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Friday, April 27, 2007

MY Toothbrush

I got up with my sweet husband this morning at 4:30 to make sure he got off to work with clean clothes, some breakfast, & a smile on his face. I was sitting on the bathroom counter when I noticed his toothbrush was missing. I exclaimed, "EWW!! Gross! Where is your toothbrush?" He said it was in his computer bag from his trip (which he returned from on Wednesday night!). I continued, "Not only is it gross for your toothbrush to be in your computer bag un-contained, but when was the last time you brushed your nasty teeth?" He kinda smiled and replied, "Last night, but I didn't brush my tongue." Our eyes locked over
MY TOOTHBRUSH!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

100 things about me...

Many of my friends, Laura, Katie, & Heather have written a list of 100 facts (well Heather's was like 5 things) about themselves. I decided yall would definitely want to know more about me! 1. I became a wife on December 9, 2006 to Luke Preston Cantrell! 2. I am the oldest of four children (Megan, 21, Blake, 19, Jake, 9,) and I very much fit the oldest child "role." 3. I have lived in Tennessee, Mississippi, and now Texas. 4. I have two bachelor's degrees: one in Animal and Dairy Science, and one in Nursing. 5. The summer of 2000, I tried everything on the menu at Dairy Queen. Not in one sitting, but my friend and I went every single day. Favorite: Reese's Blizzard. Least Favorite: Peanut Buster Parfait. 6. I could eat Mexican food every single day and still love it. 7. I eat ice cream every night before bed (unless Luke has eaten the last bowl and forgets to tell me...grrr) 8. I am a pediatric/bariatric nurse on the night shift (7 pm-7am). 9. My favorite color is green. It has been lime green since 8th grade, but I feel I need to move on to a grown-up color so we will say plain "green." 10. I have a precious dog named Bandit. This is the first time in my life to only have one pet. 11. I want to run a therapeutic horseback riding program one day. 12. I was voted Most Huggable my senior year and am still embarassed about it. 13. One of the biggest accomplishments of my life was running 2 5ks with my mom last year. 14. I love driving around with the windows down at night and listening to country music. 15. I love to receive mail and try to send it to my friends as much as possible. 16. I have very little PATIENCE, and this is something I have prayed about my entire life!! 17. I wasn't a "neat" person until I went to college and then I learned to love to clean. 18. I have had a job since I was 12 and am very glad my parents encouraged us to work. 19. I want to have four kids one day, and would love a set of twins. My paternal grandmother is a twin, and my maternal grandmother is a twin, so it might happen! Here are my cousin's twins~ 20. I have the greatest family in the world. They are the funniest, loudest, most sincere group of folks you will ever be around. I really think we would make it as a reality show. 21. Most of my friends in high school were boys; and all of my friends in college were girls. 22. I love my college friends and don't get to see them often enough. 23. My friend Tricia likes to say she played roles in weddings. I have played the following: flowergirl twice, Jr. Bridesmaid twice, Bridesmaid 4 times , Maid of Honor once, Honorary once, Bride once, and I will be a bridesmaid once this summer, and I am reading in a wedding this fall. I liked being the bride best...but I take my other roles very seriously! 24. I LOVE weddings and have been to almost 50 in the past two years.'myspace 25. I love rehearsal dinners almost as much. 26. I love throwing parties. 27. I love to knit. 28. I read anything I can get my hands on.'myspace 29. When I was in 4th grade I told my parents I wanted a pony. I read enough books to learn how that I sat on the edge of the couch to prove to them I could ride. They then bought me a pony, which turned into two, which turned into 2 ponies and a horse, which turned into a lifetime obsession. 30. I can artificially inseminate cows. And I can slaughter them. 31. I remember people's birthdays really well. I still remember the random guy that sat beside me in history class. Ian-February 12. 32. I hate getting in trouble and the only two spankings I got were Megan's fault. 33. I attended Germantown Elementary, Middle, and High School. 'myspace 34. I am very defensive of public schools. 35. The only sport I have played was softball in 6th grade and basketball my senior year. Both were with church. Neither was a good thing. 36. Most of my friends call me "Boo." 37.I have never smoked a cigarette. 38. I went to Kamp Kiwani in 1st grade all by myself. The next year I talked my friends, Lauren and Hallie, to tag along. I cried every night b/c I missed Megan so much, but I loved it! 39. I cannot say no. 40. My hair is naturally curly, and it wasn't until 7th grade. 41. I was a YoungLife leader for Germantown, and miss it a lot! 42.I have never broken a bone. 43.I hate any kind of confrontation and avoid it if at all possible. 44. My favorite months are April and October. Ironically, my birthday is April 5, and Luke's is October 5. 45. My closet is color-coordinated from lights to darks. 46. I dont know how to dive.'myspace 47. I am allergic to red ants. 48. I wish I could wear red lipstick. 49. I never want to move out of the south. 50. I can't wait to own a home. 51. I could shop at Target every single day 52. I love Christmas decorations. In fact, I love any holidays decorations. 53. I am obsessed with tragedies and research them on the internet daily. 54. I check Postsecret every Sunday morning before church. 55. I love to sleep. 56. I make really good banana pudding. 57. I have surprised myself and Luke with my cooking abilities. 58. Being married is so much fun! 59. I think having brothers made that transition easier. 60. When I was little, I thought there were rocking chairs under my covers that would crunch my toes. 61. I love Big Macs. And fresh fruit.'myspace 62. I just said poop to a patient and got embarrassed. 63. When I have nightmares they are either about snakes or tornadoes...and this usually happens once a month. 64. I remember my dreams almost every morning, and Luke thinks I have a vivid imagination b/c they are so weird, but real. 65. I love the smell of coffee but hate the taste. 66. My favorite number is 213. 67.'myspaceI ate peanut butter and jelly every day for lunch from kindergarten through my junior year. My senior year my mom started working, so no more PBJ for me! 68. My mom had to tell me it was time to shave my legs when I was in 6th grade. I really didn't want to. 69. She also suggested I start wearing make-up once I got to college! 70. My curfew was 11:23 until my senior year when it was bumped up to midnight. 71. I have never been grounded. 72. Luke and I just joined a Sunday school class and it is the first one I have been involved in since high school. I have missed it! 73. One night the summer before my junior year of college I stayed out till 7:00 am. My mom was waiting on the porch with Jake wrapped up in a blanket. I have never felt more guilty in my life. 74. All three of my siblings can make me laugh harder than anyone else I know. 75. I slept alot in class during nursing school. 76. I was in two plays at the Harrell Theatre when I was younger: The Nutcracker and The King and I. 77. I love going to see plays. 78. I don't mind doing yardwork, and did all of my parent's flowerbeds until this year.'myspace 79. I hate my handwriting. 80. When we were younger, I made my sister be the "uncool" Barbie, and made her babydolls like me more...or I wouldn't play with her. 81. Megan and I shared a room for 12 years growing up. We had so much fun together! 82. I want to live closer to my and Luke's families. 83. I have three sets of grandparents and saw them all at least once a week until I went to college. 84. Mint chocolate chip is my favorite ice cream flavor. Except at Marble Slab I get Sweet Cream w/strawberries. Yum Yum! 85. I lived on campus all four years of college. 86. I took dance from the time I was two until I was 12. 87. 'myspaceI was a horse show princess and queen for the Southern Amateur Saddle Club Association. 88. I was a member of Kappa Delta sorority in college, and it was one of the best decisions of my life. 89. My favorite flowers are sunflowers, and my favorite roses are yellow. 90. My parents are still madly in love, and I appreciate that fact so much! 91. When my mom was my age she had two kids and one on the way. Isnt that a scary thought? 92. I had the best childhood ever! 93. My high school friends and our moms started a Supper Club my Junior year of high school. We still meet monthly. 94. My wedding was absolutely perfect. 95. 'myspaceNothing is better than a fountain Coke sometimes. 96. I make fun of people too much. You have to have thick skin to be my friend. 97. I dont know the words to most of the songs I sing. 98. I am good at Mario on regular Nintendo.'myspace 99. I was senior class president of a class of almost 500 students, which means I get to plan our reunion. How am I going to find everyone? 100. I saved a baby's life several times Sunday night.

My Visual DNA

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Happy Birthdays!!



Today is Tricia's Birthday!
Hope it is wonderful, sweet friend! (She is on the far right!)


Bandit's Birthday was also some day this week. I didnt know the exact date, so I had decided to make it the 17th, and then the twins came that day...so maybe we will make it the 18th. We got him a new leash, a ball too big to roll under the couch, & a huge bone, and let him have a few bites of steaks with our dinner!



Friday, April 20, 2007

30 Day Photo Challenge

My friend, Jenny, challenged all us Bloggers (sounds like a cult), to take one picture a day for 30 days to capture the little moments in life. I will be adding pics daily, so keep checking back to see what's going on in our life!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Babies are here. The Babies are here!!

Jennifer delivered Maggie and Evie by c-section today at 2:00!! They weighed 5 lbs 11 oz, and 5 lbs 4 oz. Jennifer laughed through her surgery and is doing great. I am so proud of her! I am so sad I am not there to hold those precious things!!
Congrats Jennifer and Jeremy!!
Evelyn Beatrice O'Connell
5 lbs 11 oz

Margaret Patricia O'Connell

5 lbs 4 oz

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Animal House

Yea for birthdays! My bday was last Thursday, and I have to admit I was kinda dreading my first "grown-up" birthday. Every year up until now, I had woken up to balloons, streamers, cake, the whole bit, whether I was at home, or living in the sorority house. Birthdays are a big deal in my family, and among my friends. In fact, I kinda pride myself on remembering everyone's birthdays. I knew that to boys (my husband) birthdays were not a big deal. I was trying not to disappoint myself, but once again Luke shone threw! When I got home from work, he had this arrangement set up and he and Bandit were singing. Sunflowers are my favorite flowers, sushi is my favorite food, and who doesnt love a gift? Luke had given me several clues about my present, but I had no idea what it was...I was a little nervous b/c he was so excited about it, but when I found out what it was, I jumped for joy.
2 tickets to Gwen Stefani in Dallas!!!
I love her!!! And how freakin cool is my husband? We also were able to go to Memphis that afternoon. Luke had take off work early (does he deserve brownie points or what), so we were able to make it home by midnight. My mom has seen me on every single birthday since I was born. Not a big deal one might think. We have met in hotel rooms, restaurants, and everywhere in between the last five years. A 6.5 hour drive has been our biggest obstacle. But at 11:35 when I walked in my front door, I was greeted by more singing (Mom, Dad, Blake, and Bandit) and this awesome cake. It is a castle with Disney princesses. and it was ICE CREAM!! Yum Yum Yum! I also wanted to tell all my friends and family I appreciate the calls, emails, and blog shout outs! Yall are the best! Luke and I had a wonderful weekend in Memphis. My mom's dog, Gloria, had puppies over spring break. They are adorable. If anyone wants one, they are free to a good home. She had 8 and is a wonderful Mama. She is also smart! She took half of them to one side of the garage and nursed them, rested, and then went and nursed the rest. Look at those adorable faces!I wish we had a yard so we could take one! Friday night, we ate dinner at Daddy Doc and Granny T's for my and DDoc's bdays. His is the 6th. He made melt-in-your-mouth steaks! Luke and I were supposed to meet up with some of my high school friends downtown, but Luke didn't have his id. :( In Texas, when you apply for a driver's license, they take your old one and mail you a Texas one. Until the new one comes in, they give you a slip of paper that doesn't have your birthday on it. I was so disappointed I wasn't able to see them. We always have so much fun when we do get together! We were able to meet up with his mom and sister on Saturday for lunch which was a treat! I got some shopping done (I got my first "real" paycheck on Friday and felt the need to spend some of it on something other than bills!) We also met up with two of our "couple friends", Josh and Jessica & Darrow and Sissy. We had such a wonderful time eating and catching up. It is always wonderful to be able to see familiar faces that we enjoy so much. Josh and Jessica live in Marion, AR, and Darrow and Sissy live in Olive Branch, MS. Neither place is very far from Memphis, so I think Luke is looking forward to moving back so he can hang out with his buddies! Our Easter morning was cold, but fun. Easter is one of my favorite holidays because it is so amazing. I love the story of the last supper, and the crucifixion, but what truly gets me is the resurrection. I wish I had been there so see Jesus' empty tomb and the events that followed. Can you imagine what was going through his followers heads? They were devastated at the tragedy of his death, and awed by his prescence afterwards. All I can say is Amazing! I feel that Easter was put on the calendar in the perfect season, with everything new and blooming. I hope that everyone had a happy Easter with their families and friends. Here are some pics from our day:

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Real Nice

I PASSED MY BOARDS!!!
That's right...I am a Registered Nurse! I took my boards on Wednesday and found out Friday night that I passed. What a relief! I can now give shots and enemas.
Woohoo!