Thursday, April 30, 2009

17 again...

Most of our guy friends around here are law students and it's finals time, so their wives have basically been single. Rache had the idea to see 17 Again, and of course I'm always up for some more Zac Efron. Last night we saw it at the new Movie Tavern with Laura & Jeni. And let me just tell you, it was awesome! I loved it :) It was super funny, and there was a tear jerking moment. It is definitely worth seeing.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Party with Fresh Prince in Bel Air

Last Friday, Luke, James and the other regional guys had an area meeting in Columbia, MD. So instead of Luke being gone for a night and driving all that way for nothing, we decided to make a weekend out of it and hang out with Drew & Stacey at their pad in Bel Air! The Pierces are also from Texas and Drew took Luke's job in Maryland about 8 months before we moved. They have a super cute townhome with a sweet home theater basement.

We got there late Thursday night, and Friday everyone had to go to work, so I spent the day shopping :) I got some super cute fabrics from Joann's. There isn't really anywhere great to find fabrics around Williamsburg, so I was super excited at the size and amount of fabrics Bel Air's Joann's had! Stacey got home early, so we headed to Michael's for some more craft shopping :) After the boys got home, we all went to eat at La Tolteca (which was good for northern mexican food) and saw State of Play (which was pretty good).

Saturday, we ate Five Guys and hung out outside trying to make their wennie dog Jasmine do tricks to get cheese:
We also played disc golf where Drew kicked our butts. Here's some good actions shots of the group:
That night we watch The Day the Earth Stood Still (which was kind of lame, the only thing good was Will Smith's kid's acting) and of course taught them the train game.

Sunday, we went to their church where Drew & Stacey are worship leaders (man could they sing) and ended the day at Chipotle!! I always have to load up on Chipotle if we go out of town (Williamsburg is supposed to get one at the end of the year).

Anyway, we had a great time with them and can't wait until they come to our neck of the woods!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hannah Tanna

Rache & I went to see Hannah Montana: The Movie tonight and it was AWESOME!!!!! Don't pay even a hint of attention to its rating on imdb. I loved it!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Tasty Mexican Dinner

Tonight I made pico & enchiladas and they were pretty sweet:

Zesty Chicken Enchiladas
1 tbsp canola oil
1 lb tomatillos, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1 poblano pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3/4 tsp ground cumin
salt & pepper
1 cup heavy cream
2 cans chicken
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1 1/4 cups grated monterey jack
8 6-inch corn tortillas

*Heat oven to 400. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomatillos, onion, poblano, garlic, cumin, and 1/2 tsp salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the veggies are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a food processor, add the cream, and puree.

*In a large bowl, combine the chicken, tomatoes, 1 cup cheese, 1/2 cup of the tomatillo sauce, and 1/2 tsp salt & pepper

*Warm tortillas. Spread 1 cup of the remaining sauce in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Roll the chicken mixture in the tortillas and place them in the dish, seam-side down.

*Top with remaining sauce and cheese. Bake until beginning to brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with pico.

Pico de Gallo
1 lb tomatoes, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
1/2 white onion, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp lime juice
salt & pepper

*Mix all ingredients and enjoy

I got it out of the May Real Simple, and we thought it was excellent.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter

This year was our first Easter w/o family, so it was kind of sad, but we did have a great time getting together with some friends at Drew & Rachel's. We grilled some chicken, had some mac-n-cheese, some muffin tops, and chocolate cake.

And what's a party with out games of course?? We went old school style with separate boy and girl games. The girls played the train game (obviously) and the boys played some catan.
So we finished the first round of games around 5:45ish, but the boys decided to go for round 2....and 3, so us girls enjoyed flipping through creative memories magazines & Rachel's scrapbooks while watching Miss Congeniality. Finally around 9ish we left the Erwins spending a mere 8 hours over there. Hopefully Drew got some studying in...boy I'm glad I'm not in school.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Poor Altima

Here's what Luke did all day today...
And I didn't just stand there taking pictures...I worked on our taxes. Luke is definitely going to have to check them b/c currently we owe $16,000 and that just doesn't seem right :)

We did finish the day off good with some gumbo and train game playing, except we played with 7 people which can be pretty frustrating.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

C-ville!

Last weekend Luke and I went to Charlottesville to hang out with James & Sherrie. Saturday morning Sherrie was running a 10-miler, so we were all going to go watch. Luke's been training for a 5k and decided to run the race as well. I thought this action-shot of Sherrie and her running buddy Katherine was pretty good :)
A couple of people from James & Sherrie's church ran with them. And yes, Luke is sporting the slanket.
After the race, we went home to relax and then headed to UVA's campus to play Frisbee. We are all about the action shots these days.
It was a very nice day out and it seems like everyone else thought the same because the campus was packed with golfers hitting tennis balls...very strange. There were a couple of tools wearing plaid shorts and popped-collar light-pink polos.
And of course we had to finish the day off playing games: Ticket to Ride and Catan. Catan has always been the Ramsey-Hargrove game and because we're all pros we got to introduce the newest version we got for Christmas, Traders & Barbarians.
We're so glad the Ramseys live so close, I was super sad when they moved from Austin!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Train Game

So like I said before, Luke and I are part of a train game society with our friends Drew & Rachel and Kyle & Sara. Since we've introduced Ticket to Ride to them, both couples now own it. And Luke's brother Mark has bought one too. I think Days of Wonder and Alan Moon should give us some sort of advertising fee.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Operation: Colonial Chaos!

Friday, March 27, Luke and I helped with a Youth Scavenger Hunt at our church. It was a pretty intense ordeal and Kyle and the other planners did a great job putting it all together. Basically, the kids were divided up into 4 teams and they were trying to solve a case which ultimately was a guy building a brainwashing machine to take over the minds of tourists in Colonial Williamsburg and abroad. The teams started out with clues that lead them to a henchman who gave them another clue that they called into headquarters to receive their next clue. It seemed to be a lot of fun....I mean Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego was always my favorite computer game :)

So Luke's job was the Mercenary...he had to get the teams to cross the "electric fence" to retrieve a prized possession (an old Lexus wheel) in order to get the information he had for them. Good thing we had some Caution tape!
As you can see, Luke looked pretty ridiculous, underneath the leisure suit he had on an Obama t-shirt...which kind of confused some of the kids, haha. And that night it was raining and freezing outside. Luke was such a trooper!

My job was at the very end where I was a Technician explaining how the task of building a machine to destroy the brainwashing machine. All in all it was a fun night and I wish my youth group growing up was that cool.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Spring Break Hargrove Style

So this year for spring break, the Hargrove clan came to visit from Texas! They got here Saturday night (March 14) after a long night and day of driving.

Sunday, we took it pretty easy, and headed over to Jamestown Settlement, right next to our house. For dinner that night, of course Luke and I took them to our favorite local spot: Sal's by Victor. If any of you know us, Luke and I are part of a "Train game" society were we are obsessed with playing Ticket To Ride, so we played Sunday night (and I think another 3 times throughout the week).

Monday, we headed over to Historic Jamestowne, which was pretty neat getting to see all the actual artifacts and monuments from back in the day. Then we took a drive on the Colonial Parkway. I got a wii fit for Christmas, so Monday night we all had fun laughing at how bad we were at various fitness games. One of the hardest was heading soccer balls and dodging soccer shoes :)
Tuesday, we hit up Colonial Williamsburg, where we got to play parts in a mock court case. Luke and I were an engaged couple wanting to keep the right to my land by acting as though we weren't married. And Mark was a juror. It was a pretty entertaining event. We also got to see a reenactment at the Capitol. After touring CW we headed over to Yorktown. I tried to show them the jellies that my mom and I saw, but they were no where to be found...bummer.
All week long was cloudy/rainy/freezing, so when we got to Washington DC on Wednesday and it was sunny and warm, we were pretty excited. Luke found a place to rent bikes for the day for pretty cheap, so we decided to do that and tour the monuments. We ended up taking a tour of the Capitol too, which apparently is the thing to do in DC b/c it was packed out.
Thursday, it was gross and cold again, but we did head over to Arlington Cemetary and took the tour bus to see all the "famous" spots like the Kennedy graves and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After that we headed over to the Air and Space Museum for Ed. It must have been spring break and field trip week for everyone else too, because the place was packed out with kids running around trying to fill out questionnaires.
And Friday morning they headed out to Johnson City, TN to visit with Patti's brother David's family. We were sad to see them go, but we had fun while they were here!