Monday, April 6, 2009


So... I have been sick the past few days... Probably just a head cold, but it has taken the life right out of me. I slept almost all day Sunday, and then when it was time to sleep at 10:00, I was wide awake, and only got 30 minutes of sleep due to feeling icky and sleeping all day. Fun, I know. So, I took the day off of work today. Slept for a little while, and I am on the way to good health! :)

But one nice thing about being sick is having your fiance come over and take care of you... PERKS!!! haha!

But I had a pleasant surprise when Shelbee came over. The kids in her classroom wrote me Get Well cards!! They are so sweet. Here are some of them:

"to. mr.usall: Git wal" (She even spelled my name on the's funny to see the variations)

"to Mr. Russle: thank you for all you do for us. get well soon"

"To: Mr Russell: I hope you have a nice day" (I dont think she understood what kind of card it was. :) )

"Dear, Mr. Russell: I hope you feel better."

"Dear Mr. Russell: I hope you fill beater." (Yikes!) :)

"Dear mr. Russell. I hope you get better soon. " (She then drew a picture of us as stick figures)

"Dear Mr. Russle I am so sorry that you are sick. Get well soon."

"To Mr. Russell: I hope I see you tomo. (translation: I hope I see you tomorrow)

"Dear Mr. Russle: I hop you get beta soon."

Now aren't those adorable?? Ms. Forston has some great 2nd graders! :)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

News... but old news....

It's been a while since I last posted. Let me give a short, straight to the point assimilation of what has been going on in the last few months.

1. Still been dating the love of my life.
2. Engaged to the love of my life.
3. I now have a job working with the love of my life.
4. Life has been good.

Shelbee and I got engaged on February 13th, and we are set to be married on June 20th in Dallas. Life has now been triple the happiness, as well as triple the trials. But I know that there is one heckuva bright light at the end of the tunnel. :) All these past debts kept coming up, and worries about finding a job were stressing me to no end. But now that Shelbee helped me get a job as a tutor with the elementary school where she presently works at has been an answer to prayer. I work mostly with the 4th graders, who in short, are quite the handful. But at least most of the time all I do is babysit and play games. :) But I do have an hour and a half break so I can be with Ms. Forston's class and help her when she needs it.
I also had the pleasure of driving up to Utah during Spring Break with Shelbee and Coulter to visit my sister and to get our engagement pictures done. Our pictures turned out fabulous! The photographer, Jenni Rossi, is excellant and I would suggest her to anyone who are looking for a good photo person. Her blog can be found on Shelbee's blog, as I do not have the address now, but I will put it up on here when I get it.
Come on June.... I need you here now!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Today is mine and Shelbee's 4 month anniversary!! I know, I know it doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but this relationship has been of the best experiences of my life so far! And things are just going to get better. :)

Shelbee was in town this past weekend to be with me, and also to celebrate my good friend, James Scifres's birthday. (This is James and Shawnee)

(In case you didn't know.......)

(Some of the greatest friends anyone could have....)

Anyways, on Friday night Shelbee got into town and the four of us went to Tulsa to see a magic show, the amazing ROB LAKE!!! (I know what you are thinking, you hadn't heard of him either..)


This guy------------------------------------------

By the end of the show, we were amazed at most of the it, but James, the one to knows how all magic is done, was able to point out the obvious ways the tricks are done. Such as "The Watermark" and "The Magical Motorcycle Helmet". Or it could have been a clone... Haha...

The weekend with Shelbee was truly magical, as it always is. :) The magic show and the movies about magic were only fitting. Only two weeks until the great times continue!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Careless Whisper.... (New Post!!!)

Hey everyone! I know it has been a while since I have last posted anything. It seems like time is flying by, because everything is so wonderful in my life. Shelbee and I are still dating, and things are looking like it will stay that way forever. If you catch my drift. :)

I will be sure to add more info as to what fun I have been having lately. But for now, I am going to put this music playlist question answer thingy. Just for the fun of it, I will answer them and hope that anyone who reads my blog will be officially "tagged". Haha. So there. You are tagged. Can't tag back. Tough, eh? You are the victim of my tag-a-thon. Bwahaha. Anyways, to the questions and the explanation.

1. Put Your iTunes (or Zune) on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.
5. Tag at least 10 friends.
6. Anyone tagged has to do the same, because fun pointlessness spreads like a virus.

------------------------------Actual Quiz--------------------------------

If someone says, “Is this okay?” You say?
Who's Crying Now - Journey (Good Question...)

How would you describe yourself?
Embers and Envelopes - Mae

What do you like in a guy/girl?
I Saw It On Your Keyboard - Hellogoodbye

How do you feel today?
Magic - Colbie Callait

What is your life’s purpose?
Fur Coat - Jonezetta

What is your motto?
Here with me - REO Speedwagon

What do your friends think of you?
Ladies of the World - Flight of the Conchords (crazy??)

What do you think of your parents?
Sun - Mae

What do you think about very often?
Pots and Pans - Les Savy Fav

What is 2 + 2?
Sweet Tangerine - The Hush Sound

What do you think of your best friend?
Here (In Your Arms) - Hellogoodbye

What do you think of the person you like?
Rockin' the Suburbs - Ben Folds

What is your life story?
Just Let Go - Mae

What do you want to be when you grow up?
One Down - Ben Folds

What do you think of when you see the person you like?
Street Corner Preacher - Amos Lee

What will you dance to at your wedding?
Seen It All Before - Amos Lee

What will they play at your funeral?
Rock With You - Michael Jackson (No comment....)

What is your hobby/interest?
Sore Thumb - The Format (Ouch)

What is your biggest fear?
This Time Is The Last Time - Mae

What is your biggest secret?
Arms of a Woman - Amos Lee (I see a theme going on here.....)

What do you think of your friends?
Running from an Angel - Hootie and the Blowfish

What will you put as the title?
Careless Whisper - Wham

Monday, October 27, 2008

F O U R....

4 random things I like about Shelbee (it said wife or husband, but Shelbee is pretty much it anyways.. :):
1. She goes out of her way to make me happy
2. She loves me
3. She is drop dead gorgeous
4. She can make me laugh and have a good time

4 jobs I have had:
1. Subway
2. Funeral Home
3. KFC
4. Plan Technician

4 Movies I have watched more than once:
1. Goldeneye
2. Hot Rod
3. The Naked Gun Series
4. Black Sheep (the horror, not the comedy...

4 TV shows I watch:
1. Heroes
2. Boston Legal
3. The Office
4. Scrubs

4 People who email me regularly (depends on regularly):
1. My boss
2. My sister, Rachel
3. My sister, Jill
4. Those who want my body (too bad, I am taken already!!!!)

4 of my favorite foods:
1. Peasant Soup
2. Steak - Medium Rare
3. Shelbee's italian dish.....yum...
4. Mushrooms

4 Places I would like to visit:
1. California
2. Pennsylvania
3. Ohio
4. San Antonio

4 things I am looking forward to this year:
1. New Car
2. Thanksgiving with Shelbee
3. Christmas with Shelbee
4. Being with Shelbee and family!

4 People to tag:
1. Shelbee
2. Josh and Dina
3. Anyone else that may even read this thing....
4. Anyone else that may even read this thing, and that hasn't done it already....

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Shelbee's surprise!

Two posts in one night? Incredible, I know! haha... Well, there are just so many things to catch up on!! As the last post was an introduction to Shelbee, this is pretty much a continuation of what she brings to my life. One day, she only had a half day for work (she is a second grade ESL teacher) because she could use the day for report cards and parent-teacher conferences. She got those finished early, so she asked if she could come over to my apartment and hang out there and watch TV until I got home from work. I couldn't turn down the chance of having her welcome me home from work, could I? :)

I got home, and there was much more than Shelbee waiting for me. She had made a romantic dinner with candles, sparkling cider, and music. It was such a surprise to me, because I have never had someone do that kind of thing for me. I never thought I could appreciate her any more than I already do, but she proved me wrong! Here are some pictures that I was able to take.

I am telling you ladies....(If there are any ladies reading this other than my sisters....) Shelbee sets the bar high when it comes to being a wonderful girlfriend. :) I am truly blessed to have her in my life.

It started with a poke....

Well, it has been a while since I have last posted on this blog o' mine, and it's all because of the beautiful girl in the picture above. Her name is Shelbee Forston, and we have been dating for the past few weeks, almost a month. :) How we met is kind of funny actually...
Shelbee was looking through the Dallas/Fort Worth group on Facebook, and saw a picture of the most handsome guy she had ever seen. She casually kept looking until she came upon my picture. She noticed that I was friends with one of her EFY co-counselors, so she decided to "poke" me. Not too much later, I was looking at my profile, and saw that I had been poked by a Shelbee Forston. I was thinking to myself.."Who is that?" I didn't recognize the name, so I looked at her profile. The picture above was her profile pic at the time, and as you can tell she is very, very attractive. So I sent her a message asking if we had met before, because if we had, I would have felt like a jerk for not remembering who she was. Anyways, she responded back saying we had not met, but that she had randomly poked me. We messaged back and forth, and the rest is history. :) We went on several dates, including lunch in a Gas Station (another interesting story for later), an Amos Lee concert, a Texas Rangers game, and dinner in a romantic Italian restaurant. My quality of life has increased a hundred fold since being with her and wouldn't trade it for the world. I am excited to see where this relationship goes!