All 4 roommates finally in the same place at the same time, hair fixed and dressed up. St. Patrick’s Day + Virginia Highlands + 3 of my favorite people= a good time had by all. I always love a theme outfit.
Now to get us together again like that so maybe next the picture I only have one chin.
And Sunday night was spent eating corned beef, mashed potatoes, kale, and cheese sauce. The rest of the evening was spent in a coma.
I’d say it was a successful St. Patrick’s Day.
On January 30, our beloved Sarah turned 25. So we headed out to a local British pub for dinner and celebrating! And it made us want to go out to eat more. So we’ve resolved to go try the great restaurants in our area more. Which reminds me, we need to pick one for February.
My curly headed girl,
You make me laugh, you put up with my crap, you let me borrow your clothes without telling you, and most importantly, you introduced me to Downton Abbey. Living with you has stretched me and made me a better friend and roommate. I can’t wait to see what our lives will bring us!
Yes, it’s true.
The Grove really is as wonderful as they say it is. It’s impossible to put into words and pictures just don’t do it justice. I will try and I will fail. Truthfully, it’s just something you have to experience for yourself. So if you ever have the chance, don’t hesitate.
As usual, though, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Friday after work, everyone gathered at mine and Sarah’s house (and Whitney and Annie’s) to leave. We planned to leave at 6 and I believe we pulled out at 6:02. We were pumped.
Unfortunately, the parentals were in the suburban, so it was caravan time for us!
We arrived in Tupelo around 11:30 America time. Just enough time to hang out and have a few beers before bed.
Alas, at 2 a.m., our room was awoken by the sound of a key card opening our door and a girl exclaiming, “What the HELL?!?!” Yes, apparently our room had been double booked. Just like the last time we went to Mississippi. Fortunately, this time we got there first and didn’t have to move. Yay!
After leaving Tupelo around 6:30, we got to Oxford to head to The Grove! And it was already hopping at this point. These people know how to tailgate. As they say, “We may have lost a few games, but we’ve never lost a party.” Seriously, I would wear a t-shirt that said that.
Of course, the speed limit is 18 mph for Archie Manning.
I am just so in love with this tradition. I’m telling you, the pictures don’t do it justice. Tents as far as you could see, every table adorned with table clothes, flowers, and beautiful food. Candelabras and chandeliers. And all of it under the shade of the most beautiful oak trees. It was just magical.
Of course, the best part of any tailgate is the people you do it with.
Before we knew it, it was game time. The first half was good football, but the second half left a lot to be desired. But we won, so that’s all I’m going to say about that.
(I don’t know what’s wrong with my eyes, but the sun was super bright. Oh, and Alec and Mikey’s. haha)
I’m just glad we won the game AND the party!
This Saturday, we played the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.
(Apparently a Chanticleer is a mythical, wise chicken. FYI.)
So we got our first win! Yay! 59-0
Truthfully, after the Dawgs scored 21 points in the first quarter, I kinda stopped paying attention. Daynes came to the game with me and we just sat and talked the whole time. Sooooo, no game recap. Oops.
And Sarah woke up with a migraine Saturday morning, so no SK either. :(
BUT, it was still fun and a win, so that makes it A+.
Not the best picture of us, but we now have the same haircut. Fitting since Daynes is the one that referred me to the Paul Mitchell School. Also, not a great angle for me. But, oh well.
The parentals got to sit in a sky box for the game, but they humbled themselves enough to come hang out with us for a minute.
And I FINALLY got to take a scoreboard picture! Whoohoo!!
And we were finally in good moods after the game to get a picture. This is why I always want to take pictures before because you never know how you’re going to feel after.
If we had lost to Coastal Carolina, well, that may have been the worst game I’ve ever seen.
But we didn’t, so let’s not even talk about it.
And next week, we get to travel to Oxford! So excited about the Grove and hoping the state of Mississippi doesn’t do us wrong again this year.
Well, there’s nothing like a weekend post on Thursday, right? With no pictures at that! Well, a few.
Also, Sarah has already blogged the pictures, but I’m going to again anyway.
Friday night, Ryan and I watched the first Harry Potter movie because he hasn’t seen any of them. We made a deal that he has to watch the first 3, then he could decide if he wanted to watch the rest. He thought it was ok, but he didn’t feel the urge to watch the rest. But I think they just get better, so I’m hoping he’ll like the rest of them.
Saturday morning, Ryan had to babysit, so I drove home and Sarah and I made bacon pancakes from Pinterest.
Saturday afternoon, I worked and then came home to hang pictures and move furniture around. Ryan and Matt came over to help. We couldn’t have done it without them. The house looks SO much better! We still have some pictures to hang, but we’re getting closer! When it’s done, I’m going to be sure to take pictures.
Unfortunately, our air conditioning wasn’t working, so it was hot as heck. Yuck. And yay for crappy landlords that don’t return our emails. Not.
Sunday, Pease and Kelly had a wedding shower for Rachel. It was a lot of fun and the food was GREAT, but I didn’t take a single picture. But she got some really great, cute stuff. And then Burlesie was in town, so we had dinner and again, I didn’t take a single picture. It was great to see everyone! We ate at Treehouse, and for the second time I’ve eaten there, it rained. And the cool thing about that restaurant is the outside porch. Oh, well.
It was a great weekend, but I’m really excited this weekend to just RELAX before life gets crazy with football! I’m sooo excited!!
Last week was crazy! I seriously did something every night, except Tuesday. So I’m just now getting around to remembering the Bach weekend. It was fabulous! We had a great time relaxing, talking, laughing, partying, eating, just having fun! I’m going to mostly let the pictures do the talking, but as always I’ll add my commentary. ;)
We left in a few different groups. Michelle and I left from Greensboro and Peaser, Kelly, Katy, and Claire left from Atlanta on Thursday night and then Rachel, Whitney and Kathleen left on Friday.
Of course, being who we are, Michelle and I left 2 hours late. But, it gave me time to bake brownies, so I was ok with that!
We all got to the house after midnight, so we explored the house and talked a little before hitting the hay. We were getting up early to head to the beach!
It was a gorgeous day!
This was my view for most of the day. I sat under the umbrella and still got fried. But it was a great view!
Of course I had to build a sandcastle. It was much smaller without Iz to help me.
After the beach, we headed back in, got ready, ate dinner and Rachel, Kathleen, and Whitney finally arrived! So we headed out! The first bar we went to was super sketch, complete with a DJ playing songs from YouTube and a siren going off every minute and a stripper pole. Needless to say, after a few drinks, we left.
Check out the burn. Also, after looking at the pictures, I realized that I basically wore the same thing both nights: neutral tank and white shorts. Haha oh well.
(Sorry. I have to. ;)
The next day, the beach was not quite as nice to us. It was cold and windy and cloudy. Boo.
These 3 brave souls did go put their toes in the water. They reported it was much colder than the day before.
Katy entertained us by doing a few cartwheels.
But we did get a group picture before we left!
And then it started raining. And kept raining. And we realized the beach was empty. So we left. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just a beach shower, it was an all-out rain. So we headed back to the house and all took naps and got ready for the lingerie shower and dinner!
One of the cutest was Whitney’s gift: she did “naughty” and “nice” presents! Such a great idea that I am definitely stealing! (Pease has gotten very good at taking pictures holding her presents.)
After opening the gifts, we all took individual pictures with Pease (that I will spare you from. But any Bach weekend girls, email me and I’ll send you yours!) But I am going to include mine, since this is my blog after all. ;)
Group pictures! Sorority friends! (We missed Burlesie, though!)
All of us! One of the things I have been grateful for during this wedding “process” is that I’ve been able to be at all the showers and other bridesmaid-related events (for lack of a better term). I’ve loved getting to know all of these girls and definitely feel like we’ve all become friends. This makes me really excited about the wedding day!
After showering her (and Ross!) with lingerie, we headed to JMac’s for dinner. It was decent, but the prices were a little high and the portions were a little small. But the other room was full of old fraternity men, so that was fun!
Then, of course, we headed out! First next door to a pool hall that was interesting.
And then we headed to Brogan’s to be with “our people” a little more. (I have no idea what this picture is about, by the way!)
After this picture we took, it was definitely time for us to head home so we could get up the next morning and go home. Of course, once again, Michelle and I were the last to leave. Totally my fault this time, though. Haha
On the way home, I had some tire pressure issues, so Michelle and I had to stop and put air in the tires.
But we made it home!
And then I got back in the car and drove to Atlanta to pick Ryan up from the airport. Totally worth it.
This honestly could not have been better! We all had a great time and loved relaxing and being together before the craziness of this coming weekend! We can’t wait!
Last week, I was reading Donald Miller’s latest book and he had a quote in there that struck me. “Writers don’t like to write, they like to have written.” I feel that way about blogging right now. I’m struggling with the whole blogging process. So I’m fighting through.
A few weekends ago, the sorority had our Reunion Day. Several people from our pledge class all came for lunch and the speaker. Afterwards, we had a groundbreaking for the remodel of our house. The “new part” is almost 50 years old and we have just outgrown it. So, it is being torn down and rebuilt and it will fit more into the style of the original house, which is fabulous.
All of the alumni after lunch
Our pledge class that was there. I’m kinda annoyed that no one told me to fix my bangs.
Of course, we took this one first. Much more typical.
Then we headed back to the house for the groundbreaking.
And then my camera died.
But I kept going! First I walked down to the stadium to meet Ryan and Sarah for the last 8 minutes or so of the G Day game. After that, Ryan and I went to a tennis match, which is the best sport I never went to my 4.5 years of college. It was a lot of fun!
For dinner we met back up with Sarah and Jason and Kacina at Mirko. It was delicious and great to see them! We need to all get together more often.