Tuesday, February 28, 2012


so much in love with this cover. the photo is perfection.

it's one of those issues where i feel like i should keep it somewhere for safe-keeping. adele, after all, has been the songstress of our love story. chasing pavements was like a battle cry for me during my first year of graduate school (good thing i didn't "give up" on shane), and we danced our first dance as husband and wife to her version of to make you feel my love.

love her.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

not too frosty frostbite.

Hello, all. It's Shane. Rene has been getting after it lately in terms of blogging so I thought I'd take a minute to post.

I'm a simple guy. The vast majority of my thoughts and actions revolve around three things: Jesus; my beautiful, loving wife; and off-roading.

On occasion, I get to fulfill my off-roading passion by taking out my Blazer, which is built and modified specifically for off-roading, and driving it in places the average vehicle does not and cannot drive.

A local off-roading park puts on an event every year at the end of February called Frostbite. I use Frostbite as an opportunity to meet up with some fellow wheelers and get some seat-time in the Blazer.

Overall, Frostbite 2012 was a great experience. The weather was great, especially compared to previous Frostbite runs. There was near record attendance with 250 rigs and almost 500 people.

Here are some of the pics I managed to get of the trip:
My view of the crowd as I eagerly waited for my raffle ticket numbers to be called.
Lots of great prizes were given away, but I left empty-handed.

Stretching out the suspension on the Blazer.
As you can see, it has a bit more suspension travel than your mama's SUV.

The new Silverado pulled the husky Blazer really well.
There's just something about doing what you've been created to do...

Just a small glimpse of the numerous vehicles in attendance. 

a happy kitchen.

our kitchen is a happy kitchen.

reason number one: husband cleans it with a happy heart because he knows i detest dishes.

reason number two: half-priced chevron towels from target. adore.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

playing catch-up.

as was my fear, once school started in early september, i completely forgot about blogging. for your viewing pleasure, i've created a compilation of photographs and summaries to catch you up on our last six months. enjoy!

september included my ten-year high school reunion. homecoming was part of our reunion weekend, and my baby sister, sydney, was a queen candidate. love my sisters!

... shane's not so bad either.  ;)

the highlight of my october was sending bethany a birthday box of goodies. she created a play-by-play so we could see how much fun she had opening the box all the way in japan.

the entire month of november played out like a metaphorical drum roll in shane's head. his favorite holiday, thanksgiving, found us spending lots of time with family. we decorated the trees at dad's house, and i made an anti-turkey dinner of a hensley favorite: mashed potatoes and chicken noodles. don't worry, there was plenty of turkey over the course of the holiday weekend.

in mid-november, on my mom's birthday, we decorated our first christmas tree. i love how it turned out!

in early december we sent out our first christmas card, created by my talented husband (with some serious credit given to amandajanejones -- her amazing work was our obvious inspiration). 

we spent new year's in london, england! we were able to meet up with beth and dylan on their european vacation and get bed bugs all in a week's time. oh, london...

february isn't over yet, but we've already celebrated valentine's day and shane's birthday! it's a good month.

it's a good life.