Monthly Archives: December 2010

Recapping the Cruise


Well, you all already know mine and Chad’s favorite part of the cruise – ENGAGEMENT! However, some other stuff did go down during those 4 magical days on the Carnival Elation – so in case you care, here are the highlights:

Wednesday, December 8 – The Day Before We Leave: Chad’s birthday! Except he had to work late :( Originally, he was going to get off at 6…then 7…then 8…and finally he showed up at 8:40. While waiting, I managed to get my nails done (that came in handy!), buy some new makeup, pace back and forth in his apartment (the ring was in the SAME ROOM and I had no idea!) and take out my frustration via Twitter. We had a romantic dinner of sandwiches in the car as we drove to Jackson, MS, to spend the night. All was well until we got to Pine Bluff, AR, where we encoungetered the thickest, scariest fog ever. I put my big girl pants on and forged ahead, keeping the end goal in mind, but inside I was terrified – it was like a horror movie! Speaking of horror movies, at one point while driving I suddenly came up on some bright lights RIGHT IN MY FACE. I screamed HOLY CRAP! and my heart was RACING. What was it, you ask? A cross covered in Christmas lights. Yeah, I know. Embarrassing.

Thursday, December 9 – Day 1: Hooray! The day is finally here! We had an icky hotel breakfast and quickly got back on the road. Across the street from the hotel was a Dunkin’ Donuts (too bad we hadn’t seen it at 2 a.m. when we arrived or we could have skipped the icky hotel breakfast!), and you bet your bottom dollar I hit that up! We made the 3-hour trek down to Mobile, AL, and boarded our home for the next 4 days – the Carnival Elation. We ate and explored our way around the ship before finally making it to the casino after dinner. A few hours later, we were up $300 and called it quits – SUCCESS!

Friday, December 10 – Day 2: We started the day laying out by the pool and in the hot tub, enjoyed some trivia and a show, headed to dinner, GOT ENGAGED, and then hit up a comedy show. Obviously the best part of this was when we got engaged – which you can read more about in my last post. (Have tissues handy!)

Saturday, December 11 – Day 3: Our first day as an engaged couple! We spent it on a gorgeous Mexican beach, on the secluded southern tip of Cozumel. It was perfect – 80 degrees, sunny, two beach chairs, an umbrella, adult beverages, the best fajitas ever, magazines and FIANCES! Seriously, I could not have imagined a more perfect day in my life.

Sunday, December 12 – Day 4: This day…not so good. From perfection the day before, this day brought 65 MPH winds, 10 foot waves and a ship that rocked back and forth violently ALL DAY. Of course, it made me nauseus all day, so I didn’t get out of bed. Chad and I watched football and every ship event was cancelled :(

Monday, December 13 – We’re home: We got back into Mobile, got off the ship and got on the phone – calling every person we’d ever met in our lives :) Chad drove the 8 hours back home while I told our engagement story over and over again – and he didn’t complain once :) We even rocked out to the wedding playlists he’d made – grouped by ceremony, dinner and reception. This is why I love him!

All in all, it was the most amazing vacation of my life, with the love of my life!

The Proposal!


First of all, THANK YOU to all of my wonderful friends and family who have congratulated us and sent their well wishes upon our engagement! We are SO excited and SO blessed in SO many ways!!!

I know I’ve told a lot of you already, but here’s the proposal story :) And if you read this and hear me telling it again (and again, and again), just go with it :) It’s a good story!

It was the second night of the cruise – the night of formal dinner on the ship. Chad and I got all dressed up in our best outfits and headed to the first of Carnival’s onboard dance shows. During the show, I sat as I always do – with my hand on Chad’s leg. Little did I know that it was a mere inches away from the box that held my gorgeous engagement ring! After the show, we met up with some of the ship friends we’d made and Chad suggested they take pictures of us in the big atrium. I shot him down, saying we needed to go pick up our fancy bottle of expensive wine I won at a museum benefit a while back and then head straight to dinner. At dinner, I once again sat on Chad’s left – the side of the ring box pocket – which made him nervous. We made it through dinner (and the bottle of wine) and Chad suggested we leave with the other couple from our table. I shot him down, saying I wanted to relax and finish my wine. Finally, I said I was ready to go and that I wanted to take a picture by the Christmas tree in the front of the dining room – Chad eagerly agreed :)

I handed the camera to the hostess (who, unbeknownst to me, was an accomplice to Chad’s plan) and was about to turn around for the picture. Behind me, I hear Chad say, “Are you ready for this?” and as I turn to say “Well yeah, it’s just a picture,” there he was, down on one knee! I said “Oh. My. God.” and immediately began crying as he said “I knew from the moment I met you that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?” I immediately said YES! and he stood up to give me a big hug and put the ring on my finger :) I said yes again – just to make sure he heard me :) The whole time, the hostess was taking pictures of us, so we have THE most perfect pictures from the engagement that are absolutely priceless to me.

The ring is an emerald cut diamond set on a white gold band of smaller diamonds – and it’s better than anything I’ve ever dreamed of. Later I found out Chad has had it for MONTHS – clearly he is more patient than I am :) All in all, it was the perfect engagement, the perfect ring, and the perfect man – I could not be happier!

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Whoo hoo!!! Today is Chad’s 27th birthday – the fourth birthday I’ve had the pleasure of sharing with him. It seems like just yesterday we met, and here we are all these years later, still going strong.

This year, we’re going all out for a combined birthday-Christmas-birthday present – we’re going on a cruise to Mexico. Since Chad’s birthday is December 8, Christmas is December 25 and my birthday is February 7, we decided on one big “experience” gift, rather than actual physical presents. (Except I’ve already bought him like 5 Christmas presents – clearly I suck at this.)

So tonight, we’ll have a romantic dinner of Subway sandwiches in the car on the way to Jackson, Mississippi, before we wake up bright and early to drive to Mobile, Alabama, and board the Carnival Elation. I’m, well, ELATED!

So in honor of the Weatherman’s 27th birthday, here are a few things I love about him (in random order):

  1. No matter how many times I ask you to explain how tornadoes work, you do so with a smile on your face (and a bit of sarcasm in your voice).
  2. Not only do you know that I’m crazy and OCD, but you actually LIKE THAT about me. You are a brave, brave soul.
  3. Watching you play with the Little Guy is quite possibly the most attractive thing I’ve ever seen. Just gives me something to look forward to – WAY down the road :)
  4. You have a heart for the Lord and truly aim to serve others. You have grown so much in your relationship with Jesus since I met  you, and your thirst for more has never been quenched. I look forward to growing closer to you as we grow closer to Him.
  5. You are very rarely – if ever – late. And when I am late, you don’t hate me fore it. You are a saint.
  6. You  love me just as much when I’m dressed to the nines in a brand new cocktail dress as when I’m wearing sweatpants and no makeup (which is 98% of the time).
  7. You are my own personal IT guy. Sure, I only know how to use Microsoft Office, the Internet and iTunes, so it’s not that hard to impress me. But you take it a step further and download songs for me because you think – no, you know – that I will like them :)

I love you so much!!! Happy birthday!!!

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A HUGE congratulations goes out to my little sister, Kourtney, for getting into the University of Houston!!! She’s going to study business, and she’s going to be awesome at it :)

Kourtney, or The Kid, as I like to call her, has a love/hate relationship with school and has since the age of 5. She LOVES when school is out of session and HATES when it is in session. When she was 5 and learning to read in kindergarten, she asked our mom how much longer she had to go to school and if it was okay to quit. Considering this was 2 months in, Judy’s answers were “a lot longer” and “no.”

But since then, The Kid has come a long way. She has a kid of her own – the little guy – and has successfully completed her high school diploma and associate’s degree. Now, she’s venturing off to the big time – a bachelor’s degree. Sure, she still hates to read (I’m not entirely sure she’s ever read a book cover-to-cover), but at least she now sees the value of education and how important it is to give the little guy the best life possible – and that’s what makes her my hero :)

So congrats little sis – I am SO proud of you!!! I can’t wait until football season rolls around, and I can teach you how to tailgate like a REAL college student. Trust me – those U of H kids have NOTHING on the Longhorns :) Go Coogs!

And Then There Were Two…


Yes, TWO days til the cruise! I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am :) However, there are still about 9 million things I need to do between now and 6 p.m. tomorrow, so there’s always the last minute stress that comes with that. Am I alone here?

Does anyone else wait until the last minute to do things, or is that just me? Sure, I planned out and packed all of my cute outfits last night, but you can’t be 100% packed because of the necessities that require waiting until the last minute. Plus I have to make sure that Chad has everything he needs too – heaven forbit we forget an essential, like a passport, bathing suit, etc. And then there’s work, which is actually really busy right now! SIGH.

Woo-sah. Two days. Just two more days.



Christmas has come early you guys – Greg Davis is no longer UT’s offensive coordinator! This warms my soul more than the blazing hot fire that engulfed the CDC on last night’s season finale of The Walking Dead (side note: if you’re not watching that show, START.)


After what was quite possibly the most abysmal, embarrassing season in the history of Texas football, Greg Davis “voluntarily” resigned as offensive coordinator. Riiiight. Articles say he’s trying to find another OC gig – hope there’s a school out there that only believes in bubble screens, as that’s all he’s capable of calling.

No word yet on who will replace Greg Davis, but really – could it be much worse? Meanwhile, I’ll keep my cell phone handy – I’m expecting an employment offer from Mack Brown any moment now. We all know I would make a great offensive coordinator for Texas. I meet all the criteria: an undying love for football, Texas, Austin and UT; a strong working knowledge of the game; and the ability to call more than one type of play (especially on 3rd and long)! I’m a shoe-in!

Who do you think Texas should choose as it’s new offensive coordinator?

Big XII Championship


So, tomorrow is the Big XII Championship. However, I find it difficult to call it a “Championship” since Texas isn’t playing. No, Texas did not play like Champions – or Muschampions, as I like to say – this year, but I’m biased and love them more than that *other* team that tends to represent the Big XII South when my team does not.

The Weatherman, however, is super excited that the *other* Big XII South team is playing in the Championship. Normally, he would make me watch (and try to get me to cheer for) the *other* BTS team, but this year he has to work (the game is Saturday at 8 on ABC and the news starts at 9 on FOX), so I’m off the hook. Poor guy, I know he’s upset. At least he’ll get to watch the beginning and very end.

So, if I do watch (and I probably will), who will I cheer for? Normally I’d say I’d cheer for the BTS, but it’s just SO HARD when it’s that *other* team. (Remember when I took the Weatherman to the Big XII Championship the first year we dated? VY had just forsaken us for the NFL, Colt McCoy hadn’t yet grown into his Big Boy Pants, and we got 2nd in the BTS? He made me wear a shirt AND cheer for the other team. It hurt my soul, but I did it. Clearly it was love.) ANYWAY. Who to cheer for?

Big, Fat Failure?


Yesterday, I was a big, fat failure. It was  my first day of working out with a personal trainer – my wedding gift to Chad – and I threw up. Not a lot, just a little. And not because the work was too hard, but because I hadn’t eaten since noon, and even then it was just soup. Kenny (my trainer) said that I definitely need to eat a snack around 4:30 if I’m coming to a training session at 6. Lesson learned.

However, the most upsetting part was that after I threw up, I started crying. I felt like a failure (literally, a big, fat failure), and that was really hard for me. I don’t like to fail, but I know that in my weakness I find His strength. So, I took my blubbering, sweaty self home, showered, and then busted out the Good Book. Here are some of my favorite verses about God’s strength, our weakness and our dependence on Him:

Exodus 15:2
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 28:8
The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

Psalm 31:24
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!

Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Isaiah 40:28-31
 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

2 Timothy 4:17
But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it

1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.