Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Day #216

Can you believe that 2009 is over? So much has happen in the last 365 days…I got married, moved into a house and moved into a new office. It’s been a great, spontaneous year and I’m excited to see what 2010 will bring our little M family.

I hope you all have a great and Happy New Year!

Day #214

Our First Christmas

Part Two

Christmas day was full of activity as Mr. M and I drove from Manning to Tennessee for lunch at my grandmother’s home. It was great to catch up with her, my parents, sister C, uncles, aunts and cousins as we arrived when presents were being opened. Then of course, Mr. M and I enjoyed a delicious Christmas feast. I hope one day that I can cook as half as good as my grandmother.

Sister C. and me in Tennessee.

After that we traveled back to my parent’s home in South Carolina where immediate family had Christmas dinner. I think my dad was amazed by hustle and bustle of all of his four daughters working in the kitchen to get dinner on the table.

Then Mr. M and I headed back to our cozy home for our own Christmas and finishing the 600+ mile trip of family visits where we cooked dinner at home (salmon and crab cake pinwheels), drank champagne and opened gifts. It was truly a blessed weekend and I’m thankful that we were able to celebrate Jesus’ birthday being surrounded by loved ones.

Also, today is “I love you day” for Mr. M and I and guess who won – ME! Happy 7 months!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Day #213

Our First Christmas

Part One

Happy Holidays! What a busy week – can you believe we only have two and half more days left in 2009? Sorry for not posting sooner as Monday was one crazy day at work.

Our First Christmas was great as we decided to travel 674 miles around the state of South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Even though we were in the car for 7+ hours, it was a chance for Mr. M and me to be alone and just talk {besides listen to the radio and watch the weather radar on the blackberry}.

Our first stop was in Manning, SC where we spent Christmas Eve with Mr. M’s family. It was fun to shop downtown {by the way – make a stop at Donna’s House downtown. Way cute store} and see the sights.

The photo is a little dark but this cute restored area called the The Horse Stables that's right across from the court house.

This was the pharmacy that Mr. M’s grandfather and uncle use to own….

Which made for a cute photo opportunity.

I also love the fact that Manning is pro-local shopping which is a new project I'm working on at work. Yeah for local businesses!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Day #207

Some people worry about how to decorate their house –

I worry about how to decorate a whole city.

Part of my job is to handle the placement of the city’s Christmas

decorations and last night Mr. M and I walked through

downtown to take in the holiday season.

As we get ready to celebrate our first Christmas together,

I hope you and your family have a great holiday weekend.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Day #206

Last night Mr. M and I traveled to Charlotte, NC to celebrate the fabulous birthday of our dear friend (and fellow Delta Zeta sorority sister) Leslie. It was great to see her, her husband Brad and our Twyla for dinner. We even celebrated Christmas with a mini gift exchange.
I love this time of year!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Day #205

Christmas is definitely in the air with all the festivities. Saturday, I hosted a brunch at my home for my Delta Zeta sisters. It was great to get together and share stories while making plans for 2010. That afternoon, Mr. M’s dad traveled up to the ‘burg and we both went to the Wofford v. University of South Carolina basketball game. An early Christmas present for the T-dogs as they won 68 to 61. It was a very exciting game to watch and my fingers are crossed that this might (might) be the season for this team.

Sunday, Mr. M and I had our friend Twyla over for brunch as she and a friend made their way to Asheville to visit the Biltmore House. It was great to just sit back, relax and catch up over chocolate chip muffins.

That evening, we traveled to a great little Mexican restaurant in North Carolina to have “family dinner” with our friends Kim and James. I love this place because no one really knows the name of it but will call it, “that-Mexican-restaurant-that’s-in-the-old-Hardee’s, and near-the-Interstate-in-Columbus”.

Kim and I used to be roommates before she and I got engaged. We called our apartment a lucky charm because as soon as we signed up to rent there, we both were engaged within a year. The food is great and the beer is cheap (my kind of place) and there was SNOW. So we had dinner in a little winter paradise.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Day #202

Last night was a flurry of parties, one being with the Junior League Sustainer (aka women who have served 8 or more years in the Junior League) Christmas party. It was so much fun to see all of the women that I work with in the community come together for a great night. My fellow supper club gals, Elizabeth and Jennifer, serve on the Sustainer committee and we were able to get a quick photo during the evening.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Day #201

Last night I hosted book club at my house and had a fabulous time. These girls are the greatest and I’ve enjoyed hanging out with them at least once a month.

We had several huge announcements as not one but THREE of them are pregnant and will have their little ones within a month span of each other. Yeah for all the upcoming baby showers!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Day #200

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Today is 200 days! Can you believe? Where did 2009 go?

A lot has changed for me as a married woman.

* I’ve learning more and more each day to be a better homemaker. Notice – not a great homemaker but I would say I’m at least a “B” in the whole cooking and cleaning section.

* I’ve become a morning person as in wake up at 4:45 a.m. morning person. The reason that I get up at before the crack of dawn is so I can make it to my work out routines, which leads me to my next accomplishment.

* I’m now a runner. Not a good one, I’m still the fat kid in the back of the line but I will say I’m trying at least 5 days a week. The unfortunately part is that I still enjoy food and so during this Holiday season, my mantra is to loose or maintain but not to gain.

*I’m now a coupon addict. If you have not visited Southern Savers or Coupon , please do. I’ve become this insane planner when it comes to the grocery store which is a 180 from the girl that I once was that just randomly bought items while I was there.

Of course with any marriage celebration post comes a wedding day photo. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Day #199

White Christmas - Click here for funny video clips

As Christmas approaches, one of my top holiday songs is "White Christmas" and thought this video was way to cute not to share. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Day #193

I saw this photo today and got a good chuckle.
My final is due this week and I so feel like this little dog - tired and
about to fall asleep on my computer. 2 more days to go!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Day #191

I now appreciate this movie more than I did when I watched it in college. Enjoy the stapler scenes.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Day #187

What an insane week. So far in the last eight days the following has happened.

Have a great Thanksgiving with the family in Tennessee. Mr. M and I had a scare on Thanksgiving night as our alarm went off in our house. We thought at first our cats set the darn thing off (their large and by large I mean like 19 pounds) but after the second alarm – we knew we had a problem. So we packed up early, said good-bye to the family and headed home in lightning speed. Luckily, both were false alarms but it hit home how lucky we were that was just that – false alarms.

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USC beat Clemson 34-17. Totally fabulous!

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We celebrated six wonderful months on Monday! I can’t believe time has flown by so quickly. Mr. M did win “I love you day” at 4:30 a.m. when I was getting up to go to boot camp so now our score is Me: 2, Mr. M: 3 and Tie: 1. He was a total sweetie the whole day by bringing me lunch, buying me roses and my favorite dessert to come home to last night.

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And boy did I need a pick-me-up on Monday. So on top of all the holiday festivities, I was also finishing up my research project on teen pregnancy. Now all I have left is the final exam!