Monday, August 31, 2009

You say "Tomato" and I say "Yuck."

So I've kinda had this on going battle with tomatos.

I hate them.
Think they're disgusting.
I have honestly tried to like tomatos for some time now.
I keep hoping at some point my taste buds will rejoice when a tomato hits them, instead of hating me for putting such a creation in my mouth.
I try so hard because as many of you know...I am obsessed with ketchup.
Now ketchup I love.

I'm pretty sure I could find a way to incorporate ketchup into every meal.
I get made fun of a lot, but I simply don't care.
I like all tomato products really: spaghetti sauce, tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches, i love salsa!
So you see...I'm not totally hatin on tomatos.
I think their main problem is their texture. Bleh. It makes me gag.
I have that same issue with onions and coconuts. [two other foods I can't do.]
I dunno...but it is what it is.

Yesterday my amazing sister, Krista, made dinner for some friends and me.
During the making process she had my roommates go out and pick some fresh cherry tomatos from her garden for the salad.
Once again, my sister made me try one.
Krista's made me try many things in my life.
Like when she told me biting into a ginger root was a good idea. [BAD idea.]
Or the time she gave me a spoonful of salt when I thought it was a spoonful of sugar. My cute, little "Mary Poppins" attitude was altered in a rapid manner.
I should just know that when Krista says something will be good, I should run the other direction.
But no...she's my older sister and I trust her opinion so I relented and said, "Fine...I'll try one of your tomatos."
I really didn't want to, but I did it.
I popped that sucker in my mouth and didn't chew...just let it sit there.
Then when I bit down I about wanted to spit it over everyone.
Oh it made me ill.
My teeth broke the skin and juices squirted all over the inside of my mouth.
I immediately went to the garbage and spit it out.
I tried. But I don't think tomatos will ever be pleasing to me.
So I'm sorry, Kris. Don't take it personal.
I liked your cucumbers-does that count for something?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Tickets: $40
Parking: $10
Hot Dogs & Bottled Water: $10
Souvenirs: $53
McKell falling in love with Turner Field: Priceless

Tickets: $15
Parking: $10
Diet Coke Flip Flops: $8
Coke PJ Pants on Clearance: $18
Taste Testing & Polar Bear Hugs: Priceless

Gas from Atlanta to Hilton Head: $35
Sunset Dolphin Watch:
Hudson's Seafood: $80
Kayaking: $25
Giuseppi's Pizza: $12
Sea Pines Gate Fee: $5
Lighthouse Climb: $3
Matching HHI Shirts: $11
Rita's Italian Ice: $4
Spending time with McKell in this paradise I call my home: Priceless

I love you, Kell.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Here Comes the Bride

well...she's done it.
Karly Quilhot Maurer is now Mrs. Johnathan Barksdale Jr.
Karly Barksdale...that has a good ring to it.
She really is Karly Barley now.
The wedding festivities were AWESOME!

It all started on Saturday, July 18th, when I came home from a baptism in Atlanta and Julie flew in. Jules and I had some fun before everyone else arrived, like bike riding to Wal-Mart...

Then on Sunday Krista flew in just in time to hear Karly's and my talks at church. That day we went to enjoy God's creations on the beach and hung out.

Monday was more wedding finalizing and such.

Tuesday was nail day at the salon. All the girls went to our favorite nail salon to get manis and pedis! Then that night my family and Julie came to see me perform at the mermaid show! Lots of fun as always! I get SO nervous performing in front of my family, but it's fun too. We brought them up on the stage to dance like divas for "I Will Survive." Then the night ends with dancing and fireworks.

But the fun wasn't over there. We had a night of dancing and singing in the living room and then headed off to get Joshua Ross Blade at the Savannah airport. I decided to stay in my mermaid costume just cause it'd be funny, but then Karly & Julie joined in on the fun and dressed up too. Karly came as Glenda the good witch and Julie came as an 80s hooker. We were quite the sight at the airport. Everyone coming off that plane wished they were Mr. Blade!

Wednesday was the day before the wedding! We went out on Karly's last trip as Captain Karly, Crabby Captain of the Crabber J and then headed to the beach for a few hours. JJ and his family drove in town and then we had our rehearsal dinner out on our sunset cruise boat for a beautiful evening meeting and joining families! JJ's family is awesome! His Nana [grandma] is the cutest lady I've ever met and everyone was so loving and welcoming. I love my new family!

Thursday = WEddING DAY! [goin to the temple and we're...gonna get maaaried!] Our closest temple is in Columbia, SC. So that's where we gather. Karly couldn't get in the temple until 9 at night! We left Hilton Head around 3:30 and got there with some good lighting to take pictures before the sealing.

Then everyone [but me] went in to the temple and Karly & JJ were sealed for time and all eternity! I hung out in the waiting room with some of JJ's family and talked with them about the temple and what goes on and why the temple is such an important and necessary part in our path back to the Father & Son. It was fun talking with them about the things I believe in. A lot of our ward members were there for the sealing so it was nice to see the support they have for our family.

Friday was a big day cause getting ready for the receptino was a lot! We had it at this place in one of our gated communities called Moss Creek. It's a circle pavilion with windows all around. The back deck has a view of the ocean, marshes, docks, boats, and big 200 year old oak trees. It was a GORGEOUS day! Absolutely perfect. The ring ceremony started at 6:30. My daddy conducted it and my mama sang. Karly & JJ said some words to each other and it was all great! After that was more picture taking time!

That went in to reception time! Lots of food [chicken salad, meatballs, chocolate fondue, caesar salads, desserts, and of course the amazzzing cake Krista made], lots of tears [happy tears], and lots of dancing! My dance teacher from high school and her husband [Holly & Ross] are the best DJ's in the SouthEast so of course the party was rockin!

Saturday was used for resting and hangin out with the family that was in town! I love my family! I wish we could hang out more often! Then Sunday was the reception up in North Carolina for all of JJ's family and friends. It was really fun meeting everyone in JJ's town and seeing where he grew up! He's a true southern boy with a true southern town! It was awesome! I love my new brother and all he comes with!

The wedding festivities were great! I can't wait for whoever gets married next...we shall see...