Weekend Update: Memorial Day

JRB and I enjoyed a wonderful weekend on the best lake in the south (I could be partial)- Lake Martin.

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 We love patriotic holidays and any reason to wear red, white, and blue.

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We’ve passed that down to the puppies.

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 Above is JRB doing some wake boarding. After participating in the activity, I realized that it’s a lot harder than it looks and I’m not 18 anymore. Y’all. My back is STILL hurting, but it was fun so I guess it was worth it. My goal was to be able to do what I used to could do in  high school (which wasn’t much), and I accomplished that. So I’m good for another 6 years.

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 Really, I’m all about the boat riding. Just let me sit up at the front and get some sun, and I’m good for hours.

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 Between wake boarding and eating (it seems like that’s all we did), we played Settler of Catan. The puppies were so exhausted from swimming and boat riding that they pretty much napped all evening.

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 It was a wonderful weekend with friends and family. We so enjoyed being on the lake- it was like we were in high school again! Only this time married and cooking for ourselves.

How was your Memorial Weekend?

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Weekend Update: The Tale of the Monster Burger

You know those weekends that are wonderful because they involve nothing? That’s we had- a weekend with no plans, no obligations, and no stress. We ate, played outside, ate some more, read our Bibles, took naps, and watched House. Can time stand still and make life that easy all the time?

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Friday night, we went to Mare Sol with friends. This is where JRB took one for the team (and to exert his masculinity) by eating this ENTIRE Monster Inferno burger. I could tell that he way toying with the idea of finishing it on principle, but when the waiter told us we’d get free dessert- GAME. ON. My man finished this burger (after eating lobster dip as an appetizer), and then I had to fight for bites of the White Chocolate Pecan Pie he ordered. Geez!

Don’t be worried though. He’s not going to explode. The only reason he was able to eat so much is because he went on a 29-mile bike ride earlier that afternoon. This isn’t a typical meal for him. Image

Between naps and episodes of House, we spent time outside with the pups. As you can tell, Sam is less into playing and running and more into getting loved on. He’s a dog after my own heart.
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Miller, on the other hand, is all about running and playing. The only time I can get him to snuggle with me is when he is “dog” tired (pun intended). He makes us laugh constantly with his quirks and ridiculous feats of athleticism.

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This Sunday was also our turn to lead our Sunday School lesson. Why not prepare with coffee and doughnuts?

I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I can’t wait for this one- MEMORIAL DAY!!! JRB and I love America and being patriotic. We’ve passed this trait down to the puppies, so you can expect a lot of red, white, and blue next week.

Thankfulness

 Lately, I’m thankful for…

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 welcoming summer with impromptu bonfires and mosquito bites

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the chance to laugh at silly animals that eat grapes from your hand

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friends exchanging vows and barn weddings

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 laughing out loud when I read Shaphat as Snapchat

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family selfies

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and two years of marriage with my BFF.

What are you thankful for? It’s amazing how our attitudes change when we stop and count the things we’re thankful for.

730 Days

Yesterday, JRB and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary. It wasn’t until the end of the day that we realized that we had unintentionally done all of our favorite things. For starters we ate breakfast together (one of my favorites) and had Mama G’s for lunch (every Auburn fan’s favorite).

Josh got me flowers and chocolate covered strawberries, and we played with the puppies.

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I had seen and heard a lot of great things about this new restaurant in Auburn called Acre, so we made a reservation there. Y’all. The food was out of this world. The decor is GORGEOUS. And the staff was thoughtful enough to  decorate our table with fresh flowers and a “Happy Anniversary” card. I give this place two thumbs up. (We ordered: appetizer: shrimp and grits, paige: texas redfish, josh: beef tenderloin, dessert: lemon-stawberry fried pies)

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After eating to an almost sinful level, we took a long walk around Auburn’s campus and went to some of our favorite places. We also decided to take a tour of the new student recreation center because why not?! Did you know there is a golf simulator in there!? I’m so stinkin’ jealous, and it’s not even funny. This is the view from the yoga room. Jaw dropping, I know. Gosh, I love Auburn.

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We ended the night in our pi’s on the couch watching Breaking Bad. If you were paying attention you’ll notice our favorite things included: breakfast, Mama G’s, chocolate covered strawberries, fresh flowers, playing with the puppies, red meat and seafood, Auburn, a few of our Auburn-specific favorites, tv (specifically Breaking Bad, right now), and pi’s on the couch. I’d say it was a fantastic anniversary. Here’s to #3!

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Musings on Men’s Fashion

Don’t men have it the easiest (when it comes to fashion)? From the time they are born until the time they die, all they need are a few good polos, a few good button-ups, jeans and khakis. Ok, so maybe their list is a little more involved than I’m giving them credit for, but you get the picture. Every year, women’s fashion changes. When I was in middle school, glitter pants from Limited Too were the craze. Now you wouldn’t catch me dead in glitter (sequins are a different story), but definitely not glitter pants. I’m only 2 years removed from college, and I ALREADY regret some of my fashion decisions.

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Why didn’t anyone tell me that this shirt looks like a shiny version of my grandmother’s table cloth? Who thought this would be a good idea? Might I also point out that JRB STILL regularly wears that pullover and the polo beneath it.

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Another photo proving my point. This was only 4 years ago. I immediately regret basically everything about it- the oversized MEN’S button-down and satchel that I carried far too long. May I also point out that I’m wearing PEARLS?? Nothing screams class like a girl in pearls and a men’s button-down.

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My roommates from college made much better decisions than I did. I don’t even wear strapless swimsuits that go straight across the chest. So why did I think it’s be a good decision to wear a dress with that cut? It must have been the complementary pleather belt that persuaded me.

Ok. Now that I’ve made my point that women’s fashion is fleeting and terrifying to look back on, let’s look at the main topic- men’s fashion. What I’ve perceived since living in a small town in the south is this:

Most people think men’s fashion should mainly be comprised of polos, jeans, camo and boots. No monogrammed cuffs and never, EVER skinny britches. (It’s their rule. Not mine.)

A man can go just about anywhere- church, the movies, dinner, backyard bbq, the gym, or a ball game- in Lagrange,GA if he will just put on a polo. There is NO place that is too good for a polo. Pair this with the aforementioned jeans and boots, and you’re styling!

Now, I know camouflage isn’t for everyone, but I added it to my list to cover the men during the winter months. When the Snowpocolypse ripped through Georgia this January, I had never seen so much camo in my life. If it wasn’t for camo boots and jackets, I suspect many of our fine Lagrange men would have caught hypothermia and died. Praise the Lord for camo and its warming properties!

Have you noticed that the big thing to do now is monogram EVERYTHING??? These poor babies are learning their initials before they learn their name, and men aren’t exempt from the phenomenon. I have seen men with monogrammed polos, cuffs, cuff links, boxers (yes, that’s real), and socks. If that’s your thing, that’s fine. No hate from the girl with the pleather belt and pearl earrings. However, most of the men I am around cannot fathom why they would want to monogram their clothes, let alone their boxers. Nothing screams masculinity like a men in monogrammed boxers, right?

My favorite quote that pretty well sums up my men’s fashion rant is from my boss, “There’s just something wrong with a man wearing tight britches.”

The end.