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!





Plants and Mothers

Any time I see a plant growing towards the sun like this, I think of Mama and of Mimi. When Mimi was sick and we would go visit her, we’d walk the halls of Plantation Estates and Mama would turn the plants in the around so they could start growing the other way. A few months ago, Ryan and I were somewhere and the plants were growing towards the sun. I turned them around so they could start growing the other way.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall. I am my mother after all.

There are worse people to turn into.

31 Days of Real Life: Day 17

Last night, in honor of Ryan’s birthday, we loaded up and headed to Decatur for dinner. We met my parents, his parents, his grandmother, Kylie, Chris, Chance and Kara. It was a fun night of laughing and hanging out. We were those obnoxious people that shut down the restaurant. It was a great way to celebrate his birthday.

Happy Birthday Ryan!

Happy Birthday to the sweetest, cutest, funniest, kindest husband there ever was! You’ve made the first six months of marriage a breeze! I can’t wait to spend 100 more years together! You’re my favorite.

Mimi’s Girl

Things have been a little quiet around here this week.

Last Friday, I got a call from Mama that I have been dreading for a long time now.

My sweet Mimi was gone.

This weekend, we celebrated her life and I loved hearing the stories everyone had of her. She was so loved.

We will always miss her. She was strong and fun and full of life. However, she never hesitated to spank me when I deserved it or tell me my eyebrows were too thin. :) While I am heartbroken that she is gone, God is still good and I am so thankful that she is whole and healed with Jesus and Mama’s brother, David.


When Christ shall come
With shouts of acclimation
And take me home
What joy shall fill my heart!
And I shall bow
In humble adoration
And there proclaim,
“My God how great Thou art!”

Engagement Dinner

At the end of February, some friends of my parents threw Ryan and me an engagement dinner to kick off the wedding season! Mr. Mark and Miss Terry hosted my family and Ryan’s at a great restaurant in Madison. It was a great time for (most of) our families to meet and get to know each other. Sadly, Miss Terry ended up in the hospital with gall stones and we missed her terribly, but we all had the best time.

(I didn’t even take my camera, so all of these are from Monica’s Facebook.)


Christmas Take Two

Well my goal was to be all caught up with everything Christmas and New Years before Valentine’s Day. I still have 9 days, so I think I’ll be okay.

Also, yesterday was 3 months until the wedding! Yikes! I feel like I have so much still to do!

Anyway, back to Christmas.

A few days after the 25th, we loaded up and headed to Charlotte to celebrate Christmas with Mama’s family. And Daddy was a saint because Mama and I sat in the back seat and watched Downton Abbey the entire way, but we couldn’t hear it on my computer, so we had to run the speakers through the Suburban’s speakers. So Daddy had to listen to Downton Abbey the entire ride to and from Charlotte. So sweet.

We got to Charlotte and had pizza and cake with everyone at Plantation Estates. I tried not to think about it being our last Christmas with Mimi too much, and I’m still trying not to. It won’t ever get easier.

But we had a great time talking and playing with poppers that Mama had bought and laughing and just being together.

Of course, Eula was a star. Big blue eyes, just like her Mama.

As always, we took our traditional cousin by height picture. Once upon a time, I was by far the tallest. And then I became the second-shortest and I guess Eula made Mary shrink because she’s now just slightly shorter than I am. And I guess soon, Grace will be taller than both of us.

There’s not very much I can say about this one.

After dinner, Mama, Daddy and I went over to SouthPark to look at their Belk because I wanted to look at Christmas china and flatware and just some other things we needed. I picked out our flatware, but couldn’t decide on Christmas china. When we got back to Uncle Mike and Aunt Julie’s, Aunt Julie showed me Mimi’s and offered it to me. And it was perfect.