Monday, October 11, 2010

Goin' to the chapel

September, where did you go?!?!

School is crazy busy.
Life is insanely busy.
But God is ridiculously good.

I was blessed to see these two beautiful people join hearts and souls in Holy Matrimony this past weekend.

Definitely one of the funnest weddings ever!
Way to go Beth and Taylor!  Ya'll put on a great party!
Can't wait to go through the rest of the pics and share them on this ol' blog.
There are some pretty hilarious comments and stories that I want to capture forever.
Hopefully I will get to it in the next few days.

Congrats, Beth and Taylor!!!
Can't wait to see how the Lord blesses your marriage!
You two were made for each other...Buffalo Wild Wings and all!!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Boat Post

Last week, I went to Waco to complete my Level 1 Fieldwork at Scott & White Hospital. It was such a wonderful time...I learned so much from the remarkable therapists there. I was in the pediatric and NICU settings, and I LOVED it!

I decided to kick off the week by going waterskiing w/ some of my very favorite people on Sunday afternoon! It was so great to be out on the Brazos River, soakin' up the Texas sun, and laughing and loving w/ three of the greatest souls I know.

Patrick is relatively new to skiing, but he did GREAT!  I even managed to capture a grin in this picture! 

Then there's Don.

Don is an old pro.  No that was a jibe at his age.  =)  He has been waterskiing for 30 years! 
Now for Brandon:
I was privileged to get to help teach Brandon how to ski a couple years ago.  Now he's a pro, and the student has become the teacher.
And finally,
There's me.  Thanks to Don's expert coaching, I was able to manage getting up on the slalom (w/out having to kick a ski.)  Definitely my new favorite thing!
And just for fun:
I'm blessed with the greatest friends!  There are few things I like better than a sunny day, great friends, and boating.  Throw in some Rocky Mountains, and life doesn't get better!

Friday, June 18, 2010

24 hours... or something like that

My dad joined the ranks of the mountain biking maniacs about 3 years ago and hasn't looked back.  Probably b/c looking back means falling off cliffs or crashing into cactus plants.  But anyway, he convinced me that I would love it, so for my birthday last year, he bought me a brand spankin' new shiny Specialized mountain bike.  It's a hard tail, w/ a Shram derailer, no disc brakes (sadly), bright blue, 19 inch frame, bike of wonders. 

Wowee.  Mountain biking is HARD.  And INTENSE.  And some of those crazies are truly maniacs on wheels, but it's such a rush and ton of fun.  And I wished I didn't live 2 hours away from home, so that I could join good ol' Papa John (aka my daddy-o) for more biking excursions.

But he did manage to con me into joining him and some of his biking buds for the 4th annual 24 Hours In The Canyon biking event.  Yep, you heard right...biking for 24 hours.  Ok, so it's not quite that intense unless you are competive. 

Here's what went down:

Friday June 4th
Dad & I packed up enough supplies & clothing for a month...ok, a bit of an exaggeration, but neverless, we had PLENTY of stock.  We loaded up the good ol' pop trailer and zoomed down into the beauty that is Palo Duro Canyon.

Gorgeous, huh! 

We set up camp, complete with Arizona misters (heaven sent when it was 116 degrees the next day), our own personal shade tree, and all of the mosquitoes & horse flies in the great state of Texas.
We enjoyed a delicious spaghetti supper for carb-loading with other biker crazees, took a short bike trip at dusk to prepare our muscles for the next day, and then turned in for a good night's sleep.

Saturday, June 5th - Go Day
We had a nice breakfast and lunch, and then it was Go Time!  We headed to starting line, and when all the announcements had commenced, the countdown began.   And we were off!
600+ bikers (both roadies and mountain bikers, competitive and non-comp) jumped onto skinny little bike seats in sweltering 115 degree Texas heat to ride for 24 hours.
So in reality, unless you are in the competitive devision, you don't really have to ride constantly for 24 hours.  The event is designed so that at least one member of you team is on the trail throughout the time frame...but they aren't sticklers to the rule.  The first year of the event, my dad road for 17 hours, 100 miles.  He's crazy.  I was just hoping to not break a bone.  That would be success for me.  =)

So 30 minutes into this crazy day, my legs began to shake, I stopped sweating, and my energy level plummeted.  Yep, that's right.  Started the event off with a good ol' case of heat exhaustion.  Luckily I stopped before it resulted in heat stroke.  They put me on ice, got some electrolyte water (nasty stuff) pumpin' in me, and I took a nice 5 hour break from the sun and the ride.  It was a sad start to the event. 

But I recovered, and at 5:30, we took off for one round-trip loop before supper.  We ate, road back to camp to grab our head lamps & bike lights, and thus began the adventure of trail riding in the dark.  It was one of the coolest things I've ever done.  To be bouncing over foot & a half ride trails, with nothing but a head lamp and handlebar light guiding your way...well it was intense, adrenaline pumping, and best of all...COOL!  That's right, temps dropped to the 80s, which felt like a cold front compared to the earlier weather, and we soared over those trails.  It was fun, but the old guys that I was riding with (aka my dad & his friend Mark) couldn't handle the nighttime riding with their 50+ year old eyesight, so we called it a night and turned in. 

The next day, Dad & I woke and finished the event with a couple loops of the trail.  Total, I road about 35 miles.  Not impressive by any means, but definitely longer than I have ever for me it was a personal best. 

Oh, and I took a nasty spill that morning.  I had the worst bruise on my booty that I have ever had in my entire life.  And I played soccer...aka bruise-filled-intense sport.  It was fact, it's still lingering & tender!  But, no broken it was a success!

We had a great time.  Love that my 52 year old dad can totally kick my tail on those trails.  He's crazy, and fun, and the best dad a girl could ask for.  Love our father-daughter adventures.  

Plus, how can you not have fun in a place as beautiful as this:

Thank you, Lord, for the beauty you created for us!

Hope your summer is full of fun adventures too!

♥ michelle

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A List of Happies

Some things I'm lovin' right now:

*  Do you remember the days of Rainbow sandwich bread???
Well I have found a few recipes to try, but just looking at pictures of the goodness puts a happy smile on my face!

* I love this fun little reminder to be the very best me!

* And I was browsing through Good Housekeeping when I stumbled on this ad of happiness!
These mailboxes definitely scream "Michelle"  =)

* And finally, I just cannot get enough of this awesome song!

"What are you waiting for?  What do you have to lose?
Your insecurities try to alter you.  You know you're made for more.
So don't be afraid to move. 
Your faith is all it takes and you can walk on the water too!"

♥ michelle

Monday, April 26, 2010

Laughter Mondays

and then God created Saturn....

and He liked it,

so He put a ring on it!

I loved this joke when I first heard!

Happy Monday everyone!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Colorado shenanigans!

During Spring Break, my mom and I hung out for 10 days in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of southwest Colorado.  Ahhh, my beloved Rocky's are just soooo refreshing!  We went skiing, thrift shopping (turns out the San Luis Valley has amazing thrift shops, who knew?), picture taking, deer chasing (see pics below), and other random activities.  My best friend Britt, her boyfriend, and another friend of ours, Kristen, joined us on Thursday for some skiing and swimming adventures. 

No, do not get your eyes checked.

I said swimming.  I'll explain in a sec.

Once, again, I went to the mountains with several people, and I came back with more scenery and deer pics than anything else!  =) 

You'd think I hadn't seen deer before...

I like to call this one the
Three Musketdeers!

"Hey guys, let's jump over the fence!  Some crazy lady is takin' pics of us!"

This one is called "Trend setter."
The deer randomly decided to come back across the fence.
Which gave me more picture taking ops! 
How kind of them!

Perfect form!

The deer were kind enough to run right across the road in front of me.
So fun!

All the gorgeous girls hangin' out at the cabin.
Yes, we all have bachelors degrees.
Yes, we all are in grad school for higher education.
Can't you tell by looking at us?

So about that swimming story....
There's a hot springs just north of Alamosa, CO that has been turned into an awesome swimming pool.  It is a Pollard family tradition to go swimming there when it is below freezing outside.  It's a great way to relax after several days skiing!

Here is a pic of Britt doin' her thing!
Notice the MAJESTIC Sangre de Cristo mountain range in the back.
It's most def my favorite mountain range in the whole state!

Yeah, we're all jealous of her sweet hair. 

Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Laughter Mondays

Read this very can be slightly confusing.

What did the pirate light bulb salesman say to the obese woman walked in his store?

"Aye, sell you light?"

Happy Monday!!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Ridiculously Loved

The first weekend in March, I had the delight of traveling to lovely Central TX to hang w/ my old "gang" from my youth ministry days at Baylor.

Members of our gang:
  • Don & Dolores:  married for 25 years, no children, youth ministry volunteers for more than 10 yrs, full of Fun and Life!, the most giving people I have ever met, owners of a masion of a house that we loving refer to as the O'Toole Hotel (it is our unofficial gang headquarters)

  • Brandon:  ahhh!  Love this guy!  22 year old Aggie, youth ministry volunteer for 4 years, I've had the amazing privilege of witnessing God's amazing transformation of this awesome friend of mine, can't get enough of Scripture, downright hysterical, lover of all things marroon, drives my favorite Dodge, welder of legit crosses, really cool dude

  • Chuck:  high ranking official in the United States Air Force but never comes across as arrogant or power-hungry, super charismatic...ppl just love him automatically, defender of our country especially in Afghanistan, my personal mentor, strongest Christian I know (and I know ALOT of amazing Christians), super faithful friend, has mad skillz on a snowboard, ridiculously filled with the Spirit

So that's the brief overview. 

And it doesn't even do those delightful, wonderful people justice.

Without boring you with all the wild details of this laughter-packed weekend in wacky Waco, I just wanna share with you some general thoughts.

* God is so ridiculously good.  I don't say that lightly.  This beautiful, perfect weekend with my dearest friends lifted my spirits when I wasn't even aware they needed lifting.  God provided without me even asking!  I love His constant pursuit of me, His inability to let me go without Love, peace, and joy. 

* I have the best friends ever.  I mean seriously.  Chuck came into town to give a talk at Aggie Awakening (a retreat for college kiddos).  After his awesome talk on discernment, people came up to ME and told me how much they envied me b/c they wanted to be friends with this guy in real life!  I mean, he's a seriously cool lover of Jesus!  And all of the gang is the same way! 

* I always have said that I must be the most loved person in the world.  Between my amazing family and incredible friendships, I am overwhelmed with blessings.  My cup most definitely overflows!

So there you have it.  One weekend recap down, about a gazillion more to go!

How has God blessed YOU lately?  In what ways are you celebrating His goodness?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Laughter Mondays

After a brief interlude, Laughter Mondays has returned!!!!  Yay!!!!

Inspired by Easter:

How do we know carrots are good for your eyes?

B/c you never see rabbits wearing glasses!
groan!  =)

Hoppy Easter Monday!
♥ michelle

Friday, April 2, 2010


It has been a hectic couple of weeks, and so on this Good Friday, I was excited to get to sleep in...

And then my Papa John called me to tell me that my car (which was at my parents' house) had been broken into last night.


We live out in the country, in a quiet neighborhood, with kids and dogs running all over the place.  That's just crazy!

It really is not the end of the world.  The biggest thing the thief took was over 300 cds.  I had a HUGE case of cds...which is fine...they can have 'em.  But the sad thing is I also was carrying my best friend's GINORMOUS case of cds as well.  Sigh. 

It's just stuff

However, on this Friday, this day of remembrance, I cannot help but think about our Jesus.  How He was stripped of His clothes, beaten, robbed of His humanity, nailed to a Cross.  They (we) took everything He had, His pride, His integrity, the very clothes off His back, His Life.  He was mocked, scorned, laughed at.  Few along the way showed any signs of compassion.  And then He was nailed to a tree. 

And after all of that, we added to His burden by laying our sins on His back as He hung on that Cross. 

He did it willingly.  This Man of Sorrows. 

Puts into perspective the loss of a few cds, huh?

I pray that on this most somber of all days, you are able to set your heart on the Crucifixion our Lord. 

This beautiful day.  The day that True Love died.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


List of randoms:

  • Grad students do NOT rebound from lack of sleep like college kids do.  I speak from experience.
  • Baylor Men's basketball rocks my world!  Elite Eight?  Are you KIDDING me???  This was the team that nation-wide coaches picked to finish TENTH in the Big 12.  Yay was an epic run!
  • If men's basketball rocks my world, then the Baylor Women provide the beat!  Final Four baby!!!!  Sic 'em, Bears!  What an amazing season this has been!  Next up,'s going to be a fun one!
  • Have you heard the new Amy Grant song?  Better Than A Hallelujah.  Simply beautiful.
  • And you must check out Forgiven by Sanctus Real.  "When I don't measure up to much in this life, I know I'm a treasure in the arms of Christ."  Amen.
  • Oh, and these people bring so much joy to my life, I'm perpetually Sonburned! 
brandon, brian, julie, chuck, me

blessings, my friends!
♥ michelle

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Busy Bee


I have been so ridiculously busy this semester! 
I have not been home, at my apartment in Lubbock, on a single weekend in a month and a half!

It started Valentine's Weekend, when I went to Ruidoso, NM for the ski trip.

And then I went to my hometown the next two weekends for dentist/doctor's appointments and my bestie's birthday.

Then the first weekend in March, I travelled to wacky Waco and College Station for a retreat.  (I will have a separate post on the amazingness that was this weekend.  God is so good.)

Next there was 10 days of Spring Break in Colorado (spanning two weekends).

Tomorrow I will bee heading back to Waco to help out w/ a retreat at the best university in America.  Yay Baylor!  (Expect a post on this retreat weekend as well as the fact that my Mens AND Womens Baylor Bears are in the Sweet 16!!!!!)

Then, next weekend is Easter!  Amen!  Alleluia!  I will be treckin' back up to Amarillo for the celebration of the best day in history.  Thank you Jesus!

And finally, FINALLY, after a 2 month hiatus, I will bee sleeping in and relaxing in my very own apartment the weekend of April 9th.  So excited. 

This insane schedule, combined with school, volunteer, and social priorities, is the reason my live is all a-buzz right now, and thus, no blogging.  But no worries, I will bee back soon!

Friday, March 19, 2010

"This life's gonna be a good life!"

get a load of this goodness:

go ahead. 
watch it again.
you know you want.

doesn't it just get you giddy for our Jesus!
i laugh every.time. i see it.
it just makes me so happy.

deliriously cheery.
love. this. life.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


I love to read.
Anything and everything, it just makes me happy.
Serious, funny, fiction, non-fiction, biography, spiritual, politics.
You name it, I read it.
Well, except Sci-fi.  But that's a post entirely for itself.

In late February, I went home to Amarillo, and my momma had a book waiting for me on my nightstand.
She's awesome like that. 

It was The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks.

Now, I'm not always a huge fan of Mr. Sparks. 
I loved A Bend In The Road...but not so much The Notebook.
A Walk to Remember was so-so. 
I just don't always like his style...something to do with some literary term like character development but I'm not going to pursue that at this time of night.

So ANYWAY, I picked up the book...
...and couldnt. put. it. down.

It's not that it was so rivetting.
Or thought-provoking.
And I didn't like the main character AT ALL at first.

But I hadn't read a fiction book in a LONG time.
And it was just a nice break from the reality of grad school.
Plus, it was a sweet book with a good message.

Totally predictable...but once you've read many of Sparks' books, you began to see this trend. 

Oh, and it made me cry.
And I NEVER cry in books or movies.  Ever. 
{Ok, I cried in Armagedon b/c I'm a daddy's girl and Simon Birch b/c you have to be heartless not to tear up in that movie.  Oh, and The Passion...but that totally doesn't count.}

So there you have it. 
If you like a cute little fiction story,
Or if you're a Nicholas Sparks fan,
I would definitely recommend this book.

And that is that.

Enough with all this trivial nonsense, back to reading about upper extremity rehabilitation...Thrilling.  Be jealous.

**Ha!  So I just re-read this post and realized how boring it is.  And pretty much the lamest book review ever.  Eh, such is life.  Bless your heart if you made it through it! 

Monday, March 15, 2010

Laughter Mondays

No corny joke today.

Just one HILARIOUS youth ministry story:

A youth minister friend of mine took a bunch of teens skiing one time. 
The very first run of the day, he took a group to the top of the mountain. 
There was a sweet girl w/ them, let's call her Grace, who, bless her heart, was not always the brightest crayon in the box, if you know what I mean.  Just as they got off the lift at the top of the mountain, she decided that she had to use the bathroom.  Period.  There was no holding it. 

So being the accomodating youth minister he was, Gordy instructed all the teens to gather in a circle around this little gal while she did her business.

Only one problem.

Grace didn't take off her skis.  And as she bent to squat to do her business, the skis were pointed straight down the mountain. 

So as you could probably guess, gravity did it's thing, and she took off, straight down the slopes w/ her ski bibs around her ankles and her booty shinin' bright for all the world to see.

You can just imagine the shock of Gordy and the rest of the teens as they witnessed the craziness.  It was a site to behold, that's for sure.

Well, to make a bad situation worse, the poor girl was somewhat inexperienced at skiing, and didn't know how to stop proficiently.  So part way down the mountain she decided to bail.

Right into a tree.  ouch.

Grace (fitting name, don't cha think?) ended up breaking BOTH her ankles.  No bueno.

So needless to say, she was in alot of pain, and super embarassed.  But thankfully, the ski patrol was a Johnny-on-the-spot, and rescued her quickly from her misery.

But it doesn't end there.
We're just gettin' to the good part!

You see, just as the ambulance was fixin' to leave to take Miss Grace to the hospital, they got a call to wait.  Apparently, another injured skier was on the way down the mountain.

Several minutes later, the ski patrol showed up with a man who was walking with both hands out in front of him in splints. 

As soon as everyone got situated and the ambulance took off for the hospital, Gordy, who was accompanying Grace, asked the gentleman what happened.

He said, "You're not gonna believe this, but I was sitting on the ski lift, when out of the corner of my eye, I see this young girl skiing down the mountain with her pants around her ankles!  As I turned to watch the "full moon" pass by, I lost track of what I was doing, and fell straight out of the ski lift and broke both my arms catching myself!" 

True story.

Oh my goodness!
Can you imagine?!?! 

Everytime I tell this, I get the most hysterical pictures in my head of all these events occurring. 
Poor Grace.
But what a story, huh?! 

I hope your Monday is exciting!  But just don't go around mooning people or falling outta ski lifts, k? 

Friday, March 12, 2010

Gimme a break, gimme a break...

...break me off a piece of that Kit. Kat. Bar.

It's officially SPRING BREAK!

So naturally, I'm going to do a completely "spring" thing and go to a snowy winter wonderland. 

I'm off to Colorful Colorado for a week of skiing, snow shoeing, snow mobile-ing, crafting, reading, card-playing, and fun-doing!

I'm excited!

I don't have many snowy CO pics, so you will have to enjoy a summertime one.  =)

I feel like a "legit" blogger b/c I have some scheduled posts that will pop up while I'm basking in the snow-covered goodness of my beloved Rockies. 

Hope you have a great week!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Ready, Set, ACTION!

I am such a rookie when it comes to photography and photoshop.
My momma uses my computer occasionally for her yearbook course, so she loaded photoshop on it so that she can work from home (whenever I'm home, that is.)

Yeah, there's obviously a total benefit to having a teaching mom.
Conflict of interest?  I like to think not.

But I digress.
I'm totally digging Photoshop actions right now. 
The Pioneer Woman has some AMAZING ones for FREE.  Yes.  Free.
Oh, and there's this nifty little site, Coffee Shop Photography, that also has about a bazillion free actions too.

I simply can't get over how easy these things are to use!  
I've learned so much about layers simply by playing around with these.  
And they are sooooooo fun. 
And a great way to procrastinate.

Back to the original plan for this post.
Thought I'd share with you some of the amazingness that is a Photoshop action.

Remember how I went to Ruidoso and only took pictures of deer?

Here is the Straight Out of the Camera (SOOC) shot of the buck who so willingly posed for my camera.


Not too pretty huh?  I was quite a distance from this big guy, and I don't have a mega zoom lens or anything, so this was the best I could do.
And it was evening. 
And cloudy.
And I'm amateur photographer remember, thus...a not-so-pretty pic.

But Photoshop saved the day!

I tweaked this baby with the Boost and Define and Sharpen actions from Pioneer Woman.
And this is what I got:

It's pretty good, but I wanted more.
So I boosted again.

Now we're in business!

So much fun.
And really simple.
Photoshop is quickly becoming very addicting.
But I'm ok with that.

And even though it's not a Laughter Monday, all this deer talk has brought 2 jokes to mind.

What do you call a deer with no eyes?

No eyed deer.
(no idea)

What do you call a deer with no eyes AND no legs?

Still no eyed deer.

Just cracks me up. 

Happy day, me dears! 
(pun intended)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Only a month late...

In February, we had a Valentine's bake sale for one of the organizations on campus.  

Well bein' all crafy and fun is on the top of my priority lists, especially when it comes to baking, so I searched around and stumbled on the cutest idea on Bakerella's website:  oreo balls shaped into kisses!

I LOVE oreo balls, so it was destiny that I make these for Love-day.

It was super easy...she has full directions here

Now, her directions call for the oreo kisses to be dipped in chocolate bark...but *Shock of the Century* I don't really care all that much for chocolate.  I thought the oreo + chocolate sauce would just be chocolate overkill, so I dipped mine in white almond bark.  This is how I normally make oreo balls...and they are always a huge hit, so I figure the chocolate police can't be too upset.

Now for a parade of pictures!

isn't this sign in my kitchen so cute?! 
love hob lob clearance!

Important marketing strategy:  take some leftover mix, and make
small balls for samples.  The customers just ate it up!  Literally.
They couldn't resist buying some after they had a sample of the deliciousness.

Hope your Tuesday is full of sweetness!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Laughter Mondays

What did the tie

say to the hat?

"You go on ahead....
                                            ....I'll hang around!"

Happy Monday!
♥ michelle

Friday, March 5, 2010

Lessons Learned

Oh ya'll.

It was bad.

I was fixin' to clean the counter after cooking supper.
I reached under the kitchen sink and pulled out the first bottle my hands touched *thinking* it was Clorox Clean-up.

I immediately began spraying the counter when I realized, I had grabbed the Windex.

What a dork.
So I exchanged it for the Clorox and doused the counter with a healthy dose of bleach.
And began wiping it off.

But I was quickly overwhelmed by an awful smell!
And it dawned on me:  Windex contains ammonia.

In a less than stellar moment, I had just combined bleach and ammonia on my countertops.
And I was home alone.

duh. duh. duuuuuuh.  (cue creepy piano music.)

My entire life I have been told that
Bleach + Ammonia = Deadly Combination.

So in a matter of about 0.253 seconds (an Olympic record, I'm sure), I grabbed my cell phone and raced out the front door.
I was just certain that I had breathed in deadly fumes and would be dying in a matter of moments.
(I've always had a flair for the dramatic.  ha!)

Visions of men in astonaut-like chemical suits with gas masks and oxygen tanks began filling my head.  I just knew that poison control was going to have to be called, and they would have to seal my apartment until the deadly gases could be contained and eliminated.  My face would be plastered all over the news as the girl who almost wiped out the entire apartment complex with noxious gases.  But I wasn't even going to live to see it.

With what I was sure were the last remaining breathes I would take on this planet, I called my dad to tell him of my disasterous mishap and wish him a long and happy life. 

What happened next is the kicker.  Appaling really. 

In the midst of this traumatic experience, my dad
---the man who donated half his genes to me
---who never missed a soccer game in high school
---who can fix just about anything on earth
---my hero, knight in shining armor

Can you believe it? 
He laughed at me.  His own flesh n blood.

Turns out you have to have massive quantities of ammonia and bleach to produce enough chlorine gas to be fatal.  Who knew?

After his brief interlude of laughter at my expense, he quickly dispelled my fears of dying on my front porch and told me he was quite certain I would survive.  And poison control would not have to be called.  Thus chem suit guys would not surround my apt.  And I wouldn't make the evening news.


So I went back inside, opened windows and turned on the ceiling fan to air out the smell.
And finished cleaning the counters.

All is right in my world again.

Oh happy note, I get to use these cuh-ute gloves.  Makes cleaning super fun.

One more life lesson learned.
One more crisis solved.
All in a days work.

What lessons have YOU learned lately?