Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Baby Alice Is Here!

Andie finally had Miss Alice on Monday (January 26th)! Yay! Now we have another precious niece. I stole a picture from Andie's Flickr account...hope you don't mind! Click here to see the picture. I couldn't resist. It makes us even more excited about our visit to France coming up in March. Andie had quite the birth story with Alice this time. You can read about it on her blog. We are glad everything went great once they got to the hospital and that they are both doing well.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Date Night

Today is my and Beth's 6 Month Anniversary! I can't believe we've already been married for that long. It's funny to think that at one point our wedding seemed so far away and now it's been 6 months since our wedding. Since today is our "anniversary", we are going to celebrate. We are either going to PF Chang's or The Cheesecake Factory. Don't worry though, we're not big spenders. We actually have gift cards to both restaurants and just haven't decided which one we want to go to. So we're having a date night and I'm really looking forward to it!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Crafty

I've been home alone the past 4 nights as Tony is on his last 4 nights ever! Thank goodness! So I decided I'd try to be a little crafty and make part of the gift I'm taking to a baby shower tomorrow. A girl I work with is having her 2nd baby, a girl, on February 19th (my birthday!), named Olivia. So I decided to paint an "O" in the colors of Olivia's room - brown & pink.

I think it turned out ok, but you always wonder if the person you give it to will like it...since it's painted by me and not perfect! I do enjoy doing crafty things and wish I had more time and creativity to do them. Maybe I'll want to do more since this was so easy.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Nice Relaxing Weekend

Beth and I had our first full weekend together at home in over 4 months. Because of my job, I only have one full weekend off a month and we've been traveling those weekends since October. This weekend was nice and relaxing. Friday we had dinner with Beth's parents and Stacy. Saturday morning, we left for College Station where we all went to the OU/Texas A&M basketball game. I hadn't seen OU play basketball since I was in college so it was a lot of fun. Especially because they won.

Sunday was nice because we had no real plans. We got up and went to church, came home and relaxed for a little while, and then went for a 7 mile run. The weather was great although a little windy. After running we sat on the couch and watched football which is something I haven't gotten to do near as much as I would like this Fall. Stacy came over and hungout with us too which was fun. Sunday night we got the chance to go out to dinner with my Dad who's in town for business.

Yesterday was a day for running errands and just wrapping up the weekend. I got some new running shoes and some new pants since the dress code for work will change just a little bit with my new job. Beth and I leave for Tulsa a week from this Saturday. Beth's riding up with me and then flying back on Sunday. It'll be here before we know it and although I'm not looking forward to being away from Beth, I'm looking forward to the new job and the new adventures.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Change is Coming

And I don't mean Barack Obama...although I guess according to him, change is coming as well.

I have been offered and accepted a job with my current company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It's been somewhat of a scramble these past few days as Beth and I have tried to figure out what our lives are going to look like for the next few months. My new boss wants me up in Tulsa by the beginning of February and since Beth is a teacher, she won't be able to come until school is out. This means that weekdays will be spent apart and weekends will be spent together either in Houston or Tulsa for the next few months. This also means that our house that we closed on last March will be on the market and we will be buying our second house in a year sometime this Spring. I must say that when we bought our current house, I knew we wouldn't be here forever, but I didn't think it would be less than a year. Luckily for us, part of our relo package includes a buyout option on our house in case it doesn't sell since this isn't exactly a seller's market.

The plan right now is for me to move up to Tulsa at the beginning of February and Beth and I to split our weekends between Houston and Tulsa and also see each other during some of our travels during the Spring. We will be together for a week in March when we go to Paris to see my sister and also have a few weddings and other events on various weekends. It's not going to be easy, that's for sure, but I know we'll make it through it and before we know it, it'll be summertime and we'll be moving to a new city together and moving into a new house together. It's going to be quite an adventure and something that I can't wait to go through with Beth. Our families have both been really supportive as well and I look forward to our time together with them over the next year even if it is in a different setting than what we're used to.

If you live in Tulsa or know Tulsa, please let me know of some good areas to start our house hunt. Although I grew up in northeast Oklahoma, I haven't spent much time there at all in quite a long time.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Trip to Miami

Our surprise Christmas present from Stacy this year was a pair of tickets to the National Championship game in Miami where OU and Florida were going to play for the title. I think this was Tony's best Christmas present ever! We left on Wednesday night for Miami. Stacy got us plane tickets too, so all we had to take care of was the hotel and rental car. We got into Miami around 10:00. We drove to South Beach where our hotel was and went to get something to eat. Tony looked up a restaurant online called Big Pink because it's open late since we knew we wouldn't be getting there until 11 or later. We had a really good dinner and crashed at the hotel. The next day was game day. We woke up and took a walk along the boardwalk by the beach and took these pictures.


Then we decided we needed some lunch. We took the car and found a Mexican restaurant, ate some lunch, and walked around a little bit. We ended up leaving for the game around 2:30 because we knew we'd hit some traffic and we wanted to get their early to tailgate. We made our way up to Dolphin Stadium, parked, and hung out and tailgated for a few hours before the game started. We got into the stadium pretty early. We checked out our seats and went back down to the food/drinks area to hang out for a little bit. We were talking to an older Florida fan that was out there too. Out of the blue, a couple dressed all in Florida gear comes up to us and asks us where we are sitting because they wanted to see if we'd be willing to trade seats with them. They said they came all the way from Toronto and found out their tickets were in the middle of the OU section. It actually worked out perfectly because our seats were exactly in the same spots just on opposite sides of the stadium. So it was a win-win. We got to sit with all the OU fans, and they got to sit with Florida fans! Here are some pictures from the game...




We all know the outcome of the game was not what we would have wanted, but we really did have a great time. It was fun just to be at such an exciting game and a game that's a really big deal! It's the National Championship! We had to come back to Houston on Friday since Tony had to go to work on Saturday. Our flight wasn't until later Friday night, so we drove around Miami, went shopping, and saw a movie to pass the time. It was a short trip, but one we won't be forgetting anytime soon. We'd love to go to a national championship game again, but maybe next time it'll be for Texas!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Handy Woman

My parents got Tony an awesome tool chest for Christmas. We had yet to put it together and started to take it out of the boxes this morning. We had to put the wheels on the bottom. It was taking a little time to figure out what the heck to do because the screws weren't fitting into the bottom. Anyways, after a few phone calls to my Dad and Tony giving up because he's impatient and had to go to work...I got the wheels on!


The key was the wrench! Courtesy of Janet who got a set for Tony for Christmas.


Since I got the wheels on, I figured why not try to get the whole thing put together. It was in 3 pieces that had to be stacked on top of one another. I'm not very strong so it took me a little bit to get the top one on since it's about as tall as I am, but I finally got it. Here's the final product...

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Year in Review

Since it's January 1st, I figured I would do a quick year in review for 2008. It was quite a year for Beth and I and we are looking forward to 2009 being even better. We rang in 2008 in Rome, Italy with my entire family. My sister and brother-in-law and their two kids flew from France, as my parents and little brother and sister flew from Dubai, and Beth and I flew from Houston to meet up in Rome. We had a great time seeing the sights all over Italy and spending quality family time together.





After returning from Italy, our new house began construction. And in the middle of March, we closed on our new house together. In fact, during a few days in March, it was my birthday, I got a new job and quit my other one, and we closed on our house. I ended up having two weeks off of work between jobs and it gave Beth and I a chance to do some extra stuff to our house that we weren't about to pay the builder to do(since they like to mark things up 300%). I finally moved into the house in April and had a bachelor pad for a few months before we got married and Beth moved in.



In May, I had my bachelor party in Chicago. Two of my friends from Houston as well as my best man Jacob Lawson and groomsman Matt Twyman accompanied me to Chicago and we had a great time. We got to go to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field which I had always wanted to do.




June saw the end to Beth's first year of teaching. I think it was a rollercoaster year for her, but made her realize how much she enjoys it. And made me realize how good she is at it. A day after Beth got done with school, we hopped on a 18 hour flight to Dubai. Emirates Airlines started a non-stop flight from Houston to Dubai and Beth and I decided that'd be a great idea.....never again. 18 hours on a plane is miserable. I think we had four meals, each watched three or more movies, and listenend to at least a thousand crying babies over the 18 hours. We had a great time in Dubai for Sean and Kelsey's high school graduation. It was my third time to go and Beth's first. We made the mistake of going running the day after we got there. It was only 110 degrees outside, I figured it'd be no problem. Wrong. I'm lucky we lived to talk about it. While in Dubai, we also got a chance to spend a few days in Oman as Beth and I went with my parents to a resort on the Arabian Gulf for a few days.





After returning from Dubai, we spent a couple of weeks just doing normal stuff before getting a pleasant surprise at the end of June. Stacy Lewis(Beth's sister) was playing in her first golf tournament as a professional, the U.S. Women's Open outside of Minneapolis. We were a little disappointed the first few days because they weren't showing Stacy on tv too much. Then on Saturday, Stacy made her move and by the end of the day she was leading the U.S. Women's Open going into the final round. Well this threw us into a scramble. We had to get to Minnesota to watch Stacy play the final round of a Major golf tournament. So what we did was book tickets from Dallas at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning. Keep in mind that we booked our tickets on Saturday night around 6 p.m. It was Beth and I, Beth's Mom and sister, and Stacy's swing coach and his wife who left Houston at 2 a.m. to drive to Dallas in time to catch our direct flight to Minneapolis. Luckily we landed and got our rental car in time to make it to the golf course right before Stacy teed off. Stacy ended up coming in 3rd and we couldn't be more proud of her. She had a great 2008 and we can't wait to see what 2009 will bring her on the LPGA Tour.




After returning from our spur-of-the-moment trip to Minnesota, we only had a few weeks until our wedding. And it came quickly. We had tons of friends and family from all over come to Houston to share in our special day. And it couldn't have been any better. We had a get together at our house on Thursday night, the rehearsal dinner on Friday night, and the wedding Saturday night. On Sunday morning, my and Beth's parents' hosted a brunch at Beth's parents' house and it was a good time to see everyone before we boarded a plane to start the journey of our honeymoon.






Our honeymoon was amazing even if it involved extensive travel. We flew from Houston to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Hong Kong, and finally Hong Kong to Phuket, Thailand. We spent 6 days in Phuket before flying back to Hong Kong for a few days. And then finally back to Houston.






After returning from our honeymoon, Beth moved into our house and spent the next couple of weeks trying to get settled in. At the end of August Beth started her second year of teaching and this time she was at a new school as she switched school districts in the middle of the summer. She is now a 6th grade Math and Science teacher instead of only teaching Math. About three weeks into school, we were a little surprised when a little hurricane named Ike decided to form off the coast of Africa and somehow ended up passing over our house many days later. We live about 80 miles from the coast and I would like to think the odds of a hurricane with the strength of Ike going over our house are slim to none. Well slim happened in September. Beth and I spent the night in our closet as winds and rain pounded our house making us think the windows would shatter at anytime. Around 1 a.m. our power went and out along with 2.3 million other Houstonians. Unfortunately for us, our power remained out for 16 days. We ended up moving in with Beth's parents for a week since they did have a power. September was definitely an interesting month to be in Houston.

October and November flew by although we did get a couple of trips in to Oklahoma. One for my best friend Justin's wedding and then once to go to Oklahoma City to hang out with my friend Matt.



Before we knew it, it was December and I was surprising Beth with a trip to New York City. We ended up having a great time exploring the city and can now mark New York City at Christmas off our list of things to do. To see pics of New York, just checked out one of our previous posts.

2009 should be a great year and we look forward to everything it may bring. Happy New Year!

Keeping Busy...(kind of)

Since Christmas and all the family time, I've taken this week to do things around the house. Since Tony's been working all week, I've had all day every day to figure out what I'm going to do. I spent one day cleaning the house (the whole house!), but since then I've been able to do some scrapbooking. I haven't gotten into it in awhile since I'm so far behind. It's kind of hard to get started, but I finally finished putting together the pages for our trip to Paris in 2007 for Louise's baptism. It's been that long! Now my list includes our trip to Italy, Dubai, the US Open, and then to figure out what I want to do for our honeymoon. I can't decide if I want to do a separate book for that or what. I have a long way to go until I'm at that point though! It's at least nice to think that I'm only one year behind now.

I'm trying to keep myself busy for one more day since Tony will be off work tomorrow. We are finally going to send in our paperwork for our new passports! We kind of need those since we are going to France again over Spring Break. Since it's the new year, that's one thing we are really looking forward to this year. I can't wait to meet new baby Alice when we are there! Andie could have her any day now. But in the meantime we are also looking forward to our little trip to Miami. Neither of us have been there before and Tony's very excited to watch his Sooners play. I guess I could cheer for them...we'll see! I am not wearing an OU shirt though!

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