Happy New Year!

Ahhhh, a night off, finally! Haven’t had one of these in a while. Branden and I were supposed to visit a friend tonight who just had a baby, but due to some change of plans it didn’t work out. I’m disappointed not to meet the new baby yet, but it is rather nice to have a quiet evening at home!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! No doubt it was somewhat hectic but enjoyable and memorable. Mine sure was! I’ve just been looking through a few photos from the last few weeks to share with you guys, and so now I will commence my slide show presentation of the holidays. Buckle up!

These first few are of Branden and me, his mom Debby, and my parents, before leaving for the Christmas Eve service at my parents’ church. (All of us plus my grandma spent Christmas in Lubbock, which is where Mom and Dad and Grandma now live, as of a few months ago.)

Branden and Mama Ramsey

 

Me and my man

 

Mom and Dad

 

This is one of the things I got Branden for Christmas.  Have you ever watched The Big Bang Theory?  If so then you’ll recognize this as one of Sheldon’s shirts.  Oh so nerdy yet oh so cool…

We had a really great time in Lubbock all together.  We watched movies, worked puzzles, went on walks, met some of Mom and Dad’s new friends at church, enjoyed opening presents and reading the Christmas story, and overall just being together.  I love my family and treasure each time I get to spend with them!

During the Christmas “break” I also got to meet up with one of my best friends in the world, Mrs. Rachel Hammons, who unfortunately now calls Memphis her home.  But fortunately for me her family is still here in Houston so I get an excuse to see her at least once a year!

And to top it all off, we even had a great New Years Eve party to go to!  Our dear friends Ben and Lynn threw a little shindig at their house, and it was super fun!  I enjoyed catching up with all the girls, the boys shot fireworks and blew up a pumpkin, (I’m not kidding), and we rang in 2011!

 

From left to right is me, Lynn, Erika, Polly the cat, Jen, and Elizabeth

 

Here is Lynn and her fabulous self:

One final note:  There is something else big going on in our life right now, but it’s so big that it deserves it’s own blog post, so that will be coming next!  (I might even start writing it right now!)  Oooh, suspense!!  Haha.

 

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Fried Turkey and Coon Hounds

Hello blog world!  This is Liz, you know, the one who used to blog on a semi-regular basis and then went MIA for a super long time, because well basically I’m on the computer 8+ hours a day as it is and usually all I want to do after work is come home and be as far from productive as humanly possible.  But lately I’ve been feeling like I miss blogging, because when I don’t blog myself, I tend to not read my friends’ blogs, and so now I feel completely out of the loop.  What kind of amazing craft project has Abby whipped up this time?  What in the world does Anna’s baby look like now?  Has Lynn worn her bacon and eggs costume lately?  I have no idea!!  And that is unacceptable.  Plus now that my poor mother has been relocated across the state because of Dad’s new job, I’m sure she’d like another excuse to check up on me. 🙂  Whew!  Okay now on to the actual blog.

Again, Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all ate way too much, took lots of naps, enjoyed family, and watched lots of football.  Branden and I packed our stuff and headed up to Fairfield, Texas to visit his dad and stepmom (Ernie and Paula) up at the farm.  It was a great trip!  Fairfield is stinkin gorgeous, (trees, rolling hills, cattle, and actual stars at night), and Ernie’s cooking can keep up with Paula Deen any day.  (Please wait a moment while I remember the fried turkey…  Mmmmm)

We slept in the Y2K hut, slept late every morning, ate like kings, watched the Aggies BTHO t.u. (WHOOP!!), went for walks around the farm (these photos are all from one of our walks), played with Lucy the coon hound, drove to the “big town” of Corsicana to see the new “Tangled” movie (super cute!), took several naps, went to a flee market, and basically just took it easy for three days.  It was wondermous.

Branden would like me to mention how happy he is that we beat those dirty T-sips.  Notice the shirt he wore on Thanksgiving day.

Now we just have to make it four more weeks until Christmas vacation.  (If you get the whole week off before Christmas then I’m not speaking to you.  That includes my teacher friends.  I’m sorry, I love you, but that’s just the way it is.)  But the next several weeks should go by pretty quickly, considering how busy the Christmas season is, not to mention that I really need to get on the ball and buy Christmas presents for everyone.  Oh, crap, I still have to buy Christmas presents for everyone.  I gotta go.

-Liz

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:
Explorers
We’ll find it! 
Geocaching
Geocaching!
Lady explorers
Lynn, Jana, Ashley, Jenny, and me
Perots
Joey and Jenny
Lynn&Liz
Lynn and me
Men on a tree
Manly men doing manly things
Jumping
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:
 
obama_ballin
 
(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

A co-ed wedding shower and Riding two-sies

Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been a little while since we posted last, we’ve been busy! Branden and I went to Dallas last weekend to visit some fam and friends, but before I get into that I wanted to share some pics from Jenny and Joey’s shower- (cough) I mean, engagement party. 😛
 

Jenny and me

Opening presents (Joey was such a good sport!)

Jenny and Joey are getting married in almost two weeks!  Yay!!  They are sweet, wonderful people and have been good friends of ours for several years now.  I have really enjoyed watching the two of them through their whole “journey”, if you will… While they were only friends, then dating, then engaged, and soon to be married, yay!  The only bummer is that Branden and I won’t be able to go to their wedding since that is our anniversary weekend, but I’m pretty sure they will be fine without us. 🙂

So then last weekend Branden and I drove up to Dallas to visit his mom Debby and some other peeps.  Mama Ramsey was a great hostess and made us feel right at home.  Here she is with her son:

I got to have lunch with my cousin Angela and catch up with her (I think that was the only time that we’ve hung out just the two of us!), and then we also hung out with some of Branden’s friends.  And when I say friends, I mean they knew each other before any of them had facial hair or deep voices.  Let me provide an example:

This is John Lowery.  He is one of the guys that grew up with Branden and has helped to shape him into the man that he is today.  

Here they are acting nice.  My husband is the cute one on the left. 🙂

It was awesome to be away from the house for the weekend because I didn’t feel like I needed to be cleaning or painting or unpacking something!  I felt okay just sitting and relaxing.  It was beautiful.  We also got to see Anna’s cute pregnant belly too! 🙂  She and Josh are expecting their daughter on January 1st!  Yay! 

Playing in SA

Hello friends and family!  Welcome to our new blog.  We thought this would be a good way to keep in touch with you and provide a glimpse into what we’ve been up to!

To start this thing off, we thought we’d share some photos from our trip to San Antonio this weekend!  My (Liz’s) company is awesome and sent all of the employees to play in San Antonio for the weekend!  They put us in a snazzy Hyatt resort, which had a great man-made beach and a lazy river to float on!  It was great to meet my coworkers’ families finally, and chat with everyone outside of work.  More than anything, though, Branden and I enjoyed the down time together, to relax on the river and enjoy a nice meal together.  (We highly recommend quaile!)  Branden and I also enjoyed the Riverwalk on Saturday afternoon, and then on Sunday my company took us all all to Seaworld for the day!  The weather was amazing and since it was Mother’s Day, it wasn’t crowded at all!  We saw some of the shows, fed the dolphins, and rode the Great White rollercoaster.  Here are a few of the pics from our adventure:

At the Riverwalk
Eating a delicious lunch at the Riverwalk


More Riverwalk

Group pic at the resort

Ryan and his wife Julie


Liz tames the wild dolphin


Branden feeding a ferocious shark, which only looks like a dolphin

Thanks again Mom and Grandma for letting us skip Mother’s Day! We love you and promise that we’ll make it up to you this week. 🙂

That’s all for now!