education (i.e., my loan holders) that I am no longer enrolled. BAHA. That makes sense since I've paid, received financial aid, and have been attending classes for almost 3 months. So now they get to have a little piece of my mind and take care of the fact that people I owe payments to think I am an irresponsible human. Time to go to class.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Hello everyone! I have fabulous news!

Kyle and I have FOUND a house! :) I am so excited. This has been such a draining house search- I'm sure it's no where near as bad/long as many people have had to look but after driving all over houston with different realtors, we actually found a for-rent-by-owner (best in our opinion!)!! Being that Kyle and I are VERY familiar with the "Renting" business, we were all on the same page, negotiated well on lease terms and we're signing for 2 years at a great rate! We don't actually plan on moving again until dental school is over, so if all goes well they're going to have very loyal tenants for up to 5 years! :)

About the Townhome

OK! Enough about finding it, more about IT! So, when Kyle and I first pulled up to the Townhome we burst out laughing, they're all very "modern" looking, steel structures (red/blue/silver)... I already had a heads-up on which these were b/c I'd been communicating with the owner, but Kyle didn't! Anyway, we're both cracking up outside the home b/c we're like "What on earth? Do you think the inside will be nice?" When the daughter of the landlord showed up to show us the house (sound familiar? we have the same job! lol) she asked if we'd ever been inside "one of these", obviously we hadn't and she told us we were in for a surprise. AND BOY WERE WE! This place is immaculate. We couldn't have dreamed for more, especially as close as I am to dental school. It's a 3 story, 3bd/2bth; each floor has a different flooring. The bottom floor is a beautifully dark maroon stained concrete, it houses a full bath and two bedrooms- also has our laundry room, 2 car garage access and a small backyard for Bear (yes! we get to keep her!). Once you go upstairs to the second floor, it's real hard wood floors; it has a living room the size of our HOUSE right now and the kitchen (which, I might add, has a dishwasher and TWO pantry's!) -- also has an outside door with a balcony, yes, it overlooks a major highway, but it's a balcony haha! Then the third floor is our master bedroom, nice carpet, large room w/ a built in study (we get to sell our old dirty undergraduate desks!) . . . the master closet could be it's own bedroom (I don't even have enough clothes to fill it, but I promised Kyle I would fix that problem haha) and a beautiful bathroom with his/her sinks.

Anyway, it's a total blessing that we found this place for rent by owner...almost identical units in the complex we're in were going for so much more $$$... way out of our budget- GOD was looking out for us!

Bayou City Arts Festival

SO! As of last Thursday, my Mom was in the lead for Houston's Favorite Artist!! Apparently it was a very close race and they don't tell us the winner until Friday when the festival begins...I am so hoping she kept her lead...but you never know! Just the fact that she was nominated on her first try is enough to be proud about. I will be out at the festival with her the whole weekend; pray for beautiful weather! If you want to check out my mom's new website (in the works) go to www.glasstamer.com

Until next time!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Almost spring break!

Hi Everyone!!  I'm at it again, what can I say. . .

Bayou City Arts Festival
So, something really big rolling around right now is my mom's bead show- it's Mar 26-28 (you should come!!) at Memorial Park in Houston; it's the Bayou City Arts Festival, a very competitive show she was accepted into! She found out back in December that she got in, she was SO excited, then a few weeks ago she called me saying she got a letter in the mail telling her she'd made it in the top 10 finalists for Houston's Favorite Artist! Voting is live now on FaceBook, click this link and please vote for her if you haven't already!!

Spring Break!!
Well, next week is spring break! I'm fortunate enough to have the week off from work and school. I really need the rest and "me" time. Kyle will be working in Brenham a lot on HLF (i.e., his business) and I might spend some time in Houston with family! My nephew Gage will be competing in Muttin' Bustin' at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Mar 14 so I will be down there for that... 2 years ago he got 2nd place, won some chaps, a belt buckle etc! We're so proud of our champion! Back in January Kyle and I got to have Gage & Kyla with us for an entire weekend, it was so special; Kyla would crawl in bed with us every night and they always wanted to play Wii in the morning! :) We can't wait to have them over again...hopefully in our new place (wherever that ends up being) in Houston when we move!

This week I will be working, teaching, and prepping for me time!  As of Friday afternoon I'm not setting my alarm clock! =)

Until next time... <><

Monday, March 8, 2010

Welcome to my blog!

Hello Friends!

I'm done being the only person without a blog, so here I go! I don't know how often this will be updated, probably more so over the summer and less so once dental school starts! YES, I said DENTAL SCHOOL! Finally, after undergrad and a masters degree I am entering the world of dentistry, following in my parents footsteps and having the time of my life.

Kyle and I are happily married-- almost 3 years now! Seems like just yesterday that we were enjoying the worry-free life of undergrad with our precious friends. Life goes so quickly, we have BLINKED and our second degree is finished, we're moving to the medical center, and our neice and nephew will BOTH be in school as of this august! What?!


Okay, so this move to houston in May will be our first BIG move. We are leaving the small town of College Station and heading to the big city! The Houston Medical Center...we've had 2 visits to look for housing, and let me tell you- THAT HASN'T BEEN EASY. We've learned people fail to advertise homes correctly (although we were kind of expecting it thanks to warning from the Closners!)  and flat out LIE when it comes to "spacious", "beautiful", or a "must see!" haha ahhh well, we are learning.

Grad School

Right now Kyle and I just completed our Comprehensive Exit exam for our masters degree; it was a hellacious weekend of non-stop writing, but we turned it in today and will be HAPPY to graduate in May! We're still trying to decide how/where to spend our 3 year anniversary/graduation celebration. Vegas honey? Please? ;-)

More to come...

Well, I'm thinking I'm going to like this blogging thing...thinking out loud...sharing my thoughts... until next time! <3