Tuesday, August 17, 2010


To my better half without whom I would not be complete --- the love of my life, Rob :)

I love you!!! Happy Birthday!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Busy Past Week..

So, last week I was super excited to have my mother-in-law Peggy, her sister Ruth (Nan), and Rob's cousin Jalisha come into town for a girl's day. They came in Tuesday and we hit up tons of places to shop! When they got here, we were able to meet Rob for lunch at DoubleDave's - a first for Jalisha! That tended to be a trend over the course of the day - but I think that was ok with her! So we stopped by Charming Charlie's first which was good - although I didn't find anything I couldn't live without. I think once we left there we went to Garden Ridge where it seemed glass holders/jars were the big hit. Then we went to Sam Moon and Jalisha was in shock almost the whole time we were there just because there was SO much stuff (jewelry, bags, etc.) and at such good prices. I bought two bags and a couple of pieces of jewelry and everyone else seemed to have done pretty well there too. Let's see -- from there we went to Marshall's Home Goods. I found a couple of cute tops and a cat photo album (yes, I needed it!). There were quite a few good deals there. We came home after that and ate a yummy roast and vegetables. We watched Sister Act on netflix and then Rob went to bed soon after. The girls stayed up and talked but just for a little bit because we knew there was still a little bit of shopping to be done in the morning.  Once everyone was ready to go in the morning, we went to Pottery Barn (just to get some decorating ideas) and then headed to Kirklands - one of my favorite stores. Peggy actually pointed out some really cute oversized dice that were on clearance that I couldn't live without (and that Rob actually loved!). And, I bought a wire wall hanging - which Rob also liked! We went to eat lunch at SouperSalad after that and then we all headed home so they could get everything packed up and head back to Bridge City. I had such a good time and loved getting to spend some quality girl/family time with them! 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


I know, I know! Two posts in one day! Amazing! Here are the before and after pictures - some of which are not the best, but oh well! Enjoy! 






The 4th

A little late, but Happy 4th of July! We had a great time celebrating this weekend with family and friends. Rob's parents and sister Kelly came in Friday to stay the night at our house and spend some time together. We played a few games before going to bed that night which were a lot of fun. Saturday we ran a few errands (bead shop, book store, lunch) before heading out to Wes' house to eat some BBQ, play games, watch a and spend more time together. Rob and I ended up coming home that night (which I know made our kitties happy) but we went back to Wes' around lunch to eat a little more! That evening, we met up with my good friend Kim and her son Barrett to eat dinner and walk around Market Street. Her hubby joined us a little later and we eventually found a place to sit up on the roof of a building to watch fireworks. Kim invited us to go have a few drinks at her house with them which we did, and we stayed there until about 1. We had a great time! We got to sleep in on Monday because Rob didn't have to go into work -- observed holiday. So, we were able to run quite a few errands and spend some alone time together. 

Also -- we finished our bathroom cabinets on Friday (just in time for Rob's family to see them!) so I finally took pictures to post! :) I think they look really great, and our next plan is to do that to the kitchen cabinets. I'm not sure when we'll start though because it's been a nice break for now! Anyways, here's a few pictures!

Kim & Me

The Biddles :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Birthday.. and thoughts..

Happy Birthday, Brother Jon!! 

I can't believe it's already July! Where has this summer gone? And this year? It's hard to think we're already half way through 2010. But thankfully, for me anyway, I still have some time left before work (aka student teaching) starts in the fall. Rob and I have been working hard on the bathroom cabinets and frame and are hoping to be finished tomorrow. We've put layer upon layer of paint and I must say, I'm pretty impressed with how things are looking. I can't wait to see what the final product looks like, and I'll be sure to post some pictures on here within the next few days! 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Happy Birth to...

Ms. Hailey Rae Strain!! My cousin Jennifer and her husband Jeff had their sweet baby girl today!! She was 6 lbs 12 oz and was delivered around 7:30pm. I don't have much else to report yet, but I will add pictures and info as I get more! CONGRATS STRAIN FAMILY!!!!!!  

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Well, it is in fact my summer break from school, but it doesn't quite feel like it sometimes. Because I've been taking my online classes, I can't officially be a bum quite yet. This week, however, is my last week of classes and I couldn't be more excited!! I'm not sure what I'll do once I really do have complete free time, but I'm sure I'll find something to do...

Speaking of -- Rob and I have decided to paint our bathroom cabinets - sort of as a precursor to painting the kitchen cabinets. We're painting them a color called "Black Magic" which is black but not dark black. It actually is mixed with black, white, and maroon! Whoop! :) We have only done one cabinet door for now - just to see how it is going to look and I will say that I am very impressed with how it is turning out. I can't wait til we get more done and see what it looks like when it is finished! I took before pictures, and will continue to take pictures and will upload them as we make more progress!!