My cousins, Jeff and Alison, had their second baby boy late Sunday night. He surprised us 3 weeks early, but everybody is happy and healthy. We waited for Baby Jack to make his debut into the world all afternoon and he finally graced us with his presence at 11:58 pm. He was a teeny tiny little guy, weighing only 6 lbs, 6 oz and 18 1/4 inches long. We prayed long and hard for him to be born healthy and without complication, since Alison dealt with some pretty serious health issues throughout the pregnancy and God was faithful. He is absolutely perfect – what an AWESOME God we serve!
Big Brother Ben was completely enthralled with little Jack!
I’m already crazy about this adorable little guy! What a great early Christmas surprise. I can’t wait to watch him grow up.
Last Saturday was a sad day for me…I said goodbye to trusty ‘ol Squeaks. Squeaks and I had been together since high school. We sold him to a guy that works for my uncle…I think it was for his wife to use just for around town. Squeaks was such a good car…so many memories…
We set out last weekend searching car lots looking for a new car to replace my tired, 12 year old Honda. We had a few ideas of what we wanted, and then had a few cars that we just wanted to test drive. We spent all day Saturday out looking and driving and by the end of the day, I was very much undecided. We drove the Nissan Pathfinder, which we loved, but the backseat wasn’t very comfortable and didn’t have much leg room, so we weren’t quite sold. We sat in the Nissan Murano and instantly LOVED it…it felt like you were sitting in the most comfortable leather chair EVER. Unfortunately…it had very little cargo space in the back, so we knew that wouldn’t work for us. We drove the Honda Pilot and it was truly awful. Matt is the only one who drove the Pilot, but it was uncomfortable for me to ride in and he hated driving it. We got away from the Honda dealership as quickly as possible. We also drove the Mazda CX-9, which was AWESOME, but we weren’t quite sure it had the space we were looking for. It had 3 rows of seating, just like the Pathfinder, but the front seats and driver compartment felt really cramped. When we left the lots Saturday, we really weren’t much closer to a decision than we were when we set out that morning. We went to dinner and talked it over and made plans to go back out the next afternoon. Sunday afternoon brought us to the Chevy dealership. We were both extremely interested in pricing the Tahoe and test driving one. They pulled it around, we gave it the once over, and then took it for a spin. We fell in love! The seats were comfortable…in Matt’s words, they were made by fat Americans, for fat Americans…it had the space we wanted…and even better, the price was right! After HOURS (& I do mean HOURS) of negotiating, the dealer finally saw things our way and we drove off in our new 2009 Chevy Tahoe! At one point in the negotiations, they were refusing to come down any further on the price of the car, so Matt and I just got up and left…we hadn’t even gotten out of the parking lot on our way to lunch when they called Matt’s phone to make another offer…still too high. We went back and forth for a few more phone calls and eventually ended up back at the dealer signing on the dotted line. I am totally LOVING my new car!
March 20, 2010…my little sister is getting MARRIED!!!
So excited for her and Jake!
We finally bit the bullet and bought new furniture and a new TV for our living room. The armoire we had in the living room for our TV was great, but was just too small. We moved it upstairs to the game room and its perfect up there! I’m still not finished decorating the wall behind the TV, but this works for now…I’ve got all summer to decorate!
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.
I would like to start this post about Hurricane Ike with some props to myself…when Ike was named a hurricane many days ago and was still churning out in the Atlantic…I totally called it to be Houston’s hurricane. Matt and I were sitting at Jason’s Deli…I think it was the night after the first day of school if I remember correctly…and we started talking about how busy the tropics had become…our conversation turned to Ike and what we thought the storm would do…and that’s when it happened. I called it right there at Jason’s Deli…just as Ike was forming…it was going to be Houston’s turn at a major hurricane…and I was right!
Many people think I’m crazy and I get lots of strange looks, but I truly love hurricanes. I watch and track these amazing storms from the time the disturbance moves off the coast of Africa until it makes its entrance into the Carribbean and Gulf of Mexico. I think the reason I love hurricanes so much is because they are such an amazing force of nature that humans really still don’t know alot about. I love that nature is still about to stump the “professionals”…I’ll be honest…it makes me laugh.
Anyways…back to Hurricane Ike…things have begun deteriorating outside rather quickly. Its been pretty breezy/windy all day long. Just in the last several hours the wind has really picked up outside and the trees around here are really starting to bend and flop around in the wind. We can see lighting off in the distance down toward the south and the rain is slowly making its way to us. Thankfully because our neighborhood is still so new (only a couple of years) we don’t have many trees around here and those that we do have aren’t very big. A few things we are worried about just on our house and in our yard is one of our trees in the front yard…its a pine tree, but its been looking pretty rough over the last couple weeks and really been flopping around in the wind. I’ll be honest…I wouldn’t upset if the tree goes down tonight. One of the lights on the front of our house probably won’t make it through the wind and I’m kinda worried about our shutters on the upstairs front windows. Other than that…our house will fare pretty well. Hopefully the satellite dish doesn’t fly off the roof… :/.
We are expecting winds in the neighborhood of 100 mph for a good portion of the night…starting around midnight and lasting until the morning. We still have electricity for now…but we aren’t sure how long we should expect to have it…most of the cities suburbs around us have lost power, so…we’ll see. Thankfully, the storm should be passing over us and off to the north by Saturday evening.
The images we’ve been seeing coming out of Galveston all day are breath taking. The waves were literally crashing over the 16 foot seawall. The west end of the island that isn’t protected by a seawall was already under water…significant amounts of water by early this morning. The Strand in Galveston already had a foot of water in it by 8:00 AM this morning and most of the experts are expecting almost total destruction of the island. Across the bay on the Bolivar side things don’t look good at all. From what I’ve heard the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway have already met…and for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about…trust me…its a lot of land thats in between the two bodies of water.
I’m really very concerned about my grandparents house in Winnie…its located in Chambers County just a few miles from the Galveston County line and they are expecting most of Chambers County to be under water due to the storm surge. The poor little church at the beach…I think its not going to be left when Gulf finally recedes. All of this is just really, really sad. Its sad to think that Galveston might not ever look the same or that Crystal Beach and Bolivar will not be the same place that I remember.
We are headed out tomorrow as soon as its safe to see what gets all torn up around Houston and I’ll certainly have pictures and updates.
Well…Hurricane Ike is still about 70 miles off the coast of Galveston at this point…and I’m bored out of my mind. I’ll talk more about the hurricane a little bit later though.
Here are some pictures to show what we’ve been up to in the last several weeks.
Cortney and me at their reception…everything was so beautiful!
Matt and me at the reception…
our whole family with the beautiful bride
our table at the reception…so gorgeous!
Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the wedding ceremony itself because flash photography was not allowed in the chapel at SMU where the wedding was held…but I can assure that it was beautiful. It was so sweet and personal…definitely Cortney and Brandon. It made me want to get married all over again! Congratulations Cortney & Brandon!
I know I haven’t been very good at blogging lately, but in my defense…we’ve been kinda busy. We were finally able to close on our house about 2 weeks ago and I think its safe to say we are pretty much settled in. The dining room furniture is coming this weekend and I still need a mattress for one of the beds upstairs…but other than that, we’re pretty much done. I need to do curtains in the bedrooms and breakfast area and new seat covers for the kitchen chairs…but I haven’t really had time to fabric shop.
I finally got a job…the day before we closed on the house…great timing, huh? Cy-Fair ISD finally called me back and I am teaching World Geography (yes…thats 9th grade) at Cypress-Ridge High School. At first I was really hesitant about this and quite frankly, I wasn’t looking forward to it, but now that I have spent a week in inservice and have been working with my team for a week, I feel much better about things. I’m still nervous about switching subjects, but I know once I get going and get in my groove, I’ll be fine. My classroom is very slowly coming together. The rooms are alot smaller than what I’m used to in Bryan, so thats a big adjustment for me. The more I think about it, the more I’m leaninig towards a “less is more” mentality. This is partially due to my lack of time to decorate before school starts on Monday and also the fact that they don’t make neat posters for World Geography like they do for World History. I think I will just use posters on a day to day basis to show the kids if they apply to our lesson. I have quite a commute everyday…about 35-45 minutes every morning and afternoon…which sucks…but I’ll get over it. I have to get up about 5:00 every morning and my goal is to be at school by about 6:45 everyday. School starts here at 7:25…talk about NUTS! But getting out at 2:30 will be nice! We’ll see what this year holds…when I started teaching World History I wasn’t thrilled about it and I came to absolutely love it, so hopefully the same will hold true for World Geography.
Back to the house…we are absolutely loving it! We did some painting in the first couple of days and we are really happy with the new colors. The kitchen is green and the dining room and study are kinda an apricot-y (yes…i made that word up) color…its called toffee crunch. We are planning to paint our bedroom and bathroom in the coming months and that will probably be done in a shade of chocolate brown. All of our appliances are in and it has been so nice finally having a washer and dryer. We went a week without one and it was not easy! You know you’re getting old when you get excited about getting a new washer and dryer.
This is pretty much what we’ve been up to for the last few weeks. We went to Dallas last weekend for a wedding (Cortney’s…my friend since we were little kids). It was absolutely beautiful and so was she! After the wedding, we came home and went to the Astros game for Biggio’s jersey retirement ceremony…that was pretty stinkin’ awesome!
Thats all for now…I would put some pictures in here…but I can’t figure out how…we got a new version of our blogger thingy and I don’t have the patience to sit here and work on it…sorry.
Its been a long week, but I am happy to report that my hubby is completely 100% finished with his Master’s degree! He finished classes and exams this morning and will walk in graduation in August. I’m so proud of him for working so hard and finishing so quickly. He gets to celebrate finishing school at the Astros/Red Sox game tonight with my cousin, Jeff and I am going to hang out with Alison & Ben. We’ll celebrate for real after graduation in August.
Things are still going well with the house. The major problems that the inspector found have been completed and a few really minor things we are going to complete with an allowance from the sellers.
Thats it for now…its about time to leave for our evening of fun. Have a good weekend!