Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Testing 1 2 3 !

So today Forrest and I each got new phones and I am slowly learning the android software. Just wanted to test out my mobile blogger! Have a good night!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Pillows, Thai, and Girlfriends

Last week my friend Deborah was going to be in Alabama so we of course had to make plans to get together. We decided since she would be in Birmingham that Randi and I would each drive in and meet her for dinner, since we are each just an hour away. I had a dermatologist appointment that day so I was there early and had some time to kill. I did a few necessary errands and then with my left over time, decided to head into Steinmart since they were having a clearance. I usually can find some cute shoes there during the clearance sale, but this time, it was the home department that drew me to it. I had been looking for some throw pillows for the guest room for a while but just couldn't decide which direction to take the design. I had added a deep purple throw to the gold and brown bedding and really liked the way it looked, but it just wasn't tied together very well. THEN, I found these really cool elephant pics and hung them a few weeks ago.

I thought these were so funky and cute, and you know I love elephants.
Forrest is less than impressed with these guys.
It gave the room kind of an "Indian" feel especially with the jewel tone colors, but it still wasn't tied together all that well. Luckily, I found some amazing deals on throw pillows and I think now the room looks like a Moroccan oasis (or something like that). What do you think??

Aren't these so awesome??? See why I had to have time? The back brown one was the only one I had before I found the new ones.

Brownie thinks it looks great!!
ALSO, I found this little guy and I there was NO WAY I could leave him behind, so I managed to find him a home in the living room.

Deborah's birthday was in June and I hadn't seen her since then, so I had her birthday present in the car with me to take to dinner. However, I also managed to find a pillow for her that I knew she would love, and she did!!!

Snuggles on a pillow!!!
We had a great time catching up at Surin 280 with Deb, Randi, Deb's college friend Katrina, Deb's sister Carla, who was in from Dallas, and Carla's friend Elizabeth. It really means a lot to me that we are all able to make time to get together, even though we all live a few hours away from each other. Love you girlies!!!

Twenties and Tiaras

Oh boy what a weekend. I am still worn out and it is taking all of my strength to stay awake right now, but the weekend was totally worth it! You may remember that way back in November my sister was in the Alabama USA pageant (and came in 3rd Runner Up, may I remind you). Well, after the pageant, the director of the Princess America Pageants approached her about representing Alabama in his pageant in Orlando. Of course, she jumped at the opportunity, as did all of us, and this past weekend, we all went to Orlando to watch her. When I say "all" I mean my mom, Aunt Sue and cousin Sara, Aunt Fran, her son Stevie and wife Melissa, and my grandmother. Forrest wanted no part of the girly weekend (which is probably my fault for insisting on watching Toddlers and Tiaras weekly) so he had a nice relaxing weekend to himself while I was fluttering around Orlando. By "nice relaxing weekend" I mean taking a 63 mile bike ride into Georgia (omg-seriously) and studying for his boards. Clearly he and I have differing definitions of "relaxing". Anyway, back to the pageant. My mom and sister left on Monday, Stevie, Melissa, Fran, and Mimi left on Thursday, and Aunt Sue, Sara and I left on Friday. I didn't realize that Sara hadn't flown since she was 3 years old, so when we got to the airport, she was pretty nervous, as was Aunt Sue. I am no fan of flying either, but I ended up having to be the "calm" one of the group, which Forrest thought was hilarious. Anyway, we didn't realize that the flight had "open seating" which means of course that you just walk onto the plane and grab a seat. Well, unfortunately, we are assigned to group "C", meaning we were the last 3 people to board the plane. NOT COOL, especially with the freaked out flyers. The crew was very pushy and were snapping at us to "find any seat" as soon as we got on the plane. It became clear that we were not going to be able to sit together or even anywhere near each other---panic! One of the attendants found Sara a seat and then one for Aunt Sue, and I found myself as the only person standing up on the plane, with everyone staring at me and I know they were thinking---just sit DOWN already!! Well then I started to get a little nervous and was frantically trying to find any open seat. Another crew member came up to me and said "Oh, we have an exit row seat available". Now, mind you, I didn't know that this was the ONLY seat available or I would have just taken it, considering the hostility towards me that I felt building by the second. My reply was, "Oh, I can't sit there--I'm not good in emergencies". WRONG ANSWER!!!!! Apparently quippy comments are not appreciated on airplanes nor by the other passengers on this plane. I asked if there was another seat or if the exit seat was the only one, and of course it was the only one, so I told the lady I would be fine and I would just sit there. Then she snaps at me "Well, since you said you can't sit there, I can't let you sit there now!!!!" Oh-GOOD-GRIEF now everyone REALLY hates me. Another crew member tried to entice me to sit there by explaining that there was lots of extra legroom in the exit row to which I replied "I"m 5'2", I don't need leg room". Again, humor was getting me NO WHERE. By this time I am nearly crying and of course the other crew lady tells Miss Leg Room that I already said I couldn't sit there and now I"m begging her to just let me sit down, but then she humiliates me even more by announcing to the WHOLE PLANE that "Is there any one that would like to sit in the exit row?? This young lady won't do it". MORTIFICATION!!! Thankfully, a large gentleman shoots up and says that he would love sitting there, I'm sure because he wanted more leg room. Then, the evil crew lady says "Sir, there are already 2 larger men sitting there, you may be uncomfortable" and it was at that point I realized that it wasn't just about me, she was just mean!!! I thanked him profusely and quickly took my seat, which ended up being next to Sara. She and I were so relieved!!! Thankfully, the rest of the flight was drama free!!! As soon as I got off the plane I called Forrest to tell him that the crew tried to make me sit in the exit row, to which he replies, "Why not? You get way more leg room." UGH.
We were staying in the hotel that was hosting the pageant and OMG it was wonderful! There were lots of different restaurants, the rooms were super nice AND big, and it had an amazing pool with a waterfall and a slide!! The first day we settled into our room and turned right back around to go to the Orlando Premium Outlets for some quick shopping. After an unsuccessful trip, it was time to get back to the hotel to get ready for the preliminary pageant! I got ready in my mom's room so I was able to see MMM before she headed out. She looked great and felt so calm, which is more than I can say about myself!!! I enjoyed watching her primping preparations, especially when I found these on the bed:

The pageant was divided into Jr Teen, Teen, and Miss categories, and since she was Alabama Miss, she was in the last group to go. We enjoyed watching the other girls but were all so anxious for it to be her turn!!! I don't know why we were, because when she came out, she totally rocked every event! She got lots of cheers from the audience and she worked those judges too!! She competed in swim suit, casual wear, and evening gown. I tried taking pictures, but unfortunately my nerves wouldn't let me hold the camera still, so they all turned out pretty crappy. We left prelims feeling like she definitely had earned herself a spot in the Top 10, and were anxious to hear the results the next night!!

Prelim night entourage

Casual wear

Evening gown--clearly she is moving in this pic or else it is just my wiggling hands!

Sara and I with MMM after prelims
On Saturday Aunt Sue, Sara, and I shopped til we dropped at the Premium Outlets on Vineland. I got 2 pairs of cute shoes and a couple of tops for a great price but nothing too spectacular. After a amazing lunch of TCBY and cookie cake, we went back to the hotel and hung around in the pool all afternoon. Nothing is more refreshing than a cool pool on a HOT summer day and on Saturday there was no exception! We rode the slide and swam under the water fall and all in all had a terrific afternoon.
That night, we were so anxious for the pageant, but finally the time came. After the opening number they announced the top 10 in each division. She got it! Oh, the screams!!! Our group was so loud in supporting our girl!!! The top 10 got to do each event again and she did a great job. Before we knew it, it was top 5 time. Well lo and behold she made that too!!!! AHHHHH! We were all going crazy!!! She also won Miss Photogenic and the Runway Style Award, which means she was the best dressed in the pageant (I think). Then they announced the winners and she was 2nd Runner Up!!!! Hooray!!! What an awesome job!!! Not only was this only her 2nd pageant, but it was a national level pageant too!!! We were all so proud of her. Again, my hands were shaking so badly that my pics are terrible. I'll just show you some after shots instead.

The Top 5 winners!
KY (4th), TX (1st), OK (Winner!) AL (2nd), UT (3rd)

After the whole shabang

Mom, me, and our beauty queen!!!
After such a busy and nerve wracking weekend, it was great to get home to my hubby and my sweet fury babies. We are staying local for the next few weeks so hopefully I can get some rest! I do want to give a shout out to all of you that were rooting for MMM. We appreciate all of your encouragement and support! Also, sorry if the texts I sent you during the pageant were incoherent. It was all I could do to type out the good news!!!! She'll will be competing in Miss Alabama USA this fall, so please continue to support her!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cranberry Gorgonzola Stuffed Chicken

I found this recipe in a cookbook ages ago and yesterday I finally got around to checking it out. The wait was worth it, as this was TO DIE FOR!!!!! I think it came out of a Southern Living Taste of Home 2010 cookbook, but I know it was submitted to whatever book it was by Kara Firstenberger, who I would now like to meet and hug for sending in this amazing recipe!! Hope you like it as much as we did! (Forrest ate 2!!)

6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 oz each)
1 cup (4 oz) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (my container was 5 oz and of course I used it all--why not?)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup packed fresh parsley sprigs (I cheated here and just poured in some parsley from a jar. Again, why not?)
2/3 cup dry bread crumbs (I used Italian seasoned)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup all purpose flour

Flatten chicken to 1/2 in thickness. In a small bowl, combine cheese and cranberries. Spoon 1/4 cup cheese mixture down the center of each chicken breast.  Roll up and secure with toothpicks.
Place walnuts and parsley in a food processor, cover and process until ground. Transfer to a shallow bowl; stir in the bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. In another shallow bowl, combine eggs and mustard. Place flour in 3rd shallow bowl. Coat chicken with flour, then dip in egg mixture and coat with walnut mixture..
Place seam side down in a greased 15x10x1 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170. Discard toothpicks.
To make ahead, make roll ups and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Clearly these are all "after" pictures. Two things I am most afraid of in the world include raw chicken and raw eggs, and this recipe requires me to handle BOTH. Therefore I was too worried about contaminating my camera, kitchen, and loved ones to stop to take pics. Plus, once you start the assembly line to prepare the roll ups, it gets pretty messy!!! I probably 409'd the counter 10 times before I was satisfied that no salmonella was lurking. Also, a word on flattening the chicken. I had never done this before and was concerned that I wouldn't do that great of a job since I didn't have an actual meat hammer or whatever it is called (IKEA run is a MUST, and SOON), but I found that 2 sheets of parchment paper and a jar of canned green beans works GREAT!!!! 
This honestly didn't take that long to throw together (maybe 30 min prep) AND as a bonus you get to take out some stress while flattening the chicken AND you get to chop stuff with your food processor!!! Fun for all!!!
I am definitely going to try this again and I may make a modification next time, just for fun. What would you think about trying it with Feta cheese and kalamata olives?? I think it would be DELICIOUS!! If you try this, either way, let me know what you think!!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Justin and Farrah's Wedding

WOW we have been waiting for this weekend for a LONG time! It doesn't really seem like it was that that long ago that I was giving Justin ring tips and waiting by the phone anxiously awaiting a call from Farrah' saying that he'd proposed!!! The fun began on Friday afternoon at Gina Coggin's home for the bridesmaids luncheon. I was not a bridesmaid in the wedding, but I was Farrah's "logistical engineer", meaning that I was in charge of all of her "stuff" on the day and most importantly I was in charge of her car and getting her presents to her house. Gina hosted a LOVELY party all by herself and it was the perfect way to have a little girl time before the big day!

The lovely place settings! In the boxes were chocolate covered nuts and candies. However, I didn't realize that there were chocolate covered cocoa beans and ended up eating tons of them, and was NOT able to sleep at all Friday night!

Lovely invitation

Me and the bride!
My brother was coming in from ATL for the wedding so we went out to dinner with him and my parents on Friday night. He and Forrest made fun of my newly "shellacked" nails that I had done earlier that day, but other than that we had a lovely evening! On Saturday we got to laze around until it was time to get ready for the wedding. While I was putting on make up I noticed some red lights out of the window. When I looked out there was a car picking up Justin from his house! I ran to Forrest screaming "I see the GROOM" and he was like, "uh, you mean our friend Justin??" Clearly I was very excited for them! We went to Mass before heading to First United Methodist Church of Gadsden for the wedding. Since I was picking up the bride's stuff I got to have a sneak peek before the ceremony. I literally SCREAMED when I saw Farrah! She looked so lovely and happy!! The ceremony was so sweet and before you knew it, they were married! Hooray! Then we dashed to the reception for some yummy reception food, cake, and dancing!!! We had a great night and couldn't be happier for our sweet friends and neighbors!!! We love yall!!

Pre-aisle picture

The beautiful cake!! It was DELICIOUS!!!

Cutting the grooms cake

Massively beautiful arrangement

Me, Laura and Kelly. I think this is such an adorable picture of us!

It's hard to believe that had our wedding reception here over 2 years ago!

I LOVE this pic of us!! You will probably find it framed in my house soon!!!
Jonathan, Denise, Farrah, Justin, Me, Forrest

Dancing the night away to 2nd Coming Band, who also played at our big day!

We love yall! Can't wait to be actual neighbors!!

Sweet Sweet Sweet

We can't wait to be a part of Jay and Claire's big day next year!!!!
On Sunday, Forrest had tons of work to do in order to get ready to start back to school today. It is his LAST first day---how exciting!!! While he stayed busy I went to see Harry Potter with my mom, sister, Matt, Matt's mom, and Davis. Then I stocked up on some goodies at the Belk Registry Completion Sale (I got a Shark steam mop for a ridiculously low price--I am clearly all about cleaning right now) and made my grocery run before going to dinner at Mom and Dad's. Cornish hens=awesomeness!!!
I hope everyone's weekend was fabulous too!!!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Reviewmba of our new Roomba

I honestly do not know how I have made it through 27 years of my life without this magnificent piece of machinery!! I am pretty sure that it has and will impact my life in the same way that my other favorite household gadgets have; namely my DVR and my delayed start washing machine. REVOLUTIONIZED is probably the better word to use here. Forrest and I have been "in the market" for a Roomba for like, ever, but they were always out of our price range and I just wasn't sure that it would be worth all the money (I mean, after doing the math I could have just paid my housekeeper to come every week instead of every other week for a year and I would still have money left over--I think.) Anyway, the other night Forrest saw that the daily deal on woot.com was in fact an iRobot Roomba 440 for like 1/3 of the cost!!!! With no hesitation we ordered it an it arrived yesterday!!! However, so did my sweet housekeeper (maybe I should add her to the list of things that have revolutionized my life too) so my floors were dust and dirt free, so I decided to try it out in the basement--dun dun duuuuuuuuunnnnnnnn!!! (Insert scary movie type scream here). Our basement is unfinished but is honestly one of the best features of our house. We can put SO much down there! It has a concrete floor and the heating and cooling runs down there as well for optimum storage climate. We store just about everything down there from Forrest's outside yard stuff to ski clothes to our exercise equipment. However, I also do my laundry down there and the cats have their stuff down there so there is a fair amount of fur and lint and then of course dirt from the outside. We never bring people down there and because of that it gets cleaned the least often (I mean, why would you, right???). Needless to say, it was a big job and I figured I might as well figuratively throw Roomba (I refer to him by his proper name, just like I do kindle) into the deep end and see what he could do. He totally passed the test! He cleaned until his little battery died and that was like 2 hours and I didn't even charge him all the way (I was much to excited to wait on something like that).  I think I am going to start setting him each day before I go to work and let him clean while we are gone. How nice will that be!!!
Now for some bulleted review notes:
1. Roomba is SUPER easy to put together. I did it all by myself before Forrest got home and really all that needed to be done was to snap in the batter and plug him in! I also cleaned him out mid-basement cleaning and that part was easy too! I took out the filter, lint tray (which is pretty big and held a LOT) and the brushes and they just snapped right back into place. This is a HUGE plus! He also comes with a cleaning brush that is plastic but works like a charm. These Roomba people have thought of everything!!
2. Design: it looks pretty sharp if you ask me, but I take off a tenth of a point for the fact that while it is charging the big light on it is orange, making it orange and blue and of course that color combination is unacceptable in our house. It does turn green when it is fully charges so hopefully I can ignore the offensive orange every now and then. Otherwise, it looks super cool and space-age-y if you ask me.
3. Function: holy crap this thing can clean. Forrest even mentioned that it looks eager to clean! Haha. It goes under tables, sofas, beds, everything and it refuses to get stuck!  I know there are end tables that I have never vacuumed under because a regular vacuum won't fit and moving the bed and the sofa is pretty impossible for me on my own, so already Roomba is doing way more than I ever could/would. If it finds itself in a jam, it just rotates around and goes the other way!! Now, I doubt it will go under my kitchen chairs, but if I move them out it should get all around the legs of the kitchen table. I would much rather move chairs than vacuum any day! ALSO it has this little side sweeping brush that cleans corners and under cabinets and down baseboard to ensure that no dirt is missed! Hurrah!!
4. Durability: I watched it bump into everything in the basement from a kayak to the washing machine to an open bag of dog food and there isn't a scratch on it. It even sucked up a curtain cord and I just knew it was ruined but it shut itself off and I unraveled the cord and it was back on the job! Obviously, we are going to have to pick up anything that it shouldn't suck up and Roomba-proof any cords or wires but that is pretty easy.
5. Biggest fear: One of Forrest's friends put on his facebook one day that his dog had an accident and the Roomba "found it" and smeared it all throughout the house. Now, my animals are not known for accidents of this nature but oh the horrors if something like this was to happen!! Surely I can do a quick accident check before I start it and things should be fine.
6. Coolest feature: the virtual walls! I actually haven't used them yet but I will when I use it upstairs. These allow you to confine Roomba to a smaller area so he cleans better. It says it can do 2 full rooms on 1 charge, but of course it just bounces to where ever it feels like going so it is better to confine it to get maximum cleaning results.
7. Neat side effect: the cats are enthralled by it!!! Sonny did lick it but found it less than appealing but Brownie and Stella couldn't take their eyes off of it! I am pretty sure that Forrest secretly would like for them to be able to ride on it but I doubt that is going to happen.
I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone, especially anyone who has pets and little time to vacuum every day! Anyone out there thinking that they might get one too???
Three of the adorable reasons I need Roomba!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Yes, you did in fact read that title correctly! Tiramisu CUPCAKES!!!! Tiramisu is one of my all time favorite desserts, like, I will order it every time it is on a menu, no matter what else is on it type favorites. Luckily, I have a husband who shares this sentiment with me so we are able to share desserts without fighting over what to order (now fighting over who gets the best bite, now that is a different story). Anyway, on Friday, Jennifer surprised me with this book as a hostess gift.

Many emotions entered my mind, including:
1. YUMMMMMM! I love cupcakes!! Plus, this is by the DreamCakes lady and her stuff is awesome!
2. This book is adorable---it will look great stacked on top of the other cookbooks in the kitchen and you will be able to see all of the cute colors when you enter the kitchen door. DESIGN PLUS!!!
3. Hmmmm, these cupcakes are very detailed, and I have no cake decorating skills, as evidenced by Sonny's birthday cake (see that monstrosity here).
4. Boo, I guess I will just look at the pretty pictures.

Well, on Tuesday I brought the book to work so I could look through the pictures and I got obsessed. The stream of consciousness of my obsession went something like this:
1. Love this book. Too cute. I really think books are great gifts and I need to remember this when I am freaking out at Christmas.
2. Wow--the How-To section is very informative. I could totally do this.
3. I am LOVING the list of things I need to buy to be a successful cupcake maker. IKEA run is a MUST. Is there a weekend when we can get to ATL soon???
4. SHUT UP they are actually giving away their wedding cake recipe??? OMG I must try this one. It won't look the same, but it will taste the same and that is all that counts, right?
7. I am going to become the BEST cupcake maker ever and I am going to be that girl who bakes cupcakes for every occasion and sends them to friends as presents for every occasion and for no occasion at all! Must order adorable cupcake wrappers. (30 minute search for these ensues)
8. HOLD THE PHONE-Tiramisu cupcakes?????? This is like my bi-fecta (if that is a word). I MUST MAKE THESE TODAY!!!

Ok, so on to the baking!!! Forrest helped me make these and I'm so glad that he did because there are 3 different recipes you have to make before putting it all together and I imagine that would have taken a lot longer alone.
Tiramisu Cupcakes:
1 butter cake recipe
1 tiramisu filling recipe
1 cream cheese frosting recipe
unsweetened cocoa

Butter cake ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs (for some reason I threw in a 3rd without thinking about it, but it turned out fine)
1 1/2 cups all purpose soft wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Paper baking cups
cooking spray

1 Preheat oven to 350.
2. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at  low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
4. Place paper baking cups in 2 12 cup muffin pans and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling 2/3 full.
5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to racks and cook completely. (Makes 24 cupcakes)
MY NOTES: Ok so I followed the recipe exactly minus the addition of an extra egg. I didn't have enough batter to fill each cup 1/2 way full and I think it only made 20. Not a problem, just letting you know in case yours turn out the same way!
I think the cake is actually supposed to come out of the top a bit, but they were still good.
After cupcakes are full, cut tops of cakes using a serrated knife. Spread about 1 tbsp tiramisu filling on bottom part of each cupcake; replace tops.

Tiramisu Filling:
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 tbsp coffee liquor or 1 tbsp. coffee extract (I used Kahlua, as recommended)
1/8 tsp. salt
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring until well blended. Store any remaining filling in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes 2 cups.

Next, Frost each cupcake with cream cheese frosting and dust with cocoa powder (I used hot chocolate mix).

Cream cheese frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
2 16oz packages powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy
Gradually add powdered sugar and salt, beating at low speed until blended. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until cream. Makes about 5 cups.  (We had WAY too much, but what is wrong with extra frosting???)
Don't they look good? Well, they are!!! We even loaded some up and took them down to the Hayes's for their seal of approval. I hope you enjoy as much as we did!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011


This was another party weekend for the Bailey's! On Friday night I went to Birmingham to help host a Fiesta Couple's Shower for my friend Jennifer. Jennifer was one of my best friends in law school and was a bridesmaid in my wedding and I am so excited to be one in hers! 2 of the other bridesmaids and one of her fiance's family friends and I got together to throw the shower. By "got together" I mean we planned the entire thing over email and it was really easy and a good experience! By the time I arrived at the party site everything had just about been set up. Leslie was so sweet to host the party at her house and she and her mother went all out to make it look fiesta appropriate! My contribution was several dozen cookies, made by my lovely assistant Rachel, for the occasion. Aren't they adorable?? She can do any shape and color and even different flavors, so if you are interested in having some made, contact me and I will put you in touch with the master!

Lime Cookies!!!! SO cute!

Margarita cookies with sugar rim. Precious!
Some other party pics:

My favorite part of any shower-----PRESENTS!!!!

It was a great night of Mexican food (from Salsaritas), Sangria (see below---and may I just say, FABULOUS), and sweet friends!!

drink station

Ooo la la sangria!

Hostesses Jenny, Leslie, and I with the blushing bride

Law school girlfriends
On Saturday I was exhausted--I felt like a truck had run over me or something. Nope, not too many glasses of Sangria, just too many late nights! I had gotten home after 11pm twice and at 10 one night during the week so needless to say, I was wiped out! Luckily, we had nothing to do on Saturday morning, so we lazed around, watched too many episodes of House Hunters International Tour de France (which got me obsessed with going back to France AND a new blog--http://www.designmom.com/), and ate frozen pizza til our hearts content. Which brings me to another exciting occurrence: Forrest fixed my oven! Yes, like, for real fixed it! On Memorial Day (yes, we were oven-less for over a month) there was a power surge that fried our outdoor light bulbs and blew out the computer on our digital oven. Far be it for us to rush into anything, so we first tried to make a claim to Alabama Power (note: they do not pay you back when an animal chews threw the power line, which apparently happened in this case), then we got an estimate to fix it (over 300---ick) and then we tried to find one just like it (alas, no stainless with black handles was less than 1200, or at least, not one I liked). We decided that fixing it would be the best best so I put in our order to the repairman. Well, 1 week later when I called to check on the part, it turned out that it hadn't been ordered and I got really upset and finally acquiesced to Forrest's desire to fix it himself. He ordered the new computer, we got it 2 days later, he put it in and voila!!! A working oven for less than 1/3 of the cost we were quoted!! Hooray! Thank goodness my husband is such a Mr. Fix It!
Anyway, I digress. After a long day of relaxing we headed to church and then to Gabrella Manor for Allison and Strud's wedding.  I had never been there and it was such a lovely venue! The wedding ceremony was performed by Earle, one of the leaders on the CMMA mission trip that I went on with the Dental School last year. Actually, that is where I really got to know Strud and Allison too! We had a great time celebrating their day with several of our dental school friends, that I rarely get to see, since they are all an hour away. Congrats Strud and Allison!!!

What better party favors at a dental school wedding than toothbrushes????

You know I have to take pics of the cakes!

We love you Strud and Allison!
On Sunday, I was PUMPED because we were going to lunch at the Bailey's (home grown veggies, yes please!) and then to Uncle Mike and Aunt Debbie's to swim with the pups. Well, the weather had different plans and decided to rain out my perfect poolside afternoon!! BOOOOOOO! Instead, I got to grocery shop and lay on the couch pouting while watching movies all afternoon (ok, I will accept this as a viable trade option next time) before dinner at Mom and Dad's.

This week is Forrest's last week of summer before he starts school next Monday. I think I am dreading it more than he is!  I have just gotten so used to him NOT being busy with school that I don't want to give him back!! Oh well, just 1 more year!!
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