Amanda & David Hooper

Amanda & David Hooper
We actually used this as our "Save the Date" picture for the wedding. This was taken at David's family's ranch in Rocksprings, TX.

Monday, September 6, 2010

New Dog, New House, New Job

It's been a while since I updated so I have lots to talk about. We finally got a new dog this past weekend. I drove down to Opeloussas on Sunday and met the state representative. His name is Blue and he is sooo sweet and much calmer than Bailey. We have never rescued or adopted a dog, but I think this will work out perfectly. They are getting along great and play constantly.

On Saturday I rode up to the new duck lease "The Grove" with Kim Smith and her son Logan to meet David. Kim's husband Ryan, Buffet and Joan Grafton. We went down to the sandbar on the river and watched the guys and Joan shoot skeet and attempt to dove hunt. They only killed a few a dove, but demolished plenty of skeet. The weather was perfect. I am looking forward to someone fun days on the sandbar.

I took my boards on August 10 and passed! I am now a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. It was huge relief to get those over with. I am working at Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center and love it. We see such a variety of illnesses and people. It seems like I always see someone I know in there. In fact, they have been so successful that another clinic will open in Bossier at the end of the year. Hopefully I will get to work at that location since we will be in the new house by then. Speaking of the new house, it is coming along. The only things left to do are put in the floors, countertops and lighting. Everything looks so good! I cant wait to move in and start decorating. I have ordered so much stuff from my mom and cant wait to see it all put together.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

New Addition

Well, it looks like David and I will be adopting a dog from the American Brittany Rescue in the next few weeks. When we went to Baton Rouge for a wedding a few weeks ago we went in to the Orvis store so David could look around and there was a lady there holding 2 Brittanys that were up for a adoption. We (really more me) fell in love with one of the little guys and spoke with the representative about the adoption process. As it turns out the dog was found as a stray and tested positive for heart worms so he is undergoing treatment now. If we pass our home adoption stay he will be ours around late September. I really think Bailey will do a lot better if she has a new playmate.

Speaking of September, we are hoping that our house will be complete by the end of September or early October. They are 99% done with the brick and should start stucco this week. After that the outside will be complete and they will start installing cabinets and doing the trim work. Here are few recent pics of house and our new baby.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fourth of July

What a great fourth we had this year! We started out by going out to the new house to check things out and of course David wanted to clean up and have it looking spick and span for the next crew. I'm not sure he understands that it will only get dirty again...but whatever. The house is starting to come along. They are supposed to be finished with the roof this week and start bricking and sheet rocking in the next week or so.

After the house, we went to meet some friends at the river. We had a place on a sandbar and just floated around, sun bathed, and ate way too much. The boys played horseshoes and cooked all kinds of pork tenderloin, hot dogs, sausage, boudain, etc. After soaking up the rays for about 6 hours we headed north to watch the fireworks which we amazing! There were a lot more people out on the river watching the fireworks than I remember from last year. All in all, it was a great day!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lee and Carolyn's Wedding

This weekend we went down to Baton Rouge for Lee Rainwater and Carolyn Slack's wedding. Saturday we went shopping and the craziest thing happened. We went to the Orvis store so that David could look around and they were hosting an American Brittany Rescue adoption day. So needless to say I claimed one of them and filled out my application as soon as a got home. I hope it works out. Sox (who's new name will be Bluebell) was the cutest, sweetest thing. I hope Bailey likes her new brother. I have been wanted another dog but we couldn't decide or agree on what kind to get. We hated to get a puppy and have it ruin stuff in the new house, so hopefully this will be the answer.

The wedding and reception was held at the White Oak Plantation. The house, grounds, and courtyard were amazing! The food at the reception was also pretty amazing. They served typical Southern dishes like Crawfish bisque, stuffed mushrooms, catfish, pasta, etc. It was all very yummy. It was so good getting to visit with everyone and see some faces I haven't seen in a while. After the reception we went to Sullivan's for more drinks and fun. Then we hit Cane's and headed back to Bill's parents where we were staying.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Memorial Day

This year for Memoral Day we went out to the river with some friends. Cory brought his boat for us to cruise up and down the river. We also stopped for a while and just hung out on one of the sandbars. It was a great day and I enjoyed just cruising around and relaxing. After we left the river we went to Shane's to eat crawfish but they were out so we settled on po-boys.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Weekend Getaway

Last weekend we went to Dallas for a little shopping and to see a Rangers game. Ryan McMaster and his girlfriend, Joan Grafton, joined us for the trip. We left on Friday after lunch so that we would have a little down time before dinner. Joan really wanted for us to try Javier's so we did and it was delish! They serve two different types of salsa (a green and red) with room temperature butter. You are supposed to dip the chips in butter before dipping them in the salsa. It was different, but I went with it and kind of liked it. Their margaritas weren't to shabby either. On Saturday we went to The Bodies Exhibit. I LOVE everything that is gorey and partially inhumane and this definitely had some of those characteristics. They had bodies displayed by the different systems and even an embryo/fetus room. That was a little hard to see, but after working in the NICU for almost 4 years I've seen a lot of things that no baby or human should go through. After the exhibit we did a little a shopping and then headed to Arlington for the game. The Rangers were playing the Cubs that night. David is a HUGE fan of anything Texas related so we cheered on the Rangers and the Cubs. One if his best friends is a Cubs fanatic so we cheered for him. After the game there was a free Wade Bowen concert outside of the stadium. We stayed and listen to the music for a bit and the headed back to Dallas. Sunday morning we had lunch at PF Changs and headed on home.