Aggie Life

   

Ranger is ready for some Fighting Texas Aggie Football!

  
We found Blue Bell!!  

And…..I feel in love with Buc-ee’s.  (It’s a Texas thing)


  The new stadium!!  
How cute are these girls?!


Yay for other ladies to watch the game with!       

And the guys.   

 
It’s going to be a great year!

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We LOVE Baseball!

When I joined the Rigney family, I knew that baseball was a big part of “us” and who we are.  Robby’s family has deep roots in baseball, and it is evident in the man cave in our home, in our dates as a young couple in Dallas (My Texas! My Rangers!) and our TV channels at home!

Who knew I would actually love baseball, too?!?!

After I met Robby, baseball became fun to me.   I learned to keep score and follow players through the season.      I got excited when the Rangers were in the World Series!   The girl who knew nothing about sports, could keep up with Sports Center at night.  What was happening to me?  I was becoming a Rigney.  

The ultimate proof that I’m “in,” I couldn’t wait to come to Spring Training for my week off of work.   A day game sitting in the berm with my hubby sounds pretty good to me!  (I only wish we could bring our dog with us!)

Day #1- Oakland A’s and the Diamondbacks.      We had seats behind the players’ wives and kids.   Nice shaded area, very chill and relaxed.   Nice!





Day #2- Giants v Brewers

On this day, Robby and I relaxed in the berm on a blanket with a few hundred other fans.    It’s always entertaining in the berm!   





Day #3- Rangers v White Sox

Another great day in the berm!    The clouds and a breeze made it the perfect weather.   





It’s a long way back to the Ballpark in Arlington!



Robby tried to work with me on keeping scores and stats.    Not too sure about this yet, but I think I can get it right!



Oh!   AND I got us on TV sending a shout out back to Midland.   Watch out, media, I think I like the camera!







Many of you asked, and yes…Will Ferrell showed up to play baseball, but we missed him.   Our game time was quite enjoyable, though.  

Hello, Arizona!

Back for a 2nd year in a row, I couldn’t be happier to be in Phoenix for Spring Break.  Hello sunshine!   After weeks of ice and snow in Midland, this Texas girl  needed some warm weather.   Every day is in the mid 80’s here.   Glorious!!  

Last night, we went to a Phoenix Suns basketball game.   





And of course, we’re starting out our trip with some time at the golf course. The Phoenician is a lovely course with great hiking trails and scenery all around.  





Later today, baseball and visiting family friends!    

4th of July with the Rigneys

Robby’s family tradition is to spend the summer at the beach. And if not the entire summer, definitely July 4th!

This year, we went to Port Aransas, TX and enjoyed a week of the ocean, sunshine, great food, and lots of family time.  I’ll let the pictures tell you more.

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Uncle Rob Rob and Peter at the Corpus Christi Hooks game.

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Robby and Greta at the Roger Creager concert

 

My brother, Mark, with me, Robby, and Greta at the concert.  Such a fun time!

My brother, Mark, with me, Robby, and Greta at the concert. Such a fun time!

 

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I just LOVE my husband! He’s the greatest!

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Headed to the beach with my brother

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Robby’s birthday was celebrated at the Boiling Pot in Rockport. His favorite!

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Happy 29th!

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Mark, Robby, Danny, Joey, and Greta. (and one big crawfish !)

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At Boiling Pot another time (can you tell our family likes this place?!) for Greta’s birthday dinner. The whole family in this picture: Peter, Joe, Jenn, Sam, Greta, Robby, Alison, Kayla, and Daniel

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Peter and Sam made the trip entertaining! Love this little guys

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Our friend, Matt, joined us for a little bit! And then Curtis (not pictured) came to the beach with us for an afternoon.

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The view on my morning run. So pretty and quiet

New York City 2014

For my mother-in-law’s birthday, we (Jenny, Kayla, and I) decided to take her to The Big Apple.   Greta had never been before and we thought it would be a fun trip for just the girls!

We had a great time being typical tourists.   We saw the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, took walks through Central Park, ate at Serendipty’s, Juniors, and Gray’s Papaya’s, took the subway, went to the top of the Empire State Building, walked (a LOT), enjoyed broadway shows, and much much more!

Here are a few pictures of our fun time!

 

 

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Sitting in Times Square

 

 

Sister-in-law love!

Sister-in-law love!

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My favorite hotdogs!  Gray's Papaya

My favorite hotdogs! Gray’s Papaya

 

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The birthday lady with this fantastic molten lava chocolate cake! yum!

 

I met Dule Hill!   I might have been just a little bit star struck....

I met Dule Hill! I might have been just a little bit star struck….

 

We had planned to take Trapeze lessons, but got rained out.

We had planned to take Trapeze lessons, but got rained out.

 

I have to go back here!  Cutest kitchen store!

I have to go back here! Cutest kitchen store!

 

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My pretty sis-in-law, Kayla

 

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We saw Audra McDonald in Lady Day. IT WAS FANTASTIC!

 

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The view of NYC from the Empire State Building

 

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Jenny, Kayla, Greta, and me.  Oh, and the Statue of Liberty!

 

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One of my favorite shots of the trip, taken on board the ferry in the harbor. Such fun!

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We met up with Annie Rigney, our cousin, while in Manhattan. We had great Moroccan food while we visited.

 

And there you have it!   A great trip full of fun!

Happy Birthday, Greta!

 

Spring Training in Arizona

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Spring Break was delightful! Delightful was my word for the week. The weather, the food, the games, everything was delightful! Robby and I traveled to Phoenix, Arizona with Danny and Kayla to watch baseball spring training. As you can see, it was a good time to kick my feet up and relax.

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Robby started off his trip by playing golf with a few of his dad’s long time friends. He really enjoyed playing with them.

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I got to go with Robby for a few mornings of golf. Amazing landscapes out in Phoenix. Pictures just can’t describe how pretty it was.

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And of course, we watched baseball. 4 days of games, sunshine, and relaxing.

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Pictured above are Danny & Kayla.

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Green grass! Y’all, I haven’t seen green grass in months, due to our drought in West Texas. My toes delighted in the soft, cool grass.

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Our family met up for dinner with the Jones family, long time friends of Greta and Bill. We ate in Old Scottsdale at the Pink Pony. Delish!! We enjoyed visiting so much with them that we all got together the next night at their house and grilled out by the pool. How nice to swim in March!

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I didn’t think I would  like Phoenix as much as I did. It was a pleasant surprise. Can’t wait to go back next year!

Trip to Arkansas

Recently we traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas to cheer on the Aggies. It was the first time that I had been to Arkansas in over 5 years.

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We stopped by Rogers, Arkansas, to see my cousins for dinner. Bill & Judy Bell have always held a special place in my heart. It was my joy to introduce Robby to them.

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We went out on the famous Dickson Street in Fayetteville. It was no Northgate, but was fun! There were so many Aggies everywhere we went that we felt right at home.

Game day!

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The Razorback stadium was nice and set in the beautiful mountains.

The guys somehow met and made friends with a few former players from Arkansas. In the following picture, the guys are making a bet with one about who would win the game. Oh, guys!

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Gotta love a photo bomb/selfish!

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At the game:

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Great weekend!

Friends and Family and Food, oh my!

This is going to be a long post, so grab a drink and get comfy!

I finished my job with the geologist last week and had a few days off before starting my new job.  (That’s right!  New job!  More to come on that later.)  So I decided to go visit my family in East Texas and get some quality time in with them.  Robby had to stay back because he started his new job this week.  (Yep, he got a new job, too!   We’re busy around here, huh?!)

I started out on my journey, listening to pod-casts and spending time in prayer.  Once I got to Ft. Worth, I stopped for the night to split up the trip.  First on my list was to attend my little cousin Collin’s baptism!  I loved getting to see my college friend and cousin Spencer baptize his own son.  So cool!

Spencer baptizing Collin

Spencer baptizing Collin

My best friend from college, Miranda, attended the baptism with me and then we went to eat before I crashed at her house for the night.  We spent some great time catching up, goodness me I needed that time with her.   She took me to a fantastic restaurant in Ft. Worth called Brewed and then we chatted some more at her house.  Some how I forgot to get a picture with her for this blog post.  But I did snap a picture of her adorable make-up vanity area.  When Robby and I get our own place, I want Miranda to come help decorate.

Miranda's great style!

Miranda’s great style!

AND THEN, I stopped by a coffee shop to see another best friend from college, Jennifer.  She made me a great cup of coffee and I enjoyed visiting her at work.  If you get a chance, go by Origins in Dallas and get her to whip up something for you!  She’s a great barista.

Jennifer!

Jennifer!

I liked the little heart she made for me in the froth.

I liked the little heart she made for me in the froth.

After that, it was home to Mt. Pleasant!

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Though extremely hot and humid (heat index of 108 on most days there.  YIKES!), I enjoyed every moment there.  Just to sit on the deck in the back yard and listen to the cicada.  It truly is the sound of a summer night for me.  Aside from that, I spent time with family doing lots of fun things.

I went with my grandmother and father to visit my great-aunt, Jewel.  She’s 101 years old and just a clever as ever!  I just love listening to her stories.  She’s a fantastic story-teller and can hold an audience captive for hours.

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My mother and I went to Holly Hill Homestead to have lunch with our friend Jolene.  You may remember that a few months back I mentioned Jolene’s wonderful poppy-seed dressing.  Of course, I picked up a few more bottles while there at the B&B.   And lunch….just delish!  Here are a few pictures from Holly Hill, a precious bed and breakfast set back in the piney woods of  East Texas.

The front porch is so inviting!

The front porch is so inviting!

A cozy little bed nestled on the back porch!

A cozy little bed nestled on the back porch!

Look at this kitchen!  I'm in love!

Look at this kitchen! I’m in love!

Jolene's cooking is a taste of Heaven!

Jolene’s cooking is a taste of Heaven!

The newest cabin.  Can't wait to stay there!

The newest cabin. Can’t wait to stay there!

Jolene and Mom, long time friends

Jolene and Mom, long time friends

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No trip would be complete without spending time with my niece and nephew.  They’re schedules were pretty busy, but I swept them away at 9:00pm for a late night trip to get ice cream!  Aren’t they cute!?!?!  Love these kiddos!

My Munchkin, Zachary.

My Munchkin, Zachary.

Brookers!  She's growing up way too fast.

Brookers! She’s growing up way too fast.

My trip home was over far too soon.  But I was excited to make my way back home because I had friends to see in Dallas/Ft. Worth.  For lunch I called up friends that I taught with while in Richardson ISD.  Though many couldn’t make it, a great group showed up.  It’s so fun to catch up with everyone!  Love them!

Forest Lane Academy Staff!  Love these people!

Forest Lane Academy Staff! Love these people!

And then!!!   I saw friends with babies!!  2 of my dearest friends are new mommies!   I couldn’t wait to catch up with them, hear about their new additions, and hold sweet babies!   Alex and baby Zevin were 1st.  He was 1 month old and a little darling.  Alex looks great, just glowing away.  (or maybe that’s the delirious side of no sleep for a month!  ha!)

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Alex, baby Zevin, and me!

The next new-born to see was Courtni and baby Hayes.  He was 1 week old!!   SO TINY!  I didn’t get a picture of Courtni (You’re welcome, Courtni), but I love these precious pictures with Hayes.  He slept so soundly in my arms and I almost didn’t hand him over when his great-grandmother showed up.  Newborns are so sweet!

Hayes and me

Hayes and me

Look at that little smile.   Melt my heart!

Look at that little smile. Melt my heart!

By the time that I visited with all these wonderful people and held sweet babies (I might have a bit of baby fever, but who wouldn’t after seeing these two little guys?!?!), it was time to keep on driving home.  Reluctantly I started back on I-20 and kept on trucking West.  Rain hit around Abilene, and there was a beautiful sky.

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I made it home safely and couldn’t WAIT to get a hug and kiss from my hubby!  What a enjoyable trip.

Cousins’ Reunion – 2013

I love this time of year!  It’s when all of our cousins get together and catch up for the weekend.  My mother’s generation of 1st cousins started this way back in the 90’s and it’s just kept on going!   Oh, the fun times we’ve had watching baseball games, going to putt-putt courses, floating the river, shopping, and more.  Most of my generation of cousins can look back at the pictures and watch ourselves grow up!

This year we all gathered outside of New Braunfels, TX in Seguin.  The house was quite unique, with lots of connecting bedrooms and places.  The kiddos loved it because it made this never ending circle of chase and tag for them.  We all enjoyed the deck in the back that overlooked the Guadalupe Rive.  So relaxing!

Our view of the river, calm and peaceful.
Our view of the river, calm and peaceful.
House view from the back deck.
House view from the back deck.

Most of our time was spent catching up and visiting.  On Saturday we ventured into the water, though.

The Morell Family
The Morell Family
The Collins'
The Collins’
Mary Anne and Bailey
Mary Anne and Bailey
Brooke and Zachary were tired from their river floating excursion!
Brooke and Zachary were tired from their river floating excursion!

And of course, what family reunion would be complete without some game time?!?!

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Teaching Peyton how to play Gin Rummy.....he's sneaky, so keep those cards close!
Teaching Peyton how to play Gin Rummy…..he’s sneaky, so keep those cards close!

We enjoyed fresh watermelon on the deck!  Perfect for a hot summer’s day in Texas!

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Bailey was excited for watermelon, though she wasn't keen on the idea of spitting out the seeds.
Bailey was excited for watermelon, though she wasn’t keen on the idea of spitting out the seeds.

We love time with our family!  

Looking forward to next years reunion in Dallas!

Guys trip to Chicago

Recently Robby went to Chicago for his best friend’s bachelor party.  “Chicago?” you say!  Why yes, Chicago!  Looks like they had a pretty good time there.   Here are a few pictures from their adventures!

The Chicago sky line from they guys' place.

The Chicago sky line from the guys’ place.

Robby, Sam, and Brandon in the subway.

Robby, Sam, and Brandon in the subway.

Golfing buddies

Golfing buddies Blaine, Robby, and Kyle – the groom!

Robby, Kyle, and Frank the Tank!

Robby, Kyle, and Frank the Tank!

Wrigely Field

Wrigley Field

The whole group at the baseball game

The whole group at the Cubs baseball game

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Sam, Blaine, Robby, and Brandon

Fun picture from Troy

Fun picture from Troy