Monday, October 23, 2006

68 degree

The temperature here in Gainesville is worthy of a post today. It is 69 degrees!! We have our windows open and my toes are cold. It is a glorious feeling. And because of this temperature change, our fellow Florida citizens are wearing long pants and jackets! I decided to wear shorts and flip flops in hopes that i might produce a goose bump even. John and I are hoping to enjoy some more cooler weather as it gets closer to winter!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

First Visit!

While friends and family enjoyed the first snow of fall, we had our first visit in our warm and muggy land. Team Teten came this week to spend some time in our home and see how we live our lives. It was so great to have them here, we just wish that they could have stayed longer, or at least come back in a couple of weeks. If only Florida were not so far away. It does feel like a distant land, considering we are still sweating outside while windows are being scraped off every morning in Colorado . . . and Montana for that matter.My family, what good guests. It was so comfortable and enjoyable to entertain them for the weekend.
The best part of Teten time is the card playing. We LOVE to play cards! What a good looking table to do it on too.
Sisters! I love my little sister Amy. She is a beautiful and talented ball of greatness.
Good morning beautiful. I am sorry to make so many girls jealous by posting this picture. Who wouldn't want to wake up with a head of hair like this. She has a constapillow on her head!
Thank you so much for sharing your time with us. It is so healing to have family and friends come visit. You are welcome anytime to stay in our home. We love you!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Gator Growl

This past week was homecoming for UF. School was closed on Friday and we went to Gator Growl. It is the largest student-run pep rally in the world! It was pretty crazy to sit with 40,000 other gator glad fans and watch comedians, entertainers, football players and lots of spirited students, cheerleaders, band members, and gator alumni who have had season tickets their whole lives and pulled into town yesterday to tailgate for the nest 48 hours. Football and sports in general is a whole other world that I am trying to immerse myself in. I commited a swamp sin when I turned down a free ticket to the Alabama game. But somehow riding my bike (because car transportation is a joke on game day) into a tailgating frenzy of fans and try to find my husband among 90,000 people sounded worse than running errands in shopper-free stores. But the good news is that the Gators won, my husband and our students are happy. Let the Gator Growl! (to any gator opponent who might be reading this and feel offended . . . my disclaimer is that I am not a true gator . . . I just own and increasing wardrobe of gator attire . . . thats all)

Saturday, October 07, 2006

My brothers first homecoming!

Here are some pictures taken in Fort Collins before my brothers very first homecoming dance. It kills me that I missed this very momentous occassion and was not able to give my brother the sisterly embarrassment he deserves. Good thing April was there to cover all bases and pictures (thanks april).
Brandon took his girlfriend Emily to homecoming and I have to say that my brother looks amazing! And Emily looks very pretty in her red dress and long locks! This is the first time I have ever laid eyes on my brothers girlfriend. I look forward to meeting her and assessing the situation. I have heard only good things about Emily.
Giddy tiptoes they look great!
Brandon you look entirely too great for your own good. I hope you had a wonderful time and I hope to be apart of these major milestones by broadcasting them over my blogg! Love you bud.

Monday, October 02, 2006

let's talk groceries ladies!

I know it seems a little too domesticated of me to be sharing the latest in grocery news as a young wife. But this just simply cannot go unnoticed. So for all of my fellow grocery getters who want in on the best deals and need to watch their grocery spending then I have something for you! It is called The GroceryGame. I am still trying to figure it all out myself. But it is a grocery sale resource. It tracks your local store(s) of choice and local newspaper coupon adds and tells you what to buy this week. The Grocery Game will highlight the best deals so you know whether or not to buy something that may or may not be at its lowest price. It is a little overwhelming at first. But I know I have saved a lot in the past month.

The key is that you are supposed to stock up when something is at a very cheap cost. And then you are not forced to buy it when you run out at its full value. Some people plan there whole meals around what is on sale . . . i have not gotten that far.

An example: Last month I spent around $170 on groceries and saved about $90 and I still bought some things at full price. That seems pretty good, but the grocery all-stars are saving hundreds and spending under $50. Maybe there is an elite grocery guru network that I do not know about?

Anyway if you are interested then the link is above, and I would be happy to answer any questions about this over-the-top-but-very-useful tool someone was kind enough to share with me.