Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Another One Bites the Dust...

As you know, Rusty turned 26 on Saturday!!

We had a whole weekend of fun (with the exception of brutal losses by our teams, North Texas and THE Dallas Cowboys...)!!!

On Friday night we met up with about 20 friends and parked it on the patio of Jake's Hamburgers while listening to Josh Goode Band. If you have never tried Jake's I highly recommend it. There are several in the area. It was a REALLY great time - we got to see some friends we haven't seen in a several weeks, even months. Rusty just kept going on and on that night and even on Saturday about how much fun he had, so I want to personally thank you if you came out - it was a blast!

On Saturday, we did some more work out in the garage on Rusty's workbench... it's almost there!!! We plan to finish it up this weekend... After a long hard day of work (for those of you who know me, you know I didn't do much work) and after listening to NT get stomped, we headed up to Hooter's for Rusty's birthday dinner. The waitresses had him do the hula - grass skirt, mop wig and all!!!

On Sunday, we had lunch at Babe's with his Dad and Lisa, which was good. :) We always love Babe's!! The food that is... They made him flap like a chicken while they sang "Happy Birthday" to him! Sadly, I don't have a picture, but you could imagine what it would be like if I did...

While 25 quickly came to an end, Rusty had a great time bringing in number 26 - the second quarter-of-a-century in his hopefully long-lived life!


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Belles Dedication

As many of you know, after high school, I went straight to Tyler Junior College to continue my dancing career as an Apache Belle. Since my graduation from there, I have remained very fond of my time invested there. My memories as a Belle are irreplaceable, and those 2 years will always have a special place in my heart.

When I attended TJC, dorm life was optional for Belles. While many incoming freshmen stayed, most sophomores got apartments. While adequate, the dorms were definitely nothing to write home about. In fact, I found myself escaping to Rowlett at every chance I had to get away from the dorms.

The campus recently built a new residential complex. With this complex came the now mandatory dorm life for Belles. Both freshmen and sophomores are now required to live on campus in this dorm while a member of the Belles organization. With this mandation came a very rare opportunity for Belle Gold - a chance to sponsor a room, a lounge or the entire dorm floor that is dedicated to the current members.

When I first heard of the opportunity last fall, I thought to myself, "That would be neat to do." It wasn't until this spring that I realized how doable something like this would be, and that I would regret it tremendously if I didn't become a part of this. This summer, I went for it. I sponsored a dorm room for the Belles.

Because of the sponsorship, I was able to be a part of a historic weekend in Belle history. I was there to witness the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremonies of the new complex and the Belle floor. I met the 2 young ladies that will reside in my room for this year. Most importantly, though, I was able to be a part of Apache Belle history. All of the young ladies to come will have something special - a place to call their own. I'm so envious that I did not have this opportunity as a Belle, but I was so elated to be able to give this opportunity to someone else.

The complex is absolutely beautiful, and I am so happy for the organization and the school that they now have this wonderful resource at their fingertips.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

What September Means

As we embark into this new month, Rusty and I realized that what is probably our favorite portion of the year is once again upon us. This month marks the beginning of many fun things - football and tailgating, just to name a few. We also celebrate quite a few occasions in the next 4 months - Rusty's birthday, Halloween, Turkey Day, what will be our 2nd anniversary, and of course, Christmas and New Years. Besides the afore mentioned, we also have so many exciting little things along the way that will make the next 4 months fly by, but everything will be so much fun!!

This Saturday is the first North Texas home game vs. Tulsa. We are always proud supporters of our Mean Green, and are hoping that this season won't be quite as depressing as last season, but never the less, good times will be had by all.

To follow Saturday with a bang, Sunday brings us our first regular season Cowboys game. I'm sure most of you can only imagine the anticipation building in our house, as Rusty gets so giddy when football season comes around. It's all I can do to keep up with him, as he gets so excited!!

While this weekend's festivities are hardly a drop in the bucket for what is to come, it signifies the beginning of a great 4 months ahead. As 2008 quickly comes to an end, we wish all of you a Happy Fall, and hope that you will enjoy what's left of this year as much as we will.