Thursday, March 26, 2009

Brussels Pics...Finally!

We never made it to putting pictures from Belgium on here. Basically in Brussels all we did was eat! We did go running in a nice park twice while we were there though. We stayed in a bed & breakfast which was a nice alternative to a hotel. The room had a nice sitting room area, big bedroom, and bathroom. It was a short 5-10 minute walk to the Grand Place where a lot of the restaurants were. We ate lots of waffles with chocolate & whip cream, chocolate, and fries (which were first from Belgium, not France-if you didn't know). There are chocolate stores every 5 steps it seems, and I think we went to almost all of them. Here are some pictures from Brussels. The little statue is the Manneken's like one of the main things people come to see in Brussels if you can believe that! They also have costumes for this thing, and we went to the museum that keeps his outfits. I was pretty disappointed that he didn't have an outfit on when we were there though.

While in Brussels, we took a short train ride to Leuven where the Stella brewery is. We took a ridiculous round about way to get there once we got off the train when we could have just walked the other way down this main road and been right there. We got the scenic tour I guess. The tour was about an hour and we were taught how they make Stella and the other 14 or so beers that they brew there. It was pretty cool. Plus we got a free drink at the end. This was something that Tony really wanted to do, but I ended up enjoying as well. Here are some photos from the brewery tour.

I wanted to post come pictures of the cute kids too! We had fun being Uncle Tony and Aunt B for a little while. We read books, played Candy Land, and watched Gab & Louise play together. They are full on energy like most 4 1/2 and 2 1/2 year olds! We also met the newest addition to the Alice. She's such a cutie, and I think I held her pretty much every second I got. Next time we see here she's not going to be a baby anymore, so we feel so lucky to be able to see her now.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

More Paris Sights

In Paris, we went to the palace and the gardens at Versailles. We had never been before, so Andie & the family went with us. We had a picnic lunch in the park and walked around the outside of the palace. We didn't go in the palace this time around. We have to leave something for next time! But we'd love to go back in the later spring or summer to see the flowers and trees in bloom. It was pretty amazing. Here are some pictures from that day.

We also went to the Louvre and saw the Mona Lisa. I had never been to the Louvre, but Tony had several years ago. The museum is huge, first of all. But we saw some paintings and stuck to the Egyptian artifacts section which was pretty cool.

I have also been bugging Tony about going to Saint Chappelle, one of the many churches in Paris. It is supposed to have the mose beautiful stained glass windows, and we have to agree. It is a tiny chapel and you have to pay to go in, but the stained glass is spectacular. It surrounds the whole chapel and tells many of the stories from various books in the Bible. You need binoculars to see all the way up!

Another new thing for us to do in Paris was to take a Seine River tour. It lasted about an hour. We went up and down the Seine and got to see the main sights of Paris from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame. We had a tour guide whose English was far from good. We could barely understand her English, but we had a brochure to read from and just enjoyed the views along the way. Our boat wasn't very crowded either which made it nice to be able to walk around and take different pictures. I had to put the picture below on here, because it is one of Tony's favorites...just kidding. I was supposed to get the whole Eiffel Tower in there, but turns out I'm not very good at taking the pictures. So I got a little crap for this picture, but it's cute of Tony. Hey, I just wanted to take a picture of him, not the Eiffel Tower...I don't think he'll believe that. :)

Monday, March 16, 2009

In Paris

Well, we made it to Paris on Saturday morning. Our flight from Houston was only 8 hours because of really strong tailwinds. We had just enough time to have some dinner, watch Slumdog Millionaire and take about a two hour nap before being woken up as they served breakfast prior to landing. We had about two hours in London before our next flight took off and I was excited to have a little snack at one of my favorite little places in London called Eat. They have restaurants in the two major airports in London and it's the type of place where you pick out what you want(sandwiches, salads, wraps, fruit, desserts) and then take it to the counter and pay.

Our flight from London to Paris was about an hour long and we both slept nearly the entire time. In fact, I was woken up suddenly by the tires on the plane hitting the runway in Paris as we landed. I'm always amused by "immigration" in Paris as they never scan our passports or even look at anything, just put a stamp in it and move us on our way. So technically the French government doesn't even know we are in their country right now. Oh well.

After getting to Paris, we hungout with my sister and the family for a while until the kids went down for a nap. That's when Beth and I went out and did a little sightseeing in Paris. We did the usual, Eiffel Tower, crepes, walk around, look at stuff and then get really tired because we had technically really slept in over 24 hours.

My sister made us lasagna for dinner which we love and then we just relaxed around their apartment before going to bed.

Yesterday we went to Versailles in the afternoon and had a picnic. It was fun to see Versailles and see all of the gardens. Gab and Louise had fun because they could run around and play and not get in trouble.

After we got back to Paris, Beth and I went to the Louvre, saw the Mona Lisa, and then just walked around a little bit. We've come to realize that we've seen most of the stuff that we want to see in Paris so we're having a hard time figuring out what to do. We had dinner at a nice little Italian restaurant last night and then headed back to my sister's.

Today we had lunch with my sister at McDonald's. Well, we got McDonald's and brought it back upstairs to their apartment. Now we are getting ready to head out and explore a little bit more. Below are a few pics of the last few days.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Heading to Paris

I'm on my way to pick Beth up at school so we can get back home to meet her Mom to take us to the airport....Our flight leaves at 5:25pm and we get into Paris tomorrow morning at 11:25 with a brief layover in London. We can't wait! We'll try to post pictures as often as we can.

Happy Birthday Tony!!!

It's Tony's birthday today! Yay! Tony came into town last night with his sister Kelsey from Tulsa. We are leaving for France today. I'm going to work, and we are leaving right after. Tony has a busy day getting packed, a hair cut, and some other errands. Too bad we don't really get to do anything to celebrate his birthday since we'll be on an airplane, but at least we'll be together finally!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

House Updates

We've had an eventful week! We have an official offer on our house in Houston! This happened yesterday evening, and we are supposed to have the closing this first week of April. We have our fingers crossed that everything will fall into place and the deal will go through without any problems.

Then...we put in an offer on a house in Tulsa last week, got a counter offer, and did our own counter offer back to them early this week. We found out today that they accepted our offer! So we have a contract on a new house in Tulsa! Again, we are hoping everything goes smoothly with this as well. We were so surprised that they accepted our offer because their counter offer was quite different that what we wanted. We were expecting to go back and forth with all of it. Here's a link to the MLS page with pictures of the house. We are planned to close on the house at the end of April. So I'm sure Tony will be very happy to move in and have our house to stay at instead of staying in Bartlesville.

Next up...we are leaving for Paris tomorrow at 5:30 pm. Tony & I haven't seen each other in 2 weeks and can't wait to have a nice long vacation to spend time together. I'm sure we'll be posting about the things we're doing on vacation and some pictures too.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Happenings of Tony and Beth

First off, I would like to apologize for the few posts in the past month...Beth has basically been holding down the blog since I've been in Oklahoma and between everything she's had going on and our weekends together, the blog has kind of taken a backseat.

Things have been pretty crazy the past few weeks. Beth came up here to Oklahoma the third week of February to look at houses and out of the nearly 20 houses we looked at, there were two that really stood out. So we asked Beth's parents to come up to Oklahoma the next weekend to look at the two houses with us because we thought we may want to make an offer on one of them. After looking at the two houses again and getting another perspective, we decided that one house was definitely a good fit for us. Last Wednesday I met with our realtor and we officially made an offer on the house. The offer didn't actually go in until Thursday and we haven't heard anything back yet.

My job in Oklahoma is going great. I'm really enjoying it and glad to not be doing what I was doing anymore. I think Beth is really going to like Oklahoma as well and I can't wait for her to finally get up here.

On Friday we are leaving for Paris to see my sister, her husband, and the three kids(including the newest little one Alice). Beth and I can't wait! Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world and even though this is my 7th time to go(and Beth's third), I can't wait to see some of the great sites again. I think it's funny when people say that Paris is dirty. I usually ask them if they've ever been to a big city in the United States. Or when they say that French people are rude or don't like Americans. I wonder if they've ever taken the time to learn the French culture. Just because the French don't smile and say hi to everyone that they pass on the street or don't ask complete strangers "how are you," doesn't mean that French people are rude or don't like Americans.

Anyway, Beth and I will be spending the first 4 days in Paris and then taking the train to Brussels for 3 days before heading back to Paris for the last two days. We've never been to Brussels before so I'm really looking forward to seeing what that's like. Anyway, that's a quick update from us. Beth is enjoying a day at the spa today, compliments of the her students who got her a gift certificate for Christmas.

When we get to Paris, we will try to post pictures on here and hopefully keep them updated.

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