Thursday, October 24, 2013


Check out this Amazing Katy Perry Music Video performed by the awesome kids at The Children's Hospital At , NH. This presentation of "Roar" is just great!

As New Hampshire's only comprehensive, full-service children's hospital, the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) provides an extended system of care that offers advanced pediatric services.

CHaD was recognized in 1992 as a "children's hospital within a hospital" by the Children's Hospital Association. CHaD is one of 205 children's hospitals in the United States providing care specifically focused on children.

For more information on CHaD, visit their website.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pallets, Pallets Everywhere!

Over the last few weeks, my coworker Steve and I have been busy building furniture out of one of my favorite materials... pallets! You see, one of my jobs is as a Communications specialist for the Missions Team at Grace Fellowship UMC in Katy, TX. Among other duties, I get to dream big and outside of the box for various projects. This included the visioneering for Nations Sunday, a huge missions oriented Sunday service at the church. And that my friends, is where the pallets come in!

Our task was to creatively build & decorate a space with the purpose of showcasing the various mission trips that Grace Fellowshippers could participate in during 2014. We wanted something more than the normal white folding table with a binder of photos. We wanted something thematic. Something raw & interesting. And that is exactly what a pallet is. Its a simple combination of wood strips, held together by nails. Its purpose is to support something of greater value as it goes out into the world. Its a piece of packing/shipping toolage. And it is a perfect piece for us to begin with as we dreamed about how to decorate the space we had.

We (I use that term loosely, as Steve did most of the work) built 20 pallet counter height tables, 10 wooden backdrops, a 30' x 8' pallet wall, and a central info desk. Then teams of great volunteers began to fill in the empty spaces with fabrics, picture frames, carpets, and display materials. In the end, it was a beautifully decorated space. The teamwork that went into this event build out was amazing to be a part of. Huge "GREAT JOBs!"go out to Steve, Arthur, Johnny & the many volunteers who helped get everything together.

Steve & Arthur hard at work on the pallet furniture.

Colombia Mission Trip :: Medical Missions - Summer 2014
Disaster Relief Trailer :: Moore, OK Trip - March 2014

It is one of my personal beliefs that as a Christ-follower, the work we do should be done with excellence. Scripture tells us that we ought to work as though working for the Lord himself, and that is exactly why we went to such efforts for Nations Sunday. Surely we could have had the bare bones necessities and functionally completed the day, but there is something exciting, infectious even about putting your heart into a display. When you work with passion toward a goal of excellence, you will gather the attention of those around you. So whether you are working on a work, school, or fun project, give it 110% and share your passion with those around you. You just never know who might become involved and join you on your mission.

For more information about missions via Grace Fellowship / Nations Sunday, click here.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Don't make me call 9-1-1!

Over the weekend, I had the unique opportunity of calling 9-1-1. Twice. Sounds cool, huh? Let me explain...

On Saturday morning, I was awoke about 4:50am when my power went out. Now I'm not one for warm, stagnant air, so it didn't take me long to wander away from the house in hopes that the electricity would soon return. As I drove around town killing time, I heard a "bang". As I looked to my right, I noticed an SUV, tires spinning, smoke starting to flow, and a driver slumped over. Without hesitation I called 9-1-1.

As it turns out, this driver was drunk. He apparently coasted through the parking lot, past the gas pumps (fortunately), and right into a pole. Katy PD sent 3 of their finest to help escort this man away in cuffs for his inebriated act.

Later on in the evening, while on our way to the county fair, Haley & I found ourselves following behind a distracted driver on the highway. This guy was weaving all over, from the center lane to the grassy shoulder, he couldn't keep it between the lines. So again, 9-1-1... We followed this vehicle as long as we could and updated the authorities in hopes of helping avoid an accident. We don't know the exact outcome of this situation, as we had to exit the road, but we hope the police caught up with this guy...

Now, I'm not sharing this to get attention for calling 9-1-1. In fact, if anything, I share this in an attempt to warn other drivers of 2 things:

1. Please do NOT drive under the influence. Not of drug, alcohol, or gadget. The roads are dangerous enough without you being less than your best. And...

2. Should you so decide to ignore my above plea, please know that if I see you being a danger on the road, I have absolutely no problem calling my friends at 9-1-1 about you. Call me a stick in the mud if you want, but the safety of me & my family/friends is far too important to take lightly.

Please, please be a cautious driver. Do not place others at risk by making a foolish choice to drive impaired or distracted.

Thanks. Really.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Happy Half Birthday!

Last night we celebrated Haley's half birthday. I know, you may be asking, "whats a half birthday?" or "really? you did what?" Well, Haley has always wanted to celebrate her real birthday (in April) by taking a limo to dinner with some friends, but, because April is prom season, that idea always ends up extremely expensive. So when she saw a groupon for a limo ride, the plans came together, and we decided to invite some friends and family out for her "half-birthday"... the 6-month celebration of her birthday. Haha.

Our limo arrived early enough for us to take the typical "high school homecoming" picture. We did feel like big kids, heading out for a night on the town. And we loved every minute of it!

Haley wanted to eat someplace special, so we chose Straits, an Asian Bistro in Houston's City Centre district. The menu is a combination of Asian/Singaporean fusion.  (think Indian or Indonesian - curry, spices, sauces). Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed most of the food. I say that because I am one of the most simple, mild-manner diners ever. If I can get meat and potatoes, that is what Im getting!

Callie & Haley @ Straits

The atmosphere in the restaurant was great, and the service was too. Our waitress kept the drink flowing, and the food kept coming. The chef recommended we eat family style, which worked out perfect for our group. We each chose something that sounded good to us, and then when it was brought out, everyone got to sample and try a little bit of each others items. Dining at a new place, this was the perfect way to go, as we all got to see what a wide range of items existed. We had everything from Butter Chicken, Shrimp Pad Thai, Beef & Chicken Satay, Indian Crab Cakes with Pineapple Chutney, and even a Chicken Curry Pot Pie. I am excited to say of all 10 dishes ordered, only 1 was a "maybe not again" item. Everything else was perfect! Lots of "yummmm" and "ohhh!" comments were made.

Chicken Lollipops @ Straits

So, if you're looking for somewhere a little different for you next special night out, be sure to check out Straits.

(Oh, and dont forget to grab some dessert next door at Sweet, they have amazing macaroons!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"Gotta Get It" Breakfast

When it comes to breakfast, most people stick with the staples; oatmeal, fruit, muffins, or the ever so tasty but terrible for you donuts. But every October, I get excited BC one of my favorite breakfast items rolls out of the kitchen here in Houston. This limited time only treat is one I have to enjoy in moderation (for health reasons), but WISH I could have all the time!

Ladies & gentlemen, may I introduce to you, the Kolache Factory's Heavenly Walnut Kolache!

Be sure to stop by your local Kolache Factory and pick one up before the month runs out! (That's where Haley & I will be this morning!)

-- Mr B

Location:Katy,United States

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sunday Potato Soup

It's hard to believe the weekend has already come and gone. All of the excitement for cooler weather lived up to the hype, and I have enjoyed wearing my hoodie the last few mornings! It really does make me anxious for cooler temperatures to stick around.

On Sunday, Haley and I attended church with her family at Parkway Fellowship, then made some of my mom's Potato Soup for lunch, which we enjoyed sitting on the back porch! It was awesome, as always! I have listed the soup recipe below for anyone who wants to try this super easy (and tasty!) meal!

Until next time...

Potato Soup
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
- 1 baz frozen hash browns (cubed)
- 1/2lb Velveeta

1. Mix milk, broth, & soup in pot, bing to boil.
2. Add potatoes and let summer until soft (approx. 25 minutes).
3. Add cheese, mix & eat!
4. If desired, you can add chopped green onion and/or cubed ham for added flavor.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

It's Fall Yall!

As this weekend gets underway, our first cool-front is expected to arrive this evening. Granted, a cool-front in Houston really only means a 10-degree temp drop, but still! I'll take it!

As the weather begins to change and the seasons begin to feel more appropriate, Haley & I have decided to host a Fall Party. This weekend will be full of party planning, invitation making, and pinterest-ing, I'm sure! Check back soon to see our awesome Owl Invites and to hear more about our party plans!

Oh, and be sure to bundle up! Its supposed to be in the... *gasp* 60's tonight! ;)

Happy Fall Yall!


Past Project Post :: Vintage Window Coffee Table

Back in April, Haley & I spent an afternoon visiting a small antique/junk shop in a small town just west of Houston. While there, we happened upon a couple vintage, reclaimed windows, perfect for a project! This is what I ended up with...

After returning home, I began by cleaning away the old caulking and scraping the windows clean. Next, I decided to use my window to make a unique coffee table. With a quick trip to Home Depot, and about $30 in materials, I made quick work on the box frame. A few finish nails and a coat of paint later, this was the finished product:

I absolutely love how the table turned out. It was a fun piece to build, and definitely a project that any novice could accomplish. Don't be afraid to get out in your workshop/garage and get creative. You never know what you will end up with!

Reclaimed Wood-Framed Windows

Cleaning The Window

Framing Out The Box


Painting The Legs

Painting The Window

Trim Paint

Hinged Top 


Welcome to Mister B's Bus! I am Mister B (Bryan) and this is my blog! You might ask why the blog is named the Bus, and well, thats because one of my many jobs is as a school bus driver!

Before we get started, I wanted to share a little bit about myself, and about the people and things I may reference often on the blog. Lets get started with the basics:

Bailey & I

Haley & Bailey - Haley is my girlfriend of over a year. She is currently in her senior year at Sam Houston State University. An aspiring Entrepreneurial Business Major, Haley dreams of owning her own business one day, which I dream will make us independently wealthy haha. Regardless of her business success, I love her for who she is. God really blessed us when He put us together. The other girl is my life is Bailey (no, I didn't mean to have rhyming names). Bailey is my 2+ year old black lab mix. I adopted her as a 12-week old pup, and couldn't possibly imagine life without her. She definitely adds some fun to our lives!

Brooke & Haley

Brooke - Brooke is Haley's little sister, a well educated, mature for her age, smarter than I will ever be First Grader. She has the most energy of any individual I have ever met, and we love to spend time with her whenever we can.

Ace & Deuce

Ace & Deuce - These two are Haley's dogs. Well, Haley's family's dogs. These lovable, playful, sometimes stubborn boxers are awesome. And though I may not talk about them a lot, they are always so photogenic!

Now that you've met a few of the regular characters in our stories, I hope you feel a little more connected to us. While I can't promise how often I will post, or what exactly the topics will be about, I can tell you that I will do my best to keep you entertained. From life on a school bus, to working with youth groups, to crafting with a six-year old, life is full of adventure, and tons of good stories to tell!