Monday, July 27, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
On Friday we left work early to try and beat the traffic. It was about a 3-hour drive dominated by signs for Buc-ees. Every mile or so there was a billboard telling drivers that this was a necessary stop in every road trip. At first I was not interested…..but by the 20th or so billboard I was hooked. Since experiencing Buc-ees…..I can honestly say that it is a necessary road trip pit stop, they do have the best jerky in the world, and they have awesome fudge! After leaving Buc-ees, Phil’s mom called to let us know that she saw some game footage of Phil on Live! With Regis and Kelly that morning on TV. I’m married to a celebrity! Phil’s first thought was, “I wonder if Kelly thought I was hot?” hehe! When we arrived at Jerry’s Campgrounds on the river, we met up with 4 other couples from church. We all set-up camp, cooked some hotdogs over the fire, and roasted s’mores. Since there is still a burn-bann in effect in Texas, we had to get pretty creative with creating a fire.
On Saturday, we got up early and went on a walk to mentally prepare for our float. We packed lunches and caught the bus up the river to the drop-off point for floating. The float took 5 hours and we stopped midway for lunch. The float was so relaxing and fun! All I can say is thank goodness for SPF 50 in the Texas sun! When we arrived back at our campsite it was getting ready to thunderstorm so we got in the car and went to the town of Gruene (pronounced Green). We had a delicious dinner in Gruene and homemade ice cream for a post-dinner treat! Sunday we packed up the campsite and went to lunch at Rudy’s. After lunch everyone else went back to Houston and we ventured off to San Antonio. Sleeping under the stars and being with great friends, left us very happy and so glad that we got to experience the famous Guadalupe River Float; but it was off to San Antonio for us!
This was our second trip to San Antonio, but this time we stayed at the Historic Menger Hotel. We could see the Alamo from our hotel room. We slowly walked around doing a little shopping and ate snow cones. Our first trip to San Antonio we were told to go to Mi Tiera, but the line just to put our name on the waiting list was 3 hours long; needless to say we didn’t eat there. But this time we got our name on the list for dinner Sunday night! It was a delicious meal in a fun atmosphere, with a fabulous bakery! Monday we had breakfast in bed, went for a swim, and then decided that it was time to go home. However, I was not about to end the trip without another Buc-ees stop! This was our first trip with the new car and everything went great; thank goodness! All-in-all, it was a great weekend full of new adventures, relaxation, laughs, and good times.
The tent fully put together- notice that it is still day light
Me roasting my s'more
Phil and I by the camp fire
Floating down the river
Us in Gruene
The town of Gruene
The Historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, TX
Phil is very excited about his snow cone
Inside Mi Tiera
Monday, July 13, 2009
The lovely ladies from the Saved to Serve Heights Smallgroup at the shower. All the future moms are glowing!
Our neighborhood, River Oaks, has a great park and community center with tennis courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, walking trails, and a jungle-gym area for the children. We really like to go to this park as a retreat from the city life and of course to play outside! So we started our American holiday out with a trip to the park; we went on some of the walking trails and threw the Frisbee. Later in the day Phil grilled his famously delicious chicken fajitas. I know this isn’t the typical Independence Day meal, but hey we live in Texas, and to be honest, those fajitas are just too yummy to pass up!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Anyhow, welcome to our blog! Phil and I met in school at Randolph-Macon College and were married in 2007. It's hard to believe that we have almost been married for two years; even we can't believe it sometimes. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun. Since we’ve been married, we have kept ourselves really busy. We are constantly going to a game, museum, traveling, meeting new people, etc. Unfortunately, our family and friends are spread out all over the country, and we hardly get to see one another to catch-up. We thought a blog would be a great place to meet and share the stories of our lives. We will post pictures and information about what we have been up to in hopes that everyone will be up-to-date with our lives. Hopefully you will enjoy reading what Phil and I have been doing in our blog.
So far this summer I think we are both just trying to stay cool. The daily temperature bobs around 100! While it is pretty hot, I think that last summer was warmer; however, that could be because I'm starting to adapt to the Texas weather. Summer officially starts for us tomorrow, July 3rd. Now that classes are over we are hoping to take some weekend trips for summer vacation. This past winter, we went to several of the major Texas cities, but we have yet to make it to the beaches (which the exception of pre-Ike Galveston). Hopefully this summer we can make it to the beach a few times and even back home to Pittsburgh.