Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday I got up before the sun & went with a friend to a craft show. She had a booth selling her bows, tutus, custom clothing, etc. and had a fantastic day. It was rainy while we were setting up her booth in the dark--but the rain finally cleared out & it was a beautiful day. We spent the day selling bows & when we didn't have anyone in the booth we were able to catch up on life & everything else you could think of! We stuffed our face with traditional festival food including biscuits & gravy, footlong corn dogs with loads of mustard, sweet tea, & kettle corn to top it off! I've still got half the bag of kettle corn at my house...bad, bad, bad idea. Saturday night I was exhausted so I took Bogey for a quick walk & then I was in bed by 9:30.
Yesterday I went to church & then headed down to my parents' house for lunch. They fixed steaks & baked potatoes...YUMM!!! It was so good & so nice to visit with them outside of the work environment. I took Bogey down so he could play with his doggy cousins. We took him up to my grandparent's pond and he ran as hard as he could to keep up with the fourwheelers. He lived up to his breed & retrieved a stick numerous times out of the water--he was so exhausted by the end of the day. I dropped Bogey off real quick and headed to small group. We had a great discussion & I always come away from there feeling so refreshed that we have such a great group of Christian couples as friends!
After small group I came home and watched 17 Again (cute movie by the way), did some laundry and waited very impatiently for Hubby to get home. I was ecstatic when I heard the garage door start to open. He was super exhausted so he unloaded his car, fed Bogey & we went to bed. What a long weekend full of random happenings!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Hubby left this morning at 5 a.m. and drove to Dallas to spend the next 36 hours playing as much golf as he can. He has started planning an annual event (this is the 2nd year) where a bunch of guys get together and travel to play 4 courses in 3 days (Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, & Sunday morning). He'll get back home sometime late Sunday evening. This year he had around 10 guys who are joining him--4-5 that are his friends & 4-5 of his dad's friends. He was so excited and I'm so glad that he is able to plan something like this!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The size & design is perfect in every way & it's plenty big for us to have some nice outdoor gatherings now. We chose to have fiberglass ballisters installed to help it seem more open and I'm very happy with that decision as well. Our backyard still seems plenty big and now we have a way to keep Bogey away if we need it.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Back up about 2 years: When we were building our house we had the option to either put a patio or a deck & after much deliberation we (meaning Hubby) chose the patio so we wouldn't have to maintain the wood of a deck. I only gave into this decision after Hubby promised to have the patio stained & engraved to look like tile (which I absolutely love!!!). I grew up with a deck and this was definitely my preference, but Hey..I was planning our wedding at the same time and my decisions were focused on blue chair ties or chair covers & silver candleabras or more flowers instead of wood or concrete!
Alright, so to get back on track...Hubby initially thought he wanted to build the deck himself, but after some research we decided it was much more feasible and would happen much more quickly if we would simply hire someone to do this project for us. So...needless to say, Hubby called a couple of people, got some good referrals, and on Monday night a guy came out to give us an estimate. They're building the deck today...yes, I said today...only about a week after Hubby originally brought up the idea. The deck will be complete with a gate so we can choose whether we want Bogey to join us or not!
To say I'm excited is probably an understatement, I had to think about it a bit, but now I can't wait for us to have a place to eat outside, have a fire pit, and enjoy the weather without Bogey getting everything so gross! I'll be sure to have pictures tomorrow!
Oh and just so you know, I've told Hubby that for any other big ideas I am requiring at least a 14 day cooling off period...I would never want him to think that every idea he has is so wonderful! ;o)
Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday evening I headed out with some girlfriends for an impromptu Bachelorette Party--she is getting married in St. Lucia in the middle of October! We grabbed a nice dinner & then headed out to our local piano bar for some fun! The party was pretty laid back--not too wild & crazy which was definitely nice! Congrats Tacy!!!
It had been raining off and on pretty much all day, but when we headed to the piano bar the rain had basically stopped so I dropped my umbrella off at my car--BAD CHOICE!!! We went and hung out for about an hour or so and then decided it was time to head home. We walked outside to a monsoon...it was pouring cats, dogs, & any other animal that you can think of! I had left my car parked by the restaurant because I knew I wouldn't find anything closer & especially not anything where we wouldn't have to pay...so we headed out for the 3-4 block trek to our car! Let me just say...I have not been that wet while fully dressed in a long time! Needless to say the 3 of us that were headed to our cars together were soaked head to toe and cackling as we ran down the sidewalks in our heels, traipsing through water that was no less than 6-8 in. DEEP!!! I had water running down my back all the way home--but what a fun experience! We tried to stop at an overhang and grab a picture but it was raining so hard that was nearly impossible! At least we have the memories!!!
Sunday we went to church where it seemed like we needed to re-introduce ourselves since we'd been gone for 2 weeks! We grabbed a quick lunch, went and picked up the computer, & then headed home. We got there just in time to meet my mom & grandma to head to a baby shower for my cousin! I failed to take any photos but she got some super cute stuff for their little boy! While I was gone Hubby planted our fall planters & they look soo good!
Just one of our FIVE fall pots!
When I got home, we headed to small group--what a refreshing time to be with so many couples who are striving to live for God & learn more about what living for Him looks like! Our study this time is about parenting & while Hubby & I obviously don't have kids, we're looking forward to gaining lots of insight that I'm sure we'll use in the future!
Whew...now it's time to start a new week--but a short one for me because our annual fall festival is this weekend & our office closes at noon on Friday! YIPEE!!!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Originally, we though we'd fully experience the dunes & hike down to the shore--so we searched for the shortest trail & headed down...let me just tell you that walking on sand, in the sun, uphill is not very enjoyable! However, the views were probably worth it!
I hiked up my jeans, picked up my shoes, & Hubby & I enjoyed a nice stroll along the shore. We decided that on the way back we would just walk long enough on the shore to get to a parking lot where Hubby's dad could come pick us up. Man, that was a much better walk than hiking back up the sand dunes in the hot sun!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Now, on to the more important aspects of our trip. Hubby & I were in charge of lodging so we chose a boutique style hotel that looked fantastic online and was actually quite reasonably priced. We avoided staying at a hotel with a view of the falls because the rate was so outrageous! Here are a few pics from our hotel room, it was super modern & so fun! I'm certainly not a fan of modern decor in my home, but it's certainly fun to enjoy on vacation!
I loved all the dark wood accents & hardwood flooring!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Hubby & I had originally planned to stay in a hotel about 25 minutes from the wedding location, but my parents got there early and were able to negotiate getting an extra room for a very discounted rate...so it was such a nice surprise to pull in and see that this is where we would be spending the night!
The location is actually used as a retreat for missionaries along with being a bed and breakfast/wedding location. It was absolutely beautiful & such a perfect wedding location for Kevin & Ashley. This is the view across the property from my parent's balcony! Stunning!!!
Hubby & I had a huge room and although it was a bed & breakfast it was definitely not too Victorian or kitschy like so many of them seem to be! Our bed was super high & super comfy!
My cousin grew up on a farm & still has a lot of Country Boy in him, even though he now lives in Nashville and plays in a worship band. Ashley is certainly a city girl that I think is getting used to all of the country stuff! My aunt Belinda did an amazing job with the centerpieces for the rehearsal dinner. I love how she intertwined their two backgrounds & made it absolutely adorable! The rehearsal dinner food was also amazing!
Saturday we had the entire day to spend hanging out since the wedding didn't start until 4:00. They had a full size croquet field so we enjoyed a game...I happen to have decided that I really don't enjoy this game! ;o) Maybe I'm just a sore loser.