I've been tagged! Sarah (a sorority sister of mine) has tagged me and I thought this one looked like fun. I'm a little late but I figure better late than never. Here we go.....

1 minute ago...I was enjoying my morning snack at work while daydreaming about white sand, beaches and coronas. How am I supposed to do any work when we leave for Mexico in less than 24 hours!

1 day ago...I was working, packing for our upcoming trip to Cabo, eating dinner with Ryan's parents and saying bye to our lil boy Benny!

1 week ago...I was doing laundry from our trip to Chicago and getting ready for Anna and Reid to come visit.

1 month ago...I was decorating our house for Fall, watching college football and preparing for all our upcoming travels we had planned in November.

1 year ago...was November 2007. Ryan and I had just bought our house and we were waiting to close on it in December. We were packing, getting ready for the big move and spending our first holiday season together as a married couple.

3 years ago...was November 2005. I was living in Norman at the Alpha Chi house, passing down my role as President to my best friend Anna and enjoying my senior year at OU.

5 years ago...was November 2003. I was a sophomore in college, living at the Alpha Chi house, having fun with my sorority, balancing a long distance relationship with Ryan and trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up.

7 years ago...was November 2001. I was a senior at Cy-Fair High School, varsity cheerleader, applying to colleges, dating Ryan and spending every free minute with my girlfriends.

10 years ago...was November 1998. I was a freshman at Cy-Fair High School trying to fit in and adjust to this new life. I was on a competitive cheerleading squad, playing tennis at school and spending most of my free time with Leslie.

And now I'm tagging
Nicole - Have fun!


Dear Santa,

Dear Santa (aka Husband, Mom, Dad, Family, Friends),

First of all , I know it is a little early to send out my list but I want to make sure you have plenty of time to shop. I have been a very good girl this year and in case you were wondering, I have a few things on my Christmas list....

The new iphone 3G - I've gotta keep up with the techies...

I'm not picky. I like all colors, shapes and sizes...

A girl has to smell good....

and lastly - a Cole Haan purse.

Now this list may seem a little extravagant but I promise I've been really good this year and I am totally worth it :)


Highlights from Chicago!

We're back! Sorry for the delay in posting - we got in yesterday afternoon and after unpacking, starting laundry and going to the grocery store - I never made it to post pictures. Anyways, we had a fabulous time in Chicago! We arrived Thursday afternoon, checked into our hotel, bundled up and headed out down Michigan Avenue. If you have been to Chicago you will know how exciting this is. Every shop you can ever imagine (and the ones that you could never afford) are located on the Magnificent Mile. However, we didn't venture into the stores that afternoon but instead we headed out to find some Chicago style deep dish pizza. After that we headed towards Millennium park and spent the rest of the day roaming around there.

We came back to the hotel and got ready for our first evening out. We had a recommendation for Bin 36, a wine bar/restaurant, and it was great. The atmosphere was awesome and the food exceeded our expectations. Afterwards, we made our way to a piano bar to enjoy a few beers and live music.
Friday morning we slept in, sipped on a Starbucks, read the paper and headed out for the day. This was the day of WALKING. Ryan and I had mapped out a few neighborhoods that we wanted to see and according to Ryan, everything was in walking distance. Well we set out, ate lunch at a local pub, then began the walking. We headed towards Lincoln Park and found ourselves at the Zoo. We both decided that we hadn't been to the Zoo since elementary and now was a perfect time to check out the animals.
After we wandered around about an hour and half we decided to keep walking. Ryan mentioned that we weren't too far from Wrigley Field and that we should just keep going. So of course, it seemed like a great idea. Well that was before I knew how far it was! We finally made it (over an hour later) but it was well worth the trip. However, I did not agree to the walk back and we found the nearest train to take us to the hotel.

Later that evening we ate dinner at Hugo's Frog Bar, enjoyed frog legs, drank good wine, and had a wonderful meal. We decided to venture out to another local piano bar and had a good time.
Saturday we woke up to cold weather with the promise of snow. We decided to stay close by the hotel and experience all the fabulous shops. Of course, I found several things I wanted to buy, but my loving husband reminded me that our suitcases were already full and that I could always buy them later at home. I could of really used a girl with me :)
We spent our last evening at a wonderful Italian restaurant and actually checked in early. Our legs were sore, my feet had blisters, it was cold and we were ready to head back to the hotel. All in all, we had a wonderful, relaxing vacation and we're already planning where we can jet off to next.
Meanwhile, our puppy Benny had quite an adventure at the Mills' house. Bennett managed to chew up their patio cushions, get sick, spend a night at the vet and cost us a couple hundred bucks! Oh well, at least he's OK and we had such great babysitters :)

We have another busy week ahead of us as one of our favorite couples, Anna and Reid, come to visit us from Tulsa this weekend and then we're off to spend Thanksgiving with my family in Cabo!
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Off to Chicago!

Ryan and I are off to Chicago tomorrow morning for a mini vacation. We don't have any big plans set but are looking forward to the colder weather, good food and relaxation . We also have some exciting news that we plan on celebrating. Ryan found out today that he has been given the opportunity to step out of IT and join the Finance world as a Financial Analyst. I also found out that I received a promotion at work. All in all - it was a good week and now we are looking forward to a fabulous weekend in the windy city!

Have a good rest of the week and I'll be back on Sunday with updates and pictures!


Rudy Rivarly Recap

As always, we had a great time at the OU/A&M game. It was a perfect fall day in College Station that made for a great tailgate and a fun time at the game (well for some at least). This year Ryan and I ended up not sitting together but only because we had 4 seats total between my parents, Ryan and I, but they were not all together. We debated on how we were going to sit and decided that it would be fun (and smart) for my mom and I to sit together and to let the boys have the other two seats. This worked out well as my mom and I were able to spend some quality time chatting and cheering on the Sooners and Ryan was able to watch his Aggies without hearing me sing his all time favorite school song - Boomer Sooner :)
Here are a few pictures from after the game...

Alison, her lil sister Lauren and I

The flip cup champs - Team Win!

The whole gang

Oh and in case you were wondering, the Sooners dominated the Ags 66-28 (Sorry Ryan - I had to do it )



Rudy Rivalry

It's a big week in the Rudy household - A&M plays OU this weekend in College Station. In case you are wondering, I'm a Sooner and I have married (gasp) an Aggie. I come from a family of Sooners (well minus one) and Ryan one of Aggies. The past 6 years we have gone to this game (not always sitting together and not always speaking to each other) and we will continue this tradition yet again on Saturday. So far the Sooners are up 5-1 in this match-up but that one loss for OU was absolutely miserable. The Sooners came into Kyle Field ranked #1 in the nation and had a heart breaking loss in 2002. Of course, that was the year I sat in the A&M student section sporting my crimson shirt next to aggie football fanatics Ryan and Mark - never did I make that mistake again. However, the Sooners made up for it next year in Norman with a 77-0 win.

Even though one team ends up on top of the other we have still managed to have some of our best memories from this weekend. I could go on and on with all the stories we have but I'll keep this brief and post a few pictures over the years....

Alison and I at Kyle Field - Fall 2004

Ryan and I in Norman - Fall 2005

3 Ags, 2 Sooners and 1 Coug - Fall 2006

Ryan and I in College Station - Fall 2006

Alison and I tailgating in Norman - Fall 2007

May the best team win -- BOOMER!