Saturday, December 27, 2008
Early Christmas week Rusty and I spent some time with his family over dinner. We also attended a Christmas party hosted by our friend Rachel. On Christmas Eve after work Rusty and I opened our presents to each other which were modest...our gifts this year were Layla and painting our house! Christmas night we had Paige and Nolan over for a scary movie and then last night Mom cooked us a big Christmas dinner and we opened presents there.
At Rachel's Christmas party with Michael and Michelle!
All in all, Christmas was different this year but I was humbled by the fact that there was no one for me to visit in the hospital and that all of my immediate family is in good health.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Next weekend we are off to the Reindeer Run at Fort Desoto for our annual 5K!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
There are more pictures posted of the shower and the puppy so check them out!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I was so touched by both canidates speeches. I felt they both spoke from the heart and that their love for this country is true and strong. I hope that we can come together across party lines, as a nation and rebuild our country, and I know we will.
"Tonight, more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens, whether they supported me or Senator Obama, I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president.
And I call on all Americans, as I have often in this campaign, to not despair of our present difficulties but to believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here.
Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history, we make history."
John McCain, Election Night 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
The best part about the trip was our encounters with the manatees. The spring stays 72 degrees year round and the manatees come to the spring for the relatively warm water in the winters. There were 8 manatee in one area and a few others scattered throughout the spring. Before leaving today we were brave enough to take a dip and swim up to the spring head. Since you aren't allowed to swim with the manatee, we waited until they swam off and made our way up. When we reached the spring there were 4 more manatees there. One of them was particularly curious and swam right up to us!
Already looking forward to our next trip in December for the Reindeer Run 5K in St. Petersburg! (Better get training!)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Loving this one! Bridesmaid Kandi, with her daughter (and flower girl), Taylor!
Friday, September 19, 2008
We had a bar-b-q cook out with hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, blue punch (that turned purple thanks to some frozen BLUEberries!), plenty of cupcakes and cookies to go around twice! I was happy to host this shower in preparation for hosting my next shower in November for a friend at work, Lori!
This weekend we will be attending Rusty's cousin Jessica's wedding. Paige is going to be the photographer so I'm very excited about that. She has real talent and I think we will have a great time!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
In between my conference for Grass Roots and working I took a week off and have now finished painting every room in the house! I also have put some finishing touches on decorating the house. This is really fun for me but it means that Rusty has work to to hanging chandeliers, mirrors, and curtain rods after he gets home from work. He's been really great about helping out and supporting my creative outlets! Check out some photos on our photo page...
Besides all that we have really enjoyed the Olympics this year and spent many nights staying up late to watch gymnastics, running, diving, volleyball, and many more sports.
Also happy to note that our house (and wobbly fence, below) survived it's first hurricane/tropical storm. For us, it wasn't much more than a constant rain with some wind. We were lucky to get away with just that!
Up next: This weekend Rusty and I are eagerly awaiting our trip to Texas to visit our friend Savanah. More later...
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Here I am with the sign to dad's place!
We flew in to Burlington and stayed with dad the first night. The next day we hopped in the car and headed to NYC! We toured the area of Manhattan for 2 days and even got to stay at the Marriott in Times Square. It's really neat to see things on TV and know, hey! I was there!! We saw the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Rockefeller center, Central Park, and much more.
While in Vermont, Rusty and I were able to check out Lake Champlain where the infamous "Champ" is said to live. This was especially exciting for Rusty who has been a believer for years! We also toured Ben & Jerry's, Teddy Bear Factor and the local ECHO science center. For our last day in Vermont, we spent a day at the slopes with my dad! What a trip, we had a great time!
Thanks again Dad and Jim!!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Here we are out by the lake for a photo op after the race!
This past weekend, Paige, Grant and I raced in our first of many triathalons! It was a 400 meter swim, 20 kilometer bike and 2.75 mile run...whew! None of use REALLY trained like we should have but all had a great time! Paige, once again, finished first with a time of 1hr 35 minutes! I finished in 1hr 47minutes and Grant finished in right at 2hours. It was a great experience and we are already talking about our next one!
In the coming month I don't think we'll have much to report on since Rusty and I are planning on buying our first home. It has been a tough road so far. We have lost a couple of our favorites due to the sellers not being willing or able to meet us half way, not to mention being beat out on some great deals by other buyers!! We have an offer in for another home in a great neighborhood...Hope this one works out! In the meantime we will continue packing!!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
It was pretty adventurous because not only did we get nosebleed seats, it rained on and off all night! We were covered with big winter jackets and towels and actually managed to stay pretty dry!
In the picture below were Rusty and my favorite trucks. The one on the lower left is Monster Mutt, complete with tail, ears and even a tongue that went in and out of his mouth when he was driving around! My favorite is lower right, El Toro Loco...complete with horns! All in all we had a great time!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Here's to another year of health and happiness! Hello 2008!
Here's Rusty with Webster!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
On the weekend of December 8th we went camping at Fort DeSoto in St. Petersburgh. This is the weekend of the Reindeer Run at the St. Pete Times Forum that we did last year. Rusty and I were joined by Grant, Paige and Savanah.
Friday we arrived and set up after sunset. We turned in early since we had to get up at 6am to run the 5K! Paige smoked us all, as usual with about a 27 minute run. Savanah finished second and Grant made amazing time at 35 minutes, a 10 minute improvement from last year! Rusty and I finished together around the 40 minute mark! Phew...we've got some work to do for next year!
Then we came back to camp and took showers and napped in the grass for hours (at least I did!) Paige was soo bored! Savanah was able to stay for the marshmellow roast but had to leave EARLY Sunday morning for a flight to Austin to check out her new place for the Americore next year! So excited for her!
Sunday we packed up to go home after an amazing weekend!