Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
I'd like to dedicate this whole write up to my wonderful, wonderful husband who put together everything that needed to be put together, gave advice when I wanted it and went along with my madness in wanting to get all of this done in a matter of about 4 weeks. I love you!
Our first few projects were simple. I just wanted to find a few things to add a little color.
So, I bought these cute pillows for our chairs on the back patio,
got these fun shams to brighten up the bed in one of our guest rooms,
found these plates to spice up our kitchen table,
got these rockers to go outside,
Ryan loooooved putting them together! (please note the sarcasm. It's a good thing I got them on sale or they would have gone straight back to the store!)
and scored this mother of pearl-ish lamp to go on the turquoise bed side table I painted last summer.
Yay for the little things that add a little something but don't require any putting together!
Our next few projects were a little larger, so I took some before, during and after shots.
Just checking to make sure we like the color
....aaaand we're done!
The last time we wanted to paint in our house, we paid some people to do it. Although it was some work, I am much prouder of it having done it myself. Thank the Lord for summer break!
Thank you Martha Stewart for your wonderful paint colors!
...and to the Sanlyn Company for your vinyl planking.
Ryan, again, making all my dreams come true.
His level was in constant use for the 24 hours it took to get these puppies up.
Drum roll please.....
After weeks of work, it's time to REST!
Friday, July 24, 2009
They are about the reigns of some of the kings in the Old Testament. She uses scripture to develop the plot and adds story lines and lots of dialogue to fill in the rest- kind of like Redeeming Love, but with closer ties to the characters.
If you're in search of a good summer read, I would highly recommend these. I can't vouch for books four or five, but the first three are really, really good! And, I feel like I've learned a lot about the Old Testament!
Happy Summer Reading!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
We range in age from 27 to around 57.
We are from the US, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Belize.
We've spent time living on almost every continent in the world.
We know English, Spanish, American Sign Language, French, Italian, Japanese and Latin.
We tap dance, make jewelry, raise kids, do triathlons, travel all over the place, rock climb, cycle, cook, do yoga, walk our dogs, golf, remodel houses and read, among other things.
I cannot put into words how wonderful these friends have been to me over the years. They are truly mi familia, and I am so thankful that the Lord put them in my life. I miiiight not still be teaching if it wasn't for them!
Me, Adriana and Natalie at Z Tejas
Lonnie and Robin (known as jefa or boss)
Hangin' out and catchin' up during the summer
Dedication Day at Austin High
And the hallways... we'll miss them now that we're in the portables!
We're Loyal Forever!
Other familia members not pictured: Manuel, Yokko, Mary, Kevin and Conna. We need to take more pictures!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Well, we left Houston a little later than we thought and headed down I-10 and then over to Hwy 71 on our way back to Austin. Just a few miles from Columbus we had a small adventure. We were driving down the road at around 70 mph when a dog darted across the highway. (Side note: I grew up with a dog, I love my dog, but I don't love just any old dog...I'm working on it. Dogs with long hair kinda gross me out because, unless they're really well kept, I don't feel like they're clean. In fact, the word mangy comes to mind) So, this dog darts across the highway, and my heart just drops. I mean, there is no way that he is NOT going to get hit by a car. So Ryan and I, in total agreement, turn around to go pick him up. On our way back to where he is several other cars swerve to miss him as well. Poor little friend.
who have quickly become two peas in a pod... in the back seat of our car.
which is a summer camp, located just a few hundred yards up the road.
The office staff knew of one of their counselors, a college aged girl, whose family lives on the ranch next door to Pine Cove (the one with the keypad at the gate). So, they asked her to come and see if she knew who the dog belonged to. After waiting for her for about 20 minutes, she came running over with a football jersey, tall socks and face paint shouting,
I guess the whole adventure wore Bella out because she was oooout the rest of the way home.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Bid Day our Senior Year
Sophomore Year Fire Dance
Rush our Junior Year
Wedding Shower for Bradley in Austin at TRog's parents' house
Wedding Shower for Ryan and me at Laura's House in Austin
Bradley's Wedding in Dallas 2006
My Wedding in Houston 2007
Couples Weekend in Austin last summer at Bradley's House
Meeting Laura's second baby- Miss Kate
It seemed obvious to the six of us that we would need to do it up BIG in order to celebrate our "Decade of Friendship" (like, making t-shirts big). So... after lots of researching and lots and lots and lots of emails back and forth, we found an all-inclusive trip to the Riviera Maya. We had so much fun during our 5 days of reading by the pool, eating breakfast, lunch, a crepe or two and then dinner and just getting to talk and hang out.
Arriving in Cancun
Bradley, LMerc, TheLoj, Trog, Lynch (me) and Reams
I am so thankful for the friendship that I have with each of these girls. I'm so blessed to have such a great support system in them. The Lord certainly knew what he was doing when he put us all together our freshman year in college. We've been laughing and crying together for about 10 years straight, and I know there will be many more fun times to come.