Last week was the most beautiful week and this weekend was pretty close to perfection. Friday night, Ryan and I stayed in and watched Gone Girl. I had read the book, but Alec had been telling Ryan he needed to see the movie for forever, so we rented it and watched it. I thought it did a good job of staying close to the book, but Ryan thought it was a little predictable, but he liked it.
Saturday morning, we woke up and Ryan fixed the best breakfast. I’m currently doing to food portion of 7 and this was one of the best meals I’ve had during it. I will say that it helps having a spouse that likes to experiment in the kitchen.
After breakfast, we took Jolene to Sweetwater Park for a hike. It was so beautiful. A little chilly when we started off, but we were soon taking off layers. And Jolene LOVED it. We will definitely have to go back more. It was only 30 minutes from us and $5 a car to get in.
After our hike, we ran some errands around town and just hung out at the house waiting on Ryan’s basketball game. I was a teensy bit sad that I missed National Readathon Day but it was just too nice to stay inside alone. I will make it up one day.
Yesterday, we went to church and Sunday School and then Ryan and Ross headed to Greensboro to bring the pool table up here. Ryan has been working on the basement and this was part of it. It was a little scary watching them and Daddy take those huge pieces of slate downstairs, but they did it! Now we just need to have someone come and put it back together and refelt it and we will be in business!
We ended the weekend at Clay’s with Pease and Ross and an early bedtime. I was definitely sad to see this weekend end.
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!
Weekends are good. Time to relax, hang out, see friends, we love them. Ryan and I had a great one.
Friday night, Jay and Rebecca came over for dinner and we grilled out and watched the Braves game. They have a boxer pup too, and we can’t wait to get Lady and Jolene together to play.
On Saturday after I got off work, Ryan and I started P90X-3. Oh, geez. It’s tough. But it’s only 30 minutes so we’re doing it. My abs are so sore, I’m having a hard time rolling over in bed.
Sunday morning, we taught Sunday School and had brunch since we finished our book. We did Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller and we all really liked it and could relate to it. After church and Sunday School, we came home to do P90X and play with our Leeney-girl before heading to the Braves game. Our Sunday School class went and we tailgated with them for a little bit before the game. Ryan got awesome seats from work so we got to sit in the club level.
The food was amazing- they had Asian, fajitas, pasta, the works. Ryan and I had hotdogs, because that’s what you have to eat at a baseball game. It was so nice to sit in the AC while we ate, though.
It was the perfect day to see the Braves because Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine were all inducted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame. They played a great game and ended up winning!
We came home and I did some things around the house while these two snuggled. Oh, my heart.
We had one of those perfect weekends with just the right mix of relaxing and busyness. We dogsat Cali, Ryan’s parent’s dog, so on Friday night, we took her for a good long walk and just hung out around the house.
Saturday, I worked while Ryan did some yard work and watched the World Cup. He’s been watching pretty much the whole thing and I have zero interest in it, so I’ve had lots of good reading time. That night, we went to Top Golf with Pease, Ross, Claire, and Jonathan. It’s really cool and fun, although it’s not cheap at all. Definitely not an every week thing, but fun every once in a while. Basically, the premise is you’re trying to hit golf balls into targets, which is a lot more fun that just playing golf. It was also insanely busy. They are raking in the $$$ and apparently already have plans to build 3 more around Atlanta.
Sunday morning, I ended up sleeping in a little bit and we decided to skip church and just go to Sunday School. If we don’t make it to the 8:45 service, we just probably aren’t going to church. After Sunday School, we had brunch with Sarah and Jim and when we were finishing up, Matt Stafford and Kris Durham and a few other people walked in the door! It was random and kinda funny. Ryan saw him first and thought, I know that guy from somewhere and then he realized where. It was also funny because we were kind of used to seeing him out in Athens, so it wasn’t THAT weird to see him. He was wearing gym shorts and a t-shirt, but he has 100s of millions of dollars. I wonder what he was driving….
Anyway, after brunch we came home and I pulled some weeds in the back, so Cali could run around and play. Pete and Monica came and picked her up and then Ryan watched the World Cup while I read. Sarah came over and borrowed our ice cream maker for the weekend and we talked some more. I love those friends that you just don’t run out of things to talk about.
Ryan and I ended our evening with wings and we came home and watched an episode of Halt and Catch Fire, which I’m not totally on the bandwagon of and the Bachelorette. Josh Murray is safe for another round, so we will keep watching. However, if I were not watching for him and was just a random observer, there is no way in heck I would spend two hours watching that show. If people can wrap up the entire storyline of a movie in 2 hours, surely you can wrap up a week of a dating show in that amount of time.
Okay, rant over. It was a wonderful weekend and now it’s back to real life, complete with laundry, the grocery store, and a run to Ikea. Life is good.
Ryan and I got back Monday from a weekend in Chicago. He was there last week for work and I joined him Friday night for a little belated anniversary trip. Here we are in The Bean, with the city behind us. Chicago has wonderful art and architecture all over the city. I loved it!
Is it okay to do a weekend re-cap on Wednesday? Because we had a good weekend and I want to document it.
Last week was busy and Ryan and I were like two ships passing in the night, so on Friday, we decided to stay home and hang out together. There’s a basketball court near our house that he’s been going to quite a bit, so this time, I decided to join him.
It’s been YEARS since I shot a basketball regularly and it shows. It was nice to be outside together though and enjoy the nice weather.
Saturday night, we all celebrated Kathleen’s birthday! We had dinner at Six Feet Under and then went to Joystick Bar, which is a bar with vintage video games! So cool!
Six Feet Under is really close to Chance’s growler shop and I hadn’t been yet, so Ryan and I went down there early to see Chance and Otter and get a few growlers and check out his place.
Otter!!! She wouldn’t sit still for a picture, but she was so good with all of the customers in there! I told Chance they needed to have t-shirts with her on them.
Dinner at Six Feet Under was delicious, even if we did have to wait almost an hour and a half for our table. But it was totally worth it. We got the gator bites as an app and most of us had the combo tacos for dinner. So good.
And of course, we had cupcakes for dessert. Mine was Snickers- delightful!
Joystick Bar (or Cafe? I can’t remember) was next on the agenda. I had never heard of it, but it was super fun! Truthfully, I didn’t play a ton of video games growing up, so it was fun to learn some new ones.
After we spent all of our quarters, we went and played jenga in the lounge next to the bar. For me, that was the most fun of the night. We all sat around and talked and pulled those little blocks out. We need to have more game nights.
Finally, the clock struck 12 and our carriages were all turning back to pumpkins, so we headed home. It amazes me the lack of stamina I have now.
I just love these girls.
On Sunday, we skipped church and just went to Sunday School. We had a small class, but it was fun and there was great discussion.
Mama came over on Sunday to help me finish painting the kitchen and just do some other stuff around the house on Monday. She got right to work when she got there. :)
Pete, Monica, Cali, Kylie, and Mama R came over for dinner. Cali loved running around the yard. We also dealt with frisbee on the roof 2.0. I’m about to ban frisbees from our house. (And yes, that makes 4 dogs at our house and none of them ours. :( Actually, 5 because Sarah brought JoJo to Bible study last week. But things are getting ready to calm down for us around here so that’s good news on the dog front.)
We squeezed all 7 of us around the dining room table. It was tight, but we all had room, so that was a relief. Monica brought burgers to grill and potatoes and Kylie made a salad and Mama R brought fruit. It was so good and we were all stuffed afterwards.
But, we all found a little extra room for s’mores.
All weekends should end with s’mores.
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.