Definitely realistic and achievable goals Rich!! Looks like 2013 is going to be a big year for you.
I think if you find a smaller meet in Texas that you can attend, you should just go ahead and enter. A bigger meet, like the one in Vegas I was in, might be a little intimidating. I didn't find the smaller meet in Vernon intimidating at all. Usually at a first meet, if you tell them so, the judges will go a little easier on you. For example, in Vernon, I fluffed my rack command and they let it go. Stuff like that. There are many things at a meet you won't get a feel for if your just a spectator. Just 2 cents worth to think about.
My Favorite Part Of Lifting Is Having The Opportunity
Meet PR's: (May 2014) Raw Natural
Squat 475 lbs
Bench: 286 lbs
Deadlift: 501 lbs
Total: 1262 lbs
Squat: 495 lbs
Bench: 300 lbs
Deadlift: 520 lbs/500X5
Total: 1315 Lbs