Wednesday, December 29, 2010

3D/4D Ultrasound





Saturday, December 18, 2010

December

December has flown by. I can't believe we are only a week away from Christmas! Beth and I haven't been doing too much lately, but have found enough stuff to keep busy. Last Friday we had my work Christmas party at The Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa. It's a semi-formal (suit and tie/dresses) event which is kind of fun to do every once in a while. Plus I think it's great that my company still does a Christmas party at a time when a lot of companies are cutting them.

On the baby front, we are moving in the right direction. Although Beth and I both feel like we are majorly slacking thus far. We've started clearing the baby room out and have decided on a paint color. We've also selected the type of crown moulding we want to do. The crib and dresser are here (although in boxes) and hopefully by the end of January we will have the baby room complete.

We have also started receiving baby gifts which is awesome. Beth's cousins Jen and Kelly sent us the sweetest package yesterday. It was a baby "starter" kit with tons of stuff that we will use right away. It was so thoughtful of them and Beth and I are super appreciative that they would think of us.

Beth and I had one other Christmas party last week as well. It was hosted by a vendor that my company uses and although I don't work with them directly anymore, they were nice enough to invite Beth and I. It was at a steakhouse called Mahogany Prime and it was great!

Other than that, we are just getting things ready to head down to Houston for Christmas. With the way the holidays fall this year, we'll be able to spend a good amount of time down in Houston with Beth's family. And we are both looking forward to that as well as seeing some of our friends that we haven't seen in a while. Beth will also be having her baby shower in Houston on the 31st which I know she is looking forward to.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

First Big Baby Purchase

The only real thing we've accomplished today is we made it to Babies R Us to buy the crib we picked out when my parents were here. We had a 20% on item coupon that expired today, so we used that on the big item. My parents are nice enough to buy the baby furniture for us, but we won't have them up here again until January so we went ahead and got it today. This is the one we picked out.


We slept in until 9:30 today because we've had a pretty busy week. We went out running, 4 miles for me and 10 for Tony before we went out to Babies R Us. It decided to go from 70 degrees yesterday to 45 degrees today, so it was a windy, chilly run, but a good one. I also talked to Andie, Tony's sister, and her kids on Skype this morning which is always fun! Her littlest, Alice, will be 2 in a few months, was saying "Aunt B" to me. It was pretty cute. The day was pretty much gone before we knew it though. After Babies R Us, we wanted to get some "lunch" that we brought home and didn't eat until like 4. So it wasn't really lunch by that time! We bought a Groupon deal for Mr. Goodcents (a sandwhich place) a few months ago and had $10 left on it, so that's what we had. We spent some time putting up some of our outside Christmas lights too. We only did the front ones because it started getting dark and it was cold! We are going to camp out in front of the TV tonight and watch OU play in the Big 12 Championship game...Tony says "Go Sooners!"

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Food, Football, Family, and Shopping!

The family all arrived on Wednesday. My parents and Stacy were here in time for dinner. We took them to Leon's, one of our new favorite places on Brookside. We also stopped at Babies R Us to look at some furniture a little more seriously than we had in the past. Janet was the latest to her here since she flew from San Diego and got to our house around 11:30. We all stayed up to see her, but didn't make it too much longer once she got here.

On Thanksgiving morning my Mom and I started working on the pies and pie crust. Janet also started helping towards the end because we started running a little behind because we had a minor plumbing problem! I was washing something off in the kitchen sink and water started pouring out from under the sink! My Dad and Tony basically took apart the faucet and found that one of the pieces in the detachable part had gotten loose. So they fixed it up and put the faucet back together and we were in business.

After the pies were all done and the turkey went in the oven, some of us decided to go for a run. The temperature was in the 30s and it was WINDY - big surprise, it's Oklahoma. So we all bundled up and headed out to brave the weather. All four of us ran 3 miles, then we broke up and Janet, Tony, and I ran 2 more, and Tony ran 6 more after that.



Once we finished running, we had to get working on the rest of the Thanksgiving dinner. Tony's parents, brother, sister, and her boyfriend came over for dinner too since they were all in the US this year. We had a full house, but luckily had enough seats and food for everyone. Tony's Mom made some really good spinach dip, cucumber salad, cranberry sauce, and some wine (not for me though). We also made mashed potatoes, green jello salad, stuffing, green bean casserole, and I'm sure I'm forgetting other things! I didn't get many pictures from dinner...


After dinner, we all sat around and watched A&M beat Texas. :( Not a fun year of football for my longhorns!

Friday morning, we got up kind of early and headed out to do some shopping. We left around 9 am, so no early morning, crazy lines, shopping for us. We went to the mall for a few hours. It was busy, but not terrible. The check-out lines were just really long. I got a few Christmas presents started, but not too much. After we were done with the crowds, we went to pick out our Christmas tree. We went back to the same tree farm in Owasso that we went to last year. It was still pretty cold outside, but we knew what we were looking for, so we made it pretty quick. Plus the football fans wanted to get home to watch the Auburn/Alabama game.



We brought the tree and wreath home, ate some leftovers, and watched the games. Afterwards, we wanted to go look at another crib store in town that doesn't have the greatest store hours, so we went there right away and looked around for a bit. We found one that we liked there, so we had to go back to Babies R Us to compare! I think we made a decision though and will be going with the one from Babies R Us. We also went to Ulta and then to dinner at the Brook. We came from for a round of cards before heading to bed.

Saturday was pretty laid back. We all slept in except for my Dad and Stacy who went to the LSU/Arkansas game in Little Rock. My Mom, Janet, and I went for a short run. Tony went for a long run-12 miles. We hung around a little bit, got ready to get some lunch and do a little more shopping. Tony went with us to Firehouse Subs, but he went back home to watch football and put the lights on the Christmas tree. My Mom, Janet, and I went to Utica Square to go to Anthropologie, Banana Republic, and Pottery Barn Kids, so I could show her the bedding that we liked. We walked around there a little bit. The weather was much nicer, so it was a good choice to go there on Saturday. For dinner, Tony and I did homemade pizzas. One was chicken, pesto, and garlic. The other was pepperoni, onions, green pepper, and bacon with red sauce. YUM!


We finished just in time to watch the OU/OSU game. Tony, of course, loved the outcome of that one! It was a good game to watch, and we were laughing at Tony going crazy over his team.

Everyone left around 10 this morning...my parents to drive back to Houston, Stacy to drive to Fayetteville then flying to Orlando, and Janet flying to San Diego. We had a fun, long weekend with everyone and were sad to see them all leave. Only 3 more weeks until we head to Houston for Christmas though!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Weekend

As I type, my family is on their way to our house for the weekend. My parents are coming from Houston, Stacy from Fayetteville, and Janet from San Diego! We are also having Tony's parents and brother over for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. We think it's a nice compromise because we will be driving down to Houston in a few weeks for Christmas. So it's nice to not have to do the drive twice in a few weeks time. We don't really have any big plans. Tomorrow we were going to go do a Thanksgiving run, but the temperature in the morning is supposed to be in the 20s...not the most fun for running unless you're used to it, which my family is not! It's ok though, we'll be able to sleep in! We'll just be cooking during the day tomorrow to get ready for dinner. On Friday, we hope everyone will want to go get a Christmas tree with us and then do some shopping. My Dad, Stacy, and possibly Tony are going to the Arkansas/LSU game on Saturday while the girls probably do some more shopping. I don't love the crowds the weekend after Thanksgiving, but it'll be fun to go with my Mom and sisters.

We'll post some pictures from the weekend. We can't wait to have everyone here!

Monday, November 15, 2010

We're Having a Boy!


Here's one of our first pictures of the little guy that you can actually make out a little bit of the face and body. This is from the 20/21 week ultrasound that I had at the beginning of November. We would be excited whatever we are having, but a boy will add another to my family, so my Dad and Tony are excited to have one more on their side now!

My Mom bought our first baby outfit! Isn't it so cute!?!

We also got a Vera Bradley baby bag, from my Mom and Dad again. We had to wait to see if it was a boy or girl because some of the Vera Bradley patterns can get a little girly! This one's pretty neutral since it's navy and white. Hopefully we'll like it and it'll fit all our stuff!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tulsa Run 2010

On Saturday, we did our third Tulsa Run. It's a 15k, so 9.3 miles. It was a nice sunny day with temps in the 40s at the start of the race. This year with being 20 weeks pregnant, I didn't really do much training and hadn't run farther than 6 or 7 miles in awhile. I've obviously not been able to run as fast or really push myself at all due to not wanting my heart rate to get too high. I am able to keep a 9:15 per mile pace pretty comfortably. So I wore my heart rate monitor, kept track of my heart rate, and had to stop for a bathroom break once. My final time was 1:26:15, a whole 18 minutes slower than last year. It was definitely more about just keeping a steady pace, relaxing, and making it to the end. The run wasn't really too hard. It was more the amount of time running that made me ready to be done.

Tony on the other hand was the speedster among us. He had run some 9 or 10 mile runs lately, so he was more prepared. He ran a 1:05 last year and really wanted to beat that. Well, he killed it! He ran 1:02:35, 6:39 per mile! I was so proud of how fast he ran...I think he was a little surprised too. He said he felt really good and the pace just felt natural. He even had some left at the end to beat a few people in the final stretch.

We both really enjoy doing the Tulsa Run each year. It's well organized and a lot of people run it, but not too many where it takes you 5 minutes to cross the start line. The course has some pretty decent hills at the beginning and one towards the very end, but a lot of the run is on Riverside, which is straight and flat. That part is also out and back so you get to see all the runners ahead and behind you. I missed Tony on that part though because I think I was visiting the porta-potty, that or was passing through the water station. The race also has tons of water stations and they give out candy at the finish line...I guess because it's Halloween weekend? The only downside is that they do their results based on gun time. Don't get Tony started on that, but you can have a several minute difference between the gun time and your chip time because it can take awhile to cross the start line if you're towards the back. So you really ran faster than the results say, it's hard to figure out where you really finished according to time. In my opinion, why have the chip timing if you're not going to use it? But, really that's the only bad thing and in the grand scheme, you know how fast you run and that's really all that matters.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

San Diego Trip - Part 2

It was too much to write all at once!

On Friday, Janet worked a half day at work. So we got up and decided to go check out a running store, Roadrunner Sports, that we shop at online for all our shoes. They have some pretty good prices, plus no shipping or tax. We figured we go see the store, maybe spend about an hour there. Well, we ended up staying for over 2 hours! We both got our feet & run analyzed to see if we were wearing the right shoes. Turns out we are, but it was cool to see your stride in slow motion on a tv. We also picked up a few things...clothes, a "stick" (use to massage), socks, and some arm sleeves for Tony. After that we went to Mission Bay to run before Janet got off work. After the run, we went back to the hotel and showered really quick and met up with Janet. We went to Hodad's in Ocean Beach for lunch. We walked there from her apartment. The food there was awesome! I had a grilled cheese, Tony & Janet had burgers, onion rings & fries, and we all split a chocolate milkshake! Yum! Good thing we don't live there because I think we would go all the time! After lunch, we took a walk down the beach part, out on the pier, and along the cliffs back to Janet's apartment. After that Janet drove us around to some different areas...the museums, Old Town San Diego, etc. We then met up with David for a little bit before going to dinner with them and a friend of David's. It ended up being a kind of late night because it was kind of tough finding a place to eat that wasn't super crowded.

Saturday we got up and went for another run. This time around our hotel. There were some paths that worked well for a shorter run. Janet and David came over to our hotel and then we went out to Coronado Island to see David's base and eat at Clayton's (the burrito place). We enjoyed getting to go "behind the scenes" that not many people get to experience seeing at the base. We got tons of stories and demos from David as we were walking around. Clayton's for lunch was also delicious! Janet and David eat there quite a bit, and we can see why. Tony got a burrito and I got a chicken quesadilla. All the meat and tortillas you could tell were home-made from scratch. We then walked around Coronado some more, went out to the beach, and saw the Hotel del Coronado. Since it was Saturday, the boys wanted to watch some football. So we went back to David's, Janet and I went to a few shops, and just hung out for a bit. The four of us decided to go to a nice dinner since it was our last night. Janet and David picked George's in La Jolla. We sat in the bar and watched the rest of the OU game, and then got to eat on the rooftop for dinner. We all loved out food and thought the atmosphere was really neat. We also got to drive to this small beach area where tons of seals were sleeping/playing. It was kind of dark, but you could still see them because they were not too far away.

Sunday was our last day. We had an afternoon flight, so we were still able to do a little bit with Janet and David. They came to our hotel while we finished packing, we grabbed some coffee from Janet's drive thru pirate ship place and went to Mission Beach because they have a cool boardwalk type area with a little amusement park and places to walk along the beach. We even got some pictures taken in the photo booth! Then we went to get lunch at Point Loma Seafood. Janet and David love these squid sandwhiches. I decided I would try it too, but I didn't love it as much as they did. Sorry Jan! It was still a really nice day and we were able to sit outside and enjoy it. The weather had been kind of off and on throughout the trip. Kind of cloudy and rainy/misty, but Sunday it was finally nice and sunny the whole time. Sadly, we had to head to the airport after lunch for our flights back home to Tulsa. We can't wait to see Janet again for Thanksgiving and David at Christmas too. We could tell Janet really likes it out there, so hopefully we'll have a reason to go out there again soon!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

San Diego Trip - Part 1 & Pictures

I have a fall break at school right after the first 9 weeks is over where I get a Thursday and Friday off of school. It's a nice, much needed break! Since Janet just moved to San Diego about a month ago, we decided to book a trip over Fall Break to go visit her and finally get to spend some time with her boyfriend, David. We knew David and had met him before but had never really been around him for more than a few minutes at a time. We left on Wednesday night after school & work, flew to Denver, and then on to San Diego. With the time change, we got there around 8pm. Janet and David picked us up at the airport and we went to have some dinner in downtown San Diego. There's a cool area called the Gaslamp District with a lot of restaurants and bars where we went to a really good pizza place...Sloppy Joey's, I think. They had real, home-made tasting sauce that we really liked! We then went to check into our hotel for the night, The Pearl. It was a trendy kind of hotel with modern furniture and cool bar area. They were having "movie night" when we got there where they projecting a movie on a big screen out by the pool. We then went to see Janet's apartment in Ocean Beach. After that we were pretty tired from getting up for work and the 2 hour time difference, so we just went back to the hotel and went to bed.

On Thursday, Janet had to work a full day, so we woke up pretty early because of the time difference and went for a run out on the cliffs in Ocean Beach, our where Janet lives. She runs out there a lot. It reminded us of our marathon just because it was running right along the ocean. The weather was cool, but sunny, so we warmed up pretty quickly. Then we went back to the hotel, showered, and got ready to go to breakfast. We picked a place called Hash House A-Go-Go because it was on Diners Drive In's & Dives! We had to wait for about 20 minutes which apparently is not bad. On the weekends I guess people wait for hours! We didn't really know what to expect. It was kind of in an older looking house, so we were thinking it would be kind of diner like with your basic, good home-made breakfast. Little did we know, it was pretty upscale! We sat at the bar which we really liked because we got to watch the waitress make all the cool drinks. Tony got an egg scramble with mashed potatoes! and a biscuit. I got a pancake with blackberries and granola with a side of eggs and bacon. The pancake was so huge!! It was literally bigger than my head and the plates were enormous! We left feeling stuffed and ready to go walk it off at the zoo. We spent about 3 hours at the zoo. Seeing all the animals. They really have things spread out and there is a lot of just areas with trees inbetween the exhibits. Tony had been looking foward to seeing the polar bears the most! They have a tank where you can see the polar bears swimming around underwater which was really cool. We got to lucky because when we walked up the big polar bear was in the water trying to get at something that was in the corner of the tank. He was right up against the glass for a long time. We fought our way to go see him and take some pictures. It was so neat to be that close with only a pieces of glass separating us from him! We also took the Sky Tram over the zoo. It was kind of scary because it was pretty high up, but it saved us from walking from one end of the park to the other! We were worn out after walking all around that zoo! We didn't realize how big and spread out it would be.

We had a second hotel to check into for the rest of the weekend, the Courtyard Marriott at Liberty Station. It's a newer, traditional hotel pretty close to Janet's area. We wanted to check it out too for my parents when they go to visit. We relaxed and napped a little bit before Janet got home from work. We met up with Janet and David, saw David's place, and then went to a bar called the Tipsy Crow with them and Janet's roommated and one of David's roommates. Tony wanted to check this bar out because they price their beer in a stock market style. The price changes based on how many of the kind of beer they have sold. So the more people buy, the higher the price goes. They have TV's all around showing the prices and the low and high for the day. It was fun to get to hang out with Janet's roommate and get to know her too. After going there, we went to get some dinner at the Blue Parrot. It's in Ocean Beach, down the street from Janet's, and I guess they go there a lot. They had $3 any drinks and $2 tacos...right up our alley! So we all had a great meal there. It was a really low key type of place with some good Mexican. It was pretty late by the time we were done, and we were ready to get to bed.

Friday and the weekend to come!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Woolaroc Race

For the 2nd year in a row Tony and I ran the Woolaroc 8k north of Tulsa in Bartlesville (where Tony grew up). We ran the race last year and really enjoyed it. It's a smaller, more local race. They do have chip timing, water stations, food, tshirts, and all that other important race stuff. The course is hilly though. One good long hill towards the beginning, some slow climbs in the middle, and a good long hill in the end. It's just around the entrance & exit road to the museum and all that. Last year it was really cold, low 40s even once we started. This year it was warmer, 50s, and sunny. It was still really comfortable even until the end of the race. We obviously didn't run together at all this time. Tony took off and I took the slow and steady approach. It was different to run a race and not feel like you're going all out, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable for me. I was really just happy to be able to be out there doing it.

Here are our results:
Tony: 33:09, about 6:34 per mile, 13th overall and 2nd in his age group. About a minute faster than last year.
Beth: 43:15, about 8:39 per mile, 22nd for women and 4th in my age group. This was about 7 min slower for me than last year.

Another kind of thing is that our race numbers were 317 & 318...3/18 is our due date! So we thought that was kind of cool.




Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pregnancy - The First 16 Weeks

Since we announced our news, here's what I've been doing and feeling the last 16 weeks. Well, really I haven't known for 16 weeks, but found out around 6-7 weeks. I'll spare the personal details about that one, but kind of started to think something was up when I was feeling a little queasy and tired all the time. This was in July, so I wasn't even working and taking naps! And, I don't really take naps. Plus, I started feeling kind of sluggish all around and even when I was running. I never really got an energy boost. But I just kind of chalked that up to the extremely hot temperatures in July. We were going to be heading to the lake for the weekend, and I decided to find out once and for all what was going on. I bought a pregnancy test. When I was complaining about not feeling right, Tony was just like, I'm sure it's nothing, it'll go away, etc. I'd say maybe I'm pregnant...he'd say no, I doubt it. So I didn't tell him that I bought a test. Plus I kind of thought it wouldn't be positive anyways. Well, I was surely wrong on that one! It's a good thing I bought two tests because Tony needed double proof! So, we called the doctor's office and made an appointment for a few weeks later. I didn't feel too different besides being really tired, which was not too fun at the beginning of the school year. I started taking a B vitamin which helped my stomach too. I was also hungry all the time! I continued running, just at a slightly slower pace, and we started running in the morning before work to try to get the coolest part of the day.

Once we found out from the pregnancy test, we had to figure out when we'd be able to tell my parents. It was August and we weren't supposed to see them for another month. I was able to hold off for about a week, then I had a breakdown because I couldn't keep a secret any more. So, we drove to Houston for the weekend and told my parents we were just coming to hang out. They had no clue. They thought we felt bad for them because they were all alone that weekend with nothing going on. We told them right before dinner that we had something to tell them. My Mom says "You got a new car!" Haha, nope, we're having a baby! They were so excited. My Mom cried and my Dad was giving us big hugs. It was really cute (and a huge weight lifted!)

During the 10th week, Tony and I went to our first doctor's appointment and got the confirmation that there was in fact a baby. We got a few ultrasound pictures, got to hear the heartbeat, and saw it all moving around and waving it's arms at us. It was crazy to think that all of that was going on inside my body and I couldn't even tell!

In my 13th week, I really started to loose the tiredness and have only taken a nap a few days here and there. I bought a heart rate monitor for running even though I've read mixed reviews about how that's basically the old school of thought and exercise should be based more on effort than a specific heart rate. So, I try to keep my heart rate between 150 and 160, which is enough to keep me moving at a pace that's comfortably challenging. My pace had slowed during the 13th & 14th weeks even more, but this 15th and into the 16th week has been much better because the temperature has dropped to fall-like so we get 50s in the morning. It's a lot easier to keep my heart rate down. I have had some weekend breakdowns about running because Tony and I are still going out together. We've just come up with a better plan to make the run good for him too. So I'm starting to feel better, not so guilty, about that. I've had to give up my 100 mile months. I'm doing about 15-20 miles per week plus my one day of pilates. I think I can handle a little more since the weather is so nice now, but we'll see. We are going to run two races in October as well...I won't really be "racing", but I'm still doing it.

My stomach started to pooch a little bit during this time. Just enough to make my pants not fit. This week it's really started to grow. I woke up on Tuesday thinking, I don't think my stomach looked like this when I went to bed. Haha. I also had a 2nd doctors appointment at 14 weeks. It was a short, quick one that Tony didn't even need to go to. We go on November 1st to hopefully find out it it's a boy or a girl! Everything has been going well so far, and I'm continuing to feel pretty good. I'll try to update every few weeks as things start to change more and more.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Car

About 2 weeks ago I decided to put Beth's car up for sale on Craigslist. We had started the car shopping process and knew we'd be buying a new car in the next few months. Her car was the one her parents bought her before college. It had almost 150,000 miles on it and was 10 years old. I didn't really think there'd be much interest for a car like that. Man was I wrong. Within 8 hours the car was sold for basically what I was asking for it. Next thing you know, we were car shopping for real. We had kind of decided we were going to buy a certain car and were even planning on going to Dallas to find one. Then we had a complete change and decided we wanted a GMC Acadia. We had one as a rental car a few years ago and ever since then I liked them a lot. Plus with our most recent news, it's time for a somewhat "family" car. Ha ha.

So I find the exact car we were looking for in Bentonville, AR. I got the price we wanted (actually a little better) and it was a deal. Throw in the fact that Beth's sister Stacy is somewhat of a celebrity in NW Arkansas and she went with us to pick up the car. It made the transaction pretty hilarious as the salesmen were fawning over Stacy the entire time. And when she was in the room while we were signing our paperwork, the guy was so flustered he could hardly get out a coherent word. And when Stacy left the room, he said something like, "she's a famous golfer!" Beth and I both just kind of laughed and just said "I guess so." Anyway, here's a few pics of the new car:




Saturday, September 25, 2010

Our Exciting News


We are going to be having a little addition to the family! This picture was from the first doctors appointment at 10 weeks, but I'm now 15 weeks along. The due date is March 18th. I've been feeling great and it hasn't been too different so far. We are going to find out if it's a boy or a girl on November 1st. We don't care either way, and we don't have names picked out for either one...haven't even talked about it yet! We'll just take a healthy baby. That's all we want. Just wanted to share the news and our first baby picture!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Dallas/Canton Trip

A few weekends ago since it was Labor Day weekend and 3 days, we decided that on Saturday we would drive to Dallas and then Sunday drive to Canton for the First Monday Trade Days. We got up and went running on Saturday morning. It was a great run because it was only 52 degrees when we started! We got ready and took the 3 hour trip to Dallas. When we got to Dallas, we went to a few car dealerships, to test drive some cars and see what they had to offer because we want to replace the Rodeo in the next few months. We only had time to go to two places, but we think we have a better idea of what we want now. So we're glad we went. We then checked into our hotel, and went to Eatzi's to get a sandwhich. They closed the Eatzi's in Houston for some reason, but it is awesome. If you're ever in Dallas, you should go. It's a little grocery store/restaurant with a lot of prepared foods, salad & sandwhich bars, as well as hot meals. The food is such good quality and delicious.

After going to Eatzi's we went to a bar to watch the first OU game of the season. It was Pay-Per-View, so we had to go to a place that we knew would have it. It was called Lakewood's 1st and 10. It was packed with all kinds of football fans, but ended up being mostly OU fans once the game started. Tony was loving it because football season had officially begun!

Then to end our restaurant tour, we went to Chuy's! One of the best mexican places in Texas. We are so happy they have one in Dallas because it's not that far from Tulsa. We had chips, salsa, queso, fajitas, and I think Tony had some kind of enchilada thing. We left absolutely stuffed and ready for bed!

Sunday morning we drove to Canton, TX (about an 1 or so from Dallas). We went to Canton to check out the First Monday/Trade Days extravaganza. We went last year over the same weekend. We spent all morning at the outdoor market checking out all the goods, but the two things we wanted to go back and buy didn't work out. The one thing was completely gone and the other booth's credit card machine was broken! So we kind of struck out there, but we went to Paul Michael (a favorite from the Nutcracker Market I go to with my Mom). We got a big mirror for our bedroom and a few other decorating things. Here are some pictures from Canton & our purchases.



Apple decorations for a basket on the kitchen table

The new mirror

Overall, it was a fun trip and great way to spend the weekend. The drive back to Tulsa was a little tricky with the big mirror in the box taking up the whole car, but we made it.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

This Week

Beth's parents are in town this weekend and hanging out with us. They are actually only in Tulsa for a few days until we head to Rogers, Arkansas tomorrow. Beth's sister Stacy is playing in the P&G NW Arkansas LPGA tournament that starts on Friday. This is the fourth year for the tournament and third year in a row for Beth and I to go. It's a lot of fun. The weather is usually great, the golf course is really nice, and you can't beat watching the best women golfers(including Beth's sister) in the world for 3 days.

Tomorrow we'll head over after work and a bunch of us are going out to dinner. Stacy plays at 12:59 p.m. on Friday. Saturday we'll watch Stacy play in the morning and then watch the OU/Florida St. football game in the afternoon. Not a bad Saturday if I do say so myself.

That's about it for now. Hopefully we can get a few pics up from our trip to Canton last weekend. We had a lot of fun and even bought a few things.

Monday, September 6, 2010

A Gift from Australia

We received a piece of paper in the mail a few weeks ago that we soon realized was a ticket from our driving adventures in Australia this summer. We were driving back to Sydney from the Blue Mountains and had to take this cross-city tunnel that goes under the city. There was no place to pay unless you had an electronic pass. We didn't know this, so we were kind of out of luck at that point. I mean, we were in a tunnel! Couldn't exactly turn around or anything. So needless to say, we were not that surprised to get this ticket. The normal cost would have been $5, but we ended up having to pay $14. But with the exchange rate, it was only around $12. We had to laugh though that it caught up with us. We paid the ticket online, so we will be able to go back to Australia at some point and not have to worry about getting arrested for an outstanding ticket. (I don't know if they do that or not, just being dramatic!)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Boring

Our life has been pretty boring lately. I've just been working like normal and Beth has been getting ready to go back to school. It's been over 100 degrees in Tulsa every day in August except for 2. In fact on Friday night at 10:15 p.m. the heat index was 103. It makes it miserable just to go outside. We've given up our routine of running after work and instead been doing the dreaded morning runs. I hate running in the morning but I hate running in 100 degree weather even more. Five o' clock in the morning is about the only bearable time of the day to run unfortunately.

We have a few things coming up in the next couple of months to look forward to. Beth and I are going to Dallas for a night over Labor Day weekend. We're going to go car shopping on Saturday and then head to Canton for First Monday Trade Days on Sunday. We went last year and enjoyed it so we figured we'd go check it out again. We are in the early stages of car shopping. We are trying to be proactive as we know that our car with 145,000 miles on it is getting towards the end of its life.

My parents and Beth's parents will be here at the beginning of September. We are heading to Rogers, Arkansas on September 9th for the annual LPGA tournament. This will be our third year to go and we always have a great time there. Beth has Jenks Wild (a 6th grade overnight trip) the following week so she'll be gone for a few days at that.

We also plan to go to at least one OU football game in September and possibly an Arkansas game. In October is when we'll start running some races. We have the Woolaroc 8k Run and the Tulsa Run which is a 15k. And over Beth's Fall Break, we're heading to San Diego to visit Janet (Beth's sister) for a few days.

I tell Beth almost everyday that I can't wait for Fall. Between great weather, college and pro football and the holidays, what's not to love about it?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

We Are Still Here

It's been a long time since we've blogged, and I promise we are still alive! I've been more busy lately because today was the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! We went back last Friday, but I really went on Wednesday to start setting up my classroom and having inservice type stuff earlier this week and last Friday. It's been tough as usual to get used to waking up early and working ALL DAY again. It ususally takes a few weeks. We will try to write more this weekend about what we've been up to.

Monday, July 26, 2010

2 Year Anniversary


Two years ago today, Tony and I got married in The Woodlands with an amazing wedding with all of our family and friends. It was such a special and memorable day for us. We feel so blessed to have those memories as the beginning of our life together. I don't think we can thank our parents enough for all of their love, support, and financial help to make that day (well, really a 4 day extravaganza!) everything we could have ever hoped for and more!

Looking back to that day we never could have imagined how much we would love being married! We really are each other's best friends, and our relationship just gets better as each year goes by. I'm not very mushy, but I feel so lucky to have found and married such a loving, caring man. I love you babe! Happy Anniversary!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Twice Baked Potatoes

We made these twice baked potatoes to go with our chicken wraps last night.

We basically followed Pioneer Woman's recipe, which is also in her cookbook, but we were not making 8 potatoes, so I just kind of estimated on how much of each of the ingredients to use. Just kept adding until it had the right consistency and taste. We added some of the Lawry's seasoning and pepper, but also added some garlic salt for a little extra. They were so good, but do take a little bit of work. We've had some issues in the past making just baked potatoes because they always seem to not get cooked through, but we did 400 degrees for 50 minutes and they were perfect. I can say that we've conquered the baked potato! We will definitely be having these again and not soon enough!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tony's New Toy


A brand new weed eater/edger, whatever you want to call it! We had one that my parents gave us because they have someone come do their yard and didn't need it anymore. I was talking to my Mom today, and we couldn't even guess how old it was...maybe 10 or 15 years old. It was electric and was just a pain for Tony to use because now that we got the fence there's a lot more to edge. I think he probably dreaded using it, but it ultimately did the job for us. Well, the old one started smoking and quit working, so we didn't have a choice. We had to buy a new one. Tony had a big smile on his face the whole time he's been using the new one today! So I think he likes it!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Oklahoma Summer

I guess this has become my blog for the summer. I was gone last weekend, and Tony still didn't post anything...SLACKER! Yes, I know, I have more time on my hands this summer, but I think he's a better writer than me. I like reading his perspective on things too, but I guess that will have to wait until I go back to school in 3 weeks (Ah! Don't mention that!)

Running last week and weekend has been getting more difficult as the temperature and humidity are just swallowing us whole right now. Last week highs were 96 and above and this weekend we made it to 100, but humidity has been around 80-90%, so the heat index makes it feel like 115 degrees. It's just unbearable to be outside for any lenght of time. We even got up this morning to run at 5:30 and it was already over 80 degrees and it was just hard to breathe, so it wasn't much relief. We've kept our mileage to between 20-30 miles, depending on the week, and some how we keep going out there to run every day. It just hasn't been much fun lately. I dare say it might be worse than Houston! (The summer heat just doesn't last as long here.)

Last week/weekend, I took a four day trip to Missouri to Table Rock Lake to spend the weekend with five other girls that I teach with. We drove up on Thursday and had nice weather pretty much the whole weekend...hot of course, but that's what you'd expect. We rented a boat and went out on the lake one day and did some shopping. Most of the time we just spent talking or eating...just getting to know each other more. The lake was really pretty, and I finally got to see some of Branson that everyone talks about. I was glad that I went even though I did miss Tony. We came back on Sunday, so we still got to spend some time together before he had to go back to work today.


We started making some plans for the fall. So, some things we have to look forward to are Labor Day weekend, we are going to make a trip to Canton, TX for Trade Days. We went last year around the same time with my parents and had a great time. Then, the next week, my parents are going to come stay with us for a week. Tony's will also be in town too. The NW Arkansas golf tournament will be at the end of that week, so we'll all be going to that. Plus, one of my cousins, who plays football, will be playing against Univ. of Tulsa that weekend. It's going to be a busy weekend! I also just got our tickets for my fall break to go to San Diego for four days!

I'm hoping we get to go someplace that looks like this in San Diego too!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Toledo Weekend

It's that time of year again. We took our trip up to Toledo, Ohio to visit my Dad's side of the family and for the Jamie Farr LPGA tournament that Stacy plays in. We left on Wednesday after Tony was done with work and flew to Detroit where we met up with my Mom and Janet, who flew from Houston. Detroit is about an hour from Toledo and the biggest airport nearby, so we always fly there. My family found a house to rent for the week since all 6 of us would be there plus Janet's friend, Kelly.

Thursday, Stacy played in the afternoon, so Tony and I got up and went for a run. Man, have we missed cool weather! It was probably in the high 60s in the morning and warmed up to the 70s during the day. (It got warmer as the week went on though.) We got some lunch before heading to the golf course to meet up with all the family. Since Stacy has been playing in this tournament, my cousins came up with the idea for us to wear matching tshirts with "Lew Crew" on them. They have evolved in design and various colors, but it's fun to have all of us there supporting her. So we watched Stacy's round and then headed to Ventura's mexican restaurant for dinner with Pappa. My Dad's Dad was able to go to one of the tournament practice rounds, but the tournament is too much for him. We had our mexican feast and then some of us decided to go bowling at a place that had 99 cent games and shoe rentals! We played two games and were worn out! I'm not very good at bowling (didn't make it over 100 either time), but we still had fun hanging out and making fun of my Mom's bowling routine!





Friday was the next round of the golf tournament. Stacy was playing really well these first few days, and we had fresh legs still. She played earlier this day and afterwards we had lunch and our first visit to Mr. Freeze. I don't know why we'd never been to Mr. Freeze before, but they have some awesome soft serve sundaes, drinks, mixes, etc. Our kind of spot! We later had dinner over at Aunt Kathy's house with corn hole games afterwards. Some of Stacy's friends that are golfers also came over, so it was nice to meet and talk with them too. Oh, and we had 2 cookie cakes! Yum!






Saturday = more golf! Go figure! Even more for Tony! He got up at 6 in the morning to go play 18 holes with my cousin's Bryan and Jason. They had a good time and were making jokes the whole day about each other, how good they are, and what not. My Mom and I made a speed trip to the mall this morning so we could get our fill of shopping! Jimmy John's was for lunch...so good! We need one in Tulsa! We watched Stacy's round and then went to Aunt Gigi's for dinner and the annual volleyball games. My Aunts make some good food and there's never a shortage and tons of variety! We love going to their houses to eat! Back to the ever important volleyball games...I was not on the winning team, but Tony was. I think we had 8 people on each team, and that's not even with everyone playing. There's always tons of laughs and it's just a really good time. We also watched the Sylvania fireworks for July 4th (on July 3rd - since it was Saturday). Again, we were worn out by the time we went home and got to bed.

On Sunday before Stacy's round, my family went to go see my Grandma's place at the cemetery and take her some flowers. We hadn't been back since her funeral and hadn't seen the marker yet. I'm glad we were able to do this, but it was still sad and just is a reminder of the fact that she's not here. We all miss her a lot. She loved it so much when we all got together as a family. When we were there for the funeral, we also picked out a spot in a park to plant a tree in her memory. So we also went to see this spot. It's a dogwood tree with a bench next to it. It's a great view of the pond in the park. Just a nice, peaceful spot.





Sunday was the last round of golf. Stacy played ok, but not as good as she wanted to. I think we were feeling pretty worn down too from all the walking! Plus, it got HOT on Sunday, in the 90s. After her round, we made another trip to Mr. Freeze. This was when Tony discovered the Buckeye Sundae...a Buckeye is like a chocolate covered peanut butter ball! He couldn't stop talking about how good it was. I wish I would have taken a picture of it! Stacy and my Dad left to drive to Pennsylvania for the US Women's Open, going on this week. My Mom, Janet, Kelly, Tony and I went out to dinner and then went back over to Aunt Kathy's house to meet up with everyone one last time, since we were leaving on Monday morning. Some of my cousins went to Mr. Freeze and got Tony another Buckeye Sundae! Haha! A group of us decided to go play putt-putt just for something to do. It turned out to be a lot of fun! I didn't have the highest score either (sorry Janet!). We were out until about 11 again, and we had to get up early to drive to Detroit to catch our flight.



We were so worn out from the weekend, but it was so worth it. We really are so thankful that the golf tournament has kind of brought us all back together. Since we're the only ones that lived in Texas, it was hard to get us all together, but this yearly trip is really so much fun for us. My cousins have gotten to know Tony, and Tony loves them too! We are planning on seeing some of them when my cousin, Scott, comes to Tulsa for a football game in Tulsa. It's the same weekend as Stacy's golf tournament in Arkansas. Sadly, the Jamie Farr is taking a year off next summer, so we'll see what next summer brings as far as us all getting together.

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