Friday, November 19, 2010

Celebrating our Anniversary-Downtown Austin

Over the weekend we celebrated our Anniversary with a stay-cation.  We are always going, so we decided to spend time here in Austin!  Friday we hung out with Shannon and Scott.  We all cooked the most delicious burgers and I tried a new recipe for my side dish.  Super easy, healthy, and easy to make alterations to...here it is...

Brown Rice Salad with Spinach and Tomatoes

2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp sugar
salt and pepper
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 peeled cucumber sliced
2 cups baby spinach
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

First mix oil, vinegar, dill, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper. Add rice, cucumbers, spinach, and tomatoes and toss to combine.  I think it would be good with an avocado too!
Saturday we slept in, packed, and then headed downtown to Zilker park.  We had a yummy picnic lunch on a park bench overlooking Lady Bird Lake and downtown.  One of the best views I must say.  And to top off lunch, a fellow Austin musician by the name of Woode Wood was playing his guitar and singing to all those running on the trail.  We of course struck up a conversation with him and he played us a love song...it was perfect!  After lunch we hopped on our bikes and weaved through the Townlake trails to enjoy the beautiful weather and burn a few calories. 



 This next part may sound really boring but it was one of our favorite parts!  We checked into the motel, watched HBO movies, and took a long nap...it felt great :)  For dinner we headed to Polvos (thanks for the introduction Erin)...nothing fancy, just good Austin atmosphere and a tasty salsa bar.  No delicious margarita but the food made up for it. 

Since the Aggies vs Baylor game started at 6, we quickly found a restaurant, Freddie's Place, with the game on.  We practically had the place to ourselves...guess everyone else was watching t.u...i'll stop there.  We lounged on sofas while drinking hot cocoa and Coors...And yahoo!!!!  The Aggies pulled off another "W"!  Freddie's was a cute place...washers, smores, live music, and a huge outdoor area.  Great place for kids too. 
 Sunday we planned to eat at the Magnolia Cafe but changed our mind when we saw the line.  Instead we sacrificed for amazing Torchy's Tacos!  

That about wraps it up...'til next year. 

22 Weeks!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

3 Wonderful Years!

Tomorrow is our 3rd year anniversary!!!  I remember our wedding like it was yesterday :)  If you weren't able to join in on the festivities, we had our ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hallettsville and the reception on the Shiner Legion Hall.  Had a blast, it was way too short, got to spend time with so many of our family members and best friends, and best of all I married my best friend. I couldn't have asked for a better husband. I could go on and on, but then you might want him and you can't have him :) Speaking of being a sweetheart, he got me sparkling white grape juice for our celebration tomorrow! Can't wait to drink it and watch our wedding video!
So many pictures...how can I only pick a few!!!

I know this is about our anniversary but I wanted to give a shout out to my mom for all of her hard work she did on our reception...sooooo many hours!  Not sure how she did it but she managed to put together exactly what I envisioned...thanks mommy...can't wait to help you with the next one.

This is our last year to be a family of two...next year we probably won't even have time to celebrate our 4th!

I love you Patrick!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Weekend Recap...

This past weekend was pretty relaxing.  Friday night we made a quick jaunt to La Grange to watch the high school football game.  At half time they were recognizing all those players from LG who won a State Championship, 2000 and 1975.  Patrick wanted to go reminisce and see all of his old buddies.  However, it was COLD and we left after half time!  It was good to visit with the Hebert's for a short while before our drive back.



Saturday was a gorgeous day!  We woke with no alarm and got dressed to try out the first-ever Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival down at Zilker Park.  It started out great...got to try a few yummy samples but then it got hot and the lines were forever long.  We stood in line for our last sample for almost an hour!  But we got our vitamin D for the day and we weren't watching football...yahoo.  And then the Aggies played one heck of a game and beat OU!!!  What a surprise :)  It reminded me of my freshmen year at a&m when we played OU.  Kari, Beth, a few other friends, and I had tickets for the third deck on the very tip-top row.  Now you may think these were bad seats and yes it did take an eternity to get up there, but we had so much space and got a fantastic draft over the back of the stadium.  Needless to say, we won that game too and it was one of my best memories of Aggie football.
Gypsy Picnic Food Festival
Cuddling with Sully during the Aggie Game
Sunday we went to mass and did chores around the house...touched up our coffee tables, vacuumed, cleaned, washed rugs...you name it.  And something that we have been talking about for a year now...we finally went for a bike ride!!!  Who in the world designed skinny, hard bike seats...helloooo, they are not comfortable!  But the weather, company, and exercise made it worth while :)  We also started making room for Little Hebert.  We switched up some beds, moved the crib to where it is going to live, packed up all of our high school and baby stuff for the attic....the decorating ideas are definitely flowing now!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Daddy Felt You!

Little Hebert,

For the first time last night Daddy was able to feel you in Mommy's tummy. I was lying in bed reading my book before bedtime and you were just doing all kinds of somersaults and kicks. Most of the time when I try to feel you from the outside you stop, but I called Daddy over and told him to place his hand just in the right spot.

We waited about a minute and you performed!  And Daddy was able to feel you move.  He was able to feel you two more times after that.  What an amazing moment!  I know there is lots more to come as you continue to grow bigger and bigger (not too big though :).  Love you and can't wait to meet you.

Mommy

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween at the Hebert's

Sunday we went to church and then prepared for the little kiddos that would be trick-or-treating that evening. Rebecca was in Austin for the weekend so she decided to stay Sunday night and help us pass out candy and scare the little children!

We first hung a tarp that enclosed our small front porch and positioned an awesome strobe light in the corner. We carved our pumpkins...one with a normal pumpkin face and the other with an ATM...we had to after our win on Saturday :) Once it started to get dark we put strobe lights in our pumpkins instead of candles, got our costumes on, and waited in anticipation for our first treater.
So Patrick had his face painted white with black eyes and red blood dripping down and dressed in his camo outfit. He sat in a chair near the strobe light while Rebecca and I sat at the door with the bowl of candy. Let's just say...many of the little ones never made it past Patrick or the "dead guy". It was tooooo scary! He didn't say a word or jump out...just sat there. Oh yes, and we had scary music playing in the background. Here are some videos of the ghoulish excitement (dark but you can still hear them)....
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 The night was definitely a success and surpassed our expectations!  Ohhh the little things in life :)

Patrick's Theme Song...

Anything Like Me

by: Brad Paisley

I remember sayin' I don't care either way
Just as long as he or she is healthy I'm okay
Then the doctor pointed to the corner of the screen
And said, "You see that thing right there, well you know what that means"

I started wondering who he was going to be
And I thought heaven help us if he's anything like me

He'll probably climb a tree too tall and ride his bike too fast
End up every summer wearin' something in a cast
He's gonna throw a ball and break some glass in a window down the street

He's gonna get in trouble, oh he's gonna get in fights
I'm gonna lose my temper and some sleep
It's safe to say that I'm gonna get my payback if he's anything like me

I can see him right now, knees all skinned up
With a magnifying glass tryin' to melt the Tonka truck
Won't he be a sight with his football helmet on?
That'll be his first love 'til his first love comes along

He'll get his heart broke by the time he's in his teens
And heaven help him if he's anything like me

He'll probably stay out too late and drive his car too fast
Get a speeding ticket, he'll pay for mowing grass
He's gonna get caught skippin' class and be grounded for a week

He's gonna get into trouble, we're gonna get in fights
I'm gonna lose my temper and some sleep
It's safe to say that I'm gonna get my payback if he's anything like me

He's gonna love me and hate me along the way
Years are gonna fly by and I already dread the day

He's gonna hug his momma, he's gonna shake my hand
He's gonna act like he can't wait to leave
But as he drives out he'll cry his eyes out if he's anything like me
There's worst folks to be like, oh he'll be alright if he's anything like me