"...and the greatest of these is love."   1 Corinthians 13:13

Saturday, December 18, 2010

So Thankful

Well, it was our first Thanksgiving as husband and wife, and I must say, I'm not sure we're going to be able to top it. :) This one will definitely go down in the books as a favorite.

We started out our break with a lunch date at one of our favorite sushi spots, Redfish. I'm not sure why, but lunch dates are just fun. We never get to have them because we work about an hour away from each other, so it is always a treat.

That night we ran a few errands to prepare for fixing our first Thanksgiving meal together. I know, such a big feat, but we were determined. I've never done anything for the Thanksgiving meal besides dessert and roles, so we had no clue how it would end up.

The next morning, Rob got up at 3:45 a.m. to start the turkey process. He was such a trooper, and it actually turned out really delicious. Huge props to him for that :) The rest of our meal included Martha Stewart's green bean casserole, butternut squash, homemade cranberry sauce, stuffing, maple glazed carrots, turkey gravy, and pecan pie. While we prepared to eat, we watched the Macy's day parade and just enjoyed being together. I will always have such fond memories of that morning. Two newlyweds, pretending they knew what they were doing, but doing it together. :) For two novices, I can say that we would definitely do it again. We really enjoyed it.

Here are a few pics of our meal prep and meal.

Our feast :)

Rob carving the turkey. Such concentration...

The setup...

It was delicious!

Right after we finished our meal, we packed the car and headed to the Texas and Texas A&M game. Price is a junior at Texas, so we had a really great time there. It was pretty chilly, but totally worth it. And a win for the Ags...can't get better than that!!

The fam at the game.

Two of my favorite boys :)

My main man...

That night after the game, rock star Rob drove until 3:00 in the morning straight to his family's ranch in Leakey. I was, of course, no help at all, but he did great. The rest of the weekend, we spent there at the ranch, enjoying our family, eating great food, having great conversation, hiking around the property, and hunting. Here are a few pics from the ranch.

Some of the Williams women on a hike

Jonah in hog heaven...

My two roommates :)

He's so handsome :)

We finished our weekend with shopping in San Antonio and then driving home to Houston. What a fun way to start out all of our Thanksgivings. We had so many blessings to be thankful for, and we were blessed to be able to share them with each other. I understood the statement that weekend that when you marry, your joys are doubled. So true. We're looking forward to spending many more together. :)

More to come!

The Williamses Do Vegas

Hello all! I hope this blog finds you all well. Well, my Christmas break started yesterday, which was much needed. I love my kiddos, but this break came at a clutch time. I even slept until 10:00 a.m. this morning, which never happens. :) Hopefully I'll have some time to update our blog a few times over the break.

At the beginning of November, Rob and I had the wonderful pleasure of visiting some dear friends, the Clements, in Vegas. It was a quick trip, but we packed in as much as we could! We both took off a Friday and flew out early that morning to go meet Chase to see the strip during the day time. Lauren had to do some things at work that day, so Chase gave us a great tour of all the hot spots. We hadn't seen either of them since they moved from Houston in July, so it was so great to see them. I must say, I was not great at taking pics on this trip. But here are a few that I did get.

The boys catching up in front of the Bellagio.

Us. :)

In our favorite hotel, the Wynn. Rob already promised that we could stay here next time. :)

After walking around all day on the strip, we headed to the Clement house to meet Lauren. That night, we made dinner at their beautiful home and then went to the country club in their neighborhood for some fireside drinks and good convo.

That next morning, we ran a few errands, (pedicures for the girls and gambling for the boys) and then all met up for lunch. We headed back to the house to get ready for dinner and a show. We headed into town and grabbed dinner at an incredible restaurant, Olives. Olives is one of Todd English's restaurants, and the food and wine was definitely scrumptious. The restaurant is also located right next to the water show in front of the Bellagio. You couldn't find a better spot in the whole city to watch the show. Here are a few pics from dinner that night.

The four of us.

Love this man!

After our incredible dinner, we saw the Viva Elvis show by Cirque Du Soleil. We were definitely impressed by the stunts and choreography. We loved it!

Unfortunately, my pictures stop there. Not a win for Mallory and her picture taking that weekend. We finished the night with some good dessert and dancing the night away at one of the night clubs there. The boys even won some good dinero at the craps tables. :)

We grabbed brunch the next morning, the boys played a few more rounds at the tables, and then we hopped back on the plane. It was a quick trip, but we had a blast. For two people who didn't think they would enjoy Vegas, we are definitely sold. We'll be back soon!!

More to come!