Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Baareman's Top 11 of 2011

We had a great year! We sat down together and decided these were some of the best highlights (*HINT* Click on the photo titles to read the full blog posts). Here's to 2012!!!! 

3. Jason's First Mission Trip to Ecuador

9. Amy's Bachelorette Weekend & Wedding in Colorado & Teresa's Wedding in Savannah, GA

Thanks for following us on all of our adventures! Can't wait to see what's in store for 2012!!!!! 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

12 Weeks (Dec. 19-25)

Right after getting back from our Anniversary trip on Sunday, I was back into the swing of things at work on Monday morning. Monday - Wednesday were all pretty quiet days around the office with lots of people gone and everyone in the Christmas spirit. We had our last company caroling session and had lots of goodies to go with it. I was frantically trying to finish everything I needed to get done for the company database transfer to Avionte - since the transfer would be occurring while I was out of the office on vacation. So, the quiet office allowed me to get a lot done.

On Tuesday I had my second doctors visit and it was totally different than the first! While I had been there for about 2 hours for the first visit, I was probably only back in the back a grand total of 10 minutes this time - although I did have to wait almost an hour before - since the whole waiting room was jam packed with people. All she did was listen for the heartbeat - which was 165. I was really excited to hear that everything was still going okay - since at this point I really wasn't feeling or looking pregnant at all. I think the whole pregnancy thing is becoming more and more real to me as time goes on. I know that the Lord wants me to trust in him through this whole process, and I will admit it definitely is something that requires faith. Most of the time I feel absolutely powerless to making sure that the pregnancy is going A-OK. There is just so many miraculous things that are happening everyday inside of me, that it is hard to believe that everything is going fine - without a hitch. I try to reassure myself that God's will will be done no matter what - and I do know and believe that, but somehow, I always have this nagging "I hope nothing goes wrong" worry all the time! Sometimes I think I am trying to protect myself from future heartbreak too, by not letting myself get super excited yet. However, I've talked with a few people about this and they tell me to just be excited because I have no reason but to expect a healthy outcome. Also, I've come to realize that there is a big temptation in pregnancy - for a person like me - to worry about every little thing. Like, if I feel something funny to automatically think - "Oh no, something must be wrong!" Or another few examples - I picked up a really heavy jug of water at work a few weeks ago. I didn't really think anything of it - but my co-worker was like - "Aren't you not supposed to lift heavy stuff?" - I still wasn't too worried until I looked it up online, read a few horror stories about other women's pregnancies, and was sufficiently worried the rest of the day! Then, this past week, my little brother hugged me super tight - something he just likes to do, normally I don't think twice about it. But of course now, since I am super-paranoid, I was again worried that something bad had probably happened to the baby as a result. I am learning that there is a fine line between being a responsible pregnant woman, and being a crazy-worried pregnant woman. I am trying (with God's help) to be the former. All I can say is that if there is a healthy baby at the end of this, it will be the greatest miracle I have ever experienced and it will be another example of how God is faithful to the end - despite my worrying. I truly can't understand how people can believe that there isn't a God when they see the miracle of pregnancy and birth. I really desire to honor God by not worrying even when there are many temptations for me to do so.

On Wednesday, I had my last day of work and we invited Angelyn and Michael over for Papa John's pizza so they could help us film the video trailer that we used to announce the pregnancy on Facebook! We had a lot of fun filming both at our house and at Target. We also shot a few scenes with my little sister's baby dolls in Atlanta.

On Thursday morning, we spent a few hours packing and getting everything ready to go. We got to Atlanta in time for lunch with my parents at the club. It was nice to get some time to hang out with them while the kids were still in school. After that, we came home and David Chen and his girlfriend Chrissy came over. It was really good to see both of them and catch up. On Thursday night, we just had a normal family dinner and watched Captain America with my parents. As always- I fell asleep during it!

On Friday, Latonya came over to work with my mom and she found out and was super excited about the baby. Right after that, I went on a walk with my mom, Lucas, and Summer, and Roxy of course. We got back just in time for me to get ready (barely) to go to brunch at J. Christopher's with Julianna, Catie, and Laura - my old roommates from college. It was so fun to catch up with them and we got to hear all about Laura's engagement that had happened just a few days before. I also got to share our news with them which was really fun. We ended up staying for a while after we had eaten and it seemed like our waiter wanted us to leave, so we headed over the Chick-fil-a to continue hanging out. It was so funny because about 15 minutes after we got there, in walk my dad, Jason, and the kids! It was fun because Jason got to see everyone, and after the girls had to leave I stuck around with the fam. They were in the middle of getting some last minute gifts for my mom. I left that gang to go with my mom and sister to the club to check out their space for her bridesmaids' luncheon. We also drove up to North Point Mall to get some Christmas presents from the American Girl Doll Store for Summer. While there, we also got some last minute presents at Sport Authority and Michael's. It was fun, although I think the day wore me out because by the end I was getting really tired and feeling sick in the car :(  When we got back, I made sugar cookies with the kids and all 6 adults went out to dinner at Mirko Pasta (super good!). We had lots of fun hanging out and talking. When we got back home, we played Phase 10.

The next day - Saturday - was Christmas Eve, always a busy day! We hung around the house for most of the morning. We went to the grocery store to get supplies for the chili, cornbread, and Christmas food that we would be making over the next two days. We made a gingerbread house with the kids, exercised a little, I took a nap and read a little, and then headed out to the candlelight service at church where we met up with Kristen and Ben. After the service, we came home, enjoyed our delicious dinner (I think we will make the chili and cornbread a tradition, since it was ready as soon as we walked in the door!), took some pics and opened some presents. I overheard my little sister S asking my dad, "Some kids at school say that Santa isn't real, they say that parents are the ones that bring presents. Is that true?" My dad had some cop out answer like "Santa is the spirit of Christmas," or something like that lol. This was not the first time she had asked, and it seemed like it was kind of weighing on her mind. After the kids went to bed, we were like - I think it is time to tell them the truth about parents - especially my mom, looked kinda sad, like they didn't want the fun to be over for everyone. Then we all discussed when they should tell them - before they opened presents in the morning? after? Nobody could decide. Then, we all watched "It's a Wonderful Life" our family tradition. For the first time in a long time we made it through the whole movie and nobody even fell asleep!

The next morning, we got to sleep in until about 8:30. The kids got up and were super excited, talking all about what Santa had brought them. They said the "Santa" word enough to discourage my parents from saying anything. We had a great morning - Jason got money to buy a putter and a cute little Georgia Bulldog to put on top of his driver and I got a crib! I'll post more about Christmas "loot" later. After opening presents, we made sausage cheese eggs and scones for breakfast. At the breakfast table, my dad decided to break the news. He asked S, "Do you remember the question that you asked me last night?" - and of course she couldn't even remember so we all started second guessing if it was really time to tell. But my dad went on, "Are you sure you don't asked something about Santa." Then she said, "Oh yeah, I asked about how could Santa fit down the chimney and not get dirty?" And my dad was like "Remember when you asked if Santa was real?" Then S was like, "oh yeah..." Then my dad went on to explain that yes, it is indeed true that parents are the ones that give presents to kids, that the reason we celebrate is because Jesus' birth was the greatest gift God could ever give us, etc. There was some awkward silence. Then we asked the older two siblings, "Didn't you already know? Hadn't your friends already told you?" And there were both like "No! They did, but we believed you." :( Then, my little bro L said to my little sis - "You shouldn't have asked the question - you took the fun out of it," or something like that....

The rest of the day, they didn't seem too phased by the news, they were all pretty happy to have gotten their presents. However, my little bro, L is the most sensitive of the three, and even at Christmas dinner, he actually started crying a little and said "Christmas is ruined!" and was still upset at my sister for asking the question. A few funny things happened though. We heard the kids talking about Ernie, the Christmas elf, and L said, "He's a fake." Then, we overheard L talking about Santa to S, and S said "Get over it!" hahaha.

As for the rest of Christmas, we spent the day cooking, hanging out with my grandparents, who came over for dinner, then we all went to see "Tin-Tin" in 3D. I highly recommend it!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Today, my beautiful wife Laura and I celebrated 3 years of marriage together.  We have spent 94,608,000 seconds together and every second has been enjoyed.  I couldn't ask for a better life companion than Laura.  She is just fantastic.  Yes, I like to brag on with it :)  So how do you celebrate three years with the most amazing woman on the planet.  I'd say, take her to one of her favorite cities in the South.  So that's what I did.  We had a wonderful weekend in Charleston SC last weekend to celebrate our anniversary because the actual day fell during the week.  There is just something about getting away from everything to really help you relax.  We had a fantastic time together and made some fun memories!

We left on Friday afternoon because Laura had a half day from work.  I'm am still on break from P.T. school.  We packed up our bags and headed off on I-20 to head toward the lovely, picturesque town of Charleston.  It's not a far drive from Augusta so we arrived to check in at our hotel in about two and a half hours.  We actually stayed in North Charleston, not downtown, at the Hyatt Place.  It is a super nice hotel and we got a good deal on the room.  Ironically, it is the same hotel line where we stayed the night of our wedding before flying out to St. Lucia for the honeymoon.  So the place is super nice and decently priced.  After arriving and checking in we got some...a lot of brochures.  Laura loves them.  But she does not like to carry them.  My pockets were full and bulgy.  But the information was valuable as it helped us decide what to do while we were in town.  We decided we'd start be visiting downtown Charleston.  So we hopped in the car and drove on in to town.  I learned real quick that there is zero parking downtown except in public garages which cost like 3 dollars an hour.  Needless to say we spent several of our trip dollars on parking fees.  It was evening on Friday night and there was a bustle and an excitement downtown as the street lights were light and people were shopping on King street or exercising by the bay.  We just strolled around for awhile to get moving after our car ride.  We walked down King St and did some shopping.  We walked down many of the streets with the magnificently restored period homes.  And we walked by a starlit bay looking out towards Fort Sumter.  All the walking started to make us hungry so we walked back to a Mellow Mushroom to get some pizza since both Laura and I love having pizza on Friday nights.  It was so hot and delicious.  Perfect.  The only thing left to do on this night was to cap it off with a movie.  Dinner and a movie just sounds better than dinner.  So we GPS'ed a theatre and decided to see Sherlock Holmes.  I really like the movie and thought it was fun and entertaining.  I think Laura liked it less especially as I looked over and she was catching some zzz's.  In her defense, the theater chairs were the most amazing chairs I have ever sat in.  The were the perfect blend of soft and firm and contoured.  And they rocked back and forth.  They really could put you to sleep!  By the end of the movie both of us were tired so we drove back to our hotel.  Not before getting pulled over by a N. Charleston police officer, however.  Apparently, the intersection of the highway and the street our hotel was on has several signs that say do not turn Right on red.  So being a visitor to the area, in a new area late at night and tired, I did not notice the supposedly "many" signs that officer Perkins said I declined to heed.  We played the "we are visiting on our anniversary" card and were very polite.  Fortunately, officer Perkins was merciful to the weary visitors and let us off with a warning.  Literally, 45 ft further, I turned into our hotel parking lot.  Evening one with beautiful bride = success!

The next day we actually slept in a little bit!  It was miraculous.  We had a very lazy morning sans the fact that we decided to work out together in the hotel fitness area.  But after a workout, some continental breakfast and showers, we were ready to get our day started.  The hotel is strategically located right across from the outlet malls and that is were we started.  Laura got some great new clothes and I actually participated in buying a new sweater for myself.  After shopping, we headed downtown and had a late lunch at a very good restaurant we had walked by the night before called, Toast.  It was fantastic.  We were going to try and not eat to much because we had reservations for a nice restaurant called Hank's at 6:15.  But we were hungry and the food at Toast so good, that we just ate.  After Toast, we walked through the downtown market and bought a cool ornament for our Christmas tree.  We then walked up to the big park where a local festival was taking place.  Did I mention that we had beautiful weather the entire trip.  Well we did.  We drove back to the hotel to relax for awhile and rest from all of our walking.  We ended up just hanging out in our room for hours just watching tv in bed and since neither of us were hungry, we cancelled our Hank's reservation.  We had heard and read about this cool Christmas light event in Charleston so we decided to go and check it out.  We still weren't hungry yet and it was about 7 so we decided to go to the Christmas light display before dinner.  Well, we learned that this display is ridiculous and super popular because as we drove to where it was located, traffic was way way backed up.  Since we still weren't hungry we were like "hey, let's just wait in line and eat afterwards."  But as the fates would have it, we got really hungry about 45 minutes into us waiting in stand still traffic.  We had no choice but to turn around, give up our position in line, and eat at this little place we drove by called Melvin's BBQ.  The food was actually super delicious and probably kept us from getting really annoyed at each other as we just sat in traffic.  By the time we finished dinner, the line for the display was pretty much over and we drove through miles of Christmas light displays before heading back to our Hotel.

Sunday morning was also a relaxed morning, especially since we didn't have to get up early and teach sunday school.  So we had some liesure time and devotion time together to get the day started.  We sadly, had to pack up our suitcase and get the room back in order to check out.  We checked out just before our deadline at noon and we went back downtown one last time to eat at this little brunch place we had heard about called Fleet Landing on the water.  Again, a small establishment, but amazing food!  It used to be an old navy supply building, but was renovated to be a restaurant.  However, the kept the Navy/nautical themes.  After brunch/lunch we had to make one last stop at the outlet mall before heading home.  After that last stop we headed home to Augusta.  It was fantastic trip with a fantastic woman.  And I am excited for the years and experiences to come with Laura!

The End!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Happy Thanksgiv...wait...

So a very belated Happy Thanksgiving post.  Where does the time go?  Laura and I were watching a Muppet Christmas Carol last night (yes, that may or may not be a favorite Christmas movie of mine...don't judge) and suddenly we realized that we did not blog about our Thanksgiving adventures.  So while it is almost Christmas, it is never to late to give thanks and in fact it's pretty cool to give thanks at Christmas time.  So Laura and I re-enter the blogosphere with some catching up to do starting with Thanksgiving.

This year it was our turn to spend thanksgiving with my parents in Mississippi.  So Laura got off of work a little bit early, on Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day.  When she got home from work, we packed up our suitcase and what ever else we could think of to bring like work out clothes, games, etc.  The one thing we forgot to bring was the Wii.  I wanted to show my parents the Wii because I thought they would get a kick out of it and we could play the game that they got us which is Just Dance 3!  After loading the car and filling up the tank, we set off on our 6 hour escapade to the prairie-lands of Starkville.  The trip gets kind of long so we made a few stops along the way to get out of the car and stretch.  But I think what made it seem so long this time was the fact that we left and it was already about dark.  So the whole trip was at night.  I mean, we arrived at like 11 pm CST but it felt like we were driving all through the night.  But we made it safely and arrived at my parents house just in time for bed.

The next day was Thanksgiving Day, and we got up and pretty much just had a day at home.  We watched some of the Macy's day parade, talked and hung out with the 'rents, and prepared our dinner.  We were planning on actually eating the food for dinner, but we all got hungry early and so we ended up eating at a weird time like 3:30.  But the food was really really good.  This year my parents actually smoked the turkey, well they themselves didn't smoke it, but there's a meat guy in Starkville that will smoke any meat you bring him.  So my parents bought the turkey a couple of days before, dropped it off at the meat guy, and he smoked it for hours.  It was amazing.  It was so tender and juicy and smoky.  I don't know if I can go back to regular turkey now because that was just fantastic.  With full bellies and tryptophan taking it's toll in our blood stream, we all hunkered down for a relaxing evening.  We watched an old Christmas movie, I think it was Christmas in Connecticut, which was fantastic.  We also played our new favorite game, Telestrations!  We all got some good laughs out of that one.  Eventually, heavy eye lids won the battle against awakeness and we all turned in ready to do some black Friday shopping.

Now, I for one don't really care for shopping, much less on a day when a bajillion other people are acting crazy just to get stuff, but me dear, lovely bride really enjoys shopping and being out in the crowd and finding good deals, so we were going to go shopping.  The question was where?  There is really nothing in Starkville and I'm pretty sure the General Store was closed for the holidays.  So we decided we'd all take a brief trip down to the 'burbs of Jackson MS where all of the modern conveniences for purchasing power were located.  As much as I don't really like this shopping day, we did find some good deals.  We bought some great toys for the kiddos back in Atlanta.  Laura got some new digs which was handy, because while we were eating lunch at a cafe called Newks, my Dad noticed a gaping hole under the left armpit of Laura's cozy green sweater.  But since she had just bought some new comfy clothes, a quick trip to the bathroom restored Laura into good fashion standing and the shopping day could continue.  My dad was actually the big winner of the trip, ironically.  He found a basketball hoop that was like $400 off.  Unfortunately, we drove to Jackson in the civic so arrangements had to be made to pick it up the following week when he could bring his truck.  Dad also found some plants on sale at his new favorite plant nursery, which I helped him plant the next day.  That evening after returning from the land of things to buy, we had some left over thanksgiving dinner and hit the hay literally (just kidding...Starkville may be in the country but it is not that country!)

The next day, Saturday, it was time to once again hang out so we went on a walk around the farm enjoying the beautiful weather.  As I mentioned early, I helped my dad do some yard work and other things that he needed a strong young man's help for.  And then we carved out time for the Georgia/GaTech game, which the dawgs won!  That night we got BBQ from a  famous BBQ place and watched some more football and lounged around.  We went to bed that night after packing up and the next morning loaded up the car for a return trip home with a brief stop in ATL to visit Laura's family before arriving back in Augusta town.  It was a lot of traveling but it was a very fun and relaxing trip.  Merry Thanksmas, and to all a goodnight!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

11 Weeks - Part 2 (Dec. 11-18)

So, I think I got my weeks mixed up...blame it on the pregnancy brain right? Or it could be due to the fact that I am writing these during Week 12? Oh well...

This past week can be summed up with:
  • Lots of work at MAU getting ready for the switch to Avionte, our new company-wide database. 
  • Feeling better and naively thinking I was "out of the woods" ha! 
  • Jason and I frantically making like 80 Chocolate Crinkle Cookies for the MAU Cookie Exchange. Then experiencing Oreo Balls for the first time - yes, we will be making those! 
  • Last Bible Study of the year - we finished up our study of Romans. Marie made some amazing homemade Chicken Noodle Soup and grilled cheese for us to enjoy together before Bible Study started. She also had some of this Chocolate Cake for us, so check out her blog to find these great recipes and more! The previous week, Anne and Charlie made some meatloaf for everyone before Bible Study too. Maybe we have started a trend! 
  • On Friday, I took a half day to travel to Charleston with my hubby to celebrate our 3 Year Wedding Anniversary! We had so much fun! Jason actually wrote an entire post about it - so click here to read more and see some pics

Joy To The World Remixed

So it's the Christmas season yet again.  I do like Christmas, especially in the south.  Where else other than like Miami can you literally be outside in short sleeves during the holiday season?  The south.  I also like decorating the tree, watching my favorite holiday movies, and christmas lights.  Last year Laura and I showed you some lights from around our neighborhood.  This year I actually participated and put up some exterior lights of our own.  They came out good after several attempts to hang/get the lights to work/not burn the house down because I didn't read the instructions which said not to attach more than two to three strands in a row.  Thank you blown fuse for protecting my home from the craziness of like 10 interconnected strands on one plug.  Ohms my! (science  Anywho, there is one other facet of Christmas that I enjoy and that is Christmas music.

Christmas music just makes me happy.  Well not just any Christmas music, but old Christmas carols and especially jazz arrangements.  I believe that jazz was indeed invented for Christmas.  So with so many great songs and great arrangements, I thought to myself, "Self, why don't you arrange on old Christmas carol."  So I did.  This was not actually my original intent.  I had some time off from school and a few melodic ideas in my head which I began to write down in hopes of creating a cool jazz fusion tune like the last song, but after awhile it became apparent that the melody of Joy to the World would fit quite nicely with everything else going on.  So after a few melodic and harmonic corrections, several hours on the mac and on the keyboard, and a little shot of my feeling like I wanted to dance that day, the Joy Remix was born.  It's short because I didn't want it to become boring just repeating the melody, but the arrangement definitely makes me happy and makes me want to dance.  Enjoy!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

11 Weeks (Dec. 5-10)

I realized that I was a little off with my dates - but since I left off at the weekend of Dec. 3-4, I'll pick up there.

This week can be summed up by a few events:

  • Getting up super early on Tuesday and Wednesday to help out with the OSHA classes. I helped out by getting breakfast food and make sure it was set up by around 7:45am for the students. I'm not normally a morning person, and especially not now! But somehow I managed! 
  • Jason and I met with Sue Reimer from a local law firm and she helped us get our LLC, Blue Prism Investments all in in order. We are now completely set up correctly! Turns out you can't really trust Legalzoom! Tomorrow, we are going to do the final step of meeting with a local CPA so she can help us get our taxes in order for 2011. 
  • I got to enjoy two days of caroling at MAU - it is a tradition that is really fun. We all sing a few Christmas carols together during the morning and enjoy breakfast together. The first day I totally pigged out and had a sausage biscuit from Chick-fil-a (by the way, totally didn't know that they had sausage - I thought they only sold chicken?!?), and also enjoyed some Cinni-minis. Yum! The next day we caroled, Travis brought in some homemade breakfast casserole and fruit which was equally delicious. 
  • On Thursday night, Jason traveled to Atlanta to visit with one of his friends, Drew. He also had some time to hang out with my family too. While he was gone, I did what I do best - wasted lots of time online, primarily on Pinterest. I think I also went to the gym a few times - a good activity to do when your home is empty! :( 
  • On Friday, I hung solo and watched a movie via Amazon on Demand. I really wanted to watch The Preacher's Wife - a great Christmas movie which features an amazing soundtrack by Whitney Houston - but unfortunately the closest I could get was watching the original, The Bishop's Wife, starring Cary Grant. That movie was also good. I was glad to get a Friday night to completely relax...ahhh... 
  • On Saturday, I ran some errand, cleaned the house, and prepared to have Stephanie and Kristina (work friends) over for dinner and a movie. We had lots of fun preparing our Asian fare (I used our wok for the first time and made fried rice - take it from me, leave this task to the experts, they do it best! While my rice was good, it was no where near as good at the local Chinese restaurant...) I also made teriyaki chicken and was quite proud of myself, since Jason normally takes care of the meat when we cook. Plus, I even marinated it! To cook, I just used the Cuisinart Griddler and it took less than 5 minutes! Kristina made two different types of Asian salad, which were both delicious and even made me a smoothie - to make me feel better for not being able to drink alcohol, lol. She's actually inspired me and I have made two smoothies on my own since - neither quite as good though... Stephanie came with the goodies and brought some really cute reindeer cookies and and chocolate bark. Yum! We had a great time and finished the night by watching Christmas Vacation. When Jason came home, he found that we had accidently clogged the drain while preparing our fancy dinner. 
  • On Sunday, we ran our errands, cleaned, laundry, the usual. We also did some preliminary investigations on our clogged drain. We didn't get to far on Sunday, so unfortunately, Jason had to spend most of the day on Monday figuring out the problem. I'm so proud of him that he fixed it himself and we didn't have to pay a plumber!!!! 
  • As far as pregnancy symptoms go. I started to feel like I was out of the woods on Saturday and Sunday. We will see how long that lasts... 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

10 Weeks (Nov. 28 - Dec. 4)

So we have made it to 10 weeks! Yay! After a pretty crazy week, we crashed over the weekend. On Friday night, we didn't do much, just stayed around the house - or at least that's all I can remember. *Side note* a few weekends ago, we watched all three of the Back to the Future Movies in one weekend, one on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Angelyn and Michael even joined us for #2 I think - - I love those movies!

On Saturday, we had a jam packed day. That morning, we had to run some errands: I exchanged one pair of exercise pants at Target, and then immediately bought some better, cheaper ones at Old Navy. We went to BBB to get a last minute wedding gift for Mary Beth and Ryan, got some amazing Christmas candles and other random make-up stuff at BBB too. I can't remember all we did, but do know that we were out and about right until lunch.

After lunch we changed and headed to Mary Beth's wedding that started at 2 downtown. The wedding was really pretty and fun. It was so good to see the two of them finally get hitched - we are so excited for them! During the wedding - which was held at First Pres, there was a little rambunctious toddle right in front of us that kept us laughing (or trying not to laugh) the entire time. The day was beautiful out, pretty sunny and warm for early December. They had lots of wonderful food at the reception, and instead of just one groom's cake, they had like 5 fancy flavored cakes from a bakery there - like white chocolate raspberry, chocolate peanut-butter cup, hummingbird, and others! We sat at a table with lots of Jason's PT friends. We had to squeeze a lot of extra chairs in so everyone could sit together. I really enjoyed their wedding slideshow, first dance, etc. We left a few minutes into the UGA-LSU Game (SEC Championship), once we heard that UGA was actually leading the game at 3-0, so I don't know what we missed...

We got home, and I laid on the couch while we watched the football game. UGA did us proud- especially during the first half, when they led the entire time! Unfortunately, LSU came back with a vengeance  during the 2nd half and beat us fair and square. It was a good thing I had a rest/nap during the game because at 7:00pm we headed to Stephanie and Nick's Christmas party. I brought Mint-Chocolate brownies, that are really good - except that I think I made too much mint topping and chocolate icing, yes - there can be to much of a good thing. Or maybe I don't like it because I am pregnant - too much sugar? Because Jason loves it and has eating most of the pan himself. Believe it or not I don't really crave sweets or diet coke at all anymore. I have wondered - did my Diet Coke habit fuel my constant need for sweets? Or is the salty pregnancy cravings just taking over completely? Well I was really proud of my pregnant self because I had energy the entire party and made it until about 10:45 when we decided it was time to go (Jason had to teach in the morning). The party was really fun and we enjoyed hanging out with some MAU folks and meeting people from Nick's work.

After such a crazy busy Saturday, on Sunday we went to church, then I spent the afternoon on the couch, sleeping and reading. Jason did most of the Christmas decorating for us - thank you Jason!


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