Thursday, August 21, 2008

My Best Friend is Getting Married...

This past weekend, we celebrated one of my best friend's engagements by throwing the happy couple a party here in Nashville. Bev was one of my nearest and dearest friends throughout college, and still to this day is the person I can't wait to see when I visit Knoxville. It definitely makes me miss our sleepovers in Massey, running up and down the halls screaming "It's Florida Friday beeshes, get up and start drinking", spring break in Hilton Head at the Salty Dog Cafe, dancing on the bars at bars in Ktown, sorority date parties and formals, and plenty of other incriminating stories. It's hard not having her in the same city, but when we reunite, it's like nothing has changed. I can remember back when her and Christian started dating and how excited we were- Christian has always been one of my favorite guys and they are so perfect for each other... they've come along way since they met in Seaside so long ago =)

With our help from the Wesley's (Candice's parents), we were able to throw a fabulous party and had a great group of friends and family join us for the festivities. Our party planning went into full mode and I'm happy we could begin their special time with all the planning that's currently going on for the April 25 wedding in Memphis next spring.
The Fun Invitations We Created



I've included a few pictures of the party and our night out in Nashville afterwards!! I love you both and can't wait to be a part of your special day! OXOX


Me and My Grill Master!

The Hostesses (minus Natalie who couldn't come)
Most of the Ladies!

The Happy Couple Dancing the Night Away

Out at Tin Roof for Dancing!
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

It's Football Time in Tennessee...



It may be a mere 19 days before THE VOLUNTEERS take the field for the 1st time this season, but it doesn't mean I can't be amazingly excited already. The schedules are posted in my office at work, I've started laying out tailgating necessities, and of course logging on to ESPN daily to check out what's in store for the glorious 2008 college football season, but it's hard to control my excitement. We have a VERY tough schedule this year, but I'm very optimistic and a glass half full kind of girl in my ways of thinking and I've seen us rise up before and stun the competition which is exactly what I'm praying for this year, as well.

We start our season in California on Labor Day, playing UCLA. Let's just say I'll be leaving the beach a little early this vacation just to make it home in time for kick-off =)

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Friday, August 8, 2008

The Olympics Are Here


I've been counting down the days for weeks now in anticipation of this exciting day... the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics (8.8.08)! The older I get, the more I have learned to appreciate the Olympics and just how important they are. It's a time for individual nations to put their differences aside, showcase their best athletes, and come together as one for all the world to see.

I do have to admit, however, that I am completely biased to the Summer Games... I'm especially looking forward to watching swimming (I'm waiting for Michael Phelps to earn his highly anticipated 8 gold medals), diving (just because it's entertaining), and of course, the highlight of it all for me, gymnastics. I have watched women's gymnastics since I was a child, and I still get that butterflies in my stomach feeling when the girls take the stage and show off. I love the Caroli's and the dynasty they have created in USA gymnastics and with this year's team I think we have a great chance of winning it all! Shawn Johnson is too adorable for words and I am keeping my fingers crossed for all of them to shine...
The Beijing National Stadium where the Opening Ceremonies will take place!

So tonight, I will join the billions of people around the world watching the very same thing- the choreographers of tonight's festivities have promised it will be incredible and something you don't want to miss! Beijing has been revamping their city for years in anticipation for these games and from everything I've already seen, I'm sure it is going to be one for the books!

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

True Southern Food


Last weekend, we got together with the Dale's (Roy's best friend Amber's parents) and celebrated Amber's sisters Master's in Education graduation. This, being another excuse to hang out with one of our favorite families, made the day even better. We played in the pool with all the kids, had a cornhole tournament with my BRAND NEW set custom made by my boyfriend for my birthday, and to top it off, the night featured a new favorite of mine, a Low Country Boil recipe made famous by Paula Deen. With her stuff, you know you can't go wrong. I thought it was so creative and very easy to make, so here's the recipe... it works great for a summer cookout with lots of people, too!

Crab boil (AKA Old Bay Seasoning and LOTS of it)
2 teaspoons per quart of water
12 red new potatoes
6 (4-inch) smoked sausage link sausage
6 ears corn
3 pounds fresh shrimp, unpeeled (we left peels on, and it was easy to get them off once cooked)
Fill a large pot with enough water to cover all of the ingredients. Add the crab boil and bring to a boil. Adjust the crab boil to suit your taste. When the water boils, add the potatoes and sausage. Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes. Add corn and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for no more than 3 minutes. Drain and serve with warm bread.



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