Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Houston: conferences, best friends, girls night, engagements, birthdays and more!

If you couldn't tell by the title, it has been quite the busy week! I spent last Tuesday through Sunday back in Houston. The "main" purpose of my trip was the Sales and Marketing conference for work. It was actually a very interesting three days and I learned so much! I was able to meet all of the sales executives and account managers that I bother on a daily basis and got to know everyone. As exciting as work can be, I have way more excited details and pictures to share!

First things first, Andrea Claire Soule came to Texas! I am so happy that I was able to see one of my best friends that I rarely get to see since we are so many states apart.

Andrea lives in Alabama and actually my moving to Pittsburgh put us all of 30 minutes to an hour CLOSER to one another! Who would have thought that moving up North would bring me closer. Just goes to show you how big Texas is and how terrible the drive can be :) Anyways, Andrea and I had a great time spending our evenings together on Wednesday and Thursday (since I was super busy from 7am-6pm for the conference). Friday I had a half day and we were able to do a little shopping for her birthday and scheming for Nicole and Cliff's engagement which leads me to the next exciting event!

On Friday, February 11, 2011 (2/11/2011), two of my closest friends Nicole Larimore and Clifton Valdez got engaged and I am so thankful that I got to be a part of it! So here's the story...

Cliff had contacted three of Nicole's best friends: me, Erin and Jaci. He had devised this plan to trick Nicole and on Wednesday night Erin and I worked out all the kinks and filled all the gaps. The plan was to tell Nicole that Erin won a "girls night" by calling into 104 KRBE and she wanted to invite me, Nicole and Jaci. The girls night consisted of a limo ride, a manicure at a nice nail salon and dinner at Perry's in Sugar Land!
How perfect right? Nicole totally bought it! We picked her up from her office and went to Isle PediSpa and got pretty manicures (on Cliff, thanks Cliff!!!). Then we got back in the limo and started heading towards Sugar Land for "dinner." We ended up taking a detour and found ourselves at Sugar Mill Elementary School which is where Nicole and Cliff met in 3rd grade. The marquee at the front of the school said, "Nicole, what are you doing for the rest of your life? Love, Clifton." Then Cliff popped out from behind (or somewhere, I'm not really sure), got down on one knee and asked the love of his life to marry him. I coouldn't be happier for two of the best people I know! We then headed over to Cliff's aunt and uncle's for an engagement celebration! Here are some pics!

The devious minds behind the wonderful plan!

Cheers to "girls night!"

Jaci and I at the salon.

Erin and Nikki about to get their nails done!

Friends since 8th grade :)

Pretty nails! Thanks again Cliff!

Little does she know what's about to happen!

Will you marry me?

Such a good idea!

With the bride and groom to be!

On  Saturday, I met up with Kathy, Leah and Janelle and we went up to do the St. Aronld's Brewery tour. Only $7 and you get a free 8 oz. souvenire glass, 4 beer tokens and a "tour." The tour was more like a monolouge, but the beer was good enough for us. 

Here's a picture of the really neat car that they have. I love tie-dye.

After the tour, we headed back home to get ready for Courtney's 23rd birthday! We went to Nino's Italian Restaurant in midtown then headed to Roosevelt on Washington! It was such a blast and I'm glad that I was able to see so many of my friends while I was in town.

Leah and I doing out classic squish our faces together picture.

Kristen, Me, Leah, Kathy and Courtney, the birthday girl!

I had a great time being back in Houston, but it made me miss my amazing husband and Maggie so much! I am thankful to be back home with them despite the cold weather here and the beautiful, sunny, 70 degree weather in Houston.

Until next time...
With love and God bless,
Amy, JP and Maggie

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