Best Friends Throw The Best Baby Showers!!

Look how cute these invitations are! It is a Halloween book themed shower! The guests are asked to bring a book for Addie and dress in there favorite storybook character, and I will be dressed as the librarian!!! The sweetest part of the whole thing is that they made book plates that can be pasted in the front of each book that is given so that Addie will know how much she is loved.



Wish I Were There Wednesday: Munich, Germany

I know it isn’t October yet, however in my little neck of the woods this weekend our county is holding our annual Oktoberfest Weekend Extravaganza! With some of my very favorite people coming into town this weekend (cough cough…Mariah and Tori) I am so excited to hang out with them and eat some schnitzel with noodle and watch the wiener dog races (it really is the small things in life….)!


As much as I love small town USA’s version of Oktoberfest, I can’t help but wish I was jet-setting across the Atlantic to experience true Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. (A girl can dream!)


30 Weeks Pregnant/Bucket List Adventure

This past week was my 30th week of pregnancy! YEAH! Baby Addie and I have got this whole baby making/growing thing down at the moment I think! We are both healthy, and I got word from the doctor that I passed my glucose test and all seems to be going smoothly. Addie is still pretty active, and gets hiccups at times, which is really an interesting feeling.

I have had my first really serious craving I think….but at least it is something healthy. I want Parker’s CHEWY ICE ALL THE TIME! Sometimes I go to the store and fill the largest cup up with ice and nothing else because I don’t want any of my precious ice to melt into the liquid of the soda or tea. I don’t know what it is about the ice, but I told hubby that when it is time to go into labor we would have to make a stop and get a few cups so I can have it in the hospital too!!!! (He might just need to get me a cooler if we are going to be there for a while!)

So next week will be Week #31, which seems outrageous to think because it has gone by so fast, but (knock on wood) it hasn’t been bad so far. Everyone tells me that it only gets worse from here, so I am just thankful for each day that continues to be pleasant and pain free.


In other News: Music Midtown Trip Report

Hubby and I have just made it back in town from our recent bucket list adventure to go see the Red Hot Chili Peppers and several other bands at Atlanta’s Music Midtown festival.



-The Red Hot Chili Peppers were really good and we had a great time jamming out to them and Imagine Dragons.

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-After we got off the Marta and walked three blocks to the entrance of the concert, it took us OVER 1.5 hours to get through the gate AND it was POURING RAIN!!!! We watched as a group of disgruntled fans knocked down a chain link fence and ran past the entrance gate (all while the security guard just looked on in awe) because they were tired of waiting (and probably drunk).

-It rained for the first several hours of our concert viewing experience. Luckily Waring and I had purchased ponchos before the trip, however a maxi skirt, muddy hills, and rain are not really a recipe for success.

-It took an hour waiting in line to get into a portapotty (which is not good on this pregnant bladder!) I tried to play the pregnant lady card to cut in line, but I just couldn’t bring myself to actually do it!

-It took an hour to get food and drinks! (Also, not good for my pregnant appetite! Baby Addie was NOT happy!)

-The MARTA was so packed on our way home (and we were so soaked/wet/tired) that we decided to pay the $40 to take a cab back to the hotel. Yes, it was expensive…but I would have paid more if I had to in order to get home and have a hot shower!

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The Take Away Lesson:

Most bucket list adventures are tons of fun, but you have to realize that when having fantastic adventures like this….not all will go as planned. It will rain, there will be crowds, traffic, and complications. Looking back I am still glad that Hubby and I were able to have this experience, and a chance to get out of house and truly LIVE!




Wish I Were There Wednesday: Colonial Williamsburg, VA

As a teacher, you aren’t allowed to say it…but you have a favorite topic or area to teach. In US History I really love to talk about the scandal, death, disease, and daily life during the Colonial Era. This past week my students and I explored the colony of Georgia from the viewpoint of Oglethorpe and the Trustees, as well as the Malconents, Salzburgers, and Highland Scots. You should have heard the classroom debates during our “town meeting!”


I guess all of our colonial conversations have got me missing one of my favorite museum/interactive historical sites in the United States: Colonial Williamsburg, VA. I went in the heat of the Summer, however I bet with the Fall weather blowing in, that this place is even more AMAZING!


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Music Midtown: T-Minus 1 Week and counting…..

MUSIC MIDTOWN is this WEEKEND! I am so excited that we decided to get tickets, book a hotel room, and set off on another adventure. Yes, school is crazy for hubby and I, not to mention our already busy full-time jobs….BUT sometimes you just gotta let your hair down and live a little (and I like to live…a lot…)!d\

I am excited about getting to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Imagine Dragons, and a few others! I originally didn’t know how I would feel about going at 30 weeks pregnant…but I can honestly say that I am so glad we went a head and booked those tickets. Baby Addie kicks a lot, but I don’t mind her poking out of my midsection like a big basketball ball all that much. (Knock on wood…), I have had a pretty easy going pregnancy thus far, so I am looking forward to the last few months going forward in the same direction.


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For those of you who are worried…I plan on getting in plenty of fluids, eating some low sodium foods to cut down on swelling, and bringing a blanket to lay down at the grass at the back of the park where the concerts are being held in order to rest for a while!


And don’t worry….there will be pictures to come! 🙂

Glucose Test and Good Times

Last night I was already feeling grumpy because I knew that I would have to fast until noon in order to take my lovely glucose test. Not to mention that in addition to the glucose test blood work, I would also be receiving my rhogam shot because I have a negative blood type. All in all, you could say that I was thrilled….

Looking back on the day however, it wasn’t all that bad. I was able to take it all in stride and got a very good report from the doctor. Baby Addie and I are doing well and the doctor is pleased with our progress…so yay!! To celebrate one of my very best bestie came and had a visit that was long overdue. We ate the BEST macaroons in Savannah, feasted on their cuisine, explored some local consignment shops, and bought the last of Addie’s nursery decor at Target. The evening has been capped off with Subway night (a new tradition apparently since it is Subtember this month), a trip to the library, and a nice warm bath. Does it get any better than this??

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This gal is feeling blessed tonight. Have a happy weekend!

Wish I Were There Wednesday: Doolin, Ireland

All of the rain here in South Georgia has got me thinking about our stay on the Emerald Isle. In 2009 Hubby and I spent a week traveling across the country wondering as many narrow roads and footpaths as possible to see the beauty that was/is Ireland. One of our favorite little spots was the town of Doolin. We stayed at a beautiful B&B, ate great food, and listened to traditional pub music (which is supposed to have originated in the town many years ago!) I hope that we will have a chance in about six years to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and relive these great memories once more.

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3rd Trimester Bump Present

After a long Monday (which included locking myself out of my house at 6:30am, a 3 hour meeting after a full day of work, and a mini panic attack from all of the grad school work that I have upcoming…) it was so sweet to come home to this little package at my door. I do have the best friends/support group a gal could ask for! Thanks Tori for the pretty earrings!! I love them and you! Thank God for good friends!


Happy Grandparent’s Day

My grandparents have been some of the most influential people in my life. I have seen them face challenges and adversity with strength that could only have been from God. I have seen them show kindness and respect towards others,play make believe and makeup makeovers, work hard even when there was no boss looking, play games with the kids when all the other “grown-ups” just want to watch TV, dance on hotel beds and laugh louder than anyone else in the room, sacrifice for the sake of others, forgive unforgivable people, and love me unconditionally. I am so very thankful that God chose me to be your granddaughter.

Love you Granda, Granny Faye, Papa, and Granny Layne!

(Pics coming soon!)