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This blog used to be about me and my new husband starting our life together in Brookhaven, Georgia. Now, 8 years, 3 children, and 1 trans-continental move later, I'm writing for me; to document the emotional and spiritual journey I am on so that I don't forget the paths I have traveled in my heart and mind.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Chris blogged about several things in his last post that I have some pictures for, so here is the last month of our lives at a glance... with pictures:

Here is sweet Daisy at Grant's pirate birthday party. Behind her is the toy parrot that would repeat everything you said, except in about one octave higher voice. This was very entertaining, and Daisy's giggles turned into sounds created in a decible I had never heard before.

And I got to paint a cool pirate mustache on Grant A.K.A. "Ladies Man"

Let me just pause and say that if anyone knows how to add pictures without them automatically going to the beginning of the post, I would love to know how... who writes their blog in reverse order anyway?

Okay, so the pirate ship is the cake... amazing, I know, and we also had a cake for Amanda, who's birthday is Jan 20. Quick funny story about the cake for Amanda: When Chris and I went to pick up the cake, they first brought out one that said "Happy Birthday Christopher" which is ironic because his birthday is the day before Amanda's. Second, when we went to check out, the woman bagging the groceries asked if the cake said Happy Birthday Aquanda... no... we told her it didn't say that... it said AMANDA. Well, she said, they must have messed it up and then they couldn't really fix it... bummer
Well, onto Chris's birthday. We went to RuSan's (a sushi place) with a bunch of friends and had a great time. The waiters sang happy birthday and then made Chris stand on his table while they sang something else (we have no idea what) and everyone clapped and Chris ate up another chance to be the center of attention. (Just kidding Chris, I know you love to be in the background).

Friday night, Amanda called us and said that her and Vince had two extra tickets to the Diamond Rio concert at Wild Bill's (apparently the biggest honky tonk in America) so I got to go and wear my new cowboy boots and totally fit in... although I was a little too fully clothed to completely fit in, but anyway, here is the best pic I could get of the band. We had a lot of fun hanging out with Vince and Amanda and people watching. All I have to say is, be careful what you do, because you never know when one of your highschool teachers is standing behind you!

One last story, on saturday, Chris and I went to tour Oakland Cemetery, which has so much history surrounding it. We got to see all the graves from the confederate soldiers and learn a lot about Atlanta history. It was really fun and a beautiful day to be outside. It's amazing to think how far this country has come, when we go to a cemetery where all the black people are burried in a separate plot in the back. On top of the grave of Atlanta's first black mayor was a newspaper with Obama's picture on it... pretty awesome!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

just so you know..

I thought I should post something since we haven't posted anything since January 6th (i know, we're losers).

Things have been pretty slow here in ATL. I think now that the holidays are over people have started doing more boring type stuff again...work. My mom flew in from New Mexico on January 14th. January is a pretty big month since it's my nephew Grant's birthday on the 11th, my birthday on the 19th and my sister's birthday on January 20th. I must say I had an awesome birthday. For some reason, this year, we had a few days of celebration.

On Friday Sarah and I went to this great restaurant next to our house called Valenza. It really is one of the best Italian places I have ever eaten at. When we first moved to Brookhaven, our really good friends Kelly and Niki gave us a "welcome to the neighborhood" gift card (thank you guys). There's is nothing better than eating an amazing dinner for free. Since it was the only night that Sarah and I had alone, Sarah went ahead and have me my birthday presents. She bought me this really cool book called "The Tipping Point." I have read the first couple of chapters but don't really want to explain and you'd probably be bored anyway. She also bought me this really cool leather fossil watch. It has one of those thick leather bands and it makes my wrist look much cooler than it really is.

On Saturday we had a birthday party for my nephew Grant. The theme this year was pirates. Sarah was in charge of tattooing the kids (I tried to help her but had to stop after making this little baby cry. I didn't realize babies didn't like their foreheads tattooed). We ate hot dogs, had a ship cake, played games, and really "went over bored" with the fun...ha. Sunday their were more festivities. On Monday (my actual birthday), Sarah planned a party for me at Ru Sans. It was really fun eating sushi with our friends. I love telling people that we are sushi eaters. It makes Sarah and I sound really cool...However, the kind of sushi we eat is really not that out there. We try to always look for the sushi that is half way cooked, with cream cheese, and flash-fried. Leave it to Americans to find a way to even make healthy Japanese food calorically ridiculous.

Even though Sarah and I haven't had a extremely eventful January thus far, we have some exciting things ahead that I will be excited to blog about. To preview those things in order to keep you on the edge of your seat...

On January 30th, Sarah and I are going to the Killers concert. Sarah got me really awesome seats for Christmas and I am really excited.

The second week in February, Sarah and I are going to see Anna, Don, John David, and Luke in Wilmore, KY. Facts about Wilmore:

- Wilmore is home of the Icthus Festival

- Wilmore is 2.6 square Miles all of which is land

- Population 5,905

- There are 3 banks, 4 Dr's offices (2 GP. 1 dentist, and Animal clinic), 3 grocery stores (1 in a

chevron gas station), 4 motels/hotels, and 7 restaurants...glory

and Lastly, Sarah and I are about to get our Labradoodle. I know she is going to be amazing and i can't wait for you to see her...actually I can't wait to see her either.

OH Yea --- We are very proud of our new President!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Trip to Charleston

On New Years day, Sarah, Buddy, Maurine, Cody, Wes and I went to Charleston, SC. We rented a house about 10 miles outside of downtown called the Lord's House. When arrived, Sarah and Maurine cooked an awesome fondue dinner which included a side of chicken and greenbean bundles; the food was really delicious. We spent the rest of the night just hanging out playing catch phrase, apples to apples, and our new game, Befudiom.

The next day (Friday), we went to Ft. Moultrie. The fort has been around since the revolutionary war and is really cool.

This is a picture of me and the boys pretending we are climbing over the walls to attack the fort. Don't we look intimidating?

A photo for the front cover of our new Album...

This is me riding "shot gun" ...HA! Can't you see why Sarah married me?

Sarah, Wes, and Cody pose for a nice family photo (above). Sarah thought this was a really big telescope...turns out it was a gun.

After Ft. Moultrie, we all went to downtown Charleston. We shopped, ate fudge, walked to the battery, played on the Charleston swings and had a lot of fun. That night we ate dinner at very rustic fish joint.

On Saturday, the 6 of us chartered a boat out to an island that has the 6th oldest lighthouse in America. The man who charted the boat was Captain Gresh. Captain Gresh gave us a lot of information on Charleston, lots of history and had a lot of really cool stories about the land and water around Charleston. The ride on the boat was very cold. Poor Sarah had on lots of layers and still froze. This is a picture with our "we are miserable" looks on. While we were heading back to land captain Gresh scooped up this jelly fish. For some reason, this particular kind of jelly fish does not sting. We also came across some dolphins. It was difficult to get a good picture of them, but it was really cool watching them swim and play. I asked Captain Gresh if I could get out and ride their fins and he said that in Charleston, messing with a dolphin is a $20,000 fine and up to one year in prison...Glory bE!

So that's our trip to Charleston, SC. The city is really cool and a lot of fun...and now that we are gone...it will never be the same...

Goodbye 08...Hello 09!!

After having such a fun Christmas break, we decided to continue partying into 2009. For New Years Eve Buddy and Maurine drove to Atlanta to hang out with Sarah and I. We had a great dinner at a Chinese restaurant and then headed back to the house to bundle up for a night on the town. Buddy came down with a chest cold so he stayed at the house and watched football while Sarah, Maurine and I put on our long underwear, jackets, scarfs, hats, and gloves and headed downtown.

For those of you not from Atlanta, here Georgia, instead of dropping a large nice lit up ball, we drop a big orange plastic peach. Once we got downtown and pushed through at least 20,000 people to see the stage, we noticed a lot of commotion up ahead. The lady next to us started yelling "tighten up everyone, we's about to have us a fight." Sure enough, right in front of us 3 guys started punching each other as hard as they could. I was just thinking, "Glory, we dragged Maurine out past her 9:00 bedtime only to be caught up in gang activity. We finally found nice spot to stand in and waited for about 45 minutes. The time flew by since we had people all around to entertain us by...well being themselves. Once 12:00 came Atlanta put on a great fireworks show and had a grand old time. After we left Five Points we headed back home on MARTA to get some rest from such a crazy evening.