Talking About Us – Anniversary Conversation

If any of you know Tyler, you know he’s a talker. When we’re alone, he allows me to talk a lot more than you’d imagine, and we rarely run out of things to talk about. Our anniversary is today (Happy 3 Years, Lovey!), and we’re headed out for a beach vacation date. While we always have things to discuss, most of the time we focus on schedules and kids and often forget to talk about our marriage, which is one of the essentials elements in sticking it out as a team. I got these questions last year from my friend,
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Weekly Photos – Tyler’s Birthday Edition

We’ve just completed Tyler’s birthday week. We celebrated a few weeks ago with a brewery trip to Hickory, Asheville, and Brevard, NC. This week we celebrated with friends and family. We had a small dessert sampling, including Your Grandma’s Banana Pudding, breakfast from Fourth Ward Bread Co., and a celebration with both Tyler’s family and my family. Ethan and I had a flag pole put up in front of our house, which Tyler has been wanting for the longest time. Martin even got to visit the beach for the first time. More and more every day, I realize how thankful
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Childress Vineyards Lunch Date

Entrance A few weeks ago, my sister, Jen, and I decided to meet for lunch. Then a few days ago she suggested we meet at a winery/vineyard for lunch. Why, of course! Of course we can meet at a winery for lunch on Thursday. What a perfect idea. This is one of the great things about living in Charlotte while your sister lives down the road in Winston-Salem. In between are numerous wineries, but up until now, we hadn’t taken advantage of them. And it was quite appropriate that we chose Childress Vineyards because today is the Coke 600 [NASCAR
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Out in the Country – Part 2

Aren’t we close to being done with Thanksgiving pictures? No. Post Thanksgiving Breakfast Noni’s Kitchen Love this face and this place The shed Look what we found! Noni’s House Favorite Room Where we got hitched! Lift Off Found Objects We visited Tyler’s grandmother, Noni, in Lamar last week after a lovely vegetable quiche Tyler’s mom made. Every time we visit Lamar, it reminds me of my wedding day, when I walked down beneath the giant oak tree and vowed to love Tyler forever. Yes, this is mushy. Moving on. This particular visit was much different than my wedding day. I
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Weekend Wonders – Faith, West, and Anna

Oh the joy of true friends. This past weekend, Tyler and I traveled to Greenville, SC to visit the lovely Jones family and Miss Anna Gail Hastings. We also went for me to run this half-marathon, but that was a minor detail. Such a lovely, serious couple (Don’t you love their green walls?). Friday night’s feast before the run consisted of delicious foods Faith and I made while the boys played music and talked. Those guys. It had been over an hour of solid cooking when we finally sat down, but Tyler asked when we had possibly found time to
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Old Friends

It’s hard to imagine that E already has “old friends.” But he definitely has a few who have known him for ages or ages, or whatever you call most of your 8-year-old life. Wyatt has been E’s friend since 2008, when both families lived in Florence. We actually all moved away from Florence in the same month of 2009. Sept. 2012 (E – 8, Wyatt – 6) Oct. 2007 (E – 3, Wyatt – Almost 2) Wyatt came over this past Sunday for an afternoon play date. We haven’t let them do this for a while, what with our schedules
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Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze, Etc.

This past Saturday, amidst the nasty weather, Tyler, Ethan, and I headed out for our first trip to Huntersville, NC and Rural Hill‘s Revolutionary War Encampment and The Amazing Maize Maze. I haven’t done a corn maze in years and wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the encampment. I’ve always been the type not to appreciate Civil War Reenactments, so I was definitely skeptical of an encampment. Side Note: Before we left, I was pretty adamant about everyone wearing quality shoes for our outing. I knew we’d be in the mud and grime. In an effort to spare my running shoes,
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Fun Friday

Image from RoadFly.com Is it just me, or do Honda Fits have more fun? Every time I see a Fit, there are at least two people inside, windows down, singing, dancing, and partying. For real. Half of the time, I see them when I’m running in the middle of the day, so they could just be college students taking a drive in between classes. In which case, it means it’s a cheap car to own with good gas milage, and college parents buy them. However, I’ve resigned myself to thinking it’s just the most fun car to own. One cute
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A Game Night with Friends

Last Saturday we celebrated Clemson’s first game by hanging out with some of Tyler’s fellow Clemson Graphics Alumni. It was great fun all around. We had yum-o food: including these puff pie wonders (filled with avocado, cream cheese, and some spice) from the recipe here. I discovered Trader Joe’s White Bean and Basil hummus (amazing!). David and Kristin made quesadillas and the infamous Mexican Layer Dip. To top it all off we had Banana Pudding, which apparently rivaled one of David’s favorite Clemson restaurants.  Tyler and David each provided their beer of choice for the night. David is devoted to
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The Football Creed

Who doesn’t love mud, sweat, grunts, and grass? Ladies and gentlemen, it’s football season. However, I often question if we’re really “ladies” and “gentlemen” about the whole situation. If every football fan adopted these simple rules, August – January would be the most fun months of the year. Some may think I’m not a real football fan. I’m ok with that. Let’s just be real. Don’t hate. Follow these rules: 1. I will not call watching a football game on my couch “cardiovascular exercise.” I will not say wings, mexican dip, and celery doused in ranch dressing fit my diet.
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