Sunday, August 18, 2013

Our Weekend Visitors

This weekend, my brother and his wife came to visit! We had a great time and we got to show them a little bit of San Antonio!

Jeff and Alex came in late Friday night and left a little after lunch today! It was not long enough, but we loved having them here! On Friday night we stayed in and had a few drinks and talked the rest of the night!  We realized early on Friday night that we are all getting so OLD! We were all POOPED at 11:00 that night!

The next day Alex and I were going to get pedicures at a nail salon, but every nail place that we checked was booked! Sad day! So instead, Jeff, Alex, and I worked out at our apartment's gym while Andrew went to a tutoring session.  After that we got them addicted to Breaking Bad.  (Side Note: y'all need to watch it, it is SO good!!) We only watched one episode before Andrew got home.  We went to have lunch at Dick's Last Resort! We had a great time and the waiter was crazy! If you have never heard of this place, I want to warn you that the waiters are supposed to be mean to the customers.  I would encourage anyone with a little bit of a sense of humor to try it out! It was so fun!


The restaurant was right on the river walk so we sat outside and enjoyed the view! 

We asked for a group picture and this was the first picture we got from the waiter.  Like I said, if you are looking for good service, I wouldn't come here! 

This is the real group picture! See, we are right on the river walk! Did I tell you that it was HOT!?! Why is Texas so hot??

Alex and I tried to split this drink, but Andrew had to help us with it! The good thing about this place is that we got to take all of the glasses home with us! 

This is the cute couple that came to visit us!! We love them! 

One thing that Dick's Last Resort is known for is the hats that the waiters make for you! Again, sorry for the crudeness! 

And then this is how the check was brought to us! The whole experience was a blast! I'm so glad we got the chance to take Jeff and Alex there! 

After Dick's Last Resort, we walked around the river walk for quite a while and then came home and watched the rest of the first season of Breaking Bad! I tell you, we got them addicted! Something that I realized during this weekend is that we are pretty boring and that it is crazy that we had a blast just watching a TV show.  I thought a little bit about our future and thought about when both of us start having children, these trips will be a lot more busy and stressful! We enjoyed the quietness this time around! 

This morning we tried out a new church with Jeff and Alex.  We have been trying to find a church in San Antonio for a while now and we just can't seem to find what we are looking for! This morning we went to Bandera Road City Church and it was pretty good! If y'all know of any churches in San Antonio, we would love to hear about them! After church we went to Chuy's! (My favorite restaurant!!) I was one happy girl!

Jeff and Alex before the left! Aren't they the cutest?

After lunch, Jeff and Alex got packed up and hit the road! We are so sad to see them leave, but can't wait to see them again! Thanks so much for coming to visit us Jeff and Alex!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Our Story (Part II)

If you haven't read the first part of our story, I would encourage you to go read it here

I'm going to take a few steps back to our first trip to Joplin. Whenever we would watch TV on our first trip to Joplin, we would sit on complete opposite ends of the couch. The next trip to Joplin, we were sitting hip to hip on the couch watching TV.  We would stay up late watching movies or talking, I literally never wanted to go to bed! It was also the first trip to Joplin that Andrew's sister, Bethany, asked me if we were dating, and I told her that we were just friends! She knew what was to come!

One day on this trip we went to Springfield to visit Krystal.  It is about an hour long drive from Joplin to Springfield and we had a blast talking the whole way there.  On the way back, Andrew talked about a pretty boring topic the whole hour (I found out later that he was just rambling because he was nervous to tell me something).  That night we decided that we should go to sleep early because of the other nights of staying up late.  Well, we stayed up later that night than we had any other night in Joplin.  Andrew just kept the conversations coming and we just had a blast talking with each other.  Towards the end of the conversations, I could tell that Andrew was getting pretty nervous. We even googled different types of cars because Andrew was too nervous to tell me what he had to tell me. But all of a sudden, Andrew put his hand on my arm and told me that HE LIKED ME! 

I almost died! And I told him that I liked him too...and then he reminded me that I was on a dating fast! BUMMER! A dating fast, for those of you who don't know, is just a time that I took to focus completely on God instead of focusing on dating or even really guys for that matter! It was a time that I was really able to focus on God and grow in my relationship with Him! Anyways, we talked a bunch that night about how to handle all of this and of course I was just sitting there all giddy because a boy really liked me!! 

Y'all, how cute is this?!? We brushed our teeth right next to each other that night!! That was the cutest thing ever to me! 

After we talked about how we would just be friends until my dating fast was over, my brother and sister-in-law got married! It was such an exciting time for my family! This was Andrew and me at my brother's wedding...don't we look like "just friends"??

Anyways...that's basically how the mutual "liking" happened.  I'll be back to give you the details of our dating relationship and engagement! It is so fun to be married to this man! He is just incredible, smart and cute! I love him with everything that I am! 

Answered Prayer

The Lord has answered one of my prayers! I have been praying so hard to find another married couple at the dental school that we could be friends with and God has provided! Thank you Lord!

Last night, we went to a Kelly and Travis' house for dinner and to hang out! We had such a great time getting to know each other and playing Taboo! Travis goes to the dental school with Andrew he is one of the guys that Andrew has really gotten to know so far! This couple is so loving, inviting and encouraging.  They showed us the love of God in all that they did!  We loved hanging out with them and we cannot wait to hang out with them again!

Also, Kelly is an incredible decorator! Their apartment is beautiful!  I will definitely be taking some decorating advice from her in the future.  I can also see us working on a lot of Pinterest projects together while the guys are studying.  I am beyond excited to get to know this couple better! Please come and visit so we can introduce them to you!

This is the only picture we got last night, but we will definitely take more pictures at future hangouts!


Monday, August 12, 2013

The Birthday Boy

I know y'all were expecting the second part of our story, but it's a very special guy's birthday! My brother, Jeff, turned 25 years old today! He is OLD!!


So for those of you who do not know my brother...I hope these next few pictures will allow you to get to know him a little bit better. 

Let me just start off by saying...HE IS NOT NORMAL!! 

Point Proven!

And again.

...and again!

One thing you should know about him is that he loves his barbecue! 

And he also loves his longhorns!

He also loves his wife!

Like I said...He is not normal!

Even my little cousin, Kaley, doesn't think so.  She is annoyed with him in this picture! 

These next few pictures are a series of pictures that I was trying to take of just my parents.  I was trying to just get one good picture with them...but Jeff wanted to be in every single picture! 

I think they are hilarious though! 

Here he is being a GQ model...or so he thinks!

 And here are some pictures of us as children...aren't we the cutest?!?

So as you can tell, no one can take the guy seriously.  He is the craziest person I know.  But in all seriousness, I love my brother so much and I have spent basically my whole life looking up to him! He has been such a good brother to me and has always protected me! I am so thankful that God gave me him as a brother! I am so blessed to call him brother! Happy Birthday to the best big brother in the world! I love you Jeffrey! 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Our Story (Part I)

I wanted to tell our story just in case some of you don't know Andrew or how we met.  If you were to have told me that I would marry Andrew Chaney my first or second year of college, I would have called you CRAZY!! So I'll let you in on how everything unfolded!

This is our Lifegroup and we are basically on opposite ends of the picture! 

I'm not going to lie to you. Andrew was a HOTTIE from day one! I had a crush on him when I met him but I was 18 years old and knew that nothing would ever happen! Anyways, I met Andrew my freshman year in Lifegroup (a small group from church). I could honestly say that I can't really remember really meeting the guy that early on my freshman year though because I was a stupid Freshman that was secretly into every Christian guy (which he is, but I might have been looking the other direction)!

It was really my Sophomore year that I really started getting to know this guy! He would invite me to any sporty thing him and his friends were doing and I absolutely went to every single one of them.  He told me one time that I was actually the only one who would ever respond to his texts.  It was really just because I wanted to play sports...but I won't tell him that! :) We played a ton of racquetball and basketball.  I loved every single moment of it.  It was also this year that we had a class together.  This class was called Fitness Theory and Practice, so we played basketball together every Tuesday and Thursday.  How great is that!?! But again, I had my eyes on another guy...he might have been my teacher...but he just graduated from undergrad, so it was kind of ok. We all have our stupidness.  (Side note: Andrew recently told me that there was one day when we were playing basketball together in class that I touched his stomach and thought I was totally into him.)  This year I also watched Andrew try his hand at the gallon challenge...I don't know how this didn't make me fall in love with him!

My Lifegroup from Waco came to my house in Austin to spend the weekend and had a blast.  My friends thought that Andrew looked just like my brother, so he took a picture with me and my parents pretending to be my brother! Oh how things have changed!! This is the picture from that weekend!

The summer after my Sophomore year is when things really started happening! Andrew stayed the whole summer in Austin with his aunt to shadow a dentist...I think it was to be with me all summer, but he won't admit that! He only shadowed the dentist once, so you decide why he was in Austin all summer. I absolutely did NOT mind that he was with me ALL summer though...I was starting to fall for him...but I never showed him that! Towards the end of May, a huge tornado hit his hometown of Joplin, Missouri.  His whole family was there at the time and it was a very scary time not being able to get a hold of them.  Thankfully his family was pretty much unaffected by the tornado, however, Andrew decided to take a trip up there! I know you are all wondering if I went with him, and OF COURSE I went with him! We made the trip up there with our friend Krystal and were able to help out quite a bit with the tornado relief.  It was a blast to be there and to see Andrew around his friends and family! He was a completely different guy than I saw in Waco! I was starting to like him!

After that trip, Andrew went a couple of weeks later! This ABSOLUTELY broke my heart! When I said goodbye to him, I finally got my first "real" hug from him and I ran inside to my mom and started bawling because I couldn't stand the idea of being away from him! Turned out that Krystal (who was going back with him again) forgot her purse at my house the night before they were going to leave (they were going to leave straight from Andrew's Aunt's house) and instead of coming back to get it that night, Andrew wanted to be able to see me again, so I took it to them the next morning! I got to see him one more time before they left, and I was beside myself! However, after they left for good, I bawled the whole way home from Andrew's Aunt's house.  I finally realized I was falling for this man!

Turns out, my church from Austin was taking a trip to Joplin a couple of days after Andrew left and my friend Madison was going on the trip! I was a freeloader and caught a ride to see the guy that I would one day marry...oh...I mean I was a freeloader and was going to help out with the devastation! :) It was on this trip that Andrew told me that he LIKED me!!!

You will have to come back for the next post to hear the rest of the story.