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Good ‘ol Bailey

Good ‘ol Bailey

This probably wasn’t quite as difficult as threading a camel through the eye of a needle, but it was likely in the neighborhood. I came home this evening to find Bailey loose in the laundry room instead of comfortably in her kennel. Either through an accident or Bailey’s sneaky skills, the small, food bowl sized door on her kennel was opened.

For reference, this dog DSCN0946

Made it through this tiny door….ridiculous.  I just wonder how long it took. DSCN0945

1,400 Miles & 22 Hours Later…

1,400 Miles & 22 Hours Later…

We are in Washington D.C.!  We left Houston Friday morning about 9:00 and finally stopped for the night outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee after 14 hours of driving.  We had a great nights sleep and after a tasty continental breakfast at our hotel, we hit the road again and finished the last 600 miles and 8 hours today.

Us…after 2 LOOOOOONG days of traveling…

We pulled into D.C. about 5:00 and looked liked absolute hobos walking into our hotel.  We are staying at a REALLY nice 5-star hotel and our khaki shorts and t-shirts didn’t quite cut it when we rolled in this afternoon.

our hotel room at the Fairmont Hotel in D.C.

The daily maximum rate for our hotel room is a WHOPPING $829…OMG!  We somehow found it online for only $150 a night…how sweet is that?

…all of these goodies are of course, extra & will be added to your bill…gee…thanks.

The drive was really pretty and we had really great weather the whole way here.  We found several states we NEVER want to live in, but thats ok.  We are extremely glad that our car is parked in the hotel garage until Thursday and we will not be driving around D.C. until we put it in the rearview mirror.  These people drive like maniacs!

Tonight after we changed out of our hobo clothes and looked respectable, we wandered around the cute little neighborhood where our hotel is and found a teeny-tiny Italian restaurant to try…it was quite tasty!

Tomorrow we plan to visit the monuments and memorials, the Newseum, and the White House.  More to come tomorrow and plenty more pictures!

Katy, TX to Ooltewah, TN

Katy, TX to Ooltewah, TN

Pulling out of our garage Friday morning…

14 hours later…

In just 14 hours on day 1 of our trip, we made several observations…

  1. Men on motorcycles should always wear shirts large enough to cover their beer bellies blowing in the wind.
  2. People should NOT read comic books while driving down the interstate.
  3. If you are hungry – there is probably a Craker Barrel at EVERY SINGLE FREAKING exit.

On to D.C. tomorrow…

Ike Update Part 2

Ike Update Part 2

Just another quick update, our power is back on and actually came on not long after our last post. We must be in the 1% of the area that has power, we are extremely suprised. It was actually out less than 8 hours. Internet is still out, satelite works, and  the phones are still sketchy. We wish everyone else in the Houston, Galveston, and Beaumont areas the best.

Quick Ike Update

Quick Ike Update

We weathered the storm here at the house just fine. After the power blinked on and off for several hours it finally went off around 5am this morning. We didn’t end up with any damage, but much of our family has some significant storm damage. We’ll be helping as soon as we can. If you can’t reach us, try texting, cell phone service has been pretty sketchy today.

The view from the top

The view from the top

Today we started making some actual plans for our trip at the end of the summer. Originally, we wanted to go to New York, Boston, and DC to see baseball games, but we’ve decided to just focus on New York. We’ll be in New York for about six days to really see the city and catch a game at Yankee Stadium. We picked up tickets for the Yankees Orioles game on August 14th. It really is amazing how quickly Yankee’s tickets sell. In our six days in New York, only one game had anything besides the bleachers left. We’ll be in the nose bleed section, but something is certainly better than nothing. Not too bad of a view…

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Hopefully we will be booking the rest of our arrangements and plans in the near future. Getting to New York is unbelievably cheap, but staying there looks to be an entirely different story. Not only are hotels expensive, but there are so many to choose from it is almost overwhelming. We have a great list of stuff to see while we’re there and the two of us are already really excited.

The wedding is coming along, it’s almost to the point of being stressful. We are down to all of the details now; the rehearsal dinner invites, programs, ceremony order, vows, songs, invitation addresses, flowers, picture poses, and all sorts of last minute details. It’ll be a crazy but fun next few weeks.

A Picture Really is Worth a 1000 words…

A Picture Really is Worth a 1000 words…

The last few weeks I’ve been working on putting together a photo slide show for our rehearsal dinner. There certainly have been a few “winning” photos along the way.

What a sweater

Dang, does anyone know where I could get a new sweater like that?

Little Jenna

Aww… look at cute little Jenna. I’m sure as I finish putting together the slide show I’ll come across more that I need to share.

Jenna Graduates!

Jenna Graduates!

This past Friday, the 15th of December, Jenna graduated from ACU with a degree in Social Studies. We were all very excited for her. I know she is happy to finally be done with college and moving on to the new and exciting world of teaching. In other, extremely exciting news, Jenna was hired by Bryan High School as one of the 10th grade World History teachers for the spring of 2007.

Her job offer from Bryan High was quite the whirlwind experience. We were out Wednesday night when Jenna received a call from one of the teachers, they were interested in Jenna coming in for a job interview. One of the teachers in the history department had accepted different job, so there was now an opening for the spring. Jen was told to simply call the school Thursday morning for an interview time later that day.

Thursday morning, she was told if she could be at the school in 15 minutes, she would have an interview. 15 minutes later, at the interview, Jenna was offered a job on the spot! The first job to ever be offered on the spot by Bryan’s principal. All in all it made for a crazy and exciting weekend.

A few pictures from graduation are below. The rest are here, under Jenna’s Graduation.