Thursday, September 23, 2010

You are invited!

We have been waiting for fall since we moved in last fall. We want to line the driveway with trees, add some crype myrtles in the back and maybe add to the landscape around the house. Come join the fun if you can.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Learning from Neil

Marriage is a learning process but thats kinda the fun in it. Getting married, moving in together, moving, and getting new jobs is a lot of change in a year. But, in the one year, 3 months and 2 days that I have been married. I have learned a lot.

I have learned:
- to enjoy a LOST marathon
- some history
- to appreciate a good Jeopardy show
- how to conserve energy
- how to love and show your love for books.

I have been inspired by:
- his passion for social justice
- his never ending patience
- the fact that I have NEVER heard him talk bad about anyone!
- the power of prayer in a marriage.
- his unbelievable support of me in every way

and those are just the first five I could think of! I love when people ask "How is married life?" because I truly love it and I hope that it shows.

Man, I can't wait for more.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Homestead Heritage

School just started but we were both very grateful for a long weekend. It was fun and relaxing but by Monday, I had to go "do something". After some debate, I decided on a trip to homestead heritage. It is only ten minutes from the house but not too popular but I had heard about it from a professor so we headed out around 10:30am.

The idea of Homestead Heritage is educating on self sustainability and community. You can take a tour of the homestead. There are a few houses and barns that are for specific trades. The first one we went to was a gift store. Everything they sell is made on site. There was soap, furniture, quilts, jams and a whole bunch of stuff. There were some ladies working on a quilt. They STITICHED EVERY SINGLE STITCH BY HAND! That is way more patience than I would ever have. Of course, they were beautiful quilts.

We also visited the woodworking shop and the pottery barn. The pottery was beautiful. From start to finish, they do it all.

There was a grist mill that was really cool. It was really intricate and very involved.

There was a textile barn were they make towels and clothes and scarves and stuff.
I like these simple spools placed on top of the support beams like a piece of art.
Oh ya, I forgot to mention that we happened to be there on the 2nd busiest day. It was the annual Shorgum syrup festival! The busiest time is Thanksgiving weekend.

They had some samples of the syrup and they worked whole process. It looked something like this:
First, a few guys cut up sugar cane stalks and put them into this grinder.
Then, the horses walked around causing the grinder to grind. (as you can see, I am not well versed on the process)
One of the men caught the liquid portion in a small bucket and transfered it to this huge open oven where a bunch of women stirred it constantly. If it looks like its hot, thats because it is. It was about 95 degrees out and the stove was heated to about 250! Then they filled every jar!
There was music, homemade ice cream, a restaurant, farming, and BBQ. We even visited a restored barn that housed Washington's horses. It was taken down piece by piece and rebuilt on the farm. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun.
Hope you had a good weekend too. The next one is almost here already!

Dad and Megan are up for a football game this weekend....there will be pictures.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Its that time again -Football season!
We have been waiting so long for this one and we are expecting great things, maybe even a bowl game? Yesterday's, game ended well but also brought the biggest opening crowd out since 1965! The Baylor bug is spreading. Stay tuned for our progress.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Celebrate Dad

Its been awhile. Life has been so busy so I'll work backwards.

Lets go back to August 28th - Dad M's Birthday.
We celebrated in a way we had never celebrated before. We went to the river. Just us. That has NEVER happened before. Usually there are 20 or so people but it was nice to be in the company of just each other. We BBQed hotdogs and hamburgers, spent time in the water, and just talked. It was a great way to spend the day.

Since we are celebrating Dad in honor of his 52nd Birthday, here are 52 things my daddy taught me. -in no particular order-

1. to respect myself
2. how to throw a spiral
3. how to do a spin move (in 1st grade)
4. How to throw a behind-the-back pass
5. all things basketball
6. to appreciate Pistol Pete
7. to always pick the kids that get picked last, first
8. how to sip spaghetti
9. to forgive 70X7
10. how to build a closet
11. how to start a BBQ pit
12. to be confident
13. to want to support myself as an adult
14. how to dance to Tejano music
15. to appreciate my sister
16. The importance of family
17. to remember where I came from
18. how to drive standard
19. how to paint my bedroom walls
20. to lay tile
21. to respect elders
22. how to properly position the two pieces of bread on a a sandwich
23. to put ice in my milk
24. that Big Red and Barbacoa are perfect together - even for breakfast
25. how to jump start my car
26. How to jump start my car without jumper cables
27. how to check my oil
28. that chips in a sandwich are good for texture
29. how to change out a light fixture
30. how to camp
31. how to pitch a tent
32. how to roast marshmallows - i like to roast them but not eat them so i would do it for him
33. that the best restaurants are the "hole in the walls"
34. to try new things
35. my love for sports
36. all things basketball
37. that a hot tub or hot bath helps soreness
38. how to wrap an ankle
39. that I don't need to wear a lot of makeup
40. that going to college was not an option
41. that setting goals increases success
42. to wear a t-shirt over my bathing suit
43. how to go tubing
44. that girls can wear caps too
45. how to dunk an Oreo properly
46. to eat all my food
47. that you can modify anything
48. how to pop firecrackers at the ranch
49. not to settle
50. that we always came before his work
51. its okay to cry
52. how to show my kids that i love them

Of course, there are probably like 100 that i didn't mention but its never ending! Thanks for being a good daddy!

I love you - Happy belated blog birthday!