Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving with Family

For Thanksgiving this year we went to visit Hub's family. Usually we stay and do Thanksgiving Day with my family and then go to his families that night and do Thanksgiving dinner with them on Friday. I know that I haven't mentioned this yet on here but during the summer Hub's middle brother and his wife separated. They have 2 young children; Lanie and Eli, who I have been writing about a lot lately since we have been seeing them a lot more then we were. Well, since their dad had them for Thanksgiving and was going to stay with my in-laws we decided to go ahead and go up and spend Thanksgiving Day with them. I missed being with my family but we get to see them all the time since we live in the same area as them. Plus Hubs needed to be back by lunch on Friday to hunt.

Wednesday night we met his parents for dinner at Hub's favorite restaurant; Harpers. They have the best chicken tenders and Cesar salad. Thursday we cooked and had Thanksgiving lunch at Hub's oldest brother's house. Friday morning Hubs and I decided to brave the mobs and head out for Black Friday shopping. We stood in line forever to get his brother a washer and dryer and didn't buy anything else. We stopped for Mexican on the way home and made it home just in time for Hubs to go hunting (more on this later).

Hubs and Eli at lunch.
Mother-in-law and Eli.

He wanted to be in our picture.

Hubs and I on our 4th Thanksgiving as a married couple. They just keep getting better, babe.

Eli and Aunt Kelly.

What a handsome little fella.
I hope that everyone else had a wonderful Thanksgiving too. We are so blessed.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Best Movie Ever!

Today Hubs took me to see The Blind Side since I had been really wanting to see it. I knew people that I had already seen it and talked about how good it was so I was expecting it to be worth it. However I was not expecting it to be the BEST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN! If you have not seen it yet; you must go to your nearest theater soon to see this movie. Sandra Bullock was brilliant in it. I'm not going to go into all the details because I am sure most people have seen the trailer for it but it was such a great story. Piece of advice: if your going to see it take a pack of tissues with you. I cried the entire time.

Michael Oher.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

So Much to Be Thankful For...

Happy Thanksgiving!
I have so much to be thankful for in my life. Here is my list for 2009:

1- The most important thing in my life is my husband. I am so thankful for the 7 years we have been together and look forward to spending the rest of my life growing old with him.

2- My parents. They have been everything to me for the past 27 years. I still talk to and/or see them both everyday and cannot imagine it any other way.

3- My little brother. He has grown into such a wonderful man. Jeff and I have always been the best of friends and I would do anything for him.

4- My wonderful new sister-in-law. Jeff could not have done any better if we had hand picked him ourselves (we actually did pick her out, lol).

5- I am so thankful for my friends. I don't know what I would do without these amazing women and men in my life.

6- I am thankful for a job that I love. For being able to teach in the school and community that I grew up in. I am so thankful for all of my students.

7- I am thankful for my beautiful home.

8- Being born and raised in North Carolina. We have the best of both worlds with the mountains and the beach right here in our own state.

9- I am thankful for my curly hair. I know this sounds superficial but I love my curls. I used to hate them growing up but I have learned to appreciate it.

10- I am thankful for my extended family. I have such a large close knit family and I would not want it any other way.

11- I am thankful for my in-laws and then amazing family that I gained when I married Hubs. They are as wonderful as the man they raised that I love so much.

12- I am so thankful for all the men and women that have put their lives at risk to fight for our freedoms and our country.

13- I am thankful for the holiday season and the reason behind it. I love all the traditions that go a long with the holidays and being able to share them with the people that mean the most to me.

14- I am thankful for having food on my table.

15- I am thankful that life isnt always perfect and doesnt always turn out the way we planned for it to.

16- I am thankful that my husband and I still have our jobs and that the economy hasnt affected us too much.

17- I am thankful for the opportunity to coach at the high school level and the chance to work with these young ladies. I love having the chance to share my passion for sports and the self-confidence that they can provide.

18- I am thankful for a God that loves all His children.

What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Another bite on the block...

With New Moon coming out I have decided to pick up another vampire series. Has anyone else read the Vampire Diaries? If so, how do they compare to Twilight?

I have just started it and so far it is a lot like Twilight. I believe that these books were wrote before Twilight was. Although that doesn't diminish the love that I have for the Twilight saga.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Extremly Random Post

"No God, No Peace. Know God, Know Peace." This was on a church sign that I saw this morning. I thought it was cute and so true.

1- My brother-in-law is coming to stay with use this weekend to help Hubs work on our new deck. He has our niece and nephew this weekend so I will get to spend lots of quality time with them.

2- Tonight our football team is in the 2nd round of the State Playoffs playing Swain County. They are a slightly higher seed then us but the majority of the press has picked us to win. We are so proud of our boys! Go Jackets!!!!!

3- I plan on finishing the first and second book in the Vampire Diaries this weekend.
4- Hopefully I will get to see The Blind Side on Sunday and I may take Lanie and Eli to see Planet 51 (a cute new cartoon about aliens) tomorrow.
5- My eating habits have been HORRIBLE this week. I've had Mexican twice in the past three nights. So far today Ive had oatmeal, a bag of choc. chip cookies, and a chicken tender basket with fries. UGH! I haven't been to the YMCA this week either and will probably not make it there today.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Coming to a theater near you...

This week there are 2 new movies releasing that I cannot wait to see.

The Blindside with Sandra Bullock.

I have watched the previews for this movie and cried already.

And of course New Moon. I don't plan on seeing this movie this weekend just because I know the theaters will be packed. I will see it soon though. I think I can even talk Hubs into going to see it with me since he liked Twilight. BTW, definitely Team Jacob on this blog.

Winter Wonderland Wedding

My cousin got married on October 24th in the Bahamas. His parents hosted a reception for him and his new bride this weekend. It was at the country club and was so nice. There was so much food including some really good crab cakes. The club was decorated like a winter wonderland. There were snowflakes everywhere and each guest was given a snowflake ornament.

Daddy enjoying his dinner.

Hubs and I.

Kirsten and I. Jeff was at the SC game so Kirsten was riding solo that night.

One of the beautiful centerpieces.

A really bad picture of the other centerpieces.

Erin and I. Erin is due with her 1st child in April. She just found out last Thursday that she is having a little boy.

Kirsten, Me, and Erin.

Congratulations Jessie and Shelly! We wish you the best in your marriage.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bring Out Your Inner Animal

I have expressed my love for all things animal print many times on this blog. Here are just a few of my recent favorites:

Kohls. $58.00

Kohls $25.00


7.50 forever 21

3.80 forever 21
How do you feel about animal prints? What are some of your favorite things?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Go Gamecocks!

These pictures are alitte late but I have just gotten around to getting them all uploaded. These are from October when we went to the South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt game and the SC State Fair.
My brother and his wife, Kirsten.

Hubs and I.

Kirs, Jeff, and Hubs.

Hubs and I with Kirsten
Kirs and I.
We headed to the fair before the game.

Hubs and Jeff tasting the hottest hot sauce this man had for sale.

Yeah, its a little warm. After that we had to go buy bubble gum for them to cool their mouths off.

The SC State Fair
William- Brice stadium from the chair lift.

Jeff and Kirs on the chair lift.

Us at the fair.

Jeff and Kirs.
After lots of yummy food and walking around we decided to go back to the car and tailgate for a little while before the game started.

We put our face stickers on.

Took more pictures and then made our way to the stadium.

At our seats. I love Kirsten's face in this picture.

The Gamecocks warming up.
Cocky makes his entrance. Since it was Homecoming his dad was with him.

Go Carolina!

Friday, November 13, 2009


Thank Goodness Its Friday!
Tonight we have our first state playoff football game. Go Jackets!
After school I have my weekly dinner date with my friend Lindsey for some delicious chicken nachos.
Tomorrow I am helping Hubs work on our new back deck and then getting a little outlet shopping in with momma.
Tomorrow night we have a reception for my cousin who was married last month in the Bahamas. I promise to post lots of pictures on Sunday.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Honest Scrap Award

Back in August, Alison @ Tales of a Tool Woman has given me the Honest Scrap Award. If you haven't checked her blog out make sure you mosey on over. She is an adorable mom and we have tons of things in common. Now, I have to share 10 things about me and then share it with 10 other amazing women.

1. I love almost any sport. I grew up playing a different sport every season. I have a younger brother who did the same. My dad has always been a coach. Our lives revolved around sports. Then I married a man that loves them as much as I do. I have been a coach since I started teaching. I can't imagine not being involved in sports in some way or another.

2. I am a HUGE bookworm. From the time I learned how to I have always loved to read. My favorite authors are Jodi Picoult, Judy Baer, Nicholas Sparks, and Karen Kingsbury.

3. If I could eat only one thing for the rest of my life it would be tortilla chips with salsa and sour cream. I can make a meal off of this.

4. I can not imagine doing anything other than teaching. I love my job and each day is a new experience.

5. Walt Disney World is my favorite place in the entire world. I have been there no less than 6 times and it seems that I like it even better as I get older. I can't wait to take my own children there.

6. Texting is the greatest technological invention ever. It took me forever to get the hang of it but now I am a pro. I would rather send someone a text message then call. It always takes so long to get off the phone with some people and with a text message you can ask your question, get the answer, and be on your way.

7. My celebrity crushes are Ben Roethlisberger and John Krasinski.

There is nothing better than an athlete. And a quarterback at that. I'm in heaven.

8. DVR is my best friend! I have several T.V. shows that I record since I am always to busy to watch them during the week. I have no idea how I survived with a DVR for most of my life. The Biggest Loser, Glee, Greek... those are just a few of my weekly shows that get taped right now.

9. I am a huge decorater for the holidays. In fact I have an entire closet devoted to my holiday decorations. I have a Christmas village that takes up my entire entertainment center and more along with a huge Halloween village. I love to change out my house flags (all three of them, 1 large one on the porch and 2 garden flags).

10. Animal print is my favorite thing to wear. Right now I am wearing a leopard print cardigan. I also have a pair of leopard print shoes but it is too much to wear them together. My Christmas wish list includes several animal print items.

If you don't have this award already, feel free to claim it for yourself. I think we are all pretty honest people of we wouldn't be willing to share our lives through blogging.