Wednesday, February 27, 2008

25 Years on this Earth

Saturday was my 25th birthday and what a fun day it was! I woke up and Clint told me to go back to sleep and he would take care of Chloe. Once I finally got up, I walked down stairs to see my husband cleaning the house and my little Chloe with a bow on! (Yes, my husband is a definite keeper!) He even decorated the kitchen with birthday streamers and balloons. He told me he was going to get breakfast and came back with chicken biscuits from Chick-fil-A (my favorite) and peach and pink roses!! The day could have ended there and I would have already had the best birthday ever...but it didn't. My mom arrived in Clarksville around noon and we all headed to Green Hills to do some shopping and eat at my favorite restaurant J.Alexanders. The next day, Clint even let my mom and I talk him into going to see a chick-flick! The weekend was such a wonderful time with Mom and Clint. Thank you to everyone who sent me cards, gifts, and birthday wishes. You all made my day so special!

P.S. Chloe would like to thank Charlie (Joe and Lo's dog) and Maggie (my Mom's dog) for the toys they sent to her. She is giving then both equal attention!

My favorite birthday gift!

I love this picture...she looks so innocent!

Mom with Chloe

Just us girls!

Eating at J.Alexanders

The amazing red-velvet cake that Mom brought me. It was made by the same lady who made my wedding cake.

Birthday roses

Monday, February 18, 2008

Meet me in St.Louis

I’m here in St. Louis for the National Association for Campus Activities national convention. Cool conference, not so cool location. This being my first time in St. Louis I am a little disappointed. Not to put down the home of the Cardinal or the Gateway Arch, but it seems rather…how should I say this, dirty! I have quickly found out (not by experience but by hearsay) that it has a very high crime population. Shouldn’t really surprise me. I mean, who knew Clarksville had a huge gang population? Not me, until we moved there. Anyway, at least I can say I have been here and I can check it off my list of places to visit. (And make a side note not to visit again.)
I am learning a lot at this conference. I have had the opportunity to meet many new professionals in the field such as myself. It’s great to hear their stories and be able to relate. What makes this conference so cool is that artists get to showcase their talents and we get to see a preview of what they have to offer if we book them for our campus. Each year the conference always brings some big names to perform. Quite a few musicians, comedians, and lecturers have gotten their start at NACA. A few of my favorites so far: Caroline Ray and Howie Day. I also heard Lance Bass from N’Sync and Darryl McDaniels from Run DMC speak. There have also been some really great “up-and-coming” bands that have performed. I will be here until Wednesday, so I am excited to see and hear all the other performers.

Caroline Ray

Our crazy students!

Mr.Belding from "Saved by the Bell." Who by the way told me that he almost went to Austin Peay to play basketball until he decided to go to Chatt. State. Not sure if that was a smart move Mr. B!

Howie Day singing "Collide"

The Day of Love

I know I’m a bit behind of writing about Valentine’s Day, but since it is one of my favorite holidays I feel I must give it some attention. Gasp! Did she say her favorite holiday? Yes, that’s right! I like it and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I even liked it when I wasn’t dating anyone and I spent Valentine’s night alone. Some of you would like to argue that it is a made up holiday by the greeting card companies. While I wouldn’t totally disagree, I would say though that maybe you aren’t giving V-Day a chance.
Hear me out. We would all agree that Valentine’s Day is about love…right? Okay, it doesn’t have to specifically be love for a significant other. Besides all the pink hearts and roses, and besides it being close to my birthday, I like Valentine’s Day because it is the only holiday that reminds you to tell the ones you love how much they mean to you. It doesn’t have to be mushy, just a simply card that says “I love you” or “You are special to me.” Usually after a tragedy we tend to hear people reminding us to tell the ones you love how important they are to you because you don’t know if it might be the last chance you get. So…if you aren’t typically the “lovey-dovey” type of person who constantly tells your family and friends how much you love them, well, you have Valentine’s Day to use as your excuse to do so!!
So, I hope that explains the reasoning behind one of my favorite holidays. Some of you will still think it is a silly Hallmark card buying, overpriced flower giving day. But at least you will know that I love you!

“All you need is Love!”
With my Valentine. Our annual V-day pose.
Beautiful flowers from Clint
Gorgeous flowers from Mom. I got 2 bouquets of flowers at work. Everyone was jealous!!
Waiting to go eat for Valentine's Day.
Clint: "Take the dang picture." Chloe: "Take me with you. I'm too cute to leave at home!"

Friday, February 15, 2008

A little behind

I have had tons of stuff going on this week, but I feel like no time to post. Our little Chloe is keeping us on our toes (to say the least). From going home on my lunch break everyday to getting up at 2:30am to let her outside, it's all been so crazy! She seems to be gettig better with the puppy training. She still has some accidents in her crate and is still crying, but beginning to ease off on both of those. I will be leaving this weekned for St.Louis to go to a conference with my boss and some of our students, so I will be leaving her with Clint until Wednesday. I know it's going to be a bit difficult for him b/c we have been sharing in the responsibilities. However, I know he can handle it. She really is a great little puppy!
Wednesday, we got another snow day!! I couldn't believe it. After spending 6 years in school at MTSU, we only had 1 snow day. I have only been here for less than a year and we have already had 2! I suppose that is the one joy of having a campus that is made up of mainly commuter and nontraditional students. (Although, that factor really makes my job difficult in terms of student involvement.) Clint still had to work (bless his heart, again!), but I got to spend the whole day with Chloe. We had such a fun day catching up on some house work and our sleep!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Meet our Chloe

Suprise! The Davis family now has a new member: Chloe Belle Davis. If you know me, you know how completely dog crazy I am. Well, for my birthday (which is 2/23) Clint got me the best gift ever, a puppy! He couldn't keep it a suprise because he wanted me to help pick her out. Yesterday, we drove to Dickson, TN and picked out Chloe. She is a toy poodle and probably won't get over 7lbs. We know how big of an adjustment having a dog will be, but I know it will be worth it. I went to Wal-Mart today and left Chloe with Clint. I was only gone for an hour and already missed her. It is going to be so fun watching her grow daily! Get ready to see tons of pictures of her posted on here :)
"I know, I'm cute...what can I say?"
Napping with Daddy

Friday, February 8, 2008

We love Union

I know I have already posted about the tornado disaster. However, if any of you are interested in keeping up with the recovery efforts at Union University visit the blog below. I just spent 5 minutes looking through the slide show. It really hit me hard. Personally, Union has been a very important institution to my family. I didn't realize how extensive the damage was to the campus. We are getting our student population to send cards, donations, and prayers to the Union family. I would encourage anyone who feels compelled to do the same.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Taking a work break

I'm a little behind on this one, butI have been tagged by Lena in the 4 things tag! I need a little break today at work, so here are some things you might not know about me:

4 jobs I've had:
1. Pharmacy Tech
2. Reading Tutor
3. Graduate Assistant
4. Assistant Director for Student Life and Leadership

4 movies watched over and over:
1. You've got Mail
2. Rocky movies
3. Dumb and Dumber
4. Father of the Bride

4 places I've lived:
1. Jackson, TN
2. Rockwood, TN
3. Murfreesboro, TN
4. Clarksville, TN

4 shows I watch:
1. American Idol
2. Real World
3. Travel Channel
4. American Justice

4 places I've been:
1. Santorini, Greece (favorite)
2. Venice
3. Florence
4. Rome (all with Margaret!)

4 people who e-mail me regularly:
1. Mom
2. Lindsey
3. Sarah
4. Bridget

4 favorite things to eat:
1. Pizza
2. Chips
3. Mexican
4. West TN BBQ

4 places I'd rather be:
1. Home with Clint
2. East TN mountains
3. The beach
4. Reading a book

4 things I look forward to this year:
1. Traveling and visiting family
2. Learning more about my job
3. Becoming more involved with our church
4. Enjoying NO HOMEWORK!

4 people to tag:
1. Lindsey
2. JD
3. Whoever else would like to continue the fun :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Praying for Jackson

Today started with a heavy heart. When I began reading about all the damage that Jackson has suffered because of last night's tornado, it made me want to get in my car and drive there. I immediatly called my grandmother and father to make sure they were OK and the rest of our family had made it through. Of course, the phone lines were down. I started to panic when I read that 2 people in the area that my family lives had been killed. I finally got a hold of my aunt who reassured me that everyone was OK, but there was extensive damage.
I will always call Jackson one of my homes. It makes me sick to think about the people hurt and the damage caused. I hope you will join me in praying for all those who were affected by the storms. Also, that as they begin to re-build (some of them from the ground up) that they will find peace and know that God continues to be with them.

The latest addition to our wall

As many of you know, my husband is very talented. (Thank goodness, otherwise our kids don't stand a chance!) He is super talented when it comes to music and arts. I am convinced he could learn to play any instrument by ear before I could even figure out where to place my fingers! He loves to sing and make up song on his guitar and piano. Our second bedroom has turned into a mini recording studio of sorts. One day, I hope we have a big enough space so that we can devote an entire room to his music. After visiting his parent's house a few times, I noticed they had a few paintings that Clint had done in high school. They were really good. I was a little mad that he hadn't told me about his hidden talent. I mean, let's be honest, if I could do half of what he does, I would be telling everyone :) Of course, that is probably because I can't!
We took one of his paintings when we were there for Christmas and got it framed. This weekend we hung it in our hallway. Everytime I pass that picture, it makes me proud to be the wife of such a gifted man! It will definatly be a special heirloom that we can pass down to our children.

Weekend in Bowling Green, KY

This weekend we visited our friends Joey and Amanda in Bowling Green, KY. We drove up Saturday night and stayed until Monday morning. Clint loved having another guy to watch the Super Bowl with. We had so much fun taking their dog, Abby Jo to the dog park. I saw so many dogs I wanted to take home with me. I guess you could say I'm slightly dog crazy. Joey recently completed the Police academy and is now an official police officer. It was pretty cool seeing all his gear and watching him practice on Clint!! haha
Cuff him Joey!

LOVED this dog! Amanda was a hit with her water bowl!

Puppy Love: Abby Jo smooching another doggie