Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Princess Bailey turns 1!

Yesterday our newest addition Bailey turned 1.  She has been the perfect addition to our family and the best pal for Buddy.  She is the biggest 60 pound baby and is the clumsiest dog I have ever had.   Even though she doesn't have a tail she chases her nub all day!  Buddy tolerates her even when she pulls him around by his tail. 
Maddy and Bailey the day we got her.  Bailey was only 4 lbs here. 
Snuggling with Buddy

Best Buds hanging out

She still thinks she is smaller than him.
It's my 1st Birthday!


2012 started out with a little bad news for us.  I got laid off from my job that had allowed me to work out of our home for 2 years.  I am an oil and gas landman, so we knew the day would come because you can only look for oil and gas in one spot for so long before you have to move on.  The next week I took a job in a very small town in Southeastern Louisiana that is 4 hours away from home.  Every Monday I drive to work and check into a hotel, and every Friday I drive back home to enjoy the weekend with Matt and the dogs.  I'll tell you all about the little town I've been in later. 

Since most of my time this year has been spent 4 hours away from home, the year has been pretty uneventful.  Matt and I have both been busy working. Matt is pursuing his MBA with a concentration in health care management, so he is staying busy while I am away.  I have gotten the chance to see some of my South LA friends and relatives more than usual since being down here.  I did get to attend Mardi Gras in Houma with my family this year. 

My dad and I at Mardi Gras

Matt and I went on a trip to Savannah and Charleston with his parents over the summer.   I got to go to Alpha Chi Omega National Convention in St.Louis since I am still helping advise the chapter at LA Tech.  These trips will of course get their own posts.  We celebrated 3 big birthdays in our family this year.  Matt's mom turned 60 this year and she wanted to celebrate in a way that all the kiddos would enjoy, so we took a quick weekend trip to Six Flags.  My oldest sister Shasta turned 40. We also celebrated Maw Maw's 82nd birthday with a surprise party.  When you get to be her age every birthday is a big one!
Melissa and Kaden on the carousel

Maddy and Emmy with Bugs Bunny
Look Whoooo's 82!
Wow...now we are caught up except for a few big trips and events. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Catch Up Catch Up 2011 Part II

Let's see if I can catch us all the way up...
After Amy got married the family went to Gulf Shores, Alabama.  We have been here many times before and usually go every year. 
I got to go to a few Palette Parties with my sisters and friends.
This picture totally shows my family's personality!
I got to return the favor and stand by one of my best friends as she married the man of her dreams.  I didn't take any pictures at the wedding, so here is a throwback from our high school days.
Circa 2001 or 2002
We celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas with both of our families.  We also held our 2nd annual Elf Workshop for all 9 of our nieces and nephews plus 1 great niece.  The Elf Workshop is technically hosted by our dogs and it is just a day that we spend doing fun Christmas crafts, games, and watching movies.  We have done an ornament both years and this year we did a snow family out of their handprints. 
Each kid did their own little masterpiece. 
Last for 2011, but certainly not least...we added a new family member with 4 legs.  Our precious little Bailey was brought into our family in November and has been a perfect fit for us.  She and big brother Buddy are the best of pals even though she is 6 times his size now. 
The day we got her.  11-4-11
Buddy checking out his new sister for the first time.

Best Buds


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Happy Fall Y'all Part I

Fall officially starts Saturday, but here in Louisiana it will not really feel like fall for a few more weeks.  The weather has been beautiful here for the last week cooler in the mornings and evenings, but still HOT during the day.  Last year in October Matt and I took a fabulous week long trip to the North East and Canada with his parents.  Since I have been day dreaming about sitting on a huge front porch overlooking the mountains and fall leaves, I thought I would recap our trip.

We flew into Rochester, NY, rented a car, and were on our way to explore. 

Our first stop was Niagara Falls, NY.  Wow...is the best way to sum it up.  Looking at pictures you just don't realize the hugeness and grandness of the falls.  This is definitely a must see for your bucket list.  I was absolutely amazed at how close you can actually get to the falls.  In some places you can pretty much stick your hand in the water. 
My inlaws A&D


Our next stop was Canada.  We went to Toronto and Montreal.  I did not take many pictures in Toronto, so on to Montreal.  For some reason on our trips with A&D, we always end up in the prettiest churches and cathedrals.
Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral
The inside of this cathedral is beautiful, but none of my inside photos turned out good.  You can see the inside here.

Olympic Park

Notre Dame Basilica

Our next stop was one of my absolute favorites.  We spent the second night in Burlington, Vermont then got up early and explored all it had to offer.  We started our day at a delicious place called the Skinny Pancake. They try to use all fresh local products, and I could really go for a frumple cake about now.  After the Skinny Pancake, we headed to Church Street to do a little shopping then it was off for our big adventures for the day. Our first stop was the Cold Hollow Cider Mill.  We sampled fresh cold apple cider straight from the press, enjoyed hot apple cider donuts, and did a little wine tasting.  They had the perfect picture set up with the old blue truck in front of the mountains.  We even had to order cider when we got home because it was soooo good. 
The press

Our next stop after filling up on the cider donuts was an old wooden bridge. 
We drove a little ways to the Cabot Cheese Creamery.  We learned all about their cooperative and how they make cheese. The day we were there they were packaging sour cream and making pepper jack cheese.  I will say we buy Cabot products anytime we get the chance now. 
After visiting Cabot we enjoyed the fall leaves and drove to New Hampshire.  The Mountain View Grand in Whitefield, NH had the best view from their front porch.  All we did in NH was spend the night and enjoy the view from our top of the mountain resort. 

From here we headed to Maine, and I will tell you all about the remainder of the trip with my next post. 

Catch up Catch up 2011 Part I

Wow...it's been a while.  So over the last year and a half we have done quite a bit. So I'll try to quickly recap in pictures...
We sadly lost Belle our first 4 legged baby. 
I went to Vegas with my oldest and youngest sisters. 
I went to Los Angeles with one of the Alpha Chi Omegas that I advise for a recruitment training. 
Matt's sister Amy got married and we welcomed Rick and his girls to the family.  
We went on a few fabulous trips during 2011, so I'm going to post about those next.