Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Travels

Jay and I got to spend a wonderful four days in Little Rock for our Thanksgiving holiday!  I unfortunately had to work a full day on Wednesday so we didn't head out until 5:30.  We got stopped in terrible traffic headed out of KC and it took us over TWO HOURS to travel 15 miles-- ugh!  It was a long night so we decided to stop in Rogers, Arkansas to spend the night at my sister and brother-in-law's house.  We were so thankful that their house was right in the middle of our trip!  We got up Thursday morning early and were headed out the door before 7:00am!  A beautiful day for a drive to Little Rock! 

We arrived a Rob and Billie's a little before 10 and got to hang out until everyone came over for a delicious Thanksgiving lunch!  After lunch we were all so full and pooped so we took a long afternoon nap!!  Thursday evening we just hung out and watched some football.  Friday we braved the crowds at Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Sam's, and Academy Sports.  We had such a yummy lunch at El Porton-- authentic Mexican-- and headed home for another rest.  Friday night Rob, Billie, Jay and I went over to Maw Maw and Deda's for a fantastic roast prepared by Maw Maw and helped her with her Christmas decorations.  After dinner Jay and I went over to Matt and Akina's to watch a movie and hang out.  Saturday while the boys were golfing Billie and I got out to got shopping again-- we found some great deals!  For lunch we celebrated Matt's birthday with Firehouse Subs and a scrumptous cake!  Saturday night was the Arkansas vs. LSU game and I went to Buffalo Grill to watch it with my friend Allison while Jay went to his friend Drew's.  Sunday morning we went to Rob and Billie's new church then said good-bye and headed home.  It was such a great trip and we are so thankful for our wonderful friends and family!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Busy Bees and Other Animals, too!

It has been a crazy busy week for Jay and me!  Work is still very busy and everyone is working hard to stay caught up before the winter hits.  Jay has started a new section at school and is really staying busy with studying.  We have done a lot of house & dog sitting and have been away from our own home so that makes things even more crazy it seems.  We're now back at home which is such a nice feeling.  We actually had the opportunity to host The Bradley's at our "home away from home" last weekend.  God worked it out so well because we had much more room for everyone!  Saturday we spent the day at the zoo in gorgeous, yet unseasonably warm, weather!  It was packed but we had such a great time!  Jay and I enjoy more and more being an aunt and uncle-- especially as our nieces get older.  Lucy got to feed a deer and a sheep and I've posted some pics of the day along with some of our favorite animals!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween Happenings

Halloween was a fun holiday this year!  We didn't really celebrate last year so we had to make up for it...  We carved a cute, happy pumpkin (well Jay did!) and lit it up outside!  I bought a chicken outfit for our cat, Millie, and dressed her up.  She hated it at first but wore it for awhile.  She was so cute in it!  Our friends, Jonathan and Heather, invited us over for the OU vs. K-State game on Saturday night so we only dressed up in our Sooner gear.  I made "spider-web" brownies which were a total hit!  We had a fun time with everyone who came out to celebrate Halloween and the game!

Arkansas' Phinest, Truly

October 23-25, 2009

The Pi Beta Phi Chapter at the University of Arkansas celebrated 100 years this year!  Also, this summer we were rewarded the nation's top honor for Pi Phi chapters for the third consecutive year.  I was able to drive down to Fayetteville for all the Pi Phi festivities.  I had such a wonderful time hanging out with friends I hadn't seen in two years and celebrating our chapter with over 300 Arkansas Alpha Pi Phis!  Friday night was "Pledge Class Reunions" and my pledge class ('04) had a nice dinner at one of our favorite Fayetteville restaurants, Powerhouse.  Saturday we went to Grub's (to watch the Arkansas vs. Ole Miss game) before a luncheon at the Fayetteville Town Center and then stopped by the house for a reminiscent tour.  Such good memories!  It was really a neat experience and such a fun weekend with all the girls!