A Great Weekend and the End of an Era

Long time, no blog. Excuses, excuses.

Anyway, last weekend was an amazing, tiring weekend. We closed the store on Saturday for Labor Day, so I headed to Mama and Daddy’s on Friday night with my little travel buddy. She’s getting used to car rides. We had dinner for Mama’s birthday and played with Leeney-girl.

On Saturday, Daddy and I got up and headed to Athens, while my sweet Mama kept our puppy.

I saw Pease, Kathleen, and Michelle for a while. (And Miss Sharon, Ross, Avery, Trey, MaryEllen…)

And then went back to our tailgate for the rest of the day. We’re in a new spot that has prime people-watching. I hung out with my girl for a while in her adorable new top that I’m going to have to borrow. (Sidenote: Red-Outs are stressful when red in not an “in color.” Also, look how happy my cute husband is back there. He is so in his element.)

Before we knew it, it was time to head into the stadium.

I was nervous, let’s just put it that way. New DC, new QB, lots of unknowns.

I went through the main gate and under the tunnel, which is my favorite. You come from below, people are mostly just milling around, getting programs and drinks, go under the tunnel, which is dark and cool(ish)

Out into the sun with 10s of 1,000s of people, all in red, cheering and yelling. So awesome. Gives me chills thinking about it.

I mostly sat through the pre-game alone, which was fine because no one could see my crying during the hype videos. Thank goodness for sunglasses.

So, the game. Man, the game. Oh, the game. I was so nervous. My fears didn’t really go away during the first half. And we aren’t historically known to make proper adjustments during half-time. However, we did. God bless Jeremy Pruitt. If Ryan’s said it once, he’s said it 100 times, our defense held them to 15 yards of total offense in the 2nd half. By golly, I’ll take it. That 4th quarter was something out of a dream. Hudson Mason played a decent game, Sony Michel is my new favorite player, and Todd Gurley is a beast. I mean, Herschel is calling him the best RB in college football. He may be a touch biased, but I am too. Amarlo Herrera was SEC Defensive Player of the week and Leonard Floyd better have double digit sacks this year. Glory.

But gosh, it’s so easy to get excited after great games like that. Which makes me nervous again for S. Carolina. It’s a vicious cycle.

Anyway, we sure were happy, though!

After the game, we tailgated for a while longer before heading to Mama and Daddy’s.

The next day, Mama and Daddy threw a party for Chandler and Hanna, so we spent all day at the lake getting ready for that. It was a good party, but it was super hot. We did take Jolene in the lake but I made the mistake of throwing her in, she went under and then swam under the dock. So she didn’t really like it. Poor thing.

Exhausted after swimming, playing with Otter, and running away.

On Monday, we cleaned up the house, took naps, Daddy and I went to Lala and Big Daddy’s and got some decorations for me (shutters and this awesome mirror frame- I’m so excited about them!) and before we knew it, it was time to go home and back to work.

As for my other news, for the last 2 and a half years, my work schedule has been Tuesday – Saturday. At first, I hated it because Saturdays are football days and hanging out days. But then I got used to having Monday all to my self to do whatever I wanted. And I loved it. Some days I did laundry (mostly not), most times I went to the grocery store, sometimes I’d go shopping and other times, I’d sit on the sofa all day and read or watch TV. And Ryan would get home and ask if I’d been in my pajamas all day. And sometimes, the answer was yes. :) But the other week was my last working Saturday. The whole thing was very unceremonious. And the truth is, there will still be Saturdays that I work here and there. But this year, I will be spending a lot of Saturdays in Sanford Stadium or watching football. Or doing stuff around the house or hanging out with friends. So this will be interesting, but also good. It will take some adjustment, but all three of us (Jolene included) are ready!





One Comment on “A Great Weekend and the End of an Era”

  1. It makes me so happy to see you more!!

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