Archive for May, 2012

05.31.12

A couple weekends ago Brian, George, and I made our way down to Katy for the weekend. We packed A LOT of family into one weekend. Friday night we stayed at my mom’s house and had a nice dinner together that she cooked. It was quite refreshing after driving 4 hours in some of the strongest rain we’ve ever driven through. It was stressful to say the least.  We met her crazy (but cute) new black lab puppy, Rosie.  George has a new stalker/best friend. We learned that Rosie likes to stand on her hind legs, wrap her arms around George’s neck and lick his mouth. It’s pretty funny watching the whole interaction. He doesn’t seem to like it all that much.

Saturday morning we made breakfast and then hopped over to my dad’s house a couple miles away to visit with him, Daria, and the kids. I always enjoy spending time over there because the kids grow so fast and I feel like we don’t get to see them enough! Daria took some casual “maternity” photos of me. We feasted on some fried chicken for lunch. Then, of course I took more of the kids playing and fishing with Brian.  After a few hours, we headed back to my mom’s to shower & clean up to head to Houston for Gammy’s 75th Birthday dinner celebration. Nearly the whole family was there, as well as, a few close family friends too. After a laughter-filled (delicious) seafood dinner, we headed over to Gammy’s house for some cake, ice cream, and presents. I just love hanging out with my cousins. I usually leave with an aching belly and tear streaked face from laughing so hard together.  It was the first time family really got to see my growing belly (I think I was about 16 weeks along), which was surreal and special.

Sunday morning we made breakfast and celebrated Mother’s day with my mom. She opened a couple small presents and a card over breakfast. Then, we cleaned up and headed to lunch with my dad, Daria, and the kids to continue a little Mother’s day celebration and see them before we left town. Mmm mexican food.  The whole weekend was filled with lots of fun family time and delicious food.  We went back to my mom’s to get George, load up, and head back to the Big D.

Here are some photos from our time in Katy.

 

Dad’s house:

 

After Gammy’s 75th Birthday Dinner:

 

Mom’s new puppy, Rosie, playing with George:

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05.29.12

I just love this song. One of the wonderful girls at our Gather Retreat introduced us to this beautiful song. It’s so simple, so so powerful. It’s one of those songs that’s been playing on repeat. For weeks.

 

Title: NOTHING I HOLD ON TO
Artist: Will Reagan & United Pursuit

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I lean not on my own understanding,
My life is in the hands of the maker of heaven

I Give it all to you God,
Trusting that you’ll make something beautiful out of me

I will climb this mountain
With my hands wide open
I will climb this mountain
With my hands wide open

There is nothing I hold on to
There is nothing I hold on to
There is nothing I hold on to
There is nothing I hold on to

All Glory To God, Forever. Amen

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05.23.12

Last month (yep I behind), Brian treated us to a weekend at a cute log cabin near Austin, TX named “Austin Heaven” to celebrate our 2 year anniversary.  It’s a cabin on 26 acres of land with a big front and back porch, grill, picnic tables, and a neat wooden swing set. It was very peaceful with NO TV for 2 days, (barely) any internet and no radio. Just an old record player with some pretty sweet tunes.   We decided to keep it low-key since we’ve got a little one on the way and we both just kinda wanted to get away to a retreat weekend. And of course, we took George with us and he had a blast.

It’s sorta a “hippy” cabin, which was all for the better. There’s a room dedicated to practicing yoga, which was nice. You can also call in this lady to lead a yoga session or give you a massage. Brian will tell you the coolest feature of the cabin was the incinolet (think incinerator and toilet). It’s a toilet that literally burns your waste each time you go.  It was interesting, but boy was I glad to return to a normal toilet at home.

The cabin had 2 “official” bedrooms, but you can put a bed in the yoga room. Our bedroom was on the top of the loft (which was fun getting up at night to go to the bathroom- hah). It was cool though.  There was a main room which consisted of the kitchen, eating area, and a fire place/lounging area. The bathroom was broken into two rooms. Once with the incinolet & sink, another with a claw foot tub/shower with an open ceiling.

It was very quiet and peaceful all weekend. The weather was pretty nice, too. Kinda windy, so napping outside was a plus.  I was still in my first trimester so I was still tired all the time therefore, I mostly cooked and sat around outside and read a book. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the time to finish a book in a weekend. How nice!

The first night we arrived, we drove down the road (literally) to The Salt Lick for dinner. It was super crowded (since it was Friday) with live music outside, but we walked in and were seated right away. We finished the evening by sitting on the back porch at the cabin with the stringed lights across the “backyard”, a nice breeze, and shared a pint of a new Blue Bell flavor. Dreamy!

The rest of the weekend was chill. We went on a quick walk around the property and then napped/lounged the rest of the day. We enjoyed some yummy steaks we grilled while listening to the old record player. So peaceful. I wish every evening could be similar. Seems like we’re so tied up in our TV shows/sports and keeping up with Twitter, it was such a breathe of fresh air to get away from all that, even if only for 2 days. I try to make it my goal when I get home from work to stay off my phone/internet (since I’ve been on it all day and I want a break when I get home). I’ve tried playing more music in the evening while I cook dinner, which helps to relax me. It’s so important to make time to “unplug”. We used to practice an “Unplug” night once a week, but has kinda dissipated. Maybe I’ll bring that back into action soon?

Here are some of my favorite shots from Austin Heaven.

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Gustus - Jul 9, 2012 at 05:07:19

Glad your experience was better than ours. Looks like at least they mowed for you. Did the dorrecs close? We could not get them to close. Were the neighbors loud? They set off fireworks during our stay. Did you have toilet paper? I was left with an empty roll. Did the owners return your calls? Took 12+ hours to get a call back for us. Not a good memory; disappointing anniverasary stay. Little response from ownsers other than “must cancel within 72 hours.” Robbers they are.

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