Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thailand Part 2

After arriving in Phuket and spending the first day relaxing, we had dinner at an upscale restaurant near our hotel called Silk. It was pretty good and we both realized that they actually have food here that we can eat. Below is a pic of our dinner:
Our Food





Day 2, Beth and I decided to rent a car. Keep in mind that they drive on the wrong side of the road over here. In doing my research for our honeymoon, I had come across a car rental place that seemed to be close to our hotel. We called them up and ten minutes later they were at our hotel with a car. One signature later, the car was ours. No drivers license, credit card, or collateral for the car needed. We paid in cash and they said they'd be back the next day to get the car. Beth and I looked at each other like, are you serious? But oh well. When in Thailand, do as the Thais do. Below is a pic of our sweet ride:

Our Sweet Suzuki!



Having the car was great. We went and explored more of Phuket. We went hiking near a waterfall and then drove over to the crazy part of the island called Patong Beach. There we walked around, went shopping, and walked on the beach. We even went to Swensen's for ice cream. I remember going to Swensen's when I was 8 or 9 years old when we went to the Lake of the Ozarks. Nothing's changed, it was some great ice cream!

Beth had a hot fudge sundae, I had chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate!

The Married Couple Reports From Thailand!

Hello from Thailand! I know it's been a while since we have posted on here, but I'll be the first to make an excuse and say that we've been kind of busy. Our wedding was amazing and beautiful and more than I ever imagined and I'm sure we'll post about that more a little later. But for now, we are in Thailand. After 29 hours of travel time, we finally made it and it feels great!

Our flight leaving Los Angeles was almost 2 hours late, so by the time we left it was nearly 2 in the morning Houston time and Beth and I were worn out. We both ended up falling asleep on the runway and waking up midflight. Unfortunately, we still had over 8 hours left when we woke up. We finally made it to Hong Kong and when we arrived at 5 a.m., it seemed as though the airport was a ghost town. But as we sat around for a while, more flights started arriving and people started coming to catch their flights. Instead of going with the traditional Chinese breakfast, we chose the American breakfast, Burger King. Our flight to Phuket was on time and 3 hours later we were here in Phuket. I had arranged for a driver to pick us up at the airport and take us to our hotel. When we arrived, we quickly realized that the airport in Phuket was basically a few gates for arriving and departing planes and a few baggage carousels, and that was about it. Oh well, we got our bags, met our driver and we were off to our hotel. Twenty minutes later we were at our hotel and it's been great ever since. Below are some pics:

Drinking my 6 ounce coffee at Burger King



Our Rings!!!



The View from the Beach at our Hotel





Beth's Flowers(About 6 Dozen Roses Total!)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Pictures

Babysitting Time




At the Astros Game




As you can see Gab's primary focus at the baseball game was eating. Not too much interest in the game. But he really liked the train and the man in the train at Minute Maid Park.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Past Week, etc.

Things have been pretty busy as of late. We are officially 5 days from the wedding and I can't believe it's almost here. Beth has been working so hard on everything and I am so thankful for all that she has done. The wedding would be a complete disaster without her. I'm one lucky guy, that's for sure.

We spent last week getting some things done that I had been putting off for too long and needed to be done for the wedding. Saturday night we did a little babysitting. Andie and Etienne went to a wedding and asked if we would watch Gab and Louise. Beth and I had a great time hanging out with the kids. They are a lot of fun and we are really lucky to have them here for a while. Since they do live in Paris, we need to take advantage of spending as much time with them as possible while they are here.

Tonight we are going to the Astros game. This will be our first game of the year and I'm hoping since it's 102 degrees outside today, they will have the roof closed. We'll see. Pictures coming soon.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Civali

We have been busy towards the end of last week celebrating Chris and Kristina's marriage. They got married in Austin and I was a bridesmaid for her, as she is a bridesmaid for me! Kristina and I have been friends for a really long time. We met when I moved to Texas. We were the same age and met on the swim team since we went to different middle schools. We were friends from the start and have been ever since. Kristina and Chris met during college. They went to Connecticut College and Chris is from Connecticut so Kristina had a home away from home up there. They now live in Boston where Chris is in law school and Kristina is a teacher.

The wedding festivities started on Wednesday. Sarah and I drove to Austin together and were able to go out to dinner with all the folks that were there for the wedding. Afterwards, we made the trek from Lake Travis to 6th street and went to Blind Pig. We were all pretty tired by the end of the night, but had fun because it had been awhile since we had seen Kristina and her other bridesmaids.

Thursday Kristina and her mom had a bridal brunch for the girls. We had a great breakfast at a place called Mimi's Cafe and went to a salon to get a pedicure. Kristina gave us nail polish that perfectly matched our dresses, so we all had matching pink toes. Since her wedding was on Friday, we had the rehearsal that day too. We were able to squeeze in some pool time and had to rush to get ready for the rehearsal. Alyssa, Sarah, and I were kind of late for the rehearsal and got a little reprimand for that...and chewing gum! We are such rebels. :) They had a lovely dinner at The Oasis, a popular Austin spot with tons of outdoor decks overlooking Lake Travis where we watched the sun set.

Friday was the big wedding day. We basically spent the afternoon hanging out and getting ready. Tony, Mike (Sarah's husband), and Dave (Alyssa's boyfriend) came to Austin just in time for the wedding. We were excited to see all of them after a few days of being away. The wedding ceremony and reception were very nice. The church and resort had awesome views. We had dinner, dancing, cake, all that good stuff at the reception.

While I was gone, Tony spent a lot of time on our yard at home and doing things around the house. We have been super busy with getting everything ready for our wedding. Feeling pretty good as we are crossing things off the list! 12 more days!





Thursday, July 3, 2008

Here We Go Again

We are leaving again today! This week has been all messed up with being gone on Sunday and Monday. We are off to Fayetteville, Arkansas to watch Stacy play in another golf tournament. We had been planning on going to this tournament all along. Last weekend was a spur of the moment kind of deal. We found ourselves unpacking and re-packing in a matter of days. We will be able to watch Stacy play all 3 days of the tournament. This will be less of a whirl wind trip for us. However, we are driving up to Arkansas after Tony and my Mom are done with work, which should be around 2:30. It's going to be a long drive, but we have as many wedding planning activities planned for the car ride as possible right now. I wish I could have gotten more stuff together for us to do, but I've just had trouble deciding on things and haven't had chance to plan in advance.

I hope we have some good news to pass along about Stacy this weekend! She has had a busy week with all kinds of media & sponsors events associated with the tournament. Now we are hoping to have 3 good rounds of golf to watch! Good Luck Stacy!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

We're Back

Welp, we made it back from our 28 hour trip to Minneapolis last night around 8:30. Our trip, although short, was an experience I don't think I'll ever forget. After Stacy finished her round on Saturday and we realized she was the leader going in to the final round, we frantically scrambled to figure out how we were going to get to Minneapolis to watch her play. Luckily, I found a flight leaving from Dallas at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning. This meant getting up at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, leaving the house at 2, making the three and a half hour drive to Dallas, and getting to the airport around 5:30 a.m. There were six of us along for the ride and although we were all exhausted, we couldn't wait to get there and watch Stacy play. We got to Minneapolis around 10:30 a.m. and got our rental car. We met up with one of Stacy's agents and he told us how to get to the golf course and what we needed to do to get our tickets from Will Call. We made the drive to the golf course, parked the car, got our tickets, and made it to the practice green to watch Stacy practice 30 minutes before her round.

It was a little bit different than watching her play the last few years in Toledo. The crowds were HUGE and there were some of the holes where we couldn't even watch her play because we couldn't get through the crowds. Stacy ended up finishing in a tie for third and we couldn't be more excited for her. She played great and we can't wait to see what the future brings.

One part of the crowd on 18



People looking at us wondering how we got behind the ropes




Stacy signing autographs




Janet, Stacy, Beth and I




Beth, Tony, and Janet

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