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Quick Update – By M

Hello, All!

I wanted to take a quick moment to give you an update on our summer.  Hope yours has been going well.


– I’m now officially in my mid-20’s (Thanks to everyone for all your birthday wishes!)

– The summer is half over!  …Or should I say “There’s still half the summer to go”?

– 2 Mission trips down!  Both really awesome!  Hopefully you caught my UM Army Update.. I didn’t get to write one for Big House, but it was great!

– Camp Coming up, and our trip to California for Youth 2011 (Can’t wait for that one!)

– Our house is coming along just swimmingly! (wow, did I really just say swimmingly?)

– Seriously though, our house is awesome!

– I conquered the Boogie Bahn at Schlitterbahn last week!  I’m so proud!  … more on that story once we get some pictures developed.

– I love water sports, I just wish I was about 6 years younger… I’m still sore from knee boarding and tubing earlier this week! (maybe I just need to get back into better shape)

– …Oh and I wish I owned a sea-doo

– I think this is the last time that Staci and I try to do vacation in the middle of the summer.  Way too busy!

Harry Potter week is also coming up with our students.  That’ll be fun.  I’m excited for the 7th movie part 2!

– Is it just me, or does Angry Birds make you more angry than the birds are?

– …At least nom-nom in Cut the Rope makes me smile!

– I think my brother cheats at Words with Friends.

– Summer is going by too fast


I hope to be able to write another real post soon, but thanks for tuning in!

What are some awesome things that you have been up to this summer?  Is it going by as fast for you as it is for me?


– M


A Hilarious Gift

Last night, we went to my parents’ house to celebrate my dad’s birthday.  My mom made Brazilian meat and it was INCREDIBLE, as usual.

After we watched some home video clips (post on that coming shortly), it was time for my dad to open his presents.

My sister gave him a sweet card that had a cute poem in it.  My mom’s card was also really cute.  To summarize, it said that she didn’t fall in love with him–she jumped in with both feet.  My dad thought “Despicable Me” was hilarious, so Michael and I gave him a gift card that could only be used to buy that movie when it came out.  I also made his favorite snack:  Sweet Chex Mix!

This whole time, my brother was in the office.  We all assumed that he’d forgotten and he was scrambling to make a quick card.  When he finally came back to the living room, it looked like he’d done just that.  He made Emily get up so that he could sit next to my dad, and then he handed him a stack of notebook paper.

On the top was a picture he’d drawn of my dad and him (stick figures with shorts on).  He’d drawn both of their facial hair, my dad’s glasses, some flowers, a sun, and a moon.  There was an arrow pointing to my dad’s glasses that said “You’re not a robber.  These are just your hip new glasses.”  And another arrow, pointing to the flowers, said something like “Yes, these are flowers but we’re not sissy.  We like to do manly things like burp and toot and watch Braveheart.”  We were all just shaking our heads.  My brother is ridiculous.

Behind the picture was a four page letter.  My dad hates reading long letters, so my mom said she’d read it out loud for everyone.  She got a couple of sentences in and couldn’t finish because she was laughing so hard.  So my brother decided to read it to us.

I wish I had a copy of it.  It was the most hilarious letter I’ve ever heard.  (Oh–and by the way, if you’re wondering what his name tag says, it says “Mr. Awesome”.  He made it for himself.)  He went on and on about how 45 is an awesome number, and every time someone counts “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7…” they say his birthday.

THEN he started describing the picture.  Oh. My. Goodness.  We were all laughing SOOO hard!  I would definitely do it an injustice if I tried to say what he wrote.  Let’s just say we could hardly breathe we were laughing so hard.

My sister was literally rolling on the floor laughing.

I was laying on the couch (since my back still hates me) and Michael was sitting on the other end.  We were both laughing so hard that our stomachs hurt, and I kept on clapping–I only do this when I’m dying laughing.

He had a few serious paragraphs talking about how much my dad means to him, and then he went back to comedy.  Towards the end of the letter he compared my dad and himself to ducks.

I don’t know how in the world he does it, but my brother is HILARIOUS.


Needless to say, we had a wonderful time with my family.  I love them SOOOOO much!  We always have a great time together.





Q for you: when is the last time you laughed so hard you could hardly breathe?



Happy Birthday, Michael!

Yesterday, Michael and I drove down to San Antonio for a 10-day vacation.  We’re so excited to spend time with family and friends and just have time off.

And what makes it even better is that Michael gets to be back “home” for his 23rd birthday!

Since we got in so late last night, we were able to just sleep in and relax this morning.  We decided to see Toy Story 3 again since Michael’s parents haven’t seen it.  Once again, we LOVED it!  It’s so crazy that it’s a “third” and it’s every bit as good (if not better) than the first two.  I teared up even more this time than I did last time.  SO good.

Then we went to the mall for Michael to pick out his new shoes (my present) and get his new watch re-fitted (his parents’ present).

We ran home to change clothes and headed downtown for his birthday dinner.  I’d found Azuca Nuevo Latino Restaurant on a San Antonio tourist website, and we were excited to try it.  As soon as we walked inside, we knew it was going to be good, because it smelled amazing!  They had food from all over Central and South America.  It was also decorated SO neat!  They had blown glass decorations all over the restaurant, and there were funky portraits on one of the walls.

Our waitress was wonderful, and she suggested Tostones with Mojo (plantains with amazing garlic mojo) as an appetizer.  INCREDIBLE!

They also brought out cornbread, and it was great as well.

Everything looked SO good–it was hard to decide what to order.  In the end, Michael chose Beef Steak Churrasco, and said it was the best food he’s eaten in months.

Michael’s dad had Chicken Breast Azteca (with Chipotle sauce) and said it was incredible as well.

His mom had Brazilian Feijoada (pork) and it was some of the best meat any of us have tasted.

And I had the Rasta Jerk Chicken (with rice).  It was WONDERFUL.  I don’t even really know how to describe all of the flavors.  All of our meals were fantastic.

We couldn’t quit talking about how amazing the food was.  To say we were satisfied with the meal would have been an understatement.  It was SO good!

We decided to get dessert, and Michael and I went with our waitress’ suggestion.  We ordered the Tropical Fruit Gratin.  Oh. My. Word.  Fresh fruit on top of vanilla cream sauce…then they put sugar on top of the fruit and fire glazed all of it.  YUM.

Michael’s parents ordered Berry Chocolate Crepes and it was outstanding as well!

We LOVED Azuca!!  I highly recommend it to anyone in the San Antonio area.  We had a really great time with his parents, and it was a great way to celebrate!

I’m so thankful for my husband, and I’m glad we were able to spend his 23rd birthday together!

Happy birthday, Honey!