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

Saturday, August 18, 2012

We Did It: 2 Years. Part 1

Hi all! Rob and I had the wonderful opportunity to go to Roatan, Honduras this summer to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. It was a great, relaxing, and fun-filled trip, and I am so glad that we got to celebrate this way.

On the plane, ready to play! 

Gorgeous view of the island from the plane.

After we got settled into our place, we were fitted with the Jeep that we rented for the week. It had been a good 10 years since Rob had driven a standard, but he did a great job of driving with the locals (they were pretty ruthless!) and avoiding the massive craters that were on the roads due to small earthquakes and the wear and tear of it being an island. 

All smiles. We're off!

We grabbed some groceries at a local grocery store and found it to be surprisingly pristine (and pretty pricey). We knew we would probably be eating out most of the week, so we just grabbed the basics. 

After we unloaded at the house, we headed out for drinks in the West End, which could be considered Roatan's downtown. We actually got caught in a downpour while walking around, but had a great time scrambling and spending some time at a quaint little bar on the water. 

We had some pretty great recommendations on restaurants and plates to be sure and grab while on our trip, so the first night, we headed to Tong's. I kid you not, I had the best Chicken Pad Thai that I have ever consumed at this restaurant that night. (So much that we went back at the end of the week for the same dish.)

The most common local beer of the island. Rob's drink of choice for the week :)

Dessert at Tong's. Fried plantains with coconut ice cream. Divine.

The next day, we headed out to Jonesville, a little town about 30 minutes from the West End in hopes of finding the well-known (but hard to find) Hole in the Wall. The infrastructure of the towns was really interesting and there was almost no signage. BUT, one car ride, a few wrong turns, and several pieced-together conversations later, we arrived at a parking lot that had a sign saying to park there for the restaurant. As if he could see us coming from a mile away, as soon as we parked, a man driving his boat was heading our way from the open water. Clyde confirmed from the water that we were there for the restaurant and motioned for us to come to the edge and hop in his boat. (Clyde, as it turns out, had lived in Jonesville his entire life and knew everyone that we ran into. His daughter actually owned the Hole in the Wall.) After getting in, he taxied us across the water and down a bit to an open air restaurant built on the side of a cliff. 

We were in luck, Clyde told us as soon as we docked, because that day was the all-you-can-eat buffet day. Unfortunately, the main dish was lobster (which I can't have) but Rob was like a kid in a candy store. Everything was so fresh.

I, however, preferred the drinks. The famous mixed drink of the island is called a Monkey La-La. It seriously tastes like a chocolate shake with alcohol in it. (Come visit us, we have the recipe!)

And we couldn't leave the restaurant without signing the wall saying we had actually arrived there. Such a fun experience!

After lunch, Clyde toured us through the mangroves before dropping us off at our jeep. If you can imagine, at several points during our ride, boats were coming in the opposite direction, but Clyde clearly had done that a time or two and we avoided any contact. Crazy.

The next day was Monday, and Rob headed off pretty early to his first scuba dive. He had a great time, and I spent the morning reading in the hammock, drinking delicious coffee, and gently swaying in the breeze. (I told Rob he could scuba as much as he wanted to that week :) I was finishing the Hunger Games trilogy and couldn't get enough of them. Our unit was on the third floor, so our view made it feel like we were in the top of the canopy. In the mornings, we were often woken up by exotic birds. It really made the experience fun. 

That afternoon, we headed to our first snorkeling excursion. We met our tour guide, Christopher, and throughout the day, he took us to several cool spots around the island that might show us some neat aspects of the island water. He first took us to a large coral reef. Roatan is on the map because their reefs are in such great shape, so the fish and reef were really fun to see. The colors were incredible.

Getting ready.

Next, he took us to a spot where we got to see thousands of starfish. For some reason, they all flock there and stay. Their colors were crazy.

I got my first injury of the trip when some sea grass stung me while looking at the starfish. It felt like a jelly fish, but didn't sting as long. 

After that, we grabbed lunch after that at one of Christopher's favorite restaurants. It was a neat tour, and we had pretty good weather for it. 

That night we grabbed dinner in West End at a pizza place that was just ok. The island life is so chill there, and we quickly slipped into their ways. We grabbed some drinks at a favorite bar, Sundowners, and then called it a night. 

The next day was our actual anniversary. We decided to spend it beach-side, and I'm glad we did. The water was beautiful, drinks were delicious, and I loved relaxing and remembering what I was doing two years prior. We have such fun memories of our wedding day, so it was fun to reminisce. 

That night, we headed to a nice dinner at the Black Pearl, and it was the perfect setting for our dinner that night. 

We finished the evening watching our rehearsal dinner and wedding videos. I loved seeing our wedding again, and it was neat to be reminded of our vows to one another. 

I'll finish the rest of our trip when I have more time. (School starts on Tuesday and I am procrastinating....major.)

More soon!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Uncle Rob

Had to post this cute video of Rob and our niece, Annalise. He's such a good role model...

More soon,

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Let the Good Times Roll - Virginia

Hey all!

Hope summer is still treating everyone well! It has been a great few weeks of summer, and I thought I would catch up about a trip that we took in June with my family.

As I stated in my last post, my little brother, Price, graduated from UT in May. To celebrate his graduation, my family decided to spend a week in Virginia together. Austin and Laura have a lake house there, so it was the perfect spot for a little competition, ping-pong, and lots of wake boarding wipeouts... :)

We arrived on Monday afternoon and headed straight to the lake house...and as soon as we got there, we headed straight to the ping-pong table. Rob, Austin, Price and I are all pretty equal in our ping-pong ability, so to say that our tournament (yes, there was a tournament bracket set up) was a little intense is an understatement. But we ate it up.

The next 6 days were filled with lots of this...

And this...

And this...

And this...

And a little more of this...

We did lots of this...

And a little of this...

It was the perfect week of relaxing mixed in with some sibling + Rob + Laura competition. Mom served as a referee and cheerleader when needed. Although I would be incredibly wrong to say that she did not rock it on the wake board and the tube. I mean, how many 50+ women do you know that would do this... ?

And yes, that is her still hanging on with half of her body thrown off the tube.

Here are some more of my favorite shots from the week.

Just the girls :)

Kid's table.

And just the boys...

 Kiddos on the boat.

Love him.

It was a great week, and I am so thankful for a family that enjoys spending time together. Can't wait to do it again!

More soon,

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sweet Isla

Hello all!

Well, summer is well under way (in fact, my summer is almost over!! Yikes!) and I am enjoying every minute of it. My post today is about a very important addition that has entered the world that I had the pleasure of being a part of at the very beginning of summer. Miss Isla Joyce Prewett (finally!) made her appearance on Monday, June 4th and she is absolutely wonderful. Lauren and Trevor are already such great parents, and I am taking serious notes :) Here's a quick recap of little Isla's story.

Preparation for Isla began in March when we threw a shower for Lauren and Baby Prewett. Because we didn't know the gender until she was born, we kept it pretty gender neutral. We had a blast prepping for and throwing the shower. We think it turned out pretty cute!

Our table set up

Isn't she precious?!?

Lauren with her hostesses

Opening presents

Initially, Isla was supposed to be born on May 29th, right in the middle of my hectic last week of school. Because I was leaving Stanley, it meant that I had to pack up EVERYTHING in my room and move it to my new school that last week. This is on top of all of the end of the year chaos and to-do lists that come with 20 nine and ten year olds in a classroom. So to throw an impromptu visit to Corpus Christi and drive back all in one night had me a little nervous. I couldn't NOT go. But I tried really hard sending little subliminal messages to Isla...and apparently, it worked! (I owe you one later, Isla!) And while her mom would have loved for her to come then, I was (not so secretly) very grateful that she decided to bake a little bit longer. Lauren was supposed to be induced on the Sunday after school got out, so I headed out to Corpus that morning and got there just in time for Lauren's contractions to start being pretty consistently 4-6 minutes apart. 

Headed to the hospital! So exciting!

We headed to the hospital and Lauren and Trevor got all checked in. Then the waiting game began...oh, the waiting game. From about 3:30 that afternoon to around 7:30 that evening, we all just hung out in Lauren's room. She was pretty relaxed (thank you epidural!) so we all just chatted and chilled. We picked up dinner, and then hung out some more. 

Just waiting....

At one point, the nurse told us that it was still going to be a while, so the parents left and we did too a little later. At around 12:00 a.m. or so, Trevor texted us to say that Lauren had progressed pretty quickly and that maybe heading back up there was a good idea. Johnna and I were there in a few minutes and Lauren's contractions were getting more intense. Around 2:30 a.m., they kicked us out as it was "go-time" for Lauren to start pushing. :) We were so, so excited. 

In the waiting room, the 4 parents, Johnna, and Lauren's sister Cara, and I began the intense waiting game. Because we didn't know the gender, we couldn't wait to hear from Trevor who would tell us all what little Baby Prewett was. Four LONG hours later, he came around the corner and told us...

We raced back to the room to see mommy and Baby Isla for the first time. She was just perfect. 

Holding her for the first time (and yes, I am still in the same clothes...it was a LONG night)

Aunt Johnna with baby. She's such a good auntie.

Just the girls :)

She couldn't get any cuter...

Your aunties love you so much!

Love this precious little girl.

I can't wait to see who this little gift turns into and cannot wait to be a part of her life as she grows up. We are SO glad you are here, Isla!!

 More soon,