The new year awaits

12:00 AM

Happy New Years Eve everyone. The new year is upon us!

What a crazy year it has been for my family and I.
I wont go into details but I've never trusted Christ so much as I have this past year. He hasn't disappointed. He has given me a new perspective on what trusting Him is like.
This year I've been challenged by Christ to trust Him to lead me when I can't exactly see ahead, and to do it with a happy heart and grateful attitude.

He showed me that even when I've stepped out of the boat. I need to trust that He will keep me from sinking.

This year as been a year of ups and downs. I've enjoyed the ups and hated the downs. But with Him I have gotten through it.

Senior Year has been harder for me then I expect. The school isn't the hard part. Its been the trusting and accepting of where Christ will take me. And the peace in knowing that He knows the desires I have for my future and that He is taking care of the planning of getting their and all I need to do is TRUST.

SO as you can see, 2010 was all about trusting, accepting and believing that He was and is working everything out.

I always think of Philippians 4:13 when I'm worried or having problems trusting.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Its my life verse. A verse I'm going to carry into the new year.



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Below are some photos from my favorite moments of 2010 :)

~Photoshoot time. Curl hair. Nascar track time. Birthday. More nascar track time. Visiting forever friends. A Legal driver. Football time. Christmas. ~

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I hope you all have a blessed New Years Eve celebrating with friends and family.
I pray that in 2011 you will be filled with the love of Christ and be blessed beyond your thoughts ;)

Happy New Year!

Jaxson

It's cold

11:00 AM

Yup, for those who wont believe it. It gets cold in Florida. Now 50 degrees might not be cold for you but down south I think 50 degrees feels more like 30 because we aren't used it as much.
Now I was born up north so I know this is NOTHING compared to what some of you are getting. And I'm not complaining, its just not only cold outside , its FREEZING inside.

Our house can't seem to warm itself up. Especially my room in particular. Now I can adapt by layering sweaters and wearing fuzzy socks.

Jaxson. Not so much.

He looks for warmth.

He hardly EVER ask's to get up on the couch. but for the past couple days he's been jumping up and curling up with me.

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I don't mind so much either. If we can accompany each other for warmth. That works for me:)

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New Template

8:12 PM

As you can see I've already uploaded my new template!
I couldn't wait to show you guys!
Also I had to work some stuff out that I couldn't do on my test template so I had to move it over early!

I hope you like it!

Click below to take a little tour with me of the new blog layout! :)
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I'm still cleaning some things up and working on some little items but you probably wont see much of a difference :)

Please let me know if anything isn't working for you by leaving a comment or contacting me via facebook or twitter :)

Also let me know if you like my music playing automatically or not :)
I need to know because I can't decide if i want to turn it off or keep it on auto.
You wont offend me by saying that you prefer it off ;)

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Coming Soon!

2:23 PM

Coming Soon is the new Simply Samantha blog design for 2011!

By Friday (maybe even sooner) you will be able to see the new template that I have been working on for a week or so :)

So stay tuned to the Simply Samantha blog to see the new template and design.

Until then below is a little sneak peak

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Happy Day

8:54 PM

If you follow me on twitter you probably know why yesterday was a happy day for me.
Yesterday, Tim Tebow started his second ever NFL game as starting quarterback and he lead the broncos to an amazing victory!

As some of you may know, for months I've been complaining about how Tim was hardly playing any plays in any of the broncos games. I've watched Tim play football for 3 years now so I know how talented he is and I was constantly wondering (and complaining) why the broncos (who traded up in the draft to get Tebow) were not playing him at all except in red zone plays.

When the Broncos fired Coach McDaniel's about 4 weeks ago, I figured that might give Tebow more playing time.
No.
However when I heard that Kyle Orton bruised his ribs, I couldn't help but get excited, even though I also felt bad for Kyle ( but, to be honest I really didn't ;) ).

When the official word came out that Tim would start the last 2 games of the season, I couldn't have been more thrilled!
FINALLY! he'd get to play!
And he didn't disappoint :)

Check out the video below for the highlights of the last game against the Texans

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Christmas Time

12:54 PM

Well, I hope, my dear blog reader, that you had an amazing Christmas! I sure did.

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Christmas Eve -
Christmas Eve was amazing. I haven't had that much fun in years. After church we had a "Kung Foo" Christmas eve. After church all our friends went and ordered their favorite Chinese food and brought it back to our house to eat along with a smorgasbord of other Chinese food. Yummm!
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Then we burned off the calories from the food by playing some fun "Just Dance 2" on our Wii. If you have a Wii but don't have this game. You REALLY need to get Just Dance 2. Its great for parties ;) or just you and your family :D
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In the end it was an amazing night filled with food,dancing, and lots of laughing!
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Christmas Day -
What a day! I woke up around 7, but stayed in bed till 8 because it was cold and I kept dozing off ;)
After I got up we started our Christmas day traditions. The family sat together and listened to mom read the Christmas story from the Bible, then we all prayed and thanked the Lord for the greatest gift of all :)

They we started opening gifts. We started out with our stockings of course :) And Jaxson had to be in on all the action.
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Jaxson usually get a bone for Christmas ( to keep him busy) but since he usually hides it instead of eating it we didn't buy one for him this year. So since he had nothing to keep him busy this year, he invited himself up on the couch so he could see what we were getting.
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It took us about an hour or so to go through all our presents. We really took our time this year, we even took a break during the unwrapping to eat moms yummy cinnamon rolls.
(sorry no picture, I couldn't find my camera under all the wrapping paper)


Below is the aftermath.
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With family so far away, we really don't go anywhere for Christmas. So Christmas Day was spent just being plain LAZY! Watching movies, eating food, playing with new "toys", taking little naps. It was a VERY nice Christmas :)
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( Jaxson trying to get some human food :) )

Tuesday hopefully I'll get a post up with some of my favorite gifts :) But until then I will share with you 2 of my favorites :)

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Aren't they gorgeous! My mom got my the one on the left and my sister got me the one on the right. It was actually not planned that way. My mom forgot that she had gotten me a watch when my sister bought me the one on the right. But it worked out because I now have a fancy one and a casual one.



Again I hope you all had an amazing Christmas! Can't wait to read about yours :)

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Merry Christmas

1:54 PM

I can't BELIEVE Christmas Eve is tomorrow!???!!! December has gone by WAY to fast.

I hope you all have enjoyed this wondrous Christmas season. I have.

However, I think Jaxson is tired of me trying to get a cute Christmas picture of him.
See failed attempt below.

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Anywhoo.. I'm going to be taking a little leave of absence from my wonderful blog. It wont be a full leave, I'll still be commenting on my wonderful blog friends blogs, tweeting and facebooking, and also working on a new template for the new year!

So may you all have a blessed Christmas! Don't for get the REAL reason of the season. ;)
Eat lots. And as my wonderful mom put it.
"May all your pants have elastic waistbands. "

And don't forget to relax ;)
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Merry Christmas!!! God Bless!

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My dog is strange.

12:37 PM

He's a total wimp when it comes to cold weather. If the parents are gone in the morning and sis is in her room, he will walk across the house, to my room, and whine till I put him up on the bed with me.

And instead of just curling up in a little ball at the end of the bed like he usually does, the other morning he decided he was going to sleep, snuggled next to me while using my pillow....

Yes, He's strange. But he is also adorable :D

(and yes, this is the proof from the other morning. See how comfortable he looks :) )
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Christmas Q&A

3:31 PM

YAY! Its time for another Q&A.
I hope you all enjoy it!

Please excuse the bad lighting. I'm working on that.
Also I'm also working on making my videos more fun and exciting. But you can only do so much with windows movie maker..lol

Just a Reminder

1:55 PM

Just a reminder to send in your fun Christmas questions for
"Simply Samantha Q&A Christmas Edition"!

Just click on the Q&A button above and leave a comment with your question and name! Also don't forget you can send in a questions via twitter and facebook too!

I'm planing on filming on Monday so send those questions in!!!

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Thursday fun

5:12 PM

So, on a last minute trip to Daytona Beach to pick up a few things, mom and I swung into the awesome Daytona International Speedway to watch "the guys" test tires on the newly paved track!
"The guys" testing included Dale Jr, Kurt Bush, Jamie Mcmurry, and Carl Edwards.
It was so cool to see the cars on the newly paved track. They ran so smooth and fast :D

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Super cool right!

I love living near the track!

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Wordless Wednesday

11:01 AM

Just listen :)
(oh but don't forget to pause my Christmas music on my sidebar first :D)
This is my favorite song at the moment :D

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Tuesday Thoughts

11:39 AM

Why? Why is it so hard for me to get into Christmas?

hmm...

Every year I seem to get into Christmas later then most people.
Such as my sister. The day after Thanksgiving she is watching Christmas movies and unloading the Christmas boxes.
As for me. I'm in not in a rush like her to get Christmas started.
Don't get me wrong. I LOVE Christmas. And what its about. But I just seem to get into later the others.
Its probably because I'm all focused on school till Christmas break.
Or maybe its because I prefer to watch only Christmas movies once or twice a week.
What ever it is. I just seem to get into the Christmas spirit later then others.

Even though I'm a late Christmas Spirit bloomer, I love what Christmas is all about and celebrate is all month long. Especially this year. I've been helping like crazy in our children's church (which I love to do), so I'm getting to see the Christmas story through the eyes of kids. How cool is that! Its so uplifting and fun to see. Its amazing how simple and profound the story of Christ's birth is. That even a child can understand the importance of it!

I hope your all are having a amazing Christmas season! Whether you just getting into the spirit of it like me, or you've been celebrating if from the first day of December!

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My Weekend

10:06 AM

Hey Everyone!

Sorry I've been MIA this weekend. This weekend was probably the busiest I've ever had! But it was worth it :D

Below is the post of my weekend in the simplest way so that I don't bore you with too many details :D
Enjoy :)

Saturday was baking day!!!
Of course Jaxson wanted to be near me in case I needed any "help"

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First on the list to make was...

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars! Yummm!
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So good and so simple! Definitely wanna make these if your not a great baker
..."cough cough"
like me "cough cough"....

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Then my friend came over to help me with decorate some sugar cookies! I made the dough the day before so all we had to do was roll out the dough, cook them, the decorate with yummy icing!
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Lastly we make some box mix snickerdoddles that my friend brought over.
They were..... well... just watch the video to find out....



As you can see. They were so MESSY! We ended up not giving them to the pastors like I said in the video because they were so dang hard to get off the cookie sheet that in our attempt to get them off, they fell apart. Epic Fail..


It was a fun day nevertheless :D


Sunday, SUNDAY! Sis and I headed out after church to go see.....dun dun dun....

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader!

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10 times better then Prince Caspian. Which I actually figured it would be seeing that Prince Caspian wasn't that exciting of a book anyway ;)
If you haven't seen it yet, GO see it. Its amazing :D


Such a fun weekend of cooking, laughing, movie going, and partying!
Hope you weekend was just as fun!

Is anyone else excited that this is our last week of school before Christmas break!?

Much Love Bloggers!

Oh and don't forget to send in some Christmas questions for my Q&A please! I wanna to do the video some time later this week or early next week so SEND THOSE QUESTIONS in by clicking the tab above that says "Q&A "

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Christmas Wish

11:30 AM

My wonderful blog friend Kinsey tagged me in her Christmas Wish list post. Now i get to participate!




That about sums it up. I think I have more but I can't seem to find my actual written list.

I tagg anyone who wants to participate! Comment and let me know whats on your Christmas list??

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Wordless Wednesday

10:38 AM

Welcome to the Plant Hotel!

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With it being "cold" here in florida
(I say "cold" because this is probably warm for some northerners)
We had to bring in our (well, they're mostly dads) tropical plants in because they would not fair so well in this cold weather.
So,our garage has been turned into a makeshift hotel for our (dads) plants ;)


Before I forget! Head over to my mommas blog here and check out the review I helped her with and co-stared in :D

And PLEASE send in some fun Christamas questions for my next Q&A :D I really want to answer you questions! ;)
Just click the Q&A button above to send in your question :D

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Miscellany Monday

12:21 PM

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

(1) Presents - I'm ALMOST done shopping for christmas presents! Just a few little odds and end to get but I'm just about done! I feel so accomplished! However, almost all of our (my sister and I) gifts are already under the tree. I think my parents are teasing me and my sister by putting gifts out early and loving it :D.
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(2)Pictures- I really need to take more pictures this christmas. I've really been slackin.
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(3) New Favorite - Store! - Cotton On - It just open in our mall and I love it! And was even cooler, some of the money from their clothing goes to help build schools in Africa! And the clothes are adorbe and greatly priced! Click here to see if one is near you!


Don't forget to send in your Christmas Questions for my next Q&A!

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Friday Tops

9:08 AM

I'm gonna do something different for today's Friday Favorites. My wonderful blog friend Marrissa started this new thing called " Friday Top". Its kind of like Friday favorites but more organized....lol.


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This weeks questions was -

"What are 5 Christmas movies your family watches EVERY year"

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White Christmas - My mom and I LOVE to watch White Christmas every year. Its just a classic, cute and funny. You can't go wrong with Bing Crosby and Christmas.
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2. Charlie Brown Christmas - By the time the Christmas season is over. I am sick of Charlie Browns Christmas.lol. But No matter how many times I watch it, its still just so darn cute.
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3. Santa Clause is Coming to Town - This has always been my all time favorite claymation Christmas movie. So we always make sure to watch it each year :D
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4. Alvin and the Chipmunks - Ok, I'll admit it. This is actually on of my favorites to watch. Even though its not considered a "Christmas" movie, i still watch it at Christmas time :)
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5.Elf - Out of ALLLL the movies I've listed this is probably our family's FAVORITE Christmas movie. Its become a tradition over the past couple of years that we watch this Christmas Eve after we get back from church. We've watched it THOUSANDS of times but we still love it ;)
"I like smiling, Smiling my favorite!"
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What are you favorite Christmas movies? Hop over to Marrissa's blog and participate in this weeks "Friday Tops"

Have an amazing weekend everybody!
Don't forget to send in those holiday questions for the next Q&A