Thursday, June 17, 2010


I really LOVE games; like really love them. James and I play at least one game a night. I usually specialize in games that include dice or cards but I've recently become a fan of word games. My new found love is Bananagrams. See...

Here I am giving a hug to my new friend. He is just a bunch of tiles in a banana bag, but he is great fun. 

It's kind of like scrabble. Everyone starts out with 21 tiles. You build your own scrabble board with the letters that you have. Once someone has used all their letters, they yell "peel" and everyone takes one more. This just keeps on going until there aren't enough tiles in the middle for everyone to go another round. The last person to use up their tiles says "Bananagrams" and wins the game!

James and I have played this game quite a few times since we got it. Here is how the game looks when everyone is finished.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

It's root root root for the home team, If they don't win... Well, it's Baltimore, they often don't

A couple of weeks ago James and I went to a Baltimore Orioles game with some of his friends from school. Amazingly it was one of our cheapest downtown dates yet. James' department paid for his ticket and I was able to get in for the student price. A $6 date? That's right!

Right after work I met James on the harbor and we walked to the field to meet his classmates. One of the many perks of my job is that I get to park in the downtown lot for free, whether I'm working or not.

Camden Yards is a beautiful stadium and although James looks unammused in this picture, we really did have a good time.

There was one person, however, that was non-too pleased with our little excursion. I sent my mom a text while we were watching the game telling her where we were and what we were doing. Approximately two seconds later I get a phone call from a slightly jealous father. He seemed a little distraught. You see while he was stuck in Indiana his daughter and son in law (neither of which care all too much for the watching of baseball games) were currently seated in a stadium he has always wanted to visit. We decided to send him a picture of the stadium to make him feel a bit more included.  I'm not sure that it completely appeased him, but it was the best I could do.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Guatemala Update

It's getting to be crunch time! 
In a little less than two months James and I will be in Guatemala looking for a place to live.

I'm getting excited (and a little nervous). BUT there is no turning back now...
We recently purchased our plane tickets, told my boss my last days of work, and confirmed with our apartment complex that July 24th would be our move out date.
Guatemala is going to be a big change/great experience for our family. I'm starting to get a few things ready but with only 2 months to go we still don't know exactly where we will be living and are still looking for the funding to support the internship. I know that everything will work out but I've always been a big worrier.

However, I am excited to learn spanish. I think that James and I have decided that I will take Spanish classes once we get settled into an apartment. Hopefully I will be able to find a job or place to volunteer. I think that will also really help with the learning of the language.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Cardiovascular Disease Never Tasted So Good

We got James a George Foreman outdoor grill for his birthday. It's a pretty good addition to our porch; in fact, we've used it three times in the last three days.

Our favorite meal so far has been guacamole/bacon cheese burgers. Not at all healthy, but completely delicious!