Gator’s Season Opener


Ok.  I know it has been almost 3 weeks since college football started.  But I have a good excuse as to why I have been gone so long!

See here’s what happened…

We drove to Gainesville on Friday (almost 3 Friday’s ago now…) since some of Husband’s friends from undergrad were going to be in town and everyone wanted to hang out!  I was really excited because we were finally going to eat at Husband’s FAVORITE sushi spot!

  Let me give you a little background on this place… since the day Husband & I met, he had told me about his FAVORITE sushi at this place called Dragonfly.  Every time we would have sushi anywhere he would always compare it to Dragonfly… and with all the chances we had to eat there while going to gator games over the last five years, we never did!  So, this was finally my chance to have this amazing sushi!  And I’m happy to report it was pretty darn good.  Wouldn’t mind having the sautéed edamame every day for the rest of my life!

DSCN2929 DSCN2935

The next morning, we got up bright and early and headed out to do some tailgating where we ran into the Florida marching band drum line!


DSCN2939 DSCN2938

And then we finally made it to the game… where the Gators beat Toledo!

DSCN2945 DSCN2950

THEN:: After the game, Husband & I headed out to the beach for a couple days which was amazing,  but… as we were driving back home a few days later… I realized that I left my computer at the beach… boooooo!!  I have been so lost without it!  Thank goodness my awesome father in law grabbed it for me when he was down there this past week! Whew…

So, that’s my story… that’s why I have been M.I.A.  I’m sure you all have been VERY concerned.

On a more serious note.

Fast forward to today:  September 11, 2013.  I still remember where I was and what I was doing on that horrific day 12 years ago… isn’t it amazing how if you ask anyone where they were on that day, they will remember?  Gives me chills.  And every year I sit down and start watching the documentaries of that day and as soon as it gets to the part where they show the 2nd airplane crash into the 2nd tower… I still break down and cry.  It’s so heartbreaking.  My alma mater, Pepperdine University, has a memorial for those lost that is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful.  If you are ever in Malibu around this time of year, you must go see it.  Click here for more pictures and information.  Seriously, click on the link.  The pictures are incredible. Picture #5 is my favorite.

For those who were lost, their families, the military men & women who continue to fight for our safety and freedom- God bless you.

And God bless the United States of America.

We will never forget.


Memorial Day 2013


As I sat on the beach this afternoon with my toes in the sand, it was nice to reflect on those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, are currently serving, or who have served for this awesome country we live in.  There is so much to be grateful for when it comes to the bravery these men and women portray when fighting for our freedom, and Husband & I just want to say… thank you.

Happy Memorial Day, y’all!

I love the Fourth of July!

It’s probably my second favorite holiday behind Halloween…  I love all of the patriotic quotes that fill my newsfeed on Facebook, I love spending time with family & friends just eating, swimming, laughing, etc… it makes me smile that so many small details turn red, white, & blue for the holiday… things like cupcakes, napkins, bathing suits, dog collars… seems like anything & everything can be transformed to celebrate the U.S.A.!

Today was pretty awesome!  Husband, the dogs, & I went to my in law’s house to lounge around the pool all day… Isn’t their backyard beautiful?  My father in law grilled some burgers, mother in law made her delicious sangria & orzo salad, the dogs did some swimming… my parent’s are in town so my mom came by to joke around & laugh with :)

It was just a little (very) gloomy due to the fact that my dad has been in the hospital for the last few days.  He had a bad infection in his foot & had to have surgery, BUT the surgery went well so hopefully we will start seeing some improvement to his health.  Lots of thoughts and prayers for him!!

I hope everyone had a fun & safe holiday! :)

God bless America… land of the free and home of the brave!

Happy Birthday, America!