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Update on goals and life

WOW! Is all I can say about August!! Sorry it has been so very long since I have posted.  Life has not slowed down for one second the past few weeks, I mean this in all seriousness! I feel bad for not catching up with friends back in town, but we have

So what have I been up to? Anything and everything possible!

We worked on getting settled into our new home… I finally got everything put away that was mine. Aaron still has some work to do, but he hasn’t sat down one second either so I have not gotten onto him by any means.

As soon as we were situated in our house, we started to get the area suitable for our sheep.  This entailed putting in 240 t-posts for a new fence that we were/are putting up.  Not even kidding when I say we have been getting up and going to work and then rushing home to work on fence and sheep until dark.  A couple of Aaron’s wool kids have been hired to help. Thank goodness for them it has come  along way.  Two people working on 3/4 mile of fence just isn’t enough.  I have to send out a shout out of thanks to Dustin and Bailey Jo for working until 10:30 one night helping us to paint brand our donors and recip ewes… yes this was outside in the pasture/corral.  We ended up working by the light of our iPhone flashlights!! There just are not enough hours in the day with working full time and getting the sheep where we need them :-(!! Thanks guys for the help!

For my job as the events coordinator at the Law School I put on a three day orientation for the first year law school students. I literally had brusied feet by the end of the first day from running from one end of the building and back to keep things going.  I did everything behind the scenes, which was okay with me.  My boss did an AMAZING job up on the stage and the first year students seemed to really enjoy it. We had a lot of fun, food, orienting going on, and sponsors to keep on track. I learned a lot from this event, but life at work did not slow down there…

The bunnies were temporarily allowed to live in our backyard, we are dogsitting this weekend so they are back in the hutch.  They make me laugh sooo much.  They literally would sprint from one end of the yard to the other.  I think they were surprised their little legs still worked after being in a hutch just about their whole lives! Here is Mopsy enjoying the greens (the closed eyes and paw holding the stalk just kills me, she is in heaven!):

A couple of Aaron’s friends from A&M stopped by on their way through from California.  We hosted them and had fun, but I did not get caught up on sleep… actually I ended up worse than when the weekend started. I love visiting but 3a.m. is wayyyy too late to stay up for this ol’ girl. 

Then we had our faculty and staff welcome dinner at Cagle’s Steakhouse.  It was delicious AND gluten free.  Small world, the owner of Cagle’s came and talked to me for a very long time and long story short- Aaron and I met while working for Elanco Animal Health… and the owner of Cagle’s worked for Elanco years ago! Agriculture really is a small world!

The next evening we had our first year student reception in the Jone’s AT&T stadium. 

I arranged a sweet deal for our guests, I had the stadium unlock two suites so that students could watch the Texas Tech football team practice! SWEET!! I might have been a little excited also! 😉

Aaron unfortunately missed out on all of the evening events because he was building fence 😦 😦 I completely understood and just wanted the fence done so we could have our life back…

This past weekend we had more company. Another of Aaron’s friends was judging a sheep show in Lubbock on Saturday.  You actually might remember seeing this good looking couple at our Rehearsal Dinner:

We had a great time visiting on Friday evening.  Last time they came up Aaron was on his Walk to Emmaus and they were stuck with just me to entertain them.  Poor souls I know ;-). Jake, Lauren, and Aaron took off Sat. morning for the show and I went back to the Law School to host another event.  After the event was over with I took Lauren around to shop in Lubbock. This was the first time I had been shopping in AGES! Then we all met back at home to regroup and then came back into Lubbock for dinner at Las Brisas… YUMMO! Unfortunately they had to leave Sunday morning… cannot wait until they are closer and we can go visit them! It made for a really fun weekend and the first time we didn’t work on the fence until dark since we started.

We are still working on the fence in the evenings.  I felt bad, we were the first ones to leave Life Group this Wednesday night.  We had to get all of the sheep in for the sheep shearer.  We ran around the pasture in the dark and such until about 10:45p.m. and then brought a load of them up to the barn.  Last night when I got home it was a VERY welcome sight though to see sheep up by the house. I am getting used to this life and feel blessed to have this opportunity… Aaron and I are both exhausted and looking forward to this weekend. We do not have anything but fence building and sheep work planned BUT with not having to go to work for three days I have faith that we can get a lot accomplished.  If anyone wants to come help you are more than welcome to 😉 jk I would not subject you to that. You could come see some of our animals and new family members though…

Aaron LOVES all of the toads around our house… there are a lot. Almost every night when we wrapped things up, these guys would greet us as we went into the house.

Aaron also was very thankful to have found this guy on the side of the road. Can’t you see how excited this little boy my husband is after I said he could keep him?

AND… just so you know- Aaron is sooo proud of all of our animals and such. For his PowerPoint for his first day of teaching he had a whole slide dedicated to Introductions of our animals. Haha it made me laugh, my husband is still a little kid at heart. Probably the reason why is he so good at teaching and connecting with freshmen students :-)!

Soooo you might ask how my goals are coming…

I have gotten a TON of sheepercises in.  I have lost FOUR pounds as a result of literally working morning to night. The only dessert I have had is the one bowl of homemade ice cream that Aaron made.  I am too tired to even think about eating more than what a typical meal is so I have not worried about it.

I have talked to my family a little more than normal while I am driving back and forth from work.  I talked to my Grandma Fry yesterday and she was sooo excited to hear that I am going to be back in Indiana next weekend for Leslie’s wedding. Sadly though I don’t have vacation days so I will only be there for the wedding, rehearsal dinner and then Sunday morning.  I will make sure to stop on my way to the airport though to see all of my grandparents. My Mom told me when Grandpa Fry heard I was going to be back that he wanted to grill out ribeyes and have a celebration.  It broke my heart because I won’t be there for a dinner to be able to do that. I miss my family sooo much! I did get all of the antique Fiesta that my grandparents gave me from their 71 years of marriage put into my pie safe:

Grandma was very excited to hear that we were enjoying it.  I have a LOT of things in my home from my family and it makes me smile to be surrounded by such nice things! My Grandpa White made me a lot of furniture growing up and we are happy to have it in our home.

I just need to do a HOME post for you guys so you can see everything!

Anyway, that is all I will bore you with for now… I will leave you with a snapshot of a sunset that I took while we were building fence.

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Another day in the life…

This morning started of with a trip to one of our friend’s garden. They are out of town and told us to help ourselves, otherwise the rabbits and bugs would. We picked some tomatoes and zucchini! 🙂 can’t wait to eat them! Fresh produce from the garden is the best!

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Aaron getting his picking on!

He is excited for all of the sweet corn that has been planted. His sister makes fun of us midwesterners for eating corn all the time, but sweet corn from the garden is pretty much the cat’s meow on a hot summer day… And all my fellow midwesterners holler 😉

On our way to look at some of the sheep we had sold Aaron got a call from Dr. Ramsey to tell us that A sheep we sold to them had won Reserve Champion Southdown at the Belt Buckle Bonanza this morning. We were excited to hear the good news! Congrats to the Ramsey Family and thanks for letting us know. Great start to the day.

After looking at sheep we stopped at a Mexican restaurant in Seminole for lunch.

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Gluten free chicken tacos for me 🙂 added bonus that I was not expecting was some guacamole was on my taco. Yumm-o!!

Now, believe it or not we are off to pick up some wethers to turn into teaser bucks for our embryo program. It is quite the process and a lot of work to do an embryo program with our sheep, but definitely worth it!

Enjoying our day together… Thankful to not be traveling like a crazy woman this weekend!! Hope yours is going well! Praying for rain and lower temps across the country!!!

Sheep Weekend

Sorry for again a lag in posting.

I finally received my corrections back from the graduate school… and was busy making changes and edits. Thankfully I did not have too many, but nonetheless the formatting portion always takes a lot of patience and time. WHEW

This past weekend we ended up selling 19 head of lambs in Aaron’s family sale. A HUGE thank you to Gabe for all of his help with lambing out, taking care of, sorting, and helping prepare all of the lambs and most of all for SHOWING all of them. Poor guy had the workout of a lifetime bracing up all the lambs to people before the show and then showing all 45 lambs that were sold on the huge hay bail sale day. 🙂 Thank you also to the rest of the crew and Aaron’s family. I know a lot of work went into preparing the lambs, food, and everything else.

I cannot wait to see how the lambs turn out, we have gotten to be really close with a few our the families that buy our sheep. It makes going to look at lambs and check on them kind of like a fun outing for me. I get to catch up with the ladies of the respective households, have fun with the kids, and listen to Aaron give advice or feedback on how the lambs look. We lead a very exciting life and will drive on our free evenings to visit the families who purchase our lambs… well it is exciting to us!

This past year at San Angelo

This past year at San Angelo, one of our lambs won the light weight class. Jayden did a great job showing and he was a HUGE help at the sale this year… he helped me grab and pass lambs up to the sale block and helped load out lambs. His Dad bought a few of our lambs, so we are looking forward to another successful year with them :-).

Between all of the prep work for the sale, I did enjoy a couple bowls of ice cream and have to admit that Pecan Pralines n’ Cream Blue Bell might just have taken a first place rating above Homemade Vanilla.

I had never tried pralines n’ cream, but growing up my Dad always ate another brand of the same flavor. Upon trying this stuff I was addicted… but did not allow myself to splurge too much. Only 2 bowls of ice cream total the whole weekend… that’s major self control for me!I would still eat this in a heart beat though… 😉

I did consume things other than ice cream… like gluten free meat loaf made with just hamburger and eggs  and then the ketchupy mixture on top, brisket, chicken fajitas, and gluten free Cinnamon Raisin bread (I forget the brand, terrible blogger I know!).

I was EXHAUSTED after this weekend and we left about 5pm last night… after I rushed Aaron to get on the road. (He told me all about how I rushed him and he was not happy… hey I didn’t want to get back really late what’s a girl to do?) WELL… I drove while Aaron wrote a paper that was due first thing this morning… another reason why it was good we got on the road early! We were about 1.5 hours away when the Millers text about hail in Lubbock. Fifteen minutes later they warned us of tornadoes… so we hopped out really quick and grabbed some food at the grocery store for a quick snack to sub in for dinner and headed west to go to Brownfield and stay with the Millers. Looking at the radar we would have driven straight through the baseball sized hail and possibly some tornadoes! EEEEK. They saved us for sure and we were very thankful!

Today’s been a crazy busy day of work and school, we are off to look at a house at 5 and then grab dinner and head to pre-marital counseling. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Fort Worth weekend

Just wanted to do a quick recap of my weekend- it was fast and fun and I cannot believe it’s a new week already!

After driving on Friday afternoon/evening we ate at Del Friscos as I had previously mentioned. When I spoke with the server he said they could accommodate my gluten allergy easily. Long story short I had a filet, asparagus, some crab and blue bell ice cream for dessert and was perfectly healthy and my tummy was full as can be!

Side note: when I gave the server a hard time about bringing me the rest of the blue bell he said that it was a special flavor just made for Del Friscos– blah it was homemade vanilla, believe me I have had so much of it I can recognize it with one bite! Just made me laugh!

Saturday morning I was overwhelmed with options, but that was the great part! Heather had bought me gluten free cereal, gluten free cinnamon raisin bread and I had brought some of my gluten free oats.

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The bread was such a treat, I warmed a couple slices up in the microwave and enjoyed bread for the first time since I spent New Years at the Jennings. I typically do not buy a lot of gluten free breads and such, but it was such a treat and this brand was moist and delicious with just enough raisins! Heather was too sweet to be prepared for me! 🙂

We soon headed to the show and watched for a while. Around lunch time Heather, Matt, Mrs Jennings and I went to Sweet Tomato– a salad and soup venue that was amazing! For $8.99 you could load up on salad, soup, lots of pastries (non gluten free), sweet potatoes, potatoes, veggies, fruit, and last but NoT least FROZEN YOGURT!!

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I fully indulged and tried some great couscous and had a sweet tater (my fav) and salad with some great toppings. I forgot to take a pic of the fro yo I ate, but let’s just say I might have had triple the serving I should have. I highly suggest Sweet Tomato for lunch, lots of options and a sweet treat is included!

Heather and I then went back to our favorite little boutique in the area and she showed me the dresser she is wanting to add to their cute home, a nice break from standing on the cement watching the show.

Sunday was a blur of fighting for a place to watch the show.

After the show we headed to Menchies to celebrate Millers success.

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I don’t have any pics of Gabe showing as it is “bad luck” to take pics.

Heather and I enjoyed a round of fro yo before the Millers arrived.

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Hard to believe we are already back in Lubbock, but we had a great weekend with friends and Aarons family.

Happy Monday everyone!!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Gone half crazy again… San Antonio style

It is official, I have not even ran a half of a half marathon for my training for the Dallas Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in March… and I have already signed up for my second half marathon!!!

 

This one is the San Antonio Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in November!

With the code GEARBUZZ I was able to Get $10 off of my registration fee… and you can too before January 31st! This was the real reason that I went ahead and registered. I know it is not that much money in the long run, but anything saved makes me happy.

Soooo if you are thinking about signing up do it soon 🙂

 

With our Dallas entry 🙂

I am excited to  continue training for Dallas, I am running SEVEN miles tomorrow morning with Corey before I head out to Fort Worth with our good friends, the Millers. I sometimes wonder why they subject themselves to us weekend after weekend, but I am thankful that they do!

 

While in Fort Worth we will stay with Aaron’s sister and brother in-law and get to see his brother show at the Fort Worth Stock Show. Saying a prayer for a successful weekend and I will NOT be taking my camera into the show with me… there is a major superstition that this is bad luck and I will not allow myself to be the blame for this.

I am excited for the weekend, I have not seen Heather and Matt since we stayed with them in October when Aaron judged the State Fair of Texas Breeding Sheep Show. Heather is a great cook and hostess and she has already asked me about a few items being gluten free or not, whether we eat in or out I know we will have fun catching up and talking some wedding 🙂

Previous South Plains Show

Safe travels to everyone this weekend and hope to have some time to blog and give you all some updates on our trip!