Sunday, October 23, 2011

Still going strong

Is the weekend really over? We made it back from another App Family Homecoming weekend and had a BLAST!!
Robby & Kel picked me up from the Charlotte airport (honking in the travelall, of course) and we headed up the mountain. The party was in full swing when we arrived. We unloaded the car, grabbed a beverage of choice and jumped right in.

Yes, 4 twin beds pushed together-this is where me, Mike, Kel & Robby slept!
Saturday morning rolled around and everyone was ready to begin the fun. We loaded up the cars, packed 10 people into the travelall and headed to campus for a full day of tailgating. The weather was perfect, the leaves were gorgeous and it was a great day to spend with friends. After lots of pictures, drinks, food, cornhole, football and laughs, we packed up the tailgate and headed into the game. TBruce scored us fantastic seats and we all enjoyed the game (a little too much)...probably annoyed our neighbors too!After the game, we all headed back to the house for more QT and grilling out. It was a very relaxing evening filled with great conversations and yummy food!
The house crashed early on Saturday which of course warmed my grandma heart!

Sunday seemed to come a little too quickly and I wasn't ready to head back to the real world. After breakfast and a little clean-up, we loaded the car to head back to TN.

I walked away from this weekend with a full heart, lots of pictures, some wonderful memories and maybe a few extra pounds.

App Family, thank you for the sweet gift of friendship

Thursday, October 20, 2011

That time again

Tomorrow is the day. I will catch a plane from NY to Charlotte, ride up the mountain and then the weekend will begin! Every year since graduation (minus 1), 16+ members of the App Family rent a house over homecoming weekend. I look forward to this weekend EVERY.SINGLE.YEAR! We begin early in the year emailing each other to decide on a house, then all buy tickets together, then the food planning emails begin!Blogs, emails, phone calls, texts and facebook just don't cut it sometimes. I need some real face to face time with my "family"! I might not get as much sleep as I like, men in diapers might appear, some folks think they can drink like they did in college, snuggling and catching up into the wee hours, and making more memories with some of your best friends. Memories, that is what it is all about. I love tradition, obviously, and this is one that I hope we keep until we are all tooting around in our electric scooters! The camera is charged and I'm ready to begin the weekend in my "happy place".

Sunday, October 16, 2011


I admit, I'm a little obsessed with my niece and nephew. When we are all together, I cannot stop myself from taking pictures of their every move. When we found out they were going to be in Clemmons, we made sure we could make it for the day.
We made a VERY quick trip to Clemmons this weekend to see my whole family and attend a little friend/baby reunion.
Nate has grown up so much in the last few months and I couldn't handle it. He can write his name, say the pledge of allegiance, say the whole alphabet, and says very witty things. The next time I see him, he will probably be ready for college. AR has grown up so much too AND is talking up a storm...why does this happen?!?!

Like I said, we were home for less than 24 hours but it was well worth the trip. We had a great time playing with the kiddos, catching up with friends at the reunion and spending time with the family. I just love that family of mine...Christmas can't come soon enough!

Sweet Addison
Proof that hubs and I were there too
Dad loves to dance with the kids!reunion with all the babies
love my sisters!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pooks Weekend

This past weekend, our pooks traveled to TN for a visit and a little UT football! Despite 3 out of the 4 of us having a cold, we had a great weekend together.

We had BLAST tailgating for 6+ hours, introduced Kel & Robby to some of our friends, and had great seats for the game. When I woke up on Sunday morning, I didn't have a voice. Seriously, I could not talk at all! After Kel & Robby left, I spent the rest of Sunday and Monday on the couch (praise the Lord for bank holidays). My life has been filled with lots of TV, tea, Kleenex and my sweet husband taking care of me. Hoping this laryngitis is gone tomorrow morning! I have a busy work week to tackle AND a weekend with the entire Gibbs family!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cake Monster

When Mike and I were wedding planning, we took the cake very serious! We both LOVE our desserts and wanted to make sure the cake was good. Our "cake lady" really won us over when she said we didn't have to freeze our top tier. For all of her customers, she makes them a replica on their one year anniversary...score! Last weekend, "cake lady" made Kelly's birthday cake and also our anniversary cake. We stuck it in the freezer until we were ready to eat it. We finally got around to eating it this weekend and boy was it delicious!
I got out the serving set we used at our wedding and now use at all our special celebrations!
I'm tempted to put it in the freezer so we can enjoy it again for our 2nd anniversary. That's not weird, is it?

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