Friday, October 30, 2009

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, wait....

It's Super Austin!

Austin wanted to be a super hero so my mom and I made his costume. It was fun and surprisingly easy to make. I was just as excited as Austin for him to wear it to school. There were plenty of Batmans and princesses in his class but there was only one Super Austin! Thank you Granny for all your help!

Austin took a trip to the pumpkin patch this fall with his school so we just picked up some pumpkins at the store. Austin wanted to decorate them himself so I fought my control issues (anytime it involves paint pens and markers) and let him do what he wanted. We also carved one of the big pumpkins together.

Austin also had school pictures this week. They take the seasonal pictures with different backgrounds which I am not a fan of. I think he was going to be sitting on some presents while holding one. He sure looked handsome for picture day.

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

Five years ago, Waylon and I said our I do's. These days, five years is marriage-tenure so I thought it deserved some blogging attention.

Our Story

For those of you who don't know, Way and I both went to Sam Houston State and even graduated the same year but did not meet until after college. We were a couple of those people that were partying on spring break although we weren't in school. My friends and I just arrived on the beach in South Padre when Waylon and his friends were leaving (he swears it's the other way around). My friends knew Waylon and his buddies already and so everyone started talking. Walyon walked right up to me on the beach and introduced himself. From there, I didn't think I would see him again but I hung out a lot in H-ville while my friends were finishing school. As I began to see Waylon at a few parties and places around town the connection grew. We found out over time that during college, we had a lot of the same friends and were at a lot of the same events but our paths crossed until that day on the beach.

Our first date was in August of 2002 at Papadeaux. We were engaged little over a year later on November 22, 2003. I thought that we were just going out to eat that night for a "date night" but we ended up at the Water Wall near the Galleria instead. I remember walking around the wall for a while and it was windy so the water was going everywhere. I kept thinking to myself, "Okay, this is just a wall with water...seen it before." but Way had never been there. Little did I know, he was scoping the place out and waiting for the right moment to get down on one keen and pop the question. It was awesome!

We were married October 16, 2004. We had a beautiful fall wedding (Martha Stewart style) and an even better honeymoon in Playa Del Carmen where we met some amazing friends that we still keep in contact with.

About 10 months later, we found out that we were expecting our first child. Our little monster came along on April 3, 2006. Three very short years later, here we are. I have to say it has been a roller coaster, but a really good one that you don't want to get off of. I am sitting in the very back seat with my hands high in the air, waiting to see what loop or turn is next for us.

Waylon, thank you...

...for lovin' a girl in capri pants (even on the beach)!

...for making me watch the military channel, and the history channel. If you hadn't, I wouldn't share the same passion for WWII as you do (and I probably wouldn't know where it was fought).

...for loving me in my sweats and frizzy hair.

...for never saying "no" to Austin when you walk in the door from work and he says, "Daddy, will you play wis me?"

...for your perfect grilled chicken.

...for working so hard.

...for introducing me to old country music!

...for sweating out the festivals and fairs with me.

...for being my "biggest fan" who constantly supports me and encourages me not to give up.

...for sacrificing so much so that we can live like no one else.

...for continually growing as a husband and a father.

...and for choosing me.

I love you and our life together.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

SHSU Homecoming

October 10th was homecoming at SHSU. We trucked up to Huntsville to watch Waylon play in the alumni lacrosse game. We bypassed the homecoming drunkfest and made it a family affair. Before the game, we went on campus and took some pictures. Walyon and I graduated from Sam in 2001. My how things have changed!!!! I hardly even recognize the school. Waylon and I were arguing over where the post office used to be. The school has made some amazing changes and it really looks great. It was fun reminiscing our glory days and showing Austin where we went to school.

Waylon took a lot of shots of the campus. I told him that if someone wanted to see pix of the campus, they would look online but he is a proud Bearkat (and the campus is beautiful).

Love, love, love this pic.

Austin had so much fun climbing up the ALL the stairs around the campus.

He wasn't too fond of Sam Houston.

We didn't make it to the football game but I did manage to catch the scoreboard. Eat em' up Kats!
It drizzled the entire time at the lacrosse game but that didn't stop Austin from having fun. He played in the stands with his lacrosse sticks and his buddy, Marshall.

Waylon played lacrosse for Sam from '93 to '96. Every year the current SHSU team plays the alumni. It is very entertaining ! :) It is actually a very rough sport. Hopefully, this will be an annual tradition for us (if it doesn't keep interfering with the Oklahoma City Race for the Cure - then I will have to alternate years).
After the alumni scored their first goal, they all ran to the middle of the field and posed for a picture.
Meanwhile, Aus is still having a ball in the stands.

During halftime, Austin went on to the field to visit Daddy. Waylon is standing with his best buddies, Ben and Nick.

Waylon in action...

Catching the ball...

After the game.
The current team and the alumni

Waylon and his former teammates

It was such a fun night! Can't wait to see if Austin picks up the sport.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

"Soccer Ball"

Austin is a soccer player! He is so excited and loves to play "soccer ball". We have been waiting for the day when he would be old enough to participate in sports. I have to say, it is totally awesome watching him play (or running all over the field looking at his shoes). As you can imagine, Waylon is more excited than anyone. After the first game, he went out and purchased some orange cones for the backyard so Austin can "run drills". All of the kids voted on the team name White Knights (which beat out Sons and Daughters and Albino Tigers). He has had 4 games so far. The first game, Austin scored three goals; two for his team and one for the other team. We realized after the first game that Aus was put on a team of kids one year older than him. He should have been on the Under 4 team but was put on the Under 5 team instead. He is holding his own, especially since all of the other kids have a year experience. He is the smallest on the team due to his age.

Austin typically focuses on the ball for a while and then runs by to say hi to Waylon and I on the sidelines. He always makes sure that we are watching him.

Here are some pics from the first game.

Austin and Zoe taking a break during the game on 10/3/09.

All of the kids from both teams line up at the end and go through the tunnel that the parents create. This is their favorite part.