Monday, December 15, 2008

Master Adam

This past Saturday Adam graduated with his Masters in Social Work! It was a very exciting and long anticipated day. Adam has been working very hard and sacrificing a lot for school for the past 2 1/2 years and it was so exciting to celebrate the culmination of all that. Adam's parents, both his sisters, our niece, our cousin-in-law, and my grandparents all made it out for the big day and it was a lot of fun.

It was the most exuberant and exciting graduation I have ever attended! There was extreme cheering, yelling, clapping, and standing up for pretty much every graduate. The speaker was the new Associate Dean for the School of Social Work (it was only Social Work graduates) and surpassed any graduation speaker I have ever heard; she was inspiring, funny, and to the point (ie not very long!).

Here are some pictures of the big day:
Walking in....the girl behind him looks very excited!
Getting his name announced!

Getting "hooded"

Moving their tassles over

"Master Adam" and myself

Adam and his sisters, Heather and Jennifer

Adam and Gran

Adam and his parents, Bryan and Rhonda

It was a wonderful celebration and we're so so happy he is done with school...for now at least!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

deep in the heart of texas

This past weekend we went to the Texas State Fair! I have been looking forward to it all fall and I am so glad we went when we did because, little did I know, it was the last weekend it was here!

I went last year with my parents and my Uncle John the day after we got engaged and have just had such great memories of it being a fabulous day and so much fun; and thus I have built the whole experience up in my mind for a entire year. I tend to do this though: I think something will be fun, decide to do it, day dream about it up until the event, and then have way too high expectations! Thankfully, Adam has great memories of going to the Lubbock fair and thought it would be fun too!

My high expectations did make the start to the day a little rough; but we soldiered through and eventually all my expecations were met...once I stopped having them! (If only I could remember this life lesson, I learn it several times a year, yet always seem to forget!)

Here are some pictures from our FABULOUS time at the fair:

Attempts of BIG TEX, Adam, & Rachel:

Photo by Adam:
Photo by Helpful Stranger:

Best Fair Food 2007/Fried Grilled Cheese:
Tasted like pure grease:
At the top of the ferris wheel!:

It was a wonderful day and now I will start my anticipation for next year!


I've decided to do better about blogging. I told my sister that facebook wasn't for half-doers and she threw it back in my face! She got on the facebook bandwagon full force, so now its my turn with this blogging thing.

I also need to be better about responding to comments and actually start to comment on all the blogs I read...I tend to stay on "safe ground" and only comment, occasionally, on family member's blogs! Part of my excuse is that I don't have "events" to blog about....but I've seen some things like posts about what people are reading, their "favorite things", favorite movies, or just life thoughts in general; and I'm sure I can muster up some more good office stories!

So, I'm throwing it out there so hopefully I'll follow through; I'm going to post and comment more!

Friday, August 22, 2008

good love is on the way

This post is a little over due....but its never an inappropriate time to talk about my friend John. A few weeks ago I went with my best friend from high school (although our friendship obviously transcends the limits of good ole CP) to see John Mayer. It was simply amazing.

I just love John; him, Jen, and I just have so many great memories together. Like dancing in the car our senior year of high school to Why Georgia while "Nigel with the brie" (my crush for WAY too long) stared on, or having Room For Squares be the soundtrack to the best summer of our lives (felt that way in high school), or making an almost 24 hr trip to visit him & Jen in Oklahoma City my freshman year, or singing every word to every song our first time with him while Crystal yells "marry me John" in the background.....the list goes on.

With this concert we probably added our favorite memory, and I mean that for all three of us. The night was incredible: we ate Chuys before hand (John couldn't make it but we thought of him often), he sang all our favorites, we danced the WHOLE time, and John didn't wear his shirt; what more could we ask for?

It was a fabulous night and we plan on many more!

PS - I do still have a husband (he's totally supportive of mine and John's relationship) and he has started blogging should read it!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

the office...

is honestly where I feel like I work sometimes. I have a great job, with great hours, great experience, great friends, great benefits, ect; but sometimes the things we do are hilarious and it feels like we're on an episode of "the office".

Bowl for Kids Sake (BFKS, bc I'm too lazy to keep typing that!) is a huge fund raiser we do all year long with volunteers throughout the community who get friends and family to sponsor them to bowl (think Jog-a-thon in elementary school). So, a couple of Fridays ago we had an All-Staff BFKS and if you participated then you didn't have to work during those hours, sounds pretty great, right? Well, here is where the "officy" stuff comes in.

Like a whole month before the actual day they had a Kick-Off Party, which was basically one huge extremely awkward bowling party. It was from 11 to 2 and it was "come and go" and they had Wii bowling, bowling decorations, a bowling cake, huge plastic bowling set, ect. and like 90's alternative music blaring. They presented it as "come and sign up and hang out"; except we're really supposed to be working, and there were never more than 3 people in there at a time, and you really sign up online so there was not a tangible reason to be there.

So awkward and hilarious.

Then for the actual day of BFKS your team had to have a theme and costumes and lane decorations. I mean, I really thought when I left LCU that my days of buying things at GoodWill and Savors were over and that my roommate's costume box was a thing of the past (apparently she knew better because she still has it!) But no, no it's not, not when you have to be a Bowling Barbie:

Tennis Barbie, Sleepy Time Barbie, Malibu Barbie, Rocker Barbie, and Evening Gown Barbie.

Oh yes, we had wigs, we had lots of blue eye shadow and pink blush, and we were each a specific Barbie. And yes, this picture is taken in my office; I was dressed like this in my work place where I'm supposed to be a professional. And to top that off, four of the five of us are from the same team, and apparently we were supposed to come into work in the morning before BFKS started, because our boss sure did! But instead, we showed up in these clothes and did eachothers make up in the bathroom!
I was getting a little nervous about how ridiculous we looked until we showed up at the bowling alley and everyone else was equally enthralled in the competition. Let me tell you though, we TOTALLY got the shaft on the awards, we didn't win anything! And look at our lane:
Overall it really was a hilarious and fun day. Thank goodness I have fun girls on my team (and Heather too!) that make things like this fun to do together!

But honestly, this is just one episode; you combine this with the general awkwardness that are some people on my team, and on other teams ,and just the feel of the office, with themed trainings where you win candy for having the right answer, and all-staffs where we are led in camp songs that require singing as well as is the office!

P.S. The Nerd Herd swept the competition:

Monday, July 14, 2008

Starting fresh....

Well, I decided to start like new with my blog! Since it had been so long since I had posted and so much has happened, I thought a fresh start would be good!

Our wedding went wonderfully and seems like a lifetime ago now! It was everything I dreamed of, and even with the unbelievable heat and little mix ups here and there, in my mind it was still perfect! I, of course, couldn't pick out "just a few" pictures to put on here; but my favorite is up top and my sister posted a lot of great ones on her blog (click Marta on the side; I don't know how to put that link on my blog!). Marta also posted some really fun ones of our brother's wedding that was just 6 weeks after ours and absolutely gorgeous!

So much has happened since we got married that I don't even know where to start! In the two months since we've been married both of my maternal grandparents have passed away (3 trips to Austin), my brother got married (1 trip to Austin), Adam's sister Jenn had beautiful baby Bryna (1 trip to Lubbock), and one of my best friends from college came to visit before her 4 month trip to Peru (one fun filled bff weekend w/ Alison and Crystal in DFW). All of that mixed with our combined regular busy schedules of work, church, school, and practicums, with a little car trouble mixed in, and things have been crazy busy!

Adam warns me that this is how his life has always been and I should get used to it! And I must say, while its been a whirlwind, I wouldn't have it any other way or have wanted to have all these experiences with anyone else!

Right now we're going to enjoy the end of our summer and gear up for the fall when Adam starts working full time, finishes up school (only 9 hours left!!), and I start working long days for BBBS' "busy season"! Also, I'm making a vow to post more often and include pictures...much more exciting than all these words!