QT with Family and Friends

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

We have had a busy, family-filled couple of weeks lately... and I LOVE it.

We kicked it off on Tuesday (Nov 12) with Tequila Tasting at Ceviche Taqueria. My cousin Emma works there and told me about this fun promo they do every the fourth Tuesday of every month. It's a pretty awesome deal - $35 gets you three tastings shots of tequila, a margarita, queso, guacamole, t-shirt and koozie. Dominica, mom, Aunt Kathy and Emma all joined and we had a great time. Especially mom... tequila is her favorite (besides vodka, of course).

That same night, Jeff and Katie got in town! Since they were staying in Buckhead and got in late, so we didn't see them until Wednesday.

Katie was in town to attend a Dermatology PA conference and brought some of her fun props to dinner on Wednesday. We learned how to stitch on fake skin - so cool! So don't worry - if anything happens when we're in the wilderness (why would I be in the wilderness?), I can stitch you up.

On Friday, Adam and I enjoyed an always delicious dinner at his parents' before heading down to Buckhead to enjoy the night with Jeff and Katie. They were nice enough to switch from a luxurious king room to a double so we could crash with them - thanks, team!

We started the night in our old college stomping ground, East Andrews area, at Park Bench. Bad news, it's still a college area and we were definitely the oldest people there. Whatevs! Our friend, Matt Cheij, joined us and said there was a bar down the street that was more "our scene" so we headed there. Katie and I happen to love playing Buck Hunter, and Kramer's had it. BINGO. After Buckhead, we dropped by some other Atlanta landmarks before we headed back to the hotel.

Saturday was football day at the Reaves'. The big (and exciting) Auburn vs. Georgia football game was obviously on. (Ever since Mitchell started at Auburn, our family is suddenly the BIGGEST Auburn fan.) Look at Ruthie cheering on the Tigers! Cutest, ever. The game ended with Auburn come back and winning in an insane Hail Mary play.

Katie and I missed this exciting final play, because we headed out early to drop off Ruthie on the way to dinner. The whole family finally got to try one of my parents' favorite restaurants, Horseradish Grill. It was so yummy, I highly recommend. Sadly, Katie had to depart the next morning, but Jeff hung out until his next rotation started on Tuesday.

Moving from family to friends...

Last Wednesday, we had our girls night at hibachi. Because what's weird about four girls chowing down on hibachi on a casual Wednesday? I LOVE HIBACHI. So much. (Also, our cook was white - so that was weird.)

On Friday, Adam and I made the hike up to Gainesville to celebrate Kirklan and Randi at their Couples Wedding Shower. Kirklan was a groomsman in our wedding and Adam is one in his, too. Neither of us had met Randi before, and she was as sweet as can be. Very excited for them! (Also, is November over yet. I'm OVER Adam's mustache!)

Our good friends, Chad and Dallas, also live in Gainesville so we decided to spend the night with them since we were already up there. We headed out to a bar, Recess, later in the evening and ran into Kirklan and Randi again. Party time!

Love Dallas!

These two act like little kids when they're together. Ay yi yi.

After waking up and enjoying lunch with the Sages, we headed back home. Well, I headed home for the day while Adam headed home, showered and went right back up to Gainesville for a Groom Shower/Football day at Kirklan's. LOTS of driving for him.

On Sunday, the baby Baker, Kelsey, turned 21! Debbie and Dave had already planned to drive down to Milledgeville to visit her at school, and Debbie came up with the great idea for all of us to come down and surprise her! We were all able to do it, and I'm pretty sure she loved having her whole family there to celebrate. YOU'RE 21, KELSEY!!

And TODAY is our little Ruthie's third birthday!! Unfortunately, the weather is pretty crappy so she can't even go outside and play. Boo. :(


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Not even going to apologize for my lack of posting. Moving on...

I headed down to Florida for the last event of the year at the end of October. Our No Kid Hungry Palm Beach dinner fell on the same weekend last year, and I wasn't aware that we were going to celebrate Halloween the night before. This year I came prepared!

After a long night out in Miami, we got up and headed to Palm Beach for the dinner. Good news, we raised over $109,000 (our goal was $100,000) - so I guess our Halloween outfits were good luck. The dinner was amazing - we had a great group of people in the room and our chefs were awesome (as always).

Check out that menu - delish!

Some of our participating chefs.... rock stars!

After returning from Florida, two days before Halloween, I never got back in the Halloween "groove". (Full disclosure: I pulled out our three decorations on Halloween and we didn't even get a pumpkin.) However, Adam and Ruthie did dress up for the occasion!

I made him take his costume off when trick-or-treaters came... Have you seen our neighborhood? A little inappropriate.

We had one little boy come by who was dressed up as a Power Ranger. He spent a solid five minutes in our house showing off his moves and putting Ruthie in a headlock. She was such a trooper!

We've been pretty nonstop since Halloween, too. On November 2, Adam attended his first Dad-chelor party. Basically, it's a chance for the dad-to-be to drink and smoke cigars with his friends before the bebe comes. Also, all the guys had to bring a pack of diapers. Would have LOVED to see them shopping for those!

Just a casual Saturday afternoon car ride.

The next day, I attended Afternoon in the Country with Kelly and Jason. Adam couldn't tag along this year because they raised ticket prices by $30-$40.... yowza! Anyway, it was a fun time and I'm now addicted to Kevin Gillespie's chicken sandwich. (Seriously, better than Chick-Fil-A. And I'm a huge Chick-Fil-A fan.)

Last Tuesday (look, I'm getting closer to real-time... only a week ago!), some of our amazing Atlanta Share Our Strength committee members joined us to sort cans at the Atlanta Community Food Bank's Product Rescue Center. It's always a fun time!

On Thursday, I took the afternoon off because Adam also had the afternoon off. We decided to head down to Piedmont Park (our old stomping grounds!) and take Ruthie to her favorite dog park.

The picture on the left is one of Ruthie and I the day we got her from the Humane Society! I tried to make her pose for a similar one when we were back in the park last week. She wasn't being very cooperative.

This past weekend I was surprised(!) by my very best friend!! I was seriously so surprised when she came waltzing into our house on Saturday morning. We spent the day together until it was time to get ready for Adam's work party that night.

Enterprise rented out 25,000 cars in the North Georgia region (I think....), so corporate threw their team a huge party. They rented out the Tabernacle, had an open bar and food, and recruited the most amazing cover band. Ever. I was so excited to finally meet all of Adam's co-workers! I feel like I know them all, so it was fun to put faces to names/stories.

Party on the Moon. World's best cover band, ever. Seriously. For real. Can't say it enough. Apparently they played at Obama's inauguration, and Eli Manning flew them to Cabo for some party. I 100% believe it.

I found out the trick to get Adam on the dance floor... Make sure all of his coworkers  bosses like to dance, so he can show off. I'll take it!

His 'stache finally made it's photo debut. We had so much fun! And the cherry on top, we were able to meet Kelly and Jason for a drink at Park Bar after. (What's the deal with me never getting a picture of all of us, team?)

We were planning to take Uber home, but I got a fun notification telling me that the fair would be 1.75x the normal rate because they were so busy. (What?) Kelly told me to try Lyft, so we did and it's my new found love. It only cost $29 (including tip) to get from Downtown to our house in Marietta. SOLD.

After recovering for the majority of the day on Sunday, I headed back downtown to attend the 7th GRACE Awards, hosted by our friends at the Georgia Restaurant Association. It was a gorgeous event and the food was (you guessed it) prettttty good.

Yesterday was Veteran's Day (which my fabulous employer considers it the holiday that it is). My mom and I decided to spend the day at the new Outlets up 575 and get a start on Christmas shopping. It was a great day, topped off with a hot fudge sundae from the Ghirardelli store (oh, fine).

So there it is. There's my sad excuse of an update for the past two or three weeks. Jeff and Katie are coming in town tonight and will be here all week, so fingers crossed I do a better job filling in on that.