Sunday, January 23, 2011


Yesterday, we took a random day trip to a ski slope in Indiana called "Perfect North".   I think "Perfectly Midwestern" might be a bit more fitting but, regardless, a good time was had by all.  We went with my friend Ana  and her family and took Steven and Margaux who just moved to Cincy from Belgium.  I'm certain we will be sticking to the Rockies and they to the Alps but at least we got to mark it off our list!  


We spent MLK weekend in Beaver Creek, CO with the Cole fam to celebrate a cousin's wedding and managed to spend one day on the slopes.  It was perfect weather, a gorgeous wedding, and some of my favorite company!
Exploring the ski village
DC on breakfast duty
Pops teaching Caleb how to ski
He was a natural!
Us at the base of the mountain
The bride and groom-to-be and the wedding party.  She was cute and wore white all weekend.
The Cole Boys
Megan and David
A little pre-wedding pizza
It's official!  Her dress was to die for.
Cole kids + spouses
Making s'mores at the reception.  They had the cutest details; even made snow angels in their dress and tux.  
The Cole Clan -- we clean up well!

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Only in the great city of Cincinnati could you grab a drink with a friend on a Monday night and end up at T.O.'s 37th birthday party.  In business casual, no less.  

Monday, January 3, 2011


The holidays are over and we are back in OH.  Hard to believe.  I seriously freaked out this morning when I woke up (at 10:30 am) and thought I was supposed to be at work this morning.  Thankfully, I was wrong and we had one more day to get our stuff unpacked and repacked for the work day!  

We had such a great time at home.  It's hard not to with a 10-day stretch filled with family and friends.  We landed in Texas just in time to grab dinner with Dollar at Thai Noodle & Rice and join in on an Katy and Jay's Annual Holiday Lights Tour.  It was the perfect way to start off our trip.  We toured all the fancy Dallas neighborhoods on a party bus and made a few stops at some of our favorite places -- The Belmont and Stoneleigh P to name a few. 
We spent Christmas Eve with my fam, as usual.  We attended the Fielder service, opened presents, and then had a good Italian dinner with the Cartusciellos.  It was quiet without the Rouswell clan so mom made sure to provide some entertainment by getting dad the kinect -- fun for everyone!
Me and Kristin at FRBC
Yachtclub Court
 Dad's new reel
 Mom's new book
 The first of many kinect games

We spent Christmas Day with the Coles -- awaking early to open presents with Caleb and then enjoying our traditional breakfast of monkey bread and egg casserole.  
 Our "Woody"
Sporting our blue branded tees
Pops is gonna be a wood worker!

We left early the next day for a quick trip to Odessa to celebrate the holidays with my mom's side of the family. We were also able to sneak away and visit with David's uncle Elton who lives in Midland.  
 Miss Maddie amongst the stockings
 Will and Kathy
 Grandmama and Maddie
 A good Texas meal -- ribs and tamales!
 David's poor luck in our annual 'Twelve Days of Christmas' sing-along
Oh dear.  The 'five golden rings' never sounded so good.

After four Christmases, we were able to settle down a bit, visit friends, and celebrate New Years.  
Meeting Roy Boy after a nice ladies lunch with my RMS
Celebrating NYE at Bob's with the Baylor Crew
Dave and Dave
 The Moores
 Me and Casey bringing in 2011
 Midnight festivities
 The Hecklers
 The Matamoris
Breakfast at the Burks.  Where glow sticks are the norm.
 Playing in the fort with Sky
 Piper P and her Squinkies
Sweet family

Whew.  And there is our whirlwind trip to Tejas.  Adios.