Thursday, April 30, 2009

MORE engagement pics

A few more of our awesome pics....for those who haven't seen them yet! Happy FRIDAY!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Engagement Pics

Here's a sneak peek -- more on my facebook!!! :)

I love what Serendipity did with the color on this one! FANTABULOUS!!!! :-)

Extreme Flooding - Houston, Take 2

Houston weather these days - crazy is an understatement. I snapped this pic at around noon today on my way into the office (FINALLY). I got to the busstop in Katy this morning around 8:15 just to be about #200 in line. Shortly after, someone got ahold of Metro and none of the Katy buses were coming because the drivers couldn't get to them and the buses couldn't leave the barn -- too much street flooding.

It's been crazy here! It took me an hour and half, but I finally made it. This is a quick shot of Buffalo Bayou in downtown. That's the Post Office in the background. The water is about 3 feet from the bridge.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Heather's Bachelorette Party

I won't say too much about the bachelorette party weekend other than we had a GREAT time!

I've left the more-revealing pics for Kodak Gallery to handle! :)

Nothin like the beach and a cold Sangria The bachelorette on the beach
SHOT TIME! GIFT time....
Lots of laughs
And of course -- GAMES!!
The penis princess
The gals at Sharkey's

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

It was a BUSY weekend!

Talk about a busy weekend and a very WET one. Thank God for all the rain. I wish Shiner got what Houston got! We were out in it Satruday and I'd never seen rain like that. We couldn't even see the end of the hood of the truck! And when we made it to our street -- it was totally flooded!!!

Here is a picture of how our yard floods with just a drop of rain. Our backyard (reminder: it's a rent house!!!) is awful -- needs to be completely re-done! It's driving Robert crazy! :)
So after the rain held off for a minute, we headed over to Kristen & Michael's wedding. She looked beautiful! It was really nice and the skies cleared and it turned out to be a beautiful evening! (Thanks Ryan & Shannon for watching the boys! They had fun!)

Here's a pic of me and the bride -- I only put it on here to show how beautiful Kristen looked ... (me = ugh!) First dance....
Cutting cake...SPEECH!!! SPEECH! SPEECH! This was her maid of honor and she had a really good, really cute speech!
Saturday night I worked on our guest list....and it gave me a headache from looking at the screen that long! (about 4 hours) BUT .. I did get a lot accomplished!!

Sunday was another biggie....Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Mass Robert's candidate joined the Catholic Church. He had already been baptised, but got Confirmed and First Eucharist on Sunday. It is always SO TOUCHING to see this! CONGRATULATIONS Rob! He was one of 17 who started this journey in September. (there were another 10 or so that got Baptised, Confirmed and First Communion at Easter Vigil....also very moving)

Here's Rob waiting to get Confirmed with Robert behind him.
The Clarke Family - Rob, Sandra, Ashley & Ian
Rob & Robert after the ceremony
And then we headed over to Moravia for my 2nd cousin Joane's 40th birthday party! It was a GREAT day for a drive and for a party! My whole family was there so I was really happy to see everyone!
Joane LOVES Polka music. Here are her and Robert cuttin' a rug!
Joane then went and grabbed my dad for a spin on the dancefloor!
Aunt Delores even played the Accordian for us!

The Migl and Chumchal family took up an entire table! Good times...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Easter

Just where did the nice, extra-long Easter weekend go? It was BUSY for us.

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend and reflected on the meaning behind this day and time of year. He is Risen!!! Thanks be to God!!!

I was really touched this year as Robert has been a sponsor to a guy (Rob) who is going through RCIA. He was baptized Baptist and this coming Sunday will be Confirmed and receive his first Holy Communion. So, Robert's been busy since September as a member of the RCIA team as well as a sponsor. We've become friends with Rob and Sandra and their children -- so another blessing! So Holy Week has been busy. Thursday we went to Holy Thursday mass. Saturday was Easter Vigil and a year (Easter to Easter, not date to date) that Robert's been a Catholic. Last year's Easter Vigil was incredibly moving for me watching him be Baptized, Confirmed and receive First Communion and this year's was just as moving!

It really made me reflect on my life and my commitment to God and the Church. I can do more. I can be better. So, that's my goal for this year. ... to be an even better Catholic.

Of course it was not all church-going this weekend. We did spend Friday evening for a bit with Jenny and Nick and our family. It was nice. and relaxing. Saturday was lots of running around for me while Robert was at church in the morning (he had to speak about his experience!!! he was there from 9 to 11:45!)

Sunday -- was FINALLY a day of rest, but only for 1/2 the day cause we took Engagement Pictures yesterday evening. I hope they turn out ok!!!! We were definitely blessed with a BEAUTIFUL day! (despite the morning rain). It actually was hot at 6:30 when we started the session. By the time we were done, 9 pm, I was worn out. My hair fell flat pretty quickly, so the "middle" pictures I'm sure I'm not going to like the way I look (hair-wise) but the ones from the beginning and the ones from the end (when I pulled some back) should be good. We took a sneak peek at a few and from the camera screen -- I think they will be good!!!! Alice and Eric are pros, so I know we're in very capable hands!!

Anyway ... it's back at work now, wishing I were home, wondering where the weekend went, and looking forward to the next day off!!!

Robert gave me a sweet Easter basket and we both talked about how next year -- we'll be husband and wife! How cool is that!!!

Happy Easter all and have a great week!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Jenny Lynn!

Today is my middle sister's birthday...shall I say her age? I'll give a hint, it has a 2 and a 7 in it!

Jen, I hope you have an awesome birthday. An awesome birthday for an awesome gal.

As an older sister, it's fun and trying at times to watch your younger siblings grow up. I can say that I am very proud to have watched and been with Jenny on her journey. She is beautiful both inside and out. Her personality is infectious and her laugh, contagious. Especially when she gets that good belly-laugh going. :)

Over the past few years she's really blossomed and it's humbling to know she's my sister. From college graduation, to new jobs, to new boyfriend, to new city, to marriage, to pregnancy and beyond -- she's grown by and excelled at all. I'm so happy for her! And Nick too! The love you have for each other is exactly what everyone should have in their life.

The good times we've had are countless and the good times in the future will be limitless. No doubt there have been bumps in the road, but that's what being sister's and being family is all about. We are so blessed!!!! Faith, family and love are all you need in the world!

Jen - thanks for all the memories. Thanks for having my back. Thanks for being the wonderful person and sister you are.

Not to mention - she is boobalicious! :) Love ya Jen! Happy Birthday!!!!!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Heather's Come & Go Shower

This passed Sunday, March 29th my mom, sister and I threw Heather her first shower -- a Come & Go Shower in Shiner. There were 55 hostesses and about 40 guests. It turned out really nice and she got quite a lot of nice things!

Here is Heather and her future mother-in-law Janet, Heather, and her mom Carolyn:
Looking pretty -- and the food was YUM!!!! Registry Table:
Beautiful cake my mom and her friend Jeannie decorated:

Jillian, me, Heather and my mom Barbara
Won't be long now till WEDDING pictures are posted! Woo Hoo! 4 weeks from TODAY! You must be SO excited, Heather! We sure are!