Saturday, January 30, 2010

About Cheerfulness

"Your cheerfulness can only spring up freely and healthily out of your heart when your heart is truly at rest in God; when you are satisfied with His ways, and wishing no change in them."

--Priscilla Maurice (1810-1854)
Don't you love being around cheerful people? I mean those truly, genuine cheerful people who don't have to work at it! For the most part, I think I'm a cheerful person, but I admit there are times I come up short in that department. I realize my testimony for Christ is impaired if I'm a grump. My number one goal for the month of February is to be more cheerful in the home and to have a merry heart;
for my heart rests in God!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Name Game!

All of your different names...Try it with your name!

1. YOUR REAL NAME: Pamela Lea Riffe Rios
2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME (first 3 letters of real name plus -izzle): Pamizzle
3. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME (favorite color and favorite animal): Red Dog
4. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME (middle name, and current street): Lea Stone Arch
5 STAR WARS NAME (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of
your first name, first 3 letters of Mom's maiden name): Riopabla
6. YOUR SUPERHERO NAME (2nd favorite color, favorite drink): gold water
7. YOUR WITNESS PROTECTION NAME (Mother's middle name and fathers middle
name): Lou Joseph
8. YOUR GOTH NAME (black, and the name of one your pets): Black Chance

Send this on to your friends (including the one who sent it to you) and see
what interesting names are created)!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Does This Make You Want to Curl Up With a Blankie or What?

I love watching this video of Abbie falling asleep in the car. It makes me feel so relaxed! What about you?

You can also get a quick peek of Elena in the back seat.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Big Congrats For My Cousin, Garin Justice!

I wanted to share the following article from yesterday's Beckly Register Herald newspaper. It's about my cousin, Garin who was a starter for the West Virginia Mountaineers during his four years at college. We loved it when WVU came to Florida to play in Miami, Orlando, and especially Tampa. It meant we go watch the game in person and see Garin for a few minutes after the game. (It was always hard to get his undivided attention due to the swarm of people trying to get his autograph or a photo with him.) These games played in Florida afforded us the opportunity to spend time with my Uncle Gary, Aunt Phyllis, and cousin Gehrig who faithfully supported Garin and attended each and every game during his four year college career. Even now, as he coaches at my aunt's Alma Mater in Athens, West Virginia, they attend all of his games. Talk about a dedicated set of parents! We know all that love, sacrifice, and support and Garin's hard work, have helped mold Garin into the person he is today.

So Garin, a great, big congratulations to you, #69, for being named to

Justice named to WVU all-decade team

By Tom Bone
For The Register-Herald

The toil and pain of being a starting offensive tackle often goes unrewarded. Garin Justice is now an exception to that statement.

Justice was selected as one of two offensive tackles on the All-Decade Team of West Virginia University football, selected recently by MSN Sports Net, media partner of WVU sports.

“It’s definitely a great honor,” Justice said this weekend on the Concord University campus in Athens, where he is the offensive line coach and strength and conditioning coordinator of the Mountain Lions.
“In my mind’s eye, I’m (no more) deserving than a lot of other guys who played that position. I mean, that’s just a couple of people’s opinion. I don’t even know if I would have named myself to that list, actually.”

“I think a lot of it was just the fact that we had a lot of success when I played. With success comes rewards. Coach (Rick) Trickett was a great O-line coach. He pushed us to the limit while we were there.

“I think it’s a combination of coach Rod (Rich Rodriguez), the success he had in the program and the success we had with coach Trickett. The hard work paid off.”

During his time as a starting offensive lineman for the Mountaineers, Justice, a native of Gilbert, was named All-Big East and earned the Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. He was a second-team All-America selection by The Sporting News in his senior year, 2005.
He and his fellow blockers helped West Virginia finish seventh and then fourth in the nation in rushing offense in 2004 and 2005. The Mountaineers were first in that category in the Big East in both of those years.

In his years as a starter, from 2003-05, Justice was part of teams that went 27-10 and beat Georgia in the Nokia Sugar Bowl. In that span, West Virginia also won three Big East titles, going 17-3 in the league. The Mountaineers finished 11-1 in 2005.

It wasn’t always easy. Justice said when Rodriguez put in his no-huddle, “spot-the-ball” offensive scheme, he struggled. “Actually, the system didn’t fit my talents, coming in,” he said.

He said the all-decade honor “takes you back, because I was there for seven of those years, so I know the players who went through there.”

Because of the talent level represented, some names of noteworthy players are not to be found. Justice mentioned Quincy Wilson as an example.

“He was a great tailback, and wasn’t even mentioned, because he was behind backs like Avon Cobourne and Steve Slaton,” Justice said. “Noel Devine wasn’t even on the list, and Noel Devine is probably going to the NFL this spring, or the next year.”

“That just shows you the caliber of players that you did have go through the program.”

One of his jobs now is to mold an offensive line for Concord that will reach a high caliber.

He was hired by Concord in December 2008, and held together a unit that was extremely thin in depth. That line helped the Mountain Lions to a 6-5 record, and opened holes for Brian Kennedy, who won the conference rushing title, and other teammates. Concord rushed for 227 yards per game and averaged 33.2 points.

Justice said that lessons he learned in Morgantown helped his coaching efforts.

He said, “I think the main thing (was that) we took guys who were not your highest recruits or considered your best players, but instilled in them a work ethic and a pride in the program, and what you do. I think that’s the biggest thing.

“If we can get our players to start to fight for us, which I felt we did, to believe in what we’re doing, and know that they deserve to win — then you will win.”

He learned that as a player, and feels fortunate to have been in on something special.

“You have to look back on this decade of West Virginia football as being the best in the history of the program,” Justice said.

“Don Nehlen had a couple of years here and there; he had one great year in the ’90s and one great year in the ’80s. But never before was there two BCS (Bowl Championship Series) wins. …

“With two BCS wins, and winning the Big East Conference four or five times in those 10 years — it’s hard to compare it with any other decade in the history of West Virginia football.”

He said West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart “seems to be doing a nice job.” But he leaves no question about his allegiance to the coach he played for.

“I’m always going to be a fan of coach Rodriguez. I think he gets a bad rap for some things in the state,” Justice said. “People also can’t deny the great success Rich Rodriguez had when he was here.”

Here I am with my REALLY TALL cousin at our 2005 Family Renion!

Michelle, Pam, Garin

Garin, Josh, Scott at our house when in Tampa for 5 weeks of training.
 (Notice how the two ball players dwarf my 6 ft. son!)

Garin, Shane, Scott
Their shoulders are higher than the top of my big fridge!
We had Garin and his friend over for a cookout. Agustin couldn't believe how much these fellas ate! He packed them up a huge "to go" bag with loads of food for their room mates. Yeah Right!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

For My Sis ...

My next few posts will continue with the theme of photos and videos galore of family members, but hey, it's the only way to keep my sis, who lives in South America, in the loop. Maybe someday soon, I'll actually write a post!

I recently switched over to the newer version of blogger. WHERE DID THE SPELL CHECK GO? I need
that tool desperately! OH AND  HOW DO I UPLOAD VIDEOS NOW?


Thursday, January 07, 2010

Christmas Day 2009 Part One

Christmas Stockings waiting to be "dug" into!

The family happy to be together again!

One happy Mama!

Blessed with a great meal of spiral sliced honey ham, london broil, roasted rosemary potatoes, mom's old fashioned green beans, sweet potato casserole, yeast rolls! Best ingredient of all---family togetherness!

The meal ended with the patriarch of the family (my dad) reading the Christmas Story from Luke 2 out of the new Bible he gave to Shane for Christmas.

So, how did you enjoy your peek into our Christmas Day? I'm glad you stopped by for a visit!

My Favorite Video Clip of Christmas 2009

We had so so much fun with my mom's FLIP camcorder!
Here's a video of my first born son Josh on Christmas Day. We were so thrilled he was able to come down and spend Christmas with us! Before Christmas week, I hadn't seen him in three months as he is working in West Virginia these days.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Christmas Eve: "A La Casa Rios" Part 2

The Rios Bunch on Christmas Eve

Mom shows off her set of kitchen towels, hand embroidered by Aunt Tommie.

Another piece for dad's lighthouse collection; thanks to his sister Tommie.

Josh gave his dad a new tie.

Shane with his new gaming laptop. He was stoked!
I know, you can't really tell from this photo so
just watch the short video at the bottom of this post!)

Naomy seemed to like her body care products.

Josh with his new shirt.

Hawaiin Princess Cake - moist and delish!

Naomy saying farewell to Mr. Snowman

Shane and Rudolph

Josh was thrilled that we asked him to pose also!

Give the snowman a hug Josh!

Do I sort of look like a midget? Naomy thinks so!

The "tough guy" cousins saying goodnight.