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Alex’s Creighton Graduation

This past weekend, my little brother graduated from college. I know, I’m still trying to wrap my head around this as well. This kid…

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

…is now a college graduate. Pretty awesome, right?

Alex completed his undergrad degree at Creighton University in Omaha. So last Friday morning, Chip and I flew out to Nebraska to join my parents and grandmother as we got ready to celebrate my brother. We spent a lot of time hanging out together Friday afternoon before having a belated Mother’s Day dinner that evening. We went to 801 Chophouse for dinner and thanks to our awesome waiter Lloyd, we ate like kings. I’m talking appetizers of crab cakes, mussels, lobster corn dogs (yes, you read that right and, yes, they were delicious), and a shrimp cocktail. Juicy steak and salmon for dinner. A side of wonderful macaroni and cheese. Different desserts of creme brulee, carrot cake, and chocolate souffle. Needless to say, my pencil skirt was feeling a little tight by the time we left!

The beginning to a great dinner

The beginning to a great dinner

Corn dogs have never looked so classy

Corn dogs have never looked so classy

I have a serious love for mac n cheese

I have a serious love for mac n cheese

At dinner on Friday

At dinner on Friday

Old Market

Old Market

After dinner, we felt the need to walk around a bit to help keep us from going into a food coma, so we drove over to Old Market. Old Market is probably one of the things I will miss most about Omaha. It reminds me of a more vintage Quarry and I love how different the stores and restaurants are. There’s one boutique my mom and I have loved going to over the years, so we had to go one last time for old time’s sake.

Once we left Old Market, Alex wanted us to all go to Krug Park for drinks with some of his friends and their families. It was pretty fun watching all of the guys and their dads interact together.

Manly men

Manly men

Saturday was graduation day. We let Alex do his own thing in the morning, so while Chip studied and my dad had breakfast with my grandma, my mom and I decided to go for a walk at a nearby park. I’m so very grateful for the one-on-one time I get with my mom since it doesn’t happen as often as I would like! The weather was great and we enjoyed being outside together, seeing some ducks along our walk.

Out for a walk

Out for a walk

Quack quack

Quack quack

We then made our way back to the hotel to get ready for graduation. The ceremony didn’t start until 1:00, but my parents wanted to make sure we got good seats, which means we walked in to the CenturyLink Center around 11:30.

With Chip before the graduation ceremony

With Chip before the graduation ceremony

I sadly don’t remember a whole lot from my Trinity graduation four years ago, but I thought the Creighton graduation was great. Each speaker did a great job and I was so impressed at how smoothly they called everyone up!

Alex walking in to graduation

Alex walking in to graduation

Creighton graduation

Creighton graduation

After graduation!

After graduation!

Two thumbs up for the college grad

Two thumbs up for the college grad

My dad and I were dressed like twinsies (kind of). This was our first attempt at taking a picture together.

My dad and I were dressed like twinsies (kind of). This was our first attempt at taking a picture together.

There we go, Lopez

There we go, Lopez

My grandma and mom with Alex

My grandma and mom with Alex

Love these guys

Love these guys

After we took the pictures above, we drove to Creighton’s campus for a few last pictures. Creighton’s campus is absolutely beautiful, check it out in the pictures below.

Happy parents

Happy parents

Good work, buddy

Good work, buddy

Proud family

Proud family

By the time we finished pictures, we were all pretty hungry so we made our way to dinner at Fleming’s. Once we ordered our food, we had Alex take some time to open all his graduation gifts. Once we ate and were getting ready to order dessert, Alex’s roommate Brandon joined us followed shortly by Teresa.

Sunday was a busy day. Alex had to be out of his dorms around 11:30 and like a good Lopez man, he still had most of his packing to do as of Sunday morning. My mom and grandma were helping him pack up his clothes and clean while my dad got the U-haul that they would be taking to Colorado on Tuesday. Soon, my dad, Chip, and I started making trips from the dorm across the street  to the U-Haul to get everything loaded up. And while Saturday had been a beautiful sunny day, we were dealing with some light rain on Sunday. Gross. Not my preferred type of weather while moving. We cut it pretty close, but Alex was ready to check out during his assigned time slot. He turned in his keys and left Creighton behind him!

Moving Alex’s stuff definitely brought out my appetite (and let’s be real, with that comes a level of crankiness) so we all went to Chipotle together before Chip and I flew back to San Antonio in the afternoon.

I’m so thankful that we were able to spend this weekend with my brother. Alex, I’m so proud of your hard work and am so excited for all that lies ahead of you! Now go kick some butt in Denver ;)

Riley and Becca’s Wedding in Nashville

Chip and Riley have been friends for a while now. Riley was actually the best man at our wedding two years ago. They became friends sophomore year at Trinity and were roommates in an apartment together with two other good friends, Will and Jeff, senior year. These four guys are all pretty awesome. We have lots of memories hanging out together in their less than glamorous apartment in New England Village, complete with walks to Panchito’s for queso and margaritas.

After completing the Masters in Education program at Trinity, Riley went down to Honduras with Mission Lazarus. While there, he met this awesome girl named Becca. Over the course of the last year, we’ve been able to spend some time with her and have to admit, we’re a big fan of her. She’s so very sweet and has such a loving heart. A couple of weekends ago, Riley and Becca got married on a beautiful sunny day in Tennessee.

Chip and I decided to drive to Tennessee with the NEV guys instead of flying for the wedding. After some pretty entertaining email chains to figure out the carpooling, we all decided to meet in Dallas, where Will and Katie live, and then drive together to Nashville from there. We spent Wednesday night at their house and got to an early start on Thursday in our rented minivan complete with a dozen cup holders and DVD player. Nicely done, soccer moms.

On the road to Dallas

On the road to Dallas

Six adults in a minivan

Six adults in a minivan

Backseat buddies

Backseat buddies

We got into Nashville sometime around 8:00pm on Thursday and after checking in at our hotel, we all went to Broadway Brewhouse for drinks. Friday morning, we went and had a great breakfast at a place called Fido. I knew I was going to like this place based on their cute name and all of the dog pictures they had. Put dogs somewhere in your business = I’m a fan. After breakfast, we met back at the hotel before heading out to get the guys’ suits for the wedding. Had to make sure those boys look pretty ;)

Breakfast at Fido's

Breakfast at Fido

Picking up their suits

Picking up their suits

Looking good, boys

Looking good, boys

We then had some barbecue for lunch and drove over to Riley’s house to pick up “a few” things to set up out at Owen Farm for the wedding. It was definitely more than a few things! We were laughing as we practically emptied Riley’s house and filled two sedans, our minivan, and Riley’s truck bed full of wedding decorations. Now the weather had been a bit patchy on Friday. It was raining while we were at breakfast, cleared up while picking up the suits, and was feeling a bit muggy while we loaded up the cars. We drove out to the farm in Chapmansboro with minimal rain, but once we started unloading everything into the barn and bar/dance floor space, it started to pour. The weather just wasn’t on board with the scheduled activities Friday! The rain eventually stopped for a half hour or so, so the bridal party was still able to have a quick rehearsal, but the setting up got pushed to Saturday morning. After leaving the farm, we drove back into Nashville for a great rehearsal dinner, complete with cute videos made my Riley’s sister and the photographer as well as two sweet speeches from Becca’s dad as well ast Riley’s dad.

"You know it's going to be good when there are flying pigs"

“You know it’s going to be good when there are flying pigs”

Playing football at Riley's

Playing football at Riley’s

Loading up Riley's truck

Loading up Riley’s truck

Beautiful drive to Owen Farm

Beautiful drive to Owen Farm

Waiting for the rain to pass

Waiting for the rain to pass

With Chip at the rehearsal dinner

With Chip at the rehearsal dinner

Cheers to Riley and Becca!

Cheers to Riley and Becca!

On Saturday morning, while all the groomsmen got ready and helped set everything (shout out to Page and Kelsey as well!), Jeff, Megan, Katie, and I went out to Loveless Cafe for breakfast. A good friend of mine recommended this place and used to work for a radio show that aired from the barn there. There was a bit of a wait for our table, but we spent it doing some quality people watching. While my omelet wasn’t phenomenal, the biscuits were amazing. Not entirely sure how many I had. Oops.

Waiting for breakfast

Waiting for breakfast

People watching at Loveless Cafe

People watching at Loveless Cafe

As rainy as Friday was, Saturday afternoon couldn’t have been any different. It was a sunny, clear day with a light breeze. Perfect weather for an outdoor wedding. Everything looked so beautiful and the ceremony was one of the sweetest I’ve ever been to. Every piece of the ceremony was so intentional and I admire all the work and thought Riley and Becca put into this very special day. I loved the door that hid Becca from view until she walked down the aisle. Daniel Player chose so many amazing Scripture verses that speak about marriage. Riley and Becca wrote the sweetest vows. The ceremony included them having communion with their parents. It was all so beautiful and definitely had me shedding a few tears!

After the ceremony, it was time to celebrate. We had a great time stomping our feet to Mumford’s “I Will Wait for You,” singing (read: screaming) to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” shuffling to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” and full on dancing to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” We ended the evening with more dancing and Oreos courtesy of Riley’s grooms cake.

Riley and Becca, we love you guys so much, thanks for letting us celebrate this big day with you and your families!!

With Megan before the wedding

With Megan before the wedding

Beautiful ceremony site

Beautiful ceremony site

Riley's adorable nieces

Riley’s adorable nieces

The Currys are one of the most loving families I know

The Currys are one of the most loving families I know

Such a beautiful bride!

Such a beautiful bride!

They're married!!

They’re married!!

Riley's signature fist pump

Riley’s signature fist pump

With Chip after the ceremony

With Chip after the ceremony

Love this guy

Love this guy

Those NEV boys did a good job

Those NEV boys did a good job

The NEV Wives Club

The NEV Wives Club

Beautiful reception

Sunny reception

Shout out to Reid for the beautiful hand-written notes with the weekend's itinerary ;)

Shout out to Reid for the awesome hand-written notes with the weekend’s itinerary ;)

More on our two year anniversary

This past weekend, our friends Riley and Becca got married in Tennessee. We were so excited to celebrate their love and spend time with so many friends. I’ll be posting about that fun weekend in Nashville soon, so stay tuned! Having just celebrated our two year anniversary last week, it was so great to hear once again what the Bible says about marriage during Riley and Becca’s ceremony.

Our marriage is a covenant made between Chip and myself and our Father in Heaven. I am so thankful to be married to a man that finds this covenant incredibly important and am grateful for how committed Chip is to making sure we never forget to rely on Christ everyday, regardless of how easy or hard life is. Marriage is a wonderful gift that challenges us to be selfless and serve each other and I am so glad I get to share it with this guy.

As a quick follow up to my last post on our anniversary, here are a few pictures from the day.

Chip was super sweet and dropped off a huge flower arrangement at Bromley for me to enjoy at work all day. It made my desk smell amazing and it was pretty fun trying to figure out how to get these flowers home.

Flowers from Chip

Flowers from Chip

Flowers

Flowers

We went to Piatti for dinner and had a nice meal together. With Chip’s study schedule, we don’t always get a whole lot of time together right now, so it was great to just slow down and talk and laugh without having to worry about finishing dinner in time for Chip’s evening study session (thanks for taking the night off of studying!). We also brought a bottle of wine from our trip to Fredericksburg last year for our first anniversary. We are definitely going to have to get this wine again!! So. Good. The food was pretty tasty and our waiter did a great job taking care of us. Once he found out it was our anniversary, he covered our corkage fee for us and even gave us an extra dessert (thanks!!)

Wine from Pedernales with dinner

Wine from Pedernales with dinner

Celebrating two years!

Celebrating two years!

After dinner, we spent a little bit of time at Barnes & Noble looking at travel books. We’ve always wanted to travel more together, so we’re going to try to go to San Francisco and Napa sometime in the fall as a belated anniversary gift. Can’t wait!!

Planning for fall 2013!

Planning for fall 2013!

Two year anniversary

Today is our two year anniversary… hooray! After the learning curve of our first year of marriage, I feel like we’ve grown a lot this past year, both as a couple as well as individually. I am so thankful for all that we continue to learn from each other, from family, from close friends, and from the community in Redeemer. All of you may not realize it, but you really do have an impact on our lives and we are so thankful for each of you.

Thanks, Chip, for being such a great husband to me. For always making me laugh. For serving together. For encouraging me to experiment with different recipes. For spoiling Wrigley. For being a pro at mowing the lawn. For being my voice of reason and biggest supporter. For being my best friend. Here’s to many more years to come!

Took a trip to Colorado

During our trip to Colorado last summer

One of this year's Christmas pictures

One of this year’s Christmas pictures

May 7, 2011

May 7, 2011

 

Brunch at the Boiler House

As I mentioned in one of my last posts, Haley and I had an awesome brunch at the Boiler House last Saturday. We had been wanting to go to brunch for a while now so we made the decision that Saturday would be the day. Our only criteria was that they would serve (cheap) mimosas. What can I say, we’re two classy gals. After doing some research online and talking to some food guru friends, we decided to go to the Boiler House in the Pearl Brewery. It also helped that Chip had won a $50 gift card there and kindly offered it to us (what a sweet husband).

Kicking brunch off right

Kicking brunch off right

I don’t mean to brag or anything, but Haley and I dominated that brunch. We took full advantage of our gift card and ordered three different plates to split. The menu at the Boiler House is pretty awesome and we actually had a little difficulty narrowing down our choices to just three (where’s a sampler plate when you need it?). In the end we chose the Bacon Benedict, the Mac & Egg, and the Chocolate-Espresso Pancakes. As you can see, we were pros and made sure we ordered different kinds of food from hearty to sweet. Here’s what the spread looked like:

We take brunch seriously

We take brunch seriously

Chocolate espresso pancakes, anyone?

Chocolate espresso pancakes, anyone?

The next time I go to the Boiler House and eat just one plate like a normal person, it will definitely be the Bacon Benedict. I’m getting hungry now just thinking about it. The Mac & Egg was really good, too, but I would prefer it with just one poached egg instead of two (it got a little too runny about halfway through). The pancakes were tasty and also came with some jalapeno sausage, but it wasn’t as sweet as we were expecting; not sure what that says about us.

So thankful for a great morning with Haley

So thankful for a great morning with Haley

We came in right at $49.80 (#winning) and spent the rest of the morning/early afternoon in a significant food coma and completely worthless to society. We walked around the Pearl for a bit and then made our way back to Haley’s house to wait for Mark and Rachel to get back later in the afternoon. I don’t think I moved from Haley’s couch while we watched You’ve Got Mail, but that’s what Saturday’s are for, right?

Confession: this was my first time seeing You've Got Mail

Confession: this was my first time seeing You’ve Got Mail

We eventually snapped out of our food coma just in time for our dinner at Bohanans that evening. Haley, not sure about you, but I’m totally ready for another brunch!

Remembering Chile in the Spring

I spent the fall semester of my college junior year studying abroad in Chile. It was by far one of my best college memories and will always be something I look back at fondly. When I got to Vina del Mar, Chile in June of 2007, it was the middle of their winter. And whoa, brother was it cold… as in my host home didn’t have central heating (most homes in central to north Chile don’t). I remember taking a little alarm clock that also told the temperature and seeing it read 42 degrees one morning. I slept in leggings, sweatpants, two pairs of socks, a tshirt, two hoodies and occasionally a beanie and gloves on the really cold nights below my five different blankets. I wore tights under my jeans every day for probably the first three to four months I was in Chile (except for the week we spent traveling in northern Chile in the driest desert in the world). I enjoyed my time in Chile and loved it even more once their spring started. Long walks to my bus stop or to friends’ host homes were much more enjoyable once I was no longer wearing three layers of clothing.

Today was one of those days that reminded me of Chile in the spring. I was walking back from the gym during my lunch break and had an instant moment of deja vu. I couldn’t stop thinking about all the time spent walking around the streets of Vina del Mar with some of the girls in my COPA program. When I think about the warmer Chilean weather, I immediately think of two memories:

1. Interviewing random Chileans with the one and only Caitlin Buck. Our final project for our program’s Spanish class was to make a video about a part of the culture that we found most interesting or had the biggest impact on us and CBuck and I chose to focus on our favorite Chilean food – the empanada. Which means we had an excuse to try empanadas from a bunch of different restaurants and ask random people which kind was their favorite. Her host mom even taught us how to make them from scratch! (Caitlin, I still have this video and the outtakes never fail to crack me up). Anyway, we filmed this video towards the end of the semester in November, so the weather while walking around the plazas and finding people who didn’t think two gringas asking questions was weird was perfect.

Empanadas with Caitlin in the Atacama Desert

Empanadas with Caitlin in the Atacama Desert

2. Our last ice cream outing at Bravisimo with the rest of the COPA program. I went to Bravisimo a shameful amount of times while in Chile and love the picture below from our last time there.

Such good friends that we unintentionally matched

Such good friends that we unintentionally matched

It’s not very likely that I’ll ever go back to Chile, but I sure do love reminiscing on my five-ish months there back in 2007.

A weekend with friends

Last weekend was a sweet reminder of the great gift of friendships. One of my closest friends from Trinity, Rachel, and her husband Mark were in town for a friend’s wedding. I last saw Rachel when I went to visit her in Chicago last summer, so it had definitely been a while since we last hung out. It was a quick visit, but a great one nonetheless.

Mark and Rachel flew in late Friday night, so Chip and I hung out at Matt and Haley’s house until it was time to pick them up for the airport. We had a low key night hanging out and catching up, talking until significantly past my bedtime. There really isn’t anything better than great conversation with sweet friends over wine (except for maybe if sugar suddenly became a “good” calorie… a girl can dream).

Saturday was the wedding so while Mark and Rachel were in the Austin area for that very special event, Haley and I had the most delicious brunch at the Boiler House. It was so good that it’s getting its own post, so stay tuned for that. Once Mark and Rachel got back in town and Haley and I had finally digested all the food we ate, we tried going back to the Pearl Brewery to show them how much that area has grown. Unfortunately, we weren’t very successful since Saturday was the night of the Fiesta Flambeau Parade and streets along the parade route were closed off as early as 3:00 in the afternoon. After trying several different routes to get the Pearl, we had to chalk it up as a loss and went back to casa de Beham to hang out some more before dinner.

We spent Saturday evening having a swanky and tasty dinner at Luke. We were also joined by more good Trinity friends John and Niki. After dinner, we walked over to Bohanans for drinks and to listen to Brent Watkins’ (the music director at Redeemer) awesome jazz band. If you’re looking for a nice bar to have unique drinks, I cannot recommend Bohanans enough. The service was awesome and the ambiance can’t be beat. Our server Alex was the best and recommended great drinks for our group (you won’t regret ordering the Brooklynite!). While we were having drinks, some torrential rain started that kept us at Bohanans a little longer. Pretty sure the weather forecast said we had a 30% chance of rain. Guess that’s the same as a borderline hurricane. So of course, we eventually sent Chip and Matt to go get our cars from Luke where we had parked. Don’t worry, we were kind and sent them with umbrellas.

The Brooklynite

The Brooklynite

With wonderful friends at Bohanans

With wonderful friends at Bohanans

Sunday was the last day in San Antonio for the Pomeroys. While they lived in San Antonio, they were very active members of Redeemer and helped Matt with the youth group. It was so great getting to do the youth Christian Education hour together after the service. Once we left church, we made our way over to The Cove for lunch. I was so glad that another awesome Trinity friend Jessica came to lunch with her fiance (congrats again, guys!). Enjoying a texas burger outside with more great time with friends was the perfect way to wrap up the weekend. I’m so glad Mark and Rachel were able to visit for the weekend and can’t wait to see them again!