Thursday, October 30, 2008
Matt truly believes that every little thing we do effects the playing ability of the Suns. For instance, if I say, "Wow, Nash has made his last 5 shots" Matt will get really mad at me because apparently I have "jinxed it." One new thing we have added this year is this:
Matt seems to think this is the thing we have been missing all these years. So, look out everyone thanks to Katie and her Suns jersey we are going to get a title this year. Go Suns! We look forward to another exciting season!!!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
1 pound Velveta cheese
1 jar (medium) salsa-LaVictoria with cilantro (Sherry suggests anything without vinegar)
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can Cream Of Mushroom Soup
1 can diced green chilies
1 can sliced olives (optional)
2 shredded chicken breasts (see above recipe)
Combine all ingredients in sauce pan or crock pot and heat and stir until cheese is melted and everything is combined. Serve with chips. Leave in the crock pot on warm setting to keep warm. Stir often to avoid the "Velveeta skin."
Yield: it says 4 servings, but we got a little more
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Here is a picture of the engagement. Matt and I drove up to Vegas where James took Meghan for Valentine's Day, her birthday and their anniversary (all are within a couple days of each other). While they were out at a Cirque de Soleil show Matt and I went up to their room and did this. When they got back he popped the question. I must say we did a pretty good job. I was glad to be a part of it.
And here is the wedding...
Here's me giving my speech. I was so stinkin' nervous!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
We putzed around Mt. Airy for a while then we got lunch at J&P pizza where my friend Kelli was working. J&P is a popular pizza joint in town. I have gotten it almost every time I go back. After lunch where did we go...you guessed it...Jimmie Cone (trip #4). The first time Matt came with me to MD I made the mistake of taking him to Jimmie Cone. He got a chocolate malt and it was love at first sip. All the way up until the day we left Matt has talked about going again. Of course after night 1 Jay was hooked too and it was all down hill from there. They even talked about getting the Jimmie Cone logo tattooed. I intervened! I am pretty sure that everything else we did while in MD took a distant second to Jimmie Cone (at least with Matt and Jay). This time we visited the one in Mt. Airy so now Matt and Jay can say they have visited every Jimmie Cone location in the world (there are only 2).
After Jimmie Cone we went to New Market to do some antique shopping. Old town New Market is lined with buildings from the late 1700's to early 1800's. They are incredible. We got some presents for our moms and Jay got some for his friends. I was also able to get a necklace and earring set from this little shop! Later on, we met up with some of my old friends (Lindsay, Jason and Kelli) at Jason and Kelli's new house. I have known these guys since 2nd grade. Even though we don't get to talk that often we always pick right up where we left off. I actually had not seen them since they were out here for our wedding so it was nice to see them again. Jason and Kelli gave us the grand tour of their new house and then we went for dinner at The Green Turtle. Matt was happy because he could watch the game! Dinner was so much fun and I really liked Jason and Kelli's house. They have done some nice work with it. Here we are at dinner.
I had such a nice time seeing all my friends and family. I told Matt that we may have to make that a yearly trip because 3 years is just too long. Thanks Danielle for staying with Katie and Jack! That is such a huge help and thanks mom for making all the reservations. We had such a blast! I cant wait to go back next year :)
Anyways. The next day (Monday) we set aside to go sightseeing in D.C. with Charlie and Fran. I had not gone and walked the city since 5th grade, Matt had only driven through it and Jay had never been so we figured it would be a good opportunity. We signed up for the Old Town Trolley because they gave you a narrated tour of the city, but you could also get off and go in the buildings. We were really lucky because it was such a beautiful day. I got a ton of pictures. Here are some of the highlights:
Here are some pictures from the Botanical Gardens. None of us had ever been to this display before. It was absolutely beautiful and FREE (well kind of. Our tax dollars pay for it)!
After the monument we went to the White house. This picture is actually the back of it. The front had a big white tarp outside so spectators could not see people coming in and out. Since the whole bailout/economy fiasco I guess there has been a safety issue for government officials. The other picture is the doorbell? Just kidding, I went to push it to see what would happen, but then I got scared because there was a guy on the top of the house with a very large gun. I guess I didn't feel like getting shot...
Because of time we just drove by the Jefferson Memorial, but we made sure to walk up to the Lincoln Memorial. Matt has always wanted to see this in person. Pictures do not do it justice. The man in the picture with the white shirt with the orange fish on it is Charlie. This is my only picture of him:(
While we were waiting for the trolley we heard a whole bunch of sirens. It turns out it was the president and his motorcade. I didn't get a very good picture because they were driving so fast. This is just one of the cars. He had about 4 other cars/motorcycle police surrounding him too. My guess is that he was going to Camp David...
We spent the entire day with Charlie and Fran and didn't get one picture with them :( I guess we have to go back!! After wearing ourselves out from walking all day Matt and Jay decided that we needed some Jimmie Cone (trip #3).
The next day was set aside for visiting family. We got up and went to visit my mom's best friend Terri. We were only able to stay for about an hour and a half, but we had a nice visit. Terri is so funny. She is just like me so I can relate to her neuroticisms (i.e. her "plucky"). I really had a fun time seeing her; its too bad that I don't have a picture to document the occasion. After Terri's we headed to my aunt Tina's house. Tina invited a bunch of family over so we could get to visit with them all. Tina and Amy made a baked ziti and macaroni and cheese lunch for everyone. Carbs and cheese...yum! Of all the days this was one of my favorites because we got to see so many people. I miss my family so much and it was so nice to get together with them all. Here are some pictures.
The other Crooke family. This is my uncle Doug and my cousin Chelsea. The rest of the family was not able to come because they live in VA. I haven't seen Chelsea in some time. I cannot believe how old she is!
The Smith brothers and me...I am not really that short, they are just really tall!
The McChesney Family (minus Tyler...he left before we took pictures). They are like a second family to me. They are just a fun group of people!
Matt with me and the girls. I love these girls. The two older ones were the flower girls in our wedding. They are helping me in my effort to convince Matt that he wants girls when we start having kids :) I think its working because these girls are so sweet!
Later that night we took a special trip to Jimmie Cone (trip #2) with all the kids. It really made me want to live there so I could do that all the time. I am so sad because I forgot to take pictures. This was just such a fun day. Thanks Amy and Tina for getting this together. I cant wait to see everyone again!
This is a really terrible picture of me, but because I was the driver I didn't have any time to clean up after work. Oh well.
We had a really good time at the concert. They did most of my favorite dances:
Mark and Chelsie...loved it every bit as much as the first time I saw it.Joshua and Katie...this one is a classic. I think I liked this one even better the second time around.
Katie and Will...absolutely beautiful (and she didn't stumble so it was perfection this time Adam Shankman;)
There were also solo performances. Josh and Twitch were my favorite because they are stinkin' awesome!! Twitch came out in a cape! I loved it!