Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Beach Retreat

This past weekend we have the pleasure of going to the beach with The Mims and The McKinnons.  It was such a great time to get away and relax and enjoy the beach.  We took Friday off and headed down Thursday night.  Friday morning the guys headed out deep sea-fishing while we parked ourselves on the beach.  We all we able to read a lot (and it was kinda nice to have a day where the guys did not ask us to get in the water every 5 minutes)!

They caught lots of fish and came home that night to cook the Fresh Catch of the Day. Snapper was on the menu for dinner and it was delicious. Thank you Clayton for cooking the fish!

While being at the beach we celebrated Ted’s Birthday.  He turned the BIG 25 on Sunday and is now a 1/4 of a century old.  Please excuse the cake (long story ordering a cake from the Walmart at the beach)!  We cut the cake after the long day of fishing and the guys were exhausted. Happy Birthday Ted!100_1215 Saturday morning it was raining when we woke up – but no worries as soon as the rain stopped we were all out on the beach.  Look at the beautiful rainbow that was in the sky, I am not sure how you can look at this and say there is no God. 100_1216 We stayed on the beach until late Saturday and then came in to get ready for dinner.  We headed to Salt Water Grill and then played some Miniature Golf after dinner.

Thanks Mims and McKinnons for a great trip with great friends.  We will have to do it again soon!

** Shealy and Laura Ann have other pictures – but this was all that was on my camera.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

An Enjoyable Lunch

Do you ever feel that sometime life just gets to busy to stop and do anything?  Well, I think I have been in that mode for a while but it is so nice to stop and enjoy time with a great friend. 

I was able to eat lunch today with one of my best friends and college roommates, Ashley Jane.  She is still in Auburn because she is about to finish up her last year of Vet School.  It is such a shame that we do not get together more often, but even though we are in the same city we are both extremely busy.  Eating lunch with her today was so refreshing and we always pick up right where we left off.  We talk often – but it is always better to talk in person. 213Thanks so much Ashley for a great lunch and we need to do it again soon! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Yes, Ted is in classes all day, but we are planning on going to a nice dinner tomorrow night (a day late) to celebrate. 

I could not have asked God for a better guy to marry.  He has such a good heart and I could not have even dreamed of being able to marry such an incredible man.  God is good and faithful and has blessed me with a Godly man who is devoted to his family and has a desire to serve and to reach out to others. 

Ted balances me out and keeps me in check with reality and what is really important in life.  It has been the best 2 years of my life and I look forward to many, many more.

Since we are traveling I do not have our wedding pictures with me – but I did find a few pictures on a jump drive in my purse.Picture 092 (From our rehearsal dinner)


Happy Anniversary and I love you!

Welcome to …

Picture 015HOLLYWOOD! Our first stop yesterday morning was Hollywood.  We have fun filled day packed with lots of sight-seeing.  This was as close to the Hollywood sign as we went, but it was still a great view.  

We spent most of our time in on Hollywood Blvd where both sides of the street have all of the stars with names for the Walk of Fame.  Picture 009 We also went to the Grumans Chinese Theater where lots of stars have their hand and foot prints in the concrete.  Below is George Cloney’s and the main cast in Harry Potter.  No, I have not read any Harry Potter books, but I know lots of people have so I thought some people may be interested.Picture 012Picture 013

It was very cool to see things like the Chinese Theater and the Kodak Theater where lots of “stars” visit regularly.

Picture 010 Picture 017   From Hollywood…went went to………rodeoRODEO Drive!  We definitely could not afford anything – but It sure was High Class.  The street is not very long, which was not exactly what I had envisioned. 

For good measure, here is a picture of my mom and I in front of the sign.Picture 021 We are heading to Universal Studios today!  Be back then for pictures!

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Beaches are a Little Different

Ted had to go to LA on a business trip this week -- so why not take the family and make this a vacation? I am very lucky that my parents and brother were able to join me so we can sight-see together while Ted is in his meetings. (Sorry Allison that you could not be here -- but thanks for staying at the house and keeping Huck!)

We arrived yesterday afternoon around lunch time (PST) in Los Angeles. We got our bags and headed to our hotel. This would be Ted's only afternoon he was not in meetings, so we headed to the beaches. We drove down Pacific Coast Highway, which runs along the coast. We stopped and got out at Malibu beach. The water was COLD and there was a nice breeze - but that did not stop Ted and Taylor from getting in the water.

After leaving Malibu beach we headed down to Santa Monica Beach. There were a lot more people here. We went to the Santa Monica Pier and boy was it crowded. It was nice to walk out on the pier and see everything. Here are some pictures of the view from the pier.
The beaches are for sure different than our AL & FL beaches. These beaches have lots of rocks and the sand is more brown and dirty looking. It makes me love our white-sand beaches even more. The weather was great and we enjoyed our day. Today we are headed to Beverly Hills and Hollywood!
I will leave you with a picture of the way the houses are built on the sides of the hills. This house overlooks the water. There is no telling what the price tag on a house like this cost.

Have a great day and I will be back with pictures from Rodeo Drive!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Happy Birthday….

allison Happy Birthday Allison!  You are the best sister that I could ever ask for.  You are always so much fun to be around, but have the sweetest spirit I know.  I love you and I hope that you have a great birthday!