Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving Recap (a little late)

Soooo I kept putting off recapping Thanksgiving weekend because I had all these pictures I wanted to include once I found my camera but it is still MIA and I'm starting to lose hope.  My mom found the case in the trunk of my dad's car but there was no camera.  I remember it dying while we were tailgating before the Carolina game and I'm sooo hoping I didn't lay it down for it to end up in the parking lot lost forever.  Sigh.

The weekend was very eventful, starting with a double Thanksgiving.  Dan's parents went to Philadelphia so he joined us for the whole day and now officially admits he can't hang with the Anthony family.  We do lunch with my dad's family and dinner with my mom's family (both about 20 people), with just a couple of hours to recover in between.  During that break we took Lucy for a walk and to play with our neighbors chocolate lab puppy, so she was super worn out as well.  Something new to us this year is that I didn't spend the night of or the night before with my parents, but instead just went for the day.  It felt super weird and adult like to leave after the festivities were over and head back to our house.  I giggled on the way back saying "I can't believe my parents let me leave after dinner to go spend the night with a boy".

Friday night we headed back to actually spend the night in Wilson and decorate my parent's ginourmous (12 feet!!) tree.  I soooo wish I had my camera to post a picture, it's pretty impressive.  We always bake cookies and decorate but this year it turned into baking cookies and putting lights on because that wore everyone out and by then it was 10:30 and time to watch some Carolina basketball.  (On a side note yes, they lost to UNLV but I'd like to remind you of the year they lost to Santa Clara and went on to win the National Championship...just saying.)  

Saturday we of course went to the Carolina-Dook game- it's a can't miss every year and again Carolina came out with the win and kept the victory bell.  State also had an amazing comeback that day so it was a great day for football!  After the game Dan and I booked it back to Greenville to try to make it to my cousin's engagement party and got there just as it was wrapping up.  It was at The Murphy Center at ECU overlooking the football field and they even put a picture of them up on the big screen!  Luckily they were still up for hanging out after the party so a big group of us headed to Winslow's to celebrate some more.  It was great to spend some time with them since they live far away and we got to meet his fiance's family also.  The wedding is in January and I have no doubt it will be a blast!  I do have one picture from the night that was on my phone and I have to say I think it sums up the night perfectly!

Sunday was spent laying on the couch nursing a sore throat and recovering from an extreme lack of sleep! Whenever I go a few days without getting enough sleep I get a sore throat- it's crazy and super predictable.  Since I don't have any sick days currently I knew I needed to lay super low on Sunday to recover so I could face the work week, so I ended up having to miss a baby shower for my cousin's wife.    So, I was sad about that, but the baby is due in January and I can't wait to find out if it's a boy or girl!

Everyone pray my camera turns up somewhere!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Engagement Party

This past weekend some of my parents friends threw an engagement party for us in Wilson.  It was a night of awesome food, a fantastic piano player (who apparently used to write my aunt love notes?), perfect weather and tons of our family and friends together celebrating.  The party was held at one of the couple's house that is beautiful and the weather was just warm enough for people to disperse some outside.  They even had coozies with our names and wedding date and "living long love, buying on time" written on them in our colors.  Dan and I had so much fun seeing everyone together and introducing people we know from different places.  I was so busy talking to everyone I didn't get hardly any pictures but here are a few!

Martha, Sally, Mr. & Mrs. Willis

La familia

My mom with some of the hosts





Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rocking Around



Last week Pippa, Christopher and I went to see the Rockettes at DPAC and it. was. awesome.  We were definitely geeking out the entire show and acting like uber dorks really sophisticated theatre goers the whole night, and we also were definitely not the only ones.  The whole audience was so into it, and when Christopher and I got drinks during intermission we even saw a brother and sister trying to recreate one of the numbers over in the corner-adorable.  The following conversation may or may not have taken place during one of the numbers...

Me:  It's a camel!
Christopher: No...
Me: Christopher that's a camel.
Christopher:  It's the LED screen...we just see them on the LED screen.
Me:  That's a freaking camel! ... There's ANOTHER ONE!!
Elizabeth: Guys...that camel's getting kind of fiesty.  I don't think he likes the attention...and he's definitely real.

Usually I'm super strict about not starting any Christmas festivities before Thanksgiving is over but we had to make an exception and afterwards couldn't resist listening to the CD we bought and flipping through the program, still talking about what our favorite parts were.  Ever since then I've been trying to resist the Christmas spirit hitting early but maaayyy have already watched Christmas Vacation, Four Christmases and baked Tollhouse cookies from scratch.  Twice.  For shame.

Monday, November 14, 2011

What I learned this weekend...

Ear infections are no fun.  Especially when paired with strep throat.  Double fail.
Z packs are awesome.

and...

My pets secretly love it when I'm sick.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hips Don't Lie

I'd thought I'd start off the week real ambitious style and do my regular 30 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes on the bike..... but then add another 10 minutes on the bike while I waited for a class to start and try the class out.  It was called Body Flow and described as a yoga, pilates, thai chi mix.  I thought "this'll be nice, I'll get some good stretching in after working out and end on a relaxing note."  fail  Much harder than I expected.  Don't be fooled-you will be hurting the next day and the one after that.  My hips have been major bothering me since...I guess that's an area that doesn't typically get much of a workout??  But hey, no pain no gain.  It was actually a pretty cool class once you got past the candles, oils and discussion of how emotions are let out so don't be surprised if you cry (???) vibe in the room.  Can I just ask, who cries tears of joy during a workout?  I guess I'll go back next week....

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Engagement Pictures

Yesterday Dan and I finally got to do our engagement pictures after having to reschedule when I got sick last month.  They were so fun!  I was really nervous beforehand but it wasn't awkward at all.  I'm loooving our photographer, she's really fun and laid back and like Dan said "she makes you feel like you're doing good".  We went to high school together and I'd seen a lot of her pictures on facebook so before we even really started looking for a photographer I was pretty sure who I wanted it to be.  Once we started asking around the unanimous response was for Ginny there was no question.

We are notorious for bad pictures so I was so excited to see the sneak peek she posted last night and how great they are!  I was so impressed with Dan, he really rocked these pictures and we had a lot of fun.  I had the giggles the whole time and kept falling over and he was just super calm and acted like a natural.  I may or may not have literally jumped out of bed like a kid on Christmas morning for my computer when I heard both of our phones going off like crazy when the sneak peek pictures were tagged on facebook around midnight last night...


I can't wait to see the rest of them!  It was so exciting to be doing something fun and wedding related together and it made everything seem so much more real.  All of the planning is one thing, but I mean be honest, who hadn't been doing some of that planning in their head beforehand?  This was actually something we were doing as bride and groom and that's just a whole different ball game.  


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