1.28.2011

Birthday!

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I'm getting old. 28 just sounds a lot older than 27 to me. Anyway, my birthday was last Sunday and we had lots of festivities to celebrate!
Friday night, we went to dinner with Will's parents and Annalee. I've always wanted to try out Trader Vic's in the bottom of the Hilton, and it just so happened that his dad was at a conference in the Hilton. So it worked out perfectly. It was a lot of fun. I'm lucky to have great in-laws.

Saturday night, Will and I first went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Top Flr, and then Will had planned a get together at Cypress St. Pint & Plate right down from our building. A lot of friends dropped by and it was great to see everyone. It was the first time that we have seen a lot of our friends since the wedding.

Sunday, I went to go to a pitching clinic with Ken Eriksen (which was awesome) and then Will and I went to have dinner with my parents. My mom cooked my favorites: mac n cheese, BBQ chicken, green beans and of course my favorite strawberry cake! It was delicious.

Blue Man Group



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Blue Man Group was in town last week.  Will and I have always wanted to see them, but neither of us had ever seen their show or really knew what it was that they do.  So, we got tickets and we went last Thursday night.



I gotta say, that was the most random show I have ever been to.  It was interesting and I'm glad I went once. They are just a little strange for my liking.

Ice Storm

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Will and I got back from our mini-moon just in time for the ice and snow at home in Atlanta.  I still can't believe how the whole city was pretty much shut down for a whole week.  It was almost like we got a double honeymoon because Will had to stay home all week.  He had to work from home which wasn't so fun for me, but at least he was still here.  Everything was closed near us and people were sledding down surrounding streets.

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We spent a lot of time gazing out the window watching cars slide around on Peachtree St. and watching people fall all over the sidewalks.

By Friday, we both totally had cabin fever and were SO ready to get out of the house.

Mini-moon!

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We left for our mini-moon Sunday morning after the wedding, heading for Hot Springs, NC.  Previously, I told you what we were planning in this post.

We drove way up in the mountains and finally got to Hot Springs.  When we were getting close I kept asking Will if he saw any rivers that were steaming, you know - proof of "hot" spring water.  But, we never saw any.

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We drove through the (super tiny) town of Hot Springs and found our cabin.  It was just like in the pictures.  It was nice and quiet and tucked in the woods.

We were both super pumped to have some time away from home.  Wedding planning is NO fun.  It was great to have nice quiet, relaxation and just some time to hang out without having anywhere to be or anything to do.  We spent most of our time under the stars in the hot tub, that was pumped every other day with fresh spring water.  It was amazing.  I wish I was there now actually.  And that's pretty much what we

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did for the four days we were there.  One day a bird got in the cabin and Will had to chase him out with a broom.  I'm afraid I wasn't much help - I was almost on the floor laughing at him.  On our last night at the cabin it snowed on us in the hot tub!

On Thursday we got up and Will had to shovel snow off my windshield (with an OJ carton) and then we were headed to the Biltmore House in Asheville.  The roads were perfectly fine, the drive was only about an hour.

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We got to downtown Asheville and walked around town and had lunch at a little restaurant.  Then we headed to the fabulous Biltmore Inn.  We got settled at the Inn and decided that we had enough time to check out the estate.  This first trip to the house we did the audio

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tour and was able to tour all the public rooms.  Then we did the winery tour and had dinner at Cedric's Tavern.

The next day we decided that we wanted to do a behind the scenes tour of the house just so that we could see some of the rooms that aren't open to the general public.  We did what is known as the Butler's Tour.  The purpose of this tour is to show you how the house functioned, past and present, and learn about the servants and how they lived.  If you haven't been to the Biltmore House, I highly recommend checking it out.  It's just amazing that they were able to do all the things they did 100 years ago.

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We had a great time and I am looking forward to our next vacation.

Wedception

Whew.  We have been slacking!! Lots of important things have happened since our last post.

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First off, Happy New Year!!

Second, and most importantly -- we are married now!!  We had our wedding as planned on New Year's Day.  Thankfully it was a rain or shine event.  A long time ago Will said, "I hope it rains on our wedding, they say that is good luck..."  Famous last words, right.  Of course, I did not agree with Will and did not hope for rain.  But it was too late.  Will had already succeeded in his rain dance and his wishes came true.  We had most dreadful weather, with lots of rain and wind.  Luckily, most of our friends and family made it to our big event anyway.  We think we ended up with about 300 guests, which was a great turnout.  (Thank you all for coming!!)

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Along with some very sweet and patient family members (shout out to my Mom, Aunt Priscilla, Aunt Nancy, Stephanie, Jessica, and Megan and to one of my dear friends Katie Thrasher) I spent NYE and New Years Day decorating the R.F. Strickland building.  Seriously, they put in a lot of work for me and I really appreciate it.  I think everything turned out perfectly and there is no way that it could have happened without them.  I think my favorite part about the wedding (besides Will, of course) was my bouquet.

Cindy's Florist did a GREAT job with all my flowers.  When we were planning what types of flowers I wanted to have, I told her that I wanted a brooch bouquet and I showed her a few pictures that I had found online.  I gathered up brooches from a lot of family members along with some friends.  Cindy told me that she had never done one but she thought she could make it happen.  Well she definitely did.

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Will and I had planned early on that we would not see each other the day of the ceremony, so I had to do what felt like a lot of sneaking around.  Will and I both managed to get ready and have our solo pictures made at the Strickland building without seeing each other.  My cousin, Megan, did a wonderful job on my hair, and I did my make up.   A few of my college friends made their way over a few minutes early to say hey before the ceremony and make sure I didn't have cold feet -- I didn't.  So we were all set and the ceremony began.

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It was all kind of a blur.  It was so surreal that this was actually MY wedding.  WEIRD!  My dad walked me down the aisle and then from there it seemed like time sped up.  While I was trying to figure out what vows we were going to say, my mom said that she thought that she had a copy of the vows that she and my dad said, 30 years ago!  She found then, so I was so excited that we were able to use them.  Mr. Ford was our officiant and he was very calm and did a great job.   When it was my turn to say I do, I decided it would be more fitting for me to say "I RECKON!"  Of course, this threw everyone off a bit, but have you met me!  Of course I would do that.  Mr. Ford had to pause a minute to stop laughing but once composed we finished our vows and said a prayer for us.  Our total wedding was 7 minutes long! (that's including sitting our parents and us leaving)  But it was just what I wanted.

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Will and I were off to take pictures with Anna and everyone else began eating.  I heard the food was amazing.  However, I had one chicken finger...so I'll just have to report was I was told. My friend Katie drew BY HAND (insane, I know) our menu on a dry-erase board!  I couldn't believe the amount of detail she was able to do on that thing.

I told Anna that I wanted to take as many pictures as possible since that is what we will have to remember the evening and I just can't wait to see them.  We got a few of them back and you can view them on Anna's website.  Once we were done with pictures we had our first dance, we danced to John Butler Trio's "Losing You".  I danced with my dad (What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong) and Will danced with his mom (Unforgettable, Nat King Cole).  Will's dad, my Uncle Calvin, Will's friend- Gavin, and my friends- LT and Katie were kind enough to give very special toasts for us.  Then finally, we were able to chat with some of our guests and I felt like there was a time warp again and it was over.

It was a beautiful day that I will always treasure.  Thank you all for being a part of it.




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Couples Shower!

A few of my friends from college got together and planned a shower for me and Will.  They decided on a couples theme and invited a lot of the girls that I played ball with at North GA.  We had the shower on the 18th at Katie and Will Frank's house in Jefferson.  Katie had it decorated beautifully.  We had SO much fun!  We had kabobs and lots of other yummy snacks.  We played Battle of the Sexes (the boys got lucky and somehow won) and we also played a game similar to the newlywed game.  Will and I had a blast!  Danielle was sweet enough to take some pictures for us.

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