Monthly Archives: August 2012

Happy First Day of Kindergarten, Payton!!!


Today is the Monkey Child’s first day of kindergarten. Naturally, he is cool as a cucumber and totally excited, whereas I am distraught and might need a Valium. I called him this morning as he was getting ready for school and asked if he was excited. His response? “YES! I have my blue shirt and my blue shoes and my hair in a mohawk!” Classic. He also asked if we could FaceTime tonight to talk about his first day, and so that he could see me and Uncle Chad. **melts** Of course, buddy!

I’m happy to report that neither mommy nor Payton cried when being dropped off at school today. Naturally. He’s a big boy! And he’s so friendly/social that I know he’ll have no problems making lots of friends. I can’t wait for him to start learning how to read and write (more than he already does)!

In honor of the little guy, here’s a slideshow of some of my favorite photos over the years :)

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Mommy Weekend!


Mom came to visit this weekend and we filled every minute with fun. Since she and I are so close (in both age and relationship), we like to do a lot of the same things and are generally full of mischief when we get together. Particularly when it comes to shopping :)

We started the weekend with a little pampering – mani/pedis :) I got my first ever shellac manicure, and I must say – it’s pretty awesome! Mom got a regular manicure and managed to mess it up within moments of leaving the salon. She’s learned her lesson. We met Chad for dinner and then headed home for some football and relaxation.

View from the top of Hot Springs Mountain!

Saturday was a day of shopping and hiking. We spent all morning at Hobby Lobby, Kirkland’s and Old Navy, looking for some home decor stuff  (she’s going to start building a new house in February) and a few comfy t-shirts for mom. I mana

ged to sneak an iron pumpkin with gold glitter on it for our house, as well as some vintage/sepia signs that say Paris, Rome, London and New York City with their famous landmarks into her basket :) I also attempted to come home with the sweetest Australian shepherd/cattle dog mix in the whole world, but Chad wouldn’t let me since we don’t have a yard :( :( :( After a change of clothes, mom and I headed to Hot Springs to hike Hot Springs Mountain (I use that term loosely – it was about 2,300 feet) for some hiking. After inadvertently taking the most difficult and steep trail up the mountain, we headed back down and home to cook a delish dinner and watch the Texans. Football runs in our blood!



Sunday was for church and more outdoor adventures – this time, we stayed in Little Rock and went along the Arkansas River Trail. It was crazy humid and hot, so after trekking to the middle of the Big Dam Bridge, we turned back home. We went out for dinner (Mexican, naturally) and then headed to see The Campaign (Will Farrell and Zach Galifinakis), which is quite possibly the most inappropriate movie I’ve ever seen. Funny, but seriously inappropriate (we had no idea going in).

Then we woke up before dawn this morning to head to the airport. Sad face! But Chad and I are making the trip to Houston in October, so it’s all good :) It was a fun time with mom this weekend – too bad it’s already over!!

What Happens in Vegas…Goes on the Blog :)


Wow, I can’t believe it’s been almost an entire month since my last blog! Things have been busy at work and with The Weatherman’s “situation” (more on that here, or ask me directly), but we did manage to squeeze in a 5-day vacation to Las Vegas with Chad’s family! Needless to say, few things were certain: it would be hot, we would have fun, and we’d come back with hilarious stories. I’d say mission: accomplished in all three areas!

We flew out Monday morning and had layovers in Dallas and the Motherland. (It was very sad and tempting to not be able to disembark the plane in Austin, let me tell you.) But finally, we made our way to Las Vegas – and the adventure really began!

I asked our cab driver to get us to the hotel quickly, as people were waiting on us there. THIS WAS A MISTAKE. He drove 110 MPH on twisty roads on airport property and on the highways, wove in and out of traffic, crossed 7 lanes of interstate to make our exit (only after seeing the “1/4 mile till your exit” sign) and blew through the light at the intersection of Flamingo and Las Vegas Boulevard (6 lanes). And when I say he blew through the light, I mean it was red, I counted to 6 and then we entered the intersection. I seriously feared for our lives! I will never ask a cab driver to get us somewhere ASAP ever. again.

Within a few hours, everyone had arrived at the hotel (the Tuscany Suites, a block off the Strip) and we settled in for an AMAZING Italian dinner. Because I know you read this blog for the food (ahem, Lindsay), I can tell you that I had the world’s greatest and LARGEST bowl of homemade pesto fettuccini EVER. It seriously could have fed 3 people. And the warm, freshly-baked bread with herbs and olive oil was my weakness, as usual.

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Most of our days were filled with wandering the Strip, sightseeing and swimming, and our nights were filled with gambling, eating and all around merriment. Sounds terrible, no? A highlight of mine was riding the roller coaster at New York, New York – that thing rocked! I love roller coasters :) One night, we all decided to play blackjack together – Titanic style. And by that, I mean we all went down together! We kept giving one another chips so that we could continue to play, and we ended up keeping ourselves alive for well over an hour. I was laughing so hard I was crying, and it was definitely a night I’ll never forget!

On our last full day in Vegas we spent the entire day at the Monte Carlo pool/lazy river/wave pool/sand volleyball courts. For free. And meeting a very wealthy couple who graciously paid for about $500 worth of drinks between the 9 of us. Yeah, that day was awesome.

On our last night in Vegas, we headed to Mon Ami Gabi, an awesome restaurant in the Paris Hotel. I had the steak and frites with bernaise sauce, and I can tell you that this was a GREAT decision. Chad and I then split the molten flourless chocolate cake and headed to the casino for one last round of fun. In fact, it was the only night I ended up being the big winner! Always go out on a high note, that’s what I say.

The next morning, Chad’s mom and I cried when we said goodbye (what?! I love that woman!) and we headed (much more slowly) to the airport. We had a super fancy Southwest plane back to Houston, and then were delayed 2.5 hours because of weather in Baltimore – but it ended up being fine, as it gave us plenty of time for dinner and Olympics/football watching. All in all, a great trip!