Oh, what a weekend! Can we just go back, please?
B and I kicked off the weekend with a day off Friday. We dropped the kids at school and spent the entire day together, just the two of us. We started the day with cinnamon crunch bagels at Panera with a side of salted caramel mocha from Starbs for me. We headed to Target next, where, I kid you not, we spent almost two hours! We got most of the Christmas shopping finished up for the kids already... this might be the earliest ever that I can say that! We also picked up some Christmas PJs for both of them, as well as a couple of other gifts. And I couldn’t have looked more like a #BasicWhiteGirl with my leggings and Starbucks inside Target, so, of course, I had to get B to document it. #Represent
After Target, we headed to one of our main shopping centers to hit up Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Pier One, and Bath & Body Works for more Christmas shopping. I bought the CUTEST Christmas placemats at Pier One for our formal dining room and I can’t wait to share them with you in my Christmas home tour in early December!!
Bath & Body Works didn’t disappoint either. You may have seen my post on Instagram about the lotion that I purchased… I’ve been burning the Champagne Toast candle every New Year’s Eve for the last couple of years around NYE and when I was in the store, I noticed that they now have it in lotion and spray, too! It smells SO. GOOD. If you haven’t already seen it, you should check it out! They also have a new scent called Magic in the Air, which also smelled divine, and I had to take a picture of the display because it was just so darn pretty. ;o)
Lunch at Chipotle was next, followed by seeing the new movie Arrival. I had never even heard of it, but B wanted to see it, and y’all, I LOVED it. When it was over, B and I discussed because we had some unanswered questions, but I think between the two of us, we managed to understand it completely. You should definitely add this to your must see list!
After the movie we still had some time to spare before picking up the kiddos, so we made a stop at Kohl’s where we ended up getting some of the best bargains I think I’ve ever gotten in my life! They had a HUGE Veterans Day sale going on, plus I had a ton of coupons (which they let you stack) so we ended up loading up on more Christmas gifts for practically nothing. One of the shirts I purchased was originally $49.99, and we got it for $5.65!! We also bought a couple of picture frames that were normally $24.99 each, and we got them both for $2.71 each. I mean, what?! It was seriously better than Black Friday.
After we emptied Kohl’s of all of its merchandise, we picked up each of the kids, grabbed a pizza, and headed home for an evening in.
Saturday morning we were up bright and early, we dropped the babies off with my parents, and we headed to Athens with two of our friends for the Georgia/Auburn game. We got up there around lunchtime and headed straight to our favorite restaurant, Transmetropolitan, for drinks and lunch. After lunch we did a little shopping and a little touring around, and we of course, stopped in one of our favorite areas of campus to snap a few pictures before heading into the stadium.
When we arrived, I met up with one of my friends and coworkers to say hi, and then we headed to our seats. Hi, Adrienne!
The pregame show was spectacular as they did a few special things for Veterans Day. The end zone under the jumbotron formed a big American flag during the National Anthem, and then two fighter jets flew over when it was over. Always a treat.
|Clockwise - Chicago Cubs pitcher and UGA grad Justin Grimm, UGA grad Hines Ward, and UGA Grad Champ Bailey were all in attendance.|
The game was yet another nail biter. We are not currently ranked as we’ve had a rebuilding season (we have a new coach and a new QB this year) and Auburn was ranked #9, so I think most of us had expected to get whooped, but we held our own… even despite the couple of REALLY bad calls (or lack thereof) by the refs early in the game. I mean, it was absurd.
During halftime, I was browsing Instagram, and I noticed that Jess from The Newly had posted a picture from nearly the exact same vantage point that we had in the stadium, so I started scouring the crowd, and lo and behold, she was just eight rows in front of us! I sent her a quick message and we were able to wave at each other just before halftime ended. And may I say that it’s kind of surreal seeing someone in person who you have only met via the internet… it was almost like spotting a famous person. Haha! Jess, next time we will have to meet up for sure! XO
Anyhoo, when halftime was just about over, they started playing some super crunk music in the stadium and the crowd was dancing like crazy while watching the boys dance down on the sidelines. It was just the boost everyone needed, and the excitement in the stadium was palpable. At the start of the fourth quarter, our band always plays the superman theme song, and everyone in the crowd holds up four fingers (because, fourth quarter) during the song. Well, on this night, everyone in the stadium turned on their cell phone flashlights and held them up during the song, and it was so awesome. The stadium was completely lit up! I took several pictures, none of which do it any justice, but here they are anyway.
We were able to hold Auburn to only 32 yards in the entire second half resulting in a win for us of 13-7. Whew. The Georgia Auburn rivalry is one of the oldest rivalries in the south, and it’s always my very favorite game of the entire season, so beating them pretty much redeemed our entire season for me since we knocked them out of the top ten and also crushed their chance to make it to the SEC Championship game. #RollTide (And you will NOT hear me say that very often.)
After the game, we were all on a high as we walked back to the car, and the crowd was chanting our fight songs all the way back to the car. Sweet, sweet victory.
We stopped at Applebee’s in Monroe on the way home, and it was about the worst dining experience any of the four of us have ever had. I could write five pages on our experience, but to summarize, two different waitresses tried delivering the wrong things to our table, our mozzarella sticks were delivered to the table behind us and the people kept them, our food took forever and then when it finally came out, we were missing half of it plus a couple of things we did get were wrong. Our original waitress went completely MIA so three different people including another waitress, the hostess, and a manager all came out to write down what we were missing, and we still never received any of it, so 30 minutes later our original waitress came back and asked if we were doing OK and we were all like, “No, no we’re not. Nothing has been corrected.” So she proceeds to say, “I can write down what you’re missing and check on it.” We were like, “THREE FREAKING PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY WRITTEN IT DOWN TO CHECK ON IT AND WE STILL DON’T HAVE IT!” (But don't worry, we didn't actually say it like that because we are all generally pretty nice people. If we had lost to Auburn, it might have been a different story. Haha.)
We finally ended up getting our missing cheese sticks, but were told that the soup that Randi had ordered was still frozen (WTH?), and then when they brought our check it was totally wrong. The manager never came back to check on us and neither did anyone else. It was freaking unbelievable. The four of us seriously thought we were in the Twilight Zone.
The waitress ended up getting our food discounted by around 50% and we hightailed it outta there as fast as we could after that. We ended up being there for TWO HOURS.
And they weren’t even busy.
Sunday morning we were reunited with our babies and we spent the morning watching the Curious George Christmas special. I also may have taken down our fall stuff and started putting up Christmas. EEK!
For lunch, we took the kids to Jason’s Deli, and then we spent the afternoon at the playground.
Sunday evening was spent with my parents and it was just an allaround fantastic weekend. I wish they could all be this amazing!
I hope you all have fantastic weeks!
*Linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending.