Thursday, December 31, 2009
January - rang in 2009 for the first time as husband and wife; Matt tossed me my Blackberry and it landed right in my glass of red wine (this still makes me laugh when I think about it); the Florida Gators won the BCS Championship; Jenn and I got to hang out with Eddie Ross; Matt found out he was "moving" to Tifton
February - Matt "moved" to Tifton; we took a trip to NYC and had a blast; went to a Robert Earl Keen concert for Valentine's Day; Wedding #1 - Sean & Elisa; Girls Weekend in Atlanta
March - snow in Atlanta; Britney's back and we felt too old and too classy to be at her concert but loved it anyway (good people watching, my friends); Memere's health problems really started getting bad; I celebrated by 27th birthday; our nephew Brody Shane was born the next day and was immediately sent to a NICU at another hospital
April - Matt and I head to Jacksonville to see our nephew and find out that we are also Godparents; Brody gets better and goes home (PRAISE GOD!); Weddings #2 & #3 - Holli & Spencer and Jessica & Matt; our "niece" Madelyn Grace makes a surprise entrance into the world less than 12 hours before she was supposed to
May - we went to prom; we went to Jacksonville to attend the TPC Sawgrass and baptize Brody; we decided to buy a house!!!!; head back to Florida for Wedding #4 - Allison & Brian and Memorial Weekend; spend what I think might be my last time with Memere
June - put an offer on a house and begin negotiations; head to St. Pete to really spend my last time with Memere; head back to Atlanta; turn around two days later and head back to St. Pete for Memere's services; Wedding #5 - Jen & Jason; we went under contract on our home!!!
July - this entire month was pretty much consumed with house stuff... packing, closing, making some improvements, and moving!
August - get settled into our first home; paint... a lot; realize that my husband is extremely handy and am extremely thankful for that; take a wonderful 8 day vacation to the San Francisco Bay Area and Wedding #6 - Brad & Mariah; more painting; Matt turns 30 and we throw a bash at our new home
September - celebrate our one year anniversary; go to Gainesville to see Tebow for the last time in the Swamp (our last time seeing him play in the Swamp, that is); Atlanta floods (this was a quiet month compared to most)
October - crazy work travel at the beginning of the month; went to the Florida Georgia game in Jacksonville at the end of the month and watched the Gators kick some butt
November - family time in Brevard, NC; ate an amazing dinner at Woodfire Grill and got to meet Chef Gillespie; bought a new 4Runner; spent Thanksgiving in KCMO with Matt's family
December - threw the Tailgate of all Tailgates Part Deux; had amazing seat at the SEC Championship to watch our Gators lose; went on my first new business pitch with my company; Wedding #7 - Liz & Andy; celebrated Christmas in Jacksonville with my family; and now we're here with only an hour and 15 minutes left in 2009...
If you read all of this, God bless you. It's been a great year, and in addition to all of this, I am thankful that Matt and I have been blessed beyond measure to have each other, loving family and friends, our health, and good jobs. Happy New Year! I hope 2010 brings even more excitement!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Yeah, we were that close. This is my "crappy" camera that doesn't zoom far.
This pretty much sums it up.
The next weekend, I attended my cousin's wedding in Sarasota, sans husband. The theme was peacocks and I loved it. The cake was fantastic!
Love this... bubba and Liz!
And, the last part of the 2009 picture review... my nephews. These were the only pictures I took during Christmas. I didn't even take any pictures of our decor. It's nothing major anyway, but still... I am getting really bad at documenting things pictorally in my "old" age.
Loving those blue eyes on my Brody Bear.
B-Man loves that Pooh... every time he saw it, he was all smiles. Then he would eat the nose and the antennae.
So, that's it for pictures. Christmas was great, albeit hectic. I was exhausted! I cooked Christmas Eve dinner and it turned out nicely - an antipasti tray and bruschetta for apps; prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes, brussell sprouts, broccoli and cheese (for the picky eaters) and homemade Italian bread for dinner; and pecan pie and tiramisu for dessert. Only, no one really ate dessert! Santa was good to me... I got the Tory Burch flats (yeah!), two very nice crystal vases, a Canon photo printer/scanner/copier, LL Bean slippers, a Sonicare toothbrush, photo albums, a Home Goods gift card (already used most of it for a picture I found for our dining room), Bill O'Reilly's A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, a new Gator t-shirt exactly like my favorite one that looks vintage even though it's only around six years old (it's my favorite Gator t-shirt), a shirt from the Limited and two pretty necklaces, along with some other small things. I was spoiled and certainly don't deserve (or need) all of the lovely things, but I will enjoy them all anyway. I got Matt a Nintendo Wii, which was really a gift for both of us (as the printer and toothbrush from him were sort of for both of us, as well), and we've been having fun playing it but we need some games. We brought it to Jacksonville so we could play while we were there. I'm pretty good at bowling, but not so much at tennis. I want to get the Wii Fit... anyone out there have it and actually use it? One of my co-workers is going to let me borrow his so I can try it out, because his wife doesn't use it. Any other Wii game recommendations? Rock Band or Band Hero? Which is the better version?
Anyway, this is a long enough post. I can't believe 2009 is almost over... I'm sure I'll have some sort of reflective post on that in the next two days. :) Hope you all had a very, Merry Christmas with your loved ones.
I finally uploaded pictures to our new laptop and to Kodak Gallery, so a post chock full of pictures coming your way soon. Get excited because my nephews are pretty darn cute.
Monday, December 21, 2009
We're on the rotating holiday schedule for now (HI PARENTS, YOU'RE MORE THAN WELCOME TO COME SPEND A HOLIDAY WITH US) :) so this year it's Christmas with my family. We do Christmas Eve celebrations at mom's house, so we'll all gather early for church and then come home for a feast and presents. We have two nephews - James (almost 4) and Brody (9 months), so Christmas has taken on new meaning! It's always fun to see it through children's eyes. On Christmas Day, Matt and I are heading a few hours south to visit his grandma for the day. She's precious, and I'm looking forward to spending the day with her! We almost never see her, so this will be a nice treat for both of us.
Since we don't wake up in our own home for Christmas, we're doing "our Christmas" tonight. We did Mexican last year, and I think it might be a recurring theme, as we're having fajitas, black beans and homemade guac tonight. I love our little Christmas together. I will torture Matt with Christmas music (and me singing along... now that's torture, especially after being sick), we'll eat and drink (and be merry, of course), and open gifts... then clean up and pack (good times).
I'm going to try to take a computer break, so I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. Don't forget the reason for the season! Luke 2:14
On a side note to my above comment, I think my family is going to come up to have Thanksgiving in Atlanta next year, and I'm so excited! Hopefully by then, we'll have our kitchen remodeled and a new dining room set to accommodate more people. It makes me really excited to think about hosting Thanksgiving, because I'm a dork! :)
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Yeah, so it may have been from my cab on the way to the airport and not at nighttime, but still. YAY! We stayed right by the NYSE, so I also got to see their pretty tree all lit up at night.
Monday, December 14, 2009
What do I do if I don't feel better? Suck it up and go or call-in sick? Thankfully, the meeting will still go on without me, as I'm one of eight people from my company going up to represent us, but it's really quite an honor that I was invited, so I don't know what to do! Positive thoughts... I will be better in the morning! Please...
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
What the crap!? Seriously. Don't get me wrong, I like Ashleigh and Ryan, but seriously. Seriously!?! Mollee and Legacy aren't in the finals!?!? I cannot accept this. I should've known Mollee wasn't going to make it, because I was a dork and called in for her MANY times last night and got through every.single.time. That was not the case with Jakob, Russell (never got through with him), or Kathryn. Boo hiss. Okay, I'm over it now. But, not really. As long as Kevin wins Top Chef tonight, I'm good. If he doesn't and you don't hear from me for a while, send the police to my house. ;)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
We are the boys from old Florida,
Where the girls are the fairest,
the boys are the squarest,
of any old state down our way, HEY!
We are all strong for old Florida,
down where the old Gators play, GO GATORS!
In all kinds of weather,
we'll all stick togetherrrrrr...