Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bijou, Basketball, and Birthday

Alan and I began our weekend Friday night at our favorite restaurant downtown: Downtown Grill & Brewery. We love this place! Everything from the atmosphere, the food, and the locally made beer- it's a fabulous place to unwind after a long day or go out for a good time!
After dinner, we walked down the street to the Bijou Theatre to see Donna the Buffalo.
Donna the Buffalo follows no playlist and has an eclectic variety of songs with roots in old time fiddle music, we loved it!
Alan and I got box seats which was a fun place to enjoy the show :)
We had just as much fun watching the crowd as we did listening to the band
Saturday was the UT vs UCONN basketball game and Alan went with my dad. My parents are from Connecticut and both went to UCONN so of course my dad shows up sporting his UCONN apparel. Alan didn't mind it though, and then of course was happy the Vols managed to pull off the W!
Sunday afternoon, Alan and I went to Wyatt's 1st Birthday Party! Wyatt's parents, Danielle and Clayton, are in our Wednesday night Bible Study and we have loved getting to know their sweet family since moving back to Knoxville. Danielle made delicious cupcakes!
At first Wyatt wasn't sure what to think of the cupcakes and everyone singing to him...
...then he decided he liked it!
Our friends, Amy and Jared, came with their precious 10 day old beautiful baby girl, Elliot "Ellie" Faith. We loved seeing her for the first time and getting to catch up with them!
We're now watching the playoffs and getting ready for Monday. All said... fantastic weekend!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Weekend Activities

We kicked off the weekend on Friday night at Altruda's with friends. It was a blast! It was so much fun to catch up with Amanda & Chris and Becky & Mike. We have all been so busy with the holidays, it seems like it's been forever since we've all gotten together.
Saturday we got an early start to the day with the UT vs. Florida basketball game with Ashley & Watson. Ashley & Watson are friends from college who now live in Greeneville and are pregnant with their first child- a baby boy! It was so much fun catching up with them and watching the Vols pull off an exciting game and a great win! Go Vols!
Sunday afternoon, the ladies from our Bible Study, along with other friends, attended a baby shower for Amy. Amy and her husband, Jared, are pregnant with their first child- a baby girl, and are due any day! We are so excited for them and cannot wait for Ellie to arrive!
The weekend concluded with dinner and a movie at home. We watched We Are Marshall (had to watch a football movie since we are right in the middle of the play-offs) which was just as great as the first time I saw it and still made me cry, I swear, I can be the biggest baby when it comes to such sad but sweet stories. All in all, fantastic weekend and ready to hit the ground running tomorrow!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year 2012!

Good-bye 2011 and Hello 2012!

Alan and I had a phenomenal weekend ringing in the New Year! We went to Nashville and stayed with Patrick & Elizabeth who have recently purchased their first home in West End. You can read up on their home improvements and creativity here :) Colin & Rachel were with us too which was a real treat since Colin is still in training in (far away) San Diego with the Marines. So recap on the weekend: we got to Nashville on Friday night, ate in (Patrick made us a delicious BBQ Chicken Pizza) and just spent some time catching up. Saturday morning, the girls went out to run errands and do some after-Christmas-sale shopping while the guys stayed at home to watch football. That afternoon we went to Green Hills where we did some more shopping and made a stop at one of my all-time faves, The Cheesecake Factory, for an afternoon treat. Saturday night we went over to some of Patrick & Elizabeth's friends' house for a New Years Eve party. They have a super fun group of friends and we had a great time meeting everyone.
We left there around 9:30pm and went home to then take a cab downtown. Got downtown around 11 o'clock which left us just enough time to hang out for a bit and get up close to where the "music note" would drop at midnight...gotta love Nashville!
The evening could not have been better! The weather was perfect, Alan of course loved the people watching, I loved being with my sweet family, and we just had a great time. I will say, there was a fight that broke out near us literally right after midnight so that was a bit of a distraction (crazy what some people will do after too much alcohol) but all in all, fantastic night.
Rachel, Elizabeth, and me
Patrick, Alan, and Colin
Such a great night, Happy New Year!
2012!!! Is going to be great, I can tell already!
Sunday we went to Patrick & Elizabeth's church Grace Community and then out to lunch where Maggie joined us. We spent the afternoon hanging out and then we all went out to dinner at Maggiano's where we all ate way too much and re-emphasized our resolutions to get on better diets... ha! All said, great weekend, loved spending time with the fam, and so excited about 2012!