Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pumping Carving Isn't Just for Kids

I knew going into marriage with mr. coach lang that he had NEVER carved a pumpkin before - I also knew that our first Halloween together would change all that.  :)

This past weekend we jetted (or just drove really) to Edom, Texas where my parents own a cute little lake house.  We both had a weekend off, which hasn't happened since early, early August - and hopefully won't happen again until late December; so we took the opportunity to get a away and just relax.  It was glorious!
This is an old picture - that tree on the right, GONE!

the view from our dock never gets old!

Besides the sleeping, relaxing, and watching movies... we also had a little surprise for mr. coach lang... pumpkin carving!  I'm not sure he was as excited as I was... but he was a great sport and we carved some pretty fantastic pumpkins.

digging in for the FIRST.TIME.EVER!

my turn... and yes, that's my tongue.  :)

super concentration - sharp knives, yikes

Mr. coach lang and I did the carving, but we had help.  
Gunner & Sony - they're hard to see, Sony is under the arm rest

the final products

And we wouldn't be Texans without a little Ranger shout out!!  ANTLERS!!

Basically, we had a great weekend.  It was so nice to have NOTHING to do - we don't get that much.  While we'd love to enjoy another relaxing weekend away together - we're more than happy to wait until December, so mr. coach lang and his football boys can bring home some rings - and another state championship.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I promised to catch up... so here's catch up post #1.

A few weekends ago I drove up to Durant, OK with my parents for a concert.  We l.o.v.e country music in my family... so when my dad heard commercials for "The Front Men" he had to buy us tickets.  We stayed at the Choctaw Casino and Resort - and it was fantastic.

We arrived at the casino early enough to do a little gambling... not much, I'm a teacher/coach - I absolutely do not have money to lose.  :)  haha.  The casino was FUN!  I haven't been to anyplace like this before - I didn't know what to expect.  There weren't nearly as many people as I expected, and the slot machines (yes, I played penny slots all weekend, go big or go home, right?) were SO confusing!  Half the time I didn't know why I was winning... I just knew that when the machine dinged - I won, and when the machine didn't ding - I lost.  Either way, it was fun... and I came out a whopping $7 ahead.  I think professional gambling is definitely part of my future... or not.

The concert started at 8 - my parents like to be early, everywhere, every time - so naturally, we were early - which left us a little time to take pictures.  

(our seats)
(my beautiful mom and me)

Dad was the photographer for most of the concert - so he didn't make the pre-concert pictures.  After sitting in the freezing event center for what seems liked hours (much closer to 20 minutes) the lights dimmed and our three front men took the stage.  :)  I was amazed at their voices, they were incredible - it sounded just like the radio. 

The Front Men are the lead singers of 3 well known country bands - Alabama, Restless Heart, and Lonestar.  Alabama isn't together anymore simply because they chose as a group to retire and spend time with their families.  Restless Heart still records and still tours.  Lonestar still records, but not with their original lead singer, he split to work on a solo career and spend more time at home.

The Front Men

Randy Owen - Alabama

Larry Stewart - Restless Heart

Richie McDonald - Lonestar

The concert was really great.  I knew the words to every song they played - and I mean every word to every song.  :)  The show wasn't nearly long enough for us, despite their 3 encores... we just couldn't get enough.

Hopefully we'll have the chance to head back to OK for another concert too.  I'm thinking this one - after my hubby wins the Texas 3A Division 2 State Football Championship.  :)  Go Lions!!

I promise to catch up...

I know, it's been a. long. time!  I apologize.  I have LOTS of pictures from the last few weeks - so I'll slowly but surely catch y'all up.

First and foremost though... my best friend is pregnant!  I'm so excited to announce FINALLY that Sandi and Ryan are expecting - May 22, 2011.  My early vote is girl! - I reserve the right to change this vote at a later date.

Sandi sent me a picture of her first sonogram - God is amazing.  For your viewing pleasure - baby J.  :)

(sorry for the blurring of names...)

Sandi is a little over 9 weeks along... she breezing through her first trimester with just some nausea, but nothing too terrible.  Please send up special prayers for baby, mommy, and of course, daddy.  Looks like I need to make a Montana trip this summer.  Woo hoo!

Ty and I have talked babies... but we're not ready just yet.  I have to admit though, this gives me the baby bug FOR.SURE!  :)