A Few Pictures

Amazing how time really does just fly on by, huh?!? I blink, and months have passed by!

Here are a few pictures that I forgot to post from trips, family, friends, and many MANY good times!

I started working on sewing (a 30X30 goal!) and made baby blankets for a few of my friends:


Robby’s brother got married! YAY! Danny and Kayla had a beautiful wedding (more pictures to come soon). I got to watch over the precious ring bearers, aren’t they cute! Sam & Peter:


The bull dog got a bath, and just looked too sweet to leave out of the blog post. She was quite tired from her adventures at the groomer, tuckered out in the car ride home:


We’ve been cooking more! The grill has been so useful and we really enjoy all the great things we can make off of it. Also, we tried spaghetti squash recently. Not bad at all!




Our nephew Sam turned 4! The family went to a baseball game while all in Midland and enjoyed the day.





And now, we’re in Rockport enjoying a vacation with Robby’s family. It’s very relaxing and chill down here on the coast. I’m enjoying my morning runs by myself and evening walks with my sis-in-law, Jenny! Swimming with the nephews, family dinners, and just visiting. Not many things can beat that!

More updates to come soon!



Happy Anniversary – 1 Year!

We made it to the one year mark!  WOOHOO!   And goodness, the Lord had some fun things in store for us that we never saw coming:

  1. Lived in Odessa
  2. Lived with Robby’s grandfather
  3. Alison changes from her career in Education to Oil Investments
  4. Robby changes his career to Sales
  5. We go to almost every Texas A&M home game in the 2012 season – and watch the rise of Johnny Football!
  6. We watch as Robby’s little brother falls in love and proposes
  7. WE TRAVELED – a LOT!   As in…..pretty much every weekend!  I calculated the miles we traveled together from the first year, and it was 21,178. Over TWENTY ONE THOUSAND MILES!  WOW!   Yep, we got the road trip thing down.
  8. Made new friends
  9. Kept  in touch with old friends
  10. Alison learned how to play golf!
  11. We cooked!
  12. And so much more!

On our actual anniversary, Robby and his grandfather were playing in a big golf tournament.

Quarter Century 2013

My college friends came to visit that same weekend!  Oh, it was so much fun to have them around!  My heart was so blessed to have them in our home for the weekend.

College Girls visit Odessa

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Summer Mummers

So much fun with friends, family, and golf!

Therefore, Robby and I didn’t do anything big for our 1 year mark.  We had a few hours together on our day, but really we just  enjoyed the entire week!  Today, we spent the whole day together.   That is such a rarity these days.  We stay busy, with golf, with friends, with family, with work.  Sometimes we just barely get a few words in before I’m fast asleep on his shoulder.  But today was different!

It all started with sleep!  We snuggled and slept in till 10:30am, then watched old cartoons in bed, like Scooby Doo!  That made my day!  Being lazy together can be such sweet moments together.  We know our days are numbered before there are children in our home who won’t let us sleep in.  (No, I’m not pregnant, but we’re just thinking ahead here….)  So we enjoy the silent moments together and try to cherish them.

Then we went to lunch at Chili’s for margaritas and junk food.  I’ve been eating clean and doing so well for the last month.  It’s about time I caved for something!

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Then we went to 2 museums in Midland.  I’ve never gone to either, and was very curious about them.  1st was the Petroleum Museum.  Though it’s a little old, it does a great job explaining about the oil and gas production in the Permian Basin.  After that we went to The Museum of the Southwest.  I adored the history of the home built in the 1930’s and enjoyed the art and photography.

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After a quick stop at DQ (Dairy Queen) for an afternoon drink, we went home for nap time and watching some golf on TV.

This evening we watched a movie and played Gin Rummy and  back yard games together.

backyard game night!

backyard game night!

So happy anniversary to my amazing husband.  It has been a year of surprises, joy, and sweet memories.  I can’t wait to see what God has in store for the next year!

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge – results

I finished with my first AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge.

And the results are in…

Measurements for the 24 Day Challenge:

Neck– down 3/4 of an inch

Bicep: half an inch

Waist: down 1 inch

Hips: inch and a half

Thigh: down 2 inches.  (Those squats and lunges paid off!)

Total inches:   5  3/4 inches!

Weight:  Lost 10 pounds

Towards the end I could feel muscle starting to build back on, so I wasn’t as worried with what the scales said.  Just happy with how I felt.  My clothes fit better and I have a LOT more energy than a month ago.  I feel confident and don’t miss junk food.  After a week or so I started to crave veggies ALL day long!  Not coffee, not chocolate, not greasy chips, I wanted healthy veggies!   Just shows that when you give you’re body what it needs, it responds better for you!

I’m proud of myself for keeping it up for 24 days.  It’s true, after a while it becomes a routine and then a habit.  The one thing I will work harder at is being consistent at the gym/running/working out.  When traveling it’s really hard to keep up with that, but it makes a difference!!

If you have ANY questions or want advice about doing a cleanse or a challenge like this, feel free to ask me!  It would be my joy to help anyone be make healthier choices and enjoy life!

Hello Summer Time!

I blinked and it was June!  What happened to May?   Where did my 2 weeks of Spring go?!?!   Spring days are gone for good out here in Midland, TX.  Yesterday it was 106 degrees and it will only get better/worse as the summer wears on.   Yikes!

SO!  In order to keep my mind off of how miserably HOT it is outside, I’ve been traveling and focusing on work, friends, and cooking.   All of which have been a huge source of joy.

Work:  I am learning about geology and studying wells from the 1950’s-1960’s.  Today I finished a decent size project where I analyzed data and reports on how productive a set of wells were in a certain area.  This information allows my boss to better analyze the possibility of where to drill new wells and what will give us the best outcome.  Who knew!  I’m loving geology work!!    I recently ran into a friend from high school who is a science guru.  He reminded me that I slept through all of my science and math classes in high school, and yet here I am loving my job in science.  HA!  Just goes to prove that God works in mysterious ways, and can change out hearts in the most unexpected ways!

Traveling:  Robby went to Chicago for a bachelor trip for 5 days.  I went to Dallas to celebrate 2 different weddings with friends and family.  We both had FANTASTIC times!  It’s debatable who had more fun!

As for me (Alison) I enjoyed my city (Dallas), spent time with my college mentor Emily Gilstrap, went running at the Dallas Nature Center (thought I was going to die on our 3.5 mile hike/run in the humidity, but I survived!), had brunch at Oddfellows with Jenn and Johnny Mac, saw college friend – Vitateaux!  Made my first AdvoCare pick up at the Plano headquarters, visited with a very pregnant and lovely Alex M., shopped for shoes with Jenn and then attended the first wedding for Nathan and Taylor in Grapevine at a vineyard!  Just beautiful!   Then went to church with Maria at The Village (love my Dallas campus!), met up with my mom and had a cup of coffee with Jenn at Origin’s, then lunch with Mom at Cheesecake Factory, then ran errands before going tot he 2nd wedding in Denton for Brittany and Colt.  It was so pretty!!   The bride was gorgeous!  Best part was getting to catch up with family and friends that I haven’t seen in a while.  What a great celebration!

Robby went to a Cubs game, enjoyed some great stories with the guys on a party bus, LOTS of subway riding, golf, and more.   I would list out the rest, but you know guys….they don’t really tell you much.   For example:

Alison:  “Hey babe!  How was your trip?”

Robby:  “It was good.”

Alison:   “What did y’all do?  How was golf?”

Robby:  “I didn’t do well at golf.  Here are some pictures and videos from the trip.”

The end.

(To protect and respect the other guys on the trip, I won’t go into details about all the funny stories from the party.  Just know, they made some great memories in Chicago.  Love those guys!)

Food!  I stopped blogging about all of our recipes while on the cleanse.  Reason:  I got tired!  ha!   We bought a grill and LOVE having it around.  I feel like I haven’t been too creative with food lately.  Something about the temperature being over 100 degrees each day just SUCKS the creativity and desire to cook out of me.  But I’m going to work on it.  Eating while traveling wasn’t very easy.  I’m gluten free and dairy free….so, that means most things at a gas station or fast food place are off limits.  Also trying to cut back on my intake of red meat to only a few times each week.  Still, I found some great snack options.  Gluten free POPchips are really good!   A found a Flying J truck stop in Ty, Texas that has baby carrots and that just made my day!   Lesson for me to learn:  plan ahead when traveling!!

Blogging: Thank you Alex and Jenn for reminding me to blog again.  It’s nice to hear someone besides my mother reads this!  hehe (Love you, Mom!)

AdvoCare Update:   I LOVE WATERMELON SPARK!  Oh my goodness, it tastes like a Jolly Rancher, not even joking!   The 10 day cleanse was good.  I lost 7 pounds and 5 inches.  Due to that encouraging fact, I decided to keep going and finish out the 24 Day Challenge.  I’m on Day 22 right now and LOVING how I feel.  I sleep better, have more energy, don’t crave junk food, and my body is doing great while working out.  I’m trying to run more, though I’m hating running in the heat.  Running on a treadmill just isn’t the same, but it might be what I have to resort to until October when it finally decides to cool down out here.  I’m down 10 pounds from my original weight at the moment.  Rock on!  I’d post before and after pictures but….well……nahhhh.  You can just pretend like you see the difference when you see me again and give me all the compliments.  HA!

So for now, Robby is back home from Chicago and gearing up for the Quarter Century Golf Tournament at the Odessa Country Club.  I’m preparing to host my college girlfriends in Midland/Odessa for the weekend, and we’re making the best of the summer heat.

I’ll try and post a few recipes from our grill time soon.  The butternut squash is to die for!

That’s all for the moment.  Until next time!