The Year of Leather

This month we celebrated our 3rd anniversary Year of Leather. Well we didn’t get each other anything leather, but Brandon did surprise me with a little weekend getaway to Gruene. You may remember this post where I mentioned I would love to stay in the Gruene Mansion Inn. Well somebody remembered and we had ourselves a fabulous little weekend! We headed up Friday afternoon and enjoyed walking around the town. Some of our favorite little shops were already closed up for the night, but we enjoyed our walk and found some really cool, REALLY BIG chimes!

We had some dinner at the Gruene Grill (maybe skip this one when you are there, but it was ok). Then we curled up in our room to watch our wedding video and of course the Disney Channel. I know we are lame, but we really do love Disney and since we don’t have cable we just watch hulu and don’t ever channel surf, so it was really fun to skip around from Disney to Discovery and such without the major ordeal it usually is to change channels.

The room was really cool with 2 levels, a little deck and a claw foot tub!

Saturday we headed up to the outlets and I (finally!) got me some cowboy boots. I sort of feel like I fit in now! Brandon also nabbed some shorts, polos and new jeans and we stocked up on the bath and body works soaps for our house. I thought they already had good deals, but you really cannot pass up 75% off- lovely!

We grabbed some lunch @ Rudy’s- yum! Then we headed off to float the river. I totally left the waterproof camera in the car:( 3 hours later we were back on a bus headed to the car. We had a relaxing time floating around, finding lots of turtles and wondering about the architectural choices of the houses along the river. That night we went to dinner at the Gristmill (a must have if you are anywhere close to Gruene!) I have never seen a restaurant so packed! The practically have a parking lot full of picnic tables for you to sit and wait for your real table. They put the names of people whose tables are ready up on a big chalkboard so you better watch close or you might miss yours! I used this trip to try out all sorts of different settings and features on my camera. Poor Brandon had to hold the same pose for a long time while I shot, checked and changed settings. I feel like I learned a lot though. It’s totally sad that when I finally get the look I was going for he’s had it and was not looking so happy. Thanks for being patient babe! I’ll get better I promise!

Each morning we had a wonderful breakfast. I absolutely love having breakfast made for me- one of my favorites for sure!

We spent more time checking out all the cool antique and furniture stores and relaxing.

One night we were reading on our little deck and we heard a weird crunching sound.

It took us a minute to figure it out, but we finally found this little guy cracking away at his find!

So nice to get away! Happy 3 years!


Dancing Queens

Tonight was my 4th dance recital flying solo! I’ve probably been in, choreographed for ¬†or watched hundreds before, but never realized how much goes into putting on a show! Even as a teacher I never had to worry about costumes, cutting music, notes home, reservations, seating, programs, schedules or the moola. Those things were just magically taken care of. I so appreciate all the work that many, many people put in to creating magical recitals for me and with me. I’m learning not to stress quite as much and try to enjoy. If you know me you know that’s really hard! The girls did such a fabulous job and I’m so proud of them! I am totally bummed my camera was MIA for the event, but I did snap a few with our point and shoot:

I owe a
thank you to all the wonderful parents,who help so much and let me spend an hour a week with their dancing divas!

I also have BIG thanks for my sweet husband and awesome brother-in-law who helped set up, take down, MC and keep me fed and sane!

Back in time…

Oh wait, you mean Easter was almost a month ago?

We’ve been just a little busy around here and I was looking through our camera memory card and realized we’ve missed a lot! Plus Easter is my very favorite, bonus it fell right by my birthday this year- sweetness!

We enjoyed a lovely sacrament meeting and I even got a break from nursery. There had been a miscommunication in our stake and they thought there was some sort of broadcast so they canceled the rest of our meetings.

We started the morning with a little egg hunt.

There was even a special little Easter Bunny waiting for me in the back yard.

We made a lovely Easter dinner. We even did a whole ham, yeah it’s still in our freezer. We might not have thought that one quite through all the way, but boy did it smell tasty as we walked in from church! I also made my Grandma’s famous rolls. They still aren’t as good as hers, but I’m getting better.

My family always got new Easter dresses growing up and I loved it! Many years my grandma even made beautiful, matching dresses for us. In our adult life Brandon and I have gotten new easter digs every other year. I love giraffe print! This is not a great picture of my dress, but I’m in love!

Got to love the self portraits oh man!

We spent the rest of the day enjoying watching Easter videos from, talking with family and basking in the glory of our Easter feast! Next year we must invite guests to share. Like I said there is still ham in our freezer! One of these days we’ll get to the bone for pea soup!

I hope you all had a very lovely Easter and that your month since then has also been equally fabulous!

USAA Culture Fest

Every year USAA does a big spring party. Complete with entertainment, lots of food, a variety of jumping castles and fireworks. This years theme was a culture fest. We had a blast hanging out with these guys:

I have to say it: “Get that corn out of my face!”

We even saw some crazy animals and checked out the sights from around the world.

We sure love a party in the USAA:)

P.S. Thanks for your concern and sympathy about the camera “incident”. I took it to a camera repair shop this morning and they think they can fix it for $215, without any new parts. That’s two hundred bucks I wasn’t wanting to spend, but at least it’s fixable. I’m just holding my breath hoping they don’t find anything else wrong!

In other news…

Ok I have so much to do and no time! I really should not be blogging, but I just have to get this off my chest! These punks knocked my camera off the counter today:

(don’t they just look mean and plotting in this pic!)

Tears were shed. I’m crushed. Yes, I know it’s just a thing and hopefully (cross your fingers for me) it can be repaired, but it was an expensive, waited a long time, finally was figuring out how to use, made the switch to manual, got photography lessons for my birthday thing and I just need to be sad for a minute.

Ok I feel a smidge better, thanks for letting me vent! I have so much more to blog about and some decent pictures from our latest adventures to post, but those will have to wait. Dance costumes are calling!