Thursday, October 27, 2011

last weekend's whirlwind

Helllllllo!
I have been totally MIA lately. Last weekend, and this whole week, have been a major whirlwind. I feel like I have barely had time to do anything. Work and social obligations are totally interfering with my blog life haha. I mean I am doing my weekend re-cap post on Thursday for pete's sake...where did this week go??

Last weekend was just what the doctor ordered - i.e 3 day weekend baby!
I took friday off from work and headed out to Keeneland to bet on the ponies with my girl Megs and company. It was a rather brisk and chilly fall day and we opted to not wear our cute dresses and stilettos for fear of freezing to death all day. I still think we looked just as cute in our fall colors and boots, if i do say so myself  :-)


Miss Kendra was in town from Memphis with her hubby. We joined her for tailgating fun involving skinny girl 'ritas, qdoba, and cupcakes.



Newlyweds :-)




Once inside, we needed a lil snack after tailgating. Thank goodness meg came prepared with beef jerkey....hahaha. Of course I had to get a quick pic.



I love the fall meets at Keeneland in the bluegrass.





My daddy sent me an email early morning with all his handicap picks for the races. My daddo knows horses! He had 4 out of 6 races picked correctly and I won a little extra cash for my pockets. Woot Woot!

My bestie, Katrina, came into town friday night with her hubs and sister, and of course, baby Magnus and Trigg.  April's hubby and some other whitesburg friends joined us. We had a lil whitesburg reunion together and went to our local fave, Malone's, for some good grub involving sushi and steak. I love it when whitesburg peeps come to visit. It makes lexington feel a lil more like home.



Baby Trigg



April (katrina's sister) and sweet lil Magnus





KR also enjoyed us the night. I was a little anxious, but i have the most amazing friends who are able to not be judgemental and support whatever choices I make and welcome us into the social scene together with open arms. Everything went so well and we had such a great night catching up with everyone. I LOVED the babies being with us and I miss those lil guys so much. They have no idea how blessed and loved they already are.

Saturday morning I spent the day with the family at EKU to support baby brother and the colonel football team. It was EKU's homecoming and there were lots of tailgating festivities. The day involved
-a needed heart to heart between me and my daddy sitting on a concrete wall while eating some good ole southern bbq
- a reunion with one of my favorite people from my college journey
-a WIN for the colonels
-the first family meeting with my brother's new gal pal (more on this in the future)
-and a run in with a min celebrity
Yep! That is Shelly from this past summer's season of Big Brother.  I was just sitting in my seat in the stands watching the EKU football team warm up when I saw  someone walk in front of me that looked familiar. The tall, slender woman was taking pics of the stadium and the team and just seemed so happy to be on the EKU campus. Then I realized exactly who it was. Shelly!! As a former EKU alum and former homecoming queen, she had been asked to join in on all the homecoming festivities by the university. I am a total dork and of course had my pic snapped with her. Although I am a HUGE Jeff and Jordan fan on the show (shelly was known for evicting jeff last season), this gal was such a sweetie. She was so friendly and polite to me and my family and had such a warm presence around her.

Well...that was just the beginning. So i put something silly about meeting her as my facebook status and immediately got a msg in my inbox from a blast from the past. It was my greek advisor from years ago whom I had become so so close with. She truly became my mom away from home during my undergrad years. We got very close while I was at Transy and still keep in touch. I cant say enough good things about her. Anywho, she stated in the fbook msg that  she was on her way to the stadium for homecoming and we decided it was a must for us to meet up. Well, turns out that my blast from the past greek advisor was also  Shelly's greek advisor years ago at EKU before she worked at Transy. Small world huh? Well her and Shelly are like total bffs.  I spent some time with both of them during the 3rd and 4th quarter of the game. I confess...i wanted to ask shelly about all the dirt on big brother, but i of course kept my cool. I did get some interesting info from her, but more importantly i realized what an awesome person she was....so down to earth and so charming. Just shows you cant believe all the reality tv garbage and tabloids. It was a great surprise to my Saturday.

Sunday - i played catch up with work, took bailey boy to the dog park, and went to church. It was a super duper busy weekend, but a great one at that.

I have had lots of fun things going on this week and cant wait to share with you all :-)

Hope everyone is having great weeks! I am looking forward to the weekend (oh wait...i have to work saturday...yuck!)

Be blessed!

Friday, October 21, 2011

My dog lives the life

Over 5 years ago this lil bundle of joy came into my life...and it has never been the same. (please excuse some of the poor photos via my celly...santa better bring me a new camera. i have been such a good girl and all)



Even as a pup, he gets to eat breakfast in bed.


When he didnt weigh a whopping 95lbs, he was packed like a small child


He is a natural at football


He has his very own "chair" that only he sits/lays/snoozes in



One christmas, his nana and papaw surprised him with a new friend


and then one spring another friend


Which led to a small dog park of friends at my parents house - or his "country  home" as we like to call it 


He has had a birthday cake for every birthday



And once a birthday party with presents, birthday guest, invitations and all.....true story


He gets to play in the snow


His mama thinks he is very photogenic



Bailey gets his picture made with Santa


And likes to wear his christmas outfit around the house (yeah right!)


He lounges by the pool and gets his tan on


He is such a good boy and always minds his manners (well maybe not always)


He gets bundled up in a blanket when it turns cold outside


or gets to lay by the space heater when the blanket just isnt good enough


He gets to sleep in a king size bed



And gets the best toys in the world to play and chew on


He gets to watch football games and has become quite the fan


Yeah, he lives the good life.

Happy weekend Ya'll!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

weekend wrap-up

Well hello friends!
Hope everyone had an oh-so-fabulous weekend.
Wanted to re-wind and share with you my latest shenanigans. Friday night I hit downtown for a delicious dinner and some sips of Bourbon at one of my new favorite local spots in Lexington, Nick Ryan’s Saloon. The make my new favorite drink…a Ginger Bourbon.  A combination of some high end Ky bourbon with fresh ginger root….delish! All of us Ky gals love a good sip of bourbon :).  I had some amazing gnocchi for dinner and I am so ticked that I accidentally deleted the pic….woopsie.

Shared dinner with this guy, who I am sure some of you remember….



If this pic isn’t worth a million words, then I don’t know what is.  Regardless, we had a great night and that is all that matters. More on this sitchy in the future. Just trying to live in the moment, do what makes me happy, and let the good man above be the driver. 

After dinner, we headed over to Rupp Arena for Big Blue Madness…which did not disappoint. 

Can you say 7 time national champions? Bam! Look at those banners


At big blue madness we hung our 2011 final four banner from last season. It adds a nice touch don't ya think? Just looking for that 8th national championship this year.


We welcomed home some household ky names..aka former UK players now turned pro. Mr. Rondo, Mr. Meeks, Mr. Wall, Mr. Cousins, Mr. Knight, and Mr. Prince just to name a few.





And we can't forget about our 18 national time champions...our fabulous cheerleaders. Not gonna lie....this was one of my favorite parts of the night. That's right this gal was a cheerleader way back in the day...pretty sure there are tons of embarrassing high school pics out there. We shall save those for another day.



Big Blue Madness = Awesome!



The weather in the bluegrass on Saturday was perrrffffect for tailgating and football.  My parents came down and brought my precious 87 year old granny for baby bro’s football game.  It was a day full of family fellowship – the days I live for.  Here are some photos we snapped. BTW, EKU got another W.


Look at that adorable lil Granny of mine...and that sweet Bailey boy


Love he lil heart and so glad she came to tailgate with us


me and the mommy


Bailey is a world class begger....his papaw made him this way


just a lil bite of bbq for bailey




Daddo running the grill like a champ...i guarantee he makes the best steaks and burgers on the girl. i would put him next to anyone.



Mama's homemade sweet ice tea...the tailgate would not be complete without it


fellow whitesburgers joining in on the fun


Once a daddy's girl...always a daddy's girl :-)

Every game the EKU players do a "Colonel Walk" through the parking lots where all the tailgaters are and walk into the stadium. Snapped a great photo of Mom and her baby boy. Very sweet!


And also her and her second son, Tay.

baby brother has the biggest fan club in the world :-) he makes us all very, very proud


Sunday I got to spend some much needed time with my gal Megan and Angie. While we didn’t make it to keeneland, we did share some good times over some frozen yogurt and pannera…YUM! Megs and I plan to hit up betting on the ponies at keeneland on Friday. We both have the day off..woot woot! I feel an excuse for a new outfit coming on this week..and maybe some new shoes too...just saying.

We had such great weather all weekend long. I feel so happy and so fortunate.

I am loving the cool crisp air of these fall days. I hate that soon it will turn to snow. I wish fall lasted as long as winter does…I am dreading bundling up in 3 layers of clothing to take bailey out to potty. DREAD IT...just thinking bout it makes me cold...brrrr.

Hope all of you are having a very blessed week so far!

love,

Just a Country Girl
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