The house is finally starting to look like a home! About 10 workers starting bricking yesterday and this is where they were about 1 pm today. I think it is looking great! I was kinda worried about it...picking the brick was tough. The brick on the outside of the house is a new brick called "Old Town". We are having some interior brick inside the house on the fireplaces and arches and it is OLD! I am nervous about how it will look. It is old brick from buildings in St. Louis. Isn't that the coolest. I actually didn't even realize it was St. Louis brick until I paid for them and the man told me. I thought that was neat since Rob is such a fan of St. Louis! I also have some pics of the crown moulding that I selected. I am going back out tomorrow and will update the pictures then.
Rob and I have been very busy this holiday season. Between work and house stuff, I don't know how we have managed to attend several Christmas parties..but we have. Thursday night we went to Carol Anne and Daniel's house and had a great time. I am so blessed to have my best friends in Jackson...we always have the best time together.
We were very busy during the week of Thanksgiving. We had already made plans to attend Rob's great-grandmother's 100th birthday party in Missouri, so we decided to make a vacation out of it. I had the whole week of Thanksgiving off of work, and Rob just had to take off a few days. On Tuesday, we left Jackson on our way to Branson, MO. We left after Rob got off work, so we stopped in Little Rock that night so we could break up the drive. Rob's parents met us in Little Rock on Wednesday morning and we followed each other the rest of the way. We had a good time in Branson. As soon as we arrived, we went to a dinner show called the Cowboy Christmas. Afterwards we took a drive through the Trail of Lights. It was amazing all the work that is put into it. I have never seen so many Christmas decorations. We spend Thanksgiving Day just exploring Branson. We went to the Titantic museum...which was really good! That night we went to the Dixie Stampede. This is a dinner show that was started by Dolly Parton. Rob and I actually went to the one that 's in Pigeon Forge, TN last year when we celebrated our first anniversary. It was really neat, so we wanted Rob's parents to get to see it. When we saw that Branson had one too, we decided to get tickets. On Friday, we packed up the cars and drove to Lake of the Ozark, MO. This is where the birthday celebration was held. I had a great time meeting many Hembrees. The party was a surprise to Rob's great-grandmother, which can never be good if you are turning 100...but it turned out great and was very sweet. The Hembrees have a wonderful family with such a rich Christian heritage and I'm so proud to be a part of it!
The week before Thanksgiving, I took my first trip on the Amtrak! I went with some co-workers to New Orleans for the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association's annual conference. We probably spent more time walking around Jackson Square, shopping, and finding great places to eat than actually attending our meetings:) It was fun!
I am a little behind on my posts. These pictures are from sweet Amelia's 2nd birthday party that was a few weeks ago. We had lots of fun! As you may can tell, Valerie is pregnant again and we are getting really excited about having another member in our "family".
I just have to share these two videos. The first one is of one of the most exciting plays I've ever watched at Ole Miss. I thought for sure Dexter would get stuck in the pile of TN players, but all of a sudden he pops out and no one could catch him. It was really fun to watch. What an amazing young man!! The second video is Dexter's testimony and how he was lead to Christ. Dexter has been sharing his testimony with children at schools in Oxford. What a great way to use his "celebrity" status and be a role model for people of all ages.
Rob and Bethany were married on July 14th, 2007. They welcomed their first child, Olivia Grace Hembree, on June 2, 2011. Rob is a CPA and works at Collins & Barr in Madison. Bethany is a speech-language pathologist and works for Jackson Public Schools.