Wednesday, December 31, 2008

One down, forever to go!

Our first wedding anniversary was on Monday and we celebrated Monday night with dinner at Perry's and eating our wonderful wedding cake at home that night! Amazingly enough, after one year our cake still tasted wonderful! I'm thinking this is due to my mom's wrapping skills (six layers of foil, two layers of saran wrap and some duct tape!). Thanks mom!
I must say, having a wedding anniversary makes me feel old though! Having a wedding didn't, but wedding anniversaries are things that our parents have! : )
I am so grateful to have met and fallen in love with such an amazing, handsome, Christian man who loves me and takes such wonderful care of me!
And of course I took a few pictures!

Look at the beautiful roses Cody brought me!

Mr. and Mrs.
Our china! (I'm kind of obsessed)

Our table is countertop height, which means that Chloe has to work to get up there with us. I had also moved chairs to create even more of an obstacle for Chloe so we could have a "romantic" dessert just the two of us. Chloe did not appreciate this and started crying, so she got to join us at the table!

Monday, December 29, 2008

One Year Ago Today!

And they lived happily every after!

Sunday, December 28, 2008


Well Cody and I just got back from a very full week in Longview of friends, food, presents and hunting (not me, Cody)! On Tuesday, I went to T-town to to see the Besties! We got to go to lunch and catch up! I miss them!!
On Tuesday night we went to the Baxter Sales (Cody's dad's company) Christmas party and enjoyed Papacitas!
Then on Wednesday morning, I hosted a Christmas Eve breakfast at my parents house and saw some high school friends including my two best friends since forever (Danielle and Tracib)!!

On Wednesday night we went to First Baptist's Christmas Eve service and then on to the big Sage family Christmas at Nanny and Pappas's.
Then on Christmas we woke up EARLY and went to do Christmas and eat breakfast with the Sage fam (Cody's parents and siblings). My parents came to pick us up and then drove us to Marlin (near Waco) for my mom's family's big Christmas. There were 28 lively people in Mamaw and Papaw's house!!! We drove back Wednesday night and then spent the evening playing Wii with the Sages!
The Brown Fam

The Whole Childs Family

On Friday, we finally got to do the Brown family Christmas!!! This was Erin's first Christmas and she was just a joy to watch as she ate the wrapping paper, bang the paper around to make noise and get mezmorized by her toys. Oh yes and Cody and I put together an Indiana Jones lego set, be jealous! : )

The rest of the weekend was full of food and family!! We were blessed with an abundance of gifts and two absolutely amazing families!!
Only one more day until our anniversary!!!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Another Year Older...

Hooray for this time of year!! I for sure still get as excited about my birthday as I did when I was a little girl! I mean, who doesn't love their birthday?! Today was my 24th, which makes me feel old, but it was still fun!
After breakfast at which I got some wonderful presents from the husband and the parents, Mom and I started the day with manis/pedis. We then went to lunch with dad, Cody, Garrett and Carol at Heartland Ham (my birthday usually revolves around going to all of my favorite restaurants in one day!) This afternoon I had a Starbucks date with Allison, a sweet friend that I've had since we were two!!! (Please don't judge, I have on no make-up)
Tonight Cody and I went to GZs (a Chinese food restaurant) with our parents and came back here for petitfors! YUM!

And we finally got a good Christmas tree pic! Too bad it isn't in front of our own Christmas tree!

Today was wonderful!! Only one more week until our first wedding anniversary!! CRAZY!

A few pics from last week
Cheesecake factory
And Polar Express Day

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Survey

For you again Beth!
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? all wrapping paper!! I need to learn how to make bows though!
2. Real tree or Artificial? artificial
3. When do you put up the tree? the day after Thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? probably Januaryish
5. Do you like eggnog? never tried it
6. Favorite gift received as a child? my big girl bike : )
7. Hardest person to buy for? my fam is pretty easy!
8. Easiest person to buy for? My mom
9. Do you have a nativity scene? yes! A few!
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail (if you order them in time...)
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? can't remember
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Elf!! The Holiday! Little Women!
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? we started in October this year!
14. Have you ever re-gifted a Christmas present? nope..only for white elephant!
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?cookies!
16. Lights on the tree? yes!
17. Favorite Christmas song? any traditional Christmas songs and All I want for Christmas - Mariah Carey
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? well since no one else lives here, travel to Longview
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? dasher dancer prancer vixen comet cupid donnor blitzen rudolph
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? we have an "s" on our tree, and a star on the one at school, but I like Angels
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christms Eve exchange with my brother and Christmas day for the rest
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? crowds and impatient people
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? pink and silver : )
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? the normal- turkey and ham, potato casserole, ect
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? boots, books, wii fit : )

Sunday, December 14, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Less than two weeks until Christmas!!! This year has gone by SO fast!!
This past week was crazy busy! Monday I babysat until late. Wednesday it started snowing right as we started dismissal at school. It was such a blessing to get to watch 5 year olds SO excited about snow! Most had never seen it before! Then we had our Kindergarten Christmas party,
and when we left there, it was still snowing!!!! AH! Snow in Houston!!

On Thursday evening, a group of girls headed up to the Berry Center for Converge. Beth Moore spoke, Cece Winans sang as did Travis Cottrell! It was a very uplifting time in the word, that got us in the Christmas spirit!!
Friday ended the week with tutoring, a dinner date with my husband and watching a movie at home! It was a perfect end to the week!
On Saturday morning, Chloe made a new friend when we had a playdate with Bella (Lindsay and Chad's puppy)! They were hilarious together!
Cody and I got to finish up our Christmas shopping on Saturday and wrap all of the presents also!! Yay!! We met his aunts (Robin and Rosie) and Macie and Austin at the Galleria for Cheesecake factory! Yum!
Today has seemed crazy, but full of fun experiences!! After Sunday school this morning, I got to go to an extravagant Christmas party up in Champions where Miley Cyrus performed with Rosie, Robin, Austin and Macie!

As soon as it was over, Cody and I headed down to our Sunday School Christmas party, where we received a giant blow up penguin lawn ornament as a white elephant gift! haha!
Its been a wonderful week, but i'm ready for rest!! Only five days until my break starts!! : )

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tag You're It

Okay, so the last time that Beth filled out one of these, I didn't actually do it, so here goes
type only one word for each answer: (this is so hard! sometimes I couldn't do it!)
1. Where is your cell phone? table
2. Your significant other? amazing!
3. Your hair? straight
4. Your mother? supportive
5. Your father? loving
6. Your favorite thing? Cody (or Chlo)
7. Your dream last night? none
8. Your favorite drink? DC
9. Your dream/goal? happiness
10. The room you're in? bedroom
11. Your fear? failing
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? here
13. Where were you last night? babysitting
14. What you're not? decisive!
15. Muffins/donuts? either
16. One of your wish list items? Uggs
17. Where you grew up? Longview
18. The last thing you did? woke-up
19. What are you wearing? cotton
20. Your TV? news
21. Your pet? awake
22. Your computer? Macbook
23. Your life? wonderful
24. Your mood? tired
25. Missing someone? besties!
26. Favorite pastime? reading
27. Something you're not wearing? shoes
28. Favorite Store? target!
29. Your summer? school
30. Your favorite color? pink
31. When is the last time you laughed? yesterday
32. Last time you cried? Wednesday
33. Who will re-post this? no-one
34. Four places I go over and over? school, church, HEB, Target
35. Four people who e-mail me? mom, Cody, Meagan, Lindsay
36. Four of my favorite foods? fruit, chick-fil-a, chocolate, diet coke
37. Four places I would like to be right now? Jamaica, New York, Colorado, California

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Santa Claus is coming to Town

This past week was fairly uneventful as most of our weeks are : ) I like them that way! Only 10 more school days until Christmas break! CRAZY!!
On Friday afternoon mom and dad came into town and got to meet my kiddos. They were SO excited! What a fun way to end a school week! After school my parents and I started our shopping extravaganza. Mom and I got a lot of Christmas presents taken care of!! When we got home, Cody prepared fondue for dinner! YUM!
On Saturday we ventured up to one of my favorite places in Houston, the Premium Outlets. We did some damage there too : ) Valerie, I tried to get my mom to take a picture but she wouldn't, so we took a picture of some of the bags instead! : )

We also went to see Four Christmases which I'd heard that a lot of people didn't like. I thought it was hilarious!!
Today we went to the early service at church and enjoyed the Christmas music and tithing message. I was disappointed however to discover that the Christmas program that I thought was tonight had actually happened last night! Oh well! Maybe next year! We went to the galleria for lunch at Cheesecake factory and a little more shopping after church! : )
I decided that I wanted to take Christmas pictures with our first Christmas tree, but unfortunately, it was too bright outside so we have lots of sun on us : ) I would re-do them, but I'm over it! Chloe's picture is super cute though!!

Ten school days left! 15 days until my birthday, 18 until Christmas and 22 days until our 1st wedding anniversary!

Monday, December 1, 2008

So Thankful...So Full!

Thanksgiving break came none too soon!! I feel like all of these holidays are planned to fall right as everyone can't handle another day of work : )
Cody and I got to go home for five days, which I think is the longest that we've been home since we've been Mr. & Mrs. We got to spend a lot of quality time with both of our families! I even got to love on my sweet little niece for four days, dress her up cute and take some pictures! I was in heaven!

On Thanksgiving day we began the gluttony at the Sage's house for lunch. By the time that we finished I was sure that I could not eat another thing, but low and behold, when we went to my parent's house that night we still managed another full Thanksgiving meal. And you might think that we would eat lightly the rest of the weekend, but you would be wrong. We even went to the Sacred Spur Saturday night for a VERY large meal (steak for most, chicken for me).

Cody and I after two Thanksgiving Meals

We were not really wanting to come back yesterday, but I got excited when I got to decorate our first home together for the holidays! : )
A few pics of some of the decorations. Thank goodness for the Christmas shower we had last year!

And then I was super excited to go back to work today knowing that I had my gift of time (getting to leave 2 hours early) and I even made it to Sonic Happy Hour! This is the start of a great month!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Cody!

This weekend was Ashley Dubose Bouwer's wedding : ) Beth and Patrick came and stayed with us and brought along little Soph. Chloe and Sophie have a history of varied interactions. Sometimes they hide, sometimes they fight, but lately they've gotten along. We put this to the test by leaving them along together when we went to the wedding and thank goodness we came back to both of them in one piece! : )

Ash's wedding was at a beautiful chapel up in the Woodlands which we barely made it to before the wedding started (like the doors had shut already)...woops! The wedding and reception were both beautiful and very classy. We got to sit at a table of Zetas and catch up! Seems like there are fewer opportunities for that now, we need more Zetas to get married!

Today is Cody's birthday!! He is 24. I am married to an old man : ) We've had a fun, yet laid back day today celebrating.
Only 2 more school days until Thanksgiving break!! Woohoo!!