To my better half without whom I would not be complete --- the love of my life, Rob :)
I love you!!! Happy Birthday!!
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 :)
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!
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!!!!!!
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!!
Yay! We are done with another school year! Our last day of school was Friday which was a workday with no students, so we had to say our goodbyes to them on Thursday. It's definitely been an interesting year, but I am happy to get to move onto bigger and better things next year. I don't have any real plans for the summer, but I am going to try to get some things on ebay so we have a little extra money. We are planning a big family trip to Vegas - and Kelli and Andrew are coming for the weekend to see Garth Brooks!! I'm super pumped!! Other than that, I'm sure Rob and I will be visiting family and I'm going to try to clean and sort through things around the house.
I did forget to post last weekend about our 2 year anniversary :) But, I will say it's because we were busy having a great time in Austin! I planned a little weekend trip for us to celebrate and relax, and boy was it awesome. We stayed outside of Austin in Buda - which is about 15 miles from downtown. We got there on Saturday afternoon, and went to an Indigo Girls concert that evening. I speak for myself when I say we had a great time - Rob is such a sweet husband to let me have my indulgences every once in a while. On Saturday, we went to go see Shrek Forever After in 3D, and then we went to peruse a local winery. Rob and I always talk about going to one and never make it out, so I wanted to be sure to have that be a main event that weekend. We got to sample about 10 different wines and even bought a bottle. We had dinner on site at a wonderful restaurant and had some amazing food. The next day we met my wonderful longtime friend Tyler who now lives in Austin to eat lunch. It was a nice treat getting to see him and talk about some of our funny memories together and make new ones with Rob. We drove back home after that, and Rob cooked a wonderful dinner - coq au vin and french onion soup. We exchanged some presents - I got Rob a traditional children's book and picture we had taken of us a few weeks prior for him to take to the office. Rob got me a gift certificate to Massage Envy which I totally plan to take advantage of asap! What a perfect gift for the end of the year! :)
That's all I have to report for now - be sure to check out our photos link to see some of our favorite pictures we had taken as well as pictures from our trip to Austin!
Ok, it's been a while again. But, life is calming down so that's going to help! First of all -- HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to my two wonderful mothers in my life! Rob and I got our mothers picture frames with two new pictures we had taken recently for our upcoming anniversary.
I've been keeping busy because I've been studying for my EC-6 exam to be a teacher. It had been a little stressful because they moved the deadline from June 1st to May 1st, so I had to double time my studying. Of course, I had to work as well as and finish my homework assignments. So, yes. Busy. I took my test on April 30th, and found out the following Tuesday that I passed!! Yay!! I am so thrilled because I don't have to take it again!! :) So, now all that should remain is student teaching in the fall, and then getting my teaching certificate! Pretty exciting.
Nothing too much else has been going on here.. I am counting down the days until school gets out - but we've been doing that in our classroom for about a month already! My last day is June 4th - although I do have to work on the Friday, but it's more of a clean up day without the kids so I'm not really counting it. The next big exciting event that is coming up is our anniversary. Two years!! We are going to Austin for the weekend - although Rob only knows about a concert we'll be going to, and the rest is a surprise! I'll be sure to post about that whole weekend once we've lived it! Hope everyone has a great week!!
So.. It's been exactly two months since I last posted. Oops :) I guess that is a good sign in that I've been busy! Let me think.. what has gone on for the past two months..
Rob and I had a babysitting adventure towards the end of February which was quite successful in my eyes! Kelli and Andrew had a wedding to attend with several duties to do while there - so they needed someone to babysit! I, of course, jumped on the chance to get to hang out with sweet baby Jackson. We babysat at their house and ended up staying the night there. Jackson was a great baby to watch because he is so relaxed! Rob did a great job helping out with many things - including diaper changing and preparing the food!
The most exciting thing that happened in March was Spring Break! A whole week of off work! Well, for me anyways.. Rob was not as lucky. But, I convinced my mom that she needed to come visit me that week - especially because it was my sister Claire's Spring Break too. And - she did decide to come! She drove in that first Saturday of my break with my sister Carol - just in time to see my other sister Catherine who was in town for the weekend. We had a great dinner at my Great Aunt's house - with my Aunt Colette and Uncle Bill in attendance too. It was great to get to hang out with lots of family - especially those who I don't see all that often. It was great getting to hang out with my mom for that week - she showed me a bunch of cleaning techniques that I plan to use to make sure the house stays clean! I really think they had a good time just relaxing and spending time as a family. I really wish they lived closer so we could all visit with each other more - and maybe one day they will! :)
Aunt Jo & MahmThe sisters: Catherine, Claire, Christine, and CarolAt the beginning of April, we celebrated Easter with Rob's family in Bridge City. While we were there, we celebrated Tommy's 3rd birthday which was a lot of fun. I love getting to hang out with those kids! Since it was Easter, we did do a few traditional things like color Easter eggs and go to church. We also had a crawfish boil (I ate shrimp!) among other things.
Most recently, last weekend, Rob and I went to an Astro's game with Wes and Sherri who had won some good seats from a silent auction. We had a lot of fun watching (and not watching) the game! We really enjoy getting to spend time with those two because they are a lot of fun. That Saturday, Rob and I went to the Woodlands Art Festival which was on the waterway. We went two years ago, and had a lot of fun looking at all the pieces of art. This year we bought two really cute things. We bought a pet feeder for our cat Wooter that matches the cat feeder that feeds the two other cats. We were actually pretty lucky to find it because it was the last one they had displayed - there were lots of dog ones, but only one cat! We also bought a little monster made out of parts like nails who is holding a broken flamingo in his hands. Rob and I both thought it was pretty cute and funny, and we couldn't pass it up!
At the Astro's game!
Our cute findings at the Waterway!
One of the MOST exciting things that happened on this day was.... that Wes and Sherri got engaged!!! :) I couldn't be more thrilled about being able to call Sherri part of the family! I haven't heard all the details on how the proposal happened, but I know Wes, and I know it was probably pretty romantic! Congrats to you both!
Engagement!Hopefully I will find more time to post more regularly - I've been busy with work, going back to school to get certified to teach, and studying for my teacher exams. June 4th is my last day, and I am already counting down the days to summer!!