Sunday, February 28, 2010

{Saturday Swoon}

Saturday was a great day! We LOVE lazy Saturdays - but when we say lazy Saturdays, we don't mean laying around. We mean running errands and doing fun stuff that we enjoy doing! That's what yesterday was like. The morning started out with Casey at an early breakfast meeting for work while I slept in. When he returned around 9:30 I was still asleep so he did some homework. This is great for him though because he likes to get his work done before playing. AND he likes to get his work done while I'm not home or while I'm asleep so I don't distract him too much. =) This is good for me though because I like to sleep. =)

So, anyway, after I got up we ran some errands!

We went to my mom's house to pick up some of my old ski stuff, then we went to the cleaners to drop off some of my pants and Casey's sleeping bag. At youth camp some boys thought it would be funny to prank Casey by putting gross food in his sleeping bag. Yuck! We would've just thrown the sleeping bag away, but it's a pretty nice one. 

Next we went to Target and took back a pitcher that I bought a while back that leaks. I got $27 back on a gift card so we did a little clothes shopping for me. I LOVE Target clothes! 

Next we went to Sport's Authority and Casey got some new ski pants for our trip over spring break! He was excited about those. 

Then we went to Chipotle for lunch. Yum! 

Lastly we went to the Rockwall library. It is brand new and SO nice. Wow. We had never been in a library that nice. They have a 24 hour drive thru, online checkout and renewal, etc. We got a library card and off we were to the audio book section. 

I have made it one of my "lifetime goals" to read/listen to the classics. I spend so much time in the car each day (approximately 45 minutes) and listening to books is a great way to fill that time. I listened to the entire Bible in the car last year and it was great. On this trip to the library I rented Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and a Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. 

If you've read the Twilight Saga then you know that each book is loosely based off of another book. Twilight was based on Pride and Prejudice, New Moon on Romeo and Juliet,  Eclipse on Wuthering Heights, and Breaking Dawn on A Midsummer Night's Dream. So, obviously, being a big Twilight fan, I want to listen to/read all of those books. I've already read Romeo and Juliet in high school, but I plan to again.  

After we got home it was time to get ready to go out with Charlie and Ginni! They came over at 6 and we went to the Bishop Arts District in Dallas. SO FUN! Charlie and Ginni had been there a couple of times before, but we were newbies. It really is such a cute and fun place to go. We ate at Tillman's Roadhouse. A VERY neat ambiance and very good food, too! I loved everything we got - from the appetizers to the entree to the dessert! Yummmmy!

After dinner we walked around to the different boutique-y type shops and stores. Ginni & I even played Jenga in a soda shop! :) We also took some fun pictures and tried on vintage clothes. 

Here are some pictures from our eventful night out!
We liked this fun green door!
Can you see us under the sign? =)
Looks like we had a lot of fun, right?=)

Today was such great worship. I just loooooved the music at c|Life today. It's funny because last night we talked about our talents with the Rickerson's and then when I heard this song this morning I thought it directly applied to our conversation. For part of the time while we were singing I just stood there and listened. The words are so good if you apply them and really mean them.

Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord, to thee. 

Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise. 
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of thy love. 
Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for thee. 

Take my voice and let me sing always, only for my king. 
Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from thee. 
Take my silver and my gold not a might would I withhold. 
Take my intellect and use every power as you choose. 

Here am I, all of me. 
Take my life, it's all for thee. 

Take my will and make it Thine it shall be no longer mine. 
Take my heart it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne. 
Take my love, my Lord I pour at your feet its treasure store 
Take myself and I will be ever, only all for thee, 
Take myself and I will be ever, only all for thee. 

Here am I, All of me. 
Take my life, It's all for thee. 

If you're interested, this song is from Chris Tomlin's CD Hello Love. I got this CD last year for my birthday, but didn't really pay attention to the lyrics until today. 

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Valentine's Day

I have the BEST Valentine. I don't mean to brag, but there are very few husbands who do a better job on the 14th of February than mine. My goodness.

It still surprises me each year because our first Valentine's Day back in 2005 was quite a big deal. We had only been dating 3 months, and he went all out. His parents said, "You messed up now. You'll never be able to out do yourself." Haha. He did go a great job then - made me a fantastic dinner with dessert by candlelight, had flowers delivered to my house, gave me presents, and took me to see Grease on Broadway. That is pretty awesome. 

Second dating Valentine's Day - sent me two dozen pink, white, and red roses in a very cool vintage box. I received them at my apartment at A&M. 

Third dating Valentine's Day - he had a single rose placed on my door step in College Station by Matt Cain since he was in Dallas. Matt rang the doorbell, and when I opened the door no one was there but a single rose laying on the ground. I was on the phone with Casey when this happened and he said, "Happy Valentine's Day." This was 2 weeks before he proposed, so he went with a simple touch, and I soon got the full romantic get up! Very special.

First married Valentine's Day - he again had flowers delivered, gave me presents, and we had a fancy dinner. 

Second married Valentine's Day - made me breakfast in bed served with a dozen roses on my tray, gave me presents, and another nice dinner.

Third married Valentine's Day was this year.

I woke up to some noise in the kitchen and I was pretty sure he actually left the house while I was still in bed (I was right). He brought me breakfast in bed, this time without the roses, so as not to repeat last year.=)
After breakfast I was told there was another small surprise. He took me outside where he sheepishly showed me a sweet message in the snow. I love it because I love when he is cheezy (it's so hard for him, haha).
After that we did different things... Casey worked on some homework and I watched some TV. Later we had plans to go to dinner at a "surprise location." I got ready to go and we were about to leave when Casey said, "Hey come look at the snowman. It's melting." I thought this was a little odd because I was running a little late, but I looked out the front door. On the porch there was a gift bag and a dozen red roses in a vase with some greenery and mini pink carnations. I was delighted! Flowers afterall! Haha. I took them both to the kitchen table and opened my present to find a dress from Target that I had seen a month or so ago. I love it!! It's super cute! Ps. These pictures are pre-mascara (I had planned on doing it in the car=).
Then we left and Casey took several "trick turns" to the Oar House. He had me thinking that we were going to Dallas for dinner, but it was really in Rockwall! I was excited because I didn't want to get stuck in Valentine's Day Dallas traffic. Dinner was yummy and we were sat by none other than Paul & Jill McDill! That part was funny! We enjoyed talking them to a little though!
After dinner we drove across the parking lot to the movies to see When in Rome. That movie wasn't too great so the next day Casey took me to see Valentine's Day after church! That movie was better.

It was a GREAT Valentine's Day - mainly because I have such a spectacular husband for a Valentine. He isn't like a lot of guys who complain and grumble about V-day. He uses it as an opportunity to show me some love!=)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Love Me Some Snow Days

Friday was a snow day which meant sleeping in, watching movies, "snowman looking" (a lot like going to look at Christmas lights), and sitting by the fire! It was a great day! We slept in, watched THREE movies from Blockbuster, and literally drove around town looking at snowmen! It was fun stuff! I took pictures of some of my favorites and almost all of these are on OUR street! I don't know if I told everyone this, but at Christmastime there were only 2 houses on our street that didn't have lights! It was a lot like this for the snowmen! Probably due to lots of young families with small children on our street.

Lucy begged to go outside in the snow often on these few white days.
On to the snowmen!
I darkened the color on this one so you could see the detail - our neighbor is quite the snow sculptor! This Indian woman even has pets! At least I think it's an Indian woman...Haha.
And here is what we enjoyed all day on Friday! I love a good fire! Ours is gas, but still burns real wood, and I love it because it can get really hot! I also love the smell of the seasoned wood and the sound of it popping in the fireplace! Having a fire is probably my #1 favorite thing about winter!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Texas looks great in white, doesn't it?

This is what I woke up to on Thursday morning when I opened the garage door and I was shocked! I did NOT think there would be any snow and I was not prepared! I took a quick picture on my way out the door to school.
By the time I got to school it was apparent we would have ourselves a good ole snowball fight at recess! These next 2 pictures were taken on my teammates phone and emailed to me so they look a little different. Here are the kiddos at recess. If you look in the far right-hand corner, you'll see me trying to get away from all of the snowballs that had been thrown at me when I first entered the "fight."
Here I am running away again! Ha ha!
I took this picture from my classroom window.
This was when I got home from work that day.
Lucy absolutely LOVED the snow! She was hilarious in it!
You can see tons of snow falling in this picture!
Check out this funny video of Lucy in the snow! She loved it and acted like a little bunny rabbit hopping around! Very funny in person - don't know if the video will capture her true love for the snow=)
Attempting to make a snow angel, but I was wayyy too cold in jeans!
Casey & I having fun in the snow!
I brought Ella out in the snow to see how she'd like it...she didn't really.
Ella & I
Our house looks pretty in white!=)
The tree looks pretty, too!
Casey & our pitiful snowman with a strawberry nose!
It was a great day and I will post another post later about my snow day on Friday!
Hope you're all having a fantastic week!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Casey's 27!

Last Saturday was Casey's 27th birthday! My, he is getting old! Now that we're "gettin' on up there" it makes me glad that he is a little over 3 years older than me! When he turns 30, I can say that I'm still just 26!=) That will be fun! Haha!

On the day of his birthday we went to my mom's house for lunch! She made us steak and baked-potatoes and then cake for dessert! Steak & cake! Yummy!
 He was super excited about his gift from me! I got him the black, denali, fleece NorthFace jacket! He's been wanting it for a while and I think I actually surprised him! Here he is showing it off!
Then that night we went to dinner at Randy White's BBQ with his familly! His parents, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew were all there! I forgot to take any pictures of the night unfortunately, but I did snap this one of him in his parents' kitchen!

I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Casey. I love you so very much and I know your family does, too. We are very proud of the man that you are! I know that I am lucky to have such a fantastic, hard-working, funny, loving, and good-lookin' husband!=)