Friday, October 31, 2008

Welcome to the 'hood, Reese!

She's finally here! Reese Harmon Beltrone arrived yesterday at 5:23 weighing in at 7lbs and 13oz!
Michael and I went over to Rex to visit the happy family during lunch today. She is the sweetest little thing, and I'm not believeing such a big baby was hanging out in tiny Stephanie's belly!
The parents are totally in love with their new little bundle and we are soooo excited for them!
Congrats, Beltrones! And Congrats Reese - at a little over 25 hours old, you are officially the youngest baby to ever be featured on the "hickory holler"! I can't wait for you to get a little older so you can walk up the street to hang out with Aunt T and Uncle Michael! (We'll make sure we've got plenty of junk food and sodas that we won't tell your parents about!)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Facebook Junkie?

So when everyone was talking about the merits of "social networking" sites, such as Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc. I kept saying, "No, Not for me... I'm a blogger" (whatever). Well, after much prodding and being told that all the cool kids are on Facebook, I relented and got myself a Facebook page.

DANG! I'm so addicted! And so is Michael!! We can't stay off that thing! I've re-connected with some people I haven't seen since my last brownie scout meeting at the Hildebran United Methodist Church in 1979! Michael somehow found his first "crush" from his elementary school days (I must say, I'm a much better catch), and we've both been able to catch up to some peeps we haven't seen since moving away from Hickory!

My only concern is that we're so up on the facebook, we're glued to our laptops from the minute we walk in the house until it's time to go to bed every night! This has to stop or the only way we're ever going to talk to each other is through writing on each others Facebook page! WRONG!

Any advice on ground rules? Say, only 1 hour of facebook a day - between the hours of 7-8pm? Only Facebook every other day and then limit the time spent? What's a Facebook Junkie to do???

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Mad Shout Outs and Props to our good friends, Lisa and Stephen Bentley! Today is their 4th Anniversary!

We love you guys and hope you have an AWESOME Anniversary! WHOOT WHOOT!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wasting Away in Margaritaville!

Well maybe not Margaritaville, but I'd say Puerto Vallarta was pretty darn close!
We were down there for Michael's Presidents Club Awards Trip, and it was freaking awesome! Lots of great food, lots of lounging by the pool, meeting some awesome co-workers from around the country and lots and lots of tropical beverages and mixed in for good measure.
We stayed at the Grand Velas resort in Nuevo Vallarta (I guess its a 'burb of PV?) and let me tell you, I've never been to a nicer resort. Absolutely GORGEOUS! I'll let the pics speak for themselves. And as for Presidents Club?? Oh yeah, that made for a pretty good incentive to work our tails off to get back there next year!

The view from our balcony
A differnt view from our balcony, this is one of the outdoor cafes where they served some of the best food I've ever tasted! It's right next door to the pool, and for real, when you asked Lorenzo to bring you a BLT, some cheese quesadillas, even a spicy tuna roll... they fixed it right up and he would bring it right over to your pool chair! The view from said pool chair...
My husband Top Gunning it with some of the boys from WR Starkey. Okay, maybe Top Gun is a stretch (Michael's knees are still scabbed up from the beach volleyball experience)
Buenos Dios, Grand Velas - we will definitely be BACK!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Adios Amigos!

Miguel and I leave bright and early tomorrow for our little "Mexican Getaway". (I like to call him Miguel instead of Michael in the spirit of all things South of the Border.)
Stay tuned... I'm sure I'll have plenty of pics and funny stories to report when we get back.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Baby Fiesta - Ole'!

With Jon & Stephanie's baby girl due in about 3 weeks, last weekend, several of us hosted a Mexican themed baby shower for the Beltrones down at the Murray house!
They are huge fans of Mexican food, so we decided the theme should be a Mexican Fiesta to welcome the arrival of the new little Senorita! We had awesome tacos, burritos, nachos and all the Margaritas anyone could wish for! Here's the "momma to be" checking out the selection. Doesn't the spread look nice on the Murray's new dining room table?

A great time was had by all, and Steph & Jon gave all us hostesses some of those really cool vintage aprons as hostess gifts! Here are all the girls looking like they know their way around the kitchen. So, Baby Beltrone will be here before you know it, and we can't wait to welcome another sweet baby girl to the neighborhood! Congrats Jon & Steph, we can't wait to meet her!

Friday, October 10, 2008


Dang ya'll, I know I owe you a post or two. It's been a busy week, and I've got lots to blog about.

We co-hosted a great baby shower for our good friends Jon & Steph last weekend, and I haven't even had time to take a second glance at the pics to get them posted. The shower was great fun, and the gifts were awesome, so I'll catch ya'll up to that soon.

My fam is also coming to town tonight from the big city of Hickory, so I've been busy cleaning and grocery shopping to get ready for their arrival. I don't think they would be too excited to just munch on wheat thins and hummus which is about all I had in the refrig.

Michael and I are also getting ready for a little vacay to Mexico next week, so I totally need to be doing some laundry and packing some bags!

I promise promise promise to post tomorrow.