2009 - Simply Samantha


1:14 PM

Happy New Year Everyone.. ok its not the new year yet, but i'm close enough :)
new year 2010 Pictures, Images and Photos

I remember 10 years ago my sister and i in the basement so excited for the new year ( and our friends coming over ;) ) that we were being goofs. We even attempted ( and succeeded) in getting both of our body's into 1 large shirt. Sorry i have no photo to share ;). Then about 11pm we went up stairs and CRASHED and I'm serious. We have it on film..lol. My sister and behind the couch trying not to fall asleep and myself laying on the couch slowly falling asleep. Though we were able to stay up and see the start of a new year.
Then we feel asleep.

To all my friends and blog friends. Have a wondrous and glorious, Christ-filled new year!

Grasping the Concept

12:23 PM

Every Christmas we've always given our dog (or dogs) bones. So they won't get into, step on, and rip gifts. Over the past 3 years we've noticed that Jaxson really doesn't get the concept of the "chewing bone"
His idea of what to do with it is to walk around the house for more then an hour ,while we open gifts, looking for a "unique " place to hide the bone. We have found it in the couch/chair cousins, in his beanbag, and this year he attempted to move the dinning room drapes, and also he tried to hide is under our bathroom mat.
Needless to say now i think its somewhere in the backyard. Now he will come to the door with it in his mouth. Be a good boy and drop the dirt covered bone on the patio and come inside, then go out later and re-bury it.

I told my mom i just buy the bone for the entertainment value. Cause we laugh watching him walk around the house for hours and his attempts ( see video below) to hide the bone.

I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Christmas ;)

Merry Christmas

11:06 AM

Merry Christmas Everyone !!!!!!

Have an amazing and great Christmas :)

Much ado about nothing

12:59 PM


so today is a nothing day. i watched nothing but morning television all morning long. I have no intention of getting out of my shorts and worn out tee anytime soon, even though its cold outside.
I have theses "nothing plans" because I truthfully have nothing to do. I have no school this week ( though there is a test i have to work on but its not hard) and i really don't have any plans till Christmas. I should watch what I'm writing cause my mother has all the power in the world to give me something do.lol
So i sit here listening to my Pandora radio stations chilling, hoping I'll feel better ( i ate eggs this morning and I need to remember that I CANNOT eat eggs in the morning cause they make me sick. i really don't know why but they do.)
That's my plan for the day. Here's hoping tomorrow isn't a exact copy of today.

Going Deep

1:55 PM

Ok, so i realized that I haven't really gone to deep in blog post lately, They're either totally random or about cookies.

So lately I've been thinking about this little necklace.

I've had this necklace for almost 2 years, I believe, and over those 2 years its lost a couple of it "diamonds" that make the heart.
As I looked at it the other day, God put a little though in my head.
"Not every heart it perfect"
That's a thought! Over the past year, God has really tested me in accepting and realizing that everybody's different. I didn't have a huge issue with it but I would get upset when certain people would act a certain way, or say something that didn't needed to be said, or just didn't accept certain things that i believed or said. He also constantly reminded me that "no one is perfect"
As I looked at the necklace, I remembered that we all still have a few "diamonds" that are missing that doesn't make us perfect. Truthfully ( in the words of my pastor) we will NEVER be perfect on this earth. Our hearts will never be perfectly surrounded by "diamonds" till we reach our "home above".
If you see me walking around, I am more or less wearing this necklace. Its a constant reminder and, hey , its still cute even though its missing some diamonds ;)
Oh and remember, God is they only perfect person we will know. SO lets hang out more often with the only perfect Friend ;)

Hebrews 12:2
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.


10:58 AM

So i finally got the motivation to blog today. Maybe because I read the cute "Jamie DeLaine's" recent blog post :)
Truthfully this is my week off. I'm done school for the semester. Though I'm doing a small bit of math. I actually got to watch t.v this morning. And yes to those who are not homeschool. I am not aloud to watch t.v in the morning before school. So I'm excited when i can watch t.v in the morning :) and be a lazy bum :)
So, i have nothing really fun planned for my weeks off. I will be catching up on some reading. baking, and just relaxing.
This morning though, I was extra motivated to take pictures. So I walked around my house, in my p.j's with camera in hand. And here are the result.


He's such a ham~

LOVE this photo :)

My yummy no-bake peanut butter

My taste tester :)

Catching up on some reading over christmas break.

No purpose

12:06 PM


This post really has no-purpose. Which is better then me writing about cookies. Though as i right this my sister is finishing up on a batch of cookies she made for co-op tomorrow. I truly haven't been able to cook or bake in the kitchen cause this Friday my mom's throwing her annual Christmas party and she not letting anyone really cook or bake, cause shes cooking soups and cheesecakes like crazy!
The Christmas season is going really well so far. This is my last week of co-op classes for the semester :) I'm so happy. I'll still be doing math until the week of Christmas, but I'm ok with that :) I'm behind anyway.
Last Sunday, for my friends 16th birthday party, she took me and a couple more friends to Kobe's. Ever been there? You should go at least once in your life ( i want to go again) It is SO amazing. The food was so good and there was so much of it ( which was good for the money you paid.)
I am all done my Christmas shopping for my family :) I'm so proud of myself :) lol. I still have to get my puppy a bone and maybe something else for his stocking ( yes my dog has a stocking).
My churches Christmas cantata is arriving QUICKLY. Its insane, I still don't know some of the songs all that well, but i should be next weekend..... hopefully........

So there a non-purpose post ;) I hope you all are having a great Christmas season so far :)

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'" "That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."

- Linus, Charlie Brown Christmas

2nd batch

1:43 PM

Trust me, I will try not to make every post about cookies :) This past week I made some AWESOME and so easy peanut butter cookies :)


Of course Jaxson had to have a taste ( like always :) )


1st Batch :)

12:22 PM


Yesterday I made my first batch of cookies of the Christmas season. I made my favorite, Cake Mix Cookie's, I love these because they are sooo good and sooo easy ;) My friends love it when i make them :)


Cake Mix Cookies

1 package of cake mix (any flavor.. i like to use chocolate)
1 large egg
1/4 cup of oil
1/4 cup of water
1 cup of chopped nuts, raisins, oatmeal, coconut, chocolate chips, M&M'S® etc. (anything you like in cookies)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix, egg, oil, and water. Beat until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredient (s).

Drop by teaspoon about 1 inch apart onto greased cooke sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes or until done. Makes about 4 dozens. Yummy!

My "Taste Tester" ready to taste some cookies ;)


The Start of the Season

11:25 AM

I can't believe tomorrow it will be December! Crazyness! Its seem like November when by so fast ( though i tend to say that every time we go into a new month).
We are back from our trip. We had such an amazing time with friends and family. I can't wait to go back.
( my cuz and I, see the resemblance :) )

So yesterday we started what I call. "Christmas Prep" It take my family about 2 or 3 days to unload ALL of our Christmas stuff. Its insane. "Unfortunately" I hurt my back Sunday morning (I think its mostly from sitting in the car on the way home for so long) so i wasn't able to help bring in the boxes. I helped unload a little.. as you can see in the video ;)


Every year i try to have a goal for Christmas, I don't know why. Its always something like, buying gifts early, being extra helpful.. stuff like that.
This year I'm going to try to bake and cook more. I like to cook and bake, i just have to be in the mood..lol.. So for the past couple days I've been keeping an eye out for different yet cool recipes ;)

Hope you like my music player. I LOVE Christmas music so i thought I'd add my Christmas player to the blog for the month of December :) Also check out what I'm reading and my new "link me?"

Packing Up

8:39 PM

So most of the packing is done for the trip home tomorrow. I've had such an amazing week, visiting friends, family, and of course thanksgiving. I'm so tired, but a good tired. I can't wait to sleep in my own bed tomorrow night, but I've kind of enjoyed sleeping on comfy couches.
Truthfully, almost every time we come back to MD, it feels as if we have never left. Yes friends get older, the church and town changes a bit. But if you saw me with my friends, you would have never thought that we lived so far away from each other.
I hope you all had an amazing thanksgiving. Right now as I'm writing, my cuz is teaching my mom how to play some game, my aunt, uncle, and grandmother are asleep, i lost sight of my youngest cuz, and i really dont know where my dad and sister are. So in all words it's quiet peacful here.
So here's to our trip :) ( salutes with hand). Now we may go home and decorate our house with the 18 boxes of christmas stuff awaiting at our house ( hopefully I'll write about that in my next post;) . And also reunight with our puppy ;)

Checking in from Maryland

3:10 PM

Hey my title rhymes :) So I'm bloging in a basement! lol. In my homestate ;)
Maryland Pictures, Images and Photos
I've had a great weekend. The drive went really well. No issues what so ever on the way up except deciding where we were going to eat for dinner and my sister getting Fabrezz sprayed in her mouth by accident. lol
Most of the weekend was spent with family (watching football, and eating my Grant Aunt Tissys cheese dip that is at every family event on my dads side).
Today I had a yummy coffee downtown with my G-Ma and tonight some major parting is going to go on :) So I am just checking in, Not sure If i'll be able to blog more this week.

If so I wish you all a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Feel free to post comments :) I will be able to check and read them :)


1:02 PM

I am a major note taker. And I don't mean in school ( though I do take notes at school). If i need to remember something I make a note, and when I mean something I mean ANYTHING. It could be as simple as doing my hair a certain way. I know I'm weird. But I'm so scared I'll forget. If i decided to do something the next day in the middle of the night, i get up, turn my light on and make a note of it and stick it on my cork board. I don't have a dry erase bored, so i use paper, from anywhere. I tell my mom I kill so many tree's with the amount of paper I use just to make myself reminders. Onetime I made a note to take a shower. I know pathetic but I'm very afraid about forgetting things.
So the other day I was looking around on my newly updated laptop. There are some pretty good things on the windows 7. But the best thing EVER. Its it has STICKY NOTES! HALLELUJAH! lol I was so excited because i use my computer about everyday so its a great place to have reminders :)

See the sticky notes! lol. And for those of you who don't know. That is James Dean on my wallpaper. Mom laughs because I've only seen 1 movie of his and I LOVE him.. lol ( ok maybe not love but he was a great actor). I tell her "One is enough! :) "

I'm not sure if I'll be able to blog in the next view days ( or even week) I will make the best effort to blog on vaca but we will see how that goes :)

I'm Back :) miss me :)

12:38 PM

I'm back. My laptop is fixed! yippee ;) God has blessed us with a wonderful friend who is a computer wiz. He was able to fix my laptop and upgrade it to Windows 7. :)
Dell Latitude D620 Pictures, Images and Photos

This post isn't going to be 2 long. I'm just checking in between Spanish Tests. I'm trying to get all my school done by tomorrow. Most of my co-op school work is done. Most of the work is for spanish because I have to finish up this midterm today. Crazyness. It will all be worth it come tomorrow night. Familys coming to stay and then off to my MD I go ;)

Sick Day(s)

5:30 PM

its sick Pictures, Images and Photos
Well. I actually have a good excuse of why i haven't blogged. My laptop is sick. It has a nasty "worm" all because of me. I always seem to be the one that messes up the computer(s). I have no idea why. Luckily we have great friends that can... hopefully .... fix it.
So please excuse me as I am away from blogger for a couple days. I'm having to use my sisters computer and sometimes my wonderful mommy lets me use her laptop :)

Please feel free to comment :) I love getting them :)


2:51 PM

Hey ya'll :)
So homecoming, oh wait, the Masquerade Ball was this weekend, I had a blast! Dancing, eat lots of chocolate and taking lots of pictures. And of course we had to do the Thriller dance. I laughed to hard at so many times. My friends sister "chaperoned" but you wouldn't know that she was because almost every song she was out on the floor dancing and showing us moves ;)

The accessories~


The Dress~

The Girls~


My Sis and I ~


Worldless Wednesday ... just a little late

6:31 PM


College information anyone? lol, there is a pile of college info just sitting under my night stand..lol.. Its fun getting this in the mail though :)

Sorry this is a little late, i meant to blog this yesterday but yesterday was really busy.

12:59 PM

Hey everybody,
Thanks so much for you wonderful comments on my last post :) I LOVE getting them.

I apologize for not posting in almost a week. About 2 days after my last post ( the day i was planing to post) my computer plans got interrupted. This past Thursday we lost our "old man" :)

( oh and he's not dead in this picture, just sleeping :) his main hobby :) )

He was such a good dog. We love and miss him so much ;)

Here is what my mom wrote on her blog. I couldn't have wrote it any better :)

Spankie lived an AMAZING life.

He jumped out a second story window, garnering himself the name "Spankie the Wonder Dog" by all the neighbors.

He was kicked in the head by a donkey, which fractured his skull. Beyond being a little shaken up, he was actually OK. The vet just said the bump on his head gave him more character.

He rode shotgun with my hubby in the moving van from Maryland to Florida.

He chased and often caught quiet a few groundhogs and even one Armadillo here in Florida.

He was horribly attacked by something during the night a few years back and had over 10 puncture wounds. He surprisingly survived that too.


I'm actually doing pretty ok with it happening to fast and all of a sudden. Which is weird. I'm still sad but I really thank the Lord because I believe He has really helped me the past couple days. We still have another dog, which I also think is helping cushion the blow. It's probably because I still have the relation that there is still a dog in the house. I still miss my Spankie though and will for many years ;) He made me laugh when I was young by running like a mad man in our yard and scared me half to death when he got kicked in the head by a donkey :)
I will really miss him this Christmas because every year he gets into our presents and sniffs them out :) He even has his own stocking :)

Anyway :) Hopefully I'll have a much better and happier post for next time :)


1:25 PM

Ok, maybe its not that GREAT pumpkin. But they'll do ;)


Every year we carve pumpkins ( well, we try). So last night we worked on our pumpkins and watch, what else, The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.




Checking in

7:49 PM

I am so bad at blogging these days. but i guess it comes with the territory. The territory being that I'm in my junior year, searching for collages, taking PSAT, soon to be taking the CPT and who knows that other abbreviated tests i will be taking. Along with a busier life.

I basically get on my computer now for research, practice tests, school, school, school, facebook, twitter... and oh yea i forgot.. i had a blog... lol

You'd probably look at my normal day and say that my life is not busy at all. But you don't know whats going on in my brain. My brains been on overload...its insane... mostly on overload from thinking so much, about college and stuff.. Which isn't to bad seeing that I've been more motivated more to do better in my schooling. Not that I haven't been doing great in school its just that, might as well get more disciplined now before college then be hit with a huge surprise when i go.

My advice to kids in their sophomore year. PLEASE start praying about college and what you want to do NOW! lol. I did just a little bit but i should have been more diligent in it. You would not believe how hard it is to pick a college and prep for it. Yeah Yeah I know i still have a year and a half but that's still a short amount of time... in a way.

Hope your enjoying the "Collage Search" with Samantha...lol.. I'm somewhat enjoying it :)


6:30 PM

I'm back, dont worry i didn't forget about blogging :) I've been kind of on a vacation since Wednesday afternoon.
My PSAT's went well. I wont know my score till December. Oh well, heres hoping .. Lol

My sister turned 18 Wednesday! Its so weird that shes 18! She can vote now! crazyness. So as a gift from my parents we flew one of her friends from MD down here and we also got to stay at Disney for a day and attend Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween.

We had so much fun. I was on video duty so i dont have pictures on my laptop. All i have is this one :) enjoy :) .lol.. There are some my sis took that i wanted to post.. But that will have to wait till next time ;)

Dress Rehersal

12:54 PM

So I decided that i would try out my outfit for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party that I'm attending this Thursday night with my sister and her friend for her b-day.
I was on a budget and all i could think about was "Gator Fan" which i am. SO my friends lovely and awesome sister is letting me borrow her gator jersey ( because i have yet to own one) for Thursday and I was able to find some other orange and blue things around my house. And of course I had to get some black paint to go under my eyes.


Tada..lol.. In case you didn't know, Tim Tebow ( the Florida Gator quarterback and the best quarterback of all time in my opinion:) ) has a verse written on his black paint every time he play's. So, I'd thought I'd add some Tim Tebow to my outfit by putting John 3:16 under my eye.
I didn't notice that i wrote it backwards till after i had finished it :P Mom will be doing that come Thursday night :)

Happiness :)

10:04 PM

Happiness is coming home with some new clothes and the newest
Michael Bublé cd :)



2:24 PM

Ever look in your closet and go "WOW, i need some new clothes"
I should have checked my closet last weekend before we went out on the town. Because over this past week. I've realized I need some new clothes.

Now, I don't need like an entire wardrobe full of clothes but some nice shoes and shirts would great ;)


I realized over the week that, some shirts are now to short, to old looking, lost color, little fuzzy bumps all over, stains ( not big but small ones) and some are to big on me ( I lost some weight over the summer).
Now I'm not complaining, because I'm glad to actually have shirts. But 2-3 times a year I beg.... well let me rephrase that.... I politely ask my mom if we can go shopping :)

So luckily i have a light week of school this week and I'm PRAYING that Kohls and some of the stores around here will be having sale's starting tomorrow.

Here's hoping :)

What I've been listening too

1:23 PM

OK so i don't usually listen to this, only in the Spring do i get to listen to it :)
Our neighbors have goats. Cute mini goats, as i call them. They bought some new babies goats over the weekend :) And now we get to listen to this everyday.
(click on video :))

Cute right:) I thought so, then i continued, and continued for a very long time.....

I still think its cute..... to a point..... LOL
As i speak there crying again :)

( you will also see my limping dog in the video :) dont worry he's doing fine ;) )


7:36 PM

We have had an injury in our family. And its not me, even though I do most of the injuring in the family.
This has to do with our baby, well our youngest dogie.
Yesterday morning he came limping ( more like hoping) to the back door. He wasn't putting any weight on his back right paw.

Here is what we think happened.
Our neighbors cat was on the other side of our dogs electric fence line. That had our dogs barking like crazy. Well our youngest puppy Jaxson, likes to do, what we call, burnouts in the grass. In other words he kicks the grass with his back feet ( if that makes sense ;) ). We think he pulled or sprained his leg while doing his "burnouts".

He's doing ok, still limping around. At least if we ever had to have his leg amputates we know he would have no problem running around with out one leg :) just kidding :)
We think that he could put his foot down if he wanted to. But I think that he's just working the leg injury ;)

Does it really need a title

12:47 PM


Seriously, this post doesn't really need a title.
I'm actually sitting on my butt and I'm going to write. I so need too. I feel so bad when I don't then I find myself facebooking and tweeting more then i should be blogging.
Truthfully, my life isn't that exciting, at the moment.
October is creeping up on me. Its the month of my PSAT and sister birthday.
I really need to get her a gift. I reminded myself that when I was getting ready to by a shirt at Kohls ;) ( see above photo). I reminded my self that again when I was looking up webcames and dresses for homecoming ( even though that's almost a month away).
I'm actually excited that her birthday is coming up because one of our friends is flying down for her birthday :) She really excited. Plus were going to DISNEY WORLD :)
Though I try to forget that on that day I'll be taking the PSAT's . Oh joy. But I really need to take them. I'm not worried about it really, its just the math part that I'm going to STINK at. Because we worked it out that I doing Algebra 1 this year, as a junior. SO some of the math stuff i haven't done yet. I keep telling my self that I want to major in HISTORY not MATH... lol
So that's my exciting life ;)

oh, and this wreck at yesterdays Dover race totally freaked me out, scared me half to death and left me with a sickening ( is that even a word) feeling in my stomach. I know sounds weird. I told my NASCAR buddie ( my friend :) ) jokingly that it must have been sympathy pains since the driver of the car that flips only 2 years older then me ;) Thank GOD he was ok :)

A lack of bloggin

1:02 PM

I apologize for the bloggin, or the lack there of ;) Its partially because, I haven't found the time, and well, i just didn't feel like blogging ( and I had nothing to blog about).
So please bear with me as this is a totally random post and I have not control of how many times i jump from different subjects. LOL.

Gators won this weekend!!!!

Tim Tebow Pictures, Images and Photos

I bought a new pair of soffe's! though if I wear red with them, I look like Christmas :P cause there green :)

soffe. Pictures, Images and Photos

And to top off the weekend, I had my favorite drink ever! ( besides Moca Frapichinos) Passion Fruit lemonade.

Passion Tea Pictures, Images and Photos

The Honest Scrap

5:06 PM

Thank you Antonia for the Honest Scrap Award! It's my first award and I'm quite excited about it ;)


1) Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award.

2) Share "ten honest things" about myself.

3) Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged me.

4) Tell those 7 people that they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving.

1. I love fuzzy socks and hoodies though living in Florida, I don't really get to wear them that often.
2. Forever 21 is my favorite store, the closet one is 45 min from my house which stinks :(
3. Soffe's are my favorite thing to wear around the house.
4. During collage football season i paint a #15 my hand or paint my nails orange and blue.
5. You probably know this but I LOVE NASCAR :) Go #99 :)
6. I really don't have a particular favorite type of music, it differs with my mood.
7. My ringtone on my phone at the moment is "Baby Elephant Walk" ( you can listen to it on my player, its from my favorite John Wayne movie Hatari) and also The Office theam song.
8. I love Passionfruit lemonaide from Starbuckes and low cal moca frapachino
9. I watched Happy Days and The Caroll Bernett Show growing up on T.V land
10. My favorite Ice Cream is Chocolate and Vanilla swirl diped in Chocolate.

I award:
I can't think of anymore! lol, if you want feel free to take this and spead the love :)