Monday, November 30, 2009

Turkey Day and Tech Game


In my humble opinion, my Mom and I did a darn good job on the Thanksgiving feast. We had a schedule written out on when each item needed to be prepared and what time it needed to be cooked in order for all dishes to be served hot out of the oven. Trey's contribution was carving Tom the turkey. He did a good job, learned something and I really think he had fun. This was his serious turkey carving face.

Friday night, I went to Plano and spent the night with Kerm and Whit to get ready for the Texas Tech vs. Baylor game. It was great to see both of them! We played an intense game of phase 10. Whitney, the rookie, won!!!! Saturday morning we ate bagels and then went to Arlington to the new Jerry World to tailgate and cheer on the Red Raiders! The big screens at Cowboys Stadium are so massive! Small Rant: The only thing they showed on the big screens were the same Baylor cheerleaders over and over with a sprinkling of the Baylor Football team. They must have forgotten that there were 2 teams there and the majority of the fans were Red Raiders.





Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks!

I haven't talked to Mark for a couple of days....and it just occurred to me that today is Thanksgiving in Iraq!!!! I wonder what it is like... This isn't our first Thanksgiving apart and this isn't Mark's first Thanksgiving in Iraq, but there is something about the holidays that makes me miss him even more. I hope that his day is filled with Thanksgiving and that he is able to bless those around him with his spirit!!!! And...hopefully he is able to eat a halfway decent Thanksgiving meal.

This year for Thanksgiving, we are hosting here at my parents house. Thanksgiving traditions have changed over the years and this is the first "planned" time for my Mom to do the heavy lifting. Last year, there was a power outage at Nannies and they had to move Thanksgiving at the last minute...and if you remember from last years post...Mark and I hosted a get together at our house in Dupont. We are going to do the majority of the prep-work today to help with stress levels in the morning, but I am confident we will pull it off without a hitch.

As I am writing this post, I can't help but think about all of the things I have to be thankful for. I am thankful to be married to an amazing, self-less, loving, devoted man whom I just spent the most amazing 2 weeks with. I am thankful for my family that has so graciously let me come live with them temporarily...it has been a true blessing! I am thankful for friends...even the ones that I don't see or talk to that often. I am thankful for all of the soldiers who are fighting for us away from their families, while we enjoy the holiday from the comfort of our own home. I am thankful that I am healthy and happy! I am thankful for the US Army for providing a paycheck twice a month. I am thankful for my little dog...she always puts a smile on my face. I am thankful that I serve such a loving God, who has blessed me richly beyond what I deserve!!!!



Friday, November 20, 2009

The best 2 weeks of this year!


I don't really know how to best sum up the past two weeks. This could potentially be a really long post, because there were just so many wonderful things. The picture above is taken shortly after he got off the plane. Can you see the pure joy on my face? I'm not sure that feeling ever left over the past 15 days. I love him more than I even remembered....is that possible? Actually, I fall more in love with him every day...even when he is half way around the world.

Our first few days together were pretty low key. We stuck around the metroplex...spent time with family...and got to see a few friends. I cherish the everyday moments so much! I got to iron a few of his shirts, pack his bag, make him a glass of water and just do things that most people take for granted as every day happenings. We took a short staycation at the Gaylord in Grapevine. On Friday night, we were able to meet up with Kerm and T-Cole at a wine bar in Grapevine called Tastings. Delicious food and great wine! I highly recommend it if you live near DFW.

On Monday, we took off for Washington DC. There are so many pictures from DC, but I only posted a few on here, but maybe I will add more over the next week or so. Upon arrival on Monday, we hopped on the Old Town Trolley to cruise around the city for a quick overview and to see all the memorials. The Lincoln Memorial was our favorite, because it was so life like and huge!!! Tuesday was museum day. We had a strict schedule to adhere to...there just isn't enough time in a day to see all there is to see of museums in DC. Before hitting up the museums we went to the top of the Washington Monument. We were able to see the American History, Natural History, Air & Space and the National Archives. All of which were amazing. It was cool to see so much of how our nation began and I am not even a history buff. Wednesday was Veterans Day so we thought it would be appropriate to go to Arlington National Cemetery...and what do you know?!!! President Obama was there speaking and we were no more than 30 yards away from him. While we were there...in the 40 degree rain...we watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown. That was moving! That afternoon, we rode the Metro down to Old Town Alexandria for some seafood and then Starbucks. I must go back to that place to shop! So many cute places, but since it was so cold and rainy and I was soaked from sitting outside for 3 hours...we decided to call it a day. Thursday was our last day and we spent almost the entire day at the Holocaust Museum. This was by far my favorite museum!!! Sadly...we only had 4 days to enjoy this fantastic city and we will go back!!! We missed out on the Spy Museum and the Newseum, but we can see that next time. :)
This past weekend, after we got home from DC, we took a road trip down to San Antonio to run our first half-marathon together. This race was supposed to be run with KK, but at the last minute she decided to stay in Ft. Worth to cheer on her Alma Mater, TCU. I can't blame her...who knows the next time they will be doing as great as they are. So...it was just Mark and I. He was such a trooper! He ran every step with me and he probably could have finished at least an hour early than we did. We ran the whole way and finished and that was my goal. I can now check that box...although...I just might be signing up for more races in the future. This is a before picture.
Since the race last weekend we have been back in DFW hanging out. On Tuesday, we celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary. Thank you big Army for somehow allowing that to work out. We had a really special night out! We ate at Texas de Brazil. (The place we ate on our engagement night.) After dinner we spent the rest of the night reminiscing on how far our relationship has come from our first date...and then spent the night at the Worthington...just like our wedding night. Downtown Ft. Worth holds a lot of special memories for us and we always love to go back...especially for special dates!

Today was the bitter in the bittersweet! :( I never like the leaving part, but it is necessary to get this little deployment done. Next time we see each other we get to stay together for a long time...hopefully! He has only been gone 9 hours and my heart already longs for him and I miss him soooo much. Even Daisy girl misses her daddy. Only 8 months left....We can do it!!!!








Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Not enough exclamation points!!!!!

I don't think I can type the amount of exclamation points to show my excitement for tomorrow!!!!!!!!! Yes....you read right! Tomorrow is the day to be reunited with my husband!!!!!!! I know that it is only for 14 days, but it is going to be AWESOME!!!!!!!! So, don't be expecting any posts for the next 2 weeks....my laptop and I are taking a break! :) My life is wonderful.....I am so blessed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!