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 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 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.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

More Marathon Photos

We got a CD of pictures from the marathon, so I thought I'd post a few of them. They are not glamor shots by any means, but that's ok!
Awesome view in the background

Hitting some hills towards the end

Crossing the finish line
Sweaty, worn out, but we just finished 26.2 miles!

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