Monday, August 31, 2009

NaCl K9

A friend of ours has a license plate number NaCl K9: "Salty Dog" I thought that it was a perfect title to our Robinson Family vacation in Galveston this past weekend! Talk about a wonderful getaway just an hour away! Bill and I arrived with Tucker and a half mid-afternoon on Friday and immediately hit the beach to stick those toes in the sand! Tucker thought he was in heaven! He went pouncing through the sand and headed straight into the waves... we also impressed some of the seagulls with our high pitched squeeling and barking! His favorite game was to chase Major who was chasing the ball! The little man is going to sleep for days!

By day 2 the mosquitoes rallied the troups as "fresh meat" had moved into the house down the beach! 1...2...3... run down the stairs waving your arms and zig zagging down to the sand like a moving target from the millions of mini vampires! I am sure the neighbors thought we had lost our minds! Later, we headed down to the strand only stopping once so the pregnant lady could satisfy her snowcone craving! Thank you honey! You did not think that the Ike water line was that high until you stood under it! I cannot believe that it has almost been a year.

There is just something about long walks on the beach and reading by the water. We truly had a wonderfully, relaxing weekend! Thank you Ellen and Bruce!
Robinson Family Photo!

The dogs had such a blast!
@ Gaidos for a wonderful dinner

Last day on the beach!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

We're officially Houstonians!

Last week I traveled to Canada for work - not much of a Canadian fan after my experience! Just to let you in on some of the details: the plane ride was hot and bumpy causing nausea, a train track was strategically placed behind my hotel room so as to wake me up every couple of hours in the middle of the night, I was served raw chicken for dinner, there are no m&m's to be found and our flight was delayed due to weather! Did I mention that I was also pregnant for all of this?Thursday, I finally made it back to the good ole USofA and was so ready to be in my own home in my own bed... such a nice thought!
We knew we were officially home owners in Houston when we made the call the the foundation companies for pier bids! Of course Bill and I did our research of about 6 different companies and in true Robinson fashion built spreadsheets to compare them on all levels and costs to come up with the perfect solution for us! A spreadsheet cannot predict stupidity! I drove up to the house to see my stressed husband as he approached the car with that look! You see, if you lift a house 4 inches and do not allow space for the electrical wires to lift 4 inches, you might rip the wires from your meter box and have to call in an emergency electrician. And if you do that, you might have to have Centerpoint Energy shut off your power and require a permit to have it restored. You may also get into an argument with the manager at Centerpoint and inform them that turning back on power at midnight for a pregnant woman is unacceptable! As a courtesy, Bill tried to warn them, yet again, of the wrath of his wife! Their fault! Atlas is still working their end on why they are not liable for a perfectly avoidable electrical mishap! To add insult to injury the plumber had to be called the next morning as our neighbor kindly pointed out that our AC unit was leaking from the roof! Had Atlas performed the hydrostatic test as indicated in our contract, maybe we would have discovered this instead of our neighbor.... At this point, you just have to laugh I think!

Saturday, we were able to finally enjoy some of our weekend with the Kerr's as Bill scored club level tickets to the Texans versus Saints game! We are still working on referring to the team as "we" and not "they." At least we got the colors right, even if Bill is still seeing stars!

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Packed, Low-Key Weekend!

This weekend was pretty packed for a low-key weekend! Saturday I met up with Alisa and a few of her other bridesmaids to try on dresses and check out Houston venues for the wedding shower! We had a really good time catching up. Unfortunately, Bill had to work all Saturday afternoon. Hopefully that will mean that he will not have late nights this week... yuck! We also made it to see the latest Harry Potter movie, which was the weakest of the three, but still pretty cute. We cannot wait until we can take our little one to see all the kids movies that we love without looking funny as the only grown-ups without kiddos in the theater! Sunday church was really wonderful as we ran into our dear neighbors, the Woods, and well as both Petersen families, the Kerr family, and the Smiths! I love Sundays like those! Bill and I also hit up Costco to check out the goods and get prepared for diapers and formula! They have waterford china there... who knew? We also went maternity clothes shopping... Nine maternity is my new favorite spot!
Some of Alisa's bridesmaids at Cafe Adobe!

Monday, August 3, 2009

HCC Dinner

Sunday, we continued to celebrate the birthday boy with wonderful family at the Houston Country Club. Bruce and Ellen were in town for a funneral and so it worked out perfect that we could celebrate with them as well!

Celebrating Bill's 27th!

Saturday morning, we were able to take Tucker in to get his stitches out just in time for the party! He is doing really well!

Saturday night, we celebrated Bill's 27th birthday a little early with pizza and beer at the house. It was super casual and a lot of fun! Earlier that day I made a double layer of Bill's favorite yellow cake and milk chocolate icing - Good ole Dunkin Hines! It came complete with Ninja Turtle plates! I hope it turned out to be a good birthday as Bill totally deserved it!

The Phantom of the Opera

Friday, Bill and I went to see the Phantom of the Opera at the Houston Hobby center. Bill scored us the best seats in the house - 6th row perfectly center stage seats! I had never experienced the Phantom of the Opera live so it was quite a treat!