Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's Official...

It's official... Cooper is indeed Cooper! Perhaps I should clarify. All doubt has been removed because the doctor confirmed that we are definitely having a boy!

His name will be Cooper Allen Halquist. I can just hear his friends and coaches calling him "Coop" already!

We had our big ultrasound appointment this morning and he looks perfect. All the organs were checked and are in the right place and functioning properly. He measured in at 15 centimeters (or 5.91 inches) and weighs right at 1 pound.

He is a BIG boy, growing nearly two weeks ahead of schedule. In other words, all of his measurements have him at 22 weeks and a few days when really I am only 20 weeks and a few days pregnant. There's no discrepancy with the due date, he's just a big boy!

Of course, this revelation sent his Dad on a tangent. I believe Rich's exact words when the doctor left the room were, "Oooo! He can be the quarterback at UF and break all of Tebow's records!"

I must say, he does look a little reminiscent of the Heisman Trophy with his arm all curled up in this picture. Tuck a little football in there and we're good to go.

Hey... you never know!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Way Back When-esday- Rays Baseball Edition...

With baseball considered America's favorite past time, everyone loves a good old fashioned ball game.

Here's a recap of last night's Tampa Bay Rays game in the voice of my husband Rich...

"The Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles last night with a score of 5 to 0 to secure their second playoff birth in team history. The win improved their record to 94-63, which is good enough to guarantee them either the American League East Champs or the American League Wild Card team. The win was followed by the usual champagne showers for all the players and coaches. An announcement was also made by team president, Matt Silverman, that the organization would make 20,000 free tickets available to Wednesday night's game which is the Rays regular season home finale. Go Rays!"

For today's edition of "Way Back When-esday," we're looking back to 2007 when Rich and I escaped for a weekend getaway over to Tampa. We saw a couple Rays games and ate way too much pizza in our hotel room after the games.

So much has changed since then and all for the better! But, it is so much fun to look back and remember all of the old times when our relationship was in it's first steps and just beginning to flourish.

Who knows, maybe we'll get to catch a playoff game?! Go Rays!

Play along with us, visit Cheryl at Twinfatuation!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Shannon's Last Fling Before the Ring...

As I mentioned before, wedding season is upon us here in the Halquist house. My weekends are filled with planning, supporting the brides during their slight mental breakdowns, bridal showers, and bachelorette parties galore.

This past weekend was my friend Shannon's bachelorette party. I opted out of joining for the crazy part of the evening, though I hear a great time was had by all. I think there comes a point in every pregnant woman's life when she needs to bow out gracefully from da club! You're laughing because you know it's true. There always seems to be that one overly pregnant woman that just can't say no to the club portion of the bachelorette party. I didn't want to be that girl.

I did however join for the dinner portion of the festivities. Honestly, I don't turn down an opportunity for french fries these days and Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville has some yummy ones! Not to mention, I had some of the best nachos I have ever ate in my life. I will be taking a trip back there ASAP to fill my stomach again.

The bride drank her drinks and shots like a champ and wore her crown and sash proudly.

Needless to say, it was a great night out with the girls. I'm looking forward to her wedding this Saturday when she will officially become Mrs. Jared Schmidt!

Monday, September 27, 2010

20 Weeks...

Here ye, hear ye! We've reached the half way point! That's right, Cooper is officially half way baked! All is still well and we're praying that it stays that way. We have our big ultrasound on Thursday where the doctor will measure all of his parts to make sure that he is growing normally and confirm that we are working with the correct due date. I'll update then with pictures of our growing baby boy!

Onto the update from

"Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)

He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery)."

I continue to feel him move all the time and it still shocks me every now and then. I pray that the second half of this pregnancy goes by as quickly as the first half because I absolutely cannot wait to hold him in my arms.

Until then, keep on growing Coop! Your Daddy and I love you!

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's Date Night...

It's date night at the Halquist house and I am so looking forward to it! Eh, perhaps, maybe I shall begin by calling it date late afternoon instead because that's what is really going on. Either way, I'm excited.

We're starting by catching the matinée of the "Wall Street" sequel, "Wall Street- Money Never Sleeps." If you know Rich at all, you know that "Wall Street" is one of his all time favorite movies. We've watched the trailer for months, more times than I can count, and have counted down the days until it's release. He is so excited which makes me so excited. I am sure that it will be a great flick, although Rich is a little upset that Bud Fox (played by Charlie Sheen) doesn't appear to be in the sequel. All the same to me!

Moving along, we're getting Outback curb-side to go on the way home. Well hello Bushman Shrooms with Bloom Sauce accompanied by Alice Springs Chicken with Green Beans instead of Fries (yes, that is my order, every time)! I'm sure Rich will get something like Macaroni and Cheese or Walahala Pasta. Yum-O! We contemplated dining in but that would inhibit the next phase of date night.

Wraping up the evening we'll be watching the season premiere of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, both of which we recorded last night. We do love our shows and with how they left us hanging last season, we're on pins and needles to see how things turn out!

While we're not getting all dressed up fancy schmancy, hitting the town, and going to a five star restaurant, this is our idea of a perfect date night. We'll get to turn the AC down, grab a comfy blanket, and cuddle on the couch with our dog Gizmo.

Our kind of night.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happy Fall Ya'll!

Today is officially the first day or Autumn which means that my favorite time of year has also officially begun! Today through end of Winter brings so many things that I hold near and dear to my heart. I will be sharing along the way but for a head start, here's a glimpse of a few things that I am siked about...

We've already purchased the scarecrows for our house display and will be full out decorating next weekend. Eeeeek! I can barely contain myself!

Do me a favor, visit the nearest Starbucks and treat yourself to a Pumpkin Spice Latte today. After all, it's Fall Ya'll! Oh Happy Day!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Way Back When-esday- Cheers to you, Mimi...

Today's "Way Back When-esday" is paying tribute to a very special woman indeed... my Great-Grandmother Mimi. Today would have been her 99th Birthday! That's right folks, she was born in 1911! A fascinating statement in and of itself.

Though she was taken from us last November, she remains a vivid memory. I still catch myself saying or doing things on a daily basis that remind me of her. She genuinely was one of the classiest women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

These pictures are from her 97th birthday celebration. We spent the day at the lake and of course, Mimi had her infamous dirty martini with two olives. The sight of her sipping a martini at 97 brings a grin to my face.

The family had a great time, though we missed those who couldn't make it. The boys spent the afternoon wake boarding, the men watching the football game, and the girls chatting over a glass of wine. A great time was had by all!

Much love Mimi! I'll be toasting a "water-tini" in your honor today!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bridal Showers for Kelly...

As I mentioned yesterday, Saturday was my dear friend Kelly's bridal shower. She's marrying the love of her life, Keith, come November 6th! We're all so looking forward to the wedding because these two are truly meant for each other. But as we all know, before the big day, there are a few pre-wedding festivities that need to be tended to.

First comes the bridal shower...

The bridesmaids and myself had a great time planning the details and pulling everything together the day of the shower so that the bride-to-be would have a day she would never forget. We reigned victorious! Kelly had a well deserved, amazing time!

Above is a picture of the scrumptious food the guests enjoyed. I was in charge of the cupcakes. They were a huge success and worth the hours it took to make them. They turned out to be such a fun project (though I don't mind if I don't see a piping bag in the near future)!

We played the infamous toilet paper wedding dress game. I was truly shocked by the dresses these ladies were able to put together in three minutes with nothing other than a few rolls of toilet paper. In the end, Lynn's team reigned supreme! Heather even mentioned that she needed to remember the design because it was the best one she ever made. Do you think that we go to too many bridal showers?

Kelly was in all her glory opening her loads of loot! My favorite picture that I took is the one you see above with her very first place setting. She's glowing!

Above you see some of the guests. The bottom left photo is Kelly with all of her bridesmaids (sans Malerie, she had to leave early). I want to send a HUGE thank you to each and every one of them for their contribution to such a great shower. Ashleigh, the Maid of Honor, did a fantastic job keeping everyone on track leading up to the party. Also, an even BIGGER thank you to Donna and Rick, my in-laws, for allowing us to use their beautiful home to host the event. The day couldn't have turned out better thanks to you guys!

Bridal shower down... Bachelorette party to go! This could get interesting! Check back later for the down low on that night!

Monday, September 20, 2010

19 Weeks...

We've reached the 19 week mark and I honestly have no idea where the time has gone. This pregnancy is flying by and in just a short while, I will be holding this little baby in my arms. Oh the anticipation!

This weekend was quite eventful, as I helped host my dear friend Kelly's bridal shower (details to follow tomorrow). While all was successful in the end, I was reminded, eh perhaps slapped in the face, with the realization that I was pregnant. Normally running around in a dress and 2 1/2 inch heels wouldn't phase me a bit. I could run a marathon in heels usually. Now... not so much.

By the end of Saturday night, I stumbled in my front door, peeled the shoes off of my very swollen feet, and collapsed on the couch. It took all that I had in me to crawl up the stairs and into bed. I slept like I hadn't slept in a week. Snoring, I am sure! Exhaustion doesn't quite sum up the feeling.

All this helped remind me that I need to take it easy. After all, I am creating a human being inside me right now. A miracle in and of itself.

Onto the update from

"Your baby's sensory development is exploding! His brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that he may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to him, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. His arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of his body now. His kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on his scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on his skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid."

More than ever before, I feel him move all the time. It's such an amazing feeling and always brings a grin to my face. I find that when I eat sweets, particularly pancakes, he dances a little jig. It's adorable.

Happy Monday all! Let's make it a great week!

Friday, September 17, 2010

We Have...

We have nursery furniture! Though it's still in the box, it's officially ours!

Now comes the fun of putting it together and getting Cooper's nursery into picture perfect shape!

I'm totally siked! Can you tell?

Happy Friday all! Hope that you have a fabulous weekend. Go outside and enjoy this beautiful weather we have on our hands. I'm off to bake for Kelly's bridal shower tomorrow. Details and pictures to follow next week!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Nine Months of Pregnancy- Month Four...

Mom's looking ahead this month! If I am anything like her and my children are anything like my brother, sisters, and I, motherhood will be quite the busy task. Running the kids to and from ball practice, church youth group, birthday parties, and more. This month is designed to make that a little easier when dinner time rolls around!

If you didn't notice, Mom refers to Baby Boy Halquist as Cooper in this card. That's right! We've nailed down a name! Cooper Allen Halquist will be gracing us with his presence come February!

This cookbook for busy moms is a must have. Every recipe in it is also accompanied by a picture. I am a firm believer that all cookbooks should have this. It makes the dish all that more appealing. I can't wait to try some out! Next to the yummy cookbook is an adorable busy bee that sings, "Don't Worry, Be Happy!" It's too cute and certainly brought a smile to my face.

On another note, I wasn't able to post the baby update on Monday. We're on week eighteen and the update from was:

"Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound."

I am certainly feeling Cooper bouncing around. What an amazing feeling!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Way Back When-esday- Happy Birthday Aunt Sherri...

Let's lighten the mood a bit, my last couple of postings have been sad and I am generally a very happy person! Time to smile!

For today's edition of, "Way Back When-esday," we're paying tribute to my Aunt Sherri. Today is her birthday and she deserves very special birthday wishes! A couple of years ago the family got together to celebrate her big day with a dinner celebration at Kahunas. We had photo collages, balloons, presents, and lots of yummy food. I won't mention the number she turned. A lady never reveals her real age but I will tell you that it was a big one!

Here's Aunt Sherri with two of her children, Parker and Lindsey. Her middle child Austin couldn't make it but was surely missed.

And here's Rich and Uncle Ron. I like to think that this is the night that Rich officially joined the "Dirty Old Men" club. They sure do love Aunt Sherri's old Glamor Shot picture! I genuinely believe that picture will never get old!

Happy Birthday Aunt Sherri! Hope that you have a fabulous day!

Play along with Cheryl at Twinfatuation... it's so much fun to reminisce!


I've been M.I.A. the past few days. Unfortunately, it was because I traveled to Jacksonville for my cousin Carly's funeral. As I mentioned before , she passed away last week after a courageous battle with a rare form of cancer. The past two days have certainly been a time of reflection. It was truly overwhelming to see the impact that she had on other's lives in her short 19 years.

It made me stop and think about what kind of impact I am making on the people that I come in contact with. I hope that when my day comes, I pray a long time from now, that people will look back on my life as fondly as everyone did on Carly's.

Carly was an amazing poet. I wanted to share one with all of you.

I am a Tree, written by Carly Anne Driscoll

i am a tree, a thin one,
of bark and very few leaves.
a tree who wriggles his toes into the dirt,
but can never settle.
will always fall over,
is to bare to not freeze in the elements.
all you leaves just fall over each other.
i don't need you, you flakey pieces you'll be gone soon,
crushed into the ground.

i'll just make more once I make my place in the earth.
my limbs will grow thicker, stronger.
i can keep myself upright.
maybe some of you imagine me hollow,
like a tree thats been hammered down by lightening.
but I am not.
i am full of life.
i am frothing over with green inside
and I will keep growing for and toward the shining ball above me.
the bright eye of the only man i need.

I'm on a a mission to wriggle my own toes into the dirt. To find my own place here on Earth and really make a difference. Watch out world, I want to leave a legacy.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembrance on this September 11th...

Today marks the 9th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th. I wanted to take a moment to remember those who lost their lives that day. The result of this senseless act caused the death of 2,997 victims, as well as 19 hijackers. Additionally, over 6,000 people were injured.

As time has passed I believe that Americans in general don't often think about the tragedies that occurred day. Immediately after the attacks our nation came together as a whole in prayer, something that in my lifetime I had never witnessed. We rallied under the motto, "United we Stand." We need to take the time to remember what it felt like that day. Time to remember what our country has been through not only on that September 11th but everyday since then. The "togetherness" has worn off and we need to find our way back.

Please take a moment today to say a prayer and thank God for the freedom we have as Americans. Take a moment to show your gratitude for the men and woman who are fighting to uphold that amazing privilege.

"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve." -President George W. Bush

Friday, September 10, 2010

For Carly...

I’d like you to meet my cousin Carly...

In February of 2009, Carly was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma of the sinuses, a form of cancer. Doctors found that the cancer had metastasized to other areas of her body. Since then she has put up one heck of a battle, undergoing numerous chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

One of her lifelong dreams was to see the ball drop in Times Square on New Years Eve. She knew that she needed to make it happen so to ring in 2010, Carly and a few of her family members were able to make the trip to New York City. While she was too weak to be outside for the party, they rang in the New Year with their own party in their hotel room right in Times Square. She watched the ball drop right from the window, had a blast, and was able to fulfill a lifelong dream.

Yesterday morning, after a courageous and spirited fight, Carly lost her battle with cancer. She passed away in her sleep and in the arms of her Mother.

While we’re sad that she’s gone from us, I take comfort knowing that she is resting in a better place now. I ask you to pray for her Mom, Dad, sister, and brother and also my Memaw and Papaw, who were very close to her. I simply cannot imagine what they all must be going through at a time like this.

“In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity.
In our doubt, there is believing; in our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory.
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.”
-Natalie Sleeth

Go give those you love a big hug and remind them how much they mean to you.

Rest in Peace Carly Anne.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hello Nap-time! It's me, Meagan...

These days I can't get enough sleep. I could sleep 10 straight hours (not that I ever actually get that much sleep but I am trying to make a point here), wake up, and literally need a nap just a few short hours later. Who would have thought that something the size of a turnip could take so much out of you? Adding insult to injury, I can't curb this desire with large quantities of Starbucks. I mean really, so not fair!

While most people look forward to the weekend because of all the fun they can pack into those two days, I long for the weekend because I get a nap two days in a row! Crazy right? I am young, healthy, 25 year old woman who longs for her bed come 2:00pm. It's sad. True and oh so sad (in a funny way of course).

Last week my sweet husband bought me this wonderful invention...

This is the Boppy Total Body Pillow and it is amazing! To those of you who are expectant mothers (or not, who am I to judge?!) you must consider this addition to your bedroom. It makes being told you have to sleep on your side all the time much more tolerable and this is coming from someone who prefers to sleep on her stomach. Mine was purchased at Babies 'R Us with a 20% off coupon and is worth every penny spent. Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed!

I feel the need to add a disclaimer that this may cause some jealousy and resentment on behalf of your husband. Rich pouts a bit every time I talk about how wonderful this contraption is. Furthermore, when I reach for it come bedtime his lower lip sticks out a little more.

I say enjoy it anyways! You deserve it :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Way Back When-esday- C&B Bridal Shower Edition...

Wedding season is upon us! As a matter of fact, my next two weekends consist of bridal showers. This weekend is my friend Shannon’s shower who is marrying her long time beau Jared. The following weekend is my friend Kelly’s shower. I am one of the bridesmaids in her wedding so I am actually one of the hostess’ of that shower. She is marrying her long time love Keith (better known as Frances in my household). It’s so neat to be a part of each of these weddings. Both couples have been together for years and years (literally) and are finally tying the knot! Rich and I are so happy for the both of them and are looking forward to welcoming them into the newlywed club!

All this shower talk has me reminiscing back to before Rich and I got married. For today’s edition of “Way Back When-esday,” we’re taking a look at one of my bridal showers that was hosted by my Mother-in-law Donna, Sister-in-law Ashley, Aunt Sherri, and Aunt Jan. The theme was centered around the registry we created at Crate and Barrel and let me tell you, nothing excites me quite like those black and white boxes! During the weeks leading up to the shower, every day when I arrived home, there was another delivered package on our doorstep and you guessed it, the box was black and white!

Here I am with two of the hostess’, Donna and Ashley and little baby Noah (he is now two years old! Where has the time gone?) Somehow, I didn’t get a picture with my Aunt Jan and Aunt Sherri that day. How in the world did that happen with all the cameras there? You ladies are sneaky!

There were several guests from different phases of my life but here I am with a few of them. Below are Casey, Sam, me, Kerri, Alicia, and Alisa. This takes me back to the old cheerleading days!

This is my Mom and me. I love her more than you can imagine, enough said!

And last but certainly not least, here is the adorable cake that was made to replicate one of those infamous black and white boxes! It was from Sprinkles, the world’s greatest bakery. As mentioned yesterday, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but you will never find me leaving behind a piece of cake from Sprinkles. So delish!

All in all, it was a wonderful shower hosted by spectacular women. Thank you so much for going through all the trouble for little old me! I love you ladies!

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Heaven in 14 Minutes Flat...

Anyone who knows me knows that I don't have much of a sweet tooth. I am not really into cakes and candies per-say and desserts have never really been my thing. Thanks to this little fella inside me, all that has changed. I have become infatuated with these...

They are simply delicious. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, throw these gems into the oven and in 14 minutes flat, you've got a little piece of Heaven on a plate. They aren't too sweet with just the right amount of chocolate and the oatmeal makes you feel as though you aren't being too bad. Rich thinks that's why I love them so much.

My nightly ritual now consists of three of these delicious cookies accompanied by a large (and I mean very large) glass of ice cold milk. If you haven't tried these little beauties yet, you simply must!

On another note, last night while I was enjoying my cookies I had this funny feeling in my stomach. It took me a minute to figure out that that funny feeling was actually the baby! He felt like little butterflies fluttering about. I am not going to lie, I teared up as I told Rich that I could feel him move for the first time. It was amazing. This whole pregnancy has just been amazing, with something new always just around the corner.

Of course, the feeling went away just a minute later but it really was such a cool experience. Now I can't wait for him to be big enough that Rich can also share in this experience.

I am in love <3

Monday, September 6, 2010

17 Weeks...

Yet another week has passed so we've reached the 17 week mark. No new symptoms to report. Still feeling great and chugging right along.

BabyCenter Update..
"Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — his lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and he's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. He can move his joints, and his sweat glands are starting to develop."

We had our routine monthly doctor's appointment last Thursday and everything is at it should be. Baby's heart rate was 140 beats per minute and we got to listen to it which is always so amazing. Our next appointment is September 30th and that is the major ultrasound appointment where they measure all of the parts and make sure everything is perfect. We are really looking forward to it because I absolutely love getting to see him.

Hope that you all are enjoying your Labor Day! This weekend, like all the rest flew by way too fast. But hey, we're entering a four day work week! Make it a great day!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Workin’ for the Weekend...

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t absolutely love the weekends and luckily for us, we have a three day weekend upon us! That’s right folks- it’s Labor Day Weekend! A holiday created to tip the hat to the hard working American. Most people use this weekend as the last hoorah of summer vacation. Rich and I however, have a list a mile long of things we want to accomplish around the house. This Labor Day is going to be, by definition, laborious.

Our two main focuses will be the yard and the nursery. The nursery furniture is going to be delivered next week so we are feeling the pressure to get the room to a semi-ready state. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining one bit. Our hit list includes many things that have been bugging me for quite sometime so I know that come the end of the weekend, we will feel a great sense of accomplishment.

On the other hand, we also know that all work and no play makes for a very dull person indeed. We have some fun things planed such as a “Friends” marathon tonight with his parents, the official season opener for the Gators tomorrow at noon, my Dad’s birthday dinner tomorrow night, and I'm getting together with my dear friend Randi and her precious little girl Elle on Sunday. All of which, we are so looking forward to.

We hope that you and your family have a safe and memorable Labor Day Weekend! Soak it up because we won't have another break until Columbus Day on October 11th... not that I am counting or anything!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Big Bass Daddy!

Today is my Dad’s 56th birthday so I wanted to take a moment to wish him a very special day! He truly was, and continues to be, a wonderful Dad. The kind of Dad who coached our little league teams, never missed a Friday night football game (after all, he was a part of the “Chain Gang”), and was always in the audience at all of my chorus concerts. His singing of the bass line in an old hymn or country song always puts a smile on my face.

As I have grown up our relationship has changed but all for the better. I have grown to respect all of the sacrifices that he and my Mom made in order to provide for my siblings and I. I am truly one of the luckiest girls around to have been born to such loving parents.

Below is a picture of my Dad and me on Rich and my wedding day. For our father-daughter dance we twirled to Tim McGraw’s, “My Little Girl.” I had a hard time holding it together and it certainly goes down as one of my all time favorite memories.

Happy Birthday Dad! I love you tons, more than I can put into words really.

I can’t wait to celebrate with you this Saturday night at your festive birthday dinner and trust me, if we won the lottery last night, we will so have a bass boat in tow!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Way Back When-esday- FL/TN Edition...

For those of you living under a rock, college football starts this Saturday! This means College Game Day on ESPN, football parties with pizza, wings, friends, and an endless debate as to whose team is the best. I mean really, is there much of an argument? Go Gators!

...The boys in the tunnel before running out onto the field...

For today’s addition of, “Way Back When-esday,” we’re looking back on the Florida .vs. Tennessee game during the 2007 season. If you’ve been to a game during September in “The Swamp,” you know that it is hot. Hot really is an understatement, it is miserably hot. It is sweat in every crevice imaginable hot. But in the end, there’s nothing that a little Gatorade and Tylenol on the ride home can’t fix.

...The band taking the field right before the game...

The Gators won of course which was a little tough for Rich. You see, he was originally a Vols fan. Personally, I think that he just likes singing “Rocky Top.” I simply wonder if their band knows how to play anything else- how annoying!

All in all, it was a fantastic day. Rich scored awesome seats on Stub Hub and we were sitting by Will Hill during his recruitment trip. He’s now their starting free safety which is pretty cool to look back on. Hind site, we should have asked for a picture but I didn’t want to be “those people.”

With a new quarterback taking the reigns, it’s sure to be a growing year. Who knows what this season holds in store but no matter what, it’s sure to be a good time!

...Speaking of quarterbacks- did anyone watch the Steelers/Broncos game on Sunday? I was floored by how much bigger Tebow is. Look at him here. Seriously, he must be hitting the gym hardcore...

One more time... can I get a Go Gators!!

Join Cheryl and the the rest of us looking back at: