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October 18, 2010

August 14, 2010

Billy and I got to sit next to each other which was great! We painted the tops of our hats with our names in Japanese so we could easily be spotted by our friends and family. Do you see us sitting down in the middle of the picture?

When it was time to walk across the stage I was SO nervous I was going to trip and fall or something embarrassing like that. Luckily everything went smoothly. 🙂

This is our friend, Garret, who took many Japanese classes with us, drank many beers with us, and is always someone you can rely on. He also has a new SLR and took all of the ceremony photos.

Also, one of my best friends, Kruti, was there! I was so glad she was able to make it. She left right after the ceremony was over to head to Mississippi for medical school. I can’t wait until I get to go support her when she graduates!

After graduation was over, we headed over to my brothers house for pictures and BBQ! I have lots of pictures of family and friends, but no pictures of the BBQ. It was delicious… you will just have to trust me. 😉

SO HAPPY to finally be done! I took five classes and Billy took three over the summer so we could finish!

Our hats 🙂 Everyone was so glad we did this!

My other best friend, Sarah, was there to support us! (She was also my maid of honor) It was great to get to spend some time together. Even though we live 10ish minutes away from each other, we are always too busy to meet up. Now that school is over, hopefully we will have more time to hang out!

My Momma!

My grandma, me, brother, mom, and Billy.

With my brother and sister-in-law. They also got a nice new SLR and my sister-in-law gets all the credit for the family photos after graduation. Thanks Tami! 🙂

My aunt and uncle.

Billy’s Dad

Me, sister-in-law, Billy’s grandma, Billy, and father-in-law.

Stripping down after all the photos were taken. I LOVED my dress for graduation! It’s a Gianni Bini dress from Dillard’s that I picked up on sale for $18, regularly $98! It was comfortable, fun, and light weight for a hot, summer graduation. Hooray!

The colors are really bright in person and you can’t really tell by the photo, but it’s white, yellow-green, and blue. It’s also layered at the bottom. Sorry for the bad lighting, I took the picture with my phone.

Once I sort through all the cruise pictures (we took 500+ photos), I’ll post about our graduation cruise!


Meet Richard

October 16, 2010

This bear is very special to me for a number of reasons. I have never posted about this bear before, he hasn’t even been introduced to my family, but I feel that this is the right time to share my story about Richard the Texas Rangers bear.

After my dad passed away in 2008, Billy took me to Build-A-Bear Workshop at the Grapevine Mills Mall so I could build a bear just for me. We were in the store for at least 45 minutes while I looked at everything there was to offer my special bear. It was a very emotional experience for me, and it still brings tears to my eyes as I write and remember this special trip.

This was my very first visit to Build-A-Bear and I had tears in my eyes the moment we walked into the store. I was excited to have the opportunity to create my very own bear, and this was going to be a very very special bear. I was creating a bear in memory of my father so I would have something to hug on when I felt sad or needed to cry. The attendant was very helpful in explaining the entire process to me and then we started to pick out my bear. I picked a light colored bear because it just stood out as the right one for me. We filled him with stuffing to my liking – not too hard and not too soft. I wanted him to keep a good shape, but still be soft and snuggly. The third step was the hardest step of all. The attendant showed me three different hearts to choose from, and explained all about how I had to pick the perfect heart for my bear and give it lots of love before we placed it in my bear. All I could do was cry. My dad died from a heart condition and it was just a very emotional subject for me. I quickly picked out a red heart and placed it inside my bear ready to move on to the next step.

The rest of my trip was more exciting and a little less emotional. I browsed through all the outfit possibilities trying to find the one that best represented my dad. My dad was a die hard sports fan so I knew that was the route to go. They were out of Texas Longhorn t-shirts so I had to look for the next best option. I turned around and saw the perfect outfit for my bear. A Texas Rangers t-shirt, blue jeans, socks and shoes with red and blue stripes, and a red reversible fleece jacket. My dad wore jeans and a sports shirt from one of his favorite teams almost every day, so this was perfect! I loved it!

I named him Richard in honor of my dad, and we left the store very happy with the bear I had created. I spent the next several days hugging and crying over my bear as I mourned the loss of my father. Every time I look at my bear I’m reminded of my dad and it makes me happy.

Now, Richard has been brought out of hiding into the living room to serve as a good luck charm for the Texas Rangers as they play the New York Yankees in the ALCS game series. This is the first time the Rangers have made it this far and I know my dad is still cheering for them! He would be so excited!


Happy Friday!

October 15, 2010

Halloween is only two weeks away! Are you ready?!

Fall TV Favorites

October 13, 2010

I haven’t posted much lately because there really hasn’t been much to post about. Things have been a little sad around our house. Turns out that life post-graduation in this economy isn’t so great. Who knew?! Obviously not me us!

Now that school is done, my days are filled with mind numbing job searches, working at my part-time job, and television! Yep, you read that right. Television is what we now have to look forward to, and when I say look forward to, I really mean it’s the highlight of my day.

We gave up DirecTV two and a half years ago because we were hardly ever home to watch it, and it was an unnecessary expense that could easily been cut from our budget. Now, we can’t wait to have DirecTV back in our lives, but we can’t afford it with our super cool part-time jobs. We have already decided that satellite tv is one of the first things we will treat ourselves with once we get real jobs. Whenever that may be……

Until then, I give you our broadcast television line up:

Sunday: Brothers & Sisters

Tuesday: No Ordinary Family

Wednesday: Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Los Angeles

Thursday: Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice

So what are you watching this Fall season? Any good shows on DVD we should catch up on?

Mexican Layer Dip

October 11, 2010

Alternately titled: How to get rid of things in your fridge: Mexican style


1 can refried beans

1 package taco seasoning

1 cup sour cream

1 cup guacamole

shredded lettuce (optional)

2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese

1 large tomato, chopped (I did not use an entire tomato because one of my guests didn’t like a lot of tomato)



1)  In a small pan, heat refried beans on medium-low heat (I have a weird thing about beans straight out of the can, plus heating them makes it easier to spread on your platter)

2)  Mix in taco seasoning

3)  Smooth beans evenly on your platter or serving dish of choice

4)  Add a layer of sour cream, guacamole, shredded lettuce, cheese, and tomato



You can’t really mess up a Mexican layer dip. Feel free to add: pico de gallo, black olives, peppers, green chiles, green onions, or salsa. This particular dish was made with items in my fridge that needed to be eaten soon, so it was a great way to finish off that bag of shredded lettuce and cheese before it went bad.


VMA Style Favorite

September 13, 2010

I really loved the Nicole Miller beaded gown that Stephanie Pratt wore to the VMAs this year. She looks so pretty and polished and I may or may not have hair envy right now….. just sayin.

Are you ready for some football?!

September 10, 2010

Football season is officially here!! I am beyond excited because this is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. The Saints v. Vikings game last night was fantastic and I’m so glad the Saints won. GEAUX SAINTS!!


I am participating in TWO fantasy football leagues this year. It’s my first time playing, but I had a great time keeping up with Billy’s fantasy league last season, so I figured why not?! My team name is the Kone Katz and this is my team logo:

I edited this picture of my precious Fuzz monster from when he had surgery last April. I thought it was perfect for my team logo.

Pioneer Woman’s Mexican Layer Dip

This Sunday I will be making my own Mexican layer dip that I will post the recipe with pictures, but Pioneer Woman also has a fabulous recipe you can check out on the link above! Hooray for all the football parties, beer, snacks, and great company that football season brings along every year.

What is your favorite snack or meal you prepare for football watching?