Life Lately

Life has been kinda crazy around here. This is just a recap of almost everything we’ve been up to.

When we went to our final inspection of the house, I took some pictures of the dogwood in the front yard. I am soooo happy about it!! We need to see about the ivy growing on it because I’m scared it’s killing the tree.

After we closed on the house, we had dinner at Marlowe’s Tavern. Their tomato bacon jam is amazing!

I was packing/cleaning up one night and Ryan stuck a hanger over his head. Then he couldn’t get it off. It was hilarious! He finally had to break it to get it off.

In the midst of all of our packing, cousin Heidi’s book showed up!!!! Along with this delicious chocolate. I’m super close to finishing, but I’m waiting for a big block of time. But so far, I have loved it. I’ll give it a proper review when I’m finished, but I highly recommend it. You can pick it up on Amazon!

The Friday before we moved, we had dinner for Kylie’s birthday. It was sooo good, even though I’m terrible about remembering where we’ve eaten. I do, however, remember that amazing caramel cake from Piece of Cake.

Saturday, we headed to Athens for Twilight and for the sorority’s IRD. I miss Athens. I will never stop missing Athens.

For old time’s sake, we went to General’s for a drink. It hasn’t changed a bit. It made me happy. I’m a little crazy-eyed in this picture.

Sunday morning, we were up bright and early to move. Ryan, Ross and I started off with the breakfast of champions- Waffle House.

It was kinda funny seeing Ryan drive up in that big U-Haul.

After we got most of the big stuff moved on Sunday, Ryan and I spent the rest of the week getting all of the little stuff and cleaning. Ugh.

Our last meal at the apartment- Jimmy Dean’s frozen croissants. They were actually really good.

The house right after we moved in. It’s still a mess, but most of this stuff has cleared out. We just have a lot of furniture we need to buy to unpack everything into.

Last weekend, we went to my parent’s for Big Daddy’s birthday. Sunday was our one year anniversary, so Ryan woke me up super early and we went to Waffle House, just like we did the morning before the wedding.

The top of our cake! It was still delicious, even a year later! Of course, Ryan ate one bite and I ate the rest of it. I think I need to try Whole 30 again to detox myself from all the sugar.

On Friday, Ryan went to Shaky Knees and I went to the Braves game with some Sarah, Jamie, Kacina, Brie and Elizabeth. It was raining and yucky before the game, but it cleared up when we got there. Plus our seats were covered.

Saturday night, I headed home for Mother’s Day. It was just the four of us on Sunday and Mama cooked lunch. It was nice how we all just fell back into our routine and sat down in the dining room where we had always sat. I found a few old pictures when Mama and I were going through some stuff.

Chance was buttoning his shirt all the way to the top way before Ryan did it.

It’s a little hard to see in this picture, but the collar on this dress was HUGE. I remember thinking this was the prettiest dress EVER. (I think both of these pictures were taken for the Mr. and Ms. Sweetheart Pageant (that is a hard word to spell) that the Pilot Club put on for a few years. So yes, I was in a pageant once or twice. One year, the girl that won gave us all chicken pox.)

And that just about wraps us up. We’ve had a busy few weeks and we’re about to have a few more busy weeks. It’ll be nice when things relax and we can get the house painted and in order. I think we’re both getting a little tired of living in chaos.

 

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Luck O’ The Irish

Some days are, dare I say, lucky. And some times, those days just happen to fall on St. Patrick’s Day.

First of all, I slept in until 10. I’m not sure if that’s lucky or lazy, but I don’t care.

Daddy came into town to bring Big Daddy to the doctor, so we went out for lunch. We had lunch at Marlow’s Tavern and they brought us a basket of free chips! They were super yummy.

After we got home from lunch, I grabbed the mail and received a check for $75 because my car had depreciated in value from a little accident I had gotten in in the Target parking lot! I wasn’t expecting that at all, so it was totally exciting!

I also got to pick up my new glasses yesterday! Yay! I like how they look, but I’m just waiting to make sure they don’t give me a headache.

I then headed to the mall. Monica wanted me to pick some stuff up for her at Anthropologie and I had my birthday coupon burning a hole in my pocket. I found a few tops, a jacket, and a vase that I had wanted at Christmas. Not so lucky for Ryan.

After the mall, I went to meet Ryan at work. I got to see his office for the first time. About time, since he’s worked there for almost two years now.

Then we went to downtown Roswell to meet Pease and Ross at Mac McGee’s for dinner. It was yucky and overcast outside, but was fun and awesome inside. They had an Irish menu and the food was great. We just had fun hanging out and talking. Much different from the St. Paddy’s Day of the past, though. Of course, we had to drink a Guinness. It tastes good, but I swear it’s like drinking a loaf of bread.

We were home by 9 and I still got an episode of Scandal in. Slowly, but surely I’m catching up.


Three

This week is kind of a big week for Ryan and my (my’s? mine?) relationship. Sunday the 4th was our 6 month-versary and Wednesday (yesterday) the 6th was the 3 year anniversary of our first date. (Sidenote- we both forgot about the 6 month thing until Monica posted it on Instagram. Oops.)

So, just like we’ve done for the past 3 years, on November 6, we had dinner at Tananka. The food is amazing, but the company is even better.

Too busy eating to smile. We each get two rolls and then one to share. Ryan always gets the same thing, but I change it up.

One of the hardest parts is deciding which to eat last.

After dinner, Ryan took a different way home, which I thought was a little weird but whatever. I was on my phone (yes, I know. Shame on me.) and looked up and we were way out of the way. I asked him if we were going to trivia (we had talked about going during dinner) and he said no and then I realized we were meeting Pease and Ross! Which was kinda funny because I had called her earlier that night and she hadn’t answered. So we had a drink and talked for a long time, including the story of Ross getting in a fight in middle school.

And we took a picture because we don’t have many pictures of the four of us. Love these peeps.

So thankful this guy took me out those three years ago. I can’t imagine life without him.


Couples Oyster Roast

(I got out of order. This party came before the Bachelorette party. Oops.)

While we were engaged, Ryan’s third set of parents, Bev and Sonny, threw us an oyster roast for all of the tailgate crew. It was a relaxed, chill night and we all had a lot of fun shucking oysters, eating and hanging out.

Bev and Sonny gave us a fryer! We are so excited to use it soon and have lots of parties with it!

Mama gave me some squirrel pillows and note cards with my new initials. Pease and Ross also gave us a set of Falcons glasses and some hot sauces. It was the only wedding gift I let Ryan use before we got married.

We are so excited!!

*All photos courtesy of Monica’s Facebook.

 

 

 


NYE 2013

I’ve never been a big fan of New Years Eve. It’s always a big hype and then it’s not even really all that fun. The past few years, we’ve been traveling for Georgia’s bowl game, which is kinda nice because we have an excuse. But after having our hopes of a National Championship dashed, we weren’t too thrilled about going back to the Capital One Bowl.

So, it was the perfect excuse to just stay in and have a chill night. Ryan’s old roommate, David, usually throws a party, so there were about 30 of us over there. We just hung out and laughed and had fun before it was time to watch the ball drop!

Best part- Brian and Melissa were in town from San Fran! It’s usually pretty heavy on the testosterone around David’s, so it’s always nice to swing the favor a little towards the female side.

And they brought their doggie, Spencer! He even has his own Instagram feed. Ryan and Spence had a bonding moment.

(By the way, I always wonder if my kids are going to read these blog posts and wonder what the heck Instagram is. Or if it’ll be something like 8-track tapes that we laugh about. Oh, ha ha ha, look at Mom and Dad’s huge iPhones! They thought they were so cool and hip!)

Anyway.

Pretty soon, it was time to pour the champagne and start the countdown!

And then, I was in bed by 12:30. It may be one of my top 3 New Years of all time.


Celebrating America

Our usual 4th of July shenanigans were disrupted this year because of real life and work. But this year was still fun, just a little more low-key. The fact that it fell on Wednesday didn’t really help matters that much.

We started with a tomato sandwich and the pool with Alec and Billy. It always feels like the 4th with a tomato sandwich, no matter where you are.

This is my usual pool/beach attire. Huge hat, sunglasses, and SPF 30. I promise my sunglasses don’t look that big in real life. Even though Ryan hates them.

After the pool, we went to dinner with Ryan’s parents at Bricktops. I had the fish tacos and they were awesome! The frog statue behind me makes my hair look ridiculous.

Even though my outfit was neutral, I jazzed it up with my nails.

After dinner, we walked down to Lenox to watch the fireworks. They were spectacular! I love fireworks.

And I love the 4th of July and celebrating our country. We life in a great country and I’m proud to be an American.

(Cue Lee Greenwood.)


An Unlikely Recommedation

If you had ever told me that this guy would be giving Sarah and me Restaurant Club recommendations, I don’t think I would have believed you.

But he did and it was actually good! Sarah and I went to Truffles Grill near Lenox. Sarah and I both had the spinach salad, but she had salmon on hers and I had the crab cake. I’m a big fan of crab cakes and this one did not disappoint! The salad also had apple and sugared pecans. It was yummy. All of their menu is fresh and made to order, so they can pretty much do whatever you want!

For dessert, we chose the blondie, which had a scoop of ice cream and layers of chocolate and butterscotch chips. It was AH-MAZING!

But as usual, the best part is getting to hang out with this girl and catch up on life. I’m so lucky to have such great friends in my life that listen to my crap and make me laugh.