Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wastin' Away

Tuesday night served as a double celebration! It was Ashley's 32nd Birthday!!, and we went to the Jimmy Buffett concert (my 4th in a row!) at the Lakewood Ampitheather in the ATL! Here's me and the birthday girl....the only decent shot probably before we started bundling up! The weather dropped to the mid 50's by concert time, very un-BUFFETT like!For Buffett, the day starts early (think Auburn football) with a full day of tailgating in the parking lot! Far as you can see there are tents, chairs, coolers, food, well as coconut bras, grass skirts, pink flamingos, tiki hut golf carts, and we even spotted a few men on stilts....
Hanging out at the tailgate, we did a LOT of people watching! So happy when our friend Jenn Brannin showed up with her bun-in-the-oven. This is officially Baby William's first Buffett concert (in utero). Last year Ashley was 8 months pregnant with Hobbs! Must be in the Margaritas here!
Once inside the ampitheater, we threw down our blankies on the very front of the lawn, and the boys wasted NO time getting down! Well, Capp at least. I think Brad isn't really claiming him as his buddy at this moment....
Brandi and I, well all of us really, pretty much snuggled, or danced, all night to stay warm! Jimmy, I thought you were bring the heat with you!?!?!
Jimmy was awesome, as always, and even surprised us with a guest appearance by the Zac Brown Band! They played for over an hour together, each other's songs (remember the CMT special in Feb?) and it was amazing! No one had any idea he would be there, so two concerts in one was such a treat! Jimmy, we'll be back next year, because yes, we are groupies for sure. And everyone is invited!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Dega Baby

Earplugs. Why didn't someone tell me to bring earplugs?!?! Sunday I experienced the ultimate in NASCAR here. DEGA BABY!
And because of this handsome man, I got the royal treatment! This crowd above, we were stuck in for all of 5 minutes...until his fancy windshield pass allowed us down some secret golf cart path and to our parking lot which was practically underneath the track and our box seats! Thanks to the White Flag Club and their most valuable member (my dad of course!).
After parking, we hopped in Dad's truck and got the royal insider's tour, ending at the garages, for a tour with our very own pit passes. Now, I certainly won't claim to know much, if anything, about NASCAR, other than what my buddy Chippy tells me, but I must admit it was way cool seeing and touching these cars up close! Who knew a Ford Taurus could look like that?!!?
Dad and I grabbed the Aaron's team for a picture, they're the big dog sponsors this year. Their name was plastered EVERYWHERE. They were really nice, and their car is pretty. I'm sure that gets them far. :) I am obviously still clueless, but was having a blast meeting these people. I was wishing everyone luck, left and right, and looking everywhere for Ricky Bobby.
After our garage tour, Dad flashed his fancy badge and we snuck out to PIT ROAD! And we were the ONLY people out there, like ...seriously. I was feeling pretty special at this point (and ignorant). This is where the cars line up after inspection, so we got to see everyone getting seriously ready to throw some tires on, change some oil, and fill up a tank in like 24 seconds. See all the jealous people...hehe....
Jeff in front of his boy Gordon's car. He's thinking he's pretty special at this point. Sometimes he is.
Our front row seats for the race across from pit road. (or is it row?) Anyway, this was where the action is, people. Three phases here once the race begins.... #1....THE NOISE...Lord help me. People are still repeating themselves today because I haven't recovered. #2...THE WIND... all those cars at the same time, you are trapped in a major wind tunnel! It's wild! And #3...THE TRASH!! When the noise and the wind has passed, I was showered with tiny little pellets of burnt rubber! Needless to say, I got the full NASCAR experience!
Dad came to rescue us from the rubber showering, wind blowing, scream machines to go into the press box behind us for lunch....ah, silence...where I ate all the BBQ in sight, and enjoyed the AC, then it was back outside to eat up some more NASCAR and work on my farmer's tan.
We loved every minute of it, it was a great experience! Thanks Daddy, for a wonderful opportunity, and the hospitality! P.S. Glad we could give you a break from entertaining Mal Moore (but loved that you whistled the AU fight song as you picked him up at the airport! HA!).
Go Ricky Bobby!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

My Kind of Weekend

Last weekend was beautiful! The sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky, and Saturday was perfect for playing in Lakebottom Park with my favorite munchkins Tori and Christian, and their mama Chrissie.
This little monkey was such a trooper while we chased his sister around the whole park! It seems her favorite thing is not the swings, or slide, or bridges....but the sticks she collected! Go figure!
Saturday night these beautiful ladies got together for Aimee's 35th birthday party at Mark's City Grill!
One happy birthday girl after making her wish and blowing out her candles!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

How Many Candles?

Maybe I wont disclose that information, but I will tell you this.... To the finest, most kind and gentle, just plain sweet, honest, caring, loving, giving man I know....Happy Birthday Daddy!!!! I try every day to be more like this guy, and fall terribly short. He is my hero. He is my strength. He (sorry guys) is the person all men will forever be compared to. I dare say I could be categorized as a "daddy's girl"...... So be it. If you know him, you get it. He's pretty fantastic. I couldn't be more proud of him. And when I grow up, I want to be just like him. And Lil' Debbie of course.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter with my Sister!

I spent Easter this year in Talla-dadgum-hassee, as daddy says, with this cute girl!
If work and school keep my sister there, I just decided I'd come to her this year! And she was just what the doctor ordered. And apparently, I couldn't have come at a better time either...because as soon as I pulled into town she realized her car had been towed! So our first weekend stop was to pick up the trusty Camry! HAHA!

HA! Oh, how I DON'T miss this part of college life! So we busted the Camry out of car jail, escaped paying a small fortune, and we were off on my tour of Tally! Jessie showed me FSU, lots of little shops, and a great little downtown park area where we walked around a market set up for "First Saturday."

This chick is like my favorite person on earth. For the past 25 years, she may not know it, but she's like, totally, my best friend. I wouldn't trade this weekend of laziness and EATING and playing for all the Reese cup Easter eggs in the world. And you know what that means.

We went to this restaurant, oh my, I wish you could have been there, called Food Glorious Food, smack in the middle of the day....for dessert. Cause that's how I roll. And we got this. The richest piece of cheesecake ever. EVA.

And a piece of apple cake! I mean, who's even ever heard of such! Oh my stars!

Then, AFTER dessert, and a little lounging around her precious apartment, we went to dinner at The Red Elephant, with her super fun friends.

On Easter Sunday, we went to the church Jessie attends and has been working in the nursery in in Tally, Killearn Methodist, and it was a wonderful and moving Easter service! What a beautiful day to celebrate the fact that HE LIVES!
After church we went to a precious cafe for brunch called Another Broken Egg Cafe....if you're ever in Tallahassee you must try it! We waited a while, but my shrimp omelet was definitely worth it, and so was my company!

Before I left, Jessie and I shared our own little Easter story with each other, that we'd heard a long time ago. (Luckily, she happened to be bleaching some sand dollars on her patio from a recent scalloping trip to Port St. Joe....).

See on the top side, is the Easter Lily, in it's center is the star that led the shephards to Baby Jesus. Notice the four holes made by the nails driven in Jesus, and the fifth hole made by the Roman guard's spear.

On the backside, you see the Christmas poinsettia bloom, to remind us of Jesus' birth!

Next we broke the beautiful sand dollar in half.....
And released five white doves, waiting to spread good will and peace! Who know this little sand dollar could contain such a powerful message of God's only son, his birth and death, and Resurrection!

I definitely didnt want to leave, but I packed it up, and drug my feet out the door, and cannot wait until the next time I see this cute face! Love you Jessie! Thanks for making this Easter so special!