A bonding time with boys only in the back yard.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
This was Bill's big day in Austin. He was presented the Oil Spill Prevention & Response award from Jerry Patterson of the Texas General Land Office. Even though I had only been at my new job for 5 weeks, my boss let me go to Austin with Bill. One thing that I always remember about this day: we were watching tv in the cafeteria before the awards ceremony, and noticed that the Dow Jones had reached 14,000.
I didn't used to like history when I was young, but the history in Goliad is so fascinating that I love visiting all the historical sights there, and reading about all that happened in this quaint and lovely town in the 1800's.
A fun day at the beach in Port Aransas, Texas. It's always fun to look for sand dollars, watch the big ships coming through the ship channel, watch the antics of the pelicans, especially on the jetties, admire the beautiful dolphins, and act like a couple of silly kids.
This was such a beautiful spot in Roatan, Honduras. It was an out of the way area where there were no other people from the ship... only our guide, Juan Carlos Mejia, me, and Bill. There was a lot of volcanic rock around us, and a walkway that led to a little pavilion that had water rushing underneath it through a big cut in the rock. The locals came there to dive from the top of the pavilion into the water. What a wonderful guide Juan Carlos was. He did not speak English real well, but he tried really hard to get to know us, and told us a lot about himself and his little girl. Most people on the Honduran island of Roatan speak English, but he was originally from the mainland of Honduras where they speak mostly Spanish.
Beautiful view at the Aransas Wildlife Refuge. We love to visit frequently, because the quiet beauty is such a paradise. We always see alligators (sometimes on the road), deer, javalina, armadillos, various birds, turkeys, and beautiful flowers.
Various memories from our 2003 Excellent Adventure.... dancing in Key Largo to the song "Key Largo" on my birthday, a kiss in Epcot at the moment of a full eclipse of the moon, enjoying the famous milkshake at Johnny Rocket's in Ft. Lauderdale (notice the funky braids, which were done in the Bahamas), and capturing the moment at Universal Studios in Orlando.
Having a great evening with my co-workers at the Omni Hotel. We got an "Excellent" on our annual finance audit, so the Finance Director treated us to an evening at the Republic of Texas.
The only AAA four-diamond restaurant in south Texas, this a multi-level rooftop restaurant offers delicious culinary flavors, including steak and seafood entrees. We enjoyed the finest steaks, tasted all the appetizers, salads, and tried all the desserts on the menu. David Crawford, the piano player was amazing, and the view of the bay from the 20th floor was so awe inspiring.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Great party at the grand opening of the Civic Center. The food was amazing! We had plenty of different types of seafood, Dirty rice, muffaletta sandwiches, lots of fresh fruit, King cake, and the best part of the food was watching the chef make flaming Bananas Foster in rum. The band was excellent, too. What a fun evening.
There was a photographer at the party taking pictures for the newspaper, and she chose to put our friends, Captains Fred and Hope, Bill, and me on the front page of the Coastal Bend Herald. Unfortunately, she put the wrong name for me.
Monday, May 25, 2009
We stopped at this fabulous barbeque market and restaurant on our way back from Austin. Bill had just been presented with the Oil Spill Prevention and Response award from the Texas General Land Office in Austin, hence the white shirt while eating barbeque. We really enjoyed watching the fire pit in the back, and eating our food on brown butcher paper.
A special moment with Bill's parents on our wedding day. I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to get to know them for a short while before they went to their forever home in Heaven. I'll always remember how much they loved coming to the coast to go fishing.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Even though the picture was taken in Dec., we thought it was the perfect picture to create a Valentine gift for each other. We got it printed through Scrapbooks Please for our scrapbook album. This company does excellent work, and the colors are very rich.
This little boy is always full of surprises. He is a hunter, who is always chasing squirrels, birds, horses, frogs, and occasionally a raccoon. He is also a clown, who does mischievous things that constantly make us laugh. So glad I found this wonderful little boy on Petfinder.com.