So how about an update?

So, here is what we have been up to the last couple months.

August
We spent a couple days tubing the Guadeloupe River (actually the Comal one day which wasn’t as fun) with some GTO buddies. It was fun to do 2 river days back to back and now that we have tubed the Comal, I can’t say we will ever try it again. The Guadeloupe is just SOOO much better. Natural rapids, less developments around, etc. After a weekend tubing the river, we spent a day or so in San Antonio checking out the Alamo, Natural Bridge Carverns, and the Riverwalk since it had been a while since we were down that way. From San Antonio, we headed towards Galveston (despite tropical storm Edouard hitting the area at the time. We killed some time on the way there at the Spoetzel Brewery where the lovely Shiner beers are brewed. If you have never been, I suggest you take the trip down to Shiner next time you are in the area to check it out. They give you 4 little cups of free beer and the tour is pretty cool too. We spent the rest of the week and weekend in Galveston at BJ and Jim’s beach house on the Bolivar Peninsula soaking up the sun, chilling out, and celebrating with friends. It was great to get away for such a long time and enjoy what would turn out to be probably our last trip to that beach house (thanks alot Ike! We enjoyed that place!!!!) More on that later… Rae and Hugh came back and spent the following weekend with us and we went to a place in Denton and saw a cool old man sing the blues!

During that trip, we “adopted” an addition to our family. With Rae and Hugh heading on a couple month vacation around Central America and then headed to Asia for who knows how long, Rae’s little doggie Darwin (a 7 lb Crested Malt) needed a place to hang while they were out gallivanting all over the world. We of course welcomed him in. So far, he has been a trip! Watching him and Jester play just cracks us up and the way he barks at ANY animal on the TV is always worth a laugh.

Mid-August, I took another trip to Indonesia that I covered while on my way there, so you can read all about that below. Jakarta was quite different than the places I had stayed before in Indonesia, but not different enough… 😀 Traffic is INSANE there!!!!

At the end of August, our friends Doug and Renee had their 3rd child…Cade Carson! We went up to the hospital to visit the day after he was born (since I was flying back in from Indonesia the day he was born). I’m sure he will grow to be just as fun as his siblings!

September
We spent a weekend in Austin and Burnet a couple weeks ago for Sara’s baby shower and Lisa’s birthday. I got to see Byron, who informed me that he and Christy are expecting! We chilled at Sara’s house for the shower while enjoying good food an good company. For Lisa’s birthday we drove into Kingsland to eat at the Junction House. While we were out that direction we drove out to see the Rybaski lake house…not sure if they still live there, but it still looked nice!

Last weekend was Kai’s 1st birthday party (son of our friends Charity and Greg). He got all sorts of cool toys! Ahh to be a kid again!

This coming weekend we are doing the Texas Motor Speedway Laps for Charity again! It is always fun! Hopefully they give a bit more room to stretch the Goat’s legs this time!

In sad news, Hurricane Ike let loose on the Bolivar Peninsula and wiped out much of the area. After scouring the web, I found the aftermath photos of BJ and Jim’s house. It looked like it was still standing, but likely had lots of roof damage and no telling what else. They will head down there once they are allowed to check things out and gather whatever they can salvage. I guess that is always the chance you take when owning Gulf property, I just wish Ike had chose somewhere else! Good luck to them while getting through this.

I am loving that football season is here now, although I know Tasha isn’t nearly as excited. She pretends to like it to humor me…she is a trooper! That’ why I love her! 😀

Well, that’s all I have for now…Hook ’em! and Go Cowboys!

– peeps

He Didn’t Build It, But He Sure Does Own It – National Champs 2005!

In-Vince-able!
In-Vince-able!

HOOK ‘EM! – Vince Young owns the Rose bowl with 2 unbelievable performances in the Grand Daddy of all bowl games!!!!

All the hype was true! An awesome game from start to finish. USC fans may gripe about the touchdown that wasn’t, but they scored on that drive that had the Longhorn intercetion that wasn’t! More to come later!

Wonder if theose Heisman voters are questioning their votes?!?!?

HOOK ‘EM!

– peeps

Tuck your kids in with this!

My mom sent me this in an email. This is the best remake of the Christmas classic….EVER!

T’was the NIGHT OF THE ROSE BOWL

T’was the night of the Rose Bowl…and all through the land,
All the Longhorns were stirring, even the band.
The tickets were purchased for the game, room, and air…
In hopes that “Saint Vincent” would soon be there!!

The fans were tailgating from their truck beds,
While a vision of a championship danced in their heads.
And Bevo in his bridle, and me in my cap…
Had just popped a cold one before the first snap.

When out on the turf there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter!!
My eyes fixed on the tunnel, and the thundering herd;
The roar of the fight song; I sang every word!!
They ran to the end zone, and knelt to their maker…
Giving thanks for TEXAS, and the victory later!!

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear.
Coach Mack in his glory, “THE HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR”!
And our hero from Houston that I haven’t seen since;
I knew in a moment it must be “Saint Vince”!

More rapid than eagles his posse they came…
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name!
Now, THOMAS! Now, TAYLOR! Now, PITTMAN and SWEED!
On, CHARLES! On, GRIFFIN! ROSS, HUFF and McGEE!
To the top of the world for a championship crown!
Now dash away, dash away, to a TEXAS touchdown!

They fought with fury! They fought with might!
They fought like champions on this championship night!
Oh! The bombs they flew, and the holes blew open…
The Longhorns ran the ball just as we were hop’in.
The defense attacked, and oh, they played hard!
Stopping the Trojans, in their own back yard!

Mack’s eyes how they twinkled, his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, the “crystal ball” he did carry!
He embraced his coaches, he embraced his team!
And “The Eyes of TEXAS” we all did sing

A season that will live forever in lore;
COME EARLY, WEAR ORANGE, STAY LATE, once more!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, TEXAS!! HOOK ‘EM HORNS

Hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did! Let’s hope it rings true on the 4th!

Hook ’em!

– peeps

Texas is Rose Bowl Bound for the BCS Championship!

Vince Young Dominating Colorado
Longhorn Celebration
More Vince

With a 70-3 domination of Colorado, Texas gets another trip to the Rose Bowl, but with slightly different implications. Last year it was a chance to show that Texas (and Mack Brown) could win a big game. This year the game will decide the National Championship. USC has to win against UCLA today for the matchup we have been waiting for all year. It should be a great matchup of the top 3 Heisman candidates. Hopefully our defense can figure out a way to stop Reggie Bush and bring home their first National Championship in my lifetime.

Way to Go Horns!!

Hook ‘Em!

Hugh…Shelton?

These Fox Sports Southwest announcers suck!

Who is Hugh Charles?
Who is Henry Shelton?

I understand mistakes, but one of those yahoos screwed up the names of Jamaal Charles and Henry Melton at least 4 times each!

Go Horns! Way to spank Baylor!

– peeps

Redemption, Retribution, and Domination

Bevo
Ramonce Taylor

Such a sweet, sweet victory, even against a down OU team. Greg Davis had a decent offensive game plan for a change and Brown kept Selvin Young out of the game when it mattered (after yet another fumble of his…did I mention I hate this guy?).

I really feel for OU fans. Other than Peterson and a decent defense, I have not seen anything special about this team. Maybe Rhett Bomar ill develop in a couple years, but he certainly did not impress me. Looks like OU might have a born loser like Sissy Chrimms…I mean Chris Simms.

It sure feels good to have the tide turning.

Photos from mackbrown-texasfootball.com and ESPN.

– peeps