Luke’s baby shower was last weekend and it was FANTASTIC! Everything was beautiful, the food was yummy and it was great to see so many of our friends and family all gathered together to celebrate our baby boy. The shower was hosted by my mom, sister and good friend Nikki (decorator/planer extraordinaire!) and I couldn’t have envisioned anything better – like me, it was simple, fun and easygoing but with a touch of sass :)
One thing is for sure – Luke is LOVED! So many people can’t wait to meet him and were kind enough to shower us with love, prayers and gifts. I can say without a doubt that this little boy’s furniture, clothes and belongings are nicer than most of mine! But the nurses in baby class told us that it’s impossible to spoil a baby, so no worries there :)
Just about every one of his “required” items have been taken care of – crib/dresser, stroller/car seat, pack n play, swing, mattress, bottles, etc. thanks to our amazing friends and family. Last night I wrote approximately 10 million thank you notes and was overcome with gratitude all over again! Our boy is so loved and I cannot wait to introduce him to everyone in 6-ish weeks!
Y’all…Garth Brooks is hands down the best performer I’ve ever seen. From first note to last, he was energetic, engaging and entertaining, giving the audience everything we wanted. Perhaps there is something magical about being born on February 7…I’m just saying.
On Saturday, six of my favorite siblings (me and Kourt, Haley and Ashley, and Blake and Andee) took the Toyota Center by storm to see Garth Brooks perform in Houston for the first time in 17 years. I’ve long counted having not seen Garth perform live as a regret in life (granted, I was only 12 the last time he was in town), so as soon as the concert announcement was made I KNEW I was going, no matter what. Luckily, the concert was at Toyota Center and my CEO has VIP ticket access to all TC events, thanks to his longtime status as a Houston Rockets season ticket holder (thanks again, Phil!) – I emailed him weeks before tickets went on sale, begging him to send me his VIP access code. Of course, he did – and we scored 10th row center seats! It was FANTASTIC.
I knew the show was going to be amazing when Garth opened with “I have been in your position and have come to hear one of my old favorite acts perform. I know you want to hear the old stuff. Sure, I have a new album coming out – but we’re not going to play any of that. We’re going to play the good stuff! The stuff you love!” GOOD MAN, GARTH. GOOD MAN.
If there is a Garth Brooks song you can name off the top of your head, he played it – and every single audience member sang along to every word of every verse. Yes, even the bonus verses found only when Garth sings live! I correctly predicted the first and last Garth songs to be played (HOLLA!) and enjoyed every second of his 2 hour and 15 minute performance. I was exhausted just watching him run around – and laughed at his fat/old guy jokes (made as his own expense) :)
So it’s been almost
a year two years (math is hard) since the last time the ol’ blog was updated and nothing of any significance has happened. OH WAIT…we got another dog, went on our dream European vacation, started trying to have a baby, found out that my infertility issues meant we’d require IVF treatments, went on some fab vacations, miraculously got pregnant, AND SO MUCH MORE!
I realize it’s impossible to catch up on a year’s worth of life in just a few bullets (because really, who wants to read more than that?), but here’s a best effort…or at least an effort. Note: I will save The Infertility Saga for another time.
- Summer 2013 – We went to Michigan to surprise Chad’s stepdad, Brent, for his 50th birthday party! We also went to Florida for the first annual Family Feud Fantasy Football Draft!
- Fall 2013 – We got Abby! Yes, we added a second corgi to our family and she’s obsessed with Chad. It works out nicely because Cooper is obsessed with me and now we each have our own furball :) Abby is now 8.5 and Cooper is just over 2; both weigh about 34 pounds :)
- December 2013 – CHAD TURNED 30! I lied and told him we were going to Mexico, but we actually went to pick up his family and best friend at the airport for a long weekend of fun :) Although I know Chad was slightly disappointed in not going to Mexico, I know he was truly surprised and thrilled his family was in town. I also threw him a surprise party that weekend, so it was kind of a big deal (he has his work cut out for him when I turn 30 in 2016!)
- February 2014 – I turned 28 and decided it was time to think about starting a family!
- June 2014 – WE WENT ON OUR DREAM VACATION TO EUROPE! Two weeks in Rome, Paris and Barcelona. Hands down, our favorite spot was Paris. It was the most beautiful, romantic and tasty city EVER (and of course, the most expensive). We agree that if we ever win the lottery or come into a large sum of money, we’d have a house in Paris :)
- October 2014 – We went to Chicago with Chad’s best friend Joe and his girlfriend Ali – IT WAS AWESOME. We did all of the big touristy things in 36 hours – Hancock Building, Sears Tower, museums, deep dish pizza, visited the bar from The League, Second City, architecture cruise, amazing food…it was a whirlwind!
- December 2014 – Haley and Mike got married and we celebrated with a ton of folks I hadn’t seen in forever!
- January 9-10, 2015 – I went on a work trip to Santa Fe, NM and didn’t feel well.
- January 11, 2015 – WE FOUND OUT WE’RE PREGNANT!!! Go ahead and tell God something can’t be done – he’ll LOL at you.
- March 2015 – We went to Michigan to visit Chad’s family and had a great time! Yoga, games and all of the usual fun (minus the booze, for me).
- April 27, 2015 – I felt the baby move (for sure) for the first time!
- May 7, 2015 – Chad felt the baby move for the first time!
- May 8, 2015 – OUR GENDER REVEAL IS TOMORROW, Y’ALL!!
- May 9, 2015 – My first Mother’s Day :)
There are approximately 11 million photos I could post from the above adventures, but I know which one you really want :)
Baby G at 20 weeks!
Our lives have been whirlwinds since moving into the house and getting Cooper. Here are some highlights of the fun!
- All the boxes are unpacked and all the decorations are up! Though there are still plenty of blank walls and empty cabinets to fill – it will happen over time!
- Cooper went to the vet for his second round of shots! He’s now 8.2 pounds and is definitely the vet and vet techs’ favorite pet.
- We bought a giant flat screen. No really, GIANT. It’s almost as big as I am.
- The Red Wings are in the playoffs for the 22nd straight year! And we went to Dallas to see the last game of the regular season. It was AWESOME! We had great seats and got to see all three goals happen right in front of us – including a shorthanded breakaway goal! (Apparently this is very rare!)
- We started a small group Bible study and are LOVING it! The people are great and we’re really enjoying growing together, spiritually.
- I went to Birmingham, AL for work – they have some delish food there! And Maroon 5 stayed at our hotel! Mmmm…Adam Levine!
- Chad is still kicking butt at his new teaching job. In fact, he got the highest remarks possible on his assessments and principal reviews!
- I’m working like a madwoman in advance of the Offshore Technology Conference. Hence the bullets that were written in 2 minutes.
That’s right! We finally closed on our house last Thursday!!! WHOO HOO!!!
This is a major milestone in our lives – we’re first time homebuyers, which is something that won’t happen again! Our house is 2,626 square feet and is in Spring, Texas – right between The Woodlands Mall and Vintage Park (an upscale shopping center). Clearly this was a strategic decision on my part :)
The house has four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms – the master is downstairs with all others upstairs. The smallest bedroom is being used as Chad’s office/man cave :) We have a formal dining room and an eat-in kitchen, in addition to a GIANT living room and upstairs sitting area/loft. Needless to say, there is no shortage of space for the two of us!
You can view pictures of our house here, and I promise to post some updated photos (that include some decoration and furniture!) soon!
So far, everything has been GREAT. The house is in near perfect condition (minus the garbage disposal and shower door!) – and those small issues are being addressed this week. It’s great to just come home and it be YOURS. Even if your voice echoes off the walls/high ceilings, due to a lack of things to fill the room and an abundance of ceramic tile :) And as someone who has never been able to park in the garage before, that part is really exciting! It makes me legit.
We can’t wait to have people over and hope to have a housewarming party soon! You’re all invited! Lord knows we have room for you :)
This weekend, Chad and I went to Austin for the Circuit of the American Grand Am race. We had no idea what that meant before we left, but now we have a wealth of knowledge, thanks to our VIP experience!
One of my vendors invited us to go, along with another coworker and her boyfriend. We picked up our VIP passes and headed over to the track…which was HUGE! Neither of us had ever been to any kind of race, so we really didn’t know what to expect. We were treated like royalty all day, from the VIP suite to golf carts driving us wherever we wanted. We got free access to the 25 story infield tower, where we got a great view of the entire track. It even had a glass floor, like the Williams Tower in Chicago – scary, but awesome! We hung out with the driver my vendor sponsored, got to go in the pit area and see all the cars, got autographs from all the drivers and generally got to experience things we never thought we’d do.
But one of the best parts was getting to meet Reba McEntire! She was in the same VIP suite as us, and is really nice and down to earth. Not very chatty, but really nice when approached for a picture :) (Her son was racing in the race before our guy was.) After all we could eat and drink, it was time for our race to start. Luckily, we were hosted by our driver’s (Dion von Moltke) parents! They were INCREDIBLY nice and were so patient when we asked about a million racing questions. We went in knowing nothing, but now we know a lot! Well, relatively speaking :) We didn’t think we’d stay long, but we ended up staying for the entire race!
I took a million photos (well, 63) and posted them on Facebook. I also took a video of when they said “Gentlemen, start…your…engines!” which was incredibly loud and is also on Facebook…and below :)
After the race, we went back to Lindsay and Luke’s house (they graciously hosted us for the weekend!) and then headed to dinner. We went to Gusto in Austin and it was DELISH! Seriously – you should go. Get the Bolognese or the chicken with mashed potatoes and spinach. We didn’t have anything we didn’t like! And then this morning we went to North by Northwest for brunch and mimosas – never a bad decision! Then it was time to hit the road back to Houston, so that the Teacherman could grade papers and I could do adult things like grocery shop and get my car washed :) But it was a FAB weekend with some FAB people!!
That’s right – our family has grown…by about 17,000! Today, we joined (well, I re-joined) Woodlands Church. And we are SO excited about it! We really feel right at home here and love Pastor Kerry Shook – we love a pastor/church that is committed to and unapologetic about the Truth of the Word – and that’s exactly Pastor Kerry. The church is so warm and inviting, with so many opportunities to serve – we’re excited to get plugged in!
The only sad part is that two of our good friends, Jennifer and Aaron, moved from Houston to Austin recently, so they are no longer at the church! Jennifer was the volunteer coordinator for Small World (the little babies – crawlers) and did such an amazing job there. I’ve signed up to help out in Small World because someone has to help fill her shoes! Though she’s so awesome, it’ll take at least 5 people to do that :)
We’ve also volunteered to host a small group in our home, beginning the week after Easter! We’ll be all moved in by then and can’t wait to start teaching and sharing the Word in our home. We hope that our house will be one where God is glorified and exalted every day! And we can’t wait to meet new couples through Bible study. In fact, one of the women’s ministry and one of the men’s ministry leaders we met today were SO excited to introduce us to a young, newly married couple! Yay for new friends!
We talked to the missions pastor about going to China, since we really have a heart for that nation. While Woodlands Church isn’t yet in the stage where they can take teams to China, they’re developing relationships and partners and hope to begin sending teams in 4-5 years. We hope to be on those teams! So we’ll be praying about missions in China and will also be listening for God to lead us to other parts of the world in the meantime.
If any of our friends are looking for a church or are in town visiting, we’d love to take you to Woodlands Church!