Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bah Hum-(stomach)-bug!

I have concluded that taking down Christmas decorations is just un-fun.

There's no cheery mood in the air anticipating the coming season, no Christmas songs to hum and sing, not to mention--it's A LOT of work!! It might perhaps seem like more work because I am very pregnant, and have a nursery to finish, and a house to maintain...etc. Where are those elves when you need them? I think I should have asked for some of them for Christmas! Yes, elves and a magic wand would be nice right about now...

I am indeed thankful for a helpful husband who can lift heavy objects, and take down Christmas lights, and haul things up and down the stairs. He is great and I wouldn't make it without him. He was also attentive to me on Saturday night when I had a serious stomach virus. I haven't been that sick since elementary school!

Pregnancy + stomach virus = up all night in a distressed state worried about the baby

Luckily, it subsided soon and I am fully recovered now after much Gatorade and soup. Thank you Florida Gators for creating such an electrolyte replacing tasty beverage in Gatorade. Riptide Rush was my MVP of the weekend. My husband was, as always, my hero.

Monday, December 22, 2008

On the Homestretch

This week I am 35 weeks pregnant and therefore I am definitely on the homestretch!

You might even get weekly update pictures from here on out until Nathan is here (well that is my ambition at least). I can certainly tell he is getting bigger and stronger in there. Last week at the doctor they confirmed he was head down, so all he has to do is stay that way for his debut! I've been telling him he can't pull any sneaky tricks and turn sunny side up or bottom first, so we'll see how his obedience is working in the womb. Before too long we'll have to start taking guesses on which day he'll arrive...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Lullaby for Nathan

I was just listening to the James Taylor station on pandora.com and this song came on. I remembered it was the show closer for JT's One Man Band Tour when Phillip and I went in 2006. I remember thinking that night, what an appropriate song to close a show and "I'll have to remember that one for our own kids one day." Well, the day is fast approaching when lullabys will be sung over a little one and I still love this one...

You Can Close Your Eyes
James Taylor

Well the sun is surely sinking down, but the moon is slowly rising.
So this old world must still be spinning round and I still love you.

So close your eyes, you can close your eyes, it's all right.
I don't know no love songs and I can't sing the blues anymore.
But I can sing this song and you can sing this song when I'm gone.

It won't be long before another day, we gonna have a good time.
And no one's gonna take that time away. You can stay as long as you like.

So close your eyes, you can close your eyes, it's all right.
I don't know no love songs and I can't sing the blues anymore.
But I can sing this song and you can sing this song when I'm gone.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Lately, I've been listening to a lot of George Jones. I don't know why except that it is like I crave it. Do pregnancy cravings include music?? Something about that voice of Possum's is just really great right now...

Nathan has been punching, poking, kicking or whatever it is RIGHT under my belly button lately. Sheesh! It has been a little uncomfortable, but I can deal. I just love feeling that little guy moving around...

Taco Bueno grand opening was this week. We attended and managed to rack up $20 in giftcards from the franchise owner for being good customers. Cha-ching!!

We bought the travel system this week (the stroller + carseat combo) with giftcards and cash that we had been given as gifts. Thanks for the contributions. Plus I had a 15% off coupon which made a significant dent in the price! Savvy shopping pays off. I put the stroller together myself! (it wasn't that hard. I think they try to idiot proof those devices) However, I did hear the Dockerys had some trouble setting up their pack'n'play...ha :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

White Elephant Prizes

Phillip is showing off his gift from our ABF (adult bible fellowship) class Christmas party last night. We had a white elephant gift exchange which was a rousing good time. In the picture are our 2 class teachers: Dr. Moore on the left and Robbie Sagers on the right. Their photos have been altered to depict old high school yearbook pictures and they are great (especially Dr. Moore's long hair!) Apparently these photos will be proudly displayed in Phillip's office on campus. I left with a excellent gift myself--2 nice portable coffee mugs and some Starbuck's coffee. It too was a hotly contested gift! We ended up giving the coffee to the Dockerys for helping us secure the photo in a trade! Always good to barter with some friends...

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Hodge Podge

This past little bit has been quite busy in our household so let me catch you up on what's been happening...

We spent the Thanksgiving week in Abilene where we enjoyed a baby shower, good eats, and family. Here's a family photo from the week with my parents who are now known as Miss D and Daddy Doc in relation to Nathan. I was 31 weeks along at this point for those who are noting the progress of the belly.

Phillip also will finish up classes this week. One semester of PhD work down...just a few more to go! He really enjoyed his class work this fall and is looking forward to subsequent semesters. He managed to write 70 pages worth of papers and read LOTS of pages in books. It is amazing that the brain can hold all of this information, but it does miraculously. He did a wonderful job and I am proud of all of his efforts.

We are working on getting Nathan's room ready for his debut. There is nothing specifically to post pictures of yet, but I will show you what the bedding looks like:
Now we don't have all of the accessories in the room pictured above, just the bedding, a lamp, and a pillow, but it sure is cute! I am now trying to figure out how to arrange everything in the room so the space is maximized and everything has a place. We can't just have things all willy-nilly everywhere, so the organizational wheels are turning!

So that's what's been happening around here recently.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Preliminary Glimpse

Can you decipher from these photos of Phillip and I as babies what our son will look like?

I'm on the top row and Phillip is on the bottom row. I think we were rather cute...therefore we will have a ridiculously cute son based on both the addition and multiplication principles. Starting with cute only makes more cute no matter how you figure it...

Please note the brown carpet that was present both in the Bethancourt and Lawhon households--the exact same carpet. A sign of the times no doubt. Apparently our moms had good taste in carpet as well as good skills at raising babies.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Crafty Creations

So, I've been working on a few crafty projects around the house this week. The inspiration just struck me and you've got to move with the inspiration. It's so hard to force yourself to be creative when you've got nothing to offer. Everything flows much more freely when you have that "aha! that's exactly what I've been wanting to do and I didn't even know it until right now!" moment.

Project #1 Guest Bathroom "B" Art
Our little guest bathroom has been an evolving decorative project ever since we moved in. It has black and white floors and black and white tile halfway up the wall. This works well since I had some black, white, and silver decor from our previous master bath. I have painted the walls a subtle yellow and painted the previous oak vanity area white. So everything looks much more like it goes together now. Not perfect, but a definite improvement. I call the theme Classy Black & White London and "B". I have tried to incorporate lots of London things in a black and white pattern and also "B" because I LOVE monograms. So here's the art project:
I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some simple black frames for cheap! Then I printed off some "B" letters that I liked and put them in the frames. Hung them in a decorative pattern and ta-da! instant art.

Project #2 Fall & Winter Wreath
I've been wanting a wreath for a while now, but the ready made things are so darn expensive. So I decided I could do it myself with what I liked. Here it is:
I bought a simple grapevine wreath and berries at Garden Ridge for cheap! Laid out the berry sprays on the wreath and hot glued them down. And proudly adorned my front door with my product.

The good news is that both of these projects together cost under $20 bucks! That was the best part. I was able to complete 2 projects that I love and enjoyed making on a budget. So go do something cheap and crafty! It's so much fun!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Taco Bueno

December 9th will be a great day for us. A new day will dawn in Louisville KY. Because...

Taco Bueno is coming to town!!!

Well, it has been here since the summer across the river in Indiana. But, it is still a drive to get over there. Now, the new store will be located only 10 minutes from our house. This is so great.

It will become officially the best Mexican food in town. Hands down. No questions asked. I don't care what anyone else says. Got it?


A significant accomplishment for Abilene, TX to expand to a national chain of restaurants...wait to go Abilene.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Latest Photos of Nathan Ross

Here's the 3 photos from my ultrasound last week. They are appearing small, but I can't figure out how to fix them--believe me I've tried. If you click on it though you should be able to make them bigger.

You are able to see his right hand in the upper two pictures. You can't, however, see all the hair that we saw on the screen in the office! It was amazing. The technician kept going on and on about all of his hair and how much of it there was. I guess this means he will be taking after his father in that department because goodness knows I wasn't born with any flowing locks! But we still do have to wonder what color it will be: brown, blonde, or dare I say red??

All of his measurements looked good and he weighed a nice hearty 2 lbs 9 oz. His growth is right on schedule for my due date on Jan 24th, but he will make his appearance at the proper time I'm sure. As of the ultrasound, he is situated like the number 7 : head down, butt on my left side, feet on my right side. And boy are those feet tappin'! I've been telling folks that he has been practicing his stutter step in the womb because he likes to give these tap-tap-TAPPITY-TAPPITY-TAPPITY-tap moves all the time. Especially each night about 10 pm. I think that's his finale performance for the day and he just keeps waiting for the crowd to go wild...which I'm sure they will in only a couple of months...

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Refs, Rallys, and Festivals

This past Tuesday Phillip had a chance to try out his referee skills. He and Ben Dockery were the referees for the Boyce Bulldogs vs. Faculty basketball game. The Bulldogs head coach, Coach Coppenger, is a great friend of ours so Phillip was happy to help out with the event. The game was quite entertaining and the Bulldogs pulled out the victory in the end. By the end of the game, I think Phillip and Ben had really perfected their signals and whistling skills. There was an injury to report: Dr. Coppenger (the coach's dad) took a rough fall on a defensive play and broke his arm. He was a good sport about it, but will have to have surgery to fix the broken bone. So, get well soon Dr. C.

Then, on Wednesday night we headed over to Indiana with some friends to see Governor Sarah Palin at a political rally. We all wore our red in support of making the Kentuckiana area "red" on election day. And Julie, Melanie, and I sported our glasses in support of Palin--so chic! I think the best part was that Hank Williams Jr. appeared with Palin and came out first to warm-up the crowd for her speech. It was kind of a musical snippets version of most of his hits and also included were some Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings covers. Brilliant. Seeing Bocephus live was certainly a treat and Gov. Palin was also impressive.

We also headed to our church's Fall festival last night where the highlight was the Krispy Kreme donut dipping station. They had at least 650 donuts!! You picked your donut and then could dip it in a huge vat of chocolate and cover it in sprinkles. I just opted for the plain donut, but Phillip had his with all the fixins. I was already brainstorming what Nathan can appear as next year...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I'm a Pepper

Meet my new BFF.

I have always been known to love Dr Pepper (especially Dublin Dr Pepper). But, since the pregnancy I have been monitoring my caffeine intake for the sake of Nathan. His little body probably doesn't need excessive jolts of caffeine--which is a stimulant--and the diuretic properties add extra burden to the kidneys. But I'm not a caffeine nazi waving my flag of "Decaffeinate: A change you can believe in." Just trying to be a good patient and make wise choices.

You'll probably hear a different mantra from each OB/GYN, but mine says limit your caffeine intake to 8 oz or less a day. However, this is a problem when Dr Pepper comes in 12 oz cans. I am forced to leave some left in the can or down the whole thing. Based on the fact that I am a balanced and rational person, I choose to down the whole thing, but then not drink any caffeine the next day. Ha. I have also resorted to sip stealing (not a felony in all 50 states) from Phillip's Dr Pepper just to get a taste, but not too much.

Enter my new BFF. Caffeine Free Diet Dr Pepper.

I can drink these things guilt free! Granted it is not the same as the real deal, but you can't notice the decaffeinated qualities. Plus you are saving on calories because it's diet and who couldn't go for saving a few calories? So, now I can get a little taste of my old friend in a new friend's body.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Our Suit Loot

"Today was one of the most significant days of my life in American consumerism."
Phillip Bethancourt 10/19/08

Why was yesterday so important to Phillip you might ask? Because we struck the deal of all deals on clearance suits at Dillards!! We will give a hat tip to Jed Coppenger for alerting us of the sale. The Dillards at our mall was deemed the clearance center for all merchandise from surrounding Dillards in our area and thus had everyone's clearance items in their store.

We headed to the suit department after church to see if the rumors of cheap 100% wool suits were a reality. The prices had already been marked down several times, but you could take an additional 50% off of the lowest marked down price. There were 3 possibilities in size 42 regular and we got them all!! In one day, Phillip's suit collection went from 2 to 5. He now can officially wear a different suit for each workday if he so chooses.

Here's the price breakdown:

Blue pinstripe suit
Originally $495.00
Marked Down to $168.30
We paid $84.15

Grayish brown suit
Originally $695.00
Marked Down to $236.30
We paid $118.15

Gray pinstripe suit
Originally $395.00
Marked Down to $134.30
We paid $67.15

Original price total=$1585.00
We paid total=$269.45

I mean what a deal!! Phillip also picked up 3 dress shirts for $7.99 a piece (which were originally between $50 and $60) and they will be nice additions to his collection. So, I was thinking of getting Phillip a new suit for Christmas, but I could have probably only purchased one at a reasonable price. Now, he got 3 for the price of 1!! Indeed, it was a great day for American consumerism.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Relish Tray Season

Ah yes it is approaching the time of year for Relish Tray Season. Only on special occasions do the creations and concoctions of the Relish Tray emerge. There are no doubt many varieties and no "right" way to do a Relish Tray (unless that is you ask your grandmother) but the variety is what has made the Relish Tray a holiday staple. Of course it wouldn't be complete except in a perfectly subdivided glass dish with a design on it.

Well, here in the Bethancourt home The Relish Tray has made an early appearance on the scene. Throughout my pregnancy if I've had any cravings at all for particular foods the main ones have been avocados and olives. I have reserved the avocados only for severe desperation because they are small and expensive here compared to ones in Texas or California. My frugality trumps my avocadality. Therefore, the olives have become a staple in the refrigerator because they are more numerous in quantity and it's easy to eat just a couple of them.

So the past two days for an afternoon snack I have been delighting in my own Relish Tray. But the array has expanded past just olives to include some other traditional players on the Relish Tray. My tray includes: 8-10 green olives, one small dill pickle, 3 small slices off a block of mild cheddar cheese. Oh boy has it been tasty!! The olives and pickle provide a nice sodium fix and the cheese is good for some calcium and protein.

So it's safe to say I'm looking forward to the coming holiday season not only for the good time it always is, but also for more Relish Tray action!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Fall Breakin'

Has everyone noticed the new countdown ticker on the blog? Of course how could you miss it when it is right above the newest post, but still I thought it needed to be pointed out. Can y'all believe it's only 107 days until Nathan's due date!?! Now, I know the days could be longer or shorter depending on when he decides to make his appearance but it's still fun to count down. Plus you get a little info on his in-womb development.

We are currently down in Texas for Phillip's fall break. We spent last weekend with the college students of Central Baptist Church Bryan,TX for Phillip to speak at their fall retreat and we were lucky to have Jeff Johnson Band leading worship for the weekend. It was a blast! Better yet it was at a retreat center that I went to for a church camp back when I was in high school so it brought back so many memories...

Now, we're in Houston hanging out with family and then this coming weekend we're back up to College Station for a little Aggie football and a baby shower! I can't wait!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

23 Weeks

The sign says 23 weeks


A closeup shot

A t-shirt that we found at GAP outlet with Nathan's nickname "Scout" on it!

Well, here is some photo footage of Nathan's humble abode. Some of y'all have been requesting a tummy shot, so here it is in all its glory at 23 weeks along. Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

And we're back in the game!

As of 3:30 EST The Bethancourts have received power! It was a long 7 days without electricity, but we did survive. We have determined that this will be a great story for Nathan to hear about how when his dear mother carried him in the womb we were without power for an entire week...therefore he should (eat his veggies, clean his room, or insert some other task here.) Kinda of like walking to school uphill both ways in the snow except this incident really did happen to us!!

We are so thankful to the Coppengers, Dockerys, Moores, and Walkers who fed us, or housed us, or held our refrigeratables when we had no place to put them--we could not have made it without dear friends. So thank you.

Tonight, we'll be hosting an all-night Electrathon where all things electric will be on all night. Small appliances, lights, music, AC, computers--if it plugs in it will be on (okay not totally true.) However, we will be doing the electric slide to some good nineties country if anyone wants to join in. Just look for the neon sign.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Almost 60...

60 hours without power that is. We are still surviving because some gracious friends of ours have shared their power with us. Luckily, there is a cool front that came behind the storm so the weather has been nice. Hopefully, soon the electricity will be restored and all will be well.

Our family members down in Houston are still without power too, so we can sympathize with them. Basically, Ike has stuck down a large percentage of our clan, but we're resilient and we're thinking about going Amish. Bring on the horses and wagons after all of this experience without power.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What's in a Name?

Our son has a name.

After brainstorming, consulting, weighing, and speaking we've come to a decision. And it's quite a sobering decision for us parents. You are not just picking out a name for your imaginary friend, pet goldfish, or beloved car, you are naming a person. A person who for the rest of their days will be called by his name--the name that you gave him.

That's important because names carry weight. Names are called and remembered. Names are written in the Book of Life. And we hope most importantly for our son that he would be found in Christ and his name would be known to him who saves.

So, we will call him Nathan Ross Bethancourt.

Nathan because of his role as a prophet in the time of King David. He was the one to deliver the words of God that made a covenant with David that: "Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever." 2 Samuel 7:16 And from the line of David, came the everlasting and everreigning king--King Jesus himself.

Ross because it's the middle name of his father. His father is a righteous man, faithful and true, who loves his wife and his son. What better way to honor a father than to give his name to his firstborn son?

What's in a name? Now you know about the who and why of Nathan Ross. We really love it altogether. It even passed the angry parent test of yelling: "Nathan Ross Bethancourt get in here right now!" We are thankful that our son has a name. And for the fact that it was known before the foundation of the world. Just like the name of Jesus. The name above all names.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

2 New Enjoyable Items

I am really loving my Swiffer Sweeper these days! With our whole first floor being either wood or vinyl this little gem is a cleaner's best friend. It traps all the micro-dust in it's cloth and you're able to scoot the big stuff to one central location and pick it all up at once. Plus, it actually makes the floor feel clean when you use it! Sometimes brooms just move the dust into another location, but the Swiffer gets to all the nooks and crannies easily. Also, my money saving friend Melanie told me that you can use your husband's old missing socks in place of the usual Swiffer pad and then wash and reuse them, which is a fantastic option.

Secondly, I am starting to feel the movements of the little boy in my tummy. I had noticed a few stray taps here and there, but when I really noticed for sure was on last Saturday night. Those of you who are Aggies that read this blog know that we started the football season on Saturday night and sadly lost to Arkanslaw State. Grrrr! Well, the son must have been pretty up in arms about his first football loss because he was going crazy! It was a kick or punch fest for most of the 2nd half of the game (granted the kicks and punches just felt like little pokes) but nevertheless he seemed quite upset. I think we've got an Aggie fan on our hands here! He seems to be most active in the evening times which I hope he will be able to transition out of when he is born. We can't have these punch fests right before it's time for bed, but I don't know maybe all little boys punch and kick before they go to sleep. Maybe they're fighting off the bad guys. It really is fun getting to feel him move around though!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It's A...


Here's a profile picture:

Here's the "boy" proof right next to the 'It's a boy!':
So now we can officially think trucks, cowboys, and football! Phillip and I are very excited about the news of a son. The ever kind Dad-to-be brought me flowers this morning on such an important day. As for the boy, in honor of his Gender Discovery Day, we bought a lawnmower that he can hopefully put to good use in just a few years. Congrats son!

My dad rejoiced in the fact that for the first time since my birth, he will actually be in the majority! By adding Phillip it only made it an even 2 to 2, but the little man now tips the scale in favor of the men. And on Phillip's side we've got a nice even half dozen grandsons--enough for a basketball team with one substitute and well on the way to a baseball team!


Monday, August 25, 2008

The Ballot Box

The votes have been counted and here are the results:

The Family Vote (including children)
52.9% Girl
47.1% Boy

The Family Vote (excluding those under 6 years of age)
61.5% Girl
38.5% Boy
**It seems as though our Indonesia nephews overwhelming voted boy! It was 3:1 as a matter of fact in favor of another boy cousin to play with, but Luke was the lone holdout to vote for girl. Thanks boys for your votes and your name ideas!

52.6% Girl

47.4% Boy

So after all that voting, it seems as though, the scientific analysis would be: a slight advantage for a Bethancourt girly girl! But all in all considered it is pretty much a dead heat I would say.

As far as the best name suggestions so far, I will award one prize for each gender:
Girl: Matilda (submitted by Kyle Bethancourt)
Boy: Pablo (submitted via verbal consultation with Alex Bethancourt in July)

Each of your name submissions have been noted and there are a few that have caught our attention--no mention of which ones yet! You'll have to wait for that announcement at a later date. Phillip and I are joyfully anticipating tomorrow morning's appointment and we would truly be thrilled with either a son or a daughter. The ultrasound will begin at 10:30 am EST and then I will meet with the Dr. after that at 11:00 am, so don't expect to hear from us or read any reports until after 11:30 am EST.

Thanks for your votes and we'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Cast Your Votes!

(I sent a similar email out to our family earlier and also wanted to put it up on the blog so others could participate. So, those who received the email no need to vote again)

In less than a week, Phillip and I will know if we are having a boy or a girl. So, in the spirit of fun I thought I would let everyone cast their vote in the comments section of this post and then I'll publish the results of the votes in a subsequent post (complete with percentages, ratios, bar graphs, and probability outcome analyzers--just kidding). Then after the appointment on Tues I will post the final verdict so those of you who are right can revel in your rightness! Those of you who are incorrect can therefore go ahead and send us $5 for playing our game and losing.

All votes must be submitted by Sunday evening EST to be counted for submission. Lastly, you may include in your comment a name that would be appropriate for the gender of your vote. Something that would sound good with Phillip Ross, Cami Lynn, and ???? ???? Bethancourt. Absolutely NO guarantees that we will pick your name. This is merely a brainstorming session. So seriously don't get up in arms if we don't pick yours. I will unabashedly accost you if you get your underwear in a wad.

Happy voting!

**no actual money required from losing participants, but we will always accept a little jingle to add to the baby fund :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Microwave Menace

I've decided that cleaning the microwave might be one of the most irritating jobs on the planet. I decided this after we had two major microwave blow-ups this week: shepherd's pie and brisket. Shepherd's pie was my fault and the brisket was Phillip's so we are equal contributors to the irritation. It really gets under my skin and therefore I think it will perhaps be a good punishment for our children. Scout get ready for some microwave cleaning!

It's like you and the microwave are playing an evil game of chess. You put the food in and make what you think is an intelligent decision about whether it will splatter or not, thus whether you need to cover it or not. You can hear the microwave laughing at you. Now, you set the time and let it do the thing it was invented to do which is cook food quickly and efficiently. This is time for the microwave's best move: the splatter factor. It comes in two forms. Either uncovered food (from your previous seemingly intelligent decision) fools you and splatters anyway or the covered food manages to blow it's cover (either tupperware top or paper towel) for reasons you can't even understand. So, even when you think you are being extra intelligent and covering up the food the darn stuff still finds a way to splatter!

Then you hear the dreaded POP! and you know something in the microwave has just exploded and now you have to do a damage assessment...You are silently hoping and praying that it was a minor splat, which almost never happens, but you are usually met with the doom of a super explosion that includes food flack on all panels top, bottom, sides, and door.

And now the cleanup commences. You pick up the big chunks and then get a wet paper towel or sponge to corral the rest of the pieces. Just when you think you've gotten a pretty good handle on the situation you notice the top of the microwave has pieces on it too which you knock down onto your freshly clean bottom and have to start the process over again. But, the microwave's check mate is the dreaded turntable. This apparatus you must remove if you want a proper cleaning and doggone it if there isn't always hidden food particles under that turntable!!! I don't even know the physics of how the trajectory of the food explosion launches food at the exact angle to even get under the turntable. It is a scientific mystery that has confounded many a woman and this one especially. Yes, I confess I have actually thought about food trajectory in the microwave.

Now you finally get the appliance cleaned to your standards. You shut the door knowing full well that another chess game awaits you in the not so distant future. There is hope that one day you will conquer your arch nemesis, but not too much hope based on past experience. So you just resign yourself to an ongoing battle for freedom for food that is warm and splatter free. May the force be with you...

Monday, August 11, 2008

Welcome back!

So after a long hiatus, I'm welcoming myself back to the blogosphere. I know y'all have all been dying for more updates and I have to give the people what they want. So here's a little TV flashback for you to sing along as you welcome me back:

"Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out. Welcome back to that same old place that you laughed about..."

Ahh...don't you love Mr. Kotter and the sweathogs? Now maybe I can catch them on a rerun because we actually have cable and reliable internet as of 30 minutes ago! Which is a major contributing factor to me currently writing this blog and the lack of action over the past month.

I would also like to welcome back:
Our baby, who has been affectionately dubbed Scout because they could either be a boy scout or a girl scout. (Hat tip to Mrs. Joann Davis for inventing the name) I'm just trying to decide if we have cookie sales or campouts in our future...it won't be too much longer before the fog is lifted and we will know if we have a little guy or gal.

I also give Scout an amazing amount of praise for the way they've held up over all of this travel. No crying, slept well, and was an overall happy baby. I can only hope the smooth sailing will continue right on through labor and delivery and that the calmness now will not turn into some 36 hr hospital horror story! Please, dear Lord, let it be. I'm now 16 weeks pregnant and hardly have anything to show for it in the belly department, which can't be all bad. It's been attributed to my long torso and overall build. Who knows.

Lastly, I'd like to welcome back:
My husband to the world of school and books, although I'm not sure he ever truly left. He read like crazy over the summer and got a good jump on his reading list for the Ph.D. His first day of his research class was today--yes a whole class on research where you read books about how to find things in the library and how to properly note a footnote. Riveting stuff here. I baked him his favorite blueberry muffins for breakfast and even sent some for his friends at school--does this mean I have a room mom role in my future?

Well, that's about it for now. It feels good to be back.

Monday, July 21, 2008

We're Still Traveling!

We've been everywhere this summer:

Jakarta, Indonesia
Jackson, Tennessee
Cozumel, Mexico
Progresso, Mexico
Houston, Texas
College Station, Texas
Abilene, Texas
California (coming up)

We might as well write a book! The travel has been fun, and I must say that I think I've done okay for a woman in her first trimester of pregnancy. By the way, I've moved to the 2nd trimester now and am clocking in at almost 14 weeks. Just a little bit more to go before we find out if we're going pink or blue...cast your votes now...

I think our neighbors back home believe we're actually retired people trapped in twenty something year old bodies with all of our traveling. But it gives them something to contribute to the neighborhood chit-chat.

Bought a few maternity clothes today so that when the bump starts forming I will have attire to meet it with. Even better that we found some winter items on deep discount. Who could turn down a $3.60 sweater?

Polished off the afternoon with a Fuzzy Navel (peach/orange) snow cone and it was so tasty! I could probably have one every day, but probably shouldn't. Can't get too outta control with the cravings!

Friday, June 27, 2008

1st Checkup

So, the due date for Baby Bethancourt is:


The Dr. visit went pretty smooth. I had to cowboy up and face my fear of drawing blood--they sucked 5 vials of the red stuff from me!! Honestly. But, good news for me is that I won't have to have anymore bloodwork done until the baby comes (barring any unforseen circumstances of course.)

We answered a bajillion questions about medical history and lifestyle habits. So, now my father-in-law John can be put at ease that I have kicked the hard liquor, cigarettes, and wild woman lifestyle as he put it. Anything for the baby.

I have to beef up my calcium intake because I don't drink milk. They don't like it if you don't drink milk, so I'm relugated to a Tums a day instead. Cheap calcium. I like cheap.

Speaking of cheap, what is not cheap is circumcising a male baby. $208. They gave us the 411 on all the estimated costs ahead of time, which I appreciate. But $208 all for a little snip? Jeepers.

Last but not least, on the lunch menu today for me is: lima beans. Only thing that sounded good so I'm having a nice hearty bowl. And they are tasting great!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Bundle of Joy

Well, the news is out, I'm pregnant! Phillip & I are looking forward to having our first child at the end of January. I go to the Dr. tomorrow, so we will get the "officially unofficial" due date then, because no one ever knows when the little one will decide to make their appearance. We decided that January was a good month since both of our birthdays and our anniversary also occur then, why not add one more to the mix? But it will make the rest of the months of the year seem rather lame compared to the first month. We may have to start celebrating un-birthdays like in Alice and Wonderland...So look forward to more updates on the baby and an ever growing belly!

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Adventure is Almost Over

So we're in Singapore and we head out tomorrow evening for the world's longest Wednesday. We leave here on Wed at 5 something pm and get into LA on Wed at 5 something pm. It's like our own little time warp or a "Wrinkle in Time" (I loved that book as a elementary school student)

I must say that I'm looking forward to some Tex-Mex and a Whataburger--no matter how long I'm gone, the cravings are still the same. In fact I have set a Whataburger out as a prize for finishing this trip. It's like a trophy and I will win the race even if I have to elbow someone in the teeth at the finish line.

I've also been singing a lot of this song: "Houston. Houston means that I'm one day closer to you. Houston. Houston means the last day of the tour and we're through." Nothing like a little Larry Gatlin to get you through...

So, the Lone Star is beckoning and I will gladly heed her call...well before that I'm sure I'll need to break up a few more rumblings from the monkeys--the Alex, Isaac, Luke, and Jack variety.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Life With the Indonesia Bethancourts

Well, we're back in Jakarta after a weekend in beautiful Bali and we can safely say it was fantastic. We enjoyed some time on the beach and at the pool where the sand was smooth and the speedos were abundant. The triplets have even decided that they could go for wearing a speedo and they were asking Uncle Phillip where his was...we decided that was a souvenir we were not going to bring back to the US!

Another highlight of the trip was a stop at the Elephant Safari. After 2 hrs of driving in the safari bus from our hotel and only a few million "are we there yets?" we arrived at the safari to find ourselves in for an elephant adventure. We got to take a ride on the elephants--Luke was my partner and Alex went with Uncle Phillip--through the jungle-type terrain and they even took us through the water! It was very fun and there will be plenty of pictures to come from Erin. Then we watched the elephants perform a show, then lunch, then back on the safari bus.

Lastly, we got to have dinner at the hotel while watching a traditional Balinese dance performance. The dancers wear these really bright costumes and their trademark moves are: shifty eyes and wiggling fingers. The shifty eyes are so funny because they just dart them back and forth at such an amazing pace and the wiggling fingers are so awkwardly awesome. It was a fun experience and definitely entertaining.

So now we're back for a short while then we'll be off to Singapore...then back to the good ol US of A.

See y'all soon!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Clintons Meet The Bethancourts

Well, yesterday was a day for the history books. You know one of those days that you will tell your grandkids about--one of those days when you look back and think now that was crazy...

Phillip and I decided to go to breakfast with Debbie on her last morning here in KY. And for breakfast in Louisville, there is only really one choice that is fun, festive, and filling. Lynn's Paradise Cafe. It's a Louisville landmark and has been visited by the food network, and other famous people as we were about to find out.

So we drive up and there seems to be quite a bit of hubbub and people buzzing around. Someone asks the hostess what is going on and she says that there is a special guest arriving between 11-11:30. Well, that sounds fun! So our wheels start turning--and we had a major clue because it was KY primary day--and we decide it must be HRC. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Our waitress confirms our suspicions and we get more and more excited.

Our seats were el primo. The first table as you walk in the door--great for first chance views and eavesdropping. We wait around awhile and push our food from one side of the plate to the other, eating as slow as possible, and deciding if they try to kick us out we'll start shouting "Heck no, we won't go!" Phillip and I even got interviewed by a reporter--big time we know.

Then the moment arrives: shafts of light beam down at the door, clouds roll in, and the magical couple enters wearing gumdrop eyes and sunshine smiles--NOT. They just walked in like any other normal people would do and perused the gift shop full of oddities and quirky chachkees. Then they enter the restaurant and Bill heads straight for us. We commented on his brown cowboy boots, he asked about the restaurant and the food, talked about how nice Louisville was, and then we asked for a photo. He willingly obliged and looked rather jovial about it I might add. Side note: he gave a weak handshake to me. Gag! Don't they teach you that in President prep Billster? Then we waited for them to make the rounds and at the end Hill came to visit us. She actually looked nice and we told her an early congrats on her win in KY. She also took a photo with us and then was off for an interview. So here's the footage:

In conclusion, it was fun to meet a former President and former First Lady/Presidential Candidate. Did they sway our vote? HECK NO! But now we have a couple of photos to go along with Kyle and Lori with Mitt Romney. We might just have to start a Bethancourt political photo wall. Debbie, is there room for that at the retirement house? So here's to breakfast at Lynn's, million dollar grins, and McCain for the win!

Monday, May 12, 2008


Alright for the past 2 weeks Phillip and I have been trying to keep our heads above water, our bodies in motion, and food and drink in our tummies...thus, the lack of blogging. Here's a brief rundown of what we've been doing...

Bought a house
Refinished hardwood floors
Painted a room
Cleaned the new house
Moved furniture
Moved a gajillion boxes
Bought furniture (at bargain basement prices)
Emptied boxes
Organized rooms
Used our grill for the first time in 2 and a half years
Cleaned out old apartment (still some work to do there)
Phillip finished finals and subsequently his master's degree--graduation this week
And last but not least discovered a Taco Bueno in Indiana...more on this to come

So we love the new place and there will be more info soon. Gotta run I'm sure there are about 20 things I should be doing right now...

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Texas BBQ in Louisville

Today Phillip and I ventured to our neighborhood bank branch. While we were there one of the guys who is an exec at the bank struck up a conversation with us because he overheard we were from Texas and he had lived in Houston for 10 years. And we were reminiscing about the Astrodome, Astroworld, Tex-Mex, and BBQ. Then he mentioned that he and some other former Texans have found a BBQ place in town that they really like.

And it's called Jucy's...therefore it sounds awesome.

"Mr. Jucy" or "The Jucy Man" as he is called serves up Texas style BBQ in the East End of Louisville. So, on our new bank friend's recommendation Phillip and I headed there tonight to try it out. The verdict is: the brisket was excellent, the sides needed some work, and we'll come back to try the cobbler. We both ordered brisket sandwiches (Phillip's chopped and mine sliced) and got 2 sides. I really enjoyed my pinto beans, but they had these potatoes that we both tried that were like sub par hashbrowns. There was famous cobbler on the menu, but we were both too stuffed to try it and therefore decided that we would get it on a return trip.

All in all, it is by far and away the best BBQ that we've had in Louisville by a mile. So, I think we'll be going back to Jucy's soon for the good brisket, the Texas license plate decorations, and the allure of stuffed deer heads on the wall. Ahhh...Texas

Saturday, April 26, 2008

"Our House in the Middle of Our Street..."

Just a little preview photo of our NEW HOME! Well, it's not officially ours until Wednesday, so you can get more pictures and details then. Don't you just love it already?!?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Spring Poetry for the Soul

Spring Carol
by Robert Louis Stevenson (1918)

When loud by landside streamlets gush,
And clear in the greenwood quires the thrush,
With sun on the meadows
And songs in the shadows
Comes again to me
The gift of the tongues of the lea,
The gift of the tongues of meadows.

Straightway my olden heart returns
And dances with the dancing burns;
It sings with the sparrows;
To the rain and the (grimy) barrows
Sings my heart aloud—
To the silver-bellied cloud,
To the silver rainy arrows.

It bears the song of the skylark down,
And it hears the singing of the town;
And youth on the highways
And lovers in byways
Follows and sees:
And hearkens the song of the leas
And sings the songs of the highways.

So when the earth is alive with gods,
And the lusty ploughman breaks the sod,
And the grass sings in the meadows,
And the flowers smile in the shadows,
Sits my heart at ease,
Hearing the song of the leas,
Singing the songs of the meadows.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Sewing 101

My lovely mother was in town a few weeks ago and while she was here we did some sewing. She is an excellent seamstress and I am the mere apprentice. I was able to get pretty well acquainted with my sewing machine and managed to produce a few products from the weekend. And they are as follows:

Two skirts and a microscope cover for my dad's office. All in all considered, I was pretty happy with myself. So thanks for the lessons mom!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Little Did You Know...Part II

Welcome to the Phillip edition of Little Did You Know...I had so much fun thinking up random facts about myself, I decided to do an issue on my husband as well. Enjoy!

  • Phillip participated in State Latin Day in Connecticut--a statewide competition wholly devoted to knowing Latin. He was a Latin Day Champion in the equivalent of Latin Jeopardy, a 2 time Gold medalist and 1 time Silver medalist in the National Latin Exam, and 1 time Gold medalist in the National Mythology Exam. Veni, Vidi, Vici!
  • He has moved 11 times in his life. The exhaustive list is as follows: West Columbia TX, College Station TX, Victoria TX, Wharton TX, Midland TX, New Fairfield CT, Houston TX, New Canaan CT, Houston TX, College Station TX, Louisville, KY
  • Mushrooms are his most hated food, with all vegetables not ranking very high on the list. No vegan husband here.
  • Voted Homecoming King and Mr. MHS in high school. What a stud...
  • He played football, baseball, and a little basketball growing up. Also add the trombone to his repertoire. He even marched in a parade at Disney World!
  • WWF was a regular part of bonding for Bethancourt men: all 3 brothers and dad have even been to wrestling events live!
  • He took Country Western Dance in college and can do all the fancy-schmancy moves and make them look effortless with the help of a good partner--for example me.
  • Phillip doesn't like to reuse glasses, even if they are rinsed out between uses. For example, if he has OJ for breakfast and then wants lemonade for lunch, he won't just rinse out the glass and use it again. Doesn't like the idea of parts of drinks touching each other.
  • Piles are his friends. He can make a pile of almost anything: books, clothes, papers, Kleenexes, food. It's like things just naturally clump together whenever he has used them.
  • He can't stand book jackets and will always remove them whenever he is reading a book with one. And then that starts a pile...
  • Phillip loves to watch Family Feud and AFV (America's Funniest Home Videos). The latter show produces hearty laughter in our home. But, who couldn't laugh at people falling in obscure and ridiculous ways? It's just good, clean entertainment.
  • His voice is incredibly distinctive and is "often imitated, but never duplicated." A friend coined that phrase in college...
Don't you just love these fun facts! What a fun husband!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

A Brand New Courtside

Well, as you can observe Courtside has undergone a magical transformation literally overnight! The wonder worker herself is none other than Mrs. Marina Simmons of Penny Lane Designs.

Marina and her husband Chris are both graduates of Texas A&M and were there at the same time as Phillip and I were. The Aggie Network extends into the blogosphere...I found out about Marina's blog designing ability earlier this week and she so graciously agreed to makeover Courtside.

So, THANK YOU Marina! Please visit her wonderful website and if you are interested in having her work the same wonders on your blog as she did on mine just leave her a comment or shoot her an email. Then you just might find yourself starring in an extreme "blog" makeover...

Friday, March 28, 2008


Phillip R. Bethancourt has been accepted into the PhD program!!!

He will be studying Systematic Theology under the supervision of Dr. Russell D. Moore

Studying alongside him under Dr. Moore and thus completing the band of brothers will be:
Robert E. Sagers and Jedidiah R. Coppenger

**I figure we better start using their middle initials now because it always seems to get included once you acquire a doctorate!

Congratulations guys! We look forward to many shared memories in the years to come...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

93% Dixie + 81% Dixie = A Highly Southern Marriage

I just got an email from my grandmother, Mama Sug, with a fun little tidbit attached to it. It is a quiz that is adapted from a Harvard study analyzing dialect. The quiz is short and rather amusing so I thought I would pass on the link for others out there to test their dialect.

So here's the address:
Or you can try this LINK to take you straight to the test.

The scale is 0% = Pure Yankee and 100% = Pure Dixie

Note: Once you click on an answer in the test don't change it because that will affect the score. Ponder your answer first then make a final decision and stick with it. After you have it scored you can go back and see the explanations for the other answers.

Phillip scored 81% which isn't too shabby for a guy who spent 6 years in Connecticut. I guess he didn't get too Yankeefied! I, on the other hand, am unmistakably Dixie with a score of 93%. With a gene pool like this it may mean our children our destined to be named: Bubba, Dixie, Loretta, or Earl, or at a minimum have 2 first names i.e. Peggy Sue or Bobby Jack. And now you know for sure we ain't just whistlin' Dixie...we're true Southerners y'all!

Enjoy the quiz and y'all come back now ya hear!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Little Did You Know...Part I

I have been thinking for some time now that I would post some interesting/little known facts about this brand of Bethancourts (meaning Phillip & I--I have to qualify which Bethancourts because there are a number of us!) Some other friends of mine have done the same and it has proved quite entertaining. So, without further adieu here are some fun facts about myself:

  • When I cross my legs while sitting, I use the foot that is off the ground to make patterns and geometric shapes in the air. They must always be symmetrical. It is crazy I know.
  • I love to dance! I took ballet, tap, and jazz for 7 years when I was little. Now, my favorite is to two-step and I sincerely wish I could spend many nights a year at a country western dance hall with my husband. Gruene Hall anyone?
  • Dessert is not my thing really. I would much prefer having extra meat on my plate instead of a sweet. If I do spring for dessert it will be a key lime pie, fresh berries and cream, or cheesecake--chocolate is never my first choice, so don't bake me brownies.
  • I love cowboy hats and boots, although I own neither. I had a Stetson straw hat in high school and college and then it mysteriously disappeared. I think it was stolen. Currently, I longingly pine for brown cowboy boots...
  • I have killed a deer. It was only a little spike, but I killed it with one shot nonetheless. Impressive I know.
  • The Container Store is my favorite store. I love all the organizing accouterments.
  • I choreograph music and dance in my head. It's like I am my own Broadway choreographer and I picture how I would organize the people, props, and dance moves to get the maximum effect. Don't ask me for any demonstrations, they're all in my mind.
  • I played sports growing up: basketball, track, cross country. I also played the trumpet. Move over Louis Armstrong.
  • In 2nd grade I electrocuted myself by sticking a paper clip into an electrical outlet at school all in the name of a science project.
  • American cheese makes me sick to my stomach. I feel like it tastes like the plastic it is packaged in.
  • I was voted Best All-Around Girl, Most Dependable, and Most Likely to Succeed in high school. I feel like I'm still doing pretty well in those departments. After all, I did succeed in marrying the most wonderful husband ever!
  • I love Texas (the state) and Texas A&M University. I might have been recently joked about as having a Texocentric mentality...and I am fine with that claim. But, even though I love it, Texas is not the center of my universe.
Are you shocked and amazed?? A Phillip edition will be coming soon...

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Long Ride Home

I had the privilege of being introduced to Patty Griffin by our dear friends the Dockerys some time last year. (I have to mainly credit Ben Dockery because of the musical guru that he is, but Julie soon became a fan about the same time she became a fan of Ben.) For those who know my musical taste, you will know that I love the country/americana/acoustic genre and I love thought-provoking lyrics. Patty certainly fits this bill. I can describe her voice as a combination of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton and put her in the same singer-songwriter category as my beloved James Taylor.

All that to say, my gracious husband gave me two of her CD's for Valentine's Day and I have been thoroughly enjoying them. So, I thought I would share some thought-provoking lyrics with you and let you meditate on them for a while. This song might be my favorite of hers. Although there are undertones of the sadness of death, missed opportunities, and misspoken words, it resonates with me to enjoy spending my life with the love of my life and encourages me to do all I can to love him well "until death do us part." There are times I mess up and times I could have said "some kinder words instead," but there is hope in Christ and it is because of Him that I can even love at all. And this song makes me look forward to the day that those who know Jesus will no longer taste the sting of death and will live forever in a new creation no longer marred by sin. I hope it encourages you to love and long in the same way...

Long Ride Home
Patty Griffin

Long black limousine
Shiniest car I've ever seen
The back seat is nice and clean
She rides as quiet as a dream
Someone dug a hole six long feet in the ground
I said goodbye to you and I threw my roses down
Ain't nothing left at all in the end of being proud
With me riding in this car, and you flying through them clouds

I've had some time to think about it
And watch the sun sink like a stone
I've had some time to think about you
On the long ride home

One day I took your tiny hand
Put your finger in the wedding band
Your daddy gave a piece of land
We made ourselves the best of plans
Forty years go by with someone laying in your bed
Forty years of things you say you wish you'd never said
How hard would it have been to say some kinder words instead
I wonder as I stare up at the sky turning red

I've had some time to think about it
And watch the sun sink like a stone
I've had some time to think about you
On the long ride home

Headlights searching down the driveway
The house is dark as it can be
I go inside and all is silent
It seems as empty as the inside of me

I've had some time to think about it
And watch the sun sink like a stone
I've had some time to think about you
On the long, on the long
On the long, on the long
On the long ride home

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Wildcats Lair

Last Saturday Phillip and I were able to head over to Lexington to watch the UK Men's Basketball team play Arkansas. A couple of guys Phillip knows from A&M work for UK now and they were able to round us up some tickets for the game. We had a chance to go earlier in the season with the Coppengers to see the Wildcats play Tennessee. And, they were victorious then, mostly due to our cheering I think. So, we had high hopes for the game against the Razorbacks. And yet again, the Cats proved themselves and pulled off an exciting home win. Therefore, we've decided that when we're in the arena the team can't lose.

The best part of the day might have been after the game though. Our friends invited us over to see the UK practice facilities and get an insiders tour of the place. We saw everything from the coaches offices, to the practice gym, the video/film rooms, the players lounge, and even the locker room. It was awesome! A great way to cap off the afternoon and definitely a unique experience.

But I must say even after seeing a bit of basketball lore, I am still quite fond of that campus down in College Station...

Sunday, February 17, 2008

A Visit from The Snake

Last Monday night, I was in the kitchen finishing up cleaning a sink full of dishes when as I neared the end I noticed something. The drain was moving a little slow, which sometimes happens if there is food caught in the basket, so I just figured I needed to dump the food particles as usual. But when I went to remove the basket, alas no water moved. I checked the other sink and no movement was happening there either. Well, now we have a problem on our hands.

I baled the water out of the sink so I could get down to the drain and get a closer inspection. I had some Drano crystals in the cupboard so I decided to give them a go and see if they would get things going. That was an abysmal failure. The crystals did not sink down into the drain they just bubbled up in the sink, fizzing off probably toxic gases. Now I'm thinking is my flesh going to burn off do to these green gases coming from my sink? Or worse yet is Al Gore going to knock on my door screaming, "Come out with your hands up you Ozone destroyer!" Thus, I resolved that this problem would not be fixed until the next day, so I headed to bed frustrated and tired.

But then the next day we had 4 in of snow and the seminary canceled class and thus there was no one to fix our sink...(here's where I was relegated to washing dishes in our bathroom sink, which is pretty difficult considering the inefficient nature of the sink.)

So on Wednesday morning, Phillip was Johnny-on-the-spot and called them first thing to tell them of our need for a plumber. So the guys arrived at about 1 pm with plunger in hand. Now, the first guy to arrive was about 6 ft 1 and about 275 lbs. He plunged, and plunged, and plunged some more. At one time, he was up on one leg putting his whole body into the plunging effort trying in vain to get things going but to no avail.

Then his compadre unscrews the pipes from under the sink and decides to dump all the dirty water in our trash can. Now it smells like dead fish in our apartment--great. They look in the pipes and mumble in Spanish for awhile then the big guy looks at me and says, "It is not good. We are going to have to get the snake."

Now the Snake is a character we were familiar with because our friends The Coppengers had been visited by the Snake not too long ago at their apartment and now it was our turn. So the guys go downstairs and come back up with the Snake in tow. And they grind, and grind, and grind. This thing sounded like a combination between a jackhammer and a bleating goat, which if you hadn't guessed is a bad sound. After about 10 minutes they stop and put the pipe back on and test the drain. Then they take the pipe back off dig around in there, use a little more Snake and voila! They happily declare that they fixed it.

The plumbers head out and now I go over to inspect it myself. The drains work, but that stinky fish water has spilled all under the sink and on the floor. So I got out the trusty cleaning products and went to town sanitizing everything and drying out the cupboard. But, in the end I was glad to have a working drain made possible by the persistent Mr. Snake and our good friends from the maintenance crew. Gracias mis amigos!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Under Construction

Dear faithful readers, please bear with Courtside as it undergoes some cosmetic surgery. I have recently been fiddling with the colors and there will probably be more fiddling until I settle in on a design I like, so stay tuned for the reveal.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Let the Good Times Roll

Well, Phillip has successfully finished his first week of classes for his last semester as an MDiv student. Only a few months to go until graduation...I can't believe it! Seems like only yesterday we were driving the Budget truck like road warriors all the way from College Station...He will find out in March about the PhD application so you can continue to keep that in your prayers.

We had a Superbowl party last night at our place and definitely had a rip-roarin' good time. The game was close and the food was tasty! Mom we did wish we had you as an executive chef, but I managed to pull off some queso and some guacamole in the spirit of Tex-Mex. We might have to fly you in for next year.

This weekend we will be heading to Huntsville, AL for a Disciple Now weekend with a youth group. And Phillip, the oh so talented husband of mine, will be the main speaker for the weekend. He will teach Friday night, 2 times on Saturday, and then get to preach for the whole church Sunday morning. We are excited to go and experience a different city and a new church. It is always good to see how things are done other places to get fresh ideas and new outlooks.

Lastly, January was (as always) a big month for us. We celebrated our 3rd anniversary, Phillip's 26th birthday, and my 24th birthday. Thanks to all of you for the well wishes and the presents! Looking forward to a great 2008.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

An Electric Epiphany

The past few days here have been pretty chilly. We woke up this morning to some snow on the ground and it has stuck around thus far. In order to stave off the winter and help out one of my husband's dreaded dilemmas I decided to give him a great birthday gift...drumroll...

An Electric Blanket!

Now pre-electric blanket this is what our nighttime routine would look like:
Me: Okay, I'm going to get ready for bed are you ready too?
PRB: Well, I've got about 7 more pages in my book to read and then I'll be there.

Time elapses where I wash my face, do the polka, brush my teeth, solve some math equations, smile in the mirror, and sing a few verses of "It's a great day to be alive."

Next, PRB enters our room closes the door, turns on his reading lamp, and comes into the bathroom to get ready for bed. Now, I exit and remove our lovely decorative pillows from the bed and crawl in and try to cocoon myself to create a nice resting place ideal for sleep for the next 8 hours.

Me: Brrr! It's so chilly in here!
PRB: Will you warm up my side of the bed too? (which means will you make snow angels in the bed to create friction to hopefully warm up the cold sheets)
Me: But I am already so cozy in my spot...
PRB: But my side will be so cold...

So I relent and make sure my arm and leg reaches far enough to warm up his side of the bed. Then he finishes, changes clothes at lightening speed, and tries to hop in bed as fast as he can to avoid being cold. He throws back the covers releasing the trapped heat--bummer. Next he writhes around like a fish out of water to try to warm up his side to his standards and then he says...

PRB: These sheets are just so chilly! I'll probably never get warm in here!

Now because this seemed like a problem with a solution, I went out to buy an electric blanket to help out my husband. I found the perfect one that has this great pre-heat feature that will turn on and heat your bed for 30 minutes right before you're ready to go to sleep. So, when I see the night is winding down, I go hit the pre-heat button and then our sheets are just warm and cozy by the time we head to bed. Now, with this one solution we have no more chilly sheets, no more crazy writhing, and no more cold winter beds. This is an electric epiphany...

Sunday, January 20, 2008

A Week in the Land of Moore

In the car
Off the chairs!

Building blocks
Mismatched socks
Noggin knocks

Lego carts
Trumpet frogs
Throwing darts

Milk is "Moo"
Where's your shoe?
Coco pebbles
Flush the loo!

The Muppet Show
It's time to go
Pack a lunch
Noses blow

Lots of hugs
Finding bugs
Drawing pictures
Toy tugs

Read this book
Funny looks
Bath time
"But he took..."

Whew y'all...
Dinner calls

Changing diapers
Face wiper
Monster Crunch
Boys are hyper!

Chuck E. Cheese
OJ please!
Police costumes
Mickey D's

Night light
Tuck in tight
Bible Story
Kiss Goodnight

We wouldn't trade our time with the boys for the world and we loved every minute of it...

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Meet the Boys

This past week we had an interesting experience. In the matter of mere hours, we became Mom and Dad to 4 boys! Now, they are not permanently ours, they were just ours for the week. We helped out The Moore family by taking on their kiddos while they went to London, England. Now let's introduce the starting line-up...

Benjamin "The Bouncer" Moore
Age: 6 1/2 years

Timothy "The Train-Man" Moore
Age: 6 1/2 years

Samuel "The Mighty Mite" Moore
Age: 2 1/2 years

Jonah "The Disposal" Moore
Age: 11 months

Now that you have met everyone, let's explain their descriptions.

Benjamin is always bouncing wherever he goes. He's in constant motion! He loves Legos and doing things precisely. A good helper and always concerned about doing things the right way, like making sure we always had directions to wherever we went.

Timothy loves trains (and anything that you would consider transportation)! He seemed to always be working on a train track on scooting a train on the floor. He is also very caring and definitely tells you how much he likes you and loves you.

Samuel is the ultimate little brother. A mighty mite that tries his best to keep up with his older brothers. He likes to do what they do and say what they say. He is also a very good older brother himself and gives Jonah lots of hugs and kisses.

Jonah is the best eater in America! He will take on any food you put in front of him and be sure to have plenty of it! He is so good natured and just happy to be wherever you are. He will give smiles and laughs all of the time and he is also just about to become mobile. When he gets those arms and legs coordinated he will be motoring all around the house!

Now in the next post I'll tell you about ALL the things we did...

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Where have we been?

The past few weeks have been adventurous for us. We have been traveling for Christmas and managed to do some other fun things in the mean time. So where have we been?

December 14: Start of the road trip back to TX. We had to leave then in order to beat a snowstorm that was descending upon Louisville. We also got to spend the night in Jackson, TN with The Dockerys some of our most favorite people in the world.

December 15: Arrival into the great Lone Star State. We managed to meet up with our friend (Phillip's former roommate) Rodney Reed while both of us were traveling down the highway. Isn't it fun to meet up with friends in the most unexpected places? So Phillip was able to ride in the car with Rodney for a while so they could catch up. We ended up at Kyle & Lori's casa in Houston.

December 16-21: We hung out in Houston. We did some Christmas shopping, lots of playing with John Thomas, looking at Christmas lights, and had many laughs with our wonderful family and friends.

December 21-22: Short jaunt up to College Station for Phillip and his dad to play golf and to pick up Granny, Papaw, and Clifton to take them back to Houston for Christmas Eve festivities. Phillip and I also had a wedding to go to in Houston on the 22nd so we were going to make it back no problem, but we ran into a little trouble with our communication and planning. So we furiously showered, packed up our stuff, ate lunch and still managed to get to Houston with 10 minutes to spare! It was a close one, but definitely a fun family memory of packing 5 grown folks into a Hyundai (which John dubbed a Hyun-die) and John holding my makeup mirror in the back seat so I could apply my makeup flawlessly.

December 22-24: Back to Houston for a Panini Party at Kyle and Lori's and Christmas Eve dinner and presents. We had a Mexican food Christmas Eve filled with plenty of fajitas, queso, and sopapilla cheesecake to go around. We also got to see Justin & Erin and all the boys open presents Christmas morning in Idonesia through the wonderful web cam. It was so great to just see their smiling faces for a little while and hear the squeals of joy from the boys: "Yes!!! Spiderman!" or "Look at these jets!" We also had a giftcard exchange where we ended up with giftcards to Kroger and Best Buy. Then the grand finale was opening up tickets for a family cruise in July!! Everyone in Phillip's family will be going, all 17 of us! Granny & Papaw, John & Debbie, Justin & Erin, Kyle & Lori, Phillip & Cami, Chad & Christina, and Alex, Isaac, Luke, Jack, and John Thomas. Whoa this is going to be fun!

December 25-Present: We headed up to Abilene on Christmas Day to join my family. We had our traditional Christmas Day lunch at Mama Sug & Papa's and got to see my aunt, uncle, and cousins there. When we came back home we opened up presents with my parents. With the surprise there being that we came away with a new TV! My parents gave it to us and then my mom managed to surprise my dad and get him one for Christmas also. So that was really fun! The rest of our time here has been filled with good food, a trip to the Alamo Bowl to watch the Aggies, hanging out with friends, and relaxing.

We will head back for Louisville tomorrow and arrive in town on January 4th. Then we will have ourselves an adventure for the next week, but you'll have to stay tuned for the next chapter...