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I am sad this is the last day for Emily's blog journal! It has been a fun month of posts! I'm up for anything like this again!
Day 30: A Dream for the Future
My dream for the future, besides having a happy, healthy family is to some day when we retire, or maybe before to build a house in the country....on several acres, maybe around 50...75...100...build right in the middle of it, have a long white fence, driveway, and cattle in our yard! HA! Who would have ever dreamed this would be my dream?
I don't have a picture of what I want, but have it pictured very well. Long, brick ranch with a full, walkout basement. I love big kitchens, big laundry rooms, big bedrooms, and a nice big office. Hopefully we'll live a little further out than we do now, but I won't be in a rush to get places. I truly think this part of the country is God's Country and we would love to wake up each day and see the beauty all around us!
Day 29: Hopes, Dreams, Plans for the next 365 days!
What a fun blog prompt to think about! Let's see, this may be a complete random case of the ramblings, but I will give it my best shot...
In the next 365....
We hope to be parents of some kind...either with a baby here or on board!
We plan to have Kody's truck/motorcycle loan paid off....this should happen within the next 30 days! a year and 8 months early!
We hope Kody's career opportunities will be expanded....
We are dreaming of our basement being a great place to gather as a family...bigger tv, entertainment center, new paint, furniture, etc!
We plan on having all the trim in our house, doors, and basement painted SOON!
We're hoping to have half of my car paid off.
We're hoping to continue to make long-lasting friendships with our church family...
We're planning to continue to become heavily involved with church, it's something we both enjoy doing...and together!
We plan on taking an anniversary trip somewhere, nowhere far...just a long weekend....away!
We're dreaming about an exotic trip somewhere...but who knows?
We're planning on living in our current home, hoping we don't outgrow it too fast.
We plan on welcoming a new nephew or niece to our family...and hopefully more to spoil!
I plan to continue my job with the city and even looking into more opportunities here at city hall!
We plan to watch our families grow, friendships grow, and our marriage! The next 365 days are looking great!
Day 28....a couple days late....
What's in my purse? Maybe the question should be, what's not in my purse?
Let's see, usually I carry Vera Bradley bags. I have 2 Coach purses, Fossil bags, etc, but Vera just has great organization for my junk! This is the Vera Bradley Bowler. It has SO many great pockets and zippers. I carry the Vera Brush bag with lipstick, bandaids, dental floss, etc. in it. I carry the big Vera wallet FULL of cards, my checkbook, etc., lots of receipts are in my purse, coupons galore, my mother-in-law got me a Coach wristlet and that's my gift card keeper. I have tons of gift cards. I have my Jessica Simpson sunglasses, my awesome Seaband bracelets I wear for carsickness, Bonine tablets for carsickness, Tylenol, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, peppermints for carsickness, hydrocortizone cream for bug bites, a Boatmen's Bank mirror for my lipstick applying, chapstick, my keys, a couple of pens, granola bar or two, etc.
I am pretty sure if I got stuck somewhere for a couple of days with my purse I would be fine. I could feed myself, take care of myself if I got sick, and wash myself! HA!
Day 26 is all about your week in great detail. You all may get really bored with this post! I will be detailed!
Monday: Woke up and got ready for the day. Said bye to my in-laws as they had been with us since Thursday and were leaving town to go back home. Went to work by 7:30 and began working on finalizing things for my city council meeting that night. Worked until 11:30 and then took my lunch. Got back to work around 1 and finished up some little projects. Went home around 5, ate a quick dinner...which was snacks really, grapes, cantaloupe, and crackers, visited with Kody, and then headed back to town for my meeting at 6:30. My council meeting was from 7-8:45, which included closed session. Always interesting, but long! I got home around 9:30 after I talked with my partner Dixie for awhile outside. Took a shower and hit the hay!
Tuesday: Woke up and got ready for the day. Was at work by 7:30 and worked on signatures on things that had been passed the previous night by City Council. At 12 I went to my meeting at church for the Big Event. This was our last committee meeting and we are very hopeful and excited for the Big Event on Sunday. Left the meeting around 1 and thought since it was so nice out I would go to the walking park and walk for awhile. I didn't have the best shoes on, but that was ok. It was nice to clear my head and have a little time appreciating the weather and being away from it all. I headed back to work around 1:30 and got busy the rest of the afternoon. I made it home around 5 and Kody came home and he made pancakes for us. They were delicious! He's a great breakfast cook. Afterwards we were lazy! I took a long bath and read in the tub for about an hour. I went to bed early and Kody fell asleep on the couch til late. Had a big day ahead of me!
Wednesday: I got up a little earlier than normal to get ready and head to Springfield! I had a meeting and planned to do a little shopping while I was there. I purchased my new Canon T2i camera and I'm so excited about it. It was all I could do not to go sit at a park the remainder of the afternoon and play with the camera. I had a great lunch at Qdoba and headed to Republic to my meeting. It was really informative, but long. Oh well! I shopped a little more afterwards and headed home. I was home by 5:30, went for a jog/walk, and tried to mess with our new modem for internet and had no such luck. Kody worked a little late and got home around 7. We had a late dinner (for us) and grilled BBQ chicken. Yummy! That was basically our night.
Thursday: Today! It's my Mother-in-law, Teresa's birthday today! We love you and wish we were celebrating with you! Busy day! I headed to work around 7:30 and went to one of the local radio stations with our associate pastor and talked about the Big Event on air. :) I was a little nervous but it went well. Then I ran by the post office and bank, and headed north of town to the Welcome Center for our monthly Tourist Board meeting. It was a long one today and I got out of there around 12. I ran by my parents' house for a quick lunch and then went to Curves and had a really good work out! I felt great afterwards. The last 2 days I have been headache free, knock on wood, so it's been easier to work out. Tonight we are picking up chairs from the school my mom works at and taking them to church for the Big Event. We have around 300 chairs to take! We'll probably pick something up for dinner while we are out.
Friday: I will be filing away stuff from my city council meeting and making sure my desk is clean for the weekend. I hate to leave it a mess on Friday. So anything that is on it will hopefully be done by the end of the day. I have city council meeting minutes to write as well as Tourist Board minutes. Exciting stuff! Tomorrow night Kody is helping at the church put up tents for the event and I will help Ashley bring some chairs to the church too. I'm planning on spending the rest of the evening with Courtney and her kids while Brian and Kody are hard at it putting the tents up!
Saturday: I'm going to sleep in just a little and get up and clean the house! It's not too terribly bad since we've had so much company lately, but it's dusty and the floors always get dirty with the dog hair everywhere! I may go by the church and see what's going on for set-up and see if they need any help. My mom is helping in the morning and so maybe if she's done we can hang out in the afternoon. She probably will want to see my camera...ok maybe I will just want to show her! Saturday night I'm sure we'll go out to eat and just hang out. It will be a very busy weekend with the Big Event going on. We're really excited and hope to reach out to several community members who are looking for a church home.
Sunday: I really should just put Big Event day! We've planned this for awhile and we are ready to take action and get it down in the books! We are having a community church service outside under the tents at 10 am. Then we'll have kids games, inflatable games, health checks, tours of the church, booths, etc., beginning at 11. Lunch will be served at 11:30 and then Big Smith will begin playing at 1! It will be a full day for sure! We will help clean up and take the chairs back on Sunday evening. I'm sure we'll head to bed early that night.....I can already tell Monday will be difficult!
That's my week at a glance. If you read the whole thing I'm impressed! Hope everyone is having a great week!
Day 25! My day in great detail. :) I love details and this was a good day to remember! I wasn't just stuck at work today...
5:50 am--alarm goes off. I snooze for a couple of minutes
5:55 am--up and at it, begin make-up and hair routine
6:35 am--blow dry hair and fix it
6:40 am--wake up Kody...yes, he is capable of waking himself up, I'm just up so I can do it!
6:50 am--iron some khaki capris and a t-shirt for today
7 am--dress, shoes, brush my teeth
7:15--toast my bagel
7:20--head to work
7:45--at work and checked email....got the keys to the work car and got ready for my trip to Springfield
9:30--arrive in Springfield and head to my home away from home--Target
I shopped around Target...I like to look at everything there....yes, everything. I bought 2 bags of cotton candy off the $1 spot, LOVE this stuff and then a dinosaur for Drew--who I'll see next weekend! I had $280 worth of Target gift cards that I traded out for Visa gift cards to help purchase my new camera I got today.
10--stop in at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Kirklands. I still had a Kirklands gift card from my birthday a year ago and bought a nice fall wreath that was on sale and a few crosses to sit around the house. Only owed $1.97!
After this I headed to Best Buy to purchase my new SLR camera! Ok, I'm really excited about this! I talked with the guy for awhile and then just bit the bullet. Say hello to my new little friend.... I got a Canon Rebel T2i! I have shopped around for a long time and saved last year birthday money, Christmas money, and this year's birthday money! We're set to have babies now, we can keep track of their every move....pictures & video! I think we'll still want a video camera when the time comes, but this will be great for uploading videos on the blog! Yesssss! Ok enough of the camera!
11:30--I headed to my favorite fast food restaurant, Qdoba. I ate lunch quickly and then headed to my meeting. We had a speaker who is the city attorney for Springfield and he was really informative. He talked for a long time and then we had a really long meeting. We discussed in depth the Spring Institute hospitality room, that our City Clerk division and the Southwest MO City Clerk division will host next March at our annual meeting. Exciting I know..
When the meeting was over I headed to Gordman's for a quick walk-through and then to the mall. I went to Macy's and tried on some pants, Border's, and a couple other stores in the mall and decided to head home. I got home around 5:45 and went straight for a jog. I would jog as much as I could and then walk. I did a mile worth. I've been trying to do this after work when I can. It's been such a busy 2 weeks I haven't been to Curves much. Afterward I messed with our stinkin' internet. Our modem for DSL went out and we were sent a new one, but I'm still plugged in with the ethernet cord as I type this. UGHHH!!! I hate internet problems. I called Centurylink but their server was down to do the part that I needed. Guess I will blow 30 more minutes tomorrow night.
Kody got home and opened my camera up and got it all set and ready to go. We are both excited about it. We grilled chicken...I prepped it by putting the Smokey BBQ rub on it from Pampered Chef and then Kody did the rest. I always sit outside with him while he grills. Tonight I had the camera out shooting for fun. We ate a yummy dinner, cleaned up, I showered, and now it's almost bed time!
I know I live such an exciting life...and this was an exciting day!
Day 24 is all about where you live! I posted this before on Kelly's Korner, Show Us Your Life, but here it is again for those of you who missed that!
If you are arriving in town from the North you will see our Welcome Center and then City Hall on down on your left. This new, contemporary building houses my office! We have a historic downtown area that has little shops and places to eat. It has died down from what it used to be, back in the day it was the central part of the town and I believe somewhere where you could get anything you possibly might need. Here's what it used to look like.
West Plains is has a small town feel, but we are somewhat the regional hub. We're the largest town 100 miles north and south, nestled in between Jonesboro, AR and Springfield, MO. Our 2000 Census counted West Plains at 10,866. That only counts the city limits, which there has to be just as many people living out of the city limits around here, we are a very rural area. I think we'll be pleasantly surprised by our next number! At least I hope! I describe our place on the map as being the bottle middle county in Missouri on the Arkansas border. West Plains is the county seat of Howell County.
Here is my elementary school, middle school, and high school.
I spent many Friday nights cheering on our hometown football team and continue to do so now that I'm a alumni! These are not good stadium shots, but you get the picture! ;)
If you do not live in town, you would go to one of the 5 rural schools, which are just as great, if not better! We live in a rural school district and will probably at some point move into another one. The rural schools house kindergarten through 8th grade and then the 9th graders go into high school. They are smaller, have more athletic opportunities, and other things for the kids.
We have a hospital and several health care facilities, we are the headquarters for Air Evac, we have several different industries in the area, a dirt track race track, a hub of Missouri State University, which is growing as we speak, and many different business!
The next two pictures are just landmark restaurants that have drive-ins, and have been in business for AGES! Suds Inn and Maid Rite, Now Dairy Princess.
My church, First United Methodist Church, it's right before you get to our downtown district.
Nestled out in the country you will find several different mills around the area, even one in Arkansas, 25 miles south of us in Mammoth Springs.
What are we lacking? A MALL, Target, and some more big chain restaurants. We have a great Wal-Mart, shopping area near there, with restaurants like Colton's Steakhouse and Grill, Ruby Tuesday, El Charro's, and also a Walgreens! I'm proud of West Plains and the growth we've seen in the last 10 years. I'm anxious for the future here and hope, just hope, someday we get a Target!
I hope you enjoyed a little tour of West Plains, ya'll come visit!