Sunday, November 2, 2008

October 2008 in Review

Hello all! It has been a crazy month for us and I haven't really blogged much about what we are doing. There have been so many things over the last few months that I have wanted to blog about and haven't because I just didn't have time. But, I don't want that to be the case for October.

First of all, a sweet family at church, the Jordans, had their 7th little blessing, Priscilla. I was able to go visit them at a rare moment when no one was home except Jennifer and Priscilla until just a few moments before I left. It was a nice visit. Here is a sweet picture of Priscilla that I took at church a week or so ago.

Our small group had a bonfire cookout at our friends' Charles and Maggie's house. It was a lot of fun with hotdogs, chili, smores, and fun games like horseshoes and double ladder ball! Here are the pictures in a slide show:

I have done a bunch of planting this month as well. I threw away most of my summer potted plants and did some pots of bulbs (tulips and some daffodils) and pansies, from the Growers' Outlet, of course. I love that place. We got 31 3" pots of pansies and 30 bulbs for less than $30! I had read in my Month-by-Month Gardening in Georgia book by Walter Reeves and some other lady that you can save plants like Geraniums over the winter in your garage in paper bags, so I did that. I really liked the colors of the ones that I had and every bit you can save helps. I don't think I'll do any more planting this year except for the daffodil bulbs I have to plant - and I am going to wait until we get back from vacation for that. I will do a quick slide show of my plants, but here's a picture that I tried to take of myself with my updated hanging baskets - it was already dark, so it's not the best. Hey Daddy - do you recognize that shirt? (I save it from a yard sale several years ago - I think that shirt is as old as I am).

Scott and I (well, mostly Scott) have our Disney vacation almost completely planned out! We are leaving this coming Sunday (YAY!!!). We are staying in the Caribbean Beach Resort and we have 5 days of park-hopper passes. We have made meal reservations (we bought the meal plan thingy) for The Rainforest Cafe, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, Coral Reef, Liberty Tree Tavern, and Teppan Edo. We are hoping that we can get a last-minute reservation at Le Cellier because it looks really good. We also plan to go to the ESPN Club and the La Cantina De San Angel at some point in time. We ended up having to make lunch reservations for most days because the dinner slots were all full. So, I guess we will eat our "quick service" meals for dinner. We have been looking at the websites for each park and deciding what things we want to do and saving them on our vacation planner on the Disney website. My friend Carrie told me about a website where we can check out the menus for our restaurants at I feel like I need to pack my whole wardrobe because I am nervous about what the weather will be like!

Another extremely exciting thing happened this month: our friend Clay came to church. This might seem strange that I am excited about someone coming to church. However, Clay has had Cystic Fibrosis his whole life and received two new lungs through a transplant a couple of months ago. He has been on quite a journey of recovery and infections. I believe that Clay is still recovering, but doing much better. It was such a blessing to see Clay. He is such a witness for everyone.

In less exciting, but still quite humorous, news, I am still #1 in our Pigskin Pickem league that I mentioned in a previous post! Chris, aka Master Jordan, sent out some trash talk this week stating that he thought the girls were going down this week. He also does not believe that I am going into my picks blindly and I have not idea what I am doing (hehehe-yes, he put that in his trash talk email). Well, here is a screen shot of our current standings: I'm #1 (Lady Luck) and Caitlin is #2 (Captain Awesome)! Heeheehee! I am waiting until after the Monday night game to send out any trash talk though! I don't want to jinx myself. I must say that I went into this expecting to be in last place every week and to rarely ever think about it. But, it is fun to be winning. At this point, if I drop in standings, I think I will be disappointed. Whereas at the beginning, I would have been happy to not be last. I doubt I will ever do this good again (if Josh invites me back to the league). So, I am enjoying it while it lasts! P.S. Scott is still in last place, even behind Shana who failed to make picks one week...sad.

Scott and I went to our only Georgia Tech football game this year - homecoming against Virginia. They looked really good for the first 7 minutes or so and it was all downhill from there. I was bummed. I did meet some new people that Scott went to college with and saw some old friends that I have known for almost as long as Scott and I have been together. We had fun even though the team lost. Here are some pics from the day:

Okay, most of you already know this, but I went to the New Kids On The Block concert last week with my friend Lindsey. Our Shorter friends Heather and Allison also went and we had dinner with them before the concert. This concert was awesome! I was totally surprised at what a good show they put on. They had multiple wardrobe changes, ran around, danced. They even sang a couple of songs from a round stage in the middle of the main floor that rotated and had a grand piano in the center of it. The New Kids have aged well is all I am saying. I mean, do you realize that the oldest one is at least 40!?? Crazy. I mean, I really do not think that is old, but it is old for what they are doing. You can tell that they haven't really gotten mixed up in drugs and stuff like that (at least, I don't think they have). I was glad that they sang a lot of their old stuff because their new album really does have some raunchy stuff on it. There are only a handful of songs that I can stand to listen to. Here is a slideshow of pictures Lindsey took at the show.

On Friday night, which was the last day of October, Christ Church celebrated a Reformation Day party. Oct. 31, 1517 is the day that Martin Luther tacked up the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, thus beginning the Protestant Reformation. I have quite a few pictures from this, but I have not looked through them yet to make a slide show. I will do that later and post them. They will also be up on our church website, I am sure.

So, that's it. That's our October in review. I have left out the yucky stuff like me being sick for almost the whole week before homecoming with a fever of over 102 and all the cold weather we have been experiencing in our area, forcing us to wear long sleeve shirts and turn the heat and humidifier on. Also, the fact that for about 2.5 weeks my office was having some upgrades done to our A/C causing parts of our building to be 65-68 degrees, which is what made me get sick, I am fairly certain.

So, happy reading. I hope this wasn't too long. If you have made it to the end, feel free to leave a comment about anything above!


andysbethy said...

I am glad that you guys enjoyed the concert. Looks like you had a good time! You crack me up!
I am jealous of all your gorgeous plants! They look great!

mom0ktdid said...

Wow, you really have been busy, and I admire the time it took to post all those slide shows and catch up all in one post!
I am so excited for you and your Disney trip! You will have so much fun!
I actually just entered a drawing for a 3 night stay at the swan/dolphin, but you know I probably won't win, even though I have a 1/20 chance! ha ha....I know you will enjoy all the places you chose to eat...and all the stuff to do/see as well.
You are so ambitious with your plants and I actually never listened to NKOTB....I know, weird huh?
can't wait to see your pictures from your trip! have a great week preparing and packing!

Tessa said...

Wow the bonfire looked like a lot of fun and so did the NKOTB concert! I have always been a big fan. =) Thanks for all the updates. Have a safe but wonderful trip at Disney.

Erin said...

What a month!! Have a GREAT time at Disney! I can't wait to hear all about it and see lots of pictures!! (Get Scott to take a few of you, too!)