Friday, December 2, 2011

If you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime

See that handsome guy in the middle? That's Pap. He's my grandpa. Pap is 84 years old and he still mows his yard (riding mower), does his own edging/weed eating, drives a truck, fishes at Lake Belton, goes to coffee with his life-long pals every morning, flies to Atlanta to visit his son and grand-sons, and goes to Austin and Houston to visit his daughter and grand-daughter. Pap is my hero. He had open heart surgery a few years ago and decided to start wearing a life jacket when he goes fishing. He is the wisest man I know.

Yesterday, Pap was fishing with his 86 year old friend R.A. and R.A.'s brother. Pap fell in Lake Belton yesterday. We are all so thankful that he was wise enough to wear a life jacket. He was floating and was safe. R.A. and his brother tried to lift Pap onto the back of their fishing boat. This fishing boat was not made to have a lot of weight in the back. Long story short, the boat started taking on water and eventually sank to the bottom of the lake. R.A. and brother were not wearing life jackets. They were able to swim to some trees that were growing in the water and hang on. The water temperature of the lake was 60 degrees yesterday. I don't know how long they were clinging to those trees. Pap considered swimming to shore to get help, which was pretty far away. I don't believe he would have made it there without having a heart attack. Thankfully, some fishing buddies of theirs saw them when they were headed back to the dock. They rescued them and brought them to shore. R.A. drove Pap home to get dry clothes and went to get some himself. They went back to the lake and got the owner of the marina to help them get the sunken boat out of the water. They were able to pump water out of the boat and get it on the trailer. I am in awe of my Pap and his friends. How can 3 men in their 80's retrieve a sunken boat from the bottom of a lake??? These guys are my heroes.

My Granny (pretty lady on the right) was playing bridge while all of this was happening and had no clue that there was anything amiss. She got home and noticed that Pap's wallet was open on the counter and all of his money and credit cards were out and soaking wet. She found him laying on the bed and asked him immediately if he fell in the lake. He said yes. She asked him if this was his last fishing trip. He said yes.

I am deeply saddened for Pap, because fishing was his favorite thing. He said that God isn't finished with him yet and that's why he's still here. He's not going to fish anymore, but he isn't going to stop living life either. I love you Pap and I pray that we have many more joy-filled years together.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A day to celebrate

Our sweet Katie Bug married the love of her life Chris Kilmer on 10-22-11 in La Grange, TX. The wedding was at Carby Chapel on the grounds of LutherHill. It was absolutely beautiful and everything that Katie wanted.
We all had a great time.
Even Jacob.

And mom and dad. I love this picture of them.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

China Cabinet Makeover

I got this perfect china cabinet from a co-worker with the intent of giving it new life. It needed some major help.
I decided to paint it and distress it at first. The distressing didn't turn out as planned so I just painted the whole darn thing a grayish-white color and left it that way. I painted the inside gray and later painted some of the trim gray too. Spray paint was perfect for revitalizing the knobs and pulls. Wishing I had a better camera to do this piece justice right about now. Forgive the cell phone pics.

I actually ended up removing the glass doors because they were warped and didn't close. Now it is open and in need of some shelves. Those will be coming soon!! Finished product pics, hopefully with better camera, are on the way.

Monday, September 12, 2011

More clips

I've added a few more clips to my repertoire. Is that how you spell that weird word?

Ice cream cone


Friday, August 19, 2011

Aggie Wreath

Happy Friday everyone!! I finally finished the wreath I was working on. I was going to make an autumn wreath, but I wasn't sure I would finish before fall was over, so I decided on an Aggie wreath. It has a little owl looking over at a football. Football season is right around the corner so I'm showing my Aggie spirit on my front door! Whoop and Gig 'Em!!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Update: Hair Barrettes

I'm testing the waters with these hair clipies for Humna. Her mom really liked the 3 peas in a pod barrette from, so I attempted to reproduce it. What do you think?
Now, I don't know how much her mom liked the birdie clipie from, but I liked it a lot so I made one of those. What should I make next? I'm thinking ice cream cone, flower, bumble bee...

Friday, August 5, 2011


Yep. You heard me. Cornhole. It's a game that is largely popular up north (Ohio mainly). Jacob's dad's family is from the booming town of Enterprise, Ohio. Google it if you dare. It won't show up. That's how booming it is.

Anyway, we decided to make a cornhole game of our own. After blood, sweat and tears (well, no tears), we are satisfied with our finished product. Poor picture quality, but you get the gist.
The ATM emblem was definitely the trickiest part. Jacob had the best idea, which was to put lots of tape on the board, then cut out the emblem into the tape with an exacto knife, then paint inside the tape. It worked beautifully.
I also sewed 8 bean bags, filled with dry black beans to toss into the holes. They are not shown here because I am lazy.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


I have been in a very crafty mood lately, but I'm just getting started on all of the projects that I've been planning to do. These are the links for where I got my inspiration.

Acorn Wreath for our front door

Artwork for our house

Autumn Wreath for fun

CornHole for Jacob

Hair Barrettes for my neighbor's daughter

I'll post pics of my creations once they are finished. I'm so excited for all of these projects!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Yale and my super smart cousin Ryan

Hats off to my brainiac cousin Ryan Carlisle who graduated from Yale University earlier this year with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. That is no easy feat. He was nice enough to let me and my parents attend his commencement ceremonies. Thanks cuz. We had a blast!

Chairs are all set up and ready for commencement.

The cousins minus Kirby.

One of the residential colleges, aka dorms. Think Harry Potter. Griffendor, Slitherin, etc. Same concept. Ryan's was called Ezra Stiles.

Secret garden leading to the headmaster's door.

Church building on campus

Just an example of one of the masterpieces on the side of a building. You could find something unique and random on most any building at Yale. The architecture is intriguing.

Engineering Building + 4 engineers = dorky picture

One of the many ceremonies we attended for Ryan. This one was for his residential college.

YALE ice sculpture at one of the many receptions we attended.

Way to go Ryan! You're smarter than us all.

Rob and I are so proud.

Amazing Library

Entry hall of the library. Not too shabby.

A huge quiet study room in the library. The shelves were made of wood with intricate carvings.

This hallway in the library had the coolest ceiling.

GILMORE! If you know me at all, you know that I never missed an episode of Gilmore Girls back in the day. Rory went to Yale in the show so I was in hog heaven walking around the same campus she walked on. I am nerd.

Neato door at the library. Could have been in Harry Potter.

Me and Ryan in the garden at the library.

Dad in the library testing out an old moving desk. Is that what you call it?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Our Trip to Panamaaaaaa

I am way behind on blogging. If there are any fans out there, which I'm not sure if there are or not, I'm sorry for the wait.

Jacob and I took a trip to Panama City, Panama (not Florida) to see his sister Mindy, her husband David and their son Griffin. We had such a great time. It really was one of the best vacations I've ever been on. David and Mindy are teaching at an American school in Panama for 2 years. They've been there for 1 year already so we wanted to go see them before they headed back to the states.
They had pretty much the whole week planned out for us with fun stuff to do. They were amazing hosts. We started off by driving to a volcanic valley 2 hours from the city called El Valle. Here's some info on it. We ate at a small restaurant that was delish before we headed to the jungle to zipline.
None of us had ever been on a zipline before, but I think I speak for all of us when I say that it was one of the coolest experiences. We ziplined over a waterfall and got to stop in the middle of the line to take in the beauty.
After El Valle, we drove to a beach resort called Decameron. David and Mindy's friends own a timeshare there so we stayed the night. It was right on a golf course and had a great view when there was lightning in the distance.Like any good resort, there were pools...
and lizards.

We enjoyed ourselves. :)
Of course you can't go to Panama without going to the Panama Canal. We took a partial canal transit tour, which meant that we sailed through the two sets of locks that are on the south side. We love each other. :)
The guy on the right is the awesome dude that kept his shirt off nearly the entire trip. Only one on the boat with his shirt off. Classy.
We visited during Panama's "wet season", so naturally it rained nearly every day. I think that's the only reason that dude put his shirt back on.

This is one set of locks closing after we got in. Going down...and heading out.

A little sailboat went through the locks with us as well as a huge ship.
We went to Casco Viejo after the canal transit to inquire about a music festival we had heard about. We found the music festival, but they didn't have any power so it was delayed. Then the storm rolled in. Do you see the storm hovering over downtown? I was trying to book it outta there before being struck by lightning, but David was very content snapping pictures like this one.
This is downtown Panama City and it's one of my favorite pictures from the trip.
This is favorite #2 taken in Casco Viejo.

It's such a pain uploading pictures with blogger so I'm done for now. You can see all of the pictures Jacob took on my facebook page.

Tune in for the next Helber adventure!!!