Thursday, July 30, 2009

Show Us Your Life - Wedding Party & Flowers

It's Friday - time for "Show Us Your Life"...this week is all about your wedding party and flowers. Our wedding colors were purple - dark and light shades. The bridesmaids wore lilac dresses and the groomsmen had a dark purple vest and necktie.

The above picture is of course, our wedding party! The maid of honor is Carianne (my best friend of 15 years and then I was her matron of honor in June 2004). The other bridesmaids are my step sister, Carla and my friends Sunni and Alaina (both of whom I haven't heard from in a while - hope they are doing great!). The best man is Jason (John's brother)...the other groomsmen are my brother, Andrew and two of John's cousins, Bart and Brian. Hillary was the junior bridesmaid (she just returned from Oxford and will be a senior in high school this year - wow) and Jacob was the junior groomsman (he'll be in the 5th grade - again, wow). Bronte was the flower girl (She and Hillary are sisters and she'll be in the 9th grade this year - man, all of our nieces/nephews are growing up too fast). Isaac was the ring bearer and our wedding date was special because it's also Isaac's birthday! He turned 2 on our wedding day and will start the 3rd grade this year. Carianne and I - friends forever! We never thought we'd EVER get married...and now we both are happily married and she's expecting little Owen in November.

Jason and John - they are four years apart and have a great relationship. They are both wonderful Christian men. Jason is Jacob and Isaac's Dad. (by the way, I hate the shadows in this picture - the lighting was messed up...UGH!)

I absolutely LOVED my bouquet - so beautiful with cream, white and accents of purple. The bridesmaids carried small round bouquets with a variety of purple flowers.
What a wonderful day! Next week...Reception and Honeymoon! Be sure to check out Kelly's blog to check out all of the other lovely ladies.


Until we meet again...
John's Bride

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Wait is Over...

Whew - FINALLY!!! What is your favorite season?...Winter, Summer...ummm, no - FOOTBALL SEASON. Only kidding, but what a wonderful time of year. The Cowboys start training camp today (as well as many other teams) which means the start of football is right around the corner. HOORAY - the excitement can hardly be contained! We love football season in our house - watching games all Sunday afternoon/evening and Monday night, playing with our Fantasy Football teams, watching all the ESPN coverage we can get, eating snacks, screaming and yelling at the tv (okay maybe that's just Riley - hee hee)...it gets even better when Fall comes and it's cold outside. Oh the simple pleasures in life! The season kicks off six weeks from Thursday- the countdown is on. There will certainly be more blog posts about football - you can count on that!

Fasten your chin straps...until we meet again!
John & Riley

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Visit from Owen's Mom!

This is Carianne, my friend of 15 years this summer (we met in high school summer band 1994)! I have talked about her and you've seen pictures of her on our blog from time to time. She was in town last week from Wednesday afternoon until Saturday morning. She's expecting her first child (a baby boy - Owen) in November, so it was really neat to get to spend time with her and talk about all sorts of baby stuff, among other things as we girls tend to do - hee hee! She came to work with me on Thursday and Friday and set up a little area in my office to work on various things on her "To Do" list. We had lots of fun eating, talking, shopping, working on projects, etc. Thanks for a great visit Carianne!

Starting Thursday, we will have John's family in town - we are really looking forward to them being here!

Have a great week - until we meet again...
Riley

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Show Us Your Wedding Dress!

Today is another "Show Us..." activitiy on Kelly's blog. This week - your wedding dress, so fun!

Here I am in my wedding gown on the best day of my life - February 8, 2003. John and I have been married almost 6 1/2 years and God has blessed us with such a wonderful marriage. My wedding dress was very simple, but I absolutely loved it. It was a basic design with satin bands around the waist and a tear drop opening in the back. I knew it was the dress for me the minute I tried it on.

I bought my dress on a Saturday and John was working that day. After I bought it, I went and got us each a coffee from Starbucks and went by his office. When I told him "I bought a dress today", he had a big smile on his face and we were both so excited!

Here are a couple of pictures of the back...
Ahhhh, sweet memories!


Until we meet again...
John's Bride

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Up in Smoke

On Saturday, John tried out his new smoker for the first time! We got a new grill a few months ago...a 3-in-1 grill (charcoal, gas and smoker) - it's awesome. John had never smoked anything before so he decided to give it a go with a brisket. He trimmed and marinated the brisket overnight Friday and started it about lunch time on Saturday. He kept watch over it and let it smoke for several hours. The dinner menu was the brisket along with baked beans, potato salad, beer bread rolls and brownies - hungry yet?? He did an EXCELLENT job - especially for his first time. The brisket was so delicious and had the best flavor...very tender and yummy! We had leftovers after church on Sunday and we think it was even better then. He's already got a list of things he wants to smoke now - the sky is the limit. Thanks again, my love!
Here are a few pictures...
Until we meet again...
:) Riley

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

DATE NIGHT

At this point in our marriage we are very fortunate and blessed to get to experience "Date Night" each week. Saturday night is our date night - our escape from reality to just be together, have lots of fun and think about nothing else! Actually, we are usually always together and we always have fun with each other, but this is a little different :) Sometimes we go out on the town for dinner and a movie or shopping and then dessert. However some Saturday nights we just stay in and cook a yummy, usually unhealthy meal (haha!) and play board games and/or watch a movie or sporting event.
This past Saturday we went out and wanted to share just a couple of pictures... Written on the calendar

Us before we left the house...I realized later that my earring on the left was flipped over in this picture (oh well!)

Calvin all settled with his fleece blankets and the TV on - he was good and didn't have any parties! He just snuggles on the bed while we are gone - he's such a good dog!
Dinner at Abuelos - SO GOOD! John also printed us a coupon for a free entree which made it all the more better (saved about $10). Look at my husband saving us money...your coupon clipping wife thanks you. After dinner we went to a movie, but I forgot to snap a picture of the movie theater. We went to see "Taking of Pelham 123" - it was really good and very entertaining.

The Cheesecake Factory for dessert - need I say more? John had their 30th Anniversary cheesecake and I had the tiramisu...absolutely delicious!

What a wonderful night! We plan on staying in this weekend. We have plans to cook out and watch a movie.
Have a great week! Until we meet again...
Riley

Monday, July 13, 2009

All-Star Time!

We are really looking forward to tonight and tomorrow night - it's the All-Star break in the world of major league baseball. Tonight in St. Louis, eight power hitters (four from each league) will go to bat in the Home Run Derby contest. We are pulling for the hometown boy, Albert Pujols....but Nelson Cruz (Texas Rangers) will work too! Tomorrow night it's the American League vs National League in the All-Star game. We are really looking forward to watching both of these. Tonight we are even having hot dogs and nachos like we are at the ball park - fun times! Oh how we wish we were in St. Louis, watching it there, but our living room will have to do. It's going to be an exciting second half of the season. Enjoy!

Until we meet again...
John & Riley

Saturday, July 11, 2009

4th of July Weekend!

Well, it's now a week later, but we wanted to post some pictures of our 4th of July weekend. We spent the long weekend in Odessa and had a great time. There was eating (a lot!), cooking out, hanging outside, playing games, swimming, shopping, playing golf, having tea, going to church, visiting...lots of fun indeed! We were able to see just about everyone in the family, so that was really nice (there were a couple out of town). I'm not sure how, but in all the pictures we took we managed to not get any of Kristin, Heidi or Grammy! Our apologies to you all, but no offense. I guess when pictures were being taken they weren't around, but we'll get more next time.

Here are several pictures from the weekend...

Until we meet again...
John & Riley