S: Greg and Lynn - Year Two - January 19, 2011
1: Greg and Lynn Year Two January 19, 2011 | Greg and Lynn Year Two January 19, 2011 | November 20, 2010 (Cherryhurst Park): Engaged!
2: (Above) January 22-24, 2010: We celebrated our first anniversary with pampering at the Bergamos day spa, lunch at Tau Bay in honor of our first date, dinner at Fogo de Chao, and a romantic stroll through the Houston Arboretum. Greg gave me these beautiful tulips and a traditional first anniversary gift of paper, in the form of a journal from Papyrus. I surprised Greg with a photobook of our first year together. (Opposite page) February 12-15, 2010: For Valentine's weekend, we had a fabulous dinner at Indika and picnicked (with heart-shaped camembert, no less!) in Hermann Park. Greg brought me roses, chocolates, and a cookie!
4: Here we are at the majestic Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, British Columbia. | Ski Trip! February 20-28, 2010
5: Look at Greg ski down this hill! Meanwhile, I focused on staying away from hills like that. I may have been smiling, but I was scared to go down this path.
6: Trips to Golden were always a working vacation. Here, Greg is shoveling the snow around the hot tub, which he was excited about using. When he first told me about soaking in the hot tub in the dead of winter, I thought it was the craziest thing I'd ever heard, but after a grueling day on the slopes, the hot tub quickly became my friend. In February, the rocks surrounding the hot tub served as the temporary home for the statue of St. Joseph, which was meant to help the house to sell. During Greg's visit in May, he buried the statue properly in the ground. In November, he returned for the last time as homeowner, retrieved St. Joseph, and brought him back to Austin.
7: Little did we know this would be the last time we'd see the house during winter. I'm going to miss the baby polar bear rugs! The delightful memories of scones from our trip in 2009 hastened our return to Chateau Lake Louise to indulge in afternoon tea service. From our warm perch inside, we watched a wedding take place just outside our window. Would this be a sign of good things to come?
8: March 20, 2010: Greg moved from an apartment to his brand new house on Amur Drive. While waiting for appliance deliveries, I amused myself in the house. At the end of the long day, we enjoyed treats from the welcome basket.
9: April 4, 2010: My family (and Paul's mom) joined us at my house for Easter. Earlier in the day, Greg and I exchanged gifts of chocolate. The assortment from Roscar (in Bastrop) was outstanding.
10: April 17, 2010: At the Crawfish Festival in Old Town Spring, we shared a 5-pound bucket of crawfish. And then I wondered what we could eat next!
11: May 15, 2010: The St. Arnold's brewery is styled after a German beer hall. People brought snacks and games and hung out. We didn't know the drill, though, so I kept hoping that if I tried hard to look really hungry, someone would feel sorry for me and share their food. (They didn't.) LOL!
12: May 22, 2010: If you drive west from Austin and keep driving until you can drive no more, you will find the caverns of Sonora, Texas. Our tour was interesting, especially since many of the formations were named after foods (later, Greg and I designed a meal based on the formations: popcorn/cauliflower, bacon, carrots, fish, onion rings, and ice cream sundae). We also found out there is a classroom in there that you can rent out for weddings!
14: June 27, 2010: I could have sworn that Greg told me he knew how to make crepes. When I subsequently asked him about this remarkable skill, he looked at me like I had three heads. So when Liz & Anthony invited us over for brunch and kindly asked if we had any requests, Greg suggested crepes. He jumped right in to learn how to make them and then later treated me to a breakfast of lemon and sugar crepes. Aww, how sweet!
15: July 4, 2010: With canned goods in hand, we braved the heat to attend the holiday festival along Buffalo Bayou. I never met a karaoke mic I didn't like, and today was no exception.
16: July 23-25, 2010 Above: When Paulissa came to Austin, the first order of business was show and tell. "Gregory's Diary -- Private -- Do not Read -- 10 $ fine." Top right: With Greg's childhood teddy bear. Center right: In the head-to-head battle for barbecue supremacy, we declared Smitty's the victor over Kreuz. Bottom right: An afternoon of tubing on Canyon Lake left Manong Greg sunburned.
17: August 14, 2010: While shopping for his new house, Greg fell in love with this super-comfy leather recliner at his favorite store, Costco. This was not in the budget, but a charcoal grill and patio chairs were.
18: The Great Tour of British Columbia August 28, 2010 (Vancouver): An inukshuk at English Bay Beach. | Granville Island Public Market was a feast for the eyes (and tummy). | An art studio in Gastown.
19: August 29, 2010: Bicycling around Vancouver's Stanley Park was a favorite memory. And our ride down Bridle Path was merely one of several matrimonial signs during the vacation!
20: August 30, 2010 (Above): On Grouse Mountain, we watched bears play fight. (Near right and below): Bummed that the BeaverTails stand was closed, then giddy when it opened! (Far right): One segment of the entertaining lumberjack show.
21: August 30, 2010: On the drive to Kelowna, we sang along with my iPod, and I had a big grin on my face when we passed Bridal Falls. Upon our arrival in the picturesque city, we dined amidst breathtaking views at the Quail's Gate Winery.
22: August 31, 2010 (Above): Leaving Kelowna, we stopped at two wineries, Bonitas and Sumac Ridge. (Right): Theo's Greek Restaurant in Penticton was more than a pleasant surprise. (Below): A stop for cash in Castlegar yielded an unexpected treat! | (Above): Greg couldn't resist a dip in the chilly lake. (Below): Outstanding views like this of Osoyoos were plentiful in the Okanagan Valley.
23: September 2, 2010: We went horseback riding on a gorgeous afternoon at the Kicking Horse resort. After our guide took our picture, she said a couple had gotten married on horseback, and they posed the same way we did! September 3, 2010: Can't wait to zip-line again!
24: September 17, 2010: During my department's happy "hour," we stopped at Kimodo Bar and Howl at the Moon, where I danced onstage! | September 25, 2010: Although we were seated near the opposing team's fans, I still experienced burnt orange overload at the U.T. vs. UCLA football game.
25: October 2, 2010: We walked amongst the masses at the Race for the Cure to support my colleague, a survivor, and met Liz & Anthony along the way.
26: October 15-17, 2010 (Above): We started the weekend with Greg finalizing the sale of his house in Canada. Hooray! (Top right): After dinner at Block 7, Manong fell asleep with a beer in his hand. Sister and I giggled. (Center and bottom right): At the Houston Texans game. Not only did Houston win, but I also scored free parking. Yes!
27: November 5, 2010 Manong Greg came over to visit Sister after her surgery, and he came bearing a gift for me (this entertaining Wurstfest beer maid apron) and one of his favorite board games, Scotland Yard. Sister played the role of Mr. X.
28: He did it! | December 13-14, 2010 Greg surprised me with a marriage proposal during an unplanned visit to Houston on November 20. It was perfect. BEST SURPRISE EVER!!! After I got back from Europe, I went to Austin, and Greg had my beautiful ring for me. We went ice skating one night and had dinner at the acclaimed Fonda San Miguel the following evening.
29: January 1-2, 2011: My family met Greg's parents for the first time. We exchanged Christmas gifts and had lots of fun with the Xbox Kinect game!
30: January 8, 2011: We went to Dallas for the wedding of my good friend Natalie. While we were dancing at the reception, I realized it was the first time we'd ever slow-danced together. I can't wait for our first dance at our own wedding. xoxo, Me