Category Archives: Friends

Another exception already…really?

John Ryan and I spent most of yesterday anticipating a very special event!! Some of our favorite two people got married..finally!!!  Stephen and Sara are like our “fun all the time” friends…you know how some people can make any place or activity seem like the coolest thing ever? Well, that’s them, and we love spending time with them!! We knew their wedding would be an event to remember..and it was!! We were mostly excited about the dance party…

Those of you who weren’t at our wedding may not know how exciting dance parties are to JR and I…I mean, we were thinking about it pretty much all day! Our expectations for S & S’s wedding were met and exceeded! All the best dance songs were played and it seemed like everyone participated…which is what makes it so fun! We were SOAKED by the second song and stayed that way until almost 11PM when the festivities were over!! Amazing couple, amazing wedding!!

I was asked to help my dear friend, Avery, with her hair for the wedding (she was a bridesmaid) and while I was there, I managed to do 3 other up-dos! Hair – pretty much my favorite pastime. Who knows, maybe I’ll start up my own business one day…Big Day Stylists…one day.

Now to food….

On Saturday, we made a green smoohie for breakfast…had a yummy salad for lunch…snacked on some nuts…and found ourselves starving by the time the wedding was over…so, we made another exception…I KNOW, but it gets worse!! Not only did we have the coconut curry rice along with the grilled veggies…we also had CAKE!! I just couldn’t pass it up! I’ve seriously been craving chocolate cake since birth and no amount seems to satiate the desire…I saw it, I wanted it, I took it!! I’m pretty sure I could write a Bible study on the dangers of that mentality…but I won’t!!! And it wasn’t just me either, John Ryan had carrot cake…which sounds healthier, but we all know the truth! We could definitely never be completely raw for life, but the changes we have made are still improving our health, so that makes me happy!

Today, Sunday, we had bananas and raw peanut butter for breakfast and another yummy salad, this time with oranges, avocados, and nuts, for lunch….mmmm! Our afternoon snack: broccoli, dried bananas, green beans, and strawberries.  For dinner we enjoyed more snacking: a carrot, green beans, sugar snap peas, broccoli, and an orange!

On Sunday nights, John Ryan an I are leading a super cool group of high schoolers through a book study this summer. The book is Gospel in Life:Grace Changes Everything by Tim Keller. If you haven’t gone through this study yet, make plans to do it soon! It’s an amazingly fresh look at how all things are redeemed through grace and it walks you through what our role, as Christians, truly is within our cities and communities. We’re so excited about doing this study…especially, with THIS group of kids!!

I plan to start posting pictures again soon, once we get some tech things figured out…I promise!!


The Birthday Boy!

The 11th of January was a very special day….it was John Ryan’s birthday!! He’s gettin’ on up there with his now 24 years of experience with life…I’m thinking he’s still got a 0% chance of ever catching up to me, though. Sad, but true!

His birthday fell on a Tuesday this year, the 2nd Tuesday, to be exact….and every second Tuesday we have our YBP (Young Busness Professionals of the Coastal Bend) meeting….so, because of this, I planned to take him out to celebrate on Monday instead.  Being the frugal wife that I am, I searched my wallet for giftcards and found one to one of our favorite restraurants, Thai Cottage (thanks, Katie Kline)!!  Also, we experienced a little bit of drama the last time we went to a movie and, therefore, received two free 3D movie credits!! Call me cheap, but since John Ryan really appreciates this quality of mine, I thought using my noggin to come up with something that wouldn’t cost us might end up being the best gift ever for him!! And….it was!! We had a delicious meal and enjoyed a fun movie (we saw “The Tourist”)…all for about 6 bucks!! Pretty stinkin’ sweet!!

He woke up the next morning to find the kitchen table laden with gifts!! We had coffee with John and Paula while John Ryan opened each of his treasures!! He got everything he wanted!! A new ESV study Bible, a really nice black belt for work, a giftcard to Academy, and an itunes giftcard!! After our YBP meeting that evening, we went over to the Kline’s house for little party! We spent the night playing “What’s your’s like?” (which is actually a really hilarious game)!! We had a great time and made some fun memories! (Mom, you’re influencing me)

PS. Our cat Redbox was taking a nap under some blankets and it was too cute to leave out. Also we are pretty far behind in blogging and hope to get you guys up to date soon!

Maria & Etienne

Once a week Bethany and I have double date with our friends Maria and Etienne Couret. We have some of the greatest times with them. Maria is from Colombia and Etienne is from France. Needless to say, our evenings are full of Spanish, French, and amazing food. Because all of us love to cook so much, we spend the whole evening cooking and don’t even eat till about 9:30. But we love it. Every week we pick a different ethic food to try our hand at. We have done French, Italian, Colombian, and Cajun. It has been amazing every time. Nothing has been a dud.

Last night we made French food again. We had Kir, Blioni with Smoked Salmon, Morocccan Couscous, Rack of Lamb Persillade, and Chocolate Crème brûlée. It was out of this world! Man it was good.
But the best part was spending time with some close friends. Sadly Maria and Etienne are moving to Chicago on August 9th. That is why we have been cooking weekly. We want to soak up as much of them as we can before they leave. We will miss you guys.

All the recipes(except the Crème brûlée) came from Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home by Ina Garten.

Here are some photos from last night.

Party Time!

Wednesday was Doug Kline’s last day of active duty as a Navy instructor pilot. So, we joined him for a celebration party! It was so great! I’ve been trying to get in the habit of taking the camera with us wherever we go (practicing for our big trip!), so we showed up with it but unfortunately didn’t pull it out until we were about to leave…we did snap a few pics before walking out the door, though!

Luke and Lizzy Grant are moving this weekend…very sad!! I’m so glad we got a photo with them before they left!  And I really can’t believe that these are some of the only pics we have with Angi and Steven…