Monday, September 17, 2012

"You better Redneckognize"

This weekend I got to bring out my inner-redneck by going with John to Childress, Texas out to the farm that my family owns. It's also where I experienced my first Deer Hunt which you can read about here if you missed it! John wanted to get it ready for the coming Deer season by checking on the blind and refilling the deer feeder (as if we don't feed enough animals already!) We also wanted to practice shooting our guns and make sure they were "sited in". (yeah that's right I'm learnin' the lingo)

We met my cousin Michael out there and he brought his 4-wheelers which we are grateful for because we couldn't drive the truck anywhere since it was so muddy.  The lovely Sage got to come as well and get her much needed exercise in by chasing us on the 4-wheelers. She loved it until she started getting tired and would try to guess which way we were going so she could take a short cut.

After we arrived and got the 4-wheelers unloaded and drove around looking at the farm we John and Michael decided they wanted to walk around and find pigs to shoot. Awesome. Since my gun doesn't have a strap I didn't carry it so I was unarmed as we were walking around the tall grass looking for wild hogs. I didn't even have a knife, just my binoculars and my camera. So I could survive by seeing it coming and then taking it's picture. Not very good odds if you ask me. I would say I felt safe since I was with John and Michael who had guns but they apparently walk way faster than I do through tall grass so I kept getting left. I was just waiting to a pig to jump out and attack me. There was this one moment where I was literally stuck in the tall weeds as hog food. The weeds had tangled around me so I couldn't get through and I was asking for help and the boys just kept staring at me. Such great protectors. Then we got kind of turned around and had to hike through more tall grass and jump across a mud ditch at the same time. It was an adventure. Thankfully we didn't see any least I'm thankful!

Then we did a little target practice. I'm getting so much better at shooting my gun. I was so excited cause I hit a glass bottle that they put in the tree for me. I think it was about 100 yards away. It only took me like 8 tries but I finally got it. Hopefully a deer won't run away after my first 7 attempts...I wish. :)

Ok so the blind. Some kind of massacre happened in that blind over the past several months. When we opened it, first of all it stunk so bad. We know there was a rat living in there because there was a rats nest and lots of rat droppings which is disgusting but what grossed me out the most was that there were miniature blood splatters all over the carpet. At first we thought maybe a momma rat had babies in there but I don't think so, it looked like a little miniature Texas Chainsaw massacre happened in there. Michael and I decided that there was a "fight to the death" battle in there but there is no way those rats did not have swords too. It was disgusting so we will have to go back and clean it out cause I am not sitting in that for hours at a time. No thank you.

I had fun and I'm so ready for deer season now. I'm becoming quite the outdoors-woman.

Sage protecting me during one of the time the boys left me.

The location of the mini Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

It doesn't get better than a Texas sunset. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fall, Football and Friends


I absolutely love fall! And when it's fall it means FOOTBALL!

We started our weekend off on Friday night by going to Abilene High School's first home football game of the season to watch my little brother play. I just can't believe my baby brother is a senior in high school. Time is flying! His team won and we had so much fun watching him play! He is a wide receiver and is #10.

So the new eagle is pretty awesome!

Go Bryce! We are proud of you!


On Saturday we were so blessed to be able to spend some time with our friends Erin and Jason Davis. They just moved back to the states after living in Africa for almost 2 years. Erin and I were roommates in college for 2 years and Jason and John were roommates for 1 year so we have really missed them and are so glad that they are not only back in the states but living in Abilene again! We really enjoyed hearing their stories and experiences while living in Africa. We are excited about spending more time with them!

Erin and I are going to have a craft day on Wednesday. I'm so excited! I love crafts! So stay tuned for our projects!

John and I are so blessed to be surrounded my such wonderful people!! Have a great rest of the week! 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Happenings

We had an eventful Labor Day Weekend. We started it off on Saturday when John went to Dallas for the...


The game was at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium so he was so excited! I KNOW he was excited because he planned his outfit for 2 days before he went. That never happens EVER! He went with one of our friends, Marshall, who is also a big Alabama fan. He had a blast and I'm so glad he got to experience that!

Poor girl on the screen, John captured the picture at a bad moment for her.


Sunday we headed to Copperas Cove to visit our friends, Caleb and Marissa Northrup. They are expecting their first child in January so we went to help them get their nursery ready. Marissa and I painted big navy striped on one of the walls. Their walls are really textured so I found this blog that had how to paint stripes on textured walls. And amazingly it worked! You can check it out here. Marissa's walls are super textured too so we were a little nervous it wouldn't work but we got nice crisp lines with only a few spots to touch up where someone (uh-hmm, Marissa) got a little carried away with the roller and went over the tape. :) I was impressed and will definitely use that technique from now on. I'm pretty sure when we were done we stood there for a really long time and said "This is so cute" I don't know how many times! It really does look so cute! Check it out...

Then we were feeling so crafty that there was this pallet wood that one of Marissa's neighbors had put out on the curb so it was clearly trash (we hope) so we walked down the street and took some of it. We then put 4 of the boards together, painted them red, distressed them a little and painted her baby's name, Ace, on it. It was a fun, easy project that added so much to the nursery. I can't wait to see the nursery all finished. It's going to be so cute!

Then, Caleb wanted a Texas Ranger 'T' painted in the playroom so we got to work on that using the same technique as the stripes. We taped off all the straight edges and free handed the curved edges. We painted the T white on top of a dark grey wall. 

John and Caleb stained an old dresser they had to match the crib and it turned out awesome! It looked so good and they did such a good job! I wish I had a picture of it but I don't.

We had so much fun spending time with the Northrups! I'm so glad we could spend this time with them as they prepare for their new addition to their family. John and I can't wait to meet Ace!


So we finally decided that Sage should be spayed. John really wanted her to have puppies but it never worked out that it was a good time to mess with that. Since she is almost 3 we decided to go ahead and do it before she gets too old. So she spent the weekend having surgery and being boarded while we were gone. When I went to pick her up, I forgot she would have to wear a cone on her head which is really dangerous when those things are put on big dogs let me tell you. I've been jabbed many times in the leg already with that thing! When I picked her up on Tuesday she just looked so pitiful and getting her into the back of my car was quite the challenge since the cone kept getting stuck. She looked so sad I couldn't resist taking her picture. Her not so happy weekend...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ireland in videos

Ok so once again I've failed at updating the blog. I have no excuses just haven't done it. So sorry.

In June I went with my mom, my aunt Jan, and cousin Katie to Ireland. We stayed in Adare, Ireland at the Adare Manor Villas. They were amazing which you will see in one of the videos. We also drove ourselves around Ireland, well my mom drove us around Ireland since she was the only person on the trip able to drive a standard. That was an adventure in itself since she had to drive a standard on the wrong side of the road. And if you have never been to Ireland, they don't believe in shoulders on their roads. The edges of their roads are marked with hedges. So no room for errors. :) It was a blast and we had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs!

So now that it's been almost 3 months since I've been back from Ireland and have procrastinated long enough, I guess it's a better late than never to share with you some of my videos from Ireland. I would blame it on the jet-lag but 3 months of jet-lag just translates to pure laziness. So call it what you want....

If you would like to see the photos from my trip. Visit and they are in the Ireland album.

(Sorry for some of these videos being sideways)

Here are our first attempts at driving in Ireland...

Typical traffic jam in Ireland... (there is one with sheep too but it won't upload)

Riding in Horse Carts through the Gap of Dunloe... 

Walking along the Cliffs of Moher... 

Driving to Killarney in the Rain... 

The Adare Manor Villas... 



Jan feeding the seagulls... 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fire Alarm, Shrimp Boil and a Hail Storm

This weekend we went to Austin to spend time with John's family for Memorial Day Weekend. We left Friday morning so we could drop the dogs off with my parents and do some Landlord business like fixing the internet. We arrived in Austin on Friday evening and got to spend some time with our niece and nephew and John's mom.


We usually stay with John's family when we go down there but this time everyone's schedules were crazy so we stayed in a hotel. We finally found one that wasn't booked, since it was Memorial Day Weekend, that was hosting 4 different high school bands. There were kids everywhere but we needed a place to stay. Our room was down at the end of a hall so it wasn't so bad...until at 3 a.m. the fire alarm is going off.  It's pretty sad when your first reaction isn't to evacuate the building immediately, but rather check the hall to see if everyone else is evacuating. Here's how our reaction went...

(alarm sounds)
John: What is that?! Turn the alarm off!
Me: (pushing snooze button multiple times to make it stop!-clearly not working)
Me: Is that a real fire alarm? Or is it a drill? (Yes Brooke it's a drill at 3 a.m)
Me: (gets up and checks the hallway to make sure people are leaving building)

So we finally get some common sense and evacuate the building with all the other hotel residences. My first thought was "One of these darn kids went out the emergency exit or something" But it turns out the elevator was actually smoking. Needless to say we took the stairs from then on. So at 3 a.m. we were sitting on the curb waiting for a firetruck to come and let us know when it was safe to enter the building. Have you ever had to evacuate a hotel in the middle of the night? It was definitely a first for both John and I.


On Saturday we spent the day and John's grandparent's house. John and my nieces Bella and Sophie and our nephew, Noah all went swimming in their pool. We all hung out by the pool and John's grandparents prepared a Shrimp boil with huge shrimp, potatoes, corn and carrots. It was delicious!! I forgot to get a picture of the shrimp but here are some pics from Saturday.

Our nephew Noah


Noah and John's Mom's dog, Ralphie

John's grandmother made this awesome fruit basket

John's Mom and our niece Sophie

Our niece Bella being a mermaid

Bella, Noah and Sophie

Sophie feeding me chips

On Monday we headed back to Abilene and grilled out with my family. After dinner is started storming and the power went out so we waited to head home to Colorado City. The storm finally died in Abilene so we headed home. But when we reached Sweetwater it started pouring and hailing on us. I was driving my car and John was following me in his truck because we had to bring it to get Sage home. Anyways, I was already sleepy cause it was 10 p.m. when we headed home and then I couldn't see the road while I was driving so I was really terrified. It was scary. Apparently Colorado City had some golf ball size hail while we were in Abilene. Crazy.

On a side note: This weekend Jade hurt her back again and her back legs currently do not work at all. I'll keep you updated on her status. Hopefully we can get the swelling down so she can use her legs again.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. I'm thankful for all the men and women who have served our country and are serving our country everyday. Our prayers are with those who are are still overseas.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Essentials for Ireland

For those of you who don't know, I'm going to Ireland 2 weeks from tomorrow. Kind of random, I know but I'm going with my mom, my aunt Jan, and my cousin Katie for a girls trip! We will be there for a whole week! This little trip is going to be very interesting and I'm sure will produce many stories - thanks to my mom and aunt's inability to be serious and not think everything is so hilarious. We will have a rental car to use all week, only one's not only a standard, but a standard on the wrong side of the road. Pray for our safety and that we won't be permanently banned from Ireland!

I'm getting so excited though and was super excited today when my Ireland Essentials came in the mail today!!

Ireland Essentials include:

Digital Camera - check!
Moleskin Watercolor Sketchbook - check!

Who needs all that other stuff, I'm set! :)

I just love getting these boxes in the mail!

Friday, May 18, 2012

ACU Graduation(s), Doctor Appointments, Observation Hours


Last Saturday we ventured to Abilene once again for a weekend of events. We went to not one but both graduation ceremonies for ACU. Talk about exciting! My cousin Katie graduated in the morning and my cousin Michael in the afternoon! By the second ceremony, John and I were not only confident we could do sign language but sign the entire motivational speech given by one of the professors. We pretty much had that memorized too, which ended like this..." go out and die!" Yep, that's how his speech ended, both times! There you go new college grads, now you know your purpose in life. Anyways, it made for a long day but I'm so proud of my cousins!

There was one thing that made the graduations a little better...

You also have to understand that my family is pretty crazy and we always seem to attract attention to ourselves in some way! When we were congregating outside after graduation #2. I kept smelling dog poo but we couldn't figure out where it was coming from so we all migrated to another spot outside and yet the smell was still there. We were all checking our shoes but there was no evidence of the monstrosity. Then my aunt was like, "What is on my shoe?" And in an instant the herd of us scattered like cockroaches screaming "Ew!" Needless to say every eye was on our wonderful family! Never a dull moment with the fam!


My precious husband is falling apart.

Thankfully he has me to remind him that he hasn't even reached 30 yet.

The poor guy has to have his wisdom teeth removed, then he found out his pinky toe is crooked so it rubs the other toe causing it to callous, so he needs surgery on his toe to permanently fix the problem. He also had a lump develop on his chest a couple of weeks ago, which we were extremely worried about but it turns out it is just an enlarged gland, nothing serious, thank goodness! But the poor guy spent all last week in the doctors office. We are blessed that these doctor visits aren't because of anything serious and thankful for that.


So for my teacher certification I am required to have 30 hours of observation which can be fulfilled by either actual classroom observation or watch 60 videos and write reflections for each one. The latter sounds horrifying if you ask me but I was going to do what I had to for credit. My friend Christie Andrews, who has an awesome blog which you should check out, is an art teacher at the high school here in C-City. So she let me come observe in her classroom this week. Thank goodness! 60 videos and reflections, really? But anyways, I had fun observing her 4 art classes, 2 electronic media classes, and 1 photography class. The kids are absolutely hilarious. I'm sure it gets old after a while, but to me some of the stuff they would say or just blurt out would be pretty funny. In her art classes the students were making Art History Kites. Each group of 3 or 4 students had to construct a kite out of dowel rods and paper and then they would pick an artist and paint one of the artists' pieces on their kite. When their kites were complete they had to try and fly them. They really turned out great and the kids did a great job on them. I'm so glad I could observe in an actual classroom because I have completely forgotten what it is like to be in school.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Did all that really just happen?

Ok WOW! It has been a really long time since my last post! Even after I promised myself this would never happen again, but I do feel I kind of have an excuse as to why it's been so long. So here's a full update on all that's happened in the last 3.5 months...

First in January, John was offered an Environmental Safety Manager position for a company out of Big Spring, Texas. Not exactly what I had in mind when I said I wanted to move but you do what you gotta do. So we began to search the West Texas dessert for a place to live. Since the oil field is booming right now, there weren't many choices in Big Spring and the ones that were available were completely out of our price range for renting. But we were fortunate to find a nice little place in the the big city of Colorado City, Texas. Where is that you ask? My thoughts exactly!!! In the middle of nowhere! The only reason I knew about this town was because my friend Christie lives here. So we began renting a place in Colorado City, Tx beginning in February.

February is when the choas began. My last day of working was February 17 and then on the 18th we began the process of moving and of course the only rain in February came on the 18th. What fun that was and thank goodness Abilene is only an hour away because we took a lot of trips moving all of our stuff. You never realize how much stuff you have until you have to move it. If we move again someday, I'm thinking that selling everything and starting over is sounding pretty good.

In March we went back and forth about either selling our house in Abilene or leasing it. We finally decided to lease it but that wouldn't begin until May. So for the past several months we have been paying bills and everything for two places. It's been crazy but we are excited about being landlords. (We'll see....) March also brought with it my 25th birthday. 25!!!! I'm too young to be 25! That's half way to 50! But it is what it is and I will always have John to make me feel young. (Since he is really close to 30).

Most of April was spent making numerous trips to Abilene to get our house ready for the renters. All the things I wanted to do to my house were finally being done and it made me sad. But despite all that, during this month I decided staying home was not that exciting, nice but kind of boring so I decided to get my teaching certification online to teach High School Art. So that is my current pursuit but we will see how that works out for me...

It's been a crazy past several months for us and I know that this isn't the most exciting blog post but at least you know what's been going on thus far. Hopefully, I will keep up the blogging now and there will be more exciting blogs in the future.

There is one thing I've been wanting to blog for a while now and it kind of makes no since to blog it but I'm going to do it anyway. I've been meaning to blog the before and after pics of our house in Abilene. I know we don't live there anymore but it was our first home and were proud of what we accomplished during the 2 years we lived there. So stay tuned for that...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mystery Box

Seeing a box sitting on my porch was a fantastic surprise when I got home yesterday! I don't know about y'all but I love getting boxes in the mail. I get super excited and turn into a 5 year old when I see a box on the porch, even when I know what's inside because I ordered it!! But yesterday I got an unexpected gift in the mail from John's aunt and uncle in Alabama, Mark and Daney! (Shout out to Mark and Dana Griffin - Y'all are the Best!!) A Mystery Box! Those don't come my way too often so you know my Giddy-level was rocketing!

Now I know that I promised in my last post that I would not talk about hunting again for a while.

Well...I lied. But only because my awesome gift has something to do with hunting. So when I opened this mystery box here's what was inside...

That's right! My very own camo binoculars! Be jealous (John was...and he even was talking about how he was going to borrow them for next time he goes hunting...All I gotta say is "Good luck findin' 'em Johnny Boy")! :) Let's just say these things are awesome and work really well! So don't tell our neighbors I was breaking them in by spying on their houses. We'll just say it was part of the "Neighborhood Watch Program." Anyways, the best part of this gift was the card that Daney made. It had my rifle picture on the front and inside was this fantastic poem she wrote. She is so talented when it comes to writing poems, so I'm honored to be a part of the handful of people she has written one for. Here it is...Enjoy!

Happy Hunting
by Dana Griffin

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Oh deer!

I know what you are thinking! "Enough with the Deer/Hunting posts already!" I promise I'll quit soon...or at least until next deer season.

Anyways, my recent experience of deer hunting has left me thinking about deer. (Just to clarify...deer in a "make a piece of artwork where deer is the subject matter kind of way" not the "bestiality kind of way." Moving right along...)

So I was looking at my "A*R*T" board on Pinterest for inspiration and came across this fantastic drawing (well it was actually a tattoo) of this very geometric wolf by David Hale. I've never heard of him before but he does really awesome tattoos and artwork. You can check out his website here. His drawings/tattoos inspired me to do a drawing of a deer in a similar way. So here's the inspiration and what I came up with. Enjoy!

Inspiration from David Hale

In Honor of not killing a deer...I drew one!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Hunter's Wife

Being the wife of a hunter you not only get your very own gun for Christmas (as seen in the previous post), or have the reassuring knowledge that if there were ever a natural disaster you could survive for at least a year on the supply of venison in the freezer, but you also get to go out and experience the "thrill" of the hunt! That's exactly what I got to do this past weekend!

Now I've been Dove hunting with John before but it went a little something like this...
John: Ok here hold this shot gun and if you see any birds then shoot them.
Brooke: Ok got it!
(ENTER mass flock of dove)
John: Give me that gun!! (Bang, Bang, Bang,etc...)
(EXIT mass flock of dove)
John: Ok here you can have the gun back!
Brooke: Oh wow really?! I hope I can hit that one lonely dove that can't keep up with the rest since I've never even shot a gun before! You're the Best!

So since then I've never really had a desire to go hunting. But lately I've been wanting to go hunting with John. Maybe because I want to play a role in that part of his life or maybe because we actually have somewhere to go with an awesome deer blind that John built. What ever the reason, all I know is that one day I woke up with a strange desire to go hunting. I know that it seems completely out of character for me but it makes complete sense to me...I love John and John is a hunter and when we got married I became a Hunter's Wife.

So let's talk about how I went on my first Deer Hunt this weekend. First of all...I had a blast!!! Never in a million years would I thought those words would come out of my mouth but they did! I had so much fun hunting! I had even more fun watching John hunt and how the second we exited the truck his "Stealth Mode" kicked in! Me on the other hand exited the truck like any other time with a good slam of the door only to receive the "look." John's never given me a "look" I learned my lesson quick! (Lesson #1: Once John's in "Stealth Mode"...don't make eye contact and obey all commands!) But here's a play-by-play of how our hunting trip went...


2:30 a.m. Wake up and get dressed quickly (keyword 'quickly' because "every minute counts and we have to be there several hours before the deer wake up"- 'quickly' is nowhere near 3:30a.m. in my dictionary)
3:00 a.m. Start 20 minute drive to hunt site (while Brooke takes a nap)
3:20 a.m. Unload truck quietly (minus the door slam by Brooke)
3:22 a.m. Start 1/2 mile hike in pitch darkness (since flashlights are also prohibited by StealthMaster3000 a.k.a. John) on unfamiliar terrain to deer blind while carrying my gun, extra pair of jeans and a sweatshirt (in case my coveralls are too hot), a blanket (in case my coveralls are not warm enough) and a backpack with snacks. At this point the possibility of getting attacked by a wild hog = very likely!
3:35 a.m. Reach deer blind without any attacks from a wild hog only to discover that I have to pee (even though I was warned many times by John that I would not be allowed to) Oops... Thankfully I was saved by John's bladder and since he had to go, I was allowed to as well!
3:40 a.m. Get inside deer blind and begin the waiting process. (only with a few naps for Brooke)
6:50 a.m. Sun begins to rise and I'm told this is "Prime Time" for deer to come out, especially a buck, and that I need to be extra quiet. (QUE extra loud noises from Brooke every time she moves) And several more "looks" from John are sent my way! But since it's still too dark for me to see anything I take another nap. 
6:55 a.m. Wake up from nap to see deer...
7:00 a.m. (QUE deer...) (*cricket**cricket*)
8:00 a.m. (QUE deer...) (*cricket**cricket*)
9:00 a.m. (QUE deer...) (*cricket**cricket*)
10:00 a.m. (QUE deer...) (*cricket**cricket*)...this is getting awkward!
10:30 a.m. (QUE deer...) (*cricket**cricket*)
11:00 a.m. After sitting several hours and realizing we will not be seeing any deer we decide to call it quits and go get some lunch. Start hike back to truck, which is much easier with light...(Brooke: "So this is what it looked like when I was walking this morning. Glad to know it was a flat terrain and not the edge of a cliff)
11:20 a.m. Grab lunch and go take nap to re-energize for the next hunt happening in T-minus 3 hours. 
2:30 p.m. Wake up, get ready for evening hunt, and drain my body of any fluids the best I can.
3:00 p.m. Grab everything and start to head out of hotel room, then remember we need hotel key, catch door before it closes, look for key, can't find key so John grabs hotel key that doesn't work but I want to find right key.
3:05 p.m. Get yelled at for wasting 5 minutes of daylight looking for key
3:06 p.m. Still don't have right key but leave anyways
3:07 p.m. Start 20 minute drive to hunting site
3:27 p.m. Hike (in daylight...Yay!) to deer blind
3:40 p.m. Get situated in deer blind and ask John to rate me from 1-10 (10=highest) on my "Stealth Mode"
3:45 p.m. My "Stealth Mode" is a 5 so far...(Oh a 5, huh? We'll see about that!")
3:50 p.m. Start "Dehydration Mode" so I won't have to pee. 
4:00 p.m. Take nap while John looks for deer
4:30 p.m. Wake up from deer...finish reading Hunger Games
6:00 p.m. Sun begins to set and "Prime Time" kicks in...must be really quiet...or else!
6:01 p.m. (QUE deer...) (*cricket**cricket*)
7:00 p.m. (QUE deer...) (*cricket**cricket*)
7:30 p.m. (QUE RANDOM DUST STORM!!!!!) 
7:35 p.m. Debate whether to stick out the Dust Storm or head back to the truck before it gets dark.
7:40 p.m. Hike back to truck with 50 mph gusts of wind
7:50 p.m. Drive truck back to deer blind to pick up stuff only to discover 3 Deer running across the field
7:51-8:15 p.m. CURSE DEER!!!!
8:15 p.m. End "Dehydration Mode" and chug several small Gatorade
8:30 p.m. Leave with no deer...

After the evening events I leave you with this song (and a video):

"Home, Home in the Blind,
Where the deer don't come out til you leave,
Where seldom is heard but the rustling of Brooke's purse,
And the sky is not cloudy all day, until "Prime Time" for deer to come out and a big dust cloud comes out of nowhere with 50 mph wind so you have to get out of the blind and hike back to the truck in the wind because your life depend on it!"



12:00 a.m. HAPPY NEW YEAR! (Unfortunately we missed it because we were asleep!)
3:30 a.m. Alarm goes off...Push Snooze
3:40 a.m. Alarm goes off...Push Snooze
3:50 a.m. Alarm goes off...Push Snooze
4:00 a.m. Alarm goes off...Push Snooze
4:15 a.m. Alarm goes off...We get up finally!
4:30 a.m. Get ready much faster and head to hunting site
4:50 a.m. Try to convince John to drive to blind this time but doesn't happen
4:55 a.m. Unload truck and "quietly" shut truck door...success! No "look" :) so we start our hike through the dark to the blind. This time only it's about 32 degrees outside.
5:05 a.m. Reach deer blind and demand John to turn on heaters asap so I can thaw
5:06 a.m. Freaky banging on the outside of blind. Sounds like someone is pounding their fist against the blind.
5:06 a.m. Realize I am now about to pee my pants despite all earlier preparation.
5:06-5:10 a.m. Stand completely still and stare at each other like we are about to die.
5:10 a.m. John realizes that it's a board banging against the side and goes outside to fix it even though I beg him not to because I don't want to die alone.
5:15 a.m. Board fixed, No more reason to be scared, get settled and take a nap 
5:30 a.m. John keeps poking me to wake me up
5:45 a.m. Stomach starts growling
6:00 a.m. Stomach still growling so ask John if I can eat some muffins, He says no because the package is too loud and it's almost "Prime Time" 
6:15 a.m. Stomach still growling...
7:00 a.m. (QUE deer...)
7:15 a.m. Deer come out on Que this time! It's a miracle! Unfortunately they are only doe, but at this point I'll take any kind of deer.
7:15-10:00 a.m. My adrenaline starts going and now my eyes are in search of any type of movement. Spot lots of does but no bucks. Only see one deer that might be a buck but it's too far away!
10:00 a.m. Get out of blind and go find deer...Mission Unsuccessful! But we did get to walk around and look at the land which was fun! And I got to learn how to differentiate between a buck track and a doe track, just something to add to the "Random Knowledge" section of my brain. 
10:30a.m. Make target for me to practice shooting my gun! Shoot gun three times and get pretty close. But it's not good enough so John takes over my gun and tries to "Sight it In" (I think he just really liked shooting my gun)
11:00 a.m. Take nap in truck while John refilled feeders, puts a solar panel on his feeder and sets up game camera
11:30 a.m. Head back to town empty handed. :(

Despite the disappointment, I will definitely be going again. That is if John will let me. Here are his rating for me as a hunting companion:

Brooke's Hunting Results:  Out of 1 to 10 (10 highest) -

Final Stealth Mode Score = 7.5 (Most Improved in this area)
Hunting Companion Score = 9 (I think he felt like he had to give me a high score but 10 would have definitely been a lie, but I'll take it! He also said I was good at spotting deer!)
Take Me Hunting Again Score = 12!!!! (Yay!)
Look-Out Score = FAIL! (Considering my numerous naps)

John's Hunting Results:  Out of 1 to 10 (10 highest) -

Stealth Mode Score = 9 (He unfortunately was stuck sitting in a squeaky chair)
Hunting Companion Score = 10
Take Me Hunting Again Score = 12!!! (Wouldn't want to hunt with any other person!)
Look-Out Score = 12! (He was the best look-out he never once took a nap in the blind)
Protector Score = 100! (He risked his life when I thought we were going to die!)

I leave you with these pictures from the deer blind: