Wedding Bands

I told Chelsea that I was looking for wedding bands last night and she decided to do some internet searches to help me. 

What she came across can only be characterized as a gem. 

The band's name is Pooyai and they are led by an extremely talented guy named Ernest who claims he can provide the "WHOLE PACKAGE".

"AND THE BEST – Ernest is also a Christian Wedding Minister. Recently named "RISING STAR of 2012" because of the custom weddings performed! PooYai Band can provide THE WHOLE PACKAGE for your wedding!"

No need to fly Fr. Salas in, we'll just have Ernest do the ceremony too!

The website has some samplings of their song list that I think you should allow your ears the pleasure of hearing. 
My personal favorite is Ernest's rendition of "Ain't Too Proud To Beg".
He's not afraid to make the song his own by talk/singing "symerty" instead of "sympathy". 

What do you think?  Do we have a winner?
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I didn’t know Amy was making e-cards

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Mother’s day pics


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I Hope This Is Our Future

These old people dancing the wobble make me want to buy 3 rooms in a nursing home side by side. We can rent them out until we need them. Longhorn Village?

Sent from my iPhone

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MC Ramirez

Two turn tables and a microphone…

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Pregnancy fun fact

After giving birth your hair will fall out! You will think you are balding. You will contemplate purchasing Rogaine for women… You will SERIOUSLY think about it. You will think that all of the commercials about thinning hair are talking to you. And then it will grow back. You will have wispy wings poking out above your ears, and little strands making your ponytail look messy. You won’t even realize it until your hairdresser explains that you have a ton of new growth in a totally different texture! You thought it was the humidity but your hair is now wavy. How’s that for totally bizarre?

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Bye bye gatti’s


On Friday, I was reading the statesman online I read that Gatti’s… My Gatti’s is closing! I sent a link to Annie and Randy with the subject line: are you f’ing kidding me? All I could think was where will I go when I need to over eat?!?!?

On Saturday this topic came up at breakfast with shun and alison. Alison informed me that chic fil a is going into Gatti’s spot. Well, that sure turned my frown upside down!

On Sunday, my husband, who really gets me (most of the time) suggested we go for one last gorge at the buffet. We took marley for her first and last trip to Gatti’s! I always thought it would be a place that she would love and I was right. Strangers, constant movement, burnt orange walls and the continuous sound of ice filling plastic cups and her favorite food: pizza crust!

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In 1997, I worked for the Dean of Students, a.k.a. the Queen Dean. If the office move before my senior year I noticed a foam hat in the shape of a crab. I asked why the Dean of Students office at The University of Texas had a crab hat not a longhorn hat. Someone explained that if you were having a bad day, you could wear the crab hat as a warning. This person added it was better to take crab hat yourself than to have it given to you. This lesson stuck with me as did an affinity for crab hats.

In 2002 at a work sponsored social event at the Baltimore Orioles game, I purchased a crab hat from a street vendor and wore it the rest of the day. I was not even deterred when some teenagers pointed and said, “She’s got crabs”.

In 2010, I gave the crab hat to my good friend Megan as a reminder of the funnier times in our friendship. The crab hat was the hit of our wedding after party.

In 2012, Grandma Margaret bought Marley an adorable summer crab outfit. She has worn this outfit exactly twice and both times she has been crabby. Which lead me to wonder did she grab the crab herself or was I subconsciously giving it to her?


The Shower Principle

I was watching 30 Rock a few weeks ago and Jack Donaghy was talking about the Shower Principle. I had always been fascinated by the fact that my most amazing (yes, by my standards) ideas came when I was in the bathroom. I feel funniest when I’m in bed (but that’s another story). Well a few years ago I went to the PowerPipeline program through Texas Women’s Leadership and someone was talking about the fact that there are fewer and fewer opportunities for people to think. Silent times where you aren’t listening to TV, radio etc. I realized that the bathroom was the only time my life was quiet enough to hear my own thoughts. Until I watched 30 Rock, I thought it was just me who was brilliant in the bathroom but apparently there’s an entire principle around  this.

Car Time

Taking this a step further, someone at the program mentioned she turned the radio off in her car to help her hear her thoughts. I tried this and loved it and lately, I’ve been trying again. Granted my commute is nothing but the 10 minutes of utter silence between day care and work is amazing. Thinking isn’t the only thing I like to do in the car, hair drying and mascara application are also regular morning activities. In  fact, thanks to the extended shower principle, I came up with a new idea for card companies. The air conditioner should come with a blow dry option. I just need one more vent behind my head to dry the back of my hair.

Two birds, one stone

Commuting while hair drying is just one of the many ways I’m trying to “kill two birds with one stone” on a daily basis. I was thinking about this phrase the other day and it occurred to me that while this is efficient for the person with the slingshot, it must be pretty painful and exhausting for the stone. Sometimes I feel more like the stone than the slingshot operator.


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Last year at Thanksgiving, we had a lot to be thankful for and a lot to be nervous about. We had a positive pregnancy test. Actually we had more like 3 positive pregnancy tests (I wanted to be really sure) and had been to our first ultrasound with Dr. Silverberg. We had both families at our house and I couldn’t think of a better time to tell everyone. Dr. Silverberg had cautioned us that Christmas would be a better time to tell our families as we had not yet hear a heartbeat. So on Thanksgiving with the menfolk on cooking duty, I was upstairs begging Randy via text message to let me tell everyone at dinner. He, ever level-headed, cautioned me that we should really follow “the berg”s advice.

We told our parents first and then told the rest of the family at our Annual Thanksmas celebration with the Tobias’. 


Long before I got pregnant, we signed up for the Warrior Dash with Amy, Clint, Rebecca and Justin. Secretly, I was hoping I would not be able to participate. I got my wish in that we found out I was pregnant the week before the race. I had to come up with a crafty excuse not to run through mud, jump over fire etc because we were telling people yet. This year we all did a much different race together on Marley’s 4 month birthday. Amy, Clint and Justin ran and Rebecca, Randy, Marley and I walked the Lil’ Longhorn 5K benefitting the UT Elementary School Healthy Family Initiative. 




Baby in the Bathroom
One of our favorite games is who’s that baby in the bathroom. It goes something like this:


As you know, Marley Gras is a semi-official nickname for Marley 

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Mom’s Birthday Pictures

This is what will be on mom’s new camera when she gets it on Tuesday…


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