Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

On this so-close-to-Christmas Wednesday, I'm loving:

1.  That Christmas is T-minus 4 days!!!!!  Such a fun, relaxing day to spend with my closest family...and this year my doggy, too!  I'm kinda bummed that my beau won't be with me over the weekend, but because after this Christmas many things are going to change, we decided to take this year to enjoy the family traditions each of us have always had with our respective families.  I will definitely miss him, but we celebrated in our own way last night...which is what brings me to the next thing I'm loving!

2.  Driving around to look at Christmas lights!  Last night, after celebrating Christmas with Zoey and Patrick, we headed out for one of our annual Christmas traditions and set out on a mission to check out all the cool Nashville Christmas lights.  Here are a few picks of some cool ones we saw:

Of course, they all looked way better in person, but this gives you an idea
Here is my all time favorite!  The music was tuned to a radio station, and was synced with the lights.  Please excuse the cars driving by and the conversations going on between Patrick and me:

3.  My new iPad!  Since Patrick and I exchanged gifts before heading home for Christmas, and since Patrick and my parents all went in together on my gift this year, I got to open my iPad last night, and I must say...IT. IS. AWESOME!  I love it and I just started using it!  If anyone has any suggestions for some good apps, please let me know!

4.  That I am driving to East TN a day early this weekend for my mom and I to run some of which is to look for Mother of the Bride dresses for the wedding!  I can't wait to see what my beautiful mother picks out!  I'm sure she will look stunning on my wedding day!  =)

5.  As always, I'm loving these two:

#99 -- DONE!!!!!

Even though I got a new phone over a month ago, I couldn't let it go without updating my 101 Things list!  I honestly forgot I had this item on my list until I revised it a few days ago.  So, here ya go...a pic of my new, fabulous iPhone!
This Otterbox is amazing, BTW!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Weekend Update!

When you hear how not crazy exciting this past weekend was, you will think I'm crazy, but this weekend was one of the best I've had in a long time!  As I get older, (yes, I know 31 isn't old, but it feels soooooooo old sometimes) I realize that a good weekend is one where I don't wake up exhausted on Monday morning.  =)

Friday night was a mini date night with my favorite guy...we started out with a yummy dinner at Cheeseburger Charley's, and you will be impressed to know that Patrick and I BOTH chose the Turkey burger...we're so healthy!  =)  Next up, was movie time!  We went to see this fun movie:
I know, it's a kid movie, what were we thinking????  Actually, it was really cute and funny!  If you were a Muppets fan as a kid (I missed that boat somewhere along the way), then you would LOVE this movie!  I thoroughly enjoyed it despite the fact that I never really got into them when I was younger.

Saturday morning, after sleeping in, I headed out for a quick run.  Then it was time to head out to Bed Bath & Beyond to register!  I have to admit, I've been looking forward to this all week!  It was a ton of fun, but way more exhausting than I expected.  Four hours and 15 minutes after arriving, we had had all the fun we could stand and decided to come back on another day to wrap everything up.

After resting up from our shopping adventure, we then headed downtown for our friend JB's 30th Birthday Party.  His girlfriend, Kristen, went all out!  There were backstage passes that all of us were given when we walked in the door, there was a Happy Birthday JB banner, there was food, there were cupcakes, and there was even a Miller Light much fun!
Patrick and me with the Birthday Boy and his girlfriend, Kristen! 
Me with my Beau!

It's always great to catch up with Casey!
The bar also had shuffleboard, and Patrick and I love shuffleboard so much that we would have it in our house, if there was a room big enough!  I was pretty pumped that I actually beat Patrick...during the last "play" of the game!  These things don't happen often, so I reveled in every moment!
See that red pin?  Yep, that's mine...

And here I am pointing at it, just in case anyone is confused!

Somebody was being a sore loser!
Sunday was another day of sleeping in and relaxing until late in the afternoon, when I headed out to do the last of my Christmas shopping and get groceries!  After heading back home, I made some Christmas goodies, including doggy treats and homemade cookies.

What a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Project 365 - Week 34

Sunday, December 11, 2011 -- Early dinner with friends!

Monday, December 12, 2011 -- Weight Watchers Chicken Fried Rice

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 -- Relaxing with least I'm relaxing...not sure about her!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 -- Blog Swap Ornament

Thursday, December 15, 2011 -- Prep work for Registering

Friday, December 16, 2011 -- Finally got to see The Muppets

Saturday, December 17, 2011 -- 2nd Avenue at Christmas

Project 365 - Weeks 32 & 33

Sunday, November 27, 2011 -- Alysia's Mom's Famous Sweet Potato Pie

Monday, November 28, 2011 -- New Microwave

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 -- Homemade Cabbage Soup

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 -- Work Girls' Night at Cabana

Thursday, December 1, 2011 -- State Capitol Ornament (Given to me by the first lady of the state of TN)

Friday, December 2, 2011 -- All the girls at Cabin Weekend!

Saturday, December 3, 2011 -- My beau and I taking in the scenery in Gatlinburg!

Sunday, December 4, 2011 -- Sweet Zoey is exhausted after a weekend at her grandparents house!

Monday, December 5, 2011 -- Finally making Christmas Cards!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 -- Christmas tree is officially decorated!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 -- Sweet Zoey's new Christmas stocking!
Thursday, December 8, 2011 -- Lunch at Whiskey Kitchen

Friday, December 9, 2011 -- Patrick's Work Christmas Ellendale's

Saturday, December 10, 2011 -- Patrick, about to jump out of a plane!!!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

#74 -- DONE!!!!!

This year Patrick and I decided to do a "family" Christmas card!  It was intended to be a Zoey Christmas Card, but while we were having pictures made, we had a few snapped of all 3 of us and those turned out pretty good, too, so we decided why not?

Over a year ago, I won a photo shoot at a silent auction and never had a need to cash it in...WELL, all I needed was a dog to find a good excuse!  So, I called Tim from Mindub Photography and asked if the certificate was still good, and he said of course!  We agreed to meet up at the Ag Center here in Nashville!  It was a terribly cloudy and ugly day, but a great day for beautiful photographs!  We loved all of them, but here are our favorites:

Yes, in the above pictures, Zoey looks like the perfect little angel...WELL, take a look at these pics...they are representative of how much fun she was having...and Patrick and me, too:

And finally...the pics that made the cut for the Christmas card...

Thanks, Tim for doing such wonderful pics!  We couldn't be more pleased!!!!!