Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ready for my off week!

That is the biggest understatement of the year! I have really worked a lot in the past week and I am on my 9th day in a row with one more to go. I also have one 12 and 2 doubles in that mix of days, but who's counting right? It has been a really weird week and I am incredibly ready for our vacation! In less than two weeks, I will be enjoying myself, reading books, and sunbathing for 10 straight days! The other night, I started making a list of what all I want to do and where I want to eat during our time and really see how much $$$ I should plan on for our meals. I emailed the tentative schedule to Kent and boy did he have a time with it! He just didn't understand my concept! Whatev! He wanted to go to the water park one day while we are there, but it's only open on the first full day that we are there and I don't want to feel rushed since that's the night that we are going out to a "birthday dinner" for me. We are going to cook several nights in the condo since we will be glued to the tv while the Saints play and it will be the first Saturday of college football. I can't wait!
Kent also informed me yesterday that as my birthday present he wants to get me tickets to an Alabama game! YEAH!! I haven't been to a Bama game in like 4 years and it's about time we go to one! We've been to a Georgia game every year that we've been together so we have to make it fair right!?!
Yesterday at work, I felt like I was on my own episode of mystery diagnosis. At around 5am I started itching and noticing a couple of bumps on my forearm. By 6am it was all over my arms from my wrist to my elbows. I thought I was gonna scratch myself to death. They let me leave a little early and I stopped by WalMart and got some meds. So if you saw a crazy lady tearing open a box of Benadryl walking out to her car, it was me. I got home, bathed 3 times and got in the bed. After 50mg of Benadryl, this girl was OUT!!! I really slept good though! I woke up around 5:30 and there was only a couple of red dots left. I still have absolutely no idea what it was, and I probably don't want to know!!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010


The morning after the wedding, we left on a girls trip to Panama City Beach to celebrate my niece's sweet 16. We got to our condo around 11, changed and layed out by the pool since check in wasn't until 3. There ended up being 6 teens and 6 adults in a 2 bedroom condo. Honestly, it really didn't feel like it! We weren't in the room very much and all of the girls were in the master with a king size bed and 2 air matresses. We ate at Margaritaville, Hammerhead Fred's and Pineapple Willy's. I must say that PW was my absolute favorite! I went sky coasting for the first time and we just relaxed by the pool and now I have a wonderful tan line.

And let's be honest, going to the beach with a bunch of teens and adults that look great in their bikinis has inspired me to get my fat tail into shape! Today is day 4 of doing Jillian Michaels 30 day shred and so far I'm down 0.8lbs. I just need to stay committed and motivated!! I mean, I have another beach trip in 3 weeks and plan to lose 10lbs before then!

Blaine & Lauren's Wedding

Last Friday night was Blaine & Lauren's wedding. I had never been to a wedding at the Tutweiler Hotel, but it was beautiful. It had been raining on and off all day, but when the time came for the wedding it stopped. Just until they started saying their "I do's." The wedding was outside and since we are family, we sat up close, so we got drenched. But it was still perfect! They brought out umbrellas to hold over the couple and it just so happened the maid of honor was the bride's sister, the best man was the groom's brother, and the officiant was the groom's dad. Did you get all of that!?! Therefore it became a family affair all scrunched up together to finish the ceremony. I didn't get any pics of the ceremony, but I did get some of the reception. The groom doesn't really like sweets except for donuts, so his "cake" was a tower of krisy kreme with strawberries mixed in. Can you say YUM!?!

Here we are right after coming in looking like wet dogs:)
I also took the opportunity to to snap a pic of Kent with the groom and one of his other first cousins.
Here is the beautiful couple dancing their first dance as a married couple...It was so much fun! The food was delicious and the band was really good. Of course I had to take a self portrait of Heather and I:) It just wouldn't be the same if I didn't!!

And let's be honest, I'm really good at it!! I wore my new dress and Carrie Bradshaw inspired shoes that got lots of compliments:) Congratulations Blaine & Lauren! We love you both!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Funny videos...

The past couple of work weeks, Jennifer and I have been watching a lot of funny videos online. If you love Zach Galifinakis as much as we do you have got to stop what you are doing and watch his skit on SNL Pageant Talk. I can't tell you how many times we have quoted pieces of that while we are at work. Even posting quotes as our facebook status.
I tried to upload some video clips, but unfortunately this computer is not letting me. Sad day...

We've also thoroughly enjoyed the trailer to the new movie Due Date that I have to wait until November to see.

Lastly, words could never truly describe this if you haven't seen it...

Class of 2000

This year is my 10 year high school reunion. I must say that I have mixed feelings about it. There is a part of me that is excited about it, and a part of me could truly care less. However, I am having a blast looking through music from our high school days! Here are some of my choices for our mixed CD...

MMMBop by Hanson
Tearing Up My Heart by NSYNC
Waterfalls by TLC
This is How We Do I by Montell Jordan
Amazed by Lonestar
Good Riddance by Green Day
I'll Be by Edwin McCain
Hanging Around by Counting Crows
Wanna Be by the Spice Girls

It's been really interesting to look back and see what I really listened to back then. I also have decided that some songs are best left in the 90!!! Like Sysco-the Thong Song, Anything by Ricky Martin, Oops I did it again by Britney Spears. Lets be honest, if I never hear any of those, my life would be complete!


I have always loved going places and I have several trips coming up that I thought I would share and see if you (anyone ever read this thing?) have any suggestions for eating out, places to go, etc.
So this weekend, I am heading to Panama City beach to celebrate a girls weekend for my niece's 16th birthday. There are 10 of us going and we are staying in a 2 bedroom condo. That should be very interesting! Thank goodness only 2 days worth of bathrooms to fight over. HAHA!! I've only been to PCB twice and once was for my senior trip 10years ago. Alot has changed since then!!! I know that we are going to eat at Pineapple Willy's though!

On Sept 3rd, we head to Gulf Shores for 10 night. For our anniversaries, we've been to Mexico and Jamaica. Kent decided this year, he wanted to stay local and spend a full week in Gulf Shores. We go there a lot, but we've never stayed more than 4 nights, so he wanted to "live down there" for a little while. (He's weird sometimes.) He decided this before the whole oil debacle, and never wavered about continuing our plans. He says we need to go and support our local people. And I totally agree! We really lucked up with an amazing rate, and were able to stay 10 days. We are leaving when Kent gets off work on Friday and that Monday is Labor Day, so he's still only having to take 5 days of PTO, so it worked out perfectly. I did have quite a scare Monday when I received a call that our condo was double booked for the first 3 nights we are there. After a full day of emailing and researching, the lady called back with a solution. We are staying in the same complex, we just have to move condos on Monday. It's not ideal, but I really couldn't find a better price that was beach front that allowed dogs.
We are planning on cooking some while we are there too, but we must visit our favorite places! Like Bahama Bob's, Lulu's, Big O's for breakfast, Wolf Bay. Do you have any musts when you go down there?
And my last vacay that is planned for the year is in December. Guess where I will be!?!


I cannot tell you through this computer how incredibly excited I am about this!!! My sister started planning a trip a couple of weeks ago, and now it is a full blown family vacay! (Except my husband:( He claims that he doesnt have the time to take off of work, but let's be honest! He went when he was 13 and claims it was the worst time of his life and never wants to go back.) I have been 7 times and have wonderful memories of my time spent there!

I cannot wait to watch Tinkerbell fly out of the castle at night. That is my absolute favorite moment there! I love eating at Sci Fi restaurant, riding the Hollywood Tower of Terror, riding the Rockin' Roller Coaster, and playing the Buzz Lightyear game. When the clock strikes midnight on December 14th, I will turn into an absolute child! I have absolutely no shame about it and wish that I was leaving tomorrow!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Derby Hat Luncheon

Yesterday, I was honored to help host a Bridesmaid Luncheon for Lauren and her girls. We had a derby hat theme and it was so much fun to see what everyone came up with for their hat. I of course bought a new pair of Steve Madden shoes that were the inspiration to my outfit. Honestly, I saw the shoes and wanted them incredibly bad and used the luncheon as an excuse to buy them. :)

I had to decorate my own hat, since all of the real ones are still >$50 at TJ Maxx on clearance. I ended up finding a hat at the thrift store for $2 and spent less than $10 on the decorations on it. I think it turned out absolutely perfect for the occasion:
Every table had a theme and my place setting happened to match me perfectly. (I won't tell you if that was planned or not.)
The bridal party's table was set with the groom's grandmother's china. She passed away before Lauren or I ever met her and we were so blessed that she was a part of the occasion in that way.

The grandmother's table was dressed up in gold. It was very classic and very timeless.

The mother's and other's table was set up with a very modern set. It helped tie in mine and Traci's place settings.

The cake was made to match the design on the bridal table's china. It was delicious! I of course somehow ended up cutting the cake and after cutting about 3 pieces the entire front row of cake fell off of the glass and I caught it with my arm before it hit the floor. I think that my watch still has icing in it.

We had a really great time and the sunroom was perfect for some bridal party pics! Don't they look ready to go to the Kentucky derby!?!

And of course, I had to snap a pic of Heather and I...

Kent came to help my father in law serve and prepare our plates, and he needed to poke fun at us about the hats and make his own version. Here he is with our niece who turns 16 in a couple of weeks. (The pic is a little dark, but he put a fern leaf sticking out of the back of his hat.) We are headed to PCB this weekend for a girls weekend to celebrate and I am sooooo excited!!
Lastly, here are a few of our hats all lined up showing off our artistic creations: