Springtime and the living’s busy

Hi everyone!  Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve written last.  I keep meaning to, but then something else always seems to comes up.  But at the time I’m writing up this blog, Branden and I are driving back from Dallas, so I’m kinda stuck sitting here in the car so hey, why not write a blog entry?  We’ve had a SUPER busy but fun weekend in Dallas, but before I get to that, I want to catch up on what else we’ve been doing!  Here we go… (rubbing hands together…)

So let’s see… first of all I have been very busy building a baby.  I know it may not sound like a lot of work, and maybe mentally I don’t have to do much, but physically it’s been… ummm… a growing experience, HAHA!  Get it?  Okaaay…  But yeah so my tummy is getting bigger and bigger, and Matthew is still a very active little fetus.  He has gotten into a routine of sleeping and moving throughout the day, but his favorite time to REALLY move and shake is at night, around 11pm.  I guess that’s because it’s when I’m trying to sleep, and it’s really quiet, so Matthew feels like it’s up to him to keep things exciting.  For the most part I’ve been able to sleep pretty well, (okay, except for last week, which was a nightmare).  If Matthew is being super rambunctious, then Branden will talk to him against my tummy and Matthew usually stops to listen, hehe, so that provides a temporary relief!

I don’t have any new sonograms to share, but here is one of my latest tummy photos…  This is me (and Matthew) at Week 30:

And today is the first day of Week 33!  I’m getting pretty big, huh?  According to my cousin Andrew, it looks like I’m about to pop!  Haha!  Gee thanks Andrew. 😉  If you want to see all of my tummy pics, you can find them here.

Branden has been super busy getting Matthew’s nursery ready too!  The baby isn’t born yet and already Branden has been an awesome dad!  The biggest thing he’s done lately is to install a chair rail in Matthew’s room.  That’s already pretty impressive to me, but did I mention he did it ALL IN ONE DAY?  Yeah, my man’s pretty handy!  He also painted the walls cream and blue to match the crib bedding.  It’s looking so cute!  Here is a pic of the walls, plus the new glider and the crib:

Here is Branden celebrating when he realized he was done. =)

So that’s some of the baby news, but I wanted to share what other stuff the Ramseys have been up to the last few months!  Here’s a quick rundown…

In February we took a few trips to visit family.   First Branden and I went to San Leon to visit Branden’s dad and stepmom.  Not only are Ernie and Paula really sweet people, but they also live in a fun beach community and we can ride around in a golf cart to get to restaurants and to the beach!

Paula, Ernie, and Branden

You can see a few more San Leon pictures here.  Also in February I flew to Lubbock to visit my family, who I hadn’t seen since Christmas!  I can’t remember the last time that I spent time with my family alone, it was a neat weekend.

In March, one of my BFF’s Rachel Hammons had a baby shower in Houston, and I got to help host it!  It was a lot of fun and Rachel looked awesome.  She’s going to have a little boy too, and she’s due at the beginning of June!  I just need to convince her to move back to Houston (she and her hubby live in Memphis)!  That way her son and my son can grow up together and be friends. =)  Here’s a picture of our friend Jami, Rachel, me, and Rachel’s sis-in-law Sandra:

In March Branden and I also went to Dallas to see another friend named Rachel get married!  Rachel is doing her residency in Jackson, MS, and met her husband out there.  I was a little hesitant when she told me she wasn’t marrying a Texas boy, but after I met Ryan I decided he was alright. 😉  Rachel looked beautiful and blissfully happy, and the wedding was lots of fun.  And let me just say this pregnant lady did not hesitate to cut a rug on the dance floor!  I overheard some guy trying to convince his date to go dance, and he said, “See, she’s PREGNANT, and she’s still dancing!”  That’s right! =)

 The new Mr. and Mrs. Head!

One of the events in April was a little bittersweet.  A dear member of our family, Jo Lynne, went to be with the Lord after some heart complications.  She was my mom’s cousin, and she left behind a sweet husband, Chris, and two beautiful teenage daughters, Sarah and Haley.  Please say a prayer for them!  I thought Jo Lynne’s funeral was a really neat tribute to her life, and I could tell she had impacted a lot of people and many many people loved her.  Our family spent the day at their house with Chris and the girls, and we all really enjoyed the time together as a family.  We do know that Jo Lynne was (is) a believer in Jesus Christ, so we know she is in heaven and is experiencing health and joy beyond anything we can imagine.   But she sure will be missed!

Later in April, I had my first baby shower, YAY!!!  My girlfriends Missy, Audrey, and Jana hosted it, and it was one of the most beautiful showers I’ve ever been to!  (I can prove it, I have pictures.)  My Mom and Grandma flew down from Lubbock too, and I was so happy that they could be there to be a part of the happy day.  We played “guess the girth” and Grandma won!  She said it was because she has been giving me lots of hugs. =)  I am so very blessed to have so many wonderful friends and family.  I felt very loved!

Missy, me, Audrey, and Jana

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Everything was adorable!

You can see more of the shower pictures here.  April also brought my friend Amy’s baby shower!  She is also having a boy, and he is due June 9th.  I only took a few pictures at that shower (I was too busy talking) =) and I don’t like any of those pictures, so I’m not going to post any. =)

Wow, this post is getting long, and I haven’t even talked about this weekend yet!  I think I’ll stop here for now.  Doesn’t hurt to leave yall in suspense, does it? =)  I’ll try really really hard to write again soon.  Have a great day everyone!

-Liz

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Houston Project!

Hi all!

I hope everyone is having a great Wednesday.  I am so thankful for the wonderful week that is happening so far!  Some great things have happened.  First is that I passed my first Microsoft Certification Exam!  This may not sound like a big deal to most people, but I have been studying for this thing for forever (and mostly outside of work) so it is a HUGE load off of my back to be done with it!  I kinda almost cried when I saw my score because I was so happy. 🙂  But sadly, I am not certified in anything yet, because I have to pass not one, but two tests before I really have anything to brag about.  But when I pass my second exam, I will be a certified Microsoft Technical Specialist!  (I can feel all of your excitement) 😛

So on to the more important happenings:  HOUSTON PROJECT!  Houston Project is a mission event that Houston’s First Baptist Church puts on every summer.  We go to ten different sites all over the city and provide free food, games, worship, VBS, and bible studies for children all the way up to adults.  Over a thousand people from our church have volunteered this year!  My sunday school class and two other classes got together and are hosting at a new site this year, a Spanish-speaking church called Iglesia Bautista del Redentor (which means Baptist Church of the Redeemer).  It has been awesome so far!  I have loved watching the little children get so excited about the skits and songs, watching the teenagers playing games and listening to the interesting guest speakers, and seeing the adults from the community getting involved too!  We would all really appreciate your prayers; we have two days left, tonight and tomorrow night.  Please pray for everyone’s safety, that even more people would come, and that God would move in the hearts of those who don’t know him yet!

Have a blessed day!
-Liz

Go Catapult Systems!

2009PartnerOfTheYearSo, the company I work for, Catapult Systems Inc, is a Microsoft consulting company, and we have just won a pretty awesome award from Microsoft: the 2009 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Award for Custom Development Solutions, Web Development!  Which means out of ALL of the Microsoft partner companies in the entire world, they chose us as the BEST at building web applications this year!  That’s a pretty huge honor.  Another reason why I’m proud of where I work.  Way to go guys!  Here’s the link to the full article.

Camping, treasure hunting, and big spending

Howdy everyone!  Happy Thursday.  I am currently at the office having my lunch, and I felt like blogging!  So I’ve got a few things to catch yall up on, so I’ll start with our camping adventure that happened a few weeks ago! 

So as I may have mentioned before, this was Branden’s and my first camping trip together, so we were super pumped.  We’re hoping to make this a family tradition.  So anyway we drove down to Huntsville on Friday night, and our campsites were right by the water and also right next to a fishing site (which I know Greg was happy about!) 🙂  We met up with the Matterns, Perots, Coopers, and the Rodrigui.  We set up camp and hung out, did some fishing, walked around, and made smores.  Mmmm smores…  Saturday we all got up when the sun came up (it’s pretty much impossible to sleep late while camping) and did something that at least I had never done before, called “geocaching”.  It’s basically a treasure hunt that is monitored online.  So you go to this website and look for “caches” in your area, save the coordinates, and then use a GPS to go traipsing around wherever the cach is hidden until you find it.  In our case, that meant climbing through the back woods of Huntsville State Park.   Ohhh yeeeeah.  And then once you find the cache, there is usually a log book that you can sign, and then you can take stuff out of it and put something in to replace it.  We actually found three different ones!  It was really fun and I recommend trying it with a group of friends.  I think this is the website we used: http://www.geocaching.com/  For the rest of the day, we fished, played games, went for walks, kayaked, cooked fajitas, and dodged the rain by setting up these amazing tent-like pavillions that some of us brought (thank goodness!)  We were able to still hang out in the evening even though it was raining.  Sunday morning we all went home, some of us left early enough to go to church, but others of us decided we were on vacation, dang it, we were going to take it easy (guess which category Branden and I fell into?) 🙂  So all in all it was a great weekend and we can’t wait to do it again.  Thanks to Jana and Greg for organizing our trip!  I feel so blessed to have so many great friends who love the Lord and have so much love for life!  Here are some pics from the weekend:
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Lynn, Jana, Ashley, Jenny, and me
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Manly men doing manly things
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I totally jumped, dang it
So since the camping trip a few weeks ago, Branden and I have been spending our weekends working on our house!  Our latest project was to replace the tile floor in our bathroom.  The tile itself wasn’t ugly, but it was starting to come up in a few places and I was tired of stepping on gravel every day!. So we finally picked a company and a tile that we liked, and they installed it a couple of weeks ago!  (No way were we going to do that ourselves!)  (I have some before and after pictures, but I’ll have to upload them later when I’m at home.)  I really like the results, and once we vacuumed all of the dust out of our house, we were able to enjoy it!
 
We’re also working on replacing our door knobs from brass to satin nickel (thanks for the hookup John!), and then this coming weekend we’re starting the process of having our countertops and backsplash replaced!!  Yippee!  The countertops are definitely the project I’m most excited about.  (Side note:  Lest anyone think that Branden and I normally drop serious cash like this, we have been saving and pondering for months and months, and everything just seemed to happen all at once!)  So, yeah, we’re not the big spenders that I’m making us sound like. 😛  Unlike this guy:
 
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(My favorite is the guy on the left with the stack of cash on his head) 🙂
So this weekend Branden, Branden’s dad Ernie, and I are going to demo the kitchen, which means we are ripping out the sink, current countertops and at least part of the tile backsplash.  Ourselves.  Am I nervous at all?  Maybe a little…  But fortunately Branden is handy and Ernie is Mr. Fixit himself, so I think we’ll be okay.  I guess the hard part will be not having a kitchen for a week!  Tonight we’re going to enjoy our last real meal.
 
Anyway, I think my post has grown long enough, so I’ll stop it here.  I hope everyone’s having a great day!
 
Love,
Liz

Happy anniversary, Erin!

Hello everyone!  I hope you all are enjoying your Sunday and are looking forward to watching some football tonight! 🙂  Branden and I don’t really care who wins (or I guess at least I don’t care) but we are both excited to kick bach and watch some football and (hopefully) entertaining commercials while we munch on chips and salsa and the oh-so-delicious velveeta/salsa dip. 🙂

So for those of you who don’t know, yesterday was a significant day in my family because it was the eighth anniversary of the day my sister Erin went to be with the Lord.  She passed away on January 31, 2001, which was the day before her 17th birthday.  She left behind a family who loved her dearly, as well as a group of awesome friends and an entire high school and town that loved her.  She was an amazing girl, filled with life and energy and a perhaps a small dose of sassiness. 🙂  She loved the Lord and wasn’t afraid to walk her talk, and would call you out if you weren’t doing the same.  She had a huge heart and treated everyone with love and respect.  It was an honor to be her sister and I can’t wait to see her again in heaven!  Here are a few pictures of her (sorry for the quality, this was before anybody had digital cameras)…

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Our family in Galveston: Mom, Grandma, Erin, Dad, and me

 

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Erin with Evan, who was her boyfriend at the time.  Evan is still very close to our family and has married a wonderful girl.

 

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Erin and me holding some of our little cousins (Sarah, and maybe Molly?)

So yesterday Branden and I went over to my parents house and spent a nice evening with them and my Grandma.  We had a great dinner and played board games, which is something we all really enjoy doing as a family.  Each year gets a little easier, although we will always miss her.  We like to think that they’re having a celebration for her in heaven too, to celebrate her homecoming. 🙂  We are so very thankful that Erin had trusted Christ as her Savior, so we know that our separation from her is only temporary, and we will see her again one day!  And that gives us a huge comfort.  If you ever want to know more about the faith that we have in Christ, just give me a holler and I’d be happy to talk with you about it!

Happy Superbowl Sunday guys! 🙂  Peace out-

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! Gosh, I can’t believe it’s 2009. Life has been busy the last few months, so in an effort to not keep yall in the dark, I have pulled together a little collection of photos for your viewing pleasure. 🙂 Enjoy!

Branden and I finally went on our anniversary trip to San Antonio! (Stupid hurricane delayed it a month!)

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Ashley had a panty party! (Left to right: Shelley, Jana, Bonnie, Me, Ashley, Abby, Jenny)

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We played flag football with our Sunday School class

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Aaron and Ashley (a.k.a. the Rodrigui) got married! (I didn’t get any good pics of them so I stole this picture from a girl on Facebook, I hope she doesn’t mind!) 😛

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I turned 27 and we celebrated Thanksgiving with the fam

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Partied Christmas style with the Sunday School class (Clockwise from top: Lynn, Me, Becca, Liz H, Jen)

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Went to Mary’s wedding in Dallas (Second pic: Branden, John, and Josh)

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Built Gingerbread houses with friends (Branden was disappointed when he found out you couldn’t actually eat the house. 🙂 Fortunately we had plenty of snacks there!

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Celebrated Christmas!

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Learned that Grandma has rhythm!

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Rang in the New Year with some Rock Band! (We especially like the 2nd pic with Aaron singing) 🙂

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I hope you all had a great 2008 and I hope that 2009 is wonderful for you as well! 🙂 More posts soon!

We’re still here! :)

Hi everyone!  So I know I haven’t written in a long time, but things have been pretty hectic lately with work and the holidays.  Just wanted to let yall know we’re still alive and I hope to get back into the blogging world within a week or two.  If you could remember me in your prayers, I’m taking a certification exam for work, possibly this week.  Thanks!  Love you all!  Be back soon! 🙂

Is it Monday yet?

So Branden and I are pretty exhausted today. It’s been a fun weekend, but it left us with little time for rest. Poor Branden, who normally hates coffee, has been drinking it today to stay awake! Friday night we went out for Audrey’s birthday. We met up at Pearlbar with her and her hubby Andrew and some other friends, which was good times. I hadn’t gotten to hang out with Audrey in a while, so it was great to catch up!

Saturday morning B and I woke up early and drove to College Station for the TAMU / Kansas State game. It was really fun to be at A&M again, it still kinda feels like home to me. We sat with a bunch of friends from First Baptist (including Jen, our organizer!) and cheered on the Ags, but not surprisingly we couldn’t even beat K State. (It’s been a rough season.)  But all in all the game was fun and I managed to avoid getting a sunburn on the right side of my face (Branden wasn’t so lucky). 😛

After the game we drove to Tomball to have dinner with my family. My parents and Grandma are doing well, but have been busy working with their insurance companies to try to get their fences and roofs fixed. (Please keep them in your prayers!) Sunday was church, lunch with our Sunday School class, and then I had my Spanish class that evening. I’m thankful for all of the fun things we’re getting to do, but it’s strange when you almost look forward to the work week so you can get some rest (just hopefully not during work). 😛

Back in Business

Hi all!  Sorry there has been no post for a while.  Life is finally starting to get back to normal and I finally have some time to sit still and write.  The last two weeks have been pretty nuts, to say the least.  We finally got power back on Friday the 19th (yay!!) so we went for about a week total without power.  It was sooooo amazing to finally move back home and be able to sleep in our own bed and cook in our own kitchen.  The Peeples were absolutely amazing to let us stay with them and eat their food for a whole week.  It was wonderful and I hope we never have to do that again. 😛  My parents did well in Tomball; they lost power for only a few days but had some minor roof damage and lost a good portion of their fence.  My Grandma lost her entire fence plus some roof damage.  Grandma’s dog Lily hasn’t been able to run around free in her backyard for weeks now and I think is driving her up the wall. 🙂  Branden’s Dad and stepmom didn’t do as well.  They lived in Seabrook, which was right next to the bay, and their house was flooded really badly.  They are in an apartment now, thankfully, but please pray for them because it looks like they won’t be able to live in their house again.

Another struggle for both of us has been the impossible traffic that sprung up after the storm.  I guess it was a mixture of broken traffic lights, free tollroads, and Galvestonians trying to get back to the island, but our commute had doubled, both morning and evening.  I was spending two extra hours in my car every day, and Branden wasn’t doing much better than that.  Sure, it was only traffic and not something life changing, but it was a huge stress on me to be leaving so much earlier and getting home so much later every day.  Thankfully the tolls resumed this weekend and all of the construction is still moving forward on I-10, so our commutes are actually almost back to normal this week.  What a HUGE answer to prayer!

Okay, now on to some nicer topics.  Our friends, Jenny, Joey, Bonnie, and Russ finally got to have their weddings after the storm!  Bonnie and Russ were married on Sunday the 21st in Magnolia, and Jenny and Joey tied the knot this last Saturday in Livingston.  J & J’s reception was in her parent’s back yard, and it was adorable!  Both weddings were great and it gave us some time to catch up with friends.  Here are some pics from the events:

Bonnie & Russ

I sadly did not get any good shots of Jenny and Joey at their wedding, but we sure did enjoy the sparklers they gave us when it was time for them to leave!  

Ike update #2

Since everyone has been sharing their photos of the hurricane, Branden suggested that I post our own piece of history.  Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a view of our house from the inside:

 

Last night Branden and I went out to dinner for the first time since the storm.  We went to Chili’s in Katy, and it was pretty darned amazing.  I think we only waited about 15 minutes, but I would have waited a lot longer just to have another taste of normal life.  I talked to Mom last night too, and she was in great spirits.  It makes me feel SOOO much better knowing that she and Dad and Grandma have power now.  Once Tomball is a little more back to normal, Branden and I are going to go stay with them, but we’ll be crashing with the Peeples till the rest of the week. 

-Oh, Branden would also like for me to mention that his phone is also flaky, so please be patient with him returning calls as well. 🙂