Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Full Weekend

Even though it is now Tuesday, it's never too late for a weekend re-cap! We had a nice weekend, but stayed fairly busy from start to finish. Friday night we walked in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life! It is such a wonderful, powerful experience if you ever have a chance to be a part of it. We had set a goal to raise $500 and we raised $1,040 - AMAZING! Thank you to all of you that supported our efforts. Cancer has affected the lives of people in both of our families, so it's a cause near and dear to our hearts. Our church had a team called the P.E.A.C.E Walkers with P.E.A.C.E standing for Pray Everyday - A Cure Eventually! We were there most of Friday night and to reward ourselves for our walking we went to Chili's for coffee and dessert - mmm!
Saturday morning we had a few errands to run, groceries to buy and a little maintenance work to be done on the car. We spent the afternoon around the house being productive with various things. For dinner, we made a few yummy snacks and John made brownies for dessert. We had what we call an "In House Date Night" and spent the evening playing board games and watching college football and Saturday Night Live - we didn't go to bed until about 1am Sunday. Here are a couple of game pictures and one of Calvin just hangin' while we played...Saturday night Scrabble - we are such party animals...haha!!

Sunday was fairly typical for us - Sunday school, church, lunch, calls to family, naps, watching football, working on things around the house...a nice Sunday. John also had a church softball game Sunday evening and they won - hooray!! It is their first victory this season.

We are looking forward to a shorter work week (off on Friday) because we are heading to big "O-TOWN" Thursday afternoon...that's Odessa (good ol' West Texas). We are looking forward to seeing and spending the weekend with my family there. We were last in Odessa in July, so it's always good to go back, see everyone and get a taste of home. Exciting and fun!! We are going to the big OHS vs PHS high school football game Friday night. This is us at last year's game...
We go back home for the cross-town rival game each year...let's hope we actually win this year. Yes, I graduated 12 year ago, but Once a Broncho, Always a Broncho! Also while I'm in town I am helping host a baby shower for my best friend (of 15 years) Carianne on Saturday afternoon...She is due to have OWEN on November 20th and I'm very much looking forward to her baby shower on Saturday. It's going to be a GREAT time and I'm sure she will be "showered" with so many wonderful gifts and memories. This is such an exciting time for her and Austin and not too much longer until they get to meet their new son.

We will certainly have many pictures of family, football and the baby shower from this weekend so stay tuned for that! Until then, have a great week!
:) Riley

Monday, September 28, 2009

HAPPY MONDAY!


We had a really nice weekend! A couple of pictures and more detail on that to come...we are looking forward to a great week ahead. GO COWBOYS! They play tonight on Monday Night Football. Let's hope tonight's game is better than the last - sheesh! We are making a homemade pizza for dinner - mmmm!!
Hope you have a Happy Monday!
Until we meet again...
Riley

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Show Us Your Life - Dessert Recipe!

This week...Kelly is hosting the "Show Us Your Life" blog tour featuring dessert recipes - YUMMY! Like most people, I think I have more dessert recipes than any other type of recipe. It's so difficult when I need or want to make a dessert because I have too many options to chose from and I want them ALL! This recipe isn't necessarily my most favorite dessert (I simply cannot pick a favorite!!), but it's a cake that I made over Labor Day and it was quite tasty...



Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookie Cake

Ingredients:

1 box of devil's food cake mix
4 squares of semi-sweet chocolate
1/4 cup of butter
8oz of cream cheese - softened
1/2 cup of sugar
2 cups of cool whip
12 oreo cookies - coarsely chopped


Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350. Prepare cake mix according to package directions and bake in 2 - 9" round cake pans. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto wire racks and cool completely. After cakes are cool, microwave chocolate squares and butter in small bowl for 2 minutes or until butter melts. Stir until chocolate is completely melted - cool for 5 minutes. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer until well blended. Gently fold in cool whip and crushed oreos. Stack one cake on a cake plate or round serving dish and spread cream mixture on top of cake. Top with the second cake. Spread chocolate melted glaze on top of second cake. Let stand until firm and keep refrigerated.


We really enjoyed it - it's a cold cake, chocolate, creamy center....what's not to love?? Now if I can just decide what dessert to make this weekend!

Enjoy...
Riley

Monday, September 21, 2009

I Feel Like I'm Fallin' for Fall

Tomorrow marks the first day of Autumn - fabulous! Fall is our absolute favorite season. This weekend, I put out a few of our fall decorations around the house...nothing too much, just a few touches here and there. It helps make the house feel cozy and "fallish" (I don't think that's even a word, but it'll do). Here are a few pictures...We have a couple of pumpkins, a garden flag and a decorative fall stake going in the front yard, but I didn't take pictures of that until we get the yard work done. It's WAY overdue, but it's been so rainy for a week. Things are finally starting to dry out! We also have some cute scarecrows on a "Welcome" sign hanging on the front door. We do have a few Halloween decorations that we will add early October and then after Halloween we'll replace with a few "turkey" items for November. We already have 4 bags of Halloween candy. We've been buying a bag or two each time we go to the store so it's not overwhelming and expensive at the end of October. We have SO MANY trick-or-treaters! We love it though...

We had a nice weekend! Craft night was great at church Friday night and I got a couple of projects completed there. John so sweetly went and bought our groceries and put them all away while I was at church.
Saturday morning until mid-afternoon was spent working on to dos around the house - all that fun domestic stuff! The rest of Saturday afternoon and evening was spent at the Rangers ball park for the Mercy Me concert and the baseball game. The concert was AWESOME and the game was wonderful as always, plus they won 3-2. Hooray for victory! The weather was perfect and it was such a wonderful date night for us "baseball buddies". We are guessing there were 25,000 people there, possibly more? There were 47,000+ at the baseball game so if half came early for the concert...lots of people. How amazing is it to have that many God loving people in one place singing, dancing and worshiping the Lord before a baseball game. It was so moving...one of the best parts was when the band asked everyone there to sing Amazing Grace - A Cappella. WOW - it was an incredible sound to hear all those voices in unison, outdoors with no instruments...so powerful! Here are a couple of pictures...Sunday was pretty typical...a great morning at church, lunch, naps, football watching, John's softball games, various things around the house - good day! Except for the Cowboys...let's not go there. I've already ranted a couple of times - sheesh!
Happy thoughts...here's to a wonderful Fall season!
Until we meet again...
Riley

Friday, September 18, 2009

TGIF

Hip, Hip, Hooray...it's Friday!! We are ready for the weekend and I'm sure you are as well.

A few things we are looking forward to about the weekend...

Tonight is CRAFT NIGHT for the women at church so I'm looking forward to working on a few crafty projects while having good fellowship time with my sisters in Christ!

Tomorrow night, we will be seeing these guys...
MERCY ME

They are performing at pregame concert at the Texas Rangers game - which we will be at...so we get to hear wonderful music, watch a great baseball game and eat some yummy food! It'll be an awesome, fun night!

Fall is in the air (well sort of...), but we plan to put out some of our fall decorations and we'll add some Halloween decor next month. I love decorating the house for the seasons and holidays - especially these next few months!

We have several things on our "To Do" list so it'll be nice to get caught up on some things. The weekends are always good for that. We desperately need to mow our yard, but it's drowning. It has been raining for a week!!

Of course there will be lots of college and NFL football on for our viewing pleasure!!The Cowboys have a HUGE game against the New York Giants. It's the first real game in the new Cowboys Stadium (or Jerry World as many people here in the Dallas area like to call it). Plus it's going to be on Sunday Night Football on NBC. They are expecting around 100,000 people - WOW! This picture was us at Texas Stadium last year...not sure we'll make it to a game this year. The prices are outrageous for parking, food, tickets, etc so we'll just watch with comfort at home.

Also today, I am going to lunch with my two wonderful friends at work, Susie and Sylvia...We refer to ourselves as "The Angels". It's a VERY long, funny story (well funny to us anyway, haha)...we are quite the office trio! We are such great friends and have so much fun working together everyday. Once a month we all go to lunch together and we call it our "Angels Lunch". We are doing that today plus celebrating Sylvia's birthday from a few days ago. I have a picture of the "angels" on my office bulletin board and I get some strange looks and comments - I guess it seems really random to people...hee hee!

Well, there is much to look forward to this weekend - hope you have a great one!
Until we meet again...
Riley

Thursday, September 17, 2009

They're Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

I know that everyone has their "shows" that they love, cannot miss and look forward to each new season when fall comes around. It's THAT time of year again - all of the new episodes of our favorite TV shows are starting back - hooray! We don't have too many "can't miss" shows, but we have several programs or particular channels that we like to watch - plus sports usually take precedence over our TV.

Our two favorite shows just happen to be starting tonight...

Ahhhh - it's so nice to welcome back the staff of Dunder Mifflin into our living room! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE "The Office" - it is so funny and we enjoy all of the characters. So excited for it to start back up again."Parks and Recreation" is a new show that started mid-season last year and we took a liking to it VERY quickly. We thought we'd watch the first couple of episodes to test it out and it's really funny as well!

Add those two shows with a "Weekend Update" Saturday Night Live special - what a great TV night! We have a few "to dos" to take care of tonight as well, but we are really looking forward to the new season of these shows. Plus - tomorrow is FRIDAY!!

Have a Happy Thursday!
Until we meet again...
Riley

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SCOTTIE!

We want to wish our nephew, Scottie a very HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY! We love you very much and hope you have a super duper day!
Aunt Riley & Uncle John

Monday, September 14, 2009

Dinner for Eight & Weekend Recap!

On our way to dinner

Saturday night we met with our "Dinner for Eight" group. Us and three other couples in the church meet monthly for dinner at one of our houses. The hosts prepare the main course and each of the other couples bring sides and dessert. Despite the rainy weather, it was a very nice evening. We had a tasty meal and we took sopapilla cheesecake for dessert and we had that with delicious coffee. There are currently two "Dinner for Eight" groups at church, but a possible third group forming. It is a great concept and a time of fun and fellowship.

The rest of the weekend was really nice - nothing spectacular, but a good weekend as always. Friday night we went to dinner and then we each had allowance we wanted to spend. Yes, we get allowance each month...which helps us control our spending, haha! John bought a new softball bat at Dick's Sporting Goods and I bought a few things at Hobby Lobby. After that we went by Starbucks and then bought our groceries for this week.

Saturday was spent doing all sorts of things around the house on our "to do" list and then we went to the "Dinner for Eight". Yesterday was a wonderful Sunday school class lesson (studying the book of Esther) and a great worship service - we LOVE our church! After church we ate lunch and spent the rest of the day watching football and doing more "stuff" around the house. I also deep cleaned the living room and did some rearranging of several decor items - I'll be decorating for fall this week, so exciting! Last night we watched the Sunday night football game, made popcorn on the stove and played dominoes. John was supposed to have a softball game, but it rained all weekend.

This was Calvin at 6:30 this morning when I was leaving for work. I think he is saying "I don't want the weekend to be over". He has SUCH a hard life...

Looking forward to this week - Happy Monday!
Until we meet again...
Riley

Thursday, September 10, 2009

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL??

WHOO HOO!

The NFL season kicks off tonight and we are PUMPED!! The past couple of years, the NFL has shown the first football game of the season on a Thursday night along with a pre-game concert for a big NFL Kick-Off special.

Tonight is the Titans vs Steelers - should be a great game. We've made it a tradition these past few years to get pizza for this game and this year is no exception. Yummy pizza, fun game, keeping an eye our Fantasy football scores - oh joy!

Sunday the rest of the teams get underway - bring it on!

Until we meet again..
John & Riley

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Weekend!

We have had an enjoyable and productive Labor Day weekend! Don't you love long weekends? We've gotten several things done around the house and around town, but we've had lots of fun and relaxed as well...
Saturday was our Fantasy Football draft - we were excited to see our teams. We were both pretty pleased with the players we got. It makes us all the more excited for the football season to start. College football started this weekend so that's good and the NFL kick-off is Thursday night! We've been playing Fantasy Football for a few years and it's so much fun. John won the league championship last year and I won the year before that! He is the "Champion Cougars" and I am the "Pernicious Pixies". So intimidating!

Saturday around lunch time, we went and shared an appetizer at Shenaniganz and bowled three games. John won the first two games and Riley won the third! It is such a fun place and neat atmosphere. After we finished there we ran several errands and did some shopping around town. We came home and took a good, long nap and then went back out for dinner at Edohana - a hibachi style place - SO YUMMY! It was our date day/night! After dinner we came home and played several board games, watched college football and had dessert.

MMMMMM - this was our weekend dessert - Oreo Cookie Cake that Riley made. It was quite tasty. John said to add it to the list of his favorite cakes - haha!

Sunday was church (great Sunday school class and wonderful church service), phone calls to family, naps and a list of "domestic duties". John also met a few softball team members at the field to practice for a while. We cooked a brisket, beans, fried potatoes and bread for dinner - and more cake for dessert! We played another board game and watched some tv before bed.

Today has been more "to dos" around the house plus watching several episodes of FRIENDS while we worked on things in the living room. We are going to finish up everything on our list for today so that we can have the rest of the day to nap, play more games, watch tv and just relax before going back to work tomorrow - but hey, it's a 4-day week, whoo hoo!

Hope you've enjoyed your holiday weekend as well!
Until we meet again...
John & Riley

Thursday, September 3, 2009

DipTacular

I'm participating in BooMama's "DipTacular" - a tour of dips if you will! It's a chance for everyone in the blog world to share their yummy dip recipe. Who doesn't love a big plate of chips or crackers with some delicious dip! This is especially perfect now that football season is upon us!

I have several tasty dip recipes, but this is one of our favorites (I think it's John's favorite!). We make this during football season and it's a tradition that we make it the night we decorate our Christmas tree. Here it is...

HAMBURGER DIP
1 pound hamburger meat
10 oz can rotel
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 pound velveeta (cut into cubes)
Brown hamburger meat in a large pot and drain. To the meat, add rotel, worcestershire sauce, chili powder and velveeta. Stir occasionally until all the velveeta is melted then simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with chips of your choice - we like tortilla chips or potato chips! This can also be kept warm in a crock pot if serving at a party. We took this to a Super Bowl party last year (in our football crockpot) and it was a big hit!
Hope you enjoy this delicious dip...until we meet again!
Riley

Show Us Your Life - School Picture

This week, Kelly is hosting a "Show Us Your Life" tour of school pictures. Ahhh, school pictures! There aren't too many of my school pictures that I really love. I guess everyone feels that way to some degree. Believe me - there are some bad ones - haha! Hair issues, huge glasses, bad clothes, weird look/smile...Oh well, memories!

This is my favorite school picture - I was in the 2nd grade. I think that's the last time my hair had that much curl and volume - must have used a lot of hair spray that day! Oh how I loved the 2nd grade.
This is one of my senior pictures - Class of '97. I have a whole book of senior pictures, but I didn't take the time to dig them out and scan them. I graduated from Odessa High School in Odessa, Texas (the NHS is for National Honor Society if you were curious why it wasn't "OHS"). Wow - hard to believe that was 12 years ago. College graduation was 8 years ago - where does the time go?

This is me now - married to the sweetest, kindest husband in the world. He treats me amazingly and I am forever grateful for who he is and how he has changed my life. We have been married about 6 1/2 years. Our life is simply grand! We say a prayer together every single day thanking God for our marriage!

Don't forget to stop by Kelly's blog for all the other fun school pictures.
Until we meet again...
Riley

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wonderful Wednesday!

There is much to be happy about and celebrate this Wednesday! Here are a few reasons why...
Our nephew, Noah is 1 today! We love you Noah and wish you a VERY HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY. We look forward to seeing you next month - hugs and kisses coming!

My Mom texted me yesterday to say that the school supplies were on clearance at Target - WHOO HOO! If you know me well, you know that I LOVE supplies. I have so many fun supplies at work and at home. Do I need more? Not really! Will I go tonight to see if there's anything I want to buy? Absolutely!! I love it when students are back to school and have all their supplies, then what is left is put on clearance for people like me. Oh I'm so easily pleased!

September is now upon us and that means fall is fast approaching - oh I love it! Cooler weather, leaves changing, pumpkins, football, baseball playoffs, cooking and baking, warm clothes, seasonal drinks at Starbucks, fragrances of fall, decorating, holidays...best time of year these next few months!

Last, but not least...this is our 50th blog post! Obviously we are "rookies" in the blog world, but wow - I cannot believe we have blogged about 50 things and events. We started this blog back in March of this year and it's been awesome in so many ways. We love connecting with people and keeping people updated on us as well. Here's to many more posts to come!

Tonight we have church and we always look forward to that! God has blessed us with an amazing church with wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ there. After church, we will run into Target (as mentioned above - hee hee) and then stop for sno cones - yummy!

Hope your Wednesday is wonderful too...until we meet again!
Riley