Monday, December 22, 2008
Brownie points for Mike :)
I had so much fun and felt so loved by everyone. Thank you all for loving on me last night!
Here are a few pictures...
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Betsy (cousin) and Charlie had baby Oliver on December 6th. Betsy has sent me some pictures and he is so cute! Melissa and Matt Morrow are naming their son Oliver too. The West Girls are throwing a shower for Melissa this weekend. The 5 of us haven't been together in a while so I'm very excited to hang out.
I have gotten over my depression of the Twilight movie and have found a new series I'm going to read. I am trying not to get my hopes up too high...but I have heard good things! Here is the 1st book in the series. They should arrive any day!Last but not least-
I'm sure everyone has been hearing about BAC in the news. I have gotten so many emails and phone calls asking if I'm okay and I really appreciate it. YES, I AM GREAT! My groups is doing fine and I am grateful to have a job. Things could change in an instant (you never know), but I'm not going to worry about it. I will trust the Lord and His plan for my career.
That should be all my random thoughts for one day. :) Hopefully I won't be sick again...for a long time!
Monday, December 15, 2008
We decided to have a holiday dinner last Tuesday instead of our regular bible study. (as always, Ellen was the best host and everything was perfect) It was potluck style and of course it was all beautiful and delicious. While we were sitting around eating, Ellen asked us to go around the table and talk about our praises and prayers over the year. It was so cool to see how far we have come in 2008, the blessings we have been given and the many prayers that have been answered (many in ways we were not expecting)!
I am very grateful for all these girls-the accountability, the fresh perspective, the honesty, the laughter and the "get over yourself" reminders!
Here's to many more praises and prayer requests in 2009!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Saturday included lunch at place that ONLY served grilled cheese sandwiches...yes I was in heaven! We did a NBC studio tour which was awesome. We even saw the cast rehearsing for Saturday Night Live. After the tour, we headed to Ground Zero. We couldn't see much there but headed to the church right beside it. The church was amazing...apparently it was untouched during the tragedy and was a place where the workers came to eat and rest. We walked through the church and saw all the memorabilia, pictures and stories. The below picture is a cross that some of the workers made. While we were there, I got a call that my cousin was having an emergency c-section and was about to give birth. Oliver was born an hour later and I was so excited to hear that news!!!
After Ground Zero, it was time to head to 5th Ave for SHOPPING!!! We had a great time shopping and made some good purchases. After shopping, it was time for dinner and Hairspray. I was beyond excited to see Hairspray and it did not disappoint me.
This is where our trip takes a slight turn, similar to the "Becky & Kelly Europe Adventure". During intermission, Kelly mentioned how the loft was similar to a hostel and it wasn't the greatest idea. That's all it took...I called Mike and he got online and booked us a hotel. Yes, we couldn't cut it at the loft (sound familiar) and moved our adventure to the Hotel Roger Williams! It was a 4 star boutique hotel that was AMAZING and we got a great deal!!! After Hairspray was over, we checked into the hotel and I don't think any of us could have been happier!
We woke up on Sunday morning with smiles on our faces...we had a great nights sleep! Sunday was another day filled with lots of things. Our day was filled with eating, seeing the Christmas Spectacular and Alter Boyz. During Alter Boyz (which was hysterical), Mrs. Norman got pulled up on stage and was serenaded by the Boyz. It was the funniest thing I have ever seen! She was a trooper and there is a good picture to prove it. Later that night, we finally made it to Serendipity. I was so excited about eating at this place. Kelly and I shared their famous frozen hot chocolate (how romantic) and it was no disappointment!
We didn't make it to Central Park or the Today Show...but that just means I will have to go back sometime soon! We really did have an unbelievable trip and Kel Kel was the best planner ever!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
This is my trainer, Billy...he should look hardcore b/c he is...and please note he usually doesn't wear a skirt. I am back at Fitness Together and I'm scared that Billy will kill me. Not really, but I think after taking 6 months off (to eat and drink) he wants to show me what pain feels like.
I told Billy that I didn't want to be 800 pounds and on a reality TV show. His solution...eat healthy and come back to see him. Brilliant idea don't you think?!?!
Here's to operation get in shape and fit into Kelly's bridesmaid dress!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Since that wasn't going to happen, I got out of bed and joined the rest of my family. We got dressed, ate our bananas or coffee, grabbed our gloves and hat and were out the door!
As we drove the course, I started to panic. 1) because my lazy butt hadn't trained and 2) because the first mile was STRAIGHT up hill...seriously. Em told me to deal with myself b/c it was only a 5k.
After getting our timing chips, making friends in the porta-john line (or dad running around cheering) and seeing old friends, we headed to the starting line. Dad wanted to be right up front and I would have been content being the last one in line!!!
We ran into Em's old cross country buddy and she decided to run with me and Em. WHAT?!?! Yes, these 2 former cross country stars were going to run with me.
Well the race started, my ipod turned on, and the uphill run began. Em was very sweet to run with me the entire race even though I know she could have been as fast as dad.
When we crossed the finish line, our sweet dad was waiting with cups of water and LOTS of snacks. My dads hands were filled with cookies, bananas, crackers, chips, granola bars, soda and who knows what else. I love this man!
Dad was one of the top 3 in his age group (great job old man!) and Greg, Em and I finished in one piece. Please notice how RED my face is in this picture...for the love! Dad also decided to wear the brightest 2 shirts he has..orange and yellow. Great fashion sense dad.
Em had a great idea of stopping by Krispy Kreme after the race. Yes, all of us walked in with our race numbers on and everyone gave us a weird look. We got doughnuts and coffee for the family and headed home.
Even though I was dreading the race, I ended up having a great time with the family. Em and I have never run an entire race together. We started the Wilmington half marathon together but she left me around mile 5! :) Apparently Dad and Greg are trying to talk Mike and I into running a race with them the day after my birthday! We'll see about that one...
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I headed (or sped) home to Clemmons Tuesday evening. It was Em's birthday and we were going to the Pueb to celebrate. After being in the car for 8 hours with a 15 month old, she was in desperate need of a JUMBO margarita :)
We had a great dinner and then headed home for presents and cake. Mom made a really good cake and we all enjoyed a piece while Em opened presents!
Wednesday I hung out with Em, mom and Nate for the day. We took O'Malley and Nate for a walk, played with Nate, read and just hung out!
Wednesday afternoon/evening, I headed to the infamous "Russo Thanksgiving" at the lake house. I have heard Mike talk about this event for many months now and I wasn't sure what to expect. When I arrived, the house was packed and the food smelled delicious! I have never seen so much food in my life. After some wine and mingling, it was time to enjoy all the food. Dinner was no disappointment...amazing! Mike even let all of his food touch on his plate :)
I drove home late on Wednesday night because my family was running the Turkey Strut on Thursday morning. The race deserves its own post b/c it was so funny.
After the race, we hung out before Thanksgiving dinner. Mom made so much great food as always! We all crammed into the dining room...I drew the short straw and almost had my plate resting on my chest :) We all went to bed early on Thursday b/c its tradition to wake up early and go shopping as a family!
Friday, we woke up before the sun and made it to all our favorite stores. We got some great deals and finished most of our Christmas shopping. When we got home, I had to pack and head back to Charlotte.
Nate wanted to try his first Krispy Kreme!!
Greg taught Nate how to pick his nose on command...awesome!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I think Ellen said it better than I could, so I will just let you read her post.
Sorry for the disappointment Team Edward...
Here are just a few things I'm thankful for today(in no particular order):
my crazy but amazing Family
my sweet boyfriend
all my wonderful friends (the "app family" included)
A job and a great boss
my cute nephew that gives open mouth kisses
That my sister ran the entire race with me today
Betsy is about to have a baby boy at any second
Cousin Jeff is home safe from Iraq and got to meet his son for the first time
Black Friday deals and all the coupons
That I drew Bone's name for Christmas
drinking wine and playing games with my family
I am thankful for so much more...but that is just a snapshot! There has been lots going on so I will have fun blogging over the next few days!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
It was honestly so much fun to build our own pizza, drink and hang out! Thanks Flemings for a great night :)
This is typical...I am probably giving instructions to Mike on how it "should" be done. He is laughing and just ignoring me
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
So I was tagged by my sis, Emily. It's my first tagging experience...thanks!
Here are the rules: Go to your fourth picture folder and then go to the fourth picture in the folder. Write four things about the picture and then tag four other people. You never know what fun will follow...
Tag, you're it now... (you have to do it!)
1) Kel Kel
4) Angie1. This picture was taken of Em and I on Christmas morning of 2005
2. Crazy Grandma, Deedee, gives us "interesting" gifts every year. This was the "coat" year.
3. Em and I got these 1960's down coats that went all the way down to our ankles
4. This was during Deedee fashion show time- other items received that you: Ohio State "condom" coat, dead animal scarf, kimono, children's size denim vest.
We know everyone is jealous they are not part of our family. Getting these gifts adds so much more entertainment to Christmas morning! Thank you Em for letting this picture resurface :)
Over Veteran's Day, I got the chance to visit my dear friend Tara and her hubby Nathan in Wilmington. Tara and Nathan's love story is like no other. Without a doubt, it was written by God and its SO encouraging to see the love they have for the Lord and each other.
Tara and Nathan moved to Wilmington in August when they BOTH got jobs as youth ministers. That's right folks, these 2 are married, live together, ride to work together, share an office and minister to the same kids together. That's a lot of together time :)
While in Wilmington, it was so fun for me to see their church, meet some of their "kids", co-workers and members of their church. Tara sang on Sunday morning and brought tears to my eyes. I was so proud of her! When Nathan spoke to the congregation, I got to see his passion, confidence and love come alive. Talk about an amen!!!
The rest of the weekend was filled with the beach, shopping, eating, and seeing MY BFF (Brady)!!! She met us after church for lunch and I got so excited to see her! We had a good time catching up and hearing about her school "lock down" experience. I am still pushing for her to move back to Charlotte.
I am so excited to share the below picture with the world. Tara and Nathan had to get a new car after someone totaled Nathan's car. Nathan decided to keep the dream alive and get a MALIBU!!!! That's right, the Malibu lives on. Though it is not green, the white will do just fine. Nathan calls it the "Sunday ride" and faithfully drove it to church on Sunday morning.
Thanks for a great weekend Tara and Nathan!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Auld Lang Syne-is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song . It is well-known in many English-speaking countries, and it is often sung to celebrate the start of the new year at the stroke of midnight on New Years Day.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
We headed into the game and that's where the laughter began...
Robby kept reminding Kelly about her 23.12 left in "fun money", there were 16 extra people sitting in our rows, Matt gave Terry the most "heavenly" head rub, the ever lovin foam finger was passed around, Kessler was intoxicated, mullet man, girl in the Victoria Secret costume, Robby wanted to bar hop after the game and apparently thought App was just like Clemson. We had a great time at the game and I actually stayed for the entire game!
The next morning, we got to meet our old "ghetto 116" roomie for breakfast. Kelly and I shared a room our senior year of college (yes, 1 room with 2 twin beds and we are still best friends) and Holly lived in the other room. The 3 of us had so many fun times that year and we were excited to see Holly on Saturday morning. Holly brought along her hubby (our 4th roomie at times) and her 2 good friends from out of town. We had a great time catching up and hearing how being prego was treating her.
After that, we headed back to Charlotte so I could pack for my camping adventure!!