Monthly Archives: April 2011

Texas on my Mind

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GTT – going to TEXAS – this weekend! And not just Texas (though Texas in and of itself is something to celebrate), but AUSTIN!!! Seriously, I can’t even remember the last time I went to Austin, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it was Lindsay’s 25th birthday, and considering she turned 26 this week, that’s pretty embarrassing.

Some of my favorite people in the universe live in Austin, and we’re already making all kinds of fun weekend plans. From a Friday night dinner at my FAVORITE Tex-Mex spot, Matt’s El Rancho, to a Saturday spent enjoying all of the outdoor Austin activities I can handle and watching the 5 hour Pride & Prejudice with my BESTIE and an Easter Sunday of church, brunch and last minute fun, I seriously cannot wait!

Lindsay, Lundy, Peters, Ashley, Ian, Emily, Jenni and others – I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU!!!

The Life of a Weather Wife

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There are certain things you must know about your future life when you go from single lady to married lady. For example, my friend Cheryl is married to a fire fighter. Her husband Ross has a non-traditional work schedule and a rather dangerous (and sometimes thankless) job, but she knew all of that going into the marriage and loves every minute of it. Then there are military wives, who get my vote for the most underappreicated of all spouses (I admit, I come from an extremely “military” family, so I may be biased here). And don’t even get me started on Kate Middleton – she is the envy of the ladies of the world and the future queen of one of the world’s most powerful monarchies – I can’t even imagine what she’s going through right now, but as “glamorous” as it sounds, I’m glad it isn’t me.

That being said, there are several things that are unique to the world of the Weather Wife. For instance, when everyone else is evacuating a city as a hurricane approaches, or while you’re fleeing to your saferoom because of a tornado, my husband is LITERALLY in the middle of it all. We’ve all seen the meteorologists oceanside as the hurricane approaches, reporting live while withstanding 70 MPH winds, rain and hail – and none of us wants to trade places with them. They don’t get to take shelter from the storm, they continue to work as the flood waters rise and the storms rage. In essence, they are a living example of “do as I say, not as I do.”

The life of a Weather Wife is also unique. Sure, it’s sometimes fun and “glamorous” to see your man on TV or have him be recognized by his “fans” in public, but there are downsides too. For example, I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had to cancel or reschedule dinner dates, cooking together, dance classes, etc. because of some crazy weather event. If it’s not the weather itself, sometimes it’s a school visit, having to fix weather equipment, putting the finishing touches on a package, taking photos to make cool 3D graphics or being just plain exhausted from being on-air for 5 straight hours during a SWAD.

I never really thought about the families of the local TV personalities before Chad and I met, but now I always think about them. It can be scary for them – during the scariest storms, they can’t cling to their loved ones, they have to fend for themselves and do what they’re told. They can’t call in and check on them – the entire news station is on high alert and everyone’s running around like crazy, so you can’t talk to them. And they do this without any breaks and usually little to no food (unless they’ve prepared beforehand or it’s safe for me to bring them a party tray from Chick-Fil-A, which I have done!).

So, in the midst of Severe Weather Season – and all year round – show a little love to your local weatherman :) He may not have a badge or a uniform, but he’s doing his best to protect and serve!

Whirlwind Weekend

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I feel like all I ever talk/think/write/blog/tweet/Facebook about lately is the wedding. Is that true? It probably is. Even though I SWORE I wouldn’t turn into one of “those” girls, it sure seems that I have. I’m sorry.

That being said, I’m going to talk more wedding stuff now.

This weekend, Chad and I took a whirlwind trip down to Houston for various wedding activities. We purchased our wedding bands (YAY!), attended a 6-hour marriage workshop required by our church, I went to my bridal shower and I had my dress fitting (IT FIT!). And then toss in the 14 hour round-trip drive that we did, and you can call us two tired people.

I’m really excited about the wedding bands – mine, of course, was ridiculously expensive (sorry babe!), and after MUCH searching and deliberation, Chad chose an awesome one for himself. I really think we entertained the people at Helzberg Diamonds – what can I say, we’re a riot!

The marriage workshop was awesome. Each hour-long session was presented by a different pastor at my home church (Fellowship of the Woodlands) and was very insightful and helpful. We got these booklets to fill out during the session, and they have questions/excercises for us to complete on our own time. I’m really glad we’re taking the time to invest in the success of our marriage before it even starts – and I’m so glad I found a husband who truly believes in the Biblical principles of marriage. Although I will say that in the middle of the workshop I had an epiphany – this is FOR REAL. Everyone here is VERY SERIOUS about marriage. This is not a joke – it’s FOREVER. The enormity of it all finally hit me. Poor Chad, he just said “Um, yeah…that’s what I was looking for. Aren’t you?” Of course, silly :)

On to the bridal shower – which was FABULOUS! My girls Elizabeth and Lindsay, and Elizabeth’s mom, aunt and grandmother, hosted the event of the century, and it went off without a hitch! From awesome decor to delicious food and fun games, it was better than I could have ever imagined!

And then there was THE DRESS. I was concerned that I wouldn’t like it as much this time, or that it wouldn’t fit. I have to be honest – when I first put it on, I didn’t have that same “OH MY GOD THIS IS MY DRESS” feeling, but all of that went right out the window when I put on the veil! That thing really completes the ensemble :) After a few pins to take the dress in and shorten the hem, I was out the door and on the way back to Arkansas.

Congrats, BESTIE!

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As all of you know, I have the best friends in the world (ESPECIALLY those who read my blog!) :) Not only are you great friends, but also beautiful, sassy, intelligent and all around amazing. No lie – I love you.

But today’s blog post goes out to the one and only, Miss Lindsay Lehfeld – the new PR director for Whole Foods!!! That’s right, my BESTIE – the one who taught me to appreciate food and classic English literature – has scored her DREAM JOB (and I’m sure the dream job of most people)!!

I’m so proud of Lindsay and can’t wait to her all of the fun, amazing stories from her new job! Just promise me one thing girl – if you need an assistant, you’ll call me up! :)

Beach Babes!

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We’re back from sunny Florida, and what a GREAT trip it was! Some awesome time with my future in-laws and picture perfect weather. Seriously, not a cloud in the sky and 85 degrees for an entire week – it was HEAVEN!

As some of you know, Chad’s grandpa lives in Bonita Springs, Florida (right between Fort Myers and Naples). We made the trip down and met up with his entire immediate family for the first time in two years – it was worth the wait! Between beach trips, pool parties, hot tubs, shopping, dog tracks and DELICIOUS food, I really can’t say that I would have changed a single thing! Well, unless we could have stayed longer!

I took a million photos, but of course my camera cord is at Chad’s house – so I’ll have to post those later (probably on Facebook). It was sad to say goodbye to everyone, but we were excited about the fact that the next time we’ll all be together is for the WEDDING!!! YAY!!!

So, what has been YOUR favorite family vacation?