Monday, September 10, 2007
Rick also stopped by the Bianchi's home for dinner on Sunday. Rick lived with the Bianchi's in Room 1A right before leaving on a mission.
Rick with his best friend, Aaron and his girlfriend Leah.
This is Rick at his Boston Convention for the National Business Travel Association
And The Interstate Hotels & Resorts Sales Rally in Jacksonville, FL
Sunday, July 22, 2007
We had the movie Cars on in the background as we colored. All of the sudden, Jade stands up and starts dancing. But her bony little butt couldn't hold up her pants and they just fell down. Like a real comedic pro she hammed it up and continued to dance and do it all again. T had to join in the fun too but of course he had to actually PULL his pants down. It was really so funny to watch them!!
We had such a blast coloring and playing with Rick's crazy Halloween wigs. Here are more of the fun pics. They two crazy kids are just like their Dad though, continually joking around and being silly with non-stop energy. They make everyone laugh and then they bring on the hugs and you just melt. Being an Aunt is the BEST!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
The Reunion started Tuesday, July 3rd, in the afternoon and we left Thursday, July 5th in the morning to catch a plane back to Austin. We camped in our new "luxury" tent (as it's about 160 sq ft with 6ft roof) right beside a mountain stream. It was so peaceful. The aunts and uncles stayed in a cabin lodge. It was the ideal place for a reunion and we enjoyed every minute of it. Rick realized he has a knack for playing horseshoes as we won the competition (by no help from me at all). I think it's all those dart games he used to play. We hiked up the nearest mountain on Wednesday and took in some spectacular views. It had been so long since I'd been hiking, it was one of my favorite parts of the trip. We're already looking forward to next year's Reunion.
Every year an auction is held at the Reunion in order to raise money for the next. Kylene auctioned her massage services and got a hefty bid for it at $65. Jefra framed some pictures of nature that spelled "FAMILY" and brought two of them. These were a definite hit and went for around $65 as well. Jefra and I also decided to put together a Rees Reunion DVD thanks to Rick's consistent prodding. So I've got a new project to work on for a while and I'm so excited. Jefra's pictures of the Reunion are amazing - expecially of the kids - and we've got some great video clips from aunts, uncles and Grandma and Grandpa. Rick, of course, is "executive producer" of the project and is spilling out ideas all over the place. Now I've got to figure out how to do them all!
The next morning we met up with Rick's mission President, Gene Hymas and his wife, Diana. Rick and Justin drove in one car to continue with mission stories while Jenny and I followed. I totally love Jenny and Justin!
President and Sister Hymas were so great and you could really tell how much they loved their missionaries. So I was able to hear even more mission stories! President is very soft-spoken and has to be one of the most humble men I've known. Sister Hymas is all smiles and personality. I instantly loved them both and can't wait to visit them again.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Some may not know, some may have known, but I was in a car accident last December right around New Years. A truck basically drove over the front of my car as he was running a red light. It was SO FUN! (right) We replaced the Acura with the exact same car just a year newer. I love my Acuras! This is my 3rd!
This is my dad - he's so cute! He has an extremely contagious laugh.
This is our CTR-8 class in Fairport, NY. Rick and I taught them for a year. They were the best class. We are going to Fairport this Sunday as we will be in Rochester for a friend's wedding. I can't wait to see everyone again!
This is the INFAMOUS WOLF SPIDER that decided to scare me literally TO DEATH on HALLOWEEN NIGHT! At first I thought it was a fake spider Rick put in the living room to scare me but next thing I knew I turned around and it was GONE! I was HUGE! I immediately froze. I couldn't move, I couldn't speak. Finally, I got some nerve and ran to the bedroom, jumped on the bed and called my parents who live about 3 miles away. I begged them to come find the spider and get rid of him. (Rick was at school.) He was so big you couldn't squish this thing - it would be like trying to squish a mouse. Ew. They sent my little sis, Kylene. She was a little shocked by his size as well but did a good job of trapping him. We studied him, did some Googling and found out he really didn't hurt humans and was really good for your garden so she let him back outside.
Second side of the story - Rick found him in our yard while mowing a few weeks ago and KILLED HIM because it scared him! (Um, and yes, the picture is blurry because I was shaking like a leaf! You'd have thought it was a grizzly bear!! I had no idea I was such a wimp!!)
Kylene sent me this picture - she's a picture-aholic with her cell phone, but the thing is they are all REALLY good. I don't know how she does it. I really think she needs to make a career of it. But anyways, this is my favorite picture. It just looks so comfy - like the Snuggle Bear!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I don’t know what is going on with my camera but it appears my shutter is staying open too long and all my pics are getting blurred! Grrr.. Happy Birthday Mom!
Monday, May 28, 2007
Rick and I have spent a large amount of time in the car together. Really, I know the right profile of Rick’s face much better than the rest! haha! We’ve always enjoyed traveling together and love the opportunity to get on the road. Although as I get older, I don’t like a trip longer than three hours. I can’t believe I used to drive across the US during the summers in college! Oh, and just so you know, Rick really is the driver in this pic. The camera just inverted everything!
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
The restaurant was fabulous and Rick also gets 50% off meals at the hotel because he is an employee of the same management company. This turned out really useful as they had a Friday Prime Rib buffet and full Breakfast buffets! The views at the hotel were breathtaking as well. You could tell many brides were taking advantage of the scenery as there were more than 5 weddings in just the few days we were here!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
1 - Kylene and Jeff - Amor La Verita
2 - My Little Girl - Family Pictures
Saturday, May 12, 2007
News 8 did a story on all the candidates running for school board and Rick got great coverage. Unfortunately they've taken the video down. Boo!
Although Rick didn’t win we feel he did a great job for being new to the area, running against 4 other candidates and being the youngest - he got over half the vote in Travis County and 17% of the vote total. Go Rick! I’m so proud of you!!
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Is Kaitlyn upset she lost here or that Natalie is trying to get some ice cream?
That evening we had dinner with Gary and Sally Beaumont. Skip worked for Gary and that is when he met Sandra. They live in such a beautiful home. It was a treat to be there!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Sunday, April 8, 2007
However, we in southern Florida were enjoying sunny days though they were a bit windy and not hot enough to prompt swimming in the ocean. I say that, but oddly enough the water was quite warm. We just didn’t like the idea of getting out of it into a cool breeze! But we did enjoy the beach. The breeze was nice and we all relaxed and forgot about all the stress of home.
Natalie was not as thrilled about relaxing as we were because she only could think of one thing - using the bathroom. There was a restroom down the beach but she had to go so bad she didn’t think she would make it. She urged us to go and we simply told her to go in the water. That thought made her shiver and she didn’t want to do it. But needless to say, her bladder told her otherwise. So the only one in the water that day was Natalie - squatting and crossing her fingers as she pleaded with her bladder to just let go! Thanks for the laugh Natalie!
Easter is my favorite holiday. Because of the sacrifice our Savior made in Gethsamane and again on the cross, he bore our pains, felt our sorrows and took our guilt so that we could be cleansed of hurt and sin. Because he rose again on the third day, we all will rise again. He provided us all with the gift of immortal life. We celebrate His birth at Christmas but celebrate the way he lived at Easter. It is His life we try to emulate. And if humble and repentant, we are granted mercy to obtain not just immortal life, but eternal glory with Our Father in Heaven.
Saturday, April 7, 2007
And wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a magic maid come in every day and straighten up your things, make the bed and wipe down the sinks?
Friday, April 6, 2007
We went to a diner with Dad for lunch and had probably the rudest old woman as a waitress. Before heading out, Rick of course had to play with the cop gear, and then we were off to Naples to meet the Solotes gang. Mom and Skip and the girls were driving down from North Carolina and would arrive shortly after us.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
What a fun wedding Kylene had! She looked beautiful and she and Jeff were just so glowy! I mean just LOOK!
Can’t beat love. :-)
They were married in San Antonio and had their reception in Austin. Rick designed the reception and set it all up at the Double Tree. It was so beautiful with the garden area and the food was awesome (okay, especially that punch - whatever it was we were all hooked and couldn’t stop drinking it!) Jefra, our sister-in-law, was the fabulous photographer and you can see some of the wedding pictures here. These are all ones I digitally altered in some way though - a new hobby of mine. I’m currently working on a video picture presentation. Well, it’s mostly done but I have a few finishing touches and then we’ll see about loading it here!
Congratulations Kylene and Jeff!! We love you!!!