GA/UK- Aaron Murray is a DGD

On Saturday, I got to attend my second Georgia game of the season. Hallelujah. This was the only game of the season that was late enough for me to get to. And I left work early and got to tailgate for a few hours, too.

Our family Christmas card picture

It was crazy being back in Sanford after not being there all season. It was like being home again after a long, long absence.

It was such a bittersweet game being Aaron Murray’s last one between the Hedges. He’s been Georgia’s quarterback the entire time I’ve known Ryan. And it was heartbreaking watch him tear his ACL and know that was the last time he would wear a Georgia uniform. Hopefully, one day he will be walking the sidelines as our head coach, after Mark Richt decides to retire.

I got to sit with my best girl. And we look like Angels. Um, fitting, I would say.

The Dawgs played an awesome game. I went and sat with Ryan, Chance and Mikey during the 4th Quarter because Sarah has bad influences in her life that make her leave early.

It was SOOOO cold!! I took Ryan’s hat, so he took my scarf…. Not how I had planned it, I have to say. Also not the most flattering angle, but two of my favorite guys.

But it was a great game and the Dawgs won! I’ve been crying all week reading articles about Aaron Murray. He was the epitome of a Damn Good Dawg. He always represented the University well and played like a champ. The Dawg Nation will miss him.


“Well, at least they care.”

Clearly, Aaron Murray isn’t a fan of my Spurrier is a Cock shirt.

Amazing, amazing game on Saturday. I did my usual: call Ryan, turned my phone off, got home and watched the game on DVR. Except that the TV had been left on ESPN, so I saw the score was tied with 4:22 left in the second quarter. I fast-forwarded through the first part, just to see how we’d gotten there and was caught up by halftime. I don’t remember who said it, but I don’t think we would have won if we’d played a cupcake first game. The entire team played great and had awesome moments. Great game and I would watch it all day long. I’m glad Aaron finally won the big game.

It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog.

Especially when Spurrier loses.

(Please go see Spurrier’s press conference after the game. I can’t find it, but it is classic Spurrier gold, especially when he’s talking about his defensive coaches getting in a fight. I can’t find it this morning, but I know it’s out there.)


Georgia/Clemson

My weekend technically started the Sunday before when my boss called me and said that we were going to close the store the Saturday of Labor Day. Well hallelujah, amen. An actual 3 day weekend.

So Ryan spent that week trying to find me a ticket for the Georgia-Clemson game so I could tag along with him and Alec. This whole summer, I’ve been more nervous than excited about football season. There’s a lot riding on it and some high expectations. While Clemson was interesting, this weekend will be more telling. Anyway.

Sarah was going up with some friends and I decided to surprise her. Now, good idea in theory. However, Friday night Ryan and I were discussing showering and he could tell I was slightly distressed, so he asked me what was wrong. So I told him. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to straighten my hair or leave it curly. And he was immediately sorry he asked, but we discussed it and I decided to wear it curly. See, Sarah would have understood and cared and helped me to see that the problem with leaving it curly was that I would have to wait for it to dry before going to sleep. Well, I spent the whole night panicking that my hair was going to look wonky the next morning. However, it was fine. That is a lot of words about my hair.

Saturday morning, we woke up and left AT SIX and met Alec in Commerce. However, he was 20 minutes late, which meant I could have slept for 20 more minutes. Oh, well.

And now I will stop complaining.

We got to Clemson and parked and decided to walk to Gameday because no one we knew was there yet. (It was 12 hours until kickoff. Ryan likes being early.)

There are lots of overalls at Clemson. I know it’s becoming trendy again, so I’m guessing that’s why.

Behind where Gameday was were some steps, so we just camped out there and watched the hoopla. There was a lot of orange.

This is what your tailgate looks like when you’re tagging along with two boys. Plus lots of beer and Woodford.

After a while, we started to want real food, so we walked downtown to find something. We ended up eating at Pita Pit, which I’m pretty sure is the first time I’ve eaten there sober.

We saw this on the way. (Let’s be real- I’m mostly including this so you can see my whole outfit.)

After Pita Pit, I got a snowcone after wanting one all summer long. This is the way to walk around Clemson- behind two guys carrying your coolers, eating a snowcone.

Then we headed off to find Sarah. And learned that Clemson is named after a person.

Found her!!

We hung out there for a while and it started raining, which panicked me a tiny bit because I totally forgot a raincoat. But it stopped eventually, so Ryan and I headed over to see some of my cousins who are Clemson fans. Sadly, no pictures.

Eventually, it was time to head into the game. We still had a lot of beer left over, so Ryan and Alec just left it sitting in the middle of the street. I did make him leave it open, so no one would think it was a suspicious package.

Clemson’s stadium is very difficult to get into, if you’re not familiar with it. Probably even worse than Georgia Tech’s. We did eventually figure it out. Obviously.

We were on the second to last row and it was SO STEEP to get up there. I couldn’t look up when we were climbing the stairs, or I would get really dizzy.

Their stadium is next to the river, which is kinda cool.

Clemson’s run-in is supposed to be the “most exciting 25 seconds in college football,” but it was a little lack-luster to me. I prefer it when the whole team runs in together. I did like our new flags though. I thought they looked good.

And then the game. Sigh. Well, first of all, I really like sitting between Ryan and Alec because I learned a lot. I know a lot about football, but they know way more than I do, so I think that’s always fun. All in all, it wasn’t that bad, but we lost, so it wasn’t that good either. I thought the muffed snap for a field goal and the fumble right before halftime were momentum killers and we just never really got it back. I didn’t think the defense was as bad as I thought they would be, but the offense wasn’t as good. And every one is saying it, so I’ll just echo it- our o-line was terrible and Clowney is going to eat Murray for lunch next week. Not good at all.

However, as Ryan said, if there was a game to lose, this one was it. Early in the season and non-conference. Hopefully, the boys will pick it up for this week. I know Spurrier is licking his chops.

 


Our Favorite Season

Well, it’s almost time for football!! (Well, technically kick-off starts tonight.) Georgia kicks off against Clemson Saturday night at 8:00, just the beginning of our nerve-wracking season. I’m very cautious about getting too excited.

So that means it’s finally time for our Georgia door hanger that Jamie gave us as a shower gift!

Of course, this really makes me wish that our door wasn’t brown. (If I had my way, it’d probably be red, but I also think that I would change it during the different seasons. Yes, that’s a lot of thought for a front door that I don’t have yet.)

And it’s interesting to me that in our Sunday School class, we are the only Georgia fans. We are way outnumbered by Clemson, Auburn, Tech and even Florida. Yikes.

Fingers crossed for a great season! Goooo Dawgs!!


In which my heart is broken

A few weeks ago, Georgia played Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. I’m sure you saw. It was a heartbreaker.

The day started out on such a high note.

I worked first thing, then headed down to the tailgate. We were so excited, Ryan just knew we were going to win. We met Pease and Ross at a pizza place along with everyone else from the tailgate. After eating (which was delicious), we decided to go to the SEC Experience.

Pease and I had to tag the chalkboard wall.

Going in to the SEC Experience. It was lame. We didn’t stay very long.

Getting ready to head into the game! I finally got my much-coveted red pants. That will never be worn again….

This is one of my favorite pictures of us.

The game. What can I say?

The best and worst game I’ve ever seen.

There were moments in that game where I couldn’t believe how happy I was. We were so close. The last three minutes, I stood there and whispered, “I believe, I believe, I believe.” I couldn’t believe nobody scored in the first quarter. I was even excited that we were down going into halftime because I thought that would put some fire in our bellies. On two of the touchdowns, Ryan looked at me at the beginning of the play and said, “Touchdown.” Really and truly, I believe it could have just as well been us that is playing for the National Championship. I have never been more proud of a team.

I didn’t realize what had happened at first. And then, I was just shocked. I really felt like my heart was breaking. I just stood there, unable to move, until Ryan finally told me it was time to go. It was hard just putting one foot in front of the other.

I’m not sure I’ll ever get over this loss. I’m not sure I really want to. This season was different for me. I only was able to go to 4 games. But every Saturday, about an hour before kick-off, Ryan would call me and then I would turn off my phone. I’d race home from work, having no idea what had happened and watch the game alone in my apartment. I’ll never forget jumping all over the place when we beat Florida. Or watching the South Carolina game with Sarah, which was dismal. But I’m proud of my team for coming back, for fighting.

I love my Dawgs. And this team will always have a special place in my heart.


A Wicked Saturday

Saturday was a great day! Ryan’s family came in from allllll over (Grandfather from Arizona, uncle and cousin from Nashville, Dad and brother from Virginia) to come to the game, so I took the day off and I finally got to tailgate and spend the whole day in Athens. Oh, I loved it! I have missed Athens and spending the whole day there. And because the game was late, I also got to see lots of friends! Basically, it was a perfect day!

Jamie and Kacina came to the game! It was great to see them and get to hang out! And eat Jamie’s famous apple dip. Plus, Kacina made these Heath potato chips. You haven’t lived til you’ve tried them. OMG.

Finally, after a looong day of tailgating, it was time to go into the game. Ryan and I headed in early with Zach to show him around (and try to convince him to come to Georgia).

Amazing sunset.

I mean, how you could you not want to go to school here?

Pretty soon, it was game time! I have to say, I was pretty nervous. We have a tendency to get lazy and drop easy games like this. But, we played awesome! Oh, I was so proud of how well and how hard we played. I love this team! It’s so fun to watch them play and see them have fun playing. I mean, when you win like that, how can you not have fun??

Final: 48-3! The best part was when Vandy scored a touchdown, but fumbled it into the endzone, so it got taken away. So funny to watch the scoreboard tick backwards!

I know that most people will say that Vandy is a cupcake team, but to me, this game was just a sign that we are on the right track and just need to keep doing what we’re doing.

When the Dawgs are winning, there really is nothing better!

Vols, watch out!

 

 


Pinterest Challenge: Wreath, Bulldog Style

I actually do pretty well with making the food that I pin on Pinterest. It’s the craft projects that I get hung up on. So for the Summer Pinterest Challenge, I decided to tackle a wreath that I’ve had the supplies for for about 9 months now. It’s a fall/football season wreath, so I still have to wait 53 days until football season to actually use it. But I’m glad I went ahead and completed it for Georgia’s National Championship year.

Bahahahahahahahaha

Well, hopefully not.

ANYWAY. Onto the crafts.

This wreath was my inspiration. I loved the stripes and the flowers, how they almost took up half the wreath.

Source: nestofposies-blog.com via Sloan on Pinterest

I also had a lot different flower tutorials that I used. I killed several Pinterest birds with one stone. I also just made a few stacked circle flowers. 

Source: ahootandaholler.typepad.com via Sloan on Pinterest

 

Source: littlebitfunky.com via Sloan on Pinterest

 

Source: jonesdesigncompany.com via Sloan on Pinterest

(I have no idea why that middle picture is behaving that way and I won’t see my HTML expert until Wednesday, so it’s just going to have to stay that way. Sorry. Very professional, we are over here.)

Here is my “cast of characters.” I forgot the fabric scissors, but truly having scissors dedicated only to fabric will make any crafts MUCH easier. (That is my tip from this whole thing.) Striped fabric, felt in different colors, hot glue gun, buttons (to up the cuteness factor), and a styrofoam wreath.

Next time I make a wreath like this, I would love to try the pipe insulation idea, but I had already bought this wreath form. I was a little worried how it would work because it has squared edges, but I didn’t think you could tell the difference.

The first thing I did was cut the striped fabric. I just counted a certain number of stripes and started cutting. After a while, all those stripes made me start to go cross-eyed. (Speaking of that, this picture sucks.)

I just wrapped the fabric around and hot glued it. It’s a little wonky, but I like that about it.

All of the flowers I made were super easy and have great tutorials for them, so I didn’t do step-by-step. But they aren’t hard to figure out at all.

I didn’t get any pictures of the stacked flowers. Oops. But so easy.

Then I arranged them all on the wreath form and hot glued them down. (Hot glue is my other tip. I LOVE it!)

And my finished product!

And a few detail shots.

I love this wreath and think it’s so fun and festive! It would be so easy to change to fit any theme or holiday. A navy striped one with yellow flowers and green leaves would be so super cute! Hmm that may be a project for next summer!

But for now, this one makes me excited for football season! Goooooo Dawgs! Sic ’em!