November 12, 2017

Ode to a Deer

In my last post, I mentioned that we had a bit of an adventure on our trip from Texas to Missouri for my grandma's funeral. Here's the scoop!

We left work on Friday and got on the road around 4:30. Our plan was to make it to Joplin, MO that night, and then finish up the rest of it the next day. Our plan got a bit waylaid.

Around 11:00 pm, on a fairly deserted tollway, we hit a deer that was in the middle of the highway. Going around 75 MPH. He was suddenly just there, and we couldn't avoid him. Chris didn't even have time to put his foot on the brake. We hit and the impact was on the front and hood...he ended up hitting the windshield and landing in the middle of the road. All of the lights on the car's electrical system started going haywire, and the car just shut completely down.

After checking to make sure we were both uninjured, we got out of the car and frantically tried to figure out what to do. We were on a long road trip, in an unfamiliar city. Late at night on a road with minimal cars. Oi. First, Chris called 911...he was told that since our accident didn't involve another vehicle, they were unable to help. So they transferred us to a tow truck company. After talking with them, Chris hung up and we stood there waiting.

In the meantime, about 6 additional cars ran over the deer that we had hit, since it was in the middle of the road. The first one ended up circling back around to see what she had hit, and then she pulled over to make sure we were ok. Her name was Sherri, and she was a very nice woman...she decided she would wait there with us until the tow truck arrived, because our flashers weren't working (the electrical system had shut down). About twenty minutes later, the tow truck arrived and he got us loaded onto his truck. He offered to deliver us to a motel nearby, which was also near the tow lot he was taking our car to. We took him up on that offer and luckily got a room at the hotel.

Once we got settled in, I called the insurance company and documented our claim...then we tried to get some sleep.

The next morning, I called the rental car company and they picked us up. They put us in a Jeep Cherokee and we continued on our journey to St. Louis. The insurance company took care of towing our car over to a Ford dealership so that the insurance adjuster could estimate the damage.

Turns out they decided to total the car...so now we are dealing with getting the claim finalized and paying off the Fusion. In the meantime, yesterday we went and purchased a new car. We decided to go back to a small SUV, and I am excited -- we got a Ford Edge, in white. It drives so nice, I love it!!

If you'd like to see photos of our wrecked Fusion, or the new Edge, click on my Facebook or Instagram links on the right to go see!

November 07, 2017

Goodbye Sweet Flo

Life has been...full...lately.

My sweet Grandma Flo passed away on October 24...it was bittersweet for sure. She has been suffering for awhile now, with her health and her memory. She was touch and go so many times, but continued to pull through each time. It was at a point where she didn't really remember why she was in the hospital -- which is kind of a blessing, too. She had a DNR set up, so it came to nature taking charge. I am so sad that I will no longer get to see her or hug her or hear her voice...but I feel like she is in a much better, happier place now.

Her memorial was on Friday, November 3rd -- which also happened to be her birthday. Chris and I traveled to St. Louis to be a part of it (more on that adventure later). There was a visitation first, and then a beautiful service at her long-time church, Calvary Church of Christ. The preacher did a great job capturing her essence, and her long-time neighbor also shared some beautiful words. We sang a few hymns and my uncle Kevin gave a beautiful eulogy.

The church was decorated with lots of great photo memories from the years...and the main table that held her ivory white urn was covered in a lace tablecloth with framed photos of my grandpa, my dad, my uncle Randy, her best friend Audrey...and also her famous ceramic candy jar.

There are so many memories swirling around in my head of her...I'm so grateful that my mom made sure I always had special weekends at their house. My grandparents were so special to me...here are a few favorite memories of my grandma:

:: I loved playing Rummy together...we could play for hours! The fun part is that she loved to win...even if that meant cheating when I went to the bathroom :)

:: She was an amazing cook -- tuna salad, chili, the best sweet iced tea. Such an odd thing for me to remember, but I always loved the way she would put mayonnaise on the bread -- she was so deliberate with her knife strokes, every single time. To me, it seemed like she was putting in all her love while she did it.

:: She loved to spend hours at the mall, meandering and shopping...it was always a long adventure!

:: She would buy gifts throughout the year, for birthdays and Christmas...except, when the holiday rolled around, she could never remember what she had bought or where she had it hidden! So she would always buy something different, only to come across the original gift months later...

:: She and my grandpa took me on a few very memorable vacations to Black River Lodge, and those will always be so special to me!

:: She eventually stopped most of her cooking and started using the oven as a cabinet...she would store her cookies and such in there!

:: She had beautiful glasses with tiny roses in the frames...I always loved those.

:: Over the years, she wrote me so many handwritten letters, and I adored her handwriting...it had a beautiful slant to it, and was so her.

I loved her so much...and will miss her dearly...I am so blessed that she was a part of my life all these years. I was definitely the lucky one. I never doubted her love for me. I hope she knew just how special she was to me.

October 22, 2017

Weekend Recap

Hello there!

Another weekend is drawing to a close...they come and go so quickly. This one was pretty low-key, but we enjoyed it.

:: Friday, after work, Chris did a workout and then we went to Copper Creek for a delicious dinner. His coach's orders were to eat some red meat and have a glass of wine. Copper Creek fit the bill on that!

:: Saturday, Chris had a long bike and run workout. I spent a few hours at the October crop, which was at Allison's house. She made a delicious taco soup, and we had a fun time together. I worked on finishing up the photos for the scrapbook I need to work on. Then I headed to Hobby Lobby to get some materials I needed to make my Halloween costume for the luncheon on the 27th.

:: Mimi came out to visit us for a bit, and then Chris and I went to dinner at Rosa's and ran a few errands. Chris needed some new work shirts so we stopped at Kohl's, and we also got the puppers some new pillows for their crates. They loved those! Then we finished watching season 4 of The 100...it had an interesting ending. I have no idea where season 5 is going to go.

:: Sunday, Chris had a long swim and a short run...I did laundry and grocery shopped and managed to fit in a short nap with the pups. The Walking Dead's new season begins tonight, but we will have to watch tomorrow since we don't have the channel and will need to get the episode from a different source.

This coming week, Chris has a work dinner on Wednesday evening and we have our Halloween luncheon on Friday. Beyond that, it should be a fairly normal week. Hope you all have a great one!

October 18, 2017

Hello there!

Since I have last posted, here is what's been happening with us:

:: Over the weekend, Chris and I went to Ennis, TX for the drag races! We have been going every year for the past four years, and this is really Chris' happy place. He loves this weekend and looks so forward to it. I quite enjoy it myself...it's such a fun experience! This year, we upgraded to the Champion's Club, which got us better seats with bleacher backs, access to the Club which provided breakfast and lunch both days, as well as tea, water, lemonade, and an air conditioned room to hang out in when it got too hot outside. We really enjoyed this upgrade! The lunches both days were delicious -- catered in, and full meals. We hardly ate any junk food at all over the weekend, which is odd! We were also able to park a lot closer than usual, so that was super nice! The races were fun, and it was a relaxing two days for us. Much needed! While we were away, the puppers had fun at Mimi and Aspen's...

:: The work week has been pretty busy...today, my entire morning was taken up with a last minute VIP trip. It went well.

:: I've been enjoying the new season of tv...This is Us has been really good...and the Voice has been fun! My Netflix show, Stranger Things, has season two coming out on the 27th and I am excited for that! We also have the Walking Dead starting this coming weekend...but not sure yet how we are going to watch that.

:: Our friend, QLefty, had a pretty bad bike accident during one of his training rides...he unfortunately broke some bones in his collarbone and arm. Yikes!! We are bummed for him, especially since this takes him out of the triathlon in April...he and Chris were really excited to do the race together. We are praying for his healing, as I know it must be super painful.

:: This coming weekend, Allison is hosting the crop at her house and I plan to go for a little bit. We also need to go to Kohl's and buy Chris some new work shirts. Beyond that, he will have multiple intense workouts and we'll see what else comes along!

October 08, 2017

Week and Weekend Recap

Hello there!

:: Chris is back into full swing with triathlon training...and boy, does Adsy really pile it on! The last training was for a half-tri, and that was pretty time consuming...I'm not sure how Chris will be able to fit all this training time for a full triathlon into his days...but I know he will find a way!

:: Friday evening, he had a long swim workout, then he visited Mimi and then picked up Little Ninja for us. Mmm mmm! We then decided to continue watching more of The 100...still working our way through that series.

:: Saturday, Chris had a long workout. I cleaned and did some laundry. It was great because I also took a little nap with the puppers!! Yay!! Then we ran some errands and had dinner at Casa. Afterwards, we met Mimi out at Jojo's and visited with Aspen and listened to some live music they had out there. That was fun! Then when we got home, we watched more of The 100.

:: Sunday, I finished up the laundry and did the grocery shopping. I also worked on our bedroom closet a bit. We still have a bit too much there, so I did a little more decluttering. It feels much better now. I also pulled out some of my winter shoes, etc. This nice Fall weather has been so gorgeous! Chris had a long run and a swim workout, and when he got home he wasn't feeling well. :( So we decided not to go to the wedding we had on plan for the evening for a sweet girl at work. Sad to miss their special day, but Mr. Baber rarely feels unwell...so we will just have a quiet, low-key evening.

:: I got my hair colored on Thursday evening...my hair has been weird lately and not making me happy. Kasi and I talked about it a bit. I feel like the texture has been different, and the color near my roots has been turning a weird brassy color as the weeks go by. She says texture can change as we get older (blah!!) and also that stress affects it. Well. Stupid stress! I've been making some changes to try to improve things...using a higher quality shampoo, a high quality smoothing serum, using less heat when blow drying, and hitting it with some cold water before I get out of the shower. It's looking a little better today.

:: The week ahead...a dentist appointment tomorrow, and then this weekend we are going to the drag races in Ennis! We upgraded a bit this year, so our experience will be a little different than the last few years. We are so looking forward to it! This is one of Baber's favorite things!

Have a great week everyone!

October 01, 2017

Weekend Recap

What a fun, fun, fun weekend!!! It was Girl's Trip weekend with my bestie, Kim and we thoroughly enjoyed out time together.

But first...Friday evening! Chris and I worked out and then we had dinner at Potter's Pizza for the first time. We weren't too crazy about it, and most likely won't be going back. The pizza was just ok, and it was dirty and rowdy with tons of little kids. Um, no. Then we relaxed at home and I finished watching the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance.

Saturday morning, I picked Kim up at 9:00 and we got on the road to Waco! It took a little over 3 hours, and we talked and laughed the whole way. Traveling with her is so fun and relaxing. Easy. When we arrived, we found a parking spot in the free parking lot right by Magnolia Market, and headed inside to discover this crazy phenomenon!

It was quite the place! There were about 10 or so food trucks offering up all kinds of delights...ice cream, hot dogs, BBQ, snow cones, kettle corn, gourmet grilled cheese and Mac and cheese, crepes, etc. After surveying the options, Kim and I chose the grilled cheese place, called Cheddar Box. Kim got Mac and cheese with bacon (hold the chives) and I went with the grilled cheese with gouda cheese, bacon jam, fried egg, all on French toast. It was so delicious! We found a spot to sit under the big pavilion, and enjoyed our lunch while watching the people play corn hold, catch, etc on the big green square of turf.

After we ate, we decided to start in the back corner, at the garden shop. It was a small building that sold garden tools, container, etc...and all around outside the building were gorgeous flower, pumpkin displays, etc. It was so pretty and we took a lot of photos! Then we made our way to the main shop, which was a huge two story building filled with Joanna's favorite things. She has a definite style...everything is pretty neutral, with some greenery thrown in. There were a lot of gorgeous displays, and people were buying things like crazy!!! We thought the pricing was a bit high, but we did manage to find a few souvenirs that we couldn't live without! I bought two little bowls, and a white mug with the back Magnolia Market logo. I didn't want to go overboard, since we are living tiny these days!

After our shopping, we decided to take the free trolley ride around the down town area to see what we could see. We stopped at a few different shops, and then headed back. Our final stop at Magnolia was their bakery...they are famous for their cupcakes!! So famous, in fact, that the line wrapped around the building and took us 45 minutes to get inside. Whew! We had no other plans, and wanted to get the full experience...so we didn't mind. We each got a variety of cupcakes and they were quite tasty indeed!! We split two different flavors so we could try them both!

From there, we checked into our hotel and then went to see a chick flick and have delicious buttered popcorn for dinner :) We saw Home Again with Reese Whitherspoon and it was good! We both enjoyed it!

Sunday, we slept in and had a lazy morning, then enjoyed breakfast at the hotel. Kim had a coupon for Joann's, so we stopped there for a few things before heading home. It was such a fun weekend. Love that we get to do these things together!

Chris was so good to stay home with the puppers and hold down the fort so that I could have a little girl time! He did multiple workouts, worked on the computer, and had dinner at Jojo's to visit with Aspen. It was a very relaxing weekend for him!

I'm happy to be home, and now to get ready for the week ahead. Chris has a lot of work dinners this week, so I am looking forward to not really cooking much at all. Yay!

September 28, 2017

Today I...

...was able to drive to work in just a little misty rain, not a complete downpour...so that was an improvement. It's been raining since Monday and I am ready for it to stop now. This evening is very chilly, misty, and super foggy.

...wore my new favorite, flowered shirt.

...had a four and a half hour meeting with a visiting client...it went really well!

...finished off the last of the Summer's Dessert that I made...growing up, my grandma used to make this for my birthday every year. It is so yummy! It's a slushy, ice cream and I decided to make it cream soda flavored. Oh it was just as delicious as I remembered!!! I ate almost the whole pan of it myself...that obviously isn't good, but it was worth it!

...made fish, broccoli and mashed potatoes for dinner.

...finally watched the Season 2 season premiere of This is Us -- it was really good! I missed it on Tuesday because I had a Girl's Night with my scrapbook girls. Very much looking forward to this season!!!

...enjoyed a glass of wine that we bought on our trip in Napa...from the Castle...mmmm!

...had to stop and get dog food on the way home because we ran out and I didn't realize! Whoops!

...am really liking the new Imagine Dragons song, Thunder...it is great REALLY LOUD!

Time to do a little relaxin' :)

September 24, 2017

Weekend Recap

We are really loving our weekends! It took about 30 minutes for the two of us to do the weekly cleaning...instead of a full day! And no yard work for Chris! So that leaves plenty of time for whatever we want to do!

:: Friday evening, Chris went to the YMCA to swim after work while I worked out and then went home to feed the pups. Then Chris and I met up at Miguels for a yummy dinner together.

:: Saturday, we slept in a bit and then I went to a Zumba fundraiser for our friends who are getting ready to move to the Philippines to be missionaries. It was a lot of fun, and they also had a silent auction, too. I ended up with a beautiful Pasmina scarf and a yummy box of cookies! Chris did a 50 mile bike ride while I was gone.

:: I worked on getting Photoshop for my new laptop, and then worked on sizing and color correcting the photos for the next scrapbook I'm doing for hire. It feels good to be doing work again! Saturday evening, Chris and I went to dinner at Sharon's BBQ and that was yummy. We sat on the patio and had a lovely evening, just being us.

:: Sunday, we slept in just a bit again, and then the day included: laundry; a visit to Mimi's with the dogs; picking up groceries at Walmart; shopping at the Natural Food Store; and running for Chris. It's been a lovely two days.

The week ahead will be busy with work -- things are very, very busy these days. I also have a big meeting on Thursday. And then on Saturday, Kim and I are taking a Girls Trip to Waco to visit the Magnolia Market Silos! Should be fun fun! Kim is a big fan of Fixer Upper and Chip and Joanna...can't wait to spend a few days with my bestie!!

I hope you all have a great week!

September 17, 2017

A Wedding Weekend

We had a wonderful weekend away! We traveled a little over three hours to Salado, TX for my cousin, Raychel's, wedding. She and Chris got married one year ago, in a quick justice of the peace ceremony -- then almost immediately moved to Texas with the military! So this was their big celebration, and they had a lot of friends and family who flew in for it from Virginia and Massachusetts.

I am so excited that we were able to attend! It was a beautiful (hot) day, and it was good to spend some time with this part of my family that we don't get to see very often. Raychel was a beautiful bride, and we enjoyed dancing the night away! I posted some photos over on my Instagram and Facebook accounts, if you'd like to take a look!

We stayed at the wedding venue, which was Inn on the Creek -- it was a really neat place, so well-thought-out. There are some photos of that, as well!

It was so good to get away...and tomorrow it is back to the grindstone. I have one team member who is out on her 30 day Sabbatical, and another (who is the one filling in for her) who will be out Monday and Tuesday for his grandma's funeral. So the next two days could be a bit taxing for me. I will most likely be working late both days. Please say a little prayer for me!

My grandma had surgery last week, and is recovery mode now...she is doing well so far!! I talked to my grandpa today, and he is lonely while she is at the hospital. Hopefully she will be able to go home soon!

I finished my book club book -- The Light Between Oceans. It was very well-written but the story took some odd turns that were different. I didn't like some of the main characters. I'm glad I read it, but was happy, too, when it was done. Now we are reading a book that I picked -- The Sinner. Hopefully it is good!

Okay, time for me to relax a bit before my crazy week...

September 15, 2017

Nearly a Month

Hello, stranger!

It's been nearly a month since I've last posted...it is quite possible I don't have any readers anymore! But, I shall continue posting...for me, if nothing else!

A lot has been happening over the past month! And we just this week, finally, got internet access at our new place...FINALLY!

:: We are now all settled in to our new home, and I personally love it! It's small and has taken some adjustments, yes. But, I am quite happy with our decision and it is starting to feel like home.

:: I'm getting my allergy shot every Wednesday after work, and I feel like it has helped immensely! Which is great! I still get affected by the random changes in weather, etc...but overall, my quality of life has greatly improved. Thankfully!

:: On 8/25, we went to Cypress Street for a wine dinner with Jon and Nadene...that was so fun! There were multiple courses, and each one was paired with a different wine. It was delicious food and good company with our dear friends. Afterwards, we walked across the street for coffee at Monks. Love our time with them...and thanks to Nadene for inviting us, this is how she wanted to celebrate her birthday!

:: My sweet grandma has been in and out of the hospital with intestine issues...currently she is still in, and just went through a major surgery today. After a colonoscopy, they discovered a tumor that was causing issues and needed to be removed...so that is what they did today. Big prayers for a speedy recovery for her!

:: We had to take Poppy in to the vet, to have her nails cut. Chris accidentally cut her nail too short awhile back, and since then she won't allow us to come near her nails. So, they sedated her and lasered them very short. She's a very stubborn girl. Speaking of the pups, they are adjusting well to our new life! Except today, Poppy decided to jump down the stairs to outside and I thought she might have broken a bone...but all is good there, thankfully!

:: We spent a weekend in Fredericksburg in early September -- we had not been since the previous October -- almost a year, and that is crazy for us! We always go multiple times, since it is our favorite place. We went with our friends Julie and Dustin, and had a great time! It was some good relaxing time together.

:: We attended the wedding of a nice young guy who use to work at Passare with Chris...it was a beautiful celebration with a lot of unique touches. It is wedding season for us...we have another one this weekend, and then another in October!

:: The wedding this coming weekend is for my sweet cousin, Raychel! She and her husband, Chris, got married a year ago so she could move with him and the military...and now they are having their big ceremony and reception for their first anniversary! Looking forward to seeing my family and meeting some others!

So, there is a recap and a little catchup! I will try to post more often now that we have wifi!! :)

August 21, 2017

I'm Back!

Hello there!

I know, I know...I have been MIA! Life has been, honestly, just plain crazy. I'm happy to report that everything is pretty much settled now, and I can't wait to share it all!

What have we been up to??

: Went on a cruise for our 10th anniversary!!

: Sold our house!

: Bought a townhouse, moved Aspen and Mimi in, and got them settled!

: Spent a few days "homeless"!

: Bought our 5th wheel trailer and parked it at our new spot!

: Got the RV all set up and decorated!

So, it's literally been a whirlwind these past two weeks!!

Once we have internet access out at our RV spot, I will begin working on some posts about the above! I'm excited to share it all with you, including photos! We are officially in our "next chapter" now and I couldn't be happier!!

August 03, 2017

This is it for Awhile

Hello! I realize I didn't get a post up yesterday, and I know you all understand :) We are in serious crunch mode right now.

Tonight, we will be getting the remainder of our belongings packed into the second mini pod we had delivered today. Everything didn't fit into the first one. We'll be packing up our suitcases for our cruise, as well. We'll get everything as close to done as possible, so that upon returning from our cruise, we have a very short to-do list before closing on the houses.

It's been a crazy five weeks. The last few days, especially, have been insane. My analytical brain is maxed out and stressed out and I'm sometimes not handling it well. I get buried in the logistics and just don't see how it possibly can all get done. But it will. It is. Chris has had to talk me off the ledge a few times. Bless that man.


Tomorrow, after work, we are heading down to Galveston and then boarding the ship on Saturday. We are so ready to be in the middle of the ocean, resting and relaxing and enjoying the time together for our TENTH ANNIVERSARY!!

So, this is going to be the last post for awhile...cruising and moving will occupy us through the 16th at least. I shall return when I can! Until then, have happy days!

August 01, 2017

Quickie

:: Today was not nearly as crazy busy, thankfully...though, I did have an interview this morning, and a two hour meeting this afternoon. Since our kitchen floor was sealed today, we can't currently walk on it...so that limits what we've been able to do this evening!

:: Read up about The Great Tile Debacle on our Being the Babers blog -- link to the right!

:: I was able to start on packing for our cruise this evening! I've got piles in our bedroom floor, ready to go into the suitcase!! Not much longer now. Get me on that ship!!!!!

:: I picked up Mr. Burger for our dinner, since the kitchen is closed. It was pretty tasty!

:: That's really about all I've got...I'm going to take advantage of this evening and relax a little!!!

July 31, 2017

Let Me Share

Would you like to hear about all the things I was able to fit into this day? I'm usually pretty skilled at fitting a lot in...but today took the cake.

My Lunch Hour
: Transferred 3 tables from my car to Kim's truck at work
: Drove home
: Talked to the tile guy about how things are going
: Got Poppy to eat since she was scared because of the tile guy
: Ate my own quick lunch
: Put the crockpot on for dinner
: Packed Chris' lunch
: Rolled up the living room rug and dragged it to the trash pile in the driveway
: Removed boxes from my car
: Snuggled with Poppy for 1.5 minutes
: Forgot Chris' lunch and had to circle back in the car
: Drove back to work

Whew.

After Work
: Delivered a bag of hangers to a girl who stopped by to pick them up
: Picked up dog food from the vet
: Stopped at the bank to do a deposit
: Drove to our print vendor's shop to pick up boxes he had saved for us
: Went to Target to get eyeliner (mine broke this morning) and caulk (they didn't have)
: Went to Lowes to get the caulk
: Picked Chris up from work
: Stopped to get gas
: Fixed a tear in the upholstery of a theater chair
: Wiped down all of the surfaces in the kitchen to clean up the tile dust

And now...I think I am done.










July 30, 2017

Weekend Recap

WE ARE EXHAUSTED. Need to go back to work to get some rest.

:: Friday evening, we worked out and then had dinner at the house. We worked on loading stuff into the Mini pod and got stuff done around the house.

:: Saturday, Chris did a long bike ride and I got the grocery list entered for pickup. Then, we worked on collecting all of our trash into a big pile to see how much we have. We discovered that the dump closes at 1:00 on Saturdays, so we were crunched for time. We headed to Kim and Gary's to borrow their trailer...but unfortunately their hitch was too small for our new monster truck. We weren't able to use it, so no trip to the dump for us. We're going back to our original plan, which is to have a guy we know come pick it up, load it up, and take it to the dump. We'll pay him.

:: Then we ran to Home Depot to get a new lock for the front door (the other one broke), and then we met Mimi out at Jojo's for lunch (her treat!) and to see Aspen. The rest of the day was spent packing and loading and sweating and lifting and etc. We got a lot done thankfully.

:: We decided to have a nice evening out (much needed!!). We had dinner at Vagabond -- pizza and delicious chocolate cake. Then we relaxed and watched tv in bed with the dogs.

:: Sunday, I picked up the groceries and did a few other errands while Chris ran. Then it was a solid day of packing, loading, cleaning, and deep cleaning the carpets. We had someone come by to pick up some items, and we've just gone over a list of to-dos for the week ahead.

:: We basically have five days of work and then we head down to Galveston to take our 7 day cruise!!! Which is much, much, much, much needed and we can't wait. There is a lot to get done before then, and the New Tile Guy has a lot to get done...but it's all coming together.

:: We are exhausted, and my lower back feels like it is going to give out on me. Trying to be careful with that. We are nearing the end of the tunnel, and it is crazy and tiring but we are keeping the big picture in mind.

Hope you all have a great week ahead...we'll take any prayers you want to send our way!!!