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Memorial Day Weekend: A Recap


I always find it strange that we say “Happy Memorial Day,” when in reality something like “Somber Memorial Day” would be more appropriate. Before we get to the silly things we did over the weekend, let’s just pause and reflect on the fact that thousands have died defending and protecting this country – the ones we honor and celebrate on this day are not here to boat and BBQ with us.

With that said, Memorial Day weekend 2015 was a good one. Friday, I had a half day of work (very productive) and was able to clean the house the second half of the day (also very productive). We went out on a double date with another couple-friend of ours, Kristen and Jordan. Dinner was yummy and the conversation was the best part of the evening, but the restaurant’s service and atmosphere were a bit off.

On Saturday, we headed to Lake Livingston to meet up with the family for a day on the water. The sprinkles came and went, but we still had a great time on the boat with mom, Chris, Kourt and the monkey children. I have no pictures because phones and boats don’t mix.

Sunday was church, errands and laziness. Monday was baseball, gym and nail appointment. Monday night into Tuesday morning was RAIN RAIN RAIN and half of Houston is underwater. Everything in Spring/Klein is just fine, but the roads into my office are impassible and my building is without water and AC – so it’s a work from home day for me. Chad’s school district cancelled classes as there was some bad flooding off of 290 (where most of his ISD is located), so he’s enjoying a day of relaxing ahead of finals prep. As usual, Cooper was scared of the rain and got to spend 2-5 a.m. in bed with mom and dad.

Complimentary or Creepy?


An Arkansas blogger posted about Chad leaving FOX. No big deal, right?

Just wait until you read the comments…


AMAZING. I’m not sure if I should be afraid or flattered, but I’m DEFINITELY laughing!!

It’s for the best that we’re now 450 miles from Little Rock and in a town of more than 4 million people – she (or he!) probably won’t be able to find us! LOLOL

You know, I thought the crazy fans would stop when he left the TV business…but it looks like now I’ll have to watch out for the moms!!

A Bittersweet Goodbye


Well, I guess the cat’s out of the bag. Just a few minutes ago, Chad posted his official goodbye from FOX 16 on his Facebook page.

This has been a decision we’ve been talking about and praying about for many, many months now, and we feel God is calling us back to Houston. Chad has a heart for children and teaching, and has decided to take his passion for math and science directly into junior high classrooms, where he will teach the next generation of weathercasters, engineers, and more. I’m so incredibly proud of him.

As many of you know, FOX 16 was sold to Mission Broadcasting/Nexstar Television recently. The deal was announced in July, obtained FCC approval in early December and will close on January 3. For many employees, this will mean a layoff. For many more, uncertainty looms. We took this as an opportunity to reevaluate things and make the best choice possible for our family – and that was a career change and a move back to Houston. The life of a television employee (and their spouse) is not easy. They work late nights, weekends and holidays. There is no such thing as a “routine.” And when it comes down to it, stability and creating a great place for our future children to live is far more important than the bright lights of the TV cameras. We want our kids to have daddy home for soccer games, Christmas morning and dinner – and this change affords us the opportunity.

It’s a very bittersweet goodbye for us both – Little Rock has taken us in and given us some of the greatest friends and church family people could ask for. It was the first city we lived in together, the place we got engaged, the site of our first place together and so much more. We will miss you guys very much, but at the same time are excited for our future.

As for me, I’m keeping my job and will be working from home in Houston – yay! Chad is currently looking for a teaching job in Houston, and we know God will provide for him. We’ll be living with my best friend’s parents in the interim, but hope not to impose on them for long!

Thank you for your prayers and well wishes as we embark on the next phase of our journey together! They mean so, so much to us. It’s been so hard not to post anything about this difficult and emotional decision over the past 10 months, so today feels like a huge weight lifted off our shoulders. It’s with mixed emotions that we’ll finish packing, load up the U-Haul and head to Texas over the next couple of days, but we know that God will bring us through everything, provide for our every need and hold us near to him when our hearts are troubled!


Christmas 2012 – Snowpocalypse!


First of all, Merry (belated) Christmas to everyone!!! Chad had Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off for the first time in FIVE YEARS this year, and I was so thankful to be able to spend this most precious holiday with him. We got to go to the candlelight Christmas Eve service together, sleep in, open our gifts and then spend the day enjoying our new toys…until the snow came.

As the Weatherman, Chad knew (and therefore I knew) about the snowpocalypse that was going to hit us on Christmas night. Others did not heed our warnings – in fact, we should have heeded them more ourselves! Alas, we did not.

It began sleeting early in the day and right around dinner time the big flakes began to fall. After just a few hours, several inches had accumulated and we could hear tree limbs snapping and crashing to the ground regularly. Around 9 p.m., we ventured outside to frolic and play the eskimo way – Chad did manly things while I built a snowman with some neighbor kids and took pictures :) A few minutes later, transformers lit up the sky with bright flashes of light – and then we were surrounded by complete darkness.

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At the same time, a car tried to make it up the hill near our apartment building. Chad, being the helpful Michigander that he is, ran up to help the poor fella (who did not understand the concept of letting the car rock back and forth for momentum and then PUNCHING IT to get up the hill). They eventually decided to coast down to the bottom of the hill and start anew – and then a huge tree limb fell in front of the car. The driver then made his girlfriend and their 2 year old daughter get out of the car (out of fear that a limb would fall on the car and injure them) and I invited them into our dark, but still warm house. The ladies chatted it up while the boys put the car somewhere safe for the evening. How’s that for southern hospitality?

When it was all said and done, we had 10.3 inches of snow. TEN POINT THREE INCHES!!!

The power going out around bedtime isn’t that big of a deal. But when you wake up and it’s freezing and you have no food (and the food you DO have requires cooking), it’s a far worse situation. We scavenged for what we could, and then I cried because I felt overwhelmed by all the things I need to get done in the next few days, the fact that I was hungry, and the fact that I was cold and it was only going to get colder. I even called around to some pizza a



nd Chinese delivery places to see if they’d bring me food – they said our road was too dangerous because of the hill. And Chad had to leave me to go to work (he had to walk half a mile to a place where a big news truck could pick him up – THAT IS HOW SNOWED IN WE WERE!) So I did what any normal person would do – I took a nap and prayed that when I woke up, this would all be a terrible nightmare! Well, it almost worked – I woke up and the fan was lightly spinning – the power had blinked on! But it only lasted about 30 seconds :( So I headed to my car to read my book in the warmth and charge up my phone. About an hour and a half into that – BOOM! I saw the neighbor’s porch light was on! (I couldn’t see ours because the tree that used to be near our door now covers our walkway and you have to crouch really low to get to our door.) Sure enough, I got in our house and immediat

ely blasted the heat and turned on the lights – HOORAY FOR POWER!!! And then I texted the universe to let them know my perils had ended.

In the immortal roads of Brick Tamland – I LOVE LAMP!!!

October is HERE!


October is my FAVORITE month – and it’s finally here!! WHOO HOO!!!

Why do I love October? There are SO MANY reasons!

1. The weather! It’s fall and fall ROCKS. I LOVE scarves and boots, and October is perfect for those things!

2. Football season! It’s in full swing, and the best game of the year happens the second Saturday in October – Texas/OU weekend!

3. Pumpkin EVERYTHING. Lattes, scones, raviolis, pies…pumpkin ROCKS and is the official food of October – at least to me :)

4. Orange! There is a lot of orange everywhere these days, which warms my Longhorn heart to the core :)

5. Baseball playoffs! This is my beloved Chipper Jones’ last season, and if the Braves could make a run for it, I would be one very happy fan.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!


That’s right, it’s FOOTBALL SEASON!! Couple that with my favorite ACTUAL season (fall) and all things pumpkin, and you’ve got yourself one happy girl. I love this time of year because of the abundance of orange (leaves, pumpkins, Longhorn attire), delicious recipes (I made pumpkin cheesecake trifles the other day – YUM) and of course, FOOTBALL. I don’t discriminate between college and professional football – it is all glorious in my book! And with both the Texans and the Longhorns currently undefeated, I can say that this season is starting off nicely.

What else is great? On Wednesday, The Weatherman said the low will be 48 when I wake up. FORTY-EIGHT!! I’m PUMPED to bust out the jeans, boots and scarf for a fall fashion fest! Everyone knows I LOVE scarves (just look at the inordinate number I own, given where I live), and boots are the best thing since sliced bread, I’m pretty sure. Bless you, Wednesday – and get here soon!

My Husband = The Best. LITERALLY!


Today, Fox 16 was named the most accurate forecast in all of Little Rock by WeatheRate, the nation’s only independent weather forecast research firm. Do you know what that means? Chad and his coworker Jeff are the best weathermen in Central Arkansas! Holla!

YAY Chad! He also loves lamps.

I’ve always said Chad was the best, but now this PROVES it! I’m so proud of him :)

If you love the Weatherman, drop him a line on his Facebook page to tell him so – I’m sure he’d appreciate the kind words!

Happy Leap Day!


It’s February 29, that special day that comes around once every four years. Except really, it’s nothing special – it’s just like any other day – but hey, I’m always down for a reason to “celebrate.”

Yesterday I thought Leap Day was going to postpone our paychecks by a day – so I was not a fan. But today I discovered that we had, in fact, been paid – Leap Day, you’re back in my good graces!

Admittedly, we’re not doing anything special tonight. I’ll rush home after work, scarf down some dinner and then head to church like I do every Wednesday night. I’ll get home around 7:30 and curl up on the couch with The Hubs to chat about our day and watch Modern Family. Sounds like a pretty good Leap Day to me.

And if you’re one of the few people who read the above paragraph and said to yourself “But The Weatherman isn’t off on Wednesdays, he’s off Thursdays and Fridays??” first of all, wow. You’re good. Second of all – there will be severe weather/tornadoes in Arkansas on Friday, so he’s going to have to go to work then :( Which is sad, but it means our steak, baked potato and asparagus dinner is getting bumped up to Thursday, when he’ll be home all day and have plenty of time to marinate/grill over the coals :) HEY! I just realized that’s tomorrow! YAY!!! I love me a good steak.

Clearly I am very, very random.

Where Have You Been??


Some of my beloved friends and blog readers have asked me “Where have you been?” lately, prompted by my lack of recent blog updates. I know, I know – I’ve failed you in your quest to stalk me to the highest level. I apologize.

But I’ve had good reason to be AWOL. You see, I went to Houston the weekend of January 13-16. During that time, I had two birthdays (Aunt Darla and Payton – who is now FIVE!!), Kourtney’s baby shower (baby Liliana should be here any day!) and a wedding (YAY for Christine and Nate!!) to attend. Clearly sleep was not on the agenda that weekend. I worked from mommy’s house all day Monday and then boarded the plane back to Little Rock. Both legs were delayed. Joy!

I returned to the office on Tuesday and had exactly two work days to get my stuff in order before hopping on a sunrise flight to Michigan to see my family-in-love for 5 days. After a brief stop in Chicago, we touched down in Michigan where the wind chill was a balmy -11. Y’all know how I feel about cold. Luckily, I had stocked up on winter weather clothing at the Houston Prime Outlets. It was a whirlwind of fun, including game playing until 2 a.m., delicious cooking, zumba, yoga, sledding, football watching and the Garneau family Christmas. Five days went by in the blink of an eye and then we were back on a plane to Little Rock, by way of Chicago. How none of the flights to/from cold weather climates were delayed yet the flights from Houston to Dallas and Dallas to Little Rock were, I will never understand.

Upon my return to The Rock, work has been out of control, Junior League class projects are in FULL SWING (I was elected co-chair!), Make-A-Wish wish grantings are being planned and Wednesday night Bible study has started back up again. Hence, the lack of posting.

And now you know where I’ve been!

Things Snow has Taught Me


I get it. It doesn’t snow often enough in the south to warrant any of us having snow tires, plow trucks or adequate knowledge of what do to when snow begins to fall. But here’s the thing – IT’S NOT THAT HARD. Now, I’m not advocating driving around in the middle of the heavy snowfall, at night, at 80 mph. I’m just saying to use your brain here, people!

Here’s what I’ve learned from the snow:
1. There are two types of people – those who have garages/covered parking and those who do not. This becomes blaringly obvious when driving and cars are either snow covered or pristine and dry.

2. If you do not have a garage/covered parking, DUST THE SNOW OFF OF YOUR CAR BEFORE YOU START DRIVING. Seriously! That stuff will fly off while you’re driving, potentially hitting another car, and then jack up the roads even more.

3. If your windows are covered with snow, DO NOT ROLL THEM DOWN. The snow will fall on your lap/seat/whatever, and then you’ll be wet and cold. No one likes that.

4. Bridges and overpasses will ice! SLOW DOWN! It is because of your idiocy that it takes me almost an hour to drive 10 miles to work.

And that’s just from today. Any other snow lessons from you guys?