Friday, December 19, 2008
So I just reminded myself of something as I was responding to my good friend Stephanie's recent blog -- I've had some of my first last's recently!!!! What do I mean?
Now that I'm ENGAGED! (yah! Yahoo! YIPPEE!) I've experienced some "last's" and there's NO TURNING BACK FOR ME, no siree bob!
I've had my last Halloween as a single lady. (we got engaged the friday before)
Robert's had his last Birthday as a single man!
We've both had our last Thanksgiving as Mr Corkren and Miss Chumchal. Next year will be Mr & Mrs Corkren. (cool!)
And I'm about to celebrate my last Christmas as a Chumchal. Well, ya'll know what I mean. :)
Some really cool "lasts". 10 months and it's all going forward from there!
MERRY CHRISTMAS with lots of love from Jamie CHUMCHAL! hee hee
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The boys after the game ... they had fun! It was their first Professional Football Game.
Here is proof that I made it to the game. Hungover and all ... I was there!
Stinkin' Espresso Vodka shots! :)
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I needed about 1/2 a tank, so 12.65 gallons and $18 dollar -- I was on my way.
Seriously -- $1.39!
AND -- YAY for Thursday being here!!! I have been looking forward to it since Sunday. My work week is over. Only 5 more days to go next week AND tonight is a girls night out at the Alley Theatre. We're doing an ornament exchange and have dinner at Birraporetti's. We're going to see the Santaland Diaries, which from the reviews is supposed to be a funny adult comedy! I can't wait! ... I hope everyone else is looking forward to it like I am!
Monday, December 08, 2008
Friday night Robert and I ventured over to Watson's to meet our friend Bryan for a few drinks. It was good fun and we had some good laughs. They especially liked posing for the Miller Lite girls. Of which the big picture magnet is hanging on our fridge!
Saturday morning I woke up early to hit the dusty trail back to Shiner. Picked up mom, met up with Dawn and Jenna and headed to K&K. We spent about 2 hours trying on dresses and even got Jenna in one. I can't wait to take Hana and Jenna out flowergirl dress shopping!!!!
Here's a few we found that were SOOO CUTE! this one was our favorite, I think!
This one was so precious -- it was cute in the front and had a little train in the back! aww.
So after shopping at K&K, Dawn and Jenna headed for San Marcos and Mom and I started our running around. We went and visited with the cake lady, then the wedding decorations lady, then -- yes -- we drove to Austin to try on the dress that is still the lead contender, just another time. It's still the most flattering!
After that mom and I went to Baby A's for dinner, since neither one of us had one single thing to eat ALL day. It was yummy. Then it was back to Shiner we went. We did stop off in Lockhart for a break at Wal-Mart then again in Gonzales to see what their material departments had. As we were walking out -- between the jewelry section and the electronics my heel slipped and down I went -- oh so graciously though. It was HILARIOUS!!! Mom turned around when one of the workers said "OH MY!!!". I bumped a stand and mom just cracked up. Seriuosly -- slooooow motion. We were laughing for a good 10 minutes!
We finally made it back to Shiner and although I had intended to go back to Katy that night, it was after 9p so I hung out with Mom and we did more wedding stuff on the computer. It was fun. I was sad my sisters weren't there with me, but hey -- we're all busy, especially THIS time of year!
Robert and I finished decorating the house for Christmas last night -- it looks good. We hung lights outside and are going to let the boys hang ornaments on the tree on Wednesday. This Christmas has completely snuck up on me!!!
AND ... might I add -- on the way to Austin on Hwy 71 I got a warning for having no front license plate on my car. Hello! That takes it down a notch! ha ha It was by a state trooper just barely outside Bastrop. He was in the turn land headed South on 71 while I was 2 or 3 cars deep headed North -- all stopped at a traffic light. What a booger. This is the 2nd warning I've gotten in my BMW in about 6 weeks -- for the same darn reason. It's a silly law if you ask me :)
Friday, December 05, 2008
We all met up in Wharton for a nice seafood dinner. Look how big our family's grown!
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Last week Robert and his good friend (and groomsman) Ryan worked on one of our table decorations. Here they are hard at work:
Here is the 90% finished product. Robert stained it while I was out Black Friday shopping with the gals. We have clear votive holders to go in it and it looks really good! Way to go babe!
So while we were out on Black Friday, Mom had a wild hair up her purdel and wanted to go look at wedding dresses. And we did find one that is really flattering and very pretty!! Yes, I'm still "looking" but it always goes back to that one, which I believe was the 2nd one I tried on. Jenny and Jill loved it and Mom did too!! So we'll see. (big smile!) I don't know about for some of you other married women -- but it's all very SURREAL feeling right now. SO exciting and so just "wow"!
I went on Sunday to Ventura's here in Houston for a quick look at one particular dress. Although I liked these, the other one from Austin still "does it" for me -- so just a couple more shops then we'll be ORDERING! I'm hoping to have bridal portraits in April -- so need to get it ordered soon!
Here's a few I tried on at Venturas:
Monday, December 01, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I was in TEARS laughing so hard at these.
Karaoke, lots of alcohol and the Chumchal crowd = one hilariously good time!
Just listen to the GIRLS encroaching on this one -- freakin hilarious!
LOL watch Nick on this one -- oh my gosh I'm in tears!! (As a Chumchal Tradition at Christmas all the new out-laws get to sing a Christmas Carole. This year we started early at Papa's birthday party. freakin hilarious)
And one final one featuring Uncle Greg. Who knew he was such a Luther Vandross? Watch Robert. I cracked up when he was hoopin and hollering and then nudged Jaace and Jaace was like "what the ??!" LOL Then watch Jill and Thomas "get a little lower now" then Jenny break out in a split! Shit it's funny!! Greg ends with a resounding "God Bless America!" - classic!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Dad (58) and Papa (85)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I was ready to get back to Texas though. As much as I loved the blue skies and all, I missed the humidity. Yes -- the humidity! Everything I touched I shocked myself with! My hair was staticky, my skin way dry, regardless of how much lotion I used and I'm still nursing dry lips.
I LOVE TEXAS (but like traveling to other places to learn these valuable lessons! ha ha)
Robert and I on our last day at the Phoenician
Cool pic on our evening trip to Sedona, Arizona.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby.
If you give her a house, she'll give you a home.
If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.
If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart.
She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.
So - if you give her crap,
you will receive more shit than any one human being can handle.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Enjoy the pics:
the Sumo & the Geisha (aka the future Mr & Mrs Robert Corkren)
Dawn & Scotty - Devilish Vixens! Pops n Mo (aka My Mom and my Aunt Karen)
Preggo Nun & the Priest (Jenny & Nick)
Sarah Palin & John McCain campaigning (down and dirty! aka Jillian & Thomas)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
So October 17, 2009 is the date Robert and I have picked to be married. WELL -- that day only has a 90% chance of going forward. In my gut, I feel like everything will be alright, but ....
The Shiner Brewery turns 100 next August. That is great. But there are ALL KINDS of rumors circulating. Will they have a celebration? Will it be in August? Will it be in Shiner? Will they bring back Bocktoberfest? Will it be on the 3rd weekend of October? Will it be the 2nd weekend? Will they have anything at all?
Of course the Gambrinas company is all HUSH HUSH about it which is SO frustrating!!! Good for them but it's KILLING ME!!!! The more I think about it the more upset I get.
My fear is people would come to the wedding for a little while, then go to the 'fest. I don't want that! I want people to stay and have a great time.
Am I thinking too much? Would people really do that? (yes, I believe so)
I dunno -- but this really sucks. There are 2 weekends in September that are possibilities -- I GUESS, but I REALLY want October 17.
So see -- nothing ever comes easy.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Well, what I kept saying was "this isn't real, this isn't real" but I did slip a "YES!" in there too!
Tonight has been nothing but SURREAL.
He proposed around 8:30pm tonight and totally caught me off guard. We had plans to meet up with our friends Brad & Jenny so followed through with that at The Tilted Kilt. Have a look:
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Tuesday was off to view our 3D Seismic Acquisiton which was already underway. It was about an hour outside Williston and about 10 minutes from our Tioga Office.
Here is the helicopter bringing a bag to drop at a new location (bag contains geophones & extension cords, which a group of folks walk to and hook up). This is our Staging Area. This is also the helicopter we got to fly on!!!! What a beautiful day it was! Jason and Kevin -- our seismic bird-dogs, doing what they do best. (standing around chatting) HA HA
Geologists doing what geologists do best (looking at squiggly lines). Actually, Rob the Hess geologist (far right) was a GREAT tour guide. Here he's showing the group some of what he analyzes.
The group of us by the big Thumper (this is what actually shoots the seismic waves down into the earth.) Pretty cool! You feel the ground shake! And yes, that's me on the left in a hardhat. :)
Aerial view of the local wildlife (cows) from the helicopter.