Friday, January 21, 2011

Blog Makeover!

Just wanted to brag a little on my hubby. The other day I was showing him some of my favorite blogs and how I love their headers. I was going to see if my sister could make me one, if not I would just pay an online company to make it. I get a text yesterday to check out my blog and was so surprised to see this! He is so sweet to me...thanks Josh!!

P.s. The background picture is us at our wedding. (if you look at the top left corner you can see us)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Cotton Bowl 2011

On Friday, January 7 we headed up to Arlington from San Antonio. I worked half a day and picked up Josh after his cardio exam. The drive went quick because we were super excited for the game. All the way up I-35 we saw Aggies on their way to the game. We were both in shock when we drove up to the stadium. It's very futuristic and huge! It's funny because next door is the traditional looking Rangers' Stadium.



We had to walk quite a ways from our parking spot and had a little trouble finding the entrance. Good thing we got there early! Finally inside the stadium.



Look at this spiffy panoramic that Josh took!



Watching our favorite player stop those tigers!



For the half time show, both bands played then the Kilgore Rangerettes performed with some high school girls. Gotta love fireworks!



Even though we didn't win, we still had a good time and support our Ags! (side note: check with us before you get seats at Cowboys stadium. Ours had an overhang and the people 2 rows in front of us wouldn't sit down. The entire game...we get the 12th man, but c'mon! We had a little space between their shoulders that we could tilt our heads and see half the screen. Sad day.)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Whew!

I'm tired from that 11 day blog post streak! Today Josh is taking his make up Cardio Exam that he missed when we went to Lil Mamma's funeral. (HUGE exam for him) Then we're heading to Dallas to see those Aggies BTHO LSU!! GO #47!! I should hopefully have a post with pictures on Monday. Get excited!

I leave you with this, for all you iPod/iPad users. Angry birds is fun for the whole family! (this is my Mom's cat, Star)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

More sights of Savannah

We had such a great day trip that my Mom, Sister, and I decided to go back for more. We dropped the boys off at golf and hit the road. There was traffic on the interstate, boo! But our GPS helped us find a back road way.

First we had lunch at a cozy little place called the Starland Cafe



They serve yummy organic food and had lots of artsy details.



Then we got carried away in a yarn store.



Close by was this pub where a scene in the movie Something to Talk About with Julia Roberts was filmed.



We got to take a tour of the Mercer House. It's filled with antiques and very famous paintings. But, no photography allowed...sad day. Afterward we went and had tea at a place called Gryphon, which used to be an apothecary shop in the 1800's. All of the stained glass was made by Tiffany & Co.







After that we headed back to HH to have dinner with Josh and Dad. I really hope to come back here one day!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hilton Head, SC

We had a great trip to South Carolina with my family. It was very restful, with no jam-packed schedule. The day we arrived it was lightly snowing! But luckily it warmed up through the week and Josh and my Dad got to play 3 rounds of golf while we were there.

Josh in the Charlotte, NC airport by the Poinsettia tree



We did a lot of this (reading, iPad-ing, blogging...)



the view outside our condo



The sunrises and sunsets were so beautiful



We walked the beach a couple of times





And found sand dollars on the beach (we kept 20 or so)



Close by our condo was the Harbour Town Lighthouse...so cute!



When planning this trip, my Dad's only request was to "be with his family and drink coffee in the morning." We got to do exactly what we hoped for, relax and spend time with each other.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Our day trip to Savannah, GA

First of all, I apologize in advance for the picture overload. Even though we stayed in Hilton Head, SC, Savannah was just an hour drive away. Savannah was established in 1733 and was the capital of Georgia, one of the 13 original colonies. We loved how historic and charming this city was. It was a long day. But luckily we took a trolley tour so we didn't have to walk all over the place and we had a tour guide.

Crossing the bridge to get into Savannah



Driving up to Paula Deen's restaurant, Lady & Son's...you have to get there early because they start taking dinner reservations at 9:30 a.m. (and there was a line...even in off season!)



We searched high and low, but couldn't find Josh a rabbit coat like this guys.



My friend Stephanie went to Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) and they sell her handmade, silk-screened tepees in their store.



Waiting in line at Mrs. Wilke's for lunch. They're open from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and people stand in line to get to eat there. It was delicious country cooking.



You sit family-style at a table of 10. It's fun to meet people. The man to my Dad's left has been eating there twice a week since 3rd grade!



We were stuffed and happy afterward.



The Mercer House, the place where everything happened in the book/movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. (it was a true story)



My Dad with me on the trolley tour



I love getting pressed pennies on trips. I have tons from over the years!



Josh standing by the bench used in Forest Gump (it was filmed in Chippewa Square, one of Savannah's 20 famous squares)



We took a picture of this sign because my Dad accidentally left the keys in the ignition parked outside Mrs. Wilke's. Luckily all of those people in line were more concerned with eating an awesome lunch than stealing our unlocked rental car!



Inside Paula Deen's restaurant! We had a great time there. They're famous for their hoe cakes, which are kind of like a cornbread pancake. YUM!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Christmas Day at the Russell's

It was fun to wake up at the Russell's new house in Garland on Christmas Day. Everyone was there, including Caleb's long-time girlfriend, Chelsey.

Peyton got some cute clothes!





Daniel was pretty excited to get an iPod touch



Seth got the Nike Air Force Ones he's been dying to have (in Garland High colors!)



Caleb got a handgun to go along with his license



Ashley got a Preggle! (an awesome maternity pillow)



Joshie got a monitor



Ronnie and Andrea got some great gifts, some of them were a Scentsy, lotion/shower gel, tennis shoes, and a PowerBalance band. The best was a memorial for Lil Mamma that Seth made in Art class.



It was my first Christmas away from my family, so my sister sent some little gifts for me to open from them. Rachel Ray signed the cookbook at a signing in Austin! (thanks Sis!)



The group before Chelsey left



Andrea and Grandpa Doodit (her Dad)



For lunch we had enchiladas and burritos, along with chips and salsa. YUM! Thanks Russells for a very fun week!

I know Josh really enjoyed spending time with his brothers. I just had to share these.

One day he got to take them to the driving range



His youngest brother Daniel has been working out a lot now that he is in high school. He thought it was time to wrestle with his big bro. I couldn't stop laughing.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas Eve at Mamaw's

On Christmas Eve, we went to Mamaw's house. She had prepared us a traditional Christmas lunch with her mom, Mee Mee. Mee Mee is almost 91 years old and has a ton of energy. As soon as we finish eating she likes to start doing dishes.



Mamaw gave us some A&M booties for Peyton to wear home from the hospital, a Willow Tree family figurine, and a cool A&M wind spinner. She ordered Seth, cousin Taylor, and Daniel cotton bowl t-shirts and had Caleb's number added to the back. They really liked them!



Ronnie and Andrea got a pretty cross and crystal bowl



Mamaw showing off her new cross and Ralph Lauren Safari (her favorite perfume)



Josh playing around with our camera



Mamaw and some of her Grandsons



Daniel wearing a bow! (or as Josh says, future black-mail)