Almost Vacation

I took my week off and did an almost vacation. I went home for a few days (Ty had to stay here and work) and then we went to Dallas for the wedding of two very good college friends.

I didn’t take a ton of pics at home, but mom treated me for sure. We got pedicures, did a little shopping, took my cousins to the water park, played on the lake, and got some sun. It was wonderful to be home.

I also got to see a couple friends while I was home. Tuesday I had dinner with Rachael. She and I have been friends since freshman year and were roommates sophomore year. I love her to death. She just got the news that she will be doing the World Race, a mission opportunity where she will visit 11 countries in 11 months. She will be fundraising soon, so if you want to help this beautiful girl (inside and out) travel the world in Christ’s name, be on the lookout for that…I will share the info when I get it.

The next night, I met Sarajane for dinner. I forgot to take pics of us, but SJ and I are great friends and she was a bridesmaid in the wedding. (this was us before the wedding). We had a great time catching up.On my way home, the Creator blessed me with this beautiful sunset. I’m a sucker for sunsets, and God really outdid Himself on this one. I was so blessed by it.
Then Saturday, Ty and I headed to Dallas. His amazing mom (I couldn’t have custom ordered a better mom-in-law) worked for him for the last few hours on Saturday so we could get to Dallas in time for a little fun date night. We went here: Studio Movie Grill.
It is a movie theater with tables in front of your seats. You press a button on that little white coaster, it lights up, and a waiter comes to your table. You order food and drinks and eat while you watch the movie. It was neat! We saw the Expendables, which was the most manly movie I’ve ever seen. But the evening was fun.
Sunday, we slept in, got some lunch at Taco Cabana (a place our Texas friends always talk about, so we were excited to try it…it was pretty good), drove to a Dallas suburb to pick up some Jeep tires Ty found on Craigslist, then we hit the Grapevine Mills Mall for a little bit. It was dumb to go the weekend before school starts. It was crawling with kids, but it was fun.

Then we went to Liz and Michael’s wedding. This was us at the reception.
I got to see some friends…these three girls were in my house party. Kenley, me, Jessica, and Rachael. Love these girls!
The Tri Chis (our sorority/social club) sang the wedding song to Liz.
I was a little sweaty from dancing too much, but this was me and the BEAUTIFUL bride.
And this is my crazy husband and the groom. They were fraternity brothers.

It was a great weekend, and I’m back as TA training started today and goes all week. But I have some fun things planned for this week, including the first dinner party at our house! I can’t wait!

Weekend: Radio and Wedding

So we had an eventful weekend. We did dinner and a movie at home Friday, but our Saturday was packed!

Tyler had a radio remote at his shop with the Rebel….They brought their big truck and set up inside his shop.
The reason for the radio promo was that the American Beta representative was in town and brought the new bikes for people to see and test drive. It was fun. This was the Beta tent outside with all the bikes.

Then we scrurried out as soon as the radio remote was over, and we went to the wedding of two great friends from OBU, Christa and Jay. Ty and Christa grew up together, so the wedding was in Ty’s hometown. I was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited when we sat down inside the church and I looked across the way and saw this lady: this is Judah. She and I were great friends at OBU. We had a group of 5 of us we called the Fab 5 and we hung out together all the time. I LOVE this girl and was so thrilled to see her and get to spend part of the evening with her!

This was us at the wedding. It was so neat! The reception was at the high school’s union. It was built after Ty graduated, so he’d never been either and it was the nicest building. They made it so pretty for a wedding.

Tyler and Christa, the bride. They were great friends growing up. He snuck in a dance, and he said after that even though he thinks it happened accidentally (they were talking and a great slow song came on…and the groom was across the room chatting too), he was so glad they got to talk and dance. She is like a sister to him. Didn’t she make a lovely bride? Ty and I both loved her dress. It was funny that he was talking fashion with me!

Also, my MIL Nancy was the bride’s Sunday school teacher back in the day and Christa spent many nights at their house with all the high school friends playing pool and video games and hanging out, so of course, Nancy was at the wedding. We got in some dancing time too! It was so fun! We are on the right grooving to the twist!

We came home and I had a hankering for cheese dip. There was food at the wedding, but it was snacky food….so we went to Walmart and got ro-tel and velveeta and chips. I decided to add a little dry ranch seasoning to the cheese dip and it was AH-MAZ-ING! You must try. We ate the whole bowl of cheese dip and watched another movie. We are working our way through the Bourne trilogy, and watched 1 and 2 this weekend.
Sunday we were really lazy and only got out to eat salad bar at Jason’s Deli. It was a great weekend with my honey!

Get Your Motor Running…

Yesterday I did something I wasn’t sure I could do.

I rode over an hour on the interstate on the motorcycle.


Tyler brought a big cruiser that had a sissy bar (back seat rest for those who don’t know bikes), and asked if I wanted to take that down to the shop Saturday. I decided to bite the bullet and go for it!

I was so scared at first. I think I prayed for the first 5 minutes we were on the interstate. We were going 75, and though I had on a helmet, all I could look at was the pavement flying by. I have a bad history with moving pavement, falling out of a vehicle at 16 (not a ton of physical damage, but emotional nonetheless). So I knew I had to stop focusing on the things that scared me.

I started counting exits. ha! Do you know there are 7 exits on 540 south of Fayetteville? Well there are! I was counting to keep calm.

I was proud of myself. I didn’t cry or scream (which I did both on my first ride years ago). I didn’t even get that tense and uncomfortable. And while this is something I won’t be doing all the time, since Ty loves to ride, I think it made him happy that I gave it a shot, and did well on my first longish ride.

I’m proud of myself for conquering a fear.

Summertime…and the living is easy

Well, I am completely, 100% over teaching summer school.

The everyday thing stinks. The students are burned out, and some have quit caring. I am trying to make it interesting and exciting, but it is so hard. It will be over next Friday, praise the Lord!

I had a fairly entertaining weekend. On Friday, a friend from Dallas, Kim, came up to NWA, so me, her, and Beth hung out. We had dinner at a fun little local coffee shop and had yogurt. It was great to catch up with the girls.
Saturday, I went to Ty’s shop and helped out. I feel like I can do more and more there, which is good. I am finally feeling like maybe I belong in that realm of his life. One funny thing happened…I was watching the mechanic’s new puppy, Oakley. He is a precious puppy, and he is still being potty trained. Well, Oakley moved over to the big black plastic mat that is under the office stools, and he squatted. I was just about to pick him up and move him outside, when he had EXPLOSIVE DIARRHEA. EW. Everywhere on the rug. And it smelled so bad. I could tell this little puppy didn’t feel well because immediately he ran to his bed and laid down with a sad look on his face, so I didn’t punish himI thought for a split second about trying to clean up the mess, but the smell overtook me. I couldn’t do it. I just dragged the rug outside so they could hose it off. I couldn’t deal with it. When I came back in, I tried to find something to cover the smell, but all I could find was Windex…so I sprayed windex ALL over the front counter area to mask the smell. Ugh. Gross.

Then mom and dad came to town and took Ty and I out for a nice meal. We went to Copeland’s and had a great dinner and dessert. It was so good.

Ty and I at dinner
Our favorite thing at Copeland’s is their spinach dip…they serve it with fried bowtie pasta instead of chips or bread. It is soooo yummy! Mom and dad each had a little tasting plate (of crab ravioli and steak) and Tyler and I shared crab cakes with shrimp alfredo. Then we all had their wonderful cheesecake (Mom and dad had white choc strawberry, I had praline, and Tyler had their chocolate cake). Delish!
My wonderful parents after dinner! Don’t they look full and happy! ha!
That night, me, mom, and Ty sat on the couch playing online trivia games all night and it was so fun! We played “Name that Car Logo” and “Grease Trivia” and “Name that 80s song” and much more. We were being so competitive and having a blast. We laughed all night long!

On Sunday, we went to visit Aunt Bobby and Uncle Jerry a couple hours away. We had a great visit with them. We ate BBQ, watched our wedding video (since Aunt Bobby was just getting out the hospital when we got married and didn’t get to come to the wedding), and visited and had a great time. Then we came home, napped, and watched TV. It was a great weekend.