Friday, October 23, 2015

I Said, "YES!!"

2015 has been a year of BIG NEWS and PLANNING!!

On New Year's Eve, Mack and I got engaged!!  It was the sweetest proposal and such a memorable and special night!!  He SURPRISED me with a beautiful ring that was absolutely perfect.  And I'm still smiling from the excitement!

And then began the PLANNING!  I ordered the Erin Condren Wedding Planner and Mack and I started making plans for our Big Day!

We are tying the knot on June 11, 2016 at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina!  And can't wait!

And every engagement needs and ENGAGEMENT PARTY!!  And not just any engagement party, but a tailgate engagement party of course!!

Mack's parents hosted a tailgate engagement party at the University of Tennessee (Mack's FAVORITE).  We celebrated before the game on September 12 when Tennessee played Oklahoma.  What a perfect day and an awesome celebration!

Lots of family and friends came to celebrate and enjoy our special day!

My favorite part, "VOL WALK"

Tailgate complete with commemorative cups! 

And of course we had some VIP VOLS visit our tent, too! 

The game was fantastic!  The fans did the "Checkerboard Neyland" campaign, we were in a "white" section.  It made for a spirited scene and the stadium was LOUD with chants of Rocky Top!

What wonderful memories and great way to celebrate our engagement.  We are so thankful for all of our family and friends and can't wait to continue to celebrate as we lead up to our Big Day!

*FYI:  I am STILL the #1 Golden Eagle fan, just in case you were wondering.  ;) 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!! 

"10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."
Luke 2:10 - 11

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Every summer the three-amigas (Kristen, Margie and Kelly) like to take a fun girls trip.  The three of us have some super busy schedules, so we had a difficult time finding a long weekend for the beach.  We decided to have a "stay-cation"/"friend-cation".  We all stayed at Kristen's home in Madison and had the best time!

We kicked off Friendcation 2014 with a delicious dinner at "Local 463".  We enjoyed a yummy dinner and caught one another up on all of our happenings!

The next day we spent all day at Kristen's pool.  It was a beautiful day and we loved soaking up some rays!  We also did some shopping at the Renaissance.  I found a new favorite store, "Altar'd State", you should definitely check it out if you haven't already!

Then off to dinner at Sombra.  How have I never eaten here before?!?!  We loved it!

Then off to the Reservoir for fireworks!!!

It was a great fireworks show and a great way to spend a fun weekend with friends!

Thursday, June 26, 2014


A couple of weeks ago, Mack and I joined Mack's parents for a fun trip to North Carolina for the U.S. Open Golf Championship.  We went several days early to visit some of Mack's parents' friends that live in North Carolina.  

Flying to NC!

We stayed with the two kindest and most hospitable people in all of North Carolina, The Dukes!  Mr. Dennis and Ms. Dean were the best hosts!  We stayed with them at their beach house in Wilmington and had a wonderful weekend!

Everything was so beautiful, just like a Nicholas Sparks book!  We enjoyed many boats rides, visited the beach, and had a wonderful time.  

One morning we took a morning ride and meet some fun friends...


One night we even rode to dinner by boat!!

Everything was smooth sailing.....Until.....
We encountered some rocky waves.  At first, I got a little splash and that seemed to be the extent of the waves.  But before we knew it, we were all getting splashed!

This picture explains is ALL!!

Our trusty Captain, Mr. Dennis, navigated us through wonderfully (thanks to the help of Ms. Dean).  That little boat ride provided many laughs for the rest of the trip.

Another cool thing about Wilmington, is that this is where Michael Jordan grew up.  Mack loves MJ!  Michael Jordan's mom lives across the waterway from the beach house AND "Mike's" (as he is called by the locals) little league baseball coach lives across the street!

Of course we had to invite him over for some delicious banana pudding and to tell stories about Mike "back in the day".

There are all sorts of stories about MJ growing up and playing little league in the new Michael Jordan book "The Life".  Mack loved talking with "Coach".

 Wilmington has a museum with a special place just for Michael Jordan, so we definitely had to make a visit.

There he is playing Little League!

 Getting ready to go to "Sand Dollar" Beach!  We took a boat ride and went to the ocean side for a fun afternoon at the beach.

Mako Duke!
Everyone's favorite, Mako!  He loved taking a ride, check out those ears blowing in the wind!

Sand Dollar Beach

Shells galore!

And LOTS of huge sand dollars!

We found all these beautiful sand dollars!

What a pretty day for the beach!

We were becoming pros at taking rides on the boat, Mr. Tim even got to drive on the way home!

Then it was time for Championship Sunday at the U.S. Open in Pinehurst, North Carolina!!

 How exciting to go to a U.S. Open Championship!  I have never been to any golf tournament before and was super excited to be at the U.S. Open on Sunday!

But......I didn't get to take any pictures!  Why?!?  Well, the USGA has MANY restrictions.  The first one being no cell phones or cameras!

I didn't want to get thrown out of my first golf tournament, so I decided to comply with this crazy set of rules and leave the phone and camera behind.  

We took this picture with our tickets in the parking lot before we shuttled to the course.  Then everyone left the phones in the car and we were off for a fun day of golf!

The U.S. Open was at Pinehurst #2 this year.  (Pictures via Google)

 Everything was so organized!  There was this huge ENORMOUS "Merchandise Pavilion" when you first enter the gates.  When we walked in there were people everywhere!  It was as if they were ants just scurrying around in fast forward.  Within 20 seconds we had all gotten separated and it took another 10 minutes to find one another.

We got some hats for the day and were off to the putting greens and driving range.  As we were walking up we saw Phil Mickelson chipping away on the putting green.  Then we saw Adam Scott, Matt Kutcher, Rory McIlroy, and many others warming up on the driving range.

There was this fun tent were you could take your picture with images from Pinehurst.  Here is a link to the video of all our pictures, let it load and it will play them all quickly.

Pinehurst is were Payne Stewart won the U.S. Open in 1999.  They have a statue in his memory.  We all wanted a picture here but didn't have a camera. 

I saw these sweet girls that were volunteers and they all had their cell phones.  I asked one of them if they would take our picture and then if she would text it to me.  So when I got back to my phone we'd have a pic!  She agreed and here's our pic!

They also had a photo area set up to take pictures and they were emailed to you.  So it wasn't so bad after all :)

We had a wonderful time and I enjoyed my first golf tournament!  Martin Kaymer won and everyone huddled around the 18th hole to get a glimpse of the victory.  It was a fun day and I'm ready for my next golf tournament.  The Masters, maybe?!