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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Recap With Pictures

We haven't posted pictures in a while so here we go. Thanksgiving, Birthday Party and Christmas Train in pictures.

Here I am being crazy with the Turkey on Thanksgiving. We went over to Kristen's mom's house for Thanksgiving dinner, and like every Thanksgiving we ate too much! It was a great time to just hang out with our families and enjoy great food.

My Beautiful Wife and I showing off the baked Mac & Cheese. I don't care if it's baked, fried or just cooked. I will eat mac & cheese no matter what!

Here is Kristen with our Moms

We went a little different this year with our Christmas Tree. We went with a white tree and Kristen had the awesome idea of decorating it in silver, red and blue ornaments! We think it looks great. Here is a picture of our tree in the process of getting decorated, before the cats got to it and almost brought it down. For some reason they like to climb on trees. Who would have thought that about cats. . . but we were able to save it from their paws.

A couple of weeks ago we went to Kristen's cousin's kid's 3 year old birthday party. Try saying that 10 times fast! The party was at Exite gym in Flower Mound. We had no idea that place existed. But once we got there I could not help myself and I had to jump in the foam pit and go through the bounce house! As you can see from the picture, I did not fare so well on that slide. That is me falling face first.

Here are Kristen's second cousins Mason & Dylan eating cupcakes! No, you are not seeing double, they are twins and they like to pretend that they are the other one, so you can imagine how that can get confusing!

Here is Mason coming down the slide. Notice the difference between this picture and the way I came down. Hmmmm. . . . Did I forget how slides work?

Now we move on to the Christmas train! Yes, you heard correctly, the Christmas train. It's not the Polar Express, it's the Joel Express. Last weekend we headed over to Kristen's step father's parent's house. He sets up a train for kids to come over and ride and goes all out with the Christmas decorations and the lights. It really is a sight to see! He has been on the news the past couple of years because of it so you know it's big time! We went over there with Brett & Audra and their kids Kohan & Emerie along with Kohan's friend Vincent. Lesley brought her daughter Kayla over and Jennifer brought Cortheye & Cylas. We all had a great time even though it was cold!

Here they are on the train. No, they are not wild animals, they got their faces painted at a Christmas party that afternoon.

Here is Kristen holding Emerie in her Christmas dress and laughing at something. It was probably me she was laughing at!

Well, that's all the pictures we have for now. Hope you enjoyed them. With Christmas and New Year's coming up we'll be sure to take more and post them up. Have a good one!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Been listening to to Glory Revealed today and it's refreshing. It really just makes me take a step back from the day's ongoings and reflect on life and what's important. There are some great songs on that cd! Thank God for inspirational music like that! It's crazy to think that music like this is out there, yet all of the other music gets air play. Tried burning some cd's the other day and they didn't play in the car. I hate it when that happens!

Kristen and I started watching Julie & Julia last night and it made us hungry! Isn't funny how watching something about food does that? Especially when it looks really good. My pants would like to blame the following shows for not letting me fit into them:

-Man vs. Food (Katz Deli)

-Throwdown (Arepas)

-Diners, Drive In's & Dives (Twisted Root Burger)

-Tyler Florence's Ultimate (Fish Tacos)

There are more places but it's making me hungry thinking about them. Going to make stuffed jalapenos this weekend. I have not made them in almost a year and it's about that time to make them again! Even those that don't like jalapenos enjoy these! Being that it is the Christmas season, we should all make something that tastes good and enjoy it! Why get out and try to get around in all the hussle and bussle when you can have people over and enjoy great food and have a great time! Well, back to thinking about pizza pies and brownie sundaes!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

December Already?!

Last month of the year is here! I can not believe that it is already December. It seems like this past year has just flown by. 2009 has been an eventful year for Kristen and I. We got married in May, we moved to a new place after that, started new jobs in the summer, got on track to be debt free by the start of the new year and have build stronger relationships within our family and with friends, just to name a few things.

The end of year brings about many things. For businesses it's all about profit or loss on their bottom line. For students and teachers, it's all about surviving until Christmas break. And for many it's all about the New Year's Resolutions that seem to dwindle away with time as people realize how unatainable some of them are.

For us, the end of the year is just another brick on the road of our lives together. Having spent 11 years with Kristen has truly been a blessing for me. You learn a lot about a person after 11 years. But I think more importantly, you learn how to truly love someone at an intimate level. I am very blessed to have been able to love someone for 11 years and counting, and my prayer to all is that everyone can at some point in their lives experience that for themselves.

So don't make crazy resolutions, just lend a helping hand to someone in need without expecting recognition. Say please and thank you to people. Smile more often, it brightens people's day. Be genuine in everything you do. Be loyal to those you love. Show compasion and grace to people just as God has shown us. Bust most importantly, be thankful for what you are blessed with.

From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.(John 1:16)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Austin Trip

Well this past weekend was Kristen's Dad's birthday, so we celebrated the only way we know how, Road Trip to Austin to watch the Longhorns!! Texas was playing Kansas this past weekend and they stormed past them 51-20 and clinched the Big 12 South title. Next up is a game against the aggies and then Nebraska in the conference championship game. Here is a recap in pictures of our weekend! Enjoy!

Here is the stadium as we started our tour of the facilities

Here is Gary under the Horns. Do as it says, Don't Mess With Texas!!

Some of the great running backs that have played at Texas

Is that Mack Brown? No, it's Gary at Mack's Desk

Last one was in 2005, next one is this year!!

Kristen and her Dad with the biggest Longhorn on the planet

We ate at Salt Lick BBQ

Here we all are outside the stadium

My beautiful wife and I waiting for the team to arrive

Mack Brown getting his Horns up!!

Jordan Shipley in the background

Greatest QB in Texas History? We'll see after this season.

Stadium before the game

My beautiful wife and I at waiting for the game to get going

The Eyes of Texas

Kristen and Gary

Us watching Texas pound Kansas

The Tower goes Orange!!

After all was done, Colt McCoy set the all time wins record by a QB, Texas improved to 11-0 and the road to Pasadena continues! We all had a blast hanging out in Austin, eating Homeslice Pizza, SaltLick, Magnolia Cafe & Texadelphia and watching the Horns win! My wife did an amazing job planning this trip for all of us! Hook Em'Horns!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Road Trip & Longhorn Football

Heading down to Austin this week to celebrate Kristen's Dad's birthday! It's going to be a great time! BBQ, Austin and Longhorn Football. It does not get any better than that. Texas goes up against Kansas on Saturday night as Colt McCoy will break the all time wins record by a QB. So our trip will consist of this:

Some of this:

Hey, even Obama knows what's up!!

And some of this:

Keep posted for pictures and for a recap of things. We just hope that the weather will be good and that the forecasted rain does not show up! But we'll have a great time regardless! Out for now, but be back later! Hook Em' Horns!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween Night

Halloween was last weekend, it was a lot fun and we wanted to share a few pictures from our evening.

Here is my wife with our nephew in matching Halloween shirts!

Cortheye & Cylas as Dorothy & The Tin Man

Cortheye dressing up Major in his Costume

My beautiful wife with Major, he doesn't like his picture taken

It's funny to think that on this one night, our doorbell gets more use than the entire year combined. We passed out a bunch of candy to a bunch of strangers in costumes and masks and what not. Only 1 kid tripped this year on our blow up decorations in the front yard and avoided getting hurt. The Longhorns beat little Okie 41-14 to avoid any misteps on their way to a Conference Title. Overall it was a great evening. Next up, I don't know yet. . .keep checking in and find out. Hook Em' Horns!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


So last week Kristen and I got our wedding album and pictures! We were so excited to see the what our wedding album would look like and it was awesome! It's funny how it doesn't even seem like our wedding was 6 months ago. Well, since we got our picture proofs, we started picking out our favorite ones and sending them to get printed! Here are a few to enjoy:

We'll try to pick out our favorite ones and make them into a slideshow or something. There are just so many of them that we love that it will take us a while to go through and pick some out! So, when we do we'll get started on that!