Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving & Preparing for Christmas

Hey, good people.  I'm doing some unplanned blogging today due to my nerves and the need to do SOMETHING to take my mind off this TIED Iron Bowl game.  For those of you are aren't familiar with the Iron Bowl, it's only the biggest college football rivalry.  Alabama and Auburn play their hearts out the Saturday after Thanksgiving every year as the whole state (and I do mean, WHOLE STATE) watches. If you're from Alabama, you are either an Alabama or Auburn fan.  It's a requirement to live here. It doesn't even matter if you're a graduate of either school.

I happen to have two degrees from Auburn...BUT I roll with the Tide. It's a long story of how I met a guy (who is now my husband) who played for the Tide, was a graduate assistant coach for the Tide, and comes from a family of "Tide or Dies."  All of this was before I became a graduate student at Auburn.  

Now don't get me wrong -- I love Auburn, too.  (Yes, I do.  Auburn was good to me.)  And I actually like when Auburn does well in football.  But when they play EACH OTHER, it's no contest. It is what it is.

*Just witnessed another missed field goal. I gotta keep blogging before I develop an ulcer. I cannot deal.*

So how was everyone's Thanksgiving?  Mine was FAB! Got with my peeps for some good eating!


We ate, played games, etc. - what we always do.  Love my folks!  I didn't take my camera, unfortunately, so I didn't get any good pics. 


My mom took this one for me of M and her cousin MJ (his daddy and I are first cousins). They're the same age and are very much alike! 


Speaking of first cousins, I did manage to get a shot with these two.  These are my HILARIOUS cousins who can make me laugh like NO OTHER.  They make fun of me so badly (always have) and it is SO funny. 


Here's another shot of the fam (this time with my husband in it, though I don't think he was ready - ha!).  My kid is in the very back with my silly cousin throwing up something - haha! 

I  got out my Christmas decorations the next day.  M stayed the night with my mom to spend some time with my niece, so I was able to work uninterrupted - ha! I got the yard decorations up as well as the tree.  I waited for M to decorate the tree, though, which is what we did today:



This year she actually helped the whole time. I let her put most of the ornaments on (which makes the tree hilariously bottom-heavy).





She was proud of her work.


Here's a side-shot of the living room after I put up most of the decorations. I've accumulated stuff over the years through after-Christmas clearance sales and thrift store finds of my mom's (including yard stuff).  I'm on the hunt for a tree skirt because I STILL don't have one (if you see one for the low-low somewhere, please tell me)! 

Okay...so there are eight minutes left in this game, and Bama's up by a touchdown. Waaaaaayyyy too close for comfort, and I'm going to have to literally walk away from this TV to keep my nerves from getting the best of me. 

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Especially Bama fans! :)

Love,
G

Update: Shocked. SUPER shocked. :-( Congrats, Auburn. That was a beautiful, unforgettable win. 

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