Friday, March 30, 2012

Happy Friday!

Warning, pictures of the pups overload!

Today started as a happy Friday for Bella and Samson when they had the lake all to themselves!

Samson is addicted to his ball and Bella is addicted to the bumper!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Andy Pandy!

Andy is the best brother-in-law I could ask for. 

Michael and I started dating my sophomore year in high school so we spent a lot of time with each others family the first few years of our relationship. During this time I basically gained a brother.

We have traveled to a bunch of places together and always have a good time.

Andy is a freshman at the best university ever, Texas A&M, so we get to see him a bunch since Michael is working on his graduate degree there too. 

He started volunteering with Breakaway on campus. It is a non-denominational, weekly Bible study on campus that he helps with set up and take down of the electronic equipment. We went with him last week!

Both the Neisch boys are obsessed with their aquariums so luckily for me I do not get dragged into their nonsense and they have each other to keep this hobby alive haha. 

Andy is our personal dog sitter. And man do the pups love him! We are lucky he loves them too or this would be a bad combo.

We do not know what our life will be like without seeing him multiple times a week. We love you Andy!

(Told you I would make it up to you!)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Catch Up - AGAIN!

Oh blogging, why is it so difficult for me to blog these days?!?!! I think about blogging and that I am going to do it that night and then that night ends and the blogging dilemma continues. I will say that this ends now, but who knows what the next few nights will bring. 

What has been going on in our lives….

We started watching this new tv series, Frozen Planet. It is just like Planet Earth and completely fascinating! I love nature and it blows my mind what they are able to capture for us to see. The whole time I drive Michael crazy because I keep saying “How is this possible?!?”, “This is amazing!”, “I can’t believe they were able to film this” and tons more things that he just ignores. So if you have not seen an episode you should, it is a short series that will amaze you! 

We have been going to the lake most evenings with the pups! It has been in the mid to high 80s in the afternoons so we have only been walking with them instead of running. It has been nice to spend time (the 4 of us) chatting about our day and watching the dogs play and swim while walking along the levee/trails. The lake is 7 miles from our house so going to the lake in the evenings to un-wind is perfect! Then we come home and make a healthy dinner! We have changed our diet and are feeling much better and have a lot more energy. A great change!

Michael has been working like a crazy man to finish his research for his thesis. The third time is the charm and everything is working itself out. He has a deadline and will be done before it! YAY! I am so proud of him and how hard he is working! I am lucky to be this mans wife! He has been applying to a few more jobs and praying that one will work out for us. God has a plan for us and we are waiting for Him to show us what is next!

We got the new iPad and I LOVE IT! We had gotten a Kindle Fire but I did not like it and became pretty insistent that I wanted to get an iPad instead. So we sold the Fire and got what I always wanted! It is our first apple product besides my phone and it is all I ever wanted! The HD screen is amazing and playing Draw Something is easy with a big screen! 

This past weekend we went out shooting with our Sunday school class from church. It was lots of fun to spend time with great people and watch Michael kick some clay pigeon butt! The ranch we went to was about 20 miles outside College Station and the drive was beautiful! For those of you who have not seen Texas in the spring with wildflowers around every corner, you have to! It is beautiful!

We saw Hunger Games on Friday and we liked it! I did not read the book, of course, but Michael did. I am not addicted and will not be reading book 2, but I will watch the rest of the movies when they come out. 

Tonight is a pretty calm night around our house. It is storming outside which is my favorite type of weather! It makes all of us really sleepy and relaxed so this is what is going on at my house tonight.

Bella doing what she does best! And look at Samson in the back. Aww!

Can I help you?

No more pictures mom!

And more chewing!

Sleepy girl

I will try my best to keep up with blogging! I promise!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Where have I been?!?!

Oh my! It is March! Time sure seems to be flying by and I can’t seem to stay on top of blogging. Hopefully that will change this month!

A little catch up time. Warning, this will be a wordy and not many pictures post.

We went back to Colorado over Valentines weekend! It was perfect. The snow was better than I could have imagined, I have to live here!!

We flew into Houston on Wednesday morning and got back to real life for two days before going back to Houston to watch my little sister swim at her conference meet. She did great!! She went a best time in everything she swam. It was so fun to watch her swim so well!

I also was a tag along with Michael and his brother to a fish store in downtown Houston. Michael has now gotten Andy into his hobby so we have many fish tanks in the Neisch households. I won’t lie, the fish store was actually a little fun!

The next weekend we went to Round Rock and spent time with friends. Michael’s best friends fiancĂ© was playing a double header in softball so we found our way to Belton and spent the day going to Mary Hardin-Baylor sporting events and eating local food. It was a fun day and a great weekend. We also celebrated my mother’s birthday! Her birthday was actually this past Friday, but we celebrated it early. We used her new green egg and bar-b-q’ed an amazing prime rib. I think my mom is a professional prime rib cooker and this new way makes it a lot easier and a lot quicker for my mom. Sadly no pictures of the delicious dinner we had.

This past weekend was our first calm weekend in over a month! In the past month we have gotten like 20 inches of rain so the grass is green and growing like crazy!! Literally the dogs could be in the backyard and they would not be able to see each other. Bella loved this because she could sneak up on Samson and then bolt away. So Michael cut the front and backyard grass and the pups watched their jungle disappear. We spent the rest of the weekend relaxing and going to the lake! We met a great dane named Hank that was literally bigger than me at the lake on Sunday. He weighed more than me and would have towered over me if he stood on his two legs. Samson could care less about Hank, he just wanted his ball thrown over and over, but Bella pretended that she could take him. Hank seemed to love playing with the brownies so maybe we will see him again! It was such a nice relaxing weekend!

What is new with us:

Michael and I have started running together. I love it! The only bad thing is my stride is shorter than Michael's and he wants to run with me so I slow him down. Maybe as I get into better shape it won’t be as bad, but right now I know I am slowing him down. We are running in the mornings before work till daylight savings time this weekend and then we are switching to running in the evenings after work with the dogs. We have gone 3 times now and can already tell a little difference with the dogs being a little less crazy in the evenings, and we will take all the less crazy we can get, especially from Ms. Bella.

Michael started applying for jobs!!! When we got home from Colorado Michael started tweeking his resume to get it up to date and started the job search. The plan is (hopefully the plan is haha) finish his thesis research by April 22nd to turn in his results for a conference he is presenting at. Write his thesis and defend by June and walk in August. Once he finishes his research he can basically get a full time job since all he will have left is writing. We are hoping he can start a job at the beginning on June :]

We started a couples bible study with a mentor couple from our Sunday school class going through the book of Mark. We are loving it and loving getting to know some more couples!

We have making tons of new recipes thanks to Pinterest and loving all of them. Explains why we have to run now haha.

That is basically a quick overview of what has been going on in our lives.

I know I said it was going to be a wordy post so if you read this far, sorry about that.