Saturday, January 19, 2008

Favorite American Idol moments so far this season...

We watched Wednesday's American Idol on Thursday night, thanks to DVR. I love the beginning of the's truly the best part. I am always amazed by the calibur of people that appear on that show, fully believing that they should be the next American Idol because they genuinely think that they can sing. It's funny and a little sad. But mostly funny. Well, in case you missed the highlight of Wednesday nights show, it was a precious Filipino man named Renaldo Lapuz singing his own "original composition" titled - We're Brothers Forever. It's awesome. Check it out. You will laugh until you cry. Or pee on yourself. Whichever comes first.

If you didn't notice, part of his ensemble includes 2 mums on the back of his cape. Awesome. My favorite part is "You are Heaven's chosen to give chance to any talent for free of charge." The funny thing is, it probably will become a hit. We've been walking around singing it since Thursday night!

A close runner up and someone that I want to be friends with because he seems like the nicest guy ever, is Paul Stafford. What a big teddy bear...

I love this show :)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Collin, The Adolescent Shoe Snob

I feel I must preface this particular blog by saying that this is Collin writing. I say that for 3 reasons: 1.My wife is a blog-a-holic and has written all but 1 of the blogs on here (just kidding about the blog-a-holic thing baby, I love you!) 2.I can guarantee you won’t be impressed with what I am about to write about as I’m sure you are with what Kristin writes. 3.If you don’t know what company’s logo is “Just Do It”, or have no idea what a “Swoosh” is, you may want to just skip this one…

So, without further ado… From the time I was in about 4th grade up until about the middle of high school I was obsessed with shoes. No, I don’t mean Gucci, Prada….or whatever else brand of high-end Italian footwear may cross your mind. I’m talking about athletic shoes, particularly NIKE. See, I went to a private school in middle and high school and we wore uniforms (which really wasn’t as bad as you might think). So, one of the only ways to show any sort of style, was shoes. I can remember (as I’m sure my parents can) getting so excited to get new shoes. We would go to the mall and I would have butterflies in my stomach just thinking about what shoes I wanted to get. I know that’s really weird, but it was fun for me. I used to want the best Nike’s I could find. And Nike was the only brand, anything else was a “knock-off”(wow, what a snob I used to be). In fact, up until a few years ago, Nike was the only brand of shoe I bought. It was a very tough (but economical) decision for me to buy a pair of Saucony shoes a couple years ago.

It wasn’t like I was the only one that was this way though. I mean, all my friends had to have cool shoes too. In fact, one of the “cool” things we used to do was trade shoes with each other for a class period. It was like we were “test-driving” each other’s shoes for comfort, style, and to see if they helped us run faster. Another thing I used to do was, I would have my mom pull out the Oshman’s(now Sports Authority) ad out of the paper every Sunday just so I could look at the shoes they had. I also never wanted my parents to throw any of my shoes away because I was sure that if I kept them they would be worth some money someday…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Anyways, I saw on the “inter-web” today that the new Michael Jordan shoes are coming out soon. Now, back in middle school, I would have been ecstatic to hear this news. But I truly feel that Nike hit it’s peak of quality styled shoes back in the mid-90’s (when I was in middle school, of course). I started reminiscing about all the pairs of shoes I used to have or just really admired from back then and began searching for them on the internet. As you will see, I have compiled a list of the Top 5 styled Nike shoes of all time, in my opinion. Some of them I owned, some I didn’t.

#1 Air Jordan XI 1995-1996

I never personally owned this shoe but it is absolutely amazing. This is easily the Bentley of basketball shoes. The design is so slick. Best basketball shoe ever made. Jordan made these look good. These shoes are extremely rare and very hard to find nowadays, and if you do find them, expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $300-$500 (and that’s not brand new either). The infant version of these even sell for about $175. Nike re-released these back in 2003. People waited outside malls and shoe stores all night to get a pair, and some of the few people lucky enough to get them got jumped in the parking lot leaving the store.

#2 Chris Webber Nike Air Max Sensation 1996

I didn’t own this shoe either, but this was somewhat of a revolutionary shoe. Reason being was that it was one of the first Nike shoes to have a full visible Air Pocket in the ball of your foot part of the shoe.

#3 Nike Air Adjust Force 1996-1997
This was my all time favorite shoe that I owned. I don’t think Nike has ever made another type of shoe like this one. It’s kind of hard to tell in the picture but the whole black velcro looking strap actually comes completely off the shoe. You could actually interchange different color straps making it almost look like you had a different shoe. I had about 3 or 4 different color straps. I put a picture of a red strap on there just so you can see what it looks off of the shoe. I had these shoes in 8th grade and completely wore them out. I literally wore the sole down to where you could see the inside of the shoe. Probably because I played basketball every single day in these. For those of you unfamiliar with air pockets, you can actually pop them only once and you will hear the air being released from them, usually making a soft sound like it would if you were to slowly release air from the corner opening of a Ziploc bag. Well, my family and I were camping in the Smoky Mountains, and one morning we woke up and were sitting around the campfire talking. I had my legs stretched out in front of me near the fire and all of a sudden…BOOM!!! We heard what sounded like a shotgun, and my leg when up in the air about 3 feet. Haha! I was wearing these shoes and they were so close to the fire that the heat caused my air pocket to explode. No one was hurt and it was hilarious.

#4 Nike Air Max Uptempo 1996-1997

I did not own this shoe but these were one of the first Nike shoes that had an air pocket along the entire bottom of the shoe (if you haven’t figured it out, it was all about the air pockets). The colors and style of this shoe were amazing.

#5 Penny Hardaway’s 1995

This shoe was huge back when Penny and Shaq played together for the Magic. I actually entered a 2 on 2 basketball tourney with a friend of mine that was being sponsored by Penny Hardaway. We didn’t make it very far but we had fun.

Here is a compilation of Honorable Mentions. Some of these I owned and some I didn’t. It would take me even longer of a blog to do a list of all the shoes I owned, but I could do it…..maybe another time.

Friday, January 4, 2008

My brother-in-law, Jack Bauer

This is the craziest story. I wanted to share it because God did an awesome thing this morning and I hope that He gets all the glory for His perfect protection over His children's lives.

This morning, at 1:00 AM (he doesn't have school today), my brother-in-law, Connor, was driving home from his girlfriends house. He realized that he needed gas so he pulled into a secluded gas station not far from his girlfriends house. He parked the car at a pump, put his keys in his pocket so that he wouldn't accidentally lock himself out of the car, and cracked the door to get out of the car. All of sudden, he sees out of the corner of his left eye a guy running toward him at full speed. The guy sees Connor look at him and reaches into his jacket pocket, trying to pull something out. Whatever weapon was in his pocket seemed to be stuck - he couldn't get it out. Praise Jesus. Connor, realizing that he didn't have enough time to pull the key out of his pocket, get it in the ignition and drive off, threw the car door open. The perpetrator (what we have fondly named him) had made it to the car by this point and the end of the car door that Connor had just thrown open had rammed into his lower stomach at just the perfect moment. He doubled over. Praise Jesus. Connor fell out of the car onto the ground and quickly stood up. The perp, who was still bent over, looked up at Connor to curse him and Connor punched the guy with his left hand (he's ambidextrious) square in the face. Connor quickly got the keys out of his pocket with his right hand while the perp was bleeding from the nose. The key to the mustang fell perfectly in his hand (Praise God!) and he got in the car and peeled out.

How awesome is that? We fully recognize Connor's mad skills and are completely proud of him for defending himself. But we must give credit where credit is due. God was protecting and overseeing everything that happened at that gas station this morning. We are so very grateful and excited at what God did! Today could actually be going very differently than it has. There are so many things about this story that give me chills and I am sitting here marveling at the omnipitent power and awesomeness (is that a word?) of our Lord. God did a mightly thing this morning and we are so very thankful.

It makes me think about how in every event of our lives, God is doing something. Connor was the only one of the Day children to take tae-kwon-do. It might have been some skill, instinction or ability that he picked up on in tae-kwon-do that allowed him to think so fast and be able to punch this guy. I'm not saying that because I took piano lessons as a child that I will have to play the piano to save my life someday. I'm just saying that God orchestrates the experiences of our lives for a reason. For our good. To give Him honor. And sometimes, maybe to save our lives. He is so awesome. I wonder how many times He's protected me from things that I still to this day know nothing about.

Thank You Father for protecting our sweet Connor. Thank You for watching over Your children - for Your inate ability to take over our bodies and to control every situation of our lives. Thank You that noone or nothing can touch us without Your approval. We are in awe of You and give You all the glory for this marvelous work that You did.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Christmas in pictures

Happy New Year! I love the start of a new year - all the possiblities of things to come and chances to start over and do better what we failed at the following year. I have already organized our bathroom cabinets!!

We had a great Christmas. It was so fun to spend time with family and friends. On Saturday, the 22nd, we went to Waxahachie to see my moms side of the family. My cousin and his wife, Jeff and Diana, had a baby girl in August, Macy Lynn, and it was our first time to meet her. She was the sweetest little thing!

We got to spend Sunday night, the 23rd, with our dear friends Clint & Larissa Simpson and it was a blast, as always. They love The Office like we do, and we had gotten Clint an Office t-shirt for Christmas. We were excited to see him open it because we knew that he would love it. The funny thing was that Ris called me about 2 weeks before Christmas and said that Clint had a great idea for Collin a Christmas gift - he wanted to order him an Office t-shirt. So he did and it was really funny to see the look on both of their faces when they opened up their Office t-shirts! Great minds think alike :)

They took us by this house in Benbrook, my hometown and where the Simpson's live, that had a light show set up to music. This guy had his own radio station for the holidays (don't ask me how all that worked because I have no clue) and you could drive by his house, turn on the station, and watch the lights dance to whatever song was on at that moment. It was SO cool. Between each song, he had a commercial in which he would talk about the true meaning of the season being the birth of our Lord and Savior. It was really cool. People were lined up in front of his house to see it. We took my parents by it the next night and there were cars lined up then, too! It was very neat! I tried to take a picture of it out of the window, but it didn't come out too well.

We really ejoyed being able to spend quality time with my parents on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. The Christmas Eve service was great (I always love that so much!) and Christmas morning was fun. I always like to take a picture of the tree before all the presents are gone!
Ace didn't know what to think with everything going on. He tried to eat the ornaments.

I won't bore you with what we got, but we are definitely blessed. We got more than we probably deserve and definitely more than we needed. My parents will kill me for this, but here are a few pics!

My mom made me a stocking when I was born and I still use it to this day. I love it. Well, when Collin and I got engaged, she decided that she would make one for him. Well, this year it was done! She did an AMAZING job - it's adorable and the thing that I love the most about it is that my mom made it :) Thanks mom, you're the best!

Collin and I bought a video camera a month ago and we decided that would be our gift to one another this year. We decided to get small, cheap gifts for one another just so that we would have something to open from one another on Christmas morning, or at least I thought we did. I bought Collin a talking Michael Scott bobble head (the boss from "The Office"). He was really excited! It's easier to appreciate this if you are an Office fan. Forgive the sleepy face, it was Christmas morning!

I wasn't sure what to think because this was my present from Collin...

Just because it's in a big box doesn't mean it's a large present on the inside, but I was pretty confused about this! I teased Collin that it was a gift card with some bricks and rocks in it (because the box was heavy). It turned out to be a gift certificate to WoodHouse Spa for a 1 hour Swedish massage! It wasn't exactly a "small, cheap" gift like we had discussed, but I'm excited! But the funniest part was the wrapping...

My sweet Collin, he's not a gift wrapper. Lucky for him, he married someone that loves it. I am like the ultimate gift wrapper. To wrap the lovely gift that you see pictured above, Collin taped the ends up with clear packing tape, and not with folded edges like girls would do it, but just sort of wadded up. Then he realized that the paper that he used wasn't big enough, so he cut another square piece from the roll and taped it on the outside of the end. The tape went clear around to the side of the box. It was awesome. We all got a big kick out of it and teased him for the remainder of the day. Truthfully though, that was the most beautiful gift under our tree this year. The fact that he did it himself, despite really knowing what he was doing, means more than anything. **I also must include as a side note or Collin will kill me - he is "much better at wrapping smaller gifts" but since this gift was so large, he had a much harder time.**

We got back to Houston on Thursday evening and did Christmas with Collin's family on Friday evening. We met at his gandparents house in southeast Houston and enjoyed a wonderful time of food, fellowship, and exchanging of gifts. We got wonderful gifts from them and have had a fun time spending gift cards over the last few days!! Collin's precious Aunt Cathy left on Saturday to fly back to Nashville so we were really glad that we got to have Christmas with her. I am so upset with myself because we didn't take any pictures while we were there!!

If anyone is still reading by now since this post is forever long, I hope that you had a very Merry Christmas and we wish you a very Happy New Year!