Tuesday, December 30, 2008
2. Watching Cajun grow up. It’s actually been pretty amazing to watch him go from an 8 lbs little puppy to a 90 lbs HUGE dog that can knock me over when he tries to give me a hug. I love him to death and I don’t know what we would do without him (probably have some landscaping in the back yard) :-)
3. Celebrating weddings, birthdays, child births and holidays with family and friends. We have some the best family and friends and it has been awesome to celebrate life events with everyone this year. We’re so thankful to have such close-knit families.
4. Tennessee. Tommy and I had an amazing time together touring the state and just spending some one on one time with each other. It’s definitely a trip I will never forget.
5. LSU National Championship game (1/7/08). I know that seems like such a long time ago but it actually was in 2008 and I love it!!! Geaux Tigers! We had a great time celebrating in New Orleans with hundreds of thousands of Tiger fans.
6. Crystal Beach. Another vacation that I will probably never forget. It was a great relaxing time with lots of friends that hopefully we can make a tradition. Although, since Ike destroyed Crystal Beach we will have to find a different location.
7. Cruise. Yet another vacation (wow we traveled a lot this year). It was fun to experience Tommy’s first cruise and certainly fun to experience repelling for the first time.
8. Job stability, house, car. I am so thankful that we have not been greatly affected by the economic turndown. I’m grateful to still have my job and still be able to pay our mortgage and both have good vehicles to get us to and from work. Everyday it seems like the economy just gets worse and worse so we are so appreciative to still have everything we’ve ever wanted!
I hope your 2008 was great and that 2009 only brings even more happiness!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Here’s the recipe for EASY oreo truffles in case any of you are interested:
1 pkg Oreo cookies, finely crushed
1 pkg cream cheese, softened
Semi-Sweet chocolate chips (Or Andes mint chocolate chips)
Mix 3 cups of cookie crumbs and the cream cheese until well blended. Shape into 1-inch balls
Freeze for a few minutes to harden
Dip in melted chocolate chips and place on waxed paper. Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs or Christmas sprinkles.
Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
You can do a lot of different twist with this recipe. You can use white chocolate or mint chocolate in place of the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Or even try using the mint oreo cookies.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The next morning we drove to Adventures Unlimited for our white water rafting adventure. We didn’t realize we signed up for such an adventure. I almost died twice! Once we were dressed in our wet suits and had the rafts loaded on the trailers we began our “adventure” to the beginning of the river. We rode in 1967 van that was ready to break down any minute. A motorcyclist cut in front of us on the curvy mountain roads. Then he slams on his brakes and antagonizes the driver of our van to try to hit him (which was very possible considering the old brakes on the van). A few seconds later the motorcyclist pulls out a gun and starts to wave it around in the holster. I pretty scared at that point. Our driver, however, was waving his hands around yelling, “Come on cowboy. Show me what you got!” It’s hilarious now but at the time I was hiding behind the seat in front of me praying that we would make it to the river. We eventually lost the motorcyclist and made it to the river. White water rafting was a blast. It was very cold but very fun. The colors on the mountains were beautiful (check out the slideshow for pictures). The photographer for the rafting company was already off for the season we did not get any pictures while rafting but we have plenty others. After rafting we headed back to Chattanooga and got ready to eat dinner at a Murder Mystery Theatre. We went to “An Italian Redneck Wedding” show at the Vaudeville Café Murder Mystery Theatre. I highly recommend this if you are ever in the Chattanooga area. We laughed the entire time, the food was great, and best of all…it’s BYOB! We downed 2 bottles of wine and had a great time.
The next day we walked to the riverwalk and watch a few regatta races (1-6 person canoe races) on the river. Then we toured the Chattanooga Choo-Choo and visited a model train museum which was pretty cool.
We packed up and headed to Rock City which was very touristy and not impressive. We then headed to Gatlinburg and found a hotel for one night. The next morning our main objective was to find a cabin in the mountains. We found a very inexpensive cabin in the mountains with a hot tub on the deck! Exactly what I wanted!! Next, we traveled into the Great Smokey Mountains and hiked to Rainbow Falls which was brutal. It was over 5 miles (round trip) up hill to the waterfall. My legs were on fire. We cooked dinner at our cabin that night and listened to the election results (which made for a pretty bad night).
The next morning we had breakfast in a campground next to a stream and then headed up the mountain to Clingman’s Dome, the highest point the Smokey Mountains. We saw a few patches of snow and even stood on the TN/NC state line. After Clingman’s Dome we went to Laurel Falls which was very pretty and a very easy hike. We decided to give our legs a rest after Laurel Falls and drove through Cade’s Cove. Cade’s Cove was very pretty and we saw horses, deer, and even a coyote. After Cade’s Cove we walked through downtown Gatlinburg which is just a whole bunch of shops and tourist traps. We had dinner at then headed back to the cabin.
The next morning we made our way to Nashville. The first few stops were at outlet malls. We found a huge outlet mall in Sevierville, just outside of Pigeon Forge. This place was HUGE, the largest I have ever seen. We didn’t buy much but I was just impressed by the size of the mall. Once in Nashville, we found a place to stay and then headed to Broadway street. We had a few beer, talked politics, listened to karaoke, and had a really great time. The next day we visited the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Opryland Hotel, and drove by the Opry Mills Mall. The country music hall of fame had a special exhibit on the Hank Williams family which was pretty interesting.
After Nashville we drove to Memphis to visit St. Jude’s Research Hospital and eat some delicious ribs. By this point I was exhausted and ready to head home. So we went straight to St. Jude’s to drop off our donations and then drove to Beale St for some ribs at Blue’s City Café. The ribs were great! We then headed HOME! It was a long drive. I think we left Memphis around 6:00 and didn’t get home until after midnight. Tommy did well and didn’t fall asleep at all. I, however, couldn’t keep my eyes open after 7:00. But it was nice to finally be home.
Check out the pictures in the slideshow of everything you just read about!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Priest and pregnant nun
The whole crew. We had a saints player and referee, Fred & Wilma Flinstone, a french maid, little red riding hood and the big bad wolf, Al & Peggy Bundy, Monica & Bill, the preist and the nun, and I'm not sure what the girl in the blue dress was. (And snow white was there but she must have been taking the picture)
Have a great day!
Monday, October 27, 2008
That quote pretty much sums it all up. Tommy has been an amazing husband and I couldn't imagine not having him in my life. This past year has been incredible. From the wedding and honeymoon to the vacations and cook-offs, we have had a great time standing next to each other and experiencing life hand-in-hand. I love this man with all of my heart. He is everything I ever dreamed of as a little girl and more. He has made so many of my dreams come true. To my wonderful husband – I love you more than words can describe!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
That was, hands down, the happiest day of my life. But we'll talk more about that later when I do an anniversary post. I'm actually sitting at a car dealership right now getting Tommy's anniversary gift installed onto his truck. He's getting a remote start. And since the traditional gift for first anniversaries is paper, I'm also making him a scrapbook of our first year together. (Thank goodness he doesn't read this blog. He would know everything.) I'm pretty excited about the scrapbook. It's turning out really nice. I'll have to post a few pics. Well I need to go check on the truck to see if it's complete. Have a great weekend!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
And here is a picture at 9 weeks old
3.5 months old.
and 6 months old
He is now 14 months old and you can just imagine how big he is now. He can definately knock me over. Gosh I hope my children don't grow up this fast. I keep saying that I can't wait until he's 2 years old and out of the chewing puppy stage but then I will miss his puppy stage. He's not much of a puppy now since he's so big but he still acts like a puppy. I hope everyone has a happy hump day!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
P.S. We survived Gustav with only minor damage (our fan on our front patio looks like a pretzel and we have 2 huge trees down in our back yard. But our house and family is safe!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
And did I mention how excited I am about going on a cruise in only 4 days! Woo hoo. I can't wait. We're going to have a blast. I should have a HUGE post full of pictures when we return next Saturday.
Friday, August 8, 2008
We had a blast the entire weekend. We went Kemah, TX the first night and the went to Schlitterbahn on Friday. We went out on The Stand in Galveston on Friday night. The ferry ride was horrible. It took atleast 1 hour just to get onto the ferry every time we rode it. We relaxed on the beach all day Saturday and Saturday night we went for a walk on the beach. Before we even made it out of the yard MJ fell down 7 steps and busted up his foot (atleast it wasn't Tommy getting hurt this time)! As we were walking on the beach we saw some fireworks going off. Apparently it is legal to pop fireworks on the beach. We it just so happen that this time the fireworks caught a yard on fire and almost caught a beach house on fire. It was pretty bad but luckily the local volunteer fire department made it on time and was able to save the house. The pier and fence caught on fire though.
We had a blast with everyone and now we're getting excited for our cruise in a few weeks.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
We'll Wednesday afternoon he was laying in bed shaking because he was so cold, so I checked his temperature and it was 103.7!! So I freaked out and rushed him to the ER. 2 hours later his temperature was down to 101.5 and all the doctor at the ER could tell us was that he could run a urine sample and take a chest X-ray but that Tommy should just take tylenol. So Tommy got fed up and decided to leave the hospital. So here we are at home just taking tylenol and not knowing whats wrong. The doctor just called and said the blood work just came back and everything looked normal. So we have no clue why his body temperature is so high. I hope he gets better soon. Keep him in your prayers.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
My uncle Matt and cousin Chris had a secret agent mission on the Saturday night. They did a mass massacre of wasp that were nested above the back door. Uncle Matt has this bug zapper that looks like a miniature tennis racket so they were swinging at wasp for a few hours. It was hiliarous, especially when Chris got stung on his stomach because he wouldn't leave the wasp alone. I took a bunch of pictures that i need to download to my computer so I can post them.
We're having a surprise 60th birthday party of Tommy's dad this Sunday. It should be alot of fun. Tommy and a few other fireman are cooking jambalaya, I did a slideshow of a bunch of pictures of Tommy's dad, and Tommy's mom is decorating the hall. She said there should be about 70 people coming.
And next weekend we're going to Crystal Beach. We're going to Schlitterbahn in Galveston one day which I am very excited about. I love rollercoasters and water slides so that should be blast. We have 13 people coming and we're staying in a house that only sleeps 11 -- should be interesting. I'll definately take alot of pictures that weekend. Vacations, vacations...I love the summer time!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
So hopefully I can continue with the aerobics. I hope to go at least 3 times a week.