Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Meeting a Legend

Living back in Athens has given us the opportunity to share our love for all things UGA with Marlie. She recently had the opportunity to meet the legendary Coach Vince Dooley. She was excited about meeting him even though she's too young to really understand who he is. Bryan & I were pretty excited to meet him too and we all got books signed by him!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Strike a Pose

These are just some random pictures from one day where Marlie started posing and asked me to take pictures of her. Sassy girl!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Halloween 2011

Halloween was another "holiday" that Bryan missed last year, so we were looking forward to having fun together this year.

Pumpkin carving buddies! This is one of those jobs that I was more than happy to hand back over to Bryan!

I caught one of our 2 neighborhood black cats checking out our pumpkin one day and had to get a quick picture.

Coincidentally, one of Marlie's classmates dressed up as the Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz. They also go to AWANA together so on costume night I got a picture of Marlie with him and his cousin (the other Dorothy).

The weekend prior to Halloween we went to Ft Campbell to visit with some of our friends again before they moved. We had an awesome time spending the weekend with some of our favorite people. Marlie even got to participate in some Halloween festivities with her buddies. Here is a picture of all the kids that my friend, April, took.

On Halloween night we just stayed in our neighborhood and Marlie was able to trick or treat with her friend, Caroline. I had my camera on me the whole night yet somehow didn't take any pictures. You can see one of the girls on Katy's blog post. They were definitely trick or treating in style!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ridge to Bridge Marathon

In October Bryan ran the Ridge to Bridge Marathon in Morganton, North Carolina. I joked with Bryan that since I ran a marathon last year, he couldn't let me out do him so that's why he decided to run one too. ;) Like I said after my race, the actual run isn't the hardest part, it's the training commitment. I'm so proud of Bryan for the great job he did training during his first semester in graduate school. He had a great race too by completing his first marathon in right at 4 hours!
Early morning start at the top of the mountain

4 hours later

Bryan was hurting but I made him take a picture with his medal!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Washington Farms

As I mentioned in the previous post, Marlie's class took a pumpkin patch field trip to Washington Farms. We spent the morning going on a hay ride, visiting the animals in the petting zoo, selecting a pumpkin, having snack and of course playing!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Freddie the Frog

Marlie's class has a "pet" that each child gets to bring home for a week at a time. Freddie the Frog gets to tag along with the child for everything they do during the week and he has a journal that the kids are supposed to write in about their time together. We had Freddie last month. We were looking forward to him coming to our house, but he ended up being a little more work than we had expected!
Freddie slept with Marlie every night and got to visit quite a few places. He went to Menchies with us, Awana, the class field trip to the pumpkin patch, and to spend the night with Nana & Pop.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Gold Rush 2011

After missing it for the past 7 years, we were finally able to visit Dahlonega, GA this year for the Gold Rush festivities. The 3 of us, along with my parents, went up on Friday to begin taking advantage of our cute cabin in the mountains. We explored the property and creek at the cabin and then went to dinner at Shenanigans.
Bryan & I got up early on Saturday morning to participate in the Gold Rush 5K. I did as much walking as running but it felt so good to get back in a "race" environment and push myself a little bit. Bryan was an awesome partner and stuck with me through the whole 3.1 miles even though he could have ran it in half the time it took us!

After getting cleaned up, all of us headed back into town for the festival. Marlie was constantly telling us all the things she wanted and wanted to do. We made sure to contribute to quite a few of the student organizations who were there fundraising. Marlie got to throw a pie in the face of one of the members of a fraternity and then got her face painted by one of the sororities.

Of course Bryan had to participate in his fraternities annual shot gun raffle.

After a fun day at the festival we went back to the cabin again to cool off and recuperate. Bryan & I got ready for the NGCSU Alumni Reception. My parents were kind enough to take care of Marlie so we could enjoy some adult time with Bryan's college friends.

With so many North Georgia alumni in the Army, we often meet people at our duty stations who graduated from NGCSU that we didn't already know. Kelly is one of my favorite friends from Fort Campbell and I was so glad to see her at the reception!

The reception location made for such a pretty view of the campus and North Georgia mountains.

At the festival on Saturday Marlie had gotten her heart set on having her hair styled into some crazy festival hair. We promised her that before we left on Sunday she could get that done. She was so proud of her "beautiful" hair!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lazy B Farm

Marlie's second class field trip of the school year was to Lazy B Farm. Even though she's pretty familiar with farms, it was fun getting to tour the farm with her classmates.
M and her buddy Brady getting ready to start the tour. They learned about eggs, wool and how milk gets from a cow to their home.

The kids were able to see and interact with pigs, sheep, bee hives (no interacting/just seeing!), goats, cows, horses, chickens and more!

By the end of the everyone was ready for a break and some snacks. The girls started picking up all the feathers they could find and putting them in their hair!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Baby Belly

I thought I had already posted a few of these pictures but I guess I was wrong. Everything continues to go well with this pregnancy and I keep praying that I will be able to have the type of labor and delivery I hope for.

Weeks 16 through 29:

Monday, November 07, 2011


I recently picked back up my knitting needles after taking a break that was longer than I like. I've made a couple of hats in the past but was never happy with the patterns and end result. I found some new patterns that I really like and have had fun making some cute kids hats.
This was my first attempt at this pattern and crochet flowers.

This is a different pattern that I think I like a little better. I also crocheted a stem and leaves for the top to give it the pumpkin appearance.

We have some friends who are Ohio State fans. Luckily, in Athens, there is plenty of red and black to be found. I made this hat as a birthday gift for a sweet girl.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Bountiful Baskets

One of our new favorite things is Bountiful Baskets. It is basically a produce co-op and you are able to get so many fruits and vegetables for a good price. A $15 contribution gets you a basket each week and this picture is what we got in our first week. If there is a chance for you to participate in your area, I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Bryan, my dad and my brother all took a boys weekend trip to Mississippi to watch the UGA-Ole Miss game. My mom and I decided that we would also take a girls trip to the north Georgia mountains. We visited my mom's sister and her family in Blairsville and went for a ride on on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. We got on the train in Blue Ridge, GA and rode about an hour to McCaysville, GA / Copperhill, TN. We got off the train, had lunch and walked around the town for about 2 hours before taking the train back to Blue Ridge. We had a nice relaxing day and I really appreciate that the railway offers a significant military discount for ID card holders.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Marlie's First UGA Game

We've held off on taking Marlie to a football game until we were confident that she was old enough to sit through most of one. This season was finally her time! The 3 of us and my parents all went together so there would be plenty of people to help wrangle her if necessary. Of course we're all football fans, but there's just something special about taking your child to "your" school. My parents and grandfather also went to UGA so it's definitely in her blood. We all had a great day and the game was a success!

The alum, current student and (hopefully) future Bulldog!

G-E-O-R-G-I-A! Spelling it is fun for a child and adults alike!

We even enjoyed getting to see some of Bryan's friends from his undergrad days at NGCSU.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Memorial Park & Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail

Marlie's first class field trip was to Memorial Park and Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail/Zoo here in town. Although it wasn't M's first trip to the park, she had so much fun visiting it with her classmates. They were all given a handout with pictures of the different animals in the zoo and asked to mark each picture off as they visited the animal's habitat. After visiting each habitat, the kids had snacks and then got free time on the playground.

M's class (minus one)

The playground bulldog