I’m so behind on blogging — sooo sorry! I’m home today since I’ve been working lots of crazy hours, and I want to try to get all caught up on the blog. Sorry in advance for them all coming at once, but I know this is the only way I’ll get caught up. 🙂
First of all, we went to Houston to visit my cousin, Paul, and his wife, Liz two weekends ago. They helped us move in, but this was the first time that we were able to meet up after that.
Since we have Fridays off (we work on Sundays), we were able to relax and sleep in and then head over to Houston that afternoon. Liz was leaving work when we arrived, so we visited with Paul until she came home. And then we were given the grand tour! Their house is adorable. I should have taken pictures. They live in a cute townhome, and everything is decorated so cute. They also had all of the fall decorations out.
After we visited for a long time and ate dinner, we were ready to go to The Painted Potter to make Christmas Ornaments — or so we thought. Liz realized that she left her wallet at work, so we made a quick detour to her school. I’m glad it turned out this way because we were able to see her classroom!
I was really excited about going to the potter painting place because I hadn’t been to one since I was in elementary school (we made my dad father’s day gifts there one year). Michael had never been and he kept telling people he was going to pottery class. Hehe. Friday and Saturday nights are “Date Night” and they give you a discount on the fire and paint fee.
It was such a cute place! I could have spent hours and hours looking at all of the different options. We knew we wanted to make ornaments, but even then there were so many to choose from! Michael ended up picking a reindeer and I picked a snowman.
Next, we picked our glazes/paints. There were SO many to choose from! Then it was time to get busy painting. You can get a glimpse of how many different colors there were to choose from in this picture:
We were all concentrating so hard!
The 3-D ornaments were harder than they look! There were so many little details. Paul and Liz made OSU orange & black snowmen.
Michael painted his reindeer brown (obviously) and my snowman had purple, blue, and green snow clothes. (By the way, they look completely different after they’ve been fired.)
We had such a great time! It was so nice to be able to just sit and talk and be creative at the same time. It’s been a long time since I’d done any artsy stuff (besides graphic design stuff, but I don’t count that), and I didn’t realize how much I missed it. We knew we’d definitely be back! (It took 6 days to get everything fired, by the way. I haven’t taken a picture of the finished products yet, so I’ll add that in a later post.)
When we got back to Paul and Liz’s house, it was time to eat some snacks and play some games! They’d told us that the games on the “Beauty and the Beast” blu-ray were SO much fun, so we decided to play them first.
The first game we played was a character guessing game. We each used our phones to call in and get a character.
Then we used them to answer “yes” or “no” questions about our character and vote on who we think other players were. It’s so crazy how interactive these games can be now!
After we played a couple of rounds of that (it was SO much fun, by the way!), we played the other game. This one was incredible! It’s like an interactive “Clue” type game. Our mission is to find Belle’s missing friends. You choose a room to visit and then pick a hiding place to uncover. You could find a character, the Beast, a magic mirror, Gaston, or nothing at all. In order to be able to look, you have to answer a trivia question right. Most of them had something to do with a song from the movie. Some of them were really hard! We had a ton of fun playing! If you have (or can rent) the “Beauty and the Beast” on blu-ray, I highly recommend playing the games! Michael ended up winning the second game. I was Player 2 — the one with no friends found.
Oh–and their dog, Dasher, was helping us play.
After that, we played Scategories (I think Liz won) and then sat around and talked until 2 a.m.! It was SO good to be able to just talk. We’ve missed having a married couple our age to hang out with. And what makes it better is that they’re family too. My brother and I have always been really close with Paul and his sister, Bethany. I’m thankful that we live so close to Paul and Liz now. Especially since all 4 of us are so far away from our families. We had a GREAT time, and we’re excited to go back next week to go look at lights and go ice skating!
The next morning, we slept in, had some breakfast, and then headed back to Beaumont so we could take the youth to see Part 1 of “Harry Potter 7“. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but Michael and I watched all of the movies this summer (I’d only seen the first 3) and then I decided that I wanted to re-read the first 4 books and read 5-7 for the first time. I made it my goal to have at least 1/2 of 7 read by the time the new movie came out.
Well, I made it! I had a couple of chapters left in book 7, but I finished it that night after the movie. So that means I’ve read 4,100 pages of Harry Potter in 3 months!! And it was well-worth all 4,100 pages. JK Rowling is a very gifted author, and I really, really enjoyed reading these books. It’s funny how books mean so much more to me when I read them now. There have been quite a few books that I’ve gone back and read over the past year or so and I think I can just appreciate them more now.
Anyway, all that to say I was really excited about HP7! Michael was excited too. We got there super early because we thought it was going to be really busy (we’d purchased the tickets early), but it wasn’t at all. We were the second people in line, and we ended up having tons of time to kill. We wasted time taking pictures and playing cards.
The movie was really good!! We all really, really enjoyed it! It wasn’t as good as the book, but they rarely are. I wish they didn’t leave some things out, and they changed some things that I don’t think they should have changed, but other than that it was GREAT! It just stinks that part 2 doesn’t come out until the summer.
It was a fantastic weekend!
Now I just have to catch up on some more happenings….