{The Father of mercies and God of all comfort}

Sunday, July 31, 2011

South Padre Vacation

     To celebrate our one year anniversary Ryan and I wen to South Padre Island. We planned to do all things tourist (and we did) and really enjoyed it. We rented a very nice condo ( that I took no pictures of sadly) that was half a block from the beach.

We went on a dolphin watch/eco tour. We saw like three dolphins (lame) and they drug a net and pulled up some native marine life. Pretty cool.
We went snorkeling. It was at 5 'o clock apparently not the ideal time to snorkel. The water was a little murky and the sun shining through made it harder to see. There was a lot of seaweed, but we did see two types of fish and used our fun underwater camera.
We went on a bay fishing trip. Which was a bust. Ryan caught four hardhead catfish that are apparently not good to eat, so the boat captain made everyone throw back those cathes. And I caught nothing. So we came home empty handed, but had a good time on the boat.
We hung out on the beach, of course, and built a sandcastle per our beach vacation tradition.

Anniversary dinner:
We were going to eat our catch from the bay fishing trip, but since we came home empty haded we bought some red snapper from the store and cooked that instead. It was mighty tasty if I do say so myself (I did cook it).

Commemeration: To commemerate our trip we wanted to take a similiar picture to one we took on our first vacation as a married couple to Cozumel. We took a landmark picture with the man who founded the island Padre Jose Nicholas. Ryan suggested we take pictures of all the "1's" we see on the island as well. This will be done for all of our anniversaries. I have to compile and edit these.

Anniversary gift: The trip was pretty much our gift to ourselves in celebration, but since the one year anniversary gift is supposed to be paper we decided to do a picture. I found a picture on pinterest that I wanted to recreate.
from Pinterest.com

Our picture
Wonderful trip.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Developments of the Job Fronts

There have been some exciting developments on the job front.

     Ryan got a job offer from his old boss about a month ago. There was some back and forth per his current boss about releasing him to go to this new job. Ryan works for Baker Hughes, but he is paid by a temporary agency (it's a union thing). So, in order for him to go to the new job, which has better pay and hours, his current boss has to "release" him. Pretty much just say he is free to go. Ryan could quit the job if he wanted and go to the new place, but that would look bad. All of this run around to say, his current boss released him and he starts his new job on August 3. Very exciting. I don't know exactly what he'll be doing; something in the warehouse office and some CAD stuff. There is so much opportunity where he is going and the hours will make it possible for him to go back to school soon. He will have a good schedule, 40 hours, with lots of overtime possibilities and they are going to pay $1.50 more than we were told originally! Amazing. The pay is now $4.00 more than what he was making on top of a full time schedule = moving! If you have no degree you that dollars/hour mean everything. This is very good news. Praise the Lord.

     My co-teacher is for sure leaving my classroom. I am getting a young girl to come work with me. She just graduated college with an education degree and she's a newlywed. I'm excited to work with her. I think we will collaborate nicely. I like that she's younger than me, because I will feel like I'm in charge. I'm a small person and anyone older might have thought I lack the knowledge and experience to be the lead teacher. As I've said before, I have mixed feelings about losing my co-teacher. I am sad and excited about the change. I'm nervous that I'll suck-it-up, but confident in my training and knowledge. My director also had a proposition for me. They are restructuring our departments and they want me to be the leader of the infant/toddler department. So flattering! I get a monthly stipend and will be over 9 other teachers (that's a lot!). I'm looking forward to the new structures for collaboration. I prayerfully considered the offer and couldn't find a reason to say no, so I am the new team leader for the infant/toddler department.

     In the meantime, we will be on the prowl for an apartment ready to sign a lease for September or even August!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

First Wedding Anniversary

     One year and three days ago I married my high school sweetheart. I love Ryan for everything he is: a man of God, smart, funny, quirky, nerdy, affectionate, compassionate, loving, and faithful (to name a few). He is amazing and I thank the Lord we were put together. He makes me laugh, smile, admire, and he puts me at ease. Things are difficult without him.

     There have been lots of bumps in our first year of marriage. Things that totally suck: living arrangements, money, jobs, sickness. But we've struggled through these things and have managed to keep our faith in the Lord and stand firm in God's grace. I envy people at times and know very well I shouldn't. I want my life to be a certain way. I see my friends buying houses, having babies and being quite successful in thier jobs and lives. But I know God has greater plans for us and I have to remember that.

     We are exactly where God wants us a year after he joined us as one.

The wedding (big picture reveal never before seen footage :)
One year later

Friday, July 22, 2011

Three Days

Three days left until our one year anniversary! We will be in South Padre soaking up some serious sun.

No rain, no nutrients = no growth

     So remember our great garden we planted with lots of veggies? Well it's not so great anymore. It's officially lacking any vegetables. We have no produce. Oh wait, we did get some carrots,
Go ahead and laugh.
     We decided that the clay in crosby is lack in nutrients and the plants grew nice and huge, but they produced no fruit because there are not enough nutrients to support that kind of growth. For real, our zucchini got as big as I am, well they grew up to my knees, but never showed me any zucchini. They bloomed their flowers and not fruit. Very sad. All we were able to produce were these freakishly tiny carrots that have been growing for 2 and a half months. The plants stopped growing at a certain height, all of the plants, so we knew something was wrong. We couldn't even grow any potatoes! Which is pretty much the easiest thing to grow. Honestly. My sunflowers never even grew.
     We do still have the lemon tree. I think the lemons might be getting bigger, but they aren't turning yellow yet. I'm going to look up some information about the tree. It's a drawf Meyer lemon tree. So, I threw the carrots into the bushes around the trees in the front yard, so hopefully something will eat them or the ground will absorb them.

Those giant bush things are Tallowwood trees that are growing from roots of the same tree that Ryan cut down several months ago. Apparently they grow no matter the conditions. What a resourceful nusiance.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bend and...oh snap

     I've been using my sewing machine quite a bit mainly to take in shirts that are too wide for me, and sew some details on my plain work shirts, and patch up Ryan's busted knees. I was sewing up some of Ryan's khaki shorts that he managed to rip holes in both knees. I got close to one of the cargo pockets and the machine wigged on me. Now it's done this before, sort of. The thread got tangled and the motor locked up. Easy fix: pull out tangled thread and remove fabric. Well my machine is digital, so there's a button to take the needle up. Well I pressed the button and it made this crazy sound. I stare at the mess wondering what I'm going to do. I forget that I have the wheel on the side of the machine to lift the needle. Hah. It's like you're car breaking down and not being able to call for help, because we don't have cell phones. What did we do before them?
     Ryan comes over because he doesn't want me to break it and I tell him the issue. He takes the presser foot off and wiggles the material free and the needle is bent.

Wow, go team! It was easy enough to replace the needle, so I deemed his shorts done. I think they'll hold okay with a tiny open spot. I can sew it up by hand, but didn't want to tonight. It's not pretty work, but it's practical.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Big 1

Our anniversary is on Sunday! Woah, can't believe it's been a year. It's gone by fast and it's been a year of ups and downs and crazy loops, but I love Ryan and he loves me. It's been good.
Ryan's sisters sent us this sweet card in the mail today. How lovely.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

2 More Days 'till Vacation

Oh I can't wait. It will be a short getaway not so far from home, but it will be a peaceful time for sure. Ryan insisted that we bring Coco on vacation and he insisted that we get him a doggie lifejacket to swim in the pool. Like I would say no! Hah. So, we bought Coco a lifejacket for his birthday which we deemed July 7. I think it's very close to his real birthday, I know it's in July.
He does not like the thing yet, but hopefully he'll let us put him in the pool without a frenzy. We will definitely capture it on film.
Here he is giving me the stink eye.

The internet said the lifejacket was yellow and I'm glad it came in neon green, green is Coco's color.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

David Crowder's Last Stand

     Ryan and I love the David Crowder Band. All of their music pretty much rocks our socks (weird for me to say, but that's as close as I can get in words). They are overflowing with talent, intelligence, and creativity in their music. The lyrics are captivating and the musicality like nothing you've ever heard. They have recently decided this is their last tour, which I guess means they will no longer be making any albums. I'm not sure about that, but it only makes sense right? Might I just say SUPER BUMMER! It will be a very sad day in music history when they are done touring. I'll just have to make do with the music we have, every album btw.

     Faith and Family night was last night at Minute Maid. The Astros played a second of three games against the Pirates, we won! Holla. I won tickets to the game, here. I was beyond stoked that we were able to go. However, no one wanted to go watch the 'Stros lose, so we only got our friend Cameron to go with us. So the fourth ticket was wasted. Boo on you people who said you were busy, you missed out. The game was very good and we won by two points, we'll see how the 'Stros do today. We headed down to the first level for the concert, but our seats for the game were on the top level, oof, really bad, but we had fun watching the tiny baseball players run around.
Gotta have my cotton candy
The 7 Tour

with a hint of talent.
Hands up people, "we're gonna sing like we're saved"!
Intense talent and worship.

So thankful for those free tickets. They're making one more album, I. Can't. Wait.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Harry Potter part 2

Saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 last night, July 15 2011. AMAZING. It started off with serious action and that's how it ended. Superb. And now it's all over. I think I'll get Ryan to go see it with me again on Sunday :) hehe.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Winner winner chicken dinner...

Saturday the Astros are playing the Pirates here in Houston and it's faith and family night at Minute Maid. So.....KSBJ was giving away tickets to the game on Saturday and after the game David Crowder Band is playing! Holla. The dj announced it was time to call in on my way home from work today and I thought to myself, surely I"ll never win, but I tried anyway! I call back like eightteen times because I kept getting a busy signal and it finally starts ringing! What?! It's ringing and ringing and it keeps on ringing. I though I'd just let it ring until it hung up when...the dj asked who was calling. Say wha!. It was so exciting. I couldn't believe I won.
I had planned on telling Ryan we should go on Saturday, but now we don't have to pay. Awesome. We love *DCB and I love baseball games. We get four tickets so we're bringing my mom and little brother.

* Go 'Stros *

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

To Dance and dance and dance.....

Oh how I love to dance and watch it. Ryan and I are watching "So You Think You Can Dance" this summer (as well as the new show "Franklin & Bash"). Caitlynn and Mitchell are my absolute fave. Caitlynn is fearless and has amazing extensions!! Last week's dance for them: breathtaking. Words can't even describe, just watch.........

Sew cute

If I do say so myself.

I made this camera case for my new camera Ryan got me for my birthday. I used some pants I never wore to make the sleeve and a shirt to make the flowers. They are more yellow in real life. I put velcro on the opening at the top to keep it closed. I am growing a relationship with my sewing machine and it's quite nice. Now if only I could get my hands on some fabric to create something for real.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon

Ryan and I saw Transformers 3 in 3-D!! It was hands down AMAZING! We really loved it. I could watch it every day. I think it may have bumped "The Proposal" out of my number one movie spot. It was that good.

The Movie Tavern.

Awesome date night!!

Birthday Gifts

Here are pictures of the gifts I received for my birthday...Some fun stuff!

Owl necklace from my parents from Paris:

Pretty pink silk blouse from Paris from my parents:

Pretty pink scarf from Paris from the parents, dad picked it out :)

Kodak PlaySport Waterproof camera from Ryan:

Earrings from Etsy from the sister-in-laws:
"Life As We Know It" Blu-Ray from the in-laws:

Shoes from my parents not from Paris:

"The Patriot" from my parents (I think my mom got it for me because Heath Ledger is in it):

I love my family.