BC: made with love,
FC: A year in Review..., 2011 | A Year in Review... | 2011
1: Today is a gift - that's why they call it the | present!
2: The new year kicked off with a belated Christmas celebration for the Herman family. We met the Kelsos and Mom & Dad in Kingwood, and later the VanEttens also came. Dominion and Scrabble were the two most-played games, although Dad's new iPad was also popular - even Levi liked it! On New Years Eve we went to Target to play a gift-giving game. Similar to what we had done years before with the Hermans in Nebraska, each person drew a name, color and adjective. We had 20 minutes to buy a gift and then we went home and exchanged them. Kyle ended up drawing my name, the color "red," and the adjective "hot." A little risqué for a young married couple... too funny!
3: Since Kyle was days away from starting with Allen PD, Mom got him a police nutcracker.
4: In early February, Dallas got a blast of winter weather. Temperatures fell into the teens with wind-chills below zero! After a few days of ice, we finally got SNOW. Most of the school districts in the area were closed four days that week!
5: Both Kyle and I had to go to work/school a few days that week, but on Friday we stayed home and got to play in the snow. Since we couldn't get the car out of the parking lot, we walked to TGIFridays for a lunch date. We also took Scout out in the snow, and he loved it!
9: This year was Kyle's turn to be in charge of Valentine's and he did a great job. He planned a progressive-style dinner, just for us! For the first course, he picked up appetizers for us to eat at the house. He went all out - he had candles on the table and even bowls to cover up the food for a good show. Then we headed to Pei Wei for the second part of our meal. I had been craving that for a few days, so it was a great choice! We ended up sharing a meal because dessert was still to come. For dessert, we went to one of my favorite' places: Cheesecake Factory! | Valentine's Day 2011
11: In April, we went to Austin to celebrate birthdays and to take family portraits. Lora's friend Megan was the photographer and they turned out great! Considering we had a highly-distracted toddler, combined with the fact that it was VERY windy that day, we sure made Megan earn her money that day!
14: Graduation was a very special occasion for me, and it was fun having family there to help me celebrate it. One of the coolest moments was when they announced each of the PT graduates as "Doctor" as they were handing out our diplomas ("Dr. Blair Kathleen Griffith...").
16: LOVE | BIRDS | For the fourth year in a row, Kyle and I kept the tradition of going to a baseball game for our anniversary. May 2011 was an extra-busy time for us, so we ended up staying close to home and went to a Baylor game. We were planning on going to the Friday night game, but the weather was bad and we were worried about a rain delay. Instead we ended up going to the Saturday afternoon game (although we only made it until the 7th inning until that one had a rain delay, too!). So our Friday night instead consisted of eating at George's, buying me a new bathing suit at Target, reading magazines in the hotel's indoor hot tub, and watching TV from the hotel's king-size bed. Although it wasn't the original plan, I think it worked out even better... it was very relaxing, and just what we needed to start the weekend off right!
18: On Saturday morning, we woke up early so we could squeeze in as much as possible. We arrived at the sports museum a few minutes after it opened, and it was EMPTY! That made it fun for me, though, because Kyle let me take lots of goofy pictures! Our favorite part was the exhibit about the Southwest Conference.
21: After the Sports Hall of Fame, we went to the Texas Rangers museum. Kyle even got the "law enforcement discount," which was pretty cool! It had a ton of interesting information, but both of us were a little tired from the previous museum, and so our favorite part was the 45-minute movie about the Rangers. To refuel, we got a snack at Common Grounds, a coffee shop near Baylor's campus. It was highly-recommended by our Baylor friends and lived up to their recommendation. The quirky atmosphere was a nice resting spot before we went to the baseball game.
22: Blessed are the | peacemakers...
23: In early July, family came back in town to celebrate another graduation. This time it was Kyle's turn as he graduated from the police academy. It was such a special time for everyone, especially me. After all that Kyle had been through with his job search, I was so happy to celebrate this day with him. He did a beautiful job leading the invocation, and it chocked all of us up! He was also honored with some awards: Third Most Fit, Salutatorian, and Squad Leader.
24: Moving Day!
25: At the end of July it was time to move from our apartment at the Villas at Monfort. Even though we were very excited about moving into our first house, it was a little bittersweet. We had lived in this apartment longer than anywhere else as a married couple, so it really felt like home to us. That place was full of memories - both good and bad (but mostly good!). It was the first place Scout ever called home, the place I studied in for hours on end getting ready for my boards, the place where we experienced 2 major snowfalls (well, major for Dallas anyway), the place Kyle told me he lost his job, the place Kyle was when he found out he went to the academy, etc etc... But we were ready to make new memories at a new place - after all, we WERE busting at the seams of that 1 - bedroom apartment! | Our New Home Sweet Home
27: In October, we went to Aruba for Ally and Eugene's wedding. It was beautiful! | Aruba
32: When Scout got sick in October, it caught us completely off guard. He was so young and full of life - we expected to have years left with him! Sadly that was not the case. However, we have so many wonderful memories about him that we will hold onto. Here are a few things we will always remember: - How he loved to lick, especially feet! He also loved licking Kyle after he was sweaty from a hard workout - His love of Popsicle sticks! As soon as he heard the wrapper being taken off a Popsicle, he would coming running into the kitchen. He would then follow you around, inching closer and closer until you finished and let him lick the stick! We only let him chew on it for a very short time (less than 1 min!) because we didn't want him actually eating the stick, but it must have been a delicious minute for him! - The way he would greet us at the front door. He would coming running as fast as he could, his big ears flopping, almost as if to say, "You're home! You're home! You're home!" Then he would wait on the ottoman while we put our stuff down until we would come pet on him - How he would lick his lips after eating his dog food. He must have gotten crumbs all OVER his mouth, because he would be licking the edges of his mouth for a long time after he was done eating! - The little yelp he would make when we would play chase with him and he was losing ground ("wait for me!") - His sneaky way of hiding his bones or rawhides in the most unexpected places. He would hide them behind pillows on the guest beds, underneath couch cushions, in the back of our closets, even in guests' luggage!
33: - How he would try to "bury" his rawhides in the carpet or couch. He would spend minutes using his nose to hide them, as if he was pushing dirt on top of them. He would even nudge people's legs if he was trying to use their bodies to bury a rawhide! After a few minutes, he'd happily walk away, satisfied with a job well done - even though it was still clearly visible. ;) - His love of chasing our laser light! - The time we went to the Kellums' pool party and their dad was trying to make a bonfire. Scout kept picking up these very large pieces of wood, thinking they were sticks for him! - How he loved the fact that I am a slightly messy cook. Anytime I was cooking dinner, he wouldn't be too far from the kitchen. That way, as soon as I spilled something, he would come running over to see if it was something worth eating - His love for other dogs: he became best friends with almost any dog he was around, including George (Lora and Mat's lab), Mac (Stefanie and Brock's mixed breed), Mulligan (Stephanie and Chad's mix) and Gabby (Megan and Adam's boxer) - How much kids loved him, including Lauren & Luke and Levi. The Ramsey kids loved chasing him, and would be mad when he ran away. But with Levi, SCOUT was the one doing the chasing. He would run up to Levi and lick him all over (including his face!) and Levi would just giggle away! - His cute underbite, and the way his lip would get stuck, showing his teeth. We called it his "Elvis look!" - How he would try to snuggle in the middle of us when we went to bed - His cute snoring when he would be deep in sleep
38: Pumpkin Night 2011... on the menu: pumpkin Rice Krispie treats, pumpkin pie fruit dip, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin cake! We DIDhave more than just pumpkin desserts, though, including soup and warm spiced wine! Good food and good company - can't ask for more than that!
40: Kyle's 28th birthday was fun but low-key. His parents came in town and we just went to dinner and hung out at the house. This was the first year I did the "hidden cupcakes" for Kyle - little birthday jars full of treats and then hidden for the birthday boy to find! After Doug & Cheryl left to head home, we BOTH got a gift... our new puppy! Born during the Rangers' playoff runs, his original name was Beltre. We decided to stick with the baseball theme but thought Cooper (after Cooperstown) was a better fit for this little guy!
42: Cooper - our early Christmas gift to each other