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Monday, November 21, 2011

"Let the good times roll!" as they say in New Orleans.

Adam and I had a wonderful weekend with my cousin, Michael, and his adorable girlfriend, Maggie, She is a high school science teacher and Michael is in the Coast Guard, and they both (conveniently) live in Biloxi, Mississippi. On Friday morning, Adam and I packed up and drove down to spend the weekend with them.

We spent a couple hours in Biloxi while Maggie finished up her school day, and then we all piled into Michael's Tahoe and headed to New Orleans for the night! In one short hour, we arrived at the Holiday Inn French Quarter. We were literally a block from Bourbon Street, which was both amazing and dangerous.

We started the night with dinner at River's Edge - right across from the famous Cafe du Monde.

After dinner, on our way to Bourbon Street, we stopped in at The Cigar Factory so the boys could purchase some stogies. All of the cigars are made in-house, and you can watch the talented guys roll them - Michael was absolutely fascinated by how fast they worked. I was told that they make 30,000 cigars a month! And I believe it based on how fast they're made.

Being the girls that we are, we also made the boys pose for a picture in front of the fleur-de-lis tree in the French Quarter.

I was told that we had to partake in a Hand Grenade at Tropical Isle, so that was our first bar. The drinks are DELISH, but deadly! As you may or may not be able to see from the picture, they come with these baby grenades that float on top of your drink. The bar has an elevated net for patrons to shoot these grenades into, and of course Adam was the only one in our group to make the shot.

Our next stop was another Nola staple, the piano bar Pat O'Brien's. It was here that Adam and I reconnected with one of my very good friends from high school, Meghan, and her boyfriend, Peter. They have both lived in Nola since college graduation, so it was great to finally see her! Of course, I also had to try their signature drink, the Hurricane.

Through the wonderful world that is social media, I found out that another friend of ours was in town! Now this is just ridiculous - Adam and I met Bailee and David when we were honeymooning in Jamaica. They both live in Rochester, NY, but Bailee was in town with her mom while David and the boys were hunting. It never ceases to amaze me how small the world really is. (Please excuse my terrible posture in this picture.)

Bailee and I decided to try yet another signature drink - this time is was the Shark Attack. It was a clear drink, but then they stabbed these sharks into our cups, which gushed out some sort of red liquid (appetizing, right?). And for old times' sake, we had to take a Jameson and pickle back shot to bring back the good ole days in Jamaica!

I want to believe it was the final Jameson shot that sent me over the edge, but I'm sure all of the signature drinks I enjoyed didn't help. Needless to say, our Saturday in Biloxi was anything but exciting. I was a mess the entire day, and am still so mad at myself! However, we did get to spend some quality time with Michael and Maggie - so that was awesome! I think it's safe to say I got Bourbonized.

We made the trek back to Atlanta yesterday, and I am rejoicing this three-day week before a family-filled Thanksgiving on Thursday!

A Month of Thanks: Part II

As I stated in my last post, I'm breaking this month of thanks challenge into three posts. So here goes the second one!

November 11
I am thankful for my wonderful friends. I am thankful that my best friends from high school and college are still my best friends today. I am thankful that our times spent together always include hours of laughing.

November 12
I am thankful for the way Adam and I handle our finances. We are lucky enough to have a financial planner (at 23, I know), and although we don't have many finances to plan, the lessons we've learned are priceless. I am thankful for our little 'nest egg' we've saved up, and I am so thankful that we have absolutely no debt. 

November 13
I am thankful for Adam's patience. I am thankful that, while I am ridiculously impatient and impulsive, Adam rarely loses his cool and always knows how to calm me down. I can't imagine having to live with someone like me, let alone love them, but he pretty much rocks it on both accounts.

November 14
I am thankful for our health. I am thankful that other than getting sick here and there, Adam and I are overall very healthy individuals. I am thankful that we both have the motivation to go to the gym and take care of ourselves. I am thankful that our lives don't revolve around doctor's appointments, as so many do.

November 15
I am thankful for technology. I am thankful that because of technology today I have the opportunity to keep up with friends and family who don't live near us. However, I am also thankful that I have not forgotten the meaning of face-to-face contact amidst all of the technology we have available to us.

November 16
I am thankful for our troops. I am thankful that our beautiful country is protected 24/7/365 by the most selfless group of individuals in the world. I am thankful for every soldier that comes home safe, and I weep for those that don't. I am thankful for every second they spend away from their families to protect ours.

November 17
I am thankful for the roof over our heads. I am thankful that Adam and I have been fortunate enough to live in the world's most fun apartment. I am thankful that we are now moving into a house (renting!), that has a backyard for Ruthie to play in. I am thankful that we will be able to transform this space into a home.

November 18
I am thankful for the food on our table. I am thankful that Adam knows how to cook, otherwise we would both go hungry! I am thankful that we don't have to worry a lack of food.

November 19
I am thankful for travel. I am thankful for the amazing places I've visited, and for the many more I hope to visit in the future. I am thankful for the abundance of beauty and cultures this world has to offer. I am thankful for the advances made that can take us all over the world in a matter of hours.

November 20 
I am thankful for hobbies. I am thankful that Adam and I both enjoy things other than just work. I am thankful that we both have separate and similar hobbies, because let's be honest - it's unhealthy to do everything together. I am thankful for Adam's love of hunting, and my new found love of crafting!

Until next time!

A Month of Thanks: Part I

Thursday, November 10, 2011

We're a good way through November, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! At the beginning of the month I began the Thankfulness Challenge. I saw this on a few blogs and felt compelled to join in myself, but rather than make a new blog post everyday, I'm splitting it up into three! So here goes nothing...

November 1
"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9
Although I haven't been one of his star students lately, I am first and foremost thankful for my everything - Jesus Christ. I am thankful that He is the only one with the Plan, and that he is teaching me everyday to believe in Him and His Plan.

November 2
I am thankful for my wonderful husband, Adam. I could write an infinite amount of blog posts about what an amazing human being that man is, but I'll save y'all the trouble of scrolling on and on. I don't know what in the world I did right to deserve such an incredible person, but I am so thankful for him every single day. I am thankful for his dedication to making me laugh everyday, for his thoughtfulness, for his motivation to provide for me and our future family, and for marrying me.

November 3
I am thankful for my Ruthie Roo! I am thankful for the patience and responsibility that sweet little pup is teaching me. I am thankful that no matter how angry she makes me, she makes me smile and laugh even more. I am so thankful that she picked us out at the Humane Society that day.

November 4
I am thankful for my mama. My beautiful, crazy mama. I am thankful for her giving heart and her lack of materialistic needs. I am thankful for her patience. I am thankful that we spend all of our time laughing until our sides hurt because we are both just so ridiculous.

November 5
I am thankful for my super smart daddy. I am thankful that he has spoiled me rotten while still teaching me to be a responsible, hard working member of society. I am thankful that he bent over backwards to give me a wedding anyone would die for. I am thankful for his amazing work ethic and for teaching me so many life lessons that have helped me thrive in the 'real world.'

November 6
I am thankful for my absurdly funny big brother, Jefe. I am thankful that, against his better judgement, he didn't kill me as a child. :) I am thankful that although we did not get along as kids, he is one of my best friends today. I am thankful for the lessons he has taught me, and that we never end a phone call without saying "I love you."

November 7
I am thankful for my baby brother, Mitchell. I am thankful that he has outgrown his craziness through the years...well, kinda. I am thankful for his motivation in school and sports, and for his excitement to go to college next year. I am thankful that, like Jefe, we have become close as we've gotten older.

November 8
I am thankful for my wonderful sister, Lindsay. I think the only reason we are not blood-related is because God knew our poor mothers would not be able to handle both of us. We fight like sisters, but we also love like sisters and trust like sisters. There is no one else in the world I would have wanted next to me on my wedding day.

November 9
I am thankful for the best in-laws. Adam has turned into a pretty incredible human being, so he was obviously brought up right - to say the least! They are such a Godly family, and I am so blessed to have them as such a big part in my life. (Try not to die of shock, but I am not in this picture! But it's from our wedding day, and I just love it.)

November 10
I am thankful for my job. I am thankful that in this rough economy I somehow scored the best job, ever. I am thankful for the crazy MLT family and for everything I have learned since the first day I started. I am thankful for my hens - without them I think I would jump out the window everyday. 


Moving on up!

Monday, November 7, 2011

After a very long, stressful week, Adam and I have officially found our next place of residence! We absolutely adore our current apartment - we can walk everywhere and Piedmont Park is literally our front yard - but we knew we would have to move when our lease is up January 1. Although it's an amazing location, it really is just so small, too expensive and far from Adam's new job. We will definitely miss our 'first place,' but I am stoked for our new place!

We're going from a one bedroom/one bath baby apartment to a three bedroom/two bath house! It is so very spacious (probably too spacious...), and it has a huge fenced-in backyard for Ruthie.  The cherry on top is that it is cheaper than what we're paying now. I know, crazy!

Here's a picture of our new abode. Not much to look at from the outside, but it is beautiful inside.

We had to jump through so many hoops to get this place (another story for another day), but I am so glad everything worked out. Ruthie is going to freak out when she sees all the space she gets to run around in.

Now the next challenge is figuring out how to fill up a house when we only have stuff for a one bedroom/one bath apartment. Pinterest is about to become my new best friend.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Well, now it's November - but I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! Sadly, ours consisted of sitting inside with the lights out and our pumpkin not lit. We sound like such Debbie Downers, but our apartment would more likely be visited by bums than children so we'd rather not tempt them.

Last week, I scoured the internet for a fun pumpkin carving idea, but this is the best I found. I've been carving pumpkins since before I can remember, and this was the toughest pumpkin to carve! I think I gave myself carpal tunnel, and it's not even that cute. We named him Felipe and the little baby pumpkin next to him is nameless. He used to have three babies, but Ruthie ate the other two. Typical.

 On Friday night, a whole slew of us dressed up for the Boos & Brews event at Sweetwater Brewery. Adam and I dressed up as Hawaiian Punch! I was a hula girl, and he was a boxer. Get it??

I wanted to capture a cute family picture before we left, but it didn't turn out quite how I had imagined. Adam looked absolutely adorable, Ruthie looked sad, and I looked pregnant. Awesome.

That picture doesn't do Ruthie's costume any justice, so I just had to post a close-up so you can get the full effect.

Eeeeeek! She is just too adorable!

What did you do to celebrate Halloween this year?