Sunday, September 13, 2009

Now is the time for Freaking Out!!!

Hello Everyone! You haven't seen much of me lately because Second Year Vet School has started and tests have been one after another. I am not complaining, because it makes the time go by faster. The faster this year goes by, the quicker I will be in clinics!! Hands on, real veterinary stuff! Clinics are difficult too; I hear it’s just a different kind of difficult. No sleep, getting called at all hours of the night, being in isolation with horses, anesthetizing patients, being put on the spot by professors, and things like that.....which is WAY cooler than being in a classroom! Anyway, in case anyone was interested, I just wanted to give you my exam schedule so you could keep my classmates and me in your prayers, and know why I won't be around much.

For the record we had four tests in two weeks already!
Sept. 15: just a cool little side note, this day we will actually anesthetize an animal just like we were going into surgery except we are just monitoring her vital signs and waking her back up. Nothing painful until the week after.
Sept. 17th: Equine Medicine and Surgery Exam
Sept. 21st: Theriogenology Exam (covers an ENTIRE text book)
Sept. 25 Clinical Pathology Exam
Sept. 29th: We get to anesthetize our surgery dog again, make a skin incision and watch a Veterinarian spay/neuter our surgery dog, then suture it back up, we monitor him/her while they are waking up and do post-op care. (at some point in the upcoming weeks we get to actually perform the entire surgery ourselves!!)
Oct. 1st: Preventive Medicine AND Anesthesia Exams
Oct. 2nd: Surgery Lab Exam
Oct. 5-6th” FALL BREAK!!! Finally a second to gasp for air!!
Oct. 8th: Toxicology Exam
Oct. 14th: Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Exam
Oct. 23rd: Clinical Pathology Exam III
Oct. 28th: Preventive Medicine Exam III
Oct. 31st: HALLOWEEN!!! I get a chance to enjoy FALL until our Final Exams (which are CUMULATIVE over the entire semester)

Finals Start Nov. 30th and we have one every day until Dec. 9th

All I have to say is my poor hubby, and after Dec. 9th I will be sitting on my fanny and watching TV for a long time! Hehe. Tyler has been great though, he cooks and cleans, and doesn’t “expect” anything from me which makes it nice when I have to study…..I don’t get a guilt trip. He’s perfect!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday Morning in the South

Today was the perfect “Sunday in the South.” I woke up at 9:45 and got in the shower, when I got out Tyler had already took the doggies to potty, made coffee, and was so excited for me to go outside. He said, “Just step out there. “ So I went outside while he was in the shower, and was immediately hit by the most refreshing, crisp, frigid air!! It was a small taste of “Fall,” and enough to make me jump for joy!! I closed my eyes and stood there for a good five minutes, in my bathrobe with my coffee, warm and cozy in my hand. I just breathed the air and took in the noises of the birds and the leaves rustling beside the house. It was a perfect beginning to the day. We go down the street to a church called “First United Methodist.” Now, usually I am Southern Baptist but we have been visiting this lovely church for a while now, and we just can’t bring ourselves to leave a Sunday to try another church down the road.
This morning at church began like every other Sunday Morning….two little children came from each side of the isle to light the two candles in the front of the church as the choir comes in (in matching robes) to take their places. The piano player plays “All Creatures of Our God and King” and let me just say that the piano lady is fantastic. That lady can tear a piano up! So we go through the service as normal, the “Call to Worship,” the Invocation”, the “Hymn of Praise”, the “Apostles’ Creed”, and so on.
Then the best part of the service comes……after every offering the church sings “Doxology #95” which most of you know as “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow” well, while this is also good….it symbolizes the choir’s preparation for their song. And those of you, who know me, KNOW I love me some choir music! The choir director is pretty intense, he is serious about his job and he is quite funny to watch. The choir stands and holds their little black books and begins to sing “Hymn of Mercy.” I cannot explain to you the feeling. I am sure part of it was the thirty plus organ pipes in the front of the church, or maybe it was the guy playing the flute in the background, probably part of it was also the epic columns with beautiful scrolling around the top, and the two enormous, beautiful red banners hanging on each side of the pulpit. One banner with “Alpha and Omega” symbols, and the other with Flames, woven with red, blue, and gold ribbons. The song was flowing, the sopranos were high, the basses were low, the tenors and altos were exactly where they were supposed to be…..I felt like the Phantom of the Opera as he stands under the stage when Christine sings her first debut as he holds his hands out, closes his eyes and just takes it all in while the music swirls around him. This is all quite overwhelming by itself, but the 11:00 morning sun comes through the stained glass windows that go from the floor to the forty foot high ceilings that are also scrolled and decorated. These windows can't be explained any other way than majestic! The sun comes in while reflecting off the swirls of yellow, orange, green, blue, and purple; it gives the whole church a beautiful glow…..a color that I cannot describe. The church was so warm, and inviting, and soothing. I was completely taken over by this music and the harmony that was carrying on in front of me. You know the part in the movie “Beauty and the Beast” when he swirls her around the ballroom and the music gets really loud and just makes you feel all fuzzy inside??? We’ll that part is almost as good as this overwhelming feeling that flew on me today.
After the music was over and the color had faded from the windows, the Pastor got up to speak. His sermon was entitled “Walk with Confidence.” He formed it from Ephesians 6: 10-18

“10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

Needless to say, I was pumped and ready to take on the world when I left. After that, we took the dogs for a walk in the lovely crisp air and sunshine…..then went to Juliana and Thiago’s house for some yummy food! It was just a perfect Sunday.

Friday, July 31, 2009

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

So....for those of you who went, you know that my wedding was LOTS of fun!! We had a wonderful ceremony by an awesome pastor who did a fabulous job....then we moved on to the boogie down reception! Just to prove it, you should check it out at this link. "A Bride and Her Stanky Leg Father"

Anyway for all you Brides out there who think it's all peaches and so lovely, I have another tale for you! First let me explain to everyone who is reading this that, if you have a great wedding party, as well as amazing parents, as I did..... you as a "Bride" will not have to worry much about all the details that go wrong.

Here is a list...most of which I didn't know about until my Mom told me afterwards...of all the things that went wrong and the great lengths that were taken to fix them for me:

1. We wanted to have a 15 passenger van to shuttle the wedding party from the barn to the church and back. After many calls to rental companies, we found one! – and as a plus, it was also only minutes from the barn. However, just a few days before the wedding, we got a call from the company saying they were unable to provide the van – they had called everyone before letting us know because they had hoped to find one, even if from a competitor.

So the problem here is that they substituted two vehicles for the same price; which was great, except that meant we needed two drivers instead of one – and worst of all we got stuck with an Expedition and a MINI VAN!!!

2. Because the facility owner would not let us cater the "Bridal Brunch" at the barn like we had planed, Mom had to make and bring all the "snacks" (we had to call it "snacks"....if we called it a "Brunch" we would have had to pay even more because it was considered "an extra event") for the bridesmaids and groomsmen and have it all set up at the barn early on Friday morning, which if you remember....Friday was the DAY OF THE WEDDING!!

3. After Mom and Dad left the barn, after leaving home before 7 a.m., they had to go to the rental company for the vehicles.....halfway there she realized she left her driver’s license in her car (at the Barn) and had to go back for them because, as you know, you can’t rent a vehicle without proving you have a valid license. Oh yes, they found out that the "close rental company" had closed down that location and had moved into town across from none other than "KIA OF GREER"....those from South Carolina will know those crazy LOUD commercials that are so annoying.

After all this mess, Mom and Dad rushed home to get ready in time to be back at the barn for bridal party group shots. Mom had to be there first for the “getting ready with the bride pictures", so she left Dad at home since he had to be there later for the guy pictures.

4. To Dad's dismay, the rented vehicle had a flat tire when he started to leave our house (with his tux already on). He then had trouble finding the spare (it was a Nissan and they had it hid behind AND between the two front seats)….. Papa Charles came over to help change it in the June mid-day heat. Dad says he and Papa looked like the NASCAR pit crew. He finally made it to the barn just in time to pick up the Bridal party and head to the church for the ceremony, but too late for the "group" pictures. This makes me want to cry because it reminds me of that stupid movie "Father of the Bride" that ripped my heart out so long ago.

4. Okay, here is where I come in...The girls and one of the photographers rode with Mom in the rented Tahoe. Mom drove carefully back to the church because of course the worst thing that could happen would be to have a wreck with the bride in the car....ha! I got carsick. I mean SICK SICK....turn white and sweat and not talk for fear of throwing up all over the Bridesmaid's dresses. It was actually probably a combination of lack of sleep, migraine medicine, too little food for the day, too much coffee, and riding in the passenger seat behind the driver....whew. In any case, I could barely make it from the van to inside the church when we finally arrived.

The funny part about this..... Mom was cool and cheerfully settled me in the bridal room, turned out the lights, and told me to “rest”. I felt kind of silly and quite dramatic so I kept saying, "I'm fine, tell Tyler I am okay". Well, later I found out that immediately after exiting the room with me, Mom turned from calm- chirpy- cheery- to "GIVE ME A PHONE, I NEED TO CALL JERRY!!!" HA! She told me later that she immediately called Dad, since he left behind us, so the groom couldn’t see the bride – and barked out orders to bring me a Mt. Dew and some crackers from the store. Dad protested that he needed to drop off the groomsmen first because they need to be there on time....well, she let him know quick that "she needed those snacks NOW!!!" (With a lil' red in her eyes I'm sure). Mom then proceeded to go upstairs in search of anything in the church kitchen that might revive me.
She and Dad both arrived back in the Bridal room at the same time with drinks and snacks – she turned on the charm while she happily poured me a drink and told me to eat the crackers and take my time. She also just in passing said "whew it's stuffy in here" she just smiled and exited the room. She closed the bridal room door and turned on Dad (as he describes with FIRE in her eyes) and at a yelling whisper ordered him to “find a fan – quick!” Dad started questioning where to find a fan and she told him she didn’t care where, just get one. They both said I was very pale, and the bridal room was very hot. Dad met up with Terry Randle and they got me a fan (which did help a lot – along with the Dew and crackers). I revived and was fine for the rest of the evening.

5. Tyler was having his own case of butterflies upstairs as he waited for the service to begin. He kept asking about me (since he was in the van when Dad got the call about needing the drinks and crackers), but everyone kept telling him I was “fine”. Oh by the way, did we mention that there was NO seat for him in the mini-van?? He had to sit in Don's lap the entire way to the was lucky HE didn't get car-sick because he does very often....just ask the baseball team.

6. Another issue was the music on the wedding day. Justin (our sound guy) had informed me at the rehearsal dinner that the music for the bridal party entrance was skipping. In all the hustle and bustle of the wedding I forgot about this until I heard the music playing in the actual wedding! I was so pleased to find out that Tony (our Choir Director at Whitefield) had worked with Justin to fix the issue and purchase a new song off iTunes and replace it.....all in about five minutes before the wedding started.

7. There was another problem that sounded like a musical issue but it wasn't. At the end of the wedding the bridal party rushed out of the church to start taking pictures so we wouldn't be late to the reception, in the hurry of that everyone forgot about the grandparents and the parents sitting there in the church. It wouldn't have been that bad except the "exit" song we picked out was a techno song, sung by Cascada called "Everytime We Touch." Here it is in case you are just kept looping loudly, "DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DAAAAAAA DA, DA DA DA DA DADA DAAAAAAA DADADA!!"

8. The caterer had called Mom on Thursday to let her know that all the pies ordered for the pie display did not come in. Turns out the chocolate pies had been "discontinued", but the supplier had not informed the caterer of this prior to ordering. We used Sticky Fingers for our reception caterer, and PJ Wells was the lady in charge, and she was awesome. She actually stayed up until late that night and baked a LOT of chocolate pies from her own recipe so that I could have all the pies I had ordered for the reception. She was the kind of caterer that “had your back” at every turn.

9. When Tyler went to get his tux, along with some other of the groomsmen’s, from Gregory’s, he discovered they didn’t have HIS tux! The groom’s tux had not been delivered! Tyler had to sit in the Tux place the DAY OF THE WEDDING for an HOUR, for them to scrounge around and find all the pieces to his tux.

10. After this, Tyler brought Dad’s and Jonathan’s tuxes to them. Both their shirt sleeves came up to their elbows, and Jonathan was missing the cuff links. Gregory’s had to call Greenville to get the correct shirt sizes, so that meant that Dad had to go to Greenville the day of the wedding to pick up the correct ones – in addition to getting the vehicle rentals, and subsequently having the flat tire experience.

11. Did I mention that on Friday morning – early, when Dad and Mom left in their own seperate vehicles to go to the barn and drop off the food for the wedding party (and then go together to get the rental vehicles)…..that a BEE was in Dad’s truck and stung him on the neck as he drove down the road? He was pulling the trailer behind the truck, so it is miraculous that he didn’t wreck – not many people hate any insect that stings more than my Dad. So he had to wear his tux, button-up shirt, and tie with a bee sting on his neck! (He could make his own "Father of the Bride" movie!)

12. When we drove back to the barn after the wedding, we had planned to have wedding party introductions made from the driveway – so the rented vehicles were parked in front of my Jeep. We forgot about moving them until right before Tyler and I were leaving – so our Jeep didn’t get any “going away” decorations since it was basically hidden.

13. We had pre-arranged to have Daniel Simpson and his BIG awesome truck to wait on us at the church that is very close to the barn. Mom dropped Tyler and me off at the church so that we could come in on the big truck after the bridal party introductions. But thanks to all the music that I had to have in our ceremony and to the pictures afterwards, poor Daniel had been waiting almost an hour in the hot parking lot on us. Thankfully he didn’t give up on us, and we loved coming down that long driveway in that awesome truck for our “grand entrance”. Thanks Daniel!! Daniel’s mom and stepfather allowed us to use their farm for our “trash the dress” photo shoot – so thanks to that whole Collins’ family!

14. It was hot, hot, hot at the reception -- especially inside the barn where all the dancing was going on. PJ (our caterer) came over to Mom while Tyler and I were doing our bride/groom dance and told her the cake would have to be cut SOON or it was going to MELT off the table and into the floor!! They worked it out with the DJ to have the cake cutting right after my Dad and I danced.

15. Anyway, we were able to cut the cake before a major disaster, but the ice cream couldn’t be saved. I had some huge containers of vanilla ice cream from Callaham’s to go with the cake and pies, but the heat was just too much – even though they were frozen in tubs of ice. Maybe a few people got to enjoy the ice cream before it became milk shakes.

16. Some pre-wedding day disasters mostly involved poor Jonathan. He worked so hard on both our rehearsal dinner video and our wedding ceremony video and both had technical problems. Somehow, I have no clue how, he worked it all out so that, just in time, the reception video was ready and the wedding ceremony video was rendered. Somehow during the wedding ceremony the timing of the pre-ceremony video got off and it played in the middle of the "Grandparent's Seating" but at least it was viewed. Another funny pre-wedding day disaster was with Stacy, my "Maid of Honor." We all went Thursday before the wedding to get our nails done. Well, right when we arrived they asked us to pick out colors...hehe....Stacy picks out a really pretty pink polish, the only one on the shelf. About two minuets into the "shaking of the finger-nail polish" to prepare it for painting Stacy drops the bottle and it BUSTS ALL over the floor, the wall, her leg, her pocket-book, the bottom of her foot, ect. It was hilarious.

17. Okay, while we are discussing Stacy....and since I love her so much, I got a phone call from her Thursday night around 12 or 1 a.m. and she was freaking out. She started the conversation with; "Bekah, we have a problem." She had started to iron her dress and burnt a HUGE hole in it around the bottom part. I didn't know what to do about it and neither did she, but her Mom tacked it up like a champ and in the end you couldn't even tell anything was wrong with it. I know that was long, but I just thought all the Bride's out there about to get married should know that everything doesn't go according to plan, but with a crew like I had taking care of business, there is nothing to fret over.

Mississippi Girl and Turkey Burgers!

Today my husband and I became "Mississippians." We went to the Mississippi DMV and got our MS liscence. It was kinda sad and kinda exciting. Check out our new cards!!

Then we went by the "Pig Wig" to check and see if they had Ice Cream on sale and they DID!!! We got two kinds, one was "Snow Cream" for me, and the other kind was "Chocolate" for Tyler. Ummmmm it was soooo good.

After that Tyler cooked Turkey Burgers for me just like Nita used too. I didn't think I could eat them because the last time I had a turkey burger I cried....this was something Nita ALWAYS cooked, everytime I came over to their house. Tyler did a great job and they tasted JUST LIKE Nita's. He also cooked sweet potato fries and they were DIVINE!!! I love me some sweet potato fries.

p.s. for those of you who were wondering....yes, this is the perm.

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Bride and her "Stanky Leg" Father!

So this is it........and it's awesome!

For those of you who don't dad and I did a different kind of "Father Daughter Dance." We started out with a sweet lil slow dance to Tim McGraw's "My Little Girl"'ll have to watch the video to see how it went.

After that special dance I asked all the other men in my life to please come up for a special dance! These men consisted of my "other dads" who have had a HUGE impact on my life. Also mixed in are some great guys that I think very highly of. Enjoy!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Going to the Dog Park?

Today we went to the Dog Park. My dogs know the word "Dog Park" all you have to do is say it one time and they go crazy. Tyler and I said the magic word today let the pups outside and here is the result. Mowgli couldn't contain her excitement and we always have to tie Xena up so we can get the other two dogs on leashes. If we don't tie her up she is GONE!!

Then we load them up in the truck and make the 5 min drive to the Dog Park, which is an old baseball field someone decided to call the "Dog Park" one day. Even though it is simple the pups LOVE it. Here are two videos of what always happens.

They chase each other non stop.....until someone finds a tennis ball.

Xander REALLY enjoys the doggie pool, which is nothing more than a kiddie pool...but it works for him.

We always love to go and it only takes about 45 mins. for them to be WORN OUT...which is good for us because our fence isn't very big and they can get quite mischievous when they are not worn out.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

With the Hubs

Hey everyone,
I am back to this website so for future reference, to see my blog, look here. We are all settled in to our home here in Starkville MS. These are just a few pictures from tonight's supper. We had "Baked Chicken Salad" in our new cute little dish. After that we washed dishes, this time Tyler washed and I rinsed. Now we are just relaxing in front of the TV with our pups and cat. This life is so simple but so much fun. Later I will post pictures of our wedding and tell some stories about what went on behind the scenes, you will never believe it. Stay tuned.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Re-routed I don't have to keep Typing this over and over.....let me just direct you from now on to our "wedding website" for any future blogs you feel like looking at. This one has been put to sleep till after June 26th 2009.

Till then go to to see any new happenings in my life. Mainly because nothing goes on here in Starkville but studying and really who wants to see that? I am currently writing a new post there about the weekend visit in AL with my Precious. So keep looking for it!!

Feel free to browse around the rest of that website as well. We are adding new things and that is also where you RSVP for our Kick Butt Reception! :)

Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Christmas Shower

Hey Family and Friends! My mom made this cute video to show the pictures from my Christmas Shower that Lindsey and Kristy threw for me. Its on my wedding website so just go to this link to look at it and turn your volume up!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Simply the Best!!

If you are curious as to what the heck is going on in this picture then go to it is wedding related so it's on our Wedding Website, and it is cooooool!!! :) :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Answering Questions

Whew am I tired!! Who knew getting back in the swing of things would be sooooooo exhausting!! I must apologize to a blog reader of mine.....other than my mom, this girl has been the other person to leave a comment and I LOVE hearing what you guys think.....well I got so busy with finals that I just couldn't reply then Christmas came and everything since then has been a blur. Soooooo, Ash I am sorry and here are the answers to your questions! :)

I was wondering if you had any tips for me on preparing to go to vet school? All I can tell you is get as many VET HOURS as you can......I got paid for my position, luckily, but some of my fellow classmates did not. It sucks to have to volunteer but you do what you have to do to get into the place you have always dreamed of. My grades were nothing spectacular but I you have to have AT LEAST a 3.0 GPA to get into most veterinary schools. At some schools you have to take the "GRE" At Mississippi State they didn't look at these scores. Looking back now I think it would have been helpful to take Latin.....I know they say its a dead language but most of the medical terms for Vet Schools as well as Medical Schools come from Latin. Just a thought. When you do your hours make sure you have several different fields you've worked in. For example a vet school is more likely to take a student that has done small animal as well as some large animal on the side or vice versa. Its okay if you only have small but you GREATLY increase your chances of getting in my having large animal experience as well because there are not that many large animal vets out there and they want someone with experience who may possibly go into that field.

What does an average day of vet school consist of?

HA, oh goodness. An average day of vet school.........At Mississippi State we get to class at 8a.m. and sit through four hours of different classes (IN THE SAME CLASSROOM) Then get a break for lunch and come back around 2:00 for a Lab of some kind. NO off days (except for Holidays) and NO picking your own schedule. It is very doable but you have to realize coming into it that after those hours you also have to study and stay on top of your material. It is a lot different from undergrad.

How did you prepare before you decided that this is what you wanted to do?

I didn't have to prepare anything because since I was a child I wanted to be a veterinarian. I got a little freaked out in undergrad when taking the Chemistry and Biology 101 classes and changed my major but quickly switched back after a semester. I went to Tri County Tech for two years in SC to save money then transferred to Clemson University for the last two years and got a BS in Animal Science......If you are going to get a BS in Animal Science you need to go to vet school because I am not sure of anything else that degree is good for. Ha. Well, I hope this answered some of your questions. If you have anymore let me know!

oh and if you do not have a college picked out yet I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND CLEMSON UNIVERSITY!!! Seriously I bleed Orange and love love that awesome place!

For anyone else who reads this I am back to blogging so stay tuned!!! :) If any of my lovely Vet school friends would like to add their "2 cents" worth feel free to comment on this blog to Ash!

Friday, January 2, 2009

New "Wedding Website" blog post: