Friday, September 12, 2008

Hurricanes are a pain in the butt!

I'm sitting at home this evening waiting to experience the fury of Ike. In the 6 years I've been in Houston, this is the 2nd hurricane I've had to prepare for. I just returned yesterday from a recruiting trip to IL, so Robert did some of the prep work like bringing in the patio furniture before I came back. Then, when I got back to Houston yesterday, we went grocery shopping for the non-perishable food items, chopped ice out of a cooler where the ice bags had melted / frozen together, went from gas station to gas station in search of gas and propane, and Robert waited in line for at least an hour to buy a generator. My high school friend, Dana, who lives near the Gulf, has come up with her husband to stay with us since they are in a mandatory evacuation area. For now, we will sit tight and see what the storm will bring.

Today was an exciting day for another reason besides Ike... Andie got married today! She was supposed to get married tomorrow but Ike ruined that. So, she made some quick arrangements to hold a family-only ceremony today. Pastor Tierce led a meaningful ceremony and now Andie is Mrs. Amilcar Oscar Osorio. Congratulations Oscar and Andie! Andie and Oscar will hold a reception celebration in the coming months.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Labor Day Weekend Fun

This weekend involved some work and some play for us. I'm excited to report that we FINALLY purchased some new living room furniture! Since I moved to TX 6 years ago, I've had the same hand-me-down furniture in my living room - a La-Z-Boy recliner from Aunt Lynn that is probably 20 years old and a couch from a college friend. The recliner is mauve and the couch is red/blue/green plaid, so needless to say the living room didn't quite look "put together". So, after ~1 year of research (seriously - we don't make decisions quickly), we purchased FlexSteel leather furniture - a recliner, couch, and ottoman. It will be delivered in a few weeks. Can't wait!

On top of that, we finally bought hardware to put on the cabinets. We stayed up until 2am this morning putting it on. I think it really dresses up the cabinets and it definitely makes opening the drawers easier!

Then, today for Labor Day we had cousin Louis, Kathy, Cameron, and Baby Louis over, along with our new friends Caleb and Whitney. We made way too much food and had fun hanging out and playing games.

Baby Louis is as cute as ever.

Cameron enjoyed playing with Spade.