Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fall Bucket List 2017 - What We Accomplished

Well, I would say that we completely rocked fall, you guys!  We did pretty much everything on our list and then some!  Let’s get to recapping!

O N E – Decorate the House for Fall

CHECK!  And this was my favorite year to date!  Post here.

T W O – Go to a Georgia Football Game

CHECK!  We ended up making it to two games this year, one that was away at Vandy in Nashville, and one that was at home… and it was Olivia’s first game!  Posts here and here.

T H R E E – Install a TV on Our Back Porch and Watch Football Outside

CHECK!  Well, we didn’t actually install a TV but we did install a projector.  And we didn’t actually watch football on it, but we did watch Trolls!  Does that count?  I’m gonna go with yes… Post here.

F O U R – Attend a High School Football Game at My Alma Mater 

CHECK!  We typically attend the homecoming game and alumni social, but we missed that when we were in Nash, so instead we attended the kickoff home game and then we also attended our big rivalry game.  A fun time was had by all!  Posts here and here.

F I V E – Frolic in a Field of Sunflowers

CHECK!  We did get to do this!!  I was so thrilled!  We visited about a week later than we should have because the flowers were all past their peak, but it was still a sight to behold!  Next year I’m hoping we can time it better and see those gorgeous blooms when they are at their finest.  Post here.

S I X – Nashville Trip

CHECK!  YAAAASSSS!!!!  My favorite thing we did all fall… a hubby and wifey trip to Nash!  What a blast we had!  We saw Ed Sheeran in the front row, we ate lots of delicious food, we saw lots of amazing things, and we pretty much partied it up!  It was a trip that I will remember for always, that’s for sure.  Recaps here, here, and here.

S E V E N – Take an Entire Day Off for Just Me

CHECK!  A rare occurrence, I finally enjoyed a day off for just myself.  We ended up being off for Columbus Day and the kids had to go to school and B had to work, so I took a whole day off to do whatever I wanted.  Granted it was the day after we got back from Nashville so I pretty much spent the whole day unpacking, doing laundry, and repacking for our mountain trip, but at least I was able to do it in peace and quiet!  Post here.

E I G H T – Fall Weekend Getaway in the Mountains

CHECK!  We had another amazing trip!  Wine tasting, hiking, waterfall viewing, city touring, gem grubbing, apple picking… we did it all!  Recaps here, here, and here.

N I N E – Go Apple Picking

CHECK!  And what a haul we took away!  Post here.

T E N – Go Wine-Tasting at a Vineyard

CHECK!  Another one of my favorite things we did this fall.  Oh how I wish we had more wineries close by.  Post here.

E L E V E N – Visit a Pumpkin Patch

CHECK!  We visited one at home with the kids, a new one this year, and B and I also visited an adorable little pop-up pumpkin patch when we were in Nash!  Post here.

T W E L V E – Carve Pumpkins

NOPE!  Well, we’ve reached our first no.  We were so busy doing everything else that we never managed to carve a pumpkin. 

T H I R T E E N – Go on a Date with the Mr.

CHECK!  B and I went on several dinner dates when we were in Nash together.  Our evening at Bartaco was by far my favorite.  Post here.

F O U R T E E N – Trick-or-Treat

CHECK!  Perfect weather and two adorable little babies all dressed up made for a perfect evening.  Post here.

F I F T E E N – Watch Our Favorite Halloween Movies

CHECK!  It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown was watched on Halloween night as always, and the kiddos managed to squeeze in a few viewings of Toy Story of Terror as well.

S I X T E E N – Read Our Favorite Fall Books

CHECK!  We read lots of our faves – Five Little Pumpkins, Curious George Halloween, Little Blue Truck Halloween, and many more!

S E V E N T E E N – Hire a Professional Photographer for Fall Family Pictures

CHECK!  Even though we didn’t hire a pro this year, I was still able to get some pretty great family shots using a tripod and a timer.  I’ll be revealing them in the coming weeks, but here’s a little sneak peek to hold you over.  ;o)

E I G H T E E N – All the PSLs

CHECK!  And I even drank them in the cutest little mug wraps thanks to Danielle.  :o)

N I N E T E E N – Play in the Leaves and Enjoy the Fall Foliage

CHECK!  We honestly didn’t have much fall foliage this year but the kids did manage to do lots of playing on the UGA campus yesterday, so I’m going with yes!  Post here.

T W E N T Y – Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

CHECK!  Oh wait, not technically yet, but we will be checking this off of our list in two days!  Eek! 

And now for a few things that were not on the list that we also enjoyed…

T W E N T Y – O N E – Rock Ranch

CHECK!  This is a place in GA that was founded by Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-Fil-A.  There is SO much to do there – train rides, playgrounds, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, zip-lining, a jumping pillow, potato sack slides… y’all!  So much fun!  We had a whole day with our friends and their babies and it was a blast… we will definitely be going again next year!  Post here.

T W E N T Y – T W O – School Fall Carnival

CHECK!  I totally forgot to put this on the list this year, so I had to mention it here.  They had loads of rides and games, a haunted house, and so much more… the kids LOVED it. 

T W E N T Y – T H R E E – Corn Maze

CHECK!  I've always wanted to do one and we managed to get through one with the kids in under 30 minutes!  Post here.

T W E N T Y – F O U R – Thanksgiving Lunch with Jacob

CHECK!  Jacob’s school puts on a Thanksgiving lunch each year for the lower grades and Brian and I were able to have lunch with him last week.  They served turkey and dressing and all of the fixings.  I love hanging out with my sweet boy!

Well, looks like the only things we didn’t do was carve a pumpking! 

So did we FALL SO HARD?! 

I think we did!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Our Weekend - My Last Day of Work + Olivia’s First GA Game

Well, I survived my last day of work last week.  I’m not going to lie, it was rough.  Rough, y’all.  I may or may not have cried pretty much the entire day on Friday.  Sigh.  The whole day consisted of cleaning out my desk and telling everyone goodbye and everyone was pretty somber most of the day. 

I sent out emails to all of my accounts Thursday and Friday to let them know I was leaving, and the majority of the responses went a little something like this:

Pretty much everyone was shocked that I was leaving, most were pretty sad, and a few even begged me not to go.  At least it’s nice to know that I was loved. 

My coworkers showered me with gifts – a handmade wooden Georgia football, lotto tickets, movie tickets, Christmas coffee mugs and tea, WINE (they know me so well!), a sweet card that everyone signed, and even a handmade wooden dish to put my jewelry in along with the perfect note that really hit home.  Very fitting for this week.

Our department took me out for Mexican at lunch on Friday and my supervisor who has known me since the beginning proceeded to tell everyone crazy and funny stories from our past travels and work parties together.  Everyone laughed, a lot of us cried, and it was just a really, really sad (but special) day. 

My exit interview was at 4 and it went really well.  They asked all kinds of questions, the very first of which was, “Why are you leaving?”  I proceeded to tell them the entire story of what happened with HR.  The person who did my interview was pretty shocked and he told me he would pass all of the info along to our HR Director.  I’m sure nothing will come of it, but it felt good to get it all out there.  I wanted them to know that I wasn’t leaving by choice. 

After my interview was over, it was time for the hardest part of the day… saying goodbye.  I made the rounds giving hugs and crying with each person, even doubling back for seconds from a few of them.  It was a very, very emotional afternoon, and I was mentally and physically exhausted by the time I got home.

When I walked in and saw B I fell apart again and pretty much continued to cry off and on for the rest of the evening.  It was pretty pitiful. 

We stayed home and had a family movie night because I know I couldn’t trust myself out in public since the water works kept turning themselves on at random times, so we watched Wreck It Ralph with the kiddos and then I fell into a deep sleep on the couch while B watched Stranger Things.

Fortunately we had big plans on Saturday which was just what the doctor ordered.  I was so thankful for that because otherwise I probably would have hung around the house wallowing in my self pity all day.  Haha.

We headed to Athens bright and early Saturday morning for our first Georgia game as a family of four!  Last year we took Jacob to his first game, but this weekend was Olivia’s very first.

We hit up downtown Athens for some lunch at Transmetropolitan first.  It was the perfect day for some outdoor seating and some brewskies!  We then did a little bit of shopping at our favorite boutique, and then we headed to the quad near the arch to let the kids run around for a bit before heading to the stadium.

We had to get a family picture in front of the stadium first, and then we headed in.  Olivia was completely enamored with the sights and the sounds and everything else that goes along with the college football scene.  We made our way to our seats early enough so they could be involved with all of the pregame activities – the alma mater, the National Anthem, the jets flying over, and the trumpet salute.  Both of them just ate it all up!

Right when the first quarter started Olivia said, “I’m ready to go home.”  Haha.  I thought at that point the evening would end in disaster, but things actually went very well.  She never asked again after that, and she and Jacob were content waving their pom poms and cheering on the team.

They both started to get a little rowdy toward the end of the first quarter so I took them down for ice cream and popcorn, and then we headed back to our seats. 

Jess from The Newly was at the game and her season tix just so happen to be eight rows in front of ours in the same section, so she and I met up during halftime and it was so cool to meet her in person!  She and I have been reading each other’s blogs for several years so I feel like I already “know” her, so meeting her in person was kind of surreal but also felt very comfortable.  You’ll be happy to know that she is every bit as lovely in person as she is on her blog.  <3  We, of course, had to get a picture because obviously if we didn’t get a picture then it didn’t actually happen.  ;o)  So B, being the good blogger hubby that he is, snapped a few for us!  

During the second half of the game I kept waiting for the kids to start complaining and get grumpy but they never did.  Both of them were so well behaved and they were both really into the game.  Olivia spent most of the time eating her “pop-cowen” and  standing up in her seat and cheering and shaking her little pom pom. 

At the beginning of the fourth quarter our band always plays the theme song from Superman, and everyone pulls out their cell phones and turns on the flashlights to light up the stadium.  The kids were in awe over that.  Shoot, I’m always in awe over that!  Haha.  It’s SO COOL.

We had a significant lead toward the end of the game, so we headed out a few minutes early to try to beat most of the traffic.  Again, when it was time to leave, I thought for sure both kids would complain and say that they were too tired to walk back to the car, but they were both total BOSSES and they walked back by themselves as happily as can be.  The walk back to the car is about a mile and it is ALL uphill on the way back, but both of them took it in stride.  I couldn’t believe it. 

By the time we made it back to the downtown area, Olivia did request to be carried, so B carried her the last couple of blocks to the car.  We settled them in with their DVD players, and then we hit the road. 

The whole day was just perfect in every way – the weather, the game, our huge win, and all of our wonderful family time. 

We did run into an issue on the way home that could have been SO TERRIBLE, but our guardian angels were watching out for us for sure.

As we were heading up the main four lane road that runs through Athens, all of a sudden a deer came running across the street.  The car next to us hit it super hard and it made a sickening crunch.  The deer flew up in the air and landed in the road right in front of our car while we were going about 45 mph.  B had to swerve to not hit it.  If we had been 1-2 seconds ahead it would have landed right on our windshield and I don’t even want to think about what would have happened if that had been the case.  The car that hit it swerved off to the side of the road and I’m just praying that they are all okay.  We couldn’t pull over because the traffic was so thick and we were in the middle lane.  I’m just thankful that nobody behind or beside us hit us when we swerved.  Whew.

After our scare, we stopped at Chick-Fil-A for a quick dinner, and then we made the drive home.  Both kids were out like lights by the time we arrived.

Sunday we did our typical family things – lunch with my in-laws and dinner with my parents.  We needed lots of time to relax after such a crazy day before.

Today marks my first official day as a stay at home mom.  I think today will go well because of the fact that it’s Thanksgiving week.  Jacob and Olivia will be home with me all week and B will be home Wednesday – Friday.  Next Monday, however, should be interesting.  It will be my first day home without the kids (and no holidays) so hopefully I won’t end up in another pool of tears from missing my coworkers.  Haha.

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments these last couple of weeks as I made this transition.  It was such a whirlwind, and I’m still reeling from it.  I am still incredibly behind on life stuff (y’all should see my house – it is positively filthy!), blog stuff, and my emails, but I promise to get back to each of you eventually… it’s not likely it will happen this week with the holiday coming up, but I guess I now have every single day of my life to catch up on everything because – I don’t work anymore.  What?!

I hope you all have a great day today!

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