Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Weekends Go By Way to Fast.

This post may be a bit of a picture overload. You have been warned. :) 

Saturday afternoon I went on a walk with my cousins and then they headed to vespers and I walked with the dogs over to the wheat. I wanted to play with my new polarizing lens. I still haven't figured it out totally but practice makes perfect. 


So, maybe I post to many pictures of the wheat and stuff but I'm a little obsessed with it right now. 





This is right on the edge of the field and you can see how brown it is everywhere else.

It is really loving this warm weather we have been having.

Can you tell who is who? :)



We celebrated Cousin Lexy's birthday by eating way to much cheesecake and playing games Saturday night. 



Dad dogsat Cooper. 

If you have never played Dutch Blitz, please come visit me. It's my favorite game and my family makes it pretty hilarious to play. :)
 Sunday we continued planting onions. We planted for about 3 hours and surprisingly I wasn't sore the next day. ha

Our new friend from church, Heather, came out to help. And thank goodness for Aunt LaDell. :)


Check out those "straight" lines. ;)
I think we planted about 4,000 onions and there were that many leeks still left that we didn't get to. It's going to be a fun summer...

And I will leave you with this picture of Gussy, taken right before he plowed over me and I was sure he broke my jaw and his head. (Sorry its' a bit blurry, I didn't have my settings quite right.)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Growing up.

[I haven't had internet the past few days. It has been really weird. I have had to study and just study some more to entertain myself.]

I'm linking up with Kerrie today for the Tuesday Challenge. I didn't do the actual challenge but I wanted to share something about how God has worked in my life. It may seem a bit strange but I want to share about the school I attended. I truly believe that God taught me so much there and prepared me for the life I had ahead of me. The last few weeks I have just had these crazy realizations of how God has been leading in my life, even when I didn't realize it. 

1st-8th grade I attended a small, one room school. On average there was about 15 of us each year, I think. It is our church school. I guess you could say it was similar to homeschool but with a teacher. 

When I graduated 8th grade, there was 3 of us. My cousin Emily, and another friend Alex. We went to a high school in Tulsa for 9th and 10th grade then went to a boarding school in Arkansas called Ozark Adventist Academy for Junior and Senior year. 

I loved it and wouldn't trade any of those years for anything!

This past Sunday we had a workbee at the school to clean things up for open house. We are kind of at a place where there aren't many kids. My generation hasn't had kids yet. ha Anyway, so we are looking for a few new students. 

Being there brought back sooo many memories and even though I actually didn't do a whole lot it was a lot of fun. I helped paint some doors and clean up a few things. A lot of things have changed since I was there but it's still the same small school. 
I took these next few pics with my phone while we were cleaning, so please excuse the mess. (Of course I forgot my camera)


The big classroom that we all had school in.

Part of the playground.

I'm pretty sure I read every book in this little library by the time I left.
 Some people may see this little one room school as a disadvantage but not me. A lot of people think I missed out on so much about highschool by going to Ozark but I don't think so at all. I got to do so many different things. 

At my interview for vet school they found all this so unique and interesting and I truly believe that it helped my get into vet school. God was leading and continues to lead! It's just so amazing to me.


Someday I hope to send my kids to that little one room school and I hope they have the same great experience that I had. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Week in Photos 2.

I had a busy week and didn't take a whole lot of pics with my phone but here is a little taste of my week. I cut out all the studying parts. (Which is most of the time) :)

1. Last Sunday one of our feedroom workers didn't show up so I got to help out. I wrote tickets and actually got a lot accomplished. We were pretty busy but when there were no customers, there was no internet so I got a lot of studying done. :)
2. I might have a slight addiction to popcorn. This is no ordinary popcorn though. I will have to fill you guys on our little secret to popcorn later. 
3. These sweet guys showed up in the barn this week. My landlady bought them for her daughter to practice goat tying with. It is like a zoo in the barn right now. Very noisy.
4. Cooper finally got a haircut! 

5. I might also be addicted to Braum's... I have to restrict my ice cream intake. It's right on my way home and so easy to run through the drive thru and it is soooo good. If you have never been to Braum's you are missing out. I also get a lot of my groceries there so it's very easy to get some ice cream too.
6. They took the babies mom away this week because they wanted to lease her out. I was sooo irritatedd!! The baby is 2 weeks old and there was no good reason to take her momma away. I do get to help bottle feed her though so that's fun.

7. Peaceful ride through the pecan grove. Love those floppy mule ears.
8. Watering the onions we planted. 

I have a very busy day ahead of me so I better get busy!

Friday, February 24, 2012

therapy.

So, as you all know, I have been pretty stressed out with school and life in general lately. This morning I had a big test and then had the rest of the day off. I only have a couple quizzes next week so I took the day off from studying and spent it outside.

I got a call from Ernie Wednesday evening and he left me a message. It said, "Allyson... this is Ernie... I know you have been stressed lately and it's supposed to be really nice Friday afternoon. Why don't you come out and ride? Talk to ya later!"

I have the best friends. They know me oh so well.

So this afternoon I headed over to the Busby's to ride. I was going to ride with Sharon but she wasn't able to get away so I had some alone time.

Big John
Yep, I stuck my nose in the water and then the alfalfa. 

Dixie. I didn't actually end up riding her. Just did some ground work. She was in a definite mood. 

Annie. My trustee steed. 
Now you might be saying, "those are some big ears for a horse." Well they are actually mules, which I actually am starting to like riding even better than horses. 

It was great to just be outside and a horse (or any animal) is the best therapist there is. They just listen and love you. :)

After my ride I headed back home to help Luke plant some onions. It seems to early but winter has just flown by. 

Anna helping.




I guess he has planted twice as many onions and potatoes as last year. I told him he may need to increase his work force because we worked hard last summer with half the amount of stuff. ha




On a side note, Cooper got a haircut today! Finally! It was getting really bad, but he looks so much better now. I will admit I was a little nervous about it because I have some dogs come back from the groomer looking really scary but the lady did a really great job. 



Happy weekend ya'll!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

worry.


"So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin' and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?"

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
~Matthew 25:28-30,33,34

I have a BIG test tomorrow. (I know I say that all the time but this one is a little harder than others) I'm trying not to worry to much. :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

pick me up.

I'm sure that 99% of you will not think this is funny but it is my go to video when I need a good laugh. I watch it like 10 times and I just crack up. 

It was taken on my class trip to hawaii. My friend Christy and I were standing up in the back of a truck while it was going down a very bumpy rode and we were really hyper. Anywho, Christy's face is hilarious. 

video

Don't judge. haha It's kind of inside joke and you would probably find it funny too if you could sit here and watch it with me. :) 

I wish I was in Hawaii right now, and I can't wait to see Christy and all my other friends from highschool in a few days! :)

For now, back to studying physiology. I have to get a better grade on this test Friday than the last test. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

to much to do.

Lately I feel like all I do is take tests. I'm soooo tired of studying and I feel like I just keep getting more and more behind so I had to prioritize some things. Which means that I'm spending less time in the bloggy world. I have to make sure to stay in vet school if I I want to blog about it. :)
Anyway, my grades are suffering a little so I'm prioritizing but I'm on my lunch break right now and I just finished a test so I'm taking a few minutes.

This weekend I was reminded how much I love and miss mission trips. A group of people from my church went to Honduras and they presented there trip at church Saturday. It looked like such a great trip and I felt a little left out but am excited about the work they got accomplished!

The weekend was a cold and dreary one but I really wanted to get outside (I sit inside and study ALL THE TIME) so Saturday afternoon I decided to go on a walk with some friends from church (practically family) and family. 

Gus came but Jake wouldn't get in the car. Gussy had a great time though! 


Yep, it was sprinkling the whole time.

Winter is pretty in it's own way.




It was nice to get outside even if it was a little chilly.

I'm getting a little discouraged with school. It just seems like never ending stress. I know, I know, I signed up for this but I just need a day or two to catch up! Is it spring break yet? or better yet summer?! I can think of a lot of things I would like to be doing besides studying.

I better get to class so I better stop pouting. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

and it all came flooding back.

Today and tomorrow they are doing interviews for next years vet school class. Seeing all those people all dressed up and how nervous they are just made it all come flooding back. 

I was a nervous messa few day before my interview but the day of I was suprisingly calm.  The night before I had gone over possible questions with my parents and every one of the questions I got asked in the interview were ones that I had talked about the night before. Of course each question started off a little rocky but by the time we had moved on the next one I had some how saved myself. 

All dressed up for my interview. I know, I'm the worst at taking pictures of myself. 

I really am a pretty shy person and am not good at talking to people I don't know, but when I walked in the room the people interviewing me were really friendly and that definitely helped calm my nerves. They made it seem like just another conversation and I am so thankful for that. I know that God really took care of me that day because a month later I got my acceptance letter


I know I wouldn't be here without God's help and guidance. I posted all about the questions I was asked etc. a year ago. You can check it out here! According to the interviewers my life is kind of unique and they thought it was so neat. :) I'm thankful for all the opportunities I have been given. 

They say vet school is the hardest thing to get into but I don't know. I was very lucky to get in my first try! I wish I was still as excited about it as I was the day I got the letter. ha

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

In His Image.



I touched on this awhile ago but it is one of those things that I realize more and more everyday. 

I grew up in a Christian home and have always believed in God. I feel like everyday I am growing closer to God and my relationship with Him is growing stronger, especially now that I am in vet school. 

We study anatomy, physiology, immunology, etc. I studied these things in undergrad but not to the extent that I am now. Studying these things has made me even more certain that there is a God and I can't help but wonder how people can believe in evolution.

Our bodies are so intricately designed and if one little thing goes wrong than we become sick or something doesn't function correctly. 

We have talked about how the immune system keeps from attacking itself and it really just comes down to one little marker. We have learned about nerves and how tiny a nerve can be but it can control a whole limb. We have talked about hormones and how one tiny thing can be unbalanced and it messes up everything else. The list goes on.

It never ceases to amaze me though when someone like my immunology professor says something like "this is the reason we still have this system because it works so well." Meaning that it hasn't evolved because it works. 

The body is such an intricate thing. How can someone believe that it evolved from a tiny bacterium or something like that? 

I started doing the YouVersion Bible in a year program and the first thing I read was Genesis 1. 

"In the begining God created the heavens and the earth." ~Genesis 1:1

I have a study Bible and the note that went a long with this verse was really neat to me. I had never thought about this and it was so simple. (Maybe some of you have and I'm just slow. ha) It says,

"In the beginning introduces the story of Creation. The universe has a beginning, because God created it out of nothing. The creation stories of ancient Near Eastern cultures usually require the gods to use preexisting material. Gen 1:1 challenges this concept by simply implying that God created- from nothing."

I found that really interesting and so cool. I started thinking about all the creation stories and evolution and how that applies to them. 

Everyday I learn something new about the body. Yes, it is about an animal but it is very similar to humans and the human body is even more intricate! 

I have learned so much in vet school already, scholastically and spiritually. It has definitely brought me closer to God. 

Happy Wednesday everybody! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Love Day!

So if you know me at all, you know that I'm not a mushy, gushy, sappy, lovey, dovey type of gal. Enough adjectives for ya? :) I do love a good romantic movie and a sweet note from my boyfriend but I'm just kind of one of those people that has a bubble and I'm not very good at being affectionate. Maybe I sound hard hearted but I'm really quite the opposite, just not real open about it. I'm working on it... 

Anywho, my Valentines day was spent trying to remember how to spell Macracanthorhynchus hirudinaceaus and Parelaphostrongylus tenuis. I had a parasitology lab quiz this afternoon. I wrote them both about 100 times and still forgot the P one. It may seem easy but there were about 50 other ones also.  

After the test I came back to my apartment to find these on my doorstep. 


 For those of you who don't know. Kody lives about 2 hours from me and we are doing the long distance thing.  I was kind of bummed because most of my friends were going out tonight with there man. Which I don't know why I was bummed we never do anything on Valentines anyway. More like a day around Valentines, which I'm totally fine with. I don't like crowds and it's just more practical. Anyway, these definitely made my day better. :)

I'm spending my Valentine's evening with pathology, physiology, immunology, and Cooper. I'm just thankful to move on from the worms. :)


Happy Valentine's Day my Love!


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