Friday, November 28, 2008

giving thanks...

"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.  For the Lord is good!" --Psalm 100:4

We had such a blessed holiday.

We truly are grateful . . . for a merciful and gracious God, for unconditional and unfailing family, for friends that we count as family, for joy and for health . . . and for the trials that have helped us grow in faith.

mom & dad came to celebrate (and made the most delicious feast).  medicine - particularly insternship - isn't very conducive to holidays or family travels, so several of our friends who couldn't make it home during their evening break had thanksgiving with us.

we're thankful for these monsters, too.

lauren & drew

the little girls had more fun rolling on the furry rug than anything else...

dendy, addison & millie

caroline & millie 

jenny & addie

drew, russ & kyle 

the hogan crew

dad quickly adopted the tinniest visitors...

once the babies wore out, there was an impromptu rock band concert
(we're not quitting our day jobs)

jordon & jessica

it was a memorable holiday full of love & laughter.


"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." --Thornton Wilder

Monday, November 17, 2008

willie & waylan & the boys

happy 29th birthday, russ!
(the pics are late since his birthday is actually october 25th)

these are the sweet friends who celebrated with us
beau, brandon & jennifer, us, lauren & drew, emily & jonathan, rebekah & tom, chris & annie

the night started in a limo that was a bit bling, a bit neon
beau, me, annie & chriswe ate at joe t garcia's in ft. worth...yum

brandon & jenn flew in from mckinney & surprised russ! we were so excited to see them.serenading of the birthday boy...
then, we headed to billy bob's to hang with willie
emily escaped from parkland surgery long enough to play--this is one of my favorite (newly engaged!) couples EVER and we were ecstatic to have a chance to catch up!
this doensn't even require a caption

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

We'll make Texans out of them yet...

A night at the Texas State Fair with the Lubahns... a city that we've really come to love.
(the skyline from the ferris wheel)

jordon & jessica - these are some of our most fantastically fun friends. jordon is the "such a great guy" movie character that you can't help but adore [hailing from michigan] and jess is the hysterically unexpected beauty [from LA] -- an eye doc and a urologist, too, by the way

they had a miniature horse in a little it looked smalled because you couldn't get close. my in-laws definitely have a horse smaller than this. felt like a sucker...

of course, at the fair, you HAVE TO eat...IT'S THE LAW

corn dogs & chicken fried bacon--the fried contest winner of 2008

and, of course, the classic funnel cake (delicious despite the surroundings! which, i might add, were much more entertaining that the jessica simpson pseudo-concert which was going on)

pig races

and--my favorite--being true carnis...

this was so much harder than it looked! there's a video of me trying but i was concentrating so hard (and fell off so quickly) that i was embarrassed to even show it.

the hard won treasures

and, the perfect sweet ending (hello?! it's even fat free)

...that even Molly enjoyed...eating & walking in

completely different--this is from a fajitas & ritas party at jenny's

and, this is russ & will from the BU homecoming game

I have a BUNCH of pictures from Russell's 29th birthday, but they're going to have to wait until a later post! We're surviving--hope y'all are well!