Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Pictures

Christmas Eve




Christmas Cookies!







Christmas Morning (not too many pictures...too early in the morning!)




Girls Present Exchange - We had one night that we were all in town to exchange gifts. We usually just draw names and get a gift for one person in the group. We were missing our 4th, Kristina, since she was in Boston for the holidays. But, she sent her gift to Sarah's house. Turns out Ryanne (Sarah's daughter) and I got the same present! Ryanne was insistent that we wore them all night and had to serve cookies in the kitchen with our aprons on. :) It was pretty cute. So, here we are in our aprons!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Merry Christmas

We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. We are in Houston right now hanging out with Beth's family. It's nice to be in a little bit warmer weather for now. Tulsa got 6 inches of snow the day after we left for Houston. Although Beth was a little disappointed to miss the first snow, I think we were both glad to be down here in the sunshine.

Since being in Houston, we've gotten to eat at Willie's and Rico's, two of the restaurants we wanted to visit. Now we just need to hit the other 12 in the next four days. We also got to hangout with Beth's friends Alyssa and Sarah and their husbands(or husbands-to-be) last night. It was good to see them. Sarah has two little ones that are super cute!

We don't have a ton planned for the next few days. Just going to see some friends and hangout. Marathon training starts one week from today with a six mile run so we have that to look forward to. By week three, it was has running 14 miles. Should be fun.

There are no big plans for New Year's other than staying up until midnight. I know that sounds pathetic, but we haven't stayed up past midnight the past three New Year's. That's about it for now, will post more later. And possibly some pics.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

BIG NEWS!!!!


We are going to Australia at the end of May!!!!!! Australia has always been on my list of places to see. It just so happened that flights and timing seemed to work out so that we'll be going in May. We are super excited to go to the other side of the World(17 time zones away). Our tentative plans right now include spending some time in Sydney, outside of Sydney in the Blue Mountains, and in Cairns exploring the Great Barrier Reef. More details to come!

Winter Break is Here

I'm officially on my 3rd day of break from school. Yay! I have to say it's one of the nice things about being a teacher. Our last day was Thursday of last week. I was a mean teacher and had to give tests to 2 of my classes, but it wasn't too fun for me either because I had to grade them all and get my grades posted before I left since they are due the day we get back! So it was a pretty crazy day. Plus we had a holiday party at the end of the day and that's always controlled chaos. Luckily we had some great parents to help out and set everything up and were just great.

Friday was spent doing some last minute Christmas shopping and this weekend was pretty low key for us. We really didn't do too much besides running and eating. We ate at our favorite pizza place, Hideaway, on Saturday to get that in before we leave for Houston. We ran 7 miles on Saturday and 8 on Sunday with totally different weather each day. Saturday, long sleeves, running tights, gloves for a chilly, cloudy run and Sunday shorts and tshirt for a sunny, warm run. This Oklahoma weather is crazy to me. Speaking of the weather here, it looks like we might be missing the first snow here. They are predicting it for Thursday and we're going to be gone. Bummer! Tony tells me not to worry because another one will come, but being from Texas I just don't get how that can happen! Haha. One "snow" is all you might get in Houston.

For me, yesterday and today have been my days to do whatever I want! I spent yesterday cleaning the house and doing a couple errands. Today, it's still early to tell. :) We are really looking forward to our trip to Houston tomorrow. We are driving down tomorrow around 11. I'm picking Tony up from work then. We're hoping to make it to Houston for dinner at the family favorite, Rico's. Ah, Mexican at it's best in Houston. We have plans to visit as many of our favorite restaurants as possible. The list includes, but is not limited to: Black Walnut, Rico's, Chuys, Mama Ninfa's (the original), and Willie's.

On a side note, I was doing a little reminiscing and was thinking back to two Christmases ago when we went with Tony's family to Italy for 10 days. It seems like a long time ago, but we have some great memories from the trip.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Stick to What You Know

Today was my cooking comfort zone day. It was time to make some Christmas cookies. Yes, all we do is cook these days. I made chocolate chip cookies with holiday M&M's on top. They are so delicious. I used to use the recipe off the back of the Toll House chocolate chips, but that's until I found this recipe from Pioneer Woman (you'd think we're obsessed!). They have that fluffy texture and are a little thicker in the middle. Sometimes those Toll House ones spread out too much. These have so much flour in them, they're not going anywhere. My Mom has made these cookies ever since I can remember, and they are my Dad's favorite. He'll eat them for breakfast! (I'm not kidding about that, he really does.) My Mom ends up having to make them several times during the Christmas season because they get eaten up! We make them a little different because my Mom does one red and one green M&M on each, but we decided to go all out for the chocolate and put 4 M&M's on each!

Generally speaking, I think I'm a pretty good baker. I'm a much better baker than cook. That's why Tony does most of the cooking unless it's something that has a recipe. I guess I'm a good recipe follower. That's why I was pretty disappointed with the cinnamon rolls because I usually do ok with a recipe. Oh well, making cookies today boosted my baking confidence again. :)

Here are a few pictures of the Christmas cookies!


Saturday, December 12, 2009

From Success To Failure

A few days ago we busted out the Pioneer Woman cookbook to make one of the best pasta dishes we've ever made. We decided since that was such a success, we would make The Pioneer Woman's famous cinnamon rolls this weekend. Going in, we had high hopes. Unfortunately, the end result was a complete failure. Beth and I both think that we didn't let the dough cool and sit long enough. It turned into a big sticky mess. We did end up making semi-cinnamon rolls(although they looked nothing like the cookbook pictures) and the best part about them was probably the maple icing. Anyway, here are some pics:







On a side note, I booked our flight out to San Jose, which means we are even closer to being 100 percent ready for the marathon. Well, accept for the fact that we've never run that far before and have done no training yet. I think we are both looking forward to the challenge and finally getting our first marathon under our belts.

On a second side note, the guy who won Top Chef was definitely not the best. I was a little disappointed that Kevin lost. We watched it week after week and then when the wrong Voltaggio brother won, I was a little bummed. I'm also a little sad that my and Beth's new favorite show, "Million Dollar Listing" had its season finale last week. That show is hilarious!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Winter Is Here

We have had no snow in Oklahoma, even though Houston got snow already! But it has been seriously COLD here! Low 30s during the day, 20s or less at night have become the pattern this week. However, we are still running. We joked the other day that we should start taking pictures of my outfits to go running because they were definitely more about being warm than being fashionable. Plus, it's dark, so who cares what I wear, right? The news around here is that Tony finally signed us up for our first marathon. We are no more all talk about this matter. We are officially running it. I think Tony mentioned that it's the Big Sur Marathon at the end of April in California. Training starts in January. Tons of hours running here we come!

In other news, we finally made something from the new Pioneer Woman Cookbook. We made this penne pasta recipe and it was SO GOOD! We both had seconds (Tony had thirds, I think) and had some left over for both of us to have for lunch today. We thought the sauce seriously tasted like a restaurant sauce and it was pretty easy to make. Here's a picture of the deliciousness. I could eat it again already! We are going to make the cinnamon rolls from her cookbook this weekend.


We are looking forward to Christmas break coming up. I get off of school next Thursday and don't go back until January 4th. We are going to Houston the Wednesday before Christmas and staying through New Years. We haven't decided what we are offically doing for New Years, but thinking about just going to a nice dinner or something. We can't wait to see our friends, some new babies, and family.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Update

Our apologies for the lack of posting in almost 2 weeks. We spent the three or four days before Thanksgiving, getting ready for Thanksgiving and everyone being at our house. Then everyone was at our house for four days which didn’t allow time for blogging. Anyway, here we are almost into December, coming off a great Thanksgiving weekend.

Beth’s parents and sister Janet were nice enough to drive up from Houston and Beth’s other sister Stacy drove over from Fayetteville, AR to spend Thanksgiving with us. Wednesday night, Beth, Stacy, and I went to McNellie’s Pub in downtown Tulsa for $3 burger night. I was pretty surprised when we pulled up and found out we had a 30 minute wait on a Wednesday night. I guess it’s a popular place. The food there is good, especially their sweet potato fries, unfortunately their drink prices are outrageous. This is the type of place that we would probably go to more frequently if they didn’t think their bar was the best one in Tulsa(and their drink prices didn’t reflect that thinking).

Beth’s parents and Janet made it to our house around 9:30 p.m. They unfortunately got stuck in a ton of traffic driving up which made a normal 7 hour drive, more like 8 and a half hours. Thursday morning we got up and had egg casserole. We made it with blue and gold sausage that I bought from someone at work whose daughter was selling it as a fundraiser. I had never heard of it until we moved to Tulsa, but it’s definitely the best sausage I’ve ever had. It comes directly from some farm in Oklahoma which probably means it’s a lot less processed than sausage you get at the store.

Beth and Carol(Beth’s Mom) with some help from Janet did pretty much all of the Thanksgiving cooking. And it was great! It was the first Thanksgiving in our new house and it was great because we got to sit at our new dining room table.





Thursday night we just relaxed and watched the Texas/Texas A&M football game. Beth went to Texas and Janet went to A&M so there was some sibling rivalry going on during the game. Okay, not really. The most rivalry was probably Beth wearing a Texas shirt and Janet wearing an A&M shirt. In fact, I’m not even sure how much of the game Janet even watched. But she and Carol kept us entertained with a rendition of “Cupid Shuffle” during the commercials.



Friday morning we got up and went to get our Christmas tree. We ended up going to the Owasso Christmas Tree Farm. I found it online and it looked like they had a bunch of trees to choose from. It took us about 25 minutes to get there from our house, but it was well worth it. They had many different trees and everyone working there was really helpful. We ended up getting a Fraser Fir tree that’s between 7 and 8 feet tall.







After getting the tree in the house and getting it on the stand, Stacy, Dale(Beth’s Dad) and I headed over to Baker Custom Golf so Dale and I could get fitted for golf clubs. Baker’s has pretty much anything golf related you could want and they’ve got an area of the store set up just for custom fitting golf clubs. After the golf thing we headed to dinner at Louie’s in Jenks, followed by bowling at Andy B’s.

Saturday morning, Dale and I headed to Norman for the OU/OSU football game while the girls stayed in Tulsa and went shopping. The OU/OSU game was a ton of fun, especially the outcome. It was about the only game I went to all season where I felt like I actually got my money’s worth. After the game, we headed back to Tulsa because my parents and little brother were coming over to have dinner with us that night. We just ordered Hideaway Pizza, made a salad, and Beth, Janet, and Stacy made cake balls for dessert. We had a good time hanging out and also watched the disappointing Arkansas/LSU game.




Yesterday, I took Stacy to the airport so she could fly to Florida and the rest of Beth’s family headed back to Houston. The rest of the day was spent being pretty lazy until about 3:30 when Beth and I ventured out into the cold, rainy weather. We ended up going by my parents new house and having dinner with them at the Full Moon CafĂ©. And that pretty much sums up the past week at the Wysocki house. We had a great Thanksgiving and can’t wait to head to Houston for Christmas.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Baby Boys

Two of our very best friends (one of mine, one of Tony's) had baby boys in the past month or so. Here are some pictures of the cute little ones. Congratulations to the Grenz's and the Martin's!

Baby Rhett Grenz with his big sister Ryanne (2 yrs) - born October 3rd


Baby Brayden Martin - born TODAY!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Visit to Houston

This weekend, I took a trip down to Houston for the weekend. The main purpose was to go on our annual visit to the Nutcracker Market...the huge Christmas/food/jewelry/house decor/clothes, etc. market at Relient Center with my mom and Janet. I left on Friday after work and made it to Houston around 8 pm. My mom picked me up at the airport and we went to eat a later dinner at Black Walnut...one of our favorites in The Woodlands. Then on Saturday, we were ready to head downtown. My friend, Tori, and her mom (who is one of the Flamingos & my mom's friend) decided they wanted to go too, so we all me up at the Livingston house for a pre-shopping breakfast of yummy breakfast burritos. We drove downtown and spent the next 5 hours or so shopping! We managed to find so cute stuff. A few holiday decorations, house stuff, and of course jewelry & scarves. We didn't think this was one of the biggest shopping years, but we always have a good time. It's kind of the start of the holiday season for us!

Stacy is playing in the final LPGA tournament of the season next week and it's in Houston. So, she flew in on Saturday afternoon and was able to have dinner with us. We went to Rico's...had to get my Mexican food in! I was also able to see my friend, Sarah, who just had her second baby in October. His name is Rhett and he is a cutie and so tiny! After dinner, Janet came with me to meet up with one of my other best friends, Alyssa, at this wine bar in The Woodlands. We spent a few hours catching up and chatting. It was great to see both of those girls! I miss them tons! It was up kind of early today to have a girls breakfast at Black Walnut! Kind of embarrassing that I went there twice in like 2 days, but it was for breakfast and it's SO GOOD! Anyways, we all kind of went our separate ways soon after that. Janet went back to downtown to go to her place and to church. Stacy had to go practice and do other stuff for the tournament coming up, and I had my flight to catch back to Tulsa. I made it back a little over an hour ago to cool, rainy weather. It's supposed to start getting colder this week! Time to break out the jackets.

I had a busy weekend, but tons of fun visiting my family & friends. Can't wait to go back at Christmas with Tony for a longer time.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Weekend That Was

Other than an embarrassing display of football by OU on Saturday night, this weekend has been pretty good. I left work a little early on Friday so we could go pick up a Ryder truck and head to Bartlesville. My good friend Shawn was nice enough to give us his dining room table, so we went to go pick it up. Beth and I didn't have a dining room in our last house so we obviously didn't have a table when we moved to Tulsa. Our dining room has just been empty for the past 6 months. And honestly, a dining room table was pretty low on our priority list of things we need for our house now. Now, thanks to Shawn, we don't have to worry about a dining room table. The table he gave us is great. It's a 70 inch round table that is super high quality. In fact, the top of the table is so heavy that it took three guys to move it(not including the base of the table). Anyway, we got some help moving it in to our house and here's what it looks like:




On our way back from Bartlesville, we decided to stop at Hideaway Pizza for dinner. After dinner, we went home, watched "The Office", and went to bed since we had to get up early on Saturday morning.

Last Wednesday, I saw online that Jenks(suburb just south of Tulsa) was having its annual half-marathon. I thought about it for a second and decided that it might be fun for Beth and I to run in it. The last time we ran a half marathon was January of 2008. In fact, we haven't even run 13.1 miles since then. So I asked Beth and she said it'd be fine to run in it and it was set. The race started at 8 a.m., which meant we had to be up around 6:30 a.m. to get ready to head to the race.

The race was very small. In fact, there were only about 190 people who participated in the half marathon. Last week there were over 8000 runners in the Tulsa Run. The weather was also a lot warmer this weekend. Instead of temperatures in the 40s, it was 62 degrees when the race started. This meant that about a mile in to the race, we already had a sweat going. It didn't help that the race had about 3 miles worth of hills. Anyway, we finished the race and overall had a good time. Our goal was to run under an hour and forty minutes. Unfortunately that didn't happen. I finished around an hour and forty two minutes and Beth finished one minute behind me. The results were still good enough for both of us to win our age group and for Beth to finish 4th among all girls. Not too bad for not training.



Last night we went and had dinner at Carrabba's. We love Carrabba's and couldn't remember the last time we had been. Overall, it was good. Not quite as good as going to the one in Houston, but oh well.

Today we have just been running a few errands and getting things done around the house. Beth is going to Houston next weekend for her annual trip to The Nutcracker Market with her Mom and Janet. I'm sure she'll have a great time and hopefully find some great stuff.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Tulsa Run

This picture was on a website for the Tulsa Run. Can you find us in the picture?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tulsa Run and the Suite Life

Beth and I have had a really good weekend. Friday night we went out to dinner to Los Cabos. It's a Mexican restaurant in Broken Arrow that we had been meaning to try for a really long time. My Mom bought us a gift card to there for letting her stay with us a few weeks ago. It was really nice of her to do that and very thoughtful of her since she knew we had been wanting to try there. Overall we thought it was pretty good. It was kind of weird that we had to wait about 20 minutes even though it was almost 8:30 p.m. by the time we got there. That combined with a somewhat obnoxious waitress, were the only drawbacks to the night. We really enjoyed our food and will definitely be going back. After dinner, we came home and relaxed and went to bed early since we had to get up for the Tulsa Run in the morning.

This year's Tulsa Run was better than last year on many levels. The first thing is, we got to sleep over an hour longer. Last year we were staying in Bartlesville and had to get up around 6:30, plus we had no idea what to do once we got there. This year, we decided we weren't going to get there too early and get stuck standing around in the 40 degree weather. We did however meet up with my friend Shawn and hangout with him before the race. With about 10 minutes before the race, we decided to head over and lineup in the herd of people. It was actually pretty warm as everyone was huddled up. We kind of pushed through the crowd a little bit, but ended up starting about 3/4 of the way back in the crowd. This meant that we had to spend the first mile or so weaving in and out of people, trying to get a good pace going.

The weather was perfect for the race. It was about 44 degrees when we started with sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. Beth and I both felt pretty good throughout the entire 9.3 miles. We ran together for all but the last mile and a half. Overall, we both finished better than we did last year.

Beth's Results(based on chip time):

Time 1:07:26

7:15 minutes per mile

248th place overall(out of 3793 runners)

33rd place for women(out of 1798 runners)

9th place in age group(out of 288 runners)


Tony's Results

Time 1:06:05

7:06 minutes per mile

200th place overall(out of 3793 runners)

180th place for men(out of 1991 runners)

26th place in age group(out of 231 runners)


Before the Race


After the Race



After the race, we came home and relaxed a little bit before heading to Norman for the OU game. We were lucky enough to get two tickets up in a suite for the game so that was fun to get a little different experience. We had tons of food in the suite from prime rib to chips and queso to cheesecake and hot tamales. Needless to say we werent' hungry when we left. The other good thing was Beth could watch the Texas/Oklahoma State game on tv while I was watching the OU game on the field. Here's a picture of when we went down closer to the field:



Since we got home late last night from Norman, we took advantage of the clocks moving back an hour and slept in a little bit. After we got up, we made breakfast, read the paper, and just lounged around. We finally decided it was time to get to work and get our office organized. We bought new chairs about a month ago. Thanks to Mr. Dale, we got a new set of shelves with a media center from Crate and Barrel last week. So we spent today putting that together and getting everything organized. The house is slowly coming together.

Our new shelves in the office



A View of the whole office



Tonight we are having BBQ chicken from the Crockpot. I just took 3 chicken breasts and threw them in the Crockpot, threw in an onion, and poured BBQ sauce on top of it. And after 5 hours, it's time to eat shredded BBQ chicken sandwiches with homemade potato chips. What a deal!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Oktoberfest, Pumpkins, and Meatballs Oh My!

Beth and I went to Oktoberfest last night. I would say that overall we had fun. Although it was definitely interesting and a great place to people watch. It was basically a bunch of huge tents set up with stages and then also booths selling food. And of course beer. It cost five bucks per person to get in and then you had to exchange money for tickets to buy beer and food. They had a ton of beer choices with German beers and American beers, but the prices were outrageous. The options were $7 a pint or $19 a pitcher for import beers and $5 a pint or $15 a pitcher for American beers. I can honestly say that I have never paid over $5 for a pint of beer anywhere. Especially not for weak Oklahoma beer. Even when I was in Germany with a less than favorable exchange rate, I could buy a pint for about $3. Anyway, needless to say I think we spent a lot less money than most people out there.

We did manage to hang around for a while and check things out. We got a pitcher of Warsteiner Premium which is a pretty good German beer and we also got a huge pretzel. There was tons of music and dancing going on as well and they even had amusement park type rides. I've always been a little skeptical about the types of rides that they set up and take down in only a few hours. Is this really safe?





Before Oktoberfest yesterday, we headed down to Riverside and did a 9 mile run. The weather was great and we ran on a path that we hadn't run before. We've come to realize that there are way more trails than we ever thought. As we start training for our marathon, it'll be a great place to do our long runs.

The Sooners had a great showing yesterday and I think we are finally moving in the right direction. Even without our starting quarterback, tight end, and running back, we managed to beat a ranked team at home.

Today we slept in a just relaxed for a little while before heading to the grocery store for our weekly shopping. We've started taking in other stores ads tot Wal-Mart and having them match the price. Up until last week we had never done that before, but it's easy to do and a great way to save money and keep yourself from driving all over town to get the best deals.

After the store we went to the mall for a while and then headed home to watch some football and carve our pumpkin. Right now Beth is in the process of making Apple Sauce Meatballs for dinner and I can't wait. She's made them once before and they were great. Supposedly it's a Lewis family favorite(especially for Mr. Dale).






Here are some pics of Beth making the famous apple sauce meatballs:






On a side note, Stacy played great in her first tournament in Asia. She finished in 7th place at 3 under par. Next week she heads to Korea for her next tournament. I'd give a link for the results but it's all in Japanese so it'd be kind of pointless. Below are a few pics of Stacy in Japan.

Meeting with Scoliosis Patients




Signing Autographs



The Driving Range!

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