Thanksgiving 2011...One Week Later

11.30.2011

Last night, a sad thing happened.

I ate the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers.

Heartbreak at its finest. Seriously, there is nothing better to me than Thanksgiving food. It's savory, filling and it just warms your soul.

The last Thursday in November is always one filled with deliciousness and family/friends. It's a wonderful day and this year was no different. Thursday morning came bright and early because Brittany and I had signed up for the 2011 Turkey Strut 5K. This is the second year I've done it and I really do think it's a great idea, other than the getting up early part. But really, you get up, run 3 miles and when you go stuff your face later in the day, you don't even have to think about feeling guilty. Great tradeoff.
our toughness shining through
approaching the finish line...shockingly not first...
After dropping Brittany off, we got back to my brother's and I just just enough time to shower and get ready for lunch. And honestly, I think it would've been the best meal of the year even if I hadn't just ran in said 5K. Sadly, I didn't get a table picture this year, but I at least had to get a shot of my plate and all of its deliciousness
I realize a table shot would have been far more impressive, but this is it! Still soooo good. When lunch was over, and everyone headed out to their other Thanksgiving lunches/dinners, I had the brilliant idea of pulling our air mattress and napping to the football game. And let me tell you, tryptophan induced naps are the most amazing things ever.

That night we headed back over to Brittany's parents house where I was greeted with a big, shiny surprise...
My best friend, my roommate for life and who stood beside me when I said "I do" is getting MARRIED! So crazy and I'm so excited for her!
those weird expressions mean we are excited
brittany and her future hubby
And no Thanksgiving week is complete without a side of crazy and my sister-in-law and I got our share when we braved the midnight sales at Kohl's and Target. Like I said, crazy. But I did get these gems
For those that haven't watched "Modern Family", you should. And for those that have never used a Dyson, then you probably don't know what it's like to be giddy about vacuuming. Not even kidding, you can ask my husband. Love it.

Simply, our Thanksgiving was simple and wonderful. I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and are preparing your hearts and homes with the season that is now fully upon us...Christmas!

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Thankfully

11.22.2011

Y'all, I swear Thanksgiving arrives a little faster every year. But I sure do love this time of year because to me, there is nothing not to love. Can anyone out there tell me that they don't love stuffing their faces with yummy goodness that only comes once a year? Or that you don't enjoy spending time with friends and family that you may not see a lot of? OR even if you're not a food lover or a sentimental person, you have to enjoy partaking in the madness that is Black Friday :)

The Lord has truly blessed me with an incredible life. It may not always be easy and effortless. There are bumps and hangups. I cry out in sadness and scream in anger. But at the end of the day, I choose to recognize the blessings. This is the time of year that we make a point to voice what we're thankful for, which is great, but every day is worthy of recognition. 

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 Thankfully...

...I know the Lord, but even more than that, He knows me (Psalm 139:1).
If that was all I had to be thankful for, I'd be in pretty great shape.

...I have a God fearing husband whom I love more and more everyday. Some days that decision is a little harder than others, but it never fails. He is a man that chases hard after the
Lord and in return, loves me as Christ loves.

...our family, for the most part, is healthy and happy.

...we have amaaaaazing friends. Seriously. Could not ask for better.

...we have jobs to go to and a place to call home.

...we choose what we want to wear and want to eat.

...we are awoken by hearing our alarms and seeing each others face.

This world can be a place that tries to drag us down and force us into a box of negativity, but by choosing to fix my eyes on Jesus, I choose to be thankful for this life. This life is the only one I have to live and I can decide whether to recognize the blessings or the not so great things. When you woke up this morning, did you take a moment to thank God for bringing you to a new day? I didn't. Maybe a few of you did, but chances are, most of us take it for granted. Waking up today, Tuesday, November 22, was a blessing.

Speaking for myself, it's time I start living that way. I get so caught up in this hundred mile an hour life, I forget to bow my head, lift my hands and say "thank you" to the God that makes it all possible.

And as cheesy as this is, I am thankful for all those that are reading. Seriously.

Enjoy this week of Thanksgiving! Enjoy the food and the time with friends and family! Enjoy today and tomorrow and the next day...

And in all things, give thanks
1 Thessalonians 5:18
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According to Pinterest...{Running Edition}

11.21.2011

I'll be honest, before I started running, I thought runners were crazy. You know the ones I'm talking about. Rain or shine, freezing or unbearably hot, there they were. Running. In bright, loud clothes. Just running.

Crazy.

Then I actually started doing it on a regular basis and I could start to see what the big deal was. I even started to enjoy it. Then yesterday, I got up at 7 a.m. when it was 28 degrees to run 6 miles.

What's that I hear on the other side of the monitor? Murmurs of how I'm crazy or that's just insane? Yup, that's what I thought. I thought the same thing.

But all that to say, I get it now.

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I totally get it.
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Catch-Up Post

11.18.2011

I can't believe it's been a whole week since my last post! Crazy!  I should probably write a "real" post, but this is all I have the brain power for...

ONE. Thanksgiving is less than a week away. How is that possible? Where did this year go? I remember as a kid having my parents/grandparents tell me that the older you get, the faster your life goes. Of course I scoffed at this because my birthday and Christmas always seemed ages away.

Who knew...they did know what they were talking about...

Regardless, I looooove Thanksgiving! There is nothing not to love; yummy food and time with friends and family.

TWO. Taylor Swift is awesome. I had the chance to go see her here in Charlotte this past Wednesday night, and hands down, best concert. Ever. She is amazing and I'm so sure that we could be best friends if given the chance.


THREE. I had a lapse of sanity a couple of weeks ago and agreed to do a half marathon. Half. Marathon. 13.1 miles. What was I thinking? My wonderful, sweet friend Brooke somehow tricked me into thinking this was a great idea...

Who am I kidding?  I am actually really excited about running this particular race...

The race is taking place on February 26 and it will take me from now until then to be able to run 13 miles comfortably...it's that .1 that I'm worried about.

And I totally see us wearing tutu's and tiaras!

FOUR. Y'all have no idea how excited I was when the official trailer for "The Hunger Games" was released on Monday. And please don't judge me when I say that when I saw it gave me goosebumps. I cannot wait!




FIVE.  My friend Whitney is unbelievable and believes and supports me in only a way that only a best friend can. She knows how much I would love to have a career in the college basketball world as a writer and she decided that she should buy me a domain name...unbelievable. Check it out...


 I am blessed by amazing friends that's for sure!

SIX.  This is a random post and I will end on a random number. It's Friday and next week is a short week that once over will allow me to pull out all of our Christmas decorations! EEK! Cannot wait.

Happy Friday everyone!
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11.11.11

11.11.2011

Back in August, I posted about starting a blog that would deal solely on the topic of college basketball. Well, here we are three months later, and it's finally starting to take shape. It's shockingly difficult for me to write about my favorite sport when it's not happening.

And I will try to keep my references and posts regarding Carolina on here to a minimum, but I make no promises.

Tonight's matchup with the Michigan State Spartans was strategically scheduled to fall on Veterans Day because this game is one to honor the men and women who have fought for our freedom. And it was only fitting to have the first game to ever be played on an U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to be played on a day when we recognize and remember those who serve.

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My sincerest thank you to the Veterans and current military personnel and their families. Your sacrifice is unbelievable and I am eternally grateful for you all. 

And please visit More Than March and leave me an encouraging word, even if you're not a basketball fan!

Happy Friday everyone! 
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Birthday Road Trip Recap!

11.09.2011

I always feel like I'm the most boring person when I start any sort of recaps. I don't mean to be if I am, but y'all please tell me if boredom is the overwhelming emotion that you're feeling when this is all said and done.

Mmkay thanks.

Thursday, Andrew and I hit the road and rolled into Pigeon Forge just in time for lunch. Let me tell you, when I saw the sign reflecting the name of my favorite Mexican food restaurant from Winston-Salem, it was all I could do not to propel myself out of the window!
It wasn't quite as delicious as it's Winston counterpart, but it hit the spot! And next to it was this little gem...
I learned that in this area, the word "antiques" takes on a whole new meaning. Someone should probably tell them that anything Lauren Conrad related is not.

Once I was done meandering and mocking, we hopped back into the car in search of the Christmas Inn! After seeing what a few of the other hotels down the main strip looked like, I was afraid that the pictures we had seen would be fictitious. I need not worry, because when we pulled up, this is what we were greeted with
And our room couldn't have been more perfect...
On Friday, we headed to Gatlinburg for lunch and to the Smokey Mountains. It was overcast and cool, but to me, it was perfect! And let me tell you, if you have never been to Gatlinburg, you HAVE to go. It's the ideal mixture of hillbilly delight and mountain beauty.

Seriously.


Sadly, I didn't get a street shot of the "main strip" while we were there, but I assure you that a picture would not have done it justice. Afterwards, we headed to the outlets which were no joke because there is no way to go through the whole thing in one day. We got some good deals and a Christmas present for our nephew, so I consider that a fairly productive endeavour.

Friday night we had an inexpensive dinner since we had already spent too much money and joined in the Inn's marshmallow roasting. There is just something about eating a marshmallow that had been on fire just moments earlier that makes my heart smile

pure happiness right there

pretty fire pit

After breakfast on Saturday morning, we headed back to Charlotte, but not before stopping for a few more pictures of the amazing fall colors!


And I obviously one of me doing something like this...

Ridiculous, I know.

But that's it, my birthday trip recap! Hopefull y'all are still awake :)

Have you ever been to the Smokies? Any suggestions for next time?
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On the Road Again

11.03.2011

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Andrew and I are hitting the road tomorrow with a final destination of eastern Tennessee! I'm really excited because we're staying here...

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The Christmas Inn in Pigeon Forge! I love Christmas. Love. It. And when Andrew was first telling me about this place, as soon as I learned that there was a Christmas tree in every room, I was sold! I'm excited to get away for a few days with my sweet husband, go somewhere fun and just be together.

And this will be in my hand as we make our way to this lovely weekend getaway...
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I mean, it's only right.
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