A post!

Wow, so it’s been a real LONG time since we last posted. Of course that doesn’t mean nothing was going on. It’s actually the opposite. We’ve had a pretty packed month of May. So to go through it all, I decided to split up the highlights all to separate posts which you can see below.

That will pretty much catch you up. The past weekend was spent mostly relaxing, with a little packing. Oh then there was the refrigerator fiasco. ๐Ÿ™‚ Actually it turned out rather good for us. Gwendolyn and her family were able to steal…er I meal buy us a refrigerator for one hell of a deal. They basically got an $1100 fridge for $765. The Lowe’s employee even said that they don’t even get the fridge for that price. ๐Ÿ™‚

This weekend for me will be spent packing, while Gwendolyn is going to try to get a head start on her school work. Then of course there’s the moving date on the 18th. So of course, we’ll probably be too busy to update until after that date. See you then!

Another try at Camping

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On Memorial Day weekend, Gwendolyn and I decided to spend the time camping. We were worried as the weather reports werenโ€™t looking too good. We decided to go ahead and brave the weather and if it got really bad, weโ€™d just head home. So off to Lake Livingston we went on Saturday. Surprisingly there were a few campsites available when we got there, so we were able to pick out a nice spot that was a little secluded. We spent most of Saturday just getting camp set up and resting. All day it seemed like it wanted to rain but never did. That changed however. While we slept the rain decided to come. It really wasnโ€™t that bad, and it would just rain and on off. By the time we got up the rain had pretty much stopped.

Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day! We ended up renting a canoe for a few hours. We had a good time out on the lake in it. It was my first time to go canoeing while Gwendolyn is an old pro at it… so she says. Before our canoe time was up we decided to head to the swimming area and jump in the water for a bit. I have to say it was pretty fun. I canโ€™t tell you the last time I actually went swimming.

140-4029_IMG.JPGWhen we got back to camp we decided to make some dinner, as the weather started to look dim again. Sure enough, as soon as we were done, we knew it was going to storm any minute. I was trying to clean up the dishes, when suddenly I heard a loud clunk in front of me in the bushes. I blew it off as something falling from the trees. I start to walk back when I heard a few more, and saw some white thing on the ground. Then another and another. I go in for a closer inspection and notice that its ice! Then it all starts coming down! Gwendolyn and I run into the tent and are amazed by how much hail was coming down! Not only was there a lot, but I have never seen hail so big! They were at least half dollar sized. And hearing those things hit the tent was awesome. It was a constant bombardment of hail hitting the tent, like fireworks going off. At first we had the tent totally unzipped so we could see, but it got the point where they were flying in the tent and the tent was getting soaked that we had to zip it up. The whole thing was rather amazing.

Monday morning was cold and wet. It was no fun packing up wet stuff, and definitely no fun unpacking it and drying it out. But overall it was a great camping trip and experience, that was 100x better than the first time we went camping. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are the pictures.

Rocking out!

This of course was my favorite part of May. Two Nine Inch Nails concerts in 2 days! How awesome is that? The first show was in Houston at the Verizon wireless theater. I wasn’t able to get general admission, se we were seated in the balcony in the corner. Not too bad. The concert itself was Awesome! They had a great opener, the Dresden Dolls, who we immediately fell in love with. I’ve been to few concerts where I’ve heard an opening band that I liked that much.

On Wednesday the show was going to be at Stubbs BBQ in Austin. This was going to be hard as we had to make it out of Houston at rush hour and get to Austin before the show. It was especially difficult as it seamed everything was trying to keep us from getting there. Beyond the normal Houston traffic we also had to deal with wrecks and wrong turns! We finally did make it to Austin though. Unfortunately it was at the end of the Dresden Dolls set, so we weren’t able to see them play again. The great news though, was that Stubbs BBQ rocks! It had an outdoor stage that was about half as small as the Verizon stage. Before the show Gwen and I squeezed our way up pretty close to the stage. Once they came out, everyone pushed forward, and it got about 20 degrees hotter! Gwendolyn wasn’t able to take much of the pushing and shoving, so she stepped out to the side. I stayed in for a while and finally had to take a break about half way through. I sat on the side with Gwen for a few songs, and then headed back in. I was able to get right up front and center. Trent at one point bent down right in front and handed his guitar off to the crowd. I had a hand on it, but of course security took it back. ๐Ÿ™ I stayed up front for the rest of the show and rocked out.

After it was all over, we headed to a great little place to eat, which I’ll have to get the name of, as they had awesome breakfast tacos. We then headed home as someone had to go to court the next morning!

Our House!

The House

Once Gwendolyn got her job, we committed to getting a house in NW Houston. So we called the realtor again and went looking at 3 houses on Saturday. 2 of them we had seen before, both were favorites from the previous time we looked.

We started off at our favorite house on Telegraph creek. It was still looking good, and this time we paid more attention to the little things. The stove and microwave were a little dated, but overall it was doable. So we headed to the next house which we haven’t seen yet, and after 2 mins in it, we knew we wouldn’t be getting that one, so we headed off to Whiple Street. It was still a nice house, but Telegraph was closer to both our jobs and was still our favorite. So we got the application papers and headed home.

Finally 3 days later, we were approved! Now we are just waiting to pack it up and move in. We get the house on the 18th, so I will be moving in then. Gwendolyn will move in as she has time. She’s going to be pretty busy with school and a new job.

Check out the house here.

The New Job

So Gwendolyn got some great news on the 20th. She found out that she got a new job! She will now be a children’s librarian for the Barbra Bush Library in Cypress Creek! She hasn’t actually started yet; her start date is going to be the 27th of June. She’s really excited about it, even though Barbra bush is supposed to be the busiest library in the county! I think she will do great though.

The best part of the deal is that we are now able to get a house in my area of town! So that’s what we did on the 21st.

Toga!

Toga! Toga! Toga! Yes that was the theme of my mother’s 50th birthday party. We decided to throw a surprise toga party at my parent’s friend’s house. The party was on the 14th so Gwendolyn and I were in charge of decorations so the weekend before we had to go out and get as much greek/roman stuff as we could. We also went shopping for togas. It was all pretty fun.

The Pantheon

On the day of the party we had to head to Gwendolyn’s mothers, as she made us the best cake ever. She actually made it in the shape of a roman Pantheon! Transporting the cake was pretty nerve racking, but not as bad as when guests started to arrive and Gwen and I were still not ready! ๐Ÿ™‚ But we were able to put the final touches on everything and get dressed in time. My parents arrived and my mother was quite surprised by the turn out! Some old friends that she grew up with ended up coming down for the surprise also. She was excited to see them. Also, later on her brother showed up with Joann, which was another big surprise! I have to say the whole thing was a big success! I was surprised so many people showed up, and even more surprised by how many people actually dressed up!!

We spent the rest of the day at the party and cleaning up. Sunday we went into town to eat and check out the Art cars. They were all pretty impressive! Gwen and I decided we should do one of those one day also. ๐Ÿ™‚ We just have to think of the perfect idea first!

Be sure to check out the pictures of the Party and Art Cars.