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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Weekend Recap

This past weekend was anything but typical for Kristen and I. We started off our Friday evening by hunting down a place to have dinner. We were hungry for fish but didn't know where to go. So we googled our area and we found what turned out to be a very good fish place on Warren and the Tollway called Fish Express. They had a little bit of everything from PoBoys to Fish Tacos to Fried fish baskets. We both ordered the baskets to try them out since it was our first time there.

Here is what they looked like:

I got the fish and chips and Kristen ordered the catfish basket. They served them with a mango slaw. Yeah it was good!! We can't wait to go back and try something else on the menu.

Saturday morning was our first small group get together and we were really excited about what God had in store. We had a great turn out and we wanted to thank everyone that came over for what we pray can be a strong foundation of friendships in our lives. We had breakfast and coffee and dove into God's word of Mark 1:40-45 and had bible study about compassion. Everyone had great insight and it was a great first gathering! We pray that God will pour blessings onto everyone in the group and that it is His will to allow us to continue strengthening our friendships through His word.

That evening Kristen and I met up with Brett & Audra for dinner at the Pre-Grand Opening of Mi Cocina in Highland Village. If you don't know, Mi Cocina is one of our favorite restaurants. We had our wedding rehearsal dinner there last year and we take advantage of every opportunity we can to eat their brisket tacos! With that being said, we didn't get the brisket tacos this time. With our dinner being complimentary courtesy of Mi Cocina, we decided to explore the menu a little more. Obvious choice would be the most expesive thing on the menu. . . . well almost, I ordered the Chicken Mole and Kristen had the Roberto's combo of enchiladas and tacos. The Sexton's went with the ribeye two ways, Carne Asada and Fajitas. We had a great time at dinner!

We ate on the patio and from our table we could see a gourmet popcorn shop that we hadn't noticed before. So after dinner we made our way over to Lonestar Gourmet Popcorn. We are really glad that we did. They have like a gazillion different flavors of popcorn and the best part is they let you try it before you buy it! We ended up getting the sopapilla popcorn because after all we had just finished eating Mexican food!

All in all it was a great weekend of firsts (group, fish express and popcorn) and lost counts (Mi Cocina). We'll keep posting as stuff comes up but for now, later!

Top Layer of Cake, Frozen...

Here are some pictures of us trying to cut into our wedding cake topper from 1 year ago last weekend.

Me trying to "carve" the cake


Yummmmm. . .marble cake. . . .


If it had not been frozen, it would have tasted good

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

1 Year

This past Sunday Kristen and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary! It does not even seem like it's been a year since our wedding last May. It has been a great year for us as we reached this milestone in our lives.

Although we had been dating 10 years before we got married and have shared a lot of great experiences throughout the years, this one was more special because we experienced it as a married couple. We thank God that he has been in our marriage and that he has poured blessings into what we have come across. I'm especially thankful for having such an amazing wife to share my life with!

We finally got to make room in our freezer by taking out our wedding cake topper and attempting to eat it. Let's just say we needed an ice pick to break through the frozen cake. But, we had an amazing back up plan because we both knew that we would not be eating our wedding cake. We enjoyed some bundt cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes and they were amazing!! I'm just glad we don't live too close to this place or we'd be there all the time.

We'll post some pictures soon of us cutting into our cake with an ice pick. Later for now!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Austin, Extra Innings Edition

So last weekend we headed down to Austin to celebrate Kristen's mom's birthday and to catch a Longhorn baseball game. We headed down to Gruene,Tx on Friday afternoon to check out their downtown and to have lunch. Lunch was good and Gruene was fun. They have a lot of different old town type of stores which was cool to check out. We had dinner in Austin at Taco Express on Lamar and although the palce was busy and funky, the food was nothing to write home about. We were not impressed by their tacos. On Saturday we had breakfast at Austin Java because I can't go to Austin and not have their French Toast and coffee! It's a must!

Saturday afternoon we realized that the Baylor baseball team was staying at our hotel. And although it was tempting to try and sabotage them so they could not make it across the street to the stadium, we overcame that urge and let them be. We headed out to the baseball field about an hour before game time and it's a good thing we did not leave sooner and you'll see why. First pitch was at 8:05 with Cole Green on the mound for Texas. He hadn't lost a game all year and we quickly figured out why. This guy can change speeds to throw off the batters. After 3 innings it was Texas 1- Baylor 0. It stayed this way all the way until the top of the 9th inning and that's when things got interesting.Unfortunately for Cole Green, he could not hold the 1-0 lead and Baylor tied the game at 1 in the 9th.

Texas before the game,we could smell the astroturf from our seats

So you would think Texas would come to bat in the bottom of the inning and end the game. In a perfect world, yes, but not this night. Let's just say we got some free baseball. 5 innings later in the bottom of the 14th, a freshman could not put a bunt down to move the runners over,(which is why I don't like freshman!) but he redeemed himself by hitting the game winning double! So after 14 innings, and 4 1/2 hours, the Longhorns took home the victory!

My beautiful wife and me at the game


Us at lunch in Gruene overlooking the Guadalupe River


Gary with the Longhorn clown!


General Store in Gruene

Still trying to post videos from the concert last week, but for some reason I can't get it to load correctly. I will keep trying. Can't wait to head back down to Austin for football season!