Bierman Family Favorites

Like last year, I am doing a list of our favorite things from 2013. In no particular order, I give you our favorite memories of 2013:

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In May, Josh and I celebrated our FIRST anniversary with a romantic Atlanta weekend. We ate chocolate covered strawberries, cheesecake and our top layer of wedding cake and treated ourselves to a couple’s massage. Sounds like a tradition in the making if you ask me!

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Other 2013 favorites include getting Miller out of the terrible puppy phase and bringing Sam into our home. These pups can get a little rowdy, but we wouldn’t trade them for the world.

4Without a doubt, becoming homeowners is a highlight of this year. We love our home and updating it. It has been so fun to watch it transform into OURS.

ImageThis year was also filled with new places. First up, Hilton Head Island. We loved our near week of vacation here!

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This fall, we also went to Asheville, NC. Go ahead and solidify this place as “my place.” You know the place that no matter how many times you go, you can always go back? Yea, Asheville is my place.

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Additionally, I traveled to Oklahoma City this summer for the Women’s Softball College World Series. This is a trip my mom and I have dreamed of doing for what seems like forever, and we FINALLY did it. An added bonus was that I got to meet Josh’s grandparents for the first time in person.

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 At the end of our Asheville trip, we tagged on a weekend in Helen, GA with friends at their mountain house. This was the perfect ending to a perfect trip as we celebrated Oktoberfest downtown, went trout fishing, stuffed our bocas with s’mores, and enjoyed the company of sweet friends.

ImageA new job that occasionally brings me to Panama City where I get to have this view? That is what you call two favorites wrapped into one!

ImageThank you, Seattle, for slipping in just in time to make our 2013 favorites!

ImageBest friend. Peanut Festival. Homemade corn dogs. Roasted corn. Fried Oreos. This should be self-explanatory, friends.

ImageThis August, JRB competed in his second triathlon and finished second his division. So proud of his hard work!

ImageHaving our first trick or treaters and two pups to greet (or scare) them- a sugary sweet and hilarious favorite.

ImageLast, but certainly not least, we loved hosting our families this Christmas (and having a good reason to explore the World of Coca Cola).

Happy New Year, friends! Do you have any superstitions for the New Year? We rub silver dollars at midnight, bring in the New Year with no dirty laundry, and eat blackeyed peas and greens. 

Washington

I’m not sure if you can tell, but December has been CRAZY!! Between working in Dallas and Seattle, shopping for Christmas presents, hosting family for Christmas, and battling strep throat- my life has been a whirlwind. At one point, I really thought I  might not see Josh until 2014. But praise the Lord- I’ve made it through it all, and have some good stories and pictures to remember it by. One post at a time though. For this one, I’m sharing my Washington experience.

I went to Washington to work, and luckily we had enough time to be a little touristy. Below tells the tale of my trip.

ImageThis was taken from my window seat on my flight from Denver to Seattle. Aren’t the Rocky Mountains breathtaking?

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We worked all day Thursday in Tacoma, WA. This was our view from lunch.

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 This is Pike Market Center (aka the GREATEST farmer’s market I will ever encounter). Ever heard of Pike’s Place roast from Starbucks? Yep, this is Pike’s Place, and it is directly across the street from the ORIGINAL Starbucks. Be still, my heart.

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 One soy chai tea latte, please. Starbucks, you are so good to me.

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These crabs were in the Pike Market. You could get basically anything you could ever dream of.

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 The absolute largest shrimp I have ever seen. I seriously contemplated buying some and shipping them home.

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 Is this produce not just gorgeous? #foodie

In the Pike Market, there are these fishermen who sell their catches. What makes them so great, is that they put on a show. For instance, when you purchase a fish, they don’t just ring you up and hand you your fish. No, they have a song dedicated to you and throw your fish from person to person. It’s. Awesome. Well, I wasenamored with them, so much so that they began talking to me. One thing led to another, and they ended up letting me catch a fish!! I didn’t really think though how my hands were going to smell fishy the rest of the day, but it was so worth it. And for those of you wondering, I DID catch the fish on my first try. Thank you, softball, for the training.

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What is a Seattle blog post without a picture of the Space Needle?! The only thing missing from this trip was McDreamy, McSteamy, Meredith Gray and the gang.

Weekend Top 5

Since SO much went on over the course of 3 days, I’ve decided to have a top 5 instead of a weekend update. My top 5 (in no particular order) are as follows:

1. Iron Bowl 2013

Guys. Seriously. What a game! JRB and I watched the game in Newnan with friends. {Side note: their basement had two media centers meaning two televisions meaning two games going at the same time. Add this to the Bierman Long-Term Goal List.} Since we were at someone else’s house, I tried to keep myself relatively contained for the game, but on that last play- I cut loose. I couldn’t even control myself! It sure is great to be an Auburn Tiger (or puppy).

ImageAfter the game we celebrated with cookies… then by going to a Taco Mac. Double celebration never killed anyone, right? Then when we got home, JRB and I rolled one of the trees in our front yard. Before the game, I asked JRB if we could we roll a tree in honor of Toomers if Auburn won. I KNOW he said yes because he  A.) Thought I wasn’t serious B.) Thought I would forget  C.) Was trying to get me to hurry up since we were running 15 minutes behind or D. All of the above. But a promise is a promise.

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2. Toomers looks like Christmas

Sunday, we rode down to Opelika (reason to follow in #4). While there we decided Dairy Queen and a ride by Toomer’s would be a good decision. Boy was it ever! The only time I’ve ever seen Toomers be that white was when Auburn won the National Championship.

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3. My Parents are handy.

Over the course of about two weeks, my parents built us this table. Isn’t that remarkable?! It is going to fit perfectly in our dining room. Image

Can you tell that they’re proud of it (as they should be)?

4. Olivia Kate Bryant arrived. 

Thanksgiving night, I headed to Opelika for the, what I thought would be,  birth of a dear friend’s baby. Four hours later, we were sent home disappointed and with mama in significant discomfort only to come back Friday for the real deal. Livvy Kate was born at 8:17 a.m. at a whopping 6 lbs. 1 oz. and 19 inches long. She is beautiful from her full head of hair to her short, Nolan toes. This babe is sure to be loved. If there was any doubt, look at how we’re all cramming in to sneak a peak of her in the nursery between the blinds.

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 Sunday, JRB and I drove back down to visit the Bryant family of THREE (crazy, right?). It was this time that I soaked in hour after hour of snuggle time. She entertained me with duck faces, smacking sounds and narrowed eyebrows. Amazing how a 6 pound baby can be so entertaining without even using words!

Image5. Throwback to Christmas Cocktail

After returning from seeing Livvy Kate, I put on my over-sized t-shirt like I always do on Sunday afternoons. Only this Sunday, I happened to put on an old Chi Omega Christmas Cocktail shirt dated December 1, 2009. The funny thing about this shirt, is that Josh and I both have it since that was the first date function I took him to in college. At that point, we only had hidden crushes on each other. PTL they were later revealed because I, personally, hate that feeling! Don’t get me wrong the butterflies are fun, but my stomach just couldn’t take anymore of my reading into every single text. That night we had a BLAST dancing! And little did we know (or maybe we kind’ve did know) that that night would be catalyst it took to begin dating… then engagement… then marriage. Hooray for Chi O Christmas Cocktail! Hootie hoot!

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 Look at that hand on my hip! I thought I was something, right? Also, that whole night it RAINED CATS AND DOGS. My feet were soaking wet, and my hair fell instantaneously. Sure am glad JRB could see past the flat hair and runny mascara. What a stud.

Happy Monday, friends! Let’s hope this week goes SUPER fast (and Auburn has SUPER practices) so we can see a win at the SEC Championship! Anyone going? If so, TAKE MEEEEEEEE!!!! I’m a good game day date, I promise.