Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Years Resolution....

I know you will all be so happy to know that my New Year's resolution for 2009 is.....TO BLOG MORE!!!! I know what you are thinking....yeah right...its been 4 months since the last post..but I promise, the blogs are about to start coming!!! So get ready, more on the Erwin's life to come...can't you wait?!?!?!

ps..Hope everyone has a safe and very Happy New Year!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Mexico Pics....FINALLY




I know its been about a month now since we have been to Cancun, but I finally had a little time to post some pics. We had an amazing time in beautiful Cancun, Mexico at the Gran Caribe Royale. We just relaxed by the pool and the beautiful beaches...it was fabulous! Logan, Kristal, Brant and Ashley, Ryan and I had an amazing trip....everyone should try to visit!!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Viva La MEHICO!!!

Hola! Today we are CanCun bound with Brant, Ashley, Logan and Krystal! I am so excited for a vacation and spending time out on the beach, by the pool and relaxing for 4 days!!! I will be sure to take lots of pics with my new camera!!!

ADIOS!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Birthday Celebrations!!!

This year Ryan turned 26 on the 20th and I turned 27 on the 21st! I have to say this was one of my best bday's ever! Thursday my parents came up to watch us play softball and Friday we went and had our bday dinner at PF Changs...delish! Then it was off to Kim's apt for presents and FABULOUS strawberry cake! Saturday Mom, Kim and I shopped around Northpark and saw Mama Mia...LOVED IT!!! Ryan and Dad saw two movies....Batman and Hancock.


Ryan and I have a tradition of going to Bennihana's for our bdays...we just LOVE that place...great sushi and wonderful food! Man, were we stuffed after that meal! This was our 3rd year in a row and it was fabulous!


Sunday we had bday celebration with the Erwin clan at Pappadeaux! And that night we had the big party at Papa's BBQ with about 40 of our friends....it was SO MUCH fun! Afterwards a few of us went to Speed Zone, played putt-putt and rode go-carts.


Monday, Corey and Andy came into town for their trip to The Sudan and we ate at Cheesecake Factory! I seriously have eaten WAY TOO much this weekend and on top of all that...I have to get in a bathing suit this weekend for our trip to Mexico!!


I just wanted to say to everyone..thanks for celebrating with us, you mean the world to Ryan and I. You really made this bday special for both of us and we are so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends in our lives! We love you!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Celebrating the 4th in Fredericksburg


For the 4th of July, we loaded up the Expedition with 3 adults and 2 pups and headed down to my parents ranch in Fredericksburg, TX! We left Friday morning and got to the ranch around noonish to meet my parents and their pup Scout. We fixed sandwiches and rode around on the mule exploring the property. Mom, Kim and I headed into town to do a little shopping and left the dogs, Dad and Ryan to work out on the land. We ate dinner at Mamacitas and watched fire works with some friends.

Saturday Dad and Ryan headed out to the ranch early to work on clearing more land. They are such hard workers! Mom, Kim and I headed into town and went to some of our favorite shops...we work real hard too!! :) Then we headed out to the ranch to fix the boys lunch and give them a break. That afternoon we went to Woodrose and Becker vinyards, listend to some live music and had a great time! Then we all went swimming at the hotel and got ready to do some boot scootin' in Luckenbock. Dad twirled all his girls around the dancefloor and Ryan just watched....he isn't much of a country dancer. We had a really fun time!!

Sunday we all worked out on the land, clearing out cedar trees, vines from trees and all other kinds of stuff. I know what you are thinking...there is no proof in the pictures that I was working on the land.....but somebody had to be the photographer...right????? :)

We had a great weekend for sure! I LOVE getting to spend time with my family and playing and working on the land is so much fun! Hope everyone had a FABULOUS 4th just like we did!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Vacation in Kauai




So, I am here to talk about our FABULOUS vacation to Kauai. We left Sunday May 25th and flew 8 hours to the beautiful island of Kauai. Ryan, Kim and I flew with some family friends and met my parents in Oahu. From there we took a little flight to Kauai and drove to our condos.

Monday
This day was very relaxing. We basically hung out at the beach all day and got used to the 5 hour time change. We did a little snorkeling, boogie boarding and sun bathing. Mom and Dad went to the open air market and got all the fresh pineapple we could eat...DELISH!!

Tuesday
Woke up with the sound of the waves crashing in at 6:00am...that jet lag was killer. Not to worry, mom had fresh Kona Coffee brewing every morning and we drank coffee and watched the sun rise on our balcony. We headed up the island to the Napali coast, stopping to see a waterfall on the way. We had a great lunch and then went on a 4 mile hike up the rocky Napali Coast. Well, technically I only hiked 2 miles....I got really tired and mom, Gina and I turned around half way while the others make the other 2 mile trek. We went back to snorkel in the cove and saw some amazing fish!

Wednesday
Started the day off with a delicious breakfast of pancakes and then headed off to our kayak/hike to a waterfall excursion. We kayaked 2.5 miles and hiked 1 mile to a beautiful waterfall. It was so fun to stand under the falls and have them pouring on top of you...they were really powerful! then we had lunch and hiked the mile back to our kayaks and headed down the river another 2.5 miles. We had a GREAT time. That night we all experienced a LUAU and those hula dancers really know how to move!!! Mom and Ryan both got up on stage and tried to shake it with them...we were all impressed!

Thursday
Thursday morning we snorkeled and swam around our condo. The baseball team made the Regional Tournament, so Ryan had to leave early and fly back to Dallas. We took him to the airport and did a little island exploring after we said 'Aloha' to him. We discovered this great open air market in Kapaa and did a little shopping. We had dinner at this great Hawaiian BBQ place right on the water...it was beautiful!

Friday
SURF'S UP!!!! All the kiddos, minus Ryan :( took surfing lessons Friday morning. We had such a blast, but it was SO HARD! We definitely caught some good waves, but it was a serious arm workout! I am so glad we did it....not many people can say they have surfed Hawaii!!! After surfing lessons were over, we went to this remote place in the middle of a sugar cane plantation and hiked down to a waterfall where we cliff jumped and did a rope swing. I was SUPER scared at first, and didn't want to do it, but made myself and it was the most exhilarating experience ever!!! That night we went into town and ate at this great Italian restaurant and had the best ice cream afterwards!!

Saturday
Saturday morning we had to leave our condo's at 6am to drive down and catch a catamaran for a 6 hour excursion along the Napali Coast. This was the most incredible, unbelievable, breath taking thing we did all week. Words cannot express how beautiful this coast was! We saw tons of spinner dolphins and sea turtles on the excursion. We saw beaches that were only accessible by boat and places where Jurassic Park and other movies were filmed. We had a great lunch on the boat and snorkeled in a beautiful cove. That night we ate at the Beach House for dinner and I had some of the best Mahi Mahi I have ever tasted. It was macadamia nut crusted and oh so delicious!!!!

Sunday
Sunday we went to Pearl Harbor, which was really neat. We saw an amazing video and took a boat over to the USS Arizona, the ship that is still sunk in the waters. After that we drove along Waikiki Beach and ended up at this amazing hotel, having brunch and watching dolphins play. We took a nap and then headed back to the airport to make the 8 hour journey home.

There was so much more that happened, it would take me days to write about! We had the best time in Kauai and it was a much needed vacation. All I have to say, is that if you can ever make it to Hawaii.....Kauai is the place to go! You will have the time of your life, just like we did. Can we go back!?!?!?!?!?

Friday, May 23, 2008

Bon Voyage!!

Well I am sad to say that you won't be seeing a post from me for about a week because.....I am heading to HAWAII for 7 whole days!!!!!! My parents, sister, Ryan and I are taking a much needed family vaca. Our good family friends are going with us too...its going to be so relaxing on the beach and hanging out with the fam in paradise!! We are staying in a beachfront condo on the island Kauai. I promise to take lots of pics and report back when we return!! Until then....

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Missing Ryan




Well, this week I have been a Bachelorette...and now I am ready to have my husband come back home! Ryan has been in Boston all week at NCAA meetings for work and I have been here all by my lonesome...well not exactly...I had the pups to keep me company! Thank goodness for Bleu Belle and Jeter!! I have been keeping myself busy while he has been away. Monday Kim (lil sis) came over after work and we had breakfast for dinner!! Waffles with strawberries and cool whip..delish! We watched our shows, One Tree Hill...which was so great and Greek. Tuesday I went to dinner with Jen, sushi, LOVE IT! And did a little shopping..you know me!! Yesterday I got my hair done and today I am heading out to the Trapp's for a little get together.


The week has gone by pretty fast, and I am so glad tomorrow is Friday and I get to see my Rich..I just love that man so much!

Friday, May 16, 2008

B-town for Mother's Day





Kim and I headed to Beaumont to celebrate Mother's Day. Ryan couldn't make it because he was traveling to Indiana with the track and tennis teams for the National Tournaments. So, lil sis and I drove the 5 hours to Beaumont the spend the weekend with Mom and Dad. We had such a great time eating my dad's delicious hamburgers out on the back patio and hanging with my grandparents. It was a much needed trip....especially since I hadn't been home since Christmas...I know...its so bad, but I have seen my parents since then! Kim and I took some pics to give my mom for Mother's Day...she loved them. Ryan was not very cooperative...so he isn't in many of the pics. Oh, I just love spending time with my family....I definitely cherish every moment and wish that time would stand still so we could be together always!!!

Fun with the Fam in Fred

Four wheeler fun
Mom, Kim and I at Torre di Pietra
Kim on the swing my dad made!

A couple weeks ago, Ryan, Kim, Bleu Belle, Jeter and I went to my parents ranch in Fredericksburg. They have bought 40 acres right near Luckenbock and its so much fun! We went to celebrate my mom's bday and work on the land. Well, Ryan and my dad did most of the work while the girls went shopping!! Ha!! We did help pull some dead branches out of trees by the swimming hole...one attacked me and I got a bad bruise on my arm! We had a blast, and the time went by way to fast! Here are just a few pics from the trip!

Friday, May 2, 2008

I'm Baaaaack!!!

Hey guys....this is for all of you who are ESPECIALLY sick and tired of seeing Betty Crocker....Rachel and Ashley!! :) Don't you just LOVE my new header!??! My good friend Ashley Williams designed it for me...she's into this digital scrapbooking thing..so fun and has inspired me to start blogging again. Or really....just begin since I have only had 3 posts!!! Haha!! So, I am really going to do it...blog and update you with what is going on in the life of the Erwins since I know you all care so much!!

I am heading to Beaumont this weekend...haven't been home since Christmas...is that not RIDICULOUS?!?! I am super excited and will tell all about it on my next post!!! Until then.......

Monday, January 21, 2008

Betty Crocker...sort of!!!

















Ok...so I know this is way late and I said I would be updating soon....but things are crazy...and the truth is I really forget about the blog. I am going to try to do better..I promise. Back to Betty Crocker....this past holiday, I was such the baker! I made homemade tamales with the Erwin's and Granny's christmas cookies with the Calvert's. Fun times in the kitchen....and let me tell you..tamales and cookies from scratch take A LOT of work..but taste so dang good!! :)