Sunday, September 30, 2007

It is with much sadness that I must announce the loss of the great Oklahoma Sooners. They put forth a sad, pathetic effort yesterday in a 27-24 loss to Colorado. Like all moments of sadness, we must look for some kind of bright spot to keep us going. For my bright spot I must look no further than Austin, Texas where the poor Longhorns not only got beat, but got dominated yesterday by Kansas State. Next week we will see who the real loser is, as Oklahoma and Texas play in Dallas. My money's on Oklahoma. I just hope they don't play like they did yesterday.

Friday, September 28, 2007

New Schedules

Another week has gone by and I have not posted anything! Tony's been doing a good job of keeping things up to date though. I am finally getting in the groove of school and teaching...but guess what...all of my classes are about to change. Great! As a result of some benchmark testing, my school decided to rearrange the math classes because there were quite a few students who did well enough on the test that they don't need to be in a 90 minute math class. They would be fine in a 45 minute math class. Also, there are some kids that need to be placed in an above grade level class. After 6 weeks of school the plan is to overhaul every kid's schedule in order to get them in the math class they really need. I found out that I'm now going to have 2 90 minute classes and 2 45 minute classes. Hopefully I'll still have a lot of the same kids, but who knows.

I hope it will work out well for the kids because it's going to be hard starting all over with new classes and a different class pace with the shorter classes. It's one of those things where you do what you're told and adapt.

Other than this news I received this week, I am so excited that it's the weekend. Tony and I don't have very much planned. Tomorrow we're going to get kolache's for breakfast (because we got a buy 3 get 3 free coupon!) and watch some football games. Sunday, we're going to finally go sign off on all the stuff for our house and have dinner with Tony's mom. Other than that, looking forward to relaxing and hanging out with adults. :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Beth and I along with her parents and sister will be running in this year's Race for the Cure on October 6th. I'm kind of excited to run in it, although I have a feeling it'll be mostly women. At least I'll have Beth's Dad there with me. It's an awesome cause and having two grandparents lose their fight with cancer, I understand the real pain and suffering that cancer brings to anyone's life. If you've never really heard of Race for the Cure(like me), look it up and you just might learn something.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

It's Official

Beth and I are going to Italy. We bought our tickets last night to make it official. I must admit, I think it's going to be kind of weird being on a plane for half of Christmas day. The thought of airline food for Christmas dinner is kind of unsettling, but what's our other option? We are meeting some of my family(the Dubai portion of the family) in Rome on December 26th which means we have to leave on Christmas day. I think it'll be worth it though. The lack of a Christmas dinner will be made up for when we are eating pizza and pasta for 10 days straight!!! I can't wait!

Italy at Christmas time is going to be great and I'm especially excited about spending New Year's in Rome(I think Kelsey's the most excited about that though). Since Beth and I live in Houston, our winter days don't get very cold, so it will be nice to be somewhere cold for once and actually experience some different weather. It'll be here before we know it!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Game

Beth and I had a great time at the Texans game today even though they lost. They actually played pretty well and we got to see them run back the opening kickoff for a touchdown which hardly ever happens. Anyway, some of our pics are below.





Texans Game Today!!!!

Beth and I are going to the Texans game today at noon. In fact, we're leaving here in about 30 minutes. It's the first Texans game for both of us and we're pumped.


Friday, September 21, 2007

Houston We Have Tile

When Beth and I started looking at options for our new house, one of the first things we knew we wanted was tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. Tile not only looks nicer than normal linoleum, it also lasts a lot longer. We got a quote from our builder to tile the master bathroom and the kitchen for $3,100. We thought those were the two most important places and the second bathroom could wait. After thinking about it, we figured it was a no-brainer, we were doing it. Then as we started adding up the rest of our upgrades for the house, our list quickly grew and grew.....and continued to grow. We were like oh crap, we need to take something off the list. I started doing a little research on my own and found that we could tile those same areas for about half the price and also have our pick of any tile we wanted if we did it on our own and not through the builder. Although the builder had some nice tile options, we only had about 10 different choices. By doing it on our own, we could pick anything from anywhere. And that's just what we did.

Last night Beth and I went to the Floor and Decor Outlet and bought our tile. We may not have a house to put the tile in quite yet, but we sure will be ready to go once the house is finished. Since this was our first time to buy tile, we didn't really think too much about the weight of tile. And especially the weight of 15 boxes of tile, eight of which were 18 by 18 inch tiles. In fact when we pulled the car up to load the boxes in, the guy just laughed at us and told us there was no way we were getting all of that tile in one trip. Well to his amazement(and ours to be honest), we fit all of the tile in. I had to go today and buy three more boxes from another store since the first store didn't have enough, but now our tile buying is complete. And we got enough tile for our second bathroom as well!!! All for only $580!!!! Now we just have to get it installed. Well, I guess the house has to be built first. Maybe we jumped the gun just a little bit.....Nah!

Dinner Time

Sometimes I think Beth and I are on European time. The reason I say this is because we usually don't ever eat dinner until at least eight and sometimes it's pushing nine o'clock before we sit down to eat. When we tell people this they usually think we are crazy. "How do you eat that late? Aren't you starving? I hate going to sleep with a full stomach," some people say to us. The fact is, we just don't like eating early. And even if we did, we wouldn't be able to. By the time Beth and I get off of work and get home, it's usually 5:30 or so. We then usually lay around for a little while to wind down from the day and then get dressed and go running. The whole running process takes about an hour and by the time we get home and cool off it's at least eight o'clock and then we still have to cook dinner.

Eating late is great when we are in Europe. We can go out and wander around and not worry about having to eat at any certain time before a place closes. The restaurants are usually empty up until 8:30 or 9 p.m. and then they get crowded and stay crowded late. And this doesn't just happen on the weekends either, it's every night. My sister Andie(who lives in Paris) made a comment to me when we were in Bartlesville last week about eating late. We were invited over to someones house for dinner at six and we both kind of shook our heads and agreed that we hated eating that early. Andie said she usually doesn't eat until at least eight either.

Oh well, I guess we'll keep eating late. Maybe our schedules will change at some point. But if not at least we'll be ready for our trips to Europe each year.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

First the Bus...........

Now the Sweet Leaf Tea Limo!!!!!!


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New Look

SAME GREAT BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, I was getting tired of the way our blog looked so I had to make a change. Hope you like it!

Less than a Hundred

We are officially under a hundred days until our trip to Italy. I think Beth and I have been waiting for this moment to come back to Italy since we left Venice in April of last year. I don't think we could have ever imagined how much we would fall love with Italy. The people, the food, and of course all of the amazing places to see. This year's trip to Italy is going to take us to Rome, Naples, Florence, Pisa and who knows where else. We are meeting my family over there who are either flying in from Dubai or driving from Paris(that's right, I said driving!!!). This is going to be the first Christmas that we have all been together in quite a few years and I'm really looking forward to it. Beth and I are actually going to be able to spend Christmas with her family as well which will be really nice. We will spend Christmas morning and part of the afternoon with Beth's family and then jump on a plane to fly to Rome and be in Rome on the 26th to spend a late Christmas and New Year's with my family. After arriving in Rome, we will meet up with my family and hop a train to Florence. Italy here we come!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sold!

That's right boys and girls, our lot officially has a sold sign on it!!!! We took Beth's parents with us on Sunday when we went to pick out everything for the house and when we pulled in the subdivision there it was, our lot with a sold sign on it!! Since Beth and I have never done this before, we really had no clue where to even start. We didn't know what questions to ask or what went with what. Thankfully her parents have done this before and they were a HUGE help. In fact, I think it's safe to say that we definitely could not have done it without them. We picked out our tile for the entry way and utility room, we picked out the carpet, cabinets, and even the brick for our house. Needless to say, Beth and I are really excited and can't wait for everyone to come see our new house.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Adjusting

I have not posted anything on here since I started teaching, I don't think. Tony's been on my case about how I haven't written anything in awhile as well. Well, I have a good excuse called Teaching! My first 3 weeks of teaching have been extremely tiring and a test for myself. I have managed my way through the first few weeks of school and am starting to get used to the daily schedule...get up at 6 AM, drive 35 minutes to work, go go go with my 6th graders until 4, leave work at 4:15, drive 35 minutes to an hour home (depending on traffic and stupid trains), plop on the couch and wait for Tony to get home and try to take a short nap before he gets home. I have never been more happy to see Fridays come knowing that I'll be able to sleep in and just relax for 2 days.

So far, I enjoy teaching, but there is so much to learn. I'm just now beginning to see how I want to do things and then there's getting the kids to do things! I've never said "Stop talking" so many times in my entire life as I do each day. It's all figuring out what works and what doesn't with them. Sometimes it's just so frustrating and I feel so out of control in the classroom. BUT I have to keep telling myself that it'll only get better the more I do it.

Tony has been a great support. He always tells me that I get so upset when the kids don't do well or don't do what I want them to do because I care so much and that's not a bad thing. I've only cried once after I got home from school, so that's not too bad. Well, and then there's the time I cried before school in my classroom. (No kids were there) Haha. It can only get better...It can only get better! Janet told me that one of her middle school teachers cried in front of her class because the kids were being so mean to her. At least I didn't do that! I can honestly say that my kids have not been mean to me yet, they're just REALLY talkative and have a hard time paying attention 80% of the time.

This has been my life so far though. Even though I'm so tired after school, Tony makes me go running which is a good thing. Makes me feel like I'm doing something for me still. Plus it's a good time for us to chat about our days. Probably by the time I get used to this new schedule, school will be over!

Friday, September 14, 2007

A Memorable Trip

I spent the last four days in my hometown of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Although I was not born there(I'm proud to say I was born in Atlanta, Georgia), I grew up there and graduated from high school as a Bartlesville Bruin. I'd start singing the fight song right now, but to be honest I have no clue what it is. Bartlesville's a great place to grow up. Not too big, not too small, but just enough to keep you from getting too bored. I remember my high school weekends being spent at the Youth Canteen(it was a place where they would have school dances on football fridays) or just hanging out at a friend's house. Although I remember saying at the time how boring it was, looking back now, I wouldn't trade it for any other place.

So that brings me to last four days. My Grandmother passed away a few weeks ago as most of you probably know and I went to Bartlesville for her funeral on Tuesday. Since I am the only person in my family living in the United States(Andie and her family are in Paris and the rest of my family is in Dubai), it's not very often that the six of us get together. And I mean just the six of us. In fact, the last time we were all together in Bartlesville was May of 1998 for my high school graduation. Beth was unable to come because of teaching and Etienne and the kids had to stay in Paris. To be honest, I wasn't really looking forward to going to Bartlesville. I knew that it was going to be hard to be there and not have my Grandma there. And I was right, it was hard. But not near as hard as I thought it would be because I had my family around me and we had a memorable time. Although sadness brought us together, our laughter and joy while spending time with each other kept us sane. I think I laughed harder in the last four days than I have in a really long time. And it made me realize again how much my family means to me and how blessed I am to have all of the family I have.

Besides enjoying our time together, I also got a chance to eat some great food and spend some quality time with friends. My list of groosmen has grown quite a bit by now. I officially have five groosmen for our wedding and still have two more that I need to ask. While in Bartlesville I was able to ask Justin Fowler(one of my best friends since high school), Kevin Hay(my oldest friend since I was five years old!), and Shawn Barker(my Bible study leader in high school and a great friend who I have known since I was 16). Those three guys along with my best man Jacob Lawson(my favorite Policeman from Arkansas) and my little brother Sean are my groomsmen as of now.

Besides great company, we had some great food as well. We celebrated Sean and Kelsey's 18th birthday by eating at Murphy's Steakhouse. And although I've never had a steak there, I have had my share of hot hamburgers. If you don't know what a hot hamburger is, just check out the picture below. Besides Murphy's, we ate at Braum's twice, and also had a bbq dinner at Dink's. I must say, I ate like a king!!!!

My Grandma's service was great. The minister summed up my Grandmother perfectly. She was a caring person who never put herself first. Someone who cared more about seeing your smile than seeing her own. A special lady who will never be duplicated but fortunately for me has passed on many of her amazing qualities to my mother. I'm a better person for knowing my Grandma and an even better person for being able to spend almost my entire life in her presence. I will miss her every day and be thankful for all the times we spent together.

The trip to Bartlesville was capped off by an eight hour drive home in a 16 foot moving truck. And it was a packed truck at that. Mom if you're reading this, thanks for taking my advice and getting the 16 foot instead of the 10 foot. We would have been in trouble with the latter.

Now that I'm back in Houston, I can't help but look forward to Beth and I's trip to Italy in three months. Not only will the six of us be together once again, but this time Beth will be there too as well as Etienne and Gab and Louise. I can't wait!!!

Andie and I



Me and two of my Groosman(Justin and Jacob)



The Kids



The Family



Murphy's Hot Hamburger!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Lewis "wins" LPGA Tournament!!!!

Beth's sister Stacy Lewis was the official winner of an unofficial LPGA tournament this past weekend in Northwest Arkansas. She shot an opening round 65 to lead the tournament with a score of -7. Unfortunately due to bad weather, the tournament was shortened to 18 holes and it wasn't considered an "official" tournament. Dang it!!!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Where In the World?

Beth and I have quite possibly found our honeymoon spot. We have been given many ideas from many different people. How about Hawaii, Tahiti, Australia, Brazil, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cancun? Any of those sound good? Well, they all sound great. We're just not sure if that's where we want to go. This is what we know for sure........we want to go somewhere tropical, somewhere different, somewhere that's not just a nice beach, but also has other stuff to do.

Since we will be in Dubai next June for Sean and Kelsey's graduation, we ruled out going to Egypt although Beth and I were both really interested in seeing the Pyramids.

Last September Beth and I spent eight days together in Turkey and considering Turkey is basically next door to Greece, we don't really want to go back to the same area.

So where are we going to go? The place we are thinking about is definitely tropical(straight out of a movie), it's very different(I don't know anyone else who has gone there on their honeymoon), and it's also got a lot of stuff to do besides lay on the beach. Although this place doesn't have hurricanes, it does have to deal with other natural disasters. Any ideas?

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Half-Marathon Time

As Beth has mentioned in previous blogs, we are running in the Houston Aramco Half-Marathon at the beginning of January. Although this still seems like forever away, you still have to start getting your body ready to run 13.1 miles. Luckily for Beth and I, we run anywhere between four and five miles a day, but that's still not the same as 13.1. So the plan is to start really getting ready for the race in about a month. Although we ran the race together in 2006, this time we are wanting to really focus on each running considerably faster than we did last time. To get ready, we are going to do our long runs on the weekends and then during the week focus on running longer distances rather than running as frequently. This is going to mean running six or seven miles 3 days a week and doing one long run on the weekends instead of running four miles, five or six times a week. So here's the training schedule:

Last weekend of October: Run 8 miles

First weekend of November: Run 9 Miles

Second Weekend: Run 10 Miles

Third Weekend: Run 11 Miles

Fourth Weekend: Run 12 Miles

1st Weekend of December: Run 13.1 Miles!!!

So hopefully by the beginning of December we will be ready to go for the race and we can use December to work on getting faster. Wish us luck!

Monday, September 3, 2007

A New House!!!!

Beth and I were bored yesterday so we decided to drive up and take some pictures of our new neighborhood and we even went to another neighborhood that has the exact exterior that we like for our house. So the picture of the house is not our house, but what we want our house to look like. Anyway, let us know what you think!!!

The entrance to our neighborhood


Looking down our street


Our cul-de-sac!!!


Our Lot!!!


The way we want our house to look

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Ryanne Elizabeth Grenz



Miss Ryanne is here! Sarah and Mike had their first baby girl yesterday. She is 19 inches long, 5 lbs 3 oz. She is doing well right now. However, she is going to have to have surgery on her chest soon because she has a mass in her lung. The doctors and mom & dad are optimistic that everything will be fine. Right now she is under observation and they are still running tests before doing surgery.

Ryanne is such a cutie though! She has Sarah's facial features and Mike's coloring (darker skin and dark hair). Keep Mike, Sarah, and Ryanne in your prayers because they are going to have a long next couple of weeks before Ryanne can come home.

The Lot

Early last week Tony and I made a huge decision. It wasn't a very hard one to make either. We decided that we are going to build a house! We found a little neighborhood in a perfect location and a floor plan that we liked. It was easy to see that we weren't going to find anything better than this.

First of all, here is the floor plan we decided on. It's a one story, 3 bedroom / 2 bath. We get to go pick out all the inside stuff - carpet, tile, cabinets, etc. and brick next weekend.

We decided on a lot already. We found a lot on a mini-cul du sac where the backyard is going to be huge.


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