All Rowelled Up

All Rowelled Up
All Rowelled Up

Friday, April 29, 2011

A Fairy Tale Wedding It Was

Well, the event of the year has come and gone.  But I'm sure not gone completely.  I woke up at 3:30 this morning to join in the billions of viewers to watch the exchanging of vows between William and Catherine.

It was one of the most exciting events I have ever witnessed on television.  Were there tears?  Yes, there were.  It was just me and Phoebe on the couch huddled together being a part of history.  I kept it together during the ceremony but when William was shown getting in the car to be driven to Westminster Abbey I totally lost it.  I kept thinking to myself "why are you bawling?"  I think I was just overwhelmed with excitement and amazement.

The wedding music was movie like and magical.  I'm hoping some sort of soundtrack might surface soon with the boys choir and the orchestra.  I will listen to it every day! :)

Kate looked so beautiful.  Just graceful and sweet.  She has this plain beauty about her that makes you love her just a little bit more.  I need her style for sure!  

If I were to attend the wedding I would of had to only wear a little feather something or other in my hair because I can guarantee you those hats would put me in the ER with a severe neck ache.  

Such a beautiful wedding and I'm making a date with my couch tomorrow to watch it all over again.  Yes, I'm going to watch it again.  It's my new favorite movie :)

Please enjoy some of my favorite moments from the day.

This is my early morning Princess Kate look.

A co-worker of mine gave me this awhile back.
Not sure why my hair decided to be lion like.

I ate some wedding cookies to celebrate the day.

And of course I had to have these royal hand sanitizers :)
That's my wedding bouquet in the background.

I hope you joined me in taking part in this day in history.

Princess April

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wednesday night = T.V. night

Sorry, no real blog tonight.  I have A LOT of shows on Wednesday and I gotta get to 'em.

Hope everyone has had a good week so far!

I'll start off with a little American Idol.
I am LOVING James.  He is so good.

 If you haven't watched this show yet you are missing out.
It's amahzing!
You would get it if you watched ;)

Another show you should be watching.
Modern Family is hilarious!

Cougar Town
Watch it. Love it. Drink some wine.

Gotta show Oklahoma City some love!
Go Thunder!!!

And of course I'm going to try to catch up on the latest television specials and counting down the days until my royal friends wed.
They're kind of my two favorite people right now.

Do you think it's too much if I wear my tiara to work on Friday?

Busy busy night,


Monday, April 25, 2011

30th Birthday Has Come and Gone

I feel I better get this on my blog before it's way past it's time and it's not exciting any more.

Let's talk about my 30th birthday!!! It was the best!! The weekend was almost perfect.  The only glitch was the weather.  I had a lovely four day weekend just to spoil myself and celebrate my special day.  

Thursday was a relaxing, stay at home and chill with my puppy day! The weather was nice but the wind would surely blow you away.  It was a little much.
My sweet little precious little puppy.

Friday, my actual birthday, I shopped around all day with my cousin and bought a new shirt for my festivities the next day.  I had originally bought a romper thinking it would be totally cute.  And it was totally cute in the store but when I got it home and tried to put it together with everything it just didn't look right.  I've always been against the romper.  I felt that girls that had the extra booty hip combination shouldn't try this style.  When I was at the store trying it on I was really shocked at how flattering it was.  That was until I got home and realized the store MUST have mirrors that make you look good so that you will buy it.  So now, I'm back to my original belief that the romper is not for my body style.  I don't need my back side looking any rounder than it already does.

These flowers showed up at my house on my birthday from some friends. So sweet of them!

Friday afternoon I had a Cherry Berry date with my niece, nephew, brother and sister.  After that I headed to the movies with some friends to see Scream 4.  I don't watch scary movies but let's be honest, it's Scream 4.  This isn't that kind of movie that sticks with me for days and gives me nightmares.  Everyone gets stabbed and everyone dies.  The End.  I had to see it though since I've seen all the other ones.  It's only fair, right?  Neve Campbell did look beautiful and you know Courtney Cox is always entertaining.  My husband was attending a concert with some friends (I didn't want to go and I wasn't going to let him miss out because it was my birthday.  Can we say Wife of the Year?) so I continued on with some friends and went and hung out at a new bar/restaurant in town.  It was a lot of fun and I was home before midnight.
My amazing niece and nephew!
Sister Sister
Best siblings in the world!!
Jerrah got me this giant pear.  It's so me!!

Now the celebration really begins!

I wanted to have a nice family dinner before we headed out for some dancing so we met up at Mr. Mambo's and then boot scooted to the Caravan!

My cousin Kaycee and my brother Adam

The Rowell's

Donnie D. Raymond and Denver

Doug and Me

My dinner guests

The waiter took my picture.

Two of my favorite people

They gave me a shot of tequila and made me wear the hat.

My sister-in-law Lindsey

Yes, what we are doing means something. :)
You gotta see Grease 2 to get it.

I love him!

Raymond and Lindsey

Such a good surprise when my friend Jennifer showed up.

Thanks to my friend Sarah who dropped off a cake for me. That's a good friend!

I almost forgot!!!!! My CD was released on my birthday!! What an awesome birthday present.  Please go check it out.  Just search April Cutting Room Floor at anyone of these sites or click on the link on my blog.....

The 30's are looking good on me ;)


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Let Us Not Forget

Today marks a very sad anniversary for the state of Oklahoma.  Sixteen years ago today the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City was bombed.  I was in the eighth grade and didn't fully understand what this meant politically or what kind of statement this was.  I knew it was sad and I knew it was tragic but what do you really know in the eighth grade besides looking forward to high school.

I've never been to the Oklahoma City National Memorial.  When I visited the bombing site it was just the outside portion of the Memorial and just that alone will stop you and really make you think.  I really want to go see the rest of it.

For those of you who do not live in Oklahoma I strongly encourage you to do a little research if you are unsure of exactly what took place that day.  It's beyond heartbreaking and I couldn't help but tear up as I read friends Facebook posts today with them just saying "let's remember."

Last year I was exposed to 'The McVeigh Tapes: Confessions of an American Terrorist'.  I had no intentions of watching it.  I don't like to watch specials along this line.  I saw all the coverage of it before and it's just a little too much to watch it again.  I feel the same way about 9-11.  I know it's important and it's a part of history but it bothers me too much and I just don't want to see it again.

Zach enjoys these kind of documentaries and he started watching it last year when we were getting ready for bed.  I turned over to go to sleep and found myself constantly lifting my head to sneak a peek of the program.  I could hear Zach snoring so I knew he wasn't watching anymore but I couldn't take my eyes off the television.  He recorded it and attempted to watch it again one afternoon.  I was cleaning or scrapbooking or something so I was just glancing at the t.v. every now and then and eventually I sat down and watched it all over again.  I ended up seeing this documentary three times before Zach saw it all the way through once.  It is a really good documentary that is filmed in a very different way that really sucks you in.  Please, if you get the chance, watch it. It exposes step by step of that day and makes you wonder what gets into people that they can just act out these insane acts of violence.

I remember everything about the day Timothy McVeigh was executed. It was June 1, 2001 and I was getting ready to volunteer for the US Open that was in Tulsa.  I was very excited to  maybe catch a glimpse of Tiger Woods.  Anyhow, the news kept showing the little building that he would be executed in and it just made my stomach turn knowing that any minute there was a life going to be taken in a small room in that building.  I felt guilty feeling sad for him after he already took 168 lives with 19 of them being children.  He was a killer.  Why am I sad for him?  I guess thinking that no matter what he did, he was once someone's baby, someone's friend, someone's little boy and it broke my heart for his family.

So, today, as you think of those who were killed 16 years ago find a place in your heart to think about Timothy McVeigh's family.  I'm sure they carry a heavy weight on their shoulders every year on this day.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Released Today: Cutting Room Floor

What do Beyonce and I have in common?  We both had albums released on our birthdays!!!

It's officially on itunes!!!

The first call I received this morning was to tell me my album was just released today.  How perfect!

Do me a favor and at least give it a listen today.  It would make me very happy.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Happy Birthday Eve To Me!!

Sorry to tell you that this trip down Memory Lane is coming to an end. I, for one, am happy about it so I can move on to other things going on in my life. I've had a wonderful time and found myself in tears on a couple of posts. It's just amazing how fast time goes and though I don't regret anything that has brought me to this point, I do wish that I would have had more confidence and lived a little more. I've spent too much time worrying about what other people might think or feel about my actions. I'm not saying I should have robbed a store or sluted myself out, I'm just saying I should have pushed the boundaries some and broke out of my mold of a "goody goody."

Obviously, I don't recall much from the ages of birth to 4 years old so there isn't much I can tell you about it. I was born in Oklahoma and I am the 3rd child, the baby. I seldomly looked like a boy in my baby and toddler pictures. Apparently I had a bad case of chicken pox as a kid and my mom had to cut all my hair off.

Please enjoy the few baby pictures that I have and I cant wait to start on my new projects for my blog.

Thanks for following the blog. It warms my heart very much to receive your comments on Facebook and on the blog.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Happy Birthday.....Almost

8 Mile

Somehow along the way I forgot how to count down so please excuse me and join me for the last 5 days of the countdown.

I left off with age 9 but it should have been 8 so let's just start at eight and take it to five. Okay?

Well, lets talk about eight. Eight was a good year. It was the end of 2nd grade and beginning of the 3rd. I switched elementary schools between these grades and I had to get used to a whole new group of friends only to be switched back the next year. Note to parents: Please don't take your kids out of school unless you ABSOLUTELY have to. It can be damaging.

The Seven Year Itch

Oh, seven. What can I say? Ending my career as a first grader and moving on to the second grade. I was finally making friends (yes, I moved a lot as a young child.)

With Six You Get Eggroll

This year kind of sucked. On my 6th birthday I was still living in Oklahoma and later that year we moved to Missouri. Not fun! Anyhow, when I was in kindergarten I wanted to be a secretary so for my 6th birthday I got a briefcase that I still have to this day. You would think my parents would have made me leave it at home and play with it there but no, they let me take it to school as my backpack. Now, in their defense they probaly told me no and I may have insisted, so to school I went with this awesome brown, plastic leather, 3 pocket briefcase.

It didn't fit in the backpack bucket so I couldn't bring it anymore. :(

Once we moved to Missouri I had the hardest time adjusting. I would get on the bus every morning, put my head into the seat in front of me and cry. My brother had to push, literally push, me to class every morning while I dug my heels into the floor. My teacher had to come get me every morning and take me into the classroom. There were papers we were supposed to pick up every morning but I wouldn't do it. I sat at my desk, put my head down and cried. How tragic! When it was time for report card time I thougt I failed the first grade because I saw all zeros everywhere. Turns out it was just some rating scale that went from 0-5 and I guess the zeros were good cause obviously I made it to the 2nd grade.

Number Five Is Alive

Okay, so for the loungest time I though I was born at five. One of my first memories is of me walking out of the utility room and I remember it being very bright. I can pretty much remember everything after that moment.

I spent a lot of time at my grandmas restaurant at this age. I usually sat at the table by the cash register and I thought it was so cool that I could help myself at the salad bar and eat all the jello and sunflower seeds that I wanted, and I did!

Come on birthday weekend, we've got plans,