Sunday, July 29, 2012

My Birthday Back Home

I swear, one day I will actually do a weekend recap the Monday after it takes place.  Until then, I'll just have to do another weekend recap a week later! {Oops!}

Last Friday, Tom and I headed down to North Carolina to celebrate my birthday with my family.  We left right when Tom got home from work on Friday {during the summer he gets off at 1:00 on Fridays...lucky!}.  Mom had originally told me that she was cooking me spaghetti for my birthday and that she might invite my grandparents over.  {My mom's mom used to always cook family members spaghetti for their birthdays and we would all gather at her house to celebrate the birthday person.  But, the family got too big to keep doing it.  So, spaghetti for birthdays has pretty much stuck.}  Anyways, when mom calls us to see where we are, her house sounded kind of loud, but I didn't think anything of it.  When we pulled up to the house, we saw that not only were my grandparents there, but both of my mom's sisters and {most} of their kids were there, too! I was completely surprised!!

We had such a fantastic night of spaghetti, cake, and enjoying each others company.  Of course, I took no pictures {which I'm pretty bummed about}, but I have some great memories of the night!!  After the family left, Mom made homemade popcorn topped with parmesan cheese and enjoyed catching up.

The next day, Mom and Mark cooked us a delicious family breakfast of biscuits and sausage gravy.  No matter what I do, I cannot make sausage gravy like my mom...I just don't have enough patience and end up adding too much flour and it tastes awful.

After breakfast, we decided we would all shower and head to High Point to see The Dark Knight Rises.  Y'all...that movie is amazing!  It totally captivated all of our attention and engrossed us in the story...my sister and I had to use the bathroom for almost the entire movie, but would not get up to go because we did not want to miss the movie!!  After the movie we went for frozen yogurt at a place my sister raves about all the time.  It did not disappoint!  I got the homemade strawberry frozen yogurt and topped it with fresh strawberries and pineapple...so good!  Tom got the strawberry, too, and topped his with graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, and chocolate "dust."  It is so funny the differences in our yogurt...although I would have gladly sampled his!!

Once we got back to the house, we all freshened up and headed to my dad's parents' house for my birthday celebration with them.  Originally, we had discussed going out to dinner, but decided to just cook in.  I am so glad that we did!  It allowed us to talk without having to scream down to the other end of the table and truly enjoy our time together!

My dad had told me that it would be my grandparents, uncle, dad, Betsy, and some family friends.  I was completely surprised to see my aunt and her kids still in town from Florida!  I was told that they had left to go back home already!  It was a great surprise for my birthday!!

I did remember to take some pictures this time!! {I'm getting better...}




{Poppop and Mattie had some fun with the birthday hats!}





Tom and I had such a fun weekend in North Carolina for my birthday! I am so grateful to have such an amazing family surrounding and supporting me!! Thank y'all so so much for giving me such a memorable birthday!

One of the best parts of the trip, I read 150 pages of my current book on the drive down to North Carolina.  Unfortunately, my current book is Gone with the Wind, so what's that...like 1/10th of the book?? I am past the halfway point though!! :-)

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

We Have A Winner!

First of all, thank y'all so much for the sweet birthday wishes! Each and every one made my day so special!  I loved hearing all about your favorite birthday memories, too!

Now, for the big news...


The winner is...


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Congratulations, girl!!

I am hoping to do another giveaway soon, so stay tuned!!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

It's My Birthday {and a gift for y'all, too!}



Today is my birthday!  I count down to my birthday every year, but somehow this year it just crept up on me.  I guess between planning a wedding, getting married, going on a honeymoon, and working, keeping track of my birthday month just slipped my mind!

Just because it's my birthday doesn't mean I don't have my wonderful loyal readers on my mind.  I wanted to give y'all a little birthday present today, too!

One lucky reader will receive...



A set of mini-notebooks with wonderful quotes on the cover to carry around with you and have on hand for when blogging inspiration hits you.

A pack of pens to fill your notebooks with doodles and ideas.

A $15 gift card to one of my favorite stores...Target!

Enter below and the winner will be announced on Thursday!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Monday, July 16, 2012

Weekend Happenings: Birthday Dinner

Tom's family wanted to take me out to dinner for my birthday and since it falls on a Tuesday this year, we went on Saturday.  I got to choose the restaurant, and after a lot of deliberation, decided on Japanese.  I absolutely love Japanese food, but only really go on special occasions, so this was definitely a special treat!

Tom and I got dressed up somewhat fancy {hey, it is a far cry from the black yoga pants I live in on weekends!} and left with his parents for dinner.


Dinner was absolutely amazing!  We had the most entertaining chef who got everyone at the table involved in the meal!  He even had all of us trying to catch shrimp in my mouth and I have NEVER been willing to do that before!!

Here is my handsome husband and myself at dinner:


This is the funny thing: at the end of the meal, the waitresses bring the checks and fortune cookies.  We all like to choose our own fortune cookie, so that we have control over the fortune we choose.  I picked mine and then Tom.  He opened his first, but I was busy talking and finishing my meal.  He read his fortune and I made the joke, "well I guess that's how you should handle our marriage...good advice!"  I opened my cookie and got the EXACT same fortune!  That is too weird!  Maybe we should play the numbers in the lottery...


I hope y'all had a fantastic weekend!!

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Fourth of July

Since I can't seem to get it together to actually get on a computer and blog, I'll blog from my phone this morning!

My Fourth of July holiday was spread out over three days. On Monday the second, I went to the DMV to officially become Mrs. Waterman! Except, it took three times as long because I didn't go to social security first! Oops! But, they were so nice and accommodating and made everything right!! Monday night, the whole family went to the Norfolk Tides minor league baseball game. We had so much fun and ate our weight in stadium food {there is nothing better than a corn dog and shaved ice at a game!}. After the game, they shot off fireworks at the park!!

Tuesday, Tom and I had taken off of work to go to the Aerosmith concert up in Bristow, VA but they had to cancel it last minute! Luckily, it is rescheduled to a Sunday in August...I was so close to FINALLY seeing them in concert though!! Ugh! However, I made the best of it and scheduled a massage--definitely made me feel better!! That afternoon, I got Tom to drive me out to social security to change my name there, too!

For the actual Fourth, we kept things very low key since we had to go back to work on Thursday. We spent the day by the pool and ate delicious ribs for dinner!

It was quite a busy three days but we definitely got a lot of things accomplished!!

{Sorry the pictures have to come at the end of the post, but I have no clue how to choose where they go using the Blogger app. Anyone have any idea? Or a suggestion for a different app to use to blog??}

Monday, July 9, 2012

Honeymoon Recap!!

First off, how can it possibly be that we have been married for a month today?? This month has FLOWN by!!

This is going to be one big/huge blog post about our honeymoon.  We did a whole lot the first few days and then a lot of relaxing!  So it doesn't make much sense to divide it up...it would be a huge post on the first three days and then nothing much for the rest!

For our honeymoon, Tom and I went to Orlando, Florida.  His parents have a timeshare down there and graciously gifted it to us to use for our honeymoon.  It was in the perfect location--right near Sea World, so only about 10 minutes away from Disney World and right down the road from fantastic outlets!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Our honeymoon started out with a bang.  We flew out of Greensboro Sunday morning and made it to Atlanta with only a few minutes to spare before our next flight was scheduled to take off.  We boarded the flight and taxied out to the runway.  And we sat.  For thirty minutes.  Then, we returned to the gate. And sat.  For three hours.  We were taken off the plane and told that they would try to fix the plane or find us another flight.  Apparently there was a mechanical issue with the plane.  I am very happy that they took us off of the plane; I am glad they found the mechanical issue before we took off.  In hind sight, we can look back at this and laugh.  But, at the time, we were tired and worried that we would not make it to Orlando that night.  After eight hours in Atlanta, they announced that they would be unable to fix the plane, but they had found us another plane and to change gates and get new tickets.  I went to one of the self-kiosks for the airline and got our new tickets.  When it was our time to board, they could not find us.  Again, I started freaking out!  The woman was so nice; she saw the worry in our eyes and searched our names through the database, saw the mistake, and upgraded us to Business!  Plus, this new plane was a 777, so we got our own tv's in the headrests of the seat in front of us!  I am so thankful that despite their lack of communication, they made the situation right.

Tom trying to wait patiently!

Finally about to take off!!

Many prayers were said hoping that our bags made it from plane to plane!

We arrived in Orlando a little after 11:45 {supposed to be there at 4:00} and headed to baggage claim.  By the time we got our bags, it was after 12:30.  We headed down to pick up the rental car.  When we got up to the counter, the man said that our class of car was all sold out since we were so late arriving.  So, they said we could either have a Caravan or a Camaro.  Um...we didn't have to think about that one long!!

I made personalized bag tags for us!

Our bags made it!!

Our bright red Camaro for the week!

Monday, June 11, 2012


On Monday, we had originally planned on going to Disney World.  But since we got in so late Sunday night, we ended up using Monday to get acclimated to the area and run some errands.  We ran by the bank, to Publix {my first-ever trip there!} to stock up on groceries for the week, explored the area, and had a delicious lunch at Chili's!  We also rented The Sitter to watch that night {very funny}.  I also convinced Tom to drive out to the outlets that were about twenty minutes from the timeshare {not the nearby ones}.  This timeshare had a Kate Spade outlet and I was dying to see what they had there!!  They did not have anything that I wanted {sad day}, but I did stop in the 7 For All Mankind outlet and found two pairs of jeans on deep discount that I scooped up!  I would say it was a successful shopping trip!  When we got back to the timeshare, we watched the movie and then walked over to the ice cream parlor on the resort for a late night dessert!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Today was the day of the Mets-Rays game!  When we first set our wedding day and made arrangements for the honeymoon, Tom wanted to go to a baseball game.  He is an avid baseball fan and didn't care who the Rays were playing.  When he found out that they were playing the Mets--his team!--he was over the moon!  We immediately snatched up tickets right behind the visitors dug out!  One of my friends from college lives right down the road from the Rays Stadium, and she was gracious enough to let us park in her driveway and we got to catch up!

Outfit for the game--it was inside, don't worry!!

Teeny, tiny car!










Wednesday, June 13, 2012


We headed to Disney World on Wednesday.  At first, we had thought about doing a two-day deal to Disney, but after evaluating the time we had left, we decided to do a park hopper pass so we could get as much done in one day.  Tom and I started out at the Magic Kingdom bright and early!  We hit Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, and Thunder Mountain Railroad first.  We then went and got fast pass times for Space Mountain.  While we were waiting, we went to Hall of the Presidents, got a delicious frozen lemonade, and rode the Haunted Mansion again.  Once we were done with Space Mountain, we walked around the park to see the new area that they were working on and rode a couple more rides.  By lunchtime, we left the Magic Kingdom and headed over to Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Tom had never been over there before!  I absolutely love this park!  There are not that many rides, but the entire park is set up with an Old-Hollywood theme and it speaks to my history loving heart!!  Tom loved Aerosmith's Rockin' Roller Coaster.  Like loved.  And if the wait wouldn't have been 2 hours, we would have ridden it again!!  I did, however, manage to convince Tom to ride Tower of Terror not once, but twice!!  Tower of Terror and The Haunted Mansion are my two FAVORITE rides at Disney!!  We had such a fabulous day at the Disney parks!!













After Disney, we went back to the timeshare and had sandwiches and relaxed for the rest of the evening!

Thursday, June 14, 2012--Saturday, June 16, 2012


The next three days, we stayed around the resort.  We enjoyed hanging out by the pool, sipping frozen "girly drinks," going on walks, eating early dinners, and watching movies.  On Thursday, Tom and I went to dinner at Outback and it was seriously the best Outback I have ever eaten at!  That is seriously saying a lot, too, since I used to waitress and work the bar at one through college.  While we were at dinner, a gigantic storm rolled through.  It was so bad, the geese came up to the door of the restaurant to try to stay dry!  It was too funny--a giant clap of thunder sounded and the geese reared up and started squawking!  Tom was such a gentlemen and ran out in the ran to get the car!!  After dinner {and after the thunderstorm}, we went to the outlets right near the resort.  What do you know--they had a Tory Burch outlet!  I was in heaven!  I found a cute pair of flip flops and debated on a purse.  Practicality won out {even after I made Tom go back on Friday to double check!}, and I ended up with a less-expensive Coach purse {but just as cute!}.




Friday, we spent the afternoon by the pool after going to the restaurant on the resort for a yummy breakfast!  The pool we went to was one of the smaller pools and the resort and each time we went, there were hardly any people there {as opposed to the larger pools with all of the water toys for kids, which were PACKED!}.  It was very nice because they still had a little bar where you could get drinks and snacks, but it was quiet and secluded--exactly how I could relax!  After the pool, we ran back to the outlets to see if I wanted to purchase a pocket book and Tom found a few things that he wanted, as well!  We ordered pizza on the way back from our second trip to the nearby outlets and it was so yummy!

View off of our back porch


Our building


Saturday, we hung out by the pool for most of the day.  It was so nice and this fair skin girl managed to not get sunburned at all throughout this entire trip!  This was a major accomplishment!  Tom treated me to Panera for dinner: I absolutely love Panera!!  We got back to the timeshare and started packing things up and watched a movie.


Sunday, June 17, 2012


Today was a sad day--it was the last day of our honeymoon.  We had such a fantastic honeymoon.  It was exactly what we needed!  We were able to enjoy each other and relax for an entire week!

Sunday morning, we woke up and finished up our packing.  We were really worried, because on the way down, Tom's bag weighed 50 pounds and mine weighed 46 pounds.  We were right on the cusp of having to pay more for baggage!  We both took a bunch out of our suitcases and put it into our carryons.  When we got back to the airport and returned the rental car, our suitcases still weighed too much!  So, we transferred more over and were able to come just under the restriction!

Thank goodness our flights back had no surprises!  I think I would have just screamed if we would have been delayed again!  It would have been awful!

When we got back to Greensboro, we drove to my mom's house to stay the night and have a delicious dinner.  On Monday, we drove back to Virginia with all of our wedding presents in tow.

Our honeymoon was so much fun and very relaxing!  It was just what we needed after the wedding!

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