Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Tennessee Thanksgiving

The great thing about being back in Tennessee was getting to see Jeremy’s family. It felt like forever since I had seen them! And they hadn’t seen Ivy in quite a while either! We had a fabulous Turkey Day at Granny B’s, did a little pre and post Thanksgiving shopping, played games, saw a movie, and just enjoyed being together!

Ivy was more than a little excited to play with Billy and Rita's dogs and see all of them! She was exhausted by the time we got home!

Jeremy enjoyed playing washers with some of his extended family! I enjoyed watching and taking pictures. Somehow, we made it through the weekend without taking a family photo. I'm normally much better about that sort of thing and I will definitely remedy that at our New Year's celebration!

It was nice to relax and spend time with family! We are thankful for so many things, but no doubt, at the top of the list are our wonderful families! Our families have blessed our lives in so many ways and not only at this time of year, but all year long, we truly appreciate their love and support!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Movin' On

It's finally time . . . After all these months, we are moving our furniture, clothes, fridge, washer, dryer, towels, and everything else to Oklahoma City.

It seems like it's been forever since I've sat on my little red couch or grabbed a diet coke out of the fridge. I have been counting down the days until I could cook again and wash clothes (not in a laundromat).

As happy as I am that we are finally getting our furniture, I'm also really sad that we are packing up and leaving our condo. It seems so much more real now. I'm not sure why it hasn't seemed real all these months that I have been living and working in OKC, but somehow, it's just really sinking in now that we have nothing left in Nashville. Except that we do have a condo for sale in Nashville!

I am so extremely, very grateful that Jeremy's company has a relocation package and a moving company handles all of the details. These people are so impressive! I'm fairly certain that it would have taken Jeremy and I weeks to get our house packed up and ready to be moved. Three of these experts did it in under 4 hours!!! Amazing!

It's really awkward, because we kind of sat around while the bustled around our home wrapping up breakables and putting boxes together. That Southern hostess/ lady part of me wanted to shout- "Get down from that ladder, I'll get that for you." But it was their job and they told us that we couldn't really help because we would just get in the way and slow them down.

After about 30 minutes, I was used to it and more than happy to let them pack up!

And that's that. We're all packed up and ready to unload in OKC.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Girls Night Out

My friend Tiffany and I were invited to celebrate her friend, Jessica's birthday. Jeremy was invited to the OU v. Texas Tech game with a few of his friends, so I thought it would be a good night for some girl time.

I left my house with the impression that we would be fine dining- enjoying good food and good company. No such luck! Apparently, no one in the entire state of Oklahoma can celebrate a birthday, eat a nice meal, etc. when an OU football game is being televised. So instead, we end up in a sports bar watching the football game.

As most of you know, I am the farthest thing from an OU fan. I can't even pretend for one second to even a little bit, kind-of like the Sooners. It's just not happening. For one thing, OU fans are haters! Instead of being happy that they have a great team and celebrating that team, they just boo on Texas. I'm not even a Longhorns fan, but seriously, what is the point of buying a Longhorns sticker (and therefore, contributing $ to UT) and putting it in on your car upside down?!?! Is that necessary???

And most importantly, I've never seen such an obnoxious group of fans. They have OU everything- shirts, socks, sweatshirts, hats, baby bibs, and Christmas lights. That's right- I said Christmas lights! Who can tell me what OU has to do with Christmas?!?!

Anyway, enough of my rant. I normally try not to use this blog as a forum to complain about things I encounter in daily life, but this "Girls Night Out" pushed me over the edge. A sports bar full of devoted OU fans and no where else to go really pushed my limits . . .

Happy Birthday, Jessica!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Viva Las Vegas

For my birthday, we headed to fabulous LAS VEGAS! My dad had a medical conference there, so my parents invited Jeremy and me to come along for a birthday celebration. We stayed at the Planet Hollywood, which conveniently had a mall connected to it! Everything in Las Vegas is lights and glamour! The food was great, the shows were entertaining, and the company was exceptional!

We started Friday off with a little shopping and some lunch. That night, we went to the Cirque de Soleil- Love (music of the Beatles). It was completely amazing! I can’t even describe everything that happened in that show- the music was wonderful and we were completely entertained.

Saturday, my dad went to his meeting and Jeremy, my mom, and I went to the outlet malls. That night we went to Cirque de Soleil- O at the Bellagio. It was also really neat! It had lots of water acrobatics involved- very complicated stunts.

The Beatles show was my favorite- it was great music and very entertaining! Our trip to Vegas was short, but very fun! It was nice to celebrate with my family and have a weekend away.

Thanks, Mom and Dad for taking Jeremy and I on a wonderful get-away and for an unforgettable birthday! Thanks, Jeremy for being the “friend” that went with me and for making my birthday special!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Celebrating Birthdays!

We headed to Dallas this weekend to celebrate two very important birthdays- both on November 7! First, we celebrated with my BFF, Amy- it was her 28th! Next we celebrated, with little Miss Amelia- it was her first (not her 1st birthday, but her being born day).

Amy, Rocky, Jeremy and I headed to one of our very favorite Mexican food restaurants- Pappasito's. You know how with some of your favorite restaurants, you really build them up and expect the best meal of your life and then, it's pretty good. That's not at all how it is with Pappasito's. It's completely delicious every time- even better than I remembered!

After dinner, we just hung out and Rocky and Amy so kindly allowed us to do a few loads of laundry, so we won't have any laundromat pictures to post this week!

After keeping them up late, Jeremy, Ivy and I headed to our hotel. The hotel was so nice- they gave Ivy a little goodie bag with all kinds of treats and they even brought her own very special bed and water bowl. Ivy did not know what to think about all the attention!

After a delicious brunch at another Dallas favorite, Breadwinner's, we headed to Plano to visit Michelle at the hospital and meet Amelia. Amelia is absolutely precious! She's tiny and smells like a little baby (the good smell!). We didn't stay too long, since Amelia and her mom are in recovery mode, but we will be back for lots more visits when they are home!

If you wondering where I purchased this very cute little name plaque- I ordered it from Amy's Doodle Dandies. They do awesome work- very professional and custom made to your specifications! Give it a try!