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It’s been quite a while, and you’ve missed out on a lot of fun things we’ve done this year.  Here’s a brief recap!

We began the New Year celebrating with the Aguilars in Park City, Utah on the annual Aguilar/Eudsen ski trip!  Due to the not-so-great ski conditions at Park City the first two days, we ventured to Alta for some nice fluffy snow!  No snowboarders are allowed at Alta, so this put Michael on skis for the first time in 12 years!  He picked it back up quickly and we had a blast for the next few days! 

Michael learning to ski...again!

Shortly after getting back to real life after our extra long vacation, Stephanie came to visit in New Orleans!  This was a great mid-week treat for me, as I headed down to NOLA as soon as I could after work on Thursday and rescued Steph from her “stroke” conference!  It was great to hang out with Steph and all her doctor friends for the night, and it was my first experience down on Frenchman Street in New Orleans.  This is the less touristy (but still very cool) area of the French Quarter where all the bars have live jazz music every night.  So much fun!  Sadly, I don’t have any pictures from the night!  Stephanie’s visit also means that all 3 of my college roommates have been to visit us in Louisiana since we moved just over 2 years ago.  I think this means that I have the best roommates everrrr.  Come on boys…where are you?!? 

In late February this year, we got a chance to celebrate Mardi Gras big time!  The South Carolina frisbee crew rolled into town (all 17 of them!) for the annual tournament and Mardi Gras celebrations.  We spent most of the weekend hot-tubbing, parading, collecting beads, Bourbon Street-ing and eating good food.  Due to the weather, not much time was spent playing frisbee, which left so much time for partying!

All 19 of us packed into the hot tub

Southdowns Parade Friday night in Baton Rouge

Following this awesome weekend, Michael enjoyed Spring Break Pt. 1 (yes, that’s right…he gets 2!)  And the very next weekend, we traveled our separate ways.  Michael took his ultimate boys and coached them to a B-bracket championship at Deep Freeze Youth Ultimate Tournament in Chattanooga, TN, while I flew to NC with Tyler to surprise the family and join them on the annual Williamson ski trip!  One of the best parts of the trip for me:  Kirby’s face as Tyler and I walked into Wendy’s to surprise them after flying into Charlotte.  Her face was priceless, and I wish we had been able to capture the moment on camera. 

The crew getting ready for day 1 of skiing!

Sisters on top...ready for the black diamond!

my favorite picture of the weekend…goofy faces!

The first weekend in March, Tyler, Carissa and I ran the Rock ‘N Roll Mardi Gras Half Marathon in New Orleans.  This was Tyler’s first half marathon and number 2 for Carissa and me.  Michael came to support us for the weekend, and we had a blast…even during the race!  On Friday night, we went to the Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum concert, and we spent Saturday touring around the city and checking out the National WWII Museum (so cool and recommended for anyone visiting New Orleans!).  Sunday was the big day and we all did great!  Tyler finished in 1:36, Carissa finished in 1:55, and I finished in 1:52!  Carissa and I were excited to crush our previous times, and Tyler was excited to just dominate in general.  Thanks for Michael for coming out to support us!

So happy to be done!

And that leads me to where I am now…working nights for turnaround for two weeks! Michael has been busy with end of the quarter grades and being super-husband, and I’ve just been here…working…all. the. time.  But, trying to keep a positive attitude…only 3 or 4 more nights!!!  🙂

 

Whew…so much going on.  Hey, who knows…maybe we’ll settle down one day and have a nice quiet weekend…

 

But, probably not.

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Working for the Weekend

Ya know that feeling that always hits you on Sunday evening after a great weekend – one you have been looking forward to and counting down to for several weeks?  Well, it hit me kinda early this Sunday.  It is actually coming from the end of a couple weeks of awesome.  It all started Labor Day weekend.  I got to spend a weekend in Charleston, SC with some of the most awesome girls I know, celebrating Silvia’s bachelorette weekend.  We had an awesome time…soaking up the sun all day on Folly Beach…

…desserts and coffee at Kaminsky’s – YUM…drinking good wine and eating delicious food at High Cotton (finally – SC shrimp and grits for me!)…drinks on the rooftop bar overlooking the beautiful city…and dancing the night away.

So, not only was that an awesome long weekend…but it led to an extra short work week.  It’s so nice to have Monday off work, and it’s even nicer to have Monday off work and to know that your family is coming to visit on Thursday night.  It basically cuts your short work week down from 4 days to about 2…maybe 2 1/2 if you’re lucky.  All you get is Tuesday and Wednesday.  On Thursday you’re too excited thinking about your visitors and texting non-stop to see where they are on the road trip to think about work.  And Friday is obviously shot because now all you can think about is getting home, where the rest of your family is hanging out WITHOUT you.

So, Michael and I finally made it through work on Friday and then had an awesome weekend with Mom, Dad, Tyler, Tanner, and Kirby.  We hung out by the pool all afternoon, took em out to a nice casual Baton Rouge restaurant for dinner, played some board games, went out for a nice 4 mile run around the LSU lakes on Saturday morning, and then it was time to prepare for the game!  Mom and I spent several hours preparing a delicious spread of food for the afternoon USC-UGA game.

After an exciting (and happy-ending) football game, we just got some time to chill around the house.  And now they’re all gone…except Tyler…who we’re stuck with for a while.  They got up bright and early to get started on the drive, and after we gave hugs and sent them on their way, we climbed back in bed.  This is how it felt when we woke up for the second time…as described by Tyler…

…except for without all the mean family and all the excitement at the end.  Basically just that our family had disappeared.

Well, I could be sad and just think about everything I was looking forward to that has come and gone, OR I could think about all the awesome and exciting things we have to look forward to now.  So, here goes…a quick rundown of our upcoming weekends…

Sept. 16-18:

A muddy 3 mile trail run race for Kendall and Ultimate Frisbee Sectionals for Michael in Tupelo, MS.

Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Michael’s birthday weekend!  Nothing planned yet, but it will obviously be a great time!

Oct. 7-9

Kendall’s 1/2 Marathon (ahhh…not quite ready!) and Michael’s Ultimate Frisbee Regionals in Little Rock, AR.

Oct. 14-16

Road trip to Starkville, MS to see the Gamecocks play!  We’ll be meeting up with Karli and her crew and maybe Gopal!  Woohoo!

Oct. 21-23

Silvia and John’s get MARRIED in Columbia!  We are so excited about getting to celebrate with them and being back in Columbia with all our best college friends!  It’s going to be epic!  (Check out the website linked above and MAKE SURE you sign the guest book…it’s very very important and will make John and Silvia very happy).

Looks like a pretty good line up.  I guess the end of a good weekend is not so sad after all.

Game Day Food

Yup, its definitely here.  Fall.  That means cooler weather (what? 54 degrees in BR tonight???), a new wardrobe…jeans and sweatshirts finally! and FOOTBALL.  And besides football just being awesome, you’ve also got tailgating and awesome game day food. One of the things I miss most about living near family is watching Carolina games at home.  The best part of this is obviously the game, but in a very close second is the game day food planned out and prepared by my mom.  She has an awesome selection of game day food recipes, and she really goes all out with them.  There is always a spread appearing to be enough for 20+ people for just the 8 of us.  I have really missed this tradition since living here in Louisiana and mom often texts me pictures of the food, which makes me miss it even more.  Well, this weekend, she’s bringing her game day food expertise to Louisiana, and Michael and I could not be more excited.  Most of the family will be coming to move Tyler down for the weekend, and so we’ll all be together to watch the USC-UGA game on Saturday.  Michael and I have already been dreaming and drooling over the food we’ll have on Saturday.

So what are some of our game day favorites?  Here’s a couple must-have usuals along with some new recipes I am thinking about trying out this weekend…YUM!

Boiled Peanuts: Mom’s weekly tradition in the fall.  On any Saturday in the fall, you can walk in the Williamson house and are guaranteed to walk out smelling like boiled peanuts.  You can also almost always find mom bragging about it on Facebook on Saturdays.

The must-have game day snack

Chicken strips/nuggets:  This weekend it will be either Chick-Fil-A or Canes (Louisiana’s pride and joy: a Zaxby’s knock-off).  At home, I’d be hoping for Wife Saver…so good!

Chick-Fil-A nuggets...always a favorite

Mozzarella Sticks: Michael and I have been wanting to try out a new recipe for homemade mozzarella sticks with our mini fryer!  This mozzarella ball version looks pretty yummy!

yummy!

 

Deviled Eggs: So good!  And fun to make!  Also, Michael just finished explaining to me the wonderful health benefits of eating eggs every day…so perfect!

Beautiful deviled eggs

Pizza Dip: A crowd favorite at the Williamson’s.  This ooey-gooey mixture of cream cheese, pizza sauce, pepperoni, and melted mozzarella is perfect to snack on during the game.

Paula Deen’s Fried Pickles: Wow, just found this recipe.  One of my most favorite fried foods!

Delicious!

Veggie Tray: Ok, maybe we’ll be healthy and have a few green items on the plate.

Our greens for the day

Buffalo Chicken Dip: Thanks for Andy Mac for this recipe!  Karli passed it along to us, and it is oh-so-good.  Pretty simple…cream cheese topped with a shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, and ranch mixture with melted cheddar cheese on top.  Yum.

Peach Crumb Bars: This one’s for papa.  Dad’s a big fan of fruit desserts and I’m really looking forward to trying this one out on him.

Dessert!

Alright gang…what do you think?  Looks like a perfectly balanced, delicious game day meal to me.

Please get here Saturday.

Banana Bread

Bananas and I have kind of a love-hate relationship.  Most of the time, I love to eat bananas.  But, what frustrates me about bananas is that I haven’t figured out how to buy enough for Michael and I to eat without them going bad and without me going to the grocery store every other day.  Needless to say, Michael and I end up throwing out a lot of bananas that look like this…

Since the day Michael and I started dating, I was told that we could not get married until I proved my ability to make his mom’s banana bread.  Well, the wedding came and went before I ever even attempted the recipe.  But last week, I finally got tired of throwing out bananas and got Mama A to send over the recipe.  And here was the result…

…and I don’t think Michael could have been happier.  The bread was gone within 2 days, so for today’s batch, I had saved up a few more bananas.

YUM!  NO more wasted bananas in this house!!!  🙂

TYLER IS MOVING TO BATON ROUGE!

Congrats to my little bro, who got the job with Marathon!  Proud of you and excited to have you down here soon!

Tanner is Officially a Gamecock!

My youngest brother Tanner finally can call himself a true Gamecock.  He moved into his freshman dorm, Bates House, last weekend and started classes on Thursday.  It’s been great hearing about his college adventures so far…sure brings Michael and I back to the good ole days of freshman year in Maxcy.

Painting Lessons

A group of girls and I all bought Groupons to a painting class here in Baton Rouge and recently tested out our artistic abilities.

Proud girls with our finished products!

And the final product on the wall in the living room!

First day pics!

Michael started school last week and we never shared the necessary “first day pic”, so here ya go.

Such a handsome young English teacher!

Tonight was one of the most stressful nights I’ve had in a while.  As many of you know, Michael starts his first day of work tomorrow.  A great surprise we got earlier this week was that Tyler landed an interview with Marathon (in the SAME department as me!).  His interview is also tomorrow.  So, he got into town on Friday and the three of us have been having a great time, as Michael and I were trying very hard to sell Tyler on Louisiana livin’ (sorry Mom, I know you probably don’t want to send another one down here).  Tyler got in late Friday night, so we slept in on Saturday, made a huge breakfast and then hung out around the pool most of the day.  We took Tyler to the most “Baton Rouge-y” restaurant we could think of and ordered him blackened alligator.  On Sunday, we drove him all around Baton Rouge showing him our lives down here…church, the high school were Michael student taught, LSU’s campus, and Michael’s new school.  Tyler and I went on a run around the beautiful LSU lakes and then I made them a nice homemade dinner (chicken cordon bleu, asparagus, and squash).  It was a perfect day and a perfect weekend…up until about an hour and a half ago.

I got my first taste of mommy-hood tonight, and I must say, I give a big hats off to all those moms out there that get kids ready for school every night.  Wow.  Typically, Michael and I are in bed around 10 pm on work/school nights.  At 9, I jumped in the shower as I notice that Michael is hard at work on his school computer with their summer reading book in hand…last minute homework, anyone?  As soon as I got out, I found out we had clothes to iron for Michael.  As he is trying to decide what to wear, he starts trying on pants that I bought him for his student teaching.  32X34…what he has worn probably since high school.  Well, apparently not anymore.  All this working out he has been doing, has made those 32 waists a bit snug on him.  Luckily, I had seen this coming and bought him a 33X34 pair last week with an Old Navy Groupon I had bought and couldn’t find anything else to buy with the $20 that was expiring.  In the middle of all this, Tyler is asking what kind of things he should ask about on his interview tomorrow and telling me he needs a printer to print out some resumes.  Then Michael says, oh dang Kendall, you didn’t give me a haircut yesterday.  He was definitely looking a little scruffy, so I sent Tyler out to give him a trim, and I got to ironing.  When Tyler comes back in, he hands me a shirt and says, hey…can you get this while you’re at it?!?!  Yeah…no problem…I love ironing.  Then we still had lunches to make for Michael and me and dinner dishes to clean up.  Whoa.

But, not to worry…I think we’ve made it.  Only an hour later than I was hoping for, we’re in bed.    Please everyone, pray for us in the morning, as I’m sure there will be some more scrambling while three of us are up at 6 am trying to get ready.  And please be thinking about those two jokers tomorrow..although I’m sure they’ll both be great…especially with how well we prepared them tonight and how awesome they both are 🙂

P.S.  Really, Catholic High???  A shirt and tie everyday?  I hate ironing already.

Dog Days Are Over

In the interest of continuing this trend of blogging more often, the dog days of summer are over.

In 8 hours I will embark on the next part of the journey. It’s going to be the best day of my life.

So, I just checked and the last post promised that up next would be a recap of a ski trip we took over new years with college friends.  OK…so we struggle a little bit with keeping up with the blog.  I’ve made a new goal to improve on this.  I’m probably not going to back and post on all the important things we missed…so I’ll just start here with giving an update of what we’re up to lately.

JOBS!!!

Since we last posted, Michael finished up with his Master’s Degree at LSU, and promptly got the job offer of his dreams.  He accepted and will start teaching English to freshmen and seniors at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge on Monday.  It is a GREAT private, very well respected school for BOYS ONLY.  Sounds great, huh?  Well, that’s not even the best part.  It is listed in his contract that he will be the “Disc Sports Mediator”…aka Ultimate Frisbee Coach.  And if you ask Michael about the job, he will not hesitate to tell you that Ultimate is what got him the job and maybe rub it in your face a bit if you’ve ever taunted him about his frisbee addiction.  So, he’s been busy the past few weeks with planning and getting himself ready to start school on Monday.  He also has to have a complete wardrobe change for this job with ties and all, so we’ve been working on building up his closet a bit with dress clothes…yep, can you imagine, Michael in a shirt and tie EVERY day?!?!

My job has been great and I’m still really liking it.  In a couple of weeks, I’ll actually be moving to a different area of the refinery.  I’m excited to change things up a bit, get some new experience, and learn about something new.

Half-Marathon!  

My running buddy, Carissa and I have decided to run a half-marathon, coming up in October.  We’ve been training pretty hard for it and have been pretty good about keeping it up…3 short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends.  Right now we’re up to about 7 miles for our long run…over half way to 13.1!!!

For our anniversary, I got Michael a weight bench and weight set.  We have a two bedroom apartment, so I had to give up the idea that we would have a guest bedroom, and now Michael has a weight room instead.  It’s been really nice to have and Michael has been working out very consistently these days…with some great improvement, if you ask me.  He’s also playing on a Club Ultimate team out of Birmingham called Iron Men.  They rock.

This Week’s Sensory Experience

Watch

We’ve become addicted to the TV show Friday Night Lights, thanks to Hace and Sally.  We started watching a few weeks ago, and we’re already close to the end of season 2.  Sometimes we will sit and watch 3-4 episodes in a row.  We are able to stream all the seasons on Netflix, and I would recommend to anyone!  This new habit has also helped significantly cut back on my not so good TV watching…ahem…The Bachelorette…

Read

The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  Oh so good.  I’m about halfway through and never want to quit reading!  Michael has already agreed to take me to see the movie when it comes out on August 10th…which gives me a goal to finish it by, not that it will be difficult.  A couple other books I have read recently worth mentioning are Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo and The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.  Both were awesome.

Listen

My boy Kenny kind of dropped off a bit for me in the past couple years, but seeing this song live at the Bayou Country SuperFest in May brought me right back.  I LOVE this song.