Tuesday, July 31, 2007

What A Month!

Oh what a difference a month makes! One month ago, Beth and I had been dating for over a year and a half. Things were going well and who knew what the future would bring. Today, Beth and I have been engaged for nearly a month, with our wedding date set and the church and location of our wedding reception decided. Wow! All that in only a month.

One month ago, Beth was working at a crappy job with a joke of a boss and basically hating her life. She would come home from work everyday in a bad mood. Today, Beth is halfway through textbook training for her new job as a sixth grade math teacher in Spring. She no longer has to deal with her bad job or her terrible boss. And the first day of school is officially August 27th.

Needless to say in the last month, a lot has happened. Besides Beth quitting her job and us getting engaged, we were in Ohio for 5 days and got to see Stacy make the cut at the Jamie Farr LPGA tournament. We also got to spend some quality time with all of Beth's family in Toledo and really enjoyed it.

We know that time is going to fly by between now and next July and with the things that have happened in only the last month, we can't wait to see what the next year brings.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

1 More Day

I officially have one more day at my current job at the marketing company! I have spent this week training the other girls who are taking on my exciting tasks and now I am home free. My boss is out of town for the remainder of this week and since it's my last few days, I haven't really felt like doing much. I think the place will survive with out me.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Mission Accomplished

I have to take a second to talk about the fabulous baby shower that me and 5 other girls hosted this weekend for our almost due best friend Sarah. We had the shower at my parents house and since Alyssa and I are the only ones that live in Houston, we took care of planning most of the shower. We were so happy that everything came together and Sarah had a great time. (She got a lot of cute gifts too!) I have to say that this is the first party that I've actually been a part of hosting/organizing and it was so much fun. It went off without a hitch. We had food, cake, sherbert punch, and of course games!

Sarah with her pink baby rattle cake! Too cute!

5 of us girls that hosted the shower (We're missing one).

The quilt square holder & cute baby bottles with Skittles inside. :)

Wedding Stuff

Beth and I have quickly come to realize that we don't exactly know a whole lot about planning weddings. Although I think we've done pretty good so far. First of all, we had no idea how much things cost. Planning a wedding isn't cheap. It seems like all the wedding places take a normal reasonable price and multiply that by three or four and make that their "special wedding price." After our first round of sticker shock, Beth and I have settled in and are starting to really focus on the really pressing issues that we need to get figured out now i.e. the church, the reception, the date! Lucky for us, we think we have found a church and also found a few possibilities for a reception. Hopefully things will start getting figured out in the next week or so. And Beth and I can't wait to know where our wedding and reception will be and to share it with everyone else.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Great Read

I read a really good book on the plane ride home from Detroit. I definitely recommend everyone check it out. And before you get too amazed by the fact that I read an entire book on a two and a half hour flight, let me say that it's only 111 pages and the writing in the book is pretty big too. The book is called "Night" by Elie Wiesel. The book is narrated by Wiesel and is his account of he and his family being taken from their home in Transylvania by the Germans and moved to Auschwitz in Poland. Over the next years Wiesel and his father(he never saw his Mother and sisters again) endured more suffering and pain than is even imaginable. The book is easy to read and well worth it. It gives a great perspective on things and made me realize how lucky I am to have what I have in my life. Anyway, check it out!

We're Back!

We made it back from Ohio last night around 10pm. Our flight was delayed an hour because of bad weather in Houston. Anyway, we had a really good time in Toledo and it was a lot of fun watching Stacy play and seeing all the people who came out just to watch her. I know she probably didn't play exactly like she wanted to, but she made the cut and had a great showing at just her fourth LPGA tournament. We can't wait to see what the future brings.

Beth and I were congratulated by so many people on our recent engagement. Not only did all of her family celebrate with us, but even all of the people that we met for the first time congratulated us. We are hoping that as many of her family from Ohio as can make it will be at our wedding next summer. It would be great to see all of them. Anyway, we're still waiting on pictures from Beth's Mom so we'll hopefully have those soon.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Ohio Adventures

Welp, we're here in Ohio and don't have much time to write, but just wanted to post something real quick. We are having a great time and Stacy is playing well. She made the cut with a score of +1 after two rounds and shot even par 71 today for the third round. She is currently tied for 30 something, but we're not sure exactly where. Stacy tees off tomorrow at 10:06 am so we'll get to sleep in a little. Back to Houston tomorrow so hopefully we'll be able to post some pics. Beth's family has been great and so congratulatory regarding our engagement. We've already had a cookie cake and a regular cake given to us in our honor. It's been awesome! More to come tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Off to Ohio

Today is the day Tony & I (and my mom and Janet), leave for Ohio. We're going to watch Stacy play in an LPGA golf tournament up there. Plus all of my dad's side of the family still lives there, so it's going to be a family reunion of sorts. We are leaving tonight around 7 pm and we get into Detroit close to 11 pm. Then we have to drive an hour to Toledo. It's going to be a long day, but it'll be fun to hang out with my mom and Janet. This weekend is going to be all about golf, but I'm hoping to get a little wedding talk in too. Since people are crazy, you have to book reception and ceremony sites a year in advance to get what you want. Nothing like being engaged a week and already having to make big decisions! It's all exciting though, so I don't mind at all.

Anyways, our plans this week/weekend include: going running in cooler weather, watching golf everyday, seeing my god parents, seeing grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins, going to my cousin's football game, and hopefully a cook-out complete with volleyball game. We're not going to talk about how horrible I am at volleyball, but that's ok. Hopefully we'll come back with some pictures to post.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Hidden Gems

I went running today at lunch because I knew I wouldn't have time after work since Beth and I were going up to The Woodlands. Because of the fact that it is now the middle of July in Houston and officially hot outside, I decided to do a majority of my run inside the Glenwood Cemetery just down the street from our apartment. Some people in Houston have heard of Glenwood Cemetery but it seems like even more haven't. And I've got to be honest, it's actually a pretty cool place and beautiful on the inside. Come to find out, there are many well-known people buried there as well. These people include Howard Hughes(the aviator), William P. Hobby, Anson Jones(the last president of the Republic of Texas), and the list goes on. Anyway, Beth and I have gone running there a few times and it provides a great relief from the sun on a hot day as the entire cemetery is filled with huge trees. I like to consider it a quiet oasis in the middle of Houston and a great place full of historical figures who have helped shape Texas and even the World. Although it's a cemetery and sometimes they tend to bring sadness upon people, I always smile every time I'm there thinking about the thousands of stories that could be shared by the many people buried there. If you're ever down near downtown Houston and have a little extra time, check it out. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Our New Favorite Gadget!!!

Andie gave this to us when we were in Paris and although it took us awhile to finally get a tiny screwdriver to take it apart and put the batteries in, now that it's up and running, we love it!! In case you can't figure out what it is, it's an automatic pepper grinder and we think every kitchen needs one! Thanks Andie!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Baby Shower Planning

Another thing I've been so worried about lately is the fact that Sarah's baby shower is coming up and I hadn't really done very much for it yet. Since Alyssa and I are the only ones in town, we're doing most of the organizing for the shower. It's going to be in 2 weeks, but since I'm going to be out of town next weekend, I basically had this weekend to get most of the stuff done.

We went out to dinner last night with Alyssa & Dave and Sarah & Mike, and Alyssa and I decided to go get supplies...plates, napkins, cups, signs, etc. and place an order for a cake today. We had to get up early this morning after a night of too many margaritas to go shopping because the cake place closed at noon. So we went to Arne's Party Store which is right down the road from my apartment. I had never been there before but I will definitly be going back! It's a 2 story old warehouse with nothing but party supplies and you really can't beat the prices. We got everything we needed in one place.

Then it was on to the cake store. We ordered a custom baby shower cake and they're going to match the design & colors from our napkins! I thought that was so great that they could do that. I can't wait to pick it up in 2 weeks. I was so glad that Alyssa came with me. We had such a good time running errand together today, plus we both feel like we accomplished something with the shower planning.

Perfect Proposal

Tony has been writing all about our exciting engagement, so I figured it was my turn. This week has been so crazy! Tony keeps reminding me how our lives have changed since Monday and how I never would have thought we'd be engaged. I have to say that I could not have been more surprised, but I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. It was so special and meaningful that Tony took the time to think about making sure my parents were home, surprising my mom and sisters, proposing while we were getting ready to run (since that's our thing that we always do together), and so much more! Everything about it!

I am already starting to think seriously about all the decisions that we have to make regarding a wedding. One of my best friends already got me a planning book. I'm not worried about it though because I have a good helper. Tony cares about our wedding and knows what he wants...or at least can say yes or no to things I suggest. I'm happy that we're going to do this together! Plus my mom and sisters are all into it too. More details to come in the next few months!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Complete Surprise

I must say I have taken a lot of pride in the fact that Beth was totally shocked by my proposal on Tuesday night. So much in fact that she asked if I was serious and then apologized for not crying because she was so shocked. I took that as a compliment considering that I have always wanted it to be a complete surprise and never wanted an engagement to be expected. If I wouldn't have been so nervous as I was mustering up the courage to start my "speech", I would have been laughing about the fact that Beth was stretching, just getting ready for our run, as I was getting ready to ask her the most important question of both of our lives. Needless to say, she finally stopped stretching and the rest as they say, is history!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Celebration Time!

So I bought a bottle of Champagne to celebrate Beth and I's big day and although we both really wanted to drink it last night, we were both way too tired and full from our great dinner to put anything else in our stomachs. So we decided tonite when we got home from Beth's parents' house that it was time to celebrate. We must say thanks to Andie for helping feed our Champagne addiction when we were in Paris for Louise's baptism. We're hooked now! I guess that means more trips to France for more Champagne....Anyway, thanks for the comments and Beth and I are so excited and thankful for everyone's joy in celebrating with us.


After being together for over a year and a half, Beth and I are officially engaged!!! Needless to say, Beth was shocked! In fact, she almost didn't believe me when I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. I had talked to her Dad a couple of weeks ago when Beth went shopping with my Mom and little sister. He decided that he wouldn't tell Beth's Mom or anyone else so that it would be a complete surprise. And I must say, Beth's Mom and both of her sisters were very surprised! No dates have been set and we haven't even really talked about it yet, but we will have some scheduling stuff to work around when we do finally sit down and start thinking about a date. Right now we're just excited to be engaged and can't wait for the future!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Our Addiction

So I think it's about time Beth and I let everyone in on our little addiction.....We will do anything to feed this addiction and last night proved just this. Dreyer's Slow Churned Ice Cream is our addiction. The French Silk flavor to be more precise. Last night was just another in our long list of things we must do to get our beloved French Silk on sale. You see, nearly every night while watching our favorite tv shows we each have a bowl of ice cream...Because of our mass consumption, we tend to go through it quite quickly and this requires us to always try to find where we can find our ice cream on sale. So yesterday while I was reading the newspaper I noticed an add for our ice cream on sale at Fiesta. Now most people who don't live in Houston have probably never heard of Fiesta or know what it is. In fact, until last night, I had never even been to a Fiesta...but make no mistake, I will definitely be back.

Fiesta is a grocery store geared towards the Hispanic population of Houston. Typically Fiesta can be found in the poorer parts of Houston. There you can buy fresh tortillas, imported sodas from Mexico, and tons of produce that is grown locally in Mexico and imported. While Fiesta does have a lot of the same stuff you can find anywhere, they have tons of different things that you can't find at other grocery stores. Now don't get me wrong, Fiesta is not nice by any stretch of the imagination. Everything looks like it's straight out of the 1970s and in desperate need of a makeover including the floors, the aisles, the setup of the store, and all of the signage throughout the store. But this is where the negatives end....Our trip to Fiesta last night, to retrieve our Dreyer's Slow Churned Ice Cream for the rock bottom price of $2.50 per half gallon, was great! We went to Kroger just before Fiesta and were more than disappointed by everything so when we went to Fiesta we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of everything and the prices we paid. Even our checkout girl was very nice and quick(which is way more than I can say for Kroger). As we were walking out, Beth and I looked at each other in amazement as we were both very impressed.

So the moral of this story is not to look at Beth and I for having a problem with eating too much ice cream..Although I can see where that opinion might be formed. The moral is to go out and check out something new...something you may have never gone to or wanted to go to. Who knows, you might actually like it and(gasp!) go back!

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