Winter Wonderland

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Woke up to a beautiful winter wonderland scene at the Ranch in Prineville, Oregon. If yesterday was all about the White Christmas, today will be a play day with the Beyer family…just as soon as we find snow pants for Garrett!

{postscript} This post didn’t publish earlier today, so I can now report that we used the new *backyard* as our sledding playground for several hours, and plan to do more tomorrow. Photos to come!

Merry Christmas (and Boxing Day!) from the Teagues.

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Christmas Card 2012 | Extended Version

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Clockwise from top left: 1) Cheered with Portland’s “Timbers Army” at FC Dallas in July; 2) Garrett on the field at a Jacksonville Jaguars’ game, shooting video for the City of Jacksonville; 3) Lauren gets blasted with blue in the Color Me Rad 5K in September; 4) Striking the “Thinker” pose in Harvard Yard. Possibly our favorite photo from 2012!

Our Christmas cards should be dropping in a mailbox near you this week, unless the postman was extra speedy this year, and some of you have already seen the 2012 edition. In that case, thanks for checking out the new web address (and look) of our family blog, TeagueFC. We hope you’ll visit often and subscribe to get new posts from me & Garrett. Enter your email address in the box in the top right corner of the homepage, and new posts will be emailed directly to you,

One item I couldn’t fit on this year’s card was the recap of our highlights from the year, but by putting them here, I can also share more photos and links to posts from our favorite moments.

2012 with the Teagues…

Star Watching on NYE

January: Rang in 2012 at the Dallas Stars NYE game with the Teague family. Back in Florida, we played tour guide for Adam & Kirstyn (brother & almost sis-in-law) in Jax and Orlando.

February: Lauren goes 13.1 miles in 28 degree temps with Elysia (Jax BFF) at the “26.2 with Donna,” while Garrett watches from warm places. Lauren also gets in two cross-country trips with visits to Molalla and the Northern Trust Open in L.A (and back to Molalla!), with annual Valentine’s Day pizza making in between.

March: Danced the night away at Brian & Janelle Zipse’s wedding. Crossed Alabama off the travel list by roadtripping across the Florida panhandle to spend a Spring Break weekend with the Teague family in Gulf Shores. Moved just in time to host our annual Corndog Day party in the new house, with roomie Eric.

Beyer Family at Easter

 April: Surprised Mary (Lauren’s mom) on her birthday in Oregon, then enjoyed Easter with the Beyer and Ferrarin families. Garrett leaves the JU Soccer team to focus on rehabbing from sports hernia surgery, then earns his first 4.0 in  college (or…ever?).

May: Garrett starts video production internship at City of Jacksonville Parks & Rec department, but we still make time to cheer for our faves at THE PLAYERS at TPC Sawgrass and the US Mens National Soccer Team vs. Scotland (both in Jax).

June: Spent many weekends on friends Leif & Anne’s boat exploring the St. Johns River and Intracoastal. Lauren finishes the month in Washington D.C. for the AT&T National, and squeezes in an early morning tour at the Pentagon before flying home.

July: Mary, Roy and Garrett takes a turn surprising Lauren in Fort Worth during our annual summer vacation week with the Teague family. With our parents, we visited Possum Kingdom Lake, explored the Stockyards and Fort Worth. Then Garrett & Lauren cheered in the Timbers Army at FC Dallas to celebrate Garrett’s birthday.

August: Lauren hits the road for the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs, visiting Bethpage (NY), TPC Boston, Liberty National (NY) & East Lake GC (Atlanta) across five weeks. Garrett is asked to stay on with Parks & Rec as a real (paid!) employee, and starts producing JaxParks TV.

Our "Jax Family" celebrating in Hartford.
Our “Jax Family” celebrating in Hartford.

September: Celebrated the “Szeklefsen” wedding in Hartford, CT with our Jax friends, then explored Boston & Cambridge on Labor Day weekend. Also got a long weekend in Atlanta to visit our friends Russ, Alice, Brian, Marilyn & Elayna.

October: Lauren gets a taste of fall with a week in Oregon that includes crabbing at the coast, quality family & friend time, and helping with chores at the parents’ ranch!

November: Getaway on Thanksgiving weekend with Rick, Robbye, Cameron & Amy at Amelia Island, and witnessed the Jacksonville Jaguars’ first home win (and likely only) of 2012! Much to be thankful for as we approach the end of the year.

December: Christmas time is here again, and with it comes parties, family dinners, movie marathons and a week at each “home,” in Oregon & Fort Worth. We hope to see you on our travels!

Christmas Card 2012 | Extended Version

Christmas (Card) Time is Here Again

Enter December, and enter time to craft the annual Christmas card to our family and friends. Back in 2006, I graduated from Northern Arizona University in December, so I sent my graduation announcement photo as a holiday card, which started a tradition of cards reaching far and wide this time each year. Maybe its because I’ve been far away from those I consider dear friends, whether living in Arizona, Oregon or Florida, but I absolutely love sending out a Christmas card. Who doesn’t love getting mail? To that note, being on the receiving end of holiday cards has let me track my cousins as they grow up and provided a number of family photos I keep to display throughout the year.

As I wait for the 2012 version of the Teague (FC) card to arrive, I thought it would be fun to go back and look at how our cards have evolved since Garrett and I started sending them together. (Hint: click on one photo to see them all in a slideshow gallery.)

Expect the 2012 version to hit mailboxes in about a week (and I’ll share a version of it here too). It’s not too late to get on our list, so please send me an email or leave a comment if you want to be added! We moved earlier this year, so if our entry in your address book still has an apartment number in it, contact me to get the new one. We don’t want to miss your notes and photos as the year comes to a close.

Christmas (Card) Time is Here Again

Thankful

Thirty blessings I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving time…

  1. Faith and the comfort I find in within the peace of the Lord
  2. My husband, how he makes me laugh and takes such good care of me
  3. The Beyer & Ferrarin families back in Oregon that I miss so much! 
  4. The Teague family for embracing me as one of their own
  5. Our “Jacksonville family,” who we have grown to love as if we had known each other forever
  6. Good health and the fitness level I’ve achieved for myself this year 
  7. The PGA TOUR for being my dream job, and then making that dream a reality the last four-and-a-half years
  8. Video calls so I can “hang out” in my mom’s kitchen pretty much anytime I want
  9. Our nieces & nephew, for being my excuse to buy holiday candy and toys! 
  10. Cross-country flights (especially those that get me from here to there in 8 hours or less)
  11. Our roommate, Eric. Its great we’re able to help each other out and share this fantastic house
  12. Being financially comfortable (though we’re working hard to earn it!) 
  13. Four more years
  14. Technology that keeps so many of us connected, even when we’re thousands of miles apart
  15. Laughing babies on YouTube
  16. Clean water and sanitation
  17. Reliable electricity, air conditioning and heat on demand
  18. Girls nights, wine nights, movie marathons and fancy dinner parties
  19. Being able to brag about the Oregon State Beavers football season in SEC country
  20. 28 amazing years of life, and the hopes for a couple more “28 years” before its all over
  21. My grandparents, Mario and Jeanne, for unconditional love, teaching me what’s truly important in life, along with cribbage and how to swear in Italian
  22. Best friends. The kind that can go a month or two without talking, and pick up right where you left off, since a month or two isn’t much over a lifetime
  23. The military men & women who are away from their families at the holidays, whether overseas or standing watch, so our fellow Americans can celebrate in security and peace
  24. The cooking instincts I picked up from my mom. I take for granted knowing I can make a tasty meal or snack (or an entire Thanksgiving feast!) anytime I want
  25. My new Toms shoes, which I’ve worn every day since I got them three days ago. The fleece lining is amazing!
  26. Companies like Toms and the PGA TOUR, who give as much as they get. We should all be so generous to those who need help
  27. Memories of the last ten years…which keep me entertained, but thankful I’m past that point in life! 
  28. Friends across the country that I can call on when I’m nearby, like Annie in Boston, Ashley in L.A., Russ & Alice in Atlanta, and so on… 
  29. Living 10 minutes from the beach…even though I don’t appreciate this nearly as much as I should
  30. The approaching holiday season. It truly is the best time of the year as we get to see our families and friends near and far in the next couple months
Thankful

One Ski!

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Thanks to cooperating weather and accommodating friends Anne & Leif, we hit the waters of the St. Johns River on Sunday for a boating excursion. (A birthday boat ride was planned the weekend before, but the weather did not play along.) I was just along for the ride (no water sports in mind) until Anne declared she was going to try to ski. Watching her, then Adam & Leif, was all the motivation I needed.

One thing that’s different skiing here is that the mouth of St. Johns comes straight from the ocean, so it’s really really salty water, especially when you’ve grown up all your life in fresh water lakes. I’m a total girl about this, and will avoid getting my face wet (at least if I don’t have to). So I slipped into the river off the back of Leif’s boat, put on the two skis and had a good couple runs.

Since my head was now wet (thanks to wake catching and ripping off one ski), I gave a ski back to the boat and continue my summers-long quest (the last 3 years) to get up on one ski. A couple of “which foot goes forward?” trials later, I just stood up (Garrett’s favorite teach-from-the-boat phrase) and actually stayed up for about 30 seconds or so. Of course right after this photo was taken, I took my eyes off the wake for a split second, crashed and burned. But who cares?!


(Well, I did Monday when I woke up with a huge case of whiplash from the face plant…but four days later I can look over my shoulder again.)

Thanks Anne for grabbing the pic. I promise I’ll be as camera ready for you, next time!

One Ski!

HB, LT

HB, LT

Sunday I celebrated 28 years in my wonderful little life. My closest friends in Jax, who I refer to as my “Jax Family”, surprised me with a Sunday Funday at the Lee’s cottage. It was the best kind of birthday-day I could have asked for in Jax…other than the massive thunderstorm that dampened the boat plans! But, like it says…We do fun here!

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Futile Fourth

First off, can we make a rule that our National holiday deserves two days off work when it falls mid-week? Having two “Fridays” in no way makes up for the two “Mondays” or the random thoughts I had about attending tomorrow’s mass on the day-off. So screwy!

I grew up in a small town that gets out of its own way for exactly one week a year, around the Fourth of July holiday. There isn’t a rodeo, but our own Buckeroo (and fireworks show!) [with the world’s worst website, or I’d link to it]. And not one Parade, but two…a Kiddie Parade held an evening before the 4th of July Main Street Parade. Add in some dancing, late night pancakes in the park by the VFW and BBQ chicken dinner from the local Catholic church…and it’s a pretty epic week whether you’re six, sixteen, twenty-one or… (well, I haven’t been there since I turned 22 so I’m assuming it continues to be fairly entertaining as one gets older).

As a child, I assumed all towns had parades to celebrate Independence Day, but alas I grew up and moved to Jacksonville, to discover the only parade here is a never-ending stream of bicycles, with passengers displaying various stages of public intoxication, up and down First Street at the Beaches. Not going to lie, it’s pretty entertaining whether you choose to participate on cycle, or by waving from a beach chair at someone’s house party. But now that we’re married and old, our Beach time yesterday was about 30 minutes of grabbing coffee, surveying the scene at the end of Atlanti(c) Blvd, and getting the heck out of there before it got crazy.

Instead, our Fourth “celebrations” consisted of cereal & shakes for breakfast & cleaning the house. A planned movie date nearly went astray when someone (ahem, me) forgot the cinema passes (waited out the next showtime with leftovers for lunch and an episode of Rescue Me)…and then realizing said passes were not accepted on opening weekend of a flick like “Moonlight Kingdom.” (three stars, for those of you keeping score).

Things nearly got crazy when a freak thunderstorm knocked out power while we were attempting to find an open restaurant for dinner, so we met our friends (the Lees) for a traditional third-of-July meal of Greek food. The only true “Fourth” moment of the day? Despite the earlier rain, downtown Jacksonville’s fireworks show went off as planned. Somewhere in the 12 minutes of oohs, ahhs and sparkly showers raining down on the city, it finally felt like the Fourth.

Our viewpoint was somewhere in the bottom left of this picture. Borrowed photo from Downtown Vision, Inc.

After the show, my ringing ears confirmed it…next year, we’re Moo-Town bound!

Futile Fourth