January 27, 2007

Frozen Moments in January time

As we returned back from a hot and humid Malaysia we found ourselves in a very cold Austin, Texas....we even had ourselves a little ol' ice storm - Texas style. Which means the entire city had to basically shut down for the week. It was kind of an extended vacation for everyone. It's not often that we get to see icicles on our rooftops down this south...

With 24 coming back (Jack is our mentor)..., business ramping up for both of us ..and our combined weak tendencies towards anything below 60 F, we didn't move around much. Unless it involved tasty, hot food.
We had one fun weekend that got us out of the house....due to the honor of a visit from my old Houston friend, Lisa. Isn't she precious (see below)? We made the rounds for bbq, dancing, live music and more bbq.

We hit some major touring spots here in Austin including the legendary Salt Lick,

Cedar Street for some K-Tel & the Hit Machine (killer dance music). . .

& We even hit Hut's for their famous diner joint, greasy hamburgers. This photograph is for anyone who knew me as the crazy raw vegan.

We do confess that William is responsible for turning Lisa into a Wii addict - He quickly attacked as soon as she walked in the door ...and consistently pulled her into his Wii world at every available moment. We spent some time with newlyweds Kim and Neal....and forced them into Wii World as well. Please come over and play. . . William is waiting for you.

After Church on Sunday, we went to Stubbs gospel brunch for some fabulous food and music....wow, they were good! William was able to find his "inner gospel singer" as he went up on stage with his friend, Lee, to belt out a tune with the band. My husband can sing!

Come visit us so we can get out more...

January 05, 2007

Welcome 2007

Yep, we had a great time in Malaysia over the holidays. First we hung out in Kuala Lumpur...and spent some time with William's aunt, uncle and cousins (plus the fabulous Belinda!)... and we experienced Gillian and Belinda's beautiful photography exhibit ... The Creation Project. Gillian and Belinda are pretty inspirational. (If you'd like to look at any of these pictures close up- just click the photo)

After taking part in all the big city lights, action and multi-color/tone sights and sounds for a week....I had to be assisted back to the hotel room for many afternoon naps. -Not as big city as I thought since I seem to have a sensitivity to ultra-stimuli (aka, I'm a Nebraskan wimp that is used to looking out to flat, empty cornfields for miles on end) ....but man, do they have great Christmas decorations at the mega-mall ....who knew an Islamic country could dress it up so well for the holidays? The special part was visiting William's hometurf, Kuantan...I experienced it for the first time. We stayed with William's parents and the parties didn't stop. William's mother is a very impressive social master of Kuantan and seems to be everyone's friend! We were hosted by many and fed by everyone. The food kept coming and we happily continued eating - since both of us agree that nothing beats Malaysian food. The restaurants....the markets.... the parties... yeah...the food.

Christmas was very nice in Malaysia - there was a strong fellowship with the family church, Wesley Methodist. Everyone was so friendly. Lots of parties, even on Christmas day. Here's Dr. Chan, William's amazing mother, the life of the party, line-dancing to country music... As Texans, we sure did feel at home:

As you can see, she's pretty much amazing.

We were able to visit Dina's beautiful family in Kuantan as well. Everyone was there except for Dina - who resides in England with her husband Tim and her lovely kitties. (Dina is a sweet new penpal of mine - who's family is close friends with William's family) Here we are - you can even see Dina up there on the wall next to us :)
We got to check out Club Med...thanks to William's childhood friend, Andrew. William never realized that such a beautiful place was so close to his house :) If only they would have let him and his friends through the gates when they tried to sneak in ...what fun they missed.
Here's some of those friends....

And that luxurious place...the fancy Club Med....

We also had some wonderful uncle/aunt time....my very first experience as an aunty! We watched Ruth and Sarah swim, made a gingerbread house...and were honored with a special singing and dancing performance! This is about as precious as it gets! (William's sister, Elaine plays the piano in the background :)

Uhh, and did I mention the monkeys?? Yeah, for a monkey-lover like myself, it was fantasy island, but then I realized they are just like crazy teenage boys boys on speed....who are really, really hungry.

Can you find all the monkeys in this picture? Note the garbage can lid is thrown off...hmmm, wonder who did that?

Happy family times in Malaysia :)