Thursday, May 28, 2009

Charleston, SC

I headed to Charleston Memorial Day weekend for Karen and Jay's was also a good excuse to visit Katie and Richard!! I had such a great time! Unfortunately, Brent had to stay in Knoxville and

The Heards

Walked out on the beach, started raining, walked back to the car!!

The Hepfers!!

Group shot (Ole Miss Soccer)

Kristal and I

Sunday, May 24, 2009


From Laura & Johns Wedding/Our anniv. Weekend!

The beautiful bride and handsome groom...

All of us...

One year later!

Soccer girls...aka life of the party!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

A River Runs...

Through It!!

The setting was truly surreal. Sometimes I still can't believe we live in this beautiful part of the country, it's amazing. Just a 45 minute drive to a variety of rivers and/or mountains. I caught a fish too (actually the first one), and I'll have to post that picture as soon as Brent sends it to the computer from his phone.....I was definately a little excited and proud, haha!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

This is an island right off the coast of Cancun (20 min ferry ride): and it is truly a best kept little secret. Our trip was the perfect balance of rest/relaxation and exploring a new country. The trip included fresh seafood everynight, most of the time with the sand between our toes. We rented a golf cart one day and rode all over the island and went snorkeling. The last day we went deep sea fishing and Brent caught a baracooda (sp?) and when we got back to land the captain proceeded to clean it on the dock and we ate it 30 minutes later for lunch. It was good! Also, they had a sailboat race that started in Tampa and ended in Isla on Tuesday. It was really neat and we got to hang out with some of the boaters and hear their stories. I have to say, that is a totally different crowd/lifestyle than our own. So neat....but not for me! There was really no mention of the swine flu while we were there and the only way we knew about it was thru the internet which we checked most nights. We also had no trouble flying back; the only thing out of the ordinary was they made you fill out a scrap piece of paper in Cancun with a pencil asking you if you have had any of the named symptoms...none here! And as far as drug lords....I didn't see any and felt 100% safe!

Part II

The wedding...
I have never been that little girl who dreamed of a fairy tale wedding....big white dress, all eyes on me, flowers, or any of those things. I did dream of being a wife and mother, but actually dreaded the wedding part!
I'm actually going to keep this quick, because I can actually remember every detail of the wedding weekend...and we have tons of pictures and keepsakes. It was truly the most amazing day ever and both Brent and I had the best time. My favorite parts that really stand out:
Blue skies (had thunderstormed night before--like flooded)
String trio (provided the music for the wedding, loved it and created a great mood)
Flowers (Brent's mom and her friends did the greatest job ever and I have never loved flowers as much as my wedding)
Dr. Rusty Douglas
Trying not to laugh saying my vows (only because the first word I had to say echoed and surprised me--Dr. Douglas had told us to say them loud and proud so everyone could hear)
Walking up the stairs and seeing the University Club for the first time.
Mom fighting with the cake lady!
The band---Crackerjacks...thanks Jeff!
and mostly Friends and Family that were there to share it and make it the most memorable and special night of both of our lives. Thanks.
From the mouth of Brent....
Hanging out with friends at the rehersal
The wedding ceremony itself
Talking with family after the wedding
HAPPY ONE YEAR!! Definately looking forward to the nexts!!
Smoky update: A day at the vet and $200 later...which included x-rays, iv fluids, and meds....Smoky is back to his normal, pesky self...I think.

Monday, May 4, 2009

One Year!! part I

Yesterday (May 3, 2009), Brent and I celebrated one year of marriage....woohoo! And boy has it flown by, neither of us can believe its already been a year.
So, I wanted to take the time and write about both the engagement and wedding....because sometimes Brent will say something or I randomly have those "oh yeah" moments in regards to both the engagement and wedding....and its only been a this rate in 50 years I will be lucky to remember the date, much less some of the details!!
I'm pretty sure it was January 8, 2008 when Brent proposed (i'll confirm the date). I was working a weird shift @ UMC from 12 noon to midnight (learning from a preceptor, Marty). Brent had dropped me off that morning and was going to pick me back up at midnight. Well, Marty was letting me go home at 10p, so I called Brent around 9:15 and told him to be there at 10p. I called him again at 9:45 and he said he was just getting out of the shower and would be right there (I HAD ABSOLUTELY NO CLUE, all of the above is normal, not anything out of the it was like a random Wednesday or Tuesday!?).
Well, Marty and I went outside at 10...fifteen minutes later I called Brent who said he was almost there. Fifteen minutes later I called Brent again...and he said he was almost there. I said hurry! Ten minutes later I told Marty to go ahead and go...cause Brent should be here any minute. Brent finally got there, and I was kind of annoyed, but not really (normally, I probably would have let him know I was annoyed, but for some reason that night I didn't).
The first thing I noticed was that Brent was wearing a button up shirt with jeans. This was a little weird since I just figured he would be in scrub pants and a t-shirt since he had just taken a shower earlier. I definately was like WHY are you wearing that shirt? He just said he didn't know and thought maybe I would want to stop and get something to eat or get a drink? It was like 10:30p and I was like no. ( I STILL HAD NO CLUE). So, Brent just said okay and we head towards his house (or really his roomate's Bob's house). When we get there I realize both of the doors are shut into the den (i'm not going to explain the layout) but this was weird....I honestly was thinking that Brent had cooked dinner and had it set up with candles behind the door.....AND I WAS THINKING...I'm really not hungry at all and don't want to eat a big meal at 10pm. Well, as soon as I opened the door I saw a path of rose petals and candles....I all the sudden got major butterflies in my stomach, and I rounded the corner and Brent was on his knees (not one, but both) with a ring asking will you marry me. I literally froze, my jaw was on the floor and then I started unloading my arms, because I still had all my work stuff and bag around my shoulder....finally, I headed over to Brent and got on my knees hugged and kissed him....said yes, and then wanted to look at the ring!! He cried just a little bit, but I was way to excited and couldn't keep the smile off my face! We shared a glass of champagne and then I started calling people!! It was late, so I really couldn't talk too long to any one person....just the exciting news and I would call back!
I was definately totally surprised. I had been hoping it was coming...and had almost given up hope on even that....and if it were coming I just thought it would be on a weekend after dinner or something.
It was perfect!
Whew, long post.....and in the middle of all this I have been cleaning up Smoky's puke for the past hour. I don't know what is wrong with him...I just picked him up from the vet this morning (he stayed there the long 9 days we were gone) and he has been fine all day. He's asleep now, so I'm hoping we can wait till 8am so we can just go back to the vet and not some Emerg. clinic.
Isla pictures are coming soon. We had a great time....and we feel fine...NO SWINE FLU HERE!!